EXPERIENCED LEGAL REPRESENTATION IN NE TEXAS, INCLUDING SOUTHLAKE, TARRANT COUNTY, KELLER, GRAPEVINE & TROPHY CLUB
The Law Office of Dana L. White, located in Southlake, Texas, provides comprehensive legal services to individuals, families, and business owners in and around the NE Texas region. Our team of competent attorneys has a combined background of more than 60 years of practicing family law as well as other areas of law, including Estate Planning/Trusts/Wills and Immigration.
We use a collaborative method of addressing your legal problems with a team approach that harnesses each of our attorney’s specific talents and experience for outcomes beneficial to our clients.
Our mission is to resolve your legal issues by protecting what matters most to you. We know that the problems you are facing are of the utmost importance to you and your future. That is why we explore all options and take all available legal measures to help you achieve an optimal result, one that will allow you to move forward through this transition with confidence and peace of mind.
Considering a divorce? Facing another legal challenge? Connect with the Law Office of Dana L. White online or at 817-697-0180 to book a confidential consultation with a Southlake attorney for family law, immigration law, estate planning, business law, or civil litigation.
At the Law Office of Dana L. White, we handle the following:
- Family law. Whether your circumstances are amicable or contentious, the Law Office of Dana L. White tailors our representation to meet our clients’ unique needs. We understand that no two families are the same, meaning that no two cases can be solved using the same approach. At our office, you will receive personalized service from compassionate and knowledgeable legal advocates. Our practice area includes divorce, marital property agreements, cohabitation agreements, custody disputes, adoption/termination, mediation, paternity actions, court order enforcement, contempt actions, child support, spousal maintenance, post-judgment actions and modifications.
- Estate Planning, Wills and Probate. The Law Office of Dana L. White believes an essential component of ‘protecting what matters most’ is a sound estate plan for directing your assets and safeguarding those who matter most. In fact, a majority of our recently divorced clients seek our assistance with their wills and estate planning. If a person passes without a Will, he/she dies intestate, meaning Texas laws control property distribution, and perhaps an outcome contrary to your wishes.
Wouldn’t you rather have your assets distributed to your chosen beneficiaries? And wouldn’t you want to appoint trusted persons to make decisions for your children? Executing a Will supports and empowers your family when you cannot. We work with our clients to ensure that their children are cared for by people they have chosen, their assets transfer smoothly to those they wish, and their business ownership passes properly, without burdening families and those they love.
The General Durable Power of Attorney allows you to appoint a trusted individual to serve as your agent, conferring him/her with a full Power of Attorney (POA). This power allows your trusted agent to pay bills, access financial accounts and make financial transactions on your behalf should you become unable to do so. The POA can take effect immediately or upon incapacity and remains in effect until you die or until you subsequently revoke it.
The Medical Power of Attorney appoints your agent to make all health care choices for you and takes effect ONLY if you are unable to make your own decisions. The MPOA endures indefinitely from the time it is executed unless you establish a shorter time period or later revoke it. Battling in the midst of COVID-19, it is now apparent that healthcare emergencies can occur at any place and time -- and usually occur when you least expect them!
The Medical Directive to Physicians, also known as an “Advance Directive,” allows you to communicate your wishes about medical treatment when you are unable to make those known due to illness, injury or incapacitation. You are able to then provide copies of your wishes to your physician(s), hospital(s) and medical facilities.
Do you own or have you recently purchased a new home or other real property? A Transfer on Death Deed (TODD) allows you to automatically transfer your real property to your beneficiary, upon your death, without the necessity of probating a Will.
A Revocable Living Trust is a document drafted outside of your Will, usually for the primary purpose of avoiding probate. The primary difference between a Will and a Living Trust is that a Will requires a court-supervised probate proceeding after a person’s death to administer the estate, whereas assets held in a Living Trust pass to the designated trust beneficiaries without court involvement. Our office provides expert guidance in creating your Trust to meet your goals and assist you on how you should title all of your assets into the Trust.
The Law Office of Dana L. White recommends that everyone perform an annual ‘Estate Plan Update.’ While you may have a Will, a General Power of Attorney, a Medical Power of Attorney, a Healthcare Directive, and a Transfer on Death Deed, you should continue to review and update your plan every year as life, goals, and relationships inevitably change.
“A well-planned will can be a great way to avoid probate,” Texas family law attorney Dana L. White says. “When it looks like an estate could end up in probate, we try to find other ways to handle matters so probate may be avoided.”
Likewise, we recommend that our clients annually review and update ‘beneficiary designations’ for each of their accounts that fall outside of their Will, including life insurance policies, retirement plans, individual retirement accounts, bank/savings accounts, and annuities.
The Probate Administration process begins upon the loss of a loved one. Although it can be a long, arduous and stressful process, it does not have to be! The Law Office of Dana L. White is here for you to work through the process smoothly and quickly during those difficult times.
- Immigration law. We represent clients in both family-based and employment-based immigration. We embrace a particular passion for working with regional, national, and international clients, including Fortune 500 companies, multi-national corporations, small businesses, and colleges & universities, serving and shepherding them through the complexities of immigration processes and requirements. The Law Office of Dana L. White values the opportunity to work with diverse clients worldwide, encountering individuals from different cultures, religions, experiences, and backgrounds. Working with human resources personnel to develop innovative immigration solutions for meeting emerging hiring needs and maintaining ongoing relationships, we appreciate the opportunity to work with U.S. businesses/colleges/ universities and foreign nationals to determine options and eligibility for U.S. immigration status.
Our office manages all legal matters in immigration, from case intake to the final disposition/decision, including performing relevant research, strategizing based on specific classification eligibility or admissibility issues, analyzing and interpreting complex immigration laws, rulings, memos, and regulations, and attending interview appointments. We work to craft evidentiary documents (immigration petitions/applications, support letters, affidavits, and memoranda of legal analysis, etc.), and analyze and advise clients on probable outcomes of cases using our familiarity of comprehensive immigration regulations, policies, memos, precedents, and rigorous procedures.
The Law Office of Dana L. White also advises corporate clients on compliance with the U.S. Department of Labor and USCIS regulations. We assist HR personnel/business executives with developing comprehensive hiring practices concerning immigration.
The Law Office of Dana L. White offers service in the following immigration areas:
- H-1B visas
- L-1A/L-1B petitions
- TN petitions
- PERM/Labor Certification Applications
- I-140 petitions/I-485 applications
- Family-based I-130 petitions/I-485 applications
- I-140 petitions under Extraordinary Abilities/Outstanding Professors & Researchers/ National Interest Waivers
- Naturalization/Citizenship (N-400s)