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Practice Areas

In addition to what we call “The Big Eight” areas of practice, we also do Wills, Powers of Attorney, Living Wills, Real Estate Closings and a number of Civil Litigation areas. The Civil Litigation areas involve matters on behalf of individuals in which they are sued, such as debt and foreclosure defense, but also matters in which they sue others, such as breach of promissory note, construction disputes and assault. Sometimes, these lawsuits involve real property, such as partition and condemnation. We also do uncontested divorces, pre-nuptial agreements and name changes, in addition to DUI defense.

Please call us if you have something outside of our listed areas, including what we call “The Big Eight” areas of practice, as listed below.

The Big Eight

We focus on eight main areas of practice that involve injury, disability and other important areas.

The Four Injury Areas

Our four Injury Areas are broken down based on the cause of the injury and the setting in which the injury takes place. If you are injured while driving your car, that is a Car Accident. If you are injured by slipping and falling on someone else’s property, that is a Slip and Fall (or Premises Liability). If you are injured by a product, this is Products Liability. If you are injured at work, this is Workers’ Compensation.

Law is generally not very flexible - this is why you need a skilled advocate. Even though the areas may seem simple at first glance, the practice of law is much more complicated. Anyone can read the law and put their own interpretation on it, however it may not be the same interpretation the judge puts on it. If you decide to proceed without an attorney, this is called pro se, however it is not generally advisable.

The Four Other Areas

Social Security Disability is not considered an Injury area - it is a unique practice area with its own set of rules. These cases are brought in an administrative forum through a federal agency, the Social Security Administration (SSA). The judges are not federal judges (like in a federal court); they are Administrative Law Judges (ALJs).

Employment Law involves bringing a private lawsuit against an employer for violating the law. These cases are often brought in federal court, but are sometimes brought in state court. Some of these cases require an investigation by the EEOC or SCHAC before the lawsuit can be filed. Most individuals have been terminated from employment by the time they retain an attorney, however occasionally, they are still employed with the company they are going against.

Probate and Estates Law is mostly practiced at the county level in an administrative fashion after a person dies.

Consumer Law is like seafood gumbo - it is a combination of a number of laws at both the federal and state levels that are meant to protect the consumer and provide the consumer with recourse if his or her consumer rights are violated.

For more information on each of these areas, please click on the link(s) below.

Client Reviews
“Attorney Trey Merck did a great job for me when I was going thru probate on my brother, He kept me well informed and explained things. I didn't have to pay upfront.. Everything went smoothly. He is a very nice person and I would definitely use his services again if I need to.” - Jackie
"Mr Merck helped me through the long process of medical disability. He was kind, patient, helpful, compassionate .... a very kind human being. He always went above and beyond to help me. I was so grateful for meeting him during g a difficult time in my life. I would highly recommend him to anyone." - Jody
"Trey Merck was kind and patient as he worked with me in a personal injury claim that involved myself and my husband, who died prior to settlement. He gently guided me through a process that could have been impossible for me to untangle alone. He had great organizational skills and was always available when needed.. He possess a quiet confidence that puts you at ease and assures you that he is being thorough.. I highly recommend him." - Debbie