The Allen Firm, P.C.

The Allen Firm, P.C.

The Allen Firm is a general civil trial, transactional, and business practice law firm which desires and seeks to improve people's lives by providing wise, reliable, and practical help in all of their business and personal legal matters.

Firm Overview

The individuals with the Firm work closely with their clients in each matter, often establishing long-term business relationships as well as personal friendships. This personal and business relationship provides allows the Firm members to better understand the clients' individual and business needs and often results in improved legal services as well as a loyal client base.

The Firm's primary geographic service area includes the following Texas counties: Erath, Bosque, Brown, Comanche, Coryell, Eastland, Hamilton, Hood, Johnson, McLennan, Palo Pinto, Parker, Tarrant, and Somervell. However, the attorneys and legal support regularly provide help to clients throughout the State of Texas with their business and personal legal matters.
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Main Office
Main Office
181 S. Graham Street
Stephenville  TX  76401
Phone
  • 254-965-3185
Fax
Websites
Probate
Difficult Situations Require a Trustworthy Team
Probate and administration of estates refers to the process by which the personal business affairs and assets of a deceased individual are handled and distributed to the deceased's heirs or beneficiaries in accordance with the estate planning documents or applicable law. Our team of attorneys is experienced in the probate and administration process. Specifically, we can help you submit a Will for probate, appoint the executor, and guide you through the probate process ending payment of any debts and distribution of all assets. In the case where no Will exists, we can help you open an administration of the estate or simply help you transfer the assets pursuant to governing law. We will guide you through the entire process until the property is distributed to heirs or beneficiaries. Should the estate be contested, we can help with estate related litigation including Will contests, personal representative contests, validity of estate documents, determination of a deceased party's heirs, construction of trust and other estate related issues.

Areas of focus include:
-Probate of Wills
-Appointment of Executors and/or Administrators
-Preparation of Estate Inventories
-Determinations of Heirship
-Sales of Property through Estate or Administrative Process
-Litigation regarding Construction of Estate Documents or Estate contests
-Guardianship Proceedings
-Trust Litigation
-Estate Litigation
US Visa
The Allen Firm, PC will represent your US Visa legal matters.
The Allen Firm, PC will represent your US Visa legal matters.
US Citizenship
The Allen Firm, PC will represent your US Citizenship legal matters.
The Allen Firm, PC will represent your US Citizenship legal matters.
Immigration Law
The Allen Firm, PC will represent your Immigration legal matters.
The Allen Firm, PC will represent your Immigration legal matters.
Green Card
The Allen Firm, PC will represent your Green Card legal matters.
The Allen Firm, PC will represent your Green Card legal matters.

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

The Allen Firm practices law in a smaller community and provides legal services to individuals and businesses ranging from rural areas to larger, more populated cities. Since the Firm has helped such a variety of clients in numerous locations for many years, the Firm and its lawyers have developed expertise in many areas of services and does not primarily focus on just one service area. We can help in almost every legal matter our clients are involved with.

What experience or education distinguishes your lawyers from others

Lawyers at The Allen Firm possess broad experience ranging from agricultural matters to appellate proceedings. Our lawyers serve individuals and business owners in their personal and business legal matters. Our lawyers are invested in the community where they work and understand the complex issues facing businesses. We believe in the highest level of professional service. To provide this level of service, we know that details are very important, results matter and we strive to be excellent in everything we do. We believe in and endeavor to conduct our business and practice law with a great deal of integrity, honor and honesty. Finally, above all, people are our focus. We highly value people and our relationships.

Most of our lawyers attended universities in Texas. One of our lawyers attended Liberty University, a private university in historic Lynchburg, Virginia. This lawyer also served in the U.S. Marine Corps as a Combat Engineer officer for six years.

What distinguishes your law firm from others?

Our law firm has developed a team of lawyers and legal support personnel who have the ability to work on matters ranging from simple, non-complete legal matters for individuals to large, complicated matters for businesses while providing our clients with the small-town, community and people-focused help which can be and is often lost with large law firms in larger cities. Our lawyers have practiced law in our community since 1972 and often represent clients and families of multiple generations. In short, our law firm cares about people and providing excellent service and has the team of lawyers and support necessary to handle almost every type of legal matter.

Josh Allen

Josh C. Allen is the Director of Operations of The Allen Firm and is a member of the Business Team at the Firm. Josh focuses on real estate matters, business and agricultural matters, banking and finance transactions, complex contracts, creditor bankruptcy, foreclosures, general corporate matters, issues involving oil and gas interests and related real property matters, probate and administration, estate planning and trusts. He is a native of Stephenville, Texas, and, after law school, Josh and his family returned to his hometown where he joined his father, Scott D. Allen, to form The Allen Firm, PC.

He earned his bachelor's degree in finance from Texas Tech University, magna cum laude. He continued his studies at Texas Tech University and attended the School of Law where he earned his doctorate of jurisprudence, cum laude.

Practice Areas:
Accidents and Injuries, Agriculture, Business Law, Banking and Finance, Collections, Contracts, Creditor Bankruptcy, Dispute Resolution, Estate and Trust Planning, Foreclosures, Oil and Gas, Probate and Administration, and Real Estate

Admitted:
Texas State Courts; United States District Court, Northern District of Texas

Education:
Texas Tech University, J.D., cum laude, 2004
Texas Tech University, B.B.A., magna cum laude, 2001

Memberships:
American Bar Association; State Bar of Texas (College of the State Bar of Texas); Erath County Bar Association; Texas Young Lawyers Association; First Baptist Church; Optimist Club; Leadership Stephenville; iDisciple Ministries, Inc. Board of Directors; Paradigm Church, Inc. Board of Directors
Education
  • Texas Tech University
    J.D.

Jeremy Derington

Jeremy M. Derington is an attorney and member of the Business Team with The Allen Firm. Jeremy focuses on real estate matters, business and agricultural matters, banking and finance transactions, complex contracts, general corporate matters, issues involving oil and gas interests and related real property matters, probate and administration, estate planning and trusts, employment law and administrative law matters. He is a native Texan and previously worked both as an educator and in the oil and gas industry representing the interests of both corporations and landowners.

Jeremy earned his bachelor's degree in Agricultural Communications from Texas Tech University. After teaching high school for brief time, he returned to Lubbock to attend the Texas Tech School of Law where he earned his doctorate of jurisprudence, cum laude.

Practice Areas:
Administrative Law, Agriculture, Business Law, Contracts, Dispute Resolution, Employment Law, Estate and Trust Planning, Healthcare Law, Oil and Gas, Probate and Administration, and Real Estate

Admitted:
Texas State Courts; United States District Court, Northern District of Texas

Education:
Texas Tech University, J.D., cum laude, 2005;
Texas Tech University, B.B.A., magna cum laude, 2001

Memberships:
American Bar Association; State Bar of Texas; Erath County Bar Association; Optimist Club; First Baptist Church
Education
  • Texas Tech University
    J.D.

Ethan Cartwright

Ethan S. Cartwright is an attorney and member of the Litigation Team with The Allen Firm. Ethan focuses on civil litigation matters of all types, collections, accident and injuries, family law, and creditor and debtor bankruptcy matters. A native Texan, Ethan grew up in Aledo, Texas and attended Tarleton State University where he earned his bachelor's degree in political science in 2005. He then attended Texas Wesleyan University School of Law where he was a member of the Texas Wesleyan Law Review and earned his J.D. in 2008. Following law school, he attended the University of Denver where he earned a master's of law degree in taxation in 2009.

He is also active in the community and currently serves as the Parliamentarian for Jake Remembered, a charity he co-founded that is devoted to raising money for cancer research and funding college scholarships.

Practice Areas:
Litigation, Accidents and Injuries, Collections, Bankruptcy, Family Law, and Tax

Admitted:
Texas State Courts; United States District Court, Northern District of Texas

Education:
University of Denver, LLM Taxation, 2009;
Texas Wesleyan University School of Law, J.D., 2008;
Tarleton State University, B.A., 2005

Memberships:
American Bar Association; State Bar of Texas; Leadership Stephenville; Jake Remembered Board of Directors; Erath County Bar Association
Education
  • University of Denver
    LLM Taxation , 2009
  • Texas Wesleyan University School of Law
    J.D. , 2008
  • Tarleton State University
    B.A. , 2005

Mark Granger

Mark Granger is an attorney and member of the Litigation Team with The Allen Firm. Mark's practice is focused primarily on litigation, including commercial, real estate, estate, and other civil litigation matters, as well as family law and immigration matters. He is originally from San Angelo, Texas, and has lived Virginia and California for extended periods of time.

Mark earned his bachelor's degree in 1998 from Indiana Wesleyan University where he graduated magna cum laude with three majors: political-science / pre-law, business administration and history. Following his undergraduate studies, he served in the U.S. Marine Corps as a Combat Engineer officer for six years. He also has six years of private sector work experience in California. In 2013, Mark earned his juris doctorate from Liberty University School of Law.

Practice Areas:
Litigation, Immigration, Family Law, Employment Law, Accident & Injuries

Admitted:
Texas State Courts

Education:
Liberty University School of Law, J.D., 2013
Indiana Wesleyan University, B.A., magna cum laude, 1998

Memberships:
State Bar of Texas
Education
  • Liberty University School of Law
    J.D. , 2013
  • Indiana Wesleyan University
    B.A., magna cum laude , 1998

Scott D. Allen

Scott D. Allen is the Senior Attorney of The Allen Firm and is a member of the Business Team at the Firm. Scott is a native Texan and has practiced law in Stephenville, Texas for over 40 years. Scott is the founder of The Allen Firm, PC and focuses on business and agricultural matters, general corporate matters, banking and finance transactions, litigation, complex contracts, issues involving oil and gas interests, real estate matters, employment matters, issues involving federal and state regulatory agencies as well as probate and estate planning. Scott attended Texas Tech University and earned his bachelor's degree in 1966, and he earned his doctorate of jurisprudence from The University of Texas School of Law in 1970. Prior to founding The Allen Firm, he practiced law with a firm in McKinney. A native Texan, Scott has been active in community civic activities for many years and has focused his law practice in assisting financial institutions, businesses, agricultural clients, and many others in their litigation and business matters.

Practice Areas:
Administrative Law, Agriculture, Business Law, Banking and Finance, Foreclosures, Litigation, Collections, Contracts, Dispute Resolution, Estate and Trust Planning, Oil and Gas, Probate and Administration, Real Estate

Admitted:
Texas State Courts; United States District Court: Northern District of Texas, Eastern District of Texas, Western District of Texas, Western District of Oklahoma; United States Court of Federal Claims United States Court of Appeals Fifth Circuit; United States Supreme Court

Education:
University of Texas, J.D., 1970; Texas Tech University, B.B.A., 1966

Memberships:
American Bar Association State Bar of Texas: District Grievance Committee (term expired); College of the State Bar of Texas (Past President); Erath County Bar Association (Past President); Texas Association of Bank Counsel; Texas Center for Legal Ethics and Professionalism; John Tarleton Society Tarleton State University; First Baptist Church; Farmers and Merchants Bank, DeLeon, Texas Board of Directors; Tarleton State University Foundation, Stephenville, Texas Board of Directors; Lawyer's Abstract and Title Company, Stephenville, Texas Board of Directors
Education
  • Texas Tech University
    B.B.A. , 1966
  • University of Texas
    J.D. , 1970

Chris Shelton

Chris Shelton is an Associate Attorney and the newest member of the Litigation Team with The Allen Firm. Chris's practice is focused primarily on civil litigation matters of all types, collections, accident and injuries, family law, and creditor and debtor bankruptcy matters.

Chris is a native of Stephenville, Texas, and following law school, Chris and his wife returned to his hometown. Chris earned his bachelor's degree in business administration from Texas Tech University, cum laude. He continued his studies at the Texas A&M University School of Law in Fort Worth where he earned his doctorate of jurisprudence, cum laude.

Practice Areas:
Litigation, Accidents and Injuries, Collections, Bankruptcy, Family Law

Education:
Texas A&M University, J.D., cum laude, 2015,
Texas Tech University, B.B.A., cum laude, 2011
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