Wheeless, Shappley, Bailess & Rector, LLP

Wheeless, Shappley, Bailess & Rector, LLP

Mississippi Business and Banking Law Firm Founded in 1878

Firm Overview

Lawyers carry on tradition of legal excellence in business law, real estate law, employment law and civil litigation
The attorneys at Wheeless, Shappley, Bailess & Rector, LLP carry on a rich tradition of legal service in Vicksburg, Mississippi. The current firm is a direct successor to the partnership Birchett & Gilland, first formed in 1878. Presently, the firm focuses on business law, real estate legal issues, employment law cases and general civil litigation matters. They can also assist you with banking and probate legal problems. Wheeless, Shappley, Bailess & Rector, LLP practices law throughout Warren County.

Areas of the law the attorneys at Wheeless, Shappley, Bailess & Rector, LLP can help you with include:
- Civil litigation
- Trial practice
- Federal practice
- Corporate law
- Banking law
- Commercial law
- Employment law
- Insurance defense
- Trust law
- Probate
- Estate planning
- Oil and gas law
- Gaming law
- Business law
- Real estate
- Real property law

Small firm gets big results for you and your business in Warren County
The firm prides itself on delivering personalized attention to you and your business in Warren County. They can help with all your general legal issues in addition to business and corporate law. Over the years, the attorneys at Wheeless, Shappley, Bailess & Rector, LLP have assisted clients such as Trustmark National Bank, General Motors Corporation and Ameristar Casino, among others. They are also the approved attorneys for Mississippi Valley Title Insurance Company, Lawyers Title Insurance Corporation, First American Title Insurance Company and Farmers Home Administration.

Mississippi general practice law firm solves your legal problems
With more than 140 years of combined legal experience, the attorneys at Wheeless, Shappley, Bailess & Rector, LLP serve both individuals and businesses. They can help you with anything from negotiating a real estate deal to defending against an employee lawsuit. The firm works hard to inform you every step of the way when representing your interests. If you have a legal issue and you need a solution, contact the lawyers at Wheeless, Shappley, Bailess & Rector, LLP.
Main Office
Main Office
820 South Street, Suite 501, BancorpSouth Bank Building, P.O. BOX 991
Vicksburg  MS  39181
Phone
  • 601-636-8451
Websites
Real Estate
Mississippi Real Estate Litigation Attorneys
Tackling your real estate disputes
When it comes to real estate, the attorneys at Wheeless, Shappley, Bailess & Rector, LLP know the art of the deal and the art of a deal gone wrong. When facing the stress of real estate litigation, retaining an attorney with substantial knowledge about Mississippi property laws and civil litigation can lighten the burden. By assertively applying their experience and extensive knowledge of all aspects of property rights, civil procedure, finance and business, they can handle your disputes related to:

-Real property contracts
-Residential home sales
-Commercial property sales
-Construction
-Contractors and subcontractors
-Mortgages
-Homeowners associations
-Condominiums
-Landlord-tenant
-Evictions
-Foreclosures
-Eminent domain
-Zoning, land use and building permits
-Boundaries and easements
-Title
-Liens

Saving your home from wrongful foreclosure
You worked hard to purchase your dream home. When unexpected circumstances occur that put your home at risk of foreclosure, you can take crucial steps to ensure your lender complies with its legal duties. The attorneys at Wheeless, Shappley, Bailess & Rector, LLP combine innovative strategies with fierce determination to defend your right to keep your home. When selling your home presents the better option, they guide you toward the most advantageous situation. Means of protecting your home include use of:
Mortgage modification
Loan forbearance
Short sale
Deed in lieu of foreclosure
Lawsuit

Defending your right against government's abuse of power
Eminent domain is the power of the government to take private property for public use. The process involves condemnation of your property, appraisal of its value, an offer to purchase and negotiation for a fair price. If the government offers an unsatisfactory amount of compensation or your property was improperly designated for public use, you can sue to halt the eminent domain process or receive the compensation you deserve. The firm zealously protects clients' property from eminent domain abuses.

Resolving an eviction crisis
Eviction is disruptive to both the landlord and the tenant. The landlord must spend the time and money to replace tenants who fall behind on rent, and displaced families must locate new homes under traumatic circumstances. With this scenario in mind, the attorneys at Wheeless, Shappley, Bailess & Rector, LLP help mediate disputes when eviction is undesirable. If you are a tenant who unfairly faces eviction, they protect your right to remain in your home. If you are a landlord whose tenants are engaged in disruptive, illegal or damaging behavior, the firm helps protect your property and your business.

Alternative dispute resolutions (ADR)
ADR refers to other means of settling disputes outside of the courtroom. Some contracts require binding arbitration or nonbinding mediation to resolve disputes that arise out of the transaction governed by the agreement. When the cost and time of litigation exceeds the likely outcome, you may choose to settle instead. If negotiating a settlement, the firm's tenacity directs the proceedings toward a desirable outcome.

Vicksburg, Mississippi real estate litigation attorneys
The office of Wheeless, Shappley, Bailess & Rector, LLP is located in Vicksburg, Mississippi and serves clients throughout Warren County.

Kenneth B. Rector

Mr. Rector has earned an AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest recognition possible in the legal industry, for his professionalism and ethics.

Practice areas
- Commercial litigation
- Commercial transactions
- Corporation law
- Employment law
- Employment litigation
- Banking law

Admitted
-Mississippi and U.S. District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of Mississippi, 1977
-U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit, 1978
-Illinois and U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois including Trial Bar, 1989

Education
-University of Mississippi, J.D., 1977
-University of Mississippi, B.A., 1974

Associations & memberships
-Warren County Bar Association (President, 2001-2002)
-The Mississippi Bar

Biographical details
-Phi Alpha Delta
Education
  • University of Mississippi
    Juris Doctorate , 1977

William L. Shappley

Mr. Shappley has earned an AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest recognition possible in the legal industry, for his professionalism and ethics.

Practice areas
-Gaming law
-Commercial transactions
-Real estate law
-Oil and gas law

Admitted
-Mississippi and U.S. District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of Mississippi, 1973
-U.S. Supreme Court, 1980

Education
-University of Mississippi, J.D., 1973
-University of Mississippi, B.P.A., 1971

Associations & memberships
-Warren County Bar Association
-The Mississippi Bar

Biographical details
-Phi Delta Phi
-Business Manager, Editorial Board, Mississippi Law Journal, 1972-1973
Education
  • University of Mississippi
    Juris Doctorate , 1973

Robert R. Bailess

Mr. Bailess has earned an AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest recognition possible in the legal industry, for his professionalism and ethics.

Practice areas
- Commercial litigation
- Commercial transactions
- Riparian rights law
- Corporations law
- Wills
- Trusts and estates

Admitted
-Mississippi and U.S. District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of Mississippi, 1976
-U.S. Supreme Court, 1980
-U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit, 1990

Education
-University of Mississippi, J.D., 1976
-University of Mississippi, B.B.A., 1973

Associations & memberships
-Warren County and American Bar Associations
-The Mississippi Bar (President, 2007-2008)

Biographical details
-Phi Alpha Delta
Education
  • University of Mississippi
    Juris Doctorate , 1976

Allison McDonald Brewer

Practice areas
- Real property transactions
- Corporate law
- Employment law
- Commercial transactions
- Commercial litigation
- Banking law

Admitted
-Mississippi, U.S. District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of Mississippi, and U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit, 2004

Education
-Mississippi College School of Law, J.D., 2003
-University of Mississippi, B.A., 2000

Associations & memberships
-Warren County Bar Association
-The Mississippi Bar

Biographical details
-Articles Editor, Law Review
-Judicial Clerk, Mississippi Court of Appeals, 2004
Education
  • Mississippi College School of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 2003

Stephen McMillin

Admitted
-Mississippi, 2010

Associations & memberships
-The Mississippi Bar

John C. Wheeless

Mr. Wheeless has earned an AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest recognition possible in the legal industry, for his professionalism and ethics.

Practice areas
- Commercial litigation
- Banking law
- Bankruptcy law
- Corporations law
- Agriculture law

Admitted
-Mississippi and U.S. District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of Mississippi, 1965
-U.S. Supreme Court, 1980

Education
-University of Mississippi, J.D., 1965
-University of Mississippi, B.A., 1962

Associations & memberships
-The Mississippi Bar

Biographical details
-Phi Delta Phi
-Moot Court Board, 1964-1965
Education
  • University of Mississippi
    Juris Doctorate , 1965
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