Welcome to the Law Offices of Arthur K. Smith
Located just minutes north of Dallas in Allen, Texas, the attorneys at the Law Offices of Arthur K. Smith, A Professional Corporation, help businesses throughout the Metroplex and beyond in the areas of business litigation and personal injury defense, as well as provide civil and effective resolution of divorce and other family law matters in Plano, Frisco, McKinney, and other communities throughout Collin County.
Our litigation practice includes all manner of personal injury and business litigation matters, from automobile accidents, products liability and premises liability claims involving catastrophic injuries, to breach of contract and business torts, partnership disputes, and matters involving real property and construction law. Our family law practice includes handling divorce and all related issues, including child custody, child support, spousal maintenance, property division, and post-decree modifications and enforcement.
We are an AV rated law firm representing Fortune 100 companies regionally throughout the southwest as well as nationwide, but we also lend our experience and expertise to small and mid-size local businesses in the Metroplex. By translating big firm experience and quality to a smaller firm setting, we are able to provide a higher level of personal service and individualized attention than one usually receives in the area of business law and litigation.
At the Law Offices of Arthur K. Smith, we take the time to sit down with our clients and get to know them, to understand their issues and their goals in the representation. Whether that goal is best met through negotiation, mediation, arbitration, or litigation, or any combination thereof, our lawyers have the knowledge, skills, and abilities to obtain favorable results on behalf of our clients. In North Central Texas, contact the Law Offices of Arthur K. Smith, A Professional Corporation, for efficient and effective legal assistance.
507 Prestige Circle
Allen TX 75002
The family law attorneys at the Law Offices of Arthur K. Smith, A Professional Corporation, help individuals and families throughout Collin County, providing sound advice and effective representation in divorce and related matters such as child custody and support. Obtaining a dissolution of your marriage is usually not difficult. But making sure that your rights are protected and that your best interests are represented in the process requires the assistance of skilled and experienced legal counsel. In every aspect of divorce, the family law judge has significant discretion in how to rule, with long-lasting repercussions for the people involved.
Community property belongs to both spouses together, but it is within the court's discretion to divide marital property in the way it decides is "just and right," taking into consideration the rights of the spouses and whether there are any children. The proper characterization of each asset as community property or separate property, and a proper valuation of each asset, is essential to a fair and equitable distribution. It is imperative to be represented by a skilled and knowledgeable attorney to make sure all marital property is properly accounted for.
When the marriage has produced children, issues of child custody and child support are often the most important - as well as contentious and emotional - issues in the divorce. The court decides both legal custody (managing conservatorship) and physical custody, determining not only the child's primary residence and scheduled visitation with the non-custodial parent, but also establishing who has the right and responsibility to make decisions regarding the child's upbringing, such as educational, religious, and medical decisions.
Child Support and Spousal Maintenance
The court has significant discretion in deciding whether or not to make an award of spousal support, which can be ordered for up to three years. And even though child support is calculated according to a statutory formula, the judge has discretion to deviate from the guideline amount depending upon the circumstances. Effective advocacy from your attorney is important to making sure you and your children are well-represented and not unfairly taken advantage of.
Modification and Enforcement
We assist our clients even after the divorce has been obtained when a need for post-decree modifications or enforcement orders arises. Changed circumstances may cause one party to seek a modification of custody or support orders. For instance, one spouse may wish to relocate further away or out-of-state, or the income or expenses or needs of the children may change. A modification of a court order can only be done in court, and the other spouse may oppose the change. Also, if one party is not obeying court-ordered support, visitation, or other domestic relations obligations, it may be necessary to invoke the aid of the legal system to force enforcement.
Effective Representation in a Divorce
At the Law Offices of Arthur K. Smith, we are sensitive to the difficulties and challenges you are facing in a divorce. Our attorneys are always prepared to resolve the issues in a civil and amicable framework, with a minimum of additional stress. We are also experienced litigators, and above all will work to make sure that your interests are fully represented in the divorce. In Allen, Plano, Frisco, McKinney, and throughout Collin County, contact the Law Offices of Arthur K. Smith, A Professional Corporation, for effective assistance with your divorce or family law matter.
Attorney Arthur K. Smith is the founder of the Law Offices of Arthur K. Smith, A Professional Corporation, law firm based in Allen, Texas and representing businesses throughout the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex in business litigation and personal injury defense, as well as covering all of Collin County in the areas of divorce and family law.
Arthur Smith is engaged exclusively in the practice of civil trial law and is highly experienced in the trial and appeal of both commercial litigation and personal injury matters. In the area of commercial litigation, Mr. Smith regularly represents corporations and other business enterprises in cases dealing with business torts, employment law, and contractual disputes. In addition, he has substantial experience in both the prosecution and defense of a wide variety of more specialized claims, including those filed under the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act, the Texas Insurance Code, and the Texas Residential Construction Liability Act.
In the field of personal injury litigation, Mr. Smith regularly handles cases involving products liability, premises liability, and general negligence. He is particularly experienced in all manner of transportation litigation, such as railroad, trucking and aviation litigation, including representing a commercial air carrier in litigation arising from one of the most publicized crashes in recent history.
As an undergraduate at Colgate University, Mr. Smith belonged to both the Phi Beta Kappa and Pi Sigma Alpha scholastic honor societies. While in law school at the University of Virginia, he served as an Associate Editor of the Virginia Tax Review and as a member of the Virginia National Moot Court Team.
-J.D., University of Virginia School of Law(1984)
-B.A., magna cum laude, Colgate University (1981)
-Texas State Courts
-United States District Court, Northern District of Texas
-United States District Court, Southern District of Texas
-United States District Court, Eastern District of Texas
-United States District Court, Western District of Texas
-United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
-State Bar of Texas (Member, Litigation Section)
-American Bar Association (Member, Litigation Section)
-Dallas Bar Association
-Collin County Bar Association
-Texas Association of Defense Counsel
-Defense Research Institute
University of Virginia School of Law
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