Why Your Lawyer Makes a Difference
Will the lawyer you hire really make a difference when handling your estate planning, real estate or business transaction needs?
If all you are looking for is a quick signature on the bottom of a document, probably not. But if you need to make sure handling your legal documents or dispute today will help you eliminate problems in years to come, there is no question the right attorney can make a difference.
Many people only think of hiring a lawyer when something needs to be fixed. I see things differently. I am attorney Joseph Michael Dickerson of Laredo, Texas. Colleagues tell me I’m a different kind of lawyer. I like building things, rather breaking things apart. Since graduating from St. Mary’s University School of Law in San Antonio in 1995, I have always focused my career on helping people prevent problems now, so they don’t have to fix them later.
Estate Planning, Probate Business Transactions & Real Estate
Circumstances in life overlap. How can you be sure to pick a attorney that can stitch the seams of your complex life together?
I am a Texas board-certified estate planning and probate attorney. Most people know that estate planning law firms help you with basic estate planning tools like wills. With more than 24 years of experience as an attorney who focuses on helping people plan for the future, rather than resolving problems in the present, my firm takes into account a much larger picture. When we sit down together, we will discuss your comprehensive life goals, including:
- Ways to make sure your business will remain under ownership and operational control of your family. We also offer mediation services to help resolve disputes outside of trial.
- Strategies for reducing your taxes now and making sure your heirs and beneficiaries aren’t burdened with taxes when you die.
- Guardianship and legal instruments that allow you to make decisions on behalf of elderly or incapacitated loved ones in your family.
- Transactional concerns about passing on the title to your home, purchasing a residential or commercial parcel of property, or selling your real estate investment.
A Proud Member of the Community
Will your lawyer know more than just how to fill out forms and turn in paperwork? How effective will your lawyer be in surpassing your expectations?
I get to know my clients by taking an active role in the business community as well as the legal community of South Texas and the Rio Grande Valley. I am involved on multiple levels in both Rotary International and Boy Scouts of America as well as an active member of the Laredo and McAllen Chambers of Commerce.
When you walk through the doors of The J.M. Dickerson Law Firm, I want you to feel as if you are visiting a friendly neighbor and a trusted member of the business and legal community.
I am the author of The Road Map to Rich, A Lawyer’s Perspective on Getting and Staying Rich (Ovation Books, 2007). I am also the author of three other books called The Texan’s Guide of the Probate Process (Marigold Horizon Publishing, 2019), The 3 Bucket Method for Asset Protection (Marigold Horizon Publishing, 2019) and it’s Spanish translation, El Método de las 3 Cubetas Para Protección de Activos (Marigold Horizon Publishing, 2019).
U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas, 1996
St. Mary’s University School of Law, San Antonio, Texas
Texas A&M International University, Laredo, Texas
M.B.A., Master of Business Administration
Professional Associations, Accolades and Memberships Legal Excellence Award for Literary Distinction by Attorney Magazine 2019 Entrepreneurial Attorney of the Year Finalist 2019 Young Professional of the Year by The Laredo Chamber of Commerce 2019 Rio Grande Valley Estate Planning Council, Member & Speaker since 2017
Rotary International, District 5930 Chairperson for Polio Plus RI District 5930 Rotarian of the Year 2017-2018 Past Laredo Rotary Club President 2013-2014 Member of the Laredo Chamber of Commerce Member of the McAllen Chamber of Commerce Allied Member of the Laredo Motor Carriers Association
We would like for you to reach out to us!
Yes, I can help you with one or two individual services, but circumstances in life overlap. The J.M. Dickerson Law Firm can stitch the seams of life together.