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Personal Injury Law

Personal injury is a legal term for an injury to the body, mind or emotions, as opposed to an injury to property. In Anglo-American jurisdictions the term is most commonly used to refer to a type of tort lawsuit in which the person bringing the suit, or "plaintiff," has suffered harm to his or her body or mind. Personal injury lawsuits are filed against the person or entity that caused the harm through negligence, gross negligence, reckless conduct, or intentional misconduct, and in some cases on the basis of strict liability. Different jurisdictions describe the damages in different ways, but damages typically include the injured person's medical bills, pain and suffering, and diminished quality of life.

If you’ve been in an accident or have experienced any other type of injury such as a dog bite, a fall or collision, Thomassen Attorney At Law PC can help. Our teams of experienced legal professionals understand that in life accidents happen, when they do, our job is to protect you (our client) in the event someone should not accept responsibility for their actions, or to limit damages and help you recover.

Get the results you’re looking for with Thomassen Attorney At Law PC. Our attorneys are in court almost every day fighting for our clients who have been in accidents and now need legal assistance. We are a team of experienced professionals who will not take the easy way out and settle you’re case, or shy away from going to trial when necessary. We have a network of doctors and who can help you recover quickly. We work closely with insurance companies and understand how to get them to fix or pay for damages.

Fill out the online form and we will review your case, get the largest possible recovery you are entitled to, under the law.

  • Auto and Motorcycle Accidents
  • Animal Bites
  • Broken bones
  • Carpel Tunnel
  • Government claims
  • Head injuries
  • Whiplash

If anyone is not treating you fairly, we are a tough team of Litigators, and we may take your case to Trial, letting a court system inform your adversaries they need to pay for your damages.

Get a FREE (Live) confidential Consultation by calling us today at +1(949) 342-7245 or fill out our online form for a FREE Live Chat Question and Answer session. We are more than willing to review your personal injury claim and explain your options, online or over the phone.

Construction Law

Construction Law is a branch of law that deals with matters relating to building construction, engineering, and related fields. It is in essence an amalgam of contract law, commercial law, planning law, employment law and tort. Construction law covers a wide range of legal issues including contract, negligence, bonds and bonding, guarantees and sureties, liens and other security interests, tendering, construction claims, and related consultancy contracts. Construction law affects many participants in the construction industry, including financial institutions, surveyors, quantity surveyors, architects, builders, engineers, construction workers, and planners.

Construction law builds upon general legal principles and methodologies and incorporates the regulatory framework (including security of payment, planning, environmental and building regulations); contract methodologies and selection (including traditional and alternative forms of contracting); subcontract issues; causes of action, and liability, arising in contract, negligence and on other grounds; insurance and performance security; dispute resolution and avoidance.

The Forum on Construction Law of the American Bar Association established in 1973 is the largest organization of construction lawyers in the United States. The group includes law firms of every size, solo practitioners, in-house and government counsel, non-lawyers such as, construction professionals and the public sector representatives. Forum members include those of owners, developers, design professionals, contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, construction managers, lenders, insurers and sureties.

Standard form contracts promulgated by the American Institute of Architects have been the standard in the industry (insofar as building construction); the organization first published a form in 1888, and has over 200 forms, with revisions to selected forms happening typically every ten years. However, these forms have been criticized as unfair to contractors in favor of owners and architects, which led to the publication of ConsensusDocs standard contracts in September 2007. The ConsensusDocs Coalition includes 41 trade associations representing design professionals, owners, contractors, subcontractors and sureties in the design and construction industry. ConsensusDocs publishes more than 100 contract documents, addressing all methods of project delivery, and are written in the project's best interest versus one particular party. Engineering lead projects such as horizontal infrastructure use other standard form contracts such as those developed by the Engineers Joint Contract Documents Committee. Recently several other organizations have developed contracts for use such as the CMAA (for projects using agency CM) and the Design-Build Institute of America[9] for projects using design-build.

Bankruptcy Law

Bankruptcy is governed by federal law, commonly referred to as the "Bankruptcy Code" ("Code"). The United States Constitution (Article 1, Section 8, Clause 4) authorizes Congress to enact "uniform Laws on the subject of Bankruptcies throughout the United States." Congress has exercised this authority several times since 1801, including through adoption of the Bankruptcy Reform Act of 1978, as amended, codified in Title 11 of the United States Code and the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005 (BAPCPA).

Some laws relevant to bankruptcy are found in other parts of the United States Code. For example, bankruptcy crimes are found in Title 18 of the United States Code (Crimes). Tax implications of bankruptcy are found in Title 26 of the United States Code (Internal Revenue Code), and the creation and jurisdiction of bankruptcy courts are found in Title 28 of the United States Code (Judiciary and Judicial procedure).

Bankruptcy cases are filed in United States Bankruptcy Court (units[1] of the United States District Courts), and federal law governs procedure in bankruptcy cases. However, state laws are often applied to determine how bankruptcy affects the property rights of debtors. For example, law governing the validity of liens or rules protecting certain property from creditors (known as exemptions), may derive from state law or federal law. Because state law plays a major role in many bankruptcy cases, it is often unwise to generalize some bankruptcy issues across state lines.

Business Insurance Law

Insurance Law is the practice of law surrounding insurance, including insurance policies and claims. It can be broadly broken into three categories.

  • Regulation of the business of insurance.
  • Regulation of the content of insurance policies.
  • Regulation of claim handling.
Timeshare Law

Timeshare Laws. If the process is not done according to federal and state laws, the sale, can in fact, be canceled. Every timeshare and vacation club company must follow the sales guidelines set forth by federal law. There is no exception to this law, no matter what.

Timeshares are next to impossible to sell. A search online will show that there are hundreds and thousands of listings where timeshare owners who have paid off their mortgage and are current cannot unload the burden for as low as a dollar. The contract is in perpetuity, which means life-long. To make matters worse, House Bill 453 was passed which removed the cap on how much your assessment fees can increase. This means your fees will increase drastically.

Municipal Law

Municipal Law is the law specific to a particular city or county (known legally as a "municipality"), and the government bodies within those cities or counties. This can cover a wide range of issues, including everything from police power, zoning, education policies, and property taxes.


  • Bylaws: A set of rules by which a municipality conducts its business. Bylaws tend to govern activities such as meetings, votes, record taking, and budgeting.
  • Land Use: Otherwise known as zoning, land use laws govern the purposes for which land may be used.
  • Spousal and Child Support
  • Municipal Charter: A municipality's founding document.
  • Municipal Corporation: The legal structure assigned to a municipality which allows it to buy and sell property, and sue or be sued.
  • Police Power: The legal term for the ability to use police to regulate the behavior of a municipality's residents.
  • Ordinance: The technical term for the "law" issued by a municipality.

Most attorneys who handle municipal law cases are hired by the municipalities themselves. The attorneys may even work as corporate counsel for the cities, which means that the attorney works for that particular city exclusively.

Local city or town councils are primarily responsible for creating municipal law. Since council members are elected from the town's residents, local residents have great control over municipal law, which can vary greatly between municipalities. If you believe you have a municipal law issue, be sure to consult an attorney familiar with the ordinances in your area.

Family Law

Are you in need of legal help for a family matter?

If so the Family Law practice area at Thomassen Attorney At Law PC is lead by an experienced team of attorneys. Our Family Law team understands that their clients are dealing with difficult life changing experiences. We are dedicated to guiding our clients through these situations in the fastest and easiest way possible all the while still focused on accomplishing the core results.

  • Marriage Dissolution
  • Asset Division
  • Spousal and Child Support
  • Child Custody
  • Pre-Nuptial Agreements
  • Mediation

Generally, we prefer for negotiated settlement solutions, however if our team should face stern opposition you can rest assured that you have the most experienced, assertive and determined representation if the issue should need to go before a court of law.

Debt Validation

A debt validation program can help you fix your unfavorable financial situation. Likewise, it can help to stop the harassing calls from debt collectors and possibly help to improve your credit score.

It is possible to walk away from the debt without paying anything. Federal law requires debt collection companies maintain complete and accurate business records. If these debt collection companies fail to do so, then they are not legally allowed to collect on the debt.

About Me

Marilyn Thomassen

Attorney At Law PC

Marilyn Thomassen began her International Law career 20 years ago in Salzburg, Austria. She has experience in a variety of areas of Civil Law, including Personal Injury, Construction, Bankruptcy, Business, Insurance, Timeshare Law, and Municipal Law. Ms. Thomassen’s strength is in complex cases of liability with substantial injury. She has handled a wide range of cases involving large corporations, insurance companies and municipalities. Ms. Thomassen prides herself in her unwavering loyalty and commitment to clients and to the success of their cases.

  • Personal Injury
  • Construction
  • Bankruptcy
  • Business Insurance
  • Timeshare Law
  • Municipal Law
  • Family Law
  • Debt Validation

Frequently Ask Questions

Most people will agree that when considering financial relief, bankruptcy should always be the option of last resort. Any form of bankruptcy will tarnish your credit for up to ten years and in some instances, can force you to liquidate assets you’ve worked long and hard to acquire. In the case of a Chapter 13 bankruptcy, you will come to clearly understand why an attorney who specializes in this area of the law will warn you that this avenue is exceptionally invasive into you and your family’s financial life and, accordingly, is never pleasant. In 2005, you may remember reading that the United States Congress, through pressure from the banks that created the credit card industry in the first place, fundamentally changed the bankruptcy laws, thereby making this process even more restrictive and difficult.

One that will quickly remove the debt and allow you to finally reacquire your future?

The short answer: Yes.

In the annals of business history, before bankruptcy was formalized and decriminalized under law, a common business practice between a party that was saddled with financial obligations they could no longer afford to pay and a party that had a fiduciary interest in those obligations, was to sit down, negotiate, and finally come to an agreement regarding an amount that was satisfactory and beneficial to both parties.

In today’s world, and especially since 2005, after congress changed the bankruptcy laws, this practice of “coming to terms” between a party with outstanding financial liabilities or obligations and a party to whom that obligation is owed, has not only become commonplace, but widely accepted as a good business practice between a debtor and his creditor.

The current condition of our economy has made it more and more difficult for individuals and families to keep up with their ever-increasing expenditures. As we all have been made painfully aware, daily news stories have shown us dramatic increases in the number of foreclosures and job losses during the past three years, forcing more and more people to look for other solutions to mitigate their financial worries.

While bankruptcy remains an option for some, blindly moving forward with such a decision without having first explored viable alternatives can potentially result in the most egregious of notations being reflected onto your credit history and future lending worthiness. Moreover, it is a mark that will stay on your record for ten years.

Unlike bankruptcy, however, financial negotiation does not appear as a matter of public record and typically results in far less damage to your lending worthiness. Financial negotiation, then, is an alternative to bankruptcy that may make it easier for you to bounce back to a favorable financial standing in a shorter amount of time and, by undergoing this process, the most problematic and long-standing blemish on your credit report may be avoided.

This is where the experience and expertise of The Thomassen Attorney at Law PC comes into play.

Our firm comprises a large team of attorneys that specialize in the mitigation of unsecured financial obligations, such as credit card liabilities and unsecured bank and finance company loans, offering our services to individuals and families looking for a fresh start without the egregious effects of a bankruptcy on their credit. With over one-hundred and fifty years of combined legal experience and expertise, our clients can rest assured that they are putting their trust in the right place.

No. The following are some debts bankruptcy will not be able to discharge:

  • Alimony and child support
  • Education Loans
  • Tax debts
  • New purchases owed that are more than $1,000 for luxury goods or services.
  • New cash advances that are more than $1,000

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