Ruddell, Cochran, Stanton, Smith & Bixler, LLP

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Ruddell, Cochran, Stanton,
Smith & Bixler, LLP 
Visalia, California firm serving Tulare Co., California
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1102 North Chinowth Street
Visalia, California  93291-4113
(Tulare Co.)

Telephone: 559-302-9742
Fax: 559-733-4922

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Office Hours:
Monday: 08:00 AM-05:00 PM
Tuesday: 08:00 AM-05:00 PM
Wednesday: 08:00 AM-05:00 PM
Thursday: 08:00 AM-05:00 PM
Friday: 08:00 AM-05:00 PM

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About this office:

The law firm of Ruddell, Cochran, Stanton, Smith & Bixler, LLP meets the legal needs of individuals, families, businesses, farmers, real estate developers and others throughout the local community and beyond our local boundaries. Our experienced lawyers and staff are dedicated to providing professional and effective legal services in a wide variety of areas, including Business Law, Real Estate Law, Estate Planning and Wealth Transfer, Probate, Civil Litigation, Family Law, Adoption, and Water Law.

Our firm was founded over 100 years ago and remains the oldest and most trusted continuously running law firm in Tulare County. Our firm has grown and evolved along with the local community and our local businesses for several generations. Although the firm is involved in traditional legal matters affecting all businesses and individuals, it particularly enjoys being involved in new, innovative and challenging issues and developments having far-reaching future implications.

The firm has achieved the highest rating for legal ability in Martindale-Hubbell.


Statement of Practice Summary:
Wills; Trusts; Estate Planning; Probate; Civil Litigation; Business Law; Corporate Law; Partnerships; Real Estate; Landlord and Tenant Law; Farm and Ranch Law; Agricultural Cooperative Law; Water Law; Public Agency Law; Agricultural Law; Agribusiness; Agricultural Tort Claims; Crop Damage; Farm Equipment Liability; Irrigation Law; Torts; Construction Law; Arbitration; Mediation; Business Arbitration; Business Dissolutions; Business Formation; Business Litigation; Business Mediation; Business Reorganization; Business Torts; Business Transactions; Buy-Sell Agreements; Buying and Selling of Businesses; Limited Liability Company Law; Small Business Law; Sole Proprietorships; Joint Ventures; Family Business Law; Commercial Litigation; Commercial Law; Commercial Mediation; Commercial Torts; Breach of Contract; Contract Litigation; Community Property Law; Marital Agreements; Postnuptial Agreements; Premarital Agreements; Fraud; Adult Guardianship; Conservatorship; Guardian Ad Litem; Guardianship Administration; Guardianship; Commercial Property Insurance; Commercial Landlord; Tenant Law; Evictions; Unlawful Detainer; Trial Practice; Premises Liability Defense; Ancillary Probate; Probate Administration; Probate Litigation; Civil Liability; Intentional Torts; Tort Defense; Tort Liability; Decedents Estates; Estate Administration; Estate Litigation; Estate Planning for the Elderly; Family Trusts; Family Wealth Transfer; Living Trusts; Powers of Attorney; Special Needs Trusts; Trust Administration; Trust Law; Trust Litigation; Trust Planning; Contested Wills; Inheritance; Living Wills; Advance Health Care Directives; Family Law; Divorce; Adoption; Private Adoptions; Child Custody; Support; Commercial Collections; Easements; Homeowners' Association Law; Property Owners' Association Law.; Adoptions; Child Support; Child Custody Mediation; Marital Property Law; Marital Property Distribution; Marital Property Settlements; Legal Separation; Spousal Support; Post Nuptial Agreements; Post Divorce Modification; Trusts and Estates; Advance Directives; Life Insurance; Family Partnerships; Family Limited Partnerships; Charitable Giving; Charitable Trusts and Foundations; Federal Estate and Gift Taxation; Asset Protection; Wealth Planning; Wealth Preservation; Litigation; Real Estate Acquisitions; Real Estate Sales; Real Estate Contracts; Commercial Landlord and Tenant Law; Commercial Leasing; Office Leasing; Commercial Real Estate; Real Estate Development; Construction Defects; Mechanics Liens; Construction Litigation; Condemnation; Zoning, Planning and Land Use; Shopping Center Law; Partnership Law; Limited Partnerships; Limited Liability Partnerships; Corporate Partnerships; Clean Water Act; Water Rights; Water Quality; Groundwater Contamination; Riparian Rights; California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA); National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA); Step Parent Adoptions.

Year Established: 1893

Representative Clients:
Kaweah Delta Water Conservation District; Walter H. Jensen Cattle Co., Inc.; St. Johns Water District; Corcoran Irrigation District; Mangano Homes, Inc.; Smith Auto Parts, Inc.; American Incorporated; Todd Plumbing, Inc.; Bradford Steel Construction, Inc.; Cal-Western Nurseries; Pioneer Nursery; Tule River Cooperative Dryer, Inc.; Friant Water Authority; Lemoore Canal and Irrigation Company; Four Star Fruit, Inc.; CRS Farming.

Visalia Community Bank.

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