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:

Based in Visalia, Ruddell, Cochran, Stanton, Smith & Bixler, LLP, offers experienced representation to clients throughout Central California. We are a general practice firm with a practice that encompasses business and commercial law; real estate law and development; estate planning; trust administration and probate; trust and estate litigation; civil litigation and water law. Our lawyers also provide skilled services to property owners' associations and for landlord-tenant issues.

Ruddell, Cochran, Stanton, Smith & Bixler, LLP — Strong Community Ties

With more than 100 years of legal history, our firm has deep roots in the community. We are the oldest continuously practicing law firm in the area. Our reputation with our peers and clients for professional and ethical integrity speaks for itself, and we are AV Preeminent peer-review rated* through Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating. We also take pride in our community involvement, ranging from participation in local bar associations to helping area youth, hospitals and others in need.

Experienced Business, Civil And Estate Law Attorneys Serving Hanford, Visalia And Tulare

Our six attorneys have more than 150 years of combined experience, ranging in the full array of areas that we practice. Our Visalia civil and litigation attorneys will meet with you to fully understand your needs and give you an honest assessment of your case and available legal options. As our client, we will vigorously advocate for your best interests and can facilitate alternative dispute resolution, negotiations or fight for you in courtroom litigation. Our business and real estate attorneys will assist you with all facets of your business and real estate issues, from purchase and establishment to the sale of your business.

* AV Preeminent is a certification mark of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories - legal ability and general ethical standards.


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; Complex Business Litigation; Incorporation; Business Organization; Contracts; Mergers and Acquisitions; Insurance Trusts; Guardianship and Conservatorship; Restrictive Covenants; Zoning Law; Subdivisions; Like Kind Exchanges; Real Estate Exchanges; Conservation Easements; Commercial Transactions.

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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