Thomas Niksa
92 South Main Street, 1B
Saint Albans, Vermont 05478
(802) 527-1010

     If you are looking for a positive result in your legal matter, you should seek a firm that has substantial experience in similar cases.  I have the experience and resources to achieve best possible results in your case.  If you have concerns in any of the following legal areas, I am the attorney for you.  I have a stellar reputation based on my educational and professional backgrounds, and I am highly regarded in the profession, Vermont's courts, and the community of St. Albans.  I am confident that you will not be disappointed in my work on your behalf. Learn more about my areas of practice below.

Criminal Defense
     Chances are, you have never been charged with a crime before.  Whether you have been charged with a felony or "just" a misdemeanor, you now face a process that carries with it the possibility of real and permanent consequences.  Criminal defendants often do not know how serious their own situation is.  You should know that whatever the charge is, it is serious and needs to be addressed.  A conviction for even a "minor" charge can lead to jail time, fines, or both.  And your conviction will become part of a criminal record that can cost you employment and financial opportunities in future.  Now, as never before, you need to fight to protect your rights, and you need a skilled criminal defense attorney who will stand up for you.  Contact me for advice.

     If you have been cited for DUI/DWI, you should know that the law gives serious consequences upon conviction.  A DUI sentence may require you to pay a substantial fine, serve some time in jail, or both.  In addition to any fines or jail time, your driver’s license may be suspended, even if it is your first offense.  You will have to find alternate transportation and go through considerable effort to regain your driving privileges after a drunk driving conviction.  To add insult to injury, many insurance companies will drop your motor vehicle coverage if you get a DUI.  The companies that will insure you will only do so at a greatly increased premium.  It is easy to see how important it is to protect your rights – and to do that, you need a lawyer who will work to stop these consequences from becoming reality.  Contact me today.

     Serious money problems are not a sign of failure.  Financial difficulties can hit anyone, no matter how careful they are with their finances.  You may have been injured or laid off, or your business may have been a victim of the economic climate.  While your income slows down or stops, the bills keep coming in.  The bankruptcy laws give you a way to create a fresh start.  Depending on your situation, you may choose to file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, in which most of your debts are eliminated.  Alternatively, you could file under Chapter 13, through which you repay some of your debts over time with oversight from the Bankruptcy Court.  My associate, Dr. Valerie George, and I can help you decide whether bankruptcy makes sense in your situation and which type is best for you.

Family Law
     Family law matters can be emotionally draining, particularly when children are involved.  However, you must not let yourself be overwhelmed by the emotions involved so that you neglect the many difficult legal issues that will arise in a family law case.  If you are facing child custody, visitation, support, or another family-related legal issue, you need expert legal assistance to protect your rights.  I can make sure that you are not taken advantage of during the proceedings. 

Wills and Probate
     It may be hard to think about how your family would deal with your affairs and finances after you pass away, but it is essential to do so.  Without proper planning, your property could go to the government or to people whom you did not choose. The probate process is easier on all involved if the correct planning has been done in advance.  I can help you make informed decisions about your estate and prepare a will that makes your wishes clear and will stand up in court. 

     If you and your family are faced with administering a loved one's estate, you may be apprehensive about the probate process, or the family may be unable to agree, particularly if the deceased left no will or if the existing will is obsolete. I can help you administer the estate so that the process goes smoothly and fairly and all the court requirements are met.


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