One of Mr. Wooten’s main career objectives is to help small businesses grow and thrive. As an entrepreneur with multiple business investments, Mr. Wooten personally knows the types of issues that could hinder a small business’s ability to reach its potential. A particular issue faced by many small businesses every day is past due debts from customers and clients. If a small business isn’t paid in a timely manner by its customers and clients, then that business will not be able to continue operating efficiently. Mr. Wooten assists many small business clients by providing notices of the debt to their customers and clients, filing lawsuits where necessary, and obtaining judgments. After obtaining judgments for his clients, Mr. Wooten uses numerous collection techniques to assist his clients in collecting their judgments including bank and wage garnishments, placing liens on property, using writs of possession and execution/ Sheriff’s sales, and other collection processes. Mr. Wooten will help your business collect the debts of customers in a professional and ethical manner to insure your business continues to grow and thrive.
State and Federal Governments as well as other actors have the power of eminent domain in the United States. This basically means that the government can take your property under the color of law, but the government has to pay you the fair market value for your property. In many instances, the municipality is not offering you a fair price for your valued and irreplaceable family property. Mr. Wooten has represented many families, landowners, and businesses that have had their property condemned by the State and Federal Governments as well as the Tennessee Valley Authority and local municipalities. The Wooten Law Office will advise you on condemnation law, assist you in finding and hiring appraisers and experts to properly value your condemned land, negotiate with the land takers, and if necessary, litigate against the proper entity to help you obtain a fair value for your cherished real estate. If you have received a notice of condemnation or an eminent domain claim, please do not hesitate to contact our law office to discuss representation.
Corporate and Contract Negotiations
Mr. Wooten has years of experience owning and representing small businesses. From start-up to selling your successful business, Mr. Wooten thoroughly enjoys assisting small business owners in all legal facets of their company’s lifespan including setting up your initial corporate structure and preparing bylaws/ operating agreements, instituting employee handbooks, obtaining the appropriate business licenses and complying with regulations, conducting simple and complex contract negotiations, purchasing competing businesses, and/ or selling or dissolving your business after it has run its course. Mr. Wooten has consulted with business in a wide spectrum of industries and of all sizes and wants to make your business better and help protect your valuable assets.
Mr. Wooten’s own personal experience as well as his legal experience helps him to better understand most business owners’ dilemmas and provide candid feedback for your business conundrums. He also has experience with employment, real estate and collection issues and can be your one-stop resource for valuable legal advice on a myriad of daily business and corporate issues. Please feel free to call Mr. Wooten at the Wooten Law Office for all of your business, corporate and contract needs.
When someone is charged with a criminal action, the legal process can seem overwhelming and at times unfair. Mr. Wooten acts as an advocate for his clients in that he seeks fair judgment for those charged with any form of criminal activity. Mr. Wooten meticulously checks and investigates the events leading to the arrest including, but not limited to, verifying police reports, meeting with witnesses, and checking the scene of the alleged crime. Mr. Wooten seeks fair treatment for all accused within the criminal justice system. Mr. Wooten focuses his criminal practice in the following areas:
-Driving Under the Influence charge (DUI), Driving While Intoxicated (DWIs), and Boating Under the Influence (BUI)
-Traffic and Driving Violations in Tipton, Lauderdale, and Haywood Counties
-Other heinous crimes
Employment Law covers all facets of the employer-employee relationship and the related body of law that includes, but is not limited to, Management and Employee disputes, Employment Contracts, Restrictive Covenants including Non-competition and Non solicitation clauses, Severance Agreements, Employment Discrimination, Harassment, Wrongful Termination, Wage and Hour Law, Union Disputes and Employee Compensation and Benefits. Mr. Wooten has years of experience representing Employers and Employees in a variety of labor and employment law situations.
Whether it is a employment contract dispute, a sexual harassment situation, a race, age, or disability discrimination claim, a dispute over employee benefits, lack of overtime or minimum wage payment, or a potential wrongful termination claim, Mr. Wooten prides himself on providing counseling and litigation services to employers and employees to help settle their legal disputes in a cost-effective manner, if possible. If not, Mr. Wooten will zealously seek justice and protect his clients’ rights at trial.
One of the more unique areas of Mr. Wooten’s law practice is the attractive and interesting area of entertainment law. Mr. Wooten represents clients who are established within the entertainment industry or who are seeking to establish themselves within the entertainment industry. Mr. Wooten became involved in the entertainment industry while he was studying for his undergraduate degree at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. While in St. Louis, Mr. Wooten gained experience managing a very prominent musical artist along with other musical and entertainment groups in the Mid-West area. Mr. Wooten has since represented other prominent artists in contract negotiations, endorsement and licensing deals, setting up corporations and business structures, assisting with obtaining trademarks for their products, copyrighting their and providing other legal advice to his clients within the entertainment world. Now that Mr. Wooten’s law office is located in close proximity to two of the most musically eclectic cities in the country, Memphis and Nashville, he is hoping to attract more talented clients in order to help them establish themselves in their musical field and better promote and sell their products.
“Intellectual Property” means property of the mind and encompasses the five ways to protect that property: patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, and industrial design rights. Intellectual property law defines and protects the majority of creative works, including literature, music, inventions, and art. The United States Patent and Trademark Office is charged with instituting the procedures to protect intellectual property rights in a person’s original, intangible works. The law defines and allows each person to profit from these ideas personally developed for a certain amount of time.
William A. Wooten has obtained numerous trademarks for entrepreneurs, small businesses, talented inventors, and international music stars. He has filed trademarks for clothing companies, beverages, and new inventions, just to name a few. Mr. Wooten enjoys assisting individuals and companies in devising unique trademark names, defining the appropriate trademark class/es, researching the possible trademark’s availability, filing the trademark application, working with the USPTO during the application process, and litigating for approval, if necessary. Mr. Wooten also has experience in preparing and defending cease and desist letters and trademark infringement issues, protecting trade secrets, and preparing and negotiating domestic and international trademark and copyright licensing agreements.
Please feel free to contact the Wooten Law Office to discuss your trademark or intellectual property issue. We look forward to helping you protect and profit from your brilliant business ideas.
Landlord/ Tenant and Real Estate Disputes
Mr. Wooten routinely represents landlords in landlord/ tenant disputes, evictions, and the collection of past rent and damages. Mr. Wooten also represents home and landowners in property line, adverse possession and other real estate disputes. Mr. Wooten handles disputes arising under all forms of residential and commercial leases. Mr. Wooten can provide you with general advice as well as file and defend lawsuits relating to the following real estate and property law issues:
- Property line disputes and quiet title actions
- Adverse possession and common law property claims
- Obligations, responsibilities, rights and remedies under all forms of residential and commercial leases;
-Performance, compliance, breaches, defaults and other disputes involving specific residential and commercial lease provisions;
-Interpretation of ambiguous lease provisions,
-Evictions as well as unlawful detainer actions; and
Personal injury lawsuits are regularly filed by individuals or groups who have been injured as a result of another party’s negligence or wrongdoing. If you have been injured in a car wreck, a family member has been the victim of a wrongful death, or you have been injured by a faulty or defective product, you and/or your family member has suffered a personal injury caused by another party’s illegal actions. William A. Wooten has represented individuals who have been severely and/or catastrophically injured in car accidents due to the other party’s negligent or reckless driving, fraudulently mistreated under Tennessee’s consumer protection law, and been injured due to a defective medical device, among numerous other personal injury cases. Mr. Wooten’s main goal is to obtain justice for his clients by collecting money, also called damages, from the tortfeasor and any applicable insurance policies. These damages include the recovery of lost income/ wages and business opportunities, payments for emotional and physical pain and suffering, punitive damages, if applicable, and to reimburse any medical expenses that the victim has incurred as a result of their injury. If you believe you have suffered a personal injury or a tort violation, please contact the Wooten Law Office for a free consultation.
Social Security Disability
One of Mr. Wooten’s favorite areas of practice includes representing clients who are disabled and are seeking disability payments to supplement their lost income. The process of obtaining disability benefits from either Social Security or from a private insurance provider can be overwhelming especially if a person has been recently diagnosed with a disability or has been suffering from one for years. Mr. Wooten assists his clients by preparing and submitting claims on behalf of the client as well as appealing or litigating denied or suspended claims. Mr. Wooten and his assistants help clients prepare the proper information and documentation, assist in collecting the clients’ relevant medical records and timely submit these records by working directly with the client or the client’s care taker, if needed. Mr. Wooten cannot guarantee that disability claims will be honored, but he can guarantee an honest and professional experience for the client in their time of need.
Workers’ Compensation covers employees that receive injuries on the job that occur within the course and scope of employment. Most states, including Tennessee and Missouri, require specific actions by the employer and employee in a work-related injury in order to obtain the available benefits. Mr. Wooten has represented employees that have suffered severe injuries on the job throughout the workers’ compensation process including filing litigation to maximize the employee’s rights and benefits. Additionally, he has provided defense services and tactics for employers facing workers’ compensation claims or issues. We understand the concern and frustration for all parties involved in the process and are prepared to quell your fears and work with you to make sure the system works efficiently and fairly.
If you have been injured on the job or you have an employee that has been injured on the job, please feel free to contact the Wooten Law Office, and we will provide with our knowledgeable, best advice.
WILLS / ESTATES / TRUSTS
If you’ve recently lost a loved one, you have our condolences. We know it can be difficult to deal with the legalities of wrapping up someone’s affairs while you are still mourning that person’s death. The Probate and Estate process does not have to be intimidating and confusing. Mr. Wooten has represented all sizes of estates from multi-million dollar estates to simple property transfers after the death of a loved one. Mr. Wooten has experience assisting estates and trusts with large tracts of land and numerous valuable assets and can help the Executor/ Executrix/ Trustee liquidate and maximize the value of the beneficiaries’ inheritance. The Wooten Law Office stands ready to assist you, your family and the beneficiaries during your time of need.
Areas of Practice in Probate and Estate:
-Preparing wills, living wills and healthcare, durable and general powers of attorney
-Preparing and setting up trusts
-Opening and closing estates
-Working with and guiding executors, executrixes and trustees
-Maximizing estate and trust values
-Transferring Real Estate for the deceased and trusts
-Liquidating estate and trust assets through private sales, auctions, estate sales and asset sales
-Finding, hiring and working with numerous experts to value estate property and assets