REAL ESTATE LAW
The Cope Firm represents homeowners, lenders, title companies, escrow officers, and title insurance companies across the state of Texas regarding disputes and transactions involving title to real estate. We are proud to have successfully resolved hundreds of disputes for homeowners, so we know that a threat to your home is deeply distressing. Our firm also ensures that mortgages remain available to homeowners by assisting lenders against illegitimate challenges on mortgages. Our firm has also succeeded every time our victories have been tested in the courts of appeal across the state.
Title disputes are intensely unsettling and more common than most expect. Disputes can include a competing claim to title by a long-lost relative of a former owner; claims arising from undisclosed transactions; foreclosure by lenders whose prior loans were not properly paid off; easements for pipelines, private roads, and power lines; mechanic’s lien claims by workers or vendors of prior owners and contractors; boundary disputes; forgery; fraud; and even attacks on the mental capacity of the prior owner to legally convey title. The Cope Firm has handled these types of disputes and dozens more.
Title companies often rely on the Cope Firm to defend against attacks alleging breach of fiduciary duties, negligence, negligent misreprentation, and fraud in connection with title transactions. Many of these claims include accusations of wrongful conduct by escrow officers. These attacks by often sincere but misguided parties to transactions are defeated by applying well-established law that distinguishes the roles and responsibilities of settlement agents in connection with a typical transaction.
Similarly, some of the largest title insurance companies in the nation call upon the Cope Firm to defend against lawsuits that are typically rooted in misunderstanding of the vital but limited role title insurers play in real estate transactions.
Title disputes are serious and often constitute deeply impactful threats to your home, your business, and your integrity. If you are facing a title dispute, call the Cope Firm for a free consultation to see if we can help.
CHILD WELFARE LAW
Every day in Tarrant County, a network of social workers, lawyers, judges, and volunteers work within the child welfare system to protect children and provide trauma-informed services to families in difficult – often tragic – circumstances. The situations that trigger intervention by Child Protective Services are as varied as the families in our communities; people of all ages, races and religions who are often struggling through no fault of their own with the aftershocks of their own traumatic experiences. Many are caught in the quicksand of addiction that began all too easily. Whatever the reasons that bring a family into the child welfare system, each part of the system plays a role in providing safety and stability while services are provided to help children and their parents ultimately enjoy safe and healthy families in which they can thrive.
Founding attorney John Cope is a foster parent and former 7-year felony prosecutor who spent 4 years assigned to a specialized narcotics unit. In his role as a foster parent and in his training to serve as a child welfare attorney, Cope has acquired extensive knowledge regarding the effects of trauma on parents and children in our child welfare system. Cope’s experience as a narcotics prosecutor provides insight when a realistic understanding of addiction and compassionate support for recovery are essential. Paralegal Angie Canady holds a sociology degree in criminal justice in addition to her paralegal training and extensive legal experience, affording her unique qualifications and insights that compliment her personal commitment to helping families.
No matter what the circumstances of your case may be, you deserve respect and the best advice possible from someone who is committed to you and your goals. Children need an attorney who will fight to protect them and their right to live happy and fulfilled lives free from abuse and neglect. Parents need an attorney who knows you don’t have to be a perfect parent to keep your children in Texas – none of us are – and who will work hard to facilitate reunification.
We will immediately begin working to ensure the safety and stability for our clients who are children, and will help our clients who are parents connect with a compassionate network of court-based and independent resources that support your goals, and will work with you and your support network to help you make the right, often tough, choices that will help you reach those goals.
If you need assistance with the child welfare system, call the Cope Firm for a free consultation to see if we can help.
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