Domestic relations matters:
- Premarital and postmarital property agreements
- Divorce/Modification of Divorce Decrees
- Identifying community and separate property and property division
- Grandparents' Rights Issues
- Child Custody/Modification of Child Custody
- Child Support/Modification of Child Support/Child Support Enforcement
- Obtaining Spousal Support
- Enforcement of child access
- Name Changes
Personal injury matters:
- Wrongful death and survivor actions
- Automobile and truck accidents
- DUI accidents
- Work-related accidents (with or without workers compensation insurance)
- Corporate Matters
- Non-compete and Non-disclosure Agreements
- Commercial Litigation
- Business Transactions
- Real Estate
Wills and Probate
Brian Bethune has settled numerous divorce and other domestic relations cases during his career, including one of this state's largest family estates. When it comes to domestic relations cases, settlement is almost always the preferred solution, but Mr. Bethune has also successfully litigated child custody disputes for both fathers and mothers. He also has litigated difficult property divisions of complex estates.
Brian Bethune has successfully settled or litigated numerous personal injury cases, including wrongful death and survival actions, automobile accidents, and slip-and-falls. He successfully settled a claim against a general contractor for the employee of a subcontractor who was injured on the job and collected workers compensation benefits.*
Brian Bethune has represented buyers and sellers of businesses of various kinds and values. He has considerable experience at drafting, evaluating, and litigating non-compete agreements, including a month-long jury trial over a non-compete agreement given with the sale of a business. The latter case involved hundreds of documentary exhibits and the introduction and operation of a miniature thermal storage system for the jury .
Mr. Bethune has defended, through jury trials, Fortune 500 companies in various contract disputes. His employment with Fruehauf Corporation has given him insight into matters of warranty creation and violation. He has successfully defended Fortune 500 companies against claims under the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act.
* Construction-related accidents, when one is employed by a subcontractor, make difficult cases. Even if workers compensation insurance is available [we do not practice workers compensation law], benefits often do not fully compensate one for the loss. The basic rule of law in Texas is that an employee of a subcontractor cannot seek recovery from a general contractor. There are exceptions to every rule, however, under which injured employees of subcontractors may have the right to seek additional compensation from the general contractor.