The experienced attorneys and staff at Hand Ponist Horvath Smith & Rayl, LLC are dedicated to giving each client the personal service that they deserve and to boldly advocate for our client’s best interests. Hand Ponist understands that the litigation process and other legal concerns can be daunting and stressful; however, our law firm strives to ease the burden as much as possible for each of our clients. Our Indianapolis criminal lawyers want each client to feel that their case is important and that our firm is a part of their larger family support system. Regardless of your legal concerns, we intend to be with you every step of the way.
The attorneys at Hand Ponist primarily focus on the areas of criminal defense, family law, business law, civil litigation, administrative law, estate planning and probate, lobbying, and education law.
Hand Ponist’s Criminal Defense attorneys come with decades of experience in both trials and appeals. Our criminal defense attorneys come have diverse backgrounds, including not only defense but also prosecution and judicial experience. Having all three perspectives on our team enables us to understand, for example, the factors that may be important to a local prosecutor in negotiating a plea agreement and what factors judges may consider most important in imposing sentences. Being charged with a crime may be one of the most stressful situations you will ever encounter, and an experienced Indianapolis criminal attorney is one of the best people to have on your side.
Similarly, a divorce or a dispute over child custody may also be one of the most stressful experiences you every have, and Hand Ponist strives to also be there for your family no matter the situation. Our team understands that life often throws you curve balls that you aren’t expecting, so it is our goal to ease the burden as much as possible. Whether you are getting divorced, modifying custody or parenting time, or needing to change your child support order, our family law attorneys are ready to help.
Our business law attorneys furnish experienced counsel to businesses, particularly small and medium-scale business, and their owners. If you are just starting out in business, we can help you get off on the right foot. If you are buying or selling a business, we can help protect you against unpleasant surprises and draft or negotiate a purchase agreement to protect your interest. If you are buying a franchise, we can help you analyze the franchise agreement and the franchise disclosure documents, so you know exactly what you are – and what you are not – getting for your money. If you are ready to raise capital for your business by bringing in other investors, we can help you avoid the potential landmines associated with securities laws.
Our litigation practice includes not only the criminal defense cases and family law matters mentioned earlier, but we also represent clients, both plaintiffs and defendants, in civil litigation. Our civil litigation practice includes personal injury cases, such as traffic accidents; breach of contract cases; disputes between the owners of closely help businesses; defamation (libel and slander) claims; enforcement or defense of noncompete agreements; employment matters; and more.
The attorneys in our administrative law practice assist clients with matters in front of administrative agencies. For example, we can represent clients in front of the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles with special driving privileges (also called hardship licenses), as well as license suspensions and reinstatements. We can defend professionals who are facing disciplinary actions by a licensing authority, including mental health counselors, psychologists, professional engineers, teachers, nurses, marriage and family therapists, addiction counselors, and real estate appraisers. Hand Ponist can assist with firearms or handgun licensing issues. Our attorneys can help with accreditation by the Office of Career and Training Services (OCTS) or the certification of minority owned business enterprises or women owned business enterprises by the Indiana Department of Administration or the Indianapolis Office of Minority and Women Business Development. We can also help you obtain records from the federal government under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) or the Indiana Access to Public Records Act (APRA).
You don’t have a will? Our estate planning attorneys can help with that, but we can also do much more. For example, can help you plan for the contingency that, someday, you may not be able to manage your own affairs or make your own decisions by furnish powers of attorney and appointments of health care representatives. A living will or a life-prolonging procedures declaration can help your health care providers and your health care attorney-in-fact and health care representative understand in advance what your wishes with respect to life support measures. If you have minor children, we can write a declaration of standby guardianship so that someone you trust will have the ability to take care of them immediately after your death. We can also discuss whether a living trust is a good choice for you as a way for your family to avoid the delay of going through probate. On the other hand, if someone in your life recently died, naming you as his or her personal representative, we can help with the probate process.
Not all law firms have a practice in the area of education law, but we do. Education is a lifelong passion for our partner, Joel Hand, who previously held an Indiana teacher’s certificate in secondary education. Mr. Hand is thoroughly familiar with the law that affects teachers, schools, and school boards. He can assist teachers with certification issues, and he can help students who are facing expulsion of suspension. He may also be able to help if you, as a parent, see that your special-needs child has the appropriate educational opportunities and accommodations.
Mr. Hand is also a registered legislative lobbyist in Indiana where he is known for his ability to work on both sides of the aisle. In addition to serving as an Indianapolis criminal lawyer, he can represent the interests of our clients in the Indiana General Assembly, in the Indianapolis City-County Council, or in other cities and towns across Indiana.