R. Michael Smyrl - Attorney At Law

office (713) 947-0001
fax (713) 947-9113

3009 Strawberry
Pasadena, TX  77502

Description of Services

Accident Cases

My fee agreement on accident and injury related cases is on a "contingent" fee basis. That means that I will only earn a fee if your are compensated for your injuries. Many people who are injured in accidents cannot afford to hire a trial lawyer. I feel that a contingent fee puts everyone on a level playing field and allows even the indigent client to receive full justice under the law.

In Texas we generally have a two year statue of limitation. That means that we have two years from the date of accident until we have to file suit. We will normally investigate the case to determine liability, the amount of insurance coverage available, and the extent of your injuries. Once your case is evaluated and we have a good idea as to your injuries and damages we will make a demand on the insurance company to determine if the case can be settled in an amicable manner. If the case cannot be settled then we will normally file suit.

Serious Injury, Death Claims, and Auto Accidents

I have been handling serious injury, death claims, and auto accidents for the over 34 years.

Wills / Probate

I handle the probate of estates where the deceased died with a Will. The Will must normally be probated within four years from the date of death of the deceased. The fee on probate cases is on an hourly basis. The hourly rate depends on the complexities involved in the estate. I will be happy to give you a quote on the hourly rate over the telephone or by email.

The majority of the estates I handle involve probating a Will. In probating of a Will with an Independent Executor you normally must follow the following steps: a) File the Will with the Court and have the Executor Appointed; b) The Executor will then file their Oath with the Court. c) Creditors must then be noticed. d) A sworn Inventory is then filed with the Court. The Executor will take possession of the assets of the estate, pay debts and taxes owing, and deliver the assets to the beneficiaries. Normally I will only handle cases where the deceased died with a Will. If the deceased did not have a Will I would have to discuss the facts of the estate to determine if I could be of assistance.

Estate Planning

I prepare Wills, Powers of Attorney, Directives to Physicians, HIPPA Releases, and numerous Estate related documents. The cost of these documents is normally a flat fee. I will be happy to give you a quote over the telephone or by email.

Insurance Claims

I handle claims that are maid directly against the insurance company. These claims may involve the failure of your insurance company to provide you with the benefits that you have under your policy. These cases are normally handled on a contingent fee basis, i.e. no recovery, on fee.

Traffic Tickets

I am the assistant Municipal Prosecutor for the City of Deer Park, Texas. Therefore, I do not handle tickets in Deer Park. I normally only handle tickets in the City of Pasadena. I will be happy to give you a quote over the telephone or email.