FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: What type of cases do you handle?
A: Watkins & Watkins is a boutique style firm—we have focused our attention on Creditors’ Rights, commercial litigation and collections. We don’t try to be all things to all clients. We won’t find us practicing criminal law, you won’t see us suing for consumer debts, and you won’t see us in traffic court. You will find us at the Civil courthouses, both State and Federal, day in and day out trying cases and enforcing our clients’ rights for their commercial debts. You will also find us out in the business community, acting as Court-Appointed receivers.
Q: Do all debt cases turn into litigation matters?
A: No. Each case has a unique life of its own, and there are many different paths that can result in collection. Sometimes an initial phone call or demand letter will result in payment of a debt. Other times it takes longer—a suit being filed and served on a Defendant, a case being called to trial, or a judgment being entered. If none of these things get a Defendant’s attention, post-judgment efforts for collection are called for and the options at this point are several.
Q: Do you only work in Houston? Do you only work in Texas state courts?
A: No. Texas is a big state and the lawyers at Watkins & Watkins take a big approach to Creditors’ Rights and commercial collections. Bruce and Lisa Watkins will pursue their clients’ claims wherever they lead, whether to the 3rd largest county in the U.S. (Harris County), to a rural Texas county, or even out of state by partnering with out-of-state law firms. The attorneys of Watkins & Watkins are admitted to practice in all state courts in Texas, all Texas Federal District Courts, the United States Fifth Circuit Court (New Orleans), and the United States Supreme Court.
Q: Do you only work for businesses?
A: No. Bruce and Lisa Watkins have represented governmental entities including Texas County Courts, Texas District Courts, and United States Bankruptcy Court Trustees.
Q: The customer that owes me money has filed Bankruptcy. Am I out of luck?
A: Not necessarily. Watkins & Watkins represents creditors in bankruptcy cases. Seeking relief from automatic stays, defending preference claims, and objecting to claims filed by debtors are just some of the actions that the firm has pursued for their clients in United States Bankruptcy Court.
Q: I have a judgment from a different state, but the debtor has moved to Texas. Am I out of luck?
A: No. A judgment from another state can be recognized in Texas and enforced here. The lawyers of Watkins & Watkins are knowledgeable in this area and have collected on foreign judgments that they have domesticated in Texas. Bruce Watkins has been a presenter to members of the State Bar of Texas on the topic of domesticating foreign judgments.
Q: How are you paid for your services?
A: Watkins & Watkins takes various factors into consideration when entering into a fee agreement with a client. These factors include: the type, age and size of the debt, the assets owned by the potential Defendant, the complexity of the issues involved, and the projected amount of time needed to conclude the matter with a recovery for the client. The attorneys at Watkins & Watkins will work on an hourly basis, a contingent fee basis, a flat-fee basis, and on a hybrid formula with both hourly and contingent fee components. Watkins & Watkins will structure a fee arrangement that is best suited for your particular case. When you hire the attorneys of Watkins & Watkins, you will have a written fee agreement that will clearly spell out the terms of the representation.
We keep our clients because we produce results. May we work hard for you, too?
Watkins & Watkins is a creditors' rights and commercial litigation firm in Houston, Texas, serving clients in The Woodlands, Sugar Land, Richmond, Rosenberg, Kingwood, Clear Lake, Texas City, Katy, Galveston, Angleton, Harris County, Montgomery County, Liberty County, Chambers County, Galveston County, Brazoria County, Fort Bend County, Waller County, Comal County, Crockett County, Aransas County and in Dallas, Austin, Beaumont, San Antonio, and statewide in Texas. CALL TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT (713) 222-6837.