Areas of Practice

Estate Planning, Probate and Trusts

Estate planning is a process by which a person controls and determines what happens to assets, debts, health and medical affairs during life and after death. Buzzard O’Rourke is able to assist with simple and complex issues, and formulate a plan to fit your desires.

  • Estate Planning and Administration
  • Last Will & Testament
  • Trusts
  • Codicils
  • Powers of Attorney
  • Physician’s Directive (Living Will)
  • Community and Separate Property Issues
  • Probate and Non-Probate Transfers
  • Creditor’s Issues
  • Probate Avoidance
  • TEDRA (Trust and Estate Dispute Resolution Act)
  • Domestic Relations Issues
  • Will Challenge

Personal Injury

Buzzard O’Rourke represents victims in multiple types of personal injury cases, with a focus on injuries sustained from vehicular accidents. Unrepresented individuals are often not taken seriously by insurance companies and have little likelihood of obtaining maximum compensation for injuries. It is not only important to have an experienced and aggressive attorney working for you, but it is crucial to have a trial attorney working for you.  With Buzzard O’Rourke, you will be represented by skilled litigators who are willing to take cases to court and go to trial.

  • Auto Accidents
  • Wrongful Death
  • Negligence
  • Insurance Claims
  • Medical

Criminal Defense

Facing a criminal charge can have life altering consequences. Criminal Defense attorney Shane M. O’Rourke has handled virtually every type of criminal case and has personally tried cases including DUIs, domestic violence, violent crimes, sex offenses, and homicides. As a former prosecutor, Shane understands the strengths and weaknesses of a prosecution case and uses that knowledge to create every advantage for you in your defense. Shane is extremely well regarded as a criminal defense attorney due to his very aggressive approach to criminal defense, his depth of knowledge in criminal law, and the countless hours he spends meeting the needs of his clients. Often times when a person hires a criminal defense attorney, there is minimal contact with that attorney and many legal options are left unexplored. Not at Buzzard O’Rourke. When you are charged with any criminal offense, we will have immediate and extensive contact with you to develop your best defense strategy, make sure every issue or potential advantage in the case is uncovered, and we will proceed to trial if plea bargaining is not an option, or if plea bargaining is not in your best interest.

  • Misdemeanors
  • Gross Misdemeanors
  • Felonies

Family Law

Divorce and Family Law issues impact all aspects of your life. Division of personal property and real estate, custody of children, liability for debts, future earnings, and retirement. It is important to have a skilled and knowledgeable attorney representing your interests. Jason J. Fugate is a careful tactician with many years of experience representing individuals in all stages of family law proceedings.

  • Divorce and Legal Separation
  • Visitation and Custody
  • Child Support and Maintenance
  • Paternity
  • Adoption
  • Modification
  • Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements
  • Division of Assets and Debts
  • Non-parental Custody
  • Dependency
  • Guardianship
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Parenting Plans and Residential Schedules
  • Community and Separate Property Issues
  • Domestic Violence Protection Orders
  • Relocation

Real Estate

Buzzard O’Rourke is able to assist and advise property owners, landlords, developers and builders in navigating through the often complex and vast legal maze of real estate law. We provide efficient preparation of necessary deeds and documents, contracts and leases, experience dealing with property line disputes, purchase and sale transactions, adverse possession, code compliance, and constructions issues.

  • Contracts and Leases
  • Purchase and Sale Transactions
  • Deeds
  • Mortgages
  • Boundary Disputes
  • Adverse Possession, Ejectment, and Quiet Title
  • Land Use, Zoning, Variances, and Special Use Permits
  • Easements
  • Liens
  • Timber Sales
  • Trespass and Nuisance
  • Construction Issues


Business entities can take many forms, the most common of which are Sole Proprietorship, Partnership, Limited Liability Company, and S-Corporation. How you choose to be structured, and how you elect to be taxed as an entity, are important decisions. Buzzard O’Rourke can help prepare the business entity you desire, as well as help maintain and protect your business interests.

  • Corporations
  • S-Corporations
  • Limited Liability Companies
  • Partnerships
  • Sole Proprietorships
  • Non-Profit Corporations
  • Business Transfers
  • Trade Secrets
  • Employment Issues

Contracts & Leases

Proper and careful drafting of contracts and leases, which form business and professional relationships, is vital to future success. Buzzard O’Rourke is able to provide advice, insight, and representation in connection with preparation, execution, enforcement and fulfillment of your transaction.

  • Commercial and Residential
  • Business
  • Services
  • Construction
  • Employment
  • Purchase and Sale
  • Evictions
  • Leases