Areas of Practice

Divorce/Domestic Relations/Family Law

Christopher J. Behan has extensive experience in the area of divorce and domestic relations. He has represented clients in complex divorce cases and in cases involving difficult or issues of first impression. He provides services for the preparation of prenuptial and antinuptial agreements. Mr. Behan also represents clients in matters involving child custody, visitation, and child support, as well as adoption and paternity proceedings. He provides services in matters dealing with juvenile proceedings and adjudications. Mr. Behan is a contributing author to "A Practical Guide to Divorce in Rhode Island" and has been a lecturer on domestic relations issues for legal organizations. Mr. Behan is also consulted by other attorneys for advice on issues involving divorce and domestic relations.

Wills, Trusts and Estate Planning

Christopher J. Behan provides experienced services for the drafting of Wills and Trusts, Powers of Attorney including Powers of Attorney for Healthcare, and similar documents. His office provides experienced services for estate planning including elder law issues. He provides experienced services for the Probate and administration of decedent's estates and also advice to beneficiaries of an estate. He provides services and advice to fiduciaries of estates with respect to the duties owed.

Real Estate Law

Christopher J. Behan has extensive experience in representing clients for the purchase, sale or leasing of both residential and commercial real estate. His practice also includes representation of clients for zoning and other governmental permitting procedures as well as property tax appeals. His services include advising and representing clients in the formation of purchase and sales agreements and leases, performing title searches, obtaining title insurance policies and representing clients at real estate closings. Mr. Behan represents clients in landlord tenant disputes, evictions, or other legal proceedings. Mr. Behan provides services to condominium associations and condominium unit owners with respect to their rights and obligations under condominium declarations, by-laws, condominium laws and with respect to other issues that arise with the condominium form of ownership.

Business Law

Christopher J. Behan offers services for the formation of corporations, limited liability companies, partnerships and other business ventures. His office also advises businesses on other legal issues that a business may be involved with such as issues involving labor or employment law, government permitting, liability and other general business issues. His office has also represented business clients with respect to collection actions.

Personal Injury Law

Christopher J. Behan provides experienced representation of people injured due to the negligence or intentional acts of another which may include injuries from automobile accidents, slip and falls, medical malpractice or other accidents. This office has the ability to evaluate and document the claim, engage in meaningful settlement negotiations, and bring the matter to Court and trial if need be.

Civil Litigation

The Law Office of Christopher J. Behan represents clients in civil litigation matters in the federal and state Courts and before municipal and state administrative bodies. The litigation services include areas such as torts and personal injury, business, collections, real estate, land use, zoning, contract, tax appeals, landlord/tenant, commercial, employment and labor, among other matters.

Criminal Litigation

Christopher J. Behan provides representation to clients in criminal matters which include criminal matters before the District, Superior and Family Courts as well the Rhode Island Traffic Tribunal. His office provides services to clients facing punitive sanctions from other municipal and state administrative bodies.