Personal Injury, Wrongful Death
The attorneys at Brown & Hobkirk have recovered millions of dollars for accident victims over the last 20 years in a wide variety of personal injury cases including auto accidents, motorcycle accidents, bicycle accidents, wrongful death cases, slip and fall accidents, and dog bite claims. You can be rest assured that your case will be handled professionally and directly by an attorney with years of experience.
An initial legal consultation with an Arizona personal injury attorney at Brown & Hobkirk is free of charge. Our attorneys work on a contingent-fee basis. If we take your case, you pay us only if you receive a monetary recovery. Contact us today because a personal injury lawsuit in Arizona must be filed before the statute of limitations expires, which in some cases can be as little as 180 days from the accident.
Here are a few of the personal injury cases recently handled by the attorneys at Brown & Hobkirk:
Bicyclist in Tucson injured by a passing pick-up truck leads to $125,000 settlement (2018)
Wrongful death arising out of a crash caused by the driver of a semi-tractor trailer in Goodyear leads to $900,000 settlement (2017)
Trash hauling truck causes serious injuries in Chandler resulting in a $250,000 recovery (2017)
Drunk driver cited for super extreme DUI causes serious injuries in Paradise Valley culminating in spinal fusion surgery and a $250,000 settlement (2016)
Unprovoked attack causes heart attack during a New Year’s Eve party resulting in a $250,000 recovery (2015)
Construction worker rear-ended while working on the job sustains rotator cuff tear and permanent impairment and receives a $525,000 recovery (2014)
Unsecured man-hole cover in the parking lot of a convenience store in Phoenix leads to a total knee replacement and a $525,000 settlement (2012)
ATV crash with an automobile on a dirt road in North Scottsdale results in multiple fractures and $250,000 settlement (2011)
TRUSTS WILLS & PROBATE
Wealth Preservation, Family Protection, Succession Planning, and Estate Administration
Many people may not know that everyone in Arizona has an estate plan. If you haven't created your own estate plan, Arizona has created one for you, by establishing laws that direct where your assets will be distributed and who will handle your affairs if you become incapacitated or pass. Of course, you may not agree with what Arizona's legislature has planned for you and this process typically requires costly and time consuming legal proceedings. For that reason, everyone should create their own estate plan.
Brown & Hobkirk have assisted thousands of clients create estate plans for over the past two decades, from creating basic estate plans; to complex trusts to minimize gift and estate taxes and protect personal assets. Typically an estate plan consists of a Last Will and Testament, a Durable Financial Power of Attorney, and Healthcare Directives (including Healthcare Powers of Attorney, Mental Healthcare Powers of Attorney, and Living Wills). In addition, many people choose to create a Living Trust. A properly created trust can provide many benefits from avoiding the cost and stress of a drawn out probate, to controlling the distribution of assets for minor beneficiaries, ensuring the money is used for beneficial things such as education, health and maintenance. Trusts can also provide protection to beneficiaries from creditors, lawsuits and even possible future divorces. In addition, a Trust can prevent disqualifying a beneficiary from receiving government assistance through a supplemental needs trust, or protect an adult beneficiary who may need protection in the event of substance abuse or other objectionable behavior.
In addition to Trusts, Last Wills and Testaments can provide specific direction regarding distribution of property, provide detailed instruction for burial and/or cremation, and most importantly, name guardians for minor children. A properly established Durable Power of Attorney can avoid a costly conservatorship proceeding by naming an agent to handle financial affairs if you become incapacitated. A Healthcare Power of Attorney can avoid a costly guardianship proceeding by appointing an agent to make healthcare decisions for you, while a Living Will allows you to provide detailed instructions to your family and loved ones in the event of an irreversible coma or persistent vegetative state.
From modest estates to multi-million dollar estates, we can assist you and we would welcome the opportunity to discuss ways to accomplish your estate planning goals.
In addition, the attorneys at Brown & Hobkirk have assisted hundreds of clients with navigating the probate process here in Arizona as well as assistance with administering trusts. From opening an estate through probate, to assisting clients with gathering and distributing assets, and eventually closing the estate. Probate typically requires filing paperwork with the court and there are a number of legal obligations along the way. Having an experienced probate attorney to assist you not only reduces stress but allows you to focus on other important matters in the event of a loved one's passing.
BUSINESS & REAL ESTATE LAW
Business Entity Formation, LLC's, Buy Sell Agreements, Residential and Commercial Real Estate, Contracts, Title Issues
While there are serious legal issues that can arise in the business world that require retaining an attorney, the attorneys at Brown & Hobkirk focus on preventing serious issues. One of the most important types of prevention is selecting the most suitable form of business entity. We assist in (along with a client’s accounting and tax advisors) identifying what type of entity best suits our client's needs, such as a limited liability company (LLC), corporation (“s” election or a c-corporation), professional corporation, professional limited liability company, partnership, etc., and then draft and file the documentation required to form the chosen entity.
In addition to formation, we assist our clients with providing organizational assistance, such as approval of policies (e.g. by-laws), as well as assisting with creating operating agreements, shareholders’ agreements and partnership agreements so that owners’ rights and responsibilities to the company and each other are clearly defined.
The attorneys and Brown & Hobkirk have also assisted thousands of clients with various real estate matters, such as: buying and selling residential real estate, buying and selling commercial real estate, residential and commercial leases, landlord tenant matters, evictions, short sales, foreclosures, and HOA matters. This includes drafting and reviewing residential purchase agreements, resolving title issues, assistance with closings, drafting, and reviewing/ negotiating commercial purchase and/or lease agreements.
If you have a real estate matter, let the attorneys at Brown & Hobkirk assist you and provide not only important protection but peace of mind.
Premarital Agreements, Divorce, Adoptions, Child Support, Custody
Nothing is more stressful than facing a family law matter. Whether you're going through a divorce, or you're facing issues with child custody or child support, the attorneys at Brown & Hobkirk understand how difficult these issues can be. Brown and Hobkirk make it their priority to make the process as less stressful and as less overwhelming as possible for their clients.
In addition to divorce, custody and support issues, the attorneys at Brown & Hobkirk also provide representation in the following matters: prenuptial agreements; community property disputes; marital debts; annulment and legal separation; custody disputes; child support; spousal maintenance (alimony); orders of protection; grandparents’ visitation; paternity proceedings; step-parent adoption; and name change petitions.
No matter what your family law issue is, the attorneys at Brown & Hobkirk can guide you through the process in a compassionate and caring manner, ensuring that you receive the best possible result.