Even the sunniest day in Scottsdale can surprise us with some pretty dark clouds. When relationships falter, when there has been an arrest, or when you need guidance preparing an estate plan, call on the Stewart Law Group. Our caring legal team offers assistance in Scottsdale to those needing estate planning and probate representation; DUI and general criminal defense representation; and child custody, family law, and divorce representation.
Are you familiar with Scottsdale’s Jack Knife, the bucking horse with rider in the Arts District? Ed Mell’s well-known sculpture may be a welcoming sight for visitors, but it is also a metaphor for a life in chaos, even crisis. Is everything in your personal life rocking up-and-down, swinging side-to-side, and moving back-and-forth despite your best efforts to regain control? Hanging on for this wild ride may be difficult. Don’t let go! Hand over the reins so we can help.
With the Stewart Law Group, you will never have to worry about being kept apprised of new developments in the case. We keep our clients informed on every discovery matter, every legal motion and hearing, every court proceeding, and every judicial ruling and decision. If trial is necessary, we will prepare you for that, too.
Every client’s case is unique. And every case presents unique challenges. We believe each of our clients deserves the best legal advice available from a lawyer who has years of experience in that practice area. To be hiring a professional who is both knowledgeable of the law and respectful of that individual’s situation.
For instance, in our criminal defense practice many of our clients have remarked how important it was for them to be treated respectfully and non-judgmentally. Mutual respect builds trust. And trust is crucial for productive communications between attorney and client. No one deserves a dressing down for having made a mistake. For not having gotten a Will prepared sooner. For wanting a divorce. Or for believing the other parent would be a better custodian for the children. Everyone is different and everyone deserves respect.
At the Stewart Law group, we are passionate about our work in the Scottsdale community. Known for superb negotiating skills and legal stratagems, our attorneys are always prepared to turn up the heat when trial is necessary to protect our client’s rights and interests. That is always so, whether we represent a parent in a dispute over legal decision-making authority (child custody); the economically disadvantaged spouse in a complicated divorce and property division; the defendant being prosecuted for felony theft; or the claimant-heir in the contested probate of the decedent’s estate.
Our job description includes litigating matters that could not be resolved consensually by agreement between our clients and opposing parties. We take our professional responsibilities seriously and are proud of the good results we obtain for our clients.
When we provide family law, divorce, DUI and family defense, estate planning, or probate representation, our clients have confidence knowing they will be prepared and expertly guided through every civil, criminal, or probate court proceeding. That means being represented in settlement negotiations, plea bargaining, discovery, pre-trial hearings, conciliation counseling and mediation preparation, trial, post-judgment motion practice, reconsiderations, sentencing hearings, and appeals. Attorneys with the Stewart Law Group do everything in their power to obtain the best possible results for our clients.
City life can be very good in Scottsdale, and not just for golfers in the family. When the marital home is near Old Town or in a South, Central, or North Scottsdale neighborhood, both legacy and continuity remain important goals for spouses, parents, and grandparents. Most people find that, as they mature, they have an even stronger desire to have an estate plan in place. One that will benefit their children, grandchildren, and other loved ones, as well as their favorite charities.
A Scottsdale attorney with decades of experience can discuss situations and events that may arise at any time and the legal instruments used to carry out specific objectives. (Consider, for example, a living trust, durable power of attorney, or healthcare power of attorney.) An estate planning attorney with the Stewart Law Group can prepare the plan that best protects your family’s future, after you or your spouse have passed. (Consider, for example, a Last Will and Testament, testamentary trust, or inter vivos trust.).
Do you want to make life easier? Do you want to make your children’s and grandchildren’s lives easier? Take the initiative. Have your documents reviewed by an estate planning attorney. If you do not have an estate plan yet, then have a lawyer explain key inheritance concepts, business succession planning, and the benefits of tax avoidance planning. Why? So you can make informed decisions about the future. So you and your loved ones are provided for financially. So the probate court’s involvement is minimal. And so you (as testator, settlor, or donor) can maintain control over the final distribution of your estate.
Why not plan to care for loved ones after you’ve passed on? Why not create a business succession plan so your kids can handily assume control of the family business when you and your spouse retire or can no longer run the operation? If you are expecting a first child, then arrange for guardianship should something happen to both parents. No one is immune from financial ups and downs, illnesses, and the inevitable loss of loved ones. When you need representation and strong advocacy, consider a local Scottsdale estate planning and probate attorney.
Generally, there are three courts where cases are heard, depending upon the type the subject matter. They are the Scottsdale City Court, Superior Court, and U.S. District Court.
For most of our Scottsdale clients, their civil, probate, and criminal proceedings are initiated either in the Superior Court in Maricopa County or in Scottsdale City Court. With a misdemeanor assault charge, for example, where the arrest occurred within the Scottsdale city limits, the case may proceed in Scottsdale City Court or Superior Court (city court shares criminal misdemeanor jurisdiction with the Superior Court). Civil traffic violations, protective orders, and parking citation cases arising out of acts or omissions within the city limits are heard in Scottsdale City Court.
Divorces and family law cases are within the exclusive jurisdiction of the Superior Court. Collateral matters relating to the main criminal prosecution or family law case, such as an order of protection, may be handed in Scottsdale Municipal Court.
Importantly, felony offenses are heard in Arizona’s Superior Court, such as a charge of felony possession of marijuana. Certain felony cases proceed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona. Our defense attorneys are also licensed to practice in the U.S. District Court. The federal courthouses are located in five Arizona cities: Phoenix, Tucson, Yuma, Prescott, and Flagstaff.
For families accustomed to shopping and dining in Old Town and being entertained in an Old West atmosphere that is “totally Scottsdale,” divorce and child custody proceedings are life-changing.
Family law cases can be intensely emotional for clients and often require resolution of many legal issues. If the spouses cannot reach a parenting agreement, for instance, then the court will make those parenting decisions for them. Child custody attorneys with the Stewart Law Group assist clients in negotiating settlement agreements, and litigate when necessary any disputed issues over parenting plans, legal decision-making, parenting time, and child support.
Arizona divorce proceedings resolve complex asset divisions, retirement plan and pension division, debt division, and settlement negotiations over spousal maintenance, among other related concerns. If one or both spouses is a service member, then additional federal laws and international laws may need to be complied with in the Scottsdale client’s military divorce.
With children of divorce, naturally parents are concerned about doing what is right for the kids. Parents want to maintain strong bonds with their children, so those family relationships can continue to grow and strengthen.
Our Scottsdale divorce team is particularly attentive to the needs and best interests of the children in these situations. A parenting plan is required for all minor children of divorce. In many cases, forensic child custody evaluations assist parents and the court in determining what is in the children’s best interests.
Additionally, the court has continuing jurisdiction over legal decision-making and parenting time orders. It may modify its order after a year or more, but only in the event there is a substantial and continuing change of circumstances. Modified custody orders may be sought in an emergency or when the child is in an environment that could seriously endanger his or her emotional, mental, or physical health, safety, or well-being.
Our legal team is committed to providing all of our clients with the highest quality of representation. Call our Scottsdale office at 480-425-1400 and schedule a confidential consultation with an attorney who can help. Or you can email your question to email@example.com and we will quickly and discretely respond.