Gary DeWitt Attorney-at-Law

I strive to stop the consequences of not planning:

  • You stand to lose your autonomy as a person and be put into the hands of Adult Protective Services or somebody else that you don’t desire
  • You put your family’s security at risk
  • You put your assets at risk
  • Your private affairs will be publicized
  • If you are incapacitated, your family will have to go to court to access your funds
  • Your spouse’s next spouse can cut your children out
  • Estate tax rates start at 40%

About Me

I grew up on a ranch in Northeastern Oklahoma.  When I wasn’t in school, I was working on the family ranch. I learned the importance of hard work at an early age, and was raised with strong values: Perseverance, Honesty, Integrity & Service. Also, my parents taught me life should be conducted in the order of God, Family, Country.

College

I was blessed to be able to attend Oklahoma State University, majoring in Business Administration and Computer Science.

Career

As  a result, I was able to spend the next 20 years working as a computer professional & consultant.  Most of that time was spent working in the agriculture industry at a very large poultry company & providing consultation services to numerous Fortune 100 companies.

However, even though I was successful, I felt something was missing in my life.

Turning Point

In February of 2010, my father passed away of a sudden heart attack. Because of this, my mother and I had to take the family ranch through probate – for the third time since 1975.  This was an extremely long and stressful process and it is the last thing that anyone wants to go through while they are mourning.

Later in 2010, I experienced some heart problems. While lying in the hospital and reflecting on my life, I decided to take my life and career in a different direction.

I decided that I wanted to help families navigate their own probate issues; and through proper planning guide others in avoiding this stress.

Law School

Although not many people go to Law School with the goal of becoming an Estate Planner, that’s exactly what I did!

I attended the University of Arkansas Law School, graduated, passed the bar and was reborn as an attorney.

Proper Planning Saves Headaches and Money

Growing up on a ranch, it was understood that during the good times, you should prepare for the not-so-good times (accidents are common on a ranch). Most people don’t think about Estate Planning, until after its too late.

With proper Estate Planning, nobody should have to go through probate. Nobody should have to add extra strain to an already emotional time. Families deserve to be protected from the dangers they don’t know about. If you are already going through Probate Court, my goal is to help guide your family though the process, stress-free.

The Best Part of Waking Up

 The best part of being an Estate Planner, what motivates me every day, are the families I get to work with. Meeting you, hearing your stories & counseling you on creating a practical & effective plan for the future, is a gratifying experience. I truly enjoy taking you through the planning process, explaining and simplifying the “legalese” along the way — so you understand all of your options and make the best decisions for your loved ones.

Unique Perspective

My education, coupled with my valuable life experiences, gives me a unique perspective and allows me to bring Estate Planning and Elder Law solutions to your family, in a way that goes beyond the traditional lawyer/client relationship. I don’t provide canned, one-size-fits-all plans. I work to create a customized solution, tailored to each client’s values, needs & goals. I also take the time to make sure each plan is implemented correctly and I monitor the plan so it is kept up-to-date.

What Makes Me Uniquely Qualified to Help You:

  • Practice limited to Estate Planning, Probate, and Elder Law
  • 20 Years of real life work experience in planning, design, and analysis
  • Advanced Law Degree (LLM) in Estate Planning and Elder Law
  • Member of National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Member of Wealth Counsel
  • First hand life experience in these areas of law (been there, done that personally)

Our Goals

At the DeWitt Law Firm, we make a thorough and diligent effort to understand your family’s values, needs and goals. Our passion is helping to make sure that your legacy & assets are preserved, your loved ones’ futures are secured….and your family will never have to go through a long, difficult probate process.

About Our Firm

When founder Gary DeWitt opened the DeWitt Law Firm, PLLC in 2014, he saw an opportunity to change the way estate planning was done.  To transform the experience most people get when doing their estate planning.  He saw the creation of an estate plan as a lifelong relationship with you as your trusted adviser.

To make this a reality, the firm was built around certain core values at the heart of the firm.  These include:

  • Returning phone calls and communications in a timely manner
  • Lawyer doing all the work, not a paralegal or secretary
  • Passion for Planning
  • No “canned” solutions.  Unique solutions for unique families like yours
  • It’s not about the work, it’s about the relationship with you

We want you to have a great experience when you work with us.  We want you to have peace of mind from the moment we start and from then on.  

In order to accomplish, Gary created a unique 10 step, three phase system:  Agile Method Proactive Planning – AMPP for short.

AMPP is built on ten tenants:

  1. Client satisfaction by early and continuous delivery of value
  2. Welcome changes, even late in the planning process
  3. Close cooperation between client and attorney
  4. Face-to-face conversation is the best form of communication, supplemented by mail, email, and phone
  5. Plans developed with motivated individuals
  6. An effective, working plan is the principal measure of progress
  7. Continuous attention to excellence and good design
  8. Sustainable progress
  9. Simplicity is essential
  10. Self-reflection on how to become more effective and adjust accordingly

Because the best things in life aren’t property, we are leading the way towards personal planning.  We use a Revocable Living Trust, or other tools not only to distribute your goods, but to express your values.

For example, you may create a trust that rewards your children for the behavior your want, such as getting a higher education.  You can create a trust that keeps wealth in the family, even in the harsh reality of a divorce, lawsuit, remarriage, or children inexperienced in handling money.

We also strongly believe that everybody should proactively manage their personal, legal, financial, and healthcare decisions.  We create the proper powers of attorney with every plan.

We understand that the high cost of nursing home care is often a concern.  We look forward and make our best efforts to plan with those high costs in mind in order to shield your money as effectively as possible.

When the estate plan must be carried out, we compassionately help families navigate the murky waters of settling the estate.

  • Recently, I had a client I was helping with a real estate transaction that needed help with their estate planning. I felt 100% confident referring them to Gary DeWitt. My client came back and was thrilled with the way Gary respectfully and competently handled her affairs. Gary is a man of integrity that I have known since our days in Law School, and I would highly recommend him to anyone.

    Bryan C. Gibson
    Attorney-at-Law
  • I have known Gary for many years and the one thing that stands out about him is his ability to take an issue and work to find the best possible solution to the problem.  He is not afraid to dig in and work many hours to learn something new to help with the task or just to better his own knowledge.

    Pam Bowerman
    Senior Analyst
    Tyson Foods, Inc.
  • Gary is an attorney who is down to earth, honest and cares about his clients. When he was working on my trust, he was very thorough and explained all details in easy to understand terms.  Gary is very personable, which you rarely find in an attorney, making for a pleasant experience. I would highly recommend Gary DeWitt!

    Keith Branch
    Owner
    Branch Photography
  • Gary DeWitt was an absolute pleasure to work with.  He walked me through the entire guardianship process and addressed all of my concerns. He is a very intelligent, capable, and professional attorney. I would like to thank the Dewitt Law Firm for their expertise and professionalism in handling our family’s guardianship case. Gary and Winnie were outstanding and really put my mind at ease during the entire process. I highly recommend him and his staff.

    Jennifer Keeling
  • Gary is an attorney who is a down to earth person and has a great understanding of what a person needs are.  Gary is very concerned with giving his clients a quality solution for a good value and will spend the time with you to make sure he understands your situation.  He is knowledgeable on elder law, estate planning, and special needs circumstances and I would feel comfortable in recommending him to anyone who has those types of concerns.

    Don Ogden
    Financial Advisor
    Edward Jones
  • Gary is a straight and honest professional who truly listens to the needs and desires of his clients. He is there to provide the best advice and counsel possible to meet the needs of those he serves. His professionalism extends beyond his office. He is an active supporter of his community, investing in downtown by moving his office there. He is a member of the Chamber of Commerce, BNI and several other networking groups/organizations. He is dedicated to growing his business by means of helping clients and ensuring they have a great experience!

    I’m proud to be a client and a friend of both Gary and Winnie DeWitt and consider myself fortunate to be able to work with them to grow not only their business but downtown Springdale and NWA as a whole!

    I would encourage anyone with any kind of legal need to consider DeWitt Law Firm and learn what many others have experienced, they’ll earn your business the right way!

    Sean Simons
  • Gary Dewitt is a truly dedicated professional. He is constantly learning so he can better serve his  client’s needs. As an Insurance Professional, having an estate planning attorney who I can trust to help my clients navigate a changing economic landscape and tax code is golden. Gary and his wife Winnie are rare gems these days in the Estate Planning profession!

    Theresa Dilatush
    New Course Financial
  • If you need a professional and reasonably priced lawyer in NW Arkansas to finally get a will made, or other life long planning, I highly recommend Mr. DeWitt! His free book is a wealth of information!

    Dan Copeland
 

Winnie DeWitt

Winnie DeWitt - Operations ManagerI am a native of Arkansas, having been in and around Northwest Arkansas most of my life.  I have lived in Springdale for the past 16 years working, playing and raising our 2 children, Madeline and Aaron.

I have had several careers like most people.  After working in large companies I decided I was ready for a change.

Career Change

My sister was working at UAMS in Little Rock as a physical therapist and took me to work with her.  I fell in love with physical therapy and went back to school to become a physical therapist assistant.  The next 16 years I worked with children with special needs in the public schools and pre-schools.

Physical Therapy

I absolutely loved working with the children, families, physical therapist and other health care  professionals.  The children were such a delight!  It was so rewarding to help a child to grow and thrive, walk and play, crawl and climb.  Even though some of the diagnosis were frightening and debilitating it gave me great joy to help those children experience normal activities like swinging or playing in a ball pit.

Gary’s Change of Profession

After Gary’s father passed away in 2010 he told me he wanted to go back to school to become an attorney.  He didn’t want anyone to go through the tedious and long process that our family had to go through with his father’s probate.  I knew that he had found a career he could be passionate about and I was behind him 100%.

He has an incredible mind and I knew he could accomplish anything he set his mind to.  I have always enjoyed helping people and I wanted to have my own business, since I grew up helping both my mom and my brother operate their own successful businesses.

Children

My two children, Aaron and Madeline, are what drive me on a daily basis to work hard.  I want to be the example for them on having a successful balance of work and family time. But also, serving our community with caring and dedication.

My Goal

My goal is to assist every person who comes through our doors.  I will do my best to help people get the best service in a caring environment in a timely manner.  I am dedicated to returning phones calls with answers!  Our office is here to serve and we love having our clients feel welcome to drop by when they need us.

Our goal is to be the person you turn to when making those big decisions in life.  We want to be a friend of the family for generations to come.  Each family has a different set of needs and goals.  Our plans are customized for each family and we do that taking our clients through the planning process, explaining the options and making a plan that will fit our clients’ needs and goals.
Day in and day out I assist Gary on helping our clients in proper planning at every stage of their lives.

Different People, Different Plans

There is a different plan for single individuals, young married couples, to people in their 40’s, 50’s and on.  We listen to our clients to make sure that their goals are met. We strive to prevent the “horror” stories we hear from people every week.  Having to move your loved one into a nursing home is hard enough without finding out they will not qualify for Medicaid.

Conclusion — Local Folk

We love working and playing in Downtown Springdale and being part of the revival of the downtown area.

I hope that I can serve you and make planning a creative experience to share with generations to come!

 
 

What Sets Us Apart?

We are the DeWitt Law Firm, PLLC. I love creating plans to save people from headaches, but I was fed up with “one size fits all” plans.  So I created my law firm to customize each plan to maximize protection and minimize your out of pocket cost.

I’ve created a system that tells you exactly what you need to plan and minimizes the amount of time it takes to get everything in one place.

With a system, vital items don’t “fall through the cracks” and get overlooked.  Workbooks and checklists make sure we don’t create the wrong plan for you.

What really sets us apart?

  1. An attorney does ALL of the work. From the interview, answering questions, creating the documents, signing, and making changes, an attorney does it all.
  1. You are our partner, not just a client. Whether you’ve been with us for days or decades, we’re always responsive and always on.
  1. We are not a “trust mill.” Your plan is custom crafted to minimize cost and maximize benefit.  We don’t do things just because they are the “flavor of the month.”
  1. Your time is important. If we are more than 15 minutes late, $50.00 to the charity of your choice.
  1. Your questions are answered, no matter how long it takes. We want you to understand why, not just walk out with a stack of papers.
  1. Changes, up to one hour of my time, are free of charge within the first year.