FREE BOOK – SECRETS OF EFFECTIVE ESTATE PLANNING
A Treasure Trove of Information – P.V.
We Are Different
- An attorney does ALL of the drafting and legal work. From the interview, answering questions, creating the documents, signing, and making changes, an attorney does it all.
- No hidden fees. Everything is explained up front.
- Fees quoted up front and explained. Flat fees are used as often as possible.
- Family owned and operated.
- 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.
- 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.”
- Your time is important. If we are more than 15 minutes late, $50.00 to the charity of your choice.
- Your questions are answered, at no additional charge, no matter how long it takes. We want you to understand why, not just walk out with a stack of papers.
- Minor changes are free of charge within the first year.
I grew up on a working 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.
I was blessed to be able to attend Oklahoma State University, majoring in Business Administration and Computer Science.
As a result, I was able to spend time 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.
The Turning Point
My father passed away of a sudden heart attack in 2010. 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 the same year, 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.
Second Time Around – 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 remade as an attorney.
Proper Planning Saves Hassles 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 the hassle of probate. Nobody should have to add extra stress and 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.
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
- Real life work experience outside of “lawyering” 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)
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 you make sure that your legacy & assets are preserved, your loved ones’ futures are secured….and your family will never have to go through the long, difficult hassle of probate.
I strive to stop the consequences of not planning:
- You stand to lose your autonomy as a person (have your rights given to somebody else) and be put into the hands of Adult Protective Services or somebody else that you may not want
- You put your family’s security at risk
- You put your assets at risk
- Your private affairs will be made public
- 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%
The Boring Stuff
Undergraduate degrees from Oklahoma State University in Computer Science and Business
Law degree from the University of Arkansas
Advanced Law Degree (LLM) from Western New England
I 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.
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.
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.
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 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!