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Haynes Law Firm offers a full range of legal services for individuals, businesses, and trusts and estates. Below is a brief overview of some of the legal services offered by Haynes Law Firm, including estate planning, probate and trust administration, business planning, tax law, family law, and criminal defense.

Estate Planning

An effective estate plan is more than just a form will or trust. To ensure that your estate plan fulfills your desired objectives, it should be developed by an experienced estate planner only after a thorough analysis of the facts and circumstances of your specific situation.

An estate plan is not only important for elder law clients or those with substantial assets, but also for anyone who wants to ensure that their wishes are fulfilled when they can no longer make their desires known. An estate plan is especially important for those with minor children, as it provides parents the opportunity to nominate guardians for their children in the event of death before the children reach the age of majority.

Contact Haynes Law Firm today to schedule an appointment to develop an estate plan that fits your needs.

Wills

Your will is the foundation of your estate plan. Through your will, you can nominate a personal representative (executor) who will be responsible for administering your estate, determine who receives your real estate and personal property, establish trusts for your loved ones, and designate guardians for your minor children. An effective will is one that adheres to the requirements of Arkansas law while fulfilling your desires.

Trusts

Clients may desire to create trusts for a variety of reasons, including confidentiality, easing the probate process, or to place restrictions on distributions of property. A trust may be either revocable (can be modified by the grantor) or irrevocable (cannot be modified by the grantor) and it may also be a testamentary trust (established at grantor’s death) or a living trust (established during the grantor’s lifetime). The best type of trust for you depends on the facts and circumstances of your specific situation and the goals you wish to accomplish.

Powers of Attorney

A power of attorney is a document that names an agent to act on your behalf either generally or only upon the occurrence of specific events. A power of attorney can be tailored to provide your agent the authority to act with wide discretion on your behalf, or it may be restricted to provide your agent very limited authority with specific powers.

Healthcare Documents

Along with a will, trust, and power of attorney, a health care proxy and advance healthcare directive rounds out a comprehensive estate plan. A health care proxy allows you to designate someone you trust to make medical decisions on your behalf while you are temporarily unable to make decisions for yourself. Separate from a healthcare proxy is an advance health care directive (also known as a living will), which sets forth your wishes concerning end-of-life decision-making and care. These documents can be drafted to fit your individual preferences to ensure that your wishes and desires are known when you are unable to speak for yourself.

Probate and Trust Administration

If a loved one has died, whether or not he or she left will, you may find yourself needing to probate the estate. If you have been named as trustee or beneficiary of a trust, issues may also arise to ensure proper administration. A trusted advisor who has experience navigating the probate process and assisting with trust administration can ease the process of ensuring compliance with Arkansas law and the terms of a will or trust.

Probate

Probate is the legal process of settling the affairs of a decedent through extinguishing creditors’ claims and distributing property. Arkansas law provides a process through which a decedent’s estate may be administered, whether the decedent died testate (with a will) or intestate (without a will). Probate can potentially be a lengthy and frustrating experience, and an experienced probate lawyer can help you navigate the process.

Trust Administration

If you have been named trustee or beneficiary of a trust, certain rights and duties come with those designations. The specific obligations and rights depend on the terms of the trust document and Arkansas law. An experienced attorney can help you with the trust administration process.

Business Planning

Haynes Law Firm provides a variety of business planning services to clients throughout Northeast Arkansas. Whether you are just starting your business, expanding an existing business, looking for representation to either defend or prosecute a civil lawsuit, or buying or selling an existing business, Haynes Law Firm possesses the experience and expertise to assist you with your business needs.

Business Startup

Starting a business can be one of the most exciting times of your life, but it also comes with several legal considerations. Haynes Law Firm has experience guiding new business owners through startup by assisting with a variety of issues including choice of entity considerations (LLC, C Corporation, S Corporation, Partnership, etc.), drafting bylaws, articles of organization, articles of incorporation, operating agreements, and other necessary foundational documents, negotiating and advising on the funding of the business, negotiating and drafting leases and real estate contracts, and drafting and submitting required filings with the Arkansas Secretary of State, the Arkansas Securities Department, the Securities Exchange Commission, and the IRS.

Business Operations

If your business is in need of legal assistance during its operation, Haynes Law Firm is ready to assist. Tom Haynes has experience negotiating, drafting, and advising clients on contracts, employment agreements, covenants not to compete, vendor agreements, licensing agreements, and a variety of other agreements. Further, if the need for civil litigation arises, whether your business has been sued or you intend to file a lawsuit, Haynes Law Firm handles these types of cases.

Buy/Sale

Whether you want to buy or sell a business, Haynes Law Firm has the experience and expertise to assist you with the process. Tom Haynes has experience with the purchase and sale of businesses in a variety of industries, including professional service companies, dentists, doctors, manufacturers, and more. The process requires due diligence and proper counsel to protect your interests. Tom has experience performing due diligence and negotiating and drafting necessary documents such as purchase agreements, covenants not to compete, and other related documents as the situation may require, including leases, real estate contracts, employment agreements, consulting agreements, bills of sale, promissory notes, security agreements, mortgages, and more. If you are considering either buying or selling a business, contact Haynes Law Firm today.

Succession Planning

Once your business has been built, you may discover you have no plan for what happens when you are no longer there to run things. A solid succession plan can preserve your legacy byensuring that your wishes are met by the passing of the business on to the next generation. A variety of techniques can be utilized depending on the specific facts of the situation, including the use of family limited partnerships, family limited liability companies, or tying succession of the business into an estate plan. Haynes Law Firm possesses the experience to provide a custom-tailored succession plan that fits the needs of Arkansas small businesses.

Funding the Business

If you are looking to expand your business, you may find the need for additional funds. Haynes Law Firm provides counsel to clients on a variety of funding issues, and Tom Haynes has experience assisting Arkansas businesses with the issuance of both debt and equity to receive access to funds. Whether your company is considering a secured or unsecured loan from a bank or private lender, or considering capital calls from existing members or bringing on new investors, Haynes Law Firm can assist you through the process.

Business Litigation

Although a bulk of the services offered for businesses involve the best times for your business, Haynes Law Firm is also there to provide zealous representation in times of controversy. A variety of disputes requiring an attorney can rise during the life of your business, including breaches of contracts, employment agreements, or covenants not to compete. Further, sometimes disputes arise between business partners themselves, to the point that relationships cannot be mended and the owners must part ways. Haynes Law Firm provides zealous representation to businesses and business owners who find themselves in such disputes.

Tax Law

An experienced tax attorney can assist individuals, businesses, and trusts and estates in a variety of ways, including proper tax planning to effectively maximize tax benefits and representation during tax controversies with taxing authorities.

Tax Planning

Haynes Law Firm provides cutting-edge solutions to issues facing clients in an ever-changing tax environment. Tax issues arise in a variety of areas, including estate planning, business succession, individual income tax planning, and charitable giving. An experienced tax attorney can provide counsel to assist you plan and structure proposed transactions in the most tax-effective manner.

Tax Controversies

At times, disputes arise between individuals, businesses, and trusts and estates with taxing authorities, including the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration (DFA). A tax attorney can provide representation throughout tax controversies, including during audits by the IRS or DFA. If you are undergoing an audit, or if you have received a notice of intent to levy assets, an experienced tax attorney can help you navigate the process.

Depending on the facts and circumstances of your situation, you may find that if you do owe the IRS you may qualify for an offer in compromise or an installment agreement. These options may allow you to either settle your tax obligation for an amount that you can reasonably pay, or to enter an agreement to pay the IRS in installments over time.

Family Law

The need for a family lawyer can be one of the most stressful times in your life. Whether you are going through a divorce, obtaining a guardianship of a loved one, adopting a child, or attempting to modify custody or spousal support, you need someone you can trust to assist you with the process. The assistance of an experienced attorney who knows the law is willing to guide you through the process is invaluable. Call Haynes Law Firm today to let us help you through this difficult process and fight for your rights.

Divorce Attorney

Divorce can come in one of two forms: contested or uncontested. With an uncontested divorce, you and your spouse agree on all issues: including the grounds for divorce, the settlement of property, custody of children, and spousal support. An uncontested divorce involves a dispute on at least one of those issues. Arkansas courts consider a variety of factors when making fair and equitable decisions on these issues, including the best interest of children, each spouse’s earning power, martial vs. non-marital property, services of the homemaker, and the duration of the marriage. Do not fight for your rights alone. Let Haynes Law Firm assist you through this emotional process and fight on your behalf.

Custody Attorney

The most trying matters in family law disputes involve children. With custody arrangements having long-lasting consequences on you and your children, it is important to engage a family lawyer to help you obtain a favorable result that is in the best interest of your children. If custody has been previously granted in your case, and there has been a material change in circumstances, contact Haynes Law Firm today to see if a change in custody may be possible in your case.

Guardianships

Guardianships allow you as caretaker to manage the legal affairs of a loved one who cannot care for themselves. Guardianships in Arkansas can be granted for the care of minors under the age of 18, or for those who are incapacitated. Contact Haynes Law Firm today for more information on whether a guardianship may be appropriate in your situation.

Adoption

Adopting a child can be an incredibly exciting yet potentially frustrating experience. The process involves a variety of possible barriers, and the assistance of an adoption attorney to help you navigate the process is invaluable. Haynes Law Firm can help you avoid potential problems while protecting the rights of your family’s rights.

Criminal Defense

If you have been charged with a crime and are facing prosecution for an alleged offense, you need an attorney who will fight for your rights to ensure that you receive every protection available to you under the law. A finding of guilt can have life-changing consequences, including potentially long prison sentences and the payment of large fines. You need an attorney to evaluate your case and work on your behalf to protect your rights. If you have been charged with a crime, consult with an attorney as soon as possible so your rights can be protected throughout the process. Contact Haynes Law Firm today for a consultation regarding your case.

Jonesboro DUI/DWI Lawyer

A DUI (driving under the influence) or DWI (driving while intoxicated) can impact your life in a variety of ways. It can jeopardize your job prospects, restrict your rights to drive, result in jail time, increase your insurance rates, and remain on your record. If you have been charged with a DUI or DWI, you need a criminal defense attorney to evaluate every aspect of your case, including potential errors committed during traffic stops, roadside tests, breathalyzer tests, and blood alcohol exams. Contact Haynes Law Firm for a consultation of your DUI/DWI case.

Other Representation

  • Drug crimes
  • Assault/Battery
  • Other Felonies
  • Misdemeanors
  • Probation Revocation