Civil Disputes

A civil dispute may include any of the following areas:

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Business Disputes

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Arkansas businesses know commercial disputes can present an array of serious problems. They must be addressed swiftly, efficiently, and cost-effectively. Commercial disputes can jeopardize profitability, reputation, and sometimes the very existence of a business. Our approach to commercial disputes is straight-forward: quickly learn the cause and parameters of the dispute, work proactively with the client to develop a desired outcome and a strategy to achieve that outcome, and then make it happen.

Wilson & Haubert, PLLC, business litigation practice is strong, experienced, and well-resourced. It presents tremendous capabilities and a powerful platform to handle “must win” business disputes. With experienced lawyers in each of our offices, we are well-equipped to take on complex and difficult engagements. Representing both plaintiffs and defendants, we litigate the full spectrum of commercial disputes.

The beginning of a case can often be the most critical stage. We employ our own early case assessment techniques to help our clients develop creative dispute resolution strategies, often leading to “win-win” outcomes. Our commercial disputes lawyers start and finish each client’s case focused on the specific course of action that will yield the optimal outcome for that particular client. Please contact us if you have any questions.

Our goal is to advance our clients’ business objectives. To reduce litigation risk, we develop compliance programs and provide training. While we are prepared to advocate for our clients if they find themselves in a commercial dispute, we recognize that litigation or arbitration is not the answer to every dispute. When appropriate, we work with our clients to help them resolve their disputes through mediation or other business-focused alternative dispute resolution techniques. However, when conflict is unavoidable, businesses and individuals across Arkansas turn to Wilson & Haubert, PLLC.

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Church Conflict Resolution

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Disputes in Arkansas churches often follow the common stages of conflict escalation

Churches and other religious organizations are like any other institution and the individuals who work for them. They need honest, aggressive advocacy when involved in a dispute. At the same time, the attorneys who represents them needs to understand the ecclesiastical context that is involved when dealing with a religious entity.

When disputes arise involving a religious organization, Wilson & Haubert, PLLC, has experience in representing the organization as well as individuals involved in the church. Dennis K. Wilson has more than 20 years of experience as a Baptist ordained Pastor. Our attorneys use their unique knowledge and insight to provide exceptional service on behalf of their clients.

Advising Congregations, Church Employees, and Religious Entities

Wilson & Haubert, PLLC provides legal representation and advice to local churches in cases involving conflict between congregations and relationships between churches and their employees. Although churches generally operate like businesses, due to the intimacy and mission of the church family church disputes are often perceived and handled a little differently than disagreements within other types of entities. Some of the common areas of conflict include:

  • Internal Property Disputes
  • Employment of Clergy
  • Discipline of Members
  • Organizational Negligence
  • Church Goverment

Many church law issues involve the interpretation of the terms of the governing document. While disagreements over these terms can be resolved through negotiations, we are known for our litigation skills and are prepared to take on the contentious matters that require more aggressive intervention.

Church conflict stages

Recognizing the internal conflict within a church is the first step to effectively resolve the issue. Early recognition and knowledgeable guidance are keys to prompt and efficient solutions. Some situations, however, are blown out of proportion and the disagreements are dealt with too late for easy resolutions. The following are common stages churches often experience when conflict arises:

There is an uneasy feeling: General discontent or uneasiness among members is often the first indication that something is not quite right. Ignoring the feeling will not make the problem go away and careful attention should be paid to ascertain if a problem actually exists.

The problem is identified:  The conflict is identified – this is often the best time for the church to calmly and respectfully collaborate with members to address the situation. Churches tend to make the mistake of shoving the issue under the carpet, hoping it will dissipate on its own.

Someone is blamed: Members want someone to blame in the hopes that he or she can dispense with the issue without involvement by more people. Those upset by the conflict start avoiding the person or people perceived to be at fault and resentment builds as the conflict drags on. Peacemakers must now strive harder to help others see the varying points of view.

Members take sides: Members choose sides, resentment builds and a collaborative resolution is less likely. At this point, an unbiased mediator is usually necessary to help the factions see each other’s points of view.

A line is crossed: If the dispute is not resolved at an earlier stage, members perceive that a line has been crossed and an all-out battle can ensue. At this point, real damage can occur to the church body, its reputation and its future as a viable, loving church.

Seek the law firm you need for experienced assistance in conflict resolution

Wilson & Haubert, PLLC, can provide assistance in resolving church conflict. Whatever stage of the conflict process, an experienced church dispute lawyer can help. Whether the conflict is internal, or with people or entities outside of the church, seek a lawyer knowledgeable about the intricacies and discretion required for successful resolution of church disputes.

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Personal Injury

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The term “Personal Injury” can mean many things, including:

  •              Car Accidents
  •             18-Wheeler Accidents
  •             Motorcycle Accidents
  •             Slip-and-Fall Accidents
  •             Wrongful Death
  •             Workplace Accidents

There is one thing that ties together all personal injury claims: Someone didn’t do their job, and someone else got hurt. It’s that simple. We’re here to make sure that you get the help you deserve.

Every personal injury case is different, and that is why hiring a firm like us is important. We don’t have 100 different cases at a time. Instead, we prefer to focus on the best cases and put all our energy there. Many so-called “personal-injury firms” are really just “settlement-houses” wanting to make a quick buck off another’s pain and suffering.

Our philosophy is straightforward: If your case isn’t good enough to win, we don’t want to take it. We want to help you win your case because winnable cases are good cases and help to make Arkansas a safer place to live, work, and play.

If you have been injured, please contact us for a free consultation. If you have a good case, we would love to help you get the help you deserve. If you don’t, we can point you in another direction for relief. Many firms will tell you that you are their top priority; unfortunately, however, it’s rarely true. But that’s why we’re in this business: we take the good cases and win so that we can afford to help everyone.

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Wills, Trusts, and Estate Disputes

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We love wills and trusts litigation because it allows us to bring our team together. Ordinarily, you’ve got two types of lawyers: One type of lawyer likes the predictability and safety of the office—a person who drafts contracts and other estate planning documents—and the litigator—the person who loves the thrill of court. It is rare to find those two people in the same firm, but that is exactly what Wilson & Haubert is able to offer.

We have almost twenty years’ experience drafting excellent estate planning documents. When it comes to wills, revocable living trusts, irrevocable trusts, LLC’s, and other vehicles for estate planning, we have seen it all. We understand estate planning as, unfortunately, few in Arkansas do. We don’t prepare form documents; we build documents that are specifically tailored for our clients.

But that’s not enough to handle wills and trusts litigation; you’ve got to have the second piece of the puzzle—the courtroom presence.

And that’s why we’re different. We have specifically built a team of people with different gifts—some are experts on wills and trusts, some are excellent writers, some are experienced in the courtroom. This is what separates us from other firms that tend to focus only on one or the other.

Estate litigation can take many forms. Some of the kinds of matters the firm has handled include:

  • Probate litigation to dispute the validity of wills on the basis of incapacity of the testator, undue influence over the testator, defective execution of the will, forgery, etc.
  • Trust litigation to challenge or defend the construction of a trust or the actions of a trustee.
  • Will construction proceedings on behalf of fiduciaries or beneficiaries to clarify ambiguity in a will.
  • Fiduciary litigation to challenge the actions of an executor or trustee in managing the financial affairs of the estate or trust.
  • Accounting proceedings to challenge or defend the management of an estate or trust.
  • Fiduciary removal proceedings to remove a trustee, executor, or guardian because of misconduct or incompetence.
  • Spousal rights proceedings to question or establish the rights of a spouse to inherit, and to analyze the validity of prenuptial and antenuptial agreements.
  • Kinship proceedings to question or establish the inheritance rights of more distant relatives.
  • Claims proceedings to establish who has a claim on assets of an estate (such as business partners or creditors).

Questions you should be asking:

Will my estate be challenged in court and what can I do now to prevent that from happening?

How long should probate of a will take?

How can I be sure my partner will fulfill his obligations under the succession planning we have in place?

How long should the administration of an estate take?

What happens if a person mentioned in the will dies before the testator?

My father divorced his first wife, but did not get a chance to change the will. Will she inherit?

If a relative is hiding a will, is there anything that can be done?

Is estate litigation expensive and how can I minimize the expense?

I feel like I’ve been cheated out of my inheritance. Can I challenge the will?

If you think you have a case relating to a will or trust, chances are there is a lot of money to lose. It’s best that you hire an experienced firm that understands the law behind estate planning and also has what it takes to argue a case in the courtroom. Please contact us for a consultation

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We use the term “civil dispute” deliberately because our focus is always first on resolving disputes, not filing a lawsuit just for the sake of filing a lawsuit. If you’re involved in a civil dispute of some kind, an out-of-court, agreed-upon settlement is nearly always best.

Nearly always; sometimes parties simply cannot agree. At that point, it’s time to go to court, and that is exactly why we’re the best choice to handle your case, whether it’s a contract dispute, will contest, trust contest, or personal injury case. Many lawyers are scared to take an issue to trial, but that’s our passion. That is the kind of representation you need if your civil dispute has to go to court.

Wilson & Haubert has a different approach than most firms that handle these matters. We are committed to what we call a “team-based” approach—and every person is essential to the team. This commitment allows us to harness the individual strengths of each member of our firm for every issue, no matter how simple or complex. We believe that you will get the best representation—the best result—when we have “all hands on deck.”

This means that each case we take can benefit from the best legal research, the best interviewing skills, the best court documents, and the best courtroom skills. No one person can be the best in each of these areas, but one person can master his or her particular area. And that’s what we deliver everyday: a team of people committed to bringing you results, each of whom has mastered one critical area of the law.

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