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Platt & Westby

We Listen, We Find Solutions

The law firm of Platt & Westby, P.C. has provided trusted legal services to Phoenix, Arizona and surrounding communities since 1973. Our experienced team of lawyers fiercely advocate for our clients and guide them through complex legal issues. You will receive straightforward advice, prompt communication, and expert legal representation in the areas of Real Estate, Probate, Estate Planning, Business Law, Civil Litigation, Family Law, and Bankruptcy. We have 6 convenient Phoenix valley locations and offer free consultations. Contact us today!

 

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Why Choose Platt & Westby, P.C.?

At Platt & Westby, P.C., we are proud to have earned the AV designation*, which is the highest rating for competence and ethics. Our Phoenix real estate lawyers believe in making legal services available to all and we do more than pay lip service to this goal. For nearly 40 years we have offered initial conferences in most cases without a charge to anyone who asks. Our partners do not delegate this important service to an inexperienced associate or paralegal. You will not meet with a salesperson here. In most cases a person visiting Platt and Westby, P.C. will have their initial conference with one of our partners who will answer questions, explain procedures and suggest options. Contact us today to learn more about our firm.

Melissa Keiper
Melissa Keiper
00:40 22 Feb 18
I wrote in to a law message board asking about a step in my case and Mr. Peter Westby replied with some sound advice. I emailed him to thank him for his advice and shared with him I was not being represented. He offered to meet with me to go over my case and possibly about representing me. In our meeting he allowed me to give him all the details of my case and he spent a good amount of time offering advise and insight to the law pertaining to my situation. Mr. Westby was very patient and allowed me to ask multiple questions and was thorough in his answers. Because I live 2 hours away and in a different county (Tucson), and because my case will most likely go to trial and the cost of travel for him to represent me I am unable to retain Mr. Westby as my attorney. However, if this were to be taking place in Phoenix I would hire him in a heartbeat. I appreciate his willingness to talk with me and spend his time assuring me about the steps i'll need to take in my case. He was very prompt in his reply to my question and then for scheduling a phone conference to go over a case he prob knew he wouldn't be able to take given the distance.read more
Lance Wallace
Lance Wallace
16:44 04 Jan 18
I've worked with Pete Westby on a few matters over the years and I do recommend him and his firm. It is nice to talk and work directly with a principal of the firm who has both integrity and tons of experience.read more
John Rukavena
John Rukavena
23:25 12 Oct 17
Meet with Peter today and was very impressed. I had a large tile job that was done improperly and was not sure if a lawsuit made economic sense. Peter was straightforward and told me that if the contractor did not have sufficent assets, a lawsuit would be risky because a favorable court decision might not result in a payout. I now know what I need to do thanks to Peter.read more
David Hughes
David Hughes
17:08 08 Nov 17
Mr. Westby was great and very knowledgeable and the staff was friendly and very responsive and kept me informed every step of the way... I would and will definitely recommend Platt & Westby P.C. to friends and family.read more
Jordan P
Jordan P
19:07 04 Sep 17
We went in for our free consultation regarding our legal concerns and we were very happy with our experience and outcome of our situation. Mr. Rahtz was professional, informative, and helpful. I would recommend him for anyone seeking legal counselling. Thank you to Mr. Rahtz and the rest of the team at Platt & Westby.read more
Kenneth Crayton
Kenneth Crayton
07:30 22 May 18
RahtzHe gave me his undivided attention and seemed to genuinely care. In my experience, it has been very tedious and daunting to begin a conversation with an attorney, especially one at a law firm with other partners, etc. That is, usually law firms won't lend an ear, it seems, unless you pay $100-300 initial consulting fee, which is basically a $15 overview of your case and whether they think it's worthwhile$$$.However, not only was I surprised to see Attorney Rhatz offer a no-cost consultation, but he also kept it "real." He advised me with information that even seemed to work against his assumed interest in profit (i.e., he didn't try to exploit me for money), such as by providing me with self-help research suggestions, and even helped me put together an outline for my case.He didn't want me to lose more money winning with him (he didn't want me to spend so much money to retain him, that even if winning the case, I'd still be at a net negative dollar-loss).He gave me his undivided attention, asked questions that showed he actually paid attention, and was very resourceful with directing me towards credible sources of jurisprudence.What's more, is that he didn't throw me out after 15 minutes, but rather stayed with me until he felt I was sufficiently informed with the material and answers to questions to send me along my way.This man even read through all my notes and connected with me as a person.I also appreciated his aggressive, but civil, nature towards vanquishing the countering party. He is strategic, he is prepared to preempt the countering party's legal arguments by first calling them out himself, and sparks reassurance that he is sedulously and astutely on the case.Obviously, I would recommend attorney R Andrew Rahtz for the aforementioned reasons, despite only meeting with him one time on an preliminary consultation.read more

A Lifetime of Legal Services in the Phoenix Community

We offer experienced, innovative, and practical problem solving. We look beyond the obvious and search for the most effective and most cost-effective solutions, a focus demanded by the partners. Our partners at Platt & Westby, P.C., work together as a leadership team with a lifetime of experience to draw upon as successful business owners, real estate investors and landlords. They are skillful managers who have successfully negotiated in good times and bad. They also value community service and have served as executive officers or board members for homeowners associations, religious organizations and nonprofit organizations. They are spouses, parents and caregivers for elderly parents and special needs children. Wherever you might find yourselves in life, we or a family member have already been there.

Our Approach to Solving Your Problems

This wealth of experience gives us as attorneys at Platt & Westby, P.C., a unique perspective. We take a holistic approach to the practice of law. Clients come to us with unique circumstances and needs. We know that there can never be a "one size fits all" solution. It is critical to have in-depth experience in many areas of law and business to craft common sense solutions that work. We have learned that litigation, however justified, is not always the best solution to complex problems.

We have learned that it is necessary to look beyond present challenges and work to create an environment in which our clients can be successful after the battle is concluded. We keep sight of the ultimate goal and discard positions and strategies that detract from reaching it. We help clients see the best possible outcome from a negative set of circumstances and we help achieve that outcome. Along the way we have created lifelong relationships and friendships. Platt & Westby, P.C., is honored to be now representing the grandchildren of some of our first clients.

Contact a Phoenix Real Estate Lawyer at Platt & Westby, P.C., Today

If you need help with a legal matter or if we can assist in finding a solution or putting matters in a proper perspective, call us at 602-277-4441 or contact us online and come meet with us. Let us put our experience to work for you.

*CV, BV and AV are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies.

Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell Ratings fall into two categories - legal ability and general ethical standards.

What Our Clients Have to Say...

Client Testimonial 01

My husband and I are very grateful for the free legal consult from your law firm. There are no words to describe the relief and renewed confidence that we felt upon receiving counsel...

Client Testimonial 02

I have had a real estate and an estate planning case with Platt & Westby and I found their attention to detail to be excellent and their legal service to be very competent...

Client Testimonial 03

Counsel at this firm was more than helpful but HONEST as to my best options. They had my future at heart when discussing strategy with me instead of their bottom line like some other firms...

Client Testimonial 04

I have known Mr. Westby and his family since I was in middle school. He has always impressed me with his honesty, integrity, and wonderful sense of community...

Client Testimonial 05

I had a huge problem with getting someone off my deed to my house and Mr. Peter Westby was my attorney. He was very caring and took care of the problem for me...

Client Testimonial 06

Having dealt personally with Mr. Platt and Mr. Westby, I can say without reservation that both are fine upstanding gentlemen. Trusting their judgment in legal matters...

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Arizona Child Support Collection

By Platt & Westby, P.C. | July 12, 2018 | 0 Comments

Collection of Child Support is often difficult, but government, State and Federal, wants payment to be made and has provided a large amount of help. If a parent does not pay child support, he or she is subject to enforcement measures to collect regular and past-due payments.

Prior to 2006, there was a three year statute of limitations for collecting on a judgment for child support arrears. The statute of limitations for collection of child support was eliminated in 2006. The following are some of the enforcement measures for collecting past due child support.

Passport Restrictions: Passport applications may be denied by the U.S. State Department. Presently, Federal law prohibits the issuance or renewal of a U.S. passport to anyone with child support arrears of $2,500.00 or more and allows the government to revoke or limit previously issued passports to such individuals.

Driver’s License Suspension: A valid, active Arizona license may be suspended if a parent willfully fails to pay child support for six months or more. This means the parent cannot be issued a new license or renew an existing license until the past due child support is paid in full or a satisfactory payment agreement has been reached.

Suspension of Professional or Occupational License: A parent can also have his or her professional license or occupational license revoked or suspended if the parent deliberately has not paid child support for over six months.