In order to provide you with the best service, it is important to explain who we are and what we do:
Arizona Qualified Lawyers
A lawyer or attorney at law (or attorney-at-law) is a professional who is legally qualified to prosecute and defend actions in a court of law on the retainer of clients. The term is never used to refer to paralegals or another type of professionals.
This is a very important aspect when you choose a lawyer since in the United States, there are regulatory restrictions on non-lawyers like paralegals practising law.
How a Lawyer Can Help You:
A lawyer can help you with the list of services described below. Please take a moment to familiarise yourself with what each one entitles. This can help you understand under which category your situation falls under, and how we can best need your needs.
Oral Argument in the Courts
Arguing a client’s case before a judge or jury in a court of law is the traditional province of a lawyer. In the United States, there are trial lawyers who specialise in trying cases in court. It is possible for litigants to appear unrepresented (pro-se) before certain courts like small claims courts. The advantage of having a lawyer present with you at court versus doing it yourself, is that lawyers are familiar with the court’s customs and procedures, and make the legal system more efficient for all involved.
Often, unrepresented parties often damage their own credibility or slow the court down as a result of their inexperience.
Preparation of Court Papers
Lawyers can research and draft court papers. Lawyers brief a court in writing on the issues in a case before the issues can be orally argued. They may have to perform extensive research into relevant facts and law while drafting legal papers and preparing for oral argument.
A lawyer will obtain the facts of the case from the client. The attorney then researches and drafts the necessary court pleadings (which will be filed with the Court’s Clerk and served) and orally argues the case in court. In some cases, a lawyer may fill out court forms and draft simple papers for lay persons who cannot afford or do not need attorneys, and advise them on how to manage and argue their own cases.
Consultation and Legal Counselling
An important aspect of a lawyer’s job is developing and managing relationships with clients especially in cases where there is a possible or pending litigation.
The client-lawyer relationship often begins with an intake consultation or interview, where the lawyer meets and gets to know the client and their particular situation, analyses the facts of the client’s case and may ask questions. Then and after consideration, the lawyer proceeds to clarify what the client wants to accomplish, explain to the client as to what actually can be accomplished and are realistic expectations.
Legal advice is the application of abstract principles of law to the concrete facts of the client’s case in order to advise the client about what they should do next. Only a properly licensed lawyer may provide legal advice to clients for good consideration, even if no lawsuit is contemplated or is in progress. Therefore, attorneys must first get a license to practice and failure to obey such a rule is the crime of unauthorised practice of law. This is especially important in developing claims or defences for litigation.
Negotiating and Drafting Contracts
In some countries, the negotiating and drafting of contracts is considered to be similar to the provision of legal advice, so that it is subject to the licensing requirement explained above. In others, jurists or notaries may negotiate or draft contracts.
Lawyers in some civil law countries traditionally deprecated “transactional law” or “business law” as beneath them.
Wills and Trusts
In the United States, the estates of the deceased must generally be administered by a court through probate. Lawyers have the legal authority to draft wills, trusts, and any other documents that ensure the efficient disposition of a person’s property after death and therefore, carrying out the intent of the deceased.
Criminal Defense and Prosecution
In many civil law countries, prosecutors are trained and employed as part of the judiciary; they are law-trained jurists, but may not necessarily be lawyers in the sense that the word is used in the common law world. In common law countries, prosecutors are usually lawyers holding regular licenses who simply happen to work for the government office that files criminal charges against suspects. Criminal defence lawyers specialise in the defence of those charged with any crimes.
Protecting Intellectual Property
Patents, trademarks, industrial designs and other forms of intellectual property must be formally registered with a government agency in order to receive maximum protection under the law.
Conveyancing is the drafting of the documents necessary for the transfer of real property, such as deeds and mortgages. In some jurisdictions, all real estate transactions must be carried out by a lawyer. In others, the use of a lawyer is optional and banks, title companies, or realtors may be used instead.
HOW WE PRACTICE LAW
They way we provide outstanding legal representation to our clients is reflected in the way we manage our law practice. Our foundations are solid and we are proud to know these have made us a successful law firm for over 30 years:
Clear Legal Costs and Reasonable Expectations
We will strive our best to give you a realistic estimate of the cost of your case whenever possible, and in a situation where the complexity of the situation does not allow for this, we will be clear about the possible complications that could arise. In these situations, we will re-evaluate the situation and try to the best of our abilities to estimate further costs and timescales.
With Collins & Collins. LLP; you can be assured that we will charge you only what is fair. We will explain how our fees work and we will not charge you for anything that you are not aware of. We work with our clients to make sure that their costs are between what they can afford and we will strive to make sure that our clients stay in the limits of what the costs should be given that there are no unforeseen circumstances, which we will discuss previously and agree upon.
We look to make sure that our clients are fully aware of the situation of their cases in the best way that suits them while watching out for not increasing costs unnecessarily.
When you decide to use our legal services, we will make sure that we set the preferred method of communication and level of frequency desired to keep our clients up-to-date.
Keep your Interests as our Top Priority
Through all of our cases, we make sure that we look after your best interest and work towards the goal that you set out to achieve. In the cases when this is not feasible, we will also advise on how to proceed, especially in complex cases that may take an unforeseen turn.
Our experienced team of attorneys can effectively advise you on what you should expect and what may not be the best possible strategy. This is when our over 30 years of experience and wide scope of law practice comes into play and sets us apart from other firms: we have managed large numbers of cases in very different scenarios.
Collins Law Firm
Mr. Joseph did a wonderful job at all my cases since we knew him 15 years ago. He is taking care of all my needed advice all the time, we do ask for his advice day and night we never hear a complaint at all. He pulled me out of a major problem that I put myself in.
Couldn't Have Chosen a Better Attorney
Jonathan has been a great support through all of my custody issues. I was married to my ex-husband when he was going through a high conflict divorce, so I didn’t expect our divorce to be any different. Jonathan has been a life saviour in so many situations, keeping me level headed and reasonable through the entire situation. Some of my friends attorneys will tell them whatever they want to hear, and let them fight court battles they won’t win, just to get the extra legal fees, but Jonathan has never once done that with me. He will tell me directly if I’m asking for something I can’t realistically get, so it’s not worth my time and money. Because of this, not only have I not wasted money and time on unnecessary legal endeavours, but every time I have gone to court, I have known exactly what to expect and have always gotten exactly what I have asked the court for. Sometimes it’s not always what I initially wanted, but because he keeps me honest and reasonable in this situation prior to going to court, I have been able to focus on what’s really important with these custody issues, and definitely come out looking like the reasonable one. He’s very in touch and familiar with the Judges and Parenting Coordinators. Explains what to expect from each one, and how to adjust your requests based on who is proceeding your case. If you’re going through a divorce or custody battle, especially a high conflict one, I would highly recommend Jonathan to represent you. I have been represented by him for over 5 years. If you listen to his guidance, he will not let you down.
A Great Lawyer Who Cares About His Clients
Jon was extremely professional when working my case for a guardianship of a child. Jon’s work was very efficient and he kept in constant contact with me about my case leaving me feeling comfortable and taken care of. I felt secure with Jon in my corner on my case and because of Jon and the great work he did for me, my family member was kept safe from harm at all times and was spared from potential and detrimental psychological harm. Jon is a great lawyer and despite his extremely busy schedule, makes you feel that you matter and are a priority to him as his client. I would recommend Jon Collins to all my friends, family and any other person that needs legal counsel. If I need legal counsel in the future, I know I will definitely be seeking help from Jon Collins every time.
Jon came recommend to me in 2008 when I found myself facing divorce. I was being thrown into a situation I never thought would happen to me. Jon was sensitive and caring and truly did was in my best interest. He answered my never ending questions and concerns and walked me through every step of the process. On and off throughout the years other questions have come up and Jon has always made himself available to me for answers and advice. Recently our parenting plan needed some adjustments so I again went to Jon. He was patient with me and helped me do what was best for my children and I. I was nervous about going to court and child support adjustments and everything else that comes along with that process. By the time we actually made it to court I was confident in what to expect and felt Jon had properly prepared both me and himself to go in front of a judge. I am truly grateful for him and all he has done for my children and I over the years. He is much more than an attorney to us, he is a friend.
Absolutely Recommend Joe Collins Services
Joe Collins has been my attorney for 6 years now. I have contracted his services for family law and for advising on a criminal act perpetrated by a family member against my dependent child. Joe and his father Bob Collins have been excellent assets throughout my family court proceedings that were complex and lengthy. Joe Collins is well known in the family court system being both knowledgeable of the other litigating attorneys, and the judges that rotate on and off the bench. An added perk was that Bob Collins has a police background and he is skilled in the analytical methods used by law enforcement. I prevailed in my lengthy court proceedings because I had an excellent, savvy, cost effective, tenured legal team representing me and the best interests of my dependents.
Mr. Collins was referred to me from a co-worker in 2010. I’ve required Mr. Collins services a number of times and each time he has been phenomenal. Mr. Collins is honest, trustworthy, and seeks the best solution for his client. Mr. Collins constantly reminded me of what would be in the best interest of my children. He helped me see the bigger picture and explained each step of the legal process in a way that I could understand.
Complex Business Litigation
I had a great experience. My business litigation case was quite complicated, I felt that pressured and like the other party, my ex-business partner was trying to take advantage of me; but the attorneys at Collins & Collins were with me all the way and I didn’t feel alone in this. They tried very hard to make things easy for me and to explain everything since I had no idea about these things and legal issues, I have never had to deal problem before in my life. I think that the Collins are very good s and legal issues, I have never had to deal problem before in my life. I think that the Collins are very good business lawyers. Would highly recommend.
Excellent Lawyer: knowledgeable and accurate
I would highly recommend Jonathan S. Collins to anyone in need of an excellent attorney. He is very knowledgeable and always answered my questions very quickly. All of his recommendations as to how to proceed in my case and in my business relationships were accurate and beneficial. He always is quick to respond to inquiries and provides comprehensive advice. My legal issues can be complicated and Jon has made difficult times much easier to handle. He is an excellent attorney.
Child and Grandparent's Rights
J Collins has been out family attorney for many (about 6 ) years. He has never given up on finding ways to keep my granddaughter in our lives. He has been true to the laws even when the court didn’t abide by the laws. Trying to keep the bills down and fighting hard for the child’s and grandparents rights were difficult, but not impossible for Mr. Collins. He and all of them are helpful and caring.
We also work to translate “legalese” into understandable terms so you are clear about your legal standing and options and can fully participate in the legal process. In Collins & Collins L.L.P. you have a legal team dedicated to you first and foremost. While we provide you with information you can understand, we let you make decisions after you understand your options.
Often legal situations do not end with an agreement or court order; as situations change, adjustments may need to be made to accommodate those changes. Therefore, our representation does not end at the negotiating table or in court. We stand beside you throughout the legal process and afterwards as you implement court orders and decisions.
Call today for a Free Consultation with one of our Attorneys. There is never a charge or obligation for us to review your situation and determine how we can help.
Legal Practice Areas
Our integrity, experience and commitment to our clients have made us a top rated law firm in Arizona for over 30 years.
The attorneys at Collins & Collins, L.L.P., have been successfully providing legal representation for:
Bankruptcy Law – Family Law – Alimony and Spousal Support – Divorce –International Divorce – Legal Separation – Child Support and Child Support Enforcement – Prenuptial and Post Nuptial Agreements – Post Judgment Modifications – Adoption and Legal Guardianship – Personal Injury – Work Injuries and Workers Compensation – Medical Malpractice – Wrongful Death – Criminal Law – Estate Law – Asset Protection – Trust and Wills – Estate Planning – Probate Law
GET THE RIGHT LEGAL HELP WHEN YOU NEED IT THE MOST
We understand that when people look for legal advice they are usually suffering hardships or under great strain; they need help and the last thing that they want is to not receive proper representation.
There is no substitute for enlisting the aid of a competent and professional law firm to guide you through the intricacies of the complex legal system while advocating on your behalf.
You will find that Collins & Collins L.L.P.’s commitment to excellence in our service and legal representation begins with prompt responses to your inquiries, complete explanations of your choices and thorough preparation of your case when issues are contested.
Our practice is not focused on volume, and since we are a family business, we are proud to keep it this way and we are able to promise to deliver the best possible representation to clients that we decide to take on with professionalism and the utmost respect towards them.