Attorneys Bring Years Of Litigation Experience To Town



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Attorney Mary Brooksby recently expanded her law firm to Payson with fellow attorneys Don Stevens and Heather Bohnke (not pictured).

No one really wants to go to a lawyer unless they absolutely have to. No one wants to be involved in a lawsuit, except maybe the lawyer.

For most clients, lawsuits are expensive, take forever, and in the end, no one is happy.

There are new lawyers in Payson who have a different perspective. Mary Brooksby and Don Stevens, of the law offices of Mary Brooksby located behind Fargo’s at 620 E. Highway 260, suite C.

With over 50 years of trial experience between them, they realize that clients, particularly small businesses, simply cannot afford litigation.

Creative problem-solving and finding early and inexpensive ways to resolve conflicts is usually the best alternative for everyone.

“If you do have a dispute, get someone involved early — it is better than an expensive case later,” Stevens said.

Whether it is a dispute with a neighbor over a fence or property line, an overdue bill, or a contract issue, it is almost always worth the effort, especially in a smaller town, for the parties to sit down and try to understand each other.

Recently, for example, Stevens met with a homeowner who was having a dispute with a neighbor over property lines. The man wanted to know what his options were legally, so he consulted Stevens.

Stevens told the man what his chances were if he brought the issue to court and helped him come up with other options besides litigation.

“We give you that reassurance that you are not alone with this problem,” he said. “A lot of times it is a neighbor issue, not a legal issue.”

The courthouse is always available for disputes that cannot be settled, but hiring your own “gunslinger” first usually escalates the problem rather than solving it.

If a lawsuit is needed, Brooksby said their rates are locally competitive.

Brooksby has represented various health care facilities in the Payson area, and in other rural areas in Arizona since 1997.

She opened the office here to serve the needs of small businesses that may need trusted advice from time to time.

Many people told her that they felt it was necessary to drive to the Valley to get the most experienced and independent advice, but even then it was difficult to talk to a senior attorney.

By providing the same level of experience and service in Payson, Brooksby hopes that business owners will recognize the value of an early evaluation before litigation gets started.

Employment issues, leases, insurance contracts, and other challenges facing the business owner can be analyzed before there is a problem a lot less expensively than after a lawsuit is filed.

“It just made sense to come up here,” Brooksby said. “We are very excited to be a part of the Payson community. We are here to provide services to our existing clients and hopefully we will be able to serve more members of the Payson and Rim Country business community.”

The offices are staffed during the week. Brooksby and Stevens will be in the offices on a regular schedule, but advance appointments are recommended. For more information, call (602) 200-5810.


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