Lynette Carrington 2013-12-05 00:05:28
Putting People on the Right Track Dwayne Farnsworth maintains a busy consumer bankruptcy practice with Farnsworth Law Offices. Established in 1990, over the years Farnsworth Law Offices has had as many as 10 concurrent offices throughout the state of Arizona. Today, there is an office in Mesa, one in Phoenix and two offices in Tucson. Representing those that have become financially distressed, he works primarily with individuals, couples, and small businesses to get the best possible solution for their unique individual debt situation. In addition to his busy law practice, Farnsworth volunteers for the east Valley’s, Save the Family Foundation of Arizona, the Grand Canyon Council of the Boy Scouts of America, and is presently the president of Constitution Week USA, the largest celebration of the constitution in the United States. He is also frequently found participating in local and community projects as well. Bankruptcy and Other Alternatives My background is in accounting. When I first started practicing law, along with helping debtors find solutions to their financial problems through bankruptcy, I was also doing some taxpayer representation before the collection division of the IRS, which I totally loathed,” said Farnsworth. “At the IRS, their law is the only law. In contrast, when you take someone into the bankruptcy arena, there is an objective judge that stands between you and the bureaucrats. Taxpayers fare much better with judicial objectivity rather than simple administrative fiat.” Farnsworth understands the different needs of individuals, families and small businesses, and what it takes to continue on with a life or business post-bankruptcy. Because of his experience with being attorney of record for over 6,000 bankruptcy cases, and over 25,000 financial consultations over the years, Farnsworth is able to see the bigger picture as he puts the pieces of his clients’ financial puzzle together to help them move forward without the paralyzing stress that comes with a massive debt load. Farnsworth’s law practice is not entirely consumer bankruptcy; it focuses heavily on all matters of debt relief alternatives. “When someone walks into my office, I don’t first consider them to be a bankruptcy client, but rather, I consider them someone who is between a rock and a hard place financially, and we’re going to try to fashion the best remedy possible under their current and prospective future circumstances,” Farnsworth explained. Oft en, clients have been served with a lawsuit, instead of immediately declaring bankruptcy; a legitimate defense may be all that is necessary; perhaps a negotiation, a debt settlement, or a debt reduction plan would be best. “What we offer is a holistic and complete view of their options for their very unique personal financial situation because every case is unique. Everyone walks in with a different factual scenario and financial history. Like many other clients, they may start by saying, ‘My home is upside down.’ But, everything else in their financial life is usually like a financial snowflake, unique and individual,” said Farnsworth. The most prestigious consumer bankruptcy organization in Arizona is Arizona Consumer Bankruptcy Counsel (ACBC). On September 13, Farnsworth was teaching at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. Over the lunch hour, the ACBC executive directors awarded Farnsworth with both its annual Attorney of the Year award, as well as a Lifetime Achievement award for leadership and unwavering commitment for service to the citizens of Arizona. “I was very flattered and honored. I don’t do what I do to receive awards, but it felt really nice to be recognized for having a successful law practice while also doing things that evidence a concern for our local community, the legal community, and the citizens of Arizona,” Farnsworth explained. Since 2005, Farnsworth has received every client that he has represented as a referral from other legal counsel, accountants, other professionals, and from previous and current clients. Farnsworth strives to maintain a reputation of trust, integrity and excellence. “It is very rewarding when someone tells you that they respect and trust you enough to send their friend, family member or client to you for help, counsel and representation.” Community Service “My law practice is how I earn a living and I love helping people. It is how I can provide for my family, while at the same time feeling that I am making a significant contribution to the quality of the lives my clients will lead going forward,” the attorney explained. “However, I believe that the key to a successful life is to extend service beyond your own self and needs. My wife and I have taught our children the importance of selfless service to the community and to others.” It’s a belief that he lives out to the fullest every day. Farnsworth donates time and talent to the east Valley organization, Save the Family Foundation of Arizona. “My expertise is in legal matters and in helping people struggling with broken families and businesses that have failed,” he said. Because their underlying philosophy is to help families, Farnsworth is happy to help out and give support to their efforts to shelter and empower families toward independent living. “Raising a new generation to be respectful of community and law, with an understanding of their rights and responsibilities as citizens in their communities is why I have dedicated a great deal of time and leadership to the Boy Scouts of America,” Farnsworth explained. “Four of my boys have already earned their Eagle Scout rank. Th e last two are very close and on track to achieving their Eagle as well. I’m proud of them for this achievement because it means that they’ve been through a discipline that asks them to consider others’ needs as well as their own, to serve others, and to be true, faithful, and loyal to their communities around them.” Farnsworth was recently involved with Boy Scout’s San Tan District’s Camporee 2013 event, where he encouraged nearly 1,000 scouters to recognize their duties as citizens today and compare them to the duties of the individual founding fathers of our country. Th e 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor to the preservation of the natural freedoms that are self-evident and unalienable. He said, “Scouters today need to stand together and protect the liberties that have been earned by the blood and diligence of courageous men and women of integrity, foresight and industry.” Another organization where Farnsworth enjoys investing his energies is with Constitution Week USA. “I’ve been involved with Constitution Week for several years. It’s educational and a great opportunity for our generation to pass along the flame, passion and desire for freedom and liberty to our children and grandchildren,” he said. “In one generation, if we’re not vigilant, the understanding of what the Constitution means for Americans can be lost. If there is apathy; if it’s true principles are not studied; if they are not brought into the discussion of public policy; if the purposes of what our brilliant founders were trying to achieve, and the compromises that were made, are not studied and understood, we might simply take our liberties for granted. Th at’s a real quick road to bondage and tyranny. Th e Constitution stands for the proposition that the government’s powers and authority are derived from the people, and therefore is responsible to the people for its actions.” Always Looking for a Positive Outcome Farnsworth has also assisted in making a difference in Arizona law itself. “I spent a good part of this last year working for legislation to increase protections for Arizona citizens who happen to be debtors,” Farnsworth explained. “We were able to get HB 2325, Arizona’s Personal Property Exemptions Statute amended with overwhelming support from the Arizona Legislature. Th e new statute passed the House of Representatives 54-0, and in the Senate chamber we were able to get the exemption law passed 28 senators to one. I am very proud of our legislature for their recognition of the great financial and emotional suffering that exists in many of the homes of our friends, relatives and neighbors. Th at piece of legislation will make it easier for people to protect more of their assets from creditors as they try to re-establish their lives and regain their financial footing.” “I love what I do because it is challenging and rewarding. I meet daily with people that are at a place in life that they never expected they would ever be. They’re stressed, they’re scared, and sometimes they feel very alone,” Farnsworth said. “What I love the most about what I do is that I’m able to educate people regarding things that they need to understand to make better decisions for their future, and that their situation is not as dire as it may seem at the present moment. I am able to give them hope. Th at is what I love most about what I do.” “Bankruptcy is a fresh start. It provides new hope for a new beginning … a financial reset,” Farnsworth said. Utilizing his expertise not only in law, but with a complementary background in accounting, Farnsworth has the ability to guide his clients to the unique solutions that will set them on the path to a true fresh start. “I love what I’m doing because every case is different and every family and individual is important,” Farnsworth finished.
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