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James F Wees

Family Attorney at Phoenix, AZ

4.9   34 reviews

also known as Jim Wees, Wees Law Firm


Licensed for 36 years

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About James

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I am a Certified Specialist in Family law, and have practiced for 33 years.  At the firm, we handle all types of family law matters, including divorce, separation, modifications and enforcement of family court orders, child support, spousal maintenance (alimony), all with efficiency, responsiveness, experience and assertiveness.

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Licensed for 36 years
State AZ
Status Active
Acquired 1986
Updated 09/18/2022

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Wees Law Firm LLC
3216 N 3rd St Ste 201
Phoenix, AZ, 85012-2684

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Posted by Aloha | August 9, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Amazing Family Lawyer
Jim was amazing throughout my whole custody process. He was always available and him and his assistants answered all my questions thoroughly and professionally. He is extremely competent and knowledgeable, and took all the right and necessary steps in order to help me win my case. I highly recommend hiring him.
Posted by Darren | November 20, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Professional
Jim is responsive, aggressive but methodically in advocating for you. In fact, during a difficult divorce and custody battle, I enjoyed the banter when Jim was advocating for you with the opposing party. I had been through 2 prior lawyers and I can say Jim is the man.
Posted by Jennifer | November 19, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Best attorney, stop your search here!
Mr. Wees is an excellent attorney. I decided to hire his firm for my divorce and child custody battle. I consulted with many other attorneys previous him and they weren’t positive about the outcome. I was devastated going through so much stress and not been able to find someone that could fight for my rights, but Mr. Wees did. Since the moment we had a consultation, he was positive of an outcome on my side. He is knowledgeable, responsive to emails, very professional, and the best, I won the case getting custody of my kids. I am very satisfied with the final decree because he helped me a lot. I know how difficult is going through a divorce and having to deal with a difficult attorney can be even worse. Not in this case. On the other hand, Kelly is difficult, she was rude to me. Also, she didn’t respond to my emails. Sometimes she did but after a week or so. I felt very uncomfortable with some comments that she made. I Wish they have a more friendly person helping. Other than her, I am satisfied with the firm. 5+stars for Mr. Wees.
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Posted by anonymous | October 29, 2021
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#1 Attorney Aggressive w/ Results
Mr. Wees, Kelly and his staff are amazing professionals. My case was difficult and they were on top of it, prepared, great communication and aggressive when necessary. They educate you upfront, give realistic expectations and go over estimated cost, no surprises. If you are looking for a professional attorney that’s going to be upfront, aggressive and get it done Jim is your guy! Jim is hands down the very best attorney! I appreciate all Jim and Kelly did for my case.
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Posted by Eugene | December 31, 2020
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Outstanding Divorce Attorney
There is not enough space allotted in this review to allow me to express how well Mr. Jim Wees and his staff represented my interests over the 7.5 years that he served as my divorce attorney. Before hiring Wees Law Firm, I used a different law firm through Pre-Paid Legal Services to obtain the initial divorce decree obligating me to pay $8,300/month = $99,600/year in spousal maintenance. While the attorney for Pre-Paid Legal Services was driving me back to his office after the judge pronounced the divorce decree, I expressed my surprise and disdain at the incredible financial obligation that I would bear for the unforeseeable future. The attorney then freely admitted that I would have received better representation had I been able to pay his full fee. My search for the best divorce attorney, who was certified in family law, led me to James F. Wees of Wees Law Firm in central Phoenix. During my initial consultation with Jim, he impressed me with how well he listened to my concerns with few interruptions to clarify my goals and to confirm his understanding of the facts. The $8,300/month quickly became a financial hardship when my former spouse got me fired from my job 2 weeks after the divorce decree. Jim immediately filed a motion to modify or terminate spousal maintenance, which he continued to do every 12 months, as permitted by law. While my former spouse evaded being served notice to appear for depositions, for evidentiary hearings, and to appear in court, Jim calmly persisted until we were successful. Jim's well-presented arguments led to a reduction in my monthly spousal maintenance payment to $3,233. When I married my current wife 7 years after my divorce, Jim celebrated by attending our wedding reception. Our final celebration was 8 years after my initial divorce decree when Jim invited me to his office and announced that the judge had terminated my obligation to pay spousal maintenance. Unable to contain my joy, I hugged Jim and his staff, as they had become "family" through the darkest time of my life. They truly were the "light-bearers" who guided my every step. I give Jim Wees and Wees Law Firm my highest recommendation, without reservation.
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Posted by Arena | August 14, 2020
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Outstanding Professionalism
Mr. Wees was extremely professional, sensitive while helping me with my case. He clarified all the steps and processes, answered all my questions and walked me through my filling, he explained what to expect and all the possible outcomes. I have a great deal of trust in Mr. Wees professional competency, I highly recommend him for consultations and representation.
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Posted by anonymous | July 20, 2020
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Knowledgeable and straight forward
With his many years of experience, he understands law and AZ court practices thoroughly. I felt he was very reasonable with fees and was always available with quick answers. I highly recommend him for your family court needs.
Posted by anonymous | July 7, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Wee's Review
Once hired he was very efficient and did not waste any time or monies with my divorce case. His legal team even went out of her way to meet me on my side of town to sign the final documents. Mr. Wees showed compassion towards me while going through a difficult time in my life.
Posted by Alicia | July 2, 2020
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Excellent Family Lawyer! I highly recommend
James has been my attorney for over 10 years now. I have used him for my divorce, child support, and custody hearings over the years. I am a needy customer and he and his assistants have always meet all my needs. They took all my calls and emails whenever I needed them they were there. All my hearings have sided with my request due to James being fully prepared for everything! I love everyone at his firm. I highly recommend!
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Posted by Mary | July 1, 2020
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My Kind of Attorney
I contacted Jim Wees on several occasions concerning problems i had with a life estate and the family. He spent a lot of time researching the problem; consulting with the attorney on the opposing side and working with both sides for an outcome. I contacted Jim with many questions during the years since my husband died. He always responded right away and referred me to someone else if he could not help. I feel I can contact him anytime with a problem. That is a special person in this time
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Posted by anonymous | July 1, 2020
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Great job!
I found James to be very professional and helpful. He always was very responsive to my questions.
Posted by Jean | July 1, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Awesome
I tried to navigate my divorce on my own but found this was not a wise decision. Hiring James Wees was the best decision I made. He is very knowledgeable, friendly, kind, pays attention to detail and fights for the best interest of his client. Divorce is miserable but I could not be more happy with the outcome of my divorce settlement. If you hire James (Jim) it will be your best decision.
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Posted by Coy | June 30, 2020
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Best Lawyer ever!
Mr. Wees has represented me for many years now. I had a nasty divorce with multiple retirements and custody issues. I have a unique schedule. His guidance set me up financially with being able to afford a place to live and through the court process and his representation I now have 50% custody and alimony is over. I also have holidays on odd years. The splitting of the retirement, alimony amounts and property are all out of his hands. He held my ex accountable on the stand and she was caught in multiple lies. Her lawyer put her head on her desk at one point. Jim is professional, concise, direct, and lethal with the facts not allowing erroneous allegations to get to you. He is available as appropriate for a lawyer and his staff was always there for me when he was in court. He is accountable to his client and doesn’t like to be manipulated. Lay it out there and he will work with it. A solid and loyal man!
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Posted by Ihab | June 30, 2020
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James is the man for the job
I have been working with James for the past two years and so far I have won every single trial or hearing. Just give him all the information that he needs and follow his directions in your demands and you will be a winner. James won't sell you dreams.
Posted by Amy | June 30, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent service
James Wees handled my case with the utmost professionalism and care. He was very thorough and made sure I understood all options. I had to hire James during a difficult and fragile time for my family and myself and he made me feel genuinely taken care of. I am forever grateful to him.
Posted by anonymous | June 30, 2020
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Highly Recommended!
Jim took over a very complicated alienation custody case , very quickly he set me at ease with a complete understanding and game plan. His court performance was exceptional highlighting the important aspects to the judge while discounting the hostile opposing counsel arguments with ease. In the end, the rulings were more than favorable- I got my kid back and I am a father again, the court costs ruled in my favor was just a bonus.
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Posted by anonymous | November 22, 2018
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Thankful
I found the Wees Firm from Fresh Start. I hired them for my Divorce over a year ago. I have a difficult case and they have stayed in my corner. Jim is experienced & knows the Law, Susan has been my saving Grace, Kelly is always considerate and polite. All different personalities and strengths that compliment each other. I highly recommend Wees Law Firm.
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Posted by Timothy | August 3, 2017
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The best family lawyer in Az !!!!!!
Mr. Wees and his staff was the best experience that I had with going through a divorce before I contacted mr. Wees I went through two other lawyers both appeared that they were about making a quick dollar other than representing their client I also got looped into a bad judge and aggressive opposing attorney. Within a month he had turn my whole case around and get it back on track to where it was actually Fair again I feel the only reason why that the judge actually gave me a chance in the end was because of Jim's experience and well-known I would advise anyone in Arizona that is getting ready to go through a divorce don't waste your time with any other lawyers call Jim wees go no further he is Simply the Best!
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Posted by anonymous | April 14, 2016
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Excellent
Wees Law Firm goes above and beyond any and all expectations. Mr. Wees always takes our calls, is ready to answer all questions and is a calming voice in a sometimes hostile environment.
Posted by anonymous | March 26, 2015
Lucky to have Jim
I was really grateful to have Jim as my lawyer after getting sued. Whenever I called his office, I could always speak to Jim directly and he constantly took the time to answer all my questions and assuage my worries. Moreover, his staff was extremely helpful and very friendly to me. I felt like I was their only client, receiving frequent updates and always feeling like they were keeping my best interests at heart. By the end of the ordeal, I was able to complete all my legal obligations without leaving home or ever having to go to court.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Wees Law Firm
  • 2004 - Present
  • Pro Tem Judge
  • Maricopa County Superior Court
  • 2009 - 2012
  • Partner
  • Meyers, Taber & Meyers
  • 1992 - 2004
  • Associate
  • Ryley Carlock & Applewhite
  • 1986 - 1992
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Education

  • University of Nebraska College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1986
  • University of Nebraska at Omaha
  • Psychology
  • 1982

Associations

  • Maricopa County Bar Association
  • 1986 - Present
  • State Bar of Arizona
  • Member
  • 1986 - Present
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1986 - Present
  • Maricopa County Bar Association
  • Board Member
  • 1995 - 1995
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Awards

  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2022
  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2021
  • Certified Specialist - Family Law
  • State Bar of Arizona
  • 2006
  • Law Review Member
  • University of Nebraska
  • 1985
  • Allen Moot Court Member
  • University of Nebraska
  • 1984
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Speaking Engagements

  • Maricopa County Bar Association, CLE Committee
  • Trial Advocacy for Family Law Practitioners
  • 2018
  • Trial Techniques in the Courtroom
  • Trial techiques in courtoom
  • 2016
  • Courtroom trial techniques
  • Effective Cross Examination
  • 2014

Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (6)
Unknown Attorney | Sep 18
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse Jim Wees. I have worked with Jim on a number of cases throughout the years and have found him to be competent, skilled and practical in both resolving matters through settlement and in litigation."
General practice Attorney | Sep 11
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Mr. Wees is courteous, knowledgable, and thorough. You can also tell he cares about the wellbeing of his clients. I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jul 23
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Jim is an excellent attorney and good advocate for his client. He is knowledgeable. He is good to work with, even if on the opposing side. I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jul 22
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Jim is a skilled lawyer and leaves no stone unturned for his clients."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jul 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Jim is an excellent attorney. Having two prior lawyers, and unsatisfied with their work, I hired Jim. Jim immediately put me at ease and had my case finally moving in the right direction. Admittedly, as a fellow attorney, I was a difficult client, but Jim was able to masterfully guide me through a very difficult divorce process. I truly would recommend (and have) Jim to anybody seeking representation in divorce/family law situation."
Family Attorney | Jul 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Jim for many years. I have always been impressed with Jim's honesty and professionalism when working with him on family law matters. Jim is always happy to help and ready to advocate for his clients. I would recommend Jim to anyone in need of assistance with a family law matter."
Family Attorney | Dec 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Mr. Wees for about 10 years. On many occasions, I have referred clients to him who have need of family law services, and I always receive favorable feedback from the clients, who are impressed with Mr. Wees' ability and demeanor. I recommend him for anyone in need of family law services."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Oct 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have been closely associated on a case in which Mr. Wees was lead attorney. Mr. Wees had a great command of the facts and law. In trial, he was quick on his feet, handling issues as they arose. I was very impressed with his performance and his result. I strongly recommend Mr. Wees."
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