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Firm Overview

Holland Law Firm is a small law firm focusing on Real Estate and Contract disputes and Employment Law.

After doing free-lance legal research and clerking for several Arizona law firms, and with the support of his father, two brothers, and a brother-in-law (all practicing attorneys in Arizona), Joseph Holland established Holland Law Firm PLLC right out of law school. In 2007, with the move of his family to Snowflake, Arizona, Holland Law Firm closed its doors in the greater Phoenix area and opened its doors at its current location: 970 S. Main St; Ste D in Snowflake, AZ 85937. Snowflake is centrally located (just 15 minutes North of the Show Low metropolitan area, and about 30-35 minutes from both the Navajo County Superior Court in Holbrook, AZ and the Apache County Superior Court in St. Johns, AZ). The firm has catered largely to real estate disputes, contract drafting and litigation, and employment law disputes, though it occasionally takes clients with a myriad of legal issues and concerns.

Example cases

I have brought over 50 cases to foreclose the right to redeem tax liens on real estate/property. Tax lien foreclosures, being creatures of Arizona statute, require an in-depth understanding of current Arizona law and court decisions. Typically, the client either becomes the titled owner of the disputed properties, or recovers their investment with interest and gets a judgment for attorney's fees and costs.

I regularly bring "quiet title" actions where the extent or title to property is disputed. These actions must be brought in Superior Court and typically involve releasing or purging liens/clouds on title so that the property is marketable.

Main Office

Main
970 South Main St.
Suite D
Snowflake  AZ  85937

Phone
  • (928) 536-3001
Fax
  • (866) 832-6984

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

Initial Consultation Fee: $85 for the first 40 minutes.

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

Tax Lien Foreclosure:
$2,000 + costs

Forcible Detainers (non-contested): $450 + costs

The problem with fixed rates on civil litigation matters involving real estate is that the amount of work required is often contingent upon the adversary, and what kind of fight they are willing to put forth. This is necessarily a case-by-case determination.

Hourly Rates

Between $175-$195.

Office Information

Office Hours

Monday
10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Tuesday through Thursday
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Friday
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Emergency After Hours

No

Languages Spoken

Yes, Portuguese.

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

I had always been interested in real estate matters. I even attended Real Estate classes, the licensing courses for real estate agents, though I never took the state exam to become a licensed agent. When I had a chance, I jumped at the opportunity to learn about real property foreclosures and within a few months, I had started two LLC's that bought up and foreclosed on tax liens in Arizona.

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

Generally the more educated a client has become on a specific legal issue, the more reasonable their expectations are for the outcome of the lawsuit. There is little worse than a client who has failed to educate him/herself and establishes preconceived expectations that lack any legal basis.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

Because it is almost always just as much work to review documents as to work off of existing documentation and adapting it to the specifics of a case, I generally discourage clients from preparing their own documents unless they are working off of a form from a reputable source. All documents should be reviewed before being exchanged with an adversarial, or potentially adversarial, party.

Is your firm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?

Because knowledge that someone is represented by a lawyer often has the effect of quelling negotiations, it is not always wise to ask an attorney to do all of the negotiating. I have counseled clients "behind the scenes" on what to do and say when an opposing party has a known aversion to talking with attorneys. I do not generally advise clients to represent themselves in court, though I often ask clients to act in the negotiation process.

Joseph Holland

As a teenager, I started working with my father in his firm and gained a basic understanding of the legal profession. After graduating from ASU with a business management degree in 2002, I began working in a corporate office in Human Resources where I handled employment complaints, benefits training, and injury and sexual harassment issues. Throughout my law school career, worked with attorneys in all areas of practice, starting as a free-lance legal researcher (fielding legal issues that had stumped other attorneys) and ending as a law clerk carrying my own case load in insurance subrogation and product defect litigation. As an attorney, I have handled cases in virtually every area of law: from bankruptcy to personal injury to litigating franchising agreements and drafting boat rental forms. Eventually, I settled into [mostly] property law, including quiet title actions, easement disputes, tax lien foreclosures, and landlord tenant/forcible detainers.

Having worked for so many other attorneys prior to opening my own practice gave me a perspective that most attorneys don't have. I was able to experience which approaches work and what techniques are not as effective.

Though I do have quite of bit of experience negotiating, I generally think of myself as a litigator. Unlike many attorneys who shy away from filing a law suit, when real property is in dispute, there aren't too many situations where I don't recommend some form of legal action to be taken.

Personal interests:

I enjoy spending time with my family - my wife, two girls and a boy. I am also active in the Boy Scouting Program.

License
  • Bar Number: 024706
    Arizona , 2006
Education
  • Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law; Arizona State University
    Juris Doctor , 2006
    Tempe, AZ
  • Arizona State University College of Business
    B.S. , 2002
    Tempe, AZ
    Business Management; Human Resources Management.

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