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Peter H. Westby

Peter H. Westby

Platt & Westby
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  • Arizona
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Born in Minnesota, Attorney Peter Westby has resided in Arizona since 1962 and in Phoenix since 1974. Mr. Westby graduated from the University of Arizona College of Law in 1973 and entered the practice of law as a prosecuting attorney, first with the City of Tucson and then with the Pima County Attorney's office as a Criminal Trial Deputy. He joined partner Harvey Platt in the private practice of law in Phoenix in 1974 and together they formed Platt & Westby, P.C. Mr. Westby practices in the areas of real estate law, civil litigation, family law, estate planning, probate, estate and trust administration, and business formation/litigation. Mr. Westby and his firm have earned a Martindale-Hubble AV rating, the highest rating awarded for ethics and professional competence.

Practice Areas
  • Bankruptcy
  • Business Law
  • Collections
  • Divorce
  • Estate Planning
  • Family Law
  • Foreclosure Defense
  • Landlord Tenant
  • Probate
  • Real Estate Law
  • Elder Law
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
U.S. Federal Court
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
James E. Rogers College of Law, University of Arizona
J.D. (1973)
University of Arizona
Arizona's Finest Lawyers
Arizona's Finest Lawyers
Professional Associations
Arizona State Bar
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church
Former President and Council Member
- Current
Activities: 1987 - 1993
La Casa De Cristo Lutheran Church
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169 Questions Answered

Q. I'm bankrupt and don't have any property to pass on to my family but they want me to do a will anyway.
A: If you have no property, there will be no need for a probate. Nevertheless, your family has a good point. You may have personal items or family items that have meaning and should pass to someone who will appreciate them. Expressing your wishes in a Will can be important to the persons who survive you.
Q. Who is responsible for paying a deceased person's credit card debt if they only have an irrevocable trust?
A: Normally, the estate of a deceased person is responsible for payment of debt. However, where a trust exists, the Trust document must be reviewed. It is possible that the trustee of the trust has been instructed to pay debt from Trust assets.
Q. How to go about getting someone out your house
A: The property owner will need to judicially evict this person. The Arizona Residential Landlord Tenant code describes this procedure. Filing can be done in Justice Court and the Court can usually help with forms. This is an unusual situation and I recommend that you seek the advice of a real estate attorney who practices in the area of landlord tenant law before you take action.
Q. Do I owe commission?
A: You might owe a commission. Builder contracts are often drafted to favor the builder. I recommend that you have a real estate lawyer review your contract and any other document signed by you. Your lawyer will be able to answer your questions and assist you in resolving this matter.
Q. What is the current case law regarding the feeding of feral cats, and can a home owners association prohibit the activiy
A: I would need to know more about your HOA CC&R's and how this new rule was adopted before I could answer your questions concerning the rule and whether it is enforceable. If the new rule was adopted lawfully, you will need to abide by it or risk being fined. If this is a bad rule and you can obtain the support of your neighbors and fellow homeowners, you may be able to call a special election and seek its repeal.
Q. My husband's ex is claiming we are abusive. She has called CPS, case was closed. However, she filed for sole custody; re
A: Based upon what your husband's ex has already done, you can expect a fight in court. This is an important matter and you should not attempt to handle it on your own. I strongly recommend that you hire a good family law attorney to assist you. Your attorney will learn the history of your case and can answer your questions as to what needs to be done and what will be most effective.
Q. does Arizona annul marriages without notifying either party?
A: No, this is not true. The State of Arizona will not annul a marriage unless one of the parties requests an annulment by filing a Petition with the Superior Court and serves notice upon the other party. You will remain legally married until there is an Order from the Superior Court dissolving the marriage relationship.
Q. Can "Entertainment Inc." Purchase property? Multiple Properties?
A: Provided your corporation's governing documents allow it, your corporation can purchase real estate. Check with a lawyer in each state where you plan to purchase property. You may need to register your corporation as a foreign corporation doing business in each state. Your local lawyer will know.
Q. I live with my son and grandson in AZ. Son works out of town. Do I need a POA to take grandson to the doctor ?
A: If you are actively engaged in the care of your grandson, it would be helpful to have a childcare POA signed by your son. This will authorize you to give consents that normally need to be given by a parent.
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Platt & Westby Old Town Scottsdale
3260 N. Hayden Road
Suite 210
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Toll-Free: (855) 274-9529
Telephone: (602) 277-4441
Fax: (602) 277-0388
Platt & Westby
Avondale, AZ
12725 W Indian School Rd
Avondale, AZ 85393
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Telephone: (480) 675-4775
Platt & Westby
Phoenix, AZ
2916 N 7th Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85013
Toll-Free: (855) 274-9529
Telephone: (602) 277-4441 Ext. 241
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Platt & Westby
Arrowhead / Sun City/ Glendale, AZ
20325 N 51st Ave
Glendale, AZ 85308
Toll-Free: (855) 274-9529
Telephone: (480) 675-4775
Platt & Westby
Mesa/Tempe/Chandler/Gilbert, AZ
1425 W Elliot Rd
Gilbert, AZ 85233
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Telephone: (480) 969-5070
Platt & Westby
North Scottsdale, AZ
6424 E. Greenway Parkway
Scottsdale, AZ 85254
Toll-Free: (855) 274-9529
Telephone: (480) 675-4776