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Paul Dumas

Paul Dumas

Your Lawyer. Anytime Anywhere. Always on call. (501) 208-1990 cellphone
  • Estate Planning, Criminal Law, Family Law...
  • Arkansas
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I have a passion for helping each of my clients navigate through issues that are often confusing and overwhelming. I’m willing to meet their needs any time, any where— including at their homes, or during evenings and weekends.

Your well-being is very important to me, and from the very beginning I will give you the support and guidance you need to get you through your situation.

When you are dealing with a legal matter, you need an attorney in your corner who will truly listen, care, and understand where you're coming from.

Your family is the most important thing in your life, and you need an attorney that is dedicated to protecting families. I have over two decades of experience handling divorces, child custody, child support, alimony, grandparent’s visitation rights, division of marital and non-marital assets, adoptions, modifications of current custody and support orders, paternity, separate maintenance actions, name changes, DHS cases, and other domestic matters. I have litigation experience in all areas of domestic relations and have litigated all of the chief issues that the courts are routinely called upon to decide.

Paul understands families and the complex issues that can be involved when a loved is no longer able to make independent decisions. Paul has experience in guardianship proceedings for a minor or incapacitated adult. I have helped family members and friends who are concerned about the mental capacity of an adult loved one. Often a petition appointing a guardian may be needed.

With years of service as a prosecutor, I have special insight into the criminal justice system and the procedures used by law enforcement. I love the courtroom and have a passion for helping my clients navigate legal issues that can often be confusing and overwhelming. I make connecting with my clients a priority, and take the time to get to know my clients, not just their legal issues. I am willing to go the extra mile to meet the needs of each client.

Practice Areas
  • Estate Planning
  • Criminal Law
  • Family Law
  • Divorce
  • DUI & DWI
  • Energy, Oil & Gas Law
  • Municipal Law
  • Probate
  • Real Estate Law
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  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    In most cases, I offer a free, no obligation consultation of 30 minutes. During that time I can listen to your concerns and explain your legal options and my fee structure. No pressure. No obligation. Just answers for the help you need. From your attorney!! (501) 208-1990 cell. Anytime. Anywhere. Here when you need me!!
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Arkansas Judiciary
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Professional Experience
Outside Counsel
Southern Christian Home
- Current
As a mission work of the churches of Christ, Southern Christian Home has been in existence since 1926, originating in Fort Smith, Arkansas and later moving to Morrilton, Arkansas in 1936 (on the former campus of Harding University). Since that time, thousands of children have found a loving home and been provided with a supportive, nurturing and structured childhood rooted in Christian love and compassion. Standing firm in its mission to care for needy children everywhere, the Home has withstood the test of time and has produced thousands of Christian men and women who have become successful and productive adults. Mr. Dumas has had the great privilege of representing the Home for over two (2) decades. In this role, he works closely with the Executive Director, the Home’s Board of Trustees, employees and even the children residing at the Home. Among the diverse areas of law Mr. Dumas handles as the Home’s attorney, are custody issues related to the placement of children in the custody of the Arkansas DHS Division of Children and Family Services (DCFS). Working closely with senior staff of DCFS for the area, Mr. Dumas uses his knowledge of DCFS regulations as well as his personal relationships with DCFS personnel, to seamlessly and smoothly transition needy children into their new placement in the Home’s loving and nurturing environment. Additionally, from personnel issues to contracts, and from licensing issues to donor estate planning,Mr. Dumas provides steadfast counsel to the Home in times of need.
Morrilton City Attorney
Outside Counsel: Arkansas Operations in Fayetteville Shale Play
Southwestern Energy Company (SWN)
As outside counsel for Southwestern Energy Company (SWN), Mr. Dumas was responsible for developing, implementing and litigating the protocol and standard operating procedures (SOP) for all of SWN and it’s subsidiaries surface operations in Arkansas. Representing 4 divisions, Mr. Dumas worked closely with SWN senior management at the corporate office in Houston, Texas, senior operations management in SWN’s corporate office in Conway, Arkansas, as well as personally working with supervisors and entry level workers in the field. Through his extensive knowledge of oil & gas law, along with his eagerness to glean institutional knowledge from a broad spectrum of people at all levels of the company, Mr. Dumas was able to develop an innovative state of the art protocol that industry insiders still consider “cutting edge.” The contributions of Mr. Dumas and his peers, played a significant role in creating a business friendly environment for the oil & gas industry to operate and flourish in Arkansas as they explored and developed the immense, previously untapped natural gas reserves underneath the surface of Arkansas found in the Fayetteville Shale Play.
Arkansas Ethics Commission
Appointed by President Pro Tempore of the Senate
City of Perryville
Conway County District Court, OP Div
City of Plumerville
Circuit Judge
Perry County Circuit Court
Appointment as Special Circuit Judge by the Honorable Judge Collins Kilgore
Ouachita Baptist University
B.S. (1993) | Political Science/History/Religion
Honors: Magna Cum Laude
Activities: Basketball, BETA BETA Men’s Social Club, Model UN, Phi Beta Kappa
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Professional Associations
Arkansas State Bar
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Arkansas Bar Association
Chairman. YLS
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Arkansas Law Enforcement Officers Academy
Websites & Blogs
Legal Answers
2 Questions Answered

Q. Is there a time limit in Arkansas for filing for probate after a person dies and if so, what?
A: In Arkansas you have five years from the date of death of the decedent to Open a probate estate for the deceased individual and to file their will for probate. After the five year deadline has expired, You can no longer file the will for a regular probate proceeding. After the expiration of the five years, a completely different type of probate proceeding must be filed called a determination of heirship. While there is certainly no requirement under Arkansas law that you have an attorney represent you in this process, I would strongly advise that you retain the services of an attorney that is familiar and competent in this area of probate law.
Q. If a bank account has a beneficiary, does that override a will?
A: Assuming your father’s account was with a financial institution and was a non-retirement account, if he designated his child as the beneficiary of the account by naming the child as his Payable On Death (POD) Beneficiary, the account would be immediately vested in the child’s name upon the father’s death. This type of automatic, immediate conveyance is sometimes referred to as a transfer “by operation of law.” These types of automatic conveyances in which the owner of the asset causes the conveyance to be triggered to a beneficiary through the language of a document are made possible simply because they are contractual agreements that I refer to as “creatures of contract.” Like life insurance, these assets pass automatically to the named beneficiary and are not included in an individuals probate estate. Assuming the preceding was correct, and assuming the financial institution erroneously tendered all funds in the account to his wife, they may be liable to the POD beneficiary for the amount held in the account as of the date of death of your father. In turn, there may be additional liability on the part of his wife for erroneously withdrawing these account funds without legal authority. The main problem being that since the account is not part of the decedent’s probate estate, it is irrelevant that she was the named executrix in your father’s will. I would advise beginning your investigation with the financial institution and obtain a copy of the documentation executed by your father to establish this account and confirm the POD beneficiary designation. Additionally, you should immediately file a Demand for Notice of Proceedings with the probate clerk of the county where your father resided at the time of his death, as well as any county that might have jurisdiction to probate his estate. This pleading mandates that anyone opening a probate estate for your father is required to provide you with notice of all pleadings filed and/or hearings set in the probate case. Of course if a probate estate has already been opened you will want to enter an appearance in that case to protect your rights and/or the rights of the POD beneficiary. I would strongly advise you consult with an attorney experienced in probate and estate matters. The Arkansas Probate Code is extensive and often complex. As an Attorney licensed in Arkansas, I have handled these types of cases for over two decades.
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Contact & Map
Morrilton, AR, USA
Dumas Law Firm
118 South Moose Street
Across from the Courthouse in the former Harris Funeral Home
Morrilton, AR 72110
Telephone: (501) 354-7700
Cell: (501) 208-1990