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Peter H. Westby

Peter H. Westby

Platt & Westby
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  • Arizona
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Summary

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
    Chapter 11 Bankruptcy, Chapter 13 Bankruptcy, Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, Debt Relief
    Business Law
    Business Contracts, Business Dissolution, Business Finance, Business Formation, Business Litigation, Franchising, Mergers & Acquisitions, Partnership & Shareholder Disputes
    Collections
    Divorce
    Collaborative Law, Contested Divorce, Military Divorce, Property Division, Same Sex Divorce, Spousal Support & Alimony, Uncontested Divorce
    Estate Planning
    Guardianship & Conservatorship, Health Care Directives, Trusts, Wills
    Family Law
    Adoption, Child Custody, Child Support, Father's Rights, Guardianship & Conservatorship, Paternity, Prenups & Marital Agreements, Restraining Orders, Same Sex Family Law
    Foreclosure Defense
    Landlord Tenant
    Evictions, Housing Discrimination, Landlord Rights, Rent Control, Tenants' Rights
    Probate
    Probate Administration, Probate Litigation, Will Contests
    Real Estate Law
    Commercial Real Estate, Condominiums, Easements, Eminent Domain, Homeowners Association, Land Use & Zoning, Mortgages, Neighbor Disputes, Residential Real Estate, Water Law
    Elder Law
Fees
  • Free Consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
    Accept Visa and MasterCard
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Arizona
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U.S. Federal Court
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Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Partner
Platt & Westby
Current
Education
James E. Rogers College of Law, University of Arizona
J.D. (1973)
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University of Arizona
B.S.
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Awards
Arizona's Finest Lawyers
Arizona's Finest Lawyers
Professional Associations
Arizona State Bar
Member
Current
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Prince of Peace Lutheran Church
Former President and Council Member
- Current
Activities: 1987 - 1993
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La Casa De Cristo Lutheran Church
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Websites & Blogs
Website
Peter H. Westby's Website Profile
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Platt & Westby Website
Legal Answers
288 Questions Answered

Q. Is it legal to create a retroactive contract for a rent-to-purchase agreement in Arizona?
A: I do not recommend using any kind of retroactive contract. A normal residential real estate purchase contract should be used to document this transaction. But your intention is fine. There is no problem in reducing the purchase price of the home in any amount that you and your tenants agree upon. It is not unusual, when selling without a real estate agent, to reduce the purchase price by 5- 6% since no real estate commission will be paid.
Q. Am I entitled any part of the family owned business.
A: You may be entitled to a portion of any community interest in this business. But from the information you provided, it is not possible to tell. I strongly recommend that you discuss this with your divorce lawyer. Once your lawyer knows the facts, he or she will be able to let you know your legal rights and what you might be entitled to as part of your divorce property settlement.
Q. I have been letting my wifes nephew live in my Mobile home rent free. I want to start charging rent. Can I?
A: Yes, you can start charging rent. But you will first need to terminate the current tenancy according to the terms of the Arizona Residential Landlord Tenant Code and any rental agreement or lease that may exist. Once the existing tenancy is terminated, you will be free to negotiate a new tenancy and ask for the payment of rent.
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Contact & Map
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
#E101
Avondale, AZ 85393
Toll-Free: (855) 274-9529
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
Fax: (602) 277-0388
Platt & Westby
Arrowhead / Sun City/ Glendale, AZ
20325 N 51st Ave
#134
Glendale, AZ 85308
Toll-Free: (855) 274-9529
Telephone: (480) 675-4775
Platt & Westby
Mesa/Tempe/Chandler/Gilbert, AZ
1425 W Elliot Rd
#201
Gilbert, AZ 85233
Toll-Free: (855) 274-9529
Telephone: (480) 969-5070
Platt & Westby
North Scottsdale, AZ
6424 E. Greenway Parkway
#100
Scottsdale, AZ 85254
Toll-Free: (855) 274-9529
Telephone: (480) 675-4776