2019 Reader’s Choice Award

We are honored and humbled again to be voted Best Law Firm by the readers of the Siloam Springs Herald Leader. Since 1996, we have tried our best to represent our clients zealously and ethically. Thank you all for your continued support. God Bless!

Published by: David A. Bailey on April 4th, 2019 | Filed under Uncategorized
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Bailey Law Firm gets double honors this year in Best of the Best

We are so proud and humbled to be voted Best Law Firm again this year by the readers of the Siloam Springs Herald Leader’s Best of the Best competition.  I am especially proud that my legal assistant, Eileen, got honored as a finalist in the Friendliest Employee category.  Thank you to all of our past and current clients who voted for us!  We are truly grateful for these honors.  As always, I thank God for all of the blessings He has bestowed on me.

Published by: David A. Bailey on April 17th, 2018 | Filed under Uncategorized
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What’s wrong with a little legal DIY?

DIYI get a lot of questions about “Should I do this myself?” Or, “What about this form I got from the internet?”  The truth is, like most things in life, there are times when it is okay to tackle a DIY project, and times when it is not the best choice to do it yourself.

For example, every time I’ve attempted my own plumbing job, thinking this doesn’t seem too hard or that video on YouTube makes it look SO easy, has generally been a disaster.  I often times have had to pay the plumber DOUBLE what it would have cost me just to call him in the first place.  The reason?  Now he has to fix my original problem plus whatever I tore up trying to fix it myself.  True story. You can ask my wife.

Cases in small claims court where each litigant is representing himself or herself, generally are okay if the dollar amount in dispute is very low and not worth paying a lawyer a retainer to take the case.  However, if the other side gets a lawyer, you generally should too.

As for the forms on the internet question, my advice is to be very cautious.  I’ve seen tons of forms and even some books in major bookstores which claim to be valid in all 50 states for divorces, for example, that were not even close to correct.  I’ve seen Pro Se litigants in court with these incorrect forms have their entire cases dismissed and their time, money spent on the bad forms, and the expensive filing fees all go to waste.  Kind of like my plumbing example, the people then have to pay more money once they finally decide to hire a lawyer.

I realize that money is often tight for folks.  I get it.  Believe me, I’ve been there.  However, never underestimate the value you get and the money you can save by hiring a competent professional with years of training and experience to do the job right the first time.  Just my two cents…

Published by: David A. Bailey on February 24th, 2016 | Filed under Uncategorized
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Grateful for the Reader’s Choice Award

We were recently honored again by being voted Best Law Firm by the readers of the Siloam Springs Herald Leader. I want to personally thank all of my past and current clients who voted for us. I’m thankful to God for not only winning this honor but also for the fact that after 18 years I still love my job.

Published by: David A. Bailey on April 2nd, 2015 | Filed under Uncategorized
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BLF Law Library welcomes McQuillin’s Law of Municipal Corporations

IMG_1699For the past two years, I have proudly served as City Attorney for Gravette. One of the exciting things, and one of the most frustrating things, about that job is that municipal law touches just about every area of law there is.  No lawyer can be an expert on all areas of the law.  That’s why I recently added McQuillin’s Law of Municipal Corporations to my law library.  It’s a legal treatise that provides an overview of many areas that municipal law entails.  I’m admittedly a legal nerd when it comes to law books, but I’m excited and proud of my new acquisition.  I can’t wait to put it to good use.

Published by: David A. Bailey on March 2nd, 2015 | Filed under Uncategorized
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At what age can a child choose where to live?

One of the things I have tried to do over my 18+ year law career is to debunk several “legal myths” that are out there.  One common example of such a legal myth is that there exists some magical age at which point a child can pick which parent he or she wants to live with.

The truth of the matter (at least in Arkansas and Oklahoma, and most states I would imagine) is that the magic age is 18.  That is to say that when a child turns 18, he or she is declared an adult and can live where he or she chooses.  Up to that age, however, it is up to the Judge to decide where the child should live applying the best interest of the child standard.

Like most myths, this myth is born out of a little bit of truth.  The general rule is that the older the child, the more weight the Judge is likely to give to his or her opinion, keeping in mind that the Judge is never bound by that opinion.  In other words, a Judge will sometimes agree with the opinion of a teenager if that opinion is well-reasoned and rational.  However, the Judge doesn’t have to follow the opinion of the teenager.  A classic example:  17 year old girl wants to live with mom because mom lets her stay out late with her boyfriend while dad makes her do her homework and have a curfew.  In such a case, any good Judge will overrule the opinion of the 17 year old as it is clearly not in her best interest (in this hypothetical example) to live with mom.

I hope this helps destroy this one particular legal myth.  Stay tuned for more debunking of legal myths.

Published by: David A. Bailey on February 5th, 2015 | Filed under Uncategorized
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Merry Christmas to All


A lawyer friend of mine sent me this, so I had to share.  I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and remember that Jesus is the real reason for the season.

Published by: David A. Bailey on December 23rd, 2014 | Filed under Uncategorized
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Autumn is Finally Here


I hope everyone is enjoying the Fall colors.  It’s been a super busy 2014, and for that I am thankful.  God has blessed my practice and also me personally.  I hope that each of you find the time to stop and give thanks for all He has given you in this season.  Just a quick note for now.  More to come…

Published by: David A. Bailey on November 11th, 2014 | Filed under Uncategorized
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Rock Stars: A Hotbed of Illegal Activity

motley_crue_-_1989_dr_feelgoodI just put the finishing touches on my latest Continuing Legal Education (CLE) presentation for the Arkansas Bar Association. It’s called “Rock Stars:  A Hotbed of Illegal Activity” and will be held in Little Rock on April 11th.

This is the “sequel” to the CLE I did last year involving country music stars.  It was such a huge success, that I was asked to do this follow-up.  Essentially, the way it works is this:  I show a rock music video to the audience of lawyers and we identify and discuss all of the legal issues presented in the video.  It’s a fun way to sharpen our legal analysis skills.

As always, I learned a few new things myself while preparing this CLE presentation.  For any lawyer out there who dreads going to CLE, you definitely need to come check this one out.  Just go to the Arkansas Bar Association’s website and sign up from there.  Who says you can’t have fun while you learn?

Published by: David A. Bailey on March 27th, 2014 | Filed under Uncategorized
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Power of Attorney – What is it?

e0_d__0_PowerOfAttorney Besides being a 1995 crime drama, what exactly is a “power of attorney”?  Essentially, it is a document that gives someone else authority to act on your behalf.  It can be very broad and allow the person to do any legal act that you can do, or it can be limited to a one-time transaction (such as the closing on a real estate deal).

Probably the most important thing to consider when drafting a POA is choosing your agent (also called “attorney-in-fact” and not to be confused with an actual attorney-at-law or lawyer) very carefully.  You are legally bound by the actions of your agent when a third party relies upon the document in good faith.  For example, if your POA document is broad enough to allow your agent to borrow money from the bank in your name and he or she does so and then absconds with the money to another country, you are likely stuck paying the money back to the bank.  Of course, you can sue your agent for breach of his or her fiduciary duty (assuming you can get service on them in the Caribbean or wherever they are), but it might not do you much good.

Powers of Attorney are generally revocable at your option (assuming that you are still alive and legally competent) by simply giving written notice to your agent of your decision to revoke the POA.  However, you should also give notice of the revocation to any person or entity that you know or suspect your agent has dealings with so that they will not rely on the POA in the future.  Otherwise, they might rely on the revoked POA in good faith and you might still be bound as in the previous example with the bank.

Much more can be said about powers of attorney.  Keep checking back here for more articles to come!

Published by: David A. Bailey on October 5th, 2013 | Filed under Uncategorized
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