Meet Paul C. Riggs
This introduction video features Mesa attorney Paul C. Riggs as he talks about growing up and watching his Dad who was a lawyer, his background abiding by rules and why he enjoys practicing family law.
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I became a lawyer because my dad was a lawyer and when I was young, he took me to court a couple of times downtown Phoenix. And I grew up in Mesa so going downtown was a big deal, going in these tall buildings and going up the escalator that kind of a thing. But I enjoy the idea of the fight of the rules and using that to the benefit of the angle that I’m pursuing. So even in Monopoly that kind of a thing I always enjoyed using the rules. In football when I was a kid playing football, I would always press the rules so that my team could win. But that’s how I was, that’s just my nature. A little bit contentious.
I like to help people and that is a natural thing for me. And I do family law and as a result of that people come with real troubles. They’re worried about what’s going to happen to them. They’re worried about where they’re going to be in the future. They’re worried about all kinds of things, where their kids are going to be, if they’re going to be able to afford to live, all these kinds of things. And it’s not fun for them but I enjoy the process of helping them through that dilemma. I help good people in real difficult circumstances and I love helping people get to the point of realizing they can make it on their own. And it’s rewarding to see that they do as well as they do and come out of it as well as they can despite the fact that they’re fighting for something that’s so precious to them and so important to them.
I’ve been practicing since 1988 so I’ve had 30 years of practice and so, I’ve done different fields of practice over the years but I’ve been doing family law for the last 25 years. I had business background in undergrad, law school, I do understand all the factors, all the things that deal with a family law matter. With regard to real estate, I understand the issues of a business if it’s going to be sold or it’s going to be bought from one spouse to the other. How to do with evaluations.
I understand the dilemma of children. Children and legal decision making is always a difficult task. Parents are always fighting and in that regard it’s difficult for them to understand that they’re a separate being and really what’s best interest is what’s the end for the kid’s best interest may not always be the choice of the parent. But I always represent a parent, obviously, and so, we’re dealing with those issues and helping them come to an understanding and recognition of what’s best for them and helping them reach that resolution in their own mind.