Robertson, Beasley, Shipley & Robinson, PLLC

Robertson, Beasley, Shipley & Robinson, PLLC

our Firm is one the oldest in the State and focus in the areas of Probate, Trust and Tax Litigation and Business and Estate Planning. Our firm, Robertson, Beasley, Shipley & Robinson, PLLC, has been in existence for over 120 years and provides extensive representation that is usually associated with much larger firms, while retaining the personalized service and efficiency of a smaller firm.

We believe that we offer the best legal services and we make themselves accessible to our clients twenty-four (24) hours a day. The Firm offers a broad practice that is paralleled by the diversity of our clients, which range from large corporations and local family-owned businesses to non-profit organizations and individuals. Our practice serves today's demand for comprehensive legal experience with special emphasis on law regarding corporations and businesses, insurance defense, labor and employment, probate, tax planning and controversies, real estate, estate planning, business planning, asset protection planning, debt collections, mergers and acquisitions and commercial litigation. Mr. Brockett's Primary Practice Areas:

Along with handling the firms Business Formations, Tax Planning, & Tax Controversies, Mr. Brockett handles all of the firms Estate & Gift Taxation, Probate, Estate, & Trust Administration, & Trust and Estate Litigation and Estate Planning. In addition, Mr. Brockett handles illegal exaction cases (challenging expenditure of public funds or the challenge of an illegal tax) and also handles election challenge cases. Brockett focuses on implementing the most up to date techniques to avoid or lessen the burden of the estate tax on families. He also assists business owners with asset protection & business succession planning so that their business will continue to prosper beyond their life span. In addition, as family members pass away, he assists in the administration of the Estate to pass the assets to the next generation; however, this process can sometime lead to litigation, as Mr. Brockett has extensive experience in the Trust and Estate Litigation area.

Operating as usual 01/22/2021

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Here is an informative article about the PPP program. Attorneys at Cozen O'Connor provide an overview of the recently reinstituted Paycheck Protection Program's provisions for new borrowers to receive loans and existing borrowers to receive additional funding, and the U.S. Small Business Administration's startup of the program. 12/30/2020

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[12/25/20]   Merry Christmas from our family to your family. We wish you a happy new year and we are praying that 2021 is better for everyone. 11/15/2020

Little-known COVID-related tax benefits could save small businesses a bundle this year

If you have a small business check out this article for tax benefits in the Cares Act. Small business owners should check with their accountants to see whether they qualify for significant tax breaks in the CARES Act. 11/12/2020

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Does your company have 1099 independent contractors?

Then you need to be aware of new proposals by President Elect Joe Biden. President-elect Joe Biden’s inconsistent campaign plan for independent contractors supports enforcement of existing laws against intentional worker misclassification while also proposing a challenging-to-meet federal classification standard modeled after California’s A.B. 5, says Richard Reibste... 11/08/2020

A Biden Presidency Could Complicate Your Estate Taxes and Planning. Start Preparing Now. — Barron's

We are here to assist you with modifying your estate plan to prepare for possible changes with the new elected administration. Give us a call to schedule a meeting to review your current documents. There will likely be time to make estate-planning changes before a Biden inauguration, but it’s advisable to strategize now and execute later. 08/25/2020

PPP Is Over (Again). Now What?

If your company is still looking for capital options as a result of the Covid-19 please read this article. The Paycheck Protection Program expired on August 8. These coronavirus relief programs will still be available.

[07/26/20]   We want to congratulate our partners, Benjamin Shipley and Christopher Brockett, for both being named as 2020 Super lawyers by Mid-South Super Lawyer Magazine. Mr. Shipley is being named for the 13th time and Mr. Brockett for his 1st (previously Mr. Brockett has been named as a rising star for 14 years). We are here to serve you for all your legal needs. 05/25/2020

We are RBSR remember all those who have died for our freedom, please take a moment today and give thanks.

[05/07/20]   Dear friends, during these profound times, now's the time to get your affairs in order.
If you don't have life insurance get a policy, if you have life insurance double check who is/are the beneficiaries; especially if you have divorced and/or remarried since you took out the policy.
If you do not have a Will you need one and possibly a Trust depending on your needs.

If you do not have a power of attorney appointing someone to act on your behalf, should you become incapacitated. If you do not want artificial means to be kept alive if you become ill then get a right to die with dignity and a DNR (do not resuscitate) completed and tell your family your desires. We at RBSR are here to assist you in this difficult time and we can prepare each of these estate plan documents.

Make sure your loved ones know where to find these documents and give them copies. Keep the originals in a safe place such as a fire proof safe or a safety deposit box.

Please call one of our 4 offices (Springdale, Fort Smith, Ozark or Little Rock) to assist you in any of your legal needs.

[04/06/20]   We want to remind everyone our OZARK office has moved to 2101 N. 18th St. it is the Red Brick house by the Whitson Morgan Ford Dealership in Ozark. We are here and will continue to serve all your legal needs. Call us at 4796673000 to schedule an appointment today.

[04/02/20]   No Contact-estate planning is now available in Arkansas.

Pursuant to Arkansas Emergency Order EO-20-12, the requirement for in-person witnessing and notarization has been modified to allow both to occur via video-teleconferencing. As a result, Arkansas attorneys can now provide their clients with estate planning services, without an in-person visit, during this pandemic.

We at RBSR appreciate the Governor's office and the Arkansas Bar Association for working to improve access to essential legal services during this emergency.

If you want to complete your estate plan give us a call today. 03/25/2020

Americans rush to make online wills in the face of the coronavirus pandemic — CNBC

We are still open and assisting our clients on an appointment basis. If you need a trust or a will that is valid in Arkansas or Oklahoma contact out partner, Christopher Brockett, who is one of the top estate planning attorneys in Arkansas. He can be reached at 479-667-3000 or on his cell phone 479-209-1557 at anytime to discuss your needs. With COVID-19 impacting more and more Americans, individuals across the country are scrambling to set up wills and end-of-life directives.

[02/03/20]   Our Ozark office has relocated to 2101 N. 18th St., which is the red brick house by the Whitson Morgan Ozark Ford location. We are still finishing up renovations, but are seeing clients on a limited basis right now. Please feel free to call Christopher Brockett (479-667-3000) to schedule an appointment today.

[01/02/20]   We want to wish everyone a happy new year and we hope that 2020 is a prosperous year for you. 11/12/2019

Super Lawyers - Mid-South 2019 - page1

We are proud to announce that our partner Christopher Brockett has once again been chosen by Mid-South Super lawyers as a top attorney in the field of tax law. Super Lawyers magazine features the list and profiles of selected attorneys and is distributed to attorneys in the state or region and the ABA-approved 08/22/2019

ATU-Ozark’s Adult Education Announces Partnership with Franklin County District Court Judge | Arkansas Tech University

We are pleased to announce that our Partner, Christopher Brockett, was named as one of the 8 attorneys in the State of Arkansas for his pro bono services. In addition, Mr. Brockett, who also serves as District Court Judge in Franklin County Ozark District has started a program to allow individuals to work off their fines by earning education credit through ATU-Ozark Campus in Ozark, Arkansas. Ozark CampusATU-Ozark’s Adult Education Announces Partnership with Franklin County District Court Judge August 21, 2019 Image of 2019 ATU Adult Education faculty2019 ATU Adult Education faculty prepare for Fall 2019 semester. The Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus Franklin County Adult Educatio... 07/22/2019

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[06/20/19]   We again Congratulate our partner, Christopher D. Brockett, on his newest accolade for being named a Rising Star in Tax Law by Mid-South Super Lawyers. Mr. Brockett is here to help our clients through the State of Arkansas and the U.S. for all tax issues.

[06/12/19]   We want to give a big Congratulations to Ben H Shipley who has been named a top attorney by Mid-South Super Lawyers. We also want to Congratulate Christopher D. Brockett who has been named Best attorney by AY Magazine in both Tax and Trusts and Estates law. We at RBSR are lucky to have the highest quality attorneys that work for us and are here to serve each of you. Please contact us for all your legal needs. 06/07/2019

Nominate Your Favorites in the 2019 Best of the Best & Win $250!

Please help us out and go nominate Robertson, Beasley, Shipley & Robinson, PLLC, for best law firm!! Nominate your favorites for your chance to win $250! Nominations will be accepted between June 2nd and June 16th as the first part of the competition. 12/03/2018

Little Rock Soirée Presents Little Rock's Best Lawyers 2018

We are proud to announce that our partner, Christopher D. Brockett, has once again been named as a Top Tax Attorney by Soiree' magazine in Little Rock. Further, our partner, Jon Robinson, was named as a Top Business Litigation Attorney by Soiree' Magazine. We want to thank all of our clients that voted for our firm and our partners. Little Rock Soirée presents our annual list of the top lawyers in 20 specialties as voted by their peers and our readers.

[11/17/18]   Public Service Announcement: Several times this week we were contacted by individuals who had home business and were being audited by the State of Arkansas for sales tax issues. Many of these individuals were not collecting or remitting sales tax and were unaware that this was a requirement. This is not a defense to the obligation of sales tax collections and you will be personally responsible for the entire sum of sales tax that you should have collected and remitted to the State.

Please be aware that in Arkansas all business whether registered with the State or not must collect and remit sales tax. The State of Arkansas has made audit of home businesses a priority and will continue to be auditing home business. Therefore if you have a home business and have not registered with the State you should do so immediately. The application fee is $50 and will allow you to purchase items sale for resale (tax free), which will benefit you in your home business.

If you have been contacted already and need assistance with the audit please contact our office.



315 North Seventh St.
Fort Smith, AR

General information

We focus our practice in the areas of Tax controversy and Tax planning, Probate and Trust Administration, Business Formation and planning, Trust and Estate and Tax Litigation, and estate planning.

Opening Hours

Monday 08:30 - 17:00
Tuesday 08:30 - 17:00
Wednesday 08:30 - 17:00
Thursday 08:30 - 17:00
Friday 08:30 - 16:00
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