The Firm





Ronan & Tagart, PLC, offers our clients experienced, trusted and diligent representation. The firm counsels individuals and small to medium sized businesses on a wide variety of business and estate planning matters. Our business clients range from restaurants, technology companies, car dealerships, countless service companies, construction, manufacturing and contractors to all manner of sales businesses, to name a few. The firm provides clients in Arizona with strategic advice and counseling regarding business and corporate transactions, employee relations, estate planning and probate.

Small Firm Advantage

While practicing in a large firm, Yvonne came to realize that the small firm environment is the best way to provide her clients with the attention and personalized service they appreciate and deserve.  In the more informal, relaxed atmosphere of a small firm, clients often get to know us on a personal level and know that their legal matter will not be “handed off” to another, possibly less experienced, attorney.  In addition, unlike large firms, our firm has lower overhead costs which affords us the opportunity to offer a more reasonable fee structure to our clients.

Professional Honors

At Ronan & Tagart, PLC, we are grateful to our peers in the legal community who have honored Yvonne with the highest rating of AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®.

Yvonne was also named in the Arizona Republic's 2015 Arizona’s Top Lawyers by the Arizona Republic in the following areas: General Practice and Labor and Employment.


Bios


Yvonne E. Tagart

Attorney

Angela Coughlin

Legal Assistant

Timothy D. Ronan
(Retired)

Before retiring, Tim practiced law in the Valley for over thirty years. He graduated magna cum laude from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles with Bachelor of Arts degrees in Philosophy and Political Science and earned his juris doctor from Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. and returned home to Phoenix to begin practice.

Tim focused his practice over the years on corporate, mergers & acquisitions, finance and real estate law, as well as the related areas of estate planning, family partnerships and trusts. Tim began his professional career with international firm Squire, Sanders & Dempsey but realized that a small firm environment would permit him to serve his clients on a more personalized basis. Throughout his career, Tim worked closely with entrepreneurs and helped establish businesses in organizing, operating and capitalizing their businesses.

Tim is rated Martindale-Hubbell AV®-Preeminent®, the highest rating available under the Martindale Hubbell rating system, and he was also honored to be named a Top Rated Lawyer /Arizona Legal Leader in the Arizona Republic in 2015.

Tim remains active in the community. He is the former Chairman of the Tempe Chamber of Commerce and has served on the Executive Board for a number of years. Tim is also baseball coach at Notre Dame Preparatory High School. Over the years, Tim served as a founder, and former treasurer and member of the board of directors of the Maricopa County Sports Commission, president of the Mesa Convention and Visitors Bureau, Board of Directors of the charity Every Kid Counts, head Rugby Coach for Arizona State University and Baseball Coach at Seton Catholic High School.

Education

  • Georgetown University, J.D., 1984
  • Loyola Marymount University, B.A. in Philosophy and Political Science, 1981

Publications and Presentations

Author of numerous educational and seminar materials for Continuing Legal Education, accountants and business owners on business entity selection, mergers and acquisitions, limited liability companies, and estate planning.

Community Involvement

  • State Bar Committee responsible for drafting the Arizona limited liability company statute, 1990; 2012-2016
  • Tempe Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, 2011-present
    Chairman, 7/1/2015 - 6/30/2016
  • Executive Committee for the Every Kid Counts Charity, 2010-present
  • Notre Dame Preparatory High School Baseball Coach, 2007-present
  • Mesa Community College Softball Coach, 2009
  • Seton Catholic H.S. Varsity Baseball Pitching Coach, 2003-2007
  • ASU Rugby, Head Coach 1994-1998
  • Mesa Convention and Visitors Bureau, President, 1994-1995
  • Maricopa County Sports Commission, Founder, Member of Board of Directors and Tresasurer, 1989-1995
  • Governor's Task Force on Multi-Family Housing Finance Review, 1986
  • National Register's Who's Who in Executives and Professionals

Yvonne E. Tagart



Yvonne has been practicing law in Arizona since 2002. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Justice Studies from Arizona State University while working full-time at the Maricopa County Superior Court. Yvonne earned her juris doctor degree from Arizona State University College of Law.

Yvonne focuses her practice primarily in the areas of business and commercial law, estate planning and probate/conservatorships.

She is rated Martindale-Hubbell AV®-Preeminent®, the highest rating available under the Martindale Hubbell rating system, and she was also honored to be named a Top Rated Lawyer /Arizona Legal Leader in the Arizona Republic in 2015.

Prior to becoming an attorney, Yvonne worked in a variety of capacities in the government and private sector. She began an 8 year career with the Maricopa County Superior Court in the Clerk’s Office as a Customer Service Representative and worked her way up to the Child Support Payment Processing Supervisor where she was responsible for daily operations. Immediately prior to attending law school, Yvonne was Operations Consultant for a national technology firm where she managed implementation for privatized child support payment processing and customer service operations nationwide for various state governments, including implementation and support of PC and network applications. Yvonne also was heavily involved in proposal writing and was responsible for workflow analysis of operational procedures, documentation of office procedures and consultation for all aspects of centralized payment processing as well as office design, hiring staff, office procurement, vendor evaluation and procurement, and systems integration.

Practice Areas

  • Business and Commercial Transactions
  • Business Entities, Corporations, LLCs
  • Emerging Businesses/Start-ups
  • Business formation and planning
  • Contract Law and Lease Agreements
  • Real Estate Transactions
  • Internet Law and Licensing
  • Employment Law
  • Probate and Trust Administration
  • Guardianships and Conservatorships

Education

  • Arizona State University Law School, J.D., 2002
  • Arizona State University, B.S., 1997

Court Admissions

  • Arizona, 2002
  • U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, 2006
  • U.S. Tax Court, 2010
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2011

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • American Bar Association
    • Business Law Section
    • Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Arizona Bar Association
    • Employment and Labor Law Section
    • Intellectual Property Law Section
    • Probate and Trust Law Section
  • Maricopa County Bar Association
  • Hispanic Bar Association
  • Arizona Women Law Association

Honors and Awards

  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Arizona Republic's 2015 Arizona’s Top Lawyers by the Arizona Republic
    - General Practice & Labor and Education

Community Involvement

  • Arizona Supreme Court Committee on Character and Fitness, Member 2011-present
  • State Bar of Arizona Veteran's Legal Assistance Committee, Member 2014-2016
  • State Bar of Arizona Arbitration Committee, Member 2012-2015
  • Disabled American Veterans, Veterans Legal Clinic, Volunteer, 2014-present
  • McDowell Sonoran Conservancy, Officer and Board Member, 2004 – 2006
  • Navy Marine Corps Reserve Center, Ombudsman, 2002 - 2006

Angela Coughlin

Bio

  • Angela Coughlin joined Ronan & Tagart in 2013 and enjoys the many aspects involved in her role as legal assistant. She provides dependable and reliable support to the Tim and Yvonne as well as the firm’s clients. Angela graduated Magna Cum Laude from Arizona State University in 2009 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Justice Studies. She has over 10 years of experience as a legal assistant which has provided her with exposure to many areas of law.

Education

  • Arizona State University, B.S., 2009

Ronan and Tagart, PLC helps business owners build their businesses and families plan their legacies.

Practice Areas

Our legal services cover a variety of practice areas including Business/Corporate Law, Trust and Estate, and Probate.

Corporate & Business Law

Whether you are planning to start or to expand your own business, an experienced and knowledgeable business law attorney can help identify the pitfalls, overcome obstacles and expedite the process.

Trusts & Estates

Ronan & Tagart, PLC can advise you on the best approach to your estate planning and protecting your family.

Probate

Ronan & Tagart, PLC applies extensive knowledge and experience with probate and trust administration matters to guide you through difficult times.

Statutory Agent Services

We can help your organization maintain compliance with Arizona law which requires that all entities (corporations, limited liability companies, partnerships, etc.) appoint an Arizona Statutory Agent (sometimes called a Registered Agent).

Outside General Counsel

The Firm's cost-effective method for businesses to get dependable and timely legal assistance without hiring an in-house attorney.


Corporate & Business Law

Trusted business allies

Whether starting or expanding your business, an experienced knowledgeable business law attorney can help expedite the process and work with you to achieve success. The firm assists and advises entrepreneurs in the formation and proper documentation to meet their business goals and, once established, assist with contracts, vendor disputes, employee issues, business plans and all types of legal issues that arise in day-to-day operations.

Ronan & Tagart, PLC assists individuals and businesses of all sizes with:

  • Formation, Organization, Ownership, Control and Dissolution of corporations, limited liability companies, partnerships and joint ventures
  • Negotiation and drafting of Operating Agreements and Shareholder Agreements
  • Corporate Bylaws and Minutes
  • Corporate Restructuring
  • Drafting and Negotiation of contracts and agreements for strategic business relationships
  • Drafting and Negotiation of contracts and agreements with customers, vendors, suppliers, licensees and other related business entities
  • Real Estate Transactions
  • Labor and Employment Issues, including drafting employment agreements and restrictive covenant agreements
  • Sale and Purchase of Businesses
  • Due Diligence
  • Stock Purchases/ Asset Purchases
  • Lease Agreements
  • Dispute Resolution/Mediation

Employment contract, hiring and termination issues

When personnel issues arise, Ronan & Tagart, PLC will assist your business in the drafting and execution of employment agreements, hiring and termination matters, restrictive covenant agreements, drafting of employee handbooks and personnel file audits.

Providing the highest quality of business services

Ronan & Tagart, PLC is well prepared to handle business legal issues of any size or complexity. Working with businesses over many years, it has become increasingly clear that litigation is costly, time-consuming and the outcome is uncertain. As a result, when disputes arise involving the firms clients, a lawsuit is not the first suggestion since lawsuits are rarely in either party’s best interest. As a seasoned negotiator and trained mediator, Yvonne will seek to resolve the issue without litigation whenever possible. If litigation becomes necessary, Yvonne has worked with many litigators in the Valley and will continue to assist her business clients in the analysis of the dispute as well as provide oversight of the litigation from a business perspective, if requested.

Realizing your business dreams

Ronan & Tagart, PLC works closely with clients to ensure that their businesses run smoothly, including reviewing your business plans and advising on business maintenance issues, as requested.

Protect your business today

Call Ronan & Tagart, PLC today at 480-305-5150 or contact us online to schedule an initial consultation.


Trusts and Estates

While no one likes to think about death or disability, having a will or trust prepared (along with powers of attorney) is one of the best things a person can do to protect themselves and ease the burden on their families if something unexpected were to happen.

Risks of online forms and paralegals

Wills and Trusts prepared by non-attorneys or forms available on the Internet are often much cheaper than hiring an attorney to assist with your estate plan. There is a reason for that. Review any website with online estate planning forms and non-attorney or paralegal estate planning website and, while it may be hidden on the “Legal Disclaimer” section of the site, these websites must disclose they can only complete forms and cannot provide legal advice regarding any particular situation. Anyone who needs or wants an estate plan should seek advice of an experienced attorney who can advise his or her clients regarding legal implications, pitfalls and issues associated with a particular course of action in an estate plan. While it might be more expensive to hire an attorney to prepare a Will or Trust, it will likely save money, time and frustration for your family if something unexpected were to happen. The firm's clients have peace of mind once their Will or Trust is executed because they know that they have provided for their families.

Ronan & Tagart, PLC can advise you on the best approach to your estate planning after thoroughly analyzing your situation and strategize the best means of ensuring your estate planning wishes are followed, which may include, minimizing taxes, establishing guardianship for your children, supporting personal philanthropic causes and protecting your loved ones.

Ronan & Tagart, PLC prepares all types of estate planning documents, including:

  • Wills
  • Revocable Trusts (aka Living Trusts)
  • Living wills
  • Health Care and Durable Powers of Attorney
  • Limited Powers of Attorney
  • Comprehensive Transfer Documents
  • Gifting Agreements

Protect your assets and family. Contact Ronan & Tagart, PLC today

Call Ronan & Tagart, PLC at 480.305.5150 or contact us online to schedule an initial consultation.


Probate

Ronan & Tagart, PLC applies extensive knowledge and experience with probate and trust administration matters to guide you through difficult times, including:

  • Probate
  • Guardianships
  • Personal Representative/Trustee Duties
  • Trust Administration
  • Probate and Will Disputes

As part of the probate or trust administration, the firm guides the personal representative or successor trustee in the necessary steps of the probate/trust administration process, including:

  • Creating a plan of action to probate the estate fairly and expeditiously
  • Closing and opening bank accounts
  • Transferring assets from the deceased to the estate or trust
  • Valuations of the estate
  • Managing and liquidating assets as appropriate
  • Paying taxes and other debts
  • Locating beneficiaries
  • Hiring professionals and experts when necessary
  • Filing the will with the Arizona probate court (if necessary)

Trust and Probate disputes

The challenges faced by personal representatives, successor trustees and beneficiaries in probate and trust administration matters are diverse and often complicated. Yvonne has worked with countless personal representatives, successor trustees and beneficiaries, guiding them through the probate and trust administration process. When a dispute arises, it is important to have an experienced attorney working with you to assist during the difficult time of losing a loved one and dealing with complicated estate issues, when necessary.

Contact an experienced firm - Ronan & Tagart, PLC

Call Ronan & Tagart, PLC at 480.305.5150 or contact us online to schedule a consultation.


Statutory Agent Services

Statutory Agent Services

Arizona law requires that all entities (corporations, limited liability companies, partnerships, etc.) appoint an Arizona Statutory Agent (sometimes called a Registered Agent). The Statutory Agent may be a company or an individual designated to accept legal service and other important notices and documents on behalf of the company/corporation.

Ronan & Tagart, PLC, through its service company, RT Services, LLC, offers competitively priced Statutory Agent Services for your business--- an annual fee of only $100.00. Examples of documents served on the Statutory Agent include lawsuits, garnishments, demand letters, subpoenas, notices from the Arizona Corporation Commission, Industrial Commission of Arizona and City of Phoenix and correspondence from other municipal and governmental agencies.

Some business owners choose to name themselves or an employee as Statutory Agent. This practice is perfectly acceptable and legal. However, if a process server is unable serve that individual after multiple attempts (if the person is out of town or otherwise unavailable during business hours), a judge can authorize service by publication and it is possible that the plaintiff can obtain a default judgment without the business owner knowing a lawsuit has been filed, which can result in serious legal consequences for your business.

Appointing RT Services, LLC as your Statutory Agent ensures that you will never miss an attempt to serve your company. In addition, your employees and customers will not see you served with a lawsuit and we, not you, will receive the solicitations and junk mail since the information is available online as a public record. Contact the firm today about our Statutory Agent Services.

Contact Ronan & Tagart, PLC

Contact our office at 480-305-5150 to find out more about our Statutory Agent services.


Ronan and Tagart, PLC helps business owners build their businesses and families plan their legacies.

Outside General Counsel

General Counsel Services

The Firm’s cost-effective method for businesses to get dependable and timely legal assistance without hiring an in-house attorney

While businesses could greatly benefit from a dedicated general counsel on staff to advise and handle its legal needs, few businesses can actually afford the additional expense of hiring an in-house attorney. In these instances, Ronan & Tagart, PLC offers an alternative billing model: a monthly retainer arrangement, instead of the traditional hourly rate. With this Outside General Counsel model, the business owner has access to legal advice and services as issues occur from an experienced attorney familiar with their business at a predictable monthly cost. Ronan & Tagart, PLC’s Outside General Counsel services permit businesses to have a cost-effective, proactive approach to current and potential legal issues rather than reacting to situations as issues arise.

Contact Ronan & Tagart, PLC

Contact our office at 480-305-5150 to find out more about our Outside General Counsel services.


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RONAN & TAGART, PLC
8980 E. Raintree Suite 120
Scottsdale, AZ 850260
Office: 480.305.5150 | Fax: 480.305.5120