Joseph D. Welch, J.D.
Crystal M. Hawk, J.D.


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Joseph D. Welch has achieved an AV® Preeminent™ Rating from Martindale-Hubbell®.

Protecting your Family, Farm and Legacy

"Plan for everyone you love with everything you have."

Cary, Welch, Hickman & Hawk, LLP is a continuation of a law firm founded in 1888 by William P. Harrison and George A. Mahan. The firm's areas of practice include estate planning, corporate and business law, personal injury and products liability litigation, insurance defense, contracts, real estate law, probate, criminal law, municipal law and domestic relations.

Joseph D. Welch is the senior partner in the firm of Cary, Welch, Hickman & Hawk, LLP and practices exclusively in the area of estate planning, business planning, and asset protection law. He is the founder of Welch & Hawk Estate Planning Center, which serves the estate planning, business planning, and asset protection needs of clients in Missouri and Illinois. Welch is listed in Who’s Who in American Law.

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