About Our Firm

Firm History

Cary, Welch, Hickman & Hawk, LLP is a continuation of a law firm founded in 1888 by William P. Harrison and George A. Mahan. A chronology of the firm from that date to the present date is as follows:

  • HARRISON & MAHAN - 1888-1892
  • GEORGE A. MAHAN - 1892-1907
  • MAHAN, SMITH & MAHAN - 1907-1926
  • MAHAN, MAHAN & FULLER - 1926-1940
  • FULLER, FULLER & ELY - 1940-1950
  • FULLER, ELY & HIBBARD - 1950-1957
  • ELY & HIBBARD - 1957-1965
  • ELY & CARY - 1965-1979
  • ELY, CARY & WELCH - 1979-1983
  • ELY, CARY, WELCH & HICKMAN - 1983-1999
  • CARY, WELCH & HICKMAN, LLP - 1999-2015
  • CARY, WELCH, HICKMAN & HAWK, LLP - 2015-Present

In December 1982 the firm moved from its location in the Hannibal National Bank Building to its current location in the historic Ebert-Dulany Building at 1000 Center Street in Hannibal, Missouri.

The firm's areas of practice include estate planning, banking law, bankruptcy and creditors' rights, corporate and business law, personal injury and products liability litigation, insurance defense, contracts, real estate law, probate, criminal law, municipal law and domestic relations.

Current principals in the firm are Joseph D. Welch, Charles L. ("Chase") Hickman and Crystal M. Hawk.

Joseph D. Welch practices exclusively in estate planning and estate administration, as well as business law and asset protection, including the design, creation and maintenance of business entities such as corporations, limited liability companies (LLC's), partnerships, and family limited partnerships (FLPs), business succession plans, and buy-sell agreements.

Chase Hickman is in general practice, and is experienced in all types of litigation, both civil and criminal. His areas of practice include real estate law, family law (divorce, paternity, adoption, juvenile), commercial law, landlord-tenant, traffic offenses, and corporate law, including the creation and maintenance of business entities.

Crystal M. Hawk practices exclusively in Elderlaw and Medicaid planning, as well as estate planning, business, and asset protection planning.

Attorney & Staff at
Cary, Welch, Hickman & Hawk, LLP
and Welch & Hawk Estate Planning Center

Linda Wilcox
Legal Secretary & Office Manager
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