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Rewards of Risk Taking: The Hawk Firm Attorney Jared Williams Speaks at TEDxAugusta

The Hawk Firm is proud that one of our own associates, Jared Williams, recently took the stage at TEDxAugusta. Recalling a life-changing question posted to him, Jared asked: What’s your one biggest regret? What’s one thing you’ve never done that you wish you did? Jared then details the experience that followed when he chose to act on his answer to that question. Watch Jared’s TEDtalk below and ask yourself more about the rewards of risk taking in your own life.

Jared is an Augusta trial attorney, former Augusta District Attorney, and an experienced advocate for his clients. He studied Stetson University College of Law, the nation’s top law school for Trial Advocacy, in St. Petersburg, FL. Jared is a native of Augusta and is bilingual, representing both English and Spanish-speaking clients.

The Hawk Firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers, founded in 1984 by attorney Jacque D. Hawk. Today, Hawk and his associates remain committed to achieving results and are experienced in many areas of law, including criminal defense, drug possession, violent crimes, personal injury, car accident injury, medical malpractice, family/adoption law, and probate law. To discuss your legal needs, call 706-724-8537 or fill out our online contact form. Located in downtown Augusta, we serve the greater Augusta, GA, metro area, including Evans, Martinez, Grovetown, and Hephzibah, GA, as well as North Augusta and Aiken, SC, and handle cases throughout Georgia and South Carolina. #hawklaw

The Hawk Firm Chosen as One of the Three Best Criminal Defense Lawyers in Augusta by Three Best Rated

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If you are in need of the best criminal defense attorney in Augusta, Georgia, here is another reason to consider The Hawk Firm. Our firm was chosen as a 2018 Top 3 Criminal Defense Lawyer by Three Best Rated. Three Best Rated uses a detailed inspection process to determine the best options in your local area, including reviews and complaints. We are proud of our law firm’s dedication to excellence. If you need a criminal justice attorney that is committed to fighting for you, contact Jacque Hawk at jdhawk@thehawkfirm.com or call (706) 724-8537.

The Hawk Firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers, founded in 1984 by attorney Jacque D. Hawk. Today, Hawk and his associates remain committed to achieving results and are experienced in many areas of law, including criminal defense, drug possession, violent crimes, personal injury, car accident injury, medical malpractice, family/adoption law, and probate law. To discuss your legal needs, call 706-724-8537 or fill out our online contact form. Located in downtown Augusta, we serve the greater Augusta, GA, metro area, including Evans, Martinez, Grovetown, and Hephzibah, and handle cases throughout Georgia.

10 Best Criminal Law Attorneys in Client Satisfaction 2018

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Congratulations to Jared T. Williams, a Hawk Firm attorney, for his recent recognition as one of the 10 Best Criminal Law Attorneys in Client Satisfaction for the second year in a row, by the American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys. This award reflects his continued commitment to criminal defense and approval from both peers and clients. A criminal conviction will have lifelong implications. If you’re in need of a criminal justice lawyer, be sure to contact The Hawk Firm first.

The Hawk Firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers, founded in 1984 by attorney Jacque D. Hawk. Today, Hawk and his associates remain committed to achieving results and are experienced in many areas of law, including criminal defense, drug possession, violent crimes, personal injury, car accident injury, medical malpractice, family/adoption law, and probate law. To discuss your legal needs, call 706-724-8537 or fill out our online contact form. Located in downtown Augusta, we serve the greater Augusta, GA, metro area, including Evans, Martinez, Grovetown, and Hephzibah, and handle cases throughout Georgia. #hawklaw

Avvo Rates Jacque Hawk a 10

Jacque D. Hawk continues to earn industry validation for his legal expertise. Avvo, a recognized online source for legal information that includes a comprehensive directory of US lawyers, rates Hawk 10 out of 10. Visit his Avvo profile for more details, including his rating and personal endorsements from other legal professionals. Hawk represents clients in criminal defense, medical malpractice, personal injury, family law and probate. If you are looking for an experienced Georgia trial attorney to fight for you, contact Jacque Hawk at jdhawk@thehawkfirm.com or call (706) 724-8537.

The Hawk Firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers, founded in 1984 by attorney Jacque D. Hawk. Today, Hawk and his associates remain committed to achieving results and are experienced in many areas of law, including criminal defense, drug possession, violent crimes, personal injury, car accident injury, medical malpractice, family/adoption law, and probate law. To discuss your legal needs, call 706-724-8537 or fill out our online contact form. Located in downtown Augusta, we serve the greater Augusta, GA, metro area, including Evans, Martinez, Grovetown, and Hephzibah, and handle cases throughout Georgia.

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10 Best Personal Injury Attorneys in Client Satisfaction 2018

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For the second year in a row, our The Hawk Firm founder and CEO, Jacque D. Hawk, has been recognized as one of the 10 Best Personal Injury Attorneys in Client Satisfaction, by the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys. This award reflects his continued commitment to personal injury law and approval from both peers and clients. If you’re in need of a personal injury lawyer and want to receive maximum compensation for your injury, be sure to contact The Hawk Firm first.

The Hawk Firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers, founded in 1984 by attorney Jacque D. Hawk. Today, Hawk and his associates remain committed to achieving results and are experienced in many areas of law, including criminal defense, drug possession, violent crimes, personal injury, car accident injury, medical malpractice, family/adoption law, and probate law. To discuss your legal needs, call 706-724-8537 or fill out our online contact form. Located in downtown Augusta, we serve the greater Augusta, GA, metro area, including Evans, Martinez, Grovetown, and Hephzibah, and handle cases throughout Georgia.

Why you should have a Last Will and Testament

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The start of a new year is a popular time to get organized. Don’t limit your organizational efforts to your closets – consider ways you can better organize your finances and legal responsibilities. It is never too early to have a last Will and Testament. Establishing a last Will and Testament protects your spouse, your children and your assets in the event that you die. Regardless of the value of your assets, a Will allows you to define:

  • How your estate will be distributed, including who will – and who won’t – receive an inheritance
  • Who will manage the affairs of your estate – known as the executor
  • Who will have custody of your minor children
  • What gifts or donations you’d like to give to specific organizations or causes

A legally sound last Will and Testament can streamline the probate process and minimize estate taxes. Having a Will also allows you to discuss the your intentions as listed in your Will with your immediate family while you are alive, so that no one is surprised by its contents when grief and emotions are running high.

Our attorneys can guide you through the process of writing a last Will and Testament, ensuring that, should you pass away, your family will have a clear understanding of next steps. The resulting peace of mind from this effort – for both you and your loved ones – is undeniable.

The Hawk Firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers, founded in 1984 by attorney Jacque D. Hawk. Today, Hawk and his associates remain committed to achieving results and are experienced in many areas of law, including criminal defense, drug possession, violent crimes, personal injury, car accident injury, medical malpractice, family/adoption law, and probate law. To discuss your legal needs, call 706-724-8537 or fill out our online contact form. Located in downtown Augusta, we serve the greater Augusta, GA, metro area, including Evans, Martinez, Grovetown, and Hephzibah, and handle cases throughout Georgia.

Metro’s Best Law Firm 2017

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Thank you for all the support in our running for Metro’s Best 2017. For two years in a row, The Hawk Firm has been voted Metro’s Best! Thank you again and we hope to continue being a leader amongst our colleagues in the CSRA! The Hawk Firm – Metro’s Best Law Firm 2017.

State v. Sears and Bowers

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“A woman who works at a physical therapy center is accused of having her 20-year-old son use a bat and a hammer to beat to death the woman who lived next door, allegedly clearing the way for her romance with the dead woman’s husband.

According to a police affidavit, Rebecca Sears, 41, of Augusta, Ga., told the police that her son Christopher Bowers went next door where Laverne Kay Parsons lived while Sears took her other children to school.

When she returned from school, Bowers had blood on his face and told his mother he “took care of everything,” Sears allegedly confessed to the police, the affidavit said.

“Christopher told her that he ‘beat the f*** out of [Parsons],'” the affidavit said.

Sears and Bowers pleaded not guilty this week to murder and robbery charges and are being held without bond at the Columbia County jail. They may face the death penalty if convicted.

Sears’ attorney, Victor Hawk, said she was innocent and said he was waiting for the full transcript of Sears’ police interview.

“I’d be very wary of summaries,” Hawk said. “Just like any summary of a conversation, there are going to be nuances of the Enlgish language that are extremely important. If we have five people listen to the same conversation, we’d have five different versions.”

Parsons’ battered body was found in her garage on the morning of March 25. Two days later, according to the police affidavit, Sears told police that Bowers broke into Parsons’ house, staged a robbery and then beat Parsons to death with a claw hammer and baseball bat.

Two people, including Sears’ other son Michael, told police that Sears was involved in a romantic relationship with Parsons’ husband, and had said that she wanted someone to kill Parsons, according to the affidavit.

An unidentified informant told police that Rebecca Sears asked him to murder Parsons, the affidavit states. Michael Sears also told police that his mother had told him she “wished she knew someone who would kill someone for her,” the document claims.

Messages left at the Sears’ and Parsons homes were not returned.

Police and prosecutors declined to comment on a potential motive for the killing and have said they do not expect to make any more arrests.

Prosecutors: Mother ‘Mastermind’ of Plot to Kill Neighbor

At a hearing last month, prosecutors said that Sears was the “mastermind” of the killing who told her son to kill Parsons. On Wednesday, Sears and Bowers pleaded not guilty.

Sears cried on and off during the proceedings and, at one point, she and her son blew kisses at each other, according to ABC News affiliate WJBF-TV.

Neighbor Found Beaten, Died at Hospital

On the morning that Parsons was murdered, Sears had picked up Bowers and brought him to her house, she told police, according to the affidavit. She then left to take her other children to school. When she picked up Bowers after the murder, he had blood on his face and said he “took care of everything,” the affidavit said.

Parsons died the next day at the hospital. Rebecca Sears was seen at the hospital before Parsons’ death, demanding to be told of Parsons’ condition, the police say.

The next night, police claimed, Bowers shot Sears in the leg, wounding her as she left work in a staged attack that was meant to trick police.

Sears and Parsons worked at different branches of Healing Hands Physical Therapy. A person who answered the phone at the office declined to comment.

Attorneys Claim Accused Mom, Son, Are Innocent

Attorneys for Sears and Bowers said their clients are innocent. They declined to comment about details of the case, including the alleged affair.

“She’s real depressed,” said Hawk. “She is very upset that she has no opportunity for bond. We’ve tried to tell her she’s just going to have to be strong and be prepared to fight for her life.”

The lawyers said they expect to be able to prove that Sears and Bowers were not at Parsons’ house when the murder took place.

“We do have independent witnesses and documentation to support and prove their respective defenses,” Hawk said.

“All we’ve heard so far are conclusions made by investigators, not anything about the evidence to support those conclusions,” he said.

Lawyer: No Physical Evidence Ties Clients to Crime Scene

Bowers’ lawyer, Jacque Hawk, said, “We’re a little confused about what [the prosecutors] theory is. We don’t have any physical evidence that has been given to us that ties them to the crime scene.””

– State v Sears and Bowers by Scott Michels of ABC NEWS

Jacque Hawk was featured in Investigation Discovery’s coverage of State v. Sears and Bowers.

“The daily entanglement of living and sharing life with close friends doesn’t usually end up in a horrific tragedy, but this time it did. These were individuals with families to support, who had loved ones that relied on their presence. Mothers’ and fathers’ with children. And children with parents. The intimacy of this tragedy is heartbreaking and it is our wish here at The Hawk Firm that a case such as this never presents itself again.” – Jacque Hawk