Wayne C. Benesch, Esq.
Wayne C. Benesch is the Managing Partner and President of Byrne & Benesch P.C. The primary focus of his practice is real estate law, business and corporate law, estate planning and probate. He has more than 40 years experience and enjoys an exemplary reputation for his integrity and professionalism throughout the State of Arizona.
Mr. Benesch is a third generation Arizonan who graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Science Degree in 1964 and a Juris Doctorate Degree in 1967. Following a four year term as a Judge Advocate with the United States Air Force, Mr. Benesch settled in Yuma in 1971 where he worked as Chief Deputy for the Yuma County Attorney. In 1973, he entered private practice, and in 1976, co-founded Byrne, Bradshaw, Ellsworth, Benesch & Thode, the predecessor of the present firm.
Mr. Benesch's service to the legal profession spans his entire career. He received the Meritorious Service Medal in 1971 for his exceptional military service in Korea. He has been active in the Yuma County Bar Association, serving as its President in 1974. He has served the State Bar of Arizona in many capacities over the past 40 years, first serving on the Ethics Committee, then on the Local Disciplinary Hearing Committee. He was appointed a State-wide Disciplinary Hearing Officer in 1989 and served in that capacity until 2000. More recently, he has served as a member of the Peer Review Committee, Appointments Committee, Unauthorized Practice of Law Task Force and Committee, and the Consumer Protection Committee.
Mr. Benesch has also served his community in a multitude of capacities. His service on civic and charitable boards is noteworthy and has continued throughout the past 40 years. He has been instrumental in the founding and growth of several civic leadership organizations which concurrently develop leaders and address significant community issues.
Real Estate Services and Housing Development
Mr. Benesch's real estate experience ranges from complex purchase and sale transactions, to assisting clients with planning and zoning and other development issues. For 15 years, he served as general counsel for Mesa del Sol, a 1300 acre planned unit development 12 miles east of Yuma. He has represented title companies, financial institutions, businesses and estates in a wide range of real estate matters.
Corporate, Commercial and Business
Mr. Benesch has represented business people and professionals in the Yuma area for over 40 years, assisting them in dealing with legal and regulatory issues. Such representation has frequently involved analysis of financial and liability issues in determining the appropriate business structure. Formation and maintenance of business entities such as corporations, limited liability companies and partnerships has been a significant part of his practice. He also has extensive experience in assisting business clients in their dealings with a wide range of issues and administrative agencies.
Representation of Public and Tax Supported Agencies
Mr. Benesch has extensive experience serving as the legal counsel for a number of public and tax supported agencies and is well versed in public meeting laws, conflict of interest laws, governmental and administrative requirements and public records matters. Mr. Benesch has worked closely with such organizations as the Industrial Development Authority of the City of Yuma, Arizona, Greater Yuma Port Authority, Yuma County Airport Authority, Greater Yuma Economic Development Corporation, Yuma County Intergovernmental Public Transportation Authority, Yuma Metropolitan Planning Organization, ACHIEVE Human Services, and the Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area Corporation.
Estate Planning and Probate
Meeting the personal estate planning needs of families has long been a significant part of Mr. Benesch's practice. For over 40 years, he has counseled clients in selecting the appropriate estate planning vehicles to effectively meet their particular needs. Recognizing that no two families are the same, options are explored, from simple wills, to living trusts, to more exotic vehicles such as family limited partnerships. Protection of family businesses and farming operations through generational changes is an important consideration.
AREAS OF PRACTICE:
- Real Estate Law
- Business and Corporate Law
- Estate Planning and Probate
- Public Agency Law
- University of Arizona
Juris Doctorate - 1967
- University of Arizona
Bachelor of Science - 1964
HONORS & DISTINCTIONS:
- Shirley Agnos Legacy Award - Arizona Town Hall - 2015
- Yuma County Small Businessman of the Year - 2000
- University of Arizona Alumni Service Award - 1986
- Yuma County Bar Association, President - 1974
- Meritorious Service Medal - 1971 - USAF
State Bar of Arizona:
- Peer Review Committee
- Appointments Committee
- Consumer Protection Committee
- Unauthorized Practice of Law Task Force and Committee
- Disciplinary Hearing Officer
- American Bar Association
- Southwest Arizona Futures
Forum - Co-founder &
- Kona Kai International Yacht
- Club - Commodore
- Arizona Town Hall-Board of Directors
- Caballeros de Yuma - Past President
- Yuma County Chamber of Commerce-Past Chairman
- Yuma Leadership-Co-Founder
- Yuma County Town Hall -- Co-Founder
- Salvation Army-Past Chairman
- Yuma UofA Alum-Past Pres.
- YRMC Cancer Center Community Board