Harold J. Bliss, Jr., “Hal”, is a sole practitioner who has been practicing law in the Greater Phoenix area since 1967.
Hal grew up in historic Philadelphia, where he also earned his undergraduate degree at La Salle College (now University) and he received his Bachelor of Arts degree (magna cum laude). He then earned his law degree at the University of Notre Dame Law School, where he was Articles Editor on the law review. While attending law school at Notre Dame University, Bliss began making plans to relocate to Arizona which he did upon graduation.
Initially, practicing with what was then the oldest continuous law firm in Arizona, in 1981 he left to join a former fellow-member of that firm in their own firm, West & Bliss, P.A. In 1991 Hal began his solo practice based in Phoenix, where he has had his office ever since. Dedicated to his clients, Hal goes to great lengths to provide the best service. His estate planning and probate practice often calls Bliss to help people during particularly vulnerable or emotionally- charged circumstances.
“I will spend whatever time it takes to get the estate planning done, even if doing the job right means it takes longer than I initially anticipated.”
Hal’s family are his focus outside of the office. Married with 3 children and X grandchildren, they are his pride and joy.
“I take a lot of pride in my family. I was blessed to have a wonderful relationship with my parents and siblings. Now, my three children are adults who have all made wonderful lives for themselves and their children and are close to their siblings. I feel fortunate to have such a family.”
Over his forty-year legal career, Hal has practiced in many areas, but he now concentrates his practice in the fields of estate planning and probate (wills and trusts), business formations and transactional representation, copyright and trademark registration and protection, commercial and residential real estate and civil litigation.
Hal carries an “av” rating by Martindale-Hubbell Legal Directory.
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A bit more about Hal, in his own words.
My wife Joyce and I share a passion for history and travel. We look for historical homes and other locations whenever we take a trip. We went back to Philadelphia and covered the Revolutionary period sites there and then went to Gettysburg and worked our way down through West Virginia and Virginia.
I enjoy participating in the community theater. I initially played Officer Brophy in “Arsenic and Old Lace.” Since then I have been in a number of musicals, comedies and dramas, including several years in a stage adaptation of Frank Capra’s “It’s a Wonderful Life.” I thought it would be a one-time deal when my daughter first introduced me to the theater four years ago, but I’ve found I really enjoy it.
My wife has always named her dogs after somebody in the Marx family; Groucho, not Karl! First there was an Irish Setter named after Groucho and continued with a series of dachshunds named after Groucho’s brothers. The lone female was named after their mother, Minnie. Of all of the Marx dogs, Chico, a rescue, is still alive and kicking. Joyce thinks he’s the best dog in the world. Sometimes I agree.