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Polaris Law Group, P.C. - Fairbanks & North Pole Legal Counsel

Navigating pathways through a complex legal universe©

Polaris Law Group, P.C., (PLG) is a law firm located in North Pole, Alaska, with a solid and seasoned legal team.  PLG will evaluate your case and set the most direct path toward a satisfactory legal resolution keeping you informed at every point along the way. Our law firm focuses on a federal and state practice in the areas of immigration law, bankruptcy, and public and private contracts, business law, real and personal property, estate planning including wills, trusts, and probate, public benefits (Social Security and VA Disability claims and appeals), and other civil matters.  PLG is grateful for the selfless service and sacrifice of our military Veterans, Active and Reserve Service members, and First Responders.  We are proud to provide our services at reduced rates for these “Heroes Among Us.”  Our office is in Alaska, but we offer services throughout the state and nation. We have clients outside Alaska and the United States. We are well equipped to handle both complex and simple matters.  Rest assured, we will always advocate for your best interests on every matter. 

We offer one free, 15-minute consultation per prospective client via Zoom on Tuesdays and Thursdays at time slots from 10:30 to noon and 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Subsequent consultations and all in-office consultations are by fee.  For existing clients, we are available by appointment at our offices from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Alaska time, Monday to Friday and after business hours and on weekends by special arrangement.  We also accommodate our existing clients’ schedules by meeting via teleconference or video conference for any time zones.  Our location is 220 Park Way, Suite 1, North Pole, 99705. If you need information related to our services or our firm, contact us using our office number (907) 885.6619 or call / text us at (907) 385-5843. You can also contact us using our business email address at info@polarislawgroupak.com. PLG is ready to serve you by thoroughly reviewing your matter and creating a custom solution to meet your unique needs. Alaska Notary Public services are available on site.  We are a Certifying Acceptance Agent (CAA) for the IRS to assist foreign persons needing an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) or Employer Identification Number (EIN). We can verify original identity documetns and file Form W-7 with the IRS on behalf of foreign national applicants.

Italia Carson - Attorney at Law

Italia A. Carson, Esq.

Attorney at Law

Italia A. Carson is the founding shareholder of PLG P.C. She is a retired U.S. Army officer with 27 years of Active and Reserve service having served two combat tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan. Ms. Carson also retired from Federal Civil Service where she focused her law practice on Government Contracts, Fiscal Law, and Ethics. Ms. Carson has been a licensed real estate professional since 2018.

  • LL.M, Government Procurement (coursework completed), George Washington University Law School, Washington, D.C.
  • LL.M, 2005, The Army Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School (TJAGLCS), Charlottesville, VA
  • J.D., 2000, Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law, Washington, D.C.
  • B.A., 1987, University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, OK
CertificateS and Memberships:
  • Law and Public Policy, CUA Columbus School of Law
  • Contract and Fiscal Law, TJAGLCS
  • Alaska Bar Association
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys
  • Alaska Real Estate Salesperson License
  • Alaska Notary Public
ADmitted to Practice and Appear before:
  • Alaska Courts
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Alaska
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • U.S. Department of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review (Immigration Courts)
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Alaska
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • French and Italian
Marc A. Smith

Marc A. Smith, J.D.

Legal Intern

Marc A. Smith joined PLG P.C. as a legal intern in September 2023 after returning from deployment in the Middle East with the Alaska Air National Guard (AKANG).  He has been a member of the AKANG for over 11 years and currently serves in the area of logistics. From June 2017 until August 2019, Mr. Smith served as the Clerk of Court and Deputy Magistrate for the Fourth Judicial District in Delta Junction, Alaska.  Mr. Smith focused his legal studies in the practice areas of estate planning & bankruptcy.

  • J.D., 2022, Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Tampa, FL
  • B.A., 2016, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks, AK
CertificateS and Memberships:
  • Fairbanks Estate Planning Council
  • Alaska Notary Public

D. "Sue" Hottinger

Office Assistant

D. Sue Hottinger (“Sue”) has been the office manager for Polaris Law Group, P.C., since December 2022. Ms. Hottinger is a retired noncommissioned officer with 20 years of active duty service with the United States Air Force (USAF). Following retirement from the USAF, Sue ran and operated a contracted U.S. Postal Service office at Fort Greely, Alaska, for 17 years, and worked at the U.S. Post Office in Salcha, Alaska, for 9 years. Sue was an inspector with the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in the early 2000s. She has lived in Alaska with her family since 1984.

  • A.A., 1985, Environmental Medicine, Community College of the Air Force
CertificateS and Memberships:
  • Alaska Notary Public

Dorothy "Sue" Hottinger

Legal Assistant

Bio Coming Soon.

  • A.A., 2017, Law, South-West University “Neofit Rilski,” Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria
CertificateS and Memberships:
  • Alaska Notary Public
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association for Paralegals
  • Introduction to American Law
  • Fluent – Albanian, Bulgarian, Serbian, Spanish
  • Conversational – French and Italian
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