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I strive to  provide exceptional legal representation to clients throughout Arizona in connection with a variety of matters, including probate, estate and trust disputes, guardianship and conservatorship matters, probate, trust and intestate administration, and financial exploitation and elder abuse cases. 


I have more than 22 years of legal experience, during which I have successfully assisted individuals, family groups and corporate fiduciaries with even the most complex and contentious disputes in wills and probate matters.  In my continued efforts to remain at the forefront of the field, I am committed to keeping abreast of the complex and dynamic laws that govern estate matters in Arizona, including the recently enacted Arizona Trust Code, the Arizona Rules of Probate Procedure and recently amended Financial Exploitation Statutes.  I enjoy a long-standing "AV Preeminent" Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest peer rating attainable, signifying preeminent legal ability and ethical standards.


Inheritance disputes and probate administration can prove to be some of the most difficult and stressful legal matters an individual may ever confront.  For this reason, you need more than just an attorney – you need a trusted advisor.  Combining the sophisticated capabilities of a very highly regarded law firm with close personal attention, I am dedicated to providing the individualized, responsive client service you deserve.


If you are or a loved one is being financially exploited, or need assistance with a probate or trust matter, an inheritance dispute, or a guardianship or conservatorship matter, please contact me at (602) 277-2010 or


Practice areas


  1. Trusts: 35%
    19 years
  2. Litigation: 30%
    27 years
  3. Probate: 30%
    19 years
  4. Guardianship: 1%
    19 years
  5. Other: 4%
  6. More 



Hourly ($375/hour)

Payment types:

Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

7 total 

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  • Christopher S Hildebrand

    I have had the pleasure of knowing John for over ten years. I have referred cases to John over the years because I know he is a great lawyer. I have always received great feedback from those clients I referred to him. As a result, I strongly endorse John.


    Christopher Hildebrand Divorce & Separation Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Kent S Berk

    I have worked with John on probate and trust matters. John is a knowledgeable, thorough, professional and diligent attorney. I endorse this lawyer.


    Kent Berk Probate Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Frazer, Ryan, Goldberg & Arnold, L.L.P.

3101 North Central Suite 1600
Phoenix, AZ, 85012


AZActive 198705/23/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top Rated Attorney, Trusts & EstatesMartindale Hubbell and American Lawyer Media2014
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2014
Arizona's Finest Lawyers, Trust and EstatesAZFINESTLAWYERS.ORG2011
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Senior PartnerFrazer, Ryan, Goldberg & Arnold, LLP1990 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Executive Council, Probate and Trust Section, State Bar of ArizonaCouncil Member2014 - Present
NAELA (National Association of Elder Law Attorneys)Member2009 - Present
Superior Court of ArizonaJudge Pro Tempore2004 - 2005
Justice Courts of ArizonaJustice of the Peace, Pro Tempore1995 - 1997
State Bar of ArizonaMember1987 - Present
Maricopa County Bar Association, Probate and Estate SectionMember1987 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
In re The Esther Caplan TrustAffirmed as modified; Published Decision: 228 Ariz. 182, 265 P.3d 364 (Ariz. App. 2011).
In the Matter of the Estate and Trust of Kenneth PetrineReversed; Unpublished decision:
In the Matter of the Estate and Trust of Kenneth PetrineReversed; Unpublished decision:
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Publication nameTitleDate
Maricopa County Bar Association, Trust and Estate Section and Family Law SectionDivorce with Dead People--CLE Materials2011
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Notre Dame Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1987
Arizona State UniversityPolitical ScienceBS - Bachelor of Science1984
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Upcoming Seminar 10-7-2014Probate Issues Confronting Trustees, Beneficiaries & Attorney-Client Privilege2014
CLE by the Sea, Trust and Probate TrackProbate: A Practical Approach2014
2014-2015 Kickoff MeetingThe Trustee's Attorney-Client Privilege2014
Joint Session of the Family Law and Probate and Trust Sections of the Maricopa County Bar AssociationThe Intersection of Family Law and Probate2011
Contuning Legal Education SeminarElder Law: Basics of Elder Law from A-ZN/A