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My practice is concentrated in the areas of estate planning, trust administration, administration of decedent’s assets with/without probate, legal counsel for beneficiaries, representation in guardianship/conservatorship matters, preparation of estate and gift tax returns, and in some small business formation matters.  I am one of only 49 specialists in Estate and Trust Law as certified by the State Bar of Arizona.  I sincerely enjoy providing legal assistance in a caring environment for all my clients.


Practice areas


  1. Estate Planning: 34%
    17 years
  2. Trusts: 33%
    17 years
  3. Probate: 33%
    17 years



Hourly ($150-350/hour), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info

Sacks Tierney, P.A.

4250 North Drinkwater Blvd. Fourth Floor
Scottsdale, AZ, 85251


AZActive 199705/25/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top LawyersAZ Business Magazine2014
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2014
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
Top LawyersAZ Business Magazine2013
ListedBest Lawyers in America2013
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2013
ListedBest Lawyers in America2012
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2012
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2011
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2010
Staff Writer and Published AuthorUniversity of Memphis Law ReviewN/A
State Bar of ArizonaCertified Specialist in Estate & Trust LawN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneySnell & Wilmer, LLP1997 - 2005
Association namePosition nameDuration
Valley Estate PlannersMemberN/A
Arizona State Bar Probate & Trust Law SectionMemberN/A
Arizona Women Lawyer's AssociationMemberN/A
Arizona Society of CPAsMemberN/A
State Bar of ArizonaPast President, Young Lawyers DivisionN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
State Bar of ArizonaEthical Considerations of Arizona Attorneys Handling Estate Planning Matters or Probate/Trust Administration Matters2007
University of Memphis Law ReviewSpoliation in the Product Liability Context1997
Arizona State UniversityWomen and Public Education1990
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Memphis - Cecil C. Humphreys School of LawN/AJD - Juris Doctor with Phi Kappa Phi Honors1997
Arizona State UniversityASU Honor's College / Justice StudiesBachelor of Science, magna cum laude1990
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
National Business InstituteTop 7 Estate Planning Techniques2009
McQuillan EducationProbate Practice: the Essential Basics2008
Phoenix Tax WorkshopSummary of Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 20012001