I began practicing criminal law and general civil litigation. Since 2002, I have been helping people with estate planning, probate and family law needs. Now I focus half on estate planning, probate and trust administration, and half on DUI defense. I am focused on getting results for clients, and my clients will tell you that this is my talent.
I graduated with honors from the Iowa College of Law in 1996. I have experience as a business owner, and use that experience to help my clients who are professionals and business owners.
An ideal estate planning client for me is someone who appreciates not being shoved into a one-size-fits all approach. Not everyone needs a trust, because other options less expensive options sometimes work. Non-traditional couples (unmarried, gay, etc.) need special treatment. Couples with children from prior relationships also need special treatment. Non-citizens or persons owning property outside the U.S. have other issues that needs to be addressed. While we can certainly handle simple estate plans, we focus on more complicated issues.
Ideal probate-related cases for me include:
1. Ordinary probates and/or trust administrations.
2. Probates or trusts where the person in charge is not doing what they are supposed to be doing.
3. DUI cases.
Our law firm also assists people with domestic relations (family law) issues.
Languages Spoken: German
Licensed since 1998
Cash, Check, Credit Card
I endorse this lawyer with no reservation. An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community. Very hardworking and diligent. Consistently achieves superior results. Advice is always practical and on point. I recommend to anyone looking for an attorney who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of clients and achieving the most favorable result possible. I endorse this lawyer.
James Shields Bankruptcy & Debt Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority.
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|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Who's Who||Who's Who Legal||2010|
|Estate Planning Attorney||Best of Greater Cities||2010|
|Graduated with Honors||Iowa College of Law||1996|
|Founding Attorney||Magellan Law, PLC||2013 - Present|
|Principal||Goodson, Manley, Forakis and Deloughery, PLC||2006 - 2007|
|Founding Shareholder||Deloughery Law Office, P.C.||2004 - Present|
|Associate Attorney||Gullickson, Peterson and Ziebell, PLLC||2001 - 2003|
|Associate Attorney||Ryan & Grinde, Ltd.||2000 - 2001|
|Attorney||Deloughery Law Office||1999 - 2000|
|Associate Attorney||Johns and Flaherty, S.C.||1998 - 1999|
|Law Student Employee||Iowa Legal Clinic||1995 - 1995|
|Research Assistant||Iowa College of Law (Iowa City, IA)||1994 - 1996|
|COO/Regulatory Compliance/49% owner||Nursing Services & Resources, LLC||1994 - 1998|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Central Arizona Estate Planning Council||N/A||2013 - Present|
|Maricopa County Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service||Board Member||2013 - Present|
|National Association of Elder Law Attorneys||Officer||2010 - 2011|
|Valley Estate Planners||Member||2008 - 2011|
|Maricopa County Bar Association||Member||2005 - Present|
|State Bar of Arizona||Member||2004 - Present|
|The Arizona Fiduciaries Association||Member||2000 - 2011|
|National Care Planning Council||Member||2000 - 2011|
|Estate of Charles O. Hanson||settled|
|Estate of Joan Marie Lamparek||Successfully removed Personal Representative|
|In Re Guardianship and Conservatorship of Anne Kovacs||Successfully removed the guardian/conservator|
|College of Estate Planning Attorneys program materials||Annotated documents: SCIN and private annuity||2004|
|University of Iowa||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1996|
|Indiana University-Bloomington||History||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1993|
|Monthly Meeting||Preparing Heirs||2015|
|Estate Planning for the Sandwich Generation||Estate Planning and Trusts||2009|
|Basic Estate Planning||Estate Planning||2009|
|Advanced LLC Issues||Use of LLCs in Estate Planning||2006|
|The ‘Skinny’ on SCINs and Private Annuities||Self cancelling installment notes and private annuities||2004|