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John B. Even

Probate Attorney at Phoenix, AZ

5.0   63 reviews

Licensed for 31 years

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As an Arizona probate, estate planning, and business attorney, I focus my practice on all areas of probate and trust administration (both contested and uncontested), estate planning (estate and gift tax planning, wills, trusts, etc.), and business planning (formation of business entities, sales and acquisitions, business succession planning, buy-sell agreements, contracts, etc.) for my clients.

 

I utilize my 20+ years of experience practicing law in Arizona to provide top quality, cost effective, results-driven legal expertise to my clients. I also provide the best possible value to my clients by consistently resolving their legal issues quickly and efficiently.

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Licensed for 31 years
State AZ
Status Active
Acquired 1991
Updated 09/18/2022
State CO
Status Inactive
Acquired 1994
Updated 10/04/2022

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Schmitt Schneck Smyth Casey & Even, P.C.
1221 East Osborn Rd., Suite 105
Phoenix, AZ, 85014-5540

Reviews

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Client's Choice 2022
Client's Choice
John received a significant number of 4+ stars in 2022
Posted by Christine | May 14, 2014
The Best Attorney Client Experience
John enjoys his work and it shows in the way he responds, the information he provides, and the professionalism he displays. He listens and understands your needs and develops a plan to fit those needs. I highly recommend John.
Posted by Greg | May 21, 2014
Expert estate planning and settlement
I met John Even 13 years ago when he constructed my mother's estate plan and we reconnected recently after her passing. John has been an expert guide through the process of settling the estate that included residences and vehicles in two states. This required coordinated interactions with an attorney in another state, a tax professional, two financial institutions and the Departments of Transportation in two states. John was always supportive and responsive by phone or in more detail by email to both simple and complex questions. Settling an estate is often a once in a lifetime task but John made the process logical, sequential and completable. Highly recommended.
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Posted by Alan | December 3, 2022
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Estate planning
Mr Even guided us through a thorough estate planning event. He was understanding as to our needs and desires, and advised as what we should do, and what we could not do. further, he was patient with us as we changed our minds on several different issues.
Posted by Brad | August 2, 2022
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John Even is fantastic in Estate Planning!
Working with John and his team on my estate planning matters was easy, clear and effecient. John explained everything I needed to know and was very helpful making solid recommendations around how I plan for my future. He is very knowledgeable, friendly and trustworthy. Highly recommend!
Posted by Aleetha | February 16, 2022
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Top Notch!
I can't thank John, Lacy or the rest of his staff enough for everything they did to get our case settled. The time spent not only on the leg work but the time John took to discuss the process and possible outcomes was just what we needed to get through this ordeal. Top Rate, Would recommend 100% !
Posted by Paula | February 16, 2022
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Issues Resolved
John Even, my Trust attorney, represented me in a very stressful, complicated, messy situation. John kept on top of the case, keeping me informed. His methods are very straight forward, professional, strong and caring. The whole staff was amazing. The case was resolved thanks to John Even. I was in good hands.
Posted by David | February 3, 2022
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we were referred to John to assist us with our trusts, wills and family law issues. he is very organized and helpful. he drafted wills, trusts, directives and other documents to assist us with our needs and those of my mothers estate.
Posted by Kathleen | November 3, 2021
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I found John after a 15 year search for an attorney who was knowledgeable, experienced, ethical and focused on aligning my estate plan with my pro-life values and catholic beliefs. Having used two other legal firms originally to develop, and subsequently revise, my estate plan in the prior 15 years, I discovered the stark difference between other attorneys out there and John. Working with John on my revised estate plan was both educational and painless and resulted in a plan that finally matched my values. I recommend him highly and give him a 10 out of 10 rating with 10 being the best!
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Posted by Ray | October 27, 2021
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Raymond Klodt
We found attorney John Even to be highly qualified and easy to talk to and understand. He is an excellent attorney who answered all our questions. We found him to be honest and trustworthy and highly competent. We would rate John with five stars.
Posted by Dale | September 10, 2021
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Estate Plan
John was very courteous, respectful and patient as we walked through the Estate Planning documents process. I highly recommend John and will return to him for my future needs.
Posted by Betsy | July 20, 2021
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Estate Planning
John did a wonderful job in assessing my needs and offering the perfect solution for them. He offered good advice, and answered all my questions with ease. John is professional, knowledgeable and easygoing. I would highly recommend him for your estate planning.
Posted by John | July 17, 2021
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Estate Plan
John did a nice job creating our trust and wills. Everything was very well organized and professional.
Posted by Barbara | July 8, 2021
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Brilliant Estate Planning Attorney
I am a retired woman here in Arizona with my adult daughter and her family living in Florida. I needed to set up a revocable living trust with my daughter as the beneficiary along with the accompanying estate planning documents. In reviewing the draft copies Mr. Even had prepared I was deeply impressed with how thorough he is, how insightful and wise in his recognition of the needs of our family. He is a brilliant attorney and a warm, personable man. I have spoken to him in one phone conversation, and on signing the estate planning documents I met him in person. He made me feel at ease. I know he has my family’s best interest at heart. I also found my email correspondence and phone conversations with Julie Garman, paralegal, to be cordial and professional. I enjoyed working with Julie as well.
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Posted by James | March 3, 2021
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Estate Planning
We were impressed with the integrity of Mr. Even. He was knowledgeable on all aspects of our Will Package and would hire him again if we ever needed to do so.
Posted by Ronald & Karen | February 18, 2021
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Estate Planning
We feel very confident that we received the best advice from John & his staff. They were responsive to our questions and raised items we may not have thought of.
Posted by Robyn | January 26, 2021
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Top Notch Probate Attorney
John and his staff have been vital as went through the process of becoming Guardians and Conservators for my husband's grandmother. John answered all our questions in a way that we could understand and with the upmost professionalism. I would highly recommend John for any Probate needs without hesitation.
Posted by Geoff | January 22, 2021
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Knowledgeable, principled, and professional
John not only covers all the details, he explains them in a way that mere mortals (that is, non-lawyers) can understand. I especially appreciate his knowledge of and appreciation for the need to specify life-affirming principles and being generous with using our legacy to support and advance worthy causes through our trust. Thoroughly trustworthy and highly, highly recommended!
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Posted by Wendy | January 22, 2021
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A Guide through Estate Planning
John Even was very patient as he guided us through the process of setting up our estate plan and took all of the time we needed to answer our questions and make sure we understood. He covered everything we asked for and even showed us some things that we weren't even aware we needed.
Posted by anonymous | January 13, 2021
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Andrea
John helped us with our estate planning documents. He had answers to all our questions and we were happy with the experience.
Posted by anonymous | January 6, 2021
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Estate Planning
John was very helpful in updating documents; great collaboration with Tax/CPA; very patient and clear in explaining what was needed and why.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Schmitt Schneck Casey Even & Williams, P.C.
  • 2018 - Present
  • Shareholder/Attorney
  • Schmitt Schneck Casey Even & Williams, P.C.
  • 2002 - 2018
  • Shareholder/Attorney
  • John B. Even, P.C.
  • 1997 - 2002
  • Associate
  • Mariscal Weeks McIntyre & Friedlander, P.A.
  • 1992 - 1997
  • Law Clerk
  • Arizona Court Of Appeals, Division One
  • 1991 - 1992
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Education

  • Arizona State University
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1991
  • Stanford University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1985

Associations

  • Valley Estate Planners
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • State Bar of Arizona, Probate and Trust Law Section
  • Member
  • 1997 - Present
  • State Bar of Arizona, Business Law Section
  • Member
  • 1992 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Client Distinction Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • AV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • Legacy Award
  • Catholic Community Foundation
  • 2005

Publications

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Speaking Engagements

  • CLE Seminar
  • Probate Process From Start to Finish
  • 2017
  • CLE Seminar
  • Advanced Estate and Trust Adminstration
  • 2017
  • CLE Seminar
  • Probate Boot Camp
  • 2016
  • Continuing Education
  • Estate Planning and Probate Basics
  • 2013
  • Continuing Education
  • Estate Planning Workshop
  • 2012
  • CLE Luncheon
  • Overview of Arizona Probate Law
  • 2012
  • State Bar of Arizona
  • Philanthropy: A Catholic Lawyer's Perspective
  • 2010
  • Continuing Education
  • Estate Planning Workshop
  • 2009
  • CLE Luncheon
  • Highlights of the Arizona Trust Code
  • 2008
  • Continuing Education
  • Estate Planning and Probate Workshop
  • 2006
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Attorney endorsements

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Estate planning Attorney | Oct 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known John since the late 1980's, and since that time have referred him clients on business/commercial and estate planning matters, with nothing but glowing reviews. He is a terrific attorney as well as a kind and sincere individual. I highly endorse John!"
Unknown Attorney | Sep 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"John Even is a professional, diligent attorney who deeply cares about his clients."
Estate planning Attorney | Sep 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"John really knows his stuff. He is bright, conscientious and diligent. He is my go to guy for probate and estate planning issues."
Probate Attorney | Jun 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | May 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known John since law school at ASU. We have since referred work to each other and are part of a CLE lunch group. John is extremely bright and capable. He keeps himself updated and informed on the law. He writes a great blog on estate planning matters that provides good information to our community. I highly recommend John."
Estate planning Attorney | May 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known John Even well for more than 10 years. I have referred numerous clients to him and will continue to do so for one very simple reason: John takes great care of them and their legal matters with excellent advice and personal attention. I endorse John Even wholeheartedly!"
Probate Attorney | May 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known John for several years and I have found him to be very knowledgeable with probate and estate matters. Recently I referred a complex probate matter to him due to a conflict that I had and John handled the matter efficiently and effectively. John is great resource for all matters related to probate and estate planning. I highly recommend John Even."
Probate Attorney | May 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse John Even. John is a very knowledgeable probate attorney who is capable of addressing even the most complex probate matters. He is committed to quality and compassionate representation. I have referred clients to him and will continue to do so."
Business Attorney | May 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Business Attorney | May 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. John is smart, experienced, and ethical. Call John about your business legal issues."
Business Attorney | Apr 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"John and I consulted with a business owner. John is knowledgeable, ethical and cares about his clients."
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Phoenix Probate Lawyer John B. Even
John B. Even
Probate Attorney
Phoenix, AZ
Licensed for 31 years
Free Consultation
Virtual consultation available