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I have been practicing law since 1986.  I started in juvenile law, representing abused and neglected children. I added probate law around the same time, which involved administering decedents' estates, working with adults who were the subjects of guardianship and/or conservatorship proceedings and protecting the interests of minors in connection with conservatorship cases. Whether representing petitioners concerned about the well-being of their loved ones or representing children or disabled adults, working to help bring about positive change and good results for those who are disabled, abused, neglected or unable to protect themselves is fulfilling.  


 


Also, helping people who have lost family and/or loved ones sort through the probate process is something I enjoy doing.  At the end of the day, it's really important to know that I've helped make someone's life a little better, a little less stressful, and a little more successful!


 


Traveling the world and making music is something I enjoy in my spare time.  I am a singer-songwriter who loves gospel, bossa nova and world music in various languages. My original music won second place in the 2010 Arizona State Bar Creative Arts Competition for lawyers, which was the first and only time I entered the competition.  Looking forward to making more music in 2014! 

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Practice areas

Licensed

  1. Guardianship: 50%
    30 years
  2. Probate: 50%
    30 years

Payment

Fees:

Hourly ($290-350/hour), contingent (33-35%), Pro bono (20%)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info

Decker & Woods, P.C.

601 North Alma School Road
Chandler, AZ, 85224

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
AZActive 198607/03/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
AV Preeminent - Bar Register of Preeminent Women LawyersMartindale-Hubbell2014
AV Preeminent - Bar Register of Preeminent Women LawyersMartindale-Hubbell2013
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers Association2013
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell Judicial Edition2013
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell - Judicial Edition2012
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2012
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers Association2012
FellowLitigation Counsel of America2011
Member - Directory of Distinguished AttorneysMartindale-Hubbell2011
Associations
Association namePosition nameDuration
State Bar of ArizonaMemberN/A
Education
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Arizona State UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of ArtsN/A
Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of LawLawJD - Juris DoctorN/A