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Karen Anne Richman

Estate planning Attorney at Scottsdale, AZ

5.0   29 reviews
  • Licensed for 22 years
    State AZ
    Acquired 2001
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With more than 21 years experience practicing law in Arizona, Karen Richman provides legal services in the areas of Estate Planning, Trusts and Wills.  Karen obtained both her JD and her Bachelors degree from Arizona State University, and has been a resident of the Phoenix metropolitan area since 1989.  In 2010, she opened her office as a solo attorney, after previous employment with the Maricopa County Public Defender's Office, Office of the Arizona Attorney General, and State Bar of Arizona.

 

Estate Planning:

Karen Richman provides the highest quality of legal representation in the area of asset protection and estate planning, including wills and trusts. She maintains a strong commitment to serving her clients in planning their estate to ensure their intentions are honored, their loved ones receive the largest benefit possible, and their tax obligations are minimized.  In working with her clients to do so, she evaluates the appropriateness of a variety of estate planning tools, including wills, revocable and irrevocable trusts, powers of attorney, and living wills, to determine what will best effectuate their goals. Karen Richman is also a volunteer with Wills for Heroes where she provides free estate planning legal services to first responder personnel in Arizona.

 

 

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Location

Richman Law, PLLC
10565 N. 114th St
Suite 113
Scottsdale, AZ, 85259

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Posted by Jodi | April 5, 2019
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| Consulted Attorney
Wonderful experience
I contacted Karen for some legal advice and I am so relieved I did. Karen listened thoroughly, asked all the right questions, and was able to come up with a great game plan for me to follow with easy directions and sound advice. I could tell it was important to her that I not only got correct and helpful information but that I also understood everything she told me. She was a breath of fresh air, very kind, thorough, and relatable. I highly recommend her and will definitely get in touch with her again when I am ready to proceed past this initial consultation.
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Posted by Jimi | January 5, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Trusts Made Easy
Karen made this daunting process of estate planning very simple and easy to understand. The process comes with combing through a lot of information and vernacular we are not familiar with while making sure we are making sound decisions for our family. Karen was there every step of the way, offering sound advice but still allowing us to make decisions that made sense for our family. There were many emotions (nervous, anxious) we felt when we first decided to follow through with our estate planning, but in the end, the only emotion we felt was relief and happiness that we completed the whole process with the guidance of Karen.
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Posted by Antonio | December 13, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Karen is a knowledgeable lawyer who provides a comfortable estate planning experience
My wife and I had the pleasure of working with Karen for our first estate planning experience. She was not only helpful in drafting and finalizing the legal documents but also made sure we were at ease during the entire process. Her supportive demeanor helped us get through the process of making difficult choices for our family and we highly recommend her to anyone who needs a knowledgeable lawyer to guide them through the estate planning process.
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Posted by Russ | September 20, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent work
Very on spot and attentive to what your needs are. Very easy to talk to and listen to what you say and what you need. I was very happy with the service and she provided and I've already referred several people to her better in need of a good attorney!
Posted by Rita | July 31, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Don't keep searching - go with Karen
I went into the meeting with Karen expecting a basic will and trust and came out with a thorough estate planning document. Karen was easy to work with and answered all my questions completely. I would not hesitate to recommend her to anyone needing assistance with estate planning documents and advice.
Posted by Jeanne & Greg | April 7, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Trust and POA Attorney
Karen was personal and professional. She helped my husband and I clarify our needs and then prepared all the legal documents. We highly recommend Karen to anyone seeking assistance with estate planning.
Posted by Deborah | April 4, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Awesome experience
Karen is awesome! Very thorough and responsive. Made a complicated process much easier. Definitely recommend.
Posted by Caryl | October 10, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professionalism and Excellent Work in the Field of Estate Planning and Trusts/Wills
I had the great pleasure of having Karen prepare my Trust and Will. I was not sure what to expect. Karen proved to be an expert in this field. She wasted no time in preparing my documents and did it with the utmost accuracy. I felt as though I was in the best of hands at all time. Trusts are one of her specialty areas so she is well versed in all areas of estate planning. I have had many dealings with attorney's through the years but Karen rates as one of the most professional I have ever dealt with. I highly reccommend Karen for any type of legalities dealing with your estate, will or trust. She gets the job done and does it with accuracy and concern for the individual. I was presented with the finished product which was bound in a folder. I feel very relieved in knowing that my financial and personal effects will be taken care of long after I am gone. You will not be sorry if you hire Karen to get your personal affairs in order! Thank you Karen for a job well done!
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Posted by anonymous | May 18, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Knowledgeable and Responsive
My husband and I received top-notch service from Karen on several related documents: Revocable Living Trust, Certificate of Trust, Durable Powers of Attorney, Arizona Health Care Powers of Attorney, Durable Mental Health Care Powers of Attorney, and Living Wills. Whew! Right? She was knowledgeable and responsive. We appreciated that she took the time to explain the details of these very important items. Karen was a pleasure to work with, and we have already recommended her to our friends and family.
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Posted by Kevin and Shirley | April 13, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Building A Trust
My wife and I needed to put together a family trust and really had no idea where to start. My employer offers a legal plan by Hyatt. That is where we found Karen. From the get go Karen was great , she told us what she needed to get started. And she made everything happen in a timely manner . If we ever had a question or need to add something to the document she was always just a email away. Always replied. Her office was comfortable , clean , and her staff is outstanding . My wife and I would highly recommend her !
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Posted by anonymous | November 13, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Outstanding Service!
Karen provided exemplary service with regard to setting up our trust and will! She not only explained to us what all of the documents meant but she provided everything in an easy to access and complete binder. This was our second time in updating our estate, and we feel we would have been so much better served if we would had worked with someone of Karen's caliber the first time. We highly recommend her to all people seeking assistance with their estate plan no mater what stage of life they are in.
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Posted by Susan | October 14, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Trust her her complete your wills and trusts!
I receive legal services (Hyatt Legal) as an elected paid part of my company's benefit plan. I recently called Hyatt and they gave me the contact information of several lawyers in my area who specialize in Trusts, Wills, Medical Power of Attorney, Living Wills, and Financial Powers of Attorney. I reviewed all the choices and after assessment, I selected and called Karen Richmand. Karen responded quickly, was very pleasant on the phone, was knowledgeable, communicative, and answered several preliminary questions I posed. At our initial appointment, Karen was professional, amiable, organized and a strategic estate planner. She asked appropriate questions that allowed me to plan my future accordingly. I found her to be very helpful in this regard. She drew up all legal paperwork and addressed all concerns prior to my signing. Additionally, she went above and beyond by filing official forms to have my home entered into a trust with the County. At the conclusion of the signing, she gave me a tabbed binder with the original documents organized and easily locatable. Later she sent me PDF's as copies. Her attention to detail was very much appreciated. I would highly recommend Karen Richman for creation of a legal Trust, Will, or Healthcare documents.
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Posted by Dan | October 8, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Completed Trust
Karen got our Trust completed. She did a fantastic job, made sure everything was done right so there would be no problems in the future. She is GREAT and we even had a few laughs. Would highly recommend.
Posted by Brian | August 17, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Karen Richman Law (Trust Attorney)
Our experience with Karen Richman Law was very positive. We were highly impressed with the speed and thoroughness with which the team was able to update our revocable trust. They are very organized and efficient and it is obvious they have an excellent process. They provided thoughtful answers to all our questions which gave us confidence in the terms of our trust.
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Posted by anonymous | August 3, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Incredible Experience
I wanted to take a couple of minutes to thank you for getting on us to get this very, very important legal matter done for my husband and I. At the same time, I want you to know, just in case, although it should be obvious to someone that is also an attorney, that it is something that we should have been done decades ago. It was something we talked about doing for years, over and over, along with possibly putting some of our property into some form of an LLC to protect them from litigation and/or probate. Like so many things, I couldn't do them myself and I kept putting it on the back burner, even though I know it was important to my family in so many ways. We saw how this cost my husband and his siblings almost 80% of their father's very large estate because he did not do what he should have done sooner and, still, it remained on our back burner. When we were sitting in the waiting area last month and again after we left from the signing event, he said at least three times how (finally) doing this took a huge burden off of his shoulders. I suspect with the recent health scare(s), this is even more profound but it would never have happened if you and your staff had not nagged us to get it done! Particularly when you were so fast at getting our draft and final documents to us after our initial contact. As an attorney, I cannot begin to thank you for taking our estate "on," as I know it was not a simple one and that it was a challenge you didn't really have to take on but you did, without so much as a second thought and we know we made the right choice trusting you with our very important life decisions. Although there is still plenty of work for us, knowing exactly what we need to do to finalize protecting our family's assets is beyond wonderful. We were energized after the signing and started working on the tasks immediately! We will both, undoubtedly, continue to be thankful but feel indebted to you for your time on our estate plan. There just are not enough ways to say thank you to you and your staff for taking on and working on our matter. As an attorney myself, I'm very careful about putting out a recommendation without really meaning it. This is one of the finest attorney client experiences we have had the pleasure of having dealt with as a family. Thank you!
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Posted by Beth | April 27, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Revocable trust
We are very happy with the service we received. Karen & her assistant were very nice & explained everything to us. I thought it would take weeks to finalize the documents. They had them to us with in 2 days, took us a few days to read through them. They answered every question we had very fast. Even before or after hours. We would highly recommend them to all our family & friends. Karen is definitely in our referral list. If we would have known it was this easy we would have done this year's ago. Thank you Karen & Whitney
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Posted by Robert | April 18, 2016
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Estate planning
Karen and Whitney helped my wife and I with our Estate, Trust, POA and Will planning. They were fast, professional and easy to work with. My wife and I are very happy with their work and will recommend them in the future.
Posted by Greg | January 19, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Thank you Karen
Thank you Karen. I was completely satisfied with the service you provided. I am a very smart man when it comes to technology and engineering, but I am complete lost when it comes to estate planning. You took what was a complected processes and made it so I could under stand it.Your genuine care and concern at one of the most difficult time of my life was greatly appreciated. I will tell everyone I know how great you where.
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Posted by Eric | December 16, 2015
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Living Will and Power of attorneys
Great experience with attorney Karen Richman who prepared our Living Will. She answered all of our questions and gave us her time freely. We plan to use her for our financial planning in the future.
Posted by anonymous | September 24, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent review for Karen Richman
I initially called Ms. Richman for a consultation. I had been served with harassment charges which were false. We spoke for about 10-15 minutes on the phone and I decided to hire her. When she confirmed that she would be able to represent me, she immediately filed a notice of appearance at the appointed court. She was very direct, honest, organized and professional. She has an exceptional understanding of the law and human nature. We met to review the case and prepare the defense. During the meeting, she was focused and understood the details of the case. She listened well and took detailed notes. She also asked me questions to make sure she understood the details I gave her. When we went to court, I felt well-represented and prepared. Her demeanor was strong and confident. When the facts were presented, along with the opening and closing statements, the case was dismissed in our favor. Going to court to defend yourself can be a nerve wracking experience. Retaining a good lawyer is essential. I am extremely glad to have had Ms. Richman represent me.
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AVVO RATING 9.6 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Richman Law, PLLC
  • 2010 - Present
  • Unauthorized Practice of Law Attorney
  • State Bar of Arizona
  • 2009 - 2010
  • Attorney
  • Arizona Attorney General
  • 2006 - 2009
  • Attorney
  • Maricopa County Public Defender
  • 2001 - 2006
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Education

  • Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2001
  • Arizona State University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1998

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State v. G.C.
  • Not Guilty

Associations

  • Wealth Counsel
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • State Bar of Arizona, Probate and Trust Law Section
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Wills for Heroes
  • Volunteer
  • 2010 - Present
  • Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee of the State Bar of Arizona
  • Chairperson
  • 2009 - 2010
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Pro Bono Distinction
  • Arizona State College of Law
  • 2001

Publications

  • Arizona Appellate Handbook, 2008 Supp., Ch. 35, Art. 1
  • Department of Economic Security (co-editor)
  • 2008
  • For the Defense –Training Newsletter of the Maricopa County Public Defender’s Office
  • Practice Pointer: Motion to Strike State’s Allegation of Priors in “Third Strike” Misdemeanor Cases
  • 2004
  • For the Defense – Training Newsletter of the Maricopa County Public Defender’s Office
  • Show Me Your Papers: Does State v. Akins apply to Bicycle Riders?"
  • 2004
  • The Defender: A Quarterly Publication of the Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • 7 Deadly Sins – Anger
  • 2004
  • The Defender: A Quarterly Publication of the Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • Indigence: Is Poverty in the Eye of the Beholder?
  • 2001
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Speaking Engagements

  • Autism Society of America - Greater Phoenix Chapter Monthly Meeting
  • Estate Planning and Guardianships
  • 2012
  • Phoenix College Paralegal Studies Program
  • I’m sorry, I can’t tell you that: What you need to know about UPL
  • 2010
  • Education Services Division – Arizona Supreme Court, Limited New Judge Orientation
  • Unauthorized Practice of Law and Justice Courts
  • 2010
  • Arizona Association of Conflict Resolution
  • Unauthorized Practice of Law
  • 2010
  • Arizona Association for Special Investigations Units Meeting
  • The Unauthorized Practice of Law and Adjusters
  • 2010
  • Admissions Unit Staffers, Arizona Supreme Court Certification and Licensing
  • Multijurisdictional Practice and Unauthorized Practice of Law
  • 2010
  • Continuing Legal Education Seminar
  • Are We All in the Same Sandbox? The Various Facets of a Multijurisdiction Practice
  • 2009
  • Arizona Department of Economic Security Certification Training
  • “Keeping Up Appearances: The Legal and Ethical Issues Faced by Child Care Specialists
  • 2007
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (29)
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Estate planning Attorney | Aug 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Karen is the type of attorney you want in your professional network. She is knowledgeable, skilled at breaking down issues, and insightful with questions that lead to accurate problem-solving in a exceptionally timely manner. She has become a go-to resource for collaboration. And if she is willing to help other attorneys find answers, I am certain she exceeds all expectations as she delights her clients."
Estate planning Attorney | Sep 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"What sets Karen apart is her high-energy and enthusiasm for excellence. She is hard working, knowledgeable and strives to find workable solutions for each unique situation. I am happy to endorse her."
General practice Attorney | Sep 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Karen Richman for approximately 12 years. Karen is an excellent lawyer who always has her client's best interest at heart. She is incredibly capable, honest and ethical. I would highly recommend her to anyone in need of an excellent attorney."
Estate planning Attorney | Aug 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Karen is a knowledgeable and dedicated estate planning attorney. She builds a strong relationship with her clients and pays attention to the details. I strongly recommend Karen for anyone needing an estate planning attorney."
Estate planning Attorney | Aug 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Karen is an excellent estate planning attorney, who is knowledgeable, diligent, and thorough. She is friendly, but also passionate about her work, and any client would be fortunate to work with her. I highly endorse this attorney."
Estate planning Attorney | Aug 06
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I fully endorse Karen Richman as an estate planner. Karen's professionalism and devotion to her clients and their causes is of the highest order, and has earned her a stellar reputation. I would not hesitate to refer her clients in all of her areas of practice."
Estate planning Attorney | Aug 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I am very happy to endorse Karen Richman. As an Estate Planning Attorney, she is committed to providing excellent service to her clients. She is a great asset to the legal community."
Estate planning Attorney | Aug 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly recommend Karen as an estate planning attorney. She is very knowledgeable and makes estate planning concepts easy to understand. As a client, she will give you the attention and service you deserve. Everything I know about Karen shows that she truly cares about her clients and her practice."
General practice Attorney | May 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Ms. Richman. She is a highly skilled attorney and gets exceptional results for her clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 08
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I highly recommend Karen. She is an exceptional trial attorney who takes the time to fight hard for her clients. She is very knowledgeable both about the law and the realities of the judicial process."
Estate planning Attorney | Apr 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I strongly endorse this lawyer. She is committed to getting excellent results for her clients."
Estate planning Attorney | Apr 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Karen is an exceptionally adept lawyer in the fields of estate planning and criminal defense. I have seen her obtain outstanding results for her clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Karen for quite awhile. She is a highly dedicated and knowledgeable lawyer. She works hard for his clients and is well respected."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I fully endorse Ms. Richman. She is extremely dedicated to her clients and sensitive to their needs. She gets great results and is known to be one of the most ethical lawyers in the community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Karen for a number of years. Karen is a dedicated and highly effective lawyer. I wholeheartedly recommend her for your legal needs."
Estate planning Attorney | Apr 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I've known her for over 10 years. She is very smart, very knowledgeable, dedicated, reliable, energetic, hard-working, and detail-oriented. She is truly compassionate and caring about her clients, puts their needs first, and goes the extra mile for them."
Estate planning Attorney | Apr 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Karen for several years. She is a trusted voice who I have approached numerous times to discuss legal points and strategies. She is a kind, smart, dedicated attorney who is always willing to assist. I trust Karen's intelligence, skill, and judgment greatly and highly recommend her."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have worked along side Karen as an attorney in several capacities, including as co-counsel on cases. She is a fierce advocate that knows how to investigate, prepare and announce ready for trial on behalf of her clients. Having a hard working and compassionate advocate as your attorney is essential to a good defense. Karen has the experience and knowledge necessary to represent clients in criminal matters as well as an excellent reputation among her peers."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 06
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Karen is smart and dedicated to her clients and the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Richman is an exceptionally talented litigator and truly cares about her clients outcome."
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