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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

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Practice areas


  1. Probate: 50%
    18 years, 100 cases
  2. Trusts: 25%
    18 years, 75 cases
  3. Estate Planning: 25%
    18 years, 300 cases



Hourly ($200-325/hour)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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    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.


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Contact info

Magellan Law, PLC

10617 N. Hayden Rd.
Suite B-100
Scottsdale, AZ, 85260


AZActive 200407/08/2016

Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority.

  1. Admonition and Probation
    issued in AZ, 2015


    An admonishment means the attorney did something wrong but may still practice law. While on probation, the State monitors the attorney's activities for a period of time in hopes that he or she will not repeat the behavior.

  2. Probation
    issued in AZ, 2014


    Probation means an attorney did something wrong but may still practice law. The State monitors the lawyer's activities for a period of time in hopes that he or she will not repeat the behavior.

Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Who's WhoWho's Who Legal2010
Estate Planning AttorneyBest of Greater Cities2010
Graduated with HonorsIowa College of Law1996
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Founding AttorneyMagellan Law, PLC2013 - Present
Founding ShareholderDeloughery Law Office, P.C.2004 - Present
PrincipalGoodson, Manley, Forakis and Deloughery, PLC2006 - 2007
Associate AttorneyGullickson, Peterson and Ziebell, PLLC2001 - 2003
Associate AttorneyRyan & Grinde, Ltd.2000 - 2001
AttorneyDeloughery Law Office1999 - 2000
Associate AttorneyJohns and Flaherty, S.C.1998 - 1999
Law Student EmployeeIowa Legal Clinic1995 - 1995
Research AssistantIowa College of Law (Iowa City, IA)1994 - 1996
COO/Regulatory Compliance/49% ownerNursing Services & Resources, LLC1994 - 1998
Association namePosition nameDuration
Central Arizona Estate Planning CouncilN/A2013 - Present
Maricopa County Bar Association Lawyer Referral ServiceBoard Member2013 - Present
Maricopa County Bar AssociationMember2005 - Present
State Bar of ArizonaMember2004 - Present
National Association of Elder Law AttorneysOfficer2010 - 2011
Valley Estate PlannersMember2008 - 2011
The Arizona Fiduciaries AssociationMember2000 - 2011
National Care Planning CouncilMember2000 - 2011
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Estate of Pauline ShumwayWon
Estate of Charles O. Hansonsettled
Estate of Joan Marie LamparekSuccessfully removed Personal Representative
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Publication nameTitleDate
College of Estate Planning Attorneys program materialsAnnotated documents: SCIN and private annuity2004
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Iowa College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1996
Indiana University-BloomingtonHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1993
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Monthly meeting of North Phoenix Bar AssociationAsset Protection2015
Monthly MeetingHow to Create a Family Dynasty2015
Monthly MeetingPreparing Heirs2015
Estate Planning for the Sandwich GenerationEstate Planning and Trusts2009
Basic Estate PlanningEstate Planning2009
Advanced LLC IssuesUse of LLCs in Estate Planning2006
The ‘Skinny’ on SCINs and Private AnnuitiesSelf cancelling installment notes and private annuities2004