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Christopher D Soto

Estate planning Attorney at Tempe, AZ

5.0   7 reviews
  • Licensed for 30 years
    State AZ
    Acquired 1993
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About Christopher

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Attorney Christopher D. Soto is dedicated to providing comprehensive, highly personalized estate planning counsel to couples, families, individuals and businesses. As the firm's founder, he holds the highest standard of client services, scholarship and lawyer accessibility. He serves his clients by first listening closely to their goals, dreams and concerns. He then works with his clients to develop superior plans that reflect the clients' own unique situations, while putting his knowledge and experience to work for their benefit. He is committed to helping his clients understand that the foundation of estate planning is not just saving tax dollars, but also appreciating the value of planning for themselves and their loved ones.

 

Mr. Soto enjoys speaking to accountants, lawyers, financial planners, insurance professionals, and the public. He maintains the highest level of knowledge and expertise through ongoing continuing education and frequent attendance at nationally recognized conferences on advanced planning topics. In addition, Mr. Soto is a member of Wealth Counsel and The Esperti-Peterson Advanced Study Group, which meet regularly to learn the most current information on advanced estate planning concepts, strategies and changes in the law directly from the most widely recognized experts in the country.

 

After receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree, he went on to earn his Juris Doctor from Arizona State University College of Law.  He is a member of the Arizona Bar Association and the American Bar Association. He is licensed to practice law in the state of Arizona and is admitted to practice before Arizona trial courts, the Arizona Court of Appeals, the Supreme Court of Arizona, and the United States District Court of Arizona.

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Location

Law Office of Christopher D. Soto
4500 South Lakeshore Drive
Suite 560
Tempe, AZ, 85282

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Posted by Donna F. | June 5, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Highly recommend
We recently worked with Chris and his firm to set up a trust. From the very first meeting to the last, we experienced efficiency, professionalism and were very satisfied indeed. The Team was experienced and attentive and did a great job assisting us through the complex process of setting up a trust with accompanying estate planning. They guided us while letting us navigate to the place that made sense for our specific situation. In fact as we met with professionals from a variety of organizations to complete final steps with the trust, we received feedback about the paperwork, its thoroughness and how they had not seen an "estate planning book" that was so complete. Thanks Chris, Michele and Logan!!
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Posted by Myles | August 7, 2015
Outstanding Trust and Estate Planning Counsel
Chris Soto is an outstanding trust, wills and estate lawyer. I know this because I've worked with him extensively for over 20 years. Chris also drafted my family's trust documents, so I can personally attest to his excellent skills from a client's perspective. I highly recommend Chris to anyone who needs a top class attorney to work on their estate planning or trust matter.
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Posted by Chris | July 28, 2015
Amazing service!!!
My father was in the hospital and in need of estate planning. After consultation with my father, Chris was able to prepare documents that allowed our family to care for my father by way of Healthcare Power and Financial Power of Attorney. He was able to send his extremely knowledgeable staff to meet with my father in the hospital and gather signatures on his estate planning documents. I know that this was not normal, but Chris and his staff were able to handle this situation with ease. My father has since been released from the hospital and doing very well, but I know that we are much better prepared in the event this happens again. I am very grateful to Chris and his staff for making a stressful situation a little easier.
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Posted by Vicky | July 24, 2015
Easy
My husband and I put off creating new Wills and Living POA documents for a long time. Our existing wills were 30 years old and did not include our youngest child. Needless to say she was behind the push to get this accomplished. Chris Soto was referred to us 2 years ago. We don't usually procrastinate, but don't plan on needing these documents soon. It was very easy to talk with Chris about what we wanted. I highly recommend this firm. Not only are they professional and compassionate, but make you feel relaxed and comfortable. Thanks Chris and staff!
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Response from Christopher Soto July 27, 2015
Thank you so much Vicky. It was such a pleasure working with you and your husband.
Posted by Pam | July 21, 2015
We couldn't be happier
My husband and I are an older couple who had lost their spouses years ago. We came to Chris with two trusts we needed combined into one. From the moment we walked into the office we were treated with kindness and respect and professionalism. We never felt rushed and everything was written out as to what our wishes were. Every detail was explained carefully and we were encouraged to ask any questions or concerns we might have. We truly couldn't be happier with our trust and Chris and his associates. We've not only got our trust completed we've gained new friends! We would recommend Soto Law Firm highly.
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Response from Christopher Soto July 27, 2015
Thank you Pam! We always enjoy working with you; it's such a real treat when you are in the office with us. Thank you so much for the shining review!
Posted by anonymous | July 20, 2015
Estate Planning Excellence
Chris helped my husband and I update our estate documents to comply with Arizona law (we moved here from another state). He was very helpful in guiding us as we thought through details of our plan so that it would correspond to our intent for our assets as our children would grow and reach increased levels of maturity. Chris is good at explaining complex ideas simply in a way that's easy to understand. After it was complete, he gave us our documents in a very well organized binder that will make referring to them in the future very easy.
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Posted by Rhoda | November 3, 2010
We highly recommend Chris Soto!
Word cannot express how highly I rate this attorney. Chris Soto is one the of most knowledgeable and professional lawyers I have ever met. I have been invovled in the legal profession as a paralegal and also as a wife of a top rated attorney in Washington State. I have seen many sides of the law in Civil and Business areas, and espcially in Estate Law. Being new to Arizona, I was apprehensive at finding a new lawyer. Chris was recommended by a financial advisor and it was one the best reommendations that I have ever received. My current husband is a citizen of another country, and we have been undergoing immigration and estate planning at the same time. Chris handled all of our Esate planning with such professionalism and knowledge that I felt so comfortable and confident in his advice. We executed documents (what I thought to bea lot of papers, at the time) for our estate planning. Chris' comment was "you might need this some time in your life." He was so right! We were in Europe 5 weeks later after the Estate documents were drawn up and we were selling a hours in another state. Needless to say, it was complicated and I didn't know what to do. On the off chance Chris would know what do to (since this isn't his area of expertise), he told me that I had a power of attorney that authorized my sister to sign in my place. I didn't even realize that this was one of the documents that Chris said "I might need in the future." He foresaw issues that was even in my realm of thinking. It saved me many hours of time, worry and money. Chris' billing is very reasonable and just because of the house sale, he saved me many thousands of dollars in this one incident. If he doesn't know an answer to a aquestion, he will find out and get back to you. He has found me attorneys in other areas of the law. He emails/ or phones back immediately. His staff is professional and efficent. Chris Soto is one of the best. You couldn't find a better attorney in Arizona or from my experience, anywhere!
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 8.7 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Founder & Managing Partner
  • Soto Law Firm
  • 2015 - Present
  • Founder & Managing Partner
  • Law Office of Christopher D. Soto
  • 2001 - 2015
  • Associate Attorney
  • The Hasset Law Firm
  • 1997 - 2001
  • Associate Attorney
  • The Ranger Law Firm
  • 1993 - 1997
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Education

  • Arizona State University
  • Juris Doctor
  • 1993

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Napier v Bertram
  • Vacated and Remanded
  • Not a Litigator

Associations

  • WealthCounsel Advisors Forum
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • WealthCounsel
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • State Bar of Arizona
  • Member
  • 1993 - Present
  • Maricopa County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1993 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • A-V 5.0 out of 5.0 Rating
  • Marindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Participation Award
  • Independent Insurance and Agents & Brokers of Arizona
  • 1997

Publications

  • Wealthcounsel Quarterly
  • Transfer for Value Rule - Contributing Author
  • 2008

Speaking Engagements

  • Protecting Families and Their Assets
  • Asset Protection
  • 2003
  • Annual Convention
  • Insurance Agent Liability Issues
  • N/A

Attorney endorsements

Received (12)
Given (8)
Endorse Christopher
Trusts Attorney | Jan 25
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Christopher's office contacted me to act as local counsel for one of their clients with out-of-state assets. Christopher identified the need to properly fund his client's trust, obtained qualified counsel admitted to the jurisdiction, and provided timely and accurate information to complete the task for his client. Such attention to detail is important to client's in this field."
Estate planning Attorney | Oct 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've known Chris for several years as a colleague. We've participated in several continuing legal education events together and I have always been impressed with his estate planning knowledge and capabilities. I wouldn't hesitate to refer a client or family member to him for an estate plan."
Estate planning Attorney | Oct 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Chris since our days at Arizona State University College of Law in the early 90's. Chris is a diligent, hard working attorney who is passionate about his clients and his practice. I am happy to refer my clients to Chris for estate planning matters that arise."
Estate planning Attorney | Aug 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I had the great pleasure of meeting Chris at a week-long legal Symposium. I was thoroughly impressed by both the structure of his Tempe firm and his acumen regarding estate planning matters. I look forward to continuing to a develop my relationship with this esteemed, reputable attorney."
Estate planning Attorney | Aug 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I met Chris years ago through WealthCounsel which is a national organization dedicated to training and helping lawyers provide superior estate planning services to their clients. Chris also is very knowledgeable about advising clients regarding business and administration matters. I recommend him to anyone needing help in these areas."
Estate planning Attorney | Aug 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Chris personally and professionally for over ten years and have found him to be a compassionate lawyer who provides his clients with the highest level of service and legal expertise. I would recommend Chris to anyone for the Estate Planning and Business Planning needs."
Estate planning Attorney | Aug 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Chris is an excellent attorney. We worked together on a matter and he is knowledgeable, creative, able to explain complicated concepts to clients, and does a good job of keeping client's financial planners in the loop with the estate planning process. I've referred cases to Chris in the past and will continue to do so in the future."
Trusts Attorney | Aug 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Chris Soto is an outstanding trust, wills and estate lawyer. I know this because I've worked him extensively for over 20 years. Chris also drafted my family's trust documents, so I can personally attest to his excellent skills from a client's perspective. I highly recommend Chris to anyone who needs a top class attorney to work on their estate planning or trust matter."
Estate planning Attorney | Aug 06
Relationship: Co-worker
"Chris is incredibly talented in all aspects of estate planning. His client-focused approach to the practice of law creates a unique and special experience for all of his clients. I would certainly trust Chris and his team to take care of any family’s estate planning needs."
Estate planning Attorney | Jul 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Soto's practice stands out because not only does it provide excellent traditional estate planning but also deals with important asset protection issues that many estate planning attorneys do not address."
Estate planning Attorney | Jul 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Chris for about 10 years and know him to be a highly competent, caring lawyer. I have had the pleasure of discussing advanced estate planning issues with him. He exercises good judgment on behalf of his clients and I recommend him for estate planning and business matters."
Estate planning Attorney | Jul 28
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I wholeheartedly endorse Mr. Soto. We have a working relationship with Chris and are aware of the care and expertise he provides to clients. He is a trusted and experienced attorney in the Phoenix Metro area. Whether you require simple or more complex estate and business planning, Chris Soto will provide you with excellent advice, service and support."
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