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Robert Michael Way

Estate planning Attorney at Tucson, AZ

5.0   23 reviews
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  • State Years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 19 years
    Arizona - AZ 19 years
  • Licensed for 19 years
    State DC
    Acquired 2005
    Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 19 years
    State AZ
    Acquired 2004
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Robert

Learn Robert’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Estate planning
    Review current estate plans; drafting of comprehensive estate plans by utilizing trusts, wills, powers of attorney, and other ancillary documents. Will utilize business planning, charitable giving, special needs trust, partnerships, and other advanced techniques.

  2. Litigation
    Represent estate, beneficiaries, trustees, fiduciaries, creditors, and trusts in matters requiring extensive litigation, settlements,and trial.

  3. Probate
    Help clients navigate through all varieties of probate (small estate, both Informal and Formal filings). Work will include litigation when necessary including other civil actions within the context of a probate.

  4. Trusts
    Assist clients in adminstering a trust where the trustor is either incapacitated or deceased. Also, trust administrative work includes handling taxable estates and litigation when necessary.

  5. Guardianship
    Represent families in guardianship and conservatorship, including contested matters, end-of-life litigation, and representation of fiduciaries serving as guardians and conservators

  6. Nursing home abuse and neglect
    Assist clients in evaluating claims against nursing homes and assisted living facilities for abuse and neglect claims


I am a California native who transplated to Arizona after my family moved to Tucson in 2004.

Being married and having eight children, I don't find much time for many things except for a little music, martial arts, and surfing.  Apart from my primary work as a father and husband, I practice law ---  and I truly enjoy it.  It is amazing how many peoples lives are touched daily.


My background also includes the study of Chinese martial arts brought to the United States by the Chin family and taught to Da Shifu Al Moore, Sr. which I continue to teach today as a 7th degree black belt (Master's level degree). I am certified in Red Dragon Shou Shu as a 7th degree black belt by Dashifu Jim Clark, successor to Da Shifu Al Moore.


In addition to the martial arts, my musical endeavors have included playing the violin since I was four years old.  After highschool, I studied music at Tanglewood Institute of Music the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the University of San Diego, and the Orvieto Musica Festival in the Umbria region of Italy.  From a different perspective, my work as a composer and producer includes the recordings of Zimbobway's King Kingston Orchestra in 1998 with Jamaican arranger Carlos Malcolm. http://en.  In six days, Zimbobway's King Kingston Orchestra recorded 24 tracks for two full length albums later mastered at Capitol Records in Hollywood, California. Other musical sideman work has included Boitovision which featured the vocal talent of Greg Lee from Hepcat



Client's Choice 2019,2012
Client's Choice
2019 2012
Top Contributor 2012
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Mesch Clark Rosthschild
259 N. Meyer Avenue
Tucson, AZ, 85701


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  23 customer reviews
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Posted by Larry | December 10, 2012
Excellent Wills and Estates Lawyer!
Before my retirement, I spent 36 years first as a Federal Prosecutor, then in private practice and then as an Executive and General Counsel for Wendy's International and then Jack In The Box, Inc. When I moved to Arizona, My wife and I needed to have our wills and estate documents updated pursuant to the laws of Arizona. After considerable research, thankfully I chose Robert Way to be our lawyer. Not only did he make it pleasant for us overall, he was even able to build in certain provisions that reflect our Christian faith. The process was completed on time and for very reasonable fees. I strongly recommend Robert Way for his dedication and professionalism! Larry
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Posted by Brent | December 22, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A great choice in a probate attorney
Robert recently handled my probate/estate matters in Tucson while I was living out-of-state. Any time I needed to speak to him, he took my call immediately, and was very gracious in answering all of my questions (all of his email correspondence was also very prompt and thorough). When I did travel back to Tucson for the probate hearing, Robert's representation ensured that the courtroom appearance went smoothly. I couldn't be happier with Robert's work on my case. I originally chose Robert based on the glowing reviews here; I highly recommend him for any probate or estate needs that you may have.
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Posted by Maureen | June 24, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great advice when I needed it
I was at wits end trying to assist an elderly friend who had not family left, was in need of long term care and advice on POA's, etc. Mr. Way and I spoke on the phone and he said, I know how time consuming and stressful it can be to assist on these issues, especially when the person is not family and you have no legal authority to do anything. He advised I contact the Public Fiduciary in the county where the gentleman was residing for appointment of either guardian or conservator or both. What a great suggestion and I followed through on his advice. Things are moving along, but not quite complete yet, but at least I have others helping out. Thank you Mr. Way.
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Posted by Michael | April 9, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great choice for guardianshp/conservatorship
We retained Mr. Way to take control of a property owned by my mother after she was deemed incapacitated as a result of alzheimers. We needed this done rapidly due to protect her interests, and Mr. Way ensured that everything was taken care of in a timely manner. Highly recommended.
Posted by Christy and Sharen | October 30, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
My mom and I were referred to Mr. Way by my Personal Injury attorney Michael Bell for my grandma's Probate. Mr Way was very thorough in explaining the process to us and very comforting in that he was going to take care of our probate as fast as he could. My grandma had a Will that was very specific and Mr. Way told us that it was going to be fairly easy and he was going to take care of everything for us. We were so glad to hear because we were in mourning and the process to us was just to much to handle. We just closed out our Probate today. Mr. Way is so kind, caring, compassionate and just so calming to deal with. We HIGHLY recommend Mr. Way and understand why he has such a high rating. We will be using him again in the future. Thank you Mr. Way for everything!!
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Posted by Tamera | July 16, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney
I hired Mr. Way. Within a day and a half we got done what we set out to do. Thank you so much for your help.
Posted by Robert | April 17, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I made the right decision
I was referred to Mr. Way by another one of his clients with a similar need for counsel. I could tell from the very first meeting that I made the right decision to utilize Mr. Way's services. I felt he was an excellent communicator, made me understand the proceedings we had to go through, and was a complete professional throughout the entire process. Mr. Way even made efforts to ensure my well being was healthy during our discussions by asking if I was "OK". It was a kind of personal touch that I was not expecting, but at the same time, I was thankful for. Any question I had was answered timely and thoroughly. I will definitely call Mr. Way in the future should I require a lawyer again.
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Posted by Don | April 11, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Estate Lawyer. Big help after the death of a loved one.
Robert assisted me with a last will and testament of a great friend of the family. The will was confusing and had quite a few issues with it. Robert helped with Court fillings and various timing issues. When you are asked to become an executor to a will, no one ever tells you how difficult it will be. You have emotional issues to deal with besides the legal issues. I can tell you that in my experience Robert Way ESQ. was very respectful of my situation, offered great advice, let me handle what I thought I could handle, and basically held my hand through the legal ease. He handled the difficult parts that I knew was over my head, and there was quite a few of that. I can honestly say that I thought I could handle a lot. I tried and failed. Mr Way was so calming to my nerves and relieved a lot of the stress I had after loosing a loved one. I highly recommend Robert Way ESQ. I have heard horror stories of some families struggles through probate. But I did not have those struggles after using Mr. Way. I will be using Mr. Way for my own estate planning because I know that when I pass, my loved ones will not have the same issues that I had.
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Posted by Heather | April 4, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very knowledgeable
I spoke with Attorney Way on the phone today regarding my dads estate with some questions I had, he was incredibly knowledgeable, thoughtful & professional on the phone, he actually answered all of my questions in a matter of a few minutes, he also went above & beyond with the information he was able to provide me with on moving forward. I highly recommend Attorney Way for any & all future cases. Thank you so very much for your time & expertise.
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Posted by anonymous | January 24, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Aunt's Estate Probated
I live out of state and hired Robert Way in Arizona for advise to probate my Aunt's estate in Tucson. He helped me contact the heirs and was very helpful on maneuvering thru the legality of the State of Arizona. We were able to settle the Estate in 13 months and all parties are content with the outcome. He made a very difficult process clear and concise with a successful outcome. He gave clear instructions to become a personal representative for the estate. He always returns calls and is very professional. He minimized any legal risks and made sure we as his client are protected under the law. We would highly recommend Mr. Way.
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Posted by Kelvin | December 3, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great service
My wife and I had a trip to Spain planned and we want to do a Trust before we departed. I goggled Estate Attorneys and Robert was rate as the top Attorney in Tucson. I made an appointment with Robert and gave him the task of helping us set up a Trust in less than 30 days which we needed done before our trip. Robert got the job done and he explains everything so clearly. We are so pleased to have him on our team and I intend to recommend him to all my family and friends. I see why he’s rated the top Estate Attorney in Tucson, It is well deserved and he is a great person. Thank you for the great work and professionalism! Kelvin D.
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Posted by Estelle | August 21, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
My fathers will
When my father died he had a will with my name on it he left me slot of money and a savings account but my half sister my father's daughter took all the money away from me she never gave me my savings account and the money that my father left for me she took the will with her I don't have a way to get a copy of it I meet to sue my half sister so I can get my money back this isn't fare she stold from me
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Posted by Elizabeth | April 13, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Wonderful lawyer and a Good man!
Robert Way is the lawyer I chose to guide me through the legal process of establishing a revocable living trust for myself. He is very professional and very knowledgeable as well as being a kind, caring, calm person. I would not hesitate to highly recommend him!
Posted by Benjamin | December 16, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
How Robert restored our faith in lawyers
My wife and I hired Robert on the recommendation of our Knight of Columbus Insurance agent. Robert was extremely thorough and showed extreme compassion and knowledge in giving us the exacting details about changing our Living Trust. He made us aware of mistakes made in drawing up the original trust and he brought out things we had never considered and helped us make the adjustments necessary to make the trust what we needed. In addition, he recommended us to Christian Healthcare Ministries, which I joined as a way around the Affordable Care Act, which was beyond my financial means to protect me in the event of a medical emergency. Recently, CHM helped pay off a huge medical expense as the result of a bad fall off a ladder. Robert has proved to us we could not have chosen a better attorney for all our legal needs and we highly recommend him to anyone seeking lawyer services. He has our implicit trust in helping us make the right legal choices as senior citizens with limited resources.
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Posted by Jill | July 25, 2014
Estate Planning
My husband and I went to Michael for our estate planning. Everyone in the office was polite and efficient. We were very please with the information and support Michael provided us, it made us confident in our estate planning decision.
Posted by Marilyn | April 26, 2013
Retained Robert Michael Way
I was looking for a reputable attorney to handle my parent's trust and being out of the AZ area the choices were too many to count. Picking an attorney who is knowledgeable, upstanding and who cares about his profession was important to me in this search. I also needed an attorney with Elder Law experience. Mr. Way exceeded all of my expectations. From the moment in entering the law practice and greeted by their very pleasant assistant, the entire experience was excellent. Mr. Way communicated very clearly, did not "go over our heads" with legalese and was very thorough. I came away with such a sense of accomplishment as we both (my parent and I) where given a clearer understanding of how her her trust and elder care arrangements should be constructed and managed into the future. I know we made the right choice with Mr. Way as he is not only an established attorney but also faith based which is important to us. He exhibited a very proactive approach with streams of questions and even placed a call to finalize a pending issue during our consultation. I just can not recommend him enough. If I resided in AZ, I would retain him for my estate planning in a heart beat.
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Posted by Gigi | December 28, 2012
Recommendation for Robert Michael Way
I hired Robert Way to create my family trust. I was delighted with his professionalism, knowledge and speed. He quickly put legal language and concepts into non-technical terms making a difficult subject easy to understand. His friendly, warm manner made the process of understanding, creating and funding the trust very pleasant. I highly recommend Robert.
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Posted by Terence | November 8, 2012
Review Robert Michael Way
What a great experience. I found Mr. Way from reviews online and hired him to handle my father’s probate. I live in Connecticut and Mr. Way handled everything in Arizona making the whole process very easy for me. A death in the family is a difficult thing and I never knew there would be so many matters to handle! Mr. Way took care of everything for me
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Posted by Christopher Brandon | November 9, 2011
Please consider Robert Way if you need Probate or Estate Planning
I am so grateful to Robert Way and his staff at The Way Law Firm. My partner passed away in January and I was faced with the daunting task of probate. Robert explained the entire process every step of the way. At the end of each meeting he always asked “How am I doing? Is there anything that I can do better for you?” He always made himself available if I had a question. The probate is over and Robert made it a smooth process during all of my grief. The estate that I was Executor for was a rather large estate and I asked Robert to help me with Estate Planning as well. In no time, Robert had the necessary documents drawn up and ready to sign. He gave me very sound advice for the future. I can’t recommend The Way Law Firm enough. Robert, I couldn’t have gotten through the past seven months without your help! My friend, thank you!
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Posted by Stephen | May 28, 2010
Simply the best
Simply put Robert Way is a no bull lawyer. While some lawyers try to dazzle new clients with everything that they say, Robert Way belived in letting his actions speak louder than his words. The amount of time and effort he put into helping me on many diffrent occasions makes him one of the few lawyers out in today's society that gives you a feeling that you have one of the best lawyers in your corner. A few words that best describe Robert way Quality, Attentive, Open, Prompt, and a man you can Rely on. You can honstly say you get more that what you pay for when dealing with Robert Way .
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  • Hourly Rates $ 375-485 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney at Law/Shareholder/Managing Partner
  • Mesch, Clark & Rothschild, PC
  • 2019 - Present
  • Allied Attorney
  • Alliance Defending Freedom
  • 2014 - 2019
  • Partner
  • Thompson Krone PLC
  • 2013 - 2019
  • Adjuct Professor of Paralegal and Criminal Justice
  • Brown Mackie College, Tucson (EDMC)
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Owner
  • The Way Law Firm, P.C.
  • 2010 - 2013
  • Associate Attorney
  • The Deason Law Firm
  • 2007 - 2010
  • Deputy District Attorney
  • Yuma County Attorneys Office - Civil Division
  • 2007 - 2007
  • Deputy County Attorney - Criminal Division
  • Yuma County Attorney's Office
  • 2005 - 2007
  • Attorney at Law (Tucson, AZ)
  • Robert Michael Way, Esquire
  • 2004 - 2005
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  • Thomas Jefferson School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2001
  • University of San Diego
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1997
  • Boston University - Tanglewood Institute of Music
  • None
  • 1993

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State of Arizona vs. Todd West Reeder
  • Resulted in a statutory change to ARS 13-907


  • St. Thomas More Society of Southern Arizona
  • Member of Board of Directors
  • 2018 - Present
  • Southern Arizona Estate Planning Council
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Ninth (9th) Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Attorney Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Red Dragon Martial Arts - Shou Shu Kung Fu
  • Master's Level Instructor
  • 2010 - Present
  • United States Tax Court
  • 2007 - Present
  • United States District Court for the District of Arizona
  • 2007 - Present
  • Mary Undoer of Knots Foundation, an 501(C)(3) Non-Profit Corporation
  • Founder/Member of Board of Directors
  • 2018 - 2020
  • Tucson Breakfast Lions
  • Member
  • 2013 - 2016
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • past-president
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Fatima Women's Center (Tucson, Arizona)
  • Board of Director
  • 2011 - 2015
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (Arizona Chapter)
  • President
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Supreme Court of Arizona Disciplinary Panel
  • Hearing Panel Member
  • 2011 - 2014
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (Arizona chapter)
  • President-Elect
  • 2010 - 2010
  • Arizona Department of Insurance
  • Life and Health Licensed
  • 2010 - 2017
  • Yuma Endowment Project
  • Board Member
  • 2009 - 2010
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (Arizona chapter)
  • Board Member
  • 2009 - 2010
  • United States Department of Veteran Affairs
  • 2008 - 2016
  • American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys
  • Associate attorney member
  • 2007 - 2010
  • Yuma County Bar Association, Yuma, AZ
  • President
  • 2007 - 2008
  • Knights of Columbus, St. John Neumann Roman Catholic Church, Yuma, AZ
  • Member
  • 2003 - 2010
  • St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church
  • Director of Schola Cantorum Chant Choir
  • 2001 - 2002
  • Orvieto Musica Festival, Orvieto, Italy
  • Violinist/Chamber ensembles and orchestra
  • 1997 - 1997
  • University of San Diego Symphony
  • Concertmaster
  • 1995 - 1997
  • University of San Diego Chamber Ensemble
  • First Chair Violinist
  • 1995 - 1997
  • Moores Chinese Martial Arts, Yuma, AZ
  • Master Teacher (Shigung)
  • 1985 - 2010
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Honor Roll
  • Thomas Jefferson School of Law
  • 2000
  • Deans List Honor Roll
  • University of San Diego
  • 1995


Speaking Engagements

  • State Bar of Arizona - St. Thomas More Society Breakfast
  • Catholic Estate Planning
  • 2023
  • Napa Institute
  • Catholic Legacy and Estate Planning
  • 2023
  • Continuing Legal Education
  • WHEN SILENCE COST YOU YOUR LIFE? Ethics & Law in a “Man for All Seasons”
  • 2019
  • State Bar of Arizona 2017 Annual Convention
  • Talking with Culturally, Religious, and Diverse Clients about Disability and End-of-Life Decisions
  • 2017
  • Phoenix Catholic Medical Association
  • Stealth Euthanasia in the Medicine
  • 2016
  • Convocation for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson
  • Estate Planning and Elder Law
  • 2016
  • Convocation for Clergy
  • Planning Faithfully: Catholic Estate Planning
  • 2016
  • Reachout Women's Center (Charity Dinner)
  • Legal Implications of Organ Trafficking
  • 2015
  • Program Speaker
  • Guardianship: The Role of the Investigator
  • 2014
  • St. Killian's Cafe open forum for students
  • Integrating your Catholic Faith into your Career
  • 2012
  • Convocation of Clergy and Bishops
  • Catholic Estate Planning
  • 2012
  • Tucson Catholic Physicians Guild, November 2011 meeting
  • Bioethics of End of Life Decisions
  • 2011
  • Protecting your Wealth
  • Estate Planning and Elder Law
  • 2011
  • Criminal Justice college course
  • Victim Rights under Arizona Law
  • 2011
  • Yuma Area Elder Abuse Task Force
  • Estate Planning Scams and dealing with Funeral Homes
  • 2010
  • Estate Planning Educational Seminar
  • Effect of the Arizona Trust Code on Estate Planning
  • 2010
  • Criminal Law presentation
  • 1983 Civil Rights Actions in Criminal Law
  • 2010
  • 6-Myths of Estate Planning
  • Probate and Estate Planning
  • 2010
  • Program Speaker
  • Guardianship: Emotion and Physical Effects on Families
  • N/A
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Attorney endorsements

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Endorse Robert
Estate planning Attorney | Nov 11
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Mar 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Smart and caring. Highly recommended!"
Probate Attorney | Apr 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I can't say enough good things about Robert. Not only is he incredibly knowledgeable, but he's also courteous and professional. I think the best endorsement I could give though is that I've told my wife that if anything happens to me, that she's to call Robert Way to handle my Estate."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Robert is a very caring and knowledgeable attorney. I fully recommend Robert to anyone who needs assistance with a probate or estate issue in Arizona."
Litigation Attorney | Nov 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Robert is a great lawyer. He is very practical, reasonable and compassionate."
Estate planning Attorney | Jun 07
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Robert is an honest, experienced and knowledgeable attorney. He is also a great person and family man. You can trust him to protect your interest."
Estate planning Attorney | Jul 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Robert is honest and hard-working. He provides value to his clients. I would recommend Robert anyone in Arizona seeking estate planning or probate advice."
Estate planning Attorney | Nov 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had the honor of working with Robert and find him being a man of intregity. He understands the complexities of trust based estate planning and is very effective at counseling his families to uncover their wishes and dreams to incorporate them into their estate plans. Robert is the best pick for an estate planning attorney in Yuma."
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Tucson Estate planning Lawyer Robert Michael Way
Robert Michael Way
Estate planning Attorney
Tucson, AZ
Licensed for 19 years
Virtual consultation available