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Thomas J Bouman

Estate planning Attorney at Tucson, AZ

5.0   300 reviews

also known as Tom Bouman, Bouman Law Firm

  • Licensed for 23 years
    State AZ
    Acquired 2000
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Thomas

Learn Thomas’s areas of practice.

3
Practice areas
  1. Estate planning
    40%

    24 years, 6,500 cases

  2. Trusts
    40%

    24 years, 6,500 cases

  3. Wills and living wills
    20%

    24 years, 6,500 cases

I help clients tame the best known as estate and trust law in Arizona.  Book an appointment online 24/7. 

Avvo won't permit me to add my website or phone number here unless I pay big bucks to them, so please take the time to google search my law firm name (Bouman Law Firm).  You'll find me... and my hundreds of Google reviews.  -Tom 

Official Bio:
Thomas J. Bouman provides legal counsel in the areas of estate planning, estate administration, and asset protection. He brings a highly systematic approach to the practice of law, which is critically important when wading through the complex, and often bizarre, legal requirements associated with estate and trust law.  Mr. Bouman is author of the Arizona Estate Administration Answer Book and a prominent member of WealthCounsel, LLC, the nation's premiere organization of estate planning attorneys.

Personal:
My wife, Priscilla, and I have been married since 2001 and we have 5 daughters.  Our oldest daughter is a college student and our youngest is age 4.  We live in northeast Tucson and are members of Christ Community Church, Arizona Families for Home Education, and Forty Niner Country Club.  I was born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan and miss the beautiful summers at Lake Michigan.  My wife and I are passionate about taking family vacations and road trips.  In fact, we have already taken our older children to all 50 states.  My golf handicap is about 18, my bowling average is about 155, and I am always eager for a competitive game of table tennis or outdoor resort-style shuffleboard in our back yard.  And yes, my estate plan is up-to-date.

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Location

Bouman Law Firm
7650 E. Broadway Blvd.
Suite 108
Tucson, AZ, 85710-3772

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Reviews

5.0 / 5.0
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Posted by Philip | April 26, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Good, Helpful and Thorough
I met with Tom about an existing revocable trust that I needed to update. He listened to what I what wanted to change and and asked questions about the reasons I wanted to update it and why I was making changes. He made suggestions about how to improve the trust and to make sure I understood things that have changed legally since the trust was originally set up. He was easy to work with. The changes were made relatively quickly.
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Posted by Alan | April 4, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Trust Creation
Had the pleasure of working with Tom Bouman to create a trust/living wills and health care power of attorney. Wife and I were overwhelmed with the thought of creating a trust. Felt like the more I read about trusts the less I knew. Tom was great at explaining the process as we went along putting us at ease. True professional who I felt excelled at his profession. He has followed up with E-Mails keeping us on track with moving accounts and other items into the trust. Definitely 5 stars!
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Posted by Nancy | February 25, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
Estate Updates
Tom was attentive and listened carefully to my needs. He explained everything thoroughly and concisely and his recommendations were spot on. He provided paper documents as well as a pdf. His fee schedule is posted on his website and is clear and fair.
Posted by Vici | February 23, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
Friendly professional!
I hired Tom when my husband died suddenly without a will it brought my attention to the need for estate planning! Tom was very professional and very friendly I feel confident that the decisions that he helped me make are good ones that will support my family after my death.
Posted by Ryan | December 12, 2023
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Exceptional Service and Expertise
I recently had the pleasure of working with Tom Bouman for the drafting of a trust, and I couldn't be more satisfied with the experience. Tom showcased exceptional expertise and a thorough understanding of estate planning. His attention to detail was evident in every meeting and in the comprehensive documentation he provided. He guided me through the process with patience and clarity, ensuring that all our needs and concerns were addressed. Tom's professionalism and dedication to his craft are truly commendable. I highly recommend his services to anyone in need of a skilled estate attorney. Five stars for an outstanding job!
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Posted by LauraD | October 9, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent attorney!
I had the pleasure of having Tom Bouman prepare my living trust. He’s very personable, approachable, a family man and a professional through and through. I was impressed by his attention to detail. He tells you everything you should consider in estate planning in simple terms. He actually listens to your answers to his questions and formulates his approach to managing your estate based on your input. His fees are very competitive, and he produces an amazing amount of work, in perfect form and function, for the cost. My sister and brother-in-law recommended him and I’m grateful to them for that. Just go and talk to him if you need to make plans for your estate. I think you’ll be glad you did!
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Posted by Tim and Maggie Zamora | September 18, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Estate Planning
I had the pleasure of working with Mr. Bouman recently for estate planning, and I must say, the experience was exceptional. Going through something like estate planning for the first time can be overwhelming, but Mr. Bouman made it incredibly understandable and accessible. One of the standout qualities about Mr. Bouman is his personable nature. He truly takes the time to listen to your concerns and answer any questions you may have, making you feel comfortable and at ease throughout the process. Even though there may be a wait to get an appointment with him, I assure you, it is absolutely worth it. I highly recommend Mr. Bouman for anyone seeking estate planning services. His expertise and ability to simplify complexities are truly commendable. I have complete confidence in his abilities and will definitely be utilizing his services again in the future.
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Posted by Susan | June 21, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent estate attorney
Tom updated our estate documents and did as he always does - promptly made all necessary changes and updates ata a fair price. I am an attorney with a different specialty but appreciate Tom’s attention to detail and careful explanations of options.
Posted by Ursula | April 29, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thumbs Up
The subject of living trust can be somewhat intimidating and emotional. Mr. Tom Bouman made the entire process exceptionally reassuring from the time I entered his office until the execution of the documents two weeks later. I could not be more impressed with his knowledge, patience, and organization. He addressed, in clear and layman's terms, each of my concerns, presenting scenarios and/or suggestions to ensure that my estate planning truly meets my expectations.
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Posted by Ken | April 19, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Very good and quick
Although there was no secretary there, Tom did my will while I waited. It didn't take long and I was done very quickly. No need to come back for a 2nd visit.
Posted by Mark | March 1, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Competent, careful, personable
Tom provides careful and exceptional legal services. There are no hidden fees or surprises. He explains his work very well. He seeks to serve the needs of his clients.
Posted by Christian | February 23, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend Thomas J. Bouman for any Estate Planning
I recently had the pleasure of working with Thomas J. Bouman, of Tom Bouman Law, in February of 2023. From the start of our interactions, I was impressed with Mr. Bouman’s professionalism, knowledge, and dedication to his clients.   Throughout the process of estate planning for my family, Mr. Bouman provided clear guidance and advice that allowed us to make informed decisions. He was always available to answer any questions we had and to provide additional information as needed. Throughout the entire experience, I was impressed with Mr. Bouman’s level of commitment and dedication to his clients. He was always professional and courteous, and his attention to detail was exemplary. He was always willing to go the extra mile to make sure that all of our needs were met and that we had the necessary information to make the best decisions possible.  Overall, I highly recommend Thomas J. Bouman for any estate planning services you may require. His knowledge, professionalism, and commitment to his clients make him an excellent choice for any legal matters. He is a pleasure to work with and I am confident that you will be satisfied with his services.
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Posted by Lowell | November 20, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Very great experience
Mr. Bouman took the time to consult with us and explain how to set up a trust . He was very good at explaining it so we could understand what we needed to do. We appreciated how soon the paperwork was finished and we were able to complete funding the trust.
Posted by Georgiann | November 10, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Estate planning
My husband and I could not be more pleased than to have Tom Bouman prepare our will. He is meticulous, extremely knowledgeable, caring and did a great job explaining the law in a easy to understand manner. After signing our documents we left with peace and confidence knowing our wishes will be executed for our loved ones in a clear, well thought out plan.
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Posted by Frank | November 5, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Outstanding Service - Living Trust
Attorney Bouman provided very organized presentation and thorough explanation during our living trust consultation. This made it effortless for us to decide and hire his services in establishing our Living Trust. Our recent and still ongoing experience with the probate process (cost, effort and time consuming) makes it well worth it to established the trust. Hiring Attorney Bouman made it happen and gives my wife and I a great peace of mind.
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Posted by anonymous | October 30, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Thankful for Tom's help
My husband and I had put off updating our will for years. After meeting with Tom, we realized it would be better to have a more comprehensive estate plan. Tom explained the different options, with pros and cons for each, and guided us through the process. We appreciated the way he clearly explained legal terms in common language. Tom was very thorough and he completed everything in a timely manner. We're thankful for all his help, and we know we can contact him if we have any questions in the future. We would recommend Tom Bouman for any estate planning needs.
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Posted by Laurel | October 18, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
A strong 5 out of 5
I've worked with several estate and trust attorneys over the decades, both in regard to my own estate and that of relatives. Bouman Law Firm tops the list. Tom Bouman is extremely knowledgeable, organized and detail-oriented. He explains things clearly and simply, his response time is excellent, and he is easy and pleasant to work with. In short, he's everything one would hope to find in an estate and trust attorney. In addition, Tom provides an extensive and helpful list of Q&A articles ("brief and to the point") on his website. Tom Bouman rates a strong 5 out of 5.
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Posted by Robert | August 8, 2022
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Thomas Bouman Review
Mr. Bouman was very thorough and professional. He crafted an estate plan that completely fulfilled our wishes and explained everything to me clearly, completely and in timely manner I was entirely satisfied with the experience.Additionally, the fee was reasonable.
Posted by Eileen | August 5, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Recommend Bouman Law
Tom Bouman made understanding my estate planning options extremely clear and allowed me to choose the best option for my situation. I feel very secure in knowing I have my estate plan in place and that it will assist my loved ones to easily manage that plan upon my death. I highly recommend Bouman Law if you are considering a lawyer to assist you with your estate planning, Trusts, Wills and Living Trusts.
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Posted by Bill & Mary | July 29, 2022
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Living Trust
My wife and I finally did what we all should do and got assistance with a Living Trust. Unfortunately like many we put the dreaded task off longer than we should have. We were recommended Mr. Bouman by my sister in-law, he came highly praised. Mr. Bouman is fully aware that most people would rather be somewhere else its like showing up for "Finals". He gets right to the point and explains clearly every step of the way and injects appropriate humor to illustrate the step at hand. This helps to alleviate the pain and yes monotony of this necessary life portfolio. Thank you Tom for your Professionalism and knowledge of this process. I highly recommend the Bouman Law Firm to anyone still procrastinating. I gotta say I like this Lawyer I promise to leave Tom out of my future "Lawyer Jokes"
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 400-400 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.2 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Bouman Law Firm
  • 2005 - Present
  • Judge Pro Tempore
  • Superior Court Of Arizona
  • 2017 - 2019
  • Attorney
  • O'Connell & Bouman, PC
  • 2004 - 2005
  • Adjunct Professor
  • Park University
  • 2004 - 2005
  • Associate Attorney
  • O'Connell & Associates, PC
  • 2000 - 2004
  • Law clerk
  • O'Connell & Associates, PC
  • 1999 - 2000
  • Research Assistant
  • University Of Arizona College Of Law
  • 1999 - 2000
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Education

  • University of Arizona College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2000
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1995

Sample of Legal Cases

  • I am not a litigation attorney and thus have projects, not cases

Associations

  • WealthCounsel, LLC
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • WealthCounsel Arizona Forum, LLC
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • State Bar of Arizona, Probate and Trust Law Section
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • Pima County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Client's Choice Award (Estate Planning)
  • Avvo
  • 2023
  • Best of Tucson (Estate Planning)
  • Legal Directorate
  • 2023
  • Top 3 Estate Planning Lawyer in Tucson
  • Three Best Rated
  • 2023
  • Client's Choice (Estate Planning)
  • Avvo
  • 2022
  • Top 3 Estate Planning Lawyer in Tucson
  • Three Best Rated
  • 2021
  • Client's Choice Award (Estate Planning)
  • Avvo
  • 2021
  • Top 3 Estate Planning Lawyer in Tucson
  • Three Best Rated
  • 2020
  • Client's Choice Award (Estate Planning)
  • Avvo
  • 2020
  • Top 3 Estate Planning Lawyer in Tucson
  • Three Best Rated
  • 2019
  • Client's Choice Award (Estate Planning)
  • Avvo
  • 2019
  • Client's Choice Award (Estate Planning)
  • Avvo
  • 2018
  • Top 3 Estate Planning Lawyer in Tucson, Arizona
  • Three Best Rated
  • 2018
  • Client's Choice Award (Probate)
  • Avvo
  • 2017
  • Client's Choice Award (Estate Planning)
  • Avvo
  • 2017
  • Top Estate Planning Lawyer in Tucson, AZ
  • Three Best Rated
  • 2016
  • Client's Choice (Probate)
  • Avvo
  • 2016
  • Client's Choice (Estate Planning)
  • Avvo
  • 2016
  • Avvo Client's Choice Award - Estate Planning
  • Avvo
  • 2015
  • Avvo Client's Choice Award - Probate
  • Avvo
  • 2015
  • Avvo Client's Choice Award - Estate Planning
  • Avvo
  • 2014
  • Avvo Client's Choice Award - Probate
  • Avvo
  • 2014
  • Avvo Top Contributor Award
  • Avvo
  • 2013
  • Avvo Client's Choice Award - Probate
  • Avvo
  • 2013
  • Avvo Client's Choice Award - Estate Planning
  • Avvo
  • 2013
  • Dean's Scholarship
  • University of Arizona College of Law
  • N/A
  • Degree with High Honors
  • University of Michigan
  • N/A
  • Passed insurance sales exam (not currently licensed)
  • Department of Insurance
  • N/A
  • Passed real estate sales exam (not currently licensed)
  • Department of Real Estate
  • N/A
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Publications

  • Published book and e-book
  • Arizona Estate Administration Answer Book (2016 edition)
  • 2016
  • Book published by Lulu, Inc.
  • Arizona Estate Planning Strategies Deskbook: 2013 edition
  • 2013
  • Book published by Lulu Inc
  • Arizona Estate Planning Strategies Deskbook: 2011 Edition
  • 2011
  • Book published by Lulu, Inc.
  • Arizona Estate Planning Strategies Deskbook: 2010 edition
  • 2010
  • Book published by Thomas J. Bouman, PLLC
  • Why Estate Planning Matters (5th Ed.)
  • 2010
  • Book published by Thomas J. Bouman, PLLC
  • Why Estate Planning Matters (4th Ed.)
  • 2009
  • Book published by Thomas J. Bouman, PLLC
  • Planning for Life's Most Challenging Transitions
  • 2007
  • Article published by Inside Tucson Business
  • Corporate Fringe Benefit Offsets Higher Health Care Costs for Small Business
  • 2004
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Speaking Engagements

  • Financial Planning class
  • What Makes a Perfect Estate Plan
  • 2022
  • Estate Planning Seminar
  • Asset Protection Strategies for Arizona Residents
  • N/A
  • Estate Planning Seminar
  • Potential Benefits of a Living Trust
  • N/A
  • Estate Planning Seminar
  • IRA Protection Trusts
  • N/A
  • Estate Planning Seminar
  • Essential Components of an Estate Plan
  • N/A
  • Estate Planning Seminar
  • 5 Excellent Trust Ideas
  • N/A
  • Estate Planning Seminar
  • Planning for Life's Most Challenging Transitions
  • N/A
  • Estate Planning Seminar
  • Planned Giving Strategies
  • N/A
  • Estate Planning Seminar
  • Estate Planning Strategies
  • N/A
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Attorney endorsements

Received (13)
Given (8)
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Trusts Attorney | Aug 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Tom was very courteous and helpful to me in sharing his knowledge when I approached him about a complex trust issue. He took the time to give me a detailed answer to my questions, even though we had never met before. To me, this is powerful indicator that Tom is a genuinely kind and honest person. I would recommend him to anyone needing assistance with estate planning in Arizona."
Estate planning Attorney | Nov 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Tom is an excellent attorney and his contributions to the Arizona legal community are very much appreciated."
Estate planning Attorney | Nov 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known attorney Tom Bouman for many years and we belong to some of the same attorney organizations. Without a doubt Tom is one of the most knowledgeable attorneys in Arizona. His book “Arizona Estate Administration Answer Book” is the probate and estate settlement book which many attorneys rely upon. I have two offices and I keep a copy in each office. His knowledge is vast and he cares deeply for his clients. Tom not only knows the law but also thinks out of the box to solve problems for clients. He is a pleasure to work with, generous, and very caring. I would not hesitate to refer my family to Tom."
Estate planning Attorney | Mar 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Bouman's advice is spot on; as shown by the answers and explanation on the materials on his firm web, he takes the time to answer questions in a common sense manner and plainly addresses legal issues involved with estate planning."
Estate planning Attorney | Jun 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have interacted with Mr. Bouman on a few occasions and I believe his is competent, diligent and trustworthy."
Estate planning Attorney | Sep 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I often refer clients, friends and family members to Tom for estate planning purposes. Without fail, all have thanked me for the referral. Tom has the unique ability to explain difficult concepts in clear and precise terms that people can understand. Clients leave his office feeling like they understand and are in control of their estate plan."
Estate planning Attorney | May 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Tom Bouman. He possesses a wealth of knowledge about Arizona estate planning law. He's very systematic and analytical--key traits for providing high-quality estate planning at a reasonable price. If my parents were looking for an estate planning attorney, I would recommend Tom in a heartbeat and then rest assured that they would be well-taken care of."
Estate planning Attorney | Jul 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. I've always found Tom to be an honest person who always keeps his clients' best interests at heart."
Estate planning Attorney | Jul 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"It is a pleasure to know Tom and I endorse this lawyer's work."
Estate planning Attorney | Jul 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have known Tom for years and have referred clients to Tom that live in his area. I live in and practice as an estate attorney in Prescott AZ and have some clients that move to Tucson whom I have referred to Tom. He has handled their matters in a fine manner and I will continue to send my Tucson clients when local counsel is needed. He has the highest professional qualities and is a man of integrity. Chuck Walker, Walker & Walker Estate Attorneys, 201 N. Montezuma Street, Suite 303, Prescott, Arizona. March, 2011-I recently read Tom's book- Estate Administration Answer Book. It is now a must read for our office staff as it covers in short order the common things about dealing with estate administration."
Estate planning Attorney | Jul 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Bouman and I have had several mutual clients. As a fellow attorney and a Certified Public Accountant, I have many clients that have Estate Planning needs. I have extreme confidence that when I refer my clients to Tom that they are in very good hands. I have always had excellent feedback regarding his services and have seen his work firsthand. He is very methodical and thorough and takes the extra time to really understand the clients' situation and needs. I highly recommend Tom for your Estate Planning needs."
Estate planning Attorney | Jul 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've known Tom Bouman for several years through an organization of which we are both members. The organization is WealthCounsel, a national organization of dedicated estate planning lawyers. Recently Tom did an outstanding job as the representative of the Arizona WealthCounsel members' group in updating the ancillary documents used by Arizona estate planning lawyers."
Estate planning Attorney | Feb 05
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Tom is competent, ethical and caring attorney."
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