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Phoenix Elder Law Attorneys

Frazer Ryan's Phoenix elder law attorneys help the elderly and their families plan for their care and the management of their estates, and address elder abuse, financial exploitation, and neglect.

Phoenix elder law attorneys at Frazer Ryan Goldberg & Arnold

Ranking Arizona

Elder Law Attorneys and Staff

Standing: Berny Rothlisberg (Paralegal) | Chick Arnold, Marsha Goodman, CELA and Josh Mozell (Attorneys), Tracy Swanson, RN (Elder Care Coordinator) | Kelly Valentin (Paralegal)

Seated: Jim McDougall and Jennifer Murphey (Attorneys)

Frazer Ryan is Ranking Arizona's top-ranked Elder Law firm for 2018



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The services that are generally included in elder law include preparing powers of attorney and other advance directives, and those would include healthcare powers of attorney and living wills, reviewing those and updating them to make sure that they meet the needs of the individual.

We also help people if they have purchased long-term care insurance. We help them obtain those benefits, we advocate on their behalf with Medicare and private health insurance carriers, and we can help people become eligible for Medicaid and also VA benefits that can help cover the cost of their care.

Our Elder Law practice earned a Tier 1 (Phoenix) "Best Law Firms" ranking by U.S. News & World Report / Best Lawyers in America for 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. Contact us with your questions or concerns so that we can discuss with you the type of planning that is most appropriate for you and your family.

Estate Planning

Our senior population needs the added protection of having appropriate estate planning, including wills, trusts, financial powers of attorney, health care financial powers of attorney including mental health authority, and living wills.

Elder Abuse

Elderly Americans are highly susceptible to abuse. Our seniors are often subject to both physical abuse and neglect, often by caretakers and family members. Maricopa County alone reports close to 70,000 reported and unreported cases each year. In 2010, the National Center on Elder Abuse, Bureau of Justice Statistics, reported nearly six million elderly abuse cases nationally. Detecting elder abuse is often difficult, and many cases of abuse and neglect go unreported.

Financial Exploitation

Additionally, our seniors are frequently being targeted by scams involving home repair, living trust scams and bogus charities, to name just a few. Financial exploitation is an unfortunate reality for many of our seniors. Proper legal planning can help to minimize the risk of being the subject of financial exploitation.

Reporting suspected abuse or neglect

If you suspect that a senior may be a victim of abuse or neglect, either call 911 or contact the Adult Protective Services at 1-877-SOS-ADULT (1-877-767-2385). Your report is confidential, and your identity can remain anonymous.

Disability Planning

In cases of physical or mental disability, our experienced team will assist with planning for incapacity and, when necessary, guide you through the process of guardianships and conservatorships. We are also experienced with special trusts that can help you take advantage of government benefits.

Pre-Disability Planning

Experience has taught us that pre-disability planning is usually the best way for a family to begin addressing those anticipated needs, and we can help in that important area as well. We offer clients an opportunity to effect complete life care plans or a more specific plan designed to fit the unique needs of the disabled beneficiary. Through the use of carefully drawn trust documents, powers of attorney, and other life planning documents, one's wishes, thoughts, and concerns can be manifested in such a way as to assure successful management of the needs of the presently or potentially disabled beneficiary.

Assistance to professional service providers

In addition to working with individuals and families, our experienced disability lawyers also provide counsel and advocacy to private fiduciaries and institutional providers of human services to help them meet their legal and ethical responsibilities toward clients with disabilities.



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Frazer Ryan's elder law practice is led by Marsha Goodman, CELA, whose practice focuses on life care planning, creating continuity of care and an approach for navigating complex legal, insurance, long-term care, Medicare, VA and Social Security issues. | See Marsha's helpful article, "Leaving the Skilled Nursing Facility."

Chick Arnold is a Certified Specialist in Estate and Trust Law (Arizona Board of Legal Specialization) and chairs the Maricopa County Superior Courts' Task Force on Mental Health Services and is a past chair of the State Bar of Arizona's Elder Law and Mental Health Section.

Jim McDougall, a former Maricopa County Superior Court judge, helps families deal with issues of incapacity for an incapacitated or disabled relative. He often helps clients obtain a guardianship or conservatorship, and he has represented individuals over whom the guardianship or conservatorship is sought.

For four years between college and law school, Josh Mozell worked in Maricopa County’s public mental health system. During law school, Josh spent two years as a crisis specialist in Maricopa County's Crisis Response Network.

Jennifer Murphey is a skilled and passionate advocate for the elderly, disabled, mentally ill, and the families who care for those individuals. Jennifer focuses her practice in the areas of elder law; special needs, benefits and long-term care planning; guardianships and conservatorships; and estate planning.


Elder Care Coordinator


Tracy Swanson, RN, assists our law firm’s clients as Elder Care Coordinator. Tracy offers a valuable background as a Registered Nurse in Women’s Health, Geriatrics (including convalescent care), Assisted Living, Skilled Nursing and Hospice as well as Medical Surgical Nursing and Medical Case Management in Virginia, California and Arizona.

Before joining Frazer Ryan in 2015, Tracy served for nearly 10 years as RN care coordinator with a well-known national provider of in-home non-medical senior home care.

Tracy is a graduate of Marymount College of Virginia and currently holds an active license with the Arizona State Board of Nursing.

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Videos: What Is an Elder Care Coordinator? How Does the Elder Care Coordinator Work with the Attorney and Clients?