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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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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