Mental Health Attorneys
Frazer Ryans mental health and elder law attorneys provide thoughtful and sensitive counsel to persons and families dealing with mental health issues and disorders.
Dealing with ones own mental incapacity, or that of a loved
one, is often overwhelming, both emotionally and legally. Frazer Ryans mental health and elder law attorneys provide
thoughtful and sensitive counsel to persons dealing with mental health issues
and disorders and developmental disabilities. We can help you cut
through the red tape, prepare required legal documents, and attend to the
Articles by Josh Mozell:
Psychiatric Boarding: How Some Arizona Hospitals Misuse the Law to Involuntarily Detain Patients
Mental Health Power of Attorney and Guardianship: Efficacy and Barriers
Our experience in mental health law is an important component of our nationally recognized elder law practice,
which 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.
For more than 30 years, the leader of our mental health
practice group, Chick Arnold, has been a forceful advocate
for the rights of the elderly and mentally ill. His 1981 class action lawsuit on
behalf of Maricopa Countys seriously mentally ill population alleged that the
State of Arizona failed to fund a comprehensive mental health system as required
by state law.
In 1989, the Arizona Supreme Court affirmed, in Arnold v. Sarn,
that the State had indeed violated its statutory duty. Ongoing compliance with
the lawsuit has resulted in additional annual State funding in the hundreds of
millions of dollars for the benefit of seriously mentally ill Arizonans. (Read
final resolution of this issue.)
Experience has taught us that pre-disability
planning and counsel 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, ones 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.
Frazer Ryans mental health and elder law practice is led by
Chick Arnold, a Certified Specialist
in Estate and Trust Law (Arizona Board of Legal Specialization). Chick
chairs the Maricopa County Superior Courts' Task Force on Mental Health
Services and is a past chair of the State Bar of Arizonas 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 Countys Crisis