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Ann Schrooten, Casa Grande Estate Planning and Probate Attorney

 

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Fitzgibbons Law Offices
1115 E. Cottonwood Lane
Suite 150
Casa Grande, AZ 85122

Ann F. Schrooten

Casa Grande Estate Planning and Probate Attorney

For more than 20 years, Ann Schrooten has served clients throughout Arizona in the areas of estate planning, probate and real estate law.

In addition to her legal work, Ann is committed to promoting and protecting the rights of individuals with disabilities. She was appointed to the Human Rights Committee for the Arizona Division of Developmental Disabilities, which reviews incidents of abuse of people with developmental disabilities and recommends changes in support programs.

Ann earned her undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, at Arizona State University and received her law degree from the University of Arizona. An Arizona native who attended St. Mary's High School in Phoenix, Ann lives in Chandler with her husband and children.

Practice Areas

Estate Planning

Wills, Revocable Trusts, Irrevocable Trusts, Life Insurance Trusts, Special Needs Trusts, Living Wills, Medical and Durable Powers of Attorney, Advance Directives and Medical Directives

Probate

Estate Administration, Trust Administration

Guardianship and Conservatorship

Minor Children, Incapacitated and Vulnerable Adults

Real Estate Law

Real Estate Transactions, Commercial Landlord-Tenant Law and Disputes, Trustee's Sales and Foreclosures, Tax Lien Foreclosures, Homeowner Association (HOA) Law, CC&Rs, Development Restrictions, Real Estate Litigation, Lease Disputes

Municipal Law

Recent Practice Highlights

• Real Estate  “I successfully helped an out-of-state client who sold a parcel of land in Pinal County and carried the financing on the property. The purchaser defaulted on the loan, and we foreclosed the deed of trust and got the property back in our client’s name. The client did not have to travel to Arizona to deal with the matter and was extremely happy with the process and the result.”

• Estate Planning  “An elderly widow came into my office. Her late husband had handled all the family’s financial and property matters. I helped her understand and handle things on her own. We changed the titles on properties into her name and helped her establish her own estate plan, so that the properties would pass to her children and others upon her death, as she wanted. She told me I helped her find her way through the fog following the death of her husband.”

• Business Law and Trust Administration  “I helped a client establish a multi-million-dollar business and achieve two complex re-financings. He passed away after a long illness, and his children did not have the skills or desire to continue running the business. I helped them sell the company and resolve their father's trust and estate issues. I think he would have been pleased as to how the matter was handled.”

• Real Estate  “In 2013 I represented a couple in the sale of their farm and adjacent land for more than $6 million.”

• Adult Guardianship  “I represented parents who were concerned that their disabled child, who was approaching the age of majority, would be unable to make decisions for himself. We were able to set up a guardianship for their child, having the parents appointed as guardians. The guardianship brought peace of mind to the parents.”

• Real Estate and Estate Planning  “I have helped numerous Canadian citizens who winter in Arizona ensure that their Arizona real property passes to their beneficiaries upon their death without the need for probate through the appropriate deeding mechanism.”

Honors and Awards

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Articles

A Will Versus a Trust: Key Differences,” September 2017

Dying Without a Will or Trust, and the Laws of Intestate Succession,” December 2016

Beneficiary Deeds,” November 2015

Life Care Planning and Advance Directives,” Living Magazine, May 2015

Professional Memberships

State Bar of Arizona

Bar Admissions

Arizona, 1990

Education

J.D., University of Arizona, 1989

B.S., magna cum laude, Arizona State University, 1984

Community Involvement

Arizona Department of Economic Security, Division of Developmental Disabilities: Human Rights Committee, Division 1