Fitzgibbons Law Offices - Casa Grande and Maricopa Lawyers



Casa Grande Estate Planning, Probate and Trust Administration Attorneys

Casa Grande estate planning and probate lawyers Denis Fitzgibbons and Ann Schrooten help families in estate planning, probate, trust administration, and trust and estate litigation. We carefully craft comprehensive estate plans that accomplish the goals of our clients, minimize their tax liability, and ensure that their wishes concerning the ultimate ownership of their assets will be honored.

Denis Fitzgibbons   Ann Schrooten  





Estate Planning

Every family, every estate situation, and the goals of every person are unique. No generic, "cookie cutter" approach to estate planning can truly respect your unique qualities and circumstances, and we approach every estate planning engagement with a determination to prepare a plan that is a true reflection of the person or family we are assisting.

You will appreciate our experience, skill and, perhaps most of all, our ability to help you recognize your options and articulate your true wishes with respect to how your estate will be handled and your assets distributed after you are finished with them. You can look to Denis Fitzgibbons and Ann Schrooten to recommend the right mix of estate planning tools for your situation, including:

  • Will

  • Revocable living trust

  • Irrevocable trust

  • Irrevocable life insurance trust (ILIT)

  • Special needs trusts

  • Medical and durable powers of attorney

  • Advance directives and medical directives

  • Living will


Probate and Trust Administration

Our trust and estate attorneys have extensive experience in the area of probate and trust administration, and have handled estates of all sizes and complexities, ranging from simple estates to large estates comprised of extensive holdings in real estate, business interests, and assets located in more than one state.

For estates that are subject to probate, we work closely with the decedent's personal representative (known in some other states as executor), helping them navigate the unfamiliar legal and procedural issues that probate often involves.

For estates that include a trust, and therefore avoid probate in part or entirely, we are a valuable resource for successor trustees tasked with managing trust assets.

We advise and assist both types of estate fiduciaries – personal representatives and successor trustees – in a wide range of issues, including, as applicable:

  • Fiduciary duties, powers, and standards of care

  • Notification of heirs, beneficiaries and creditors

  • Accounting and record-keeping requirements

  • Creditor claims

  • Personal representative and trustee compensation and attorney's fees

Estate and Trust Litigation

When estate controversies arise such as disputes between heirs or beneficiaries, claims of breach of fiduciary duties, challenges of wills or trusts, etc. our estate litigation attorneys can provide experienced representation of trustees, personal representatives, heirs, beneficiaries, disinherited persons or other individuals or entities that have an interest in the estate.