About Us

Arizona Estate Planning

Phelps LaClair is a local law firm that has been providing estate planning services to its Arizona clients for over 40 years. Phelps LaClair began in the early 1980s when attorney and Arizona native Stephen Phelps hung out his shingle and began preparing Living Trusts for clients when hardly anybody knew what a Living Trust was. Now that Stephen has retired, his son James Phelps, along with firm co-owner Jeffrey LaClair, have the privilege of carrying on the tradition.

We Focus Exclusively on Estate Planning


Estate planning is what we do – no litigation, no divorces, no bankruptcies – and keeping our focus on estate planning allows us to provide you with top-notch service at fees that are fair and reasonable. We have the knowledge and experience to help you develop estate planning strategies that are carefully designed to protect you and your loved ones, preserve your assets and save taxes.


We Know What Works


Most first generation estate planning law firms have very little experience implementing living trusts in real life. But at Phelps LaClair, we don’t just design living trusts on the “front end,” we also implement them on the “back end.” We have the unique experience of having handled hundreds of trusts and estates after people have passed away, which means we know what works and doesn’t when the time comes. This real life perspective helps us avoid pot holes that less experienced estate planners would never even consider. We plan for both the known and the unknown.


We Are a Relationship Firm, Not Just Document-Preparers


Much of what passes for “estate planning” today is little more than high-priced word processing. When you work with us the true value lies in our personal approach to explore and accomplish your goals, and then an ongoing, lifetime commitment to you to make sure your plan actually does what you want it to do. We recognize that estate planning is much more about people than it is documents. The planning we do for you now is going to make all the difference for your loved ones when the time comes, and it just might be the key that assures the legacy you leave is a blessing and not a curse.

Our Commitment to You


Every day, in every way, we strive to be the very best team of estate planning professionals dedicated to providing you with peace of mind. We work side-by-side with you to create a plan that meets your goals at fees that are predictable and fair. We are committed to building and maintaining a lifetime relationship with you based upon integrity, compassion and exceptional service. Through this and more, we will positively enrich your life and the lives of your family and loved ones.

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