Hillary P. Gagnon
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Areas Of Practice

  • Estate Planning
  • Trusts and Estates
  • Probate
  • Probate Litigation
  • Guardianships and Conservatorships
  • General Civil Litigation
  • Litigation
  • Business Law

Overview

Bar Admissions

Education

Published Works

Professional Associations and Memberships

Pro Bono Activities

Ms. Gagnon's practice emphasizes estate planning, probate, and probate litigation. Ms. Gagnon assists families and individuals with guardianships, conservatorships and post death administration of trusts and estates. Ms. Gagnon's estate planning work consists of assisting clients develop and prepare a personalized estate plan appropriate for their individual and family needs. An estate plan may include, among other things a will, revocable living trusts, special needs trust for a disabled child or family member, irrevocable trust, life insurance trust, estate tax planning, power of attorney, health care power of attorney, and living will.

Ms. Gagnon's trial and litigation experience includes probate matters, commercial disputes, collections, employment and labor law, liability and insurance defense and construction law.

Ms. Gagnon joined the firm in 2000 and became a partner in 2005.

Ms. Gagnon is a graduate of Wheaton College (B.S. 1994) and Suffolk University Law School (J.D. 1997).

REPRESENTATIVE ENGAGEMENTS

  • Represent personal representatives in the post death administration of a family member’s estate.
  • Represent trustees in the administration of a Trust.
  • Representation of guardians and conservators of the estates of incapacitated family members, particularly those with long-term care needs.
  • Representation of clients in probate litigation involving contested estates among family members.
  • Advise individuals on developing and revising long-term estate plans and trusts upon entering into a new marriage.
  • Regular representation of couples and individuals in the development or updating of their estate plans and preparation of trusts to protect themselves in the event of their disability and to provide for transfer of their assets at their death.
  • Working with families and individuals in the development and updating of their estate plans to ensure the long-term care of their children with special needs.
  • Court-Appointed Counsel for incapacitated adults in guardianship and conservatorship matters.
  • Assist clients with the formation of limited liability companies and limited liability partnerships.
  • Assist small business clients with succession planning and buy sell agreements.

Bar Admissions

  • Arizona
  • U.S. District Court District of Arizona

Education

  • Suffolk University Law School, Boston, Massachusetts
    • J.D. (With Honors) - 1997
  • Wheaton College
    • B.S. (With Honors) - 1994

Published Works

  • Long-term Planning for Families with a Special Needs Child, North Central News, September, 2012
  • Importance of a Revocable Living Trust as Part of Your Estate Plan
  • Guardianships and Conservatorships, Fall, 2011
  • Caring for Aging Parents
  • Changes to Federal Estate & Gift Tax Laws, January, 2011
  • Inexpensive Estate Planning Strategies, June, 2010
  • Understanding the Revocable Living Trust, May, 2010
  • 8 Life Stages of Estate Planning by G.M. Filisko quoting Hillary Gagnon
  • Estate Planning and the Special Needs Trust: Protect the Future of Your Special Needs Child, August, 2009

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State Bar of Arizona, Probate and Trust Section, Executive Council
  • Maricopa County Bar Association, Esate Planning, Probate and Trust Section;, 2011 to Present
  • - Executive Board Member, 2011 to Present
  • - Chair, 2013
  • - Treasurer, 2016
  • - Volunteer Attorney for Probate Lawyers Assistance Project
  • American Bar Association

Pro Bono Activities