Difficulty determining which lawyer is for you? Afraid of hiring the “jack-of-all-trades, but master of none” lawyer who dabbles in probate law? Wary of getting stuck with the “newbie” attorney with only a few years of probate experience who decides to go into business for himself? To avoid such pitfalls and determine the best probate attorney for you, it is essential to ask the right questions. Has the attorney written or participated in the drafting of any materials of note such as legislation, rules of legal procedure, or professional manuals? Does the attorney’s practice focus on the area of probate? If so, what aspects of probate and for how long? Has the attorney ever won a case in a court of appeals? How often does the attorney practice in front of the probate judicial officers? If you aren’t asking these questions, it’s likely you will not find a probate attorney that is a good fit to meet your needs.
If you are seeking an attorney, chances are that life is already stressful. We can help ease the stress. Let us tell you a little bit about our firm, who we are and what we do.
Our Attorneys are experienced in litigation, as well as advocacy, of matters involving breach of fiduciary duty, guardianship and conservatorship, trusts and decedent’s estates, elder abuse, exploitation of vulnerable adults, mental health law, court ordered treatment, and protection of the seriously mentally ill (SMI) and the developmentally challenged.
John H. Barron, III
John H. Barron, III is a member of Barron & Associates, P.C., Of Counsel to DeConcini McDonald Yetwin & Lacy, PC in the Phoenix office. John received his B.A. and J.D. degrees from the University of Arizona, and is admitted to the State Bar of Arizona (May, 1990) and the United States District Court for the District of Arizona, as well as the State Bar of Georgia. John has served as co-chair and secretary for the Mental Health, Elder Law and Special Needs Section of the State Bar of Arizona, and now sits on the section board, and on the Mental Health Legislation sub-committee. He is an associate editor of the both the 4th and 5th edition (released June 2014) of the Arizona Probate Code Practice Manual.
John Barron was a special deputy Pima County attorney handling mental health litigation for Pima, Pinal, Yuma, and La Paz counties. Mr. Barron subsequently served as a deputy Maricopa County attorney representing the Maricopa County Medical Center Psychiatric Annex with respect to civil commitments and, later, representing the Maricopa County Public Fiduciary in the administration and litigation of estate, guardianship, conservatorship and mental health matters.
Subsequent to his return to private practice in 1997, Mr. Barron has established himself as a litigator of matters relating to estates, trusts, guardianships, conservatorships, exploitation and/or abuse of vulnerable or incapacitated adults, and eligibility of continued services for persons entitled to mental health and developmental disability related assistance. With his friend and colleague Jay M. Polk, Mr. Barron formed Barron & Polk, PLLC in 2001, a firm committed to excellence in probate related matters. In 2006, the firm became of counsel to DeConcini McDonald Yetwin & Lacy, PC. In 2011, Mr. Polk was appointed to the bench of the Superior Court of Arizona, Maricopa County, and thus the firm became Barron & Associates, PC.
In addition to the specific practice of law, Mr. Barron has also been a presenter and keynote speaker at seminars related to probate and mental health law, in-service training programs related to probate, guardianship, and mental health law for medical personnel, and was the instructor for the Arizona Supreme Court Fiduciary Training Program, Decision Marking module. Mr. Barron on several occasions has served on State Bar legislative committees and actively participates in the drafting of many guardianship, conservatorship, surrogacy, and mental health statutes.
Lisa J. Bowey
Lisa J. Bowey is an attorney in the Phoenix office of DeConcini McDonald Yetwin & Lacy, PC. representing clients in matters concerning Mental Health, Trusts, Guardianships and Conservatorships. She received her A.A.S. in Legal Assisting from Phoenix College in 1985, her B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix in 1997, and her J.D. from Creighton University School of Law in 2001. Ms. Bowey is admitted to practice law in Arizona.
Before joining DeConcini McDonald Yetwin & Lacy, PC, Ms. Bowey spent over seven years as the Director of Assessor Litigation with the Maricopa County Assessor’s Office as manager of the Litigation Division and member of the Assessor’s Leadership Team. Prior to her work with Maricopa County, she spent seven years in private practice with Helm & Kyle, Ltd (presently, Helm, Livesay and Worthington), where she engaged in municipality defense – representing Arizona counties in property valuation and taxation litigation matters. In addition to Ms. Bowey’s leadership, management, and litigation background, she has represented private clients in matters relating to real estate, contracts, estate planning, probate and trust administration.
Megan J. Trog
While in law school, Ms. Trog clerked for Honorable Jay Polk at the Maricopa County Superior Court during the summer of 2013 and interned with the Maricopa County Office of the Public Defender. As a Rule 38(d) limited practice student with the Maricopa County Office of the Public Defender, she successfully tried and obtained acquittal for her client in her first jury trial. She made numerous other court appearances on behalf of clients as a Rule 38(d) limited practice student with both the Maricopa County Office of the Public Defender and Deconcini McDonald Yetwin & Lacy, P.C., Barron & Associates, of Counsel.
Ms. Trog was admitted to the State Bar of Arizona October 28, 2015. She has continued her legal career with Barron & Associates, of Counsel to Deconcini McDonald Yetwin & Lacy, P.C., litigating probate and mental health matters.