Darren is often asked why he chose estate planning and administration to be the focus of his legal practice. For him, the real question is – why not? Most people spend a lot of time and energy to build their nest egg. Sadly, too many people pass away without their hard-earned assets passing to their loved ones as intended. Knowing from firsthand experience the frustration, confusion, expense, and family divide that improper planning can cause, Darren chose to focus his practice on estate planning and administration to help bring peace of mind to hardworking individuals and families.
Darren has practiced estate planning and administration exclusively over his legal career and served as the director of estate administration for many years at another valley firm before joining Bivens & Associates. Darren graduated Cum Laude from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies. He received his Juris Doctor degree from Phoenix School of Law, where he served as a law clerk for the Arizona Governor’s Office of General Counsel. Darren is a member Wealth Counsel, the Maricopa County Bar Association’s Estate Planning, Probate & Trust section, and is a member of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society Greater Phoenix Chapter. Darren extends his passion for serving others as a regular volunteer at Feed My Starving Children and St. Mary’s Food Bank.
On a Personal Side:
Darren grew up in Herriman, Utah, where he worked with his grandfather on the family farm. After serving a two-year mission for his church in British Columbia, Canada, Darren married his lovely wife, Melissa, in 2003. A few months into their marriage, Darren was diagnosed with Melanoma. Darren visited his doctor for a routine physical exam and asked the doctor to remove a mole from his cheek. There was nothing strange about it—no abnormal coloration, no irregular shape—just a normal mole that had slightly increased in size. He was told by his doctor that there was no medical reason to remove it, but Darren ultimately decided to get it removed. Less than 48 hours later, Darren and Melissa were back in the doctor’s office hearing that Darren was scheduled for emergency surgery to remove the Melanoma. Darren came out of the surgery cancer free and with a fresh perspective on the importance of making sure personal and financial affairs are in order. The large scar on his face serves as a daily reminder of how quickly life can change and to never take anything for granted.
Darren and Melissa are the proud parents of three beautiful children – Guyene, Nolan, and Cora. Darren is an avid outdoorsman with a love of hiking, golfing, camping, whitewater rafting, and fishing. Darren has also developed a passion for barbecue! In his spare time, you can find Darren spending long hours hovering over his smoker preparing the perfect brisket, ribs, chicken, turkey – you name it!”