Stephanie A. Bivens, Esq., C.E.L.A.

Certified as an Elder Law Attorney by the National Elder Law Foundation (NELF), accredited by the State Bar of Arizona.

Ms. Bivens is a Phoenix native who graduated cum laude from Arizona State University College of Law in 1996.  She has practiced law for almost 20 years, focusing her practice on Elder Law, Estate Planning, and Special Needs Planning.  Ms. Bivens is one of five Certified Elder Law Attorneys (C.E.L.A.) in the state of Arizona.  She is recognized as having special knowledge and experience in the field of Elder Law and is one of less than 500 attorneys nationwide certified by the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA).  Her professional memberships include Probate and Trust, Mental Health and Elder Law sections of the State Bar of Arizona, the Estate Planning and Probate Section of the Maricopa County Bar Association, and The Arizona Chapter of NAELA.  She serves on the Public Policy Committee of the Arizona Chapter of NAELA.

In addition, she is also a board member of Preferred Senior Referral Specialists in Arizona (PASRS).  Ms. Bivens is a past Chair of the Mental Health and Elder Law Executive Council of the State Bar of Arizona.  Ms. Bivens is a frequent speaker on elder law issues for the State Bar of Arizona, Maricopa County Bar Association, and Certified Learning Education (CLE).  Ms. Bivens speaks around the state for private meetings, community events and for other numerous organizations. Ms. Bivens is also currently an author/contributor for Lovin’ Life After 50 and has been a guest speaker for a local radio station.

Andrea Claus, Esq.

Andrea Claus was born in the cool climate and beautiful landscapes of Minnesota. The warm desert of Arizona is where she chose to receive her education, raise her family, and pursue her career as an estate planning attorney.

Andrea received her bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies from Arizona State University, graduating Summa Cum Laude. After her studies at ASU, she went on to pursue a law degree at the Phoenix School of Law, where she was honored to be the recipient of the Governor Raul Castro Scholarship for Academic Excellence, and graduated Cum Laude. During her years at law school, Andrea received commendation for her many hours of pro bono work. As a founding volunteer of the legal clinic for Save the Family, Andrea spent the majority of these hours assisting victims of domestic violence and the homeless.

While working towards her law degree, Andrea was published in the Phoenix Law Review and served as a staff editor for the publication. She received courtroom experience as a Rule 38 attorney for Juvenile Public Defenders Office at Durango and also served as a law clerk with the Attorney General’s Office in the Civil Rights Division.

Andrea has practiced law since 2012, and will continue to practice in areas of estate planning, probate and trust administration at Bivens & Associates, P.L.L.C. She has experience in estate planning for both taxable and non-taxable estates. Andrea believes in a comprehensive approach to estate planning and sincerely cares for her clients. She understands the value of proper planning and how important it is for a person’s hard-earned assets to be protected and distributed in accordance with their wishes.  Having her own family has helped Andrea to understand the need, not only for a living trust, but also for vital health care documents. She and her husband met back in 1998 and have been blessed with 3 beautiful girls, including a set of twins.

Along with her legal practice, Andrea is also a member of Shepard of the Valley Lutheran Church and is active in both the legal and philanthropic communities.  Andrea serves on the Board of Directors for UMOM, the Professional Advisor’s Council for SARRC, and the Financial Health Advisory Council for Honor Health.  She is a member of the Arizona Women’s Lawyer Association and belongs to the Maricopa County Bar Association’s Estate Planning, Probate & Trust section.

 

Letty Segovia, Esq.

Ms. Segovia’s current practice is focused in the areas of adult guardianships and conservatorships, estate planning, probates, and trust administration. Since 2007, she has served as a Court-Appointed Counsel in Maricopa County Superior Court. Ms. Segovia’s philosophy and approach to the practice of law emphasizes conflict resolution and is solution-based. She is an active member of the Arizona State Bar and member if the Probate and Trust and Mental Health and Elder Law sections of the State Bar of Arizona.

Ms. Segovia is an Arizona native. She attended Arizona State University on full president and regent’s scholarship. She graduated magna cum laude and with honors from Arizona State University in just three years, earning her Bachelor’s Degree majoring in Justice Studies and minor in Spanish. Ms. Segovia earned her law degree from Arizona State University’s College of Law. She started her legal career as an associate and later moved to another firm for almost seven years practicing Elder Law, Estate Planning, Estate and Trust Administration, and Bankrupcy before deciding to join Bivens and Associates Law Firm.

 

Megan Selvey, Esq.

Ms. Selvey is a Phoenix native. She graduated summa cum laude from Arizona State University. Ms. Selvey went on to study law, and received her Juris Doctorate from University of San Diego School of Law in San Diego, California. During Ms. Selvey’s time in California, she narrowed her legal practive to focus primarily on Estate Planning, Elder Law, Guardianships, Conservatorships and Special Needs Planning. She devoted over one hundred hours to providing pro bono legal services to the elderly and disabled in San Diego.

Ms. Selvey is currently a licensed attorney in both Arizona and California. She frequently utilizes her California license to assist her client that own properties in both states.

 

Rachel Zaslow, Esq.

Ms. Zaslow is a native of San Diego, California. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish Language and Literature at the University of Puget Sound. As part of her course work, she studied abroad at the Universidad de Granada, in Granada, Spain.

Ms. Zaslow graduated with her law degree from Phoenix School of Law, in Phoenix, Arizona. Knowing that she wanted to practice elder law, Ms. Zaslow completed various internships and worked in the probate and estate planning field during law school. Ms. Zaslow completed over 50 hours of pro-bono community service and graduated from law school a semester early.

Ms. Zaslow has a passion for elder law and is excited to be helping families at Bivens and Associates. Prior to joining Bivens and Associates, she worked as an associate attorney in a firm focusing on elder law, estate planning and probate law. Ms. Zaslow has had articles published in local magazines regarding various aspects of estate planning too.