Our Scottsdale Elder Law Attorneys
Stephanie A. Bivens, Esq., CELA
Certified Elder Law Attorney by the National Elder Law Foundation (NELF), accredited by the State Bar of Arizona
Ms. Bivens is a Phoenix native who received a cum laude law degree from Arizona State University in 1996. For more than 20 years, she has focused her practice on estate planning, probate and trust administration, elder law, and special needs planning. Ms. Bivens devotes her time, knowledge, and passion to working with individuals, families, licensed fiduciaries, banks, and trust companies.
Ms. Bivens holds the honored distinction as a Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA) by the National Elder Law Foundation accredited by the State Bar of Arizona. There are fewer than 500 CELAs nationwide. She was also awarded North Valley Magazine’s Top Valley Lawyers 2017 in estate planning and is a past Attorney of the Month selected by Attorney At Law Magazine – Greater Phoenix.
Ms. Bivens is a nationally recognized attorney in her field, frequent speaker, and writer. She is currently a contributing editor for Attorney at Law Magazine – Greater Phoenix. Additionally, Ms. Bivens regularly speaks at community education events and serves as a faculty member for continuing legal education events designed for attorneys and fiduciaries, including the State Bar of Arizona, Maricopa County Bar Association, Arizona Fiduciary Association, National Guardianship Association, and National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) conferences.
Ms. Bivens’ professional memberships include the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), Probate and Trust Section of the State Bar of Arizona, the Mental Health and Elder Law Section of the State Bar of Arizona, the Estate Planning and Probate Section of the Maricopa County Bar Association, the Arizona chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, and the Arizona Women Lawyers Association. Ms. Bivens is a past chair of the Mental Health and Elder Law Executive Council of the State Bar of Arizona, and former board member of Preferred Senior Referral Specialists in Arizona (PASRS). Ms. Bivens is a current board member of the East Valley Adult Resources Foundation.
When she’s out of the office, Ms. Bivens enjoys spending time with her husband, two children, and three chocolate labradors. She also enjoys traveling, hiking, and kayaking. Ms. Bivens is also on the board of the Phoenix Alumnae Chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta.
Andrea Claus, Esq.
Andrea Claus is originally from Minnesota but has called Arizona home for many years. Andrea received her bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University, graduating summa cum laude. She received her 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 went on to graduate cum laude. During her years at law school, Andrea received many commendations 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. Andrea also served as a Rule 38 attorney for the Juvenile Public Defender’s Office at Durango and served as a law clerk with the Attorney General’s Office in the Civil Rights Division.
Andrea focuses her practice in estate planning, probate and trust administration, charitable planning, business formation, and business succession planning. She has experience in planning for both taxable and non-taxable estates. Andrea takes a careful and comprehensive approach to estate planning and sincerely cares for each of her clients.
Andrea and her husband have three beautiful daughters and enjoy spending time outdoors together. Along with her legal practice, Andrea is also a member of Shepherd 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 Advisors Council for SARRC, and the Financial Health Advisory Council for HonorHealth. 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 the 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 a member of 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 with full-ride scholarships. She graduated magna cum laude and with honors from Arizona State University in just three years, earning her bachelor’s degree with a major in justice studies and a minor in Spanish. Ms. Segovia then went on to earn 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 bankruptcy law before deciding to join our elder law firm in Scottsdale.
Megan Selvey, Esq.
Megan Selvey is an attorney licensed in Arizona and California. Megan’s legal practice includes estate planning, special needs planning, long term care planning, ALTCS, and guardianships and conservatorships.
Megan graduated summa cum laude from Arizona State University. Thereafter, she attended the University of San Diego, School of Law in San Diego, California. Megan loved San Diego, but chose to return to her hometown of Phoenix, Arizona to practice law near her friends and family. Megan is a third-generation Phoenix native, and has strong ties to the Phoenix community.
Megan volunteers her time with several non-profit organizations. She is a member of the Professional Advisory Committee to Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center (“SARRC”). She serves on the Board of One Step Beyond, Inc., an organization that provide comprehensive programs for people with intellectual disabilities. Megan also serves on the finance committee for Down Syndrome Network of Arizona.
Megan is an avid supporter of the arts, and serves on the Ballet Arizona Legacy for Dance Planned Giving Committee.
When Megan is not practicing law or serving the community, she loves hiking and camping with her family and her two dogs. She’s an avid reader, especially when it comes to historical fiction and books about World War II. Her grandfather served in the Navy in the South Pacific, and he was an incredibly important part of her life. Honoring his legacy and his impact on her life are two of the main reasons why she began to practice elder law in Scottsdale.
L. Shawn Whiting, Esq
L. Shawn Whiting, Esq is an Arizona native who graduated with a cum laude degree in social work from Arizona State University. She graduated and received her law degree from the Phoenix School of Law while working full-time as a legal assistant. While in school, Shawn was a member of the Law Review and was also published.
Shawn started her own Social Security disability practice, an area she has practiced for almost two decades as a social worker, legal assistant, and attorney. She is a member of the Arizona Bar Association, Maricopa County Bar Association, Arizona Women Lawyers Association, and the National Organization of Social Security Claims Representatives.
When she’s not in the office, Shawn and her family love to backpack, travel, and work on restoration projects. Shawn recently joined Bivens & Associates and will be practicing in the area of elder law and assisting with Medicaid and VA planning.
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