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 her law degree, cum laude, from Arizona State University in 1996. For 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 less 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. In addition, Ms. Bivens regularly speaks at community education events, and serves as faculty for continuing legal education events 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 Lawyer’s 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 East Valley Adult Resources Foundation.
When not at work, Ms. Bivens enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, now in college, and three chocolate labradors. She enjoys travel, hiking, and kayaking. Ms. Bivens is also on the Board of Kappa Alpha Theta- Phoenix Alumnae chapter.
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.