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 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. Ms. Bivens was selected in 2019 by Southwest Super Lawyers in Elder Law, which is a distinction awarded to fewer than 5% of all attorneys and selected upon professional experience and peer review. She has also been awarded North Valley Magazine’s Top Valley Lawyers 2019, 2018, and 2017 in estate planning. She has been 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 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).
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 also 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 currently a board member of East Valley Adult Resources and Kappa Alpha Theta – Phoenix Alumnae Chapter and serves on the Professional Advisory Committee for Arizona Foundation for Women.
Outside of work, Ms. Bivens enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, now in college at Baylor and NAU, and two chocolate labradors. She enjoys travel, hiking, and kayaking. She attributes her affinity for seniors and passion for elder law and serving families to the close relationships that she developed with her grandparents while growing up in Phoenix.