About Our Estate Planning Firm

Practice History
In 1991, after practicing law for about 20 years, Mr. Deason began practicing exclusively in the area of estate planning law. In 2011, Mr. Shawn Garner joined the firm, having previously established a very successful litigation practice. In 2013, Mr. Garner became a partner of the law firm and the Deason Law Firm became the Deason Garner & Hansen Law Firm. In 2014, Mr. Adam Hansen began his role in the firm as a licensed attorney.

During its long history, Deason Garner & Hansen Law Firm has established itself as the premier law firm in all matters regarding wills, trusts, probate, trust administration, Medicaid and estate planning in the Yuma community. Deason Garner & Hansen Law Firm has been recognized year after year as being voted Yuma’s Best Law Firm. Deason Garner & Hansen Law Firm continues to build lifelong relationships that span generations.

What Sets Us Apart
Our firm is committed to offering quality and trustworthy legal services for the legal matters that mean the most to you. Visit or call our office and you will start to see the Deason Garner & Hansen Law Firm difference. It is important that you are comfortable and confident when making a decision that can last for generations. We will equip you with the information, options and facts needed to make the best choice for your family and their future.

A well-drafted estate plan will make certain that the assets you have accumulated over your lifetime will pass to exactly the individuals you want and exactly how you want it to happen. Our goal is to provide planning that will avoid the lengthy, expensive and public matter of probate and ensure that the state will not be a part of the distributions. However, please be aware that the options for estate planning are endless and you should choose a firm that has your best interests.

Our estate planning firm offers a library of free information on our estate planning blog, our radio show archive and if you are in town, please feel free to attend one of our free estate planning seminars. We want you to be confident and comfortable with the decisions made in regards to the future of your family.

Estate Planning
An estate plan is a formal plan for your asset, guardianship and healthcare decisions. It isn’t enough to simply tell someone of your wishes. We craft a revocable or irrevocable living trust, last will, power of attorney and healthcare documents custom tailored to your needs. All of our estate plans include the necessary provisions to avoid probate and keep your family out of court. Each individual is different and each family has unique needs, that is why our estate planning services are custom and comprehensive to develop exactly the planning needed for you.

Legacy Planning
Legacy planning is a more comprehensive form of estate planning. When you craft your legacy, you leave behind a lasting impression that will transcend mere dollars and cents. With our assistance, our clients have preserved their financial wealth as well as their legacy. This includes personal life stories and treasured family heirlooms as well as homes and land. We use a vast assortment of non-traditional planning options to accomplish exactly the plan that is best for you and your family. This includes special protections and provisions in each revocable or irrevocable living trust, last will, power of attorney and healthcare documents. Your plan may also include incorporating limited liability companies, family limited partnerships and strategies for charitable contributions. All of our estate plans include the necessary provisions to avoid probate and keep your family out of court. Our goal is to minimize any liabilities, such as an inheritance or estate tax, as well as provide protection against the potentials of a remarriage after the first spouse’s death or even the future divorce of a beneficiary.

Family-Owned Businesses, Agriculture Land & Farms
Yuma is an agriculture community and Deason Garner & Hansen Law Firm has been providing the expertise of estate planning that fits the needs of family businesses and farms for over 40 years. Our firm knows that planning for the future is important and we know how to help you create a legacy that will last for generations.

Incapacity Planning
Incapacity and disability are more common now than ever. Your plan for aging should include an incapacity planning component that empowers representatives, of your own choosing, to act on your behalf in the event of your incapacity. At Deason Garner & Hansen Law Firm, we build planning that is designed to steer clear of the county courthouse and avoid legal proceedings such as probate and guardianship.

IRA & Retirement Planning
Living on a beach in Mexico? Travelling and visiting family? How do you want to spend your retirement years? We can help connect you with licensed financial professionals that help you set your sights on your retirement goals. Working closely together with you and them, we can help your estate plan compliment your retirement goals. Ask us how. Your planning can include your IRA and retirement plans. We also ensure there are tax reduction techniques as part of the planning.

Elder Law & Medicaid Services
Long-term care planning is an important consideration when creating your plan. 70% of Americans 65 years old or older will go through some period of incapacity needing additional care. This kind of long-term care is expensive. In fact, it is a quick way to go bankrupt. Ask us how we can help you plan for such an event happening in your life. We can help you qualify for the benefits available through the state and avoid wasting money and spending through your savings.

Asset Protection & Business Planning
A properly drafted Arizona Trust can provide creditor protection for future generations. Your beneficiaries’ life problems such as creditors, divorce, bankruptcy or lawsuits cannot touch what you leave to them. Ask us how you can build these asset protection provisions into your plan. We also assist with business succession planning and small business planning. Some of the tools and strategies used are family limited partnerships, limited liability companies and buy-sell agreements.

Estate Planning & Your Pets
For most, pets are part of the family. Arizona law allows you to make provisions for your pets, so that you can have peace of mind knowing that your pets will be taken care of in the event of your possible incapacity or when you pass away. Ask us how you can make provisions for your beloved pets in your plan.

Special Needs Planning
Friends and family closest to you may depend on Medicaid and Social Security income. An inheritance could jeopardize the benefits. Our firm can prepare a special needs trust to preserve the benefits and still receive benefit from planning. These tailored plans help preserve government benefits while having your loved one cared for in all areas of their life: financial, educational, medical and most importantly, their emotional and personal needs in the future.

Trust Administration & Probate
After you pass away, the business of your estate must be handled. If you take the right steps, your heirs will receive their inheritances in a timely and efficient manner.

Financial Planning
We live in a turbulent world. Sometimes stocks are up, sometimes they are down. We can help you plan for your future by recommending appropriate financial decisions that will help you meet your financial goals and allow you to rest easy knowing that your finances are being monitored by licensed professionals.

For more information on our estate planning services in Yuma, Arizona, and to make an appointment with Shawn D. Garner or Adam D. Hansen, call our office at (928) 783-4575.

Where Do I Start?

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Are you unsure where to start with your estate planning? Watch our seminar video to get an overview of estate planning and receive a $200 credit at Deason Garner & Hansen Law Firm. Then give us a call and make an appointment with our attorneys in Yuma, Arizona, Shawn D. Garner or Adam D. Hansen, to get started!

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