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Estate Planning, Post-Death and Trust Administration, Guardianship and Conservatorship, Beneficiary Representation, Small Business

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Phoebe Moffatt

Phoebe Moffatt is a Certified Specialist in Estate and Trust Law (Arizona Board of Legal Specialization).

In addition to her robust estate planning practice, she serves clients in the areas of probate and trust administration, estate and trust litigation, guardianships, conservatorships and beneficiary/heir matters.

Ms. Moffatt is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) and is listed in Chambers and Partners’ High Net Worth Guide for Private Wealth Law in Arizona.

She is also a Best Lawyers in America® and Super Lawyers honoree; has earned the Martindale-Hubbell® AV-Preeminent® rating; and has been listed in the “Top 100 Lawyers in Arizona” by AZ Business magazine. She is Best Lawyers® 2022 “Lawyer of the Year” (Scottsdale) in Litigation – Trusts and Estates.

Practice Areas

Estate Planning

Probate and Trust Litigation

Guardianship and Conservatorship

Beneficiary/Heir Representation

Estate and Gift Tax Returns

Honors and Awards

Fellow, The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC)

Certified Specialist in Estate and Trust Law, Arizona Board of Legal Specialization

Chambers and Partners High Net Worth Guide for Private Wealth Law in Arizona, 2018-present

The Best Lawyers in America: Trusts and Estates, Elder Law, Litigation - Trusts and Estates,  2013-present

The Best Lawyers in America: “Lawyer of the Year” (Scottsdale), Litigation – Trusts and Estates, 2020, 2022

Super Lawyers: Estate Planning, 2010-present

AV-Preeminent Rating, Martindale-Hubbell

“AzBusiness Leaders” (Law: Estate Planning & Probate), AzBusiness Magazine, 2016, 2017, 2019, 2020

“Top 100 Lawyers in Arizona,” AzBusiness, 2013, 2014, 2017

“Top Lawyers,” North Valley Magazine, 2016

“Women Leaders in the Law,” American Legal Media, 2015

“Five Star Estate Planning Attorney,” Phoenix Magazine, 2014

Professional Memberships

Fellow, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (Member, Arizona Committee)

State Bar of Arizona: Probate & Trust Section; Past President, Young Lawyers Division; Member, Arizona Board of Legal Specialization

Arizona Women Lawyers Association

Valley Estate Planners

Arizona Society of Certified Public Accountants


“Signings of Estate Planning Documents During the COVID-19 Global Shutdown,” American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, March 2020

How the SECURE Act Affects Retirement and Planning Strategies,” Arizona Continuing Legal Education Seminar, February 2020

5 High-Priority Estate Planning Situations,” August 2017

"Estate Planning, Probate and More: Frequently Asked Questions


Community Property Issues in Arizona,” National Bank of Arizona Continuing Legal Education Seminar, September 2016

“Pitfalls of Joint Representation,” State Bar of Arizona, May 2014

“Advanced Planning Concepts in Light of the American Taxpayer Relief Act,” State Bar of Arizona, October 2013

“Advanced Directives,” Valley Estate Planners, April 2013

“Is a Trust a Person?” American College of Estate & Trust Counsel, August 2012

“Is a Trust a Person?” State Bar of Arizona, June 2012

“Planning Methods to Control Medical Treatment,” National Business Institute, June 2011

“Summary of the Tax Relief Act of 2010,” Clients and Advisors, January 2011

“Top 7 Estate Planning Techniques,” National Business Institute, October 2009

“Probate Practice: The Essential Basics,” McQuillan Education, November 2008

“Ethical Considerations of Arizona Attorneys in Estate and Trust Law,” State Bar of Arizona, February 2007

“Summary of the Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001,” Phoenix Tax Workshop, June 2002

“Spoliation in the Product Liability Context,” 1997

Court Admissions

Arizona, 1997


The University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, J.D., Phi Kappa Phi Honors, 1997; Dean’s List; Decedents' Estates

The University of Memphis Law Review, Staff Writer and Published Author, 1997

Arizona State University, B.S., Magna Cum Laude Honors, 1990; ASU Honors College Graduate, 1990

Other Professional Experience

Attorney: Law Office of Phoebe Moffatt, P.C., 2005-2011

Attorney: Snell & Wilmer, L.L.P., 1997-2005

Research Assistant, Contracts Law/Insurance Law, 1995-1997

Project Manager: Music Row, Nashville, Tennessee, 1993-1994

Campaign Manager: Florida State Representative, 1992

Victim’s Advocate: U.S. Attorney, 1989