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  • Phone: 602-277-7000

    Fax: 602-277-8663

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John Even is a director of the law firm of Schmitt, Schneck, Smyth, Casey & Even, P.C. and has practiced law in Arizona since 1992. He focuses his practice in the areas of business law, sales and acquisitions, contracts, entity formation, estate planning, wills and trusts, probate, trust administration, guardianships, and conservatorships.

Over the course of his career, John has served as outside counsel for various Arizona businesses, assisting Arizona business owners with the purchase or sale of their businesses, negotiating and drafting countless business contracts, forming various business entities to meet each clients’ particular needs, and helping Arizona business owners with a wide range of other legal issues.

He has also helped hundreds of families in drafting their wills, trusts, powers of attorney, and other estate planning documents. In particular, John has the experience you need to handle any business succession planning. From basic wills and trusts to more complicated estate planning and business planning, John has the skill and expertise to handle it.

In addition, John has assisted families with various probate and trust administration matters after the death of a loved one. He not only has the experience to help families avoid a probate ahead of time, but he also can help them work through the many nuances of a probate case, including probate litigation, if they are forced to file a probate case.

Finally, John has assisted many Arizona families in navigating through the court process when a loved one becomes incapacitated and is in need of a guardian or conservator. With a larger and larger number of our State’s population facing Altzhemer’s/dimentia issues today, you count count on him to be your advocate in any court proceedings.

John is an experienced attorney who always seeks to provide a top quality, cost-effective, results-driven approach to legal problems his clients. He seeks to provide the best possible value for his clients in reaching a resolution to their legal issues as quickly as possible. John welcomes the opportunity to serve you in solving your legal needs.

John practices in the areas of estate planning, probate, and business transaction law. He is an experienced attorney who always seeks to provide a top quality, cost-effective, results-driven approach for each one of his clients.

In addition, John seeks to provide the best possible value for his clients in reaching a resolution to their legal issues as quickly as possible.

John welcomes the opportunity to serve you in solving your legal needs.

PRACTICE AREAS

Estate Planning | Probate | Trust Administration | Guardianships and Conservatorships | Business Planning | Business | Succession Planning

Over the course of his career, John has helped a variety of clients draft their wills, trusts, and other estate planning documents. He is able to handle all estate planning matters from smaller estates up to multi-million dollar estates with significant tax issues. He has also assisted families with various probate and trust administration matters, whether contested or uncontested, that they encounter after the death of a loved one. Finally, John has assisted families in navigating through the court process when a loved one becomes incapacitated and is in need of a guardian or conservator.

Moreover, John has also served as outside counsel for various Arizona businesses, assisting business owners with the purchase or sale of their businesses, negotiating and drafting countless business contracts, forming various business entities to meet his clients’ particular needs, and helping Arizona business owners with a wide range of other legal issues. Finally, because John handles estate planning issues for business owners as well, he can assist business owners with their business succession planning to help them develop an exit strategy for their businesses.

John is a frequent speaker on various topics in the areas of his expertise for National Business Institute, the State Bar of Arizona, and other organizations. He also writes a monthly blog on these topics.

EDUCATION

  • Stanford University, B.S. Industrial Engineering, 1985
  • Arizona State University College of Law, J.D., 1991

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  • State Bar of Arizona, Trust and Estates Section and the Business Law Section
  • State Bar of Colorado
  • Valley Estate Planners
  • Founding Chairman of Catholic Community Foundation’s Professional Advisory Board

PERSONAL INTERESTS/COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

  • Catholic Community Foundation, Board Chair and Member of Executive Committee
  • Order of Malta, Member, Vice President for Phoenix Location

John is married to Rebecca and has three wonderful children. In his free time, John enjoys spending time with his family, hiking, traveling, and spending time at the beach each summer.

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

John is a member of the Order of Malta, Legatus, and the Knights of Columbus.

John is married to Rebecca and has three wonderful children.  In his free time, John enjoys spending time with his family, coaching, volunteering for his son’s Boy Scout troop, playing basketball, hiking, and going to his family’s favorite beach each summer.

 

 

 

PRACTICE AREAS
  • General Business
  • Sales and Acquisitions
  • Contracts
  • Entity Formation (LLC’s, corporations, etc.)
  • Estate Planning
  • Wills and Trusts
  • Probate
  • Trust Administration
  • Guardianships
  • Conservatorships
EDUCATION
  • John graduated from Stanford University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering in 1985. He continued his education at Arizona State University and earned his Juris Doctor degree in 1991.
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS
  • State Bar of Arizona (member of the Trusts and Estates Section and the Business Law Section)
  • State Bar of Colorado
  • Valley Estate Planners
  • Catholic Community Foundation (Current Board Member)
  • Founding Chairman of Catholic Community Foundation’s Professional Advisory Board