Kent Phelps

Founding Partner

890 W. Elliot Road, Suite 105 Gilbert, AZ 85233

Bio Information

Kent Phelps founded Phelps Estate Planning in Gilbert, Arizona in 2019.  It followed ten years as a litigation attorney, eight years as a partner and owner in estate planning firms and many years more recently as an entrepreneur.

The blend of experience and expertise in a number of areas make him uniquely suited to understanding the estate planning needs of:

  • High-net worth individuals
  • Business owners
  • Professionals
  • Retirees

Planning for the future

As a second-generation estate planning attorney with two decades of experience, Kent Phelps has seen how even the best intentions can have negative results.

Without considering estate planning, family members can be left in confusion, turmoil, or worse, after a loved one passes.

That is why his focus is on creating comprehensive estate plans that fulfill the wishes of professionals, business owners, and retirees – enabling a transition that protects the remaining beneficiaries.

His vision is simple and powerful: provide every client with an exceptional legal planning experience that is:

  • Comprehensive
  • Professional
  • Educational
  • Affordable, and
  • Entirely transparent

Kent can often be seen around the Phoenix metro area delivering free seminars every month, aimed at educating people about estate planning.

The benefit of trial attorney experience

With a decade spent in the courtroom as a trial attorney, Kent understands how to help clients and their families protect against predatory lawsuits and stay out of court.

The potential for problems is high:

  • Challenged wills
  • Family disharmony
  • Disagreement about the guardianship of children
  • Digital asset confusion
  • Long and painful lawsuits
  • High attorney fees

These are just a few of the potential problems that can devastate a family and your legacy.

Estate planning with a lawyer who is aware of the risks puts you in a stronger position to pass on to beneficiaries exactly what you intend to pass on.

A thought leader on estate planning

Kent is recognized in the media as an estate planning authority. He has been featured in ABC News, NBC News, FOX News and AZCentral.com.  He has also participated in the State Bar of Arizona and ABC15’s Ask a Lawyer Phone Bank live broadcast.

As a Continuing Legal Education instructor, Kent has provided training to other estate planning attorneys on advanced estate planning topics.

The importance of charity

Kent is pleased to be able to help others. Three percent of every estate planning package purchased is donated to Operation Underground Railroad.

This is a public charity, led by former special forces operatives, that rescues and rehabilitates child victims of sex trafficking.

State Bar of Arizona
  • B.A., Arizona State University
  • J.D., University of the Pacific
  • CLE instructor on advanced estate planning topics, Lorman Education Services
  • American Jurisprudence Award
  • Order of Barristers
  • Silver Beaver Award – Boy Scouts of America
  • Arizona State Bar Probate & Trust Section
  • Wealth Counsel

When Kent is not at the office or giving free estate planning seminars he enjoys spending time with his wife, seven children and five grandchildren.  He loves the outdoors and is an avid wilderness backpacker.

Kent has backpacked to the bottom (and back out!) of the Grand Canyon 14 times.

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Testimonials

When it was time to update our estate plan we turned to Kent Phelps.  We were only two days away from an extended trip overseas and needed it done fast but done right – especially with a child who has special needs.  Our documents were completed, signed, notarized and witnessed in a day! And we were confident it was done right because we had the help of an experienced attorney.  So grateful to Kent for going above and beyond so we could enjoy our trip with peace of mind!
Sarah & Andy Weir
We had known for many years that we needed an estate plan but just never got around to doing it.  Our son hired Kent Phelps to do his estate plan and encouraged us to contact Kent and get it done – so we did!   We immediately felt like Kent “got” our unique family situation and knew just what to do. We wish we had done this sooner but what a great feeling it is to know that what we’ve worked so hard for all these years will be protected and go to the right people when it’s our time.  We highly recommend Kent to anybody who needs an estate planning attorney.
Christine & Arvon Jones
Amazing In Every Way! Kent was amazing. He excelled in communication, and he was very understanding and listened to our unique situation. He explained everything in detail and was an amazing advocate for what we wanted to do. I would highly recommend him and his services. 
Eric Zimmerman
We were looking for an estate planning attorney and were referred to Kent Phelps by a friend.  We felt like he really listened to us as we talked about our family and business and what we wanted to accomplish.  Kent took the time to help us understand how living trusts and LLC’s work and how they can help protect our family and property.   The fixed fee approach was also very appealing to us. We were excited when we received our estate planning and LLC notebooks! Being able to have instructions in our trust that make sure our children receive what we leave them in a way that will truly help, rather than harm them has given us the peace of mind we were hoping for.  So grateful we found Kent!
James & Tiffany Larson
Mr. Phelps has provided exceptional work and advice. I have recommended many family and friends to Mr. Phelps because of his professionalism.
Melissa Debnar
Kent’s unique perspective and focused expertise set him apart from his peers. His willingness to completely understand his client’s goals, and only then offer appropriate suggestions is refreshing. With an ability to take complex asset protection strategy and explain it in common context, it is easy to recommend him.
Tim Norris
Mr. Phelps’s services have been used to handle some amendments to business documents following my divorce. The amendments were thorough and filed in a timely manner. While this was a simple transaction, I fully expect the same level of effort on complex transactions. I highly recommend Mr. Phelps for legal needs.
Lance Weber
Kent has ideas and solutions that were very valuable to us. I have recommended Kent and his firm to many of my associates.
Fred Buck
Kent is an exemplary advocate for his clients. It is an honor to have worked with him and witness his high ethical standards.
Kenneth Shapiro

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