James Phelps is managing partner at Phelps Law Office, PLC, an estate planning law firm in Mesa established over 35 years ago. Born and raised in the East Valley, James has strong ties to the state of Arizona where his family has resided for several generations. He developed a passion for the practice of law at a young age when he worked alongside his father, who is also an estate planning attorney, for many years before attending law school. James has been practicing law since 1999 and devotes his law practice exclusively to estate planning and trust administration and enjoys helping clients achieve peace of mind by preventing “fires” instead of having to put them out.
James has counseled thousands of clients who have benefited from trusts and estate plans that protect wealth, minimize estate taxes and avoid probate. His clients come from all walks of life and have both modest and wealthy estates. James has the unique experience of having handled hundreds of trusts and estates after people have passed away and knows what works and doesn’t when the time comes. James truly enjoys educating others on the importance of estate planning and presents dozens of estate planning seminars each year to organizations, clients and the public.
James graduated summa cum laude in accounting from Arizona State University in 1996, after which he attended law school at Brigham Young University and graduated cum laude in 1999. He is a longstanding member of the State Bar of Arizona Probate and Trust Section, WealthCounsel, the Maricopa County Bar Association and the J. Reuben Clark Law Society.
James resides in Gilbert, Arizona with his wife, Jolene, and their three children. He is passionate about living a healthy and balanced life and loves to coach and play competitive tennis. James shares his love of sports with kids as a volunteer P.E. coach for a Mesa elementary school, and on weekends he enjoys backpacking, camping, paddle boarding and other high adventure activities.