In his estate planning practice, Josh
assists clients with the drafting of wills, durable powers of attorney,
healthcare powers of attorney and living wills, mental health powers of
attorney, and various types of trusts, including revocable trusts and special
needs trusts. Josh also represents heirs, beneficiaries, fiduciaries and third
parties in estate and trust litigation matters. Through the guardianship and
conservatorship process, Josh assists family members seeking to protect those
individuals who are no longer able to make appropriate decisions regarding their
health care or finances.
mental health practice, Josh
assist clients to understand and effectively access Arizona’s uniquely complex
mental health system, and counsels clients navigating through the civil
commitment process. Josh frequently helps families implement a
mental health guardianship so they can properly advocate for their mentally ill loved ones.
Additionally, a significant portion of Josh’s mental health practice focuses on
“psychiatric boarding,” a situation in which clients are involuntarily and
unlawfully held in an emergency room.
For four years after earning his
undergraduate degree from the University of Arizona, Josh worked in Maricopa
County’s public mental health system. Before and during law school, Josh worked
nights at Maricopa County’s crisis line, the Crisis Response Network.
Josh is a 2017 gubernatorial appointee to the AHCCCS Maricopa Human Rights Committee; serves as vice chair of the board of Mental Health America of Arizona; is a member of the Executive Council of the State Bar’s Elder Law, Mental Health and Special Needs Planning Section; and serves on the board of governors of Recovery Empowerment Network (REN).
In his spare time, he enjoys
traveling, hiking, and spending time with his wife and family.
State Bar of Arizona: Elder Law, Mental Health and Special Needs Planning Section (Executive Council Member)
U.S. Tax Court, 2014
Boarding: How Some Arizona Hospitals Misuse the Law to Involuntarily Detain
Patients," January 2017
“Mental Health Power of Attorney and Guardianship:
Efficacy and Barriers” (co-author), Arizona Attorney, June 2016
“Legal Considerations for Family Members: Guardianship,
Conservatorship, Powers of Attorney and Estate Planning,” Seeds Conference, 2016
“Title 36: Court-Ordered Evaluation and Treatment
Process,” Mercy Maricopa Executive Counsel
Maricopa Human Rights Committee, Arizona Health Care Cost
Containment System (AHCCCS)
Mental Health America of Arizona: Vice Chair, Board of
Recovery Empowerment Network: Board of Governors
Healthcare for the Homeless: Founder, Advance Directive Clinic
National Alliance on Mental Illness Arizona: Past Member,
Board of Governors
Mercy Maricopa Integrated Care Advocacy Committee: Former Member
J.D., Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University, 2013:
Legislative Correspondent, Office of U.S. Senator Tom Coburn
Research Assistant, Law Professor Raymond L. Yasser
Research Assistant, Law Professor Hannah Wiseman
Legal Extern, Honorable Jane P. Wiseman, Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals
Legal Intern, Arizona Justice Project
B.A., University of Arizona,