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Probate Court Appointed Counsel and Guardians Ad Litem Training

Total Credits: 3.0 CLE

Average Rating:
Probate & Estate Planning
Denice Shepherd |  Hillary Gagnon |  Hon. Dean M Fink |  Michael J Doyle |  Joshua Mozell
2 Hours 50 Minutes
Original Program Date:
Nov 30, 2022


Pursuant to the mandate of Rule 10 of the Arizona Rules of Probate Procedure, all court-appointed counsel and guardians ad litem must complete this three-hour training.

Experienced practitioners will lead discussions on the issues court-appointed counsel (CAC) and guardians ad litem (GAL) are facing.

Topics will include: 
    • Rule and Statute Updates for CAC and GALs and a general view from the bench
    • CAC/GAL Appointments beyond initial appointment proceedings:
        ○ Representing ward/protected persons in litigation and personal injury settlement
        ○ Visitation disputes
        ○ Conservator's use of protected persons funds and assets
        ○ Investigation to protect the ward when fiduciary does not comply with court orders
        ○ Family disputes


  • Intersection of Title 14 and Title 36 and CAC/GAL's Role

Hillary Gagnon, Stacey L. Johnson, PLLC

Judge Dean Fink, Maricopa County Superior Court
Michael Doyle, Baumann Doyle Paytas & Bernstein
Joshua Mozell, Mozell Law Group, P.L.L.C.
Denice Shepherd, Law Office of Denice R Shepherd PC



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Maricopa County Superior Court

Judge Dean M. Fink started his judicial career in the Probate Department of the Maricopa County Superior Court, serving there from June 2004 – June 2007. Since June of 2020, he is back in the Probate and Mental Health Department, where he serves as the Associate Presiding Judge. In July, he will become the Presiding Judge. In between his stints in Probate/Mental Health, Judge Fink has served in the Family, Civil and Criminal departments of the Superior Court. He was also the Presiding Judge of the Arizona Tax Court from 2009 to 2014. Judge Fink currently serves on the Judicial Performance Review Commission of the Arizona Supreme Court. He previously served on: the State Bar of Arizona’s Civil Practice and Procedure Committee, the Arizona Supreme Court’s Fiduciary Board, the Board of Directors of the Arts & Business Council of Greater Phoenix, the University of Arizona Student Life National Leadership Board, and the State Bar of Arizona’s Communications Advisory Committee. Judge Fink received his undergraduate degree from the University of Arizona in 1990 and his law degree from the Columbia University School of Law in 1993. Prior to becoming a Judge, he worked at the law firms of Fennemore Craig, Kirkland and Ellis, and Lewis and Roca.



Overall:      4.1

Total Reviews: 14


Zachary T

"The information provided was interesting and helpful. But I would have liked a broader discussion of serving as court appointed counsel in general, including considerations for meeting with client before and representing client at initial hearing. This presentation seemed to jump into specific examples and updates without first providing more general training for court appointed counsel. "

William M

"The seminar was very informative but the materials for the first section were lacking. Mozell was informative and his materials were good but he was quiet."

Kandace W

"For my needs it was good info, but would like more of Josh Mozell's type of process to work through this system."

Kenneth M

"Good information"

Sandra G

"The course was supposed to be training for Court Appointed Attorneys and GALs and the court gave little to no direction on the processes involved. Instead it dealt with more complex issues in these areas."

Lauri O

"these are exactly what I need to understand what I am doing. I wish there was more on the Title 36 appointment though specifically."