Ben is a Certified Specialist in Estate & Trust Law by the State Bar of Arizona and a Certified Elder Law Attorney by the National Elder Law Foundation. Ben has been elected as a Fellow in the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. He joined Bogutz & Gordon, P.C. in 1999, after having practiced with a Tucson estate planning firm since 1994. He serves on and is past Chair of the State Bar of Arizona Probate & Trust Section Executive Council. Ben earned a B.S. in Commerce from the University of Virginia McIntire School of Commerce, a J.D. from the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law and an LL.M. in Taxation from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.
He is a Member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and the Pima County Bar Association. He writes and lectures frequently and is active in numerous community organizations, including serving as Chair of the Board of Goodwill Industries of Southern Arizona, Inc. and as a member of the Board of the Southern Arizona Estate Planning Council. Ben and his wife, Dena, a CPA, have traveled extensively to all seven continents, and they now have two children, Josephine and Ethan, who keep them closer to home.
The Estate & Trust Law Practice:
At Bogutz & Gordon, estate planning is not a one-size-fits-all endeavor. Estate plans can be as individual as you are, and our job is to advise you on your options and make recommendations for you and your beneficiaries. Our goal is to provide you with the knowledge to make effective choices, and then implement those choices with accurate documents that meet the highest technical standards. Basic estate planning includes the preparation of Wills, Financial (General) Powers of Attorney and Medical (Health Care) Powers of Attorney, and Living Wills (Advance Directives), all of which are prepared in accordance with Arizona’s very specific laws and requirements.
Bogutz & Gordon is also able to advise on and prepare more advanced arrangements such as Limited Liability Companies, Family Limited Partnerships, Irrevocable Life Insurance Trusts (“ILIT’s”), Special Needs Trusts, Qualified Personal Residence Trusts (“QPRT’s”) and Grantor Retained Annuity Trusts (GRAT’s).
Estate planning also involves considering whether your assets are properly titled and whether your beneficiary designations for your IRAs, 401(k)’s, and annuities are appropriate for your situation.
Bogutz and Gordon:
Bogutz & Gordon has been proudly serving the Tucson, Arizona, area since 1984, providing sophisticated services to meet our clients’ estate planning and elder law needs. From the beginning, the goal was to help people in need. In 1984, Allan Bogutz, who had served as Pima County Public Fiduciary, incorporated his own law firm. A few months later, Allan asked Craig Gordon, then working as an attorney at Southern Arizona Legal Aid (SALA), to join him, and the two combined forces. Both were deeply committed to helping people, especially those who cannot help themselves. Allan not only had served as Public Fiduciary, he also had worked at SALA and served in the Peace Corps. Before joining SALA, Craig had used a federal grant from the Administration of Aging to develop a legal education and referral program for Senior Citizens in rural Iowa. With these backgrounds in public service, Allan and Craig brought a unique vision to the firm.
The succeeding 30 years have seen Bogutz & Gordon prosper as one of the pre-eminent elder law firms in the Southwest. Both Allan and Craig have, for the most part moved on, but their goals and ideals carry on among the current staff of attorneys, care managers, paralegals, and support staff.