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Marlene Appel

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Marlene Appel PLLC
3411 N 5TH AVE STE 300, Phoenix, Arizona, 85013-3812




Status: Active  

Board Certified Specialization: Estate & Trust Law  

Professional Liability Insurance: Yes  

Admitted to Practice Law: 1977

Admitted to State Bar of Arizona: December 6, 1977

Other Language(s): None


Marlene Appel practices probate, trust and G/C administration and litigation. She is a certified specialist in estate and trust law and a licensed fiduciary. She is the 2007 Recipient of the Eleanor Ter Horst Distinguished Service Award. She is rated AV-Pre-eminent by Martindale-Hubbell and has been recognized by SuperLawyers and Arizona’s Finest Lawyers. Since 1990, she has served as Judge Pro Tem for the Probate/Mental Health Division of the Maricopa County Superior Court. She attended Northwestern University and Arizona State University College of Law (JD 1977). She is a former co-chairman of the Executive Council of the State Bar's Probate and Trust Section and former member of the Continuing Legal Education Committee. She served on the initial Advisory Committee on Estate and Trust Specialization, the board of the Maricopa County Bar Association’s Estate Planning, Probate and Trust Section, the Arizona Supreme Court’s Probate Rules Committee, the Arizona Supreme Court’s training panel for court-appointed attorneys and guardians ad litem and the 2014-15 ADR Policy/Training Group for the Probate Court. She was a Senior Editor of the Probate Practice Manual, 5th edition, issued June 2014, and Chairman of the Estate & Trust Advisory Commission in 2015-16. She is currently on the Sole Practitioner Section’s Probate Litigation Committee and the 2017 Arizona Supreme Court Task Force for the Rules of Probate Procedure.. She is a faculty member of the Arizona College of Trial Advocacy. She is qualified as an expert witness, special master, guardian ad litem, arbitrator and mediator and is a frequent speaker on probate and trust administration, guardianships, conservatorships, litigation and professional ethics.She is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, the American College of Trust & Estate Counsel, the Arizona Fiduciary Association and the Arizona Association of Women Lawyers.

Areas of Law and Practice

Areas of Law Areas of Practice
Alternative Dispute Resolution Arbitration, Collaborative Law, International Arbitration, International Dispute Resolution, International Mediation, Mediation
Litigation Civil Litigation
Wills, Probate, Trusts and Estates Decedents Estates, Contested Wills, Conservatorship, Contested Trusts and Estates, Estate Administration, Ancillary Probate, Estate Litigation, Unclaimed Property, Trust Litigation, Trust Law, Successions, Trust and Estate collections, Trust Administration, Estate Settlements, Fiduciary Liability, Fiduciary Law, Inheritance, Incompetency Proceedings, Guardian Ad Litem, Guardianship, Fiduciary Litigation, Powers of Attorney, Probate Administration, Probate Litigation, International Probate, Missing Heir Searches


  • Arizona (Active)

Law School

  • Arizona State

  • Last Updated: October 21, 2021
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  • Phoenix, Arizona, Maricopa County
  • Accept Credit Cards: No
  • Free Consultations: No

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