Law Offices of Chester B. McLaughlin, P.C.
The Law Offices of Chester B. McLaughlin, P.C. is principally located in Prescott, Arizona, with a satellite office in Phoenix, Arizona, and serves clients throughout Arizona with a focus on north central Arizona and Maricopa County. The Law Offices of Chester B. McLaughlin, P.C., founded in 1995, was one of the first comprehensive elder law firms in Phoenix, Arizona. The cornerstone of the practice has been our genuine care and compassion for clients, coupled with creative legal devices designed to carry out our clients’ objectives. The Firm’s tradition of excellence has been recognized by Mr. McLaughlin’s peers in Southwest Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers in America for many years and Mr. McLaughlin has also received a Martindale-Hubbell ‘A’ rating. The Firm is made up of highly qualified staff dedicated to providing efficient, professional and caring service to our clients.
The Firm routinely teams with other professional advisers, such as accountants, financial planners, private fiduciaries, and geriatric care managers, to ensure the most comprehensive service to our clients. We serve clients of all ages and abilities in our areas of practice, with a special emphasis on legal issues related to seniors and individuals with disabilities and chronic illnesses.
Meet The Team
Chester B. McLaughlin, JD, practices in the areas of elder, mental health and probate law. Chester B. McLaughlin is an “AV” rated lawyer with Martindale-Hubble. Based on peer review, he has been named in Best Lawyers in America and Southwest Super Lawyers in the field of elder law for eight years and named in “Top Lawyers in Phoenix” in the field of elder law in Phoenix Magazine for 2006.
Wendy Swainston-Lietz is a probate and estate planning paralegal for the Law Offices of Chester B. McLaughlin, PC. As some may remember, Wendy worked for the firm from 2000 to 2005, and recently came back to re-join the firm in August of 2018. Wendy has twenty-six years of experience in probate, trust, and conservatorship/guardianship administration and litigation.
Katie Hanna is the office manager and bookkeeper for The Law Offices of Chester B. McLaughlin, P.C and works in our Prescott office. She joined the firm as a secretary and receptionist in 2016. She oversees all office operations to ensure their effectiveness and efficiency. She is in charge of handling human resource matters, event and seminar planning, client and other office billings, client fee agreements, and all of the firm’s other business matters.
Senior Legal Assistant
Julie Martin is one of Arizona’s foremost legal assistants in Medicaid and special needs law. She joined the firm for the second time in 2008 and is the firm’s go-to person for all public benefits matters. She helps Mr. McLaughlin develop long term care planning strategies and handles the preparation and execution of public benefits applications, including ALTCS, AHCCCS, and VA …
Natalie Geraghty is the office secretary/receptionist. She joined the firm in June 2018, and handles scheduling, answering phones, opening files, greeting clients, and related tasks. Natalie grew up in the Northwest, and finally settled in Prescott in 2014. She is a student at Yavapai Community College, where she is working toward a degree in English Literature.
Ben and Jerry are Mr. McLaughlin’s two Havanese dogs. They live at the office and serve as the office’s official Elder Law dog attorneys. Ben and Jerry understand what it is to be elderly, as they are both now thirteen years old. Their areas of expertise include greeting people at the door and begging for treats, which are always kept outside the front door for our clients and friends to hand out.