DAVID T. EASTMAN

 

Aside from being an experienced attorney focusing exclusively on Estate Planning, David Eastman is a church-goer, a dog lover, an outdoorsman and a devoted family man. David is affiliated with Wealth Counsel; the top estate planning organization in the United States. He is proud to be affiliated with such a distinguished group of estate planning attorneys both nationally and locally here in Arizona. This keeps him abreast of the most recent law changes and some of the most groundbreaking planning techniques used in the field of estate planning to date. There are only a handful of attorneys in the entire state of Arizona that belong to this prestigious organization and David is proud to say that he is one of them.

For fifteen years David has served residents of Arizona in all their estate planning needs. His passion to safeguard the temporal heritage built by small business owners, non-profit organizations, industry professionals, and every day families has only intensified during that time.

David’s true skill is communicating complex principles in a way that is easy for clients to understand. Often told he should have been an educator, David enjoys speaking to various public and private audiences about the importance of establishing a personalized estate plan. He has addressed the concerns of veterans, seniors, students, entrepreneurs and church parishioners, and has appeared on local news stations to promote proper planning for Valley families. The entire Eastman Trusts team is dedicated to the principle of preparing for what's to come, with integrity.

DARREN L. RICHARDSON

 

Darren is often asked why he chose estate planning and administration to be the focus of his legal practice. For him, the real question is – why not? Most people spend a lot of time and energy to build their nest egg. Sadly, too many people pass away without their hard-earned assets passing to their loved ones as intended. Knowing from firsthand experience the frustration, confusion, expense, and family divide that improper planning can cause, Darren chose to focus his practice on estate planning and administration to help bring peace of mind to hardworking individuals and families.

 

Darren has practiced estate planning and administration exclusively over his legal career and served as the director of estate administration for many years at another valley firm before joining Eastman Estate Planning, PLLC. Darren graduated Cum Laude from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas, where he earned his bachelor’s degree. He received his Juris Doctor degree from Phoenix School of Law, where he served as a law clerk for the Arizona Governor’s Office of General Counsel. Darren is a member Wealth Counsel, the Maricopa County Bar Association’s Estate Planning, Probate & Trust section, and the J. Reuben Clark Law Society Greater Phoenix Chapter.

Darren grew up in Herriman, Utah, where he worked with his grandfather on the family farm. After serving a two-year mission for his church in British Columbia, Canada, Darren married his lovely wife, Melissa, in 2003. A few months into their marriage, Darren was diagnosed with Melanoma skin cancer. Less than 48 hours after his initial diagnosis, Darren underwent emergency surgery. The surgery was successful, but Darren was told if he had waited one more year he would have died. This experience gave Darren a fresh perspective on the importance of always being prepared. The large scar on his face serves as a daily reminder of how quickly life can change and to never take anything for granted.

Darren and Melissa are the proud parents of three wonderful children – Guyene, Nolan, and Cora. Darren is an avid outdoorsman with a love of hiking, golfing, camping, whitewater rafting, and fishing. Darren has also developed a passion for barbecue! In his spare time, you can find him spending long hours hovering over his smoker preparing the perfect brisket, ribs, chicken, turkey . . . honestly, if it’s meat, he’ll smoke it!

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