Locations in Arizona, Oklahoma, Texas, and Utah

Our Estate Attorneys

Our estate attorneys are experienced, friendly, and only focus on estate.

Kent Phelps

Kent Phelps

Trajan Estate CEO, CoFounder, and Attorney

As a second-generation estate planning attorney with two decades of experience, Kent Phelps has seen how even the best intentions can have negative results. Without considering estate planning, family members can be left in confusion, turmoil, or worse, after a loved one passes.

That is why his focus is on creating comprehensive estate plans that fulfill the wishes of professionals, business owners, and retirees – enabling a transition that protects the remaining beneficiaries.

His vision is simple and powerful: provide every client with an exceptional legal planning experience. With a decade spent in the courtroom as a trial attorney, Kent understands how to help clients and their families protect against predatory lawsuits and stay out of court.

Kent is recognized in the media as an estate planning authority. He has been featured in ABC News, NBC News, FOX News and AZCentral.com.

  • Living Trusts and Wills
  • LLC Formation
  • Asset Protection
  • Estate Tax Planning
  • Private Foundation Formation
  • Charitable Deduction Planning
  • Business Succession Planning
  • Probate & Estate Administration
  • Retirement Account Trusts
  • Gun Trusts
State Bar of Arizona
  • B.A., Arizona State University
  • J.D., University of the Pacific
  • CLE instructor on advanced estate planning topics, Lorman Education Services
  • American Jurisprudence Award
  • Order of Barristers
  • Silver Beaver Award – Boy Scouts of America
  • Arizona State Bar Probate & Trust Section
  • Wealth Counsel

When Kent is not at the office or giving free estate planning seminars, he enjoys spending time with his wife, seven children and five grandchildren. He loves the outdoors and is an avid wilderness backpacker.

Kent has backpacked to the bottom (and back out!) of the Grand Canyon 14 times.

Logan Woodruff

Logan Woodruff

Attorney

Logan joined the Phelps Estate Planning Firm in 2019 and became a valuable member of the new  Trajan Estate practice group in 2021. He enjoys personally assisting individuals and families with their estate planning needs, regardless of the size and complexity of the estate.

Logan excels at understanding clients’ needs and goals, and then developing and delivering individually tailored estate plans according to those goals. He is committed to helping clients fully grasp the nuances of their estate plans in a way that is easy to understand.

Logan’s real-world experience in construction and business transactions allows him to advise clients as they form business entities such as limited liability companies for asset protection purposes. Logan has substantial business organization experience and routinely advises clients regarding office leasing, buy-sell agreements, and business succession planning

  • Living Trusts and Wills
  • LLC Formation
  • Asset Protection
  • Estate Tax Planning
  • Private Foundation Formation
  • Charitable Deduction Planning
  • Business Succession Planning
  • Probate & Estate Administration
  • Retirement Account Trusts
  • Gun Trusts

Logan was admitted to the State Bar of Arizona in 2014. In addition, his applications are pending with:

  • State Bar of Texas
  • Utah State Bar
  • Oklahoma Bar Association
  • B.S., Brigham Young University
  • J.D., Sandra Day O’Connor School of Law at Arizona State University
  • Arizona Bar Association
  • The Central Arizona Estate Planning Council
  • Wealth Counsel

When not at the office, Logan enjoys time with his wife, Blair, and their five wonderful children. When time permits, he is an avid off-road motorcycle enthusiast who can be found on local trails and at the sand dunes near southern Arizona. Other hobbies he enjoys include woodworking, snowboarding, tennis, pickleball, spike ball, and reading.

Darren Watts

Darren Watts

Attorney

Darren Watts has been an attorney for over 17 years and has practiced in a wide variety of areas. He is now narrowed down his areas of practice to help individuals with their estate planning to minimize conflict as the estate is administered as they want it done without any unnecessary expenses or hassle to their beneficiaries.

Darren has practiced in family law, so he knows the necessity of harmony in planning and the discord that financial issues can cause and will help you avoid them. He has also practiced bankruptcy law and can help you make sure that poor decisions by your beneficiaries will not affect your estate. Darren also practiced in criminal law as both a prosecutor and defense attorney and will be able to steer you clear of any action in your planning that would endanger your estate due to criminal charges. Finally, he has also been involved in business and general litigation and can look for pitfalls that could bring predatory lawsuits against you or your estate.

  • Living Trusts and Wills
  • LLC Formation
  • Asset Protection
  • Business Succession Planning
  • Probate & Estate Administration
  • Retirement Account Trusts
  • Gun Trusts
  • Utah State Bar
  • Wyoming State Bar
  • B.A., Brigham Young University School of Music
  • J.D.,  Rueben Clark Law School at BYU
  • Central Utah Bar Association
  • Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square

Darren continues his love of music by singing in the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, as well as taking advantage of other performance opportunities in the community as they arise. He has performed the bass solos for Handel’s Messiah, Faure’s Requiem, and Schubert’s Mass in G as well as others.

He and his wife enjoy showing the country and its beauties to their four children. Darren also loves the game of golf, but that love is not often reciprocated.

Ryan Russo

Ryan Russo

Attorney

Ryan Russo’s career has spanned from private law practice to supporting large firms. He has handled legal matters in a multitude of areas of law, including estate planning, wills, probate, civil litigation, and more. Ryan graduated summa cum laude from the University of Texas at Arlington and obtained his law degree from South Texas College of Law, where he was an Associate Editor and Published Author for the Corporate Counsel Law Review. Ryan developed a passion for business and entrepreneurship at a young age and enjoys helping clients develop strategic plans for their future success. Ryan has tackled large projects while always maintaining strong attention to detail and focus on excellent client care.

  • Living Trusts and Wills
  • LLC Formation
  • Asset Protection
  • Estate Tax Planning
  • Charitable Deduction Planning
  • Business Succession Planning
  • Probate & Estate Administration
  • Retirement Account Trusts
  • State Bar of Texas
  • State Bar of Tennessee
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • University of Texas at Arlington, 2009
  • J.D., South Texas College of Law, 2013 B.A.
  • Rock and blues guitar
  • Yoga and meditation
  • Basketball and golf
  • Art and literature

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