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Ask an Expert – The Estate Process with Jan Bernardini and Mary Stanford

February 19 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

It’s not unusual for development staff in nonprofits to be asked questions about estate planning and how to work with estate professionals. In this session Jan Bernardini and Mary Stanford will de-mystify the process, discussing the challenges and considerations they’ve experienced as professional advisors to individuals who desire to leave a legacy. They will be able to share lessons they’ve learned and their insights about how nonprofit organizations can be helpful in guiding donors toward the advice and counsel they need.


Jan Bernardini is the principal in the law firm of Jan Bernardini Law, specializing in the areas of estate planning (wills & trusts), trust & probate administration, guardianships/conservatorships, and charitable gifts. Prior to practicing law, Jan earned a B.S. in Finance and an M.B.A. from De Paul University and worked in the areas of banking and management. Jan graduated from the University of Arizona Law School in 1994; thereafter, she clerked for the Presiding Probate Judge in Pima County, Arizona. She has been in private practice since 1996, recently returning to her practice after an interlude as the Associate Director of Gift Planning at the University of Arizona Foundation.

Jan is a member of the Southern Arizona Estate Planning Council, the State of Arizona and Pima County Bar Associations, and the Planned Giving Roundtable of Southern Arizona. She has served as the chair person for the Probate & Trust Council Section of the State Bar (2006-07). Jan is the Past President of the Executive Women’s Council; she was honored as a YWCA “Woman on the Move” for 2000; and was the President of the Arizona Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys for the year 2002/2003. She also serves on the Editorial Board for The Writ, a publication for attorneys in Pima County. Jan volunteers as an elder law advocacy volunteer for the Pima County Council on Aging.


Mary Stanford

Mary Stanford is an attorney and a Sr. Trust Advisor for The Northern Trust Company.  Her expertise is in trust and estate planning, and her work is in trust and probate administration.


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