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Ryan M. Scharber

Estate Controversy | Estate Planning | Probate and Trust Administration | Business Transactions


Ryan is the firm’s lead attorney in probate and trust administration, and his litigation background is a valuable asset in resolving estate controversies and inheritance disputes.

A Notre Dame alumnus and Super Lawyers Rising Stars honoree who began his legal career in commercial litigation, Ryan Scharber’s law practice encompasses the full spectrum of trust and estate law.

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Honors & Awards

Super Lawyers: Rising Stars, 2018, 2019

Recent Estate Controversy Matters

  • Successfully defended the personal representative of a $2.3 million estate involving mass murder, suicide, embezzlement, Arizona’s “slayer statute,” and other complicating factors.

  • Successfully defended the successor trustee of a $600,000 trust in a case involving ineffective amendments and assets spread across multiple jurisdictions.

  • Successfully defended the personal representative of a $2.5 million estate in a case involving breach of fiduciary duty claims against a broker who was managing estate assets.

Professional Memberships

State Bar of Arizona: Sections on Business Law, Probate and Trust, and Tax Law

Maricopa County Bar Association

Central Arizona Estate Planning Council

East Valley Estate Planning Council

National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors, East Valley Chapter


Caregiver Compensation: Being Fair to Relatives Who Provide Care,” April 2017

Estate Controversy: Types and Causes,” January 2016


J.D., University of Notre Dame Law School, 2009

B.A., Political Science, University of Notre Dame, 2006

Court Admissions

Arizona, 2009


First Way Pregnancy Center: Board of Directors

Alliance Defending Freedom: Allied Attorney

Catholic Charities Community Services: Young Professional Advisory Board

Catholic Community Foundation for the Diocese of Phoenix: Professional Advisory Board

Catholic Phoenix: Board of Directors

Catholic Leadership Circle

Diocese of Phoenix: Policy Committee