Attorneys & Staff

LORA G. JOHNSON – Attorney at Law

Lora@JohnsonEstateLaw.com

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Lora G. Johnson was raised in Phoenix, Arizona.  She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, cum laude,  from Arizona State University and graduated from the University Honors' College.  Her research was published in The Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.  She also earned her Juris Doctorate from Arizona State University in 1999.

Lora serves on the Regional Leadership Council for the Desert Southwest Region's Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association.  She serves on the Board of Benevilla.  She also is the President elect of the Arizona Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys.  She currently facilitates a caregiver support group for the Alzheimer's Association in the west valley.  Lora is a member of the probate/trust and elder law sections of the Arizona State Bar Association. 

Lora is a requested speaker in the areas of veteran's benefits, ALTCS/medicaid benefits, long-term care planning, estate planning, trusts, wills, guardianships/conservatorships and powers of attorney.  It is a strong mission of hers to provide accurate and useful information to others as they plan for their future.  Lora represents and works with several licensed fiduciaries.  She believes that quality customer serves and hard work are important to success.  She enjoys doing community service with various local women's groups.  She has a very diverse background and is a talented artist, seamstress and pianist..  Lora and her husband, Steven, have five children and one granddaughter.

 

YVETTE L. ASHWORTH – Attorney at Law

Yvette@JohnsonEstateLaw.com

View More: http://freckledlemonade.pass.us/johnson--associates-july-2017Yvette Ashworth is a native Texan, graduating from the University of Texas with a degree in Accounting.  After graduating magna cum laude from Georgia State University School of Law, Yvette settled down with her husband near the beach in Florida.  Four kids later and thousands of hours devoted to her children, the Boy Scouts of Amercia, Parent Teacher Association, booster clubs, and her church, Yvette moved to Arizona to start practicing law full-time at Johnson & Associates.

Yvette's primary practice areas are Guardianships and Conservatorships, Estate Planning, and Estate and Trust Administration.  During college, Yvette lived with and assisted her grandmother, Fayme, so that she could live independently for a few more years.  Shortly after moving out, Fayme, who was diagnosed with dementia, moved in with Yvette's mother who cared for her until her passing.  Having seen the realitites of aging and the sacrifices that her mother made in order to care for her aging parents, Yvette finds it satisfying to help people plan for the future and rewarding to work with those individuals that sacrifice and care for their family members. 

 

KEELEY BLASZAK – Paralegal

Keeley@JohnsonEstateLaw.com

Keeley Blaszak had the pleasure of being professionally acquainted with Lora Johnson prior to joining the Johnson & Associates team, as the two worked closely together at another valley law firm for a number of years.   In her former position, Keeley worked for seven years as an estate planning paralegal and supervisory paralegal responsible for heading up the advanced estate planning department with a special emphasis on business/corporate matters.  Keeley has been a member of the Johnson & Associates family since February of 2015 when she was hired on as Yvette Ashworth's paralegal, and is primarily involved with our guardianship/conservatorship, trust administration, trust litigation, and probate case matters.  

When she is not at work, Keeley spends much of her personal time enjoying the outdoors.  As an Arizona transplant who was born and raised in Washington State, Keeley will tell you she cannot get enough of the sunshine and warmth here, and she wakes up every day thankful for the bright, blue skies.  Hiking is a favorite pastime and she will often head to Piestewa Peak for a trek around the circumference.  Keeley loves to travel, to challenge herself to try new things, and to experience the most out of every situation that she possibly can.  If she had to sum up her outlook on life, Keeley would say that gratitude is of utmost importance and she truly believes each day is a gift.    

 

DONNA  SCHUBERT – Paralegal

Donna@JohnsonEstateLaw.com

Donna Schubert holds a paralegal degree and diploma from Edmonds Community College and completed her Paralegal Board Certification in 1998. She also has a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from The University of Washington and is currently a member of the Arizona Paralegal Association. Before moving to Arizona, she worked fifteen plus years in Seattle Washington as a corporate paralegal dealing with legal issues in contracts, employment, construction, permits/liens, OSHA and environmental regulations, and other business legal matters.
Donna joined Johnson and Associates in June of 2015, and enjoys the firm’s family atmosphere. She works with both attorneys and is involved in probates, trust administrations, living trusts/funding’s, and property recordings.
Donna is always increasing her knowledge and is currently learning sign language so she can communicate with her special needs grandson. She also enjoys teaching quilting/sewing classes and spending as much time possible with her family and standard poodle.

 

MARCIE MALOY – Paralegal

Marcie@JohnsonEstateLaw.com

View More: http://freckledlemonade.pass.us/johnson--associates-july-2017Marcie Maloy is a native of Utah, but moved to Arizona 18 years ago. Before joining the team at Johnson & Associates, she worked at an estate planning company for several years. She brings experience in preparing legal documents, such as wills and trusts. She is currently studying Business Management through Brigham Young University-Idaho. Marcie comes from a large family and understands that taking care of family is very important. She currently is a caregiver for family members. She knows that caregiving can be a stressful yet rewarding experience and lends that same care and expertise in her work. She works closely with Lora Johnson doing ALTCS-Medicaid/Long term care planning.

Marcie enjoys the outdoors. She loves to go camping, hiking, and riding quads. She enjoys nature and traveling. She is happily married and has two dogs. She is a licensed massage therapist and teaches swimming lessons in her spare time. One of her dreams is to own and restore a 1965 Mustang.

 

APRIL DUFFEY – Legal Assistant

April@JohnsonEstateLaw.com  

April Duffey was born and raised in south-east Michigan. She was a single mother to her two children. During that time she worked full-time in office administration, went to school, and was a personal trainer part-time. She was very active in Boy Scouts of America and local youth league football with her son, and Girl Scouts and dancing with her daughter.

April married in 2008 and moved to Arizona with her husband and his parents in 2014 just after completing her degree in Business Management. In Arizona she put her career on hold and became a full-time care-giver for her mother-in-law who had been diagnosed with dementia. Since her mother-in-law’s move into in a memory care facility April is taken the position as our Legal Assistant.

In her spare time she is enjoying Arizona’s warm weather and vast amounts of sun.  She likes to garden, go find treasures at estate sales and antique malls, work out, and hike. Exploring the west side of the country with her husband is the next adventure on their check-list. A couple of trips a year back to Michigan is a must to see her children and new granddaughter, although, to get them to Arizona would be her dream. 

 

 

STEVE JOHNSON – Community Relations Manager

Steve@JohnsonEstateLaw.com  

Steve Johnson is embarking on a second career at Johnson & Associates after teaching high school English for 27 years.  He spent most of that time teaching the sophomore honors and senior AP Literature & Composition courses. 

His favorite AP novel to teach was Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, and he enjoyed scrutinizing Civil War and Holocaust literature with his sophomores.  He was the recipient of the 2012 Shofar Zakhor Award from the Phoenix Holocaust Survivors Association for excellence in classroom Holocaust studies.  While a teacher, Steve chaired the Millennium High School National Honor Society and Veterans Heritage Project clubs.  He enjoyed interviewing veterans across the nation, and conducted onsite interviews with veterans in Florida, North Carolina, Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Arizona. 

Steve earned his Bachelor of Arts in Education degree from Arizona State University and his Master of Library and Information Science degree from the University of South Carolina.  During his time in South Carolina, Steve embraced the opportunity to study Civil War history by visiting museums and battlefields whenever he could, and he has become a lifelong collector of Civil War literature and artifacts.  Steve is also a devotee of Yellowstone National Park, a lover of wolf and bear watching, and a serious road-tripper. 

He is Lora Johnson’s biggest fan, as well as her husband of nearly 30 years.