Yvette N. Banker is a well-respected elder law attorney based in Phoenix, Arizona. With seventeen years of professional experience, she is the founder of Banker Law Office, P.L.L.C., where she provides comprehensive elder law services, including estate planning, guardianship and conservatorship, as well as probate and trust administration to the surrounding community. Ms. Banker is a certified probate mediator and maintains an “Excellent” rating on Avvo.
Ms. Banker has known she wanted to become a lawyer ever since she was a child, but it wasn’t until she watched her grandmother struggle when her husband passed away that Ms. Banker settled on elder law as a specialty. As she tells it:
After she lost her husband, my grandmother went through a very difficult time. She started getting exploited by scam artists, or even by neighbors who would ingratiate themselves with her in an attempt to isolate her from her family and get money. And this was in the 90s, before there was really such a thing as elder law.
With a career as an advocate for those who need it most in her sights, Ms. Banker graduated from the University of California at Santa Barbara with a bachelor’s degree in 1995. She was accepted to the University of Denver for law school, and obtained her Juris Doctorate in 2000, after which she worked for prominent elder law attorneys in both Colorado and Arizona.
In 2006, Ms. Banker opened the doors of Banker Law Office, P.L.L.C., where today she is known throughout the area as an attorney whom clients can trust with their most sensitive family issues. Along with traditional probate and trust administration, estate planning, and guardianships and conservatorships, Ms. Banker is a careful practitioner of special needs trusts, long-term care benefit planning, probate litigation and power of attorney issues. She is also a skilled litigator, noting, “I end up litigating on behalf of either the Petitioner or the alleged incapacitated person in guardianship and conservatorship matters a fair amount; in these cases, adults with dementia, special needs or trauma need someone else to advocate on their behalf, and it often brings me to court.”
Though clients come to her from across Arizona for her diverse and comprehensive legal acumen and her strong litigation skills, it is Ms. Banker’s genuine compassion for her clients that sets her apart from her competition. Approaching each case with the understanding that she is dealing with real families in tough situations, Ms. Banker is able to use the full breadth of her professional experience to tackle even the trickiest legal situation. Committed to educating not just clients, but other lawyers on elder law issues, Ms. Banker regularly gives continuing legal education seminars on guardianships and conservatorships, among other subjects.
In order to continue providing the kind and trustworthy legal service for which she has become well known, Ms. Banker stays up to date on the latest fluctuations and evolutions in her specialty. She explains:
There are always new challenges, usually with ALTCS, Social Security, and long-term care insurance. Many companies now do not offer long term care insurance services that can support people who need it over an extended period of time. I like to combine long term planning with estate planning—just to give my clients a head start on what can be a real challenge later. We look at things like what they want from their lives and how they can take care of themselves, and then try to figure out a strategy that will work for each individual person.
Looking forward, Ms. Banker plans to continue providing the same superlative client care on which she has built her practice, and plans to add another attorney to her practice soon.
When not working, Ms. Banker gives back to her community as Board Member on the Elder Law, Mental Health, and Special Needs Council, which among other services, provides continuing legal education to attorneys and free living wills to those who cannot otherwise afford that protection. She also loves to hike, play tennis, and to spend time with friends and family.