Bernard M. Strass: Phoenix Estate Planning Attorney

Arizona estate planning lawyer Bernard M. Strass began his professional life as a teacher and has been a licensed attorney for 35 years. For him, this transition was natural, considering the advising and counseling role that lawyers serve for their clients and others. After working in various areas of law over more than three decades, Bernard now focuses his legal services on estate planning in Arizona, helping individuals, families, and business owners plan for the future and ensuring that the tools they use to do so are the ones that best meet their needs.

Estate Planning in Arizona with Bernard M. Strass

Helping clients be better prepared for the future is a primary goal in Bernard’s practice. He believes that legal, financial, and medical powers of attorney and revocable living trusts, or a combination of these, are often the best tools to achieve estate planning goals. Bernard takes a personal approach to every case, working to understand his clients goals and make life planning and transitions easier for them and their families.

Services of Phoenix Estate Planning Attorney Bernard Strass

Bernard puts his years of legal training and 35 years of experience to work for his clients. He really listens so he can understand your situation and your needs. He can help you meet your goals and help protect your interests from those who might be looking out for themselves instead of doing what’s best for you. Each Trust, Will, and Power of Attorney is crafted to meet the client’s desire and need for future care.

Durable powers of attorney and revocable living trusts are flexible life planning tools that can meet a variety of needs. Using these instruments and others as needed, Bernard can help you feel more confident that your affairs are reliably in order.

Medical and financial powers of attorney

Revocable and irrevocable trusts

Other estate planning tools, like wills


Bernard M. Strass

Born in Michigan, Bernard came to Arizona in 1959 with his parents and sister. He has seen Arizona grow from an agricultural and mining state to its current status as a leader in growth and opportunity. An Arizona State University graduate in secondary education and history, he was first a teacher, before becoming an attorney. In the years since, his clients have often commented that he didn’t seem like a lawyer and he always responded, “I’m just a teacher trapped in a lawyer’s body.” A diligent worker, he has fought for his clients regardless of personal sacrifice, just like a teacher does for his students.

Bernard attended the Creighton University School of Law, where he received his Juris Doctor in 1988. He also has a Master of Arts in school administration and supervision from the University of Phoenix. A licensed attorney for 35 years, Bernard is admitted to practice law by the Arizona Supreme Court, the US District Court for the District of Arizona, the US Tax Court, the Nebraska Supreme Court, and the US District Court for the District of Nebraska.

Background, Experience, and Personal Interests

After law school and practicing in Omaha, Nebraska for two years, Bernard returned to Phoenix to open a practice of his own. Through a network of family, friends, business associates and a lot of hard work, he built a civil litigation practice representing national and international corporations, medium-sized state and regional businesses, and small businesses in the Phoenix area.

Reviewing and writing contracts, protecting his clients’ rights through litigation, establishing new companies, and taking failed ones through bankruptcy, Bernard has worked in all aspects of business. He also owned and operated the National Defensive Driving Academy, becoming a go-to resource for hands-on teen driving training in the Phoenix area.

Bernard has now shifted his focus to estate planning, where he puts forth the same effort to assist his clients as he has in his previous endeavors. In his time away from work, Bernard enjoys playing tennis and golf, often with his wife, as well as riding road and mountain bikes. Committed to his community, he is still a dedicated supporter of Lura Turner Homes after being involved with the organization for many years during his service as president of the Phoenix Breakfast Civitan Club. Bernard also served as a Cubmaster in the Cub Scouts for many years when his sons were young.

Contact Arizona Estate Planning Lawyer Bernard M. Strass

Too many people delay life and estate planning for various reasons. Bernard makes every effort to make the process easier for his clients. He has access to conference rooms across the Valley of the Sun and will also make house calls for consultations and document signings. To discuss your life and estate planning in Arizona, contact Phoenix estate planning attorney Bernard M. Strass at Desert Rose Estate & Elder Law by calling (602) 644-1406 or complete this convenient online contact form.