Sandra Bensley represents clients as fiduciaries and beneficiaries in contested trust and probate litigation proceedings. Having spent her legal career predominantly in the courtroom, she brings the experience of having handled hundreds of contested cases and has logged thousands of hours of court appearances representing clients.
Sandra’s administration practice involves trusts and estates ranging from large and complex trusts to smaller estates that might benefit from simplified procedures, such as affidavits for the collection of real and personal property. As the mother of a young daughter, Sandra is especially attuned to the estate planning needs of parents as they strategize for their children’s futures. She also advises clients seeking to be appointed as guardians and conservators. An experienced Spanish speaking attorney, Sandra welcomes clients that prefer to communicate in Spanish.
A native of Tucson, and with a family history in the area dating back hundreds of years, Sandra is committed to staying involved in the local professional legal community. Appointed to to the Minorities and Women in the Law Committee and the Professionalism Committee of the State Bar of Arizona, Sandra is also a member of the Arizona Women Lawyers Association and Pima County, Arizona, Bar Association.
Previously, Sandra was a legal extern with Judge Mary Murguia and Judge Frank Zapata, both of the U.S. District Court for Arizona. Sandra worked in criminal law both as a prosecutor and defense attorney, trying more than 30 cases in Pima County Superior Court and Glendale City Court. Most recently, Sandra was a public defender for Pima County, handling complex felony cases. Sandra now uses her trial experience to assist her estate litigation clients.
Being a parent to young children can be exhausting between ballet and soccer practice, bath time, homework, and bedtime. It is not a surprise that most parents of young children don’t give estate planning much thought. However, parents with young children can benefit greatly from having an estate plan and the assistance of an attorney that specializes in estate planning. It is extremely common for parents with minor children to make mistakes that can affect their estate and, most importantly, their children, if something tragic and unthinkable happens to them. As an estate planning attorney and mother of a kindergartner, I understand the stress that comes with thinking about an estate plan while managing work and life, but it is an important step for all parents.