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.
Pima County Bar Association
Arizona Women Lawyers Association - Steering Committee
State Bar of Arizona (member)
Bar Leadership Institute 2015-2016
State Bar of Arizona Convention Committee
State Bar of Arizona Professionalism Committee
State Bar of Arizona Ethics Presentation
State Bar of Arizona Committee on Minorities and Women in Law
Arizona State University (B.A., Summa Cum Laude, 2003)
Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University (J.D., 2006)
Publications and Presentations
Presenter State Bar of Arizona Professionalism Course
Presenter for SAFEE - Stop Abuse and Financial Exploitation of Elders
Estate and Trust Litigation
Estate Planning, Wills and Trusts
Probate and Trust Administration
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