Meet Our Team

Emily R. Taylor

Attorney & Owner

About Emily

Emily posing in front of a tree with her family

Emily R. Taylor

Emily R. Taylor, a proud alumna of Arizona State University and the University of Arizona's James E. Rogers College of Law, has been a licensed attorney in Arizona since 2007. Her practice specializes in comprehensive estate planning and special needs planning, offering legal guidance with a personal touch.

Raised in the historic small town of Galena, IL, Emily's journey has always been about empowering families through thoughtful legal planning. Our firm is committed to ensuring families in Arizona receive the best in estate and special needs planning services.

Emily loves...

  • Her rescue dog, Athena
  • To travel!
  • Learning to golf
  • Cooking

Emily is involved with....

Jessica S. McElderry

Certified Paralegal and Estate Planning Coordinator

About Jessica

Jessica holding her young daughter standing next to her husband

Jessica S. McElderry

Jessica has been working with Ms. Taylor since 2014. From starting as the receptionist to now a Certified Paralegal and Estate Planning Coordinator, Jessica has seen and done it all! Jessica graduated from the Paralegal Studies program at Phoenix College. Jessica is certified through NALA, the nationwide paralegal association.

What are some causes you care about?

Education, mental health, and women empowerment.

If we held an office talent show, you would wow everyone by:

My rapping skills. 😉

What inspires you most about your job?

Having the opportunity to provide planning and peace of mind to our community. Working with an amazing group of women is a sure bonus!

What is your favorite way to spend a day out of the office?

My favorite way to spend a day out of the office is doing something active (hiking, picnics at the park, pool day, and more!) with my husband, daughter, and dog. I also love to play golf or do hot yoga when I get the opportunity!

Michelle M. Franz

Legal Assistant

About Michelle

Michelle posing for a picture with her son standing behind her with his arms around her shoulders

Michelle M. Franz

Michelle has been working with Ms. Taylor since 2022. Michelle is originally from Palm Springs, California, and moved to Arizona in 2010. Michelle has a background in client service and hospitality and is one of Ms. Taylor's Legal Assistants. Michelle works primarily with our Special Needs Estate Planning families.

What are some causes you care about?

Mental health awareness and education.

If we held an office talent show, you would wow everyone by:

Getting a toddler dressed and ready to go in record time!

What inspires you most about your job?

Being able to meet different individuals and families from all walks of life and be a part of helping them create a plan for their peace of mine and comfort.

What is your favorite way to spend a day out of the office?

Spending time with my son doing anything outdoors! Hiking, the park, walks, etc.

Taylor L. Hughes

Client Onboarding Coordinator

About Taylor

Taylor L. Hughes

Taylor has been working with Ms. Taylor since 2022. Taylor graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Alcorn State University, where she played Division 1 softball.

What are some causes you care about?

I love supporting the Arizona Foundation for Women to invest in a cause I care about.

If we held an office talent show, you would wow everyone by:

Being the worst singer they’ve ever heard!

What inspires you most about your job?

Being able to provide just a little bit of peace for our clients during difficult times.

What is your favorite way to spend a day out of the office?

Hiking, brunching, shopping, day trips, and trying new restaurants.

Athena

Top Dog

About Athena

Athena, a black lab dog, resting on the couch with a bone

Athena Taylor

Meet Athena—the 'top dog' of our office! Affectionately known as our 'office dog,' Athena has been Emily's sidekick for going on four years. Athena loves walks around the neighborhood or to the park, playing with her toys (more accurately described as tearing them to pieces), and, of course, treats! We love having Athena around to brighten our days, and to make the big business decisions!

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