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Ryan K Hodges

Ryan K Hodges

Jackson White
  • Elder Law, Estate Planning, Probate
  • Arizona
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Ryan Hodges practices in the areas of probate, estate and trust administration, and elder law, including long-term care planning and special needs trusts. He is also a Registered Patent Attorney with experience in patent preparation and prosecution.

Bar Admissions: Ryan was admitted to the State Bar of Arizona in 2008. He is licensed to practice in all state courts, the United States District Court for the District of Arizona, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He is also licensed to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Education and Honors: Ryan earned his undergraduate degree in information systems, summa cum laude, from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. After working for a year as a software engineer, he attended the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University and graduated magna cum laude in 2008. During law school, Ryan served as an articles editor for Jurimetrics: The Journal of Law, Science, & Technology and completed the law school’s certificate program for Law, Science, and Technology. He also completed a judicial externship with the Honorable Daniel A. Barker at the Arizona Court of Appeals.

Professional Activities and Experience: Ryan is a member of the Arizona State Bar. He is a member of the State Bar of Arizona Elder Law, Mental Health and Special Needs Planning Section, Probate and Trust Law Section, and Intellectual Property Law Section.

Practice Areas
  • Elder Law
  • Estate Planning
  • Probate
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
  • Tagalog: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
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Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Arizona State University
J.D. (2008)
Professional Associations
State Bar of Arizona
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70 Questions Answered

Q. My mom in stepdad owned a house as joints tenants. My mom died 6 months before my stepdad.
A: If a house in owned as joint tenants with rights of survivorship, then the surviving joint owner becomes the sole owner upon the death of the other joint owner. Thus, your step-dad would be the sole owner when he died, and the house would pass according to his estate plan, and if none, then to his heirs as determined by the laws where he lives. So short answer is that you are probable not entitled to 50% of the house.
Q. My friend died but before he did he sent a letter to his financial advisor stating he wanted to leave me 50%.
A: The letter could be construed as a will if it meets the requirements for such. You should consult with an attorney and have him or her review the letter to see if it is a valid will. If the estate is already in probate, you may need to act quickly as there are deadlines that may affect your rights.
Q. Can a child of a deceased who has p of a while the deceased is still living transfer money from accounts before or after
A: It looks like your questions was cut-off. Please resubmit it.
Q. My dad wants to make me the executor of his estate and he needs to make a will. How quickly can this be done?
A: Estate planning can be done fairly quickly, within a few weeks or faster if the circumstances require it. You should contact an attorney to get the process started.
Q. Can a will be successfully contested in AZ if the person had Alzheimer's during the time of the writing of a new will?
A: It is possible to successfully contest a will if the person had Alzheimer's. However, a diagnosis of Alzheimer's is not definitive. A persona can still have testamentary capacity and a dementia diagnosis.
Q. Can one attorney handle deed issues in 2 different counties in Arizona?
A: Yes, an attorney should be able to handle deeds in two different counties within Arizona. Deeds from other states may be a problem.
Q. My Grandma passed, acouple months ago before she died she signed the title/deed over to my mom & aunt is probate needed
A: It is difficult to say how this might be resolved without more information. You should contact an attorney, and the attorney can review the deed history and title commitment from the title company. It sounds like the house was not wholly or properly transferred from your grandma to her kids. In which case, a probate may be needed to correct the transfer regardless of whether the family is in agreement as to the distribution.
Q. Do i have any right to contest a will (trust) that specifically excluded me and left out my brother?
A: Probably. You should consult with an attorney to discuss the specifics of your case.
Q. Can a trustor remove assets from a revocable trust? How does that effect the trust after death?
A: If the trustor is also the trustee or retained the power to direct the trustee regarding property distribution, then the trustor can, in effect, remove assets from a trust. After the death of the trustor, the assets will not be part of the trust, and a probate of trustor's estate may be needed for assets removed from the trust and placed in trustor's name.
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