About the Estate Planning Attorney


Our Story

Knowing that she wanted to help families deal with the often difficult and daunting process of planning for. their futures, estate planning attorney Kristel K. Patton established her firm in 2008. Frustrated with seeing cookie-cutter estate plans and hearing from clients that they did not understand their existing plans, Kristel set out to develop a better approach.

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What Sets Us Apart

Estate Planning Is A Process

At Empowered Legacy Planning, we believe that estate planning is not a one-time transaction – it’s a process that continues long after you’ve dotted all the “i’s” and crossed all the “t’s.”

Attention To Detail

We strive to serve every client with Honesty, Integrity, and Compassion. You want your loved ones to experience a smooth transition and to be well taken care of when you’re gone – we want that, too! We believe in the power of building long-lasting relationships with our clients by creating your plan specifically around your family’s unique needs with the same care, attention to detail, and thoroughness as we would for our own families.

Above & Beyond

Kristel is not your average estate planning attorney. Empowered Legacy Planning provides complete estate planning services that include design, implementation (i.e. funding), maintenance, and settlement of a plan.  Our  philosophy emphasizes the design and custom drafting of your individualized plan (no “cookie cutter” documents here), as well as ongoing counseling and education for you and your loved ones in order to help create your empowered legacy.

Our Definition of Estate Planning


I want to control my property while I’m alive and well;


Plan for me and my loved ones if I become incapacitated;


Then give what I have,

To whom I want,

When I want,

The way I want;


All while assuring my wisdom is transferred along with my wealth.

Meet The Team

Kristel K. Patton, Esq.

Kristel K. Patton, Esq.

Estate Planning Attorney & Counselor at Law

Kristel grew up in the small town of Seneca, Missouri. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Kansas, and her law degree from the University of Arkansas – Fayetteville.

Kristel was a member of the National Network of Estate Planning Attorneys from 2008-2012, where she received extensive training and support in the the area of estate planning.  She joined WealthCounsel in 2012, an organization supporting estate planning, elder law, and business attorneys across the country.

Kristel and her husband, Carlos, have two children – a daughter and a son. They also share their home with a gray ghost – their Weimaraner, Maya, and a rescue Yorkie, Bella. In her (little) spare time, Kristel enjoys spending time with her friends at Chandler Horizon Rotary and cheering on the Arizona Cardinals.

Kristel is licensed to practice law in Arizona, Arkansas, and Missouri.


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2141 E. Broadway Road, Suite 220
Tempe, Arizona 85282

Office Hours

M-Th: 8:30am – 5:00pm
F: 8:30am-1:00pm