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 their rescue Yorkie, Bella. In her (little) spare time, Kristel enjoys cheering on her kids, visiting family in Missouri, baking, and cheering on the Arizona Cardinals.

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


Deanna Anderson

Deanna Anderson

Office Manager & Paralegal

Deanna is the Founder and President of Organized Management Solutions, LLC and proud to call Empowered Legacy Planning one of her best clients! She currently serves as our Office Manager and a Paralegal here at ELP, where she manages probate, trust administration, guardianship/conservatorship and elder law matters. Detail-oriented and thorough, she works to ensure and promote our goals and to support our clients through her exceptional service. Deanna joined our team in April 2019 and as of July 2022 serves ELP part-time.

Deanna is a single mom to a sixteen-year-old daughter who is a varsity cheerleader at her high school in Scottsdale, AZ and highly interested in a career in architecture. In her free time, Deanna enjoys traveling the world, reading and any opportunity to spend time with family and friends.

Fun Fact: Deanna was selected as one of the 2009 Top 35 Under 35 Entrepreneurs by The Arizona Republic. 



Missy Gernant

Missy Gernant

Funding & Maintenance Coordinator

Missy is a third generation native Arizonian and graduate from Arizona State University in Family and Human Development.  Missy’s early working years were spent in several different law firms in Arizona until taking a pause on the legal field to explore health care. She worked in long-term care management for over 6 years before returning to law, her true passion.

Missy and her husband Keith have two amazing sons, Daniel who is about to be the fourth generation Sun Devil graduate as a future book editor, and Hunter who plans to attend the University of Arizona to study cyber-security. Their boys are their greatest joy! They also have the best puppy, Gracie, that they call “Princess” because that is what she is.

When Missy is not working, she is spending time with her family, traveling, swimming or curled up watching movies.

Fun Fact: Missy is a trained recording artist, yes she will sing for you if you ask.



Client Services Coordinator

We are currently hiring for a motivated, superstar “jack-of-all-trades” professional with a love of people and systems who can assist with superior client service, sales, and follow-up.  Our Client Services Coordinator is the first point of contact with clients and prospective clients, so phone and email skills, manners, confidence, and organization are extremely important. There is room for creativity and an increase in responsibility. The ideal candidate will have a positive attitude as a team-player, exhibit good people and decision-making skills, learn on the job, possess excellent time management/multi-tasking skills, and work well with minimal supervision. You need to be able to thrive in an ever-changing environment as we continue to serve our clients.

Requirements for this Full-Time / In-Person Role

  • Strong written communication skills
  • Detail-oriented, resourceful, and committed to quality
  • Excellent people skills
  • Strong organizational and time management skills
  • Must be proficient in MS Office programs (Word, Excel, Outlook, Teams)
  • Experience with CLIO or similar client management and billing software is helpful
  • Law firm experience is desirable
  • Background check required prior to hiring

If you would make the PERFECT fit for our dynamic team, we would love to hear from you. Please send your current resume and a cover letter outlining why you want to join the Empowered Legacy Planning family through our “Careers” page


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Tempe, Arizona 85282

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