Hope E. Leibsohn
Hope E. Leibsohn

Member

Phone: 480.624.2734

Fax: 480.624.2029

hleibsohn@shermanhoward.com

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Legal Secretary

Donna Heath
480.624.2731

Areas of Emphasis

Estate and Tax Planning

Education

  • Juris Doctor, University of California Los Angeles School of Law, 1986
    • Order of the Coif
    • American Jurisprudence Award in Wills and Trusts
    • American Jurisprudence Award in Conflicts of Law
  • Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude, University of Arizona, 1983
    • Valedictorian – Graduated with a cumulative 4.0 GPA
    • Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi

Hope Leibsohn is a Member of Sherman & Howard’s Estate and Tax Planning Department. She has over 25 years of experience in all aspects of estate planning involving wills, trusts, charitable techniques, estate freezes, and other sophisticated wealth transfer strategies. Hope specializes in customized legacy plans based not only on tax planning strategies, but also on incorporating each client’s unique family dynamics and core life values. Creative in her approach, Hope designs various trusts to incentivize beneficiaries to become productive, contributing members of society. Hope’s personal and professional motto is “how best may I serve.”

Representative Matters
  • Counsels clients on all aspects of estate gift and multi-generational tax planning.  Advises clients on will, trusts, power of attorney, gift, and generation-skipping transfer tax planning, lifetime wealth transfer through qualified personal residence trusts, grantor retained annuity trusts, family limited partnerships, planned giving, charitable remainder trusts, charitable lead trusts, private foundations, spousal trusts, and other sophisticated estate and gift tax planning strategies.
  • Advises clients through a unique approach to customized legacy plans, which are based not only on tax planning strategies, but also on incorporating each client’s unique family dynamics and core life values.  Takes a creative approach including customizing trust language for children and grandchildren to provide them with incentives to become productive, contributing members of society.
Professional Activities
  • Member, State Bar of Arizona Probate and Trust Law Section
  • Certified Specialist in Estate and Trust Law, State Bar of Arizona Board of Legal Specialization

 

Civic Activities

  • Volunteer, Teach for America Arizona
    • An organization committed to expanding opportunity for children by effecting profound systemic change by finding, developing, and supporting a diverse network of leaders from classrooms, schools, and every sector and field in order to shape the broader system in which schools operate.
    • Collaborated on projects including “WOWies,” an innovative program designed to recognize first year corps members of Teach for America Arizona who are creating transformational learning environments for students at low-income schools in Arizona.
  • Former Board of Directors, Celebrity Fight Night
    • Gala attended by celebrities and professional athletes from all over the U.S. consisting of live auction items and musical performances, raising money for charities.
  • Former Corporate Board of Directors and Resource Development Committee, Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley
    • Non-profit organization delivering programs and opportunities to assist youth and teens in developing their self esteem, values and skills in a safe and fun environment. The organization guides youth through personal, educational and social development to realize their full potential and become positive, value-oriented and productive citizens.
  • Former Corporate Board of Directors and Executive Committee, Social Venture Partners
    • International network of engaged philanthropists who invest time, money, and professional expertise in nonprofits, education and social entrepreneurs.
    • Served as former Lead Partner for Social Ventures Teens.

 

Bar Admissions

  • Arizona State Court
Honors and Awards
  • Best Lawyer – Trusts & Estates
    Best Lawyers in America
    2007-2019
  • AZ Business Leaders
    AZ Business Magazine
    2018
  • Top 100 Lawyers in Arizona
    AZ Business Magazine
    2015-2016
  • Top Lawyer – Trust & Estates
    AZ Business Magazine
    2010, 2014-2016
  • 50 Most Influential Women
    AZ Business Magazine
    2015
  • Super Lawyer – Estate Planning & Probate
    Southwest Super Lawyers
    2013-2015
  • Top 25 Arizona Women
    Super Lawyers
    2013
  • Top 100 Attorneys
    Worth Magazine
    2009
Publications and Presentations

Presentations

  • Inspiring the Next Generation to Leadership
    Social Venture Partners International Conference
  • Presents on estate planning topics to diverse audiences, such as the Governor’s Council on Aging, guests of the Phoenix Art Museum, the Arthritis Foundation, Valley of the Sun United Way, and case workers of Homeward Bound