Our Tribal Scrivener Program Provides Better WillsOur Tribal Scrivener Program
Provides Better Wills
Scriveners write wills for Tribal members.  They can also complete other documents, such as Durable Powers of Attorney and Advanced Directives for Health Care (Living Wills).  Scrivener are not lawyers, but can perform many of the duties of a lawyer for less cost. 

Reducing Fractionation

Acting under the supervision of an Indian Estate Planning Attorney, they can be an affordable way for the Tribe to assure that members wills meet the provisions of the American Indian Probate Reform Act (AIPRA) of 2004.
Creating a Tribal Scrivener program can help achieve one of the goals of AIPRA: reducing fractionation of Tribal lands and protecting Sovereignty.

How the Tribal Scrivener Program works

The Tribe appoints a person to be the Scrivener.  Ideally this person is a Tribal Member and must be a Notary (or can meet the requirements to become one). 

Indian Law Attorney Brian Utsey provides 100-150 hours of training to the scrivener including 5 hands-on sessions.  He also provides all the needed materials for the training.

After completeing the training, the scrivener can assist Tribal Members to draft wills.  Each will is then examined by the attorney to be sure it is legally correct and will stand up in court.  For more complex cases, the attorney will be available to advise the scrivener.

Better Wills at a lower cost

The goal is to provide high quality wills to Tribal members at a relatively low cost.  The Scrivener is a tribal employee and the whole process helps the goals of AIPRA to reduce Fractionation and protect Tribal Sovereignty.  Having a lawyer who is familiar with the special needs of Indian Law gives the Tribe better experience and training.

Would you like more information about our Tribal Scrivener Program?

Contact Indian Law attorney, Brian Utsey at 480-538-5024.

Brian Utsey, Attorney at Law, serves clients with family law, estate planning and Indian law concerns in the Phoenix, Arizona metro area including Chandler, Gilbert, Glendale, Mesa, Peoria, Scottsdale, Tempe, Apache Junction, Avondale, Buckeye, Casa Grande, El Mirage, Eloy, Florence, Fountain Hills, Goodyear, Maricopa, Paradise Valley, Queen Creek, & Surprise. We also serve clients from all of Arizona's Indian Tribes: Ak Chin Indian Community of the Maricopa-Ak Chin Indian Reservation, Cocopah Tribe, Colorado River Indian Tribes of the Colorado River Indian Reservation, Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation, Gila River Indian Community of the Gila River Indian Reservation, Havasupai Tribe of the Havasupai Reservation, Hopi Tribe, Hualapai Indian Tribe of the Hualapai Indian Reservation, Kaibab Band of Paiute Indians of the Kaibab Indian Reservation, Pascua Yaqui Tribe, Quechan Tribe of the Fort Yuma Indian Reservation, Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community of the Salt River Reservation, San Carlos Apache Tribe of the San Carlos Reservation, San Juan Southern Paiute Tribe, Tohono O'odham Nation, Tonto Apache Tribe, White Mountain Apache Tribe of the Fort Apache Reservation, Yavapai-Apache Nation of the Camp Verde Indian Reservation, Yavapai-Prescott Tribe of the Yavapai Reservation.

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