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Our Practice

Practice Areas


  • Estate Planning
  • Probate/Trust Administration
  • Guardianship
  • Business Matters
  • Disability Planning
  • Juvenile Dependency and Severance

Estate Planning


When you fail to do proper planning, those left behind can be devastated.  We have the knowledge and experience to put the proper plan in place for your family.  Every client has a different situation and creating the right plan requires collaboration.  We work with clients to achieve a plan that addresses their needs now and can adapt to changing circumstances as they arise.  We can assist you in creating trusts, wills, powers of attorney, adult guardianships, as well as providing for family members with special needs.

Probate/Trust Administration


We help families navigate the process of wrapping things up after the death of a loved one by providing counseling, advice, and representation in trust administration or the probate courts.  We provide guidance on business succession and related business matters.

Business Matters


We can assist you with various business matters including developing your business, creating articles of organization, operating agreements, and succession planning.  

Disability Planning


Planning for disability is just as important as estate planning and can help minimize family conflict, protect family members, and ensure security and access to financial assets during incapacity.

Juvenile Court Matters


We help families navigating juvenile court dependency and severance matters through attorney representation, Guardian ad Litem representation and Best Interest Attorney representation.

Our Team

Melissa R. Ahlers


Melissa R. Ahlers is the Managing Partner of Newman & Ahlers.  She graduated from the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law after obtaining a Master of Public Administration from the University of Arizona Eller College of Management.  During law school she was awarded two CALI Awards for Excellence, in Estate Planning and Evidence, served as an Editor of the Journal of Environmental Law and Policy, assisted homeowners in the mortgage clinic of Southern Arizona Legal Aid, and represented children in the Family Law Clinic.  Melissa is a member of the State Bar of Arizona Probate and Trust Section, National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Southern Arizona Estate Planning Council, and Arizona Fiduciaries Association.  

Douglas J. Newman


Douglas J. Newman was a founding member of Newman & Ahlers, PLLC.  He received his J.D. from the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, and his LLM (in taxation) from the Holland Law Center, University of Florida College of Law.  During law school he was awarded Best Argument in First Year Moot Court Competition, and served as Managing Editor of the Arizona Law Review.  Doug was an adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law and spoke at numerous seminars for the State Bar of Arizona, Pima County Bar, and other organizations.  Doug passed away in December, 2015.

Support Staff


Liam, our Law Clerk, and Pat, our Legal Assistant,  will work directly with you to get you in contact with the services that you need.  They cannot provide legal advice, but they can ensure that your questions are answered by an attorney within a reasonable period of time.