Joshua Love grew up in Northern California in the town of Grass Valley. He received his undergraduate degree in political science in 2016 from the University of California, Davis. In 2019, he earned his law degree from Arizona State University in Phoenix. He was admitted to the Arizona State Bar that same year.
During law school, Joshua worked in several legal positions. He was an extern to Commissioner Wendy Morton in Maricopa County Superior Court. He then worked in alternative dispute resolution with the City of Phoenix Prosecutor’s Office. Joshua also worked as a Certified Limited Practice Intern in the City of Tempe Prosecutor’s Office. He served as a legal extern at the Arizona Legal Center. Joshua also spent time clerking at a Phoenix estate planning and litigation firm.
It was during his time volunteering with the Probate Lawyers Assistance Project in Phoenix that Joshua found his calling to estate planning and trust and probate administration. “I had targeted probate as an area I wanted to consider once I began practicing,” he says. “I saw the program as a way to get my feet wet. I was able to do phone screenings and additional interviews with probate clients. I got to talk to people about their probate issues and sit in on meetings. That gave me an idea of how things work and the kind of issues I’d see in probate on a day-to-day basis. It solidified my drive to work in probate.”
After graduating law school, Joshua worked as an attorney at a Phoenix law firm that focuses on estate litigation and elder abuse. Since joining Mushkatel, Robbins & Becker, PLLC, in 2020, he has continued to focus his practice on serving individuals and families who need help with estate planning, estate and trust administration, and guardianship and conservatorship issues.
Joshua stresses that estate planning is a vital step for everyone, even a person with a small estate. “It’s important for no other reason than that you need to get your affairs in order for the end of your life,” he says. “You need to have the proper documents in place. Whether you have assets or not, your family needs to know what you want to have happen if you become incapacitated and cannot make decisions for yourself. They should know who you want to have making decisions for you if that happens.”
Joshua sometimes hears clients say they do not need to worry about estate planning because their spouse will take care of everything when they pass away. In Arizona, there are certain matters the spouse can take care of, he says, but there are other issues where court approval is needed. Proper estate planning ensures your wishes are carried out to avoid the court from making important decisions for your family.
Even if clients do not need a full estate plan, they may need certain documents, such as a power of attorney, Joshua says. “In some states, a power of attorney document can handle everything. In Arizona, you need a durable power of attorney and a healthcare power of attorney. Many people who move to Arizona from another state may have need to revisit and update their documents to make sure they are adequately protected.”
No matter what a client needs, Joshua and the team at Mushkatel, Robbins & Becker, PLLC, work to deliver smart solutions. Joshua frequently helps clients with wills, trusts, durable powers of attorney, healthcare powers of attorney, and end of life directives as well as assisting with other probate issues.
“People are different,” Joshua says, “and there may exist a different answer for everyone when it comes to estate planning.”
Joshua encourages people to consider their estate planning needs as they move into different phases of life. Life changing events, changes in net worth or an evolving family structure are often appropriate opportunities to revisit an estate plan and the potential need for updating.
At his first meeting with clients, Joshua focuses on listening to each client’s specific and unique story. He wants clients to tell him as much as they can about their situation. “I want to listen to what their story is and identify any issues that may exist,” he says. “I’ve learned that the more you talk with clients, the more you understand them and the better able you are to help.”
In his spare time, Joshua is a board game collector. He is also an avid wine taster and enjoys cooking.