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Durable Financial Power of Attorney in Arizona

In Arizona, if you cannot make your financial decisions and transactions, a financial durable power of attorney is critical. We all hope we will always be able to manage our affairs on our own. However, there are many situations that could arise preventing you from taking care of your own business. The only way to…

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When Should You Update Your Estate Plan

when to update estate plan

Your estate plan is finally finished and like most things in life, it will need to be changed now and then. People’s lives change and so do their families’ lives. To make certain your estate plan will work the way you want it to, you will need to review it with your attorney from time…

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What Happens if I Die Without a Will in Arizona?

Die Without a Will in Arizona

Procrastination is the enemy of any good estate plan and probate without a will is the reality for many in Arizona because of it. The law in Arizona makes provisions for a “default will” for those people who die without one. These laws are found at Arizona Revised Statutes Sections 14-2101, et seq., and are…

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Living Trust vs. Will in Arizona

living trust in Arizona

Have you gotten your living trust done? Your will? We all have a mental list of things we need to get done but are not thrilled about paying for them, nor are we even thrilled about taking the time to dedicate to getting them done. Having your estate plan completed is one of those things.…

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What To Do When Your Disabled Child Turns Eighteen

Special Needs Adult Children

Graduation. It is a rite of passage for nearly every child. For special needs children, it is still that rite of passage bringing a sense of accomplishment and pride to the child and to the family. It is also a time for new challenges for parents as preparation for their child’s life as an adult…

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Mental Health Power of Attorney: What You Need to Know

Durable Mental Health Care Power of Attorney

In Arizona, there are more than 6.5 million people and 294,000 of them are suffering from severe mental illness. If your family is struggling to help a family member who is suffering from a mental illness, you are not alone. It is very important to be prepared legally so that the ill person can quickly…

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Essential Components of a Trust


When people say they want a Trust put together, they are usually saying that they want a document that will say who will get what when they die. People who want to avoid probate will often want a Trust. But, what exactly goes into a Trust and what do you need to think about before…

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How Long Does Probate Take in Arizona?


There are two different scenarios when probate may be necessary. If you have a Will, probate may be needed. If you die without any estate documents, so no Will or Trust, you may need probate. If you don’t have any documents, you are said to die “intestate”. Probate is a court process used to determine…

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Manage the Cost through Special Needs Trust

special needs trust

A special needs child born to parents in Arizona often will require many services that can cost millions to deliver over the child’s lifetime. Managing this extreme bill requires careful planning and structuring. It can be daunting but it is not insurmountable. What Parents of Special Needs Children Need to Know A tool that is…

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Estate Planning and Your IRA

estate planning

Estate planning often includes looking at who you have named as beneficiaries on your IRAs. You want to be sure to discuss who to name, not only with an investment advisor but also with an estate planning attorney.

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