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What to do with your pets in trusts

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Pets are legally considered property, but any pet owner will say that pets are so much more than something they own. Pets are loyal companions and are often considered part of the family. Because of this special bond people have with their pets, it is important that pet owners consider the future of their pets…

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Living Trusts vs Wills: When is a Living Trust More Appropriate?

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There are various estate planning tools that may be recommended by a knowledgeable estate planning attorney to accomplish the purpose of passing on assets to others. Making the determination between a will and a revocable living trust comes down to what you want to achieve with your estate plan overall as well as your individual…

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Estate Planning Checklist

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Death and incapacity can be very complicated and overwhelming. It is extremely important to take the necessary steps to protect your loved ones and empower them to make decisions on your behalf if you are unable to do so due to incapacity or death. Estate planning can make these scenarios, in which you are suddenly…

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Guardianships for Adults with Disabilities

guardianships for adults

When an Arizona adult lose loses capacity to make decisions, a guardian can be legally appointed to step in. Becoming a guardian is the option Arizona families must help the adult manage day to day life. When appointed, the guardian assists in the care and options for the adult. A lawyer with experience in filing…

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Frequently Asked Questions: Arizona Wills

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Many people ignore the importance of having a will; however, a will ensures your assets will be distributed in accordance with your wishes. If you should lose your life unexpectedly, and have not prepared a will, your estate will be distributed in accordance with Arizona laws. Your wishes and the law’s wishes may be two…

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Power of Attorney Q&A

What does “Power of Attorney” mean? Power of Attorney means that you legally give another person the power to make decisions on your behalf. This person can make medical or financial decisions for you if you are not able to make these decisions for yourself. Why should I have a Power of Attorney? In the…

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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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