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Four Ways to Avoid Probate in Arizona

Probate is the court process where your belongings pass to your family after you pass away. Because probate can be expensive and time-consuming at a stressful point in your loved ones’ lives, it’s often better to avoid probate if you are able. Additionally, because probate is a court process, all submitted documents are part of…

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Do I Need A Probate Lawyer?

Probate Lawyer

Dealing with a family member’s death is incredibly stressful. Having to go through the probate process with no guidance can make matters even worse. The first thing to determine is whether you need to do a probate at all. Related article: 10 Common Questions about the Probate Process in Arizona Does the Estate Qualify for…

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Power of Attorney Dementia Law

Dementia Law

Coming to grips with the reality of aging relatives can be particularly painful, especially if mom or dad’s mental capacity begins to dwindle. Caring for parents who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia can be physically and mentally taxing. There are a number of legal documents that may be a part of your…

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What Are the Most Common Types of Wills?

Types of Wills

When most people hear the word “will,” they usually envision a last will and testament. What they might not realize until they speak with an estate planning attorney is that there are many different types of wills. In fact, plenty of estate planning clients are surprised by how numerous their will options are. Last Will…

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Legal Guardianship in Arizona

Legal Guardianship

A court-appointed guardian is needed when a person is physically or mentally incapable of caring for themselves. Parents of children with disabilities need to go through this process when their minor child is about to turn 18 in order to continue caring for them once they become legal adults. Your child is known as the…

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Incapacity Planning in Arizona

Incapacity Planning

Estate planning involves more than thinking about what happens to your property when you die. This is only one piece of the puzzle. It is equally, if not more, important to consider incapacity planning to ensure that your family members are able to take care of you when you are no longer able to take…

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What Happens to a Family Trust in a Divorce

Family Trust in a Divorce

Despite our best plans, life often has a way of throwing curveballs at us, especially when it comes to divorce. Property, including your estate, will need to be divided, which can get messy. Here are considerations to keep in mind regarding how divorce affects a family trust.  Keep in mind that the court orders and…

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Inheritance Rights of Siblings

Inheritance Rights of Siblings

Family dynamics, especially sibling rivalry, can be particularly daunting, especially when dealing with the often sensitive topic of inheritance. Here are some things you should take into consideration when it comes to siblings and inheritances, especially if you are parents deciding how to distribute your estate, or a sibling concerned with receiving your fair share.…

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How to Leave a Legacy

Leave a Legacy

At some point in everyone’s life, we begin to understand that our time on earth is limited. Whether it’s the birth of a child, or the death of a parent or loved one, we start to think about leaving a legacy for our children and grandchildren after we’re gone. Related article: Top 5 Life Events…

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Common Errors in a DIY Will

Errors in a DIY Will

Understandably, many people look to cut costs by completing do it yourself legal documents, including wills. Unfortunately, online services do not measure up when compared to working with a professional estate planning lawyer. With some DIY legal documents, if you make a mistake, there may be opportunities to fix any errors. With a last will…

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