Jun 3, 2020

3 Simple Ways to Avoid Probate Costs

By |2020-06-03T23:00:35+00:00June 3rd, 2020|Estate Planning|0 Comments

3 Simple Ways to Avoid Probate Costs The bad news: When a deceased person’s estate (all of their money and property) has to go through probate (the court-supervised process of distributing a deceased person’s money and property), it can be subject to a variety of costs stemming from Arizona probate administration attorneys, executors, appraisers, accountants, [...]

Jun 3, 2020

Trust Funding: Setting Your Trustee Up for Success

By |2020-06-03T22:12:10+00:00June 3rd, 2020|Assets|0 Comments

Trust Funding: Setting Your Trustee Up for Success For many people, a revocable living trust is a valuable tool to ensure that their finances are well managed during periods of incapacity and that their loved ones are financially secure upon their passing. However, signing the trust agreement doesn’t end the estate planning process with your [...]

Jun 3, 2020

How to Help Your Loved Ones (and Assets) Avoid Probate

By |2020-06-03T22:15:54+00:00June 3rd, 2020|asset protection, Assets|0 Comments

How to Help Your Loved Ones (and Assets) Avoid Probate  Today, many people are using a revocable living trust instead of a will or joint ownership as the foundation of their Estate Plan. When properly prepared, a Living Trust avoids the public, costly and time-consuming court processes of Arizona conservatorship or guardianship law (due to [...]

Jun 3, 2020

Nosy Neighbor Nellie Can Find Out About Your Probate. Really.

By |2020-06-04T01:31:57+00:00June 3rd, 2020|Estate Planning|0 Comments

Nosy Neighbor Nellie Can Find Out About Your Probate. Really. Most people think of probate (the process of collecting, managing, and distributing a deceased person’s money and property) as a private process. However, because wills are filed at the courthouse, probated estates become a matter of public record. That means your nosy neighbor Nellie can [...]

Jun 3, 2020

Legal Requirements to Consider When Selecting an Executor

By |2020-06-04T01:38:52+00:00June 3rd, 2020|Estate Planning|0 Comments

Legal Requirements to Consider When Selecting an Executor The person you choose to be your executor (sometimes called a personal representative) will play an extremely important role, as that person will be responsible for gathering, securing, managing, and ultimately distributing your money and property when you pass away. As a result, you should make your [...]

Jun 3, 2020

HELP! This Probate Is Taking Forever!!!

By |2020-06-04T01:20:31+00:00June 3rd, 2020|Estate Planning|0 Comments

HELP! This Probate Is Taking Forever!!! After a loved one dies, their money and property must be distributed to the right people, either according to their will or the state’s default distribution scheme (found in its “intestacy” statute). While most people want the settlement process to be done ASAP, probate can take between 18 and [...]

Jun 2, 2020

No-Contest Clause: Does No-Contest Really Mean No Contest?

By |2020-06-04T00:55:21+00:00June 2nd, 2020|Estate Planning|0 Comments

No-Contest Clause: Does No-Contest Really Mean No Contest? We live in a litigious society. Unfortunately, even family members sometimes file lawsuits because they are dissatisfied with what their parents or loved ones leave them in a will or trust. Some are so disgruntled that they decide to contest or challenge the validity of a will [...]

Jun 2, 2020

Why Your Marital Agreement Should Be Shown to Your Estate Planner

By |2020-06-04T01:10:17+00:00June 2nd, 2020|Estate Planning|0 Comments

Why Your Marital Agreement Should Be Shown to Your Estate Planner It is not uncommon for couples to enter into marital agreements stating what property is separately owned by each spouse and the property rights each spouse will have in the event of separation, divorce, or death. They are most common when one or both [...]

Jun 2, 2020

How to Handle Savings Bonds in Estate Planning and at Death

By |2020-06-04T00:44:19+00:00June 2nd, 2020|Estate Planning|0 Comments

How to Handle Savings Bonds in Estate Planning and at Death A savings bond is defined as “debt security issued by the U.S. Department of the Treasury to help pay for the U.S. government’s borrowing needs.” In effect, when you buy a savings bond, you are loaning the U.S. government money which is repaid with [...]

Jun 2, 2020

Assisted Reproductive Technology and the Real Impact on Estate Planning

By |2020-06-04T00:32:09+00:00June 2nd, 2020|Estate Planning|0 Comments

Assisted Reproductive Technology and the Real Impact on Estate Planning According to data provided by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), approximately 1.9% of all infants born in the United States, 81,478 in 2018, were conceived using assisted reproductive technology (ART). ART is defined by the CDC as all fertility treatments in which both eggs [...]

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