Read below to learn about landmark court cases from Phoenix, AZ. Miranda v. Arizona (1966) If you have watched Law and Order, or any other crime TV, you are familiar with the Miranda warning: “You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in the court of…

The biggest misconception about estate planning is that it is only for the wealthy. But estate planning is much more than a way for the wealthy to minimize their estate tax. Instead, estate planning is important for every person in Phoenix, no matter your circumstances. Estate planning is about taking the legal tools and customizing…

There are many steps that you must take and documents that you must create when starting a business. Taking the time to prepare your business in the beginning can have huge payoffs later on and help you avoid disasters. Below is a list of general items that you should include in your business planning toolbox….

  Below are a few of the interesting cases before the courts in Phoenix, Arizona. Death Penalty Sentencing In 1993, James Erin McKinney was sentenced to death for murder. McKinney was abused as a child and continued to suffer from PTSD throughout his adult life, but the judge did not consider his childhood history during…

Probate refers to the process by which an estate gets settled under court supervision. The purpose of probate is to ensure that the estate is administered properly and to prevent fraud. Arizona law provides for both informal and formal probate. Probate is not required at all if the decedent had equity less than $100,000 in…

When most people wonder how Phoenix, Arizona got its name they imagine that it has something to do with the city’s extreme heat. And that would make sense because in Greek mythology the phoenix is associated with the sun, and based on some stories the mythological phoenix would combust in a blaze of flames and…

The legal landscape for LGBT couples changed greatly in June 2015 when the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the right for same-sex couples to marry in all 50 states. After the Obergefell v. Hodges decision, many married same-sex couples in Phoenix assume that creating an estate plan is no longer a priority. This assumption is far…

Phoenix, Arizona is a vibrant and culturally diverse city and it is only becoming more diverse every day. Arizona shares a 372 mile border with Mexico and nearly a third of the Phoenix population is Latino. In addition to the large Latino population, the Russian, Vietnamese, Filipino, Irish, Korean, and German cultures are all represented…

Phoenix, Arizona has long been one of the most popular destinations for retirees—attracting both snowbirds and year-long residents. Sun City, the first 55+ adult community in the United States, was developed in Phoenix in 1960. Today retirees are continuing to flock to Phoenix for the weather, low tax burden, recreational activities, and cultural attractions. Weather…

A revocable trust, also known as a living trust, is an estate planning tool that allows you to distribute your assets after death or incapacitation. A revocable trust allows you to transfer legal ownership of your assets into a trust during your lifetime. After your death, the assets in the trust may be transferred to…

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