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Estate and Business Planning Attorney, Nicole Pavlik

Welcome to Nicole Pavlik Law Firm, I'm Nicole.

I had always wanted to be an attorney, but it wasn’t until I worked as a paralegal while in law school that I found my niche. I knew I didn’t like the adversarial side of law. I wanted to help people, so in 2013, I started the Nicole Pavlik Law Firm.

I’ve seen what happens to families when their loved ones haven’t planned their estates properly: anger, distrust, and hurt feelings among those left behind. My goal is to help you prepare the legal documents you need to plan for your family’s future after you’re no longer around to care for them.

As a small business owner, I also understand how much jargon and paperwork are involved in running a successful business. I help business owners set up a solid legal foundation so they can focus on running their business instead of wasting their valuable time dotting i’s and crossing t’s.

My success as an attorney stems from my focus on client relations and problem-solving. I meet with each client personally and communicate with them directly, and I don’t nickel-and-dime them with phone calls and emails.

I look forward to becoming your trusted advisor and helping you with all your legal affairs!

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4 Tips for Avoiding a Will or Trust Contest

A will or trust contest can derail your final wishes, rapidly deplete your estate, and tear your loved ones apart.But with proper planning, you can help your family avoid a potentially disastrous will or trust contest. If you are concerned about challenges to your estate plan, consider the following: 1.  Do not attempt “do it yourself”…

Is a Payable on Death Account Right for You and Your Family?

Payable on death accounts, or “POD accounts” for short, have become popular for avoiding probate in the last decade or so. What is a POD Account? A POD account is a type of bank account authorized by state law which allows the account owner to designate one or more beneficiaries to receive the funds left…

Make an Achievable 2018 New Year’s Resolution – Get an Estate Plan Checkup!

With 2018 here, it’s time to start thinking about your new year’s resolutions. It doesn’t matter whether you have an estate plan or don’t, one important item to add to your list is getting an estate plan checkup. Don’t Have an Estate Plan? If you don’t already have an estate plan, then getting one in place…

How to Protect Your Child’s Inheritance from His or Her Untrustworthy Spouse

Parents who develop an estate plan often do so to provide for their heirs financially. Many want to make sure hard-earned assets, family heirlooms, or closely held businesses stay within the family. Indeed, a common question is what cost effective options are available to protect one’s children’s inheritance from a spouse in the event of…

New Baby? Time to Create Your Estate Plan

Estate planning is often one item that gets pushed back on nearly everyone’s to-do list. The reasons you might be delaying vary: lack of time, not thinking you have enough assets, not knowing how to start, or fear of contemplating death. Whatever the reason for not putting an estate plan together, it is important to…

How Long Should You Keep Important Documents?

In a society dominated by paperwork, the question of how long to hold on to important documents has been baffling for most people. We especially worry about documents of a financial or personally identifying nature. People who worry about losing something important sometimes hoard everything; others who worry about things like identity theft are too…

What To Do After a Loved One Dies

If you’ve been appointed an executor of a loved one’s estate, or a successor trustee, and that person dies, your grief – not to mention your to-do list, including tasks ranging from planning the funeral, coordinating relatives coming in from out of town and (eventually) meeting with a trust administration or probate lawyer – can…

Who Should Be Your Successor Trustee?

 If you have a revocable living trust, you probably named yourself as trustee so you can continue to manage your own financial affairs, but eventually someone will need to step in for you when you are no longer able to act due to incapacity or after your death. The Successor Trustee plays an important role…

5 Things to Talk About with Your Family

You intend to pass along your wealth through your estate plan, but what about your wisdom? Ensuring you accomplish both calls for a family meeting to have a conversation about your money, your legacy, and your core principles. Working with your estate planning attorney in collaboration any other advisors you have in your corner can…

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Supporting Female Entrepreneurship in Phoenix

Estate and Business Planning Strategies In the dynamic business landscape of Phoenix, Arizona, female entrepreneurs and business leaders are increasingly making their mark. Supporting female entrepreneurship in Phoenix has become a necessity to encourage diversity and success. Without a doubt, navigating business ownership complexities, estate, and business planning becomes essential for protecting assets and business…

Parental Power of Attorney in Phoenix Estate Plans

A Parental Power of Attorney (POA) is key to thorough estate planning, especially in Phoenix, Arizona. Learn about this document’s details and how it fits with Arizona law. Phoenix estate planning attorneys are here to help. This POA is crucial for parents who want to secure their kids’ futures. So, this post looks at the…

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Succession Planning for Phoenix Family Businesses

Succession planning is an essential aspect of managing a family business, especially in the dynamic business landscape of Phoenix, Arizona. As a local Phoenix estate planning attorney, Nicole Pavlik Law Firm understands the unique challenges and opportunities that family businesses face in this region. This blog post will explore the key elements of successful succession…

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Revocable vs. Irrevocable Living Trusts: Choosing the Right One for Your Needs

Understanding the distinction between revocable and irrevocable living trusts is crucial for effective estate planning. At Nicole Pavlik Law Firm in Phoenix, Arizona, we emphasize the importance of local laws and the specialized guidance an experienced Phoenix estate planning attorney can provide. Here, we’ll explore these two types of trusts in the context of Arizona…

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Your Estate Plan Can Protect Your Assets

Estate planning is an essential step in securing your financial future and protecting your assets for the benefit of your loved ones. At Nicole Pavlik Law Firm, we specialize in creating comprehensive estate plans tailored to the unique needs of each client. This blog post aims to highlight the importance of estate planning and how…

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What Do We Mean by End-of-Life Decisions?

End-of-life decisions are a deeply personal and often complex topic that touches on legal, ethical, and emotional considerations. At Nicole Pavlik Law Firm, we understand the gravity of these decisions and the impact they have on individuals and their families. This post aims to shed light on what end-of-life decisions entail and how planning for…

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Estate Planning for Business Owners: Protecting Your Legacy

Owning a business is a rewarding endeavor. The countless hours you’ve poured into building your company represent more than just money; it embodies your passion, dedication, and dreams. As a business owner, it is crucial to ensure that your business and personal assets are protected, not only in your lifetime but also when you’re gone.…

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Arizona Advance Directives – What Should I Have?

Navigating the intricate landscape of estate planning can be daunting, especially when it comes to planning for unexpected medical decisions. In Arizona, Advance Directives are a crucial part of this process, ensuring that your wishes are respected during critical moments when you might not be able to communicate them yourself. Let’s delve into the essential…

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Protecting Inheritance From Taxes

One of the goals when you create an estate plan at Nicole Pavlik Law Firm is protecting your inheritance from taxes. In general, you should be aware of four types of taxes when creating your Phoenix estate plan: 1) estate tax, 2) inheritance tax, 3) gift tax, and 4) income tax. Do You Have to…

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How to Write an Operating Agreement in Phoenix

As a business owner in Phoenix, it’s essential to have a well-crafted operating agreement in place. An operating agreement is a legal document that essentially outlines the ownership structure, management responsibilities, and operational procedures for a limited liability company (LLC). It also serves as the governing rule for your business and can help avoid disputes…

Independent Contractor Agreements in Phoenix

Enlisting the help of independent contractors to complete specific projects is becoming more and more common for business owners in Phoenix. If you have just hired an independent contractor, you may be tempted to have the worker start immediately. However, by failing to take the time to create an Independent Contractor Agreement, you are much…

Legal Agreements for Phoenix Small Businesses

Almost half of the state of Arizona’s private workforce—or 44.5% —is employed by small businesses. As a small business owner, this means being part of an economic network that the entire state relies on.  If you’re a new small business owner in Phoenix, however, navigating the various legal agreements can be overwhelming. And even worse,…

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The Importance of Non-Disclosure Agreements in Phoenix Businesses

In the bustling business landscape of Phoenix, Arizona, maintaining a competitive edge is vital for success. This is where the importance of Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs) comes into sharp focus. NDAs are legal contracts that prohibit the sharing of confidential information, serving as a cornerstone for safeguarding business interests, especially in a city teeming with innovation…

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Creating Employment Contracts: Tips for Phoenix Employers

Employment contracts are a crucial aspect of the employer-employee relationship, especially in a vibrant business environment like Phoenix, Arizona. As an estate planning attorney based in Phoenix, Nicole Pavlik Law Firm recognizes the importance of carefully drafting employment agreements that comply with both federal and Arizona state laws. This post aims to provide Phoenix employers…

What is an Operating Agreement?

What is an Operating Agreement?

An operating agreement refers to a legal document outlining the rules and structural makeup of a limited liability company, or an LLC. The operating agreement recognizes the members of the LLC and lists how any business regarding the LLC will be conducted, such as voting procedures, how the funds will be allocated, and disciplinary mechanisms.…

Benefits of a Partnership Agreement

Benefits of a Partnership Agreement

Although a written partnership agreement is not required under Arizona law, it is critical to the success of your business, even if you are starting your partnership with someone you know and trust, like a family member or close friend. A partnership agreement is a legal document that dictates how the business is run and…

Benefits of a Small Business Buy-Sell Agreement

Benefits of a Small Business Buy-Sell Agreement

Benefits of a Small Business Buy-Sell Agreement A buy-sell agreement, also known as a buyout agreement, is a legal contract between business owners that governs what happens if a partner dies, retires, or otherwise leaves the business. A buy-sell agreement benefits the business owners, their families, and the business itself. It is one of the…

Top Reasons for Succession Planning for Your Business

Top Reasons for Succession Planning for Your Business

Succession planning is an often-overlooked part of running a small business in Phoenix. Business owners are usually heavily focused on the day-to-day operations of their company and put off planning for a future where they will no longer be in charge. However, there are numerous benefits of having an effective succession plan in place. Below…

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