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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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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,…

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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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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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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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…

ESTATE PLANNING RESOURCE ARTICLES

Advanced Directives Registry: A Great Way to Store Your Documents

A couple of the documents I prepare as part of my services are the Health Care Power of Attorney and the Living Will. These documents are important to outline who will make medical decisions on your behalf when you are unable to, as well as your end-of-life instructions. However, my clients always ask the important…

Don’t Make These Mistakes with Your Beneficiary Designations

There are financial accounts such as life insurance policies, 401k, IRA’s, etc.that allow you to choose the primary beneficiary(ies) and contingent beneficiary(ies), which means upon your passing the funds from these assets will pass directly those individuals listed.I always tell my clients to check the designations on these accounts to ensure: 1)They have a beneficiary(ies)…

Putting Rental Properties into a Limited Liability Company

Putting an investment or rental property into a limited liability company (LLC) can be a great way to protect your personal assets from any liabilities of the property(ies). An LLC is a legal business entity. If someone sues an LLC, in most cases, only the assets of the LLC will be subject to liability in…

6 Benefits of Having an Estate Plan

Many people don’t realize that when they prepare an estate plan, it’s not really for them but for their family and loved ones. Here are some of the benefits of having an estate plan prepared: 1. Plan for incapacity. While estate planning, you can make arrangements in case of mental or physical incapacity. Living wills…

Why Unmarried Couples Need an Estate Plan

Today I spoke with someone whose domestic partner of 24 years died prematurely at 62. They had no estate plan, and that made me think about how many couples out there are in the same situation. There are joint assets and separate assets to consider. Unfortunately, Arizona law does not provide for a domestic partner,…

How to Choose a Guardian for your Children

I hear it all too often: “My spouse and I haven’t done our estate plan because we can’t agree on a guardian for our kids if something happens to both of us.” What? So instead of doing something, they choose to do nothing. This opens the door to a free-for-all for family and/or friends to…

The One Thing You Can’t Forget Before Leaving for Vacation Without the Kids!

Yes, you’re going on vacation without the kids. It’s your chance for some much needed time alone to relax and enjoy each other’s company. But before you go, do you have everything in order? I’m not talking about a list of emergency contact information, doctors’ names, or even your last will and testament. I’m talking…

What You Need To Know About Digital Assets

What You Need To Know About Digital Assets When planning for your loved ones after you pass, it can be overwhelming to remember to include everything. That is why it is so important to work with a licensed attorney to make sure the correct legal actions have been taken. Digital assets can be tricky! This…

Planning for the Unthinkable

Planning for the Unthinkable  How to prepare for when a loved one passes away No one can truly know what a new day may bring. How can you plan for something you aren’t sure will happen? Have you ever thought about what your family would do if you suddenly passed away or if someone in…

BUSINESS PLANNING RESOURCE ARTICLES

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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,…

Asian tenant, client woman sign signature contract rental purchase, buyer home or apartment with landlord, realtor after banker agreement mortgage, loan success or done. Property lease agent concept.

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…

Close up of pen on employment contract

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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