Phoenix Attorney, Nicole Pavlik. Estate Planning, Business Planning and Probate Law

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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Easy Estate Planning in 5 Steps

Most people understand that they need to make an estate plan, but they put it off because it seems complicated and time-consuming. Easy estate planning would be a welcome opportunity for so many. Well if this sounds like you, you should call Phoenix’s leading estate planning attorney Nicole Pavlik. Attorney Pavlik has taken estate planning…

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Where is Probate Filed In Phoenix?

If you are named the personal representative of a will, you likely will have questions about what to do next including “Where is probate filed in Phoenix?” In Phoenix, probate filings can be made in person, by mail, or via a filing depository box. Where is Probate Filed in Person in Phoenix? Probate filings can…

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Updating Your Estate Plan Upon Retirement

Phoenix is one of the most popular retirement destinations in the United States. Part of your retirement plan should include updating your estate plan upon retirement. It is always a good idea to review your estate plan whenever a major event occurs such as marriage, a new child or grandchild, or a milestone like retirement.…

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What is the Definition of a Trust Fund?

You may have heard of a trust fund. Knowing the definition of a trust fund may not be part of your vocabulary though. A trust fund is the legal entity that assets are transferred into when a trust a created. The trustee controls the trust funds on behalf of the beneficiaries. That is a lot…

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Estate Planning After Divorce

Rebuilding your life after a divorce is an important process. One task that is critical not to overlook is updating your estate plan. As an estate planning lawyer, Nicole Pavlik has helped many new divorced men and women properly update or create estate plans that reflect their new status. Below is a list of six…

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How To Plan For a Second Family

Planning for a second family may be an important part of your life. Having a child is a joyous time, especially if you are welcoming a child with your second marriage. Like every significant life change, having a baby should prompt you to review and update your estate plan. If you are starting a second…

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Just Married – Don’t Forget an Estate Plan

Getting married is an exciting life change. If you’ve just married, it is important to think about your legal and financial future as a married couple. Although it may not be the first thing on your mind, creating or updating your estate plan is critical. Making an estate plan can seem daunting, but attorney Nicole…

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Benefits of a Power of Attorney

Including a power of attorney in your Phoenix estate plan is critical, even for married individuals. A power of attorney is a legal document that gives another individual the authority to act in your place. There are various types of powers of attorney in Arizona. The two main types of power of attorney that everyone…

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Is an LLC Right For My Business?

When you start your business, choosing the right business structure is one of the most crucial decisions you will make. The business structure is the government classification that regulates certain areas of your business. Several business structures are recognized in Phoenix, including sole proprietorships, partnerships, LLCs, and corporations. One of the most popular business structures…


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Who Should I Choose for Power of Attorney? 

A power of attorney is an important tool to include in every Phoenix estate plan. It is a document where you appoint someone to act on your behalf regarding legal, financial, or medical matters. There are two main types of powers of attorney that you should include in your Phoenix estate plan: a health care…

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Do I Have to Be Wealthy to Have an Estate Plan?

It is a common misconception that estate plans are only for the wealthy. No matter what your net worth is, you should have an estate plan. What is an Estate Plan? An estate plan is a series of documents that allow you to leave important instructions about what should happen to your property, children, and…

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What is an Executor?

An executor is the person named in a will and appointed by the court to oversee the administration of an estate and carry out the terms of the will. In Phoenix, the executor is called the personal representative. What are the Responsibilities of an Executor in Phoenix? If you are named as the executor of…

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Do I Have a Right to Inherit in Arizona? 

In Arizona, spouses and minor children have a certain limited right to inherit regardless of what is written in the will. Read below to learn more about inheritance rights in Phoenix, Arizona. Right to Inherit Laws for Spouses in Arizona Although most couples decide to leave the majority, if not all, of their estate to…

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Estate Planning After a Divorce

The divorce process is incredibly stressful and overwhelming. With so much on your plate, it is easy to overlook your estate plan. However, revising your estate plan after a divorce is a critical step and involves more than just updating your will. Below are six areas you must address when updating your estate plan after…

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What is Joint Tenancy with Rights of Survivorship (“JTWROS”)?

What is Joint Tenancy with Rights of Survivorship (“JTWROS”)? Joint tenancy with rights of survivorship (JTWROS) is a type of property ownership where two or more people hold property together with equal rights and responsibilities. In Phoenix, joint tenancy is most commonly seen in real estate, but JTWROS can also be used with personal property…

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Basic Parts of a Last Will and Testament

What are the Essential Components of a Will? A will is an essential document in a comprehensive Phoenix estate plan. In general, it lays out your final wishes. Below is a list of the basic components of a last will and testament. Your will should include a statement that all prior wills are being revoked.…

What is Parental Power of Attorney

In general terms, the power of attorney is a legal document created to allow you to name a trusted person to temporarily act on your behalf. It empowers that one individual to act as your “agent” to take care of things when you are unable to do so. It is a common and recommended part…

A Residuary Clause for Last Will and Testament

When it comes to estate planning, it is important to have a last will and testament that has all the necessary parts. Under Arizona law, a well prepared will usually needs something called a residuary clause. A residuary clause is a part of that last will and testament to pass all other items that a…


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…

Arizona PPP Loan Forgiveness Details You Should Know About

Arizona PPP Loan Forgiveness Details For Phoenix

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) was lifesaving for many Arizona businesses struggling to survive the COVID pandemic. Although called a loan, if recipients follow the correct requirements, one hundred percent of the PPP funds can be forgiven, essentially turning the loan into a business grant. The government does not automatically forgive PPP loans in Arizona.…

Why Do You Need a Business Attorney in Phoenix?

Why Do You Need a Business Attorney in Phoenix?

Why Do You Need a Business Attorney in Phoenix? There are a variety of different reasons why you should work with a business attorney. Although it is a cost upfront, hiring a Phoenix business attorney can save your business a lot of money in the long run. Below are six reasons why you should work…

Is Phoenix, Arizona a Good Place to Start a Business?

Is Phoenix, Arizona a Good Place to Start a Business?

Is Phoenix, Arizona a Good Place to Start a Business? Phoenix is one of the best cities in the country to start a business. It was recently ranked as the ninth-best U.S. city to start a business in 2020 by Inc. Magazine. Notable companies located in Phoenix include mattress maker Tuft & Needle and meal…

Estate Planning Challenges for Increased Life Expectancy in Phoenix, Arizona

Estate Planning Challenges for Increased Life Expectancy in Phoenix, Arizona

According to the Journal of the American Medical Academy, Arizona’s life expectancy was 79.3 years in 2016, the most recent year for which data is available. However, life expectancy is only the average number of years a person can expect to live, and many Phoenix residents will live many years past 80. With increasing life…

Key Items to Include In Your Business Planning Toolbox

Key Items to Include In Your Business Planning Toolbox

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.…


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