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How the Probate Process Works in Phoenix, Arizona   Probate is the legal process of settling an estate. It can be complicated to navigated with strict deadlines and numerous forms and tasks that must be completed. The person in charge of handling the probate process in Phoenix is called the personal representative. Below is a…

For a will to be valid in Arizona, it must meet specific requirements. It is critical that your will is valid under Arizona law because interested parties can challenge it after your death. If the court finds that your will is not legally enforceable, the wishes that you articulated in the will won’t be fulfilled….

A health care power of attorney is a legal document that allows you to pick a person who you know and trust to make future health care decisions for you. It only goes into effect if you become so ill, disabled, or incapacitated that you cannot make these decisions for yourself. What Health Care Decisions…

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…

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…

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…

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…

  Planning for a future that you will not be a part of can be scary and overwhelming but not putting the proper estate plan in place can have serious consequences when the unthinkable does happen. Estate planning should be viewed as a gift that you are giving your loved ones to reduce the amount…

Looking to get started on your estate planning? Finding an attorney that you can trust may seem like a daunting task. There are a sea of attorneys out there and it can be difficult to decide which one you can trust to carry out your unique goals. Here are some things that you should look…

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