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…

With shiny new high-rises constantly being built, it can be easy to forget that Phoenix, Arizona was not always the metropolitan city that it is today. If you read below, you will find out that Phoenix has a rich and vibrant history going back thousands of years. Early Native American History The Hohokam tribe are…

Most people understand that having some sort of an estate plan is, as Martha Stewart would say, a “good thing.” However, many of us don’t take the steps to get that estate plan in place because we don’t understand the nuances between wills and trusts – and dying without either. Here’s what will generally happen…

When a bottle of wine is decanted, it’s poured from one container into another. When a trust is decanted, trust assets are poured from an old trust into a new trust with more favorable terms. Why Should a Trust Be Decanted? Trusts are decanted to escape from a bad trust and provide beneficiaries with more…

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