Estate Planning, Probate, Small Business, & Asset Protection

The Importance of Asset Protection Planning

The Importance of Asset Protection Planning

Asset Protection Planning is the use of legal tools and strategies to protect the assets of individuals and families from the threat of frivolous and predatory lawsuits, or similar unanticipated creditors. The Business of Litigation In America, more than 40,000 civil lawsuits are filed daily. Civil litigation has become a $300 billion annual industry in… Continue Reading

Legally Speaking: Planning for New Families

Legally Speaking: Planning for New Families

Newlyweds and New Parents Need Estate Planning Too! Congratulations! Life is new and exciting! You’re a “grownup” now! You’ve recently married or welcomed a new bundle of joy into your life! The honeymoon, unfortunately, is over, and it might occur to you that “I’m not just living for me, I’m living for them too!” You… Continue Reading

What About Sparky?

What About Sparky?

Who doesn’t consider their pet a member of the family? It’s heart wrenching to think about them being gone, even scarier to think what will happen when we are gone.  Many assume a friend or relative will step up and care for their pets; in reality, a lot of these animals end up in shelters… Continue Reading

Timeshares and your Estate Plan Asset or Liability?

Timeshares and your Estate Plan Asset or Liability?

You’re enjoying vacation with loved ones; sightseeing, great food, relaxation!  In this vulnerable state, you’re approached by a friendly salesman who offers you a nice gift if you listen to his sales pitch.  90 minutes later, you’re sold on the wonders of timeshare vacationing.  For a modest initial fee, you can relive this great vacation… Continue Reading

Letter to a Mourning Family Member

Letter to a Mourning Family Member

Dear Family Member; Please accept my condolences on the passing of your loved one. This letter is a response to your concerns about how to settle the Estate and help you overcome the confusion you are experiencing at this difficult time. You will likely need to file a Probate with our County Superior Court.  I… Continue Reading

Planning for Loved Ones with Special Needs

Planning for Loved Ones with Special Needs

Public Benefits Subject to Strict Asset & Income Limits Individuals with special needs are often eligible for public financial assistance and healthcare such as: Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Arizona’s Medicaid programs such as Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) or Arizona Long Term Care (ALTCS) Veterans Administration (VA) benefits These can provide thousands of… Continue Reading

Legally Speaking:  The Super-Six Estate Planning Errors

Legally Speaking: The Super-Six Estate Planning Errors

Below are common Estate Planning errors that can easily be avoided. The important thing is to take action sooner rather than later and to NOT procrastinate! Nobody wants to ponder their mortality or disability, but failure to plan is costlier, both emotionally and financially, on your family. One of the greatest gifts you can give… Continue Reading

Legally Speaking: Business Entities

Legally Speaking: Business Entities

Are you a small business owner in Arizona? Do you need to protect your business assets and your personal assets? Are you worried about being sued as a business owner, putting your business assets or personal assets at risk? As a business owner, there are several types of entities you can form to suit your… Continue Reading

Legally Speaking:  New Tax Laws

Legally Speaking: New Tax Laws

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act passed recently is perhaps the most significant change in tax law in 30 years.  There are several significant changes that may affect your Estate & Financial Planning: Estate Taxes  Starting January 1, 2018, the Estate, Gift, and Generation-Skipping Transfer (GST) tax exemptions double from $5 million to $10 million. … Continue Reading

Wills VS. Trusts, The Basics

Wills VS. Trusts, The Basics

Last Will & Testament A written document that is signed and witnessed. It is effective only upon death and can be changed until then. A Will: Distributes assets owned by you, except for asset that transfer via beneficiary designations (life insurance, IRAs, 401k, annuities) If your beneficiary designations are incomplete, then your Will should take… Continue Reading

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