Estate Planning, Probate, Small Business, & Asset Protection

Legally Speaking: The SECURE Act

Legally Speaking: The SECURE Act

THE SECURE ACT A New Law Changes How Retirement Accounts are Inherited The SECURE Act became effective January 1st and is the most important law passed in decades governing Retirement Accounts (IRA, 401k, etc.). The highlights include: • Your Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs) can be delayed until you’re 72 (not 70 ½). • Age restrictions… Continue Reading

Legally Speaking: Having Your Affairs In Order In Uncertain Times

Legally Speaking: Having Your Affairs In Order In Uncertain Times

These are difficult times as a global pandemic consumes our attention and forces upon us dramatic change and uncertainty. Our careers, education, businesses, investments, worship, healthcare, and how we interact with others have all changed. But maybe there’s a silver lining… Maybe we have reflected on what is truly important and re-aligned priorities. We see… Continue Reading

(COVID-19) HP Law Announcement

To our valued clients and community members, Coronavirus (COVID-19) is at the forefront of our conversations and is affecting our individual decisions daily. While we navigate through these uncertain day-to-day changes, we are reaching out to assure you of our commitment to our clients and community. HP Law is committed to keeping our office space… Continue Reading

Legally Speaking: 7 Tips Before Selling Products Online

Legally Speaking: 7 Tips Before Selling Products Online

If you want to start a home-based business or expand your “brick and mortar” operation, selling online is a great way to increase sales. Before you begin, however, there are several legal issues you should be aware of. Properly Form & Use a Business Entity: Whether you’re a Start-Up or expanding to online sales, use the… Continue Reading

Legally Speaking: Estate Plan Fundamentals

Legally Speaking: Estate Plan Fundamentals

Estate Plan Fundamentals  Below are some fundamental concepts you should understand when creating or changing your Estate Plan. Probate: Court-mandated Estate administration for the deceased, whether or not they had a Will. Primary functions include authentication of Will, appointment of Personal Representative, identification of heirs, payment of debts, and distribution of property. Conservatorship/Guardianship: Court appointment… Continue Reading

Legally Speaking: New LLC Laws for Arizona

Legally Speaking: New LLC Laws for Arizona

Arizona has over 800,000 Limited Liability Companies (LLCs) with thousands formed each year. LLCs are very popular for their ease of formation and maintenance and taxation flexibility compared to other entities like Corporations & Partnerships. The new Arizona Limited Liability Company Act (ALLCA) was signed into law in April 2018 and replaces our LLC laws… Continue Reading

Legally Speaking: Gift & Estate Tax Facts

Legally Speaking: Gift & Estate Tax Facts

Taxation of Gifts & Estates is a topic that is often misunderstood. Many misconceptions about Gift & Estates tax are floating out there. The following are some important things to note about current Gift & Estate Tax laws. Federal Estate Tax Applies Only to Property Transfers at Death that Exceed Exemption Limits In 2019 individuals… Continue Reading

Can You Avoid Probate Without a Trust?

Can You Avoid Probate Without a Trust?

Avoiding the cost and hassle of Probate in Arizona is an important Estate Planning objective. Avoiding Probate saves your loved ones a great deal of expense, delay, and inconvenience. Trust-based Estate Planning is the best way to avoid Probate (and a bargain in comparison). Nevertheless, some may not want an Estate Plan based on a… Continue Reading

Living Our Lives Online: E-Signatures and Arizona’s New Electronic Will Law

Living Our Lives Online: E-Signatures and Arizona’s New Electronic Will Law

Increasingly we are living our financial and social lives “online”, including shopping, business and legal activities. Many are uneasy about putting their information online, and question the security and enforceability of E-Signed agreements. We have all “E-Signed” many agreements. Facebook, Amazon, Netflix, Google and an unlimited number of other online services all require your E-Signature… Continue Reading

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As a business owner, you’ve got your hands full just taking care of day-to-day operations. Essential tasks like the maintenance of your business entity can slip through the cracks. While these tasks may not be on the top of your to-do list, keeping your business entity up-to-date is absolutely essential to your continued success.

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