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Your Responsibilities If Named as Personal Representative of a Will

The personal representative is the person charged with managing a decedent’s estate. It is a position of trust with important duties that must be faithfully and efficiently carried out. These responsibilities begin with submitting the will for probate. The person named as personal representative in the will must first determine if probate is necessary. If […]

Why an Advance Directive Should Be Part of Your Estate Planning

Very often, people only use estate planning to control how their property will be disposed of after their deaths. But it’s also advantageous to arrange for making important decisions regarding healthcare and management of assets late in life or when a medical emergency strikes. An advance directive can serve to provide instructions and authorize a […]

What Happens To Your Property If You Don’t Have A Will?

When a decedent has not made a will, they have died “intestate,” meaning their property is subject to distribution to their legal heirs under Arizona state law. The process is similar to estate probate, being carried out by an appointed representative under court supervision. The laws regarding intestate succession determine who are the heirs to […]

Understanding Arizona’s Small-estate Affidavit Procedure

A small-estate affidavit is a procedure available under Arizona estate law that allows heirs and beneficiaries to bypass the probate process, which can be lengthy and expensive. The procedure is typically carried out by the decedent’s surviving spouse and/or children but can be initiated by anyone claiming to be a legitimate heir at law, whether […]

What Advance Medical Directives Should I Have in Place If I’m Concerned About COVID-19?

Though it’s always been true, the COVID-19 pandemic has driven home the point that a debilitating medical condition can strike without warning. Whether you’re fighting the coronavirus or are incapacitated for some other reason, your wishes regarding medical treatment should be honored by family members and healthcare providers. An experienced attorney can help you put […]

Understanding How COVID-19 May Have Affected the Value of Your Estate

The economic and personal upheaval triggered by the COVID-19 outbreak is likely to warrant a review of your estate plan, no matter how thorough you think it is. As Americans cope with health fears and financial volatility, it’s worthwhile to determine whether a will, trust, advance medical directive or other legal instrument needs to be […]