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What Should I Do With My Estate Plan After A Divorce?

Question: I got a divorce. I think my spouse was named in my estate plan. What should I do? Answer: If you don't want your spouse to inherit any of your assets or be the one to make critical decisions for you, you must revise your estate plan! Updating your [...]

Probate Myths and Facts

Myth: Probate costs and attorney fees are usually as high as 10 percent of your estate. Fact: Arizona court costs to open a probate are very modest. In addition, Arizona lawyers may charge only reasonable fees for necessary services, not percentage fees. Fees may increase in the event of tax [...]

Do I Need A Will If I Want My Spouse And Kids To Inherit Everything?

Question: I don't have a Will but I want my spouse and kids to inherit everything. If my spouse and kids will inherit everything anyway, what's the point of making a Will? Answer: That's a good question. In certain circumstances, a person's spouse and kids will inherit everything. However, that [...]

Tammy Wynette’s Will

Did Tammy Wynette Want To Disinherit Her Children? Virginia Wynette Pugh, who later became known as Tammy Wynette, was born in Mississippi on May 5, 1942 to a family of cotton farmers. Tammy's father died when Tammy was just an infant. As Tammy grew up, she taught herself to play [...]

“The Will” – New Episodes Starting Soon!

For any of you who are into the interesting, strange and downright bizarre stories of the Rich and Famous and their estates, you have to check out Investigation Discovery's show "The Will". Personally, I really like this show (ok, I AM an estate planning lawyer) and find it both interesting [...]

What Is Community Property and Separate Property?

Question: What is community property? I am married and live in Arizona. Does this affect me? Answer: Married individuals living in community property states own property their property as either community property or separate property. Community property is all property acquired during marriage, except property acquired by gift or inheritance, [...]

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