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The elements of a valid will

If you are starting to plan your estate, you will probably think about making a will first. Wills are a great way to put your final wishes in writing and to make them legally enforceable; however, there are certain elements that need to be present in order for a will to be valid.

33 percent of parents leave unequal bequests

Surprising new research shows that unequal bequests are growing more and more common with the decades. Now, it looks like about 33 percent of parents -- one out of every three -- do not use equal distribution when leaving money and assets to their heirs.

Is it possible to avoid the probate process?

No one wants their heirs to go through the probate process. This is because it is lengthy and because a lot of the money to be inherited needs to fund the expensive probate process. Therefore, many people in their lifetime decide to do what they can to ensure that as many of their assets as possible can avoid going through the probate process.

Protecting your wealth should be done strategically

Those with a high assets may have more power to invest and build businesses that can propel their wealth even further, but as a high-asset individual, they also have more to lose. Therefore, it's even more important that they protect their wealth and their portfolio of assets both from the economic climate and from those who may want a piece of it. The following are some tips on how you can strategically protect your wealth.

What can cause a will to be invalidated?

Those who sit down and draft wills often do so because they want to dictate what happens with their assets once they pass on instead of letting Arizona's intestate succession laws do that for them. Wills, however, are not always as airtight as they may seem. Certain circumstances must be met for a will to be considered valid.

What do squatters’ rights mean for landowners?

It is unlawful for a person to enter a private property without explicit or implicit permission from the land or property owner. However, there are some rules that mean if a person commits the act of trespassing many times, or stays at a property or on a piece of land that they are trespassing on for an extended period of time, they have some rights to do so. This is known colloquially as "squatters' rights."

How to settle the debts of a family member after their death

The death of a family member or close friend is always a difficult thing to come to terms with. The emotional aspect alone is something that many suffer with, however on top of this emotional burden is also the practical matters associated with such an event. If the deceased loved one has debts that need to be settled, you may be confused as to how you should deal with this.

Wealth preservation and estate planning

When planning your estate, of course it is important to consider strategies and techniques to both preserve wealth and cut unnecessary administration costs. Taking full utilization of strategies and techniques can help preserve a vast amount of money further down the line.

Don't neglect your digital assets in your estate plan

Creating an effective estate plan in 2017 means making sure that you account for your digital assets as well as your other, more tangible assets. This means making sure that your executor and the administrator of your estate plan have access to your online accounts and have the authority to make decisions about them in accordance with your wishes.

Does my executor need assistance?

When you name an executor to your estate, you are shouldering an individual, or possibly several individuals, with a number of very serious responsibilities. No one should take the position of an executor lightly, and anyone creating an estate plan should provide reasonable resources and assistance to their executor to ensure that all the relevant duties can actually be carried out.

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  • Paul Faith David Ledyard Distinguished AV | Peer Review Rated | LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell | For Ethical Standards & Legal Ability
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estate administration & probate Archives

The elements of a valid will

If you are starting to plan your estate, you will probably think about making a will first. Wills are a great way to put your final wishes in writing and to make them legally enforceable; however, there are certain elements that need to be present in order for a will to be valid.

33 percent of parents leave unequal bequests

Surprising new research shows that unequal bequests are growing more and more common with the decades. Now, it looks like about 33 percent of parents -- one out of every three -- do not use equal distribution when leaving money and assets to their heirs.

Is it possible to avoid the probate process?

No one wants their heirs to go through the probate process. This is because it is lengthy and because a lot of the money to be inherited needs to fund the expensive probate process. Therefore, many people in their lifetime decide to do what they can to ensure that as many of their assets as possible can avoid going through the probate process.

Protecting your wealth should be done strategically

Those with a high assets may have more power to invest and build businesses that can propel their wealth even further, but as a high-asset individual, they also have more to lose. Therefore, it's even more important that they protect their wealth and their portfolio of assets both from the economic climate and from those who may want a piece of it. The following are some tips on how you can strategically protect your wealth.

What can cause a will to be invalidated?

Those who sit down and draft wills often do so because they want to dictate what happens with their assets once they pass on instead of letting Arizona's intestate succession laws do that for them. Wills, however, are not always as airtight as they may seem. Certain circumstances must be met for a will to be considered valid.

What do squatters’ rights mean for landowners?

It is unlawful for a person to enter a private property without explicit or implicit permission from the land or property owner. However, there are some rules that mean if a person commits the act of trespassing many times, or stays at a property or on a piece of land that they are trespassing on for an extended period of time, they have some rights to do so. This is known colloquially as "squatters' rights."

How to settle the debts of a family member after their death

The death of a family member or close friend is always a difficult thing to come to terms with. The emotional aspect alone is something that many suffer with, however on top of this emotional burden is also the practical matters associated with such an event. If the deceased loved one has debts that need to be settled, you may be confused as to how you should deal with this.

Wealth preservation and estate planning

When planning your estate, of course it is important to consider strategies and techniques to both preserve wealth and cut unnecessary administration costs. Taking full utilization of strategies and techniques can help preserve a vast amount of money further down the line.

Don't neglect your digital assets in your estate plan

Creating an effective estate plan in 2017 means making sure that you account for your digital assets as well as your other, more tangible assets. This means making sure that your executor and the administrator of your estate plan have access to your online accounts and have the authority to make decisions about them in accordance with your wishes.

Does my executor need assistance?

When you name an executor to your estate, you are shouldering an individual, or possibly several individuals, with a number of very serious responsibilities. No one should take the position of an executor lightly, and anyone creating an estate plan should provide reasonable resources and assistance to their executor to ensure that all the relevant duties can actually be carried out.

  • Lead Counsel Rated LC
  • Paul Faith David Ledyard Distinguished AV | Peer Review Rated | LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell | For Ethical Standards & Legal Ability
contextual

919 North Dysart Road
Suite F
Avondale, AZ 85323

Toll Free: 888-350-8767
Phone: 623-806-8994
Avondale Law Office Map