Managing a Trust or Probate Administration While Living Outside the State of Arizona. As Arizona probate administration attorneys we receive many calls from individuals who do not live in Arizona, but have been nominated to serve as either a Trustee or Personal Representative. We live in an ever-increasingly mobile society. Because of this trend, many children do not live in … Read More
One of the main questions clients will ask is, “How I can avoid probate when I pass away?” This common question stems from a long history of “probate” being associated as an evil word or a long and expensive legal process, which is to be avoided at all costs. It is true that probate is court driven, public, can be … Read More
The question, “who should be your designated beneficiary under your life insurance policy” is a very important family decision that should be made after careful consideration of all relevant family and financial goals in mind. As an experienced estate planning attorney, I strongly suggest if you have a blended family, minor children, disabled children, spend thrift children/beneficiaries, a single parent, … Read More
The unfortunate death of actor Robin Williams in August 2014 has sparked numerous articles, blogs and commentary on his life, family, comedy, mental illness, depression, and his estate plan. Whenever a celebrity passes away, either by natural causes or prematurely by unfortunate circumstances or events, undoubtedly that celebrity’s estate plan will be scrutinized for months, if not years. If you … Read More
Our Arizona probate attorneys realize that probate is a term that may bring with it fear into the hearts of many family members. Usually, it is because of horror stories they have heard or even experienced themselves with a loved one’s estate. Many advisors, non-attorney “trust mills,” and even probate attorneys will tout the need to do proper estate planning … Read More
As Arizona probate attorneys we receive many phone calls from family members, personal representatives, and beneficiaries who do not live in the State of Arizona, but a deceased loved one died here. We are able and willing to help such out of state individuals with an Arizona probate administration, trust administration or other administration services necessary to help them deal … Read More
Arizona Estate Planning & Probate Attorney, Kenneth Barney wants you to take notice: Pursuant to Rule 27.1(A) of the Arizona Rules of Probate Procedure, effective September 1, 2012, all non-licensed persons requesting to serve in any court appointed fiduciary capacity must receive training from the Arizona Supreme Court prior to appointment. A non-licensed fiduciary includes a person serving as a … Read More
A new state law provides for probate free transfers of vehicles upon the death of the owner.
The Arizona Legislature added approximately 25 changes to various Rules of Probate Procedure, some of which took effect on February 1, 2012 and others that will take effect on September 1, 2012.
You may occasionally wonder about using online “Will kits” or software to produce estate planning documents. These kits are popular because they’re cheap. However, you risk subjecting your survivors to unnecessary legal fees to fix what often turns out to be incomplete or ineffective problematic documents.
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