Don’t Discount Your Will

A self-created last will and testament may lead to problems. As an early step in estate planning, you may be tempted to write your own will. There are some good reasons why you shouldn’t. While do-it-yourself wills may be cost-effective and make the process of will creation relatively simple, they also have shortcomings. DIY wills tend toward the basic and …

Missteps That May Negatively Impact Estate Plans

Inattention and procrastination can hurt family wealth. Some estate planning is better than none, but sometimes people address wealth transfer issues inadequately or ineptly when they tackle the task. Here are some classic miscues. Waiting too long. A wealthy individual may postpone estate planning until too late in life, which may present obstacles due to diminished faculties or declining health. …

Do I need an Attorney to settle an Estate?

With proper planning, the answer should most commonly be no.   I have always thought that the point of proper estate planning was to avoid probate, minimize legal expenses, minimize estate taxes, and minimize income taxes.  I have always believed that it is easier to avoid a problem than it is to solve one. A lot of people are confused by …

Estate Planning for Those Living in Blended Families

Today majority of blended families live together peacefully without any issues. However, what if one spouse dies suddenly? How are the biological children of the deceased spouse placed in terms of inheritance? It is particularly important for blended families to discuss matters related to estate planning beforehand. Here are a few points that could help with estate planning for blended …

Making a Valid Will in Arizona

Valid Will in Arizona A will can be the most crucial legal document you can create during your lifetime. Your will elaborates on how your property and money must be distributed after your death. The document also nominates a personal representative who will be entrusted to administer your estate and also names a guardian (if applicable) to care for your …

Estate Tax Planning and Inheritance

If you have a large estate with adjusted gross value coming to a minimum of $5.34 million starting 2014, a big chunk of it will be gobbled by the federal estate taxes. Although there is no state inheritance tax in Arizona, any trusts and estates exceeding state exemption will result in you paying income taxes. The list of other taxes …