Second marriages

Planning Is Essential for Second Marriages

Is your current Mr. or Mrs. Right not your first spouse?  And do you have kids from another relationship?  Second marriages can be wonderfully fulfilling, but step families come with built-in tensions. If this is you, it’s essential to consider an estate plan.  Otherwise, the state of Arizona has a plan, and its rules almost…

Retirement benefits and community property

Retirement Benefits and Community Property

Arizona is one of the nine U.S. states operating under the principles of “community property.” The basic premise of community property: assets acquired during the period of the marriage are presumed to belong to the marital community (and thus to the spouses equally). There are lots of qualifications and exceptions, but one issue crops up…