Tucson Elder Law

Covid Vaccine: When Deciding for Others, What’s Best?

Across the country, millions of Americans are getting the Covid vaccine. For many, deciding whether to get one is no big deal. (“It’s best for everyone, right?”) For those who are unable to weigh the risks and benefits, someone else has to step in and give consent. That might be a guardian or a health …

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Jurisdiction

Determining Which State Has Jurisdiction Over a Trust

VOLUME 24 NUMBER 20 Let’s say you have a disagreement with your sister, who is trustee of a trust your parents created. Your sister lives in Montana, though she has a winter home in Arizona. Your parents lived in Arizona when they died. They signed their wills and trust in Arizona, and their lawyer was …

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Elder Law

What “Elder Law” Means to Us at Fleming & Curti, PLC

VOLUME 24 NUMBER 11 At Fleming & Curti, PLC, we practice elder law. But what does that term mean? Our practice is focused on typical legal problems faced by older individuals. We also regularly work in the field of special needs planning for individuals with disabilities. Because the people coming to see us are often …

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Estate Tax Portability -- What If the Executor Refuses to File

Estate Tax Portability — What If the Executor Refuses to File?

JANUARY 30, 2017 VOLUME 24 NUMBER 5 We knew it would happen, and now it has. A surviving spouse has sued to force the administrator of the deceased spouse’s estate to file a federal estate tax return to perfect the “portability” election. Before we can tell you how it turned out, we’ll need to explain …

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Estate Planning is a Process, Not a Binder of Forms

Estate Planning is a Process, Not a Binder of Forms

JANUARY 23, 2017 VOLUME 24 NUMBER 4 There really is no question that it is important for almost every adult to have a will, and to consider signing both financial and health care powers of attorney. That is what we mean by “estate planning,” and it is important to go through the process of preparing …

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Two Adult Adoptions Lead to Uncertain Inheritance Outcomes

JANUARY 2, 2017 VOLUME 24 NUMBER 1 You probably know that it’s possible — though state laws vary quite a bit — to adopt an adult. But have you given any thought to what effect the adoption might have on inheritance rights? That’s the sort of problem that gets lawyers (and judges) excited. Two recent …

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Common law marriage

Common-Law Marriage, Divorce and Probate, All In One Case

DECEMBER 19, 2016 VOLUME 23 NUMBER 47 Here’s a question we hear frequently: how long does a couple have to live together in order to be considered married? The answer in Arizona: until the wedding ceremony. In other words, Arizona does not recognize “common-law” marriages. That strong, direct statement, however, masks a more complicated answer. …

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