Can you disinherit your spouse?

Can You Disinherit Your Spouse?

Sometimes people want to leave their husband or wife completely out of their estate plan. But can you disinherit your spouse? Last week we talked about disinheriting family members generally. Not that we’re in favor of it — in fact, few of our clients want to completely disinherit children or other close family members. But…

Arizona community property

Arizona community property

The “community property” rules sometimes confuse or alarm lawyers from states that apply the “common-law” property rules. Arizona community property is not really that complicated, but it can be foreign to estate planning practitioners from other states. In this podcast episode, we try to simplify some of the Arizona community property rules. They seem second…

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…