Choosing your fiduciary

Choosing Your Fiduciary

One of the most difficult tasks connected with your estate plan is too easily overlooked. Choosing your fiduciary should be more than just naming your oldest child, or all of your children. Being a fiduciary is actually hard work. You should pay attention to which potential fiduciary is actually up to the task. In last…

Pets in your estate planning

Include Pets in Your Estate Planning

You’re already thinking about your estate planning. Perhaps it’s time to update your five-year-old will and/or trust. Maybe you’ve never gotten around to taking care of this grown-up task. But in any case: have you dealt with your pets in your estate planning? Many of our clients have strong attachments to their pets. Many assume…

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…

Will deletion

Will Deletion Attempt Was Ineffective

We see it all the time. We ask our clients not to write on their wills or trusts. This weekly newsletter regularly reports stories about how it does not work. Nonetheless, people keep trying to make a will deletion or modification by scribbling on the will itself. Please remember, folks: when the issue becomes important,…

Do it yourself estate planning

Do-It-Yourself Estate Planning

Do you enjoy do-it-yourself projects? How about your estate planning? Can’t you just write your own will? How about online trust forms? And wouldn’t it be cheaper if you just prepared your estate planning documents and then paid a lawyer to review them for you? In this podcast episode, we talk about DIY estate planning.…