What is a Will? – You probably know that a Will is a document where you name who gets your property after your death. Do you know the other important functions a Will serves? How about what happens if you don’t have a Will?
Healthcare Power of Attorney – If you are sick or injured and unable to make your own healthcare decisions, who will make them for you? With a Healthcare Power of Attorney, you decide. Without, a court will decide – and it won’t be cheap.
Living Wills – Remember Terri Schaivo? After a heart attack, Terri was left in a persistent vegetative state. Terri’s story made national headlines because her husband and parents couldn’t agree on what Terri herself would have wanted. Did Terri want to be kept alive artificially in her condition? Or did Terri want to refuse the aggressive medical treatment and die naturally? Since Terri didn’t have a Living Will, Terri didn’t get to make that decision.
HIPAA Authorization – Federal healthcare privacy laws (HIPAA) prohibit medical providers from disclosing your medical information without your permission. But what if you’re unable to give permission because you’re sick or injured? You probably want a loved one to be informed of your medical condition so they can make healthcare decisions for you. If you become incapacitated, a HIPAA authorization allows your medical providers to give medical information to a person that you choose.
Financial Power of Attorney – We all have financial obligations. Unfortunately, they don’t go away if you become incapacitated. If you are unable to handle your own finances, who will do it for you? With a Financial Power of Attorney, you can pick an agent to manage your finances – and pay the bills – when you can’t do so yourself.
NFA Gun Trusts – A resource for Arizona residents to understand the NFA, Title II firearms and how and when to use a gun trust to own and use Title II firearms.
IRA Inheritance Trust® – A new type of trust called the IRA Inheritance Trust® can ensure your beneficiaries stretch-out distributions over their lives for tax-free growth to maximize wealth accumulation and to provide asset protection if necessary.
Pet Trusts – Since pets are our furry “kids” it makes sense to protect them just like our human children. Often pets are left scared and forgotten after a tragedy. Some might even end up in shelters, or worse. Don’t leave Fido and Fluffy out of your estate plan – protect them with a Pet Trust!
Special Needs Trusts – This Wall Street Journal article sheds light on this important special type of trust.
Beneficiary Designations – Do you remember filling out a form naming your beneficiary when you set up your retirement account or purchased your life insurance policy? Do you remember who you wrote down? Since life insurance and retirement accounts are often some of the largest assets people own, designating the right beneficiaries is a critical part of estate planning.
Transfer Your Vehicle Probate-Free – Arizona law allows you to transfer the title to your vehicle upon death to one or more beneficiaries of your choice. This estate planning tool is easy and inexpensive, and we’ll tell you how to take advantage of it.
Intestate Succession – What happens if you die without a Will? Your property will be distributed according to Arizona’s laws of intestate succession. This article explains how it might work in your situation.
How to Hold Property – A description of the various ways to hold property, including joint tenants with right of survivorship, community property with right of survivorship, tenants in common and tenancy by the entirety.