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November 1, 2013
Top 10 Estate Planning Mistakes

Top 10 Estate Planning Mistakes

As an estate planning attorney, I hear stories every day about common estate planning mistakes and their consequences.  Mistakes can vary, but often result in someoneRead More
October 27, 2013
Scottsdale Trust Attorney

Scottsdale Trust Attorney

Scottsdale trust attorney Abigail Neal is a second generation Arizona native who enjoys helping her clients meet their personal and professional goals.  One part of Abby’sRead More
October 22, 2013
National Estate Planning Awareness Week 2013

National Estate Planning Awareness Week 2013

This week is National Estate Planning Awareness Week 2013!   In 2008, the National Associate of Estate Planners and Councils (NAEPC) worked with Congress to passRead More
October 21, 2013
Huguette Clark

The $400M Reclusive Heiress, Her Nurse and a Battle of Wills

Huguette Clark was born in 1906 into a life of wealth and privilege, the daughter of an American copper and railroad baron, raised in a 121-roomRead More
October 13, 2013
What is Trust Funding?

What is Trust Funding?

Question:  I want to create a trust to provide for my children and avoid probate, but I’ve heard I have to fund it.  What is trustRead More
October 9, 2013
7 Non-Tax Reasons to Plan

7 Non-Tax Reasons to Plan

There is a common misconception that estate planning is only for the wealthy so they can minimize their tax liabilities.  While this is one part ofRead More
October 9, 2013
Top 5 Legal Challenges Facing Michael Jackson’s Estate Executors

Top 5 Legal Challenges Facing Michael Jackson’s Estate Executors

Hat Tip to Danielle and Andrew Mayoras of Trial & Heirs for this great article! Many people never stop to think of how hard a jobRead More
September 26, 2013
Four Ways Americans Are Hurting Their Retirement

Four Ways Americans Are Hurting Their Retirement

In general, Americans tend to be pretty optimistic.  Even in this struggling economy and difficult job market, most American workers will say that the future looksRead More
September 20, 2013
Small Estate Affidavit Qualifying Amounts Increase

Small Estate Affidavit Qualifying Amounts Increase

Arizona law provides that certain “small estates” may avoid probate by using a small estate probate Affidavit.  Recently, the dollar amount of assets that qualify forRead More
September 11, 2013
Time to Update Your Trust

Time to Update Your Trust

Countless surveys reveal that the majority of Americans do not have all of the necessary estate planning documents in place.  In fact, most people don’t haveRead More