Estate Planning Attorney Serving Chandler & Phoenix
Having an estate plan is something that most people want to accomplish, but also tend to put off to a later date. There is no benefit in putting off your estate planning because you don’t know when you will need it. Courts also look favorably on estate plans that have been in existence for a period of time versus recently being drafted. A plan that is executed shortly before a person dies or becomes incapacitated is far more suspicious and subject to challenge, as possibly the product of undue influence or lack of capacity.
If you need help with your estate plan, then our legal team is ready to help. When working with our law firm, you will have an experienced legal team who have over 80+ years of combined probate and estate planning experience. Our team takes pride in taking the stress off of your shoulders and putting it on ours. We offer free consultations to help you determine what your next steps need to be.
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Documents You May Need For Your Estate Plan
Most people assume that they just need a Will when accounting for their estate. There are times that a Living Will may be the perfect solution for you and there are other times where you may need other documents to plan your estate accordingly. Some of the common items that we will evaluate for you and your estate plan are:
- Last Will or Testament: A legal document which states your final wishes. It is used to provide instructions after you die with regard to the distribution of property subject to probate. (Read More)
- Trust: A legal relationship whereby property (real or personal, tangible or intangible) is held by one party (the “trustee”) for the benefit of another. (Read More)
- Durable Power of Attorney: A written authorization given by one person (the “principal”) to another person (the“attorney-in-fact”) to represent or act on the principal’s behalf in private affairs, business, or some other legal matter that remains in effect even if the principal becomes incapacitated. (Read More)
- Mental Health-Care Power of Attorney: A designation of an agent to make decisions concerning mental health care for the principal in the event a licensed psychiatrist or psychologist determines the principal is incapable of giving informed consent. (Read More)
- Health-Care Power of Attorney: A particular affidavit which gives the attorney-in-fact the authority to make health-care decisions for the principal, up to and including terminating care and life support. (Read More)
- Living Will: A particular affidavit which gives the attorney-in-fact the authority to make health-care decisions for the principal, up to and including terminating care and life support. (Read More)
- Deed: A document used to transfer the legal ownership of land and whatever is on the land to another person.
- Deed of Trust: A document used to transfer the legal ownership of land to independent trustees to be held until a debt on the land is paid off.
- Beneficiary Deed: A deed that transfers an interest in real property, including any debt secured by a lien on the property, to a beneficiary designated by the owner that expressly states the deed is effective on the death of the owner. (Read More)
- Quitclaim Deed: A deed that passes on to the buyer all the rights, or as much of a title, the seller holds.
It is important to understand that an estate plan is not a one size fits all solution. Every person has their own unique circumstances that need to be considered before developing an estate plan. Our legal team provides a free consultation to help you determine what direction you may need to take with your estate plan.
Do It Yourself vs Hiring An Estate Planning Legal Team
There are many options online that allow you to use prebuilt estate planning documents for you to do your plan on your own. Although this may seem like a cost effective solution, the ultimate cost of doing this plan on your own will be significant. Every estate plan needs to be designed for the specific individual. A template will result in your wishes being contested after being incapacitated or after passing away. These contested estate cases tend to get ugly and cause a lot of pain to everyone involved.
Ultimately, you don’t know what you don’t know. Having a conversation with an experienced estate planning attorney will help you determine exactly what your estate plan needs to look like and will take the stress off of your shoulders when it comes to managing your estate. Our legal team offers free consultations to help you start the estate planning process.
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Contact An Experienced Estate Planning Attorney
At the Golden Rule Law Group®, our team is dedicated to helping and representing you. You will have an experienced legal team who have over 80+ years of combined probate and estate planning experience. Our team takes pride in taking the stress off of your shoulders and putting it on ours.
Our firm primarily serves the areas of Chandler, Gilbert, Phoenix and other areas around Maricopa County. If you are in need of an experienced probate attorney in Arizona, please contact us today to schedule your free case evaluation.
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