New SECURE Act 10-Year Di…

New SECURE Act 10-Year Distribution Rule for Inherited IRAs and 401(k)s May Affect Your Estate Plan

If you own an IRA or 401(k) that will be inherited on your death, the rules that apply to inheritance of those assets just changed significantly. The change accelerates required distributions for many beneficiaries. The new rule is part of the federal SECURE (Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement) Act, enacted at the end of 2019. Th… Read More
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Categories: Estate Planning
Arizona Beneficiary Deeds…

Arizona Beneficiary Deeds for Non-U.S. Citizen Real Estate Owners

Buyers from all over the world purchase real estate in Arizona, largely because of our hospitable climate. Non-U.S. Citizens who purchase real estate in Arizona know they must be cognizant of all the legal implications of owning real estate here. One aspect that sometimes escapes attention relates to what happens to the property when the owner pass… Read More
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Estate Planning For a Ble…

Estate Planning For a Blended Family After a Remarriage

Estate planning is important for everyone, but it is especially vital for individuals who have a blended family following a remarriage. The estate planning goal of ensuring that natural children (and grandchildren) receive their inheritance becomes more challenging in a blended family situation. Other special estate planning concerns warrant consid… Read More
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Estate Planning Options F…

Estate Planning Options For Singles Without Heirs

If you are unmarried and do not have children or living relatives, you might think that estate planning is not important or deserving of your attention. However, it is an undertaking that is essential to protect you during your life and ensure that your property does not end up in the hands of the state. Singles sometimes feel there aren’t good o… Read More
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How To Include Charitable…

How To Include Charitable Giving in Your Arizona Estate Plan

Many individuals support charities and philanthropic groups throughout their lives by donating regularly to organizations and causes that touch their lives or do work important to the donor. Charitable giving also is an important part of estate planning for a lot of people. Lifetime charitable and philanthropic gifting is usually a simple matter of… Read More
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How Do Estate Planning an…

How Do Estate Planning and Financial Planning Work Together To Protect Your Assets and Your Family?

Estate planning and financial planning are different processes that help you protect your assets and plan for the future. Each process has a different purpose. Estate planning attorneys and financial planners have distinct roles and expertise — but your estate plan and financial plan work together to help you achieve important long-term goals. Wh… Read More
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What Business Insurance D…

What Business Insurance Do You Need To Protect Your Arizona Company?

When you own a business, you need business insurance to protect your company and your assets against potential legal liability. Insurance also covers some types of unpredictable business losses. But how do you determine what types of business insurance you need? Insurance agents eagerly market many types of commercial insurance. At Peterson Law Off… Read More
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Categories: Business Planning
1040 tax form

Should You Choose S Corporation Tax Status for Your LLC?

Taxation is one of the primary considerations when deciding whether to establish your business as a Limited Liability Company. Many LLCs have the option of electing to pay taxes as an S Corporation — and sometimes there are benefits in choosing that tax filing status. But how do you know if you should choose S Corporation tax status for your LLC?… Read More
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Categories: Business Planning
Young family taking their dog for a walk during spring day at the park.

How Estate Planning Protects You During Your Lifetime

When someone mentions “estate planning,” most people think the term refers to deciding what happens to their property after they die. In fact, some of the most important parts of your estate plan protect you — and your family — during your lifetime. When Should You Make an Estate Plan? Accidents and medical emergencies give no advance warni… Read More
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Estate law, last will and testament in a court.

Who Is the Personal Representative of Your Loved One’s Arizona Estate?

The personal representative for an Arizona estate is the individual who handles probate administration of the estate of a decedent. If your loved one was an Arizona resident when he or she passed away, state law determines who qualifies to serve as the personal representative of your loved one’s Arizona estate. Who Chooses the Personal Representa… Read More
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Categories: Arizona Probate

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