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Probate Application and Estate Assets

Demystifying the Probate Terminology

When an Arizona resident passes away, state laws establish requirements for administration and distribution of the deceased person’s estate. In some (but not all) cases, probate of the estate is necessary. If you lose a loved one, the probate process and terminology can be very confusing. In this article, East Valley probate lawyer Shane Peterson… Read More
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Categories: Arizona Probate
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Is It Time to Update Your Estate Plan?

Your estate plan is based on your financial and personal circumstances and goals at the time you create the plan. As your situation changes, reviewing your estate plan regularly to determine whether you should update it is just as important as establishing the plan. If you do not take into account changes in your life that impact your estate plan,… Read More
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Categories: Estate Planning
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3 Questions to Ask (and Answer) When You Start an Arizona Business

When you start an Arizona business, you have many issues to address in the process of getting your company off the ground. It’s easy to get caught up in the operational details, lose sight of the big picture, and fail to address longer-term concerns. There are three basic questions that can keep you on the right track as you establish and grow yo… Read More
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Categories: Business Planning
Setting up a trust

How Do You Set Up a Trust?

Trusts are an important estate planning tool that can achieve a wide range of goals. But before you decide to include one in your estate plan, you should talk with your estate planning lawyer about whether (and how) a trust can achieve your estate planning goals. As part of that discussion, your lawyer will explain how a trust works and what’s in… Read More
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Categories: Estate Planning, Trusts
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Steps to Take When a Loved One Dies

The hours, days, and weeks that follow the loss of a loved one are a difficult and challenging time. While you focus on the priority of grieving your loss, it can be hard to know what steps to take to settle the estate and when to take them. Getting help from a probate lawyer with estate administration and probate can minimize your burdens and alle… Read More
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Categories: Arizona Probate
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What Types of Business Structure Does Arizona Allow?

A business’ legal structure affects many aspects of ownership and operations. Among the most important considerations in choosing a business structure are the legal liability and taxation of the business owner(s). Want to make an informed choice about the best legal structure for your Arizona business? First, know what types of business struc… Read More
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Categories: Business Planning
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Do You Need a Lawyer to Make an Estate Plan?

Your estate plan is a set of legal documents that accomplishes important goals during your life and after you pass away. If you do not have an estate plan, Arizona laws make critical decisions for you — and the statutes and courts can make decisions that are inconsistent with your wishes. While online services want you to think that you can creat… Read More
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Categories: Estate Planning
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Understanding the Importance of Contracts in Your Small Business

Running a business requires you to sign numerous contracts that address a broad range of issues and significantly affect your operations. Whether a contract relates to providing your goods or services to customers, securing supplies and equipment, leasing facilities, or hiring employees, the terms of the contract establish your legal rights and obl… Read More
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Categories: Business Planning
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How Grandparents Can Protect the Family Legacy for Their Grandchildren

If you are a grandparent, protecting your family legacy for the benefit of your grandchildren is probably one of your most important estate planning goals. You have multiple options and tools to choose from in accomplishing this goal, some of which may be more beneficial for you and your grandchildren than others. Your estate planning attorney help… Read More
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Categories: Estate Planning
Inheritance money and probate

How Long Does Arizona Probate Take?

Families who lose a loved one often turn to Peterson Law Offices for help with settlement of the estate. If we determine that probate of the estate is necessary, one of the first questions they ask is how long the Arizona probate process takes. The answer varies, depending on the nature of the specific estate. Several factors affect the timeline of… Read More
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Categories: Arizona Probate