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How and When to Start the Probate Process in Arizona

Posted on: October 20th, 2017 by Sheryl Keeme   Probate

After someone dies, their estate lives on – at least until probate has been completed. We’ve all heard about cases that drag on for years while heirs fight about who gets what, all the while depleting the funds they hoped to inherit. Or about people who find out their loved one’s estate was never probated […]

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Electronic Wills: Are They Valid in Arizona?

Posted on: October 19th, 2017 by Sheryl Keeme   Estate Planning

We’ve come to rely on electronics and the Internet for many things we used to do on paper. Nowadays, we use e-readers instead of paper books, smartphone apps instead of maps, and Internet sites instead of newspapers. One of the most important documents you will ever sign exists only in paper form – your Last […]

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Caring for Assets During Probate

Posted on: October 18th, 2017 by Sheryl Keeme   Probate

When someone dies, what happens to their stuff? Financial accounts or insurance proceeds, may pass to beneficiaries right away. Other assets will be distributed after a probate proceeding, which can take one to three years. What if some assets need attention after the person’s death and before the estate is settled? Who will care for […]

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When Do You Need a Guardianship?

Posted on: October 17th, 2017 by Sheryl Keeme   Guardianship  |  Life Changes

Sometimes it’s easy to notice that someone needs help, while other times it just seems to creep up on you. One day, you or a loved one is fine. The next day you notice that bills go unpaid, homes are left unlocked, medicine isn’t taken on schedule, or food burns up on the stove. If […]

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Arizona Living Trusts

Posted on: October 16th, 2017 by Sheryl Keeme   Uncategorized

Your life has a lot of moving parts. You may be juggling funds between bank accounts, investments and retirements funds. Or maybe you’ve moved recently or bought property in Arizona. It may be time to talk to your attorney about Arizona Living Trusts. What is an Arizona Living Trust? Living trusts, also known as revocable […]

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Raising Expectations While Lowering Taxes: 2017 Tax Reform

Posted on: October 13th, 2017 by Sheryl Keeme   Business  |  Income Tax  |  Law Updates  |  Taxes

In 2016, American taxpayers made one message loud and clear: it’s time to deflate our bloated tax code. Actions in D.C. have raised expectations for many Americans that upcoming tax reform will lower their tax burden. Goals President Trump campaigned on many issues, including the need for tax reform that lowered the burden on middle […]

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The Two-Home, Two-State Family and Your Estate Plan

Posted on: October 12th, 2017 by Sheryl Keeme   Estate Planning

People who own homes in more than one state face more legal issues. Dual residency will even affect how your estate is settled. How will being a two-home, two-state family affect your estate planning? Residency is usually defined as “where a person lives.” But where someone maintains a “permanent home and substantial connection” is their […]

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3 Important Estate Planning Talks to Have with Your Family

Posted on: October 11th, 2017 by Sheryl Keeme   Estate Planning

Talking about death is never easy. However, at Keystone Law Firm, we’ve seen what happens when families don’t talk about their final arrangements. We believe there are three important estate planning talks you should have with your family. 1.         Estate Plans. You don’t have to tell your loved ones every detail about your estate plans […]

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When the Circle is Broken: Tips for Cutting Someone Out of Your Will

Posted on: October 10th, 2017 by Sheryl Keeme   Estate Planning

Families are sometimes compared to a circle, a never ending connection of love and support. There’s even an old gospel hymn called “Will the Circle Be Unbroken.” Though the hymn refers to the family reuniting in heaven, sometimes it’s necessary to ‘break the circle’ here on earth by no longer associating with someone or by […]

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Who Can Witness an Arizona Will?

Posted on: October 9th, 2017 by Sheryl Keeme   Estate Planning

We sign important documents throughout our adult lives – employment agreements, rental contracts, marriage licenses and so on. Some of these documents must be signed before a government official or notary public. A Last Will and Testament, one of the most important documents you will ever sign, requires two witnesses. But do you know who […]

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