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Estate Planning November 19, 2013

WHAT IF YOU ARE APPOINTED THE SUCCESSOR TRUSTEE?

If You Are the Successor Trustee You are appointed the trustee for your parent’s estate, they have both passed way, now what? This is a common situation. The whole idea of having a trust is that it already owns the property, it already owns bank accounts, and sometimes is the beneficiary of life insurance policies. […]

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Bankruptcy November 13, 2013

THE NUMBER 1 CAUSE OF BANKRUPTCY

  All things considered, credit card debt is the number one cause of bankruptcy. There is a lot of noise in the news about medical bills that cause bankruptcy. I saw an article recently that said sixty percent of bankruptcies include medical debt. That is probably about right. But do they cause bankruptcy? I don’t […]

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HOW DOES YOUR MENTAL CAPACITY AFFECT YOUR ESTATE PLAN?

  What exactly is capacity and how does it impact an estate plan? There is a case going on in the courts in New Hampshire where a 94-year-old women had an estate worth 1.8 million  dollars. She left most of that estate to a police officer from the little town that she lived in. There […]

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AZTV INTERVIEWS CLINT W. SMITH, J.D. ON ESTATE PLANNING

October 23, 2013 AZTV Interviews Clint W. Smith, J.D. about Capacity. It’s National Alzheimer’s month in November. When is it too late to make or change your will or living trust? Find out in this interview. —————– In July, 2013, there was a lot of talk about the estate of James Gandolfini after he passed […]

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ESTATE PLANNING – NEW BOOK CAN BRING PEACE OF MIND

Most people spend more time planning their family vacation than they do planning their demise. I know that’s not a happy thing to think about, but the fact is, you need to plan for it. People who die without an estate plan wreak lots of havoc in the lives of their loved ones. Too often […]

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Bankruptcy September 9, 2013

THE HISTORY OF BANKRUPTCY

Bankruptcy relief is a natural outgrowth of a free market economy.  The American system allows people to buy and sell at agreed upon prices, to begin business ventures, which leads to the possibility that some may not succeed.  It also leads to the wide fluctuations in the economy, such as we have experienced recently. As […]

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GANDOLFINI ESTATE: MISTAKE OR CHOICE?

James Gandolfini has made at least as many headlines lately, after his passing, as he did as the star of “The Sopranos.” But it’s not the kind of publicity most people care to have. These stories make public what should and could have been highly private, personal choices. It didn’t have to be this way. […]

LIVING TRUST IS LIKE A BOX

  I want, in this brief segment, to allay any concerns that you might have about the imposing name: Revocable Living Trust. A revocable living trust is not a complicated thing. It’s a very helpful estate planning tool and it’s the basis, the centerpiece, of what most of what I do as an estate planning […]

Bankruptcy June 4, 2013

CITIES AROUND THE NATION DECLARING BANKRUPTCY

Cities Going Bankrupt There is a lot of news about cities and towns filling for bankruptcy especially in California. The city of Stockton turns out to be the largest bankruptcy filing of a municipality or city ever. Then there was some discussion by the way “what about New York City”? Well New York City did […]

Bankruptcy May 24, 2013

MESA BANKRUPTCY ATTORNEY: STOCK MARKET DIVE

Stock Market Dive of 2012 In the two day after the presidential election of 2012 the stock market took a major dive…   In the two day after the presidential election of 2012 the stock market took a major dive, it declined 300 and some points and the next day another 120 the next day, […]