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ESTATE PLANNING LAW REPORT: November 2016
How Should I Handle the Sensitive Subject Of Funeral and Burial Instructions?

Hannah

December 8, 2016

by Nathan Hannah

I have written about funeral and burial instructions on a few occasions in the past, but rarely have I discussed the subject in much detail. Maybe I have been reluctant to get into it in detail because of the sensitivity … Continue reading

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ESTATE PLANNING LAW REPORT: October 2016
What Not To Do, And What To Do, When Deciding How To Handle The Contents Of The Family Homestead

November 1, 2016

by Nathan Hannah

I have heard lots of stories over the years about how families have handled removing the contents of the family homestead when the time came to sell it, after the family members who lived there passed away. A blogger whose … Continue reading

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ESTATE PLANNING LAW REPORT: September 2016
Frequently Asked Questions About Wills

Hannah

September 20, 2016

by Nathan Hannah

Why is it so important to preserve an original will? The answer to that question is right in the Arizona probate code: If an original will that was last seen in the possession of the testator cannot be found after … Continue reading

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TAX LAW SPECIAL REPORT: August, 2016
A Limited Proposal For Savings Accounts That Would Grow Tax-Free Regardless Of The Purpose

Hannah

August 22, 2016

by Nathan Hannah

Last year in this space I asked the question: should the income earned on savings be exempt from income tax regardless of the purpose of the savings? Under the federal tax code, there are three common types of savings accounts … Continue reading

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ESTATE PLANNING LAW REPORT:
Beware of Telephone Callers Asking For Valuable Information

Hannah

July 20, 2016

by Nathan Hannah

A story that appeared in The Arizona Republic on June 30 caught my eye. The story is about an all-too-prevalent scam: elderly people receive a phone call from someone claiming to be their grandchild, or claiming to be calling about … Continue reading

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ESTATE PLANNING LAW REPORT:
A Trust For Your Pets? Yes, It is Possible Now In All 50 States and DC

Hannah

June 29, 2016

by Nathan Hannah

With Minnesota’s recent enactment of legislation permitting pet trusts, pet trusts are now recognized by law in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The idea isn’t new in Arizona, however. In Arizona we have two separate statutes that … Continue reading

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ESTATE PLANNING LAW REPORT:
Don’t Make a Holographic Will Unless You Have No Alternative

Hannah

May 23, 2016

by Nathan Hannah

Arizona law requires that a will be in writing, signed by the testator and by two witnesses. A will that does not comply with those requirements can nevertheless be valid, however, if the signature and the material provisions are in … Continue reading

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ESTATE PLANNING LAW REPORT:
Adding Your Child To Your House, Car or Bank Account As Joint Owner Is Both Unnecesary And Dangerous

Hannah

April 28, 2016

by Nathan Hannah

For as long as I have been advising clients on estate planning and estate administration, I have seen elderly people who have made one or more of their children a joint owner on their house, their car, their bank account, … Continue reading

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