A business looking to get referrals for estate-related services recently sent me a copy of its newsletter. It is one of those reverse “10 best reasons” lists. This one just happens to address a subject I know something about. Its title is: “The 10 Best Reasons NOT To Do Your Estate Plan.” Naturally, I agree […]
ESTATE PLANNING LAW REPORT: September 2019 How Will the Revised Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Act Apply to Your Estate?
All but a few states in the United States have now adopted the Revised Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act (the RUFADAA). As adopted in Arizona, the RUFADAA defines a “digital asset” as “an electronic record in which an individual has a right or interest.” What does that mean, and how is it going […]
DeConcini McDonald Yetwin & Lacy is proud to announce that nine of the firm’s attorneys were selected for inclusion in the 2020- Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©. They are: Denise M. Bainton – Education Law Nathan B. Hannah – Real Estate Law James A. Jutry – Tax Law and Trusts & Estates John C. […]
Attorney James M. Susa is the invited guest speaker for the Steven W. Philips Tucson Tax Study Group, Inc., a local non-profit organization focused on tax education for professionals. Susa’s topic, “Arizona State and Local Tax Update: Judicial, Legislative and Administrative” will be presented on Friday, September 20, 2019. James M. Susa, a Shareholder in the Tucson office of […]
ESTATE PLANNING LAW REPORT: August 2019 As With Many Matters of Life and Death, If You Want Someone To Do Something, Give Them Written Instructions
A loyal reader recently told me about a situation in which a deceased family member’s remains were relocated, without the consent of the deceased’s children, long after burial. I have heard of, and dealt with, more than a few disputes involving remains, but I had never heard of a situation quite like the one my […]
REAL ESTATE LAW UPDATE: July 2019What Do You Mean, I Can’t ____________(fill in the blank) On My Own Property?
This might become a regular series. You may recall that in my May Update, I wrote about California property owners who got into trouble for moving dirt and trees on their property because doing so violated a conservation easement. I received many responses to that newsletter, most of them to the effect of, “how could […]
REAL ESTATE LAW UPDATE: June 2019One Newsworthy Item Out Of The Recent Legislative Session: A Change To The Arizona Residential Landlord and Tenant Act Concerning Partial Rent Payments
When the Arizona Legislature completes its session, there’s naturally a lot of interest in what new laws have been adopted. Sometimes there’s less to those changes than meets the eye. The news reports on the just-concluded legislative session gave considerable attention to a change in the laws governing residential landlords and tenants, but on closer […]
DeConcini McDonald Yetwin & Lacy Announces Steven J. Itkin Presenting at Pima County Bar Association’s Continuing Legal Education Seminar
DeConcini McDonald Yetwin & Lacy, P.C. announces that attorney Steven J. Itkin will be presenting ”Creditors’ Remedies: the Devil is in the Details” for the upcoming May 29, 2019, Pima County Bar Association CMLE presentation. His presentation will review topics such as Common state law remedies that are available to get your creditor clients paid; State […]
When I first saw the recent story headlined “An Uprooted Oak Tree Cost California Couple $600k” (that’s from the New York Post), I intended to ignore it. The stories with headlines like that never turn out to illustrate the point that the headline makes them appear to illustrate. Isn’t that just the way things are […]
Tax Law Special Report: April 2019 If I Didn’t File My Tax Return On Time, What Excuses Will Be Good Enough To Get Me Out of Paying A Penalty?
A tax newsletter that I read reported on a court decision that I think is worth passing along to you, my loyal readers. It’s a decision from the United States Court of Federal Claims that addresses this timely question: if I file a tax return late (without requesting an extension), what excuses might be good […]
DeConcini McDonald Yetwin & Lacy, P.C. is proud to announce that Sesaly Stamps has been selected by the Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education as the recipient of the 2019 William E. Morris Pro Bono Attorney of the Year Award. This award recognizes the “extraordinary contributions by an Arizona attorney in making legal services available to persons […]
I suspect that in my grandparents’ day, no homeowner would have thought that he or she could control what color the neighbors could or couldn’t paint their houses. Boy, have things changed. Now, it’s news when someone paints their house an obnoxious color and dares the neighbors to do something about it. Three news items […]
What is a living will? It’s a question I get asked more often than you might think. First, a living will is not a will. It also is not a trust (as in a living trust). I think it is unfortunate that the name living will was chosen for this important document, because that name […]
The IRS has announced, in its first news release of the year (January 7, 2019, IR-2019-1), that it will begin accepting 2018 individual income tax returns on January 28, 2019. I had heard that the due date for individual returns would be delayed this year because April 15 is a legal holiday in some places, […]
DeConcini McDonald Yetwin & Lacy congratulates managing shareholder Lisa Anne Smith for being selected by the Volunteer Lawyers Program as the Outstanding Pro Bono Attorney of the Month for January. This award recognizes extraordinary contributions by an attorney in making legal services available to the community who otherwise could not afford them. Through their time and […]
ESTATE PLANNING LAW REPORT: December 2018 If You Want To Make Sure That Your Tangible Items Go Where You Want Them To Go, Make A Will, Then Make A List
Here’s a question I am frequently asked: how do I take care of distributing my ____________ (fill in the blank: jewelry, or Hummel collection, or gun collection, or other collection of tangible items) among my relatives? The answer I give is this: make a tangible personal property list. A tangible personal property list is a […]