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Beth Kruchek Legal Blog

Handling issues with co-executors

Being named as a co-executor of an estate is a high honor for most, especially those tasked with managing their relatives' large and expansive estates. However, if you share the executor's responsibility with other relatives, such as siblings, or even your children,...

When a living trust may be needed

Besides wills, trusts can also be part of an estate plan to control assets. Without a will or trust, a person's assets will get divided according to Arizona state law after they pass away. One popular type of trust is the living trust, which has many benefits....

An irrevocable trust may be challenged

Generally speaking, you lose control over any assets that are placed in an irrevocable trust. This is because you are not allowed to serve as the trustee, and the terms of such a document are tough to change. However, it may be possible to challenge the validity of an...

Estate planning with stepchildren in mind

Blended families have become increasingly common in Arizona. When married couples have children from earlier marriages and subsequently have children together, their estate plans should be written in a way to ensure that everyone's interests will be protected so that...

Can step-parents inherit an entire estate?

If someone dies in Arizona and leaves a will behind, their children might feel like they should get priority over their step-parents. Some people leave everything to their new spouses, assuming that they'll divide their estate among their children from previous...

What happens to your debts when you die?

In an ideal situation, when you pass away, your heirs would be able to receive the assets that you want to leave to them without any creditors involving themselves in the process. Unfortunately, ideal situations aren’t always realistic, and some of the debts that you...