wills

Is Your Parentsʼ Handwritten Will Good Enough?

Many modern estate plans and last wills are computerized documents. Individuals either create them using a digital template or pay an attorney to create customized paperwork for them. However, especially if your parents are older, they may have a handwritten will...

Wills and the letter of instruction

Creating a will is a strong first step when it comes to estate planning. This document, even in its most basic terms, can be a powerful way to ensure that one's estate is appropriately addressed after his or her death. When a will isn't created, the distribution of...

Arizona’s holographic will law

We recently wrote about the trouble Aretha Franklin's estate is having due to the recent discovery of a number of handwritten wills. These documents can be problematic for a number of reasons. Oftentimes it's unclear who is being named as a beneficiary or heir. Also,...

Lack of a basic will can have a profound impact

Wills are usually the most basic form of estate planning. They can be relatively simple in nature and easy to create for Sun City residents. Yet, a 2017 survey found that 58 percent of Americans have not created any estate planning documents. This is a staggering...

Addressing a business in an estate plan

Generally speaking, the more assets an individual has the more detailed his or her estate plan needs to be. The same holds true when there are multiple heirs in play. While most people focus on divvying up their personal property, familial home, and bank and...