Tips for Discussing Estate Planning with Your Parents

Initiating a conversation about estate planning with your parents, especially in Arizona, can be a delicate matter. Care and sensitivity are key to avoiding the conversation appearing insensitive or self-serving. Nevertheless, it’s a crucial dialogue to have, as it can reduce the likelihood of family conflicts and ensure that your parents’ wishes are honored. To […]

Three Qualities to Consider When Choosing a Trustee for Your Arizona Estate

Creating a living trust is a crucial step in ensuring your Arizona estate is well-organized and secure. Central to this process is the selection of a trustee, the individual or entity responsible for managing the assets within the trust. When evaluating potential trustees, there are several key qualities to keep in mind. Commitment and Availability […]

Exploring Dynasty Trusts in AZ

When you need a comprehensive estate plan or help in probate administration, start by retaining an experienced Arizona estate planning lawyer who is dedicated to protecting you. At Pennington Law, PLLC, our goal is to provide you with options that secure your wealth and allow you to transfer assets at the appropriate time — and […]

Managing Beneficiary Expectations in Arizona

Introduction: When planning your estate for the future, it’s essential to consider how to manage beneficiary expectations, especially if you have multiple children or grandchildren. While you may have a desire to leave behind a legacy for your loved ones, it’s crucial to understand that you are not obligated to distribute your assets equally among […]

Managing Family Conflict in Estate Planning

Estate planning encompasses various responsibilities that can impact the probate process. In Arizona, unequal distribution of assets and disinheritance, especially of adult children, can lead to family conflicts and potential legal challenges. Nevertheless, there may be valid reasons for these decisions. Understanding how to navigate family conflicts during estate planning can help minimize potential issues […]

Challenging a Power of Attorney in Arizona - Pennington Law

Granting a power of attorney (POA) to another person or legal entity in Arizona empowers the designated representative to make decisions on someone else’s (principal) behalf. This can be a vital tool, especially when the principal faces temporary incapacity due to illness, injury, or emergencies. However, there are instances where the appointed representative may misuse […]

contesting trusts common issue in estate litigation

A trust can be an essential tool in an estate plan. When a person (called the grantor) creates a trust and funds it with their assets, they establish a legal entity that owns the assets. The appointed trustee has a fiduciary duty to hold and manage those assets for the benefit of named beneficiaries. Establishing […]

Land Trusts for Estate Planning

Are you an Arizona real estate investor looking for innovative ways to safeguard your property investments and streamline your estate plan? Just as the vast Arizona landscapes offer diverse options, you have alternatives to bypass probate and enhance your estate planning strategies. In this guide, we’ll delve into the world of land trusts and how […]

Arizona Advance Directives

In the realm of estate planning, an often overlooked yet crucial document is the Arizona advance directive. This legally binding instrument empowers you to dictate your medical preferences when you’re unable to communicate. By outlining your wishes beforehand, you ensure that decisions regarding your healthcare are aligned with your values, sparing your loved ones from […]

Estate Planning Strategies for Blended Families in Arizona

Blending families is a journey of love, compromise, and growth, and doing so in the vibrant communities of Surprise, Sun City West, Buckeye, and Peoria, Arizona, adds a unique flavor to the process. Amid the joys and challenges, one crucial aspect that necessitates careful consideration is estate planning, ensuring the security and harmony of your […]