One of the most important decisions people make concerns the legacy they choose to leave at the end of their lives. If you want to make sure that your final wishes are honored, you should create a framework to address the distribution of assets, final expenses and important medical decisions. At Goldstein & Scopellite, PC in Tucson, our highly trained lawyers have established a reputation for providing effective estate planning counsel tailored to the individual needs of clients. Our Pima County lawyers have 85 years of combined experience and can work closely with you to create wills, trusts and other documents that accomplish your goals and comply with Arizona law.
The preparation of a will can be as simple or complex as the nature of your estate and your specific objectives. However, in order to ensure these documents can withstand legal scrutiny, they should be drafted by an Arizona estate planning attorney who understands crucial issues such as:
Dying without a will in Arizona means that your property is apportioned according to the state’s intestacy law, which creates an order among your family members. Assets are transferred to recipients regardless of your wishes or your feelings toward the individual person. We can help you avoid intestacy and give you the control you deserve over your property.
Trusts are legal instruments that can be crafted to meet your individual estate planning goals. In some cases, they are used to minimize taxes, handle property transfers or manage business assets. One type of trust that appeals to many clients regardless of the size of their estate is a living trust, which allows people to maintain access to their assets throughout their lifetime. At the time of the trust creator’s death, the property passes to named beneficiaries without having to go through probate. Whether you’re considering a trust or any other estate planning instrument, it’s important to remember that one size does not fit all, and only personalized counsel from a qualified estate planning attorney can give you a full perspective on your options.
If you are incapacitated by an injury or illness, a living will can help you express what type of medical treatment you wish to receive and protect your loved ones from having to make very difficult choices. We can outline the types of procedures that can be addressed in an advance medical directive and draft a document that specifically details your wishes. You can also create a healthcare power of attorney, which allows you to name a trusted person to make decisions on your behalf in case of physical or mental debilitation.
Goldstein & Scopellite, PC advises clients in Pima County and the surrounding area on all types of estate planning matters, including the creation of wills and trusts. Please call 520-365-3185 or contact us online to schedule an appointment at our Tucson office.