Estate Planning & Probate
Our attorneys are here to assist families throughout Northern Arizona.

Last Will and Testament
Probate
Financial Power of Attorney
Health Care Power of Attorney
Trust

AWD LAW has been assisting families throughout Northern Arizona with their estate planning needs for over 40 years.


A clearly articulated estate plan is designed to keep the peace, promote harmony, and give family members, creditors, and other interested parties a clear statement of their respective rights, obligations and duties. And, the well-drafted estate plan will also save considerable costs, delays, aggravation and uncertainty.

There is simply no substitute for a clear plan that you have the control to put into place now – while you are alive and able – that dictates precisely what you want to happen when you die or if you become incapacitated during life. Without such a plan, your affairs will be subject to dispute, ambiguity, and needless costs and delays. Plan your estate now – for your peace of mind and that of your family and loved ones!

Attorney Stephen Thompson is available for a complimentary initial estate planning consultation.

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1-800-774-1478 or 928-774-1478

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We are pleased to assist families throughout Northern Arizona with their estate planning needs, including: Wills, Living Wills, Trusts, Special Needs Trust, Tax Avoidance, Powers Of Attorney, Large Estates and Complex Wealth Transfer Issues, and Probate.

Our attorneys can help clients throughout the process of probate, including any probate disputes that may arise. We handle estate matters with a will or without a will and have experience handling property disputes through negotiation, mediation and litigation.

Stephen Thompson is a lifelong resident of Flagstaff and is a partner with AWD LAW, where he has practiced for 19 years. Contact him at (928) 774-1478 or by e-mail at sthompson@awdlaw.com

Last Will and Testament, Probate, Power of Attorney and Trust … let me simplify these terms and concepts.


Last Will and Testament


This document applies only upon death, and has three main functions: (1) state who receives your assets – your “Beneficiaries”; (2) state who takes over for you to wind up your affairs – your “Personal Representative”; and (3) states who you prefer to take care of any minor children and their assets, if applicable – a “Guardian and/or Conservator.”

Contact our office today at 1-800-774-1478 or 928-774-1478 so that we can help you evaluate your circumstances and determine your best options for the most successful outcome possible.

Probate


The Court proceeding your estate goes through when you die whereby your wishes will be carried out if you have a valid Last Will and Testament. If you do not make a Last Will, our state legislature decides each of the three items listed above that your Last Will would otherwise control (our laws on “intestate succession” would apply). A typical probate will take six months to two years, will cost anywhere from $2,000-5,000, and is a public proceeding – even if there are no disputes or other irregularities. The good news is that, with proper planning, these costs, delays and publicity can be avoided.

Contact our office today at 1-800-774-1478 or 928-774-1478 so that we can help you evaluate your circumstances and determine your best options for the most successful outcome possible.

Financial Power of Attorney


Valid only during the life of the principal who names an “agent” or “attorney-in-fact” to do things the principal could do from a financial standpoint. This includes paying the principal’s bills, banking, managing accounts and other assets, and dealing with any third parties that the agent could otherwise deal with on her own. The agent is required to act for and on behalf of the principal and has certain legal duties that must be followed in carrying out actions on behalf of the creator of the POA.

Contact our office today at 1-800-774-1478 or 928-774-1478 so that we can help you evaluate your circumstances and determine your best options for the most successful outcome possible.

Health Care Power of Attorney


Same concept as a financial POA but gives the agent the authority to make health care decisions for the principal and otherwise deal with medical professionals if he is unable to participate in his own medical care decisions (for example, due to a Alzheimer’s, stroke, coma, etc.). Typically, a Living Will would also be executed with the Health Care POA to deal specifically with “end of life” decisions (if, for example, the principal is in a “persistent vegetative state” and on life support).

Contact our office today at 1-800-774-1478 or 928-774-1478 so that we can help you evaluate your circumstances and determine your best options for the most successful outcome possible.

Trust


The overwhelming majority of trusts used for estate planning are revocable living trusts that allow the creator to continue to have full and complete control over his or her assets while alive and healthy. However, upon the death or incapacity of the creator, there is no need to go to court for probate or other proceedings as a new trustee would be required to carry out the creator’s wishes without court involvement. A trust also covers any of life’s “what-ifs” by planning for any possible contingencies (such as minor or incapacitated beneficiaries). Again, a trust is designed to allow the creator to dictate precisely what happens upon his or her death or incapacity without court involvement, costs or delays.

Contact our office today at 1-800-774-1478 or 928-774-1478 so that we can help you evaluate your circumstances and determine your best options for the most successful outcome possible.

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