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2 things to remember about witnesses when signing a will

If you've finally completed the task of drafting your last will and testament, congratulations. Countless people forego this important life responsibility, and they leave their relatives facing serious challenges after they're gone. Now that you've appropriately and lawfully drafted your will, however, it's time to sign or "execute" the document -- which means that you need to gather your witnesses.

2 potential divorce problems and how to avoid them

American spouses don't always stay in their marriages until "happily ever after." If you're reading this article, that may be true for you and you're considering getting a divorce. However, if you don't plan for your divorce the right way, you could encounter problems – which is one of the reasons why having an experienced legal counselor by your side throughout the process is immeasurably valuable.

Why has there been an increase in divorces after the age of 50?

Everyone is talking about the rise in divorce after the age of 50 as if it were a strange phenomenon. However, if you set aside the fact that the divorce process can be different because older spouses have more assets to divvy up, the reasons for an older couple's divorce tend to be the same as for their younger counterparts. The top divorce reasons for younger spouses -- like infidelity, substance abuse, "growing apart" or "not being in love anymore" -- are also the top reasons for older spouses.

Who should I select as the executor of my estate?

When an Arizona resident needs to select an appropriate executor for their estates, they need to think about a lot of different factors to select the best candidate. Ultimately, they should rely less on family and friendship ties and more on the following question: "Who's the most financially responsible, the most trustworthy, the most emotionally mature and the most capable to serve as my executor?"

Estate planning when a beneficiary struggles with addiction

Parents want the best for their children. The entire point of a will and trust is to provide for children when their parents die. However, parents may naturally worry when a child who should be a beneficiary struggles with drug or alcohol addiction. The parent may fear the child will use the sudden influx of funds to feed her or his addiction, and something that should have been a great gift suddenly puts the child in severe danger. 

When do judges invalidate prenuptial agreements?

If you're reading this article you probably fall into one of two categories: You signed a prenuptial agreement before marriage and your spouse is challenging it during your divorce, or you want to challenge the document because it's unfair or invalid. If you want to know whether the prenuptial agreement at issue will hold up in court, look at the following reasons why courts commonly invalidate prenuptials:

  • MCBA | Maricopa County Bar Association
  • State Bar of Arizona
  • ABA | American bar Association | Defending Liberty Pursuing Justice
  • Oregon State bar
  • NACBA | National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys
  • NACA | National Association of Consumer Advocates
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