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When Does Dad Need a Guardian or Conservator?

Sometimes I get asked this question when a client’s mom or dad has dementia or Alzheimer’s. This blog discusses when a guardian or conservator is necessary and ways that you and your family can plan for incapacity in order to avoid the need to go to court if this ever happens. Key Definitions First, it Read More

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Hurry – It’s Not Too Late for Your 2014 Charitable Gifts!

I hope that you and your family had a wonderful Christmas holiday! Before the end of the year, there are two charitable giving opportunities that I wanted to bring to your attention from a tax perspective. First, earlier this month, President Obama signed a bill that granted an extension for tax-free distributions from your IRA Read More

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LLC’s vs. Corporations?

So you are opening up your own business or maybe you just purchased a rental property and want to know the best type of entity to set up for you and your partners. In general, there are really two options, you can either set up an LLC or a corporation. Five Things to Consider Although Read More

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Moms Jewels Dads Tools Toddler Creed

Although it has now been a few years in our house, I remember when are kids were toddlers. You remember the “It’s mine” stage – If it’s yours, it’s mine; if I think it’s mine, it’s mine; and if I want it, it’s mine. It’s amazing how rapidly mature adults can revert back to this Read More

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Facing Tomorrow with Confidence and Peace of Mind

These days, way too many people put off drafting their will or trust until “tomorrow”. In a way, it is understandable, because no one likes to think about death (especially their own). However, the reality is that it is coming for all of us, and putting off drafting your will, trust, and other estate planning Read More

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February 27 2014 Blog Post Duties Personal Representative

So You’re Named as the Personal Representative . . . Here’s the scenario . . . Your elderly aunt recently passed away and named you as the personal representative (i.e., Arizona’s word for executor) of the estate in her Will. You know that she has a modest home in the Phoenix area worth approximately $200,000, Read More

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Happy Birthday, John Even

Happy Birthday, John Even. The partner with the law firm Schmitt, Shneck, Smyth, & Herrod celebrated his 41st birthday in a different way on Thursday. He invited about 50 people to a party at the Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s Dan O’Meara Center. They toured the facility, where the non-profit organization processes donations, offers Read More

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  • "Once I made my initial call to Mr. Even‘s office I never looked back – great decision! His staff is courteous, caring and efficient. Mr. Even is professional, highly knowledgeable, good listener and adviser. I highly recommend Mr. Even. It is a privilege to have him on my team!"  -Trusts & Estates May 14, 2018

  • "John is an excellent wordsmith, and did a great job of putting my thoughts, ideas, and issues into a clear legal document. I have known and worked with him for 25 years on business issues, including business purchases, of two companies and then selling them for retirement. He is also a delightful person to work with and has an excellent group of to-workers."  -Estate Planning May 3, 2018

  • "He was willing to spend time explaining things."  -Estate Planning February 24, 2018

  • "We were referred to John by a neighbor and, frankly, couldn’t be happier with the responsiveness and quality of service. The estate planning services we’ve received in the past pale in comparison. Very, very pleased with the process and breadth of estate planning John provided."  -Trust & Estates October 10, 2017

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