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Caretakers of the Elderly

Our last Phelps LaClair blog post was about aging successfully and how our attitude can make a huge difference in the process of aging. But it’s possible that even with a great attitude and good self-care, a time will come when we simply cannot manage...

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Aging Successfully in the Phoenix Valley

When we’re young, we don’t give much thought to growing older. But by the time we reach our 50s, we’re probably coming to terms with one reality of life: eventually, we grow old. However, there are keys to aging successfully! As an estate planning firm...

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Online Trusts and Wills: What You Don’t Know Could Hurt You

These days you can pay a fee and create your own online trust or will. The claim of the sites that offer these do-it-yourself forms is that you’ll save time and expense. But we’ve got a different perspective. At Phelps LaClair firm in the Phoenix...

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3 Tips on Talking to Parents about Aging

Our parents took care of us and provided for us from conception to adulthood. They loved and nurtured us, helped us mature, and were vital to helping us develop the social and practical skills we needed in order to function and succeed in society. And...

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Real Estate and Estate Planning in the Phoenix Valley, Part 2

In our most recent blog post we touched on several options for passing on your rental properties and real estate investments to your beneficiaries. In this post, we will look at additional factors to consider in your end-of-life planning as a real estate owner. At...

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Real Estate and Estate Planning in the Phoenix Valley, Part 1

Only two things are certain, as they say: death and taxes. If you’re a real estate investor, you probably already plan for the certainty of paying taxes on your rental properties. But do you have a plan in place, should something happen to you? Phelps...

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Helping Your Successor Trustee Succeed

At Phelps LaClair in the Phoenix Valley, Living Trusts (and in particular, Revocable Living Trusts) are a mainstay of our estate planning. But for a living trust to be entirely effective, several steps need to be taken. First comes the important task of fully funding...

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Let Jeffrey LaClair Minimize Estate Planning Taxation in the Phoenix Valley

There are many hidden gems in the Phoenix Valley; natural landmarks; historical firsts; interesting eateries and pubs; and Jeffrey LaClair. Yes, we include our very own Phelps LaClair attorney, Jeffrey LaClair, in that list of hidden gems. Jeffrey has strong experience and much wisdom regarding...

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What Your Power of Attorney Cannot Do

An important step in estate planning is to complete the paperwork for a durable power of attorney (POA). There are two types of powers of attorney, a financial POA and a health POA. A financial power of attorney document provides for someone of your choosing...

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Phoenix, AZ on the Wills of History

Today’s blog post visits the past with a curious look at the earliest will in history, and a quick jaunt through some strange ideas for bequeathing estates to family members or friends. At our Phelps LaClair offices located in Mesa, Chandler, and Phoenix, AZ, we’ve...