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3 Best Value Golf Courses in Phoenix

  Walking around on manicured lawns, breathing in some fresh air, and practicing so we can take a stroke off our game can become addicting in the best way. Exercise coupled with honing a skill is a terrific way to keep your heart healthy and happy!...

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Does My Business Belong in a Trust?

  Trusts can be used to your advantage for personal and business reasons to accomplish your goals of reducing or eliminating your estate taxes. Other benefits of trusts include: asset protection, probate avoidance, and safeguarding from creditors or lawsuits.  Many types of trusts exist, and they each...

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Do I need a trust and will: does a trust override a will?

  Many people ask us here at Phelps LaClair about the difference between wills and trusts. To most, the revocable living trust looks a lot like a will. They wonder if a trust can replace a will, and whether they need to create a will if...

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Top Five Fun Activities for a Summer in Phoenix, AZ

  At Phelps LaClair, we know it is important to take a break during the summer and enjoy friends, family and nature. Summer in Phoenix is a wonderful time to plan outdoor activities with your loved ones. Here are our top five things to do in...

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How to Avoid the Generation Skipping Transfer Tax

    If you understand and work with tax laws, your estate plan will be all the stronger for it. Knowing when certain taxes will apply, especially those that occur after your passing, is very important. Planning ahead is the only way to avoid incurring extraneous taxes...

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Do I Really Need Estate Planning?

  Estate planning can sound inaccessible to some people, as if it’s an elite tool that’s not appropriate for everyone. If financial end-of-life planning isn’t a topic circulating through your peer group, it can seem far-off or irrelevant. However, neither of these assumptions are true.  Many people...

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What is The Future of The Estate Tax Exemption?

    The future of the estate tax exemption is not yet concrete. However, we’re getting closer to understanding how wealthy estates may be affected if the bill known as The 99.5 Percent Act becomes law.  Currently, the federal estate tax exemption is $11.7 million for an individual...

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How Does The Inheritance From a Trust Get Taxed?

    Some aspects of estate planning can be extremely complicated and lead to headaches—especially tax issues. Whether you’re the estate planner, the grantor, or a beneficiary, the experts at Phelps LaClair can answer all of your questions. You could be in the beginning phases of estate planning...

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How to Avoid The Estate Tax

  Taxes play a large factor in developing an effective estate plan. Thanks to the dreaded “estate tax,” if you fail to properly plan, Uncle Sam will take his final cut on your way out the door, and your largest tax bill ever will come when...

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All You Need to Know About Salt River Tubing in Phoenix, Arizona

    It’s getting hotter outside and we are looking for activities to do outside that help keep us cool! Chilling in a mountain stream seems appropriate, right? Grab your tube, and let’s go!  At Phelps LaClair, we think it’s important to get out and enjoy nature. Tubing...