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Scottsdale Last Will & Testament Lawyers

Reliable & Efficient Estate Planning Counsel

At Mazza Law PLC, our team of compassionate and knowledgeable estate planning lawyers is committed to using our extensive legal resources to help clients of all backgrounds get their affairs in order for the future. With our reliable counsel in your corner, you can have peace of mind knowing you have the legal tools you need to protect your wealth and legacy.

When you choose our firm to represent you, we make it our goal to simplify everything and educate you on all of your options under the law. Whether you need to a draft simple or complex will that includes testamentary trusts and special provisions, we can ensure that it remains in line with all of your specific requirements.

What Is a Last Will & Testament?

Your last will and testament (will) is an essential piece of your estate plan that states who you nominate to serve as your personal representative and which people you want to inherit your estate. Your will also states when and how your devisees will inherit your assets.

Important Terms to Know If You’re Drafting a Will

  • Estate: The estate is the sum of a person’s assets minus all liabilities at the time of their death
  • Personal representative: This isthe person in charge of settling the decedent’s final affairs
  • Devisees: The persons/entities inheriting property

What Are the Requirements for a Will in Arizona?

In Arizona, a will must have the following to be valid:

  • The will must be executed by a person over the age of 18
  • The person must have the capacity to execute a will
  • The will must be in writing
  • The will must be witnessed by two people

In Arizona, a holographic will must have the following to be valid:

  • The will must be in the person’s (testator) handwriting
  • The will must name the devisees
  • The will must be signed and dated by the testator

Do I Need a Will If I Don’t Have Any Property?

Yes. The last will and testament also directs what happens to personal items and can be used to name a guardian for your minor children, disabled children, or an incapacitated spouse.

Can I Avoid Probate If I Have a Will?

Probate is necessary regardless of whether you have a will when you pass away. If the property in the estate is only in the name of the decedent, and that property exceeds certain minimum limits, then probate is required to fulfill the terms of the will.

If you would like to request a case consultation to discuss your situation and what needs to be included in your last will and testament, then please give us a call today at (602) 536-7609.

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