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Wills and Testaments
The Last Will and Testament, or “Will,” is what most people traditionally understand as the document that passes assets and property to designated beneficiaries. However, a common misconception is that a Will keeps your estate out of probate.
Probate is the process by which a Will is “proved” to the Court. The Probate Court establishes the validity of the Will through a court-supervised proceeding in which the Will and its assets are held for verification and then distributed. The probate process for an average-sized estate can take up to six months to complete, including a four-month required period of time in which notice to creditors must occur.
The Last Will is a legal document that should be reviewed at each stage of your adult life so there is no question as to your intent. In the event of marriage, childbirth, divorce, and death, your estate plan should be revisited to make sure there are no unresolved issues. This is where you designate a guardian who will care for your children. This personal representative (normally known as an executor) will distribute your personal property and any assets that are not held in a trust
Living Without a Will
A person who passes without a Will is said to pass “intestate,” which means that the state will determine who inherits your assets, who will become your personal representative (executor), and who will be assigned guardianship of your children. Married couples are not immune to issues that commonly arise when there is no Will. It is not uncommon for challenges to an estate to come from parents, siblings, or children who may try to make a claim to assets you meant to go to someone else.
Top Reasons People Should Have a Will
- You can decide how your Will is to be distributed.
- You can decide who will take care of your minor children.
- You can avoid a lengthy probate process.
- You can make donations and gifts.
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WHY HIRE MITCH PADILLA?
Former Assistant Attorney General
Mr.Padilla represented the State of Arizona for almost 12 years as an Assistant Attorney General. During that time, he looked out for the safety of children and the welfare of families across Northern Arizona. Mr.Padilla promises to bring that same passion and commitment to you as your attorney.
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Experienced Legal Career
- Management at Pacific Telephone.
- Pro bono Hearing Examiner & Immigration Attorney 6 years.
- Northern Arizona Assistant Attorney General for 12 Years.
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When faced with a complex law matter, it is extremely important to retain the immediate representation of a trusted attorney. Due to the serious nature of your case, we advise you against navigating through the legal system alone. We know how to achieve your goals and would be proud to offer you the unmatched level of exceptional legal representation that you deserve. We are fully equipped to provide you with the zealous, compassionate, and dedicated legal representation that you need.