Estate Planning and Probate
Planning for death is a critical undertaking and necessary to ensure that your estate is distributed in accordance with your wishes, not how a court sees fit. Mesch, Clark & Rothschild provides tailored Estate Planning and estate administration services to clients in the Tucson, Arizona area.
We understand that each person's estate planning needs are different. Our lawyers meet with clients and carefully identify short- and long-term goals, then develop a plan that meets these goals in a cost effective manner. Our attorneys regularly use such estate planning tools as:
- Durable powers of attorney
- Testamentary trusts
- Living trusts
- Miller Trusts (for Medicaid patients)
- Succession planning for family businesses, and more.
The term "probate" describes the court proceedings necessary to administer a decedent's estate. It can also refer to legal matters involving trusts, conservators, guardians or the uses of Powers of Attorney.
The attorneys and staff of Mesch, Clark & Rothschild bring experience, skill and compassion during a time of grief and stress to help families with the probate process. We take pride in being able to effectively assist with the administration of all types of estate and probate matters, and provide our clients with the legal support necessary to deal with all related issues.
Our services include, but are not limited to:
- Appointments and representation of Personal Representatives
- Appointments and representation of Guardians and Conservators
- Assisting with tasks required to administer trusts and trust estates.
Probate and Trust Litigation
Issues can arise during the course of the administration of any probate or trust matter, such as the need to contest a will, or questioning or challenging the actions of those serving as a Personal Representative, Guardian, Conservator or Trustee.
If a will or trust is contested, our attorneys employ negotiation skills to arrive at a settlement. If a fair compromise cannot be reached, we will not hesitate to go to court to effectively pursue an appropriate resolution to seek a fair distribution of the estate.
If you are in need of an attorney who can handle your probate needs with sensitivity and efficiency, call a Mesch, Clark & Rothschild.
Avoiding the Pitfalls of Estate Planning
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Estate Planning - Recent Cases Of Interest (2008)
Estate Planning Checklist
Estate Planning Terminology
Legislature Dramatically Revises Arizona Trust Law
Retirement Plans at Work
Taxing Questions: An Essential Overview of the 2001 Tax Relief Act
The Importance of Powers of Attorney
When Mercy Meets Justice – An Overview of Arizona's Adult Protective Services Act (APSA)
Where Should You Keep Your Will?
Wills and Trusts – Some Frequently Asked Questions
Pertinent Legal Forms:
Durable Mental Health Care Power of Attorney
Health Care Power of Attorney and Living Will
Record of Who Has Received a Copy of My Will, Living Will and Powers of Attorney – Plus Other Important Contact Information
Your Personal Legal Checklist