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Why are there so many stepmother/stepchildren estate battles?

Relationships between stepparents and their adult stepchildren can be rocky. This can be particularly true if the parent committed adultery with the person who became his or her second spouse. However, when the parent dies, these relationships can get even worse. Too often, people find themselves battling the surviving stepparent for assets and property they believe to be rightfully theirs.

Helping your kids value family after divorce

Many divorcing parents are concerned that the break-up of their marriages will sour their children's view of family. They may be concerned that their kids won't want to get married and start families of their own because of what they experienced. However, you can provide your children with the joys of family even when theirs is no longer living under one roof.

Things to keep in mind when choosing a guardian for your children

Are you someone who shies away from discussions regarding your own mortality? If so, it's okay because you are definitely not the only one in Arizona who dreads such topics. As a parent, however, you've likely wondered who would be there to take care of your children if something were to happen to you and your spouse. If you're a widow or widower, the question might be of paramount importance to you.

Arizona parental rights case could land in U.S. Supreme Court

Despite the fact that same-sex couples have been able to legally wed throughout the country since 2015, divorce can still present some complications, particularly when there are children involved. One divorced lesbian couple has taken their custody battle to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Informal versus formal probate actions in Arizona

The probate process in Arizona involves a superior court judge assigning a personal representative to manage the estate of someone who has died. The person appointed to this role is charged with ensuring that all the decedent's debts are paid off. They're also responsible for distributing any remaining assets left after doing so in accordance with that person's will.

Don't forget to update your estate plan when you divorce

When you are considering or going through a divorce, you may not be thinking about your estate plan. However, estate planning attorneys tell their clients that many life-changing events warrant a change to that plan. That includes divorce.

What are your co-parenting resolutions for the new year?

If one of your resolutions is to be a better parent in the new year, you're not alone. If you're a separated or divorced parent, that resolution likely involves working together more effectively with your co-parent to make your children's lives (and your own) easier.

Why estate planning is essential, even with the tax law changes

The president was unable to make good on his promise of eliminating federal estate taxes this past year. However, the final version of the tax reform bill he signed into law just before the holidays does help those with substantial estates protect more of their money from Uncle Sam.

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