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The Differences in Deeds When Conveying Title to Real Property in Arizona

By Platt & Westby, P.C. | March 21, 2019

To give a little background information, a deed is the document you use to officially transfer ownership of real property from one owner to another. There are three types of deeds that are typically used: warranty deeds, special warranty deeds, and quit claim deeds. A warranty deed, sometimes referred to as a general warranty deed, transfers ownership of real property with warranties to the Grantee. This means that the Grantor (the person selling or giving the property to someone else)…

Undue Influence – Signs and Symptoms of Abuse

By Platt & Westby, P.C. | March 6, 2019

Undue influence occurs when a dominant person, for personal gain, substitutes their will for the will of a dependent and vulnerable person. Money is usually the motive behind this type of abuse. And most commonly this type of abuse occurs with the elderly and disabled. This is because the elderly and disabled are often more dependent upon others for daily care and become susceptible and vulnerable. The relationship is more than just persuasion, it is a psychological control and the…

VIDEO: Prenuptial Agreements

By Platt & Westby, P.C. | January 11, 2019

Platt & Westby Attorney, Peter Westby, discusses Prenuptial Agreements and how they can be most effective. Learn what’s most important when obtaining a prenuptial agreement.

What Is A Living Will?

By Platt & Westby, P.C. | December 6, 2018

A Living Will is different from a normal Will.   A Will is a common estate planning document that controls the distribution of a person’s property after he or she dies. It is not effective until death. A living will, however, is effective during a person’s lifetime and serves a wholly different purpose.   Also known as an “advance directive” a living will allows a person, in advance, to give written instructions for medical treatment should he or she become terminally ill…

VIDEO: Pre-Litigation Due Diligence

By Platt & Westby, P.C. | December 4, 2018

Platt & Westby attorney, Andy Rahtz, discusses the things you should do before you file a lawsuit, or what we would call Pre-Litigation Due Dilligence.

Benefits of The Probate Process

By Platt & Westby, P.C. | November 6, 2018

Much has been written by estate planning attorneys as to how to avoid probate. It is true that drafting of estate planning documents with a goal of probate avoidance is of great value to families. But sometimes a probate is needed or can be useful. Here are a few of the benefits of the probate procedure: The most important benefit is that a probate provides a court supervised procedure. This encourages a timely and more formal administration of the estate.…

Divorce With Minor Children and Legal Decision-Making Authority

By Platt & Westby, P.C. | October 2, 2018

A divorce decree that involves minor children must address legal decision-making for those minor children.  Arizona defines legal decision-making as: “the legal right and responsibility to make all nonemergency legal decisions for a child including those regarding education, health care, religious training and personal care decisions.”  See A.R.S. § 25-401(3) Joint legal decision-making is a common parental authority agreement.  A.R.S. § 25-401(2) defines joint legal decision-making as: “both parents share decision-making and neither parent’s rights or responsibilities are superior except…

VIDEO: Hiring an Attorney

By Platt & Westby, P.C. | September 29, 2018

Patt & Westby attorney, Elizabeth Westby, speaks about hiring an attorney and what the process looks like.

What Is A "Life Estate"?

By Platt & Westby, P.C. | September 21, 2018

A life estate is an interest in real property that terminates upon the death of a specified person, usually the owner of the life estate. There are some terms that are unique to life estates. The owner of a life estate is often called a “life tenant.” The life tenant has the right to reside in the home for life or for so long as he or she may choose. Upon the termination of the life estate the persons who…

Communicating Religious Values in Your Estate Plan

By Platt & Westby, P.C. | September 6, 2018

Estate planning documents are designed to help and provide for families at a critical time, usually upon the death or incapacity of a family member. The typical estate plan focuses on financial needs. But religious needs and the communication of religious values are also important to many of us. Your estate planning documents can be an effective means to communicate your religious and cultural values to those close to you. This can be done in any number of ways. A…

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