Yavapai County Estate Planning Lawyer

Christina Howden

Yavapai County Estate Planning Attorney

Attorney at Law Magazine’s Yavapai County Estate Planning Local Legal Authority.

Christina Howden

Yavapai County Estate Planning Attorney

Yavapai County Estate Planning Lawyer

Attorney at Law Magazine’s Yavapai County Estate Planning Local Legal Authority.

About
Christina Howden

Christina Howden is an associate in our Prescott office where she practices estate planning, bankruptcy and business law. She brings extensive business management experience to her legal perspective in assisting clients on a wide range of matters. Previously Christina served a Law Clerk, Davis Miles McGuire Gardner, in its Tempe, Prescott and, Flagstaff offices and as a Judicial Extern for Honorable John Napper, Yavapai County Superior Court. She also served as a Judicial Extern for Honorable David L. Mackey, Yavapai County Superior Court.

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Why Consult With A Yavapai County Estate Planning Attorney?

Estate planning in Yavapai County can be a challenging process. It’s a necessary step if you prefer to control your assets and determine how they’re distributed in your absence. If you’ve ever scrambled to help your aging parents get their financial affairs in order, you understand what can happen if you delay the inevitable.

You struggle to locate and gather relevant financial documents. If your parents have memory issues, you worry that you might be missing something important. You encounter added stress when you feel pressured by a real or imagined deadline. That’s why it’s a prudent idea to contact a Yavapai County financial planning attorney before the timing becomes crucial.

Some families delay estate planning because of the personal and emotional challenges. The process forces you to deal with family issues, financial concerns, and end-of-life matters you might not want to think about. When you have substantial assets or a complicated family structure, planning efforts require time, energy and critical decision-making. Financial planning attorneys in Yavapai County understand the difficulties. They use their training, knowledge, and expertise to make the estate planning process as simple as possible.

Preserving Your Estate in Yavapai County

Your Yavapai County estate planning lawyer can implement safeguards to reduce the estate taxes that can consume your savings and assets. Attorneys use a variety of financial instruments and procedures to accomplish this goal.

  • Charitable trusts and donations
  • Marital asset transfers
  • Lifetime gifts to relatives
  • Irrevocable trusts
  • Life insurance trusts
  • Life insurance
  • Annuities

Wills and Trusts 

Wills are traditional estate planning tools that ensure your assets are distributed according to your preferences. Yavapai County Estate planning attorneys work with you to document your wishes. They formalize them using the estate planning instruments, guidelines, and procedures compatible with Arizona’s laws.

  • A will is a formal record of your instructions for distributing your assets after your death. For young families, they can designate a hierarchy of childcare if both parents die. They simplify the asset distribution process and allow your beneficiaries to avoid most probate court procedures. As wills are public records in many jurisdictions, they’re not private.
  • Living trusts appoint a trustee to control your assets if you become incapable of doing it yourself. It’s similar to a will in that it provides inheritance instructions for asset distribution after your death. Trusts aren’t publicly available records, so you keep your financial information private.

Health Directives

When you’re young or even middle-aged, you might not think about yourself when you consider end-of-life issues. No matter how old you are, it’s important to document your treatment requirements so you can avoid extreme treatment measures you don’t want. Catastrophic accidents, serious illnesses, and end-of-life issues occur at all ages. If you have strong concerns about life support, resuscitation, or other medical procedures, an estate planning attorney in Yavapai County can formalize your wishes.

  • Advanced directives, living wills, and instruction directives help you designate the treatment you want or prefer not to have should you become unable to speak on your own behalf. Your estate planning attorney prepares a carefully worded document explaining your preferences for and against extreme treatment measures, resuscitation, and other medical procedures.
  • Health care power of attorneys and health care proxies grant formal healthcare decision-making control to the person you designate. The person holding your power of attorney receives instructions detailing your wishes. They make treatment decisions on your behalf when you are unable to speak up for yourself.

Contact a Yavapai County Financial Planning Attorney

When you spend a lifetime building assets to pass on to your family, financial planning is the next important step. Whatever your age, marital status, parental status, or financial situation, a Yavapai County financial planning attorney can work out a personalized strategy that accomplishes your financial preferences.

 

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What clients in Yavapai County are saying about
Christina Howden

Davis Miles McGuire Gardner, PLLC
4.4
Based on 116 reviews
Mr. Weech and his entire team were a great help from beginning to end. This case was long and drawn out due to no response from the other side but they kept trying to get a response from them all along keeping us up to date. We were very please with everything. We won our case and will highly recommend Mr. Weech to anyone who asks. Thanks again !
Laurie Lacks
Laurie Lacks
19:31 03 Dec 20
Mr. Bradley Weech Was not my attorney. But was the attorney of a co-defendant in the case I was in.His remarkable attention to detail of the specifics in the case what is the key factor in the arbitrator’s decision. I represented myself and Bradley was very professional in not giving me information but helping my find what I needed. This is an actual act of kindness as I am not a paying client. This is professionalism at is finest and should be noted. If anyone needs someone who has every inch of your back, this is your attorney !!
katie furfaro
katie furfaro
01:49 17 Nov 20
I previously had four completely different inquiries over the phone and Davis Miles McGuire Gardner were superior on getting me the information I needed for each case. Then when I needed to schedule my in office appointment, for a different ongoing case they were very efficient with scheduling and had superb customer service! Once in their office from the front desk staff to meeting with Mr. Hunt, my experience was stunning! All my questions were answered and I felt comfortable and reassured after my conversation with Mr. Hunt.
MEL Torres
MEL Torres
23:48 27 Oct 20
I have to say Davis Miles McGuire Gardner Law Offices are very professional, from the moment when I first met with Mr. Gardner I felt I was in the right hands. The ladies in the office Stacey, Neita & Lucy are very professional and courteous. I felt so comfortable in speaking to them and had my questions answered. As far as both attorneys Alexandria Anemone & Brittany Skinner they handled my case with the outmost care. They knew exactly what to say and ask and during the whole process reassuring me that everything will be alright. If you find yourself in need of an Law Firm I strongly recommend Davis Miles McGuire Gardner their are an A+ in my book. Greatly appreciate your service.
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Jesus Betance
19:40 26 Oct 20

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