Estate Planning Problems
Arizona and New Mexico Estate Planning Lawyer
Aren’t all estate planning strategies the same? At Morris, Hall & Kinghorn, P.L.L.C., we have one simple answer: No. Estate planning isn’t just our practice — it’s our privilege; it’s our passion. For more than four decades, estate planning, elder law and asset preservation have been our areas of practice. Over the years, our firm has reviewed thousands of estate plans. At last count, in fact, we figure it to be more than 35,000.
Why Many Plans Fail to Meet Your Needs
Most estate planning strategies take into account three primary concerns: How will the beneficiaries avoid probate upon the death of a primary estate holder? How do surviving beneficiaries minimize estate taxes? And how will the assets be distributed according to the estate holder’s wishes? From what we have seen, many estate plans fail to meet the estate holder’s needs for a significant number of reasons, including:
- Many documents are poorly drafted: As members of the very exclusive American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys (AAEPA), we draft documents that cover every aspect of the law. When you sign one of our documents, you can trust that your surviving family members won’t have to hire a lawyer to protect themselves from disputes and possible litigation.
- The plans typically focus too much on death: A solid estate plan will have positive tax consequences for the estate holder while all parties are alive. Through the appropriate use of revocable living trusts, we will help you find ways to fund your trust account, distribute assets as you desire and maintain final control of your estate — all while you are alive.
- Many estate plans aren’t coordinated with financial plans: Our firm staffs MHK Financial and MHK Accounting with certified specialists who work with your MHK estate planning lawyers to coordinate a comprehensive plan that integrates current investment needs with long-term estate planning.
- Many plans fail to keep up with changes in the law: MHK attorneys keep abreast of state and federal laws affecting asset protection, taxes, long-term care issues, incapacity, and succession of assets and businesses. We write professional publications covering tax laws and give regular seminars to financial and other professionals covering recent changes that affect estate planning clients of all asset levels. As laws change, we will contact you to review your plan and determine how you are affected and how your plan may need to be changed.
Unique Approach From a Unique Estate Planning Law Firm
Morris, Hall & Kinghorn offers a different kind of estate planning service because we offer comprehensive estate planning. Very few attorneys dedicate their entire practice to estate planning. At MHK, we never forget that your family is worth protecting. Start by calling for a complete review of your financial circumstances and your plan for preserving your assets, now and in the future.
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Contact us to arrange a consultation with an experienced lawyer today. Our offices are located in Phoenix, Tucson, Albuquerque and communities throughout Arizona and New Mexico.
*Martindale-Hubbell’s AV peer review rating is the highest-rated category an attorney can achieve in the areas of legal skills and ethical standards. AV is a registered certification mark of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies.