Estate Planning Information


Estate planning encompasses the growth, conservation, and transfer of an individual’s wealth through the creation and maintenance of an “estate plan.”  The purpose of estate planning is to develop a strategy that will maintain the financial security of individuals through their lifetime and facilitate the intended transfer of their property and assets at death, while taking into consideration the unique circumstances of the family and the potential costs of different methods.

All too often, we hear:

  • "I'm too young to do estate planning."
  • "All my property is titled in joint tenancy with my spouse so I don't need a will."
  • "Estate planning is only for the super-rich."
  • "Estate planning is too complicated and expensive."
  • "Doesn't the government provide for that?"
  • "We did our wills right after we got married 30 years ago and see no need for further planning."

If you seek advice and guidance with regard to your estate planning needs, please view our website and search for a the type of member that meets your needs.  As an alternative, you can search for an Accredited Estate Planner® (AEP®) or Estate Planning Law Specialist (EPLS) designation holder in your area on the National Association of Estate Planners & Councils website.

Featured Articles

To whom do I give my friend's will?

For decades, it has been the practice of some estate planning attorneys to retain possession of their clients' original wills. It is now clear, however, that the responsibility of protecting those wills can get expensive and be an administrative burden. The new law allows attorneys (and others in the same ...

PLANNING MATTERS: What to do when you can't decide

If you've been putting off meeting with an attorney about your estate plan because you think you can't make the perfect decision, just make a good decision and get your plan in place. It can always be changed while you are alive, but it can't be created out of thin air when you are no longer around.

UAMS offering free legal assistance, estate planning for cancer patients

Dr. Harrington said she has seen a dramatic difference in patients and survivors who have taken advantage of UAMS's free legal assistance and estate planning clinic. She said they often feel better because various stressors are off their shoulders. “I can tell you story after story of patients who have ...

On the move at JLL, The Scott, SB&H, Frontdoors, Silverman Law Offices

Tomi L. Farr has joined the Silverman Law Office as an associate attorney with a focus on estate planning. Farr, of Ahwatukee, most recently had been attorney for Zorro Outdoor Media, LLC, a family-owned billboard company. Previously, she had been an associate attorney with the Dana Law Firm and ...

What Is a Family Limited Partnership?

FLPs feature two types of partners: general and limited. General partners control all aspects of managing the FLP, which works like a business of sorts, while limited partners are there as investors only. When used correctly, an FLP can be a smart estate-planning tool, so if you're looking to protect your ...