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Arizona uses a process called “probate” both to carry out the instructions in a deceased person’s will and to deal with an estate left by a person who died without a will (known as dying “intestate”). The probate process is carried out in probate court. Probate begins when a petition to…

An advance directive is a document that specifies your wishes if you become unable to make decisions for yourself. These include naming the person you want to take over your financial, healthcare, and other decisions, explaining what kinds of end of life care you do or do not want, and…

A “trust” is an estate planning tool utilized by many Arizona residents. While various types of trusts are available, the trust typically used is a “living trust.” During your lifetime, your living trust in Arizona holds all of the property you place into it permitting you to use, buy, or sell property…

Arizona courts follow specific guidelines when deciding whether either parent should pay child support, and if so, how much the amount should be. The purpose of child support is to help cover the child’s basic needs – things like shelter, food, clothing, and medical care. Arizona’s child support guidelines are…

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If you or someone you love has been arrested as a result of suspected criminal activity, you may wonder what the next step involves. Arizona criminal cases are prosecuted according to procedural rules set forth by Arizona law. Arizona law requires prosecutors to file official charging documents that inform defendants…

If you’re considering a divorce in Arizona, you probably have many questions about how the process works. Here are a few of the most commonly asked and answered questions about Arizona divorce law. Do I need grounds to file for divorce? Arizona is a “no-fault” state when it comes to divorce,…

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The holidays mean parties and other events to a lot of people, but holidays also come with increased driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) police patrols and sobriety checkpoints, which lead to an increased chance of a DUI arrest or charge. Even an arrest on suspicion of drunk driving carries consequences,…

The Pima County Sheriff’s Office recently received a $180,000 grant from the Arizona Office of Highway Safety. The money will be used to “crack down” on suspected cases of driving under the influence (DUI) in the county, according to officials. Some of the money is earmarked for programs that are already in…