The Opioid Epidemic: Using Targeted Trusts

The Opiod Epidemic is back in the news, and is still far reaching in our communities across the country as ever. Every day, more than 115 people in the United States die after overdosing on opioids according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. In 2016, more Americans died due to opioid overdoses than car…


Protecting Beneficiaries with a Third Party Trust

third party trust and mental illness

We are seeing more and more that our nation is struggling with mental illness with the acknowledgment of maternal mental health issues and climbing suicide rates for all ages.  In 2020, “more than 87,000 Americans died of drug overdoses over the 12-month period that ended in September, according to preliminary federal data, eclipsing the toll…


Blended Families Require Different Estate Planning Tactics

With Thanksgiving this week, I thought we’d post our blog early. This also seemed like a good time to discuss family, especially blended families which are becoming more and more common these days. According to the American Psychological Association, 40-50 percent of married couples in the United States divorce. The divorce rate for subsequent marriages…


Privacy Matters: Wills Vs. Living Trusts

Wills Vs. Living Trusts. The terms are used interchangeably but are they really the same thing? The quick answer is definitely not. One affords more privacy in the long run than the other. Most of us are not celebrities, but we may for one reason or another want to keep our private matters private, even…


4 Reasons: Estate Planning is a Final Act of Love

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Very recently, a close friend’s wife lost her Father. Though his health was not the best, his decline was rapid and unexpected. The family, particularly her Mother, struggled to make choices that honored him, their culture and other family members’ suggestions. To put it plainly, it was chaotic, stressful and unsettling. With Valentine’s Day approaching…


Alzheimer’s Awareness Month & Estate Planning

President Ronald Reagan designated November as National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month in 1983. At the time, fewer than 2 million Americans had Alzheimer’s; today, the number of people with the disease has soared to nearly 5.4 million. That number is expected to increase to 7.1 million Americans by 2025. More than 70 percent of people with…


Why a Single Parent Should ALWAYS Have an Estate Plan

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Recently, I learned of a colleague asking for assistance with a sticky situation. His client, a single parent, passed away and an online fundraising account was established, with the funds going to an account in one extended family member’s name. That family member has now left town after gathering money in the name of helping…


FAQ: Interview With Marcus Seiter

Frequently Asked Questions about estate planning services in Arizona

  Ed. Note: The following is the text of an interview that was conducted by a media source and we thought the answers might be helpful to some doing research about Estate Planning and our office. Please contact us directly for more information.  What does an estate planning lawyer do? As an estate planning attorney,…


Estate Planning & Graduates: Financial Strategies

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When your graduate crosses the stage this month, they will take the financial reigns from you just as they take their diploma. Here are a few ways to help steer them towards success in their financial future. Summertime is upon us here in Phoenix and so is graduation season. This major transition period for most…


Probate Series (Part 2): 3 Common Ways to Avoid It

As with every aspect of your estate, Seiter Law strongly suggests that you contact an experienced estate attorney to discuss, your assets, the probate process and the laws in your state before trying to limit or avoid probate. That being said, in general these are the most common ways to avoid probate: Joint Tenancy With Right…