In addition to being a lawyer, I am a Notary, as are my 2 staff members. Why do we need 3 notaries in a small office? What do they do in an estate planning practice in Tempe, Arizona? The answers may surprise you. As a Notary, I am granted a Commission from the Arizona Secretary of State to perform notarial acts in the State of Arizona. My Commission is good for 4 years and maybe renewed for additional 4 year period upon Application and posting of Bond.
I was recently contacted by a potential home seller, Stella, a 75-year-old grandmother, who was interested in selling the residence she has lived in for many years. However, Stella had an estate planning problem, one that she caused by doing her own estate planning several years ago, without the benefit of counsel. This resulted in several conversations with her, the potential buyer, and the title company.
Many Arizona Senior Citizens (and part-year residents), living in Tempe, Mesa, Apache Junction, or the East Valley own Mobile Homes. Generally, these can be placed into two categories:
In real estate documents, such as Deeds, and other legal documents, such as vehicle titles and bank statements, we often find the term, "Joint tenancy" or sometimes "Joint tenancy with the right of survivorship". This is sometimes abbreviated as "JTWRS". The term signifies a form of ownership.
Have you been seriously injured by a slip and fall? Did the fall happen in a public place? Were you shopping or visiting as an invited guest?
Stop at once. If you are impeding traffic and able to move your vehicle safely, you should move it as soon as it is reasonable to do so to a safe location. If you are in a parking lot or on a side street you should not move.
In a Bankruptcy case, the Automatic Stay is a Federal Law that provides protection from creditors bringing any civil legal actions against you or taking collection actions, such as calling you, sending letters to you or texting you.
You are not a serial filer and you get the full benefit of the automatic stay for the duration of the case with some exceptions. See our blog on the Automatic Stay.