Monthly Archives: May 2014




The main reason people should have a Will is to insure their assets will go to the people they desire. If a person died intestate (without a will), the state will divide their assets and distribute them to the closest relatives. The State of Arizona has two types of properties: community property and separate property. Separate property acquired by single spouse before the marriage and community property acquired by both partners in a marriage.

If there is a surviving spouse:

Ariz. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 14-2102 Statute sets forth that both separate property and the one-half of community property that belongs to the decedent, passes to the surviving spouse.

If there is no surviving issue or if there are surviving issue all of whom are issue of the surviving spouse also, the entire intestate estate.

If there are surviving issue all of whom are not issue of the surviving spouse, ½ of the separate property and no interest in the ½ of the community property that belonged to the decedent.

If there is no surviving spouse:

Ariz. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 14-2103 Statute sets forth that any asset or property not passing to the decedents spouse under previous statute 14-2102, passes to the other family relative who survive the decedent.

Issue of the decedent gets everything by representation.

If there is no surviving issue, to the decedent’s parents.

In The State of New York the laws are quite differ: N.Y. Est. Powers and Trust Law § 4-1.1 If the decedent is survived by spouse and issue: the spouse receives the first Fifty Thousand Dollars ($50,000.00) and one-half of the remainder of the decedent’s estate. The issue collects the rest by representation. If a decedent doesn’t not have a spouse or issue, decedent surviving parents receive his assets.

Ariz. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 14-2503

Holographic Wills– whether witnessed or not must be in testators handwriting.

Nuncupative Wills-are not permitted in Arizona at all.

In New York pursuant to N.Y. Est. Powers and Trust Law section 3-2.2 holographic and nuncupative wills permits three groups of people to validly make these types of wills. Members of the armed forces, on active military duty during a war or other armed conflict, civilians who accompanying the armed forces during a war and mariners.

(Explanation of what these wills mean: Holographic Wills-entirely handwritten by the testator but is not properly signed and witnessed. Nuncupative Wills-is an oral will, with at least 2 witnesses who hear the testator speak his will.)

Ariz. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 14-2505 any competent person may be a witness to a will. The signing ceremony by an interested person doesn’t automatically invalidate the will. The will requires two witnesses.

In New York State N.Y. Est. Powers and Trust Law section 3-2.1, at least two witnesses are required. Although lawyers prefer three.

The second most populated city in Arizona is Tucson with a population approximately of 524,295 according to U.S. Census Quick Facts website (

VALENTINE & VALENTINE, PC This is how the firm represents themselves: “You have worked hard all your life to accumulate personal assets and we want to ensure that you pass on your legacy to your family at the right time and in the manner you desire, rather than have your hard-earned assets be consumed by estate taxes, creditors, predators and probate expenses. Our goal is to ensure that you have a solid plan to protect your family, wealth and legacy”.  They specialize in specialties are in wills & trusts, estate planning, asset protection, probates, conservatorship, guardianship, real estate, business law, prenuptials and ant nuptials. (

WOOD LAW FIRM, PLLC This is how the firm represent themselves: “We are committed to providing affordable legal services including estate planning, wills, probate, guardianship, conservatorship and elder law matters to those in Tucson and the surrounding community”. (

TUCSON REAL ESTATE APPRAISER, Founded in 1986, Tucson Real Estate Appraisal is a leading provider of real estate valuations and consulting services. We take pride in offering world-class appraisal customer service, quick turnaround times, and only the highest quality appraisals. Our valuations are supported by primary market research, objective analysis, and seasoned judgment to better guide our clients in their property evaluation needs. Our reports are prepared with the precision that the industry demands. Best of all, our appraisal services are competitively priced.  Call Jeffrey C. Patch, MAI, SRA at (520) 326-6066

( Arizona Superior Court in Pima County probates wills in Tucson, Arizona. The address of the Arizona Superior Court in Pima County is at 110 W. Congress St., Tucson, AZ 85701. Phone number: (520) 724-4200. download (1)





A student can earn a degree as a paralegal from attending PIMA COMMUNITY COLLEGE. which is not an ABA program. The program requires completion of 66 credits in order to receive an Associates degree. College offers Financial Aide and Scholarships, and other payment plans. Here, you can find how much it cost:



Here you can find all the courses you must take to receive your Associate of Paralegal Studies:







Part 2: Statue of Abraham Lincoln Seen at the Lincoln Legacy Museum

By: Katrina Newell

This is a beautiful statue of the late Abraham Lincoln located in Springfield Kentucky at the museum called “Lincoln Legacy Museum in the 1816 Courthouse.”   This museum is a truly historic site, that provides details about the life of Abraham Lincoln and provides details about his ancestors, his Kentucky roots, his life in Indiana and Illinois and how details about his presidency.  Abraham Lincoln was born in Hardin County, Kentucky  although his parents lived in Springfield Kentucky for thirty years; where they dated and later married.  His father worked in the woodworking industry. His parents were Thomas Lincoln and Nancy Hanks who molded Lincoln to become the 16th President of the United States of America.

President Lincoln only had about 18 months of formal schooling and practiced law without a degree.  He never belonged to an organized church, but read his bible every day.  This statue honors the legacy of the president and of his ancestors.  If you have the chance to visit the museum, you will find his parents’ original marriage bond and certificate of return stored in the archives.   The museum is located at 111 North Cross Main Street, Springfield, Kentucky 40069. I felt this article was interesting and was not aware that this statue of him and the museum existed until i did some research.  That’s why sometimes forced assignments are great!


Moreland Lincoln Image




Photo of Samuel De Champlain Monument

This is a monument of Samuel De Champlain located in Isle La Motte, According to this site, he was an explorer and is an important figure in Canadian history. The location of this monument is thought to be the site where he first set his foot which is now Vermont. In the background is Lake Champlain.

This monument shows Samuel and what looks like an Indian on the left of him. In his right hand, he seems to be holding a spyglass. This to me seems, that he is eager to begin some sort of battle as he is dressed in military uniform. His posture resembles power.

Amelia Earhart in Indiana.


This statute of Amelia Earhart was erected at Purdue university in West Lafayette, Indiana.

Amelia Earhart is well known for being the first woman to fly across the Atlantic ocean by herself, and of course her mysterious disappearance which sparked many theories.

I think this is a cool statute that the student will enjoy on their walk to class.