Kenneth C. Barney

Kenneth C. Barney

Rowley Chapman & Barney, Ltd.

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Estate Planning Attorney | Should I Transfer My Vehicles to my Trust?

As an estate planning attorney in Arizona I am always asked if after you have signed your revocable living trust, what if anything should you do about your vehicles or other assets titled through Arizona’s Motor Vehicle...more

11/9/2015 - Beneficiaries Living Trust Motor Vehicles Revocable Trusts

How Can I Avoid Probate | Arizona Probate Attorney

One of the main questions clients will ask is, “How I can avoid probate when I pass away?” This common question stems from a long history of “probate” being associated as an evil word or a long and expensive legal process,...more

10/20/2015 - 401k Bank Accounts Beneficiary Designations Community Property Estate Planning IRA Joint Tenancy with Right of Survivorship Life Insurance Payable on Death Clauses Probate Revocable Trusts

Will Congress Close the Trust Fund Loophole?

(Comments Regarding President Obama’s 2015 Tax Proposals) On January 17, 2015, the White House released its fact sheet entitled, “A Simpler, Fairer Tax Code that Responsibly Invests in Middle Class Families.” This fact...more

3/25/2015 - Estate Tax Tax Basis Tax Reform

What Type of Last Will and Testament Should I Have? #EstatePlanningAttorney

Estate planning has a couple of constants and always will. The first is changes in your family and circumstances will always happen. Whatever plan you put in place will, over time need to be adjusted and changed based upon...more

2/12/2015 - Wills

Avoiding the Pitfalls from Separation to Divorce and Beyond

Going through a legal separation or divorce is a very stressful, emotional and financially taxing period in anyone’s life. There are many pressing issues that take center stage in a divorce, especially if you have minor...more

11/13/2014 - Divorce Separation

Who Should Be My Life Insurance Beneficiary? #EstatePlanningAttorney

The question, “who should be your designated beneficiary under your life insurance policy” is a very important family decision that should be made after careful consideration of all relevant family and financial goals in...more

11/10/2014 - Beneficiaries Conservators Life Insurance Minors Probate

Should I Name My Minor Child as a Beneficiary or Contingent Beneficiary of My Life Insurance Policy?

As an estate planning attorney in Mesa, Arizona I am frequently asked the question by parents: Should I name a minor child as a beneficiary or contingent beneficiary of a life insurance policy? This question has very...more

10/20/2014 - Beneficiaries Life Insurance Minors

Your Living Trust is Not Complete if it is Not Funded Properly #Estate-Planning-Attorney

If you have taken the time, either on your own or with the help of an experienced estate planning attorney, to create a trust based estate plan, and you have not taken the next step to ensure all of your assets have been...more

10/13/2014 - Asset Transfer Asset Valuations Funding Trusts

What Can We Learn From Robin Williams’ Estate Plan? #EstatePlanningAttorney

The unfortunate death of actor Robin Williams in August 2014 has sparked numerous articles, blogs and commentary on his life, family, comedy, mental illness, depression, and his estate plan...more

9/3/2014 - Robin Williams Trustees

My Loved One Died and Nominated Me as Trustee – What do I do Now? #EstatePlanningAttorney

A very common scenario plays out time and time again: A parent or loved one, years ago, planning ahead (which in and of its self, is something almost 70% of American’s do not do), created a Revocable Living Trust. The Trust...more

4/28/2014 - Estate Planning

Combating Financial Abuse of Elderly in Mesa

Over the course of the last century, the number of U.S. residents over the age of 65 has increased 11-fold, and according to the U.S. Census Bureau, the median age of our population is expected to continue to rise....more

4/11/2014 - Asset Protection Conservators Elder Abuse Estate Planning Revocable Trusts

Estate Planning Lawyer: A Will Makes Your Passing Easier on Heirs

A frustrated son recently wrote into a well-known advice columnist, lamenting the fact that his father refused to create a trust based estate plan or even a will that would designate how his property and various businesses...more

4/11/2014 - Estate Planning

Should Avoiding Probate Be Your First Priority in Arizona Estate Planning?

Our Arizona probate attorneys realize that probate is a term that may bring with it fear into the hearts of many family members. Usually, it is because of horror stories they have heard or even experienced themselves with a...more

7/30/2013 - Estate Planning Probate

Proof of Authority: How an Out of State Executor Conducts Estate Business in Arizona

As Arizona probate attorneys we receive many phone calls from family members, personal representatives, and beneficiaries who do not live in the State of Arizona, but a deceased loved one died here. We are able and willing to...more

7/23/2013 - Estate Planning Estate Tax Executors Probate Trusts

The Season of Giving: The “Fiscal Cliff” Coming to the Estate and Gift Tax Laws #EstatePlanningAttorney

The Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization and Job Creation Act of 2010 (“2010 Act”), was signed into law by President Obama on December 17, 2010. This Act provided a two year fix to the existing estate and gift...more

12/10/2012 - 3.8% Medicare Tax Bush-Era Tax Cuts Estate Planning Estate Tax Fiscal Cliff Gift-Tax Exemption Tax Exemptions Tax Relief Act of 2010

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