For Native Americans in Arizona, a Will is a very important document to have.  The American Indian Probate Reform Act of 2004 has given you much more freedom in determining what will happen to your property after you die.  Since the act passed, you can even direct what will happen with your Indian Trust Land.

If you die without a Will, some of your trust lands could end up leaving your family without anyone having a choice in the matter.

AIPRA changed everything - have you updated your will?

Indian Wills have changed dramatically since AIPRA in 2004Indian Wills have changed
dramatically since AIPRA in 2004
Prior to 2004 and AIPRA (the American Indian Probate Reform Act), most Native Americans needed two Wills, one that dealt with Indian Trust Property and a second that dealt with non-trust property and personal property.  This lead to extreme situations where both wills could be challenged in court and neither was found valid.

AIPRA fixed the problem and a properly executed will that contains instructions for your Trust or Restricted Lands in one section and another section dealing with your non-trust lands and personal property in another section is all that you need under both State and Office of Hearing and Appeals requirements.  If your Will is older than 2004, its very important that you rewrite it to include the important changes.  Indian Will attorney Brain Utsey can help you take care of this important change.

A Will can be a simple legal document

As an Indian Will attorney, Brian Utsey will take you though the easy steps of deciding what you need to include in your Will.  If you have minor children, you’ll want to designate who will provide care for them after you’re gone.  Beyond that you’ll get to direct what is done with your property – both land and other possessions.

A simple will is a good start

There’s more to Indian estate planning than just a simple Will, but a Will is a good start.  By consulting with Brian Utsey, an Arizona estate planning attorney, you’ll learn if you should take further steps to protect your property and heirs.  He’ll explain these further options, which might include a Living Will, granting Powers of Attorney for various reasons, and setting up various Trusts.

Your initial one-hour consultation with an Indian will attorney is free.

Arizona Indian Law Attorney Brian Utsey is experienced with the nuances of Indian Will preparation and can guide you in creating an effective Indian will that takes the AIPRA changes into account.

Call Arizona Indian Will Attorney Brian Utsey at 480-538-5024.

Brian Utsey, Attorney at Law, serves clients with family law, estate planning and Indian law concerns in the Phoenix, Arizona metro area including Chandler, Gilbert, Glendale, Mesa, Peoria, Scottsdale, Tempe, Apache Junction, Avondale, Buckeye, Casa Grande, El Mirage, Eloy, Florence, Fountain Hills, Goodyear, Maricopa, Paradise Valley, Queen Creek, & Surprise. We also serve clients from all of Arizona's Indian Tribes: Ak Chin Indian Community of the Maricopa-Ak Chin Indian Reservation, Cocopah Tribe, Colorado River Indian Tribes of the Colorado River Indian Reservation, Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation, Gila River Indian Community of the Gila River Indian Reservation, Havasupai Tribe of the Havasupai Reservation, Hopi Tribe, Hualapai Indian Tribe of the Hualapai Indian Reservation, Kaibab Band of Paiute Indians of the Kaibab Indian Reservation, Pascua Yaqui Tribe, Quechan Tribe of the Fort Yuma Indian Reservation, Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community of the Salt River Reservation, San Carlos Apache Tribe of the San Carlos Reservation, San Juan Southern Paiute Tribe, Tohono O'odham Nation, Tonto Apache Tribe, White Mountain Apache Tribe of the Fort Apache Reservation, Yavapai-Apache Nation of the Camp Verde Indian Reservation, Yavapai-Prescott Tribe of the Yavapai Reservation.

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