Chandler resident John Anderson has always had an appreciation for the Old West. It stems from his relation to a Los Angeles policeman named James Woodard, who happened to be friends with famous Western lawman Wyatt Earp.
Throughout your career, you have been working hard to save in one or more retirement accounts. Then, once you retire, you’ll have some new decisions to make. But one choice has already been made for you: the age at which you must start taking withdrawals, or “distributions.” It’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with these distribution rules because they can have a big impact on your retirement income. And you may even want to take action before the end of the year.
Arizona State University Online has reached a significant enrollment milestone with more than 10,000 enrolled students as of the spring 2014 semester, a significant growth increase since the program was launched in the fall of 2010 with less than 100 students. Headquartered at ASU’s SkySong Campus in Scottsdale, ASU Online students are located across the country and internationally in countries such as Slovenia and Japan.
While the average citizen struggles to save for retirement, some “public servants” will be making millions from “public service.” Fifty individuals walked away with a cash payout of hundreds of thousands of dollars, got a second retirement plan, and then started making over $100,000 in yearly pensions. What do you get?
The lines have been clearly drawn for those in favor of the Phoenix Pension Initiative, who would like to see the city create a more sustainable pension system, and those against it, who say a dramatic change would cost taxpayers millions to carry out.
Like many people, you might not particularly enjoy thinking about your estate plans, but such planning is necessary to make sure your assets go where you want them to go. And it’s just as important to regularly review your plans with your tax, legal and financial professionals in case any changes are needed. For instance, some of your wishes expressed in your will may be overridden by beneficiary designations you filled out years ago. If these designations become outdated, your assets could be passed to those you didn’t intend.
Schools are out for the summer throughout Ahwatukee, and the Kyrene School District is hosting its Kyrene Summer Academy at Kyrene de la Colina Elementary so students can be active throughout the break.
During the final week of class, Ahwatukee attorney Mark Breyer popped into a Kyrene School District campus to reward a great teacher for a year’s worth of hard work. Breyer made a special trip to see Stacy White, third-grade teacher at Kyrene de la Sierra Elementary. He brought along a special plaque, a giant check for $250, and great news, that Mrs. White has been selected as Breyer Law’s Teacher of the Month for April.
“Summer school:” These two words can sound like a one- to two- month jail sentence for students in school. Who wants to sit in class while their friends are out enjoying their summer vacation? Who wants to be the reason their parents have to postpone the San Diego vacation because their son/daughter must attend summer school? Even worse, to be left behind because they have to attend summer school while the rest of the family travels to San Diego. Either way you look at it, most students do not want to attend summer school.
Arizona Opera announced it has been awarded a grant of $40,000 in the second year of OPERA America’s Building Opera Audiences grant program. This program, made possible by the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation, supports the efforts of North American opera companies to build informed, enthusiastic audiences for opera through innovative marketing projects.
If you’re like most people, you think estate planning is only for the wealthy. The truth is that everyone — regardless of how much money they have — needs an estate plan. Here are a few frequently asked questions about estate planning, along with the answers that may help you better understand why estate planning is something you may want to consider.
Private land route alternatives for a power line project needed to address continued economic development in the Chandler area known as the Price Road Corridor (PRC), have been further reduced by Salt River Project (SRP) officials.
Why has the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) ended the communications road on questions raised about how monies were spent on vacant lot acquisitions in the Calabera subdivision for the proposed South Mountain Freeway Loop 202?
If you’re one of the “millennials” — the generation that began in the early 1980s — you are still in the early stages of your career. Retirement must seem like a long way off — yet, it’s never too soon to start planning for it. At the same time, though, you may also have shorter-term goals. Can you make progress toward your near-term and long-term objectives at the same time?
Recently, we observed May Day, a celebration of spring. And, after a long and hard winter in many parts of the country, most of us are ready for sunshine, warmer temperatures and the hopefulness that spring always symbolizes. But as winter gives way to spring, we are also reminded that our lives have “seasons,” too — and it pays to be prepared for all of them. So, as you move into the “retirement season,” you’ll need to prepare for several possible challenges, including the following: