Re Re! Say it ain’t so!

I grew up around music–it’s in my blood.   Music has gotten me through hard times and has made the good times that much better.  In fact, if you come to the Firm on any given day, it is likely you will hear music playing.  Aretha Franklin has been a constant voice in the soundtrack of my life.  Her impressive career spanned over six decades, and she will go down in history as one of America’s greatest and well-known voices.  I am most crazy about Aretha’s remakes.  NO ONE could remake a song and make it their own like Aretha. What an instrument and what a gift!  Here is one of my favorite remakes by Aretha.  And yes, there is “legal” a point to this blog.

Recent reports allege the Queen of Soul died without a will.  Accordingly, Aretha’s estate, which is estimated to be worth $80 million, will pass through the laws of intestacy.  Under Michigan law, that means it will be split evenly amongst her four sons.  While that may seem logical, it gives no consideration to the fact she left behind a son with special needs that will need continuing care and support for the rest of his life.  It also means the Court will place someone in charge of her estate.  And most upsetting, we will never know if these were indeed Aretha’s wishes.

Aretha dying without a will is surprising but not completely shocking.  Many of my clients put off estate planning.  I get it, contemplating your incapacity and death is not the most joyous of exercises.  In fact, it can be downright uncomfortable.  It causes you to consider a parade of horribles that can be unsettling and take you on an emotional rollercoaster.

That said, it HAS to be done.  You work hard to build your legacy and you owe it to your family and loved ones to leave a detailed plan that will allow them to mourn and honor your wishes without the guesswork. This is especially so when you have loved ones that require additional support and assistance.

While the thought of starting the process may seem daunting or saddening, I promise you there you will have a great feeling of relief once you know you have taken care of such a major component of your life and you have clearly set forth your wishes.

The Law Firm of Alejandro Pérez assists clients in creating comprehensive and individualized estate plans that clearly articulate their wishes.  Attorney Alejandro Perez has been involved in the special needs community for almost all his life.  As a result, the Firm works regularly with families who require some sort of special needs planning. You can count on us to make the process as seamless as possible.

Don’t put something off for tomorrow because tomorrow is not promised.  We want to partner with you through this sensitive process and make sure you have a detailed plan for the future. Call us at 602.354.2833 or email us at to start the process.

I will close this out with another one-of-a-kind Aretha remake.




August is National “Make a Will Month”!

In today’s world of social media and endless celebrations, it seems everything you can imagine has a designated day or week or month.  And this month is no exception–it turns out it is “Make a Will Month.”

Curious as to its origins, I did some research to learn more about “Make a Will Month.”  Surprisingly, there’s not much out there explaining how this joyous month came to pass.  There also seems to be a healthy debate as to which month is the official month for wills. Nevertheless, we love a good reason to celebrate and are passionate everyone should have their affairs in order.  Accordingly the Law Firm of Alejandro Pérez, PLC is offering a 20% discount on all full estate plans completed in the month of August.

This 20% discount applies to all comprehensive estate planning packages that include a revocable living trust, will, health care directives, and other estate planning documents.  The documents must be executed by the end of August.

For more information on your estate planning needs, please contact the Law Firm of Alejandro Pérez by phone: 602.354.2833 or email: to schedule an appointment.  Appointments should be made as early as possible to allow sufficient time to finalize your individualized plan.

Sure, we get it; National “Make a Will Month” may not be as enticing as National Doughnut Day.  But, we promise you will feel much better once you have an estate plan in place.