Keyt Law February 2019


F or some, working with family doesn’t …well … work. But we wouldn’t want it any other way. At KEYTLaw, we feel fortunate that coming to work is a family affair. Carol, my wife, keeps everything organized and running smoothly; my son Ricky, a former CPA and an attorney here, has the same passion for helping our clients as I do; and my youngest, Kate, is the original KEYTLaw girl. She recently rejoined our team as an LLC legal assistant — we’re excited to have her back! Last, but certainly not least, there’s the face you probably recognize best around here: Cody Keyt, Ricky’s 2-year-old Golden Retriever — our loving canine companion. Cody lays down the law when he comes into work every day — though he also makes sure our clients get plenty of doggie love. Though most of my family members have legal careers today, I didn’t come from a long line of lawyers. My dad was a career Air Force officer, who flew B-17s in World War II. I took the law school admissions test when I was an undergrad at Penn State, but I also wanted to serve our country, like my dad. The U.S. was fighting in Vietnam in 1970 when I graduated. I knew I would be drafted, so I went ahead and joined the USAF as a volunteer so that I wouldn’t have to

serve as a draftee in the Army. After one year of flight school, I spent five years flying the twin-engine F-4 Phantom, a supersonic fighter-bomber. I flew combat missions over North Vietnam, South Vietnam, and Laos in 1972 and was an F-4 instructor for three years in southern California, where I taught pilots how to fly the Phantom. Serving in the military changed me in a lot of ways. It was a challenging and rewarding time in my life. I got to see other parts of the world and learned skills I would never have learned elsewhere, such as making four-ship formation takeoffs, delivering brand new airplanes to Iran before the revolution, and playing liar’s dice in the Officers’ Club stag bar. The USAF was an adventure, to say the least. After six years, I wanted to be a lawyer. I went to law school in Sacramento, California and earned a master’s degree in federal income tax law from New York University School of Law. I’ve been practicing estate planning and business law in Arizona since 1980. Outside of work, I spend most of my time with Carol, my wife of 47 years, and our dog, Nicky. We enjoy going for walks, watching Arizona’s professional sports teams, and catching Penn State football — I have to support my alma mater. My oldest daughter and her family live in Houston, so we try to go there as often as we can to visit her and the grandkids. When we want to get away from it all, we like to go to a cabin in the mountains west of Flagstaff, about two- and-a-half hours outside of Phoenix. In the summer, we like to stay on Coronado Island near San Diego. Honestly, most of what I look forward to outside of work is time with family. Sure, we work together, but we’re focused on helping our clients during that time. My family is the most important part of my life. It’s a perspective we pride ourselves on at KEYTLaw when we’re helping you secure your small business and take care of other aspects of your life. You know we’re looking out for you — after all, it’s the way we treat family.

“You know we’re looking out for you —after all, it’s the way we treat family. ” Are Your Loved Ones Protected? You need an estate plan to control your property while you are alive and able, take care of yourself and your loved ones if you become disabled, and give what you have to who you want, the way you want, and when you want, while saving every tax dollar, professional fee, and court cost possible. KEYTLaw 480-522-8494 Text FAP to 72000 to get our free estate planning book called “Family Asset Protection.”

-Richard Keyt

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