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What to do with your pets in trusts

By Susan Sandys | November 9, 2017

Pets are legally considered property, but any pet owner will say that pets are so much more than something they own. Pets are loyal companions and are often considered part of the…

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Living Trusts vs Wills: When is a Living Trust More Appropriate?

By Susan Sandys | November 2, 2017

There are various estate planning tools that may be recommended by a knowledgeable estate planning attorney to accomplish the purpose of passing on assets to others. Making the determination between a will…

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Estate Planning Checklist

By Susan Sandys | October 27, 2017

Death and incapacity can be very complicated and overwhelming. It is extremely important to take the necessary steps to protect your loved ones and empower them to make decisions on your behalf…

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Guardianships for Adults with Disabilities

By Susan Sandys | October 20, 2017

When an Arizona adult lose loses capacity to make decisions, a guardian can be legally appointed to step in. Becoming a guardian is the option Arizona families must help the adult manage…

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Frequently Asked Questions: Arizona Wills

By Susan Sandys | October 13, 2017

Many people ignore the importance of having a will; however, a will ensures your assets will be distributed in accordance with your wishes. If you should lose your life unexpectedly, and have…

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Power of Attorney Q&A

By Susan Sandys | October 8, 2017

What does “Power of Attorney” mean? Power of Attorney means that you legally give another person the power to make decisions on your behalf. This person can make medical or financial decisions…

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Durable Financial Power of Attorney in Arizona

By Susan Sandys | September 20, 2017

In Arizona, if you cannot make your financial decisions and transactions, a financial durable power of attorney is critical. We all hope we will always be able to manage our affairs on…

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When Should You Update Your Estate Plan

By Susan Sandys | September 13, 2017

Your estate plan is finally finished and like most things in life, it will need to be changed now and then. People’s lives change and so do their families’ lives. To make…

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Die Without a Will in Arizona

What Happens if I Die Without a Will in Arizona?

By Susan Sandys | September 6, 2017

Procrastination is the enemy of any good estate plan and probate without a will is the reality for many in Arizona because of it. The law in Arizona makes provisions for a…

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Living Trust vs. Will in Arizona

By Susan Sandys | August 28, 2017

Have you gotten your living trust done? Your will? We all have a mental list of things we need to get done but are not thrilled about paying for them, nor are…

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Special Needs Adult Children

What To Do When Your Disabled Child Turns Eighteen

By Susan Sandys | August 22, 2017

Graduation. It is a rite of passage for nearly every child. For special needs children, it is still that rite of passage bringing a sense of accomplishment and pride to the child…

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Mental Health Power of Attorney: What You Need to Know

By Susan Sandys | August 15, 2017

In Arizona, there are more than 6.5 million people and 294,000 of them are suffering from severe mental illness. If your family is struggling to help a family member who is suffering…

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