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Arizona Last Will and Testament Requirements

By Susan Sandys | January 10, 2018

Everyone should have a will. It is the simplest document you can have as part of an estate plan and can be drawn up by an estate planning lawyer at a very…

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Estate Planning Steps

Estate Planning Steps for Newlyweds

By Susan Sandys | December 18, 2017

It goes without saying that getting married is one of life’s major events. But when you do marry, you have to plan for the future regarding your assets, future assets, whether you…

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probate law

Things You Should Know about Probate Law in Arizona

By Susan Sandys | December 14, 2017

Probate is a court procedure that determines how a deceased person’s (a decedent) estate will be administered. This process identifies and inventories the decedent’s assets and debts, pays the applicable taxes and…

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Handwritten Will

Is a Handwritten Will Valid in Arizona?

By Susan Sandys | December 12, 2017

A Will is a legal instrument that generally expresses your intent on who will inherit your property as well as how and when your beneficiaries will inherit it. Although an attorney usually…

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The Perfect Holiday Gift Can Be a Part of Your Estate Plan

By Susan Sandys | December 10, 2017

Gift giving can benefit both the giver and the recipient. It feels good to give, sure, but did you know strategic gift giving of personal items can also be a tool in…

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pet trust

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 trust in arizona

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

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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arizona wills

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

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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