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Caring for Your Special Needs Child/Adult If There Is an Emergency

By Susan Sandys | January 19, 2017

Caring for your special needs child or adult includes special considerations and needed preparation in the event of an emergency.  You should be proactive to provide the most complete support possible.  If you have not already addressed the items below, consider doing so as soon as possible.  If you need assistance, don’t hesitate to ask. …

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What Exactly Does a Special Needs Trust Do?

By Susan Sandys | January 11, 2017

Having a child with a disability is a special source of concern for many, especially when faced with the dilemma of passing away and leaving no one to care for that child. Many people want to plan for their child’s financial future. However, this must be done carefully so as not to put into jeopardy…

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Everyone Needs a Will: Even If You Think It’s Too Late!

By Susan Sandys | January 6, 2017

Does every single person need a will? Yes, everyone should have a will or some other legal estate plan in place. A comprehensive will or trust doesn’t just address your estate, it also includes critically important items, such as healthcare decisions and custody arrangements for minor children. This is your opportunity to truly establish your…

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Important Facts About Divorce and Estate Planning

By Susan Sandys | December 30, 2016

Divorce is a complicated, emotional and challenging time for any couple. It is important that you understand your options and priorities during this tough time. An experienced attorney can help you through the legal process and offer you some perspective on how to move forward. The last thing on your mind if you are contemplating…

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Probate Cost

How Much Does Probate Cost in Arizona?

By Susan Sandys | December 20, 2016

Probate is a long process and can be confusing at times, especially if you are not guided by professional and experienced counsel. You need to consider many things, including probate costs and fees. You can avoid probate in certain cases. Not going to court means the estate may be settled faster and more simply. But…

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Estate Planning Questions

Estate Planning Questions and Cases That Need a Probate Lawyer

By Susan Sandys | December 13, 2016

What is probate? A lot of people have heard about it, but only a few fully understand it. To give you a better picture, I have prepared some basic answers to common questions about the probate process in Arizona. Losing a family member is already tough to handle. Dealing with probate adds to the burden…

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Incapacity Planning

What is Incapacity Planning?

By Susan Sandys | November 17, 2016

No one wants to entertain the idea or the possibility of becoming incapacitated in the future. While not everyone becomes incapacitated, it is still good to be prepared. This can be done best through incapacity planning. Through this, you will get to name someone you trust to make decisions about your property, housing, medical treatment…

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Avoid Probate

Ways To Avoid Probate

By Susan Sandys | November 10, 2016

Avoiding probate is a great idea. Probate is a court process that appoints someone to close our your affairs.  You surely don’t want a judge or court system involved in your life or death.  The good news is, you can avoid probate in a number of ways. Find out about them here. Revocable Living Trust…

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Probate Process in the United States

Why Does the Probate Process in the United States Take so Long?

By Susan Sandys | November 3, 2016

The Probate Process: Probate is a legal process that takes place after someone dies if he or she passes away without an estate plan or with only a Last Will in place.  It includes filing a Last Will, if one exists, and hoping that the Last Will was done properly.  Several papers are filed with…

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Do It Yourself Wills

Facts About Do It Yourself Wills

By Susan Sandys | October 27, 2016

In the day and age of the Internet and do it yourself videos, you may be tempted to create your Will yourself.  While a do it yourself Will is preferable to having no Will at all, proceed with caution.  Here are some interesting facts about wills as well as some pros and cons about taking your…

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Common Estate Planning Mistakes

What are 4 of the Most Common Estate Planning Mistakes?

By Susan Sandys | October 20, 2016

Here are 4 of the most common estate planning mistakes you can make. 1. Not having an estate plan. About 50% of Americans don’t have any estate planning documents. Obviously I have a bias toward all adults having estate planning documents. However, there is very good reason for this aside from what I do for…

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Arizona Probate Process

10 Common Questions About the Probate Process in Arizona

By Susan Sandys | October 14, 2016

Benjamin Franklin is credited with coining the phrase that the only things certain in the world are death and taxes. This saying has stood the test of time, because it’s true. Dissolving and legally distributing the assets of an estate to the beneficiaries is called the probate process. 1. What is Probate? The probate process…

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