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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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Advance Medical Directives: Facts About Medical Living Wills And Powers of Attorney

By Susan Sandys | October 6, 2016

Advance medical directives, also known as advance healthcare directives, began to be developed in the United States in the 1960s and are now a standard part of estate planning.  These legal documents help lighten the burden on your loved ones with medical decisions, end-of-life health care decisions, and also potentially help avoid treatments that would…

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Facts About Wills

10 Interesting Facts About Wills

By Susan Sandys | October 3, 2016

There are a lot of facts about Last Wills that many people don’t know. For example, did you know that every person, 18 years and older, should have a Will? Whether you are rolling in money or poor as a church mouse, and everything in between, you need a Will. Whether you are single, married…

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Digital Assets

What Happens to Your Online Accounts and other Digital Assets After You Die?

By Susan Sandys | September 22, 2016

The world has become digitalized over the past decade or so. Technology and the internet have become a necessity. They are embedded in our everyday lives. We have come to a point where it’s difficult to imagine a world without the internet. Transactions are now made online. Things have become paperless, from emails to bills…

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questions about deceased estates

5 Common Questions About Deceased Estates

By Susan Sandys | September 15, 2016

Home is where your heart is.  For many, the idea of “going home” simple means going to wherever Mom and Dad’s house is.  It may or may not be your childhood home, but somehow it’s become “home,” because they are there. While it is unpleasant to think about, it becomes quickly apparent that after losing…

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Alzheimer’s and Dementia estate planning

How Can Estate Planning Help You When Your Loved One is Diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or Dementia?

By Susan Sandys | September 8, 2016

Alzheimer’s and dementia are 2 of the most feared words in the English language.  Both of these diseases have touched many, many Americans.  Estate planning can help you gain some control over a situation that probably feels totally out of control. Let’s say you are named in your mom, Marilyn’s, Financial Durable General Power of…

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