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Create a Living Trust

Why Create a Living Trust

By Susan Sandys | July 30, 2019

I believe that a revocable living trust is one of the best estate planning tools available. It can do all kinds of things, such as laying out how children will receive their…

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Power of Attorney FAQs

Arizona Power of Attorney FAQs

By Susan Sandys | July 23, 2019

Who are the key players in power of attorney documents? There are two important roles. First, the principal is the person who is signing the power of attorney documents. These papers give…

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Arizona Wills FAQ

Arizona Wills FAQ

By Susan Sandys | July 18, 2019

What is a will? Your last will and testament is a legal document that lets you say how you want to distribute your property to your family members and friends after you…

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Legal Guardian

How to Be a Legal Guardian

By Susan Sandys | July 11, 2019

When parents prepare their estate plans, one of the most important questions is who will care for their minor child if they are no longer able to. This person will become the…

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Estate Planning for Snowbirds

Arizona Estate Planning for Snowbirds

By Susan Sandys | June 28, 2019

“Snowbirds” is the affectionate term that refers to retirees in northern states who spend cold winter months in warmer places. Arizona is a great place in the United States for snowbirds to…

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Probate Cost in Arizona

How Much Does Probate Cost in Arizona?

By Susan Sandys | June 25, 2019

Probate is the legal process by which a deceased person’s assets are legally distributed to their heirs. This process can be long and confusing as well as costly depending on the size…

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Living Trust vs. Last Will

Living Trust vs. Last Will in Arizona

By Susan Sandys | June 19, 2019

When you are estate planning, it’s important to understand how the different legal documents work, what your options are, and what’s right for you and your family. Living trusts and living wills…

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SSI for your Disabled Adult Child

How to Apply for SSI for your Disabled Adult Child

By Susan Sandys | June 12, 2019

Caring for disabled loved ones can sometimes place a financial strain on families. The United States provides some financial assistance to disabled children and adults through SSI or supplemental security income. Applying…

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Funding A Trust

Funding A Trust

By Susan Sandys | June 3, 2019

I write a lot about the importance of creating a revocable living trust as a way to protect your assets during your life and as a way to ensure that your loved…

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Types of Deeds

Types of Deeds and Property Ownership in Arizona

By Susan Sandys | May 16, 2019

A deed is written evidence of ownership of real property, such as the family home or other real estate. When property is sold or otherwise transferred between owners, a new deed that…

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Four Ways to Avoid Probate in Arizona

By Susan Sandys | May 9, 2019

Probate is the court process where your belongings pass to your family after you pass away. Because probate can be expensive and time-consuming at a stressful point in your loved ones’ lives,…

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Probate Lawyer

Do I Need A Probate Lawyer?

By Susan Sandys | April 29, 2019

Dealing with a family member’s death is incredibly stressful. Having to go through the probate process with no guidance can make matters even worse. The first thing to determine is whether you…

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