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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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Avoid Probate

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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Dementia Law

Power of Attorney Dementia Law

By Susan Sandys | April 22, 2019

Coming to grips with the reality of aging relatives can be particularly painful, especially if mom or dad’s mental capacity begins to dwindle. Caring for parents who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s…

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Types of Wills

What Are the Most Common Types of Wills?

By Susan Sandys | April 15, 2019

When most people hear the word “will,” they usually envision a last will and testament. What they might not realize until they speak with an estate planning attorney is that there are…

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Legal Guardianship

Legal Guardianship in Arizona

By Susan Sandys | April 8, 2019

A court-appointed guardian is needed when a person is physically or mentally incapable of caring for themselves. Parents of children with disabilities need to go through this process when their minor child…

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Incapacity Planning

Incapacity Planning in Arizona

By Susan Sandys | April 1, 2019

Estate planning involves more than thinking about what happens to your property when you die. This is only one piece of the puzzle. It is equally, if not more, important to consider…

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Family Trust in a Divorce

What Happens to a Family Trust in a Divorce

By Susan Sandys | March 21, 2019

Despite our best plans, life often has a way of throwing curveballs at us, especially when it comes to divorce. Property, including your estate, will need to be divided, which can get…

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Inheritance Rights of Siblings

Inheritance Rights of Siblings

By Susan Sandys | March 14, 2019

Family dynamics, especially sibling rivalry, can be particularly daunting, especially when dealing with the often sensitive topic of inheritance. Here are some things you should take into consideration when it comes to…

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Leave a Legacy

How to Leave a Legacy

By Susan Sandys | March 7, 2019

At some point in everyone’s life, we begin to understand that our time on earth is limited. Whether it’s the birth of a child, or the death of a parent or loved…

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Errors in a DIY Will

Common Errors in a DIY Will

By Susan Sandys | February 28, 2019

Understandably, many people look to cut costs by completing do it yourself legal documents, including wills. Unfortunately, online services do not measure up when compared to working with a professional estate planning…

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