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What is a Power of Attorney and Why It’s Important, Especially Now

With the COVID virus starting to make a second surge across the United States, including here in Arizona, one of the most common questions I get from people both online and in person is relating to Medical and Financial Powers of Attorney. Usually it is from folks with an aging or ill parent or parents or parents of

Chronic Illness & Estate Planning

Last week Sean Connery passed away in his sleep at age 90 after suffering from dementia. One in three seniors dies with Alzheimer’s or another dementia, according to the Alzheimers Association. “He was a model of a man. It is going to be very hard without him, I know that. But it could not last

9 Reasons to Update Your Estate Plan, 2020 Edition

Examining and potentially updating your estate plan may be called for this year more than ever. Estate plans are a work in progress – you don’t just sign them and forget them. This is especially true in a volatile election year (like this one) when change is almost certain and the pandemic still has yet

Why Patriot’s Day is a Reminder to Plan

“On this day… 19 years ago 246 people went to sleep in preparation for their morning flights. 2,606 people went to sleep in preparation for work in the morning tomorrow. 343 firefighters went to sleep in preparation for their morning shift. 60 police officers went to sleep in preparation for morning patrol. 8 paramedics went

#NationalGriefAwarenessDay Teaches Us to Reach Out to Those in Need

National Grief Awareness Day is this Sunday, August 30th, 2020.   We are grieving a lot these days. We mourn the loss of many fellow Americans, some of our liberty and a way of life that frankly we may have taken for granted before the pandemic. It’s not what Angie Cartwright who founded National Grief

Guest Post: Maintaining Your Estate, A Simple Guide to Storing Art, Antiques and Collectibles

Guest post: Storing art, antiques and collectibles can be stressful, since these items are very delicate. This guide can help you plan properly. If you are a passionate collector, then your antiques do not only hold material value, but they also have sentimental value and they are part of you (and your estate). Therefore, if

COVID-19 Estate Planning: A Journey, Not a Destination

Estate Planning is a Journey, Not a Destination, Especially During COVID-19 A lot of people are contacting me because they are scared of COVID-19 and want to be prepared just in case. They come because they know they should act responsibly, but the problem that has kept them from making an appointment before continues to

Developing a COVID -19 Pet Plan: 3 Easy Steps

We’ve been focusing a lot on estate planning for people during the COVID-19 crisis and rightly so. With more than 50% of the population without estate planning documents, it seems necessary. But it is also important to have a plan when it comes to your pets, especially if you live alone. We’ve written about Pet

Why COVID-19 Makes National Healthcare Decision Day 2020 Even More Important

Each year on National Healthcare Decisions Day, I write about how having a Living Will and a Healthcare Power of Attorney at minimum is extremely important. And this was before the pandemic that is Coronavirus. Many people are coming face to face with what will happen if they get sick or pass away without having

Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Estate Planning 2020

In the last few years various polls have proven that at least half of our population does not have any kind of estate planning in place. Reasons range from being misinformed to just not wanting to deal with thoughts about death. Totally reasonable. Except, and forgive my bluntness, people die every day even when the