Breast Cancer & Legacy Planning

It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month and thankfully we have made a lot of solid progress towards saving the lives. In general, the prognosis for most women diagnosed with Breast Cancer has improved greatly. Let’s pause and celebrate that, keeping in mind that no one should rest on progress — THE FIGHT CONTINUES. Anyone over the

National Estate Planning Awareness Week 2019

Editor’s Note: We were thrilled to featured in My News Mesa.Com in 2017 to spread the word about NEPAW. This is an updated excerpt. See the full original article by clicking HERE. You may have heard me say more than once that an estimated 56 percent of Americans do not have an estate plan in

The Opioid Epidemic: Using Targeted Trusts

The Opiod Epidemic is back in the news, and is still far reaching in our communities across the country as ever. Every day, more than 115 people in the United States die after overdosing on opioids according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. In 2016, more Americans died due to opioid overdoses than car

Why Unmarried Couples Need Estate Planning the Most

If you have ever watched Judge Judy on TV, you may have heard the iconic judge tell couples who have been living together “without the benefit of marriage” that courts are not designed to handle the legal ramifications of “setting up shop” together. Yet it is happening more and more. For many reasons, older couples

What is a Power of Attorney?

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 teens turning 18 and moving away from home (usually either traveling or away at school).

Why Sharing Your Digital Passwords is Critical

As more and more of our lives move online, it is becoming critical to document information about accessing your online accounts and assets (photos, videos, etc.) on the internet. Making sure you leave locations (URL) and digital passwords is critical. Why? Matt Thompson very sadly committed suicide in July 2015 and left no will. What

Will You Be an Organ Donor?

I recently saw a viral post on Facebook from some caring folks about organ donation. The poster wanted everyone to know that organ donation was extremely important to them should their death occur. My hat is off to this person for being so thoughtful and proactive, but because of what I do, my inclination of