Do it yourself estate planning

Do-It-Yourself Estate Planning

Do you enjoy do-it-yourself projects? How about your estate planning? Can’t you just write your own will? How about online trust forms? And wouldn’t it be cheaper if you just prepared your estate planning documents and then paid a lawyer to review them for you? In this podcast episode, we talk about DIY estate planning.…

Long-term care insurance

Long-Term Care Insurance Trends in 2019

Three weeks ago, the leading American company selling long-term care insurance suspended sales of its lead product. Last week, the company restarted sales — but only by direct online contact. In other words, brokers and insurance salespeople are now cut out of the loop for the largest seller. What does that mean for the marketplace,…

Guardianship and Conservatorship

Guardianship and Conservatorship

Guardianship, conservatorship, power of attorney, living will, surrogate decision-maker — what does it all mean? We talk about guardianship and conservatorship. Join us as we define some of the terms and introduce you to the basics of surrogate decision-making. As always, of course, we are talking about Arizona law. Some of the terms are different…

judicial immunity

Judicial Immunity Does Not Protect GAL or Attorney

Judicial immunity protects judges and court personnel from being sued by unhappy litigants. Does that protection extend to people appointed by the judge under court rules? Sometimes, but not in every instance. Steve Gibson’s murder In 2013,Steve Gibson was brutally murdered in his Peoria, Arizona, home. Police soon determined that Gibson’s wife, son, and daughter…

Retirement account

Retirement Account Divided in Divorce

Arizona, of course, is a community property state. How does that affect the retirement account accumulated by one spouse during their marriage? Community property and the retirement account One spouse may have an interest in the other spouse’s retirement account, especially when it was accumulated during the marriage. State law, however, often takes a back…