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“Right of Survivorship” Terminated by Co-Owner Unilaterally

MAY 9, 2016 VOLUME 23 NUMBER 18 First, a short primer on “joint tenancy with right of survivorship”: In Arizona, there are two main ways that two or more people can own property together (assuming they are not married). One choice is for the owners to be “tenants in common.” The other is to be …

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Guardianship / Conservatorship Petition Backfires on Son Who Exploited Mother

MAY 2, 2016 VOLUME 23 NUMBER 17 When a litigant asks the court for particular relief, lawyers call the request a “prayer.” It isn’t always as spiritual or respectful as that sounds, but it does give us a chance to offer good generalized legal — and life — advice: be careful what you pray for. …

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Not Every Confused Senior Needs a Guardian or Conservator

APRIL 11, 2016 VOLUME 23 NUMBER 14 It is unusual to see an appellate court decision overturning an order appointing a guardian (of the person) or conservator (of the estate). Judges tend to be protective about elderly people showing even a little evidence of mental decline — often to the point of paternalism. It was …

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Intestate Succession Rules Can Be Tricky to Apply

APRIL 4, 2016 VOLUME 23 NUMBER 13 March was “Write-a-Will” month (sometimes referred to as “Why a Will” month). Though we’ve never understood the difference, August will be “Make a Will” month again this and every year.  In the United Kingdom, every March and October are “Free Wills” months. Or is it April?Or is that …

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Dispute Between Special Needs Trustee and Beneficiary’s Family

MARCH 28, 2016 VOLUME 23 NUMBER 12 A recent case from the Alaska Supreme Court addresses special needs trusts. It doesn’t break any legal ground (the decision actually focuses on an entirely procedural issue), but it does give us a chance to talk about common problems arising in the administration of such trusts. “T.V.”, then …

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