1. Can Certain Behaviors or Habits Have an Impact on Your Risk of Developing Dementia?

    Can certain behaviors or habits have an impact on your risk of developing dementia? Recent information from medical studies suggests that this may be possible. A series of recent medical studies have a common finding: our own behavior could influence the brain, and maybe even delay symptoms of dementia, including dementia-related to Alzheimer's, which accounts for up to 75% of cases, according to …Read More

  2. Don’t Fall Victim to the “Deed Scam”

    Our office habitually records deed for real property in Maricopa County, Arizona.  Like most law firms, once recorded, we return the original deed to the client for their records.  The act of recording the deed officially alters how the property is titled and it also turns the deed into a public record, meaning anyone can visit the county recorder and see the recordings. Homeowners should be awa…Read More

  3. Is Your Life Insurance Policy Valid After Age 100?

    Whole life insurance policies were the first “permanent” life insurance product designed (even guaranteed) to provide a full death benefit at maturity as long as it was fully funded. However, is it really permanent? Polices have expiration dates.  Although the life insurance marketplace has adjusted and policies today are issued with maturity ages of 120 and beyond, there are still many older…Read More

  4. Update on Electronic Will Legislation

    Earlier this year, Arizona lawmakers proposed new legislation making it legal to execute “Electronic Wills”.  SB1298 proposed a revision to Arizona Revised Statutes in an effort to broaden what Arizona deems a “valid” Last Will and Testament.  Under this proposed legislation, not only would a video recording of a person signing their Last Will and Testament be allowed in Court as evidenc…Read More

  5. Healthcare Power of Attorney versus Mental Healthcare Power of Attorney

    Arizona is unique when it comes to powers of attorney for healthcare.  Arizona is one of very few states that have an additional power of attorney just for mental healthcare related matters.  When I bring up the topic of a mental healthcare power of attorney in a consultation with clients, they usually tell me they do not suffer from mental illness, therefore they don’t need a mental healthcar…Read More

  6. First Coloring Book for People with Alzheimer’s

    Coloring books aren’t just for kids anymore.  The last few years show an increase in sales of adult coloring books in addition to the already popular children’s coloring books.  In recognition of Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month, a coloring book specifically designed for Alzheimer’s patients was released this month. “Color Your Mind: A Coloring Book for Those with Alzheimer’s and …Read More

  7. Arizona Supreme Court Abolishes the McGill Four-Prong Test to Establish what Constitutes an Actionable Claim for Abuse of a Vulnerable Adult and Adopts New Four-Prong Test

    On June 20, 2017, in the in the matter of Marika Delgado et al. v. Manor Care of Tucson et al.  the Arizona Supreme Court abolished the previous McGill four-part test to establish what constitutes an actionable claim for a vulnerable adult under Arizona law, Adult Protective Services Act (APSA), A.R.S. §§ 46-451 through -459.  The Supreme Court held that such a claim requires only proof that: …Read More

  8. Dispute Between Brothers Demonstrates Need to Plan for Long-Term Care

    A recent New Jersey appeals court case demonstrates how important it is for families come up with a long-term care plan before an emergency strikes to avoid conflict later. The case involves two brothers who got into a fight over whether to place their mother in a nursing home. R.G. was the primary caregiver for his parents and their agent under powers of attorney. After R.G.'s mother fell ill, R.…Read More

  9. If You Are Married and have a Trust, Do you Know What Happens When One Spouse Dies?

    Have you reviewed your trust lately? When did you initially set up your trust?  When I review a trust for a married couple, the first thing I look for is instruction on what to do after the first spouse dies.  Many trusts written as recently as 5-10 years ago (and older) have stipulations and restrictions on what happens when the first spouse dies which the surviving spouse is then required to f…Read More

  10. Organ Donation and Burial Directives as Part of Your Estate Plan

      An integral part of estate planning is ensuring that all bases are covered.  Meaning, we want you to have the proper documents in place to protect you during your lifetime (powers of attorney), as well as after your death (Trust and/or Will).  When clients come in for their initial consultation, they expect that the bulk of our discussion will relate to the post death administration of th…Read More