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Toddler Death Highlights Need for Pediatric Organ Donation

You may remember back in 2016 a small young boy was tragically attacked and killed by a wild alligator at Disney World. His name was Lane Thomas Graves and he was only 2 years old and on the shore of the lagoon in the park watching a movie and playing with his family. This sudden

National Healthcare Decisions Day 2021

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 Coronavirus changed our lives and continues to do so. Sadly people are still coming face-to-face with what happens if they or a loved one gets

Should You Name the Same Person Guardian and Trustee for Your Minor Children?

One of the hardest decisions parents make is who to appoint guardian of their minor children in case of their passing. And if that were not a hard enough decision, they will also need to evaluate who will control their family’s purse strings to be sure everyone is taken care of moving forward. That role

How to Avoid Taking On the Medical Debts of Parents or other Relatives in 2021

This month ABC 15 shared a story about a Valley man who lost 10 family members to COVID 19. Soon after, the medical bills started rolling from losing his dad and his mom’s subsequent hospitalization. The debt is crushing. And he is not alone. ABC says that “hundreds of people have shared their story about

What Kobe and Vanessa Bryant Taught Us About Estate Planning

This week marked the one year anniversary of Kobe Bryant’s tragic death in a helicopter accident that also killed eight others, including his daughter Gianna. While the exact reason for the crash has yet to be officially announced (it’s scheduled February 9, 2021) the lawsuits have already started. Part of the litigation is a case

Cardinals Larry Fitzgerald Revised Will Due to COVID

Here is a sentence that will stop you in your tracks and make you think: “[Larry] Fitzgerald is a 37-year-old professional athlete. Strong. Committed. In peak physical condition. And COVID-19 had him revising his will.” (EJ Montini, Arizona Republic)   The future hall-of-famer spent 13 days in quarantine after testing positive for COVID-19 on Thanksgiving. He

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, 2021 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