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

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

Why COVID-19 Makes National Healthcare Decision Day 2020 Even More Important

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 the pandemic that is Coronavirus. Many people are coming face to face with what will happen if they get sick or pass away without having

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

Why Advance Directives are Essential: NHDD

Next week (Tuesday the 16th) is National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD). Why is such a day necessary or even important you might be thinking? According to a 2003 article by the US Agency for Healthcare Research and Study: Less than 50 percent of the severely or terminally ill patients studied had an advance directive in their medical

Protecting Your Special Needs Child

While many parents become experts at how their health insurance, government benefits and SSI work, they have no knowledge of medical directives and/or living wills and what those plans will do for the care of their special needs kids. Here are some basic guidelines to discuss with your Estate Planner:   1.  Have your own