Planning Ahead

You can only stay in charge of your future affairs if you plan ahead. There are laws to protect your wishes should you become incapacitated, but the right to have your wishes carried out later is worthless unless you act now while you still can.

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Staying in Charge of Your Future

Planning ahead allows you to remain in charge of your future. There are laws to protect your wishes. But the right to have your wishes carried out later is worthless unless you act now - while you still can. More »


Revocable Living Trust

Find out about trusts, how they are set up and what they can as you plan ahead.

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Save for Retirement

It is not too late to save for retirement. There are options available to meet your needs depending on your age and lifestyle. More »


Life Care Planning Packet (Advanced Directives), Information and Documents from the Arizona Attorney General

Find out about Durable Health Care Power of Attorney, Living Will (End of Life Care), Durable Mental Health Care Power of Attorney, Letter to My Agent (Representative) and More! More »

by: Arizona Office of the Attorney General


The Importance of Assigning a Medical Power of Attorney

This article addresses the importance of a health care power of attorney. A health care power of attorney is also known as a health care proxy or an advance health care directive. More »


Questions

Question: My Mother lived in and owned property in Sun City, AZ for about 30 yrs. She had two living children whom have had a rather toxic relationship. She had a living trust and her son is named Successor Trustee. In 2003 she suffered a small stroke and (while still mentally alert) she had a problem with her speaking ability. As a result, she retired as Trustee and named her son who divides his time between New Mexico and Alaska. Her son physically relocated her to New Mexico about 10 months before she passed in Feb. 2011. He had sold her property in AZ in Sept 2010 but moved all her personal belongings to his property in NM prior to that date. Her remains are interred in AZ. Which state would have jurisdiction if a probate proceeding is necessary? (i.e.- Say the Successor Trustee fails to act?)
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Question: my wife left my kids and i. i want to know my rights if my wife wants to move back in and tries to make me leave?
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Question: When making a will what advantages are there to drafting a single verses joint will?
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Question: When a spouse passes away and has debt in his/her name only, like credit cards, and or contractual obligations for satellite services or cell phone service that charge fee for early termination, etc.- is the remaining spouse responsble for that debt and fulfilling contractual obligation?
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Question: I have a Living Trust that has my daughter as the executor. I want to change it to have my granddaughter as the executor however the company that wrote up the trust says my daughter has to be present in order to change the trust. Is there a law that says she must be present?
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Question: I am alone in the whole world. It is just my senior dog, and I, who is a senior as well. How can I plan ahead, since I can not afford paying for a living will, and what is going to happen when I die being by myself? Thank you.
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Question: Where can I get A template to revise my Living Trust & Power of Attorney?
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Question: If I were to leave my house to my youngest son in my will can my older son fight him on this and my younger son lose the house to him?
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Question: Can a person not a resident of Arizona be my guardian or conservator?
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Question: If there is a person named as the executor in a trust and the Trustee wants to change the executor; is the previous executor need to be present in order to make this revision to the trust? The previous executor is not reliable and cannot be trusted. Also this person would not agree to let the trust be changed.
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Question: If my 81-year-old husband predeceases me without a will, how is his estate settled? We have no children together, but he has three grown daughters. The bank accounts, house and car pass to me because we own them jointly with right of survivorship, but what about other property he owns by himself?
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Question: When and how to contact a fiduciary.
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Question: How do I recieve my husbands retirement benefits if he is deceased and we were divorced before he dide?
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Question: Does the principal's signature on the Healthcare Directive and Power of Attorney need to be witnessed or noterized in Arizona?
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Question: When a person passes away are the outstanging debts,like credit cards passed on to their adult children?
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Question: My late husband suffered from Alzheimer's Disease when he borrowed money and signed documents that deeded his home to another person. That person refuses to return title of the home to my late husband's estate even though the loan was paid off in full. What are my rights?
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Question: What is the law in Arizona regarding revocation of driver's license because of age, health, or mental condition for elderly persons?
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Question: Our living TRUST was updated for the state of California; should it be updated for Arizona since this is now our primary residence?
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Question: Our living will was updated for the state of California; should it be updated for Arizona since this is our primary residence?
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Question: What makes a Will valid in the state of Arizona
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Question: What are rules for Medicaid recipients with regard to the other spouses rights? I'm planning for if I would have to go to a Nursing Home.
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Question: My mother passed away. She does have a will and I was nominated as the executer and trustee. I am the sole beneficiary. She only has a bank account but when the account was setup nobody was on the account but her. no payable unpon death. What is required by the bank for me to access the account to begin paying for her expences? Her will did state that I shoud have immediate access without going through the courts.
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Question: How do I begin to file probate if there is no will?
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Question: How does a disclaimer of rights of survivorship in jointly held property work?
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Question: where can i get free or very low help in filling out a qualified domestic relations order (qdro)
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Question: Can I just leave my savings in a bank account for later use?
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Question: Will my beneficiaries’ inheritance be taxed?
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Question: How will my property be distributed upon my death?
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Question: Do I need a will?
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Question: What is a conservator?
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Question: Can I be barred from handling my own affairs for any reason?
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Question: What is a living will?
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Question: What is the difference between a 'living will' and a 'last will and testament' type of will?
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Question: I need info pertaining to my rights power of attorney for my father and how to keep ex-stepmother from getting his pension.
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