Understanding Different Grieving Patterns in Your Family

bird picHospice of the Valley recently shared an article in their 'In Touch', Bereavement Newsletter. 

It discusses understanding different grieving patterns in your family; differences in personality, gender differences, grieving in children, and allowing for individual differences.  

Click —>HERE<— to read the article.  



West Valley Walk to End Alzheimers 2017


Get on the Move to End Alzheimer's
Join Us at the Walk!
It's time to rally our group for another year of raising awareness and funds at the October 14, 2017 Walk to End Alzheimer's! Your participation in the Walk fuels their mission, raises funds for Alzheimer's research and critical care programs while increasing Alzheimer's awareness in the community. 

The end of Alzheimer's starts with us!

Click —> HERE<— to join Lora's, Johnson & Associates team!  


‘The Restaurant Of Order Mistakes’

The restaurant of order mistakes employs waiters with dementia, and you never know what you’re getting.

One of the most frustrating things that can happen when eating out is ordering one dish but receiving another. Surprisingly, one restaurant is offering just that – The Restaurant of Order Mistakes (a clever spin on a book called The Restaurant of Many Orders) popped up in Tokyo’s Toyosu district, and its mission was to hire waiters with dementia…………………………………..

Click —>HERE<— to read entire article.  

So The Crooks Can’t Find It, But The Kids Can

Almost every day an e-mail is sent out to the probate and estate planning section of the Arizona Bar asking all of the attorneys if anyone has copies of estate planning documents that a family believes were completed but which are somehow missing. 
Privacy is often a high concern to our clients.  One of the reasons that many of our clients choose to use a Living Trust is that there is no requirement of disclosure of the full document to anyone other than those interested beneficiaries once their share is vested.  This allows one to change their beneficiaries during their lifetime without having to notice those involved.  At death a copy of relevant portions of the trust must be given to a beneficiary of a Trust 60 days after they become a beneficiary (usually due to the death of the creator of the trust).  This is appealing to many because it protects one’s private information about trust assets, and that in and of itself can prevent a contest to the trust.


As a practice, our firm does not necessarily recommend that copies of the trust are given to family members until a death or incapacity so as not to create hard feelings about changes or confusion regarding which version of a trust may be in effect.  We also do not recommend that copies of the trust are recorded.  In Arizona there is no government “storage” for original estate planning documents.  This then can create a dilemma of how to make sure that original legal documents make it into the hands of the right person at the right time while still allowing the creators of the trust to maintain personal privacy.
We recommend that original trust documents are kept at one’s residence in a fireproof and waterproof container.  If one chooses to use a safety deposit box it is vital that the person anticipated to step in at a death or incapacity is on the signature card to the safety deposit box or that the trust owns the box, allowing the successor trustee to gain access fairly easily.  What one should never do is put the confidential original document— created to avoid a court proceeding— in a place that then requires a court proceeding to access it because no one is pre-authorized and a court order must then be obtained.
One way to safely store and to be able to access health care documents is through the secretary of state’s office.  As a matter of course we suggest to all of our clients that they participate in this free registry.  The link to the registration agreement with instructions is located at https://www.azsos.gov/sites/azsos.gov/files/bsd_ad_registration_agreement_20160622.pdf.  Copies of the health care power of attorney, mental health care power of attorney and living will may all be submitted to the registry, which then will issue a card with the website and a username and password on it.  This can be invaluable in an emergency or while travelling from home.
Very rarely is there a true emergency where financial documents need to be accessed immediately.  In most financial crises there is plenty of time to gain copies of relevant legal documents in order to gain access and control of the finances.  We as a firm do not recommend necessarily sharing copies of the legal documents with your family or friends until such time as they need them, but we certainly recommend that you clearly inform them where the documents are kept and how to access them.  They need to have combinations to a safe, access to safety deposit box keys, and so forth.  We provide free copies of our client’s legal documents to their successors in appropriate circumstances at any given time.  If you work with a firm like us, it is also important to share the firm’s contact information with your family so we can facilitate the transfer for them in any way possible while protecting your privacy.
Give some serious thought to how you would want the transition to work if you were to suddenly become incapacitated or pass away.  If you have taken the actions to create the paperwork for your loved ones, also make sure that it is easy for them to get access to that paperwork when the appropriate time comes.  They will be forever grateful to you for your thoughtful planning.

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Cake

It's the season for all things pumpkin!  We're celebrating with this moist pumpkin cream cheese cake.


It's so delicious you don't even need frosting, but if you're throwing calories out the window, we recommend spreading cream cheese frosting over the top.  

Click —>HERE<— for the recipe!  

Arizona Advance Directive Registry

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Have you been to your doctor’s office or hospital, and they asked for a copy of your Health Care Power of Attorney and Living Will?  Most individuals do not carry a copy of their health care directives with them at all times.  The Arizona Secretary of State’s office will file a copy of your health care directives free of charge.  All you need to do is send them a completed and signed Registration Agreement and a copy of your health care directives.  Health care directives include your Medical/Health Care Power of Attorney, Mental Health Care Power of Attorney, and Living Will.   

What is the benefit?  The Arizona Advance Directive Registry electronically stores a copy of your health care directives and are available for you to access 24 hours a day, seven days a week.   This is not a public record.  Only you decide who has access to your health care directives by sharing your password.  You can give the password to your medical provider, hospital, designated agent, family member, or friend.  In the event of emergency, the Arizona Advance Directive Registry card can be kept in your wallet to let your wishes be known to your health care providers.  Keep in mind that you can always change your directives at any time by sending the new health care directives to the Registry. 

If you have taken the time to make important medical decisions and decide who will act as your agent, it is just as important to have an effective way to relay this information when it is needed.

The Registration Agreement can be downloaded from https://www.azsos.gov/sites/azsos.gov/files/bsd_ad_registration_agreement_20160622.pdf.  

Yvette L. Ashworth, Esq.
Johnson & Associates P.L.L.C.
Compassionate and Affordable Legal Services
10320 W. McDowell Rd, Bldg. D
Avondale, AZ  85392


Artwork by Eunice Bostic

View Other Expressions…

Expressions is comprised of paintings, photographs, and written works created by either individuals who are living with Alzheimer's or their loved ones. We are so grateful to all who submit these works allowing us a glimpse into their lives. 

Meet Donna’s puppy, Madison

Madison is a one in a half year old Parti Standard Poodle that I bought from a breeder in Utah as a puppy.

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If I had to best describe my little girl, I would say she is extremely smart, knows what is happening before you do, and is easy to train.  Madison2 lightened

She enjoys anything that has to do with attention whether it is weekly grooming sessions, painting her toe nails, running and jumping up in the air to retrieve a ball/toy and then returning it back to you so that you can repeat the game over and over again.


Madison3 lightenedHowever, my favorite time with Madison is when she curls around me with her head on my lap at night and falls asleep while I stroke her soft fluffy coat. Truly relaxing for both of us!

—Donna Schubert, paralegal for Attorney Lora Johnson 

Education Programs

Do You Know the 10 Signs? 

The Alzheimer's Association is proud to offer a variety of Education Programs. We hope to educate and empower all who are affected by Alzheimer's Disease on a daily basis, with programs such as:

  • The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease
  • Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters
  • Understanding and Responding to Dementia-Related Behavior and Effective                               Communication Strategies

These free education programs are open to families, individuals facing Alzheimer's, caregivers, as well as community members. Please visit our webpage alz.org/dsw to view our upcoming Education Programs and see the additional programs we offer.

If you have questions please contact your local Regional Office.

Community Resource Finder

Easy Access to Programs Near You

The Community Resource Finder is a comprehensive listing of programs and services all in one location, making it easy tosearch, find and access the support you need quickly.

You can use this the Community Resource Finder to find information on services not limited to, but including:

  • Housing Options
  • Care at Home
  • Medical Services
  • Local services such as adult day centers, transportation and elder law attorneys
  • Alzheimer's Association programs and services

If you have any questions please contact your local Regional Office, or visit the website by going to www.communityresourcefinder.org.