Fiduciary FAQs

Some states, including Arizona, take an interest in the clients who are somewhere in between being impoverished and having abundant resources.  The Arizona Supreme Court has an active licensing program that can be accessed at https://www.azcourts.gov/cld/Fiduciary-Licensing-Program.  This website informs the public of the licensing criteria for a licensed fiduciary in Arizona, gives the public access to any complaints filed against that fiduciary, and allows the public to view the intent of the program.  The private fiduciary role allows an individual assurances that the individual they are hiring has a baseline educational experience and baseline bonding and securities in place to insure that they will make their best efforts in the personal and financial decision-making for an individual.  The private licensed fiduciary is not a bank or investment company.  Such a fiduciary manages money but does not personally invest, so they cannot make commissions or fees from financial products.  Therefore, most licensed fiduciaries do not have a minimum asset threshold for their clientele. 

One Bright Star Toy Drive 2017

We've partnered again with OCJ Kids to provide a Christmas Experience to over 800 children in foster care living in group homes within our own community.

toy drive boxHelp make Christmas amazing for these incredible young people by dropping off a donation to our office.  Teens (13-17) are hard to shop for and often the most left out.  Below are suggested gift ideas!

Art Kits (sketch pads, art pencils)            MP-3 Players (no ipods)   

Legos                 Headphones/Earbuds               

Hoodies              Camera              Card Games                   

Board Games     Wallet                 

Skateboards        Stocking Stuffers   

Razor/Care Set                  Wallets

Nail Polish & Makeup Sets                     Jewelry (Teen styles)           Handheld Video Games           

Gift Cards (Movies, Wal-Mart, Target, Amazon, McDonalds)

Donations accepted until December 10, 2017.  

To make a charitable donation visit OCJ Kids at www.ocjkids.org 

Together we CAN make a difference!  

OCJ Kids

Bill Gates makes $100 million personal investment to fight Alzheimer’s

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Veteran’s Day Events

Veterans Day parades, tributes, events, ceremonies around the Valley

November 11, 2107

Goodyear Veterans Day Celebration

FREE admission.  Interactive flag garden, Military displays & public performances, formal tribute, patriotic chalk art, mobile museaum, patriotic-themed youth performance.  2-4pm, presentations begin at 3pm.  Goodyear Ball park, 1933 S. Ballpark Way, Goodyear, 623-882-3120.

Tolleson Veterans Day Celebration

Free admission, 10am-1pm, Veterans Park, 8601 W. Van Buren, kids craft, booths, inflatable fun, 623-836-2754

Phoenix Veterans Day Parade

11:15 a.m.

Phoenix Veterans Day Parade  11:00am to 1:00pm Begins at North Phoenix Baptist Church 5757 N. Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85012 Details: Now in its 21st year, the annual Phoenix Veterans Day Parade is one of the top Veterans Day events in the nation. This year's parade theme is “SILENT SACRIFICE: Honoring Our Cold War Veterans,” and will feature patriotic floats, marching units, a flyover of WWII plane and more. Starting near the North Phoenix Baptist Church at Montebello, the parade continues east on Camelback Road and south on 7th Street, ending at Indian School. Free. Begins at 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 11, 2017. For more information, visit www.PhoenixVeteransDayParade.org or call 480-368-8714. Contact: Paula Pedene Email: paula@pedene.com Tel#: 480-368-8714

Avondale Veteran's Day Celebration

Celebrate Veterans Day at a multifaceted community celebration in Avondale in honor of those who have served the country.

The event kicks off at 8 a.m. at Estrella Mountain Community College in Avondale with a 5K boot camp-style Fun Run. Following will be an appreciation ceremony and Warriors Breakfast.

The event Fun Run benefits the Center for Military & Veteran Success – West Valley. This event is a 5K challenge run with military boot camp-like obstacles throughout. Boot camp stations include timed sit-ups and push-ups, ammo can lifts and tire flipping. Because it is a fun run, any obstacles can be bypassed.

The run will be followed by a celebration with patriotic displays provided by local veteran groups, formal ceremony with presentations representing all branches of military services, speaker representatives from Luke Airforce Base, and performances by Estrella Mountain Community College EMCC Jazz Band ensemble.

The community is invited to stay and enjoy a Warriors Breakfast, with eggs and pancakes and bacon provided by Shamrock Food Warehouse and prepared by EMCC Culinary Program students. The cost is $5, but free for veterans and their families with military identification, and included with fun run registration.

Participation in the 5K Fun Run is free for military and veterans ($11.11 with shirt purchase) or $25 for general early bird registration, online through October 31 at estrellamountain.edu/vetfunrun. Event day registration is $35. Discounts are available for veterans. Register by October 26 to be guaranteed to get a free event shirt and swag bag full of cool giveaways. The ceremony is hosted at EMCC, in the outdoor lawn area, 3000 N. Dysart Road, Avondale.

The event is hosted by the city of Avondale and Estrella Mountain Community College, in collaboration with the American Legion Crandall Palmer Post 61, VFW Pat Tillman Memorial Post 40, affiliate.

Call Avondale Recreation at 623-333-2400, visit estrellamountain.edu/vetfunrun., or

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BUCKEYE VETERANS PARADE

10:00 a.m.

FREE , Downtown Buckeye, east to west on Monroe ending at Earl Edgar Park.  Myra Curtis @623-349-6322

Red White & Blue Veterans Day Fundraiser Bash

7:00 p.m.

Red White & Blue Veterans Day Fundraiser Bash 7pm to midnight BLK LIVE Events 7301 East Butherus Drive, Scottsdale, AZ 85260 Details: Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/red-white-blue-veterans-day-fundraiser-bash-tickets-38422159714. Build us H.O.P.E. presents The RED, WHITE & BLUE Veteran’s Day Benefit Bash! Join Build us H.O.P.E. and ASU GreenLight Solutions for an exclusive VETERAN’S DAY BENEFIT BASH, raising funds to build affordable and sustainable TINY HOMES for Vets! Tickets: $45 Individual, $35 Student. (VIP Sponsorship packages available – contact events@buildushope.org) Jackie Morales from 104.3 FM will be on hand to help us celebrate and raise funds for the TINY HOMES at the “Village on 13th”. All proceeds from this event will go directly towards the Build Us H.O.P.E. TINY HOMES project for Veterans. Each ticket includes: • LIVE MUSIC by the Dina Preston Band and LIVE DJ (DJ Lo) so you can dance the night away! • A delicious TACO & DESSERT BAR • TWO COMPLIMENTARY DRINK TICKETS – Cash Bar available • EXCLUSIVE SILENT AUCTION & DOOR PRIZES • Fun PHOTO opportunity to share on FACEBOOK, TWITTER & INSTAGRAM! • Surprise SPECIAL GUESTS will be announced! Our Band for the evening: Dina Preston Band Arizona’s global award-winning Dina Preston Band has performed in over 20 international U.S. Embassy and Armed Forces Entertainment tours in 40+ countries representing Arizona and the United States as “Ambassadors of Goodwill”. International performances include entertaining U.S. personnel and their honored guests in the Middle East, Europe, South & East Asia, Pacific, South Pacific, Caucasus Region, Central America & Caribbean, Russian Federation, Africa including foreign dignitaries, ambassadors. Contact: 623-330-0267 DEO Entertainment Group Additionally, there will be an exciting TINY HOUSE raffle opportunity! UNCHARTED TINY HOMES will be showcasing “The Mansion” featured on HGTV. Raffle tickets to win this tiny home will be available at the Bash! Show your support by wearing RED, WHITE, and BLUE. (Most Spirited / Best Dressed prizes will be awarded!) CAN’T MAKE IT but still want to show your support? DONATE on the Build us H.O.P.E. website to help build TINY HOMES for VETERANS. Build us H.O.P.E. Mission Statement: The mission of Build us H.O.P.E. is to work within the community to help those in need of shelter and supportive services. About Singleton Community Services (Build us H.O.P.E.) Build us H.O.P.E, is the development arm of Singleton Community Services, Inc., a 501 ©(3) nonprofit organization advocating on behalf of the homeless, disabled, and mentally ill for affordable housing and supportive services. Build us H.O.P.E is building homes for veterans, the men and women who have served our country, and those in dire need of affordable housing. Our mission is to develop and provide permanent, supportive housing using an affordable and sustainable housing model, Tiny Homes. Our ultimate goal is to end homelessness in the State of Arizona with Tiny Homes. At The RED, WHITE & BLUE Veteran’s Day Fundraiser Bash! to show your support and make a difference in your community. Current Projects benefiting from this Benefit Fundraiser: MICRO ON MADISON – A teaching site which will contain two model homes designed by Linderoth Associate Architects and Robert Crosby Stickle. These homes will serve as educational tools for ASU GreenLight Solutions, ASU EPICS, Government officials, and any interested community members passionate about affordable and sustainable Tiny House living and/or ending homelessness. VILLAGE ON 13th – This first community site will host 7 sustainable Tiny Homes exclusively for our deserving and honored veterans in need of affordable housing. (Build us H.O.P.E. has already received over 100 applications!) Contact: Elizabeth Singleton elizabeth@singletoncommunity.org Tel#: (602) 535-5417

Wickenburg's 38th Annual Bluegrass Festival

7:00 p.m.

Adults $18, Seniors $15, Discount for military with ID.  Sunday-children 6-13  $10.  Open fiddle, mandolin, flat pick guitar & banjo contests, arts & crafts, kids zone.  Bring lawn chairs for seating, covered bleacher seating available.  Fri gates open 1pm, Sat and Sun gates open 9am, Everett Bowman Rodeo Arena, 935 Constellation Rd.,  928-684-0977

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Hospice Patient Recreates Rosie the Riveter Poster

Silverado shared an interesting article and video on Louise Taylor, a real life Rosie the Riveter.   

Rosie the Riveter

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Dementia & Driving Resource Center

Driving demands quick reaction time and fast decision making — because of this, a person with Alzheimer's will eventually become unable to drive. Dealing with the issue early on can help ease the transition.

Read more

  • Having the conversation
  • Planning ahead
  • Signs of unsafe driving
  • Resources

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PGA TOUR Host Sports Purple to Raise Alzheimer’s Awareness and Honor Her Late Grandfather

This is great what you’re doing.

My dad had Alzheimer’s. He passed just over a year ago, finally free. I miss him, but all the good memories mean he lives on.

Thank you so much for raising awareness.
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That’s just a tiny snapshot of the tremendous reaction Teryn Schaefer received – and continues to – for wearing a simple, purple wristband.

“They all knew somebody, either directly or indirectly, who had been affected by Alzheimer’s or dementia,” Teryn says. “I don’t know how to explain the feeling of having so many people respond so genuinely. I personally don’t know many other people who’ve been affected the way I’ve been, so it was almost alarming to see how big the community of those touched by Alzheimer’s and dementia really is.”

As an on-camera host for the PGA TOUR, along with her regular presence on the grounds of TOUR events, Teryn is using her platform to create awareness and do her part to assist in the pursuit to end Alzheimer’s. On her Twitter and Instagram channels – with more than 10,000 followers – Teryn on September 18 posted:

Today I’m wearing the @alzassociation purple band in honor of my grandfather on my show #TrendingOnTOUR. Please join us in helping us bring awareness and defeat this disease, together we can find a cure.

She’s kept that purple band on ever since, including during the week-long, season-ending TOUR Championship in Atlanta this September.

“People are cured of cancer every day because of the awareness that’s been in place for quite some time, and it’s awesome,” Teryn says. “I’ll do anything I can to help bring Alzheimer’s into that light. A diagnosis of any disease is devastating, but I don’t think people ultimately realize how difficult it is to deal with Alzheimer’s and how hard it is on the families.”

Teryn lost her beloved maternal grandfather – Frank Miller – to Alzheimer’s in 2016 at the age of 81, some 10 years after his diagnosis. She cherishes special memories sprinkled throughout her childhood, so much of it spent with her grandpa. A retired special education and elementary school teacher, Frank and his granddaughter were nearly inseparable during Teryn’s youth.

“He was a huge part of my life,” Teryn says…………………………………….

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How the Elderly Lose Their Rights

Blog doc article

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How to Get Medicaid for Nursing Home Care Without Going Broke

An interesting article on how to pay for long-term care while protecting assets.  

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5 tips for dealing with Caregiver guilt

angel girlsFeelings of guilt are common among caregivers.  The following article, "5 misconceptions and tips for dealing with caregiver guilt" addresses the following guilty thoughts:

  • Other caregivers are doing a better job
  • I treated my older adult poorly before their dementia diagnosis
  • I have negative thoughts and feelings about my older adult
  • I get angry or irritated and sometimes lose my temper
  • I shouldn’t want time for myself, but I do

Caregiving is a tough job.  Click the link below to learn ways to improve your health and quality of life so you aren't beating yourself up with your many responsibilities.  

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