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With the Virus comes the Swipers

Crimes, counterfeits, scams, and fraud are often perpetrated against the unaware, and while many of us are just doing our best to endure the impacts of Covid-19, others—often very convincingly—are doing their best to rip off unwitting seniors and others who may not yet be aware of what these criminals are up to. Coronavirus-related scams have already claimed many victims, and educating yourself can be a very significant first step to ensuring that you do not become another fraud statistic. The December issue of AARP Online contains two articles written to educate and enlighten readers about this:

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Johnson & Associates, P.L.L.C.

December 16, 2020

Get Your Docs in a Row

Are you confused by the numerous legal documents that affect older adults? Don’t let a court-appointed representative be responsible for making these important decisions on your behalf. This presentation covers which documents you and your family should consider for planning purposes as you age--take advantage so you know your choices and have a say when it comes to elder law and power of attorney.

Lora Johnson and Yvette Ashworth, Attorneys-at-Law

Your Health Care Decisions, Your Wishes, and Your Decision Makers

Tough talk approved by two tough ladies: attorneys Lora Johnson and Yvette Ashworth have selected two hard-hitting and extremely important videos to share with you. In light of the current pandemic, it's more important than ever to have the conversation with your loved ones about what "quality of life" means to you along with your important health care decisions in any given circumstance. Now more than ever, decisions may be made for you completely based upon written documents such as your living will. In truth, you may be isolated in your treatment and your decision maker may not be able to be present. What happens then? We feel like the attached videos are very enlightening in a time period such as this. If you need assistance or have questions about this, give us a call!

Video 1: Do You WANT To Be On A Ventilator? Discuss Your Wishes NOW
Video 2: Is THIS How You Want to Die?
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There's (Literally) No Time Like the Present

We never know when things are going to become difficult, and certainly no one could have anticipated the scope and impact of the current pandemic. We found the articles below to be powerful and insightful reminders that estate planning and tying one's loose legal ends isn't just something to do when the weather is fair--or something to put on hold until some future point when the time is just right. Here's some sound advice regarding getting one's ducks in a row:

Click Here to Read the Kiplinger Finance Advice and Business Forecasts Article
Click Here to Read the Motley Fool Article
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Lora Johnson

July 30, 2019
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Estate Planning for Pets

In my office we frequently have clients who feel the same devotion to their pets that my children and I feel to ours. I am always saddened by the fact that most of our pets’ life expectancies are so much shorter than ours and we have to say goodbye to them long before we would like to do so. Sometimes, though, our pets survive us, and most people take seriously their personal responsibility in making sure that their orphaned pets live out their lives safely and with love.

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Yvette Ashworth

July 30, 2019
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When to Settle and When to Litigate

I frequently have clients who decide to pursue litigation over a trust or probate estate because “it’s what my parents [or sibling or child] would want” or “it’s the principle of the matter.” However, sometimes it’s not always best to litigate a matter. How does one decide?

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Lora Johnson

January 31, 2019
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Avoid Family Feuds With Good Estate Planning Hygiene

A recent visit to the dentist highlighted an important point to me: improper estate planning can have dire consequences for a family. As she cleaned my teeth, my dental hygienist asked me what type of law Johnson & Associates had as its focus. Once I referenced elder and estate law, her storytelling immediately began. “Oh!” she exclaimed. “I bet many people don’t realize what can happen if things aren’t properly set up. We had a serious issue in my family.”

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Lora Johnson

November 14, 2018
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The Impact of Arizona Senate Bill 1204

Arizona statutes govern the transference of property from a deceased person to beneficiaries. Despite many similarities to this process in other states, Arizona has added its own nuances, and Arizona’s recently passed Senate Bill 1204 (Arizona 53rd Legislature, 2nd Regular Session), became effective on August 3, 2018. The passage of this bill added some key revisions which impact the Arizona Probate and Trust Codes.

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Lora Johnson

October 26, 2018
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Veterans Administration Internal Memorandum Regarding VA Pension Aid & Attendance

For any of you who practice in the areas of VA Pension Aid and Attendance, we have a PDF digital copy of a VA internal memorandum which might be helpful in clarifying the recent changes, which became effective on October 18, 2018. If you would like a copy of the memorandum emailed to you, please send a request to steve@johnsonestatelaw.com for a prompt response.

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Lora Johnson

October 24, 2018
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Justice Sandra Day O’Connor Faces Dementia With Courage

A couple of years ago, I was able to have lunch with retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, the first female Supreme Court justice in United States history. For me, it was a significant moment as I was able to spend a few hours enjoying one-on-one conversation with a true history-maker and trailblazer. I discovered that Justice O'Connor, despite retirement, was still quite opinionated and bold in expressing her viewpoints. It was certainly a lunch date to remember.

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Lora Johnson

August 23, 2018
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Trusts, Privacy, and a Little Respect

People often ask us questions like “How much money in assets should I have to warrant doing a trust?” Our answer revolves around questions such as “What are your concerns?” and “What are you trying to accomplish?”

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