Blog

Crazy Happens in Estates

Three people are alleged to have dug up a grave of a man, ten years after he died, looking for the “original will”. The stories of fights over inheritances are everywhere, and touch almost every family personally. When I began practicing, it all seemed so strange. I frequently was surprised by what I didn’t understand. [..]

Read More

More Daughters Make Health Decisions

Darrell C. Harriman linking to First Coast News –  brought attention to research that shows that daughters are making health care decisions for their parents nearly 60 percent of the time. I haven’t done a formal review of what my client’s have chosen, but daughters are more frequently chosen as agents under a health care power of attorney. [..]

Read More

Baby Boomers and Wills

Forbes has an article about what baby boomers need to know to make a will. Everyone knows that having a will is important, but why do so many people fail or avoid creating one? According to the article: A national telephone survey … showed that many people who had not taken action were intimidated by the legal [..]

Read More

POA and Banks

What if a bank or some other institution will not accept a valid Power of Attorney? As an estate planning attorney in Arizona, I’ve seen many situations where banks and other institutions have refused to honor a Power of Attorney that I drafted and executed for a client.  The situation can begin when a family [..]

Read More

Switched Signatures on Wills

We all make errors, but this one was a doozy. Robert C. Adamski wrote about a case in the United Kingdom where a couple accidentally signed each others wills instead of their own.  Two biological sons and an informally adopted son fought over the validity of the wills. The judge ruled that the wills were still valid. [..]

Read More

Estate Planning Principles Have Changed

In the past, a will and power of attorney was all that was needed for estate planning. However, life has become more complex and society has become more litigious. So, a will and power of attorney are no longer sufficient. People complete estate planning so that power over their life and assets, whether because of [..]

Read More

We’re Moving! Convenient new location.

Effective May 15th, 2015 Quindry Koniuszy Follett & Styskal, LLP is moving to a new location in Mesa, conveniently located off the US 60 and the Loop 101. 2266 S. Dobson Road, Suite 200 Mesa, Arizona 85202 We are excited about the move and opportunity to serve from a more central location in the East Valley. [..]

Read More

Care Managers

Katherine C. Pearson, of Elder Law Professor shares a story about a friend deciding to hire a Geriatric Care Manager for father to age in place instead of her and her siblings caring directly for the father. Children want to protect and care for their aging parents. Often, the choice is for one child to take the [..]

Read More

Forbes: 10 Must Have Documents for Estate Planning

Forbes breaks down the must have documents for an estate plan. These documents are included in every review with my clients. After my guidance clients prepare some documents without my help, such as burial instructions, digital assets, beneficiary forms, etc. With each estate plan, I prepare a will, power of attorney, health care power of attorney, [..]

Read More

Fiduciaries: What You Should Know

The Marie Long case has been an illustration of the worst of the probate court. Every case is not an outrage like Marie Long’s was, and most in the probate court do not follow the trajectory that Marie Long followed. It is appropriate that changes were made and the issues were addressed. If you are faced [..]

Read More