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Sharon Ravenscroft Estate Planning Blog

Welcome to my blog covering all things estate planning, family estate planning. business planning, wills, trusts & probate.

Sharon is a Shareholder of The Cavanagh Law Firm, P.A. which has offices in Phoenix and Sun City, Arizona. Sharon was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona.


Sharon received her B.A., cum laude, in 1984 from Wellesley College and her J.D. in 1987 from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, where she was a staff writer on the international law journal.


Simplifying the challenges related to family asset and estate legal issues is her focus for her clients.

Estate Planning and Step-Children

If you have step-children, then you most certainly want your spouse to have a Will. If your spouse dies without a will, then one-half of the community property will go to the step-children, not the surviving spouse. If the assets are held "with right of survivorship" or a death designation, then the surviving spouse can receive the assets
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Do you ever have problems communicating with your Doctor?

When we are sick and needing information from our health care provider, sometimes it can be a real challenge to get our call in and get a response back that is helpful. It is that much more difficult if you are SO sick that you can barely call on the phone. This is the reason that a Health Care Power of Attorney is vital. You can give the legal
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Does your Deed Realy Avoid Probate?

I find that many couples who think their deed to their home will avoid probate, find out too late that it does not. Even if the other owner is your spouse, you still need the deed to say it is owned "with right of survivorship." Otherwise, if one of you dies, the other will have to go to court and have it probated. In addition, title companies
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Same Sex Couples--Legal Solutions for Estate Planning Problems

Same sex couples truly can benefit from estate planning. A trust and powers of attorney can give legal authority to your loved one -- to help you if you are ill, incapacitated or even make sure the loved one receives your assets the way you want. For more information see the article on my website under About Living With People, Domestic Partners
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Help Me Raise Money for MDA

I am helping raise money for MDA.I'm excited to tell you that I have chosen to serve as an MDA Jailbird and am being Locked-Up...that's right, I'm going behind bars to help Jerry's Kids©. In order to be released on good behavior, I need your help to raise my “bail.”If everyone I know makes a tax-deductible donation, I’ll reach my "bail" money
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10% Discount through August 31, for Estate Planning Fees

Mention this blog or my Facebook page and receive 10% discount on fees related to the preparation of estate planning documents. Good through August 31, 2010.
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Its Hot but not Too Hot To Take Care of Your Family

Taking care of your family with the proper will and powers of attorney can give you peace of mind. Make sure the right persons take care of your assets and health care if you are sick, incapacitated or if you die. Now offering a 10% discount through August 31, 2010, on fees related to an estate plan by mentioning this blog, or my Facebook.
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Three ways to avoid Probate for Real Estate

Would you like to avoid the probate court process, upon your death, with your home or other Arizona real estate? This can be done by (1) deeding the property to your revocable trust; (2)recording a beneficiary deed and listing your beneficiaries; or (3) titling the property as joint tenants with right of survivorship or community property with
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Do You Trust Your LLC?

In these economic times, many people are forging into their own businesses and forming LLC's. However, many people are forgetting to integrate their estate planning, specifically their revocable living trust, into their LLC.The Arizona Corporation Commission requires a minimum to create an LLC; submit the requisite Articles of Organization, pay
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Probate does not keep your privacy

When a probate is filed, all of your legal heirs must be notified. Legal heirs are those who would receive your assets if you did not have a Will. Thus, even if you want your assets to go to friend or certain relatives, if probate is necessary, all legal heirs will receive notice of it. To keep matters private, you can avoid probate several ways
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