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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...

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.

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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 Sh...

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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 quick...

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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 righ...

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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 the...

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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: p...

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Easing the Burden on Your Family

When we are ill, the last thing we need is for our family to be blocked from helping us -- with our medical care or with our financial needs. Powers of attorney are necessary so the RIGHT people can assist us when we are sick. Having a Trust makes sure that our families do not have to go through the court system just to get access to our assets. Tr...

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Lion of the Year Award

Thank you Phoenix Biltmore Lions Club for your support and for the award of Lion of the Year 2009 and 2010. It has been exciting working with a Club that supports so many good causes-- glasses for children in need; Christmas gifts and scholarships for families of those serving abroad in the National Guard. It is an honor to be a part of the club.

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Are your retirement account designated beneficiaries properly listed?

People with a revocable living trust often forget to use the trust when they fill out their designated beneficiary for their IRA or 401K or other qualified retirement account. The participant's spouse is normally the first beneficiary. The second beneficiary should be the Trustee of the participant's revocable living trust.Even if the trust is inte...

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