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A Special Event for Our Trust Care Clients Learn the Latest and Stay Connected Trust Matters JULY 2023 480-418-1776 | KEYSTONELAWFIRM.COM

We did it! Keystone Law recently hosted our first exciting event of the year, where we could connect with our clients and provide essential information to keep our members up to date on all things legal. I’m grateful to everyone who made it to our Intentional Living Summit this past May, and for those who weren’t there, I’d like to fill you in on what this event is all about. Our Intentional Living Summit takes place three times a year, during spring, fall, and winter. So, no worries to those who couldn’t make it in May. You’ll have more opportunities to come! Our event occurred at the Hilton Phoenix Chandler conference center from 2–6 p.m. Since COVID-19 restrictions have kept us apart for so long, it was fulfilling to see my clients again and allow everyone to meet other like-minded people in the community. As the host, I took time to share legal, financial, tax, and insurance updates that may affect my members. For example, the law around health care power of attorney has been updated. Meanwhile, some tax-related changes have occurred, including exemption and retirement account modifications. As for financial updates, I wanted to discuss what caused the recent bank failures and how this could impact my clients. For each update, I shared various strategies to keep them compliant with the new laws and in the best financial shape possible. Of course, the event wasn’t all about the “boring stuff.” We also let our clients participate in lifestyle-related activities such as planning for their ideal retirement, forming an exhilarating bucket list, and writing a love letter to their families. Along with these

entertaining exercises, we offered games and icebreakers to get everyone involved and connected. Our members even got invited to a private online community group where we could all stay in contact and continue our estate planning discussions. Our Intentional Living Summit is for our Trust Care clients, who not only are invited to these events but also receive a lifetime program to ensure their estate planning stays relevant and up to date in every stage of their life. This program benefits everyone, and we hope you’ll consider joining our incredible community if you’re not already a member. We had nearly 70 members participating in our first event this year. I can’t wait to see the turnout for our upcoming Intentional Living Summit on Sept. 26! We had a blast in May, and I know these events will get better each time. If you’re not already a Trust Care member, it’s time you start considering all the benefits that come with being a member. If you want to learn more about joining our membership and hearing about upcoming events, give our team a call at (480) 418-1776 .

We want to bring guidance and support to our community, including you and your loved ones. When you create a proper estate plan, you’re not only protecting your assets and your family but also securing your legacy. I hope I see you at our next conference this September!

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AN ESTATE PLANNING MUST Why Everyone Needs Advance Directives

loved ones from having to make stressful medical decisions that may or may not be wanted by the patient. Some forms of advance directives include:

When discussing estate planning, we often think about wills and the disbursement of our belongings after we pass. Yet, there’s plenty to organize, protect, and ensure when we are still alive. One aspect of estate planning we often overlook are advance health care directives, including living wills. Advance directives are a wide category of written instructions covering your health care wishes, and a living will is considered a type of advance directive. If you find yourself severely ill or injured, advance directives help you express your health care preferences if you cannot communicate. What is a living will? While a living will is within the advance directive category, it specifically determines your wishes if you become terminally ill. Not everyone has the same wishes when it comes to end-of-life care, so your living will communicates what medical procedures you would or would not want to undergo if you were either terminally ill or in a coma. Some individuals may only want their life prolonged for a certain amount of time for personal or religious reasons, or not at all. A living will helps the medical staff and family follow those wishes. Different Types of Advance Directives Since it’s a broad category, not all advance directives are limited to terminal illnesses. Various forms of advance directives aim to help

• Medical Power of Attorney: A document that names someone who can make health care decisions for you if you can’t communicate • Medical Orders: Orders created by a medical professional with their patient’s wishes that are shared with other medical professionals. For example, ​it could detail a do-not- resuscitate (DNR) order. • Psychiatric or Mental Health Directive: A document created by a person with mental illness that details their health care wishes before a possible mental health crisis, when they may not be able to make decisions When it comes to advance directives, every adult should consider establishing their wishes as soon as they can. No one knows what the future holds, and it’s best to arrange your health care wishes before it’s too late.

To Buy or Not to Buy a House

Market Aside, Are You Ready?

Assess your finances. Potential homebuyers should be aware of the roadblocks before making any significant decisions. You’ll need to be entirely sure that your funds are ready to take the hit of both a down payment and a mortgage. Consider your credit, savings, and debt when determining your monetary readiness. These three financial aspects decide whether you’ll qualify for a mortgage. For example, those with credit scores lower than 600 will have slimmer chances and higher prices. Meanwhile, your debts can also hinder your ability to qualify for a mortgage if they’re disproportionate to your income. As for your savings, you will need enough money for the down payment, moving costs, as well as possible expenses associated with owning a home. Everything your previous landlord took care of will now be your responsibility. Even new homes have surprise repairs that will come out of your pocket.

If you feel financially comfortable to undergo the hurdles ahead (with a stellar credit score to match), you should be ready to start looking for a home! Consider some reasons to hold off on buying. While there are plenty of reasons why you should buy a home, there are also countless reasons why now might not be the right time for you. Look at your personal and financial situation and ask yourself: • Is your job secure? Have there been recent layoffs in your company? • Are you feeling pressured by family or friends? • Do your finances need some TLC? • Are you ready to put down your roots? These are just a few issues that can cause a disaster in the home-buying process. You will need to assess your situation and be honest about why you need to buy a home and if you’re financially prepared.

You’re probably hearing conflicting advice when it comes to home buying. While some say a recession is inevitable, others highlight the lowest selling prices in years. However, you should consider the current market conditions as context rather than deciding factors when buying a home. Whether or not the time is right to buy a home depends on your personal and financial circumstances. Real estate market aside, the more important question is this: Are you ready to buy a house right now?

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LEARN LIFE LESSONS WITH MR. BACHMANN The Journey of a German Classroom The documentary “Mr. Bachmann and His Class” shows how a small-town German teacher helps his diverse students feel at home. This heartfelt documentary even won several awards, including the Silver Bear, at the Berlin International Film Festival because of its simple, uplifting message. In the film, the rural town of Stadtallendorf has a history of employing migrant workers dating back to World War II. Despite having many immigrants in the city, Stadtallendorf has a history of excluding non-German residents. This divide is an issue that weighs heavily on students. In a classroom of 12–13-year-old students from different countries, Dieter Bachmann uses his authentic positivity to help each student become confident about their own potential. In one scene, after returning graded assignments to his students, he reassures those who scored lower by saying, “These grades do not reflect who you are.” This isn’t to say that Mr. Bachmann was easy on his class. In one pivotal moment, the teacher reprimands a student for acting unkind to a classmate. When the student provides a halfhearted excuse, Bachmann replies, “I don’t really believe that, but I’ll treat it as though it were sincere.” The student can clearly feel the teacher’s disappointment despite no obvious scolding or berating. Mr. Bachmann guides his students with a genuine heart and a steady hand. The affectionate film immerses the viewers in Bachmann’s classroom to witness the evolution of the students. Whether watching those who decide to spend their lunch hour with him in his classroom and others who share their most vulnerable feelings, viewers realize that all of these students needed an educator who showed sympathy and kindness. “Mr. Bachmann and His Class” follows the magnetic bunch until retirement. While there are plenty of films about heroic teachers, this gentle documentary reveals more about how all it takes is genuine interest and effort to change students’ lives.



• Black pepper • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

• 1 lb skirt steak, fat trimmed • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar • 1 clove garlic, minced • 1 tbsp light brown sugar • 1 tbsp vegetable oil • Kosher salt

• 1 large lemon, juiced • 6 cups baby arugula

• 2 ripe peaches, thinly sliced • 1/3 cup crumbled blue cheese or feta

Directions 1. In a large resealable plastic bag or baking dish, combine steak, vinegar, garlic, and brown sugar. Marinate 20 minutes at room temperature. 2. Remove steak from marinade, coat with vegetable oil, and season generously with salt and pepper. 3. On a grill or pan set to high heat, cook steak until desired doneness. Rest 5–10 minutes, then thinly slice against the grain. 4. In a small bowl, whisk olive oil and lemon juice to make dressing. Season with salt and pepper. 5. In a large serving bowl, add arugula, peaches, blue cheese or feta, and steak. Drizzle with dressing and gently toss.


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An Inspirational Documentary Inspires Hope


A Comedian’s Heartwarming Will

How He Ensured His Wife’s Happiness Comedian Jack Benny Made a Romantic Request

“Every day since Jack has gone, the florist has delivered one long- stemmed red rose to my home,” Mary Livingstone wrote. “I learned Jack actually had included a provision for the flowers in his will. One red rose to be delivered to me every day for the rest of my life.”

The idea of creating a will can seem grim for many. We don’t want to ponder our passing and the effect it will have on our loved ones. Our distaste for estate planning is evident, too — only 33% of U.S. adults have a will. Yet, what if we saw estate planning as an opportunity to send a final affectionate message after our departure? That’s exactly what Jack Benny, an iconic radio and television comedian, did for his wife after he passed away. Both starred in the quintessential radio program “The Jack Benny Program” from 1932 to 1965, and the couple was known for their comical disputes and banter. However, his wife, Mary Livingstone, would later confirm that her kind husband was far different from the penny-pinching naysayer he played in his show. For decades, the duo became a must-listen act on countless home radios. Sadly, Benny passed away in 1974 at the age of 80. While his wife was mourning the loss of her husband, she was shocked to discover one final romantic gesture from Benny. Livingstone shared the loving gift with the world in a magazine article dedicated to his life and legacy.

Rain or shine, Livingstone was delivered a red rose sent from her late husband until her death nine years later. The loving husband and famous entertainer proves that wills don’t have to be daunting documents; they can be one last way to leave a kind gesture behind. You could also shock your family by leaving your estate to your favorite furry friend! Whatever route you take, a will is sure to maintain your spirit and estate.

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