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Fighting Over an Estate After a Death

You probably own some items of real or sentimental value (jewelry, antiques, art, heirlooms, furniture, clothing, etc.) that you want a certain child, grandchild, special friend, relative, or organization to have after you die. Or perhaps you simply want to provide an orderly way for your belongings to be divided among your heirs after you’re

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Estate Planning for Young Adults

Teenagers, rejoice! At age 18, your government says you are an adult and your parents have no legal ability to make decisions for you. Just what you want, right? No more nagging about cleaning up after yourself, making something of your life, and sitting up straight. Parents, beware! When your child turns age 18, your

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Your Child and Their Inheritance: How to Share the Financials

Most children are left in the dark regarding detailed information about their parents’ financials. Well-off parents may not want to tell their children for fear of them becoming dependent. Parents who struggle financially may not tell their children as a means to keep them from worrying. Both approaches are understandable, but in failing to speak

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The Internet vs. The Professional

How is it that most attorneys, with decades of legal knowledge continuing education, are being replaced by electronic documents or advice forums? Welcome to the age of the Internet. The Internet has unfortunately encouraged the rise of amateurism in all professional fields. You may have a recurring migraine and instead of consulting the expert neurologist,

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Poor Man’s Probate is Usually Poorly Planned

People often ask what seems to be the usual recurring question, “Do I really need a will?” After I ask a few questions about their circumstances, I usually discover that they have already done something about their estate plan. Unfortunately, this generally means that a non-attorney gave them legal advice and misleading direction. They’ve engaged

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Hey, what about a Living Will?

Recently, I watched the season premiere of “Brothers and Sisters.” It was packed with legal issues, pertinent to the type law I practice. You know the show, the strong matriarch, Sally Fields, at the head of the whiny family known as the Walkers. It takes place one year after the horrible automobile accident that occurred at the

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