Estate Planning

Am I the Only Lawyer Without a Will?

It is about that time of year that most of our New Year Resolutions have gone by the wayside. I am not big on resolutions, but admit to having a few. Some were business oriented, including a promise to myself to update our law firm blog more frequently with interesting and informative articles. Others were more personal. So as I write tonight, I have decided to get back to those resolutions and kill two birds with one stone. To do so, I need to make a confession. Well, two confessions. The first is that this is the first article I

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The Real Diddy About Jack and Diane (By Joan Reed Wilson, with special thanks to John Cougar Mellencamp)

Who remembers Jack and Diane? Those two crazy kids in love in John Cougar’s (before he admitted that his real last name was Mellencamp) 1980’s song, enjoying the carefree life of teenagers. Do you know what happened to Jack and Diane? Here’s the real ditty about Jack and Diane (lawyers always have to be the bearer of the bad news). After a couple summers hanging behind the Tasty Freeze, Jack and Diane grew apart, broke up, got married to other people, had kids of their own, started careers, got divorced and found each other again thirty years later. They’re not

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August is “Make a Will” Month

August is national “Make A Will Month”. This is the perfect time to take a moment and review where your assets will be going after you are gone. No one likes to think of the end of life but without a solid plan, our loved ones can suffer the consequences. Making a will is easy; however, there are serious pitfalls if you attempt to do it yourself or use a cookie cutter software product.Unfortunately, by the time anyone realizes the mistake, it is usually too late for you to make the correction. An experienced estate planning attorney can help you

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Estate Planning for Thirtysomethings

As a parent of a seven-year-old and five-year-old, I know that parents of minor children are juggling a lot these days: careers, homes, mortgages, children. Too often the daily activities of life cause many parents to neglect or postpone planning for their own estate. When the topic crosses their mind, they can easily push it aside with self-assurances that they are too young, too healthy or cannot afford the expense. Some may even subconsciously erase any thoughts of estate planning because thinking about it would force them to deal with feelings and attitudes that people often prefer to ignore. Whether

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