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ARETHA FRANKLIN, QUEEN OF SOUL – WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN

The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, died in August at the age of 76. As tragic as it is, I find it more tragic to learn that she died without a Will. Having been an estate planning attorney for over 20 years, my stomach aches every time I hear about this. According to a NY Times article, Aretha w...

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Child support FAQ

Estate Planning Lawyer

Family Courts oversee several different types of family related cases including child support agreements.What is child support? This financial court order is in place to ensure the heal...

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Life Changes that Should Trigger You to Update Your Will

Will Lawyer

Once you have written your will, it’s important to make sure that you regularly update it. This is especially the case when you experience significant life changes. There are key reasons to update a will and enlist an attorney for their help. Whe...

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What are Ways to Avoid Probate?

Probate Lawyer

Dying with a will is better than dying without one. But it’s the bare minimum a person should have in their estate plan. An estate plan is more than just a will. It’s the whole plan of what to do upon your death. No one likes to think of their...

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BETWEEN A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE

I recently met with a mother (“Mary”) and adult daughter (“Susan”), who came in to discuss the situation with Dad (“Bill”). Bill and Mary have been divorced since 2002. Bill was an alcoholic. He was 71. He now has alcohol induced dementia. Bill does not remember much. If you ask him where he live...

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PAPARAZZI FOR A DAY

My husband and I had the most amazing honeymoon in 2000. We went on a 10 day cruise in French Polynesia. We flew from Los Angeles to Tahiti, where we were immediately taken to the cruise ship, which at the time was with the Renaissance Cruise Line. The ship had about 750 passengers, and it was ad...

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Reasons to Update Your Will After a Divorce

Will Lawyer

The last thing you may be thinking about following a divorce is the importance of updating your will. Chances are, your will is one that you created with your ex spouse. Because of this, the decisions you made regarding your estate likely encompa...

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Tips for Writing Your Estate Plan to Prevent Trust Litigation

Estate Planning Lawyer

When a person sits down to start writing his or her estate plan, rarely do they imagine that their trust will go through litigation. Despite doing their very best to prevent their trust from being disputed in court, it can happen. Afte...

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THE PRIVATE ESTATE PLAN OF BURT REYNOLDS

Burt Reynolds, the legendary actor, sadly died in September 2018, at the age of 82. According to his Last Will and Testament, which was reportedly obtained by TMZ in a People Magazine article, he left his only son out of his Will. The actual language was “I intentionally omit him from this, my La...

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RULING FROM THE GRAVE

Clients often have the desire to rule from the grave. Although this seems like such a negative thing, I actually think of it as a positive thing. My background as an immigrant family, coming to the United States in the mid-70s, with nothing, and being able to make our “American Dream” come true, ...

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WHEN CAPITALISM AND ALTRUISM COLLIDE

I recently watched the movie “All the Money in the World.” It was great. It is true story of the grandson of John Paul Getty, Sr. being kidnapped for ransom, and the events that occurred to set his grandson free. In 1957, Fortune Magazine named John Paul Getty, Sr. as the richest man in the world...

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