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An Easy but Bad Way to Avoid Probate

Many people are certain that they must avoid probate at all costs for their estates after they pass away. That is not always true. Furthermore, some actions taken to avoid probate can actually do more harm than good. Some people don’t take the time to visit an experienced estate planning attorney.  Instead, they decide that…

Coffin Swap

An Australian family claims it paid for a deceased relative to receive a fancy coffin worth $1,700. After the coffin was displayed at the funeral service, the coffin and the remains inside were then to be transferred to a crematorium. However, the funeral home delayed transporting the coffin by an hour. When it finally arrived,…

The New Tax Law and Your Estate

Whenever a major piece of tax legislation passes, many experts begin talking about what the new law means for estate planning and how estate plans should adapt to it. That appears to be happening with the recent tax cuts that President Trump signed into law. It is important to adapt your estate plan for the…

Dealing with Scams

Along with the growth of America’s elderly population, has come a less welcome population growth. The number of scammers. This unwelcome “population” has increased, as unscrupulous people seek to make easy money by duping the elderly. There are many types of scams that target the elderly, ranging from large ones meant to make millions to…

Arthur Miller’s Archives

Arthur Miller passed away in 2003.  However, literary scholars still have not had the opportunity to review his archived journals, notes and letters. Why? The dispute over where those archives should go has only recently been settled. During his life, Miller had a close relationship with the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas…

Moving to Another State and Your Estate Plan

If you move to another state, you should review your estate plan to make sure that it does not need revision. Americans often move from state to state, especially after they retire. The laws in most states are similar.  However, there are sometimes minor differences that can have a big impact on estate planning. That…

Do Not Resuscitate Tattoo

An ethics review has highlighted an unusual case, where doctors had to decide what to do about a patient who had a “Do Not Resuscitate” tattoo. People with life-threatening health problems would often prefer that extraordinary intervention should be used to prolong their lives. Do not resuscitate orders are becoming increasingly common in the medical…

Tax Law Changes and Charities

The new tax bill could have a big impact on charitable donations. Two provisions of the new tax bill are particularly worrisome to many charities as they could make it less likely that people will donate to them as Reutersreports in “New U.S. law could curb charitable donations.” Doubling the standard tax deduction is likely…

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