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Tick Tock. Time is Up! “Time is of the Essence.”

Posted on: May 8th, 2013
Real estate contracts are filled with boilerplate provisions. Examples of boilerplate provisions include the prevailing party attorney fee language or the lead paint disclosure provision. Each of these boilerplate provisions contains important legal rights or obligations that should be carefully studied to ensure that such provisions are applicable and appropriate to the real estate transaction being contemplated by the parties....

Pet Trusts: Silly or Sensible?

Posted on: April 19th, 2013
A competently drafted pet trust appoints a caregiver, a money manager (trustee) and provides funds and specific directions for the pet's care. With proper planning, you have the ability to design a care plan not only in the event of your death but also your temporary or permanent disability...

Wealth Transfer Mistakes

Posted on: April 15th, 2013
A recent Forbes article claims that '70% of intergenerational wealth transfers fail,' discussing a new Williams Group study examining the long-term effects of wealth transfers in 3,250 families. 'Failure,' according to the study, means situations where the heirs dissipated wealth, often with the family assets becoming a source of friction and dispute...

Family Values and History Are Still the Best Inheritance

Posted on: March 20th, 2013
According to a recent study, family values, traditions and history still mean more than money as an inheritance...

Estate Planning for Women

Posted on: February 27th, 2013
While estate planning is important for everyone, women especially need to understand estate planning and have a plan of their own in place. Here are some issues that are of particular interest to women and their estate planning...

VA Benefits For Long-Term Care of Veterans and Their Surviving Spouses

Posted on: February 6th, 2013
Many wartime veterans and their surviving spouses are currently receiving long-term care or will need some type of long-term care in the near future. The Veterans Administration has funds that are available to help pay for this care, yet many families are not even aware that these benefits exist...