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States Race to the Bottom with Trust Laws

In the U.S. each individual state has wide latitude to determine its own laws for handling trusts. Many are concerned that a small handful of states are using that latitude to race to the bottom. Delaware has long been known for having trust-friendly… Read More
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Publicity Rights When a Celebrity Passes Away

Intellectual property rights are mostly determined by federal law and international agreements. When a copyright holder passes away, it makes little difference where he or she lived. However, publicity rights, which govern who can use a person’s im… Read More
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Retirement Accounts Limit Time for Heirs to Make Decisions

Beneficiaries of retirement accounts face big decisions and limited time. Inheriting spouse has many options and limited time to decide as recently discussed by Market Watch in “Inheriting a retirement account? Lump sum payouts can be costly.” Th… Read More
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Remarriage and Estate Planning

If you are planning to get remarried, it is important that you revise your estate plan before doing so, especially if you have children from a previous marriage. One of the most challenging things for estate lawyers and probate courts to administer i… Read More
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Do Not Regret Your Retirement

When many people retire they have regrets about things that they wish they had done differently. It does not have to be that way. To fulfill their version of the American dream many people make a bargain with themselves. They bargain that they will w… Read More
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The Return of Reverse Mortgages

In the past most elder law attorneys advised their clients to stay away from reverse mortgages. That is beginning to change. Just a few short years ago reverse mortgages were often seen by elder law attorneys as an unfortunately popular way for senio… Read More
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What to Leave to Your Family

Throughout your life, you have most likely accumulated many different types of assets. When planning your estate, it is useful to know which of those assets you should leave to your family members. Estate planning is not just about deciding how much… Read More
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Estate Looks for JFK Love Child

That John F. Kennedy had affairs while he was President is fairly well known, so perhaps it should not be too surprising that the estate of one of the women alleged to have been involved in one of those affairs is following up on rumors that she had… Read More
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Waiting for the Tesla Model 3?

If you are currently on the waiting list for the Tesla Model 3, what happens if you pass away before getting the vehicle? The announcement of the Tesla Model 3 generated enough buzz that more than 300,000 people paid $1,000 dollars each to be on a wa… Read More
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Firearms and Estate Administration

New rules issued by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives provide some clarity for executors of estates that include firearms. Any new proposed gun control laws or regulations are almost guaranteed to set off a political controversy… Read More
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