Virtual Law Offices

Last Month in Estate Planning (October 2011)

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The following is a summary of popular topics discussed in estate planning blogs and articles last month. Federal Estate and Gift Tax Updates The IRS announced that for 2012, the federal estate tax exclusion will increase to $5,120,000 (it was $5 million in 2011).  As Julie Garber of about.com notes, this means that the lifetime…

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Estate Planning Fees: The 6 Levels of Service

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The distinguished blogger Hani Sarji, in his excellent forbes.com blog “Estate of Confusion”, has recently posted twice about estate planning fees.  Here, I continue the discussion by describing what I see as the six available levels of service for estate planning.  Be sure to pay close attention to the pros and cons for each as…

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Virtual Law Offices: What’s Behind the Mask?

A “virtual” law office?  Is this a new video game?  Another automated service?  Would I get to wear a virtual reality mask? We have discussed here in earlier posts about how the legal profession is trying to respond to the decay in the relationship with clients, especially given the cost, inaccessibility, lack of trust, etc. …

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