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Last Week in Estate Planning (June 10 to June 16, 2011)

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Here are links to the top estate planning stories and developments of last week. By the way, I receive absolutely no financial remuneration from recommending any of the following choices.  I believe this enables me to give an unbiased view of what, IMHO, is the best in topical and quality work from estate planning colleagues…

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Last Week in Estate Planning (June 3 to June 9, 2011)

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Instead of limiting this feature to the posts of the week, I thought it might be helpful to also post links to the top estate planning stories and developments of the past seven days.  I hope you enjoy. Top Stories of the Week Individual State Developments In Pennsylvania:  “PA DoR Revised Safe Deposit Box Entry”,…

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“Stairway to Heaven” – A Shameless Estate Planning Plug?

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My son’s teacher recently went to a Robert Plant concert, but shared with me that some of her colleagues had never heard of him, Led Zeppelin, or “Stairway to Heaven”!  To my uninformed brethren, “Stairway to Heaven” was written by Led Zeppelin lead singer Robert Plant and guitarist Jimmy Page.  It was released in 1971,…

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Latest Simpsons Episode Raises Concerns About Burns’ Estate Plan

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The first three minutes of the latest episode of The Simpsons, “Flaming Moe“, introduced a slew of interesting estate planning themes.  Spoiler alert: I reveal here these three minutes of the plot, which is then relegated to barely an afterthought for the remainder of the episode.  Read more...

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A Poor Bet & My Top 10 Packers of All Time

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I am a terrible gambler, but not because I have any kind of addiction or obsession.  Instead, I’m pretty bad at it because I am quite risk averse and because I lose at least 75% of the time.  I have even tried the George Costanza-esque strategy of betting against myself, and of course those were…

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5 Estate Planning Ideas for Cliff Lee (& Other Pro Athletes)

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I am a life-long Phillies fan.  Imagine my pure delight when I heard that on Monday, elite pitcher Cliff Lee signed a 5-year, $120 million deal (plus a potential 6th if he reaches certain goals) with my phavorite team to help shepherd in a new era of excellence.  For more information, type “Cliff Lee” into…

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Estate Planning Movie Review: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part I

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As we all know, many films do not take the time to peruse the estate planning effects caused by its characters and events.  I found that “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part I”, released Friday, was a fine exception.  In fact, it was the earliest that a film introduced estate planning topics since “Death…

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Quaids and Star Whackers Need a Refresher Course

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Attorney-extraordinaire Jason Miller, a regular reader of this blog, alerted me to this ongoing saga about Randy Quaid and his wife Evi. To summarize, the Quaids believe that they are being pursued by a Hollywood cult called the “Star Whackers”. During their “escape”, the Quaids trashed their former home, skipped out on some large hotel…

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Pet Trusts: Closing the Stable Door Before the Horse Bolts

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I always find it amusing when a series of strange events inspires an estate planning post.  Here, I have a series of real and fictional horses to thank for today’s discussion.  Read more...

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The Beatles: Cryptic Estate Planning Lyrics?

Whenever we hear a song that has somewhat puzzling lyrics, it seems to be a favorite pastime of ours to figure out what the artists were trying to say.  But did you ever notice that common interpretations inevitably lead to some kind of carnal act, worship of an unsavory figure or a political or religious…

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