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These posts include topics related to estate planning, such as financial planning, planning for others, and scenarios that have occurred in estates of the rich and famous.

Beneficiaries’ Rights: Can I Prevent Michael Vick from Starting?

From 1949 to 1963, the Philadelphia Eagles were owned by about one hundred local businessmen, known as the “100 Brothers”. Each member, one of whom was my great uncle, paid about a $3,000 share to get in, and made a nice profit once they got out. My parents ended up with season tickets for awhile,…

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Checking Your Parents’ Estates: Generational Attitudes on Sharing Info

This week, I want you to call your elderly parents, grandparents, relatives, etc., and make sure that their estate planning documents are definitely in place. Do it now while matters are relatively calm, because if you wait until something happens, anything out of order then will add to what will already be an emotional draining…

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The System Works – Maryland’s New Power of Attorney Law


Gideon’s Trumpet We all love David vs. Goliath stories.  These are especially satisfying when they involve the legal process.  One of the most celebrated cases involving a huge underdog was Gideon v. Wainwright.  In 1961, Clarence Earl Gideon was found guilty of a crime in a Florida court after having to defend himself since he…

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In Appreciation – August 2010

To mark the end of my first month of blogging, I am going to take a post to thank those who have gone out of their way to give me their help and support.  I have had only limited contact with the lawyers listed below, but even their brief acknowledgments and encouragements are evidence of…

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8 Great Estate Planning Movies of the ‘80s and ‘90s

When I came up with this idea, I thought it was original.  However, California attorney and CPA Keith Schiller is years ahead of me, as evidenced by his “Estate Planning at the Movies” website.  With deference to Mr. Schiller, I introduce my 8 favorite movies of the 1980s and 1990s containing estate planning themes (links…

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Estate Planning for Intellectual Property (with Celebrity Examples)

When a person writes a novel, composes music or creates a painting, not only does she become the owner of the work, but she also holds the potentially valuable “intellectual property” rights to exclusively profit from her efforts.  Such rights are protected by federal copyright and trademark laws (just as inventions are protected by patent…

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