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The 5 Documents Every Parent Needs in 2009

Today, I am passing along a true story originally published in Parents magazine. This story is repeated more often than you realize. The sad part is that this should not happen to any family... When Aliina Laine was 8, her mother died suddenly, leaving six children, ranging in age from 8 to 26, and no will. After his wife's death, Aliina's father decided to write a will, but he died of a heart attack five weeks Read More

Have You Read Paul Newman’s Will?

What's the story with Paul Newman's will? As is often the case with celebrity wills (Heath Ledger, Leona Helmsley, and Anna Nicole Smith, most recently), Paul Newman's will is posted to the Internet. You can go ahead and read it here if you're interested. There is a lesson for you in Paul Newman's will. It's this - all wills are public documents when they are filed with the probate court. Yours will be too. Now, Read More

Why I Do What I Do

This fall, I celebrated the 10th anniversary of my law firm.  At the ribbon-cutting to celebrate our achievement, I mentioned a story I wrote several years ago, as part of a coaching group exercise, titled "Why I Do What I Do."  The story is even more meaningful to me today, in part because I have niched my practice down (from litigation, business planning and real estate to almost exclusively estate planning - Read More

How to Avoid Disaster

I was supposed to publish two weeks ago, but a potential disaster intervened.  I say "potential disaster" because the unthinkable did not happen - but it could have.  And, there is a lesson for you in my "potential disaster."  Here's what happened .... I came into my office on a Saturday afternoon intending to tie up some loose ends and do some writing (including this blog).  After about 10-15 minutes, I noticed Read More