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The Magnificent Seven Takes a Swing – Is Your Estate Planning Up to Par?

It was on a warm, sunny day at the country club that 50-year-old Sam, who had just hit a beautiful drive down the 14th fairway, suddenly fell to the ground. He had suffered a stroke. After lingering for 2 weeks, Sam regrettably passed away.  Sam, being only 50 years old, had not taken the time to do any estate planning. Thus, during that fortnight when he was in a coma...

The Contractor List: Eight Tips When Contracting for Home Improvements

The Contractor List: Eight Tips When Contracting for Home Improvements  The homeowners wanted to build a pool in their backyard. In April, a pool contractor gave them a written proposal. After receiving the proposal, the homeowners met with the contractor and selected several options, including a custom rock grotto waterfall, which were not specifically identified in the original proposal.     Pool construction started and the pool was filled with water at the...

Guardianships Gone Good: Protections Afforded by a Guardianship May Be Necessary

If you are prone to think in absolute terms, draw conclusions without investigating facts, or believe sensational articles, then read no further.  That is because we are discussing guardianship, which is an area of law that is nuanced like no other.  A guardianship is a court-ordered relationship that is created to protect a person who is incapable of handling their estate or personal affairs. Guardianship law varies by state.  Types of Guardianship In...