Divorce for Same Sex Couples is no Easy Feat

Katie Lammers / June 22, 2012
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As the gay marriage debate rages on across the country, another related issue is gaining traction as well—gay divorce. Gay marriage is currently legal in six states and the District of Columbia. There is no marriage residency requirement in these states either. That means couples can get married in these states without living there. And […]

Len Bias

Jennifer Santini / June 19, 2012
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November 18, 1963 – June 19, 1986 Leonard Kevin Bias, known as Len, was arguably one of the most promising NBA athletes ever drafted. However, Bias was never able to reach his full potential on a professional sports team. Len Bias was drafted by the Boston Celtics as the second overall draft pick in 1986 […]

Holographic Wills

Jayne Sykora / June 13, 2012
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Recently, at a Wills For Heroes clinic, a first responder asked what the requirements were for a Will to be valid in Minnesota and wondered if a Will could be handwritten. I thought these were interesting questions and wanted to share my answers with all of you dedicated Epilawg readers. Will Requirements First, Minnesota, like […]

Charles Dickens

Jennifer Santini / June 9, 2012
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February 7, 2012 – June 9, 1870 Born Charles John Huffam Dickens in Portsmouth, England, Mr. Dickens brought us the classic works of Oliver Twist, A Tale of Two Cities, Great Expectations and A Christmas Carol.  2012 was the 200th anniversary of Dickens’ birth and also the 142nd anniversary of his death. Dickens suffered a […]

Unintended Consequences: Naming a Child as Beneficiary of Life Insurance

Anna Lima / June 6, 2012
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If you are one of the millions of parents who own a life insurance policy, you may have your child named individually as a primary or contingent beneficiary if you were to pass away while the policy was still in effect.  However, naming a child individually, especially under the age of eighteen, can have unintended […]

Who knew Mark Zuckerberg would offer so many lessons on estate planning?

Jennifer Santini / June 4, 2012
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May 2012 was a big month for Facebook co-founder, Mark Zuckerberg, with his company going public and his surprise wedding to longtime girlfriend, Priscilla Chan. Zuckerberg and Chan were able to pull off a very private and intimate celebration but what followed was a flurry of news reports speculating about the financial planning that had […]

Wilbur Wright

Jennifer Santini / May 30, 2012
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April 16, 1867 – May 30, 1912 Earlier this year, marked the 64th anniversary of Orville Wright’s death. However, today is the 100th anniversary of the other Wright Brother’s death – Wilbur Wright. Wilbur was the older of the two Wright Brothers but died much earlier at the age of 45. Wilbur died of typhoid […]

Life Insurance Policy Review…A Disaster or Solution Waiting to Happen?

Bob Cohen / May 28, 2012
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For insured’s under the misperception that their life insurance policy is iron clad simply because they pay their annually billed premium, these folks may be in for an abrupt and expensive surprise.  Many policies are designed to stay in force only on the basis of critical assumptions being met or exceeded over the life of […]

The Perils & Pitfalls of Joint Accounts

Sonia Toomey / May 18, 2012
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Suppose your aging mother asks your sister to take care of her finances and help her to balance her checkbook. You live out of town, and think it’s a great idea. To make things easier, your mother adds your sister as a joint owner of her bank account. When your mother dies, her Will leaves […]

Arresting Motion: Estate Planning for Artists

Christi Cottrell / May 14, 2012
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PART IV: HOW? DETERMINING THE TOOLS. “When an artist of talent makes a painting or a sculpture, he is always aware of the potentials and limitations of his materials; the better the artist, the more likely he is to know just what he can and cannot do with them.” ~Bruce Cole, Art Scholar and Senior […]

Economic Update

J.B. L'Esperance / May 9, 2012
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Our good fortune has continued with expanded growth in the markets.  This is typical of an election year and if history is any indication, there should be more of this to come.  The Dow Jones Industrial Average is up over 13,000 and the NASDAQ Composite has reached a new high as well (much of this […]

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