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Advance Directives and Dementia

It’s no joy to think about your will and what will happen after your death, but if there’s one subject that’s even harder, it’s how you would deal with medical issues in a condition of incapacity — and then it’s even harder to think about the situation of an incapacity due to dementia. But it’s

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IF YOU ARE DIVORCING, CHANGE YOUR WILL NOW.

Many websites advising on what to think about when divorcing say you should be sure to change your will once it’s all over.  That’s good advice, but it doesn’t go far enough.  Changing your will and other legal documents should be one of the very first things you do. Putting it bluntly, if you have

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Write a New Will Before the Divorce, not After.

A very troubling case was referred to me recently by a close colleague who is a matrimonial attorney. His client died while in the midst of an acrimonious divorce. The result is the exact opposite of what the client would have wanted — since the husband she was divorcing was still her husband at the

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The Family Home

There’s great pride in passing a family home from one generation to the next. Sometimes, this allows relatives to remain in close contact under one roof and ensures attentive care to the elders and the children. But it can create a lot of conflict, too. When a property passes from one generation to the next,

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Rewriting My Own Will — An Estate Lawyer’s Reflections.

I’m accustomed to the challenges of being an estate lawyer. But I’m not accustomed to the challenges of bring a client! Rewriting my own will after a long time, I was surprised at some of the issues I encountered. For one, I found that some of the people who I would most want to name

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Ten Do’s and Don’t’s for Writing Your Will

1.) Don’t put it off. Misfortune can happen at any time, and it’s much better to have your wishes stated in an actionable legal form than not to. 2.) Don’t get lost in the weeds. There can be a lot of issues and decisions involved in writing your will and other documents. But if you focus too

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