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Drafting a complete estate plan can give a person peace of mind in the assurance that he and his loved ones will be taken care of should disability or death come knocking. One of the most common questions I get as an estate planning attorney is,

“What should I do with all these documents you just drafted for me?”

It’s a valid question. Safekeeping estate planning documents to ensure that they won’t be modified, stolen, or destroyed is just as important as...

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According to the Humane Society of the United States, pet ownership in the United States has more than tripled from the 1970s, when approximately 67 million households had pets, to 2012, when there were 167 million households that owned pets, or in other words, in 2012, 62 percent of households had at least one pet. That number is sure to be even higher now.

Even the lifespans of companion animals with the most...

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One of the first decisions an entrepreneur must make after deciding to start a business is how the business should be structured. There are a number of options, from C Corporation to S Corporation, to various types of partnerships. But by far, the most common entity chosen by small business owners is the Limited Liability Company, or LLC. The LLC offers a number of advantages over operating a business in an individual capacity as a...

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A power of attorney is a written agreement that authorizes a trusted individual to make decisions on your behalf and in your best interests. That person, or agent is tasked with carrying out your wishes, often times when you are unable to direct them how to do so. That can come with some pretty important consequences when dealing with things like...

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For many new business owners, one of the first questions they need to tackle is what type of business entity to form. From multiples types of...

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Most people have heard of trusts, but often times when I begin a conversation with a client about whether a trust should be incorporated into their estate plan, I am met with blank stares and dozens of questions. If you have heard of a trust but don't really know what it does or how it works, you're not alone.

When estate planning attorneys talk about trusts, they can be referring to a number of different planning...

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