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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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As I write this, Brittany Maynard is living the last few weeks of her young life. She’s 29 years old- just a year younger than me, so reading about her story has hit close to home for me. I don’t pretend that my words on this blog are profound, so for those that haven’t read about Brittany or seen her story on the news; you can read a wonderful piece on her journey about it here.

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I advise a number of businesses that are just starting out and looking to establish themselves in some competitive markets. While they come to me to help them sort out legal issues associated with starting a business, as a small business owner myself, I always enjoy sharing my story and what I've learned operating my still-very-young business from a business standpoint as well.

One of the most important things I try to instill into folks is that it's absolutely imperative to figure out why they are different than their...

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Couples are living together before marriage more than ever before. Perhaps unsurprisingly, for many of those lovebirds, a long-term future together is not always in the cards. When breakups happen, it’s challenging enough splitting up tangible property, kitchenware and furniture that was mutually acquired over the course of the relationship. But, there is another issue that far too many couples in this situation have to consider:

Who gets the family pet...

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Estate Planning for Same Sex Couples presents some challenges not otherwise seen when planning for married couples. In states like Illinois, where same-sex marriage is legal, the challenges are now much easier to conquer than they were even a year ago, however, it's important for same-sex couples, both married and unmarried to know the implications to their estates should one of them become incapacitated or die.

So, The Virtual Attorney will be rolling out a number of informational materials over the coming weeks that will...

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