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Mama Zoom

2024-02-25T19:43:11-05:00September 10th, 2020|Estate Planning and Administration, General|

There are a lot of voices giving you advice. I have personally limited my online time and find that having fewer voices chatting, telling me what to do is a good thing. A very good thing. As an estate planning attorney, I am often asked about the veracity of the many “fill in the blank” will kits that are out there. And I do try to stay up to date, to see and hear the latest feedback. I also go online myself to try it out, to make sure I am not taking someone else’s jaded word s, like “It […]

Multiple Executors – What Happens When You Have More Than One Executor and They Don’t Agree

2020-01-24T09:18:04-05:00January 24th, 2020|Estate Planning and Administration, General|

You may say “That sounds crazy!” What is not to agree about?!? People are going to inherit money, there is no income tax to be paid, the estate is paying all of the bills. The Executors simply need to agree on how to “divide the pie.” I wish is were that simple.

When Executors fail to agree on how to proceed in the administration of an estate, things can slow down to a crawl. Even to a dead stop. Deadlines can be missed. Opportunities to save money through discounts are squandered. Bills go unpaid, even though there are sufficient funds sitting […]

Planning Is Everything!

2019-12-04T16:11:18-05:00December 4th, 2019|Estate Planning and Administration|

We have had more cases come our way – some as referrals from other lawyers and some responding to our website or radio ads – where a loved one died without a plan. Planning is showing your loved ones that you care. Failing to plan. . .? Yeah, that’s what it shows.
When the client comes in who wants to stay in the house that mom owned, but mom didn’t leave a will – he has to contend with the intestate laws, not to mention his siblings. When the investments are going to be divided between all of the siblings […]

Happened in Our Office… We Know What Grandma Wanted

2019-07-16T11:57:57-04:00July 16th, 2019|It Happened In Our Office|

The three grandsons came into the office and were confident. “Don’t worry. This is going to be an easy estate.” They began recounting the many assets that Grandma had accumulated and the instructions that she gave to them over the past few years. As she was declining in her past few years, she made sure…doubly sure, that everyone knew what she wanted.
When any of the grandsons raised the issue of writing this down in a Last Will & Testament, she was adamant. She would set her jaw and say “Don’t get the Courts involved in this. I am telling you […]

The View in the Rear View Mirror

2019-06-10T09:24:25-04:00June 10th, 2019|General|

I have not made a new entry here for months. Some of you who have lived through the difficulty of memory loss with a loved one know that it is sad. One of the things I have consistently said, and I truly believe, is that I am sure God never intended for anyone’s life to come to an end in this way.

I have lunch each Thursday with mom. She is always pleasant. She remembers me and knows who I am. Most of the time. Occasionally she will say something like “Does Mark know you’re here?” to which I pleasantly respond, […]

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