It (Still) Takes a Village for Special Needs Children

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Back in 1996 Hillary Rodham Clinton’s book, “It Takes a Village: And Other Lessons Children Teach Us,” was published. No political figure can write anything without it stirring up partisan controversy, but this post isn’t being written for political purposes, so we’re going to set aside any conversation of her overt agenda in writing the book as well as any hidden agendas which might be imputed to her.

Suffice it to say for our purposes here that most people, when faced ...

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Grief Smells Like Orange Blossoms

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Smell invokes memory unlike any other sense. The treacly-sweet aroma of Florida springtime clobbers me with grief every March. Enveloped in the cloying perfume of citrus in bloom, I flash to my senior year of high school when Megan McCabe died. Megan was thoughtful and smart and funny and pretty, and a member of the rowing team with me. A group of us went to the beach on a gorgeous Sunday before St. Patrick’s Day. One of the cars didn’t make it ...

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So You Want to Present a National Webinar?

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Congratulations! You’ve been asked to present with a group of experts on a webinar that will have people from across the country listening? Here are some helpful hints that I learned from my recent experience.

I was invited by WealthCounsel™ to be a panelist with Lew Dymond, Peter Parenti, and Paul Bernstein to discuss the new tax laws that Congress passed on December 17, 2010. The audience would include attorneys, CPAs, and financial advisors throughout the U.S. The webinars were scheduled ...

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Hey, what about a Living Will?

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Recently, I watched the season premiere of “Brothers and Sisters.” It was packed with legal issues, pertinent to the type law I practice. You know the show, the strong matriarch, Sally Fields, at the head of the whiny family known as the Walkers. It takes place one year after the horrible automobile accident that occurred at the cliffhanger last May.

Last season left us with a multiple car pileup on the expressway in California. Brother Justin, who conveniently has paramedic training from the ...

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Death Arbitrage: Should I Pull the Plug Today? There’s No Estate Tax.

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I’m angry. I’m disheartened, dismayed, and disgusted. But mostly, I’m angry.

One of my peers today asked me if I am advising clients to remove life support from their loved ones – their RICH loved ones – quick, right now, before Congress acts to bring back the estate tax.

Because, depending on the nature of the assets, you can do the tax math and decide whether it is more lucrative to allow someone you love to die today, or keep the person ...

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