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Sunday, November 19, 2017

50 Ways To Destroy An Old Will


Paul Simon sang to us about the “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover” while Train told us there are “50 Ways to Say Goodbye.” Based on all the big life changes that are happening in these songs, the next “50 Ways” song should probably be “50 Ways to Destroy an Old Will.” For that task, we’ve got some suggestions.
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Monday, October 30, 2017

A True Horror Story For One North Carolina Family


ABC 13, WLOS, recently featured a heartbreaking story about a family that is going through estate planning hell. The family wants their story told so that what is happening to them doesn’t happen to anyone else. 

Connie Root passed away this June after a short battle with state 4 lung cancer.
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Sunday, October 22, 2017

Talking To Your Family About Your Estate Plan


“The first rule of Fight Club is: You do not talk about Fight Club. The second rule of Fight Club is: You DO NOT TALK ABOUT FIGHT CLUB!” Many people think these rules also apply to estate planning. They do not. Once you make an Read more . . .


Sunday, October 1, 2017

It Takes More Than A Part Time Job To Pay For College These Days


Back in the day, it was possible to pay for college by working over the summer and holding down a part-time job during the semester. Today, no kid is going to be able to put themselves through school this way. Tuition has increased at more than twice the rate of inflation over the past 40 years, making it difficult for all but the richest families to pay for college.

Many grandparents are chipping in to help out with educational expenses. In addition to being a lovely thing to do, it can also be a great way to Read more . . .


Wednesday, September 27, 2017

From Dueling To Mediation And Arbitration


There was a time, not so long ago, when disagreements between gentlemen were more likely to be decided by a duel than a court of law. Although the most famous duel is probably Hamilton’s fatal showdown with Vice President Burr in Weehawken, New Jersey, this alternative means of dispute resolution was particularly popular in the Carolinas. Today, dueling is illegal (although Canada is working on bringing it back), but other alternatives to lawsuits remain quite popular.


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Friday, September 22, 2017

Equifax Breach Highlights The Importance Of Credit Monitoring


It is more than a little bit ironic that a company that specializes in identity theft protection is the source of the second largest personal data hack in United States history. When Equifax announced that 143 million Americans had their personal information stolen via a weakness in its own website, it was like a punch in the gut.

If you are curious, you can use a tool on the Equifax website to check whether your information was stolen.
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Monday, September 11, 2017

The Perils of Family Property


Slate’s advice columnist, “Prudence,” recently answered a question from someone who was dealing with a bunch of relatives who were upset about the decision to sell off a “family” property. Prudie’s answer is a good one from a moral perspective, but will it hold up in court?

The Question

The person writing in was dealing with family strife over a vacation property.
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Friday, August 25, 2017

Into the Archives


If you have a few family heirlooms that you want to pass on to the next generation, you will probably remember to mention these items and your wishes regarding them to your estate planning attorney. These treasured objects tell the story of your family, and provide a tangible link to the past.

But you probably own other items of historical significance that you haven’t thought much about, and are not likely to mention in your estate plan.
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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Happy First Day of School

Happy First Day of school for South Carolina schools (and North Carolina schools in a few days).
Now that school is in session don't forget to do your homework! Come see us so we can plan, protect and preserve your future.
 
"Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself." - John Dewey


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Monday, August 7, 2017

Protect Your Loved Ones From Abuse Online


When you read the title above, what was the age of the person that came to mind? If you are like most people, the first person you thought of was a child. However, older adults are just as vulnerable as children online.  


Financial losses from elder fraud and abuse are estimated to total more than $36 billion per year. More and more of that fraud is happening online.
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Monday, July 24, 2017

Estate Planning for Newlyweds


The “I do” to-do list seems like it is never-ending. There are flowers to pick out, venues to book, dresses and suits to find and get fitted, and a million other things that the bride and groom must attend to before walking down that aisle. One to-do a lot of couples skip, and later regret, is a visit with an estate planning attorney.
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