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Estate Planning Checklist

Estate planning checklistHere are five estate planning items you should take care of right now.

1. Stop procrastinating. People tend to think they have a lifetime to take care of their estate planning. When people ask me “How long do I have to take care of this?” I usually respond “Tell me when you are going to die and I can answer that for you.”

The vast majority of people still do not have any type of an estate plan at all, let alone one that is adequate for their needs. read more…

Disbarred over stupid things

Dumb lawyer of the century awardWe have reported over the years on lawyers who get into trouble or even disbarred over the stupid things they do. This is one of the dumbest of all time:

A lawyer is suspended from practicing law for various reasons. While suspended, he takes a retainer to handle a succession and tells his clients the case will be finished “within ten days.” read more…

Top ten tips for new lawyers

Tips for new lawyersLawyer Tips for Solo Practitioners and Small Firms.

 

Nina Kallen is a hard-working sole practitioner in Massachusetts who shares some of the lessons she has learned along the way:

WINNERS:

1. Making copies of all checks from clients before you deposit them. You need information from the check to find read more…

Estate planning uncertain -again

Estate planning turned upside downWe thought estate planning had reached some level of certainty, but we were wrong.

The 2016 Obama budget has some real landmines hidden between the pages that will turn estate planning upside-down.

The “permanent” estate tax statutes signed into law by President Obama on Jan. 3, 2013, set the estate tax exemption at $5 million per person, indexed for inflation, read more…

When judges are removed from office

Judges and disciplineWe’ve commented a few times about attorneys who run afoul of the disciplinary process. It is not as well known, but judges also have to consider their actions and the result of how they conduct their personal and professional lives.

Take, for example, a lawyer who ran 15 times for elective office and finally won an election as a family court judge. The newly elected judge brought a lot of baggage with her, but not the sort you pack your clothes in. read more…

Tat-2 and the venue fight

Tat-2 the Bounty HunterThe reality TV show Tat-2 the Bounty Hunter went to court recently where the issue of venue was litigated, or almost litigated.

On April 12, 2012, Tat-2 arrested a suspect at the suspect’s home in Jefferson Parish. The full television crew was there to record the event. Tat-2 and his crew claimed the arrest was based on the suspect’s prosecution for possession of stolen things, while the suspect claimed his only crime was read more…

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