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Taxable Estate? New IRS Rules 2017

IRS Rules Defining Taxable Estate for 2017 Tax Year.  Taxable Estate in 2017.  Last Updated November 2016.   Do YOU have a taxable estate?  Many provisions in the Internal Revenue Code are indexed for inflation.  The amount of taxes that you pay will change when these rates change each year. The most important rule changes [..]

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Win Your Case!

Win Your Case with Your Attorney Imagine that you have been involved in a lengthy lawsuit and your case is finally going to trial. Your attorney has all the documents to help prove your case all lined up and in proper form for admission in the trial. You have your list of properly subpoenaed witnesses and your attorney [..]

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Should I have an attorney send a letter?

Should I have an attorney send a letter?  Probably not. As an attorney, I am sometimes asked if I can “send a letter” to solve some problem or situation. The better question to ask your attorney is, “should I have an attorney send a letter for me?” People think that if the person who is giving [..]

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Estate Planning Truths

As an attorney who has prepared numerous estate plans, I would like to communicate “estate planning truths”. Estate Planning Truths: MISINFORMATION IS ABUNDANT.  I am often surprised by the misinformation circulating about estate planning. The misinformation takes away from the actual understanding why an estate plan is valuable. Misinformation keeps us from seeing why we [..]

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Hiring An Attorney

How to Hire An Attorney   In this article, you will find out the ins and outs of hiring an attorney.  Whether this is your first encounter with the legal system or you are an old pro when it comes to the courts, our quick and easy guide to hiring an attorney will help you [..]

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Stepparent Adoption . . . Blending Your Family

This week’s topic, stepparent adoptions, is particularly special to us.  Bob and Syd Leonard personally experience the joys (and challenges) of blended families.  We have chosen stepparent adoption for two of our children and one of our daughters chose stepparent adoption for her son.  November is both National Adoption Month and Thanksgiving.  Our family will be [..]

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