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The Legacy of “Wills”

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Wills are legacies. Sure, they’re traditionally a way of protecting your loved ones, making sure they’re cared for, but examples are legion of wills being used to endow universities, fund research to help cure disease, house orphans and/or refugees and establish foundations. In many instances, they allow the person to do in death what he/she…
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Taxes, (Un)Explained: The Best Things in Life Are Tax-Free

If there’s one thing even most Republicans and Democrats agree on, it’s that the tax system should be “fair,” if for no other reason than people then feel better about paying their due, and theoretically, at least, cheat less. Unfortunately that taxes should be “fair” is one of those inch-deep accords, since as soon as…
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My Big Fat Greek Tax Problem

Last week’s blog contained this amazing stop-the-presses Newsflash: Americans don’t like paying taxes! I know that comes as a shock, but go lie down and put a cold compress on your head, and in a few days, or maybe a week, you’ll get over it. Besides, there is apparently a country that dislikes paying taxes…
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It’s the New & Improved April 15

It’s almost spring, a time when we shake off the winter doldrums, dust off the hiking boots, fill our bosoms with hope as flowers begin to bloom, and have the profound realization, “I gotta do my taxes! Pronto!” Yes. Just as we start to fill a renewed sense of optimism and hope, April 15 comes…
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Tax 101: Q&A with a Tax Attorney (Part 1)

Quick quiz: How well can you explain the tax codes related to your personal return? If you’re unsure, don’t worry, you’re not alone. Though most of us file taxes every year, we still seem to have very little knowledge of tax laws. In fact, a new study reveals that most Americans would fail a tax…
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Everything’s Shakin’ in Oklahoma

Not that I wish misfortune on any other state, but after years of living in California and answering snide “Aren’t you afraid of earthquakes?” questions from denizens of Heartland, U.S.A., it’s nice to be able to look those folks square in the eye and reply, “Hey, at least it’s not Oklahoma.” The New Earthquake Capital…
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The Legal Side of… Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is imminent, and once again, in matters of the heart, it’s litigation, not love, that’s in the air. Hoo boy, are there a whole lotta love, “love lite,” and marriage-related cases in the courts. It’s been almost a half-century since Jimmy Ruffin asked “What Becomes of the Broken-Hearted?” and in 2015 we have…
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Infographic: 5 Ways to Get that Traffic Ticket Dismissed

Nobody wants to pay a traffic ticket, but most of us don’t know how to get one dismissed. Guest contributor Scott Desind shares his tips. If you receive a traffic ticket, you might assume that there’s nothing you can do—so you just pay it. What you don’t know can hurt your pocket book: It is possible to get…
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Unhealthy Business Practices Impact Health Supplements

For 51 weeks of the year, Americans hate advertising. They DVR programs to avoid it, employ software to block it, and otherwise gripe about how advertising is ubiquitous, boring, insulting to their intelligence, manipulative, cynically targeted to children, duplicitous, and disruptive. Then comes the Super Bowl, and we eagerly preview ads. We tune into the…
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Popping The Question Over The Holidays? You Need Community Property 101.

It’s the holiday season and love is in the air! Christmas Eve is one of the most popular dates to get engaged. If you’re planning on getting married in the new year, you may want to familiarize yourself with the legal concept of Community Property before becoming one with your soulmate – spiritually and financially.…
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