This Fourth of July: Can’t We All Just Get Along?

Fourth of July

As the Fourth of July approaches and Americans get ready to celebrate independence by attending barbecues and firework displays, I can’t help but lament the current state of political discourse. This is, unfortunately, nothing new. In a Fourth of July-themed blog post last year appealing to the American sense of history, I tried to make [...]

Remembering the Fallen on Memorial Day

Memorial

Last Memorial Day, I wrote about two great nonprofits dedicated to helping veterans and first responders, Homes for Our Troops and Wills for Heroes. This year, in keeping with that theme, I’d like to showcase two other organizations I’ve recently learned about that do similarly noble work on behalf of military families. Children of Fallen [...]

Winter’s Finally Over: Your Paperwork Needs a Good Spring Cleaning

Spring cleaning

I don’t know about you, but after the winter we’ve just been through here in the Northeast, the arrival of spring is a welcome event – to say the least. I can’t tell you how much I’m looking forward to opening the windows and filling the house with the fresh air of spring, and the [...]

Is the US Treasury Worthy of your ‘Charitable Bequest’?

Charitable bequests

As I was going through some of my subscriptions in my feedly tab recently, a headline on the Wills, Trusts & Estate Prof Blog caught my eye: “Loner Makes Mysterious Bequest.” Intrigued, I clicked through the link to get to the full story. The headline from the original Buffalo News article had me even more [...]

5 Items for your Estate Planning “To Do” List this Year

Estate plan to do list

I’ve never really understood the lure of making “New Year’s resolutions.” If you truly need to change some important aspect of your life, why not start tomorrow? Why wait until the start of a new calendar year to implement a major life change? But I suppose the beginning of the year is as good a [...]