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What is the definition of conservatorship? When a person can no longer take care of themselves when it comes to finances and health care, the courts will place powers and responsibilities to manage that person’s affairs in the hands of a conservator. In some cases, an individual who is in failing health may have already […]

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When a person passes away and a trust document is in effect, the trust will have to be administered according to the wishes of the settlor (originator) of the trust. Trust administration has many steps in it and often, an attorney is called upon to not only set up the trust, but to administer it […]

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Publicly traded companies have a duty to their shareholders to provide transparency and make every attempt to create a reasonable rate of return. When businesses struggle, that can create issues that put executives at odds with each other, the public, regulators and shareholders as they attempt to produce profits and maintain shareholder value. That pressure […]

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There is an art to being a business owner. You must know when and how to apply the resources at your disposal for maximum benefit to your operations. Doing so the right way can mean all the difference between being successful or folding up and ceasing operations. Every successful business relies on a talented management […]

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When a person passes away, their assets must be disbursed in a manner consistent with state laws and following the directions they put forth when they were alive, as stated in their will. A probate lawyer guides the executor of will or beneficiaries of an estate through the probate process: From identifying estate assets and […]

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Unfortunately, as people age they may become incapacitated or lose mental acuity. An altered mental state makes managing their financial affairs either difficult or impossible and that’s when those around them jump in to take advantage of the situation. It could be family members, friends, bank employees, doctors, or trusted advisers who will step over […]

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When a person passes away, his or her assets must be distributed. Probate is the mechanism by which this occurs. Usually, a will spells out the wishes of the decedent, directing which family members, friends and other heirs will receive which assets. Most of the time, these instructions are clear and the process proceeds without […]

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The death of a family member always signals a change.  Family dynamics can be thrown into uncharted territory, and long-standing relationships are often forced to be redefined. Even before a loved one passes away, the emotional upheaval attached to an estate and family assets can also produce intense feelings of sadness, anger, isolation and other […]

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