Author: michael

Alexandria, Belle Haven, Springfield, Fairfax estate planning attorney

Limited Power of Attorney

Problem After two years on the waiting list, you have finally secured a reservation at Fäviken, one of the best restaurants in the world, which happens to be in the middle of nowhere, a.k.a. Järpen, Sweden. As such, you’ve planned an entire trip around this …

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Whose Blind Is It Anyway?

Blind trusts. We’ve heard of them because Mitt Romney (among others) made them famous. But was he really blind or was that just political cover? Keep in mind that in every trust scenario, three roles exist: the settlor, the trustee, and the beneficiary. The settlor …

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Estate Planning and the “Living” Terms

“Living Will.” “Living Trust.” These are terms that will inevitably be mentioned during your initial meeting with an estate planning attorney. The names of these documents makes it sound like they might or should do about the same thing. But, suprise! They don’t. They are …

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Why You Shouldn’t Be Your Own Agent

Problem You and your family are at the water park, hanging out by the wave pool on the lounge chairs. You notice a man walking around holding some papers under his armpit. He’s got a greasy comb-over and he’s shirtless, exposing his hairy round belly. He’s wearing a …

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Bachmanity Insanity

HBO and Matt Judge’s Silicon Valley has risen to be one of the most enthralling and hilarious comedies on television today. The 30 minute show, now in its third season, perfectly captures its moment in the famed tech center. Of particular interest to me have been the …

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Should I Put My Child On the Deed to My House?

Sometimes, people try to avoid paying attorney fees by using alternative estate planning methods. By alternative, I mean doing something other than creating a trust or will to pass assets on to their children. Some alternative estate planning methods are perfectly legitimate and advisable, such …

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