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Many will remember Hal Holbrook, whose death the media reported this past week.  He was wonderful as the embodiment and voice of conscience in Wall Street, as the corrupt senior partner in The Firm, in All the President’s Men and in so many other movie roles.  I remember Holbrook most for his one man show,...
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It’s voting season here in Florida, a period that by statute must start not later than ten days before the election and end on the third day before the election.  (Here in Walton County, early voting runs from October 24 to October 31.)  I voted this week, becoming one of over 51 percent of Walton...
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According to the Administration on Aging, the number of Americans over 65 years of age will more than double over the next fifty years. The number of Americans 65 or older, which numbered around 52 million in 2018, will exceed 98 million by 2060.  It behooves lawyers and clients alike to be aware of the...
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Part of the work of this office involves assisting estate representatives with the probate and administration of wills and estates.  Such tasks are usually easier when the decedent has planned appropriately.  A number of free estate planning toolkits are available online to help with that.  The AARP Foundation offers one of the more comprehensive products. ...
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Chances are, you will never be sued.  According to U.S. News and World Report, “[t]here were 278,442 civil case filings in the U.S. in 2012, according to the latest government data.”  Though civil litigation is not exactly a rite of passage for most, still the time may come when you need to know how to...
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Between 2020 and 2060, the number of adults 65 and over is projected to increase by 69 percent, from 56.0 million to 94.7 million. As the population ages, so will the workforce.  With that, prospects for age discrimination grow.  A recent AARP study of adults age 45 and older found that more than 60% said...
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Want to obtain limited legal advice and consultation without paying thousands of dollars or more for drawn out legal representation?  A possible option, available in some but not all situations, is “unbundled” legal service.  Much is being written on the subject these days.  See, for instance, a wonderful piece written by North Carolina attorney Stephanie...
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This law office has commented in previous posts on financial abuse of the elderly and has recommended a few common sense steps to combat that threat, including financial powers of attorney [POA’s] so long as “well-drafted and responsibly used.” Recently, appellate courts in both Mississippi and Florida have rendered opinions underscoring both inherent issues with...
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Anyone who has bought or sold a house, applied for a credit card, opened a checking account, borrowed money, or purchased a new car is all too familiar with the accompanying flurry of paperwork. Within the assortment of forms and almost without exception, one will find a dispute resolution provision called an arbitration clause.  A...
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When Ben Rogers found his friend Tom Sawyer whitewashing Aunt Polly’s “thirty yards of board fence nine feet high,” he declared that he was going swimming and added, “Don’t you wish you could? But of course you’d druther work, wouldn’t you?” “What do you call work?” Tom asked, not to be outdone and eager to...
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