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Celebrity Estate Plan Mistakes Part 3: Joan Rivers and the Residency Issue

Posted on : May 31, 2018, By:  George Dillon

Much has been written about Joan Rivers over the years. Even after her death in 2014, the reports keep coming. Often speculative, and sometimes downright wrong, it’s hard to separate the truth from the titillating. Unlike other celebrities, Ms. Rivers did do her estate planning. To her credit, she did many things right. But the […]

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Estate Planning for Blended Families

Posted on : May 28, 2018, By:  George Dillon

When Phil married Sue, they each had two minor kids from previous relationships. The day Simon married Gwen, she had a young son while he was childness. And Don started his second marriage bringing two adult children to the family, while his wife added one daughter, also an adult. What do these couples all have […]

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Going on a Trip? Find out Where Your Estate Plan Fits In.

Posted on : May 26, 2018, By:  George Dillon

If you’re like most people, estate planning is the last thing you want to think about when you’re going on a trip! However, as you’re making reservations, picking up your passport, and studying German online, add these three estate planning tasks to your to-do list: It’s Review Time. Pull out your estate planning documents and […]

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How to Complain About a Residential Contract Gone Bad

Posted on : May 24, 2018, By:  George Dillon

It’s a good idea to have a contract any time someone does work for you. A good contract can protect both parties, but sometimes it seems like the person hiring the contract gets the short end of the stick. Virginia law contains a list of prohibited acts for contractors. It also contains important information about […]

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Making Time for Elderly Loved Ones in Your Busy Life

Posted on : May 21, 2018, By:  George Dillon

When Aaron remembered his childhood days, he thought of his Aunt Maude. A never-ending source of jokes and treats, she made a big difference in his life. On the other side of his family, Uncle Martin was the guy who made family events fun. They were both getting older, but he rarely visited them. He’d […]

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4 Common Contract Provisions

Posted on : May 17, 2018, By:  George Dillon

To some, a contract may seem like one of the most complicated – and boring – legal documents around. All that legalese, all those provisions can really confuse most of us. But contracts may spell the difference between success and failure on a project. Contracts are written or spoken agreements intended to be enforced by […]

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Estate Planning: How to Write a Will: The Preliminaries

Posted on : May 14, 2018, By:  George Dillon

The 2018 Winter Olympics were held in South Korea just a few months ago. For the athletes, though, preparation for the games began years – no, decades – in advance. Intense training that capitalized on their talents led them to preliminaries, then championships. It’s a path filled with blood, sweat, and tears. Fortunately, there’s little […]

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Business Succession: Where “Failing to Plan” Meets “Planning to Fail”

Posted on : May 12, 2018, By:  George Dillon

Benjamin Franklin said, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” In fact, the quote also has been attributed to Winston Churchill. No matter who said it – it’s true in many situations. If you own a business, for example, you probably have short-term and long-term plans for the company’s future. Estate planning is […]

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Assistance Animals and Virginia Law

Posted on : May 10, 2018, By:  George Dillon

Landlords often restrict or ban tenants from having animals on a rental property. Exceptions must be made, however, when the animal is an assistance animal. Learn more about assistance animals and how Virginia law treats them. What is the difference between a service animal and an assistance animal? The ADA defines “service animal” as a […]

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Take Charge of Your Estate Planning

Posted on : May 7, 2018, By:  George Dillon

Life was moving fast on March 30, 1981. An assassination attempt on President Reagan had shaken the government to its core. While Reagan was in surgery, then Secretary of State Alexander Haig proclaimed, “As of now, I am in control here in the White House.” His statement is memorable because it was wrong. Other officials […]

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