Common Probate Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them

Probate is the process by which an individual’s last will and testament is determined to be valid (or “proved”) so that the decedent’s final wishes regarding estate assets can be settled. Although probate is avoidable in some cases, there are many estates that must be subjected to this process before property can...

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Comparing Independent Contractors and Traditional Work Roles

The independent contracting system allows businesses to hire an individual or company to perform specific tasks that are outside the scope of their normal operations. Yet the line between them and bona fide employees is often blurry, and some companies inadvertently (or even intentionally) misclassify their workers as contractors. This mistake could...

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A Cost Effective and Easy Way to Give to Charities

Tracy Craig, Chair of our Trusts and Estates Practice Group, recently contributed an informative article to Kiplinger, focused on individuals interested in including charitable giving in their estate plans. This giving can take many forms. Oftentimes, a donor-advised fund can provide a very cost effective and easy way to give to charities,...

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