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How an estate plan can minimize taxes, avoid probate and ensure a smooth ...
Smart Business NetworkJanuary 1, 2012

But creating a plan isn't enough; you have to revisit it to ensure it remains relevant, says Steven C. Hartstein, CPA, JD, a partner in the Tax Planning & Preparation Department at Skoda Minotti. “When it comes to estate planning to protect your ...more »

New Licensing Regime Jolts Freight Forwarders
THISDAY LiveJanuary 1, 2012

Although the Customs and Excise Management Act provides for self clearing in which an importer is allowed the option of clearing its goods, most of them prefer to use clearing agents because of the bureaucracy involved. Accordingly, government reviews ...more »

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Asset Protection
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Part 2: Answers on the Fafsa, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid
New York Times (blog)January 10, 2012

Less than 4 percent of dependent students have any contribution from parent assets. Money in retirement plans, the net worth of the family home, and small businesses owned and controlled by the family are ignored. An asset protection allowance shelters ...more »

Guardianship & Conservatorship
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More details on revocable living trusts
Times Herald-RecordJanuary 22, 2012

Can any attorney create a revocable living trust? The drafting of your trust should be done by an attorney trained in the area of tax and trust law. After all, your trust will be the document that manages and disposes of all your hard-earned wealth. ...more »

Charitable Trusts
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Minnesota Dental Association Sponsors 10th Consecutive Year of Free Dental ...
MarketWatch (press release)January 4, 2012

A 2010 report by the Pew Charitable Trusts found that Minnesota dentists are paid only 40% of their actual fee for providing the care, compared to 60% nationally. For more facts on the Minnesota Dental Association's Give Kids a Smile, ...more »


The award-winning series examines the dark side of the American dream unveiling new cases of crime and the lust for power…shocking stories of the people motivated by greed. The sixth season begins with the story of New York accountant Kenneth Ira...more »

Living Trusts
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Troubled waters over bridge work
Oxford MailJanuary 21, 2012

The barrister runs charity Oxfordshire Community Conservation and Rural Trusts (OXCCARTS) and says the work could mean the road over the bridge is closed for months. The hump-backed bridge, on the narrow unclassified road, crosses the main ...more »

Estate Administration
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Who's What, Where - January 2012
Connecticut Business News JournalJanuary 9, 2012

Schellenberg practices in the firm's Appellate, Land Use & Zoning, and Litigation Groups, representing clients in matters including administrative appeals, securities law, family law, probate law, commercial and contract law, foreclosures and other ...more »

Power Of Attorney
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Travel Stress-free With Pets
Department of DefenseJanuary 3, 2012

Another great resource is your military legal office, where you can include the family pet in your will and power-of-attorney forms. As with any other member of your family, it's best to always be prepared for the unexpected when caring for your pet, ...more »

Doctor's dismissal leaves patient, hospital donor in a quandary
Santa Fe New Mexican.comJanuary 2, 2012

Daniel Gorham and his brothers now serve on the board of the Frank D. Gorham Jr. and Marie K. Gorham Charitable Foundation. Since 1999, it has donated more than $11 million to New Mexico nonprofits. The trust has demonstrated its diverse interests ...more »

Revocable & Irrevocable Trusts
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Family's satisfaction as Fairfield Hospital death ruled 'avoidable'
BBC NewsJanuary 3, 2012

After her sister-in-law's death, Mrs Foster contacted learning disability charity Mencap for advice. The charity, which runs a campaign called Death By Indifference aimed at highlighting cases of discrimination against those with learning disabilities, ...more »


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