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Think of Us as Guides

Posted On: January 18, 2016 by Benjamin Farah

When people travel to new and different places, people will often use a guide to help them get to where they want to go.  In the exploration of the US, when the west was a vast  wilderness, explorers used native guides.  If you are a fisherman exploring new waters, you may hire a local guide to get you to the right part of the stream where the fish are found, and what is the best bait to use. For many people, the legal landscape is a new and different place, unlike any place they have ever visited.  The language is different.  The protocol is different.  There may be traps and pitfalls. As lawyers, we are your guide.  If a loved one has died, we guide you through the process of settling the estate and navigating the court system.  If you are buying or selling a business or real estate, we guide you through the transaction, pointing out things you might not have considered, and steering you around potential problems that could occur in the future. 

Posted in: Guidance, Probate, Estate Planning, Business Transactions

Organ Donation Costs

Posted On: February 17, 2014 by John D. Grauer

Cost Is Not A Consideration for Organ or Tissue Donation At any time during your life, you can choose to become an organ and tissue donor.  This is a personal decision that you should take time to carefully consider.  While there are many valid considerations to weigh, cost is not one.  A common misconception is that your estate will get stuck with a bill for the charges related to removal procedure.  This is not true.  Neither the family of the deceased nor the estate of the deceased will bear any cost for the removal procedure.  ALL costs related to donation are paid by the organ/tissue recovery agencies or the transplant center, including the charges for the operating room and surgeon.  On the flipside, the decedent’s family and estate will not be compensated for donation, because it is gift and compensation is prohibited under National Organ Transplant Act.  Your Attorney and Physician serve as excellent resources for learning more about

Posted in: General

On Pets

Posted On: November 25, 2013 by Kelly L. Roberts

In addition to making arrangements in your Will for your pet, it is imperative that you take additional steps to protect your pet.  It could take days or even weeks for someone to read and probate your will. Please make sure responsible parties know about your pet and the arrangements you have made for it so that they can act quickly after your death without having to wait for instructions under your Will. Your pet will need food and water. Consider providing a key to your home or apartment to a trusted relative or friend with instructions that they care for your pet until the Executor is appointed and can follow the instructions in your Will. To ensure your pet receives prompt attention, you might consider providing a neighbor or building manager with the name and contact information of the trusted friend or relative with the request that they notify him or her upon your death or hospitalization. If you live in an apartment, it is best to notify building management of the arrangement

Posted in: Wills, Pets