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August 2014 Archives

How a MN program is helping first responders plan for the future

One aspect of their jobs that most people take for granted is the predictability it offers. In other words, even though their day can become very hectic with phone calls, meetings and paperwork, it will typically follow the same course and end relatively peacefully.

Just how effective was Robin Williams' estate plan?

While movie fans have been shocked by the unexpected passing of some iconic performers over the last year, no other loss has perhaps resonated quite as much as that of comedic legend actor Robin Williams, who passed away earlier this month at the age of 63.

Report finds boomers don't like to talk about estate planning

As we've made abundantly clear on our blog, people from all walks of life should give strong consideration to executing a comprehensive estate plan setting forth very clear expectations concerning the distribution of property, medical care and even guardianship of children.

Why are federal whistleblowers being sent to the basement?

The Whistleblower Protection Act expressly outlaws retaliatory measures being taken against those federal employees who act as whistleblowers, meaning they make the brave decision to expose internal problems and/or highlight possibly fraudulent practices.

What the Donald Sterling saga says about estate planning

Even if you wouldn't consider yourself a sports fan, there is a very good chance that you are familiar with the legal drama surrounding Donald Sterling, the embattled 80-year-old former owner of the Los Angeles Clippers basketball franchise.

Minnesota company to pay $182,500 for violating Equal Pay and Civil Rights Acts

In the not so distant past, few women worked outside the home and earned their own incomes. When more women did start working, the vast majority only worked in fields that were traditionally female-dominated such as teaching and nursing. In the years since the women's liberation movement of the 1960s and 1970s, great strides have been made in the U.S. with regard to women pursing higher educational degrees and building successful and lucrative careers.

Consideration should be given to who will be named in estate plan

When most people hear the term "estate plan" the first thing that likely comes to mind is how assets will be distributed upon death. While this is certainly a component of the process, it is not the only important thing that needs to be determined. Thought should also go into who will be named as the following:

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