The Secret Reason People Don’t Get Around to Estate Planning

We often talk about estate planning as a gift to our loved ones. By creating a plan in advance, we help our friends and family members manage the stressful and painful time just after our passing when they need to step up to get our “affairs in order.” We talk about estate planning as a kindness to our families, by highlighting all of the ways in which a careful plan can make all the difference. Kindness Only Goes Read More

Your Digital Footprint: 5 Steps to Managing the Virtual Afterlife

1. Assessing Your Impact: What’s Included in Your Digital Footprint? You may not realize this, but throughout your lifetime, you have been making an imprint on the virtual world. When you pass, your digital footprint will remain behind. What’s included in your digital footprint? Personal correspondence (emails, text messages, etc.) File and documents (both on your devices and in the cloud) Read More

Protecting Your Child with a Special Needs Trust

If you have a loved one with disabilities or special needs, you have likely thought about how you will protect and provide for them after you pass. Providing for a loved one with special needs does not need to be difficult, but it should be done carefully to avoid any unintended consequences. An experienced attorney can help you tailor a plan to provide for your loved one in a way that supports a fulfilling lifestyle Read More

5 Reasons You Need an Estate Plan Even If You Don’t Have Many Assets

Estate planning is not just for the ultra-wealthy - everybody needs one! Irrespective of your financial status and family dynamics, you will benefit by having an estate plan. An estate plan can not only protect your assets after you pass away but also during your lifetime in case something happens to you. Let's look at the reasons why you need an estate plan even if you don't have many assets.      Protection Read More

3 Lesser Known Maryland Trusts (And Why You Might Need Them)

What do you do when you have some assets you want to leave to your children or grandchildren, but still need to protect them against interference from third parties? You create a trust. In fact, trusts are established precisely to provide legal protection for a trustor's assets, as well as to ensure that those assets are distributed as per the trustor's wishes. With so many different types of trusts out there, it is Read More

What’s In Your Legal App Folder?

As this is supposed to be a blog that addresses the use of Apple products in a law firm, I thought we would do the standard end of the year app review. While I have not yet incorporated the use of these products in the courtroom, I do use them all of the time while in the office, on the road, and at home. There are some real Mac studs out there using all kinds of Apple hardware and related software products in really Read More

Back in the Saddle Again (and secure)!

So I have been offline for months now. I would like the say that most of that time off was due to circumstances beyond my control. Well, I would like to say that and it's partially, although not entirely, true. Many months ago I was informed by my internet service provider (ISP) that my blog had been corrupted and taken off line. As it turns out, the bad guy hackers had somehow managed to hijack my blog site and were Read More

Twittering Lawyers

Jeff Richardson publishes a great blog on the intersection of two of my favorite themes: the iPhone and lawyering. While I disagree with his position on the use of Twitter by attorneys, it is easy to understand why he feels that way. One can easily be distracted by the pull of these social networks. But I think the potential can outweigh the downside if used properly and judiciously. Jeff's most recent post also Read More

Changing the Leopard’s Spots

I'm starting to get the hang of this blog thing. So I have updated the theme to be more of a legal feel. Not exactly happy with how it looks so now I have to explore other options or developing one of my own. Any suggestions? Read More

Geek Alert

I finally was able to upgrade to WordPress 2.7. I am sure that it would have been easier to build a rocket capable of flying to the moon. But the whole concept of how the website and the blog subdomain are organized and how to FTP files to that part of the directory structure is like trying to learn a foreign language for me. I can do it, but it takes forever and is very frustrating. And I have a degree in computer Read More