1. What do you have in common with an NFL owner?

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    Longtime Buffalo Bills owner, Ralph C. Wilson, Jr., died on March 25, 2014 at age 95.  Loyal Bills fans have been heartbroken by their team many times.  They are the only team to lose four consecutive Super Bowls.  Regardless, their fans do not want to see the team leave Buffalo. ...
  2. Civil Unions in Colorado and the Demise of DOMA

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    What does this mean for your estate plan? I spent this morning in court on a final adoption hearing.  Second-parent adoptions were first authorized in Colorado in 2008 and provided a way for same-sex couples to legally adopt one another’s children.  Adoptions are typically happy occasions.  Unfortunately, the process was...
  3. I Want Mom’s Season Tickets!

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    Fall is my favorite season. I grew up in California, where only two trees in my neighborhood changed colors. So when I went to college in northern Indiana, I really fell in love with the season. However, fall also means football to me. I grew up watching my San Francisco...
  4. Your Cyber After Life

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    The internet is part of our daily lives. We stay in touch with friends and family through Facebook. We maintain professional connections and search for new jobs via LinkedIn. No one writes letters anymore. We e-mail. We monitor and balance bank accounts online. Business owners buy internet domain names instead...
  5. Modern Families and Social Security Survivor Benefits

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    Modern Families and Social Security Survivor Benefits Modern families come in many different forms, including families with children posthumously conceived through assisted reproductive technologies (“ART”) and married same-sex couples.  Two recent cases have addressed the following question: “Who is a family member entitled to federal benefits?”  Under current law in...
  6. Should You Use Software to “Do Your Will?”

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    Should You Use Software to “Do Your Will?”             People often tell me that they are considering using software to do their wills.  I understand why.  Lawyers are expensive and the software costs about $100.  Unfortunately, software wills provide false peace of mind.  Problems aren’t found until after you die,...