Five Things to Consider When Selecting Your Kids’ Guardians

If you have a child under the age of 18, you should formally designate a legal guardian (or co-guardians) in the event you or your children's other parent pass away. If you don't go through the legal process of designating a guardian for your child, a court will select who will care for your child -- and it won't necessarily be who you would choose. Though picking a guardian is a very personal decision, the Read More

David Bowie’s Will Made Page Six: How to Keep Yours Private

The contents of David Bowie's will were widely reported over the weekend.  Some provisions were "unusual" enough to make the New York Post's famous gossip section, Page Six. According to reports, $50 million went to his wife, Iman, and his two children will receive roughly $25 million each.  That wasn't the excitement, though. Mr. Bowie left his personal assistant Corinne Coco Schwab $2 million -- according to Read More

Why it is Critical to Update (or Make!) Your Estate Plan After Divorce

A divorce is often an emotionally and financially unsettled time, and, understandably, estate planning may be your last priority when you’re facing the breakup of your marriage. However, once your divorce is final and things have settled down (and you are less weary of looking at legal documents!), it’s important to turn your attention to your estate documents to make sure they reflect your current wishes. You are at Read More

The Real Reality Show: Lamar Odom and Khloe Kardashian

Lamar Odom and Khloe Kardashian are so often in the public eye that their tribulations can be easy to discount as products of the celebrity lifestyle and unrelated to our experience. Ironically, the current fascination with reality television shows and celebrity lives can desensitize us to our own possible reality. But these public figures are real people with real families in real situations. Although the latest Read More

Tomorrow Isn’t Another Day: Time to Do Your Estate Planning, Scarlett

Putting off what we perceive as the uncritical or unpleasant is one of the traits all but the purest among us share. Just google “Procrastination” and “Procrastination Quotes” and see how many hits you get. You find, for example, Hartford’s own Mark Twain, an inveterate procrastinator himself, advises us to “Never put off until tomorrow what you can do the day after tomorrow.” Another wit, name unknown, notes, “Only Read More

Will of Fortune: the Connecticut Legal Battle Involving an Internet Will Signed at Foxwoods

With a plot line straight out of a soap opera or a Lifetime movie, the recent Connecticut case involving Dennis Dix’s will and the subsequent battle between his wife and children highlights some interesting points in Connecticut law, and is a lesson in "why it is better to hire a lawyer to handle your will than to try to do it on your own." Dix v. Dix et al involves a will downloaded from the “Willmaker 6” Read More

What Does Grey’s Anatomy Have To Do With Organ Donation Law?

Oh, Grey's Anatomy.  We are regular watchers, and it is surprising, especially given the series' 10 year run, that this is the first time it has inspired a law blog post. This week's episode, "When I Grow Up," continued the series' final season tear-jerker trend and framed a legal issue related to organ donation that we couldn't ignore. In the episode, three police officers were badly injured in a bank robbery. Read More

Nashville, and the Tale of the Invalid Will

One of our guilty pleasures is ABC’s soapy drama Nashville, which follows the trials and tribulations of the country music industry. On the recent episode "I'm Lost Between Right or Wrong", singer Deacon Clayborne, thanks to a recent (and secret) cancer diagnosis, is grappling with his mortality and his relationships with his ex-lover, their love child, his selfish sister, and his long-suffering niece. In a moment of Read More

Estate Planning and Financial Loose Ends After Divorce

Following the emotional and financial turmoil of a divorce, people are understandably focused on their own well-being, helping their children through the transition, and moving on to the next chapter of their lives. This can lead to their forgetting to consider the impact a divorce has on their estate plans – such as wills, beneficiary designations, powers of attorney, and advanced healthcare directives (living Read More

Special Needs Trusts Are Not Only For Wealthy Families

We were recently invited to attend the Connecticut Department of Development Services Resource Fair Family Forum Open House at the Channel 3 Kids Camp. The goal of the open house was to help families secure resources related to developmental disabilities, and we were there to discuss supplemental (special) needs trusts. It was wonderful to speak with families, and hear what questions are often on their minds. One Read More