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Catherine Hodder, Esq.

Catherine Hodder, Esq.,

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Legal Writer, FindLaw Legal Forms & Services

Catherine Hodder, Esq., is a former Florida estate planning and business planning attorney turned author. She enjoys working with people who would rather be doing anything else than estate planning.

She now resides in California, writing legal and financial articles published by Next Avenue, Scary Mommy, Money Fit Moms, and the Caregiving Space. Currently, Catherine uses her background in banking, business formations, and estate planning as a Legal Writer for FindLaw.

She wrote "Estate Planning for the Sandwich Generation: How to Help Your Parents and Protect Your Kids," which debuted as a #1 Amazon bestseller.

Latest Articles

  • Daycare Drama: When Does a Prank Become Felony Child Abuse?

    When does a prank go too far? If you don a “Scream" mask (the one used in the 1996's movie Scream) to scare people, it may be harmless. But what if you do it to toddlers? That is a different story. This actually happened at the Li'l Blessings Child Care & Learning Center in Hamilton, Mississippi. Five day care workers dressed up in the masks as part of a “prank." The would-be “pranksters” chased and shouted at the children. Viral videos on social media show terrified children running from the adults.

  • LOL or SOL?: When a Prank Goes Too Far

    Americans love pranks. Hidden camera tv shows fooling people have been popular since 1960's “Candid Camera" and even 40 years later with Ashton Kutcher's Punk'd. Pranks and challenges go viral on social media and across endless YouTube channels. We even acknowledge pranks and hoaxes with two annual events: April Fool's Day and Halloween/Mischief Night. However, some pranks can get merry pranksters like you into trouble when they harm people or property or turn deadly.

  • How to Make the Most of 'Love Your Lawyer Day' This Year

    Love your lawyer day is upon us. But if Love Your Lawyer Day is news to you, you might ask: Do people even know Love Your Lawyer Day exists? Do lawyers even know if it exists? By all odds, most people probably don't. It was created in 2001 by legal marketers as a campaign to soften the appearance of lawyers in the public's eyes. The idea is to provide a day where people can share positive experiences with lawyers. And if you think that one day a year isn't enough, there's also "Be Kind to Lawyers Day" and "Love Litigating Lawyers Day." (Leave it to lawyers to come up with more than one day.)

  • How to Avoid Getting Hit With a Halloween DUI

    Facing a charge of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol (DUI) or driving while intoxicated (DWI) can be scary. For many people, a drunk driving stop is their first interaction with the criminal justice system. Due to increased drunk driving on and around Halloween night, it is becoming more common for police departments to set up DWI checkpoints to look for drunk drivers. This is for a good reason: Drunk drivers with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08% or higher cause 38% of fatalities on Halloween night.

  • Halloween Tips: Six Laws to Keep Your Halloween Party Legal

    Halloween is a yearly event where it seems like there are no rules. Hiding your identity? Sure. Roaming around the neighborhood late at night? No problem. Accepting candy from strangers? Go for it. However, there are a few laws to keep in mind as you celebrate (responsibly). There is a 17% increase in crime-related claims on October 31st, according to the insurance company Travelers. Knowing the law keeps your Halloween events and activities fun and safe.

  • How Do I Pick a Guardian For My Children If I Die?

    If you are a parent, the hardest part of estate planning is considering who will care for your minor children if you die. If you die and your children are without a surviving parent, a probate court makes that choice. We give you five tips for naming a guardian and five mistakes to avoid when making the choice.

  • Is Your TikTok Video Violating Copyright Laws?

    Unless you live under a rock (or don't know any teens or tweens), TikTok is a popular social media platform. TikTok began as the Chinese social media app, which allowed users to post short videos of themselves lip-syncing to music. merged into TikTok in 2018 to become the internet phenomenon it is today. Among the most popular TikTok content are choreographed dance videos, cute animal videos, and viral challenges. Remember the ill-fated TikTok 'Tide Pod Challenge" circa 2018?

  • What About the Corgis? Lessons from Queen Elizabeth on Providing for Pets After Death

    In the wake of Queen Elizabeth's passing, many are wondering about her pets. The late monarch was known for her penchant for Pembroke Welsh Corgis. At her death, she left behind four dogs. There was speculation that family members or staff may take in the dogs. But it was unclear. Her son Prince Andrew and former daughter-in-law Sarah Ferguson stepped up to care for the Queen's corgis. But was this arranged before her death? Did the queen have a plan for the care of her dogs?

  • Estate Planning for the Single Parent

    Raising children is difficult these days. Was it ever easy? However, it is even more challenging if you are a single parent. Not only are your kids dependent on you during your life, but you must also plan for someone to care for them if you die or are incapacitated due to a significant illness or injury. It is a common situation. In the United States, 23% of children under 18 live in single-parent households. If you are not around, who will care for your children? Having the right legal documents is critically important for single parents to protect their loved ones.

  • What If The Government Thinks I'm Dead?

    An Indiana man is fighting for his life despite being relatively healthy other than a few kidney problems. Since 2017, however, he has been fighting with the Internal Revenue Service to prove he is alive. The problem started when he received an erroneous condolence letter from the Social Security Administration, which made a mistake by classifying him as deceased. This triggered the IRS to deny more than $10,000 in stimulus checks because they thought he was dead.

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