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Protect Your Parent from Elder Financial Abuse with A Power of Attorney

By Catherine Hodder, Esq.

Before his death in 2018, Marvel comic co-creator Stan Lee was the victim of alleged financial abuse. Police charged Lee's manager with fraud, forgery, and false imprisonment of his client. There are also allegations that the manager mismanaged over $5 million of Lee's money and moved Lee out of his home and hired security guards to keep his family away. If a celebrity can be taken in with all of their money and visibility, how can you protect your aging parents from falling victim to financial exploitation?

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7 Important Reasons Why Anyone Needs a Will

By Catherine Hodder, Esq.

The most common reason someone does not have a will is procrastination. The second-most common reason people do not have a will is that they do not think it is worth it. They think, "I'm not rich, so what is the big deal?" However, there are many reasons why making a last will and testament is critical to protect your family, your money, and your assets.

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I'm Married. What Property Can I Give Away in My Will?

By Catherine Hodder, Esq.

When writing a last will and testament, if you are married or in a domestic partnership, you may wonder what property is "yours" to give to beneficiaries. Property ownership is confusing, especially if you are married or in a community property state.

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Are Online Wills Legal?

By Catherine Hodder, Esq.

You can do almost everything online these days. Want a pizza? Order online. Want to prepare and file your taxes? Do it online. Find love? There are many online options for you. But when it comes to wills or other important estate planning documents, people are skeptical about doing it over the internet.

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5 Legal Documents Your 18-Year-Old Needs

By Catherine Hodder, Esq.

When your child turns 18, there are many things to look forward to: graduation ceremonies, bright futures, and moving out of your house (eventually). However, one thing you may not be aware of is how the magic age of 18 suddenly turns your "child" into an adult under the law.

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I'll Get You, My Pretty (Dress), and Your Little Estate Plan, Too

By Joseph Fawbush, Esq.

Judy Garland wore multiple dresses during the production of Wizard of Oz. One of them ended up in the unlikely hands of Father Gilbert Hartke, a drama professor at The Catholic University of America. The Washington, D.C. school is a private, papal-endorsed university founded by U.S. Bishops.

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