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How Do I Sign Estate Planning Documents During the COVID-19 Pandemic?

by Thomas D. Begley, Jr., Esquire, CELA Many clients are anxious to execute Wills, Living Wills and Powers of Attorney during the current COVID-19 pandemic.  Many law firms have, in fact, seen an upswing in their Estate Planning business.  Some clients have no documents.  Some clients merely want to update one or more documents.  The problem is in signing…

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POST-SETTLEMENT ISSUES IN WRONGFUL DEATH CASES PART 2

by Thomas D. Begley, Jr., Esquire, CELA             This is the second in series of articles addressing post-settlement issues originally published in The Barrister in April of 2020. [The other parts are here – Part 1, Part 3, Part 4] Litigation Trusts             There are generally two types of trusts used in connection with personal injury recoveries…

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Here Are Ten Reasons to Select a Professional Trustee – Begley Report

By:  Thomas D. Begley, Jr., Esquire, CELA [Article originally published in the Barrister] Attorneys prepare many types of trusts.  The trusts are for multiple purposes.  They include special needs trusts, standard support trusts, discretionary support trusts, disclaimer trusts, bloodline trusts, incentive-based trusts, retirement plan trusts, and trusts for Medicaid planning purposes. Occasionally, it is appropriate to have a family…

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POST-SETTLEMENT ISSUES IN WRONGFUL DEATH CASES PART 1

by Thomas D. Begley, Jr., Esquire, CELA [Article originally published in The Barrister, March 2020.] [The other parts are here – Part 2, Part 3, Part 4] Once a wrongful death case is resolved, a number of post-settlement issues arise.  These issues include:  (1) allocation between the survival claim and the wrongful death claims, (2) public benefit…

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