May 18, 2013
Happy Armed Forces Day!!
A special thanks to all my readers who serve or who have served in the military -- your sacrifices and hard work do not go unnoticed and are greatly appreciated.
To read the complete text of the official Armed Forces Day Proclamation, see American Forces Press Service, President Issues Armed Forces Day Proclamation, Elites.tv, May 15, 2009.
April 01, 2013
Impact of Latent Cerebral Recovery Device on Estate Planners
David Russell, senior editor of The Mississippi Fiduciary blog, wrote on his blog about the Latent Cerebral Recovery (LCR) device developed in China. An excerpt of his posting is below:
A New England Journal of Medicine article reports today that a new device developed by Hungsing Labs in China, is capable of decoding brain cell activity after a person dies. In over two hundred clinical tests conducted on individuals only moments after pronounced dead, scientists were able to “ask the deceased” several questions related to their name, family, and other personal information, and decode the correct information after stimulating cells deep within the cerebral cortex. The device known as LCR (for Latent Cerebral Recovery) has already stirred controversy in China, where its use has prompted claims from family members that their loved one is not really dead, only in a deep state of sleep.* * *
Estate Planning lawyers see the tests as encouraging. “Over 50% of Americans die intestate,” says William Wrighter, JD, of Oak Grove, IL. “Imagine being able to execute a will even after someone was previously thought dead. It could open up a completely new area of estate law.”
Mr. Russell ends with an author’s comment: “to read the full story, don’t click anything. Just take note of today’s date and smile.”
March 31, 2013
To all my Christian readers, please accept my best wishes for a very Happy
March 29, 2013
To all my readers of the Jewish faith, a very Happy Passover.
March 20, 2013
Happy First Day of Spring!
Happy First Day of Spring!!
March 18, 2013
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I sincerely appreciate your support and readership!!
March 17, 2013
Happy St. Patrick's Day!
Happy St. Patricks' Day!!
February 18, 2013
Happy Presidents' Day
February 14, 2013
Happy Valentine's Day!
Wishing you and your special someone a very Happy Valentine's Day,
February 10, 2013
Happy Chinese New Year!!
February 06, 2013
Proper Drafting Techniques
Some writers argue that good writing is stifled by the use of "powerless language." According to the Chicago Lawyer, "the main forms of powerless speech are intensifiers, hesitations, hedges, disclaimers, tag questions and politeness. Those most commonly found in legal writing are the latter." The most common uses of powerless language are words like "very," "clearly," "obviously," and "surely." The use of these words can result in a weaker statement than if the author merely makes the assertion without the powerless language even though it seems counter-intuitive. Writers should also avoid the use of space fillers, such as "you know." It makes the author look less knowledgeable and a lack of preparation. Authors might want to consider to stop using disclaimers in his or her writing. Similar to space fillers, it discredits the author by making the author look uneducated. While it can difficult, the removal of powerless language from both a person's writing and speech can make all the difference is so many different aspects of being a lawyer.
See Theresa Zagnoli, Communication Conundrum: Breaking A Bad Language Habit, Chicago Lawyer, Feb. 1, 2013.
Special thanks to Brian Cohan (Attorney at Law, Law Offices of Brian J. Cohan, P.C.) for bringing this article to my attention.
February 03, 2013
54th Anniversary of "The Day the Music Died"
Writing this blog from Lubbock, Texas, today is especially signficant as the 54th anniversary of the plane crash that killed Buddy Holly (a Lubbock native), Ritchie Valens, The Big Bopper (Jiles Perry Richardson, Jr.), and the plane's pilot.
Like most Americans, Buddy Holly died intestate.
February 02, 2013
Happy Groundhog Day!!
Best wishes for a Happy Groundhog Day!!
January 21, 2013
Martin Luther King, Jr. Died Intestate
Dr. King devoted all of his income and talent to the movement. He died intestate, leaving less than $30,000 in his estate. Some of that money was already earmarked for the movement.
Additional information about Dr. King’s legacy is available on NPR’s Talk of the Nation entitled The Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.
January 10, 2013
1st Bi-Annual Estate Planning and Community Property Law Journal Newsletter
The Estate Planning and Community Property Law Journal has published the first issue of its new bi-annual newsletter. The newsletter lists the journal's accomplishments and activities from the preceding semester, its upcoming CLE, and most importantly a list of the articles the journal expects to publish in Book 1, Volume V. If you are interested in the articles that the journal publishes, the journal's past articles can be found in full through Volume IV on Westlaw or you can subscribe to receive paperback copies of the journal. If you are interested and enjoy the articles that the journal publishes, make sure to also visit The Codicil, the journal's online addendum.
January 04, 2013
Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof Blog wins "fan favorite" in ABA Journal Blawg 100’s Niche category
I was honored and humbled to learn earlier today that this blog was voted as the "fan favorite" in the ABA Journal's Blawg 100's Niche category.
I appreciate tremendously the support of my loyal readers, contributors, and assistants.
December 31, 2012
Happy New Year!
December 26, 2012
Happy First Day of Kwanzaa
Happy first day of Kwanzaa!
December 25, 2012
To all my Christian readers, please accept my best wishes for a very Merry Christmas.
December 20, 2012
Happy First Day of Winter
Happy First Day of Winter!