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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) September 29, 2016 – Brenda Radmacher, Partner at Wood Smith Henning & Berman LLP, will be speaking at the 2016 CLM National Construction Claims Conference to be held at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego, California, September 28-30th. Radmacher, CLM’s 2016 Outside Counsel of the Year, will be presenting on the hot issue “Exploitation of Settlement Agreement and Release Exceptions.” The presentation will take place Thursday, September 29 at 1:00 PM. Joining Radmacher on the panel are national thought leaders on this issue: Caryn Siebert with Knight Insurance Group, and Steve Lokus from […]


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Denver, CO (Law Firm Newswire) August 11, 2016 – The Association for Continuing Legal Education (ACLEA), an international continuing legal education organization, awarded Colorado Bar Association CLE (CBA-CLE) with the Award of Outstanding Achievement in the publication category for its business law book Limited Liability Companies and Partnerships in Colorado. Attorneys Herrick Lidstone, Jr. and Allen Sparkman, two business law legends in Colorado, have taken a complex subject and written a clear, concise treatise on how to structure a business. The criteria for an ACLEA award include excellence in style, innovation, and content, in addition to the book’s appeal to […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) July 20, 2016 – Life insurance can be an integral part of estate planning in that it can help preserve wealth for posterity. In the case of an unforeseen death, life insurance can shield the testator’s family by replacing lost earnings. Additionally, there are many ways in which it can be used to take the place of wealth. For instance, if the testator owns real estate that has appreciated in value, or other assets, and would like to part with them without incurring capital gains tax liability, the testator could give the assets to a […]


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Roseville, CA (Law Firm Newswire) April 25, 2016 – It is imperative that people understand the consequences of holding title to assets and that the ways in which the owner holds title can greatly impact the transfer of the property upon the owner’s death. Some individuals choose to add an agent to an account when they are depending on that person to help with the management of their finances. This method does not provide the agent with any ownership rights or name the agent as a beneficiary. However, it grants the agent permission to act on behalf of the owner […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) February 29, 2016 – An estate-planning method that was one time frequently used was an irrevocable trust that held a life insurance policy, with the objective that the death benefit be used to pay estate taxes. This technique permitted the policy’s benefits to be applied toward payment of the estate taxes of the individual who died without inclusion of the policy in the estate. Although this method remains useful, it is not as common because the threshold for being affected by the estate tax has increased to such a degree that only the affluent […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 8, 2016 – A breach of contract lawsuit has been filed by a Texas energy company, alleging that two defendants misrepresented the ownership of real estate. The lawsuit was filed Oct. 26 by Cogent Energy Solutions in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division. The defendants are Granite Peak Development LB and CLH LLC. The suit claims that Cogent, which develops assets to store and transport crude oil, relied on defendants’ claims that they owned property in Wyoming, and borrowed millions of dollars in order to build an oil rail […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) November 13, 2015 – An estate plan often needs to take into account factors such as a prenuptial agreement. “A well-drafted estate plan can help ensure that one’s assets are protected, and that one’s beneficiaries are provided for after one’s death,” said Andrew H. Hook, a Virginia estate planning attorney with Hook Law Center, with offices in Virginia Beach and northern Suffolk. “Proper planning includes taking into account family circumstances, including any prenuptial agreement that may exist.” An estate plan can be created around a prenuptial agreement. Consider a case discussed recently in the […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) May 13, 2015 – Enactment of the measure would allow residents to avoid probate on their property. On April 9, California took a major step toward allowing transfer-on-death deeds for real estate. The state Assembly passed a bill to permit such deeds by a unanimous 73-0 vote. If approved by the state Senate and signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown, the Golden State would become the 21st and largest state to legalize this estate-planning method for avoiding probate. The measure, sponsored by Assemblyman Mike Gatto, D-Glendale, would make so-called revocable transfer-on-death deeds available. These […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) January 30, 2015 – Conservation easements played a major role in the estate planning of Mellon family parcels for sale. Several key pieces of real estate were among the marquee items in the estate of the late Listerine heiress Rachel “Bunny” Mellon, who died in March 2014 at the age of 103. One of them, a 100-acre estate in Nantucket, Massachusetts, sold for $21.5 million on December 18. As in the case of the Virginian’s other properties for sale, estate-planning-relevant conservation restrictions were attached to the island property. The Bunny Mellon property made headlines in […]


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New York, NY (Law Firm Newswire) May 20, 2014 – Today, Cushman & Wakefield launched its second annual National Legal Sector Benchmark Survey in partnership with ALM Legal Intelligence, a leading provider of detailed business information and competitive intelligence about the legal industry to top U.S. and international law firms and their clients, including The Am Law 100 and 200. The survey focuses on the key drivers influencing real estate decisions at law firms across the United States and explores topics which ultimately affect the business, financial and operational success of every competitive firm in the profession. Administered by Cushman […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) December 30, 2013 – Planning one’s estate should be paired with planning one’s retirement, says a prominent estate planning attorney. Lisa McDevitt, a Virginia estate planning attorney with the McDevitt Law Firm, said that while many people only think of wills and trusts when they think about estate planning, they should actually be thinking about retirement planning at the same time. “Of course estate planning includes creating a will and any necessary trusts to ensure that your assets are distributed according to your wishes after you die,” said McDevitt. “But in order to make sure […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) November 29, 2013 – When someone dies and does not leave a will stipulating what should happen to their, numerous issues must be decided. Often, certain assets fall outside of a will. There are assets that are not dictated by a will, including the proceeds of life insurance; bank accounts, real estate and assets held jointly; property held in a living trust; funds in a 401(k) or IRA; a retirement plan with a beneficiary, and community property with rights of survivorship. The inheritor of such properties – those not covered by a will – […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) September 25, 2013 – Bequeathing digital assets should be part of estate planning, too. While estate planning usually involves bequeathing money, real estate and heirlooms, Virginia estate planning attorney Lisa McDevitt says that people planning their estates should think about online assets as well. “Digital assets can range from sentimental items such as photographs to things with commercial value such as access to business documents that are kept online,” said McDevitt. “Online assets do have value and they should be considered in your estate planning.” Passwords can be preserved in a physical location, and online […]


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Fort Lauderdale, FL (Law Firm Newswire) March 13, 2012 – Fort Lauderdale-based law firm Earnest/Tighe Law Firm, P.A. has announced its certification by the State of Florida as a Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE). The Earnest/Tighe Law Firm, P.A. is owned by attorneys Molly Earnest and Paula Tighe. Ms. Earnest has been licensed to practice law in Florida since 1988 and is also licensed to practice in Georgia and North Carolina. Ms. Earnest obtained her B.B.A. with honors and her J.D. from the University of Florida, and her LLM in Taxation Law with honors from the University of Miami. She has […]


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