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A Big Problem With Fill-in-the-Blank Wills

Posted on 04/11/2014 by | Legal Grounds | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsIt’s tempting, I know. You’re trying to save money. You don’t have lots of property to leave to others. Your estate isn’t complicated. So you go to an office supply store, bookstore or online legal site, grab a standard will form and fill it in yourself. That’s what Ann Aldrich of Keystone Heights, Fla., did back in 2004. She left her property to her sister, Mary Jane Eaton, and added in a clause stating that if Eaton died before she …

Sandra Day O’Connor: Class Dismissed … and Inspired

Posted on 09/18/2013 by | Legal Grounds | Comments

Bulletin TodayFor those of us who love the law, what’s best about it is how it is always developing, changing, adding data points like dots in a pointillistic picture. For those of us with a career in the law, staying engaged with — and curious about — theory and policy and societal progress transform a 30- or 40- or 50-year occupation into a passion. I’ve been trying to get my students to drink the “legal education is fascinating for its own …

Ronald Motley: The Lawyer Who Beat Big Tobacco

Posted on 08/30/2013 by | Who's News | Comments

LegacyIf Ronald Lee Motley hadn’t existed, some novelist or screenwriter surely would have made him up: a high-powered, flamboyant attorney with a smooth-as-silk Southern drawl who fancied ostrich-skin cowboy boots and liked to sail on a 165-foot yacht named after Themis, the female Greek titan of law, whenever he wasn’t in a courtroom whacking corporate bigwigs around like so many piñatas. Motley, who died on Aug. 22 at age 68 in Charleston, S.C., was both so larger-than-life colorful and so effective …

The Organized Caregiver: Documents and Easily Accessible Tech Tools

Posted on 02/22/2013 by | Aging, Home & Family Expert | Comments

Caregiving  Being organized is the key to success for all caregivers, but it can definitely be a challenge to gather and keep track of all the important documents and information you’ll need. I suggest you gather your loved one’s information in one secure place for easy access. Here are the documents I’ve found to be critical as I am caregiving for my parents, and (above) my Taking Care with Amy Goyer video on cool tech tools to help you stay organized and …

7 Ways to Avoid Conflict Over Grandparent Visitation

Posted on 03/23/2012 by | Aging, Home & Family Expert | Comments

Home & FamilyThe bond between a grandparent and grandchild can be incredibly strong. There is something special about that skipped-generation relationship. But sometimes family conflict between parents and grandparents can keep grandchildren from seeing their grandparents. This was apparently the situation in a recent Alabama grandparent visitation court case that rose all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

What the Health Care Law Really Means to You and Me Today

Posted on 02/23/2012 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Personal Health The following is a guest post from Nicole Duritz, Vice President, Health, AARP Education & Outreach Whether it is being able to keep your adult children on your insurance plan or having coverage options and protections that you never had in the past, the health care law—called the Affordable Care Act— provides benefits for many of us. In fact, the law has already helped millions of older Americans with the cost of their prescription drugs and will help millions more …