Should College Football Players Be Paid?

After watching ESPN Gameday’s panel discussion recently on whether college football players should be paid, I thought I’d write a little off-topic this time. Those who favor paying college football players argue that the current system exploits college players because they are unable to profit from their efforts or their likeness even though they generate… Read More »

Possession is Nine-Tenths of the Law

Before attending law school, I worked for the Navy. Jack Cabana, then a mentor and colleague, once told me a story that ended with the following quote: “possession is nine-tenths of the law.” This quote applies well to an often overlooked but very important estate planning piece—the Durable Financial Power of Attorney (DFPOA). This document… Read More »

Take a Close Look at a Your Keyboard

Ever take a close look at a keyboard? Why are the “j,” “k,” and semicolon under your primary fingers and why place the “e,” “n,” “t,” and period where you have to stretch your fingers to reach them? Answer—because on the first manual typewriters, pushing a button caused a key to strike the paper. If… Read More »

Divorced? Have You Put Your Estate Planning Affairs in Order?

Many divorced people overlook the need to plan their affairs differently after the divorce. “Mary” divorced her husband while her three children were minors. Understandably, she did not want to list her minor children as her life insurance beneficiaries. If Mary passed away and the insurance paid to her minor children, the court would require… Read More »

Lessons the Average Person Can Learn from Whitney Houston’s Will

Sometimes we have the opportunity to learn from the mistakes of others. While the lives of Hollywood stars may be very different from those of average Americans, sometimes we can learn from their mistakes. In this blog entry, I discuss two (of several) important lessons everyone can learn from Whitney Houston’s Last Will and Testament…. Read More »