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9/11 – 20 Years Ago Tomorrow, somehow feels like just yesterday & a lifetime ago

On Tuesday, September 11, 2001, my husband and I woke up before dawn in Rome, Italy to fly home through NYC to Washington, D.C., where we were living at that time. He snapped this picture of me as we were leaving for the airport. Around 11:00 am Eastern time, somewhere over the Atlantic Ocean, we watched on …

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Google – How to Set Up Inactive Account Manager

Did you know that when someone dies that person’s social media accounts remain active until a family member memorializes, deactivates, or deletes the accounts? DGVE law is pleased to provide you with this practical, step-by-step guide on how to handle your Google account & prepare for the future. (Download print version) Google Account:   Go …

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LEGISLATIVE ALERT: The SECURE Act & How It Affects Retirement and Estate Planning

LEGISLATIVE ALERT: The SECURE Act & How It Affects Retirement and Estate Planning Today the Senate passed The SECURE Act as part of its grand spending package. The acronym stands for Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement. Now that the bill has passed both the House and the Senate with broad bipartisan support, the …

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Should I Designate My Children's Guardian As Beneficiary of My Life Insurance Policy?

Back, back & I’m glad I’m back!  [Sorry, I’ve had that sung to the tune of the Mighty Mighty Bosstones “He’s Back” in my head for days now.]  I’ve badly neglected my blog the past couple months while I’ve been busy with myriad other things competing for my attention.  And while I’ve drafted several great …

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Legacy Building Through Estate & Income Tax Planning

First and foremost let us observe that there are legally permissible strategies that enable us all, if we so choose, to reduce the amount of taxes we owe to our state and/or federal government.  As with all other laws, the tax code is a highly politically-charged creation and subject to frequent and widespread changes.  Depending …

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Legally Protect & Financially Provide for Your Child With Special Needs

  Estate planning is the process by which parents can legally protect their children by naming guardians to care for them both in the immediate aftermath of an accident or tragedy and permanently.  By creating a comprehensive estate plan you can document and provide guidance for the guardians and caregivers of your children.  You can …

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Moms' Secrets to a Truly Relaxing Vacation

Based on individual and collective personal experience, the following are some moms’ secrets to a truly relaxing vacation (and yes I realize these are internally contradictory, such is the nature of the thing!).  Please add your secrets in the comments below. recognize the distinctions between: family visits, family trips, and vacations leave your children behind …

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