DGVE Blog

Time for "The Talk"

Time for “The Talk   The idea of confronting our parents’ mortality is indeed difficult, but this is a conversation (or series of conversations) that is crucial to you and your family’s well-being.  We are so used to being cared for by our parents that the transition to becoming their

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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

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Where There's a Will

The following is a great post by another attorney-mama who blogs regularly over at “Don’t Mind the Mess where this originally appeared.”   Here Jess wears both her lawyering and parenting hats and shares her recent experience of seeking and obtaining priceless peace of mind by completing her family’s estate

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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

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Life Is What Happens To You While You're Busy…

John Lennon said it best.  Here we are just trying to survive the daily grind while we enjoy every other minute of it and dream of the future (all at the same time).  How many of you are reading this on the laptop on your kitchen counter with children crawling

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“How much does a simple will cost?”

I originally wrote and posted this in August of 2009 but it somehow disappeared from my blog!  As a colleague recently reproduced and linked to it, I thought I should update and republish it as the song remains the same. “How Much Does A Simple Will Cost?” This is the

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