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  • Financial mistakes can haunt estate executors

    October 16, 2008 | 7:19 pm

    Two chores that most people will gladly put off are writing a will and keeping it up to date to reflect changed circumstances. However, when you do get around to writing and revising your will, consider carefully when you select or replace an executor—the legal term for the person...

  • The emotional landmines of family caregiving

    June 19, 2008 | 2:30 pm

    Most families squabble. After a short cooling-off period, relatives tend to resolve spats and go on with their individual lives. But there are situations that make it difficult to restore harmony. For example, when an elderly loved one breaks a hip, suffers from dementia, a stroke or...
  • The emotional landmines of family caregiving

    June 19, 2008 | 2:30 pm

    Most families squabble. After a short cooling-off period, relatives tend to resolve spats and go on with their individual lives. But there are situations that make it difficult to restore harmony. For example, when an elderly loved one breaks a hip, suffers from dementia, a stroke or...
  • Cutting someone out of will can leave a legacy of pain

    By Soriya Daniels

    August 2, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Steve Kaplan had just finished sitting shiva for his mother when he was dealt another blow: He had been written out of her will.

    No written explanation. Not a word.

    He was shocked, having believed his entire life that he and his mother were close. Kaplan (not his real name) was...

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  • ‘Undue influence’ is dangerous form of elder abuse

    By Rachelle Zukerman

    May 3, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    A woman in her 70s has a sizable estate acquired from a lifetime of hard work and smart investments. Lonely and overly trusting, she falls prey to a much younger man who persuades her to sign over her assets to him.

    A frail widower hires an attractive housekeeper to help him with...
  • Spectator - The Theme Park Without a Prayer

    By Melanie Herschorn

    June 1, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Bible Storyland must have a guardian angel. Dissolution by the clergy, dormancy for 45 years and a fatal fire were not powerful enough to erase the plans for this Bible-based theme park from history.

    And now, art collector Harvey Jordan is working to inform Californians about this...

  • A School or a Shul?

    By Julie G Fax

    March 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Administrators at Yeshivat Yavneh knew that the "No Trespassing" signs wouldn't go over well with neighbors, especially the ones who used to run their dogs on the plush green stretch that fronts the Third Street main entrance to the Orthodox day school.

    But about two years ago they...

  • Thinking Ahead

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    May 16, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    My attorney, Irwin Goldring, is a wise man. Never pushy, never alarming. Fifty years in estate planning, you learn something about people.

    "Hey, for me this is just a questionnaire," he tells me. "For you, it's something more."

    I'll say. Irwin has sent me two legal forms stating when...

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