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Common Mistakes with DIY Estate Plans

The internet offers all the information and tools we need at our fingertips to create our own estate plan, right? For most people, this is simply not true. Several years ago, Consumer Reports®, an independent nonprofit consumer watchdog group, created wills using the forms provided by DIY websites and asked three law professors to review […]

Your Impact Matters!

A Special Honor from St. Jude Children’s Hospital Desplácese hacia abajo para leer esto en español. I have been blessed by the opportunity to work with and help St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and last week – much to my surprise – Directors from St. Jude brought me this beautiful plaque featuring a published article about my journey […]

“It’s A Mom Thing”

Desplácese hacia abajo para leer esto en español. A Personal Note from Firm Owner, Alex Varela I was really sad to hear Princess Kate Middleton’s cancer announcement last week. I have always really liked how she carries herself (not to mention her great fashion sense). But after listening to her video message announcing her recent health battle […]

The Perfect Solution for Choosing Your Child’s Guardian

If you have minor children and have not yet selected a guardian, you are not unlike many parents who put off this critically important task while waiting for the perfect solution to present itself.  Or perhaps you and your spouse/partner cannot agree on who would be the ideal guardian for your kids. Here is your […]

Don’t Let This Crucial Question Derail Your Estate Plan

Sitting down to create or update your estate plan can be overwhelming. Crucial to a successfulplan is your ability to address two major questions: Who will get your stuff when you die, andhow do you want those individuals or charities to receive that stuff? Ways to Give Away Your Money and Property OutrightOne way you […]

Lessons Learned from Jay Leno

As many of you may not know, before law school I was a journalist, and had the incredible privilege of working at NBC News during my college years. The newsroom was right on the same lot that The Tonight Show with Jay Leno was filmed. Over my four years there, I had the pleasure of […]

#19 For Us!

Desplácese hacia abajo para leer esto en español. Celebrating 19 Happy Valentines Together This is Steve and I’s 19th Valentine’s Day together! And a lot has happened in those 19 years! We bought our first home, we had children, Steve made career moves until he landed a great job at Amazon, we survived my time in law school, and […]

Love Is In The Air: But Have You Properly Protected Those You Love?

Valentine’s Day is approaching, when many people express just how much their loved ones mean to them by giving gifts and cards. But this year, you could try something different to show your love: think about your estate plan and how you can protect and provide for your loved ones. Preparation can help guide your […]

Beyond the Basics: Three Often Neglected Advantages of Estate Planning

Estate planning is not just about preparing for the inevitable; it serves as a crucial tool for safeguarding your assets and ensuring your wishes are honored when you’re no longer able to advocate for yourself. As an estate planning attorney, I often witness the repercussions of inadequate planning, which can burden families with unnecessary complexities […]

Are You Prioritizing What Truly Matters?

Desplácese hacia abajo para leer esto en español. Prioritizing Wellness: A Lesson in Exercise and Estate Planning Admittedly, I often found myself making excuses not to prioritize exercise. Between managing my business, attending to my children, and the daily stresses of life, it seemed there was always something more pressing. However, over the past few […]

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