Tuesday Tips: Death and Taxes

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On April 15, it’s easy to remember the old saying that the only things certain in life are death and taxes. Maybe it’s also a good time to remember why people get married (other than the more favorable tax treatment!).  If you are married, talk to your spouse today, or any day or everyday, about why you’re glad you’re married.  …

How to Encourage Fighting in Litigation

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Let me be clear.  I think it is a really bad idea to encourage fighting in litigation.  Still, there are many attorneys who do just that.  Sometimes, it’s because that’s what the attorneys think their clients want.  Other times, it’s because that’s how the attorney was trained.  Some attorneys believe that fighting it out in court will lead to the …

Don’t Listen to Bad Advice!

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At the intersection of someone looking for support and someone wanting to be helpful, bad advice often rears its ugly head.  People going through a divorce are naturally anxious and vulnerable.  They worry about what is happening, what could happen and what didn’t happen.  Many people worry a lot. At the same time, other people are natural caregivers and supporters.  …

Why You Shouldn’t Be a Jerk!

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Some people just can’t help it.  They are jerks.  I prefer to think that anyone and everyone can behave well if they choose to.  For some, it takes a lot of concentration, and then some occasional backtracking to undo an initially rude or inappropriate reaction.  I believe that almost everyone can act right, if encouraged and reminded, and if they …

Got Skeletons in Your Closet?

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During this Halloween season, we often see skeletons as decorations for parties or businesses or for Trick-or-Treaters. We see so many that they usually lose their fright-invoking powers. It’s all in fun for a good time. However, in other contexts, skeletons in a closet can be a real problem. What are they?Politicians and public figures worry that bad behavior may …

Five Common Sense Rules for Divorce

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Daniel Clement writes an excellent blog, the New York Divorce Report, where he had some good lessons for anyone going through a divorce in a post on October 26, 2010. Because it was so well-written, I have reproduced it below: “Contemplating divorce or already engaged in one? No matter where you are in the process, five common sense rules apply …