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What the Coronavirus Economic Panic Means for Your Estate Plan

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

Even if you are an expert at avoiding media hype, you can’t avoid noticing that the novel coronavirus, COVID-19 has almost everyone worried, even though only a few cases have been reported in the United States. In crowded places like malls and Metro stations, you probably see more people wearing surgical masks than you… Read More »

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Undue Influence Does Not Always Involve a New Friend or Spouse Manipulating a Vulnerable Elderly Person

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

Undue influence is a common reason for family members to contest wills during probate. The stereotypical undue influence case is when a new friend or love interest quickly forms a close relationship with an elderly person who is vulnerable because of ill health or the recent loss of a spouse. The undue influencer convinces… Read More »

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If You Sell an Inherited Real Estate Property While the Estate Is Still in Probate, You Must Notify the Court

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

Your family member may have named you as the personal representative of their estate because of a professional qualification of yours. Perhaps you have worked as a tax preparer, insurance agent, financial adviser, or some other occupation where you are used to dealing with financial and legal paperwork. You might have a natural gift… Read More »

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When Your Children Don’t Want to Inherit Your Personal Items: An Estate Planning Guide to Decluttering

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

In the field of estate planning law, there is much talk of reducing the value of your probate assets, and therefore reducing the estate taxes, by giving your heirs part of their inheritance while you are alive. Ways to do this include transferring assets to a trust, transferring the title of a house to… Read More »

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Court Sides with DC Waterfront Developer in Dispute with Insurance Company

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

The waterfront area of Southwest DC is just one of the areas in the district that has recently transformed into a trendy, upscale place for DC residents and visitors to the area to socialize. The project to develop the waterfront required great investments of time and money, as commuters who witnessed the long-standing presence… Read More »

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Communicate Openly with Your Spouse About Your Estate Plan, Even If You Keep Your Finances Separate

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

In some ways, a second marriage later in life can be refreshingly drama-free. You have gained enough wisdom not to fall victim to the insecurities that can lead you to have major battles with your spouse about minor slights. You can be each other’s confidante and emotional support when co-parenting your children with your… Read More »

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The Best Tax Credits Maryland Businesses Can Claim in 2020

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

One of your business goals in 2020 should be to claim the tax credits available to you. All of these tax credits have fairly detailed requirements you must meet before the IRS will grant them to you. For example, the tax credits are only available to businesses that file their tax returns electronically, unless… Read More »

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Ecology Services v. Clym: Feud Between Radioactive Waste Cleanup Companies Is a Big Mess

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

The Washington, D.C. metropolitan area arguably has more secrets than anywhere else in the United States. If you ride the Metro to work, chances are that the person next to you has a security clearance that prevents them from going into much detail about their workday. The District of Columbia also has more lawyers… Read More »

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Difficult Decisions: Estate Planning to Provide for Troubled Relatives

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

You know you are officially an adult when you look at your pay stub and, instead of daydreaming about using what is left after your bills to splurge on purchases for yourself, you imagine saving it for your children, even if you do not have children yet. One of the happiest moments in a… Read More »

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Paterakis Estate Dispute Highlights the Difference Between Probate and Non-Probate Assets

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

When a person dies, their estate goes through a judicial review process called probate, but the estate may not include everything the deceased person owned when they are alive. The main purpose of probate is to carry out the instructions in the deceased person’s will; if the person did not leave a will, then… Read More »

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