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How to Keep Almost Any Asset Out of Probate in the District of Columbia

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

If a person dies without a will (the legal term for “without a will” is “intestate”), then the court gets involved in passing the person’s assets on to the person’s close relatives. If the person does leave a will, then the court still gets involved. The court must honor the deceased person’s wishes about… Read More »

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What to Know about Guardianships in Washington DC

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

A guardian is someone the court appoints to oversee the property and/or the care of a minor child or an incapacitated adult. The person who the guardian is overseeing is known as the “ward.” When a minor child is involved, the guardian will be responsible for helping with the child’s daily needs, which can… Read More »

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Reasons to Start Your Washington DC Estate Plan Early

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

There’s a common misconception that estate planning isn’t something to think about until you are nearing retirement age, or until you have amassed a large asset portfolio. That couldn’t be further from the truth. While you don’t want to think about something tragic happening, what if you were in a horrible car accident in… Read More »

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Tips for Protecting Your Small Business from Being Sued in Washington DC

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

It’s understandable, as a small business owner, that you are very concerned about your assets and the possibility of being sued. Even a single lawsuit has the potential to cripple your business, which is why it’s imperative you take extra steps to help reduce the risk of being sued. One of the most important… Read More »

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Resolving Washington DC Business Disputes with Mediation or Arbitration

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

No business owner wants to find themselves in the middle of a nasty business dispute, but it is a risk anyone who owns a business faces. Resolving the dispute in the most timely and cost-efficient manner should be your number one priority. Otherwise, a business dispute takes you away from your business — physically… Read More »

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Common Types of Disputes in a Washington DC Probate

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

When someone passes away and they have assets, the estate will typically go through a process known as probate. This is the legal process where the court will oversee the administration of the estate to validate beneficiaries and heirs, resolve debts, and pay taxes. Part of this process may also involve dealing with disputes…. Read More »

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When Washington DC Employers are Responsible for Independent Contract Actions

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

In most cases, an employer is not responsible for the illegal activities and actions of the independent contractors they work with. However, if specific conditions are present, like delegating tasks that should not be given to an independent contractor, or a direct connection to the activities, they could be held accountable. Business owners need… Read More »

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What is a Washington DC Life Insurance Trust?

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

In general, a trust is a financial entity you create in order to put money or assets aside to be managed, distributed, or invested by the person or entity overseeing the trust, known as the trustee. Individual or asset management companies can be a trustee. A life insurance trust is a trust that allows… Read More »

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What to Do if Your Washington DC Business Receives a Cease and Desist Letter?

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

If your business has received a cease and desist letter, you are likely very concerned and wondering what to do. Take a deep breath and don’t panic yet. A cease and desist letter is a warning, but it’s not a lawsuit. There may be a variety of reasons your business could receive one, which… Read More »

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Ways to Reduce Risk of Partnership Disputes in Washington DC

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

Many clients come to us once a business dispute has already materialized. This means stress levels are on the rise, and you could be facing expensive legal costs in order to resolve the matter. If you have a partnership, it’s important to meet with a Washington DC business litigation attorney who can help you… Read More »

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