Category Archives: Estate Planning

5 Reasons Avoiding Probate Benefits Your Heirs

Avoiding probate is possible if you work with an estate planning attorney at Zimmer Law Firm to create a plan. If you want to allow your assets to pass outside of the probate process, you need to take actions that go beyond just making a last will and testament. You’ll need to use different approaches such as the use of a trust to assets can transfer through the trust administration process or the creation of a family limited partnership or structuring ownership of your assets as joint ownership.  Because there is more involved in the process of making an estate plan if your goal is avoiding probate, you may wonder why you would want to go through the trouble. There are actually a lot of reasons why taking steps to avoid probate makes sense. Read on to find out about five key reasons avoiding probate benefits your heirs or beneficiaries. 1. Your Heirs Or Beneficiaries Won’t Have to Go to Court If you are able to….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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How To Effectively Cite Authority: Tips from a Judge

How you include legal citations in a motion’s supporting memorandum can make the difference between being successfully persuasive and losing credibility. Here is citation advice from the Honorable W.F. Rylaarsdam, retired Justice of the California Court of Appeal for the Fourth District, adapted from an article he wrote for CEB: Choose authorities strategically. The principle of “the more the merrier” doesn’t apply to the citation to authorities. Select your authorities carefully. If there’s one reported decision that clearly applies to the facts of your case, cite it; don’t bury it among six other citations. The judge may very well wish to read that case, but he or she will rarely have the time to read through a long list of cases to find the one that really matters. Similarly, long quotations are rarely useful and they detract from the flow of your argument. Connect your facts to the law. Well-drafted memos interweave the facts of the case….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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Free Workshop: Negotiate with Confidence

King Law has partnered with the McDowell County Chamber of Commerce to present a free workshop, Negotiate with Confidence.  This workshop will be lead by King Law Associate Attorney, Elizabeth Thueme and focuses on women in business. Elizabeth Thueme is an experience attorney working for King Law at the firm’s Marion, North Carolina office location.  Liz serves clients with estate planning, elder law, family law, and other legal needs throughout Western North Carolina. Women business owners and leaders wanting to know what to look for, what to ask and how to ask when at the negotiating table should plan to attend this free workshop.  To register for this free workshop call 828-652-4240 or visit the McDowell Chamber of Commerce website.  Negotiate with Confidence: Thursday, April 26, 2018, 12 PM, Countryside Event Center (2071 Rutherford Road, Marion, NC)           The post Free Workshop: Negotiate with Confidence appeared….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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3 Things to Know about the Crime-Fraud Exception

Exceptions to the attorney-client privilege in California are set out in Evid C §§956–962. Of particular interest since the FBI’s raid on the office of President Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen has been the crime-fraud exception to the privilege. Under this exception, there’s no attorney-client privilege “if the services of the lawyer were sought or obtained to enable or aid anyone to commit or plan to commit a crime or a fraud.” Evid C §956. Let’s break that down into three keys points to know. The crime-fraud exception applies when a client is seeking attorney help in committing a future crime. The crime-fraud exception can be invoked only when the client seeks the attorney’s services to assist in the commission of a future crime. In other words, communications regarding a client’s past criminal acts remain protected by the attorney-client privilege. Also, “no exception was intended to apply to….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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Article on Freezing the Future: Elective Egg Freezing and the Limits of the Medical Expense Deduction

Tessa Davis published an Article entitled, Freezing the Future: Elective Egg Freezing and the Limits of the Medical Expense Deduction, Tax Law: Tax Law & Policy eJournal (2018). Provided below is an abstract of the Article: Section 213 of the….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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