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Attention Adoptive Parents! Trying to File Your Taxes with an ATIN? Here’s What You Need to Know About Claiming the Child Tax Credit for 2018

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Tax season is officially upon us—and whether you diligently file as soon as your W2s roll in or find yourself up late trying to knock them out on April 14th, there’s no escaping this yearly chore. Filing taxes can be overwhelming and confusing at the best of times, but the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” has made it even more […]


12 Awesome Local Spots to Patronize on Small Business Saturday in Asheville

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If your inbox is anything like ours, you’ve likely been inundated with ads from big brands promoting once-in-a-lifetime Black Friday deals. While some savings may seem too hard to pass up, we’d like to remind you that Asheville boasts a number of small businesses offering phenomenal goods and services—and Small Business Saturday is a great time to show them some […]


New Jersey Has Legalized Surrogacy Nearly 30 Years After Baby M

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For parents who desperately want children but are unable to have their own, the existence of alternatives like in vitro fertilization, adoption, and surrogacy can be a life-changing gift. But while these parents-to-be are celebrating their options, our legal system is still trying to figure out how to handle the complicated issue of parental rights when it comes to non-biological […]


What You Need to Know About the New VA Rules for Pension Planning

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Are you or a family member planning to apply for a Veterans Administration (VA) pension in the future? If so, you should know that the rules just changed that may make it more difficult for some veterans and their spouses or dependents to qualify for VA pension benefits. These new rules, which went into effect October 18, 2018, are outlined […]


How to Prepare for Your Own Funeral

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Human beings have the gift of thinking critically and expansively, yet most of us become flummoxed when it comes to our own mortality. Knowing death is inevitable may feel depressing, but as estate planning lawyers, we prefer to look at it differently. We believe taking the time to consider what will happen after you pass away allows you to better […]


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