Chris Craig's Blog

Grandfather Places Handwritten Notes on Everything…And Garners Undying Love from His Heirs Forevermore!!!

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Give While You Live to Avoid a Family Feud A recent article in the New York Post about brothers battling over a painting from their uncle’s estate serves as a reminder of the importance of designating a destination for your personal property, either through a will or by gifting while you are still alive. The brotherly brouhaha came about after […]

If Godzilla Gets You! Don’t Let Your Kids End up in Foster Care. Read How to Easily Name Guardians to Protect Your Kids.

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The Perfect Solution for Choosing Your Child’s Guardian If you have minor children and have not yet selected a guardian, you are not unlike many parents who put off this critically important task while waiting for the perfect solution to present itself. Or perhaps you and your spouse/partner cannot agree on who would be the ideal guardian for your kids. […]

Another Actor’s Estate Plan Screwed up by His Lawyer

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Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman’s will has been filed for probate and provides a cautionary tale when it comes to estate planning mistakes. Here are four things he could have done to correct them: Create a Revocable Living Trust.  Hoffman was a public figure who valued his privacy.  Yet by creating a will instead of a revocable living trust, he […]

Should You Cloister Your Valuable Ideas From Your Competitors…

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This week I’m writing about a subject on which I have mixed feelings.    I am a huge fan creating cultures  built around sharing.   For example,  I love the idea of a communal garden-tiller or log-splitter.   What is the point of me owning something I use  once or twice a year, unless I can share the cost of […]

How You Could Kill Your Business Before Even Starting It

Chris’ Weekly Word  What’s your Babysitter up to on her own time…and does it matter? I’m not going to lie to ya.   This is not been the easiest week of all time for me and my family. We learned that our nanny was engaged in a side business that is mutually inconsistent with our concepts of being a caregiver […]

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