Volume 19, Number 5
July/August 2002


From the Editor
jennifer j. rose
From Daguerreotypes to Digital Photos

The Chair's Corner
George R. Ripplinger
Hello, I Must Be Going

GP Mentor
Dorcas Gordon and Robert Whitman
Developing an Estate Practice

The Business of Law®
Edward Poll
When to Say No: Ten Ways to Assess Prospective Clients

In the Solution
James Howard
Anger and Conflict Resolution: A Way Back to Civility


Picking Up the Pieces

Hidden Conflicts of Interest
Joesph M. Hartley

Skeletons in the closet and shaky family ties can bring about a variety of conflicts of interest for the lawyer planning an estate. Knowing when to look beyond the surface of family relationships can help you navigate this potential minefield.
Checking for Conflicts
Disclosures to Clients

Challenges of Elder Law
Betty Smith Adams

Providing effective legal assistance to seniors requires the patience of Job, the tact of a diplomat, and the listening skills of a pastor or rabbi. Patience and good manners can go a long way in establishing the rapport and trust necessary to do your best work.

Joint Representation of Spouses
Teresa M. Beasley

Partners frequently have secrets and may try to split a lawyer's ethical commitment to do what's best for both. Using a conflict waiver letter can neatly avoid most dilemmas.

The New Neighbors: Nontraditional Families, Nontraditional Estates
Joan M. Burda

The changing face of "typical" American families is creating new challenges for lawyers working with estates, custody, and long-term healthcare plans. You can protect clients by avoiding a cookie-cutter approach and tailoring the plan to each client's unique needs.
Essential Documents

How to Manage an Estate Practice
Daniel B. Evans

Streamlining forms, using timetables, and applying the right software can keep your estate and trust practice on track. Update your work with forms and systems that save time and reduce errors.

Anyone Can Leave a Legacy
Carolyn B. Hennesy

More than 91 percent of individual bequests in the United States come from estates that are not large enough to be taxed. An unexpected bequest from an atypical philanthropist proves that you can discuss charitable planned giving with almost any of your clients.

Advance Directives: Ten Topics to Discuss with Clients
Robert Fleming and Rebecca C. Morgan

Whether you have older clients who want to make long-term care arrangements or inquisitive elderly relatives, this information will simplify the complexities of advance directives, guardianships, and nursing home arrangements.

Planning the Lawyer's Estate
Frank Overton Brown, Jr.

The specific ethical obligations of law practice-particularly for solos-require estate plans that go beyond typical lay arrangements. Are you covered?
Estate Planning Checklist for Lawyers 13k

Resource Roundup


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