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Dana M. Heyde
After the excitement of Valentine’s Day fades away and the last indulgence of chocolate is savored, it’s crucial to turn our attention to a topic that may not be as thrilling as the idea of everlasting love: the reality that all relationships come to an end one day. Before you stop reading, hear me out....
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BLENDED FAMILIES + DEATH = A POTENTIAL NIGHTMARE Anyone who’s seen an episode of “Modern Family” knows that families these days come in many different shapes and sizes. Long gone are the days when a “family” was defined as a mother, father and two children (or was it 2.5 children? Where does the .5 come...
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PROBATE: WHAT IT IS & HOW TO AVOID IT — PART 2 Unless you’ve created an estate plan that works to keep your family out of court, when you die (or become incapacitated) many of your assets must go through probate before those assets can be distributed to your heirs. Like most court proceedings, probate...
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WHAT IS PROBATE Unless you’ve created a proper estate plan, when you die many of your assets must first pass through the court process known as probate before those assets can be distributed to your heirs. Like most court proceedings, probate can be time-consuming, costly, and open to the public, and because of this, avoiding...
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December Blog December 12, 2023 Dana Heyde Parents’ Rights End When Children Turn 18. What Can You Do To Protect Them? Soon after the challenges and excitement of high school, your child has their 18 birthday. From a legal standpoint, this milestone also brings significant changes that every parent should be aware of. Your child...
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“The Great Wealth Transfer” or “The Silver Tsunami” Whether it’s called “The Great Wealth Transfer,” “The Silver Tsunami,” or some other catchy sounding name, it’s a fact that a tremendous amount of wealth will pass from Baby Boomers to younger generations in the next few decades. In fact, it’s said to be the largest transfer...
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written by Dana M Heyde OC Lawyer, March 2023 Vol 65 No.3 “Whos’ Who in the OCBA” This article is written to share information that was presented to Mommy Esquire members about the policy implications of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Org., 141 S, Ct. 2619 (2022)(“Dobbs”) that overruled Roe...
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written by Dana M. Heyde OC Lawyer Magazine, March 2022 I read books to take a journey, but I never imagined the personal journey my love of books would take me on. As a child, I devoured the entire series of The Baby-Sitters Club. In the seventh grade, I decided to become a lawyer after reading John...
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Legal Planning for Your High School Graduate If you’re the parent of a high school graduate this year, congratulations! You’ve put in a lot of time and effort toward earning that diploma, and whatever their next step in life will be, you likely want to protect them just as much as you did while they...
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The estate tax is a tax on the value of a person’s assets at the time of their death. Upon your death, if the total value of your estate is above a certain threshold amount, known as the federal estate tax exemption, the IRS requires your estate to pay a tax, known as the estate...
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