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Boxes and Balls!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

We live in a society where we are constantly bombarded by the newest and greatest iterations of technology. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. In fact, I’d much rather have my smart phone than my old brick phone that only had the snake game. However, with all these new products come this ever increasing desire to have the newest “thing.”

What is Probate?

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Probate is a Process.

Probate is a process by which we settle the affairs (debts, assets, and property) of an estate before the court. The term probate comes from the Latin probare, “to test or prove.” Probate is simply how we determine who should be in charge of handling the winding up of an estate and where the assets should go.

Timeless Principles

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Timeless Principles Are Like A Compass.

Abraham Lincoln said, “important principles may, and must, be inflexible.” In other words, they are timeless. Like a compass, these principles lead us in the right direction. I recently started reading Stephen Covey’s book, “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.” To quote are quotable president, “it’s a really, really great book”. One point from the book that has resonated with me is Covey’s identification of the problem with a lot of personal management advice—most advice focuses on simple, quick-fix solutions.

Don’t Procrastinate Your Will.

Friday, February 24, 2017

A Visit to the ICU.

Two days ago I was visiting a friend in the ICU. He’s my age (in his early 30s), was in relatively good shape, yet there he lay in a hospital bed, strapped to all sorts of monitors. Fortunately for him, his wife had found him before it was too late. Now I won’t go into detail about him or what happened, but it was a serious wake-up call. I asked him if he had a will or anything planned for if he passed away. He didn’t and I suspect most of us are just like him. We procrastinate because we don’t think “it” whatever “it” is will ever happen to us or at least not for a long time.

A New Chapter in America.

Friday, January 20, 2017

I’m sitting in my office watching the inauguration of Donald Trump. I, like a lot of you, didn’t see this coming. Full disclosure, I didn’t vote for either of the front runners. However, despite all the animosity of an election year, I am pleased to see the peaceful transition of power in our amazing country. I’ve lived overseas and traveled a bit and I can honestly say this is the greatest country on earth (in my humble opinion).

 

That’s our pew!

I was sitting in church with my family a couple months back and my phone began to vibrate. I don’t usually check my phone during a service, but I glanced down and saw the message. “Hey Jim, you are sitting in our row.” I turned around to see Brother Smith (name changed) glaring at me in jest.

Elk Fever…it’s a Real Thing!

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Elk Fever

Every fall hunters around the country get excited for the awesome privilege of participating in the great adventure of hunting. I used to get excited about the football season approaching, but I’ve probably only watched one complete game all year. The reason (or main reason)…ELK FEVER.

A Handshake is Good Enough for Me…

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Handshake deals?

Can a handshake deal be enforceable? Sure. So can a spoken (oral) agreement when the terms are clear. We enter into countless oral agreements every day and we don’t even think twice about it. When you see that item at a garage sale that you can’t live without you might make an offer to the owner. Have you ever asked, “will you take $10 for this?” You just made an offer. And, when the owner says, “sure,” the deal is done—offer and acceptance.

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