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What Are The Lessons Of Prince’s Missing Will?

Posted by on May 10, 2016 in Wills, Estate Planning and Probate | 0 comments

What Are The Lessons Of Prince’s Missing Will?

Prince, the superstar musician and artist who passed away unexpectedly last month, left along with his musical legacy a financial planning lesson: create an estate plan and make sure someone knows where it is. As multiple media outlets are reporting, there is an ongoing search for a will or trust that would communicate Prince’s wishes for the distribution of his assets. The process could take months or even years to untangle, and cost the ultimate beneficiaries tens of thousands of dollars in unnecessary legal fees. How could someone...

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Daniel Hare, guest columnist: No Labels approach offers hope for America

Posted by on Apr 21, 2016 in News and Politics | 0 comments

(originally published October 4, 2015 in the Waco Tribune-Herald) The Summer of Trump has been an extraordinary phenomenon to observe. Like him or not, most people agree he has hit on a mood in the country that traditional politicians are simply not getting the job done. There is discontent, in some cases extreme discontent, with the political machine in Washington and those who run it. And though Mr. Trump gets the most coverage, the dissatisfaction transcends party, as evidenced by the significant and growing support for Vermont Sen. Bernie...

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Elder guardianship case in Pennsylvania demonstrates flaws in system

Posted by on Apr 21, 2016 in Wills, Estate Planning and Probate | 0 comments

Renowned investigative reporter Diane Diamond recently profiled the case of a 94-year-old Pennsylvania woman allegedly in full mental health, yet declared incapacitated by a judge, and now feeling trapped like a prisoner under the control of an assigned guardian. Elder/Guardianship abuse stories like this are so sad, and are unfortunately far too common. In Texas there is a simple form you can complete called the Declaration of Guardian in the Event of Later Incapacity. It allows you to instruct a judge in a future proceeding who you want to...

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Five Questions For Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby

Posted by on Dec 9, 2014 in Current Events, Featured | 3 comments

The Big 12 has had a rough few days, and Commissioner Bob Bowlsby has been making the media rounds answering questions about why the conference’s co-champions, Baylor and TCU, were left out of the first ever College Football Playoff.  After listening to Mr. Bowlsby’s comments, it strikes me that there are several questions that remain unanswered, particularly pertaining to his advocacy on behalf of the league, Baylor and TCU. Before getting to the questions, here’s what this post is not about.  It’s not about why Mr....

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The O’Bannon Decision: How Did Judge Wilken Reach Her Conclusion?

Posted by on Aug 10, 2014 in College Sports Law, Featured, Legal and NCAA | 2 comments

Late Friday, Judge Claudia Wilken issued her much anticipated decision in the O’Bannon v. NCAA case.  In the 99 page ruling, she declared the NCAA’s rules prohibiting compensation to student-athletes for their names, images and likenesses (NILs) to be in violation of federal antitrust law.  Judge Wilken therefore enjoined the NCAA from enforcing any rules which: 1) prohibit schools or conferences from awarding limited portions of NIL revenue to student-athletes above full grant-in-aid, and 2) prohibit schools or conferences from depositing...

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