Lawyer, Writer, Educator

Who says trusts and estates law is boring? It’s got everything – murder, conspiracy, corruption, family feuds, and lots of money at stake. I explore the human experience of inheritance. My topics are people who use their wealth to control others, great philanthropists who try to make the world a better place, and regular folks who are often surprised at what the law does to them instead of for them.

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Recent Posts

  • Growing Downwards

    A great deal of growing, is growing downwards. . . .Sooner or later the process of growing smaller starts, and it is painful at first until you get used to it. – Donald Winnicott We learn from Dendrology and the root structure of woody plants the importance of growing downward. The spread and depth of the root system of a tree are just as big,… Read More

  • The Jumping Off Place

    Mont Alto Train Image

    My father called the town the “jumping off place.” Mont Alto had been a stop on the railroad where folks got off the train to go to the Tuberculosis Sanatorium. The Sanatorium was at the top of South Mountain. Granny Beulah told me a horse and wagon would meet the train and take the new patients up the mountain. Later, the same horse wagon would… Read More

  • An Estate Attorney Goes to the Theater

    Big Daddy… What is it that makes him so big? His big heart, his big belly, or his big money?” –  Brick Pollitt, character in the “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” My husband and I saw Tennessee William’s play “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” at the Fulton Theatre. Many may ask, what does estate planning have to do with theatre? The theme of… Read More