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

  • 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

  • Dendrology at the Forestry School

    dendrology diagram of leaves

    Dendrology (Ancient Greek: δένδρον, dendron, “tree”; and Ancient Greek: -λογία, -logia, science of or study of) or xylology (Ancient Greek: ξύλον, ksulon, “wood”) is the science and study of wooded plants (trees, shrubs, and lianas), specifically, their taxonomic classifications. There are three ways to identify trees – the leaves, the bark and the general shape. So say’s my Daddy’s Dendrology course book. Circa 1945. Returning from… Read More

  • Money makes the world go ’round. Or does it?

    pride and prejudice movie poster

    In Pride and Prejudice, because of the entail on Longbourn and the Bennets being blessed with five daughters and no sons, it’s all about the money. Mr. Bennet has the life tenancy at Longbourn. That gives him lifetime occupancy and an income from rents paid by the farmers. It was not much, but kept him on the right side of the line dividing the gentry… Read More