Law

Non-Disclosure Agreements for Business

Non-disclosure agreements between businesses are becoming more and more common, as businesses team up together to accomplish common ventures and services, or even by those wish to sell.  Non-disclosure agreements are not something that should be lightly considered as the poorly worded agreement may lead

By |2018-07-03T19:01:55-04:00July 1st, 2018|Announcements, Business|

Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays It’s the holiday season and instead of reading about some serious legal issue, let’s try to laugh a little.  Here is one of my favorite stories and although it’s not a holiday story, I hope it will suffice: For years, two brothers—one a

By |2017-12-01T11:42:54-04:00December 1st, 2017|Caring & Community|

Buying Out-of-State Property?

I have increasingly been asked to review transactions or relief offers involving time shares and  and vacation properties where buyers find themselves suffering buyers' remorse.  Many different issues have arisen over the years, but a common theme is that the contracts strongly favor the seller

By |2019-06-25T17:28:30-04:00February 2nd, 2016|Real Estate|

Get out of Jury Duty?

It came in the mail. The dreaded jury summons. I had been called for jury duty at the Superior Court in Flemington. This was the third time in twenty years. Not a big deal. What came to mind were the comments about jury duty I

By |2016-09-26T11:14:35-04:00September 2nd, 2015|Litigation|

Get Out of Jury Duty?!

It came in the mail. The dreaded jury summons. I had been called for jury duty at the Superior Court in Flemington. This was the third time in twenty years. Not a big deal. What came to mind were the comments about jury duty I

By |2015-02-22T21:36:12-04:00August 7th, 2013|Litigation|

Lapsed Flood Insurance

Hurricane Katrina destroyed Merlin's house in August of 2005.  About two weeks before Katrina hit, he had missed a deadline to pay a premium to keep his flood insurance policy in effect for 2005 to 2006.  After Katrina, the Federal Emergency Management Agency extended a

By |2012-03-02T11:35:04-04:00March 2nd, 2012|Real Estate|

Federal Estate Tax

Remarkably, Congress did not change the Federal Estate Tax law, as we had all predicted.  This means that, for 2010, there is no Federal Estate Tax.   This is the first time since 1916 that there has been no estate tax.   Just remember that, next year,

By |2016-10-31T14:00:45-04:00March 2nd, 2012|Announcements, Estate Planning|

When Caring for Mom and Dad

Being an Elder Care attorney for over fifteen years, I have seen so many people in anguish over caring for their aging parents. Many times, I have heard men and women say, "The pressure is killing me." Most of the time, it is the women

By |2019-06-25T17:40:31-04:00March 2nd, 2012|Elder Law, Medicaid|

May is National Elder Law Month.

May is National Elder Law Month.  As part of a nationwide observance of National Elder Law Month by the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), Bob Shanahan will be giving a presentation, "Living Wills and Healthcare Powers of Attorney: The Legal and Practical Issues",

By |2015-02-22T21:44:26-04:00May 1st, 2011|Elder Law|

Innocent Spouse Tax Relief

For most married couples, filing federal income taxes jointly, rather than separately, results in a lower tax bill.  However, this "all for one, one for all" approach can have a downside if questions arise about the accuracy of the return.  The general rule is that

By |2010-09-02T11:37:49-04:00September 2nd, 2010|Business|

What is Holistic Law?

I am frequently asked to explain what “holistic law” means.  The answer is not apparent.  The theory of ‘holism’ is opposite that of “reductionism,” and espouses that a “system” cannot be determined or explained by the sum of its component parts alone, but is only

By |2015-02-22T21:44:51-04:00March 12th, 2009|Litigation|