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Spears Wants Changes To Her Conservatorship, Just Like Many People In Her Situation

Do you remember when Britney Spears shaved her head? The incident is seen as the apex of the Mississippi-born pop singer’s out of control lifestyle. Shortly thereafter, she was involuntarily committed to a psychiatric hospital and her father, Jamie, was given temporary legal control of her affairs.  The incident made a lot of headlines, and […]

  • Posted on: Oct 22 2020
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Aretha Franklin’s Afterlife Is A Drama-Fueled Affair

It’s been two years since the Queen of Soul was laid to rest following a glitzy, hours-long funeral featuring multiple wardrobe changes and 100 pink Cadillacs. With an afterlife that began in such a fashion, is it any surprise that her estate plan is proving just as dramatic?  We’ve previously blogged about the fact that […]

  • Posted on: Aug 31 2020
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Ole Miss’s Mistake: Prescheduled Email About Estate Planning Makes A Poor Impression

“There is a common expression that ‘change is the only constant in life.’ We often experience this with our careers, our residences and even our families. Sometimes situations change around us, and developments in our health, laws and/or the financial landscape present new challenges. In those times, it is beneficial to consider revisiting the content […]

  • Posted on: Jun 25 2020
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Advance Directives: Giving You A Voice When You Can No Longer Speak

It is scary to go from thinking “I will die some day” to “This virus might kill me,” but this is exactly the sort of shift in thinking that many of us are undergoing. Facing your own mortality is never easy, but preparing for the end may help put your mind at ease during this […]

  • Posted on: May 18 2020
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Why Does This Gift Come With A Bill?

The architect Frank Lloyd Wright was known for being very particular about the way the homes he built were lived in. He often included built-in furniture in his designs, and where built-in furniture was not practical, he would suggest furniture that he felt complimented his design, often of his own creation.  Legend has it, it […]

  • Posted on: Apr 17 2020
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3 Reasons You Need To Update Your Estate Planning After A Divorce

At Palmer & Slay we encourage all of our estate planning clients to update their estate plans every few years. Most of the time, we make very few changes when a plan is updated, but there are three things that can trigger a major overhaul — the addition or loss of family members, the buying […]

  • Posted on: Mar 19 2020
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“Knives out” and the Slayer Rule in Mississippi Law

Knives Out has been a surprise hit this awards season after raking in the cash during the holiday movie season. It’s one of the best whodunits to hit the big screen in quite some time. It’s full of twists, it’s funny, and it stars Jamie Lee Curtis and Daniel Craig. What more could you ask […]

  • Posted on: Feb 14 2020
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An estate plan that relates to Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Truth, Lies & Estate Planning in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

“What’s that smell in this room? Didn’t you notice it, Brick? Didn’t you notice a powerful and obnoxious odor of mendacity in this room?” – Harvey ‘Big Daddy’ Pollitt in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Tennessee Williams’ play and the film starring Elizabeth Taylor, Paul Newman, and Burl Ives is a classic. If you […]

  • Posted on: Jan 15 2020
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Protecting Ourselves and Our Assets as We Age

Aging requires all kinds of adjustments — physical, emotional, and financial. It is wonderful to have loved ones to support us through the inevitable changes that go along with getting older, but we also need professionals. Even the most fortunate among us will need medical and legal specialists to protect us and our estates. This […]

  • Posted on: Dec 23 2019
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