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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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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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Palmer & Slay, PLLC discusses whether or not gifting is important under the current tax law.

Is End Of The Year Gifting Still Important Under the Current Tax Law?

When Congress tinkered with the tax law back in 2017, one of the things it changed was the amount of money an individual can pass on at their death without being taxed on it. The basic exemption was increased and indexed to inflation. In 2019, an individual may pass $11.4 million tax-free.  This has many […]

  • Posted on: Nov 25 2019
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Palmer & Slay, PLLC discusses why you shouldn't wait to create your estate plan.

The Waiting Is the Hardest Part

The proliferation of instant replay has brought sporting events into the digital era. It’s supposed to make officiating more accurate, but it also makes games longer and takes some of the thrill out of the crowd. The sound techs try to pump everyone up by playing “The Waiting” by Tom Petty, but the song is […]

  • Posted on: Oct 14 2019
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Palmer & Slay, PLLC discusses the best ways to estate plan for today's modern families.

Estate Planning for Today’s Families

What are the unique estate planning needs of non-traditional families? Today, the majority of families no longer consist of the traditional heterosexual married couple with 2.5 children. Far from the Cleavers, families today look more like the popular TV show “Modern Family,” which features a same-sex couple, second marriages, and adopted children. Americans who are […]

  • Posted on: Oct 9 2019
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