In the short time I've been writing this blog, the "Dear Prudence" advice column on Slate has published two times. And both columns included letters from people seeking advice about death and estate planning. These letters illustrate how common it can be for an estate plan to raise difficult emotional...

One thing that people often feel strongly about when they begin the estate planning process is that avoiding probate should be a high priority. It's not always clear that their conviction about this is matched by an accurate understanding of what probate is, but they've heard from friends and family...

This is a bit off topic for my current practice, but is still something I feel strongly about, so why not. It's not as though I'm short on space. Damage caps. Damage caps are limits, arbitrarily selected by state legislatures, on the amount of money that a person can collect from someone who...

Sure. Just like you can do your own taxes, change your own oil, fix your own plumbing, etc., you can draft your own will. There is no requirement that your will be drafted by an attorney. But just like the other tasks on the list above, the amount of damage...

The "Dear Prudence" advice column on Slate recently featured a letter that was, at once, both heartbreaking and uplifting from someone who had been given guardianship over the young children of close friends who had died in a car accident. The new guardian was seeking "Prudie's" advice on how to...