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I have a new logo, and I’m pleased to say that the day I purchased it and printed it out, I was able to ask a client what he thought about it, and he immediately recognized it as a tree

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The Importance of Solo and Small Firm Attorney Disability and Estate Planning- part 1

Well, it seems my Solo Attorney Estate Plan posts are few and far between!  Strange when I consider that I have usually presented on the topic at continuing legal education (CLE) programs at least a couple times a year.  I’m

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People Die Every Day, It’s Perfectly Safe – Why Would I Need a Guide?!

This is a picture taken outside my favorite fry bread restaurant, in Bluff, Utah.  The Navajo Twins, the rock formation depicted (and name of the restaurant), is named for the hero monster-slayers from the Navajo creation story.   Their story

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Part II of Law and Culture’s Response to Death: Where Do We Put Our Dead?

  This is a continuation of my previous post about “where do we put our dead?” but I am in fact beginning at the end (depending on how you look at it of course!) with the aspect of dying and

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Law’s Response to Death: Where Do We Put Our Dead and Where Do They Go?

After a couple weeks off from blogging I am back.  No, they weren’t actually planned that way, these things do happen and I do my best to regard these occurrences as kairos!  The word “cemetery” has many different meanings and

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Whose Death is it Anyway?

When I was putting together the outline for this post, I thought of the title “a death of one’s own” and so I tried googling that.  I found a video on vimeo from Bill Moyers from 2000.  It struck me

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The Expression of Grief as an Essential Human Activity

Say what?! Grief, Barb – isn’t that suffering that we all want to avoid?  Well, not so fast. Yes, I am working my way up to some more posts about euthanasia, and grief and grieving is the middle ground for

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Grief, Gratitude and Meaning in Dying

  Okay, maybe you were looking for an upbeat happy-faced Thanksgiving post from me? Well, I have advised clients and written in blog posts that it is a great time to have “the conversation” about end of life wishes when

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The Medical Power of Attorney and Medical Advocacy: Two Roles are Better than One

How can we help elders navigate the daunting medical system and help them make the best choices for their needs and values?  Last week I attended a lunchtime continuing legal education program sponsored by the Arapahoe County Bar Association and

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The Contractual Capacity Conundrum, or Part 3

  So we’re back on this capacity discussion again.  In the first installment I looked at testamentary capacity, which I characterized as the “basement” as far as capacity levels go.  For better or worse, the contextual notions of how much

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Capacity and Incapacity in the Health Care Context

In this second installment about capacity and incapacity, I’m looking at capacity in the health care context.  To recap, the fundamental question of “how much capacity is enough” must be answered with a response beginning with “it depends . .

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