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December 2016 Archives

How can you set estate planning goals?

Did you know that the first step to estate planning is setting goals? The types of goals you set for your estate depends on your situation, income, assets, family and when in your life you sit down to plan for your estate. If you plan early, for example, your goals might include wealth building and saving. If you begin estate planning later in life, then your goals might be more about protecting what you already have or ensuring your assets are passed on following your wishes. Whatever goals you have for your estate, we've provided some tips for strong goal setting below.

Probate litigation: contesting a will

Often, probate litigation arises because someone contests the will that has been presented. They might do so because they are not favorably treated in the will, but that's not always the reason people contest a will. Sometimes, a close family member simply feels that the will is not representative of what they believe their loved one's wishes to be.

FMCSA Establishes Mandatory Database for Drug and Alcohol Violations

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) recently published a final rule that establishes a drug and alcohol clearinghouse for the holders of a Commercial Driver's License (CDL). The Commercial Driver's License Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse will serve as a central repository for records of violations of the FMCSA drug and alcohol testing program by CDL holders. Compliance with the Clearinghouse rules will be required as of January 6, 2020. The rule is designed to identify the drivers of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) who are ineligible to operate a CMV because of a drug or alcohol violation.

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