Month: October 2010

10 Things You Should Know About Writing a Will – Assets, Inheritance

Who inherits the good silver is just the beginning

Writing a will isn’t the most pleasant of tasks. After all, by doing so you’re not only acknowledging your own inevitable demise but actively planning for it. That might explain why so many adults avoid this cornerstone of estate planning. According to an AARP survey, 2 out of 5 Americans over the age of 45 don’t have a will.

But creating a will is one of the most critical things you can do for your loved ones. Putting your wishes on paper helps your heirs avoid unnecessary hassles, and you gain the peace of mind knowing that a life’s worth of possessions will end up in the right hands.

“A will is an important way you

Tobacco Lawsuits Puff Along in Florida

Lawsuits seeking compensation from cigarette makers for cancers and other illnesses are on the wane in much of the country, but in one state, Florida, tobacco litigation has never been hotter.

Juries have increasingly become skeptical of suits blaming smoking injuries on tobacco companies. However, plaintiffs in Florida, aided by a 2006 state Supreme Court ruling that told jurors in future cases to accept that cigarette makers had misled smokers about the dangers, have won hundreds of millions of dollars in verdict awards.

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