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Restatements, Amendments and Codicils

Restatements, Amendments and Codicils No one should rely on an old, out-of-date Trust or Last Will and Testament (Will) as the foundation of their estate plan. In our“Don’t Set-it-And-Forget-It” Blog Post, we talked about how important estate planning updates are. Many life events, even small ones, can change your estate plan. Restatements, Amendments, and Codicils…

Estate Planning Considerations for Firearms

Estate Planning Considerations for Firearms Approximately one-third of Americans own a firearm, and many own more than one. Some may own dozens or even hundreds. Firearm Ownership is subject to many restrictions, and carries with it a significant element of risk, it is important to consider firearms as part of a comprehensive estate plan. Why…

Estate Planning Issues for the Modern Family

Estate Planning Issues for the Modern Family *Spoilers ahead for this beloved show that ended in 2020!* As the name suggests, ABC’s TV show Modern Family depicts the relationships and experiences between a modern, fictional, extended family. Throughout the course of the series, the show addresses many issues that families deal with each day. For…

Important Things to Do As You Begin 2023

Important Things to Do As You Begin 2023 January Is National Mentoring Month: Three Creative Ways to Use the Estate Planning Process to Be a Mentor Celebrate National Mentoring Month this January by becoming a mentor to the people in your life who have less life experience, whether they are your children or other loved…

The North Pole Sent a Seasonal Temp!

Meet Miss. Chevious, our winter intern! Last year, a Georgia court issued a judicial order banning Elf Scouts (read the official order here). Though the North Pole legal department is currently in litigation to reverse the order, Miss. Chevious and her fellow Elf Scouts assigned to that county have been relocated to businesses across the…

Saving for School: Planning for Your Family’s Education

Saving for School: Planning for Your Family’s Education Recently, everyone has been talking about federal education loans and paying for school. Whether you’re paying back loans, trying to decide if you’re going to take them, or watching your ten year old twins play in the yard and wondering how the heck you’re going to afford…

Myths We Tell Ourselves about Estate Planning

Myths We Tell Ourselves about Estate Planning Estate planning can be a very difficult process. While it is not a major surgery or spooky movie, making the decision to move forward with an estate plan requires us to face the fact that we will not live forever. This thought stops many people in their tracks.…

Estate Planning Awareness Week: The Importance to You and Your Loved Ones of Having an Estate Plan

In 2008, Congress recognized the need for the public to understand the importance and benefits of estate planning by passing House Resolution 1499, which designated the third week of October as National Estate Planning Awareness Week. Many respondents attributed their lack of estate planning to procrastination, but many others indicated a mistaken belief that estate…

Fifteen Years of McClenaghan Law Group!

Fifteen Years of McClenaghan Law Group! Fifteen years ago, Charles McClenaghan (our fearless leader) took a leap of faith and started a firm that you may have known as The Law Offices of Charles H. McClenaghan. At the time, he was a solo-practitioner and made everything happen without the support of a dedicated staff. Over…

Pet Planning 101

Pet Planning 101 Planning for four-legged loved ones (kids in fur coats) can be just as challenging as planning for two-legged loved ones (minor children). Clients typically ask, “Do I need a trust or a will to make sure my pets are cared for?” The answer, of course, is, “It depends.”  Planning for pets presents…

How to Protect Your Personal Assets as a Business Owner

How Can a Business Owner Protect Their Personal Assets? As a small business owner who puts in long hours to build your enterprise, it can sometimes feel like there is no separation between your personal and professional lives. You are probably willing to make this sacrifice to build a company that reflects your values and…