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Hamilton and Madison, friends turned enemies, and how their Constitutional brilliance protects us today

Hamilton and Madison, friends turned enemies, and how their Constitutional brilliance protects us today

James Madison and Alexander Hamilton were once close political allies, who then turned into bitter rivals.  But their wondrous Constitution and the government it formed continues to function quite well today, even amid partisanship and extreme political views.  In truth, the wonder of the Constitution is actually more apparent more than two centuries after the […]

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Its conversational, but not really controversial–Clinton wins popular vote but not presidency

Its conversational, but not really controversial–Clinton wins popular vote but not presidency

This is exactly what the Founding Fathers intended. Relax people. We are witnessing the smooth operation of our Constitutional form of government. New York Times, CNN, LA Times and other big media outlets are going crazy with stories about how Hillary Clinton will likely win the popular election, but lose the presidency. How can this […]

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Lincoln quote on doing our best each day

Lincoln quote on doing our best each day

“I never had a policy; I have just tried to do my very best each and every day.” Abraham Lincoln

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What’s $300 million among friends?

What’s $300 million among friends?

This relates to yesterday’s post about the recent passing of Prince and the probable court battles which are about to begin as step-family and former friends and associates of all sorts try to get their hands on a portion of Prince’s estimated $300 million estate. I was visiting yesterday with a CPA with whom I […]

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Prince had no will or other estate planning papers and the vultures have started to gather

Prince had no will or other estate planning papers and the vultures have started to gather

This pattern, though sad, is not new. For some reason, many of the ultra-wealthy choose to do little or no estate planning. For that matter, many who are not wealthy make the same choice. Unintended consequences often follow. First, let’s remember the context of this discussion–namely, the death of Prince. Nothing here is intended to […]

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April 2016 Newsletter Available In Various Formats

April 2016 Newsletter Available In Various Formats

Our April 2016 Newsletter is now available.   This issue includes various details about the life of Thomas Jefferson, a story about Emma and her new friend Juan Carlos and various other items totally unrelated to stuffy legal stuff. CLICK HERE TO VIEW A COPY OF THE NEWSLETTER Many have already received a copy of […]

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Wisdom from James Madison for Business Papers (Part 2)

Wisdom from James Madison for Business Papers (Part 2)

Though only 4,500 words, the U.S. Constitution contains many important details relating to the organization and operation of our government. While it has been amended 27 times in the years since first ratification, the original document has been remarkably stable and helpful over the years.   This is the second part on the topic of what insights James […]

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James Madison quote on knowledge and ignorance

James Madison quote on knowledge and ignorance

“Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.”         James Madison

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James Madison’s Wisdom For Your Business Documents

James Madison’s Wisdom For Your Business Documents

As the Father of the Constitution, Mr. Madison might have a few insights he could share with you and me in general, including with regard to our business legal papers. What did James Madison know that we don’t know?  Ok, perhaps that would be a VERY long and complicated answer.  James obviously knew a great […]

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What Thomas Jefferson Might Say About Your Business Arrangements (Part 3 re family business)

What Thomas Jefferson Might Say About Your Business Arrangements (Part 3 re family business)

Family business is not the exception to the rule.  Rather, the rule is all the more applicable and important when it comes to family business. This is part 3 in a series of posts on the importance of written contracts to serve as the governing foundation for business relationships. We started with the premise that one reason […]

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