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  1. Avoiding Family Drama When You Die

    Avoiding Family Drama When You Die Ah, family drama. No one really likes family drama, do they? Unless maybe you are on a reality show and need ratings. But for those of us not on a reality show, we do not want family drama when we die. So, today I am going to teach you […]

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  2. Estate Planning for Emergencies

    ESTATE PLANNING FOR EMERGENCIES Emergencies happen. And, nothing is worse than an emergency happening while you are on vacation. That’s why estate planning for emergencies is so important. Before you leave on a vacation, you should have your estate planning documents in place and up to date. In this week’s video, Kristen Mackintosh, The Happy […]

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  3. Estate Planning Before Leaving for Vacation

    Estate Planning Before Leaving for Vacation Ahh, vacations. We all love taking vacations. You pack your bags, you plan your itinerary, you book your pet’s boarding. You are ready to go. But wait! Have you completed your necessary estate planning before leaving for vacation? Did you even know there was such a thing as estate […]

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  4. Five Reasons You Need a Lawyer To Write Your Will

    Five Reasons You Need a Lawyer to Write Your Will For more information, check out our blog on “Should I Write My Own Will?” or our latest video on youtube.

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  5. Fall Into Estate Planning

    Fall Into Estate Planning Fall into estate planning and learn how the different seasons of life can affect your estate planning needs. In this month’s webinar, Kristen Mackintosh, The Happy Lawyer, at Schweizer and Associates, talks about estate planning myths and facts. She delves into each season of life. With each season, she uses characters […]

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  6. Can I write my own will?

    Can I Write My Own Will? Many people ask: “Can I write my own will or should I hire an estate planning attorney?” The better question is: “Should you write your own will?” In our latest Happy Talks video, find out why you may want to reconsider writing your own will. If you need help […]

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  7. Should I write my own will?

    Can I write my own will? Notice I typed “Can I write my own will” and not “should I write my own will.” You see, yes, you can write you your own will. But the real question you should be asking yourself is SHOULD you write your own will. Meet Paul Today is a hard […]

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  8. Yes, You Need an Operating Agreement

    Do I really need an operating agreement for my LLC? Yes, you need an operating agreement if you own an LLC. Why? We have created a blog and a video on this topic to explain why. Watch the latest Happy Talks as Kristen Mackintosh gives you a quick video demo as to why you should […]

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  9. Do I Really Need an Operating Agreement?

    Do I Really Need an Operating Agreement? Congratulations! You have decided to form a limited liability company (LLC) to run your business. After completing your state formation process, your LLC needs to have the right documentation in place. So what is “right documentation?” Well, for starters, you need an EIN or employment identification number. That […]

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  11. Happy Lawyer Times

    *|MC:SUBJECT|* *|MC_PREVIEW_TEXT|* THE HAPPY LAWYER TIMES September 2021 And all at once, summer collapsed into fall…   Inside this issue: Why a Real Estate Attorney May Save You Time and Money Fall Estate Planning Checklist Happy Lawyer Corner What’s New at Schweizer & Associates Bucket List for Fall We are open for appointments for all of […]

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  12. Estate Planning for Your Pets Workbook

    Who Will Care for Your Pets When You Are Gone? Download this workbook we’ve created to learn some tips in helping you make sure your pets are taken care of when you die.

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  13. August Happy Times

    *|MC:SUBJECT|* *|MC_PREVIEW_TEXT|* THE HAPPY LAWYER TIMES August, 2021 The Dog Days of Summer are here.  It sure is hot outside!  We hope you are staying cool this month.   Inside this issue: Why your child needs a Health Care Power of Attorney when he turns 18 Home Visit Checklist Happy Lawyer Corner Employee Spotlight Tips […]

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  14. Why You Need a Health Care Power of Attorney at 18 When you turn 18, your parents may not be able to make any medical decisions for you. So, if you were in an accident and ended up in a coma, your parents might not get to have a say in your medical care. You […]

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  15. Yes, You Do Need an Estate Plan When You Turn 18

    YES, YOU DO NEED AN ESTATE PLAN WHEN YOU TURN 18 Do I Really Need an Estate Plan at 18? Yes, you really do need an estate plan when you turn eighteen. Congratulations! You turned eighteen. You are now officially an adult.  So what does that mean? Well, for starters, you are now responsible for making […]

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  16. Slum Dog Millionaire: Estate Planning for Pets

    Slum Dog Millionaire: ESTATE PLANNING FOR PETS Are you a pet owner? Are you concerned about what will happen to your pets when you die? Did you ever even wonder what would happen to your pets? In this month’s webinar, Kristen Mackintosh, the Happy Lawyer, discusses how you can plan for your pets when you […]

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  17. How to Spot a Scam Checklist

    How to Spot a Scam Checklist For more information on scams, check out our recent blog “Four Most Common Scams Targeting the Elderly Today.”

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  18. Free Monthly Webinar

    Slum Dog Millionaire: Pet Trust Planning Do own pets?  Do you plan on owning pets?  Are you a pet lover like me?  Do you sometimes feel like you love your pet more than your family members?  Do you worry about what will happen to your pets if you die?If you answered yes to any of […]

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  19. How to Own Your Real Estate

    How to Own Your Real Estate How to own your real estate is a question many people ask. You see, real estate encompasses not only one’s primary residence but also other real estate such as a vacation home or a rental property. The ideal form of ownership varies depending on the type of real estate […]

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  20. Tips to Prevent You From Being Scammed

    In this week’s Happy Lawyer Video, we talk about some tips to prevent you from being scammed. So, watch and learn. For more information, read this week’s blog which talks about the 5 most common scams targeting senior citizens today. For more Happy Lawyer videos, check out our Youtube channel.

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  21. Four Most Common Scams Targeting Senior Citizens Today

    So let’s talk about some of the four most common scams targeting senior citizens today. Now granted, there’s a lot more than these four, but these are the four most common. Charity Scams One common scam is to pose as a charity. Impersonating a charity is a serious offense. And, the scammers who do this […]

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  22. Estate Planning for Singles

    Estate planning for singles? Yes you need an estate plan if you are single. In fact, if you are 18 or older, you need an estate plan. To help you understand why, we’ve created this checklist for you. So, check out our list to see what documents you need.

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  23. Estate Planning for Singles

    Single and Ready to Mingle With Estate Planning? Estate planning for singles. Are you single? Divorced? Widowed? Living together? If so, you will not want to miss the newest Happy Lawyer Webinar. In this webinar, the Happy Lawyer talks about the who, what, and why. Who are the singles? What estate planning documents do singles […]

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  24. Happy Talks: When Do I Get My Keys?

    Happy Talks: When Do I Get My Keys?

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  25. DO YOU GET THE KEYS TO THE HOUSE AT CLOSING?

    Do You Get The Keys to the House at Closing? Buyers often wonder: “Do you get the keys to the house at closing?” You signed all the paperwork. So, you get the keys right away, right? Not so fast. Signing your documents is just one part of a closing. The Road to Homeownership You save […]

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  26. Happy Lawyer Talks: Senior Citizens Beware of Scams

    Happy Lawyer Talks: Senior Citizens Beware of Scams I think we can all agree we hate scams and scammers, right? You know what I hate even more? The fact that scammers like to target the elderly. Yes, our senior citizen loved ones are the most vulnerable to scammers. In this week’s Happy Talks’ video, Kristen […]

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  27. Why Do Scammers Target The Elderly?

    Why Do Scammers Target The Elderly? Unfortunately, scammers exist. They lurk in the shadows waiting. Why are they waiting? Scammers are waiting for us to get on our computers, open our mail or answer our phones. They need to interact us for their scams to work. All of us are potential targets for scammers. Unfortunately, […]

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  28. Happy Talks

    Happy Talks. Learn why you need to do your due diligence if you are considering buying commercial real estate. In this video, Kristen Mackintosh, The Happy Lawyer, explains why you should conduct due diligence when considering buying commercial real estate. For more Happy Talk videos, check out our youtube channel at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMNfpQriYk_4wUOrKBEug2A Better yet, like […]

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  29. July 21, 2021 Happy Lawyer Times

    Happy Lawyer Times – July, 2021 *|MC:SUBJECT|* *|MC_PREVIEW_TEXT|* THE HAPPY LAWYER TIMES July, 2021 Red, white & you, our clients and friends!  Hope your July is off to a sparkling good time.   Inside this issue: Why you should consider using a real estate lawyer Warning Signs of Alzheimers Happy Lawyer Corner What’s new at […]

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  30. Why Do Commercial Real Estate Contracts Fail?

    Why Do Commercial Real Estate Contracts Fail? “So, why do commercial real estate contracts fail anyway, Attorney Al?” asks Richard. “Well, Richard, there are many reasons why commercial real estate deals collapse. As a real estate attorney, I have unfortunately seen a few deals fail. Let me tell you a few.” Bank Appraisals Billy is […]

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  31. The Happy Lawyer Talk

    Happy Talks: Choosing the right attorney for you – personality is key! Did you know that when it comes to hiring a lawyer, you have a choice? You need to consider many factors when hiring a lawyer. You need to find the right attorney fit for you. While an attorney may be qualified to handle […]

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  32. How to Find the Best Wills and Trust Lawyer for You

    How to Find the Best Wills and Trust Lawyer for You One day at a party, Jane sees Joe looking worried. Jane approaches Joe to ask what is wrong. Joe tells Jane he needs to find an estate planning attorney. “But, how do I find the best attorney for me?” Joe laments. “I mean, it’s […]

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  33. Tips for Moving Someone with Alzheimer’s to a New Home

    TIPS FOR MOVING SOMEONE WITH ALZHEIMER’S TO A NEW HOME Who out there likes moving? I sure don’t. In my lifetime, I have moved over twenty (20) times! Yikes! For an introvert like me, moving is difficult. Even for non-introverts, moving is stressful. Now, imagine if you have Alzheimer’s. You are already having difficulty remembering […]

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  34. Early Signs of Alzheimer’s

    Early Signs of Alzheimer’s Checklist Do you know the early signs of Alzheimer’s? Do you worry that you, or a loved one, may be developing Alzheimer’s disease? Then you may want to check out this checklist we created. We created this checklist to make you aware of some of the warning symptoms of Alzheimer’s. If […]

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  35. Happy Talks: Why You Need A Health Care Power of Attorney Now

    Happy Talks: Why You Need a Health Care Power of Attorney Now Listen and learn as Kristen Mackintosh, The Happy Lawyer, explains why you need to have a health care power of attorney prepared BEFORE you need to use one. We have been talking about Alzheimer’s disease lately. When you develop Alzheimer’s you will eventually […]

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  36. The Happy Layer Times, June 2021

    The Happy Lawyer Times, June 2021 THE HAPPY LAWYER TIMES June, 2021   Schools out for summer but we are still working hard here at Schweizer & Associates!  We love our clients!   Inside this issue: June is National Alzheimer’s Month Six Tips for Selling Your Home in the Summer Happy Lawyer Corner What’s new […]

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  37. Navigating the Seven Stages of Alzheimer’s Disease

    Navigating the Seven Stages of Alzheimer’s Disease There are seven stages of Alzheimer’s. Navigating the Seven Stages of Alzheimer’s Disease is not easy. You see, Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease. Alzheimer’s is sneaky as the disease affects each person differently. The progression usually occurs in seven stages. However, one person might go through a couple […]

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  38. When You Need A Real Estate Lawyer Checklist

    When You Need a Real Estate Lawyer Checklist For more information, check out our blog posts: “When Do You Need a Real Estate Attorney” and “How a Real Estate Attorney Can Save You Time and Money.” Not a reader? Catch our videos: “Hiring an Estate Lawyer is a Great Idea” and “Why You Need a […]

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  39. You Just Might Need a Real Estate Lawyer

    Happy Talks by The Happy Lawyer: You Just Might Need a Real Estate Lawyer You just might need a real estate lawyer. Who thinks hiring a real estate lawyer might be a good idea? If you are on the fence or are not sure of the answer, might we suggest watching this video. Still unsure […]

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  40. How a Real Estate Attorney can Save you Time and Money

    Here is story about how a real estate attorney can save you time and money. After all, you like to save money, right? And, I bet you like to save time when you can. And who doesn’t like a good story, am I right? Meet Tom and Jane Tom and Jane recently get married. They […]

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  41. When Do I need a Real Estate Lawyer Infographic

    For more information on when do you need a real estate lawyer, check out our blog: https://nclegalcounsel.com/when-do-you-need-a-real-estate-lawyer/ OR, watch our video at: https://nclegalcounsel.com/happy-lawyer-video-yes-you-need-a-real-estate-lawyer/

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  42. Yes, You Need A Real Estate Attorney

    The Happy Lawyer Talk: Yes, You Need a Real Estate Lawyer Have you ever wondered when you might need a real estate lawyer? Or, perhaps you are wondering IF you need a real estate lawyer? Perhaps you are even thinking what is a real estate lawyer? Have no fear, in this video, Kristen Mackintosh, The […]

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  43. When Do You Need a Real Estate Lawyer?

    When do you need a real estate lawyer? Good question. I am so glad you asked. Let me tell you when you may need a real estate lawyer. But, before I do that, let me explain what a real estate lawyer is. What Exactly is a Real Estate Lawyer? I know, I know. Right now […]

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  44. Yes, You Need a Will

    Yes, You Need a Will. In this video, Kristen Mackintosh, The Happy Lawyer, talks about wills. She addresses some reasons why people need estate planning. Listen and learn. This video is part of The Happy Lawyer’s Weekly “Happy Lawyer Talks.” If you like this video, please like our youtube channel where you can catch all […]

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  45. Stop Those Scammers Workbook

    Stop Those Scammers Workbook! Stop Those Scammers workbook. Download your free copy today.

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  46. Who Needs Estate Planning

    WHO NEEDS ESTATE PLANNING? Who needs estate planning? People ask me this question a lot. The simple answer is: everyone. Everyone? Why yes, everyone needs estate planning. But I’m single! I don’t have a lot of money. I don’t have children. The excuses are limitless. But, the simple answer is, everyone needs estate planning. Let […]

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  47. Thinking About Downsizing?

    Thinking About Downsizing? This week we have been covering downsizing. In this video, Kristen Mackintosh, The Happy Lawyer talks about downsizing as we get older. Kristen talks about her own parent’s downsizing experience. For more information on downsizing, check out our downsizing blog: https://nclegalcounsel.com/how-to-know-when-it-is-time-to-downsize/

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  48. Spring Into Action: Protecting the Elderly From Scams

    Spring Into Action: Protecting the Elderly From Scams Spring into action: Protecting the Elderly from Scams is part of The Happy Lawyer’s Monthly webinar series. In this webinar, The Happy Lawyer explains why scammers are more likely to target senior citizens. Kristen discusses the five most common scams that target the elderly. Finally, Kristen gives […]

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  49. How To Know When It Is Time To Downsize

    How To Know When It Is Time To Downsize How to know when it is time to downsize is a question many of my clients wonder. “I cannot keep up the yardwork.” “I have too many rooms to clean.” I hear these comments a lot from my older clients. I always say in response, “maybe […]

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  50. The Happy Lawyer Talk: Why You Should Not Write Your Own Will

    The Happy Lawyer Talk: Why You Should Not Write Your Own Will

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  51. DO I NEED A LAWYER TO WRITE A WILL????

    DO I NEED A LAWYER TO WRITE A WILL???? Do I need a lawyer to write my will?  Interesting question.  The easy answer would be no.  But, easy is not always the right answer. No, legally you do not need a lawyer to write your will.  Yes, you can write your own will.  But, we’re […]

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  52. THE HAPPY LAWYER TIMESApril, 2021Spring is in the air!  The flowers are blooming and the weather is warming.  Lots of new things happening around here at Schweizer & Associates.  Inside this issue:8 Tips to Create a Legacy Plan4 Reasons To Sell Your Home NowHappy Lawyer CornerWhat’s new at Schweizer & Associates?We are open for appointments […]

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  54. What is Commercial Property Anyway?

    What is Commercial Property Anyway? What is commercial property? Commercial property relates to a structure, property, or land used for business. This includes office buildings, shopping centers, apartment buildings, and vacant property that is zoned for business development.  Commercial property is used for business purposes. Commercial property may consist of buildings for businesses to operate. […]

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  55. Yes, You Can Leave a Legacy!

    YES, YOU CAN LEAVE A LEGACY Want to leave a legacy? Need some ideas? Confused on where to start your legacy planning? No worries, we have you covered. Download our latest booklet on how you, too, can leave a legacy for your family.

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  56. The Happy Lawyer Talk: Let’s Talk About Legacy Planning

    The Happy Lawyer Talk: Let’s Talk Legacy Planning Let’s talk legacy planning. Do you know what legacy planning is? No worries, in this video, you will learn about legacy planning and tips for creating your own legacy plan. In this video, Kristen Mackintosh, The Happy Lawyer talks about ways you can leave a legacy for […]

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  57. 8 Tips for Leaving a Legacy

    8 Tips for Leaving a Legacy Leaving a legacy is one of the goals of estate planning. Many people want to leave a legacy when they die. They want to make sure their loved one are provided for financially. They also want to make sure family traditions are passed down from family member to family […]

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  58. Estate Planning Myths

    There are so many reasons why people think they do not need a will. In this e-book, Kristen Mackintosh, The Happy Lawyer, addresses why everyone needs a will. She goes through four myths people have about estate planning. She then debunks those myths. To download your copy, click here: Kristen Mackintosh, The Happy Lawyer, has […]

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  59. Leapin’ Leprechauns: How will you divide your pot o’gold?

    Part of The Happy Lawyer’s monthly webinar series. Join Kristen Mackintosh, The Happy Lawyer, as she educates you on estate planning. She will entertain you as well as educate you. And, you may meet a leprechaun or two. Learn why you need a will. Learn what happens if you do not sign your will. Find […]

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  60. March Newsletter – 2021

    THE HAPPY LAWYER TIMESMarch, 2021Happy spring!  Inside this issue:Why you need an estate plan10 Questions to Ask Your RealtorWho is St Patrick?We are open for appointments for all of your estate planning, real estate and small business needs.  We now offer virtual /zoom appointments as well as in person appointments.  So give us a call […]

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  61. All You Need Is Love Workbook

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  62. 8 Essential Tips for Caring for Elderly Parent When You are Far Away Checklist

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  63. The Happy Lawyer Webinar – All You Need is Love Do you have elderly parents? Do live far away from your elderly parents? Are you worried about caring for your elderly parents when you do not live close by? If so, this webinar is for you. In this webinar, Kristen Mackintosh, The Happy Lawyer, gives […]

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  64. Everyone loves a winner: why you need a winning estate plan.

    Everyone Loves A Winner: Why You Need A Winning Estate Plan Everyone loves a winner. We love rooting for the underdog. We are overjoyed when our team wins the super bowl. We love joining in when “We Are The Champions” starts playing. Why do we love winners so much? Winning makes us feel powerful. When […]

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  65. Home Visit Checklist

    Home Visit Checklist

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  66. There’s No Business Like Snow Business

    This month, Kristen Mackintosh, The Happy Lawyer, presents her January webinar: There’s no business like snow business: Celebrity Estate Planning Mistakes to Avoid. Learn what celebrities made estate planning mistakes. Learn what mistakes were made by those celebrities. And, most importantly, learn how to avoid making those same estate planning mistakes.

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  67. CELEBRITY ESTATE PLANNING MISTAKES

    CELEBRITIES DON’T MAKE ESTATE PLANNING MISTAKES, DO THEY? Estate planning mistakes. Celebrities don’t make estate planning mistakes, do they? After all, celebrities are famous. Celebrities have access to the best lawyers, financial advisors and managers. But, like us, celebrities are human. Just like us, celebrities sometimes make mistakes with their estate plans. What’s the rush? […]

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  68. The Happy Lawyer Times – January, 2021

    Find out what is new for Schweizer & Associates in 2021

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  69. Should you write your own will?

    Can I write a will? Yes. You can write your own will. But should you? Watch and learn why you may want to reconsider this idea…

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  70. Is Thanksgiving a good time to talk about estate planning?

    Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. It’s a time to gather with friends and family. We get to eat good food and watch football. We also get to express our thankfulness for the year’s blessings. But, is Thanksgiving a good time to talk about estate planning? Absolutely! Allow me to tell you why I think so. […]

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  71. Happy Times – November 21, 2021

    *|MC:SUBJECT|* *|MC_PREVIEW_TEXT|* THE HAPPY LAWYER TIMES November 2021 Happy November!  Let’s Talk Turkey.    Inside this issue: November is National Caregiver Month The Hidden Costs of Being a Caregiver Thanksgiving Fun Facts Happy Lawyer Corner What’s New at Schweizer & Associates We are open for appointments for all of your estate planning, real estate and […]

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  72. October 2021 Happy Times

    October, 2021 Happy Times *|MC:SUBJECT|* *|MC_PREVIEW_TEXT|* THE HAPPY LAWYER TIMES October 2021 Boo to you from our crew!  Happy October!   Inside this issue: Pitfalls of handwritten “do it yourself wills” Fall Real Estate Checklist Happy Lawyer Corner What’s New at Schweizer & Associates Bucket List for Fall We are open for appointments for all of […]

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