December 2011
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Happy Holidays to you and yours!  


We are pleased to introduce you to our periodic newsletter, SSJH Updates.  We post articles and updates from our attorneys on our website on a regular basis. Our newsletter brings a selected few of these to your inbox a few times a year.  Enjoy!

The Holidays - It's All About the Kids
By Chelsea Armstrong

Example Image - 125 x 115 pixelsAs we are in the swing of the holidays, it is a good time to reflect on what is truly important. For kids, the holidays should be filled with excitement and happiness. However, in split households, the holidays are all too often a time for fighting and stress between parents. Below are some simple reminders to ensure your kids have enjoyable memories of the holidays:  Click here to keep reading...

Conservatorships, Guardianships, and the Holidays
By Michelle Morrow

Example Image - 125 x 115 pixelsFor many, the holidays are a time filled with family gatherings, love and laughter. However, it may also be a time when family members first notice that their elderly loved one can no longer continue to care for him/herself. It may be that you notice that Grandma is not paying her bills, is paying her bills twice without realizing it, or is being financially taken advantage of by an overly-involved neighbor. Or perhaps you visit Dad's house for the first time in several months only to realize that it is in a state of disarray, with garbage and spoiled food strewn about to the extent that it threatens Dad's physical health and safety. Click here to keep reading...

Saving Estate Taxes Through Annual Gifts
By Russ Pike

Example Image - 125 x 115 pixelsUnder the current law you can give gifts tax-free up to $13,000 per year. This can be either cash or other property. For example, if you gift to family members and you have a large family with five children and five grandchildren, this means you can give away up to $130,000 per tax year. Assuming an average 35% federal estate tax rate, your estate would save $45,500 in estate tax upon your death. Click here to keep reading...

From all of us here at SSJH, we wish you Happy Holidays and a prosperous New Year!


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