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This & That: The B&G Blog

Welcome to our blog and the portal to our newsletter articles.  To the right, you can view past articles and blog posts by category, and below, we share some of the latest news and views from around the web and within the firm.  Please note that the information provided is meant for informational purposes and is in no way a replacement for professional legal, tax, or therapeutic advice.

Jul 31 2017

Care Management Helps Families Cope

It’s not often you see a story about one of the most valuable services around: geriatric care management.  This one’s from the Charlotte Observer, but the service is widely available, including in Arizona.  We’re proud to say it’s something Bogutz & Gordon provides, with two talented social workers and a staff dedicated to supporting our clients and their families.

Jul 28 2017

Heavy Metal Hologram

The estate of heavy metal singer Ronnie James Dio has made a deal with Eyellusion for “Dio Returns,” a worldwide tour that features the singer as a hologram backed by real musicians.  Dio was always interested in creative stage techniques and was a Disney fan, so his widow thinks he’d be thrilled.

Jul 28 2017

Checklist for Estate Planning

Checklists can be handy for all kinds of tasks, and estate planning is one of them.  This piece walks you through one, but also check out the comments.  We’d add that help from a qualified attorney is important, regardless of how much money you have.

Jul 27 2017

Stealing from the Dead Is Still Stealing

People sometimes think that stealing from the dead will go unnoticed because the victims are not around to say anything.  Not true.  Here’s a case where someone did notice, and it resulted in serious jail time.

Jul 26 2017

Jackson Estate v. Quincy Jones

A jury in Los Angeles awarded producer Quincy Jones $9.4 million in royalties from the Estate of Michael Jackson.  He was asking for $30 million.  Who won?

Jul 24 2017

Tips for Finding Care Givers

Finding care givers for a loved one can be a challenge.  After all, we don’t all have experience with such things.  Here’s some guidance.

Jul 21 2017

Health Care, Medicaid, and Ethics

Medicaid is one of the key components to the current debate over health care.  It’s Medicaid that pays for nursing home and home care for those who can’t afford it, and sometimes, pays for those who can afford it — if they’ve planned ahead to, on paper, impoverish themselves to take advantage of the program.  The debate will continue, and this piece runs down some of the key issues.

Jul 20 2017

One Scary Scenario to Avoid

Here’s a case study in why you should check your beneficiary designations every so often.  Mistakes and scams happen, and they’re pretty easy to avoid.

Jul 19 2017

Lifestyle Factors Fight Dementia

Research presented at an international Alzheimer’s conference revealed that dementia rates could be significantly reduced if people tackled risk factors throughout life.  In middle age, they say, fight hearing loss, hypertension, and obesity; and, as you age, stop smoking; manage depression and diabetes; and be physically and socially active.

Jul 18 2017

About Irrevocable Trusts

People often don’t know the difference between revocable and irrevocable trusts.  It may seem easy: You can amend or revoke revocable ones (the most common), and you mostly can’t amend or revoke irrevocable ones.  But irrevocable trusts often serve specific purposes, so here are five facts to know about them.

Jul 17 2017

States’ Estate and Inheritance Taxes

Arizona has no estate or inheritance tax, but some states have one or the other.  The tax hit (or miss) is worth considering if you split your time between states or are considering a move, and this article puts it all together in one place.

Jul 14 2017

In Prince News, Bands Will Battle, but Estate Won’t

Prince’s estate has planned a battle-of-the-bands event to take place at Paisley Park from August 31 to September 3; meanwhile, a judge rescinded a contract with Universal Music Group, at the estate’s request, to avoid litigation.