A couple of quick things before I head off to celebrate the end of 2010 and the beginning of 2011:
(1) The Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof Blog contained an interesting quote today from the French Enlightenment writer, historian, and philosopher Voltaire, who lived about 300 years ago, which goes to show that the subject matter discussed in my own Blog is hardly new or novel:
"Animals have these advantages over man: they never hear the clock strike, they die without any idea of death, they have no theologians to instruct them, their last moments are not disturbed by unwelcome and unpleasant ceremonies, their funerals cost them nothing, and no one starts lawsuits over their wills."
---Voltaire, French author (1694 - 1778)
(2) A recent article cites a study by the Center For Retirement Research at Boston College for the proposition that Baby Boomers, who apparently have already inherited $2.4 trillion from older generations, are in line to inherit at least $8.4 trillion more. In fact, according to a December 27, 2010 Associated Press article, starting in January more than 10,000 Baby Boomers a day will turn 65, a trend that will continue for the next 19 years. Given those numbers, one can only assume that the number of inheritance-related disputes will continue to rise as well.
Best wishes for a Happy New Year!
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