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January is a great time for making resolutions: eat better, get to the gym more often, be nicer to your in-laws...and make sure your will, trust and other estate planning documents are up to date. That annual checkup should take less time and effort than other items on your list, and both you and your heirs will be happy you did it.

What happens when a young woman, brain-damaged and memory-impaired as a result of drug abuse and alcoholism, inherits a large sum of money and falls under the influence of a man who seems more interested in her money than caring for her?

An insurance company seeking to enforce a court judgment against a company in Chapter 11 Bankruptcy asked the bankruptcy court to give its $2 million claim priority over five unsecured debts owed to our clients, which were firms linked to the bankrupt company. The insurance company argued that because the loans were from creditors related to the bankrupt company, they should be disallowed altogether or at least treated like equity, and placed junior to the insurer’s claim.

Let’s say you are a minority shareholder in a closely held business, where you own a bit more than a third of the shares, and the other two shareholders each own just under a third. There’s a major squabble, and you just want out. What happens to your shares, and as a minority interest in a closely held company, what are they worth?

Donald Trump’s global web of business relationships has triggered discussion about potential conflicts of interest in the White House. For much more ordinary houses, the courts have put real estate agents on notice about conflicts of interest in a common practice in the buying and selling of homes.

As the end of the year approaches, it is a good time to think about moves that will help lower your tax bill for this year and possibly the next. President-elect Trump has proposed sweeping future changes in tax policy, but there is a lot that individuals and business owners can do prior to December 31 that can help reduce their 2016 tax obligation.