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Interesting Articles on Halloween

In reading articles today on Halloween, I thought I would share a few with you that caught my eye:

The National Retail Federation reports that more than $300 million will be spent this year on Halloween costumes for pets. That number has been increasing dramatically over the past few years. Twenty-two million Americans plan on dressing their dogs up this week for the holiday…Read More

Here’s another article:

What makes trick-or-treaters happy is candy. And more candy is better, right? Well, it turns out that might not actually be the case. A few years ago researchers did a study on Halloween night where some trick-or-treaters were given a candy bar, and others were given the candy bar and a piece of bubble gum. Now, in any rational universe, you would imagine that the kids who got the candy bar and the bubble gum would be happier than the kids who got just the candy bar. George Wolford, a psychologist at Dartmouth College, and his fellow researchers, Amy Doe and Alexander Rupert, found something quite different…Read More

Have a great Halloween from Cook & Gore, Attorneys at Law.

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Interesting Article about 1963 March on Washington: “What Do We Forget When We Remember History?”

I thought this article from NPR was fascinating. It is titled: “What do we forget when we remember history?” In it, the author recounts how NPR has tried to tweet out links to historic news articles during this year of remembrance for the 1963 March on Washington. As the author notes, the March was only one of many events that were happening that summer, and which changed the world we know today. Yet the newspapers of the time–especially those in the South–failed to adequately provide news coverage of many of these events.

Today, many times, I feel like we have too much news coverage of some events; our media today blows stories out of proportion to fill time on channels devoted solely to news. But it is important to remember a time when the media weren’t always telling the stories that mattered, and turned a blind eye towards a disenfranchised people. As leaders in today’s society, it is important for all of us to reach out to the disenfranchised in our society; but more than that, it is also important to tell their stories, and to rally others to their cause.

As a Christian, I believe strongly that that is what Jesus would have done were He in our shoes today. He calls us to love Him first and foremost, and out of that love for Him will flow an abundance of love for others–not just a love for the people near and dear to our hearts, but love for our neighbors, the poor, the hopeless, the disenfranchised, and yes, even our enemies.

As we remember a great March in our nation’s history, we must also remember that the world we live in still needs a great amount of change–change that can only truly be brought about by God’s hand.

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Dallas Probate Attorney – What are letters testamentary and why do I need them?

What are letters testamentary and why do I need them?


(Pictured Above: Tarrant County Probate Court)

When a person dies in Texas with a Will, the Court will look to that Will to determine who was named as the “Executor” under that Will. An Executor is simply the person who is given the responsibility of closing out the estate of the deceased person. To “close out” the estate, the Executor must notify all creditors of the deceased person, make payments from the estate to those creditors if they assert valid claims, and then distribute any remaining property to the beneficiaries listed in the Will. In order to have the authority to take all these actions, the court issues an official document called “Letters Testamentary” which gives the Executor the right to take all of these actions on behalf of the estate.

In cases where the deceased person did not have a Will, the Court will still name an “Administrator” of the estate to close out the affairs of the estate. The job duties of the Administrator are very similar to those of an Executor, but many times the actions of an Administrator are more closely watched by the court. When a Court names an Administrator of an Estate, the official document that the Court issues to that Administrator to give them the authority to take the actions necessary to close out the estate are called “Letters of Administration.”

If you are reading this article, you may have had a bank, life insurance company, or title company ask for “Letters Testamentary” or “Letters of Administration” to be able to transfer title to property into the names of the heirs or beneficiaries of a deceased person. In such an instance, you will simply need to go to Court to have these “Letters Testamentary” or “Letters of Administration” issued to you by the Court. At Cook & Gore, we can help walk you through this process to make the probate case as easy as possible on you. If you have questions about probating your loved-one’s estate, please give us a call at 214-886-7633.

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Friday Leadership Quotes & Humor

On this Friday, enjoy these Leadership Quotes and Humor:

Quote of the Day:

“We are continually faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as insoluble problems.” – John W. Gardner

 

Leadership Humor:*

http://www.dilbert.com/2013-04-11/

*Special thanks to Dr. John Jaeger, Professor at DBU, who sends out a weekly email with these links to leadership humor.