The SafeEstates Blog

October 1, 2020

Register to Vote by Mail for the November Election!

Election Day is November 3. Please vote in this important election to choose your federal and state representatives. If you have not registered to vote, you can use this link for online voter registration until October 5. https://ovr.govote.tn.gov/ If you have never voted in your county before and you registered to vote by mail or online, then you must appear in person the first time you vote. The early voting period is October 14-29. This is very easy and convenient. If you are not able to vote in person, use these links to check your eligibility for voting by mail and request an...

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September 3, 2020

The Presidents Who Became POTUS

As our nation begins a new school year, we thank our teachers and administrators who show up every school day to love and enlighten our children. Have you ever thought about the teachers who later became POTUS? There are more who were POTUS first and professor later. How many US Presidents also served as college or university presidents? Thomas Jefferson and James Madison held both positions in reverse order, serving first as 3rd and 4th POTUS and later as 1st and 2nd Rector of University of Virginia. As best I can determine, there were four who moved from college president to POTUS. Millard Fillmore was...

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August 10, 2020

The Reservoir of Goodwill

I have been reading The Splendid and the Vile, Erik Larson’s look at Winston Churchill’s leadership team in World War II during the period 1939-1941. This was before Pearl Harbor; the United States had not entered the war. In the 1940 presidential election, Franklin Roosevelt ran for an unprecedented third term against liberal Republican candidate Wendell Willkie. As American sentiment swung back and forth between isolationist and globalist positions, the polls gave the lead first to one candidate and then to the other. On election day, Roosevelt won by a wide margin. Willkie later supported Roosevelt’s administration during the war. As Roosevelt’s informal envoy, Willkie...

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August 1, 2020

Election Day: Primary August 6; General Election November 3

If you missed early voting for the primary election, you can still vote in person on August 6. Election Day is November 3. Please vote in this important election to choose your federal and state representatives. If you have not registered to vote, you can use this link for online voter registration until October 5. https://ovr.govote.tn.gov/ If you have never voted in your county before and you registered to vote by mail or online, then you must appear in person the first time you vote. The early voting period is October 14-29. This is very easy and convenient. If you are not able...

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July 1, 2020

Happy Birthday, Randy!

In June, Randy celebrated his 68th birthday with his family! He is blowing out his candles under the supervision of grandsons Leo and Eli, who were teaching "GRandy" a thing or two about birthday cake. He is also joined by wife, Mary Ann, and daughter, Mary

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June 21, 2020

Father’s Day Poem

I came across a poem about Father's Day, and I think it sums up all of the qualities I see in my own Dad. My Dad would be the first to admit that he is less than perfect, but I loved these words. So here's to all of the father's, father-figures, and those waiting to be first time father's. Happy Father's Day to all of you. God took the strength of a mountain, The majesty of a tree, The warmth of a summer sun, The calm of a quiet sea, The generous soul of nature, The comforting arm of night,...

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June 3, 2020

A Tale of Two Children

Recently, I read Ann Patchett’s The Dutch House on a recommendation of my wife, Mary Ann, and our TV and podcast friend, Dana Perino. I expected a well written novel. I did not expect a casebook on business succession planning and estate planning. I don’t want to spoil the book for you if you have not read it, so I apologize in advance if I go too far. The Dutch House tells the story of Danny Conroy and his sister, Maeve, and their relationship with their childhood home. Their father’s lack of thoughtful planning and a harsh turn of events force them to make difficult...

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June 1, 2020

COVID-19 and Legal Services

We hope you are safe and well. Those who have experienced personal loss from the pandemic are in our thoughts and prayers. Those who have relieved the suffering of others in their distress, thank you for your kindness and generosity. We are available to help you with legal services. At present our team is safe and symptom-free. We are following CDC guidelines and the Tennessee Pledge guidelines. Since our office reopened for all in-person services everything has gone well. We are meeting in person with clients to sign documents and perform other tasks. We are conducting many client meetings by...

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May 1, 2020

COVID-19 and Legal Services

We hope you are safe and well. Those who have experienced personal loss from the tornado or pandemic are in our thoughts and prayers. Those who have relieved the suffering of others in their distress, thank you for your kindness and generosity. We are still available to help you with legal services. We are following CDC guidelines, washing our hands, social distancing, disinfecting surfaces regularly, etc. Our office will reopen for all in-person services on May 4. Initially we will limit our in-office appointments to 1 each morning and 1 each afternoon. We will follow the Tennessee Pledge: General Guidelines for Businesses which you can...

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April 10, 2020

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter to you and yours this Easter season. In this difficult season, we are grateful for spring, new life, and the promise and hope that the Easter holiday brings.

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