Author Archives: Robert Good Attorney LLC

Peaceful Divorce?

Mention the word divorce and images of heated courtroom battles come to mind: lawyers butchering issues, cutting deals, and bargaining away the things that matter most. You may fear that divorce would bankrupt you, give you a nervous breakdown, or both. The truth? Divorce is often a painful transition that...

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It’s All in the Name

You have a great idea for a new business. It’s kept you awake at night, thinking about the exciting new product you’re going to sell, or the extremely useful services you’re going to offer. You’re going to make the world a better place through your new business, and you get...

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Planning for New Beginnings

2017 is here. A fresh start, a clean slate, a chance to do everything right. An opportunity to implement New Year’s resolutions, and to think about all of the things you want to accomplish in 2017, the places you want to go, the relationships you want to improve, the ways...

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Do You Have a Will? Estate Planning Basics

The term “estate planning” may conjure up the image of an elderly couple roaming the gardens of their country estate discussing what to do with their considerable family fortune when they die. A common belief is that estate planning is only for the wealthy. We may think that average folks...

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Character on the Court

On October 14, the legendary UCLA basketball coach John Wooden would have been 106 years old. In his last twelve years of coaching during the ‘60s and ‘70s, Wooden led UCLA’s record 88-game winning streak, captured 10 NCAA tournament championships, and ended his 29-year college head coaching career with an...

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Funding Long-term Care

Growing old these days comes with a tremendous price tag. These days, the scenario where grandma and grandpa are taken care of by their grown children and their families, all together at home, is unlikely. Today’s elderly often need professional care, which can be prohibitively expensive. The average monthly cost...

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The One and Only

“The glass says you are this and we are that and that is how it will always be.” – Ivan the Mighty Silverback If you ever listen to JPR, you know that “the Law Office of Robert Good” is a collective listener. JPR programs keep us company throughout the day....

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Father’s Day in Retrospect

“The boy, by the age of three years, senses that his destiny is to be a man, so he watches his father particularly—his interests, manner, speech, pleasures, his attitude toward work…” Benjamin Spock (1992) The barbecues, beer, and suggestively titled bottles of seasonings lining the Father’s Day seasonal aisle this...

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Access to Justice in Jackson County

In May I attended the Center for NonProfit Legal Services’s annual “Founders Breakfast.” At the breakfast, lawyer William P. Haberlach was awarded the William V. Deatherage Pro Bono Award for his services providing legal advocacy for one of the highest at-risk populations in our community: our veterans. I attend this...

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A Legal Tail – by Robert Good

I joined Bob’s practice four years ago, a year after he started hanging around my yard. In hindquarters sight, those nights chasing the ball were early negotiations for our future partnership. Of course, Bob is the Alpha, which was undisputed even in my own domain. He’s soft-hearted but savvy— that...

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Top Ten Ways to Declutter Your Legal Life

“There are few rites of spring more satisfying than the annual clean.” – Martha Stewart. Birds chirping and flowers blooming are nice, but for the neatniks amongst us, hosing down patio furniture and resealing grout are spring’s greatest treasures. Spring is not only a great time to declutter your closets,...

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Twenty Years on Siskiyou Boulevard

It recently occurred to me that of the 22 years I’ve been practicing law, the last 20 have been right here on Siskiyou Boulevard. In 1995 I started as an associate with the Howser & Munsell firm at 607 Siskiyou Blvd. Then in 2002 I moved across the street to...

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Kids In Need In Our Community

We are in the midst of the holiday season. In my adult years, as the holidays approach, I have tended to think, “Here we go again. What’s the big deal?”   Now that I have kids, I am reminded how magical the holidays are for children. Christmas trees, lights, Santa,...

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Essential Conversations

Last month’s article focused on “Angry in Anaheim,” a Dear Amy letter. The “Angry” author was furious with her brother for “tearing the family apart” by insisting that the doctors follow dad’s “do not resuscitate” instructions in his advance directive. She wanted the doctors to listen to mom and keep...

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Essential Facts of Life… and Death

“How shall we live, knowing we will die?” When Henry David Thoreau sat in his little cabin in the woods, he wasn’t receiving counsel from his attorney about his flight from eighteenth-century objective truth. Free from such meddlers, Thoreau mused about existence, the art of living deliberately “…to front only...

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Never Wrestle A Pig

“I learned years ago never to wrestle with a pig.  You get dirty, and besides, the pig likes it.” – George Bernard Shaw In the midst of conflict, we want to be right.  When Jason and Judy separated, Judy insisted Jason’s work-related distractions were the reason the marriage failed. Jason blamed Judy’s...

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The Divorce is Final. . . Or is It?

As a divorce attorney, my emphasis is on resolving the big issues a couple faces when splitting up: Spousal support, child support, custody, parenting plans. The end goal is to have a legal judgment or agreement spelling out everything known at the time. Although this is the “end goal,” for...

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Tina’s Story

  Tina, tears running down her face, sat next to her mother in my office. Earlier that week her husband Frank had transferred their joint checking accounts into his name alone, blocked her use of the credit cards and locked her out of the family home. Then the day before,...

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Living Trusts

You have probably heard the term “living trust.” Perhaps you have some vague notion of what it means. But could you explain it to the person sitting next to you? A living trust is an estate planning tool. In essence, it is an alternative to a will. Like a will,...

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Special Needs Trust

Imagine this situation: Your adult child has a long-term disability. Maybe it’s a severe mental illness; maybe it’s a serious physical disability. Maybe it’s both. You have significant assets – a house, some successful investments. You are concerned about your disabled child receiving an inheritance when you die. Maybe this...

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Protecting Your Assets from Creditors

  The American legal system is a useful vehicle for righting people’s wrongs: If your dog bites me and I am seriously injured, I can sue you for medical bills, pain and suffering, etc. That is fair and just. But, our legal system is also overused and abused. Frivolous lawsuits...

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To Be Married or Not to Be Married?

Last month’s article showed that today’s unmarried couples have more legal rights than they did a half-century ago. This raises the big question: Why get married? During the marriage There are several financial benefits for married couples. Probably the most talked about is the ability to be on the other...

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The Evolution of Marriage

“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven.” Written by Pete Seeger in the late 1950s and made famous by the Byrds’ version of the song in 1965, Turn, Turn Turn (To Everything There is a Season) compiles a list of many of...

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Respect (and protect) Your Elders

From a young age we are taught to respect our elders. This is for a good reason: With age also comes wisdom. . . Usually. Unfortunately wisdom is not the only thing that comes with age. There’s the other run-of-the-mill stuff of course: grey hair, wrinkles, less spring in your...

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Good Neighbors

“Good fences make good neighbors.” – from “Mending Wall” by Robert Frost During the long, hot days of summer there’s more time to work and play outside and more opportunity to interact with neighbors. Mostly our lives are enhanced by this close contact. Sometimes, however, this interaction isn’t always so...

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Making your Small Business a Success

Perusing the LocalsGuide right now, you know that Ashland is chockfull of small business owners. That means that Ashland is also teeming with people putting heaps of time and energy into getting their businesses up and running. Most of the new business owner’s attention is focused on developing the product,...

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Probate 101

The old saying goes, “You cannot escape death and taxes.”  Nobody likes to think about death. Are you so fearful of death that you have not planned for your own? Also, chances are that sometime in your life you will experience the loss of a loved one.  Amidst the emotional...

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How to Hire a Good Attorney

Hiring an attorney is something most people only do once or twice in a lifetime, so finding the right one is not to be taken lightly. This is especially true considering that when searching for a lawyer.  You are likely going through a difficult situation in your life, such as...

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Divorce Reality

I meet regularly with clients who are just beginning to contemplate divorce, and clients who have been contemplating divorce for months or even years. One may have already moved, opened his own accounts and told his spouse he is filing for divorce. Another client may have told no one but...

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Peaceful Divorce?

Mention the word divorce and images of heated courtroom battles come to mind: lawyers butchering issues, cutting deals, and bargaining away the things that matter most. You may fear that divorce would bankrupt you, give you a nervous breakdown, or both. The truth?  Divorce is often a painful transition that...

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Prenups, Wills & New Beginnings

In this time of new beginnings, as the New Year unfolds, many of us are implementing our New Year’s resolutions, or at least thinking about it.  You look forward to a fresh new start, thinking about all of the things you want to accomplish in 2014, the places you want...

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Uncovering the Mystery: Estate Planning 101

Estate planning is for people who have big houses, millions of dollars and are 82 years old. True or false? It is true that the term “estate planning” conjures up an image of an elderly couple roaming the gardens of their country estate, arm and arm, talking about how they...

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