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Category Archives: The Lighter Side


The Good Wife, Probate and Sticky Notes

By Jeffrey R. Gottlieb |

Spoiler Alert: If you have the Oct. 4 season premiere of The Good Wife on your DVR, you may want to look away. Alicia has a new estate case Alicia has her first new client, apparently from her website (although we later learn that the client was referred by Louis Canning). Ms. Smulders explains… Read More »


Estate Planning Jokes for April’s National Humor Month

By Jeffrey R. Gottlieb |

It can’t be an accident that National Humor Month coincides with income tax month. Who doesn’t need a little laughter after trying to decipher over 4 million words in the tax code. Last April I linked to a few humorous videos. Here are some short estate planning jokes (none are mine, but I have… Read More »


Estate Planning Humor: 3 Videos for April’s National Humor Month

By Jeffrey R. Gottlieb |

April is National Humor Month — and who doesn’t like a good chuckle? Humor is easily one of the best ways to tell a story, or just to be entertained. Even typically serious topics can be ripe for humor. Estate and tax planning is no exception. To close out the month, here are links… Read More »


Gift by Poetry: Followup Exclusive — The Poem

By Jeffrey R. Gottlieb |

On April Fools Day I wrote Gift by Poetry: Dogged Unfairness or Poetic Justice? about a recent appellate decision involving a poetic gift of a pet dog. I received a lot of good feedback on the piece and the story was picked up by the popular Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof Blog. I also… Read More »


Gift by Poetry: Dogged Unfairness or Poetic Justice?

By Jeffrey R. Gottlieb |

In honor of April Fools Day (and National Poetry Month), today’s post reviews a new Illinois appellate court decision that seems like a spoof (or a law school exam question) — but isn’t. There are usually a handful of Illinois cases each month dealing with estate or trust issues. Many involve esoteric procedural matters… Read More »