Sunday, February 27, 2011

Farewell, Lynna

For the last eight years, Lynna Pallas Henderson has been my sidekick, my confidant, my conscience, my mind-reader, my confessor and my general  “right-hand woman”.  She has been the sunny voice on the other end of the phone line when you called, the happy face at the door when you came for our meeting, the one I could count on to make anything happen, and the glue that held so many things together.    And now, the time has come for her to move on to the next adventure in her life.  Lynna and her husband are relocating to Maine, where she will enjoy long-earned and much-deserved “retirement” at the family estate on the beautiful shores of the Atlantic.  It’s hard to imagine life at the office without her, and I will miss her terribly, but I am so excited for her to begin the next chapter in her life.  Lynna, my life has been immeasurably changed for the better for having had you in it.  So in a nod to our mutual love of musical theatre, I turn to Stephen Schwartz with my farewell to you:

“I’ve heard it said that people come into our lives for a reason
bringing something we must learn, and we are led to those who help us most to grow, if we let them, and we help them in return . .
. . . So much of me is made of what I learned from you. 
You’ll be with me like a handprint on my heart . . .
Because I knew you, I have been changed for good.”

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Mortgage Broker Rule Changes

Interesting article on changes to the rules regarding mortgage brokers and their fees . . . all part of a massive effort to better protect consumers in the mortgage industry.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

My Facebook Page and Relevant News Articles

I am kind of a news junkie... and in connection with my reading a whole lot of newspapers and online sources, I regularly post links to articles of interest on my Facebook page.  Here are a couple of links to interesting articles in today's New York Times, one about calculating the APR in comparing mortgage products:
and another about the new estate and gift tax laws:
And of course, the link, once again, to the Facebook page itself:!/pages/Law-Offices-of-Judith-R-Pike/118159531528358

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Titling of Assets Matters!

Having a Will and a even a Trust is not all you need to do for proper administration and disposition of your estate.  The way you hold title to your assets will also play a large part in determining who receives your assets upon death.  Here is a link to an excellent and very comprehensive article in today's New York Times on this important topic: