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Happy Thanksgiving

Be a Know-it-all at Thanksgiving Dinner

As you get ready to depart for Thanksgiving, why not take some of your free time to learn a little bit about the laws surrounding this holiday?

Here are a few fun legal facts about Thanksgiving to help you through awkward small talk around the Thanksgiving dinner table.

2019 Will Bring Social Security Beneficiaries the Biggest Increase in Eight Years
The Social Security Administration has announced a 2.8 percent increase in benefits in 2019, the largest increase since 2012.

If you die without a will, your assets will be left to your relatives in a predetermined order. Is that what you really want???

When someone dies without a valid will, they are said to have died intestate. The division of an intestate person’s estate is governed by several sections of the Maine Revised Statutes in the probate code. These sections may be found in 18-A MRS §2-101 to §2-405. 

(A revised version of the Probate Code will take effect on July 1, 2019, repealing all Title 18-A provisions. Statutes related to intestate succession will then be located at 18-C MRS §2-101 et seq.)

A defending attorney was cross examining a coroner. The attorney asked, "Before you signed the death certificate had you taken the man's pulse?"
"No," the coroner replied.

The attorney then asked, "Did you listen for a heart beat?"
The coroner said, "No."

"Did you check for breathing?", asked the attorney.
Again the coroner replied, "No."

The attorney asked, "So when you signed the death certificate you had not taken any steps to make sure the man was dead, had you?"
The coroner, now tired of the brow beating said, "Well, let me put it this way. The man's brain was sitting in a jar on my desk, but for all I know he could be out there practicing law somewhere.

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