A Different Kind of Legacy

It goes without saying that each of our founding fathers left a lasting national legacy. To wrap up the month of October and our focus on American legal history, the article below details some of the interesting personal legacies left under our forefathers’ Last...

How many justices?

The U.S. Constitution established the Supreme Court but left it to Congress to decide how many justices should make up the court. The Judiciary Act of 1789 set the number initially at six, and the number fluctuated for the next century until, in 1869, Congress raised...

The Spirit of ’76

Many of our clients express their frustration at an estate tax that seems excessive and unfair.  Believe it or not, it could be worse. Prior to 1976, the top estate tax rate was a whopping 77% (and remained at 70% until 1981). Today’s taxation structure imposes...

Common Law Wisdom

“The life of the law has not been logic; it has been experience.” – The Common Law, by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., who served as an Associate Justice on the Supreme Court from...

October 12th

For the month of October, we will be highlighting key events in American history that have shaped our legal culture. It seems particularly fitting to “launch” by recalling that on this day in 1492, Christopher Columbus reached the New World (as the...