Getting Those Uncomfortable Conversations Out of the Way

Not to give away my age, but I am at a point in my life where I have begun thinking of my own legal future — Why don’t I have a will yet? What would happen to the children? yada yada yada. Coincidentally it’s also the age at which my parents have begun putting their affairs in order, leaving one less thing to worry about as they enjoy the last decades of their lives.

Speaking with friends about those same situations, I seem to be one of the luckier ones. My parents have already arranged for their own advance directives, arranged for Powers of Attorney and even gone so far as to organize electronic data. So, if/when an unfortunate day comes, I am my siblings will be in a good place moving forward.

This article happened to come my way, which I thought would be good to share. If your parents are not quite as forward-thinking as mine have been, hopefully these suggestions here will help get you started.

Information provided by Adele Thonn, Forensic Document Examiner (

Do-It-Yourself Legal Forms

Recently I read a brief post about problems that can occur as a result of do-it-yourself legal-type forms and online services. Although the post wasn’t overly explanatory, it did get me to thinking of how many of us utilize those legal packets sold at office supply houses and/or online.

The moral of the story here is be careful what avenue you pursue for your legal needs. If utilizing a DIY resource, perhaps it would be best to run it by an attorney before finalizing?

If interested in the initial posting, click here:

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What’s in a Name?

I don’t know about the rest of the world, but I had the darnedest time coming to a conclusion on a company name for my forensic document examination business. I himmed and hawed for the better part of one year, with an ongoing list of names or named components. And as I’d get bored with them, or find them easily in internet searches, they’d get a strike-thru. I suppose I should have done what the younger generation does, which is to do an internet search for any and all questions in life. If I had done that, I would have found this article, which I found very interesting and quite helpful (

In any event, it’s actually my mentor who gave me my company name. I had always admired hers, which had been created almost four decades prior. And driving home from court one day, she mentioned that she had initially wanted to use the name of “The Write Consultants” for her business. Sadly, the name at that time was already in use according to the State of Louisiana. Fast forward to present day, to my advantage, it is no longer in use. I, of course, sought her approval for use of the name. After all, it was her idea and the ethical thing to do, but the name also shares some similarity with her company’s.

So, if you’re in need of forensic document examination services of any kind, you now have two uniquely named choices in the State of Louisiana — The Write Image and The Write Consultants. Let’s say it’s a “family affair.”

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