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Pa Estate Law – 5 – Powers

Under Pennsylvania law, the proper terms for the persons in charge of your Estate Planning documents are called your “fiduciaries” and I refer to these people – those in charge – as the “Bosses.” Each boss has powers, and these powers can be summarized very simply.

Pa Estate Law – Powers – Summary

Agent (under a Power of Attorney) can help manage all of your affairs.
Surrogate (under an Advance Directive for Health Care) can execute your end of life decisions.
Executor (under a Will) can administer your Estate.
Trustee (under a Trust) can monitor and manage your Trust.

Pa Estate Law – Powers – Note

Again, and although a technical knowledge of the parameters of these various powers can be useful, it is not the point of this article. The focus is to illustrate that an Agent, a Surrogate, an Executor, and a Trustee can generally possess broad powers to act for you under that respective document.

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This article, which I published in the The Pennsylvania Law Weekly in the Spring of 2009 (with a few minor changes) is still relevant today. You can also review this article in the series of posts that have been – and will be – published in this blog.

Pa Estate Law – 1 – Overview
Pa Estate Law – 2 – Planning
Pa Estate Law – 3 – Taxes
Pa Estate Law – 4 – Fiduciaries
Pa Estate Law – 5 – Powers
Pa Estate Law – 6 – Traits
Pa Estate Law – 7 – Documents
Pa Estate Law – 8 – Pointers

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“You Have To Forgive Yourself”

Dr. Cox: So how come you don’t have to get all dressed up?

Ben: I am dressed up. You see any holes in these pants?

Dr. Cox: No.

Ben: I’m glad you made it. Listen. There is one more thing you have to do for me.

Dr. Cox: You can’t keep me from getting drunk.

Ben: You have to forgive yourself for everything that went down the other day.

Dr. Cox: You are so annoying.

Ben: Yeah.

Dr. Cox: Okay.

Ben: Good.

Dr. Cox: Now, where is your camera? Aren’t, aren’t you going to take some pictures?

… J.D.: Pictures of what? …

Dr. Cox: You know. Crying babies. Covered in chocolate. People singing happy birthday to my son, who’ve never even met him before. You know, the whole routine.

… J.D.: Where do you think we are? …

… but in the end …

… the most important thing to accept is that …

… no matter alone you feel …

… how painful it may be …

… with the help of those around you …

… you will get through this too …

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Last Wills – Freddie Mercury

In his Last Will, Freddie Mercury left the vast majority of his wealth, including his home and recording royalties, to Mary Austin, and the remainder to his parents and sister.

Mary Austin continues to live at Mercury’s home, Garden Lodge, Kensington, with her family.

Last Wills – Freddie Mercury – Bio

Freddie Mercury (Farrokh Bulsara)
Born September 5, 1946 – Died November 24, 1991
British/Asian Musician, Singer, Songwriter, Lead Vocalist of Queen.

Last Wills – Freddie Mercury – Mary Austin

In the early 1970s Mercury had a long-term relationship with Mary Austin, whom he had met through guitarist Brian May. He lived with Austin for several years in West Kensington.

By the mid-1970s, however, the singer had begun an affair with a male American record executive at Elektra Records, which ultimately resulted in the end of his relationship with Austin.

Mercury and Austin nevertheless remained close friends through the years, with Mercury often referring to her as his only true friend.

In a 1985 interview, Mercury said of Austin, “All my lovers asked me why they couldn’t replace Mary [Austin], but it’s simply impossible. The only friend I’ve got is Mary and I don’t want anybody else. To me, she was my common-law wife. To me, it was a marriage. We believe in each other, that’s enough for me.”

Last Wills – Freddie Mercury – “Love of my Life”

Freddie Mercury also wrote several songs about Mary Austin, the most notable of which is “Love of My Life”.

Introduced during the “News of the World” Tour in 1977, “Love of My Life” was a concert favorite.

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Grave Sites – Unknown Soldier

“Here Rests In Honored Glory An American Soldier Known But To God”

Grave Sites – Unknown Soldier

The Tomb Of The Unknown Soldier
July 2, 1937 – Present
Arlington National Cemetery

Ps – Grave Sites – Unknown Soldier – Ritual

Known as “Walking The Mat,” there is a meticulous ritual the guard follows when watching over the graves:

The soldier walks 21 steps across the Tomb. This alludes to the 21-gun salute, which is the highest honor given to any military or foreign dignitary in America. His weapon is always on the shoulder opposite the Tomb (i.e., on the side of the gallery watching the ritual).

On the 21st step, the soldier turns and faces the Tomb for 21 seconds.

The soldier then turns to face the other way across the Tomb and changes his weapon to the outside shoulder.

After 21 seconds, the first step is repeated.

This is repeated until the soldier is relieved of duty at the Changing of the Guard.

Ps – Grave Sites – Unknown Soldier – Dedication

The Tomb Guards, a special platoon within the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) work on a team rotation of 24 hours on, 24 hours off, for five days, taking the following four days off.

A guard takes an average of six hours to prepare his uniform – heavy wool, regardless of the time of year – for the next day’s work.

In addition to preparing the uniform, guards also complete physical training, Tomb Guard training, cut their hair before the next work day, and shave twice per day.

Tomb Guards are required to memorize 16 pages of information about Arlington National Cemetery and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, including the locations of nearly 300 graves and who is buried in each one.

The Tomb of the Unknowns has been guarded continuously, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, since July 2, 1937.

Inclement weather does not cause the watch to cease.

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