Monday, 04 July 2016 22:01

Happy Fourth of July 2016

Happy Fourth of July 2016


The Fourth of July is probably my favorite holiday other than Christmas.  It is a great time for all of us to reflect upon the founding of this great nation, this wonderful republic, this great experiment. 


It sounds kind of strange to think of the founding of this nation as an experiment, but it certainly was.  Never in the history of the world has a nation founded on the principals that the United States was founded on been tried.  As a matter of fact, it is the manner in which we were founded that allows us to create an estate plan in the first place.  We have property rights in this country.  These property rights allow us to manage and dispose of our property how we see fit.  That sounds basic and simple to us, but please remember that this is the EXCEPTION to the way it was in most of the world. 


You can read my blog on the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence here.


I thank God that I was born an American.  I believe America is exceptional.  I believe our best days are ahead of us.


 Please feel free to give me a call today and we can review your situation and other Estate Planning goals.  Everyone’s situation is different, and I can help create solutions. 


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William Daniel Powell (Dan)


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Tuesday, 16 December 2014 00:00

The Declaration of Independence

The Declaration of Independence – a timeless work of art by the drafters, and a crime punishable by death for all involved

Hello and welcome to my blog. For this first “episode” I was wondering how to begin talking about wills, trusts, estate planning, and property rights. I figured that a bit of history may be a good way to get the ball rolling so-to-speak, so let us begin with a truly wonderful document, experiment, and – though at times dubious – beginning to something that had never been tried in the course of humankind.

The Declaration of Independence

The entire Declaration of Independence, among other documents, can be found at:

So why was the Declaration of Independence written?

For many years before the Declaration of Independence was written, the colonies were asking King George for redress of grievances. The King provided no help. The King was making the colonies help pay for the recent Seven Years’ War in England. At this time, the Magna Carta had long been in effect and had been imposed on the King of England (back in 1215) by the subjects and stated basically that not even the King could be above the law and take away certain rights of the people. The colonists felt the King was taking away these rights and asked for relief stating that they were free men. After about ten years with no relief provided by the King, the colonist turned to armed conflict with the political control of England.

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