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In today’s world many people are just too nosy.  They cannot mind their own business.  In my era when I lived in the city,  there was always an older woman in the window watching out for us. Of course, she would also tattle on us as well.  She knew the neighborhood, the people, what was going on, etc.  Today, though, people are extremely inquisitive as to who you are, what you are doing, how much money you make and almost anything and everything else you can think of.  Many people automatically respond but not always with the truth.  The braggart will exaggerate their income, home, car, etc.  If you really wanted to check them out you would find that they are heavily in debt, drive a car that they can barely make payments for and have a job that is not as fabulous as they state.  Most people do not have the courage to say, “Mind your own business.”  Yet, often that is what is really necessary.  There are individuals who will answer without ever really saying anything. This tends to lead to issues when I am interviewing a person for estate planning documents.  Often they do not wish to answer.  The point of my questions is to make sure the documents are correct and accurate.  There was once a client who was a beneficiary and successor trustee of a trust.  The woman referred to him by his nickname in all of her documents.  This made the entire process of closing out her estate very complicated.  The attorney had to file in court, the successor trustee had to appear to prove who he was and in the end after months of documents and fees it was finally cleared up.  I love the neighbors who practically investigate you when you move into a new home.  They want to know everything and then they gossip about the street leaving everything about them out.  How do you feel about nosy people? The Good Gus Series is available online at Kindle, Nook and Waterstones. Hard copies, personally autographed, are available through our website along with past blogs for your reading enjoyment. Now available audio and videos for the Good Gus series on YouTube! Digitizing for all the books are available now on YouTube! “Misplaced Trust” is now available on Amazon in e-book form. It is also available digitally at If you are thinking of a Will or a Living Trust, “Misplaced Trust” will give you the information you need to make an informed decision.

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