Hogwash Volume 26

June 2014
Volume 26
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Avoid Probate by Putting the Kids on the Deed

But is it a good idea? It's not uncommon to hear this suggestion – it may come from your barber or bartender or a family member – that one way to avoid the hassles of Probate is to simply have the kids, as the anticipated heirs placed on the deed to the farm, so to speak.

While it might avoid probate, if nothing else is added to the family estate that needs to be probated, the scheme may present more problems down the line.

Most of us know that our kids are among the best in the world, and, except for minor matters that occurred, perhaps in elementary and high school, they are each a joy forever who will always be there for us in our dotage . Am I right?

Statistically, the experts tell us that the future may not be so bright. It is reported that one third of all marriage ends up in the divorce courts. Property interests placed in a child s name to avoid probate for a parent may become enmeshed in the divorce proceedings as marital property.

Similarly, if a child becomes liable for monetary damages, either through default of financial obligations such as a mortgage or college loans or the result of an incident such as an auto accident, the property interest conveyed by a parent may be considered to be a property interest that may need to be sold to satisfy the obligation.

Before any shortcut is taken to avoid probate, a thorough discussion with a legal and/or financial professional is recommended to be certain that the proposed tactic is consistent with the best needs of the family.

The 2014 World Cup is On!

By U.S. standards, soccer is a notoriously difficult sport to follow: throughout the year, a soccer club like Spain's Real Madrid competes in multiple national and international tournaments, their schedules seamlessly intertwined-a stark contrast to the one-dimensional reality of U.S. major sports leagues, where teams compete in a single national league (e.g. NFL, NBA, MLB) supposedly with the one objective of becoming "Champions." The intrigue of international player transactions further adds to the confusion: how can a team based in Manchester, England feature ZERO English players in its starting 11? Conversely, why do almost all players in the Brazilian national team play soccer in Europe, and not Brazil?

Yet anyone who's driven by crowded youth soccer tournaments in recent years knows this much:soccer — technically, association football — has at last become more than merely America's favorite "sport of the future." And for the next four weeks or so, the world's (arguably) most widely viewed sporting event will gladly consume the lives of millions of soccer fans, in the U.S. and abroad: the 2014 World Cup, in Brazil.

Hogwash or not, the World Cup matters a great deal to a great many people and therefore may consume a share of your conversations between now and mid-July. On cue, here are some "conversation-starters":

  • This is only the 20th World Cup. Since the inaugural tournament in 1930, the World Cup has taken place every four years except 1942 and 1946, when a different kind of worldwide event took precedence over soccer.
  • A total of 203 national teams competed in qualification matches over the past four years to reach the 2014 tournament; only 32 of those can play in the World Cup.
  • Over the course of 80 years, only eight teams have been crowned champions. Think about that for a second!
  • The United States Men's National Soccer Team (USMNT for short) has never won it all or even reached the final, but it once made it to 3rd place… back in 1930. As consolation, USMNT fans should remember that their biggest soccer rival, Mexico, has never made it past the quarterfinals.
  • Historically, Brazil is the cup's biggest winner with five titles and the only team to have qualified for and played in every tournament.
  • Last, it should go without saying that the World Cup is also a big business, and audience numbers matter: the 2010 World Cup Final was the most-watched soccer game in U.S. television history, when 24.3 million people watched Spain beat the Netherlands. Still, the U.S. audience was only a fraction of the 909.6 million television viewers worldwide who watched at least one minute of that game, according to FIFA, the sport's sinister governing body. FIFA's statisticians also claim that 619.7 million people watched at least 20 consecutive minutes of the 2010 Final, and that by the end of the 2010 tournament approximately 46% of the world's population had watched at least part of a game-but who's counting?
Issue: 26
In This Issue
Avoid Probate by Putting the Kids on the Deed
The 2014 World Cup is On!
Food in Focus for Summer Celebrations
Lawyer Jokes
Celebrate Father's Day . . . By Choice
Baby Boomers Recognition Day
Karen's Home Cooking

Food in Focus for Summer Celebrations

With our weather quickly transforming to summer for most of us winter's cabin fever quickly changed to thoughts of grilling and outdoor dining.

Food festivals across the country take a big lift in June with numerous strawberry festivals, a celebration of National Ice Tea Month, the Great Wisconsin Cheese Festival in Little Chute Wisconsin and a Banana Split festival in Wilmington, Ohio.

Great summer eating celebrations continue in July with National Horseradish Month, National Hot Dog Month, National Ice Cream Month, National Blueberries Month and – in keeping with the summer food theme – National Grilling Month.

In this month's Hogwash!

you'll find some great new recipes for that summer picnic staple potato salad in Karen's Home Cooking. Karen puts her usual creative spin on ingredients and seasonings to come up with some new alternatives to a dish that her husband's family loves.

Farmers Markets are now open throughout the region with fresh, locally grown produce, meats, cheese eggs and more. It's a great time to get out and shop for seasonal foods to add to your summer dining menus.

Here are some links to local Farmers Market locations, days and times:

Grand Traverse County Farmers Markets

Leelanau County Farmers Markets

For a list of Farmers Markets throughout the state, click here.

Lawyer Jokes

If we can't laugh at ourselves, then who can we laugh at?

Here's some lawyer humor, I guess you could say the joke's on us (nyuk, nyuk, nyuk).

A drunk climbs on a bar stool in a bar and screams "All lawyers are sneaky thieves." A man stands up and says "Hey, I resent that remark." The drunk shouts back "Why, are you a lawyer?" "No", says the man "I'm a sneaky thief."

A young lawyer died and was brought to heaven. Upon arriving at the Pearly Gates the lawyer started protesting that it's way to early for him to day, for he was only 32 years old, and there must be some mistake. The St. Peter agreed that perhaps it was a mistake and agreed to look into it. After a few minutes he came back and said "I'm sorry sir but I am afraid there is no mistake, we calculated your age by how many hours you billed your clients, and you are at least 96.

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Celebrate Father's Day . . . By Choice

What does it mean, legally speaking, to be a father? There are a few ways, legally (not biologically, everyone!) speaking, to become a father:

  • Being married to the mother when she gives birth regardless of whether you are the biological father;
  • Adoption by Court Order;
  • Signing, with the mother, an Acknowledgment of Paternity (assuming that she is not married to another); and
  • Bringing an action, under the Paternity Act, to establish paternity, custody rights, child support obligation, and legal fatherhood.

Of course, becoming a father, legally, comes with a number of responsibilities and consequences, including:

  • The right to parenting time with your child;
  • Legal custody rights, which include the right to be involved in all major decisions affecting the life of your child;
  • Child support obligation, in accordance with the Michigan Child Support Formula;
  • Your child's right to inherit from you, after your demise.

Can one "unbecome" a father? Yes, and no. Yes, if, for instance, a man signed an Acknowledgment of Paternity at the hospital, and later learns that the child is not, in fact, his biological child. But, action to revoke that Acknowledgment of Paternity must be taken promptly. Under Michigan's "Revocation of Paternity Act," that man must take action (file with a Court) within one year of the signing of the Acknowledgment, or within three years of the child's birth, whichever comes later. Can a father "sign off on his rights?" The short answer is "No," unless someone else (such as a stepfather) is stepping forward to take on the role of the second parent. Michigan presumes that a child has an inherent right to be supported by both of her parents.

Becoming a father is a choice. It comes with lots of responsibility and often much reward. This Father's Day, remember all those in your life and circles that have made that choice, and followed through on it.

Baby Boomers Recognition Day

For all you Baby Boomers who peruse these pages, you may not know that June 23 has been set aside to specifically recognize you. Or should I mention that it is also National Pink Day, although I don't know how that actually figures into the recognition of Baby Boomers.

Who, one may ask, is a Baby Boomer and how did that designation come about? It appears that someone with perhaps nothing better to do, decided that the generation of people born between 1946 and 1964 were a special group, worth of such recognition.

The Baby Boom followed immediately after the close of Second World War and an subsequent up-tick in the birth rate. Boomers, it is said are a generation empowered with visions of optimism, exploration and achievement and as a consequence of the economic expansion following the War, those born during that period had greater educational, financial and social opportunities than those born in previous generations.

If you are a Boomer, you have witnessed – although you may not a have personally participated in it – Space Exploration as well as significant historical, political and social changes, both nationally and internationally – some good and some not so good – that have far reaching effects upon those who follow you.

Remember the old adage, Never trust anyone over 30? Well, if you are a Baby Boomer, I guess that now means you, unless 70 is the new 30.

If you feel that recognition is IMPORTANT, if only to boost your sagging ego as well as other body parts, then enjoy it with your family, friends and favorite libation. We will be there right with you.

Extra! Extra! Read All About It!

Okay maybe that headline should be "Read It!" But, the point is, the breaking news is that you dear reader, have an opportunity to help determine who is awarded the next Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction. And the Nominees are [drumroll]:

"The Burgess Boys" by Elizabeth Strout;

"Once We Were Brothers" by Ronald H. Balson; and

"Sycamore Row" by John Grisham

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Karen's Home Cooking

I've had an aversion to potato salad since childhood, so it's a real testament to my long term marriage that I have learned to adapt and appreciate the beloved summer salad. My husband comes from a large family of potluck gatherers and every time I've attended (rough estimate in the thousands) there has been a whole lotta' super big bowls of potato salad. That means family love!

Keeping with my reputation for making "weird (must be healthy) food," these are my two alternate versions of potato salad. Hold the mayo, please, and save the pickles to eat on the side!

P.S. No. 1

4-6 Yukon gold potatoes ½ cup olive oil

1 large sweet potato 1/4 cup white wine vinegar

3 beets ½ cup parsley and chives

1 red onion red pepper flakes, salt, pepper

5 cloves garlic

1 jalapeno (finely chopped)

½ cup black olives

Cut the veggies into equal sized bite-sized chunks. Drizzle with some olive oil and sprinkle on sea salt. Bake on cooking sheet or in large Dutch oven at 350̊ for about 20 minutes or until they start to carmelize (you can also grill them). Remove from oven and let cool. Whisk together the dressing and pour over the veggies. Add the olives, finely chopped jalapeño and dressing. Last, add the fresh herbs. Adding cheese is optional. I like to cut a sharp white cheese, or feta, into equal size chunks to match the size of the vegetables. Adjust seasonings to taste, stir again, and add more fresh herbs.

P.S. No. 2

6-7 Russet potatoes

2 chopped tomatoes

4 strips chopped, cooked bacon

2 boiled eggs

½ cup green olives

½ cup chopped celery

1 small onion

3/4 cup sour cream and mayo (or yogurt) mixture

1/4 cup pesto

2 tbsp. Dijon mustard

Frank's hot sauce


Smoked paprika

Boil 6-7 russet potatoes until softened. Mix the sour cream and mayo with your favorite pesto and Dijon mustard, hot sauce. Add tomatoes, chopped boiled eggs, bacon, celery and green olives. Let it sit for a few hours. Add the tarragon, salt and pepper last.

Now, on the lighter side, try this for a smaller gathering:

Shrimp Ceviche

1 pound medium-small shrimp, peeled and deveined

2 Tbsp. salt

3/4 cup lime juice (juice from 4-6 limes)

3/4 cup lemon juice (juice from 2-3 lemons)

1 cup finely chopped red onion

1 serrano chili, ribs and seeds removed, minced

1 cup chopped cilantro

1 cucumber, peeled diced into 1/2-inch pieces

1 avocado, peeled, seed removed, cut into 1/2-inch chunks

In a large pot of salted, add the shrimp and cook for one minute to two minutes max, depending on size of shrimp. Remove shrimp with a slotted spoon and place into a bowl of ice water.

Drain the shrimp. Cut each piece of shrimp in half, or into inch-long pieces. Place shrimp in a glass or ceramic bowl. Mix in the lime and lemon juice. Cover and refrigerate for a half hour.

Mix in the chopped red onion and serrano chili. Refrigerate an additional half hour.

Right before serving, add the cilantro, cucumber, and avocado.

And serve with this:

Vodka and Peppermint Syrup

Cook 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water with juice of a lemon until dissolved. Add ½ cup chopped fresh peppermint and puree. Stir a tsp into a chilled martini glass with your favorite vodka. Add one ice cube and a slice of lemon. You can keep this virgin using the simple syrup in mineral water or tonic instead of vodka. It is also delicious in ice tea.

Desert: Pour the syrup on cherry ice cream for another nice treat. Serve with frozen mint Girl Scout cookies.

Happy summer days are here — as always, enjoy!!

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