Taking Better Notes

By Michael L. Goldblatt 

Note-taking is an acquired skill that helps people improve recall and process information. The earliest evidence of note-taking is the practice of recording grain inventories on stones in Mesopotamia over 5,500 years ago. Since that time, the medium for note-taking has evolved from clay tablets used during the Assyrian Empire, to papyrus made in Ancient Egypt, then parchment utilized in medieval times, and now paper which has been widely used since the Renaissance. Although the Digital Age has brought electronic media to note-taking, paper products remain a popular tool for taking notes. Continue reading “Taking Better Notes”

Mastering the Art of Communicating with Letters

By Michael L. Goldblatt 

The history of letter writing began when Egyptians started using papyrus over 30,000 years ago. For thousands of years, letter writing was restricted to governments, merchants, and wealthy individuals. By the 1800’s, letter writing finally became accessible to the masses with the spread of public education, availability of affordable wood-based paper, and drastic reductions in postage rates. Recent technological advances caused a huge decline in letter writing, but it still remains an effective method of communication. Letters are useful for persuading an adversary, explaining complicated issues to a client, and submitting detailed proposals and replies. Letters also work well for personal matters like condolences, congratulations, and thank you’s. Read on for tips for writing professional letters that improve your communications. Continue reading “Mastering the Art of Communicating with Letters”

“This Is the End, Beautiful Friend”

The following is an excerpt from “Wills of the Rich & Famous: A Fascinating Glimpse at the Legacies of Celebrities”  by Herbert E. Nass, Esq.

Jim Morrison
December 8, 1943 Melbourne, Florida

July 3, 1971
Paris, France

When rock superstar Jim Morrison died at the age of twenty-seven in a bathtub in Paris, he left a lyrical legacy that is etched into the consciousness of a genera­tion. As the incendiary lead singer for the sixties rock group The Doors, Morrison helped light the flames and fan the fires of that decade. One of The Doors’ first and best-known songs was “Light My Fire,” which became an anthem for the flower children of the sixties. Another song, performed particularly graphically by Morrison, was “The End,” in which the protagonist in the song has an Oedipal encounter with his mother and ends up murder­ing both of his parents. Strange days, indeed.

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Lawyers Can Write Clearly and Coherently

The "Consumerism Movement" of the 1970’s gave rise to the Plain Language Movement which, in New York, birthed the "Sullivan Law." The law required simplification of consumer agreements (contracts, including leases) and included a monetary penalty for violation of the Act. An amendment to the Sullivan Law that updates the $50,000 threshold to $100,000, passed the NYS Assembly and Senate and is now awaiting the Governor’s action. The Bill has not received the furor of attention that the original Sullivan Law received in the late 70’s. However, it will require a review of contracts and leases to see if they are now within the higher threshold of the law.

In the 1970’s the prospect of rewriting many Blumberg Leases and Contracts got my attention, and I sought out the "experts" for guidance. What I learned I summarized in the following article originally published in 1979.

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An Easy and Efficient Way to Organize Data for Your Heirs

By Mike Forman
COO and VP, Chief Financial Officer, Blumberg

In a world of fast paced, online financial data, it has become increasingly difficult to manage and maintain all our information. Paper vs. paperless, websites, user names and passwords as well as data encryption have most of us struggling to keep a handle on all of it. Now imagine your loved ones having to figure all this out upon your passing. Trying to locate your assets, life insurance and related documents could be a monumental task. Where would they begin?

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Sunset on Sunset Boulevard

Circa 1923: American silent screen star Gloria Swanson (1897 – 1983) in a scene from an unknown film.

The following is an excerpt from “Wills of the Rich & Famous: A Fascinating Glimpse at the Legacies of Celebrities”  by Herbert E. Nass, Esq.

March 27, 1899
Chicago, Illinois

April 4, 1983
New York Hospital
New York, New York

The only child of Joseph and Adelaide Svensson, Glo­ria May Josephine Svensson was born in Chicago in 1899. Gloria Svensson adopted the name “Swanson,” and she became the glittering goddess of Hollywood’s roaring twenties. Ms. Swanson summed up her larger-­than-life presence in films with her famous line in the 1950 film Sunset Boulevard: “I am big. It’s the movies that got small.”

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