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      thawed and peeled
For dressing, whisk all the dressing ingredients together and when shrimp has cooled, finely dice it and add to dressing. Cover and refrigerate for at least four hours. Serve with crackers.
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ANSWER: Yes. You have a legal obligation as a fiduciary to follow the terms of your Mother’s Trust. You don’t have a choice. You are just the administrator of her Trust. You cannot change the terms. Remember, your Mother stated where she wanted her money (and other assets) to go when she passed. That was her decision and her decision alone. Your siblings don’t have a say in what your Mother does with her money. Your Mother could have left every penny to the humane society or her church. As long as your Mother was competent when she signed her Trust, neither you nor your siblings have any right to decide where she leaves her money.
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It is truly the New Year! My knee replacement recovery went well and I am back to regular activities. Now it’s time to focus on eating a little lighter. For this recipe you can use either low fat mayonnaise or perhaps a Greek yogurt to make the dressing fit your food goals.
• 4 cups of water
• 2 sprigs fresh tarragon
• 1⁄2 teaspoon whole peppercorns • 3 lemon slices
• 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
• 1 pound medium frozen shrimp,
your siblings to stop talking to each other and not spend the holidays together. I once had a client that had not talked to his brother in 40 years because they fought when his Mother passed. 40 YEARS!
  I think the lesson here is to choose wisely when you pick a Trustee or Personal Representative for your own estate plan. Don’t just pick
the oldest child, or the one who is close by; make it a wise decision. If you think there may be problems, appoint a bank or a trust company.
 I see this much more often than I would like to. The last thing your Mother would want is for you and
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 • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice • 2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
• 1 stalk celery, minced
• 2 shallots, minced
For shrimp, put water in medium sauce pan and add tarragon sprigs, peppercorns, lemon slices, and 1⁄2 teaspoon salt. Bring just to a boil and then immediately add the shrimp and remove from heat. Cover and let stand five minutes and then remove shrimp to a bowl filled with ice to cool.
• 1⁄2 teaspoon each onion and garlic powders
• 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper • 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
                      • 1⁄2 cup mayonnaise
• 1 tablespoon fresh tarragon, minced
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