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South Carolina Nursing Home Blog

South Carolina Nursing Home Blog

Covers nursing home abuse and litigation. By Poliakoff & Associates.

http://www.scnursinghomelaw.com/
  • Sep 17

    80 year old man Slapped by Caregiver

    80 year old man Slapped by Caregiver
    Taneka Kiera Hopkins worked at a South Haven nursing home when she was charged with second-degree elder abuse after abusing an 80 year old bedridden patient. Hopkins slapped the man and treated him roughly. The police caught on to Hopkins…
  • Sep 15

    What Would You Do With $10,000?

    What Would You Do With $10,000?
    One nursing home is answering that question the same way that they always live their lives: by giving to others. The Randolph County Nursing Home houses a number of residents, including Merlene Brown. Brown had a mastectomy 13 years ago and…
  • Sep 14

    Texas Failing Those Most Dependent on the State

    Texas Failing Those Most Dependent on the State
    Families for Better Care recently released their second state report card for nursing home rankings. Coming in as the worst state for nursing homes is Texas, for the second consecutive year. Texas failed to meet minimum federal requirements…
Rank this Week: 128

Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Blog

Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Blog

Covers Illinois nursing homes and information for nursing home residents, family members, ombudsmen, resident advocates, elder law attorneys and nursing home staff. By Levin & Perconti.

http://blog.levinperconti.com/
  • Sep 14

    Omnicare Sues Nursing Home

    Omnicare Sues Nursing Home
    The pharmaceutical company Omnicare is a company largely in the news as it relates to accusations and allegations of fraud against taxpayers by the nursing homes and long-term care facilities with which it does business. These has stemmed…
  • Sep 12

    Weight Loss Surgery May Reduce Chances of Alzheimer’

    Weight Loss Surgery May Reduce Chances of Alzheimer’
    Many residents of nursing homes and long-term care facilities suffer from psychological illnesses, such as Alzheimer's and other types of dementia. For these patients, they are supposed to receive a tailored care plan that doctors, nurses and…
  • Sep 11

    Movement to Reduce Use of Antipsychotic Medications Slow to Take Hold

    Movement to Reduce Use of Antipsychotic Medications Slow to Take Hold
    As we have previously discussed, the use of antipsychotic drugs on resident patients of nursing homes and long-term care facilities has been a controversial issue for years and years. Antipsychotic medications historically have been used to…
Rank this Week: 162

Elder Law Prof Blog

Elder Law Prof Blog

Edited by Kim Dayton, Rebecca C. Morgan and Katherine C. Pearson.

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/elder_law/
  • Sep 18

    Home, Housing & Boomer

    Home, Housing & Boomer
    My colleague and dear friend Mark Bauer (current chair of the Aging & Law AALS section) sent me a link to an article published in CityLab. The article is titled Where Are the Baby Boomers Going to Live Out Their...
  • Sep 17

    Moving Video from Cleveland Clinic

    Moving Video from Cleveland Clinic
    If you haven't seen this yet, it's worth watching--and showing to your class. Titled Empathy: The Human Connection to Patient Care, the video runs just over 4 minutes. It can be accessed here. (Thanks to Judy Stein, Executive Director for...
  • Sep 17

    Question: What's the Green House Project? (Hint: It's Not About Growing Tomatoes)

    Question: What's the Green House Project? (Hint: It's Not About Growing Tomatoes)
    Recently I sat in on a very interesting webinar on The Green House Project. I had heard the phrase "green house" connected to new options for Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs), but I was not sure what it entailed,…
Rank this Week: 176

Florida Estate Planning Lawyer…

Florida Estate Planning Lawyer Blog

Covers estate planning, probate, taxes, elder law, business law and employment law issues. By Law Office of David M. Goldman PLLC.

http://www.floridaestateplanninglawyerblog.com/
  • Aug 25

    Estate Planning: Dealing with your digital death instead of before

    Estate Planning: Dealing with your digital death instead of before
    Portland company WebCease is making waves in the probate and estate-planning community by helping attorneys and grieving families locate the deceased's digital accounts. CEO Glenn Williamson aims to be the first to provide this service to…
  • Aug 18

    Three Documents Every 18-Year-Old Should Sign

    Three Documents Every 18-Year-Old Should Sign
    As most young adults are about to return to college, most parents do not think about the fact that not that their child is 18 they are an adult in the eyes of the law. Deborah Jacobs has written an article on this in Forbes outlining two…
  • Aug 14

    Do I need to go through a lawyer to make a will in Florida or can I use a website like legalzoom?

    Do I need to go through a lawyer to make a will in Florida or can I use a website like legalzoom?
    You can use a website or create your own will in Florida, but we find that some people do not create valid wills, or create wills that do things other than what they want. We only charge $200 for a will so an online will does not save very…
Rank this Week: 211

Estate Law Canada

Estate Law Canada

Covers estate planning topics, trusts, probate, Enduring Powers of Attorney, health care directives, incapacity issues and elder law. By Lynne Butler.

http://estatelawcanada.blogspot.com/
  • Sep 14

    How the rich die - bizarre celebrity last wills and testament

    How the rich die - bizarre celebrity last wills and testament
    Here's a bit of light reading for the weekend. Click here to read an article from www.fad-nation.com that gives a short list of what they consider bizarre wills and estates. The attached picture accompanied the article mentioned.
  • Sep 11

    Doctors impose DNR order, ignore family's pleas, leading to patient's death

    Doctors impose DNR order, ignore family's pleas, leading to patient's death
    You might be aware that recently doctors in Toronto did not assist Douglas DeGuerre, an elderly man who was having a heart attack, with the result that Mr. DeGuerre died. He was very sick with heart disease, diabetes, and other conditions,…
  • Sep 8

    How an executor should handle life insurance proceed

    How an executor should handle life insurance proceed
    Here is a brief but very useful article from James Dolan at advisor.ca that talks about how an executor handles life insurance policies in an estate administration. It has realistic tips and information, and even touches on whether or not an…
Rank this Week: 231

Nursing Homes Abuse Blog

Nursing Homes Abuse Blog

Covers common problems encountered by residents and their families aat nursing homes and assisted living facilities. By Jonathan Rosenfeld.

http://www.nursinghomesabuseblog.com/
  • Jun 30

    Memory Care Facilities Emerging Specialty In Senior Care Industry

    Memory Care Facilities Emerging Specialty In Senior Care Industry
    As work continues on a 23,000-square-foot memory care center in Weston Wisconsin, it is important to remember that this is just one of the many facilities currently being built throughout the country. Because of the increased number of people…
  • Jun 23

    Mealtimes Turn Dangerous In Senior Care Facilitie

    Mealtimes Turn Dangerous In Senior Care Facilitie
    The Rookery home in Walcott found out that mealtimes could in fact be dangerous – and in this case even fatal. Paul Relton had a specific care plan that specified that he required one-to-one supervision when he was eating. His food also…
  • Jun 16

    Reports From Nursing Home Inspections Frequently Lag Behind

    Reports From Nursing Home Inspections Frequently Lag Behind
    When Mary Chiu discovered the bedsores that her 85-year old mother was struggling with, she was shocked to say the least. Her mother suffered bedsores on her big toe, heel, left leg, and the one on her backside was deep enough to where it…
Rank this Week: 245

Virginia Disability Law Blog

Virginia Disability Law Blog

Covers Social Security disability law and special needs trusts. By Sheri R. Abrams.

http://sheriabrams.com/blog
Rank this Week: 443

Rule of Law

Rule of Law

Covers British Columbia wills, trusts and estates law, elder law and estate litigation. By Stan Rule.

http://rulelaw.blogspot.com/
Rank this Week: 454

Utah Estate Planning

Utah Estate Planning

Covers estate planning, probate, trusts and wills in Utah. By Jason C. Hunter.

http://www.utahestateplanning.typepad.com/
  • Aug 22

    The Joy Of Inheriting Appreciated Property

    The Joy Of Inheriting Appreciated Property
    When you inherit property, such as a house or stocks, the property is usually worth more than it was when the original owner purchased it. If you were to sell the property, there could be huge capital gains taxes. Fortunately, when you…
  • Aug 21

    When PODs Go BAD

    When PODs Go BAD
    Are payable on death accounts a simple way to pass assets to heirs or are they a mistake? It sure sounds simple. With a payable on death account or paid on death account, you name a beneficiary who gets the account when you die—no probate,…
  • Aug 20

    QPRT Consideration

    QPRT Consideration
    Among those with wealth primarily concentrated in their home or investment portfolio, there are two types of trusts designed to transfer wealth to heirs and save taxes by removing the assets from the estate. In effect, this reduces the amount…
Rank this Week: 486

Idaho Estate Planning

Idaho Estate Planning

Covers estate planning, elder law, veterans benefits and special needs trusts. By Mark E. Wight.

http://idahoestateplanning.typepad.com/idaho_estate_planning/
  • Sep 18

    Idaho Estate Planning "Can We Talk?" Joan Rivers Funeral Cost Could Reduce Estate Tax

    Idaho Estate Planning "Can We Talk?" Joan Rivers Funeral Cost Could Reduce Estate Tax
    Rivers would have probably gotten a kick out of the fact that the expenses associated with her funeral are tax deductible for federal estate tax purposes – though as a smart business woman, I suspect she already knew that.
  • Sep 17

    Idaho Estate Planning - Is Congress Considering an Estate Tax Increase?

    Idaho Estate Planning - Is Congress Considering an Estate Tax Increase?
    This legislation would exempt more than 99.7 percent of Americans from paying any estate tax while ensuring that the wealthiest Americans in our country pay their fair share.
  • Sep 16

    Idaho Estate Planning - Mental Health Advance Directive

    Idaho Estate Planning - Mental Health Advance Directive
    Having a say in your own mental healthcare may be very important to you. But what if someday you’re unable to make decisions about your treatment? A psychiatric advance directive (PAD) is a document written while you’re mentally healthy…
Rank this Week: 682

Illinois Nursing Home Abuse…

Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers Blog

Covers Illinois Nursing Home Abuse, news, updates and commentary. Published by Pintas & Mullins Law Firm.

http://www.illinoisnursinghomeabuselawyersblog.com/
  • Sep 9

    Proposed Law to Allow Cameras in Nursing Home Resident Room

    Proposed Law to Allow Cameras in Nursing Home Resident Room
    The Illinois Attorney General's Office recently proposed a new law that would allow camera and audio recordings in the private rooms of nursing home residents. The resident would need to consent to the cameras and they or their family would…
  • Sep 4

    California Nursing Homes Charged with Overmedicating Resident

    California Nursing Homes Charged with Overmedicating Resident
    At least two California nursing homes have been charged with habitually overmedicating elderly residents for no other reason than to staff convenience. The drugs given are known as antipsychotics, and are given to residents without any…
  • Aug 26

    Medicare Star Ratings May Do More Harm Than Good

    Medicare Star Ratings May Do More Harm Than Good
    Choosing a nursing home for yourself or a loved one can be among the most decisions difficult of your life. In a culture increasingly dependent on the internet, Medicare's nursing home ranking website is exceedingly popular. There are more…
Rank this Week: 691

All About Estates

All About Estates

Covers estates, trusts, tax, litigation, guardianship and elder care.

http://www.allaboutestates.ca/
  • Jun 11

    A medical perspective on Estate matters – a chastened viewpoint

    A medical perspective on Estate matters – a chastened viewpoint
    I am very pleased to join the Allaboutestates blog to add a perspective on the role of the physician in estate matters. I recall vividly the first time I was asked in court: “Dr. Shulman, in your opinion did Mr. X have testamentary…
  • Jun 10

    Who is Your Daddy?

    Who is Your Daddy?
    I think it is safe to say that the concept of “family” is a foundational principle in estate planning. I think it is also safe to say that, when asked, all of us would have a very clear understanding of what is meant by the term…
  • Jun 9

    POA- Personal Care: Part 1/2

    POA- Personal Care: Part 1/2
    My work is with the living. POA’s are critical documents that are designed to support your wishes, while you are alive. Wills deal with your wishes, after you are dead.
Rank this Week: 735

PA Elder, Estate & Fiduciary…

PA Elder, Estate & Fiduciary Law Blog

Covers Elder Law, long-term care, "End-of-Life" and health care surrogate decision-making, estate & personal planning, fiduciary administrations, elders' dispute resolution, and Orphans' Court litigation. By Neil E. Hendershot.

http://paelderestatefiduciary.blogspot.com/
  • Aug 27

    Philadelphia Court Upholds Stephen Girard's Intention

    Philadelphia Court Upholds Stephen Girard's Intention
    Stephen Girard, late in life Painted by J.R. Lambdin Judge O'Keefe, Administrative Judge of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, sitting in the Orphans' Court Division, issued an opinion and order, dated August 21, 2014, released on…
  • Jun 19

    PA POA Reform legislation on Governor's Desk

    PA POA Reform legislation on Governor's Desk
    On June 18, 2014, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives adopted (193-0) the amended, compromise version of House Bill 1429, in Printer's No. 3708, regarding power of attorney reform.  The adopted legislation was transmitted to the…
  • Jun 16

    PA Power of Attorney Reform Legislation Move

    PA Power of Attorney Reform Legislation Move
    Legislative changes appear afoot regarding Pennsylvania's Power of Attorney laws. On Monday, June 16, 2014, the Pennsylvania Senate adopted (50-0), after three required considerations, a revised version of House Bill 1429, into a new…
Rank this Week: 790

Cooper Elder Law

Cooper Elder Law

Covers Ohio estate planning, nursing home protection and qualifying for veterans benefits. By Thom L. Cooper Company, LPA.

http://cooperelderlaw.com/our-blog/
  • Sep 15

    Cooper certified as elder law specialist

    Cooper certified as elder law specialist
    COLUMBUS — The Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA) announced that 19 attorneys have been certified as legal specialists in elder law. The Supreme Court Commission on Certification of Attorneys as Specialists accredited the OSBA to certify…
  • Aug 12

    How a Trust Affects Your Ohio Homestead Exemption

    How a Trust Affects Your Ohio Homestead Exemption
    By Tricia Applegate Do I still qualify for the Homestead Exemption if my home is in a Trust? The short answer is yes, with a few provisions. The State of Ohio states: You are eligible for the homestead exemption if all of the following are…
  • Aug 11

    What is HIPAA?

    What is HIPAA?
    By: JM Megail Gaumer HIPAA stands for “Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act”. The law was adopted in 1996 to, among many other complicated provisions, protect patients' personal information (a.k.a. protected…
Rank this Week: 874

The Official Medicare Blog and…

The Official Medicare Blog and Information Resource

Follows the issues related to Medicare Set Asides and MMSEA compliance. By MEDVAL, LLC.

http://www.medval.com/blog/
  • Sep 16

    NGHP Mandatory Insurer Reporting Alert: Final Five Digits of SSN is the New Minimum Requirement for Reporting, Effective 01/05/2015

    NGHP Mandatory Insurer Reporting Alert: Final Five Digits of SSN is the New Minimum Requirement for Reporting, Effective 01/05/2015
    CMS has issued an Alert that effective 01/05/15, if an individual’s HICN or full SSN cannot be obtained, reporting can still occur as long as the individual’s last five digits of SSN, first and last name, date of birth and gender…
  • Sep 3

    Paying Medicare Does Not Stop MSP Private Cause of Action Once Filed

    Paying Medicare Does Not Stop MSP Private Cause of Action Once Filed
    In the latest installment of what constitutes a private cause of action under the MSP, the US District Court for the Western District of Kentucky entered summary judgment on September 2, 2014 in favor of the estate of a Medicare beneficiary…
  • Aug 21

    Notice of Upcoming Enhancement to the WCMSAP

    Notice of Upcoming Enhancement to the WCMSAP
    CMS posted an alert on the Workers’ Compensation Set-Aside Web Portal (WCMSAP) page indicating a new feature to be available as of October 6, 2014. As of this date, portal users will be able to enter prescription drug information…
Rank this Week: 908

California Nursing Home Abuse…

California Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer Blog

Covers various nursing home abuse and elder neglect issues such as signs and symptoms of neglect, and California Elder Abuse and Neglect Law. By Walton Law Firm LLP.

http://www.nursinghomeabuselawyerblog.com/
  • Sep 17

    Northern California Nursing Home Sued for Overmedicating Resident

    Northern California Nursing Home Sued for Overmedicating Resident
    Nursing homes in California should take note of the negative publicity surrounding elder abuse and assisted-living facilities in our state.  A recent article in the Santa Cruz Sentinel described serious nursing home abuse…
  • Sep 10

    Sacramento Lawyer Charged with Elder Abuse

    Sacramento Lawyer Charged with Elder Abuse
    A recent article in the Sacramento Bee reported on an attorney in the northern California area who was charged with financial elder abuse.  At the Walton Law Firm, we take elder financial abuse very seriously.  As…
  • Sep 3

    Behind the Medicare Star Rating System

    Behind the Medicare Star Rating System
    History of the Star Rating System A recent New York Times article discussed the danger of trusting the Medicare star rating system, providing as an example a five-star nursing home facility in California with a history of elder…
Rank this Week: 916

New Jersey Estate Planning &…

New Jersey Estate Planning & Elder Law Blog

Covers business law and planning, elder law, estate planning, and probate and estate administration. By Deirdre Wheatley-Liss.

http://www.njelderlawestateplanning.com/
  • Apr 2

    Love is Lost - And So is Your Inheritance - Divorce Really Ends Thing

    Love is Lost - And So is Your Inheritance - Divorce Really Ends Thing
    A common plan among our married clients is to leave their property to their spouse, either outright or in trust - oft-referred to as the “I Love You” Will. Sometimes, love is lost and the couple divorces. We recommend our clients…
  • Mar 25

    Personal Injury Damages and Medicaid Liens - SCOTUS Decide

    Personal Injury Damages and Medicaid Liens - SCOTUS Decide
    You have a horrific accident and are looking at a life of extreme medical care.  The accident was caused by another person (drunk truck driver). You get a multi-million dollar award.  Does the state that you live in get a…
  • Mar 25

    Personal Injury Damages and Medicaid Leins - SCOTUS Decide

    Personal Injury Damages and Medicaid Leins - SCOTUS Decide
    You have a horrific accident and are looking a life of extreme medical care.  The accident was caused by another person (drunk truck driver). You get a multi-million dollar award.  Does the state that you live in get a share? First,…
Rank this Week: 1097

Florida Elder Law and Estate…

Florida Elder Law and Estate Planning

Provides news and views on current topics in elder law, estate planning, wills and trusts, caregiver issues, probate and estate administration, Medicaid and Veterans benefits, other issues of importance to seniors and their families. By Joseph S. Karp.

http://karplaw.blogspot.com/
  • Sep 13

    Karp Law Firm at Alzheimer's Association Lunch of Laughter

    Karp Law Firm at Alzheimer's Association Lunch of Laughter
    The Karp Law Firm helped sponsor the recent Alzheimer's Association "Lunch of Laughter" at the West Palm Beach Improv. All proceeds from the fundraiser benefited the Walk to End Alzheimer's. The Karp Law Firm will also…
  • Sep 12

    Retirees with student debt a growing problem

    Retirees with student debt a growing problem
    It's no secret: There's a student debt crisis in this country. But who imagined that student debt is a growing problem for the senior population? While few households headed by individuals 65 or older carry student loans, there has been a…
  • Sep 9

    Take HIPAA seriously - your doctors do

    Take HIPAA seriously - your doctors do
    Just how serious is the medical community about HIPAA, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act? According to an article in The New York Times of August 10, privacy concerns are responsible for the disappearance of the…
Rank this Week: 1175

New York Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer…

New York Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer Blog

Covers national and New York based elder neglect and nursing home abuse news. Published By Gallivan & Gallivan.

http://www.newyorknursinghomeabuselawyerblog.com/
  • Sep 3

    Queens Nursing Home Fails to Promote Healing of Pressure Sore

    Queens Nursing Home Fails to Promote Healing of Pressure Sore
    Silvercrest, a nursing home in Jamaica, Queens, NY received a deficient rating in a January, 2014 Department of Health Complaint Survey. The deficiency involved the facility's failure to provide proper and necessary treatment to a resident…
  • Aug 31

    Nassau County Nursing Home Cited for 19 Deficiencie

    Nassau County Nursing Home Cited for 19 Deficiencie
    Parkview Care and Rehabilitation Center, a nursing home in Massapequa, Long Island, was cited in an April Department of Health certification survey for nineteen deficiencies. The most serious of these deficiencies resulted in "actual…
  • Aug 31

    Westchester County Nursing Home Cited for Failure to Prevent Pressure Sore

    Westchester County Nursing Home Cited for Failure to Prevent Pressure Sore
    The Osborn, a Rye, New York nursing home, was cited in a December, 2013 Department of Health deficiency report for failing to properly treat and/or prevent pressure ulcers. According to the report, the facility did not accurately assess the…
Rank this Week: 1202

Wisconsin Estate Planning

Wisconsin Estate Planning

Covers Wisconsin estate planning, elder law, probate and trust administration, real estate law, business organization, and individual income tax preparation. By Tesar Law Group, S.C.

http://blog.tesarlaw.com/
  • Sep 17

    Leaving an Inheritance vs. Giving to Charity

    Leaving an Inheritance vs. Giving to Charity
    Whether you wish to leave you estate to a charity or your family, you should take steps to create a plan that accomplishes what you want.
  • Sep 15

    Doctors Need to Know: Who is the Decision-Maker?

    Doctors Need to Know: Who is the Decision-Maker?
    Not only is it important to properly plan and have Power of Attorney documents in place, but it is just as important to make sure all the right parties know of their existence.
  • Sep 12

    Estate Tax Liabilities and Life Insurance

    Estate Tax Liabilities and Life Insurance
    Life Insurance can be a useful tool to deal with estate tax liabilities or balancing ones estate among beneficiaries if properly utilized.
Rank this Week: 1204

Nursing Home Law Blog

Nursing Home Law Blog

Information relating to nursing homes and the care that they provide. By Stark & Stark.

http://nursinghomelaw.stark-stark.com/
  • Sep 17

    Front-Line Healthcare Workers: The Most Important Resource in Delivering Quality Care

    Front-Line Healthcare Workers: The Most Important Resource in Delivering Quality Care
    Nursing homes, in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, must maintain enough nursing staff to provide nursing care, and related services, to their residents to maintain the residents’ physical, mental, and social well-being. In facilities across…
  • Sep 9

    The Real Costs of Medical Care

    The Real Costs of Medical Care
    News source Health Law 360 today reported that nursing home owner Ralex Services agreed to pay $2.2 Million after a whistleblower came forward and revealed to the government that the company was overstating to Medicaid the level of care…
  • Aug 27

    Extendicare Announces Significant 2014 Profit

    Extendicare Announces Significant 2014 Profit
    It is surprising to hear long term care push the fiction that Medicare and Medicaid don’t pay enough with profits like this. …
Rank this Week: 1217

Law Office of Donald D. Vanarelli…

Law Office of Donald D. Vanarelli Blog

Covers New Jersey elder law and estate planning.

http://www.dvanarelli.com/blog
Rank this Week: 1246

Elder Law Office of David Wingate,…

Elder Law Office of David Wingate, LLC

Covers elder law, assisted living facilities, estate planning, and nursing homes.

http://blog.davidwingate.com/
  • Mar 8

    Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning - 2015 What Will Happen? (Contd)

    Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning - 2015 What Will Happen? (Contd)
    Related proposals pertaining to qualified plans and individual retirement accounts. In addition, the Green Book includes the following proposals that pertain to qualified plans and IRAs: A limit on the total accrual of retirement benefits by…
  • Mar 7

    Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning - 2015 What Will Happen? (Contd)

    Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning - 2015 What Will Happen? (Contd)
    Sales, exchanges and “comparable transactions” with grantor trusts. The Obama Administration would attempt to address the disconnect between the income tax rules and the estate tax rules that apply to intentionally defective grantor…
  • Mar 7

    Social Security Ups Disability Safeguard

    Social Security Ups Disability Safeguard
    The Social Security Administration is expanding a program nationally to help bar criminals from controlling benefits on behalf of individuals with disabilities and the elderly. The program originally launched as a pilot in the…
Rank this Week: 1258

Parman & Easterday Blog

Parman & Easterday Blog

Covers elder law and estate planning.

http://www.parmanlaw.com/blog/
  • Sep 16

    What Happens to a Living Trust When One Spouse Dies?

    What Happens to a Living Trust When One Spouse Dies?
    You should explore all of your options when you are planning your estate. Some people make assumptions about trusts, and as a result, they overlook viable solutions. Revocable living trusts are actually quite useful for a wide range of…
  • Sep 11

    Can I Plan My Own Estate?

    Can I Plan My Own Estate?
    You can do a lot of things on your own by obtaining information online. DIY efforts can be useful, but you should understand your limitations. This is something to take into consideration when you hear about downloads or worksheets that you…
  • Sep 10

    What Is the Veterans Aid and Attendance Special Pension?

    What Is the Veterans Aid and Attendance Special Pension?
    Long-term care is one of the most pressing elder law issues of our day. The majority of senior citizens are going to need help with their day-to-day needs eventually, and Medicare will not pay for long-term care. It is not easy to pay for a…
Rank this Week: 1507

The Connecticut Elder Law Blog

The Connecticut Elder Law Blog

News, stories, thoughts and insight on elder law in Connecticut. By Michael J. Keenan.

http://ctelderlawblog.typepad.com/the_connecticut_elder_law/
  • Jun 26

    Firecracker 5K!

    Firecracker 5K!
    The law practice was a proud Silver Sponsor of the Firecracker 5K Road Race last weekend here in Glastonbury, CT. It was the first time that all three of my boys ran in a road race together (first-ever race for...
  • Jun 25

    Carry Your Advanced Medical Directives on Your Smart Phone

    Carry Your Advanced Medical Directives on Your Smart Phone
    This may be the best "document maintenance" tip I've ever come across: Keep a copy of your health care instructions (a.k.a. advanced medical directives) on your smart phone and have your health care agent do the same. The health care...
  • Jun 18

    What are Your Odds of a Future Nursing Home Placement?

    What are Your Odds of a Future Nursing Home Placement?
    Whenever I sit down with clients to plan ahead for Medicaid eligibility we spend a lot of time walking through the worst-case scenario of permanent nursing home placement, thereby triggering approximately $12,000 per month in nursing home…
Rank this Week: 1517

American Academy of Estate…

American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys Blog

Provides legal marketing and estate planning legal updates.

http://www.aaepa.com/articles/
  • Sep 17

    End-of-Life Planning: Estate Planning at its Core

    End-of-Life Planning: Estate Planning at its Core
    As estate planning attorneys, we do many things for clients: We help clients plan for their own disability; We help clients decide who will manage their assets and care for them when they are sick; We help clients decide what will happen with…
  • Sep 15

    Denial of Death Influences Estate Planning

    Denial of Death Influences Estate Planning
    Why is it so hard to get folks to do estate planning? The tendency to put off this important part of life can be attributed to the Terror Management Theory proposed by Dr. Ernest Becker in his Pulitzer Prize-winning book, The Denial of Death.…
  • Sep 12

    How to WOW

    How to WOW
    At the Academy we occasionally notice attorneys feel that because a document wasn’t particularly difficult to produce, or (in the attorney’s mind) because the client can’t afford the fee quoted in the last meeting, or even…
Rank this Week: 1554

Western New York Elder Law Blog

Western New York Elder Law Blog

Covers New York estate planning, probate, elder law and health care issues. By Dutcher & Zatkowsky.

http://www.dutcher-zatkowsky.com
  • Sep 17

    Rivers’s Pets Will Be Taken Care Of

    Rivers’s Pets Will Be Taken Care Of
    Comedian Joan Rivers did a thoughtful job taking care of her family in her will – and didn’t forget her pets. Rivers had a simple estate plan. Unmarried at her death, she left the bulk of her estate to her sole daughter, Melissa,…
  • Sep 10

    Estate Planning: Things You May Have Overlooked

    Estate Planning: Things You May Have Overlooked
    Most people know they need a will, a health care directive and even a power of attorney as part of their estate plan. Of late, many people are even remembering to list their online accounts and passwords in papers given to loved ones. A story…
  • Sep 3

    Caregivers can lose retirement money

    Caregivers can lose retirement money
    Caregiving for an ailing family member can be difficult in many ways. It takes its toll emotionally and physically. That’s obvious. However, an article in the New York Times suggests it also takes a toll financially on the caregiver,…
Rank this Week: 1575

Massachusetts Estate Planning,…

Massachusetts Estate Planning, Probate & Elder Law

Features a blend of common sense info for clients and family caregivers and in-depth probate, tax and Medicaid analysis for lawyers & CPAs. By Brian E. Barreira.

http://elderlaw.info/
Rank this Week: 1656

Marshall Elder & Estate Planning…

Marshall Elder & Estate Planning Blog

Covers Pennsylvania and national elder law and estate planning issues. By Jeffrey A. Marshall.

http://marshallelder.blogspot.com/
Rank this Week: 1669

Massachusetts Estate Planning and…

Massachusetts Estate Planning and Elder Law

Discusses estate planning, elder law and health insurance matters in Massachusetts. By Leanna Hamil.

http://lhamillattorney.typepad.com/main/
  • Oct 10

    How Should I Divide My Assets?

    How Should I Divide My Assets?
    A lot of times when I’m meeting with clients they will ask me “how should we leave our stuff?” They have children, grandchildren, siblings, parents, nieces, nephews, charities they like to support and they are having trouble figuring…
  • Sep 18

    Leaving A Memo or Letter With Your Will

    Leaving A Memo or Letter With Your Will
    Your Will is the place where you distribute certain types of property after your death. Anything that has a joint owner (like a house or a bank account) or a named beneficiary (like a retirement plan or insurance policy) will pass to the…
  • Sep 10

    Changing Guardianship Nomination

    Changing Guardianship Nomination
    If you find yourself need to change the guardianship nominations for your children, there are some steps you need to take.  All parents of minor children (and parents of special needs children) should nominate guardians in legal documents so…
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New York Elder Law Attorney Blog

New York Elder Law Attorney Blog

By Ettinger Law Firm.

http://www.newyorkelderlawattorneyblog.com/
  • Sep 17

    Tips for an Effective Home Downsizing Plan

    Tips for an Effective Home Downsizing Plan
    While more people are beginning to draft estate planning documents like a will, trusts, and power of attorney forms they forget that estate planning can also be utilized to make more immediate changes in your life. One of the biggest changes…
  • Sep 11

    A Better Flu Shot for Senior

    A Better Flu Shot for Senior
    For the last four years, doctors, pharmacies, and medical clinics have all offered seniors a higher dose version of the annual flu shot. At the time that the vaccine was released the science was lacking but the hope from medical professionals…
  • Sep 9

    Medicare Ratings Allow Nursing Homes to Game the System

    Medicare Ratings Allow Nursing Homes to Game the System
    Only one-fifth of all 15,000 nursing homes in the nation hold the distinction of a five star rating by the Medicare system, but an examination into the process has found that many top ranked nursing homes have been given their rating due to…
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Toronto Estates & Trusts Monitor

Toronto Estates & Trusts Monitor

Discusses the complications, pitfalls, and the overall state of affairs of trusts and estates in Canada. By Megan F. Connolly.

http://www.torontoestatemonitor.com/
  • Mar 7

    A Faulty Settlement and Some Buyer's Remorse

    A Faulty Settlement and Some Buyer's Remorse
    The recent decision of the Superior Court of Justice in the Murphy Estate considers what happens when parties to a proceeding settle a matter on the basis of faulty facts and one of the parties suffers from “buyer’s remorse”. 
  • Mar 5

    Some Tips on Paying Estate Debt

    Some Tips on Paying Estate Debt
    One of an estate trustee’s duties is to pay the debts that a deceased individual owed when he or she died.  As I have previously discussed, the estate trustee is generally not personally liable for the deceased’s debts – they are paid…
  • Feb 29

    Expecting An Inheritance? You Might Not Be Getting One

    Expecting An Inheritance? You Might Not Be Getting One
    Investor’s Group, a financial services company in Canada, recently released the results of a survey regarding people’s expectations when it comes to receiving an inheritance or leaving one to others. 
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Estate of Confusion

Estate of Confusion

Covers developments in estate planning and wealth transfer taxes. By Hani Sarji.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/hanisarji/
Rank this Week: 1908

Aging & Law in West Virginia

Aging & Law in West Virginia

Features a case of the week. By West Virginia Senior Legal Aid.

http://seniorlegalaid.blogspot.com/
  • Sep 15

    Senior Legal Aid's Greatest Hit

    Senior Legal Aid's Greatest Hit
    We've served over 12,000 senior West Virginians over the past 15+ years. We've gotten questions about a broad variety of civil legal issues: consumer, healthcare, landlord/tenant, home ownership, family law, planning for incapacity,…
  • Aug 15

    Happy 10th Birthday, Aging & Law in WV Blawg!

    Happy 10th Birthday, Aging & Law in WV Blawg!
    Make a wish, blow out the candles, we've reached the double digits! It's hard to believe it's been 10 years that we've had this blawg going, but here we are. Looking forward to the next 10! Thank you to every reader, and special thanks to our…
  • Aug 14

    WVSLA celebrates Rainbow Pride Week!

    WVSLA celebrates Rainbow Pride Week!
    This year's theme is "All Together Now. . ." a recognition that no matter how diverse our communities are, when it comes to things like equality, love, and understanding, we speak with a united voice. In our state capital there are…
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New York Trusts & Estates Law…

New York Trusts & Estates Law Blog

Covers New York wills, trusts, estates, and elder law. By Saul Elnadav.

http://trustsestateslaw.com
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Kraft Elder Law Blog

Kraft Elder Law Blog

Covers elder law issues.

http://www.kraftelderlaw.com/blog/
  • Sep 17

    Proposed Legislative “Pay-Fors” Will Limit Claimants Access to Social Security Disability and SSI Benefit

    Proposed Legislative “Pay-Fors” Will Limit Claimants Access to Social Security Disability and SSI Benefit
    From the latest news release of the National Organization of Social Security Claimants Representatives: House Republicans are proposing a number of potential “pay-fors” for the “Achieving a Better Life Experience…
  • Sep 16

    Court Rules FDA Can’t Use Report on Menthol Cigarette

    Court Rules FDA Can’t Use Report on Menthol Cigarette
    Bloomberg News reports a Federal judge has ordered FDA not to use an advisory board’s report on menthol cigarettes because some of the panel’s members “had conflicts of interest.” The article notes Lorillard Inc.…
  • Sep 15

    Consumers Warned of Potential Contamination From Dallas Compounding Pharmacy

    Consumers Warned of Potential Contamination From Dallas Compounding Pharmacy
    The Wall Street Journal reports the FDA has warned healthcare providers and consumers for the third time in over a year against ordering medications from NuVision Pharmacy, a Dallas-based compounding pharmacy, over concerns its products may…
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Vandrew Law Blog

Vandrew Law Blog

Covers asset protection, estate planning, tax law, and small business law.

http://vandrew.com/
  • Aug 29

    529 Strategies: FAFSA & a Grandchild’s College Expense

    529 Strategies: FAFSA & a Grandchild’s College Expense
    It’s common that grandparents want to help with college expenses for their grandchildren. Most grandparents helping their grandchildren want to do so in a way that won’t affect financial aid eligibility. One of the most common…
  • Aug 29

    529 Strategies: FAFSA & a Grandchild’s College Expense

    529 Strategies: FAFSA & a Grandchild’s College Expense
    It’s common that grandparents want to help with college expenses for their grandchildren. Most grandparents helping their grandchildren want to do so in a way that won’t affect financial aid eligibility. One of the most common…
  • Jul 29

    Estate Planning & Cognitive Bia

    Estate Planning & Cognitive Bia
    If you’ve ever attended any of my seminars, you know that one of the points I hammer home is that estate planning is the easiest thing in the world on which to procrastinate. None of us thinks we will die anytime soon, so if there is…
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Wisconsin Estate Planning and Tax…

Wisconsin Estate Planning and Tax Law Blog

Commentary on estate planning, tax law, and elder law. By Nathan J. Dosch.

http://www.wisconsinestateandtaxblog.com/
  • Apr 12

    Upcoming Webinar: Estate Planning for Digital Asset

    Upcoming Webinar: Estate Planning for Digital Asset
    On Wednesday, April 20th at 11am (central) Digital Estate Planning, LLC is sponsoring 1.5 hour seminar titled, "Estate Planning for Digital Assets."  I will be presenting along with Attorney Joe Boucher from Neider & Boucher, S.C. and…
  • Apr 1

    Wisconsin Lawyer Article on Estate Planning for Digital Asset

    Wisconsin Lawyer Article on Estate Planning for Digital Asset
    I have been meaning to post a link and video from an article Attorney Joe Boucher and I were fortunate enough write for the Wisconsin Lawyer magazine in December 2010 titled, E-Legacy: Estate Planning for Digital Assets.  The State Bar of…
  • Jan 26

    IRS Wins S-Corp Compensation Case

    IRS Wins S-Corp Compensation Case
    The case, Watson, P.C. v.
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Family Fortress Estate Planning…

Family Fortress Estate Planning Blog

Covers Colorado estate planning and elder law. By Schlender & Stone.

http://www.schlenderlaw.com/blog
  • Jul 30

    Living on the Edge: Small Business Owners and Retirement

    Living on the Edge: Small Business Owners and Retirement
    Do you feel comfortable with your retirement plan? If you’re a small business owner the answer to that question is probably no. In fact, according to this report by Jules H.
  • Jul 30

    Living on the Edge: Small Business Owners and Retirement

    Living on the Edge: Small Business Owners and Retirement
    Do you feel comfortable with your retirement plan? If you’re a small business owner the answer to that question is probably no. In fact, according to this report by Jules H.
  • Jul 28

    Not Just Estate Tax Anymore

    Not Just Estate Tax Anymore
    Anyone who has been following our blog knows that the expiring Bush tax cuts (including the repeal of the estate tax this year and the tax’s reinstatement next year) have given lawmakers no end of trouble as they struggle and debate—and…
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Nashville Probate and Disability…

Nashville Probate and Disability Law Journal

Covers disability, wills, probate and elder law. By Norris & Norris, PLC.

http://www.nashvilleprobateanddisabilitylawblog.com/
  • Apr 24

    Giving Away the House

    Giving Away the House
    Posted by Barbara Moss. "We gave away our house last week to our two children. We want to be able to qualify for Medicaid without the government getting all our money." That's how my interview with two potential clients…
  • Jan 14

    Living Independently in Old Age

    Living Independently in Old Age
    Posted by Barbara Moss. My mother wanted to live at home as long as possible. Fortunately for her, when that was no longer possible, she was able to pay some of the capital from the sale of her home for a spot in an assisted living…
  • Jan 3

    Paying for Nursing Home Care

    Paying for Nursing Home Care
    Posted by Barbara Moss. As I've written in a prior post (December 19, 2012), Medicare pays only a limited amount toward nursing home care and then only when there has been a 3-day hospital admission first. People who enter a nursing home…
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You and Yours Blawg

You and Yours Blawg

Covers business law, elder law, estate planning and tax law. By Deirdre R. Wheatley-Liss.

http://youandyoursblawg.blogspot.com/
  • Aug 6

    You and Yours Blawg is Moving

    You and Yours Blawg is Moving
    Category: Elder Law, Estate Planning, Estate and Inheritance Tax, Business Law and Planning, Tax Law and Planning, Probate and Estate Administration, Financial Planning, Miscellaneous Musing
  • Mar 20

    Haven't Paid NJ Taxes? Now Might Be the Time

    Haven't Paid NJ Taxes? Now Might Be the Time
    Category: Tax Law and PlanningCourtesy of JH Cohn:New Jersey Enacts Tax Amnesty Program"New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine has signed a bill creating a 45-day New Jersey state tax amnesty period that will end no later than June 15, 2009.…
  • Mar 16

    Lets get Banks Lending - SBA Loan Guarantee Amount to 90%

    Lets get Banks Lending - SBA Loan Guarantee Amount to 90%
    Category: Business Law and Planning
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CEB blog

CEB blog

Covers practice tips and new legal developments of particular interest to California legal professionals. The CEB blog covers a wide range of practice areas from estate planning to civil litigation, along with posts relating to the practice of law generally.

http://blog.ceb.com
  • Sep 17

    Ever Heard of Implied Hearsay?

    Ever Heard of Implied Hearsay?
    Most of us think about hearsay in connection with facts that are expressly stated. But an out-of-court statement that’s offered to prove the truth of the facts implied by the statement is also hearsay and inadmissible unless an…
  • Sep 15

    Turn Legalese into Plain English

    Turn Legalese into Plain English
    A contract shouldn’t require a Latin-English dictionary to understand it! In fact, there’s generally no reason to use Latin terms or formal legal language (legalese) at all. Use plain English to be sure the contracts and other…
  • Sep 12

    5 Tips to Make the Most of Requests for Admission

    5 Tips to Make the Most of Requests for Admission
    Requests for admission are very valuable yet underutilized tools. They’re one of the best techniques to create admissible evidence for summary judgment and trial—make good use of them! With requests for admission, you can take an…
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Duffy Law Office

Duffy Law Office

Covers estate planning and elder law in Iowa.

http://www.duffylawoffice.com/blog/
  • Aug 21

    Why Is Incapacity Planning Important?

    Why Is Incapacity Planning Important?
    Everyone should have an incapacity component embedded within a broader estate plan. In this post we will look at the importance of incapacity planning. Aging of the Population People are living longer and longer lives. The average life span…
  • Aug 19

    Can Medicaid Take My Home?

    Can Medicaid Take My Home?
    When you plan your estate, you work with an estate planning attorney to devise a strategy for transferring your assets after you pass away. However, if you want to be comprehensively prepared for the future, you should consider the…
  • Aug 14

    Can a Trust Be Used to Complete a Medicaid Spend Down?

    Can a Trust Be Used to Complete a Medicaid Spend Down?
    Medicare will help with your medical expenses when you reach the age of eligibility if you qualify, but the program will not pay for long-term care. This is a problem for most people, because long-term care is quite expensive. The average…
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Law Offices of Cheryl David

Law Offices of Cheryl David

Covers estate planning and elder law in North Carolina.

http://www.cheryldavid.com/blog/
  • Sep 15

    Your Estate Plan Will Change as You Age – Part 2

    Your Estate Plan Will Change as You Age – Part 2
    Last week we looked at how the average North Carolina estate plan will change over time. This week we are going to continue our exploration of the common changes that take place with your plan as you age by looking at additional issues that…
  • Sep 7

    Probate Terms in North Carolina

    Probate Terms in North Carolina
    A lot of clients come to our office because they have questions or concerns about probate terms in North Carolina. Though many of the horror stories people have heard about probate are wildly overblown, there are serious issues with which you…
  • Sep 3

    Basic Estate Planning Questions – What is a Revocable Living Trust?

    Basic Estate Planning Questions – What is a Revocable Living Trust?
    In today’s entry in our ongoing series on basic estate planning questions, we are going to ask what is a revocable living trust. A common part of many estate plans, revocable living trusts have become increasingly popular in recent…
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Planning Notes

Planning Notes

Covers fundamental concepts relevant to estate planning, business law, real estate law, and tax law. By Cook & Cook.

http://cooklaw.co/blog
  • Sep 16

    U.S. Federal Trademark Filing

    U.S. Federal Trademark Filing
    In 2013, more than 300,000 trademarks and service marks were filed across 45 different classes of goods and services with the United States Patent & Trademark ("USPTO"); however, less than 200,000 trademarks were registered by the USPTO…
  • Aug 29

    ALS Association Ice Bucket Challenge Trademark Filing

    ALS Association Ice Bucket Challenge Trademark Filing
    The ALS Association has filed an application to register a federal trademark for "Ice Bucket Challenge", the viral sensation that has swept the nation this summer. Although most Americans likely associate "Ice Bucket Challenge" with the ALS…
  • Jul 30

    What is a Family Limited Partnership?

    What is a Family Limited Partnership?
    A family limited partnership, or FLP, can allow a taxpayer to leverage two federal tax devices in conjunction with a technique known as “discounting” in order to reduce the amount of federal tax imposed at the time of that…
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