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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/
  • Aug 28

    Can You Legally Disinherit Your Wife or Husband?

    Can You Legally Disinherit Your Wife or Husband?
    [The following guest article was written by Nick Lutz, a lawyer with Marshall, Parker and Weber in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. It is reprinted here with his permission.] Can you completely disinherit your spouse? The answer depends on the…
  • Aug 21

    Paying Doctors for Discussions about End of Life Medical Care

    Paying Doctors for Discussions about End of Life Medical Care
    Medicare is proposing that it compensate physicians for discussions with patients about end of life medical care. Currently such “advance care planning” is covered only as part of the “Welcome to Medicare” introductory visit for new…
  • Aug 20

    Does Medicare Pay for Nursing Home Care?

    Does Medicare Pay for Nursing Home Care?
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Rank this Week: 32

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/
Rank this Week: 166

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: 190

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/
  • Aug 28

    Medicaid Eligibility: Ohio Supreme Court Addresses Effect of Post-Admission, Pre-Eligibility Transfer of Home

    Medicaid Eligibility: Ohio Supreme Court Addresses Effect of Post-Admission, Pre-Eligibility Transfer of Home
    One year and six days after hearing oral argument in Estate of Atkinson v. Ohio Department of Job & Family Services, a divided Ohio Supreme Court ruled in favor of the State in a Medicaid eligibility case involving transfer of...
  • Aug 28

    Who "Owns" Funds in Joint Accounts -- and Why Might It Matter for Medicaid Purposes?

    Who &quot;Owns&quot; Funds in Joint Accounts -- and Why Might It Matter for Medicaid Purposes?
    Sometimes "small" cases reveal larger problems. A recent appellate case in Pennsylvania is a reminder of how practical solutions, such as establishing a joint bank account to facilitate management of money or to permit sharing of…
  • Aug 28

    Webinar-Dementia-Friendly Communitie

    Webinar-Dementia-Friendly Communitie
    I had blogged previously about the White House Conference on Aging (WHCOA) and the topic of dementia-friendly cities. The Administrative for Community Living (ACL) is offering a webinar on September 1 at 4 p.m. edt on Dementia-Friendly…
Rank this Week: 400

South Carolina Nursing Home Blog

South Carolina Nursing Home Blog

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

http://www.scnursinghomelaw.com/
  • Aug 28

    Contact CMS about Arbitration

    Contact CMS about Arbitration
    The Des Moines Register had the below editorial on their website. In January 2013, 80-year-old Esther Brown was found lying in her bed at a Pennsylvania nursing home with blood covering her hands and her pillowcase. A nurse’s aide at…
  • Aug 27

    Arrest for Neglect

    Arrest for Neglect
    NewsOK had an article on a CNA at Warr Acres Nursing Home arrested for neglect.  Her defense:  No one checked her work or cared if she got it done.  This is often what happens in nursing homes that are not properly…
  • Aug 26

    Guilty Plea in Abuse Charge

    Guilty Plea in Abuse Charge
    WKRG reported the guilty plea of Elsie M. Sawyer, a nursing home employee at Crowne Health Care, for abuse of a protected person, a Class C felony.  She was sentenced to three years, which was suspended, placed on…
Rank this Week: 465

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/
  • Aug 25

    B.C. judge rules man has a right to half of $1.2-million Vancouver home he hasn’t lived in for 44 year

    B.C. judge rules man has a right to half of $1.2-million Vancouver home he hasn’t lived in for 44 year
    Way back in 1968, David and Sharon Johnston bought a house in Vancouver for about $37,000. They held the title to the property as tenants-in-common, each owning half. Within a few years, the marriage was in trouble and David moved out. The…
  • Aug 24

    Yay, I nabbed second place in Mensa Canada Literary Contest 2015

    Yay, I nabbed second place in Mensa Canada Literary Contest 2015
    Recently I entered the Mensa Canada Literary Contest 2015 and I am pleased and proud to announce that I won second place! I have no idea whether it will be published, but it was fun to write. It's my first piece of fiction, since as you…
  • Aug 18

    Is it time to revive the old-fashioned practice of the Reading of the Will?

    Is it time to revive the old-fashioned practice of the Reading of the Will?
    Most people have only seen a Reading of the Will in movies. That's because they are rarely held these days. I wonder if it's time to revive the practice? A Reading of the Will is basically a meeting between the lawyer for an estate, the…
Rank this Week: 607

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/
  • Aug 25

    CMS Webinar Regarding Changes to the Non-Group Health Plan Recovery Workload

    CMS Webinar Regarding Changes to the Non-Group Health Plan Recovery Workload
    On August 25, 2015, CMS held a webinar outlining the changes in workload processes and procedures in preparation for certain Non-Group Health Plan (NGHP) recovery activity to transition from the Benefits Coordination & Recovery Center…
  • Aug 20

    More on the Delaware Collateral Source Rule

    More on the Delaware Collateral Source Rule
    On August 14, 2015, the Superior Court of Delaware used the Stayton decision to rule that future medical damages for Medicare beneficiaries should also be limited by the “amount of projected Medicare write-off.” In this suit…
  • Aug 13

    CMS: Medicare Residual Payments for WCMSA Depletion & ORM Termination

    CMS: Medicare Residual Payments for WCMSA Depletion &amp; ORM Termination
    On August 6, 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued instructions for the Shared Systems and Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) to follow when a Medicare Residual Payment must be paid on Workers’…
Rank this Week: 532

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/
  • Aug 24

    Lack of Care Choices Results in Many Young People Relying On Nursing Homes for Their Medical Care

    Lack of Care Choices Results in Many Young People Relying On Nursing Homes for Their Medical Care
    Nursing homes are generally defined as public homes where those people live who do not require hospital care but at the same time, cannot live at home because an injury or disability makes them unable to care for themselves. In the past few…
  • Aug 17

    Preventing Falls In The Elderly

    Preventing Falls In The Elderly
    One of the largest concerns for the elderly is preventing falls. They are the largest cause of injury death for people 65 years and older, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC).  In 2008, 19,700 older adults died from fall…
  • Aug 10

    Hospice Care May Not Be As Sincere as Families Believe

    Hospice Care May Not Be As Sincere as Families Believe
    What is Hospice Care? Hospice care refers to the provision of medical and emotional support to people who are in the last stages of a serious illness, or those who are thought to have six months left due to a particular illness. Such patients…
Rank this Week: 355

Crider Law P.C. Blog

Crider Law P.C. Blog

Covers elder law, estate planning and family law.

http://www.criderlaw.net/blog/
  • Aug 12

    US Adults Worry They Will Outlive Their Saving

    US Adults Worry They Will Outlive Their Saving
    According to a recent Northwestern Mutual Insurance survey, nearly one-third of US adults believe that it is more likely than not that they will outlive their savings. Follow this link to the survey. A foundational estate plan can be a…
  • Jun 4

    5 Tips For Helping Your Kids After Divorce

    5 Tips For Helping Your Kids After Divorce
    Dr. Samantha Rodman, renowned divorce therapist and author of How to Talk to Your Kids About Your Divorce, tells The Huffington Post that the hardest divorce experiences are, by far, the ones where small children are involved. It’s…
  • Apr 23

    Estate Planning and Investment: A Symbiotic Relationship

    Estate Planning and Investment: A Symbiotic Relationship
    Imagine inheriting a quarter of a million dollars but having absolutely no idea what to do with it. That’s a good problem to have, but a problem nonetheless. View image | gettyimages.com CNN Money recently reached out with advice to a…
Rank this Week: 291

Fiduciary Folio

Fiduciary Folio

Covers fiduciary (wills, estates, entity representations) law, particularly as applied in the State of Georgia. By Tanner Pittman.

http://www.tannerpittmanlaw.com/blog-fiduciary-folio.html
  • Jul 6

    Myers v. Myers: Executor may not run estate as his personal busine

    Myers v. Myers: Executor may not run estate as his personal busine
    The Georgia Supreme Court handed down the probate case of Myers, Executor v. Myers, today. In some ways, the case is an unremarkable example of an executor using an estate as a cash cow for his personal expenditures and, among other…
  • Mar 6

    Clarke County Superior Court totally reversed on appeal in trust matter

    Clarke County Superior Court totally reversed on appeal in trust matter
    The superior court judge of Athens-Clarke County apparently totally botched a trust litigation matter, according to the Georgia Court of Appeals. The lower court had determined that a trust's maker (the "settlor") had improperly amended…
  • Feb 25

    Facebook at vanguard of digital inheritance

    Facebook at vanguard of digital inheritance
    Facebook users (of which this firm is not one) have long since realized that their accounts are digital journals of their lives. These records are valuable, not only to users, but to their posterity.  Responding to…
Rank this Week: 343

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/
  • Dec 29

    Report Shows Problems Across State, Including Champaign County

    Report Shows Problems Across State, Including Champaign County
    The News-Gazette recently reported on an investigation conducted by the CU-CitizenAccess group in the Department of Journalism at the University of Illinois. This group researched and investigated 81 nursing homes across Illinois, and found…
  • Dec 26

    More on the Problems at Sauk Valley

    More on the Problems at Sauk Valley
    We recently posted about the disappointing record attributed to nursing home facilities in Sauk Valley by a nursing home watchdog and advocacy group. In Dixon County, for example, a nursing home was cited after failing to properly observe a…
  • Dec 23

    Sauk Valley Nursing Homes Do Not Meet Standard

    Sauk Valley Nursing Homes Do Not Meet Standard
    Illinois has had a fairly mixed record as a state when it comes to the quality of care at its nursing homes, and unfortunately ranks toward the bottom of the list closer to the likes of Texas and Oklahoma. Case in point, a recent report by an…
Rank this Week: 1732

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
  • Aug 28

    Assistive Technology Financing Loan Program for the District of Columbia

    Assistive Technology Financing Loan Program for the District of Columbia
    About the Program: The Assistive Technology Financing Loan Program offered through the Assistive Technology Program for the District of Columbia is a low-interest funding source for District of Columbia residents with disabilities and seniors…
  • Aug 27

    Upcoming Event! Fairfax Virginia Attorney Sheri Abrams to Speak to Northern Virginia Post-Polio Support Group

    Upcoming Event! Fairfax Virginia Attorney Sheri Abrams to Speak to Northern Virginia Post-Polio Support Group
    Northern Virginia Post-Polio Support Group September 12, 2015 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Mason Governmental Center 6507 Columbia Pike Annandale, VA 22003 Large Conference Room (first door on the right after you enter the building) Sheri R.…
  • Aug 23

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    please ignore this test.   The post test 2 appeared first on Virginia Social Security Disability & Special Needs Attorney.
Rank this Week: 1288

Minko Law Office Blog

Minko Law Office Blog

Covers estate planning and elder law.

http://www.minkolaw.com/blog/
  • Aug 28

    Essential Estate Planning Knowledge – Questions About Ancillary Probate

    Essential Estate Planning Knowledge – Questions About Ancillary Probate
    When people in the Brooklyn, New York area talk to us about creating an estate plan, we sometimes have to walk them through the process of ancillary probate. Ancillary probate is a potentially significant issue, but only in certain…
  • Aug 26

    Learning From Joan Rivers’ Estate Plan

    Learning From Joan Rivers’ Estate Plan
    As it often does whenever a celebrity dies, like the recent passing of comedian and TV personality Joan Rivers, it allows us to gain some insight into how the wealthy and famous people in our society approach the question of estate planning.…
  • Aug 24

    Essential Estate Planning Knowledge – Pets in Your New York Estate Plan

    Essential Estate Planning Knowledge – Pets in Your New York Estate Plan
    In this week’s discussion of essential estate planning knowledge, we are going to look at the role of pets in your New York estate plan. Last week we looked at what you have to do in order to protect any minor children with your estate…
Rank this Week: 1925

Fink Rosner Ershow-Levenberg Blog

Fink Rosner Ershow-Levenberg Blog

Covers disability and social security, elder law, and VA benefits.

http://legalnewsyoucanuse.com/
  • Aug 28

    Ideas for transition plan for orphaned adult children with intellectual disabilitie

    Ideas for transition plan for orphaned adult children with intellectual disabilitie
    There was a time when people who had developmental intellectual disabilities such as Down Syndrome rarely lived past their 20’s. With medical progress, many of these individuals will be blessed with a reasonably normal full life span.…
  • Aug 26

    Learn about dementia: seek the diagnosis, then develop a care plan

    Learn about dementia: seek the diagnosis, then develop a care plan
    “Dementia” is a descriptive diagnosis, but by itself is not a specific diagnosis of the cause of the condition. There is some underlying disease process that is causing death of brain cells, and the type of process explains just…
  • Aug 26

    There are some limits on what Guardians in NJ can do without court approval

    There are some limits on what Guardians in NJ can do without court approval
    A Legal Guardian is a person appointed by a court to be the decision-maker for a person who is incapacitated as defined by law, and unable to manage all or some of his/her affairs. The court rules provide the complex … Continue reading…
Rank this Week: 2077

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/
Rank this Week: 3201

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
  • Aug 28

    Facing a Condemnation? Take These 5 Initial Step

    Facing a Condemnation? Take These 5 Initial Step
    Unlike most types of litigation, a direct condemnation case generally assures the owner of at least some compensation for the property taken. So when an owner approaches an attorney, it’s usually to see if it’s…
  • Aug 26

    How to Get and Handle Retainer Fee

    How to Get and Handle Retainer Fee
    If you’re new to practice, you may have heard of retainer fees but aren’t sure how to get them and whether you can keep them. Here’s a look at the rules and a sample retainer provision to help you out. The key to…
  • Aug 24

    Lost on a Motion in Limine? Make Your Record!

    Lost on a Motion in Limine? Make Your Record!
    The basic rule is that, if you don’t make a timely objection before or when objectionable matters are mentioned or introduced, you may not be able to raise the issue on appeal. See Evid C §353. Accordingly, if you don’t…
Rank this Week: 1959

Kraft Elder Law Blog

Kraft Elder Law Blog

Covers elder law issues.

http://www.kraftelderlaw.com/blog/
  • Aug 28

    How to Protect Your Rights in a Personal Injury Lawsuit

    How to Protect Your Rights in a Personal Injury Lawsuit
    A personal injury lawsuit against you asserts that you were responsible for the care of the injured party, but you breached that responsibility by causing an injury to him or her. The personal injury claims are made under a negligence…
  • Aug 27

    E-Cigarette Makers Claim New Regulations Would “All But Wipe Out” the Industry

    E-Cigarette Makers Claim New Regulations Would “All But Wipe Out” the Industry
    The Hill reports that e-cigarette manufacturers are “fighting to change a provision in looming regulations for electronic cigarettes that they warn would all but wipe out 99 percent of the burgeoning industry.” The FDA has…
  • Aug 26

    Featured Link — Asthma and Allergy Foundation

    Featured Link — Asthma and Allergy Foundation
    The Asthma and Allergy Foundation site has excellent resources for those who suffer from one of these diseases. Here is an excerpt from their Educational Resources page: AAFA is the only asthma and allergy patient organization that offers…
Rank this Week: 3241

Nirenstein, Horowitz & Associates,…

Nirenstein, Horowitz & Associates, P.C. Blog

Covers Connecticut estate planning, probate and elder law.

http://www.preserveyourestate.net/blog/
  • Aug 28

    Is There an Estate Planning Solution for Small Business Partners?

    Is There an Estate Planning Solution for Small Business Partners?
    Many people drag their feet when it comes to estate planning, because they do not know where to start. They recognize the need for a plan, but they have questions, and the matter seems complicated. This can be true for anyone, but it is…
  • Aug 26

    What Is a Self-Proving Last Will?

    What Is a Self-Proving Last Will?
    You have probably heard of the estate planning document called a last will or last will and testament. Though this document can seem like a simple device to execute, you should understand the fact that the process of estate administration…
  • Aug 24

    How Can I Balance Inheritances as a Family Business Owner?

    How Can I Balance Inheritances as a Family Business Owner?
    Estate planning can present challenges when certain conditions exist. When you are the owner of a family run business, you may well face some vexing circumstances. To explain by way of example, let’s say that you have two sons and a…
Rank this Week: 2042

American Academy of Estate…

American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys Blog

Provides legal marketing and estate planning legal updates.

http://www.aaepa.com/articles/
  • Aug 28

    5 Ways to Make Caregiving More Manageable

    5 Ways to Make Caregiving More Manageable
    In recent years, rising healthcare and nursing home costs, are causing more people to choose personal in-home care for adult friends or relatives. In fact, the National Alliance for Caregiving estimates that “65.7 million Americans (or…
  • Aug 26

    Another Loophole?

    Another Loophole?
    As most estate planning attorneys know, if the government is thinking of closing a loophole, it probably means it is an effective strategy. Last week, I discussed the potential closing of the so-called “backdoor Roth IRA”…
  • Aug 24

    The Top 5 Benefits of Being a Peak Performer

    The Top 5 Benefits of Being a Peak Performer
    Each July marks the start of a new year for the Peak Performers Program, an executive coaching program for Academy Members to transform their practices and their lives, led by President Robert Armstrong and CEO Sanford M. Fisch. The month is…
Rank this Week: 3474

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/
  • Aug 28

    Make Sure You Have the Right Type of Special Needs Trust

    Make Sure You Have the Right Type of Special Needs Trust
    Most of my clients who sit down to discuss estate planning for their special needs child are surprised to hear that there are actually two types of special needs trusts, one of them being much more appealing than the other....
  • Aug 27

    "Where Do I Keep My Will?!"

    "Where Do I Keep My Will?!"
    This is one of those standard questions that nearly every client asks me after their will or living trust is finally executed, and it is a vitally important question. I have more than enough stories about the angst and chaos...
  • Aug 26

    The Ever-Evolving Last Will & Testament

    The Ever-Evolving Last Will &amp; Testament
    Many of my clients tend to procrastinate when it comes to finalizing their estate planning documents. They struggle over who to appoint as guardians for the kids, or who should be the "back up" executor if the surviving spouse can't...
Rank this Week: 1097

New York Elder Law Attorney Blog

New York Elder Law Attorney Blog

By Ettinger Law Firm.

http://www.newyorkelderlawattorneyblog.com/
  • Aug 27

    New York Nursing Homes Beware - Medicaid Fraud Under Fire

    New York Nursing Homes Beware - Medicaid Fraud Under Fire
    New York's Attorney General, Eric Schneiderman, unveiled a sweeping Fraud Control Unit designed to target healthcare providers who abuse the Medicaid system. According to the AG's website, they are continuing to add dozens of prosecutors and…
  • Aug 25

    The Happiest and Healthiest Careers to Retire From - Part 2

    The Happiest and Healthiest Careers to Retire From - Part 2
    This is a continuation of a post from last week where we discussed careers where retirement can be enjoyed longer and happier. In addition to nurses and teachers (analyzed previously), others include: Military Now this one may come as a bit…
  • Aug 20

    The Happiest and Healthiest Careers to Retire From - Part 1

    The Happiest and Healthiest Careers to Retire From - Part 1
    Forbes loves to tell us who the happiest workers are, or what the healthiest careers are. But no one seems to talk about post-job satisfaction. While these types of articles are generally highly subjective, we can certainly look at…
Rank this Week: 5078

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/
Rank this Week: 2764

The Zimmer Law Firm

The Zimmer Law Firm

Covers elder law, estate planning, Medicaid, probate, wills and trusts.

http://www.zimmerlawfirm.com/blog/
  • Aug 27

    Many Benefits of Telemedicine for Senior

    Many Benefits of Telemedicine for Senior
    These days, the old saying of “everyone and their grandmothers” is truer than many realize, especially when it comes to telemedicine. Most of our grandmothers have smartphones – and can text faster than their grandchildren.…
  • Aug 25

    Apology Law

    Apology Law
    Many states – in fact, most states – have enacted legislation allowing healthcare providers to apologize to patients and families without fear of having the apology used in court should future litigation arise. These laws are…
  • Aug 20

    How Obamacare is Creating Challenges for Medicare

    How Obamacare is Creating Challenges for Medicare
    As Obamacare shifts dollars from the fee for service sector, many Medicare supported device makers are realizing the challenges are bigger than most anticipated. Specifically, knee and hip device makers are facing hard questions on whether to…
Rank this Week: 3482

Deborah Sexton Law Office, P. A.…

Deborah Sexton Law Office, P. A. Blog

Covers estate planning and elder law.

http://www.arkansas-estateplanning.com/blog/
  • Aug 27

    How to Fund a Timeshare into a Trust

    How to Fund a Timeshare into a Trust
    As summer nears an end, and we are trying to enjoy as much of the sunny skies and warm beaches as we can, you may be enjoying your timeshare property.  Most timeshare owners would like to pass on their property to their children, if they…
  • Aug 24

    If You Have a Farm You Need a Disaster Plan

    If You Have a Farm You Need a Disaster Plan
    Being prepared for disasters is important for everyone.  You don’t have to be a doomsday prepper to be prepared for severe weather or fires.  If you are a farm owner, it may be more important, as you could lose more than just…
  • Aug 20

    Understanding the Medicaid Spend Down Proce

    Understanding the Medicaid Spend Down Proce
    Medicaid is a health care assistance program created for the benefit of low-income individuals. To be eligible and considered “medically needy,” your resources must be less than the maximum resource amount allowed in your state.…
Rank this Week: 1919

German Law Group Blog

German Law Group Blog

Covers estate planning.

http://www.germanlawgroup.com/
  • Aug 27

    Why Is Estate Planning Important for Younger Adults?

    Why Is Estate Planning Important for Younger Adults?
    The process of estate planning is something that is important for adults of all ages. We are all aware of the fact that older people pass away with more frequency than their younger counterparts, but at the same time, you never know what the…
  • Aug 25

    What Is Included in My Estate Plan?

    What Is Included in My Estate Plan?
    The process of estate planning is sometimes oversimplified by people who do not look into the subject thoroughly. Some people think that a last will is all that you need, but in fact, a comprehensive estate plan will go further. Plus, a last…
  • Aug 20

    What Is Digital Estate Planning?

    What Is Digital Estate Planning?
    Digital estate planning has entered the picture in recent years now that everyone is living in the age of the Internet. There are a number of different facets to take into consideration when you are planning your estate as an Internet savvy…
Rank this Week: 1936

Parman & Easterday Blog

Parman & Easterday Blog

Covers elder law and estate planning.

http://www.parmanlaw.com/blog/
  • Aug 27

    The Guardian and the Guardian Ad Litem in Estate Planning

    The Guardian and the Guardian Ad Litem in Estate Planning
    Many families and parents of young children begin their estate planning by choosing a guardian to protect their children and their financial interests should something happen to the parents. But what is a guardian? How does a guardian…
  • Aug 26

    Free Report: Questions About Powers of Attorney in Oklahoma

    Free Report: Questions About Powers of Attorney in Oklahoma
    Regardless of your individual circumstances, estate planning goals, or concerns, a power of attorney is a flexible, powerful legal document you can use to your advantage. Having the right power of attorney in place at the right moment can be…
  • Aug 25

    How do you Fund a Trust? 4 More Method

    How do you Fund a Trust? 4 More Method
    Last week we looked at some common ways people can fund a trust. This week we want to continue the discussion, and explain some additional trust funding methods. If you’ve read any of our blogs about trusts, you probably know that…
Rank this Week: 3465

Mendel Law Firm Blog

Mendel Law Firm Blog

Covers estate planning.

http://www.mendellawfirm.com/blog/
  • Aug 26

    Thought for the Day:

    Thought for the Day:
    How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. Anne Frank
  • Aug 25

    Texas History – Do You Know If the Falls in Wichita Falls are Real?

    Texas History – Do You Know If the Falls in Wichita Falls are Real?
    A flood in 1886 destroyed the original falls on the Wichita River for which the city is named. After nearly 100 years of visitors wanting to visit the non-existent falls, the city built an artificial waterfall beside the river in Lucy Park.…
  • Aug 24

    Should I Execute a Durable Power of Attorney?

    Should I Execute a Durable Power of Attorney?
    You are likely familiar with the concept of a power of attorney. You may even have executed one at some point in your life without giving it much thought. A power of attorney can be a very useful, and flexible, addition to an estate plan;…
Rank this Week: 2117

Rhode Island Estate Planning and…

Rhode Island Estate Planning and Elder Law Blawg

Covers elder law, medicaid planning, disability planning, tax planning, guardianship, wills, trusts, asset protection, and probate. By Matthew Fabisch.

http://riestateplanning.blogspot.com/
  • Aug 26

    What rights do I have as a trust beneficiary?

    What rights do I have as a trust beneficiary?
    As a trust beneficiary, you may feel like you are at the mercy of the trustee, but depending on the type of trust, trust beneficiaries may have rights to ensure the trust is properly managed.A trust is a legal arrangement through which one…
  • Feb 22

    Forbes.com Article Highlights Family Feuds in the Probate Proce

    Forbes.com Article Highlights Family Feuds in the Probate Proce
    While I work with my clients to eliminate many of these challenges during the estate planning process, I saw the issues highlighted by this forbes.com article on probate and family feuds pop up all too often in my time as a probate judge,…
  • Feb 4

    Why a will is not enough (or why your estate plan should include a revocable trust)

    Why a will is not enough (or why your estate plan should include a revocable trust)
    Your will is a legally binding statement directing who will receive your property upon your death. It also appoints a legal representative, often called an “executor” or “personal representative,” to carry out your…
Rank this Week: 3532

Abuser Goes to Work

Abuser Goes to Work

Employment law blog about workplace abuse, bullying and discrimination. By Patricia Barnes.

http://abusergoestowork.com
  • Aug 26

    Murderer Cites Workplace Bullying in TV Shooting

    Murderer Cites Workplace Bullying in TV Shooting
    Update: As information has developed, it is apparent that Flanagan filed an earlier lawsuit  alleging race discrimination against a Florida television station in 2000. This appears to be the lawsuit that he refers to as having…
  • Aug 20

    Appeals Court Says Inequality Should Not Bar Justice

    Appeals Court Says Inequality Should Not Bar Justice
    There is a persistent myth in America that our adversarial court system gives every litigant an equal chance for justice. In fact, research overwhelmingly shows that federal courts are like casinos where the government and big business…
  • Aug 17

    Amazon’s Brutal Conditions No Suprise to Warehouse Worker

    Amazon’s Brutal Conditions No Suprise to Warehouse Worker
    Amazon has come full-circle. Not only is Amazon a harsh and stingy place for low-paid hourly warehouse workers, it is also a  Darwinian nightmare for white-collar workers. The New York Times recently outlined Amazon’s…
Rank this Week: 2608

Anderson, Dorn & Rader, Ltd. Blog

Anderson, Dorn & Rader, Ltd. Blog

Covers estate planning, probate and living trusts in Nevada.

http://www.wealth-counselors.com/blog/
  • Aug 26

    What is a Step up in Basis?

    What is a Step up in Basis?
    If you are familiar with the concept of capital gains, you may have heard of the term “step up in basis.”  Generally speaking, capital gains is the difference between the purchase price and the sales price of a…
  • Aug 4

    Free Report: Understanding the Nevada Uniform Transfers to Minors Act

    Free Report: Understanding the Nevada Uniform Transfers to Minors Act
      The first piece of federal legislation addressing this issue was passed in 1956 and was known as the Uniform Gifts to Minors Act. The initial statute was based on an earlier law sponsored by the New York Stock Exchange and the…
  • Jul 30

    How are IRA Withdrawals Taxed During Retirement?

    How are IRA Withdrawals Taxed During Retirement?
    If creating your retirement plan has not been a priority, it is not too late to start.  Although Social Security will provide a sparse amount of retirement income, it will not guarantee a comfortable retirement.  Instead, you need…
Rank this Week: 3470

Law Office of Roy W. Litherland…

Law Office of Roy W. Litherland Blog

Covers estate planning, probate and living trusts.

http://www.attorneyoffice.com/blog/
  • Aug 26

    Who Is Competent to Make a Will?

    Who Is Competent to Make a Will?
    Your estate plan should be tailor-made to suit your specific needs, because your family is unique from every other. You should consider the life situation and personal proclivities of every person on your inheritance list. Slicing up a pie…
  • Aug 20

    What is Division of Assets? (An Elder Law Today Blog)

    What is Division of Assets? (An Elder Law Today Blog)
    Division of Assets is the name commonly used for the Spousal Impoverishment provisions of the Medicare Catastrophic Act of 1988. It applies only to married couples. The intent of the law was to change the eligibility requirements for Medi-Cal…
  • Aug 19

    FREE REPORT – A Family Guide on Medicaid/Medi-Cal Planning: What it is, How it Works, and Why You Need a Plan

    FREE REPORT – A Family Guide on Medicaid/Medi-Cal Planning: What it is, How it Works, and Why You Need a Plan
    It is possible to qualify for Medi-Cal and to preserve your resources. There are assets that are not counted, such as your home, your vehicle, and personal possessions. And, if you were to enter a nursing home, your spouse could keep his or…
Rank this Week: 2116

Redlands Veterans' Affairs…

Redlands Veterans' Affairs Attorney Blog

Covers estate planning and elder law. By Esther Wang.

http://www.california-elder-law.com/blog/
  • Aug 26

    Protect Yourself and Loved Ones through Estate Planning

    Protect Yourself and Loved Ones through Estate Planning
    If you have the means to do so, almost everyone - including veterans - might want to consider setting up a formal legal plan to protect your assets. This plan can protect you and your children, while protecting your eligibility...
  • Aug 24

    Elder Law 101: What Exactly is Elder Law, Anyway?

    Elder Law 101: What Exactly is Elder Law, Anyway?
    What exactly is Elder Law, anyway? This may have been a question you've asked yourself somewhere along the way. As the country's population ages and baby boomers find themselves facing their golden years, more and more people find themselves…
  • Aug 20

    Special Needs Planning

    Special Needs Planning
    It's never easy to discuss end of life plans. It's even more difficult when those plans must include determining care for a child or family member with special needs. There are the obvious issues of determining guardianship, establishing…
Rank this Week: 1932

Law Offices of Cheryl David

Law Offices of Cheryl David

Covers estate planning and elder law in North Carolina.

http://www.cheryldavid.com/blog/
  • Aug 26

    Millionaires Leaving Inheritances to Children, not Charity

    Millionaires Leaving Inheritances to Children, not Charity
    According to a recent survey, American millionaires are not planning on leaving much of their wealth to charity. Most of the millionaires polled report that they plan on leaving their children or grandchildren inheritances, while only a small…
  • Aug 25

    Basic Questions About Estate Planning. What are Attorneys-in-Fact?

    Basic Questions About Estate Planning. What are Attorneys-in-Fact?
    When it comes to estate plans, perhaps the single most confusing term people encounter is “attorneys-in-fact.” An attorney-in-fact plays a key role in almost every estate plan, so understanding it is essential. Today we are going…
  • Jun 24

    Free Report: North Carolina Medicaid Planning – Part2

    Free Report: North Carolina Medicaid Planning – Part2
      One of the biggest issues surrounding Medicaid planning is determining whether you can meet the individual asset limit associated with the program. Medicaid, unlike Medicare, is a form of welfare, not an entitlement program. As such,…
Rank this Week: 3483

Law Office of Andrew M. Lamkin,…

Law Office of Andrew M. Lamkin, P.C. Blog

Covers elder law.

http://lamkinelderlaw.com/articles/
  • Aug 26

    Valid Reasons to Remove a Trustee

    Valid Reasons to Remove a Trustee
    Fiduciaries that misappropriate trust assets or fail to comply with trust terms can create significant problems for an estate, as well as its beneficiaries. Because a trustee holds all assets of the estate, it is imperative that an inadequate…
  • Aug 19

    Things You Didn’t Know About Estate Planning – But Should

    Things You Didn’t Know About Estate Planning – But Should
    Most Americans are aware they should complete an estate plan, but little have done so. An estate plan does not only distribute assets, but it can also protect an individual and their loved ones from creditors, conflict, and much more.…
  • Aug 12

    Choosing the Executor of Your Estate

    Choosing the Executor of Your Estate
    One of the most important decisions you will make for your estate plan is in selecting the individual (or institution) to be in charge of your assets after you have passed. Also known as the executor, the tasks of this fiduciary can impact…
Rank this Week: 1115

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
  • Aug 26

    This Is How Technology Will Soon Change Aging

    This Is How Technology Will Soon Change Aging
    New technology is changing everything about how we live, including how we age. View image | gettyimages.com All types of gadgets are doing things for us to help us monitor our health and safety. And many more advances are coming. An article…
  • Aug 19

    Estate Plan 14-Point Checklist

    Estate Plan 14-Point Checklist
    Plenty of Americans have estate plans that are incomplete or don’t address important issues. An article on marketwatch.com lists a 14-point checklist to help create a sound estate plan. View image | gettyimages.com The most important…
  • Aug 12

    Trump Card of Estate Planning

    Trump Card of Estate Planning
    Naming of a beneficiary is estate planning’s trump card. View image | gettyimages.com An article on unionleader.com details what happened to a recent widow, who learned her deceased husband’s life insurance money was going to his…
Rank this Week: 5043

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/
  • Aug 25

    Breakfast workshops cover HIPAA, changing Medicaid and VA rules, managed care and more

    Breakfast workshops cover HIPAA, changing Medicaid and VA rules, managed care and more
    We had a great turnout at our three August breakfast workshops for social workers and health care workers! Attendees networked, and heard updates about several important topics: Attorney Joseph Karp discussed the health care community's…
  • Aug 16

    Medicare patients will now be told when their hospital stay is "observation" statu

    Medicare patients will now be told when their hospital stay is &quot;observation&quot; statu
    Medicare will pay for up to 20 days of skilled nursing care only if it follows a three-day qualifying hospital stay. But any day in the hospital classified as "observation status" does not count toward the three-day requirement.…
  • Aug 13

    Happy birthday Social Security - but no COLA gift for seniors in 2016

    Happy birthday Social Security - but no COLA gift for seniors in 2016
    Happy 80th birthday, Social Security! President Roosevelt signed the groundbreaking program into law on August 14, 1935. While celebrating the profound improvement the program has made in the lives of millions of older Americans, there is one…
Rank this Week: 4573

Ohio Estate Planning & Asset…

Ohio Estate Planning & Asset Protection

By AlerStallings, LLC.

http://www.alerstallings.com/blog/
  • Aug 25

    What is the difference between a Guardianship and a Conservatorship?

    What is the difference between a Guardianship and a Conservatorship?
    People often wonder what the difference is between a Guardianship and a Conservatorship, and for good reason. These terms are very similar and both pertain to an individual being appointed by the local probate court to help assist someone…
  • Aug 18

    How can we fairly distribute personal items at death?

    How can we fairly distribute personal items at death?
    A few weeks ago, my colleague wrote about whether you need to include your personal belongs in your estate plan. When administering an estate, we often get the practical question, “how can we fairly distribute the personal items among…
  • Aug 11

    Is Your Will Valid?

    Is Your Will Valid?
    Making decisions ahead of time is always easier and simpler than waiting for an emergency. Unfortunately, many people scramble to get their decisions documented when faced with significant illness or only months to live. Estate planning is a…
Rank this Week: 885

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

    How to replace or remove a Court Appointed Guardian in Florida?

    How to replace or remove a Court Appointed Guardian in Florida?
    Has your loved one been deemed incapacitated by a court order and had a court appointed guardian over their person and property? Do you believe the court appointed guardian is improperly taking care of your loved one and managing their assets…
  • Aug 13

    Voluntary Guardianship in Florida

    Voluntary Guardianship in Florida
    In Florida, a voluntary guardianship over a person’s property is available for a competent person who is unable to manage his or her own financial affairs. To begin the process, the person seeking a voluntary guardianship files a…
  • Aug 10

    What is a Trust Protection and Why would I want one?

    What is a Trust Protection and Why would I want one?
    A trust can be amended it a number of ways depending on whether the trust is revocable or irrevocable. Usually, an irrevocable trust cannot be modified unless there is a judicial modification or the trust terms allow for a modification. A…
Rank this Week: 740

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/
  • Aug 24

    Decisionmaking in Nursing Homes for Incompetent Resident

    Decisionmaking in Nursing Homes for Incompetent Resident
    According to a recent article from Kaiser Health News, until recently, a California law permitted nursing homes to make decisions—include about end-of-life care—for nursing home residents who have been declared incompetent.…
  • Aug 14

    Blood Thinner Causing Nursing Home Death

    Blood Thinner Causing Nursing Home Death
    A common blood-thinning drug, Coumadin, has been cited as the cause for numerous deaths in nursing homes, according to a recent article in the Washington Post. What’s the problem with Coumadin? In short, it requires that a very precise…
  • Aug 7

    Difficult Decisions for Families as Nursing Home Costs Rise

    Difficult Decisions for Families as Nursing Home Costs Rise
    When the costs of nursing home care are too high to provide families with seemingly decent options, do the risks of nursing home abuse and neglect become more prominent? According to a recent article from The Associated Press, elderly…
Rank this Week: 816

Kuhn and Kuhn Law Firm Blog

Kuhn and Kuhn Law Firm Blog

Covers estate planning.

http://www.kuhnandkuhn.com/blog/
  • Aug 24

    Choosing Your South Carolina Executor

    Choosing Your South Carolina Executor
    Choosing Your South Carolina Executor from John Kuhn Among the many decisions you must make when creating your Will is who to appoint as the Executor Don’t make the mistake of making that decision without giving it considerable thought…
  • Jul 27

    Free Report: South Carolina Duties and Responsibilities Of An Executor

    Free Report: South Carolina Duties and Responsibilities Of An Executor
      The terms “Executor” and “Personal Representative” are often used interchangeably. Essentially they serve the same function. The difference is how they are appointed. An Executor is appointed in a Last Will and…
  • Jun 3

    What Is Probate?

    What Is Probate?
    When a person dies, the individual leaves behind an estate. The estate is comprised of everything in which the decedent had an ownership interest in at the time of the death of the decedent. Some estates are very large, being comprised of…
Rank this Week: 2114

Hauptman and Hauptman, P.C. Blog

Hauptman and Hauptman, P.C. Blog

Covers guardianship, Medicaid, probate and estate administration.

http://www.hauptmanlaw.com/blog
  • Aug 23

    Family Caregiver Agreements – Acceptable? (Part 2)

    Family Caregiver Agreements – Acceptable? (Part 2)
                Last week we were discussing family caregiver agreements in light of a recent New Jersey Appellate court decision, E.R. v. DMAHS.  In that case, Mom and Daughter entered…
  • Aug 16

    Family Caregiver Agreements – Acceptable?

    Family Caregiver Agreements – Acceptable?
                When having a conversation about long term care and qualifying for Medicaid, every so often the topic turns to paying a family member to care for Mom or Dad. Is it a permitted…
  • Aug 9

    Qualified Income Trusts Revisited (Part 2)

    Qualified Income Trusts Revisited (Part 2)
                    Last week I said I would share with you my experiences filing applications with Qualified Income Trusts (Miller Trusts) which are required when an…
Rank this Week: 1851

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/
  • Aug 23

    Gifts Void Against Public Policy: McCorkill Estate

    Gifts Void Against Public Policy: McCorkill Estate
    The usual rule in Canada is that a will-maker may leave wealth to whom he or she chooses. This is subject to claims of a spouse or children under various wills variation or dependent relief legislation, which varies from province to province,…
  • Aug 15

    Mediation

    Mediation
    I spend a great deal of my time writing about decided-estate-litigation-court cases. Yet, in my experience the vast majority of disputes are settled through negotiation, and increasingly through mediation. I attend far more mediations than…
  • Jul 25

    World War I Probate

    World War I Probate
    Kimberly Wallis gave me a copy of a grant of probate from the United Kingdom dated October 28th, 1914. The process for obtaining a grant of probate appears to have been very efficient in those days, as the deceased had died just 23 days…
Rank this Week: 2197

Purcell & Amen, L.L.C. Blog

Purcell & Amen, L.L.C. Blog

Covers elder law and estate planning.

http://yourestatematters.com/blog/
  • Aug 22

    How Are Debts of the Decedent Handled during Probate?

    How Are Debts of the Decedent Handled during Probate?
    If you have recently lost a loved one, the last thing you likely want to deal with are calls from creditors. Unfortunately, however, creditors do have a vested interest in finding out what is going on when a borrower or debtor dies because…
  • Aug 21

    How Do I Know What My Inheritance Is?

    How Do I Know What My Inheritance Is?
    If you recently lost a parent, grandparent, or other close loved one you are undoubtedly going through an emotional and confusing time period. Along with the grief and sadness you may be feeling, you may also be concerned about the practical…
  • Aug 19

    Celebrity Estate Planning Lessons – Dennis Hopper’s Estate

    Celebrity Estate Planning Lessons – Dennis Hopper’s Estate
    Often, the rich and famous continue to make headlines long after they are gone because of the battles that are frequently waged over the estate they leave behind. Even if you are not interested in celebrity gossip, it often pays to pay…
Rank this Week: 1924

Law Office of Robert L. Boydstun…

Law Office of Robert L. Boydstun Blog

Covers estate planning, probate, guardianships, disability and elder law.

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

    An Elder Lawyer’s Pet Peeve

    An Elder Lawyer’s Pet Peeve
    View image | gettyimages.com Here is a short list of dangers that I regularly see in my Elder Law practice. These hazards can frustrate a client’s estate plan or asset protection plan : 1) The Do It Yourself Last Will and…
  • Aug 13

    10 Reasons To Choose A Revocable Living Trust

    10 Reasons To Choose A Revocable Living Trust
    Your Last Will and Testament and the details of your estate holdings and its distribution will not be an open public record in the clerk’s office of the Surrogates Court. The trustee of your Revocable Living Trust will not need to…
  • Jun 8

    Wills 101

    Wills 101
    Many people ask me whether a Will is the proper way to pass on their assets to others when they die.  The answer depends of the individual circumstances of each person. This blog entry provides some basic information about estate…
Rank this Week: 1918

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/
  • Aug 21

    Homecare Workers Entitled to Minimum Wage and Overtime, Appeals Court Say

    Homecare Workers Entitled to Minimum Wage and Overtime, Appeals Court Say
    Today a The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit rejected a challenge filed by the Home Care Association of America and others to the US Department of Labor regulation that homecare workers are entitled to the…
  • Jun 26

    Same-Sex Marriage Now Legal in all 50 State

    Same-Sex Marriage Now Legal in all 50 State
    Today, June 16, 2015, the US Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision, legalized gay marriage in all 50 states. This means the 14 states that did not recognize gay/same-sex marriage (Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan,…
  • Apr 22

    The Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act

    The Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act
    On June 8, 2015 a new law will take effect in West Virginia that supports family caregivers when their loved ones are admitted into a hospital. AARP West Virginia promoted the bill (House Bill 2100 that passed unanimously in the West…
Rank this Week: 1871