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Crider Law P.C. Blog

Crider Law P.C. Blog

Covers elder law, estate planning and family law.

http://www.criderlaw.net/blog/
  • Feb 26

    Reasons for Updating an Already-Finished Estate Plan

    Reasons for Updating an Already-Finished Estate Plan
    Long before Jim Carrey went green in Gotham and battled Batman, the world knew a different man as “The Riddler.” He wasn’t a villain or even a fictional character, but rather a widely respected Greek philosopher known as…
  • Feb 19

    Martin Luther King Jr.’s Children Battle in Court Over His Estate

    Martin Luther King Jr.’s Children Battle in Court Over His Estate
    Nearly forty-seven years have passed since the tragic assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. His incredible life and legacy continue to command our attention and admiration all these decades later. This year, his story is remembered…
  • Feb 12

    Crazy Estates Get a TV Show with “Strange Inheritance”

    Crazy Estates Get a TV Show with “Strange Inheritance”
    Estate law doesn’t always enjoy a reputation as the most exciting topic under the sun. That’s why we’re pleased to hear of a new TV show that shines a light on estates and their sometimes-unpredictable legacies. View image |…
Rank this Week: 199

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/
  • Feb 27

    Forget coffins: these burial pods allow you to turn into a tree when you die

    Forget coffins: these burial pods allow you to turn into a tree when you die
    Funeral choices have expanded over the years, and new options become available all the time. Burial used to be the norm, until cremation became popular. Since then, I've heard of half a dozen new ideas including pressing ashes into a vinyl…
  • Feb 27

    William Herd died leaving £300,000 but his only son never saw a penny

    William Herd died leaving £300,000 but his only son never saw a penny
    William Herd was widowed, and married again at 67 years old. He and his second wife, Dorothy, made mirror wills in which they left everything to each other. The wills also said that on the death of both of them, the estate would be divided…
  • Feb 24

    Is a will prepared in Ontario valid in other provinces or other countries?

    Is a will prepared in Ontario valid in other provinces or other countries?
    These days, with people moving from place to place so much, I'm often asked about the validity of wills once a person moves across provincial or national borders. A reader recently raised the topic, and I thought I'd share the discussion with…
Rank this Week: 458

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/
  • Feb 27

    Giving While Living -- Completing Chuck Feeney's Original Mission for Atlantic Philanthropie

    Giving While Living -- Completing Chuck Feeney's Original Mission for Atlantic Philanthropie
    For more than twenty-five years, The Atlantic Philanthropies has been one of the most important funding sources for nonprofit and NGO work on health, education and equality issues in the U.S. and beyond, often providing key support for legal…
  • Feb 27

    Why A "Pooled Trust" for Special Needs?

    Why A "Pooled Trust" for Special Needs?
    Texas attorney Renée C. Lovelace has literally written the book -- a guidebook -- on Pooled Trust Options. Renée was a recent guest speaker at Penn State's Dickinson Law, appearing before students in an advanced seminar on planning…
  • Feb 27

    Indiana Law Review Symposium: State Governments & Aging Population

    Indiana Law Review Symposium: State Governments & Aging Population
    Check out Volume 48, Issue 1 of the Indiana Law Review which contains articles from the 2013 Program on Law & State Government Fellowship Symposium: State Governments Face the Realities of Aging Populations. Three articles are included…
Rank this Week: 397

Kraft Elder Law Blog

Kraft Elder Law Blog

Covers elder law issues.

http://www.kraftelderlaw.com/blog/
  • Feb 27

    Kentucky Officials Allege Pain Medicine Maker to Blame for Abuse Epidemic

    Kentucky Officials Allege Pain Medicine Maker to Blame for Abuse Epidemic
    The Louisville (KY) Courier-Journal reports that officials in Kentucky have “traced the roots” of the state’s pain medicine abuse epidemic to OxyContin (oxycodone), and have been “forging ahead with a civil…
  • Feb 26

    American Cancer Society Attributes Cancer Drop Partly to Reduced Smoking

    American Cancer Society Attributes Cancer Drop Partly to Reduced Smoking
    The American Cancer Society issued a press release about its annual cancer statistics report Tuesday, and it focused on “a 22% drop in cancer mortality over two decades” that averted “more than 1.5 million cancer…
  • Feb 25

    FDA Warns Blood Pressure Kiosks May Not Show Correct Result

    FDA Warns Blood Pressure Kiosks May Not Show Correct Result
    HealthDay reported the FDA warned that blood-pressure kiosks available in public places such as pharmacies and grocery stores may not show accurate results if the “cuff is too small or too large for your arm.” Luke…
Rank this Week: 506

New York Elder Law Attorney Blog

New York Elder Law Attorney Blog

By Ettinger Law Firm.

http://www.newyorkelderlawattorneyblog.com/
  • Feb 26

    Chinese Elite Fighting for Palliative Care

    Chinese Elite Fighting for Palliative Care
    Families of China's political elite and senior Communist Party leaders are now fighting for a more unusual cause: the right for their seniors to die with dignity. Failure to take every measure possible to keep these people alive is considered…
  • Feb 23

    Government to Change How It Rates Nursing Home

    Government to Change How It Rates Nursing Home
    The federal government announced on Thursday that it was changing the way that it rates nursing homes, adjusting the curve that it uses to measure the quality of the communities to make it more difficult to earn four and five star ratings.…
  • Feb 19

    Elderly Man Charged with Killing Nursing Home Roommate Die

    Elderly Man Charged with Killing Nursing Home Roommate Die
    An 89 year old man who was charged in the killing of his 86 year old roommate at a Buffalo, New York nursing home facility has died. Chester Rusek, 89, passed away in the Erie County Medical Center, where he was being treated for multiple…
Rank this Week: 325

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
  • Feb 25

    Telling Your Kids How Much You Are Worth

    Telling Your Kids How Much You Are Worth
    Should your kids know how much money you make or how much you are worth? View image | gettyimages.com A story in the New York Times says, yes, sort of. It says you can begin to initiate them into your financial world as early as age 5 or 6.…
  • Feb 18

    Facebook Now Offers ‘Living Will’

    Facebook Now Offers ‘Living Will’
    Facebook users can now control their pages after they pass away. View image | gettyimages.com The social media company has created a new tool that lets users determine what happens to their accounts after they die – a sort of…
  • Feb 11

    ‘Step Up’ To Step Down?

    ‘Step Up’ To Step Down?
    President Obama, in his State of the Union address, outlined some proposed tax changes, including ending the “step up” provision in the capital gains tax. While Congress is unlikely to go along, it could mean big changes in the…
Rank this Week: 456

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/
Rank this Week: 632

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/
Rank this Week: 633

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/
  • Feb 22

    British Columbia Law Institute Report on Terminating a Strata

    British Columbia Law Institute Report on Terminating a Strata
    The British Columbia Law Institute  has just published its Report on Terminating a Strata recommending reform of the Strata Property Act provisions allowing a strata to wind up its strata corporation and cancel the strata plan.Under…
  • Feb 13

    Estate of Young: Curative Provisions of Wills, Estates and Succession Act.

    Estate of Young: Curative Provisions of Wills, Estates and Succession Act.
    We now have a reported case applying the new British Columbia legislation allowing the court to give effect to a document or other record as a will even though it does not comply with the formal signing and witnessing requirements for a valid…
  • Feb 7

    Supreme Court of Canada Holds Absolute Prohibition of Physician-assisted Dying Unconsitituional

    Supreme Court of Canada Holds Absolute Prohibition of Physician-assisted Dying Unconsitituional
    In a unanimous decision released yesterday, in Carter v.Canada (Attorney General), 2015 SCC 5, the Supreme Court of Canada held “that the prohibition on physician-assisted dying is void insofar as it deprives a competent adult of such…
Rank this Week: 621

Cramer Law Center

Cramer Law Center

Covers estate planning, probate, guardianship and elder law issues.

http://cramerlawcenter.com/blog/
  • Feb 20

    ABLE Accounts: A New Tool for Special Needs Planning

    ABLE Accounts: A New Tool for Special Needs Planning
    In December 2014, Congress passed the Achieving a Better Life Experience (“ABLE”) Act, which provides for a new type of tax-free savings account for persons who are born with a disability or become disabled at a young age (25 or…
  • Feb 6

    Marrying With Assets: Keeping Your Estate Plan Intact [Part II]

    Marrying With Assets: Keeping Your Estate Plan Intact [Part II]
    This is the second installment in our series discussing the impact of marriage on the legal rights of spouses to share in each other’s assets. We now focus on what happens to a married person’s “homestead”…
  • Jan 27

    Marrying with Assets: Keeping Your Estate Plan Intact [Part I]

    Marrying with Assets: Keeping Your Estate Plan Intact [Part I]
    This newsletter begins a series discussing the impact of marriage on the legal rights of spouses to share in each other’s assets.  We begin by talking about the “elective share” and the “pretermitted…
Rank this Week: 421

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/
  • Feb 17

    Obama’s Proposals Reminds Us To Reduce Our Legislative Risk Through Tax Diversification

    Obama’s Proposals Reminds Us To Reduce Our Legislative Risk Through Tax Diversification
    By Attorney Dan Vu We have all heard of the saying, “Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.” In the investment world, this means don’t put everything you have into one stock. Apple might be doing great now, but no…
  • Feb 10

    Important Information About Medicare Enrollment

    Important Information About Medicare Enrollment
    By: Attorney Nathan Simpson Getting Medicare enrollment correct is very important to avoid gaps in coverage. The Journal of Financial Planning has published a handy timeline which helps seniors plan for when to enroll. The Journal recommends…
  • Dec 2

    What’s the Difference Between a Will and a Trust?

    What’s the Difference Between a Will and a Trust?
    By Chris Meyer Many people think that Wills and Trusts are the same thing. Nothing could be further from the truth. While there are similarities, there are some very important differences. A Will is a very basic document that simply expresses…
Rank this Week: 559

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/
  • Feb 9

    Alzheimer’s Patients Frequently Victims of Nursing Home Abuse

    Alzheimer’s Patients Frequently Victims of Nursing Home Abuse
    Sending your loved ones to a nursing home might be a growing concern for you, especially if you are aware of the number of Alzheimer’s patients who have been victims of nursing home abuse each year.  Nursing homes cater for almost…
  • Feb 2

    As Nursing Home Profits Increase, So Does The Risk of Injury

    As Nursing Home Profits Increase, So Does The Risk of Injury
    The entire purpose of any for-profit corporation is to make money and to continuously implement new strategies that will increase profit and reduce expenses. How far is too far though when a company puts its own needs above those of the…
  • Jan 5

    Feeding Tubes In Elderly – A Complex & Debatable Procedure

    Feeding Tubes In Elderly – A Complex & Debatable Procedure
    One of the most controversial medical practices impacting patients of all ages is the use of feeding tubes. These medical devices are often used as a means to provide nutrition and hydration to residents who are unable to consume food on…
Rank this Week: 639

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/
  • Nov 23

    PA Bar Assn approves Orphans' Court Mediation Project

    PA Bar Assn approves Orphans' Court Mediation Project
    <!--[if gte mso 9]> <![endif]-->On Friday, November 21, 2014, the Pennsylvania Bar Association formally approved, by unanimous vote, a Report and Recommendation presented by its Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee…
  • 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…
Rank this Week: 691

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: 643

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: 2726

South Carolina Nursing Home Blog

South Carolina Nursing Home Blog

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

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

    Low Vision Awareness Month

    Low Vision Awareness Month
    Here’s eye-opening news: Currently, 4.2 million Americans ages 40 and older are visually impaired. Of these, 3 million have low vision. By 2030, when the last baby boomers turn 65, the number of Americans who have visual impairments is…
  • Feb 27

    Surgical Error

    Surgical Error
    The Wall Street Journal had an interesting article about surgical errors in hospitals.  Surgery can be risky by its very nature, and the possibility of error or negligence makes it even more so. According to an analysis last year in the…
  • Feb 26

    Illinois Legislation to Allow Video Surveillance

    Illinois Legislation to Allow Video Surveillance
    ABC Chicago reported that Illinois may become the next state to allow video security of nursing home residents.  The ABC7 I-Team reported last spring that cameras are legal in four states.  Ten months after an ABC7 I-Team…
Rank this Week: 829

Law Offices of Richard B.…

Law Offices of Richard B. Schneider, LLC Blog

Covers elder law and estate planning.

http://www.rbsllc.com/blog/
  • Feb 27

    What reasons do you have to revise your estate plan?

    What reasons do you have to revise your estate plan?
    Many clients believe that estate planning is one of those things they do one time and then never think of it again. Nothing could be further from the truth. Just as life is not static, neither are our estate planning efforts. While it is true…
  • Feb 26

    How Can I Protect My Spouse When I Apply for Medicaid?

    How Can I Protect My Spouse When I Apply for Medicaid?
    At some point during your Golden Years there is a very good chance that you will need long-term care. Given the extremely high cost of long-term care that means there is also a very good chance you will need to qualify for the Medicaid…
  • Feb 25

    Will Nursing Home Care Leave You, or Your Spouse, in Poverty?

    Will Nursing Home Care Leave You, or Your Spouse, in Poverty?
    As much as we all prefer not to think about it, the odds are very good that we will all need long-term care at some point down the road. If you have not planned for the possibility you could be in for a huge shock when you realize how…
Rank this Week: 2518

Law Office of Andrew M. Lamkin,…

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

Covers elder law.

http://lamkinelderlaw.com/articles/
  • Feb 27

    Six Considerations When Choosing a Legal Guardian for your Minor Children

    Six Considerations When Choosing a Legal Guardian for your Minor Children
    For the parents of minor children, one of the most important aspects of your will is naming a legal guardian for your kids in the event that you and your spouse are no longer able to care for them. While it can be extremely difficult to…
  • Feb 23

    Is it Too Early to Start Estate Planning?

    Is it Too Early to Start Estate Planning?
    As New York estate planning attorneys, it’s no surprise that we believe that it is never too early to begin planning your estate. We know all too well that life is filled with the unexpected, and far too many people pass on without…
  • Feb 19

    New York Estate Planning & Funeral Planning

    New York Estate Planning &amp; Funeral Planning
    Even though your funeral plans and burial plans are not a vital part of your will and trust, planning for them are two important components of estate planning for both you and your family. Not only do you want your family to know your…
Rank this Week: 2084

California Elder Abuse Lawyer Blog

California Elder Abuse Lawyer Blog

Covers elder abuse, prescription medication misuse and bedsores. By Walton Law, A.P.C.

http://www.californiaelderabuselawyer-blog.com/
  • Feb 27

    New Report On Elder Financial Abuse Shows Shocking Statistic

    New Report On Elder Financial Abuse Shows Shocking Statistic
    A new report, released by True Link Financial, a financial services firm based in San Francisco has revealed that seniors lose $36.48 Billion each year due to financial elder abuse. According to the report: "The fraud research community…
  • Feb 19

    Poor Nutrition: A Form of Elder Neglect in California

    Poor Nutrition: A Form of Elder Neglect in California
    Nursing homes in California have a responsibility to prevent malnutrition in resident elders, per the California Department of Public Health. In fact, failure by nursing home staff to monitor residents during mealtime, and/or failure to…
  • Feb 12

    The Dangers of Improper Maintenance of Nursing Homes in California

    The Dangers of Improper Maintenance of Nursing Homes in California
    When you entrust the care of your loved elder to a nursing home in California, you have the right to expect that the facility they are residing in will be properly maintained, so as to prevent an injury. However, all too often nursing home…
Rank this Week: 2746

Parman & Easterday Blog

Parman & Easterday Blog

Covers elder law and estate planning.

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

    Basic Questions About Adoption in Kansa

    Basic Questions About Adoption in Kansa
    Even though a lot of people don’t realize it, probate courts in most states, including Kansas and Oklahoma, are responsible for adjudicating the adoption process. When a would-be parent, or parents, seeks to adopt a child, they…
  • Feb 24

    Understanding Estate Planning – What is a Trust?

    Understanding Estate Planning – What is a Trust?
    In this week’s discussion of understanding estate planning concepts, we are going talk about trusts. Even though we have about trusts a lot in the past, it is easy for estate planning attorneys to discuss them because they are such a…
  • Feb 19

    Make Sure Your Wishes Are Carried Out After You’re Gone

    Make Sure Your Wishes Are Carried Out After You’re Gone
    What happens when family members decide they don’t like your estate choices after you’re gone? Listen as we discuss a real-life example and explore ways to ensure your wishes are carried out.
Rank this Week: 3506

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/
  • Feb 27

    Living Trust Advantage

    Living Trust Advantage
    Revocable living trusts can offer many advantages including the avoidance of the probate process.
  • Feb 25

    Talk to Your Kids about Your Estate Plan, Even If It's Awkard

    Talk to Your Kids about Your Estate Plan, Even If It's Awkard
    While not required, talking to your children about your estate plan and explaining to them the decisions you have made can help eliminate bad feelings among your children when you’re gone.
  • Feb 23

    Financial Pointers: Providing Care for Aging Parent

    Financial Pointers: Providing Care for Aging Parent
    Planning for an elderly loved ones financial and health care future can be emotional and difficult and should be done before it is too late.
Rank this Week: 3255

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
  • Feb 27

    Keep Cross-Examination Short (Unless You Shouldn’t)

    Keep Cross-Examination Short (Unless You Shouldn’t)
    A successful evangelist once said about his sermons: “Nobody ever got religion after the first twenty minutes.” His time estimate may be wrong, but every evangelist and trial attorney has wrestled with the short attention span of…
  • Feb 25

    Like Cheese, Foreign Prenups Don’t Travel Well

    Like Cheese, Foreign Prenups Don’t Travel Well
    The following is a guest blog post by Peter M. Walzer of Walzer Melcher LLP in Los Angeles, a firm focused exclusively on family law. Mr. Walzer has been a Certified Family Law Specialist for 25 years. It’s not uncommon for out-of-state…
  • Feb 23

    5 Things to Do to Prepare for Voir Dire

    5 Things to Do to Prepare for Voir Dire
    When next faced with preparing for jury voir dire examination before trial, consider these five practical suggestions. Determine the types of jurors that you do and don’t want. Rather than selecting jurors through stereotypes (e.g.,…
Rank this Week: 2554

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/
  • Feb 27

    Idaho Estate Planning - Family Feud Surrounding Robin Williams Estate

    Idaho Estate Planning - Family Feud Surrounding Robin Williams Estate
    The comedian Robin Williams hadn't been deceased for long when a fight erupted over some of his belongings. Williams' third wife and his three children from a previous marriage landed in court with a dispute over personal items, including…
  • Feb 26

    Idaho Elder Law - Medicaid Planning Myth

    Idaho Elder Law - Medicaid Planning Myth
    You can't afford NOT to do Medicaid Planning. First, such planning may not cost as much as you think. More importantly, compared to what is at stake, the cost to protect your assets and put care in place is definitely worth it.
  • Feb 25

    Idaho Elder Law - Avoiding Financial Elder Abuse

    Idaho Elder Law - Avoiding Financial Elder Abuse
    Each type of fraud has a different age spectrum. Investment scams peak around age 65, and work-from-home scams, dating scams, weight loss, and most Internet scams are more common at a bit younger age. Finally, theft by family members peaks…
Rank this Week: 2828

Fink Rosner Ershow-Levenberg Blog

Fink Rosner Ershow-Levenberg Blog

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

http://legalnewsyoucanuse.com/
  • Feb 27

    Sean Connolly Named as Conn. Commissioner of Vet. Affair

    Sean Connolly Named as Conn. Commissioner of Vet. Affair
    Yesterday, Sean Connolly, Army Judge Advocate General, was named as commissioner of Connecticut’s Department of Veterans Affairs.  More information concerning his appointment can be found at Connecticut Mirror. I don’t…
  • Feb 26

    Fountain v. McDonald (Tinnitus), VA TL 10-02, and MOS Noise Exposure List

    Fountain v. McDonald (Tinnitus), VA TL 10-02, and MOS Noise Exposure List
    On February 9, 2015, the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC) issued a  opinion “[as] urged by the veteran, that [38 C.F.R.] § 3.309(a) includes tinnitus, at a minimum where there is evidence of acoustic…
  • Feb 26

    What is Hospice care all about, really?

    What is Hospice care all about, really?
    Palliative care is a specialized team approach to helping a patient to cope with the debilitating symptoms of certain serious complicated illnesses such as parkinsons Disease, heart failure, kidney failure, or COPD. The patient is receiving…
Rank this Week: 2669

Nirenstein, Horowitz & Associates,…

Nirenstein, Horowitz & Associates, P.C. Blog

Covers Connecticut estate planning, probate and elder law.

http://www.preserveyourestate.net/blog/
  • Feb 27

    ILIT Three Year Rule

    ILIT Three Year Rule
    The Federal estate tax is something to be aware of when you are planning ahead for the inevitable. There is an exemption, but once you exceed it you are looking at an extraordinary rate of taxation. As of this writing the exclusion is $5.12…
  • Feb 26

    What Is a First Party Special Needs Trust?

    What Is a First Party Special Needs Trust?
    A special needs trust can be a very useful estate planning device when certain circumstances exist. Many people who have disabilities rely on government benefit programs like Medicaid and Supplemental Security Income. These programs are only…
  • Feb 23

    Veterans A & A: Wartime Veterans May Be Eligible

    Veterans A &amp; A: Wartime Veterans May Be Eligible
    When it comes to retirement planning, people who are serving or have served in the United States armed forces have some very attractive options. Individuals who have served for at least 20 years are entitled to a retirement pension that they…
Rank this Week: 2559

American Academy of Estate…

American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys Blog

Provides legal marketing and estate planning legal updates.

http://www.aaepa.com/articles/
  • Feb 27

    Become a Better Guesser, with the Right Tool

    Become a Better Guesser, with the Right Tool
    This week winter finally made its voice heard in Louisville, KY by dumping almost a foot of snow on us. Though this certainly pales in comparison to the relentless storms that have battered Boston, it was enough to get our attention, close…
  • Feb 25

    10 Happiest States: The Happiest Will Surprise You!

    10 Happiest States: The Happiest Will Surprise You!
    Which are the happiest states and why? Does it have to do with weather? I’m sure with the grueling winter weather in the northern states this year, people are thinking “sunbelt.” But, surprisingly, climate seems to be less…
  • Feb 23

    Be a Peak Performer

    Be a Peak Performer
    The Academy’s Peak Performer groups recently concluded their final in-person meetings of the Peak year, and they were simply remarkable. For those who are unfamiliar with the program, in short, the Peak Performers Program is an…
Rank this Week: 3514

Mendel Law Firm Blog

Mendel Law Firm Blog

Covers estate planning.

http://www.mendellawfirm.com/blog/
  • Feb 27

    Famous Estates – Legacy Champ or Chump?

    Famous Estates – Legacy Champ or Chump?
    Robert Craig Knievel “Evel Knievel” (1938-2007) – Daredevil Evel Knievel gained worldwide fame between the late 1960s and early 1980s for nationally televised death-defying motorcycle jumps. In his career he attempted over…
  • Feb 25

    Thought for the Day:

    Thought for the Day:
    You will face many defeats in your life, but never let yourself be defeated. Maya Angelou
  • Feb 25

    Common Estate Planning Mistakes to Avoid

    Common Estate Planning Mistakes to Avoid
    For most people, an estate plan is much more than simply a list of how they want their assets divided after they die. A comprehensive estate plan often includes tax and probate avoidance, incapacity planning, and retirement planning as well.…
Rank this Week: 2472

The Zimmer Law Firm

The Zimmer Law Firm

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

http://www.zimmerlawfirm.com/blog/
  • Feb 26

    Compare & Contrast: Revocable Living Trust & Family Wealth Trust

    Compare &amp; Contrast: Revocable Living Trust &amp; Family Wealth Trust
    There are many financial tools that can help you transition from your career to retirement with relative ease and confidence. Understanding those tools, including the benefits as well as the shortcomings, is your first step of making that…
  • Feb 24

    The Reason to Get a Living Will

    The Reason to Get a Living Will
    It may be an unpleasant topic, but many people have not taken the time to get Living Wills. These are simple documents that give doctors instructions over what life-sustaining treatments to provide when a person is terminally ill with no…
  • Feb 19

    What You Need to Know About Ohio Telemed Service

    What You Need to Know About Ohio Telemed Service
    Last year, Ohio Governor Kasich signed into law an authorization for Medicaid to cover telemedicine services. It went into effect January 1, 2015.  But what do telemed services mean for seniors and the elderly who receive Medicaid?…
Rank this Week: 3523

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/
  • Feb 26

    What is an SEP IRA?

    What is an SEP IRA?
    Did you know there are several types of Individual Retirement Accounts or IRAs?  Some are established by the individual and others are sponsored by employers, usually with matching contributions.  A SEP IRA is one particular type of…
  • Feb 25

    Government Raises the Bar on Nursing Home Rating

    Government Raises the Bar on Nursing Home Rating
    federal government is increasing its scrutiny and raising the bar on an array of quality measures, requiring nursing homes to do more to get high score
  • Feb 23

    I Want My Same Sex Partner to Make Decisions About My Remain

    I Want My Same Sex Partner to Make Decisions About My Remain
    Spouses have a legal right to make decisions on behalf of one another.
Rank this Week: 2517

German Law Group Blog

German Law Group Blog

Covers estate planning.

http://www.germanlawgroup.com/
  • Feb 26

    What Is the Difference Between Medicare and Medicaid?

    What Is the Difference Between Medicare and Medicaid?
    When you are planning ahead for your senior years, you should understand government health insurance programs that may be relevant to you. Medicare is one of them, and perhaps surprisingly, Medicaid is another. Medicare The FICA tax that you…
  • Feb 24

    Why Do I Need a Power of Attorney?

    Why Do I Need a Power of Attorney?
    When you plan your estate, you work with an attorney to facilitate future asset transfers. This is at the core of the endeavor, but you should ideally see a comprehensive picture. Preparing assets for distribution after your passing is part…
  • Feb 19

    What Happens to a Living Trust When One Spouse Dies?

    What Happens to a Living Trust When One Spouse Dies?
    There is a legal device called a revocable living trust that is a very effective estate planning tool if certain circumstances exist. This type of trust will not provide asset protection or estate tax efficiency, but most people are not…
Rank this Week: 2534

Kuhn and Kuhn Law Firm Blog

Kuhn and Kuhn Law Firm Blog

Covers estate planning.

http://www.kuhnandkuhn.com/blog/
  • Feb 26

    Celebrate “ Responsible Pet Owner’s Month ” by Creating a Pet Trust

    Celebrate “ Responsible Pet Owner’s Month ” by Creating a Pet Trust
    To say that Americans love their pets would be an understatement. In the United States, three out of every five households has at least one dog or cat. Collectively, that means that we own about 80 million dogs and cats in the U.S. –…
  • Feb 24

    How Is Adoption Different than Other Types of Custody Such as Guardianship or Custody?

    How Is Adoption Different than Other Types of Custody Such as Guardianship or Custody?
    If you are the parent or caregiver of a minor child you undoubtedly feel as though your relationship with the child exists because of the love you have for the child without regard for your legal status. In the United States, however, your…
  • Feb 12

    Should I Have a South Carolina Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care?

    Should I Have a South Carolina Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care?
    When you finally sit down to create your estate plan you will be faced with a number of difficult, yet important, decisions. Although many of those decisions will relate to the disposition of assets upon your death, not all of them will. For…
Rank this Week: 2468

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/
  • Feb 25

    Budget Proposal for 2016 Would Reduce Estate Tax Exclusion

    Budget Proposal for 2016 Would Reduce Estate Tax Exclusion
    The federal estate tax is controversial, and there are those who would say that it is unfair, because it is an instance of double taxation. You pay taxes all of your life, and your estate is comprised of whatever you have left after paying…
  • Feb 23

    Do I Need a Lawyer to Draw Up a Last Will?

    Do I Need a Lawyer to Draw Up a Last Will?
    Now that we are firmly embedded in the digital age, a do-it-yourself mindset has developed. People often search the Internet to find out how to do things, and you can tackle many different types of tasks on your own. However, the key is to…
  • Feb 19

    Sundown Syndrome: How to Help (an Elder Law Today blog)

    Sundown Syndrome: How to Help (an Elder Law Today blog)
    Although experts do not know the exact cause of Sundown Syndrome, many believe that there are numerous contributing factors. Behaviors such as confusion, anxiety, and agitation or disorientation are most frequently reported. There are some…
Rank this Week: 2471

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/
  • Feb 25

    Elder Abuse and Assisted-Suicide Legislation

    Elder Abuse and Assisted-Suicide Legislation
    The Death with Dignity bill has goals that are certainly worthy of consideration. At the same time, a number of medical organizations and advocates argue that we may need to think deeply about how assisted-suicide legislation in California…
  • Feb 18

    New Jobs in Department of Public Health Aim at Preventing Elder Neglect

    New Jobs in Department of Public Health Aim at Preventing Elder Neglect
    Thirty million dollars and 260 new positions are coming to the California Department of Health to assist in the Licensing and Certification Division. Will this help with California's huge backlog of nursing home complaints? Learn more from…
  • Feb 11

    California Facilities Fined for Resident Death

    California Facilities Fined for Resident Death
    Two Los Angeles County nursing homes received AA citations and $75,000 fines for deaths of residents in December 2014. Learn more on the California Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer Blog.
Rank this Week: 1545

Nash Nash Bean & Ford, LLP Blog

Nash Nash Bean & Ford, LLP Blog

Covers elder law and estate planning.

http://www.nashbeanford.com/blog/
  • Feb 25

    Can You Get Medicaid to Help You at Home in Illinois?

    Can You Get Medicaid to Help You at Home in Illinois?
    If you, or someone you love, is living with a disability or medical condition that requires ongoing medical care and assistance you likely already know the cost of that care can be significant. For some people, a long-term care facility is…
  • Feb 23

    Must a Third Party Honor a Power of Attorney?

    Must a Third Party Honor a Power of Attorney?
    A power of attorney is a legal agreement that allows a Principal (the person who executes the power of attorney, or POA) to grant authority to an “Agent” to act on behalf of the Principal in legal matters and financial…
  • Feb 18

    The Bank Won’t Honor the Power of Attorney. What Can You Do?

    The Bank Won’t Honor the Power of Attorney. What Can You Do?
    One of the most commonly used estate planning documents is a power of attorney. In fact, it is not uncommon to execute more than one power of attorney, or POA, during your lifetime. If someone has named you as an Agent under a power of…
Rank this Week: 2530

Purcell & Amen, L.L.C. Blog

Purcell & Amen, L.L.C. Blog

Covers elder law and estate planning.

http://yourestatematters.com/blog/
  • Feb 25

    What Is a Supplemental Needs Trust?

    What Is a Supplemental Needs Trust?
    If you have a special needs child or adult in your family you undoubtedly worry about being able to provide for them after you are no longer here. Special care must be taken when including a special needs loved one in your estate plan because…
  • Feb 24

    The Importance of Designating a Successor Trustee

    The Importance of Designating a Successor Trustee
    Like many people, you may decide to include a trust agreement in your overall estate plan. If you do include a trust in your estate plan you will need to make a number of important decisions when you create your trust, including the…
  • Feb 22

    Are There Other Documents That Should Be Prepared When Preparing a Will?

    Are There Other Documents That Should Be Prepared When Preparing a Will?
    Everyone over the age of 18 should have at least a basic Last Will and Testament in place. If you are finally considering executing a Will yourself you may also be wondering “ Are there other documents that should be prepared when…
Rank this Week: 2522

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
  • 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…
  • Dec 9

    Special Juvenile Immigrant Statu

    Special Juvenile Immigrant Statu
    Our law office regularly helps clients with family legal transactions, including child custody, prenuptial agreements, family partnerships, and - lately - guardianships based upon a child's dependent status. Today, we are launching our…
  • Dec 5

    Another reason for a living trust: you have 79 heir

    Another reason for a living trust: you have 79 heir
    In Georgia, most estate attorneys recommend use of a will rather than a living trust. Probate in this state is a simple affair, if the will is properly drafted, and living trusts are expensive to manage and administer during life. The…
Rank this Week: 2975

Northern California Center for…

Northern California Center for Estate Planning and Elder Law

Covers estate planning.

http://www.norcalplanners.com/blog/
  • Feb 24

    When Is an Estate Tax Return Due?

    When Is an Estate Tax Return Due?
    Accumulating wealth is one thing, but preserving it is another. Though you pay taxes throughout your life, there is also a federal estate tax that can impact the future of your family if you have enjoyed a considerable level of financial…
  • Feb 22

    How Do You Find an Elder Law Attorney?

    How Do You Find an Elder Law Attorney?
    The aging of the baby boomer generation is having a significant impact on the country’s demographic makeup. A lot of people are approaching senior citizen status at the same time, and as a result, people are asking questions about legal…
  • Feb 19

    What Is the Difference Between SSI and SSDI?

    What Is the Difference Between SSI and SSDI?
    You hear various different acronyms when you are looking into government programs, and it can sometimes be confusing, especially when they are similar. In an effort to clear things up, we will look at the difference between SSI and SSDI in…
Rank this Week: 2474

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/
  • Feb 24

    Free Report: Status of Same-Sex Marriage in the United State

    Free Report: Status of Same-Sex Marriage in the United State
    Now,at the beginning of a new year, it is worth reviewing the status of same-sex marriage in our country. Topics covered in this whitepaper include: States that Recognizes Same-Sex Marriage The Law Remains Limbo in Some States What are Some…
  • Feb 22

    Free Report: Farm Asset Transfers in Estate Planning in Nevada

    Free Report: Farm Asset Transfers in Estate Planning in Nevada
    Owning a family business requires a business succession plan if you want the business to continueon after your retirement or death. Topics covered in this whitepaper include: Farm Succession Planning Means More than Just Transferring…
  • Feb 18

    Status of Same-Sex Marriage in the United State

    Status of Same-Sex Marriage in the United State
    center> Status of Same Sex Marriage in The United States from Brad Anderson Marriage is a sacred institution, not only in the public eye, but also in the courts. It represents a legal union that guarantees specific federal rights and…
Rank this Week: 3522

Redlands Veterans' Affairs…

Redlands Veterans' Affairs Attorney Blog

Covers estate planning and elder law. By Esther Wang.

http://www.california-elder-law.com/blog/
  • Feb 24

    Consumer Reports Weighs in on DIY Estate Planning

    Consumer Reports Weighs in on DIY Estate Planning
    Any time you are looking for solid and unbiased consumer information you know that you can find it in Consumer Reports magazine. The folks there do a fine job of analyzing products and services in a very fair and balanced...
  • Feb 11

    Taxes and Inheriting an IRA

    Taxes and Inheriting an IRA
    It is possible to will one's IRA to a family member or other chosen beneficiary. On receiving the IRA, the beneficiary is able to make withdrawals right away, but there are considerable tax implications for doing so. In fact, those...
  • Feb 5

    Fees You Can Expect to Pay for a Trust-Based Estate Planning Service

    Fees You Can Expect to Pay for a Trust-Based Estate Planning Service
    As with all professional services, there are fees associated with creating a trust-based estate plan. Many people with assets will have to use a more comprehensive estate plan that includes a trust. This is because a trust will protect the...
Rank this Week: 2531

Ohio Estate Planning & Asset…

Ohio Estate Planning & Asset Protection

By AlerStallings, LLC.

http://www.alerstallings.com/blog/
  • Feb 24

    My Spouse Went to a Nursing Home – Can I keep his income?

    My Spouse Went to a Nursing Home – Can I keep his income?
    I get this question at almost every consult for a nursing home emergency and from many other professionals I work with when I do nursing home planning. This question is common because it’s difficult to answer. Here’s the good…
  • Feb 18

    Greg Aler is our Featured Attorney of the Month!

    Greg Aler is our Featured Attorney of the Month!
    A little bit about Greg: Greg was born and raised in Bellefontaine, Ohio, home of the oldest concrete street in America and Mad River Mountain. Greg graduated from Miami University and majored in finance, moving across Ohio after college…
  • Feb 16

    Estate Planning – A Great Last-Minute Special Event Gift

    Estate Planning – A Great Last-Minute Special Event Gift
    Forgot about Valentine’s Day?  It’s not too late.  Make an appointment with an AlerStallings attorney to discuss an estate plan.  Seriously.  Sure, it’s not dinner and roses, but a good estate plan is one…
Rank this Week: 1872

Walker Lambe

Walker Lambe

Covers North Carolina elder law and estate planning.

http://www.organizeyourassets.com/blog/
  • Feb 23

    The 2015 Lifetime Estate Tax Exclusion & Annual Gift Tax

    The 2015 Lifetime Estate Tax Exclusion &amp; Annual Gift Tax
    Historic Overview Congress and the Wilson administration established the original federal estate tax in 1916. However, the lack of an annual gift tax limitation provided a large unintended loophole for individuals to distribute inheritances…
  • Feb 3

    2015 Lifetime and Annual Gift Tax Exclusion Increase

    2015 Lifetime and Annual Gift Tax Exclusion Increase
    Lifetime and Annual Gift Tax Exclusions Historical Overview: Congress and the Wilson administration established the original federal estate tax in 1916. However, the lack of an annual gift tax limitation provided a large unintended loophole…
  • Mar 13

    Four Reasons Estate Planning Matters More than Ever for Women

    Four Reasons Estate Planning Matters More than Ever for Women
    Today, women exercise more financial power than ever before. The number of women in the workplace has tripled in the last fifty years. Meanwhile, the real median income of women has increased by sixty-three percent, while that of men has…
Rank this Week: 3515

Arizona Senior Law Blog

Arizona Senior Law Blog

Covers topics like Arizona Medicaid, ALTCS, and estate planning. By Jackson White.

http://www.arizonaseniorlaw.com/news/
  • Feb 23

    VA Proposes Asset-Transfer Penalty

    VA Proposes Asset-Transfer Penalty
    Our latest Arizona Republic article in the weekly Aging and the Law column can be found below. Our column runs every Friday in select Arizona cities. Question: In a previous article, you indicated that in determining Veterans Administration…
  • Feb 13

    Handling Probate Without Stre

    Handling Probate Without Stre
    Our latest Arizona Republic article in the weekly Aging and the Law column can be found below. Our column runs every Friday in select Arizona cities. Question: My father recently passed away. He was a widower with a small house and a meager…
  • Feb 3

    Veterans’ Benefits Under Review

    Veterans’ Benefits Under Review
    Our latest Arizona Republic article in the weekly Aging and the Law column can be found below. Our column runs every Friday in select Arizona cities. Question: I understand that, as a veteran, I might be eligible for Veteran’s Pension…
Rank this Week: 1821

Hauptman and Hauptman, P.C. Blog

Hauptman and Hauptman, P.C. Blog

Covers guardianship, Medicaid, probate and estate administration.

http://www.hauptmanlaw.com/blog
  • Feb 22

    How to Lower New Jersey’s Estate Tax

    How to Lower New Jersey’s Estate Tax
                New Jersey has one of the worst, if not the absolute worst, estate taxes in the country.  It is one of two states that has an estate tax and an inheritance tax.  Over the past 15 years the…
  • Feb 15

    Medicaid Isn’t Just About the Finance

    Medicaid Isn’t Just About the Finance
                It’s something I always remind clients when we talk about Medicaid eligibility.  Meeting the income and asset limits are not the only requirements.   An…
  • Feb 8

    Alert – Veterans Administration New Regulations Propose 3 Year Look Back

    Alert – Veterans Administration New Regulations Propose 3 Year Look Back
                On January 23, 2015, the VA took the initiative in proposing new regulations that would penalize wartime veterans and their spouses up to 10 years for making gifts, if they…
Rank this Week: 1593

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/
  • 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…
  • Feb 2

    Medicaid's Rules on Giving Away Your Assets and Qualifying for Nursing Home Long Term Care

    Medicaid's Rules on Giving Away Your Assets and Qualifying for Nursing Home Long Term Care
    In order to be eligible for Medicaid, you cannot have recently transferred assets. Congress does not want you to find out you need nursing home care on Monday, give all your money to your children (or anyone else) on Tuesday, and qualify for…
Rank this Week: 3563

Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers Blog

Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers Blog

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

http://www.nursinghomeabuselawyer.center/
  • Feb 20

    New Guidelines Cause Nursing Home Quality Score Drop

    New Guidelines Cause Nursing Home Quality Score Drop
    In our latest nursing home post we detailed the new guidelines for Medicare's Nursing Home Compare website and how it could impact the quality scores of more than 15,000 American nursing homes. It was just confirmed that about a third of…
  • Feb 18

    Government Agrees to Tougher Nursing Home Evaluation

    Government Agrees to Tougher Nursing Home Evaluation
    Our nursing home negligence lawyers recently reported on the broken system the government created to rate and compare nursing homes. After massive outcry from the public and industry insiders, the federal government is now taking immediate…
  • Jan 22

    Nursing Home Residents Exposed to Hepatitis C File Lawsuit

    Nursing Home Residents Exposed to Hepatitis C File Lawsuit
    Minot, North Dakota recently suffered the third-largest hepatitis C outbreak in American history, and most of the victims were residents of the ManorCare nursing home. Of the 51 hepatitis C cases linked to the outbreak in Minot, 47 were…
Rank this Week: 3236