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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: 158

South Carolina Nursing Home Blog

South Carolina Nursing Home Blog

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

http://www.scnursinghomelaw.com/
  • Mar 31

    Protection and Advocacy

    Protection and Advocacy
    If you have a loved one in a nursing home in South Carolina, we encourage you to take a look at the Protection & Advocacy website. This link will take you to a page where you can see P&A Inspection Reports of Community Residential…
  • Mar 30

    Hidden Camera Records Neglect

    Hidden Camera Records Neglect
    Junetta Jenkins, Jasmine Franco, Champagne Anderson, Savannah Harding, Binita Dahal, and Faye Aguillon are facing charges of neglect after one resident’s son called to complain about the care his father was receiving. The man’s…
  • Mar 29

    Politicians Protecting Industry over Citizen

    Politicians Protecting Industry over Citizen
    One 86 year old is fighting for change, but her attempts are being denied by the state Congress. Fern Horton, an 86 year old Oklahoman, has refused to back down from a bill which would help regulate nursing homes by requiring more staff and…
Rank this Week: 161

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: 194

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/
  • Mar 31

    Stage Four Pressure Sores: Indication Of Inattentive Care

    Stage Four Pressure Sores: Indication Of Inattentive Care
    Despite the perception that pressure sores, also known as bedsores, shouldn’t be a common problem in urban areas, pressure sore lawsuit filings in large, modern cities– such as Chicago– are more common than you may think. Do…
  • Mar 24

    Patients Who Wander Require Special Care From Facilitie

    Patients Who Wander Require Special Care From Facilitie
    Elderly patients who have conditions such as dementia, Alzheimer’s disease or other mental disorders that cause confusion and memory loss have the tendency to wander aimlessly. The act of wandering has been known to contribute to some…
  • Mar 17

    Nursing Home Patients Remain Real Victims Of Budget Cut

    Nursing Home Patients Remain Real Victims Of Budget Cut
    Someone once told me that a society should be judged on how well it takes care of its poor, its veterans and its elderly. We are currently failing when it comes to the overall regard that we have for the elderly in our society. After making…
Rank this Week: 268

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/
  • Mar 30

    Winnipeg woman, 98, packs up a lifetime of memorie

    Winnipeg woman, 98, packs up a lifetime of memorie
    I'd like to share with you an article I read from CBC News in Winnipeg. It's about Gail Carruthers, 98 years old, who is leaving her home to move to a long-term care facility. She's downsizing her possessions, just as thousands of other…
  • Mar 29

    What legal document does the executor have to submit to the court to close an estate?

    What legal document does the executor have to submit to the court to close an estate?
    Here is a question that I don't believe I've been asked before. That doesn't happen very often! This reader wants to know what an executor should file with the government to close an estate. Here is the question and my answer. "What…
  • Mar 28

    Why would someone buy your business?

    Why would someone buy your business?
    I always enjoy estate planning with business owners, as there are always a few interesting issues to resolve and some worthwhile challenges to overcome in the process. For business owners, estate planning can take much longer than it does for…
Rank this Week: 398

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/
  • Mar 31

    April Fools? (Unfortunately, Not So)

    April Fools? (Unfortunately, Not So)
    When I ask real or prospective law students what television programs they watch, I often get two answers: "The Big Bang" or "Suits." I have to admit I love to use Big Bang's "roommate contract" for my contracts…
  • Mar 31

    Massachusetts Federal Court Calls for Clearer Rules to Permit Sound Planning for Special Need

    Massachusetts Federal Court Calls for Clearer Rules to Permit Sound Planning for Special Need
    In DeCambre v. Brookline Housing Authority, decided by a federal district court in Massachusetts on March 25, the issue was whether a disabled adult living in Section 8 housing becomes ineligible for the housing subsidy because of…
  • Mar 31

    Educating the Public about Powers of Attorney (With the Help of Friends Across the Pond)

    Educating the Public about Powers of Attorney (With the Help of Friends Across the Pond)
    As we have described often on this Blog, there is a fair degree of concern about whether members of the public understand the potential significance of a Power of Attorney before they sign the document. Apparently the U.S. is not...
Rank this Week: 409

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/
  • Mar 30

    Getting Power of Attorney

    Getting Power of Attorney
    Question: My grandmother lives by herself and I think she is mismanaging her finances. For the most part, she’s still pretty sharp, but I don’t know that she can keep up with her monthly bills like she used to. I want to help her,…
  • Mar 20

    IRA May Have to be Closed for ALTCS

    IRA May Have to be Closed for ALTCS
    Question: My mother has monthly income of about $1,400, about $1,800 in her checking account, and a small IRA with a balance of about $45,000. She needs long-term care, and I understand that Arizona Long Term Care System provides coverage to…
  • Mar 16

    Gift Won’t Delay Eligibility for 5 Year

    Gift Won’t Delay Eligibility for 5 Year
    Question: Last year, I gave about $13,000 to each of my three children. I spoke with my financial planner about paying for long-term care, and she advised me that since I gave away about $39,000, I would have to wait a full five years before…
Rank this Week: 472

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/
  • Nov 10

    Estate Planning for Out-of-State Property

    Estate Planning for Out-of-State Property
    If you live in Florida and own property in another state an ancillary administration will be necessary upon the death of the owner(s) of that property. This special probate administration will be in addition to the administration you have…
  • Oct 29

    Revocable Trusts and Asset Protection

    Revocable Trusts and Asset Protection
    Many times we get questions from clients asking if their revocable trust provides asset protection from creditors. The answer to this is the typical legal answer "It Depends". That is it depends on who owes the money. In Florida a…
  • Oct 28

    Florida Probate Intake form

    Florida Probate Intake form
    Many of our clients have asked us to put our Florida Probate Intake form online so that they can easily download it. You can download the Florida Probate Intake form with the following link: Probate Intake Form.pdf
Rank this Week: 692

Crider Law P.C. Blog

Crider Law P.C. Blog

Covers elder law, estate planning and family law.

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

    The Biggest Estate Planning Mistake

    The Biggest Estate Planning Mistake
    Everyone knows an estate plan is a good idea, but too few actually follow through on one. Even then, people who think they’ve dotted every “i” and crossed every “t” still make critical errors that will cause…
  • Mar 19

    Things You Should Have in a Secure Location When You Die

    Things You Should Have in a Secure Location When You Die
    Most people hear “end-of-life plan” and imagine a will, perhaps a trust, maybe even healthcare directives and a power of attorney. Certainly, those are all crucial documents that everyone should have in place. But there are…
  • Mar 12

    How to Choose the Right Agent for Your California Estate Plan

    How to Choose the Right Agent for Your California Estate Plan
    An estate plan is as much of a contingency arrangement as an inheritance mechanism. We all hope to live long lives free of catastrophe or disease, but it would be irresponsible to discount the “what-if”s altogether. View image |…
Rank this Week: 865

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: 839

Kraft Elder Law Blog

Kraft Elder Law Blog

Covers elder law issues.

http://www.kraftelderlaw.com/blog/
  • Mar 31

    HHS, Critics Differ on Safety of Electronic Health record

    HHS, Critics Differ on Safety of Electronic Health record
    USA Today reports on the debate over the safety of electronic health records, noting that while HHS officials argued on Tuesday that the safety benefits of the records “outweigh any potential problems,” critics “say…
  • Mar 30

    VA Plans to Count the Home Value Toward Net Worth

    VA Plans to Count the Home Value Toward Net Worth
    Recently the Veterans Administration issued proposed changes in the Federal Register that would: Impose a 3 year look back for transfers of assets, including gifts to persons, trusts or purchases of annuities, Deny claims for up to 10 years…
  • Mar 27

    CDC: Half of US Prescriptions for Antibiotics Unnecessary

    CDC: Half of US Prescriptions for Antibiotics Unnecessary
    The Washington Post “Wonkblog” reports that according to the CDC, 80% of American are issued prescription antibiotics every year, and “up to half of the estimated 258 million prescriptions are unnecessary.” Jesse…
Rank this Week: 1102

American Academy of Estate…

American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys Blog

Provides legal marketing and estate planning legal updates.

http://www.aaepa.com/articles/
  • Mar 30

    11 Ways To Identify Your Ideal Client

    11 Ways To Identify Your Ideal Client
    Spring cleaning is, to no one’s surprise who knows me at all, one of my favorite times of the year. I’m a minimalist at heart, so the thought of purging the old and no longer needed/wanted items in my own home as well as in my…
  • Mar 27

    Getting Your Sales Team Tournament Ready

    Getting Your Sales Team Tournament Ready
    It’s basketball time in Kentucky!  The March mess of snow and ugly weather has been replaced with the spreading March Madness mindset that sweeps across our state each spring. Seemingly sane people who catch the fever show symptoms…
  • Mar 25

    Life Insurance Trusts and Fiduciary Dutie

    Life Insurance Trusts and Fiduciary Dutie
    Sometimes, an attorney, advisor, or other person close to the client serves as the trustee of an irrevocable life insurance trust (“ILIT”). This seems simple enough. The client contributes money and the trustee sends Crummey…
Rank this Week: 1123

New York Elder Law Attorney Blog

New York Elder Law Attorney Blog

By Ettinger Law Firm.

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

    Surgery Standard Scrutinized for Elderly Patient

    Surgery Standard Scrutinized for Elderly Patient
    At the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine conference earlier this month, Dr. Perla Macip spoke at a talk entitled "The 30-Day Mortality Rule in Surgery: Does This Number Prolong Unnecessary Suffering in Vulnerable Elderly…
  • Mar 24

    Tokyo's Elderly Turned Away with Nursing Home Cut

    Tokyo's Elderly Turned Away with Nursing Home Cut
    As the elderly population in Tokyo booms, waitlists for nursing homes are becoming exceedingly long. There has been a scramble for free beds in these facilities, and yet the nursing homes in the city are starting to cut back. The problem is…
  • Mar 19

    Medical Identity Theft Increases as More Health Data Goes Digital

    Medical Identity Theft Increases as More Health Data Goes Digital
    Last year, medical identity theft increased 22% as more U.S. patient health data becomes electronic. While it is easier for doctors and other medical professionals to readily access patient data, the process is also making it easier for cyber…
Rank this Week: 1061

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
  • 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…
  • 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…
Rank this Week: 1125

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/
  • Mar 2

    CMS to Begin Utilizing 2010 Life Table

    CMS to Begin Utilizing 2010 Life Table
    CMS issued a notification on the CMS website that as of April 1, 2015, CMS will begin referencing CDC’s Table 1: Life table for the total population: United States, 2010, (Vol. 63, No. 7) for WCMSA life expectancy calculations. This…
  • Feb 23

    Medicare Beneficiary Sues “CSM Medicare Set-Aside Philiphidia” for Abuse

    Medicare Beneficiary Sues “CSM Medicare Set-Aside Philiphidia” for Abuse
    On February 18, 2015, the US District Court for the District of Columbia dismissed a pro se civil complaint filed by a resident of Waldorf, MD formerly employed by Securiguard, Inc. Ms. Treakle settled her 1999 work injury in 2006 for…
  • Feb 12

    Courts Can Only Enforce the Law, Making MSAs Tricky at TIme

    Courts Can Only Enforce the Law, Making MSAs Tricky at TIme
    The most important thing you can do in any settlement involving a Medicare beneficiary is thoroughly memorialize the measures taken to protect Medicare’s interests. Vague mention in passing can lead to settlements blowing up or one of…
Rank this Week: 954

Massachusetts Estate Planning,…

Massachusetts Estate Planning, Probate & Elder Law

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

http://elderlaw.info/
Rank this Week: 1057

Florida Special Needs Law Blog

Florida Special Needs Law Blog

Providing insight and commentary on SSI, special needs trusts, and Medicaid. By David Lillesand.

http://www.floridaspecialneedslaw.com/
  • Aug 24

    Doctors quitting Medicare?

    Doctors quitting Medicare?
    DOCTORS QUIT? Is the Wall Street Journal becoming Faux News? As Judy Lieberman of the Columbia Journalism Review reported on August 12th, the Wall Street Journal had printed a story called "More Doctors Steer Clear of Medicare: Some Doctors…
  • Aug 13

    ObamaCare and Special Needs Trust

    ObamaCare and Special Needs Trust
    The Supreme Court decision on the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) has tremendous implications for our practice, primarily negative, but is a huge boon to planning for persons with disabilities who have been shut out of the private insurance…
  • Apr 26

    Spell-check anyone?

    Spell-check anyone?
    We're working on an appeal of another attorney's client's case that was lost at a Social Security Adminsitration Administrative Law Judge hearing.  In reviewing the twelve page decision, we find the judge wrote the following (the typos are…
Rank this Week: 969

Utah Estate Planning

Utah Estate Planning

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

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

    The Joy Of Inheriting Appreciated Property

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

    When PODs Go BAD

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

    QPRT Consideration

    QPRT Consideration
    Among those with wealth primarily concentrated in their home or investment portfolio, there are two types of trusts designed to transfer wealth to heirs and save taxes by removing the assets from the estate. In effect, this reduces the amount…
Rank this Week: 934

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/
  • Mar 29

    Elimination of Net Worth Makes More Veterans Eligible for Reduced Cost Health Care

    Elimination of Net Worth Makes More Veterans Eligible for Reduced Cost Health Care
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  • Mar 27

    Bills Would Authorize ABLE Accounts in Pennsylvania

    Bills Would Authorize ABLE Accounts in Pennsylvania
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  • Mar 24

    The Big 4 Legal Documents for Older Adult

    The Big 4 Legal Documents for Older Adult
    Listed below are four important legal documents that older adults should have. #1, #2 and #3 are needed by all; #4 is optional depending on your specific circumstances. 1. A Power of Attorney for Financial Matters, where you name a trusted…
Rank this Week: 1224

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/
  • Mar 25

    New Societies Act Introduced in British Columbia Legislative Assembly

    New Societies Act Introduced in British Columbia Legislative Assembly
    The Government has introduced a new Societies Act in the Legislative Assembly. Bill 24 incorporates many of the recommendations made by the British Columbia Law Institute's Report on Proposals For a New Society Act, which can read here.
  • Mar 3

    Court of Appeal Dismisses Appeal in Bentley v. Maplewood Seniors Care Society

    Court of Appeal Dismisses Appeal in Bentley v. Maplewood Seniors Care Society
    In reasons for judgment released today in Bentley v.Maplewood Seniors Care Society, 2015 BCCA 91, The British Columbia Court of Appeal has upheld Mr. Justice Greyell’s decision dismissing a petition brought by Margaret Anne…
  • Mar 1

    Restrictions on Who May File a Notice of Dispute

    Restrictions on Who May File a Notice of Dispute
    One of the changes made to British Columbia’s rules governing probate procedures that came into effect on March 31, 2014, was the replacement of caveats with notices of dispute. One of the main purposes of both caveats under the former…
Rank this Week: 1251

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
  • Mar 25

    Medicare Nursing Home Grading System Altered

    Medicare Nursing Home Grading System Altered
    The U.S. government has revamped its grading system for nursing homes, and the new way will make it tougher for homes to get higher grades. View image | gettyimages.com Currently, about one-third of homes are below standard. With the new…
  • Mar 18

    Why People Avoid Estate Planning

    Why People Avoid Estate Planning
    There are several reasons why people put off estate planning. View image | gettyimages.com A story on huffingtonpost.com listed a few of them. They include: People think they don’t have the time. The author says this is just an excuse.…
  • Mar 11

    Basic Things To Know About Estate Planning

    Basic Things To Know About Estate Planning
    Here are three simple but key things you need to know about estate planning. The estate tax exemption In 2015 you can leave gifts to others upon your death up to $5.43 million free of federal estate taxes. If married, both you and your spouse…
Rank this Week: 1415

J.M. Reinan, P.C. Blog

J.M. Reinan, P.C. Blog

Discusses nursing home neglect & abuse, medical malpractice, consumer protection and civil rights.

http://reinanlaw.com/category/blog/
Rank this Week: 1456

Swinton Elder Law & Family…

Swinton Elder Law & Family Protection Blog

Covers New Jersey estate planning and elder law issues. By Daniel S. Swinton.

http://swintonlaw.blogspot.com/
  • Oct 7

    Policy Experts Agree: The U.S. System for…

    Policy Experts Agree: The U.S. System for Financing Long-Term Care is CrumblingAccording to Forbes.com:  "America’s system for financing long-term care is failing, and the window for creating a payment system that works is rapidly…
  • Jul 12

    Bankruptcy Trustee Is Entitled to Funds…

    Bankruptcy Trustee Is Entitled to Funds Transferred in Order to Qualify for MedicaidThe following article serves as a warning about do-it-yourself estate planning.  An effective technique of protecting assets from nursing homes and long…
  • Sep 27

    How Gifts Can Affect Medicaid Eligibility

    How Gifts Can Affect Medicaid Eligibility
    . We’ve all heard that it’s better to give than to receive, but if you think you might someday want to apply for Medicaid long-term care benefits, you need to be careful because giving away money or property can interfere with your…
Rank this Week: 1306

New Jersey Estate Planning &…

New Jersey Estate Planning & Elder Law Blog

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

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

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

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

    Personal Injury Damages and Medicaid Liens - SCOTUS Decide

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

    Personal Injury Damages and Medicaid Leins - SCOTUS Decide

    Personal Injury Damages and Medicaid Leins - SCOTUS Decide
    You have a horrific accident and are looking a life of extreme medical care.  The accident was caused by another person (drunk truck driver). You get a multi-million dollar award.  Does the state that you live in get a share? First,…
Rank this Week: 1268

Estate of Confusion

Estate of Confusion

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

http://www.forbes.com/sites/hanisarji/
Rank this Week: 1205

Toronto Estates & Trusts Monitor

Toronto Estates & Trusts Monitor

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

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

    A Faulty Settlement and Some Buyer's Remorse

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

    Some Tips on Paying Estate Debt

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

    Expecting An Inheritance? You Might Not Be Getting One

    Expecting An Inheritance? You Might Not Be Getting One
    Investor’s Group, a financial services company in Canada, recently released the results of a survey regarding people’s expectations when it comes to receiving an inheritance or leaving one to others. 
Rank this Week: 1237

New York Trusts & Estates Law…

New York Trusts & Estates Law Blog

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

http://trustsestateslaw.com
Rank this Week: 1553

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/
  • Mar 31

    Idaho Estate Planning - Consider a Pre-Estate Sale

    Idaho Estate Planning - Consider a Pre-Estate Sale
    Liquidating a relative’s estate is one of the most personal ordeals, yet it is becoming increasingly common, people in the industry say. As the population ages, the estate sale business is booming.
  • Mar 30

    Idaho Elder Law - Just What is Elder Law?

    Idaho Elder Law - Just What is Elder Law?
    Elder law is a general term that describes the laws and regulations that affect older men and women. This term can relate to the proper care and guardianship of an older person who requires medical attention and can no longer function without…
  • Mar 27

    Idaho Elder Law - Veterans Benefits Planning

    Idaho Elder Law - Veterans Benefits Planning
    A veteran must first meet certain wartime service and discharge requirements before being considered for any type of pension benefit. Additionally, a surviving spouse must meet certain marriage requirements to the qualified veteran.
Rank this Week: 2462

The Zimmer Law Firm

The Zimmer Law Firm

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

http://www.zimmerlawfirm.com/blog/
  • Mar 31

    Durable Power of Attorney: What You Need to Know

    Durable Power of Attorney: What You Need to Know
    You have likely heard of durable powers of attorneys; maybe your estate planning lawyer has encouraged you to consider the importance of these important legal documents or maybe you’ve witnessed a close friend’s family…
  • Mar 26

    Estate Planning Lesson from Hollywood: Pet Trust

    Estate Planning Lesson from Hollywood: Pet Trust
    When James Gandolfini passed away in 2013, we saw from a distance the problems his estate created; specifically, we saw the enormous taxes that were due because of his choices. Last year, again, we saw shortcomings in Robin…
  • Mar 24

    PreNuptials and Estate Planning

    PreNuptials and Estate Planning
    Many assume prenuptial agreements that brides or grooms sign has to do with the immediate assets one or the other owns, but more often, families are insisting their daughter or son protect the family business prior to a walk down the aisle.…
Rank this Week: 1668

Law Office of Andrew M. Lamkin,…

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

Covers elder law.

http://lamkinelderlaw.com/articles/
  • Mar 31

    Care Management for Your Aging Parent

    Care Management for Your Aging Parent
    Often, the responsibility of caring for aging parents falls on the adult children. Many times, only one sibling accepts the responsibility, even though there are other siblings in the family. As the parent’s health further declines, the…
  • Mar 24

    10 Easy Ways to Help Protect Your Aging Parent

    10 Easy Ways to Help Protect Your Aging Parent
    Many adult children feel helpless as their parents age. Caring for an elderly parent can be both time-consuming and expensive. However, there are a few simple and cheap things that people can do to keep aging parents safe. 1. Keep floors and…
  • Mar 17

    5 Steps to Finding Happiness in Retirement

    5 Steps to Finding Happiness in Retirement
    Retirement is a major step in life. You switch from a life of routine to doing whatever you want, while depending only on yourself. Fortunately, the right moves can make this time liberating rather than scary. Here are five steps to finding…
Rank this Week: 2120

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/
  • Mar 31

    What Are the Disadvantages of a Power of Attorney?

    What Are the Disadvantages of a Power of Attorney?
    Your estate plan is going to address the things that will take place after your passing, but you should think holistically. End-of-life issues also enter the picture, and you should prepare for these eventualities in advance. People often…
  • Mar 26

    What Qualities Should I Look for in an Executor?

    What Qualities Should I Look for in an Executor?
    When you think about the process of estate planning, the execution of documents will probably come to mind. This is a large part of the endeavor to be sure, but someone must follow the instructions that you leave behind in these documents. If…
  • Mar 24

    Elder Care FAQS: How Common is Alzheimer’s Disease?

    Elder Care FAQS: How Common is Alzheimer’s Disease?
    Elder care law firms help people who are serious about preparing for the eventualities of aging. Pragmatism is key, and you have to confront some circumstances that can be quite challenging if you want to be optimally prepared.…
Rank this Week: 1809

Fink Rosner Ershow-Levenberg Blog

Fink Rosner Ershow-Levenberg Blog

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

http://legalnewsyoucanuse.com/
  • Mar 29

    Medicaid estate recovery liens often take people by surprise

    Medicaid estate recovery liens often take people by surprise
    On March 24th, PBS news hour had a segment called “The Medicaid Bill that doesn’t go away when you die.” www.pbs.org. The program described the impact of estate recovery liens which are pursued by State Medicaid Programs.…
  • Mar 27

    Special Needs Trust can’t be created by beneficiary’s agent under power of attorney

    Special Needs Trust can’t be created by beneficiary’s agent under power of attorney
    Federal law allows a person who receives or is applying for Medicaid or Supplemental Security Income (SSI), which are means-tested programs, to transfer their excess resources into a Special Needs Trust that was “established for the…
  • Mar 26

    VA Updates VA Form 10-10EZ and VA Form 10-10EZR

    VA Updates VA Form 10-10EZ and VA Form 10-10EZR
    A few days ago, we blogged about the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) eliminating net worth in determinations of eligibility and assignment of priority group.   I commented that the VA Form 10-10EZ would need to be…
Rank this Week: 1623

Purcell & Amen, L.L.C. Blog

Purcell & Amen, L.L.C. Blog

Covers elder law and estate planning.

http://yourestatematters.com/blog/
  • Mar 28

    Are County Nursing Homes O.K?

    Are County Nursing Homes O.K?
    At some point in your life it is likely that you will be faced with the difficult decision to put a parent or other elderly loved one in a nursing home. Deciding it is time to start looking at facilities it never easy. Choosing the right…
  • Mar 27

    Must a Third Party Honor a Power of Attorney in Missouri?

    Must a Third Party Honor a Power of Attorney in Missouri?
    A power of attorney is one of the most commonly used legal documents in large part because almost everyone has need for one at some point. Not only is it likely that you will create power of attorney, or POA, at some point in your life but…
  • Mar 25

    What Should You Do If You Have a Bare-Bones Trust?

    What Should You Do If You Have a Bare-Bones Trust?
    Unfortunately, not all estate planning tools are created equal. “Bare-bones” documents, for example, frequently do not accomplish what they were intended to accomplish. Worse still, they can actually have a costly negative impact…
Rank this Week: 1909

Planning Notes

Planning Notes

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

http://cooklaw.co/blog
  • Mar 25

    The Achieving A Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act

    The Achieving A Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act
    Late last year President Obama signed the Achieving A Better Life Experience ("ABLE") Act into law. In essence, the ABLE Act can allow individuals with qualifying disabilities or their families to set aside funds for education, housing and…
  • Feb 13

    Facebook & Estate Planning

    Facebook &amp; Estate Planning
    Facebook recently announced a limited digital estate planning functionality, called Facebook Legacy Contacts, associated with Facebook accounts: Today we’re introducing a new feature that lets people choose a legacy contact—a…
  • Jan 5

    Selling a Business: Stock Sale v. Asset Sale

    Selling a Business: Stock Sale v. Asset Sale
    When a business is sold, the actual sale often occurs via one of two forms, either as a stock sale or as an asset sale. In general, sellers often prefer stock sales while buyers often prefer asset sales. Although the considerations associated…
Rank this Week: 2191

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/
  • Mar 20

    New Article Slams Harborview Nursing Home for Rodent

    New Article Slams Harborview Nursing Home for Rodent
    Harborview, a defendant in a case we took to trial last year, is back in the news.  During the trial, the ownership and management spoke of the facility in glowing terms – terms that were contradicted by state inspections and other…
  • Mar 5

    When on Antibiotics in Nursing Home or Hospital Watch for Diarrhea – It Could Be C-Diff

    When on Antibiotics in Nursing Home or Hospital Watch for Diarrhea – It Could Be C-Diff
    One of the most common illnesses I see in nursing homes is C-Diff – a bacteria that can cause severe dehydration or death.  C-Diff is most common in nursing homes and hospitals, and 80% of fatalities from C-Diff are in people over…
  • Feb 10

    Neglect and Poor Care Linked to Urinary Tract Infections in Nursing Home

    Neglect and Poor Care Linked to Urinary Tract Infections in Nursing Home
    Urinary Tract Infections, or UTIs, are a common complaint among families with a mom or dad in long-term care.  UTIs can be dangerous.  First, UTIs can become a serious infection if untreated.  However, UTIs also lead to falls,…
Rank this Week: 1944

Sykes Elder Blawg

Sykes Elder Blawg

Covers medicaid planning, special needs trusts and estate planning topics for Pennsylvania seniors and their families. By Andrew G. Sykes.

http://www.elderlawofpgh.com/blog/
  • Mar 20

    When is it too late to protect assets when qualifying for Medicaid?

    When is it too late to protect assets when qualifying for Medicaid?
    Quick answer: when all (or almost all) of your assets are spent down and you’re qualified for Medicaid benefits. Until that time, there are usually opportunities for some savings. Most people are aware that Medicaid provides benefits…
  • Feb 16

    Support the Special Needs Trust Fairness Act

    Support the Special Needs Trust Fairness Act
    A special needs trust holds assets (usually funds) for the benefit of a disabled person without affecting any public benefits the person may receive, such as SSI or Medicaid. Those assets can then be used for the disabled person’s…
  • Feb 12

    Questions asked & answered at yesterday’s “Estate Planning Essentials” workshop

    Questions asked &amp; answered at yesterday&rsquo;s &ldquo;Estate Planning Essentials&rdquo; workshop
    Can I protect assets for my heirs? How can I avoid court and family disputes? How can I set up a trust? Is it true that “probate” costs a lot? Should I avoid probate? If I have no children or trustworthy people in my life, who can…
Rank this Week: 2268

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/
  • Mar 16

    Continuing Care Retirement Communities are the Least Profitable Businesses in the US

    Continuing Care Retirement Communities are the Least Profitable Businesses in the US
    By: Attorney Nathan Simpson According to a new article in Forbes, Continuing Care Retirement Communites (CCRCs) and Assisted Living Facilities are the least profitable business in the US, turing on average a -1.0% profit margin. While this…
  • 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…
Rank this Week: 2175

New York Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer…

New York Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer Blog

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

http://www.newyorknursinghomeabuselawyerblog.com/
  • Mar 13

    Department of Health Finds Actual Harm at Queens Nursing Home

    Department of Health Finds Actual Harm at Queens Nursing Home
    A March, 2014 Certification Survey conducted by the Department of Health at Queens Nassau Rehabilitation and Nursing Center found that the facility failed to remain free of accident hazards. This failure resulted in actual harm for a resident…
  • Mar 12

    Criminal Charges Result from Bronx Nursing Home Death

    Criminal Charges Result from Bronx Nursing Home Death
    CBS News brings us this disturbing story from a Bronx County nursing home: An aide at a Bronx nursing home is facing charges in connection with the death of a 77-year-old patient. According to law enforcement sources, the fight that...
  • Mar 12

    Elder-against-Elder Abuse in Nursing Home

    Elder-against-Elder Abuse in Nursing Home
    When we discuss civil liability that can arise from care of elders in a nursing home, we typically describe such negligence as inadequate living conditions, negligent nurses and orderlies, ignorance of medical needs, even physical, emotional,…
Rank this Week: 1764

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/
Rank this Week: 1645

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 28

    Estate Planning and Digital Asset

    Estate Planning and Digital Asset
    While it’s relatively new, digital assets are quickly becoming the “topic of choice” for clients and their estate planning attorneys. If you are online and have any kind of online account, odds are, there’s value in…
  • 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…
Rank this Week: 1911

Vandrew Law Blog

Vandrew Law Blog

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

http://vandrew.com/
  • Feb 14

    NJ Estate Planning Update for 2015

    NJ Estate Planning Update for 2015
    The outlook for estate planning, revocable living trusts, and wills in New Jersey may be about to change. Over the past couple of months, the Obama Administration has proposed sweeping changes to estate and gift taxation. The two most notable…
  • Feb 14

    NJ Estate Planning Update for 2015

    NJ Estate Planning Update for 2015
    The estate planning landscape for New Jersey residents may be about to change. Over the past couple of months, the Obama Administration has proposed sweeping changes to estate and gift taxation. The two most notable proposals are to reduce…
  • Jan 2

    S-Corporations and Health Insurance under the Affordable Care Act

    S-Corporations and Health Insurance under the Affordable Care Act
    Before the Affordable Care Act, rather than obtain a group health plan for employees, many small businesses would simply reimburse their employees for the individual health plans that they obtained on their own. Under this old system, the…
Rank this Week: 2400

The Law Office of Alexis B. Levitt…

The Law Office of Alexis B. Levitt Blog

Covers caregiver issues, estate planning, living at home and special needs trusts.

http://www.alexislevitt.com/blog/
  • Jan 12

    National Grid Warns Customers to Guard Themselves & Sensitive Account Information

    National Grid Warns Customers to Guard Themselves &amp; Sensitive Account Information
    Apparently scammers are getting better at their craft – received this from my local police department: During this holiday season National Grid and local police departments received an increasing number of calls from customers…
  • Jan 12

    Ice Sledding & Skating at Local Rink

    Ice Sledding &amp; Skating at Local Rink
    In this weekend’s Boston Globe South section, there is an announcement for gear and ice time availability at local rinks.  Several rinks will have ice sleds and skate walkers.  Some rinks will have time slots set aside for…
  • Nov 19

    Gifts and the Five-Year Lookback

    Gifts and the Five-Year Lookback
    I often hear from clients that they “have made gifts in the last five years – but it’s ok, they were all less than $14,000 so they won’t count under the five-year lookback – right?” Unfortunately,…
Rank this Week: 2135

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: 2178

WisconsinTrustsandWills.com

WisconsinTrustsandWills.com

Covers elder law and estate planning. By Swendson/Fey Law Ltd.

http://wisconsintrustsandwills.com/family/
  • Dec 13

    Charitable Remainder Trust Planning Opportunity to Deal with the Medicare Surtax

    Charitable Remainder Trust Planning Opportunity to Deal with the Medicare Surtax
    On December 2nd, 2013, the Treasury issued final regulations addressing IRC § 1411, the 3.8% Medicare Surtax. § 1.1411-3 of the regulations addresses estates and trusts, including Charitable Remainder Trusts, CRTs.  The final…
  • Aug 8

    Incorporating Faith and Values in Estate Planning

    Incorporating Faith and Values in Estate Planning
    For many, passing along religious beliefs and values to the next generation is just as important as passing along financial wealth and tangible assets. Estate planning creates many opportunities to do this, including: * End-of-Life Care. A…
  • Jul 30

    8 Things to Do Before You Travel

    8 Things to Do Before You Travel
    Before any trip, most of us create a “to-do list” of things we have put off and want to take care of before we leave. Here is a checklist of estate planning things to do before you take your next trip. Taking care of these will…
Rank this Week: 2455

The Elder Firm, LLC

The Elder Firm, LLC

Covers elder law, estate planning, and Missouri Medicaid eligibility.

http://www.columbiaelderlaw.blogspot.com/
Rank this Week: 2441