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Planning Notes

Planning Notes

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

http://cooklaw.co/blog
  • Mar 25

    IRS: Bitcoin is Property, Not Currency

    IRS: Bitcoin is Property, Not Currency
    Today, the Internal Revenue Service ("IRS") issued Notice 2014-21 regarding some federal tax prinicples associated with transactions utlizing virtual currency, such as Bitcoin. Among other things, this means that if a person purchases a…
  • Feb 17

    What Is An Advance Healthcare Directive?

    What Is An Advance Healthcare Directive?
    An advance healthcare directive, such as a living will, is a legal document that sets forth a person’s end-of-life healthcare treatment desires. Generally, an advance healthcare directive does not become effective until a person is not…
  • Jan 31

    Obama Announces MyRA Retirement Account

    Obama Announces MyRA Retirement Account
    Wall Street Journal: President Barack Obama signed a presidential memorandum Wednesday authorizing the Treasury Department to create a new retirement-savings vehicle aimed at workers who don't have access to traditional retirement accounts,…
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Cramer Law Center

Cramer Law Center

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

http://cramerlawcenter.com/blog/
  • Apr 4

    THE LATEST DO-IT-YOURSELF NIGHTMARE

    THE LATEST DO-IT-YOURSELF NIGHTMARE
    We are constantly warning clients and friends alike of the dangers of do-it-yourself estate planning.  The odds are just too high that a fill-in-the-blanks estate plan will fail.  We hate to say we told you so, but here it is…
  • Mar 24

    RELATIONSHIP SERIES – PART 2

    RELATIONSHIP SERIES – PART 2
    Scenario No.1 – Single Mom with Kids Marries Single Dad with Kids   Although this type of “stepfamily” is becoming more and more common, it comes with significant hurdles to overcome.  If you are part of a blended…
  • Mar 17

    Movies About Estate and Legacy Planning: Nebraska

    Movies About Estate and Legacy Planning: Nebraska
    One of 2014‘s Academy Award nominees for Best Picture, Nebraska, touches on some estate and legacy planning issues. An elderly alcoholic with dementia, Woody Grant, portrayed by Bruce Dern, is convinced he has won a $1million…
Rank this Week: 2838

Massachusetts Elder Law Blog

Massachusetts Elder Law Blog

Thoughts about law, aging, estate planning and special needs issues and related public policy concerns. By Sasha Golden.

http://massachusettselderlaw.blogspot.com/
  • May 3

    We've moved!!

    We've moved!!
    As of May 1, I've moved the blog over to my new on-line home, and this location is being deactivated. Please look for me at www.massachusetts-elder-law.com
  • Mar 16

    Alzheimer's knows no class --- not even one-time potential Supreme Court candidate

    Alzheimer's knows no class --- not even one-time potential Supreme Court candidate
    From today's edition of the American Bar Association's e-journal:Karen Williams was chief judge of a federal appeals court and a potential Supreme Court nominee when her family noticed some changes in her personality.
  • Mar 12

    Substituted Judgment, Part 3

    Substituted Judgment, Part 3
    In a prior entry, I discussed how Massachusetts probate courts are supposed to make decisions on behalf of incapacitated persons when a guardian asks the court for authorization to obtain an abortion or sterilization surgery, using the…
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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/
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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: 2952

Crider Law P.C. Blog

Crider Law P.C. Blog

Covers elder law, estate planning and family law.

http://www.criderlaw.net/blog/
  • Apr 10

    Stop Inheritance Feuds Before They Start

    Stop Inheritance Feuds Before They Start
    Family members routinely fight over cash, stocks and other large assets after a relative dies. But some of the most bitter fights are over trinkets. More than half of lawsuits over inheritances involve items worth less than 10 percent of a…
  • Apr 3

    Top Estate Planning Mistake

    Top Estate Planning Mistake
    You may be making the biggest estate planning mistake there is — without even knowing it. Lots of people forget to update the names of their beneficiaries for employer-sponsored retirement plans, IRAs, insurance policies, mutual funds,…
  • Mar 27

    Do You Need A Prenup?

    Do You Need A Prenup?
    Prenups aren’t the easiest things to accomplish. Not the legal paperwork, the emotions. While getting a prenup may seem like the most logical thing in the world to one party, the other may see it as a snub or insult. Feelings are easily…
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Integra Law Group Attorneys Blog

Integra Law Group Attorneys Blog

Covers debt relief, bankruptcy, estate planning and elder law in Idaho.

http://www.integralawblog.com
  • Jun 16

    Credit Card Companies Cut Deal

    Credit Card Companies Cut Deal
    Credit card companies are increasingly doing something they have historically refused to do -  cutting deals on delinquent accounts for substantially less than the amount owed, according to a recent article in the New York Times. …
  • Jun 5

    Medical Bills A Factor in 62% of Bankruptcie

    Medical Bills A Factor in 62% of Bankruptcie
    According to a recent study by Harvard Medical School, 62% of all personal bankruptcies filed in 2007 were related to a significant extent to medical bills.  Further, the really shocking statistic is that of those bankruptcies where medical…
  • May 6

    Court Halts Foreclosure Sale

    Court Halts Foreclosure Sale
    A court in South California has issued an order halting certain home foreclosure sales.  The injunction – which I believe to be the first of its kind for a broad class of borrowers — prevents stops foreclosure sales on properties…
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New Jersey Elder Abuse and Neglect…

New Jersey Elder Abuse and Neglect Forum

Covers nursing home / elder abuse law in the State of New Jersey. By Donna Russo.

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

    Nursing Home Abuse: Owner Embezzled Fund

    Nursing Home Abuse: Owner Embezzled Fund
    A Rhode Island nursing home owner embezzled funds and let the nursing homes fail.  The federal authorities have agreed to a $1.2 million settlement. To read more: …
  • Feb 10

    Nursing Home Abuse: Homicide Charge

    Nursing Home Abuse: Homicide Charge
    An Indiana nursing home employee is facing criminal charges including reckless homicide in the death of a resident.  A witness saw the employee abusing the resident and the pathologist determined that the abuse was consistent with the…
  • Jan 30

    Nursing Home Abuse: Medicare Fraud and Hospice

    Nursing Home Abuse: Medicare Fraud and Hospice
    An Illinois hospice executive was charged with federal healthcare fraud for elevating the level of care for hospice patients who resided in the nursing homes that he controlled.  The facts are that this executive trained nurses to look…
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The Elder Care Neglect Blog

The Elder Care Neglect Blog

Offers news and advice on the area of nursing home neglect, abuse, and injury in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. By Gavin P. Lentz.

http://www.eldercareneglect.com
  • Feb 18

    Trial Begins in Wrongful Death Lawsuit against a Georgia Assisted Living Facility

    Trial Begins in Wrongful Death Lawsuit against a Georgia Assisted Living Facility
    Charlotte Pauline Dean—who suffered from cerebral palsy—was just forty-seven years old when she was placed in the Country Crossing Assisted Living facility in Lafayette, Georgia. The home was to have provided the care she needed. Instead,…
  • Jan 31

    Patient Neglect Costs New York City Nursing Home $19 Million at Trial

    Patient Neglect Costs New York City Nursing Home $19 Million at Trial
    In early December, 2009, a Brooklyn, New York jury awarded $19 million to the family of a neglected nursing home patient. The victim, John Danzy, who was suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, was placed by his family into the Brooklyn Queens…
  • Jan 21

    Washington Nursing Home Neglects Patient, Allowing Undiagnosed Cancer to Run its Course

    Washington Nursing Home Neglects Patient, Allowing Undiagnosed Cancer to Run its Course
    Charles Bradley was ninety-three years old when his family made the difficult decision to place him in nursing care. He was admitted to the Everett Care & Rehabilitation Center, in Everett, Washington, in late 2004. Bradley lived at the…
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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/
  • Apr 16

    Incapacity Planning in Reno: What is the Difference Between a Guardianship and a Power of Attorney?

    Incapacity Planning in Reno: What is the Difference Between a Guardianship and a Power of Attorney?
    Both a guardianship and a power of attorney are methods of placing the control of someone’s affairs into the hands of someone else.  There are differences between the two and certain advantages and disadvantages that you should…
  • Apr 10

    Probate in Reno: Is the Process Always Required?

    Probate in Reno: Is the Process Always Required?
    When you die, your assets pass to your heirs by way of the probate process, regardless of whether you have a will or not.  Probate in Reno can be a lengthy process.  The administrator is required to make an inventory of all of your…
  • Apr 4

    What are the Disadvantages of a Power of Attorney in Reno?

    What are the Disadvantages of a Power of Attorney in Reno?
    A power of attorney is a legal document giving an agent the authority to act on someone else’s behalf.  In Reno, Nevada, the person creating the power of attorney is known as the “principal,” and that person chooses a…
Rank this Week: 3250

Potter Law Firm Blog

Potter Law Firm Blog

Covers estate planning and elder law.

http://www.potterestateplanning.com/blog/
  • Apr 17

    When Does a Power of Attorney Go Into Effect?

    When Does a Power of Attorney Go Into Effect?
    A power of attorney is a document that is used to give someone else the ability to make legally binding decisions on your behalf. The document is meant to serve your needs, and you can shape it to do just that. Incapacity Planning The type of…
  • Mar 12

    What Is a POD Account in Charlotte North Carolina?

    What Is a POD Account in Charlotte North Carolina?
    There are so-called “simple solutions” that some people buy into when it comes to estate planning. One of them involves the creation of something called a POD account. What Is a POD Account in Charlotte North Carolina? A POD…
  • Mar 5

    Medicaid Trusts: What Are the Disadvantages?

    Medicaid Trusts: What Are the Disadvantages?
    Many people hear the word Medicaid and they tune out, because they expect to be eligible for Medicare coverage. Before we take a look at the disadvantages of Medicaid trusts, we should first explain why Medicaid is relevant to senior citizens…
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Michigan Estate Planning, Probate…

Michigan Estate Planning, Probate and Elder Law

Covers Michigan estate planning, wills, living trusts, powers of attorney, elder law, caregiving, family matters and growing older . By Glenn Matecun.

http://matecunlaw.wordpress.com
  • Mar 31

    What is a Lady Bird Deed?

    What is a Lady Bird Deed?
    Check this out if you want to learn more about how a Michigan Lady Bird Deed works and how it can help with your Will, Trust or other estate planning.
  • Mar 8

    Beware! Estate Planning for Second Marriages Can Be Tricky.

    Beware! Estate Planning for Second Marriages Can Be Tricky.
    The following was recently published in my “Ask the Lawyer” column: Question:   I just got remarried and both my husband and I have children from previous marriages. I am worried that my son and daughter won’t get anything if I die…
  • Oct 23

    IRS Issues Long-Term Care Premium Deductibility Limits for 2012

    IRS Issues Long-Term Care Premium Deductibility Limits for 2012
    The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is increasing the amount taxpayers can deduct from their 2012 taxes as a result of buying long-term care insurance.  Premiums for “qualified” long-term care insurance policies (see explanation below)…
Rank this Week: 3255

Musings of a Massachusetts Estate…

Musings of a Massachusetts Estate Lawyer

Focuses on estate planning, probate and corporation law in Massachusetts. By David E. Peterson.

http://blog.deplawfirm.com/
  • Jan 6

    How Wealthy People Avoid Estate Taxe

    How Wealthy People Avoid Estate Taxe
    The Basics The estate and gift tax is a tax on the transfer of wealth from one generation to the next. The tax is levied when a transfer occurs, which by lifetime gift, or upon death. The estate and gift tax rates start low. The Massachusetts…
  • Dec 26

    Your New Year’s Resolution Starts with a Phone Call (or email).

    Your New Year’s Resolution Starts with a Phone Call (or email).
    The holiday season is a time of great religious and economic significance. And even in our busy lives, it is a time for reflection. For many of us, the fruits of our reflection are our annual resolutions: to become healthier, to spend more…
  • Sep 17

    Top Five Methods of Charitable Giving

    Top Five Methods of Charitable Giving
    A colleague and I have recently devoted some time to developing a new facet of estate planning that we call “Zero Tax Planning.” The idea is simple. First, we use traditional estate planning techniques to reduce estate taxes as…
Rank this Week: 3366

Chicago Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer…

Chicago Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer Blog

By Ed Fox & Associates.

http://www.chicagonursinghomeabuselawyer-blog.com/
  • Apr 3

    Illinois Long-Term Care Ombudsmen Program Expanded by Legislature

    Illinois Long-Term Care Ombudsmen Program Expanded by Legislature
    The Illinois Act on Aging created the Long Term Care Ombudsman Program. 20 ILCS 105/4.04. The program was created to make sure older persons and others with disabilities receive quality care in long-term care facilities. The idea behind the…
  • Mar 25

    Florida to Vote on Bill Aimed at Limiting Tort Liability in Nursing Home Litigation

    Florida to Vote on Bill Aimed at Limiting Tort Liability in Nursing Home Litigation
    Florida is one of the nation's most popular destinations for the elderly, which has made nursing homes and other long term care facilities a major part of the state's economy. The Florida legislature has recently addressed an important issue…
  • Mar 18

    Elderly Abuse Proving to be a National Problem in Recent Month

    Elderly Abuse Proving to be a National Problem in Recent Month
    Illinois An incident occurred at Rosewood Care Center in St. Charles, Illinois, a suburb in Chicago. The St. Charles Police accused two employees of the facility of aggravated battery of a person older than 60 as well as an unlawful…
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Edwards Elder Law, P.A. Blog

Edwards Elder Law, P.A. Blog

Covers assisted living, elder law, estate planning, and long term care.

http://www.edwardselderlaw.com/blog/
Rank this Week: 3426

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/
  • Apr 1

    My Dad Died Owning Stocks – What a Pain That Was!

    My Dad Died Owning Stocks – What a Pain That Was!
    If you have ever had to deal with stocks that you inherited, then you know what a pain it can be to change ownership over to your name. You probably had to: Figure out which stock transfer agent was managing those shares (ex. Computershare),…
  • Mar 27

    Senator Elizabeth Warren Files a Bill to Raise the SSI Resource Limit

    Senator Elizabeth Warren Files a Bill to Raise the SSI Resource Limit
    Another reason to love Senator Warren.  As you likely know, an SSI recipient can have only $2,000 in her bank account.  It’s an absurdly small amount to keep on hand.  It can barely cover any emergencies (like car…
  • Feb 27

    Veterans: Are You Getting Older, Need Care, and Want to Stay at Home?

    Veterans: Are You Getting Older, Need Care, and Want to Stay at Home?
    Good news! The VA has several programs designed to assist elderly and/or disabled veterans who want to stay at home for as long as possible. Listed below are some of these programs. They each have different eligibility tests regarding income…
Rank this Week: 3492

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 26

    Case law update: gifting in Georgia for specific purpose

    Case law update: gifting in Georgia for specific purpose
    Under Georgia law, a gift can be made for a specific purpose without the necessity of a trust. OCGA § 44-5-87. However, if it appears that the expressed purpose of the gift cannot be accomplished, then the law imposes a trust over…
  • Dec 30

    Georgia changes to partition statute enshrine sentimentality in law

    Georgia changes to partition statute enshrine sentimentality in law
    It is a time-honored rule of common law that parties are not usually compensated for emotional loss, and the rule is only overcome by statute, as in cases of severe emotional distress. Likewise, our land title law has so evolved to favor…
  • Oct 11

    He had a power of attorney; there's nothing I can do . . . 

    He had a power of attorney; there's nothing I can do . . . 
     . . . or is there?Often, a child or close friend of an elderly person will be granted a power of attorney to help the elder handle her financial affairs. Such power of attorney is usually quite broad, granting the trusted agent the…
Rank this Week: 3493

Special Needs, Elder Law, Wills,…

Special Needs, Elder Law, Wills, Trusts, Estates & Tax Blog

By Friedman Law.

http://specialneedsnj.com/blog/
  • Aug 29

    IRS Resolves the “Key West Dilemma” by Recognizing Same Sex Marriages Throughout the U.S.

    IRS Resolves the “Key West Dilemma” by Recognizing Same Sex Marriages Throughout the U.S.
    by attorney Mark R. Friedman, FriedmanLaw The IRS announced today that they would treat same-sex couples as legally married based upon the couple’s state of ceremony, not their state of residence. In June, the Supreme Court struck down…
  • Aug 3

    Plan Your Estate to Benefit Your Loved Ones– Not the Taxman

    Plan Your Estate to Benefit Your Loved Ones– Not the Taxman
    [The following article is by guest blogger Julie Donald, a freelance writer with a strong background is finance.  Julie obviously knows her stuff and FriedmanLaw/SpecialNeedsNJ.com are proud to feature her work.] While…
  • May 17

    Social Security Amends POMS Governing Special/Supplemental Needs Trust Expenditure

    Social Security Amends POMS Governing Special/Supplemental Needs Trust Expenditure
    People with serious disabilities often qualify for government benefits like Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Medicaid that limit eligibility based on finances.  Thus personal injury recoveries attributable to a disabled person…
Rank this Week: 3513

PrivateCounsel Blog

PrivateCounsel Blog

Covers estate planning and business law. By David Hiersekorn.

http://privatecounsel.wpengine.com/blog/
  • Nov 27

    The Four Stages of Business Growth

    The Four Stages of Business Growth
    As businesses grow, they go through several distinct stages – from startup through maturity. There are several different models used to describe these states. One of the most popular systems, originally published in the Harvard Business…
  • Nov 11

    teelers v patriot

    teelers v patriot
  • Nov 7

    The Truth About Personal Risk Management Part 2: Using Trusts in Estate Planning

    The Truth About Personal Risk Management Part 2: Using Trusts in Estate Planning
    Paying insurance premiums to protect against potential losses frees us mentally to enjoy driving a car, leave our house empty while on vacation and receive medical treatment for an injury or illness. In the same way, the use of trusts acts…
Rank this Week: 3547

New York Guardian Law

New York Guardian Law

Covers the guardianship process and life as a guardian. By the Law Office of Daniel A. Jimenez P.C.

http://nyguardian.blogspot.com/
  • Jan 9

    Estate Planning Essentials for New Parents (or Responsibility in Six Not So Difficult Steps)

    Estate Planning Essentials for New Parents (or Responsibility in Six Not So Difficult Steps)
    I have had the opportunity to meet with many new parents to discuss what steps they need to take in order to make sure their loved ones are provided for should the unexpected occur.  The trust that these individuals have placed in my…
  • Dec 3

    Calls for increased monitoring of Article 81 guardian

    Calls for increased monitoring of Article 81 guardian
    Today the New York Law Journal has an article relating to a clinic run by the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and the recommendations it has put forward regarding monitoring and standardization of Article 81 guardianship practice. I am…
  • Sep 19

    Who inherits the intangible iTunes library? or my World of Warcraft avatar?

    Who inherits the intangible iTunes library? or my World of Warcraft avatar?
    A friend of mine just pointed out a very interesting article on Marketwatch, who inherits your itunes library, which deals with the new reality of music and book ownership. 
Rank this Week: 3582

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: 3606

John Rogers Burk

John Rogers Burk

Covers estate planning and elder law in California.

http://www.roseville-estate-planning.com/blog/
  • Mar 11

    Your Child’s Inheritance

    Your Child’s Inheritance
      Many people give little thought to the details of leaving behind their estate.  They figure if they’ve drawn up a Will, the matter is settled and requires no more thought.  If you have children, however, there is more…
  • Mar 6

    Portability–Using Your Deceased Spouse’s Estate Tax Exemption

    Portability–Using Your Deceased Spouse’s Estate Tax Exemption
      I recently appreciated being able to use this IRS Revenue Procedure to help a client.  However, it does have one important requirement that is time-sensitive. In amendments to the Internal Revenue Code in December 2010…
  • Feb 25

    What You Need to Know About Being a Trustee

    What You Need to Know About Being a Trustee
    It can be intimidating to be named a Trustee.  It is a big responsibility to be entrusted with a person’s assets.  Likely you’ve been named a successor Trustee, meaning your responsibilities don’t begin until the…
Rank this Week: 3631

Unique Estate Law Blog

Unique Estate Law Blog

Covers elder law and estate planning.

http://uniqueestatelaw.com/lawyer/blog/Unique_Estate_Law_Blog.htm
Rank this Week: 3632

Bonfrisco Law Firm Blog

Bonfrisco Law Firm Blog

Covers New Jersey estate planning.

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

    Important Estate Planning Changes to Make after the Birth of a Baby

    Important Estate Planning Changes to Make after the Birth of a Baby
    The birth of a baby is typically the most joyous, and emotional, event of your life. A baby also brings with him or her numerous changes to a parent’s life. In the midst of all these changes, don’t forget to make important estate…
  • Aug 23

    Blended Family Estate Plan Consideration

    Blended Family Estate Plan Consideration
    The latest statistics tell us that over half of all first marriages end in divorce. More than half of those divorces result in a remarriage. Many of those second, or subsequent, marriages result in the creation of a blended family. If you are…
  • Mar 26

    What Estate Planning Document Ultimately Controls?

    What Estate Planning Document Ultimately Controls?
    A comprehensive estate plan typically includes more than one document. Although a Last Will and Testament is usually the foundation for any estate plan, most include secondary documents such as trusts, insurance policies, and financial…
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Byrd Garrett PLLC Blog

Byrd Garrett PLLC Blog

Covers Washington elder law, estate planning, and long term care.

http://www.byrdgarrett.com/blog/
  • Jan 27

    A Family History is Often the Most Valuable Part of Your Legacy

    A Family History is Often the Most Valuable Part of Your Legacy
    In survey after survey, people report that the most important thing they can receive from their parents or grandparents as an inheritance is a legacy of family stories and personal histories. While many people think that inheritance and…
  • Jan 27

    Differences in Advance Directive Laws Highlighted by Recent Texas Case

    Differences in Advance Directive Laws Highlighted by Recent Texas Case
    A Texas case involving a pregnant woman is drawing renewed attention to state laws about advance directives, incapacitated people, pregnancy, and the ability to make medical choices. In late 2013, Dallas-Fort Worth area paramedic Eric Munoz…
  • Jan 27

    What You Think You Know About Elder Law Could Hurt You

    What You Think You Know About Elder Law Could Hurt You
    Elder law attorneys commonly hear a lot of myths about this area of the law. Whether you get your advice from someone who is well intended but uninformed, hear something from a friend, or see something on television, relying on bad…
Rank this Week: 3696

Redlands Veterans' Affairs…

Redlands Veterans' Affairs Attorney Blog

Covers estate planning and elder law. By Esther Wang.

http://www.california-elder-law.com/blog/
  • Apr 11

    Redlands, CA VA Benefit

    Redlands, CA VA Benefit
    All attorneys are not created equal, and this is something to keep in mind if you are a veteran who is interested in planning for the future. While virtually everyone in the legal profession is completely sincere and well-intentioned,…
  • Apr 4

    Estate Administration: Who Does The Legwork?

    Estate Administration: Who Does The Legwork?
    Recording your final wishes on paper is all well and good and it is of course quite necessary. But as you are doing so you must also recognize the fact that somebody is going to have to carry out your...
  • Mar 18

    Engage A VA Accredited Elder Law Attorney

    Engage A VA Accredited Elder Law Attorney
    The legal profession spans many different specialties, and each individual attorney is generally going to be an expert in a particular aspect of the law. This is something to keep in mind when you are interested in planning ahead for...
Rank this Week: 3738

Purcell & Amen, L.L.C. Blog

Purcell & Amen, L.L.C. Blog

Covers elder law and estate planning.

http://yourestatematters.com/blog/
  • Apr 6

    How Does a Power of Attorney Terminate?

    How Does a Power of Attorney Terminate?
    A power of attorney is an incredibly flexible and potentially useful estate planning tool. Understanding what one is, how it works, and how one terminates may help you decide whether including a power of attorney in your estate plan…
  • Mar 11

    Early Signs of Dementia – Is It Too Late for Medicaid Planning?

    Early Signs of Dementia – Is It Too Late for Medicaid Planning?
    Though we are all living longer, on average, in the United States, the increased life expectancy often comes at a high cost. Studies tell us that once you reach the age of 65 your chance of needing long-term care is about 50 percent. By age…
  • Mar 2

    When Do I Need a Special Needs Trust?

    When Do I Need a Special Needs Trust?
    If you are the parent of a special needs child you undoubtedly worry about how your child will be cared for and provided for in the future. The day will come when you will no longer be here to see to your child’s daily needs or…
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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…
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The Zimmer Law Firm

The Zimmer Law Firm

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

http://www.zimmerlawfirm.com/blog/
  • Apr 17

    What Is the Difference Between a Revocable Living Trust and a Medicaid Trust?

    What Is the Difference Between a Revocable Living Trust and a Medicaid Trust?
    When you use a will to state your wishes regarding the transfer of your property, the heirs don’t receive their inheritances until the estate has been probated. A revocable living trust is a type of trust that is largely utilized to…
  • Apr 15

    What Happened to Abraham Lincoln’s Estate?

    What Happened to Abraham Lincoln’s Estate?
    We have told you some stories about what happens when famous people pass away without having a Will. None of these stories have included an estate administration that went smoothly. It is not because we choose to only discuss smoothly…
  • Apr 8

    What Is the Annual Gift Tax Exclusion?

    What Is the Annual Gift Tax Exclusion?
    There is a gift tax in the United States, but you may not have to pay it because of the annual gift tax exclusion. Each year you can give as much as $14,000 to any number of people tax-free. This $14,000 figure is accurate in 2014, but is…
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Davidov Law Group

Davidov Law Group

Covers new York elder law and estate planning.

http://www.davidovlaw.com/blog/
  • Apr 4

    How Much Does a Special Needs Trust Cost?

    How Much Does a Special Needs Trust Cost?
    If you want to provide resources for the benefit of someone with a disability, you should consider the creation of a special needs trust. This type of trust, alternately referred to as a supplemental needs trust, can enhance the life of the…
  • Mar 14

    Alzheimer’s, Health Care Proxies, and Powers of Attorney

    Alzheimer’s, Health Care Proxies, and Powers of Attorney
    Sometimes people who don’t have an extraordinary amount of wealth assume they don’t need to discuss estate planning with an attorney. They are aware of the fact that the estate tax is only applicable to large estates, and they…
  • Mar 12

    What Are the Drawbacks of Probate in New York?

    What Are the Drawbacks of Probate in New York?
    The process of probate in New York is a factor to consider when you are planning your estate. Estate planning is often equated to the execution of a last will. If you do utilize a last will as the legal device that will facilitate the…
Rank this Week: 3876

Sabin & Associates, PLLC Blog

Sabin & Associates, PLLC Blog

Covers elder law and estate planning in Tennessee.

http://www.sabinestateplanning.com/blog/
  • Oct 30

    Estate Planning is for Everyone

    Estate Planning is for Everyone
    What’s your excuse for lack of planning? Think you’re too young? You may not be ready for an enhanced estate plan like your parents/grandparents have, but you need to start somewhere Accidents happen, all the time.  If you…
  • Apr 12

    Intestacy in Tennessee – 3 Question

    Intestacy in Tennessee – 3 Question
    Question 1: What is intestacy? When you die, someone else will have to become the new owner of your property.  If you die without having prepared an estate plan, the court determines you have died intestate.   In this case, the…
  • Apr 12

    Intestacy in Tennessee – 3 Question

    Intestacy in Tennessee – 3 Question
    Question 1: What is intestacy? When you die, someone else will have to become the new owner of your property.  If you die without having prepared an estate plan, the court determines you have died intestate.   In this case, the…
Rank this Week: 3877

Augulis Law Firm

Augulis Law Firm

Covers New Jersey estate planning.

http://www.augulislawfirm.com/blog/
  • Jan 31

    Longevity Statistics Can Help You Plan Ahead

    Longevity Statistics Can Help You Plan Ahead
    The length of your life is going to be a big factor to consider when you are planning ahead with your elder years in mind. While no one has a clear view into the future you can examine longevity statistics to get some general ideas about the…
  • Jan 31

    Longevity Statistics Can Help You Plan Ahead

    Longevity Statistics Can Help You Plan Ahead
    The length of your life is going to be a big factor to consider when you are planning ahead with your elder years in mind. While no one has a clear view into the future you can examine longevity statistics to get some general ideas about the…
  • Jan 30

    Who Will Handle Your Final Arrangements?

    Who Will Handle Your Final Arrangements?
    When you are thinking everything through in an effort to plan your estate properly you should consider the matter of your final arrangements. Imagine the scenario that may exist after you pass away. Different family members may have different…
Rank this Week: 3887

Attorney David Engler's Elder Law…

Attorney David Engler's Elder Law Blog

Covers elder law, elder care, probate, estate law and family law.

http://davidengler.wordpress.com/
  • Jan 28

    Documentation of The Demonstration of Love

    Documentation of The Demonstration of Love
    By Attorney David Engler Yesterday, an ICU physician gave me the concept of “The Documentation of The Demonstration of Love.” It is a beautiful concept and especially useful when trying to determine at the end of life, who is…
  • Sep 29

    Director Schaffner Wants Sex Abuse Victims To Hide!

    Director Schaffner Wants Sex Abuse Victims To Hide!
    By Attorney David Engler
  • Aug 21

    KEEPING JAMES BROWN’S DRUMMER OUT OF JAIL. ONE TIME Y’All

    KEEPING JAMES BROWN’S DRUMMER OUT OF JAIL. ONE TIME Y’All
    By Attorney David Engler Michael Georgiadis was a brand new puppy lawyer in Trumbull County back in the early 80?s. Like most new lawyers he cut his teeth on getting court appointments.  Every person has a right to lawyer and one will be…
Rank this Week: 3911

Nirenstein, Horowitz & Associates,…

Nirenstein, Horowitz & Associates, P.C. Blog

Covers Connecticut estate planning, probate and elder law.

http://www.preserveyourestate.net/blog/
  • Apr 16

    Inheritance Tax Vs. Estate Tax

    Inheritance Tax Vs. Estate Tax
    A lot of people think that an estate tax and an inheritance tax are one and the same, but in fact they are two different things and we would like to clear up the distinctions here. The estate tax is levied on the entirety of the estate before…
  • Apr 14

    What Is Your Net Worth?

    What Is Your Net Worth?
    Financial planning attorneys will advise you to remain apprised of your net worth at all times. There are a number of different reasons for this, and one of them is the fact that you need to know exactly where you are in the present to…
  • Apr 11

    The Estate of Ed Koch

    The Estate of Ed Koch
    The former mayor of the city of New York Ed Koch died on February 1st at the age of 88. He actually served three terms as the mayor of the city after serving as a member of the United States House of Representatives. More often than not you…
Rank this Week: 3980

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/
Rank this Week: 3983

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/
  • Apr 12

    Tips for Choosing a Southern California Nursing Home for A Loved One with Alzheimer's Disease

    Tips for Choosing a Southern California Nursing Home for A Loved One with Alzheimer's Disease
    The decision to place a loved one with Alzheimer's disease into a Southern California nursing home is a difficult decision. However, you may feel more comfortable about the decision if you've done your homework to research nursing homes in…
  • Apr 6

    Feeding Tubes in Southern California Nursing Home

    Feeding Tubes in Southern California Nursing Home
    Thousands of elders reside in nursing homes in Southern California. Many of them require a feeding tube temporarily, or even on a permanent basis. Feeding tubes may prove the only source of nutrition for some residents of California nursing…
  • Mar 29

    Wandering In Nursing Homes: What You Need To Know

    Wandering In Nursing Homes: What You Need To Know
    According to the World Health Organization, dementia is one of the major causes of disability and dependency among older people. Dementia, which is a syndrome in which there is a deterioration in memory, behavior and thinking, causes many who…
Rank this Week: 3988

The Law Office of Raymond A.…

The Law Office of Raymond A. Harris PLLC Blog

Covers estate planning, medicaid and medicare.

http://www.raymondaharris.com/blog/
Rank this Week: 4002

Walker Lambe

Walker Lambe

Covers North Carolina elder law and estate planning.

http://www.organizeyourassets.com/blog/
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • Feb 4

    Estate Planning: What about my pet?

    Estate Planning: What about my pet?
    You may have an aging relative who is showing signs of loneliness, or you may yourself be a senior in need of companionship. In these situations, many people consider adopting or purchasing a dog or a cat. Animals can provide love, comfort…
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The Blog

The Blog

Features estate planning and elder law news. By Moynihan Lyons PC.

http://moynihanlyons.com/estate-administration/trust-administration/blog/
Rank this Week: 4054

Nursing Home Abuse

Nursing Home Abuse

Features nursing home abuse updates, articles and resources. By McIver Brown Law Firm.

http://www.nursinghomeabuse.net/blog/
Rank this Week: 4108

Rhode Island Estate Planning and…

Rhode Island Estate Planning and Elder Law Blawg

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

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

    When Should You Purchase a Long Term Care Insurance Product

    When Should You Purchase a Long Term Care Insurance Product
    The younger you purchase a policy, the lower the premiums will be. But if you are in your 40s, do you want to purchase insurance that you are unlikely to need for 40 years? Given the changes in the long-term care market place and in…
  • Aug 21

    The Tax Deductibility of Long-Term Care Insurance Premium

    The Tax Deductibility of Long-Term Care Insurance Premium
    Qualified long-term care insurance policies receive special tax treatment. To be "qualified," policies must adhere to regulations established by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners.
  • Aug 11

    Five Tips For Providing For Children Disabilitie

    Five Tips For Providing For Children Disabilitie
    Over at the Fabisch Law Education Rights Blawg we have a post that readers of this blog, particularly those who are parents and grandparents of special needs children, should find informative.
Rank this Week: 4214

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/
  • Apr 14

    Power of Attorney in Fayetteville: Who Can Serve as an Agent?

    Power of Attorney in Fayetteville: Who Can Serve as an Agent?
    A “power of attorney” is a commonly used estate planning tool, which comes in different shapes and sizes.  Each type of power of attorney has its own purpose and provides a specific level of authority to the agent who is…
  • Apr 12

    Living Wills in Arkansas [Infographic]

    Living Wills in Arkansas [Infographic]
    Essentially, a “living will” lets everyone know what course of medical treatment, if any, you want followed if you are unable to communicate your wishes yourself. Understand what makes a living will valid in Arkansas in this…
  • Apr 7

    What is Probate in Fayetteville?

    What is Probate in Fayetteville?
    The administration of your estate through the court system after your death is what is known as “probate.”  This process is intended to transfer your estate in an organized and supervised way.  Though many people believe…
Rank this Week: 4291

The Law Office of Michael…

The Law Office of Michael Robinson, P.C.

Covers elder law and estate planning.

http://www.mrobinsonlaw.com/blog/
  • Apr 14

    Today is International Moment of Laughter Day

    Today is International Moment of Laughter Day
    International Moment of Laughter Day is celebrated on April 14.   It is said that laughter is the best medicine; it can reduce stress and improve the quality of life.  It is also said that laughter is contagious.  So,…
  • Apr 11

    New York Estate Planning Tip Sheet

    New York Estate Planning Tip Sheet
    For people in the Finger Lakes region and Rochester, New York, the process of creating an estate plan can seem daunting when first approached. Fortunately, your estate planning attorney will be there to help guide you through the…
  • Apr 9

    The Court and Your Estate Plan

    The Court and Your Estate Plan
    Beginning the estate plan can be a daunting prospect, especially if you don’t have any experience with lawsuits, courts, or the legal process in general. A lot of people come to the estate planning process with a lot of misperceptions…
Rank this Week: 4299

Law for the Long Haul

Law for the Long Haul

Covers estate planning, disability, Medicare, Medicaid, retirement, and long-term care. By Nancy Dollar.

http://www.lawforthelonghaul.com
  • Aug 26

    Medicare and the New Insurance Marketplace

    Medicare and the New Insurance Marketplace
    Every week, "Medicare Monday" features a Medicare question or issue. If there is a Medicare-related topic you would like to be addressed here, please write in to ask@lawforthelonghaul.com. Please, do not send any information that…
  • Aug 23

    End of the Week Review

    End of the Week Review
    This week on Law for the Long Haul:who is eligible for Medicare what is a living trustVeteran retires after more than 50 years of serviceThis week, elsewhere: The Washington Post discussed a study on "super-agers." For the Huffington…
  • Aug 22

    Veteran Retires at 71, After Over 50 Years of Service

    Veteran Retires at 71, After Over 50 Years of Service
    "Thankful Thursday" is a time for us to share a heartwarming story, express our gratitude, and reflect on the week. If you have something you would like to see featured here, please write to: tips@lawforthelonghaul.com.Major Bill Ray has…
Rank this Week: 4345

Law Office of Robert L. Boydstun…

Law Office of Robert L. Boydstun Blog

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

http://www.boydstunlaw.com/blog/
  • Oct 29

    Oops, They Did It Again! Make Sure That You Don’t Also

    Oops, They Did It Again! Make Sure That You Don’t Also
    Last week a client came in and asked me to review her “Estate Planning Portfolio” which had been drafted by another attorney a few years ago. The client was proud that she had a Revocable Living Trust in her portfolio because a…
  • Aug 18

    Even Aging in Place Requires a Plan

    Even Aging in Place Requires a Plan
    If you expect to age in place in your own home, you need to plan how that will be accomplished.  Baby Boomers are now caring for their parents.  Because there are so many Baby Boomers there is a large pool of people who can be…
  • Aug 18

    Even Aging in Place Requires a Plan

    Even Aging in Place Requires a Plan
    If you expect to age in place in your own home, you need to plan how that will be accomplished.  Baby Boomers are now caring for their parents.  Because there are so many Baby Boomers there is a large pool of people who can be…
Rank this Week: 4351