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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: 2667

Cramer Law Center

Cramer Law Center

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

http://cramerlawcenter.com/blog/
  • Nov 14

    FLORIDA HOMESTEAD LAW VS. DIVORCE SETTLEMENT: WHICH WINS?

    FLORIDA HOMESTEAD LAW VS. DIVORCE SETTLEMENT: WHICH WINS?
    As our faithful readers (and workshop attendees) may recall, Florida homestead law is meant to protect a person’s primary residence from creditors, but its quirks can cause major problems, particularly for a blended family. A recent…
  • Oct 16

    MOVIE REVIEW: “LULLABY”

    MOVIE REVIEW: “LULLABY”
    Available on Netflix, “Lullaby” is a movie by Andrew Levitas about a dysfunctional family that is reunited by end-of-life issues.  Jonathan is a young man living on the opposite coast from his wealthy New York family. …
  • Oct 3

    JOIN US FOR A WINE TASTING TO HELP END ALZHEIMER’S

    JOIN US FOR A WINE TASTING TO HELP END ALZHEIMER’S
    We are pleased to announce that Cramer Law Center is participating in the Jacksonville Walk to End Alzheimer’s for the third year in a row. To help us reach this year’s fundraising goal, we are holding our Second Annual…
Rank this Week: 2773

Crider Law P.C. Blog

Crider Law P.C. Blog

Covers elder law, estate planning and family law.

http://www.criderlaw.net/blog/
  • Nov 13

    Is It Really Impossible to Have Both Family and Fortune?

    Is It Really Impossible to Have Both Family and Fortune?
    How much is your family costing you? Does “everything” sound like an overestimate? Not according to one Forbes financial writer. #142456905 / gettyimages.com In an interesting but arguably excessively cynical analysis, columnist…
  • Nov 6

    Study: America’s End-of-Life System is Totally Broken

    Study: America’s End-of-Life System is Totally Broken
    Sometimes official studies are commissioned and they end up telling us what we already know. Eating bread leads to weight gain. Speeding causes car crashes. Long workdays make us tired. #150666790 / gettyimages.com Now a new report from The…
  • Sep 15

    Five Estate Planning Lessons from Frozen

    Five Estate Planning Lessons from Frozen
    Over the weekend my family and I watched Frozen at Movies in the Park. Frozen is Disney’s reinterpretation of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Ice Queen fairy tale.  As I watched the movie for the umpteenth…
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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/
Rank this Week: 2818

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…
Rank this Week: 2896

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: 2945

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/
  • Nov 20

    Today is Pressure Ulcer Prevention Day

    Today is Pressure Ulcer Prevention Day
    The National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel has declared November 20th as National Pressure Ulcer Prevention Day.  
  • Nov 13

    Nursing Home Abuse: Understaffing of Nurse

    Nursing Home Abuse: Understaffing of Nurse
    There is a discrepancy as to the nursing staffing levels  between the data collected by Medicare and the self reporting by nursing homes on the government’s public website, Nursing Home Compare.   A new law was enacted…
  • Oct 18

    Nursing Home Abuse: Extendicare Pays 38 Million

    Nursing Home Abuse: Extendicare Pays 38 Million
    On October 11, 2014, the New York Times reported that Extendicare  agreed to pay $38 million over claims of poor care.   The federal claims alleged that Extendicare inappropriately billed for physical therapy and provided such poor…
Rank this Week: 2998

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…
Rank this Week: 3143

Potter Law Firm Blog

Potter Law Firm Blog

Covers estate planning and elder law.

http://www.potterestateplanning.com/blog/
  • Oct 24

    Does a Revocable Living Trust Reduce Income Tax Responsibility?

    Does a Revocable Living Trust Reduce Income Tax Responsibility?
    The revocable living trust is a very useful estate planning tool. These trusts are widely utilized by people who do not consider themselves to be wealthy. Revocable living trusts allow for efficient control of assets while you are living.…
  • Oct 22

    Does the State Take My Assets If I Go on Medicaid?

    Does the State Take My Assets If I Go on Medicaid?
    You may not think about this program when you are planning for retirement, but in reality, Medicaid is very important for a significant percentage of senior citizens. Yes, Medicaid is a program that is in place to help people with very…
  • Oct 15

    Free Report: What is a Living Will in North Carolina?

    Free Report: What is a Living Will in North Carolina?
    A living will is called an advance directive for health care. It is not the only advance directive that should be included within your estate plan. There is another advance directive that is widely utilized called a durable power of attorney…
Rank this Week: 3191

Fiduciary Folio

Fiduciary Folio

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

http://www.tannerpittmanlaw.com/blog-fiduciary-folio.html
  • Jul 17

    Probate court deadlines - In re Estate of Loyd

    Probate court deadlines - In re Estate of Loyd
    On Tuesday, the Court of Appeals of Georgia handed down its opinion in In re Estate of Loyd.The details of that case are fairly mundane in the world of probate litigation. A will was challenged on grounds of undue influence by a disinherited…
  • Jul 12

    In re Estate of Helms - Executor's discretion does not extend to hypothetical claim

    In re Estate of Helms - Executor's discretion does not extend to hypothetical claim
    The Georgia Court of Appeals just handed down the case of In re Estate of Helms.  In it, the all-too-familiar facts of an heir acting well outside his powers. In this estate, one of the heirs - one Rowell - was named Executor in the…
  • Jun 12

    Opelika, Alabama "Wills for Heroes" Event

    Opelika, Alabama "Wills for Heroes" Event
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Chicago Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer…

Chicago Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer Blog

By Ed Fox & Associates.

http://www.chicagonursinghomeabuselawyer-blog.com/
  • Nov 21

    Conflict and Violence among Nursing Home Residents Widespread

    Conflict and Violence among Nursing Home Residents Widespread
    A recent study by lead author Karl Pillemer, professor of gerontology in medicine at Weill Cornell College of Medicine in New York shockingly reveals that aggression among residents of nursing homes is widespread and "extremely high rates of…
  • Nov 12

    INVESTIGATION FINDS NURSING HOME CARE LEVELS LOWER THAN REPORTED

    INVESTIGATION FINDS NURSING HOME CARE LEVELS LOWER THAN REPORTED
    A recent investigation performed by the Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit, nonpartisan investigative news organization in Washington D.C., found that U.S. nursing home patients may not actually be receiving the high levels of care that…
  • Nov 7

    Illinois Ranked Eighth Worst State for Nursing Homes; Receives "F" Grade

    Illinois Ranked Eighth Worst State for Nursing Homes; Receives "F" Grade
    Families for Better Care recently released its "Nursing Home Report Cards" for 2014 and the results for Illinois are not good. Illinois was ranked 44th out of 50 states and the District of Columbia for Nursing Home Quality, or 8th worst. …
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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/
  • Nov 19

    Power of Attorney Mistakes to Avoid

    Power of Attorney Mistakes to Avoid
    A power of attorney is an essential component of every comprehensive estate plan.  This valuable tool can provide specific instructions for what should be done in the event you become incapacitated in the future and can no longer express…
  • Nov 14

    Benefits of a Corporate Trustee

    Benefits of a Corporate Trustee
    Possibly one of the most important decisions you make concerning your trust is who will serve as your trustee.  The trustee has a duty to comply with the terms of your trust.  These duties…
  • Nov 13

    Do I Need More than a Will?

    Do I Need More than a Will?
    The purpose of estate planning is to prepare yourself and your family for not only your death, but also the possibility of your incapacity.  Planning for both possibilities involves creating a comprehensive estate plan. Typically, that…
Rank this Week: 3222

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: 3231

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/
  • May 12

    An Assisted Living Community Is Not The Same Thing As A Nursing Home

    An Assisted Living Community Is Not The Same Thing As A Nursing Home
    Many of my clients are unfamiliar with the concept of assisted living communities.  In their minds the choices if they can no longer live independently at home are to move in with one of their adult children or to be … Continue…
  • Apr 28

    The Cottage Is Another Option For Aging in Place

    The Cottage Is Another Option For Aging in Place
    Many times when it becomes apparent that mom or dad can’t safely live along any longer, the first reaction is for the family to consider having mom or dad move in with an adult child.  This is a supportive and … Continue…
  • Apr 14

    Technology Is Becoming A Crucial Resource For Aging In Place

    Technology Is Becoming A Crucial Resource For Aging In Place
    As more and more of us express a desire to remain in our homes as we age, technology is responding with a variety of new ways to keep us safe. For instance, sensors can be placed on appliances such as … Continue reading →
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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: 3332

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/
  • 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,…
  • Oct 16

    Life Estate Deeds – An Antique Technique Providing Modern Convenience

    Life Estate Deeds – An Antique Technique Providing Modern Convenience
    When we pass away, our assets are divided into two groups – probate and non-probate. Non-probate assets are things like bank accounts and life insurance policies that you have named joint owners or TODs on – they transfer to the…
  • Oct 9

    Home Care Goes High-Tech

    Home Care Goes High-Tech
    CNN recently ran a fascinating article about the expanding use of technology in the field of home care for seniors with Alzheimer’s and dementia, allowing them to remain independently in their homes longer.   You’ve probably…
Rank this Week: 3422

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: 3458

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: 3488

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: 3495

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: 3503

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: 3524

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: 3598

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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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: 3628

Redlands Veterans' Affairs…

Redlands Veterans' Affairs Attorney Blog

Covers estate planning and elder law. By Esther Wang.

http://www.california-elder-law.com/blog/
  • Nov 10

    Living Trust for Discretion, Efficiency

    Living Trust for Discretion, Efficiency
    As you are weighing your options with regard to estate planning vehicles you would do well to consider the advantages of revocable living trusts. Some people don't feel as though a trust would be right for them because they are...
  • Nov 4

    Is a Gift of College Tuition Taxable?

    Is a Gift of College Tuition Taxable?
    When you are a young child you invariably look forward to Christmas and your birthday because you know that you will be receiving gifts. Giving someone a gift seems like a very innocent and kind gesture, and the last thing...
  • Oct 16

    How Will Your Final Wishes Become Reality?

    How Will Your Final Wishes Become Reality?
    When you start to plan your estate in earnest you would do well to consider the details that must be attended to after you pass away. Unless the situation is very simple there are going to be some considerable tasks...
Rank this Week: 3640

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

    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…
Rank this Week: 3667

Purcell & Amen, L.L.C. Blog

Purcell & Amen, L.L.C. Blog

Covers elder law and estate planning.

http://yourestatematters.com/blog/
  • Nov 18

    Illinois Man Leaves Large Bequests to Actors He Never Met

    Illinois Man Leaves Large Bequests to Actors He Never Met
    In 2013, Ray Fulk, a 71 year old Illinois man, left his half million dollar estate to two actors he had never met. According to the deceased’s estate planning attorney, he left his estates assets to the actors because they were friends…
  • Nov 16

    New York Developer Leaves $40 million Estate and No Heir

    New York Developer Leaves $40 million Estate and No Heir
    The State of New York may eventually “inherit” an estate worth in the neighborhood of $40 million if heirs of the decedent are not located. Despite an international search, no heirs have yet been located. The estate is that of…
  • Nov 14

    Have You Had the Estate Planning Conversation with Your Parents Yet?

    Have You Had the Estate Planning Conversation with Your Parents Yet?
    When we were younger, our parents frequently sat us down to have a serious conversation about something. As much as most of us dreaded those conversations, in retrospect they may have been easier than some of the conversations we now need to…
Rank this Week: 3698

Davidov Law Group

Davidov Law Group

Covers new York elder law and estate planning.

http://www.davidovlaw.com/blog/
  • May 29

    What Is the Difference Between a Guardianship and a Power of Attorney?

    What Is the Difference Between a Guardianship and a Power of Attorney?
    A comprehensive estate plan will include an incapacity planning component. A significant percentage of senior citizens become incapacitated to one extent or another. While there are other causes of incapacity, around 45 percent of those who…
  • May 28

    Do I Control Assets Placed Into a Revocable Living Trust?

    Do I Control Assets Placed Into a Revocable Living Trust?
    It is important to understand all of your options when you are planning your estate. You may automatically assume that you should use a last will. While you can certainly go this route, you may also want to consider the creation of a…
  • May 27

    What Is the Five-Year Medicaid Look-Back?

    What Is the Five-Year Medicaid Look-Back?
    As you get older, you may begin to think long and hard about the eventualities of aging. When you look at the statistics, you will find that most American senior citizens will need help with their day-to-day needs eventually. Long-term care…
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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/
  • Nov 20

    Ohio Special Needs Trust: An Explanation

    Ohio Special Needs Trust: An Explanation
    There are numerous different legal devices that are used in the field of estate planning, and today we would like to look at the vehicle called a Special Needs Trust. It is important to consider the life circumstances of the people who are on…
  • Nov 18

    Family Limited Partnership: Asset Protection, Tax Saving

    Family Limited Partnership: Asset Protection, Tax Saving
    As a person with significant financial resources, you need to consider estate tax efficiency and asset protection when you’re planning your estate. If these are your objectives, you should consider establishing a Family Limited…
  • Nov 13

    3 Estate Planning Tips For the Divorcing Couple

    3 Estate Planning Tips For the Divorcing Couple
    With all the emotions and stress that accompanies a divorce, many couples often ignore the estate planning consequences that come with ending a marriage. While it can be difficult to set aside time to address these issues, both spouses need…
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Nirenstein, Horowitz & Associates,…

Nirenstein, Horowitz & Associates, P.C. Blog

Covers Connecticut estate planning, probate and elder law.

http://www.preserveyourestate.net/blog/
  • Nov 19

    How Expensive Will Long-Term Care Become in the Future?

    How Expensive Will Long-Term Care Become in the Future?
    Connecticut elder law experts are growing increasingly concerned about the cost of living assistance for elder Americans. Right now the expenses that seniors face when they need living assistance could be accurately described as exorbitant.…
  • Nov 17

    Estate Planning & Remarriage

    Estate Planning & Remarriage
    Estate planning attorneys will always emphasize the fact that estate planning is an ongoing process. Important life changes will often times make a revision to your estate plan necessary. Without question, remarriage would be such an event.…
  • Nov 14

    What is a Supplemental Needs Trust in Connecticut?

    What is a Supplemental Needs Trust in Connecticut?
    What is a Supplemental Needs Trust in Connecticut? from Barry D Horowitz There are different ways to transfer assets to your loved ones. If you make the wrong choices, you could do more than harm than good. Learn more about supplemental needs…
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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…
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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/
  • Jun 10

    Not The Smartest Criminal

    Not The Smartest Criminal
    Originally posted on FAMILY FAULT LINES:Jaywalking by itself does not lead to a search of a person.  But if when you are stopped and start to run and throw a punch at an officer then you got troubles.  Also tip for would be…
  • May 28

    How to Prove The Cash The Cops Nabbed Was Yours?

    How to Prove The Cash The Cops Nabbed Was Yours?
      Nowadays, all of us are fighting the worst economic crisis in history the best we can. If you have this discomforting feeling that you are left alone to struggle all by yourself, then you are not far away from the ugly truth. To make…
  • 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…
Rank this Week: 3828

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/
  • May 23

    PA same-sex marriage decision means inheritance tax saving

    PA same-sex marriage decision means inheritance tax saving
    Same-sex marriage has come to Pennsylvania due to this week’s court ruling and Governor Corbett’s decision not to appeal the ruling. This new development has wide-spread implications for estate planning and elder law, affecting…
  • May 23

    PA same-sex marriage decision means inheritance tax saving

    PA same-sex marriage decision means inheritance tax saving
    Same-sex marriage has come to Pennsylvania due to this week’s court ruling and Governor Corbett’s decision not to appeal the ruling. This new development has wide-spread implications for estate planning and elder law, affecting…
  • Mar 20

    “Observation” status for Medicare patients: what to do about it

    “Observation” status for Medicare patients: what to do about it
    Here is an issue that comes up again and again with Medicare patients who go to the hospital. You think you have been admitted, only to  find out that the hospital has classified you under “observation” status. It makes an…
Rank this Week: 3847

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: 3844

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/
  • Nov 7

    Why Are Elders So Susceptible To Bed Sores?

    Why Are Elders So Susceptible To Bed Sores?
    Southern California elders - particularly those residing in nursing homes, or skilled nursing facilities - are unfortunately prone to developing life-threatening bedsores. Bedsores, which are also known as pressure ulcers, can lead to a host…
  • Oct 31

    Health Changes in Elders Residing in California Nursing Home

    Health Changes in Elders Residing in California Nursing Home
    By law, the staff members employed by California nursing homes are required to report health changes observed in the elders residing in their facilities. Unfortunately, all too often these changes are unreported. The change in condition of a…
  • Oct 13

    Elder Isolation: An Overview

    Elder Isolation: An Overview
    Isolation is a form of Elder Abuse in California, per California Penal Code §15610.43. Elder abuse is a violation of the rights of elders by those charged with caring for them in facilities, such as California nursing homes. California…
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Nursing Home Abuse

Nursing Home Abuse

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

http://www.nursinghomeabuse.net/blog/
  • Sep 30

    Senior Care Worker Charged With Nursing Home Abuse of Dementia Patient

    Senior Care Worker Charged With Nursing Home Abuse of Dementia Patient
    A 45-year-old senior care worker from the city of Salisbury, UK has been found guilty of five counts of ill-treatment of a number of elderly dementia patients in a shocking nursing home abuse case.  Agneszkia Sztokmanska was an employee…
  • Sep 23

    Elder Abuse Case Takes A Further Sinister Tone As Family Members Charged With Attempted Murder

    Elder Abuse Case Takes A Further Sinister Tone As Family Members Charged With Attempted Murder
    Two of the five people arrested for elder abuse and neglect in Madison, W. Virginia have now also been charged with attempted murder after a shocking discovery by police officials in the city. Regina Meadows, 41, and Elizabeth Austin,…
  • Sep 16

    Caregiver Charged With Elder Abuse in California

    Caregiver Charged With Elder Abuse in California
    A 42-year-old woman from Salinas, California who was employed to look after an elderly person has pleaded no contest to elder abuse. Daisy Yolanda Ramirez was hired in 2009 but over the course of the following few years Monterey Police...Read…
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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: 3909

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…
Rank this Week: 3942

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: 3963

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/
  • Nov 24

    The Benefits of a Crummey Trust

    The Benefits of a Crummey Trust
    Gift giving is on everyone’s minds now that we are in the midst of the holiday season.  Although generosity can be personally rewarding, it can cost you more financially than you might expect.  The IRS will be sure to take its…
  • Nov 20

    Arkansas Medicaid Waiver

    Arkansas Medicaid Waiver
    Clients often ask if there is an Arkansas Medicaid Waiver program.  Actually, there are several.  A Medicaid Waiver is a way for each state to use Medicaid funds to pay for services needed by individuals with disabilities.  The…
  • Nov 18

    Free Report: Estate Planning for Pets in Arkansa

    Free Report: Estate Planning for Pets in Arkansa
    If you have a family pet, you know it is a lifelong companion that has become a part of your family. Topics covered in this whitepaper include: Choosing Someone to Take of Your Pet Incorporating Provisions for your Pet in Your Will Creating a…
Rank this Week: 4101

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/
  • Jul 29

    Who takes care of my estate if there is no will?

    Who takes care of my estate if there is no will?
    Continuing with our recent theme of Rhode island probate basics, today's post explains who takes care of (administers) your estate if you don't have a will.If there is no will, then the decedent has not properly named someone…
  • Jul 10

    What is Probate?

    What is Probate?
    Probate is a legal process where a court overseas the distribution of assets left by a deceased person. Assets are anything of value, like real estate, investments, collections, household goods and furnishings, or any other item of value that…
  • 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…
Rank this Week: 4144

The Law Office of Michael…

The Law Office of Michael Robinson, P.C.

Covers elder law and estate planning.

http://www.mrobinsonlaw.com/blog/
  • Oct 21

    Will My Heirs Be Forced to Pay an Inheritance Tax?

    Will My Heirs Be Forced to Pay an Inheritance Tax?
    There are taxes on asset transfers that you must be aware of when you are preparing your assets for future distribution to your heirs. In this post we will clear up some misconceptions about death taxes. Estate Tax vs. Inheritance Tax Many…
  • Oct 17

    Why Would I Want a Revocable Living Trust?

    Why Would I Want a Revocable Living Trust?
    If you are not especially wealthy, you may assume that you should use a last will to arrange for future asset transfers. A last will is the most commonly utilized estate planning document, but many people do not understand all of the facts…
  • Oct 15

    Why Would a Supplemental Needs Trust Be Used?

    Why Would a Supplemental Needs Trust Be Used?
    A supplemental needs trust can be a useful addition to your estate plan if you want to provide for a loved one who has a disability. In this post we will look at the details. Unintended Consequences In a general sense, you should definitely…
Rank this Week: 4156

Craige Brawley Liipfert & Walker…

Craige Brawley Liipfert & Walker LLP Blog

Covers elder law.

http://www.craigebrawley.com/blog/
  • May 11

    Long-Term Care Insurance

    Long-Term Care Insurance
    Our safety net has a hole in it. If you or a loved one live in North Carolina and end up needing 24-hour-per-day care in an assisted living facility (like many persons in the middle stages of Alzheimer’s disease, for example), you will have…
  • May 11

    Giving Your House Away and Medicaid Transfer Penaltie

    Giving Your House Away and Medicaid Transfer Penaltie
    One question I am often asked is whether clients should give their homes to their children. The usual reason for the question is the parents wanting to get eligible for Medicaid quicker and save the house for the children. The decision is not…
  • May 5

    Quadriplegic Para-Olympian Walk

    Quadriplegic Para-Olympian Walk
    Quadriplegic Para-Olympian Walk
Rank this Week: 4207

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…
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