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All About Estates

All About Estates

Covers estates, trusts, tax, litigation, guardianship and elder care.

http://www.allaboutestates.ca/
  • Jun 11

    A medical perspective on Estate matters – a chastened viewpoint

    A medical perspective on Estate matters – a chastened viewpoint
    I am very pleased to join the Allaboutestates blog to add a perspective on the role of the physician in estate matters. I recall vividly the first time I was asked in court: “Dr. Shulman, in your opinion did Mr. X have testamentary…
  • Jun 10

    Who is Your Daddy?

    Who is Your Daddy?
    I think it is safe to say that the concept of “family” is a foundational principle in estate planning. I think it is also safe to say that, when asked, all of us would have a very clear understanding of what is meant by the term…
  • Jun 9

    POA- Personal Care: Part 1/2

    POA- Personal Care: Part 1/2
    My work is with the living. POA’s are critical documents that are designed to support your wishes, while you are alive. Wills deal with your wishes, after you are dead.
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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 Elder Firm, LLC

The Elder Firm, LLC

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

http://www.columbiaelderlaw.blogspot.com/
Rank this Week: 2013

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: 1541

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…
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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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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…
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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. 
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Unique Estate Law Blog

Unique Estate Law Blog

Covers elder law and estate planning.

http://uniqueestatelaw.com/lawyer/blog/Unique_Estate_Law_Blog.htm
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Law Office of Andrew M. Lamkin,…

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

Covers elder law.

http://lamkinelderlaw.com/articles/
  • Sep 16

    What to Know Before You Withdraw Your Retirement Fund

    What to Know Before You Withdraw Your Retirement Fund
    The longer you live, the more situations you will encounter where cash would certainly come in handy. Whether you face significant medical expenses, incur debt in an upside-down mortgage, or simply could use more liquidity in terms of assets…
  • Sep 2

    Elder Scam Artists – How to Beat Them at Their Own Game – Part 2

    Elder Scam Artists – How to Beat Them at Their Own Game – Part 2
    According to the FBI, senior citizens are one of the most vulnerable groups of people targeted by scam artists. Over the past year, there have been thousands of cases of fraud against elderly adults. Some of these schemes include healthcare…
  • Aug 26

    Elder Scam Artists – How to Beat Them at Their Own Game – Part 1

    Elder Scam Artists – How to Beat Them at Their Own Game – Part 1
    No matter what age, all people are somewhat vulnerable to expert scam artists. They prey on desires and fears, and try to trick people into giving them personal information. Most people, however, have a healthy enough dose of skepticism to…
Rank this Week: 2311

Arizona Senior Law Blog

Arizona Senior Law Blog

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

http://www.arizonaseniorlaw.com/news/
  • Sep 16

    How to Secure Disabled Child’s Future

    How to Secure Disabled Child’s Future
    Our latest Arizona Republic article in the weekly Aging and the Law column can be found below. Our column runs every Friday in select Arizona cities. Q: I have an adult son with a disability.  He lives on his own, but I have supported…
  • Aug 26

    ALTCS Enforces Travel Limitation

    ALTCS Enforces Travel Limitation
    Our latest Arizona Republic article in the weekly Aging and the Law column can be found below. Our column runs every Friday in select Arizona cities. Q: My husband and I live in Arizona, but most of our family lives out-of-state.  Like…
  • Aug 12

    Intersection on VA and ALTCS Planning

    Intersection on VA and ALTCS Planning
    Our latest Arizona Republic article in the weekly Aging and the Law column can be found below. Our column runs every Friday in select Arizona cities. Q: About two years ago, a financial advisor helped my parents devise a plan by which my dad,…
Rank this Week: 2955

Parman & Easterday Blog

Parman & Easterday Blog

Covers elder law and estate planning.

http://www.parmanlaw.com/blog/
  • Sep 16

    What Happens to a Living Trust When One Spouse Dies?

    What Happens to a Living Trust When One Spouse Dies?
    You should explore all of your options when you are planning your estate. Some people make assumptions about trusts, and as a result, they overlook viable solutions. Revocable living trusts are actually quite useful for a wide range of…
  • Sep 11

    Can I Plan My Own Estate?

    Can I Plan My Own Estate?
    You can do a lot of things on your own by obtaining information online. DIY efforts can be useful, but you should understand your limitations. This is something to take into consideration when you hear about downloads or worksheets that you…
  • Sep 10

    What Is the Veterans Aid and Attendance Special Pension?

    What Is the Veterans Aid and Attendance Special Pension?
    Long-term care is one of the most pressing elder law issues of our day. The majority of senior citizens are going to need help with their day-to-day needs eventually, and Medicare will not pay for long-term care. It is not easy to pay for a…
Rank this Week: 3791

Northern California Center for…

Northern California Center for Estate Planning and Elder Law

Covers estate planning.

http://www.norcalplanners.com/blog/
  • Sep 16

    Serving Under a Power of Attorney: Commonly Asked Question

    Serving Under a Power of Attorney: Commonly Asked Question
    If you are ever asked to serve as an agent under a power of attorney, there are several issues you will need to consider before you accept. Serving as an agent comes with both responsibilities and privileges. The person asking you to serve as…
  • Sep 15

    Approaching Estate Planning When You’re Married

    Approaching Estate Planning When You’re Married
    Beginning the estate planning process is not always something people like to consider, but it is something that everyone, and especially married couples, needs to do. For married couples, the basic issues that your estate plan will have to…
  • Sep 14

    What Is a Conservatorship?

    What Is a Conservatorship?
    It is important to consider the eventualities of aging when you are planning your estate. A comprehensive estate plan will address the period of time that will precede your passing. While it may not be the most pleasant thing in the world…
Rank this Week: 2710

Mendel Law Firm Blog

Mendel Law Firm Blog

Covers estate planning.

http://www.mendellawfirm.com/blog/
  • Sep 16

    Texas History – Do You Know Which Texas Town was Nicknamed “The Town Without a Toothache?”

    Texas History – Do You Know Which Texas Town was Nicknamed “The Town Without a Toothache?”
    The town of Hereford in Deaf Smith County won this title when it was discovered that the children there had far fewer cavities and other tooth defects than in any other region. A scientific study revealed that the town’s water and soil…
  • Sep 12

    Famous Estates – Legacy Champ or Chump?

    Famous Estates – Legacy Champ or Chump?
    Sammy Davis, Jr. (1925-1990) – Singer, Tap Dancer, Actor & Musician Sammy Davis, Jr. was an American entertainer, primarily a dancer and singer, who was also known for his impersonations of actors and other celebrities. At the age…
  • Sep 11

    Thought for the Day:

    Thought for the Day:
    I have been impressed with the urgency of doing.  Knowing is not enough; we must apply.  Being willing is not enough; we must do. Leonardo da Vinci
Rank this Week: 2708

Nirenstein, Horowitz & Associates,…

Nirenstein, Horowitz & Associates, P.C. Blog

Covers Connecticut estate planning, probate and elder law.

http://www.preserveyourestate.net/blog/
  • Sep 15

    Inheritance Assumptions May Not Be Wise

    Inheritance Assumptions May Not Be Wise
    Of course nobody wants to see their parents or grandparents pass away, and when this takes place it can be emotionally devastating. That being stated, everyone does pass away. As a result it would be disingenuous to suggest that people do not…
  • Sep 12

    Three Things a Revocable Living Trust Won’t Accomplish

    Three Things a Revocable Living Trust Won’t Accomplish
    Revocable living trusts are largely utilized to enable probate avoidance. Probate is a legal process, and it takes place under the auspices of the probate court. People often times try to avoid this process because it is time-consuming, it…
  • Sep 10

    Preparing for an Initial Estate Planning Consultation

    Preparing for an Initial Estate Planning Consultation
    Okay, so you have finally taken the plunge. You have put the procrastination behind you, picked up the phone, and set up an initial consultation with an estate planning attorney to put an estate plan in place reflecting your current wishes.…
Rank this Week: 3109

Wisconsin Estate Planning

Wisconsin Estate Planning

Covers Wisconsin estate planning, elder law, probate and trust administration, real estate law, business organization, and individual income tax preparation. By Tesar Law Group, S.C.

http://blog.tesarlaw.com/
  • Sep 15

    Doctors Need to Know: Who is the Decision-Maker?

    Doctors Need to Know: Who is the Decision-Maker?
    Not only is it important to properly plan and have Power of Attorney documents in place, but it is just as important to make sure all the right parties know of their existence.
  • Sep 12

    Estate Tax Liabilities and Life Insurance

    Estate Tax Liabilities and Life Insurance
    Life Insurance can be a useful tool to deal with estate tax liabilities or balancing ones estate among beneficiaries if properly utilized.
  • Sep 10

    Short-Term and Long-Term Plans for Business Succession

    Short-Term and Long-Term Plans for Business Succession
    Business succession planning requires planning a person to think about and implement a plan for the present and the future.
Rank this Week: 3601

Law Offices of Cheryl David

Law Offices of Cheryl David

Covers estate planning and elder law in North Carolina.

http://www.cheryldavid.com/blog/
  • Sep 15

    Your Estate Plan Will Change as You Age – Part 2

    Your Estate Plan Will Change as You Age – Part 2
    Last week we looked at how the average North Carolina estate plan will change over time. This week we are going to continue our exploration of the common changes that take place with your plan as you age by looking at additional issues that…
  • Sep 7

    Probate Terms in North Carolina

    Probate Terms in North Carolina
    A lot of clients come to our office because they have questions or concerns about probate terms in North Carolina. Though many of the horror stories people have heard about probate are wildly overblown, there are serious issues with which you…
  • Sep 3

    Basic Estate Planning Questions – What is a Revocable Living Trust?

    Basic Estate Planning Questions – What is a Revocable Living Trust?
    In today’s entry in our ongoing series on basic estate planning questions, we are going to ask what is a revocable living trust. A common part of many estate plans, revocable living trusts have become increasingly popular in recent…
Rank this Week: 3803

Hauptman and Hauptman, P.C. Blog

Hauptman and Hauptman, P.C. Blog

Covers guardianship, Medicaid, probate and estate administration.

http://www.hauptmanlaw.com/blog
  • Sep 14

    Can I Leave the House to my Children and not my Spouse? (Part 2)

    Can I Leave the House to my Children and not my Spouse? (Part 2)
                    Last week I was telling you about Sara, who called about her Mom.  Dad left the house to Sara and her sisters but because of something called the…
  • Sep 7

    Can I Leave the House to my Children instead of my Spouse?

    Can I Leave the House to my Children instead of my Spouse?
                    Sara called because her mom, living at home, needed nursing home care and would need Medicaid after spending down her remaining $20,000 of…
  • Sep 1

    Little Known Law May Help Seniors Needing Long Term Care (Part 2)

    Little Known Law May Help Seniors Needing Long Term Care (Part 2)
                    Last week we were discussing a little known law that can be a boon to seniors.  The Pension Protection Act of 2006 contains provisions that allow…
Rank this Week: 3013

New York Elder Law Attorney Blog

New York Elder Law Attorney Blog

By Ettinger Law Firm.

http://www.newyorkelderlawattorneyblog.com/
  • Sep 11

    A Better Flu Shot for Senior

    A Better Flu Shot for Senior
    For the last four years, doctors, pharmacies, and medical clinics have all offered seniors a higher dose version of the annual flu shot. At the time that the vaccine was released the science was lacking but the hope from medical professionals…
  • Sep 9

    Medicare Ratings Allow Nursing Homes to Game the System

    Medicare Ratings Allow Nursing Homes to Game the System
    Only one-fifth of all 15,000 nursing homes in the nation hold the distinction of a five star rating by the Medicare system, but an examination into the process has found that many top ranked nursing homes have been given their rating due to…
  • Sep 5

    Couples Divorcing to Save on Long-Term Health Cost

    Couples Divorcing to Save on Long-Term Health Cost
    Elderly couples are divorcing at a higher rate than ever before for a surprising reason: soaring medical and long-term care costs. These expenses are being aggravated by longevity and uninsured risk from a lack of long-term care insurance.…
Rank this Week: 4896

Redlands Veterans' Affairs…

Redlands Veterans' Affairs Attorney Blog

Covers estate planning and elder law. By Esther Wang.

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

    Veterans Benefit Alert

    Veterans Benefit Alert
    The Veterans Aid & Attendance special pension is in place to help former service members cover their assisted living and home caregiver costs. Unlike the retirement pension the length of service requirement is minimal. One must have…
  • Sep 9

    Tortoise Approach Can Yield Positive Result

    Tortoise Approach Can Yield Positive Result
    As the story of the tortoise and the hare demonstrates, if you are consistent over a long period of time as you aim toward reaching your desired destination you should have success. This is something to keep in mind when...
  • Sep 4

    How do you Provide for People with Disabilities?

    How do you Provide for People with Disabilities?
    Family members can come in all shapes and sizes and have different needs. As a result, when you are planning your estate there is more to it than simply looking at a pie and slicing it up into pieces of...
Rank this Week: 3084

Nash Nash Bean & Ford, LLP Blog

Nash Nash Bean & Ford, LLP Blog

Covers elder law and estate planning.

http://www.nashbeanford.com/blog/
  • Sep 10

    Estate Planning Lessons from the Late Robin William

    Estate Planning Lessons from the Late Robin William
    In the United States we are fascinated, sometimes obsessed, with celebrities. When a celebrity dies, we often turn that interest toward the estate left behind by the celebrity. How much money was left behind? What gets his/her money? It…
  • Sep 8

    Medicaid Planning: What Can the Healthy Spouse Keep?

    Medicaid Planning: What Can the Healthy Spouse Keep?
    Medicaid is very important to a significant percentage of senior citizens, because Medicare will not pay for long-term care. Because Medicaid is a need-based program, there are income and asset limits. People who were never financially needy…
  • Sep 1

    What Is a Qualified Personal Residence Trust?

    What Is a Qualified Personal Residence Trust?
    A qualified personal residence trust is a type of irrevocable trust that can be useful if you are exposed to the federal estate tax. Before we examine the details, we should explain the federal transfer tax parameters so that you can…
Rank this Week: 3068

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/
  • Sep 10

    How Important is Estate Liquidity?

    How Important is Estate Liquidity?
    One of the primary goals of estate planning is to help your loved ones after your death, both financially and emotionally. Adequate planning can help minimize the financial burden and stress on those you leave behind. Building liquidity into…
  • Sep 3

    Should I Amend my Trust If I Buy or Sell Assets?

    Should I Amend my Trust If I Buy or Sell Assets?
    A revocable living trust can be amended whenever necessary, during your lifetime.  When clients buy a new house or car, they may ask, “should I amend my trust?”  If you are simply purchasing an asset, it is not necessary…
  • Aug 28

    What is a Self-Proving Will in Reno?

    What is a Self-Proving Will in Reno?
    Wills are very common estate planning tools with great value when it comes to having the freedom of determining to whom your estate will be distributed after your death.  Without one, you die “intestate,” which means how your…
Rank this Week: 3795

Cramer Law Center

Cramer Law Center

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

http://cramerlawcenter.com/blog/
  • Sep 8

    ADOPTION SERIES-PART 4: “VIRTUAL” ADOPTION-NO COURT REQUIRED!

    ADOPTION SERIES-PART 4: “VIRTUAL” ADOPTION-NO COURT REQUIRED!
    Did you know that, in Florida, you can adopt someone without ever going to court and making it official?  For the finale of our Adoption Series (click to read part one, two, or three), we will highlight an unusual way that people…
  • Sep 6

    Protected: Client Test Post

    Protected: Client Test Post
    There is no excerpt because this is a protected post.
  • Aug 22

    ADOPTION SERIES – PART 3: HOW DOES AN ADOPTED PERSON INHERIT?

    ADOPTION SERIES – PART 3: HOW DOES AN ADOPTED PERSON INHERIT?
    We recently have written about how adopting an adult can allow an unrelated person to share in an inheritance (unless it is done with improper motives).  But how, and from whom, do adopted persons (whether they are adults or children)…
Rank this Week: 3543

Abuser Goes to Work

Abuser Goes to Work

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

http://abusergoestowork.com
  • Sep 4

    New Book: The Legalization of Age Discrimination

    New Book: The Legalization of Age Discrimination
    Even Workers Otherwise Considered to be Young are Vulnerable Why are workers in their 30s, 40s and 50s increasingly experiencing age discrimination? This one of the issues I explore in my new book: Betrayed: The Legalization of Age…
  • Aug 30

    EEOC Defers to ‘Lord High Executioner’

    EEOC Defers to ‘Lord High Executioner’
    For those of us who care about workplace abuse, these are trying times. A federal court judge in Hawaii has forced the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to publically apologize for announcing last June that a settlement was…
  • Aug 30

    EEOC Defers to ‘Lord High Executioner’

    EEOC Defers to ‘Lord High Executioner’
    For those of us who care about workplace abuse, these are trying times. A federal court judge in Hawaii has forced the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to publically apologize for announcing last June that a settlement was…
Rank this Week: 2571

Estate Planning and Elder Law Blog

Estate Planning and Elder Law Blog

Covers estate planning, elder law, and probate topics in New York. By the Law Offices of Roman Aminov.

http://www.aminovlaw.com
  • Sep 2

    Joint Ownership of Asset

    Joint Ownership of Asset
    A significant portion of the assets we own are held jointly with another person. Almost anything, including real property, bank accounts, and investment accounts, can be, and often is, owned jointly. Therefore, it is of utmost importance to…
  • Jul 8

    What’s So Bad About Writing Your Own Will?

    What’s So Bad About Writing Your Own Will?
    Almost everyone can draft their own will – just like most people can give themselves a haircut – but the question is should they. There are many websites and form books offering a do-it-yourself service, but should you use them?…
  • May 7

    New York Small Estates and Voluntary Administration

    New York Small Estates and Voluntary Administration
    When a person passes away leaving assets in their own name, their heirs generally have to go through probate or an administration proceeding to transfer those assets. Sometimes, however, the value of the assets is so small that it is not cost…
Rank this Week: 2542

Estate Planning Blog

Estate Planning Blog

Covering estate planning, elder law, special needs planning, and veteran's benefits in Virginia. By Hook Law Center.

http://www.hooklawcenter.com/blog/
  • Aug 31

    Eye and smell tests may make early detection of Alzheimer’s possible

    Eye and smell tests may make early detection of Alzheimer’s possible
    Results of four new research trials suggest that changes to the eyes and ability to smell may be valuable in the early detection of Alzheimer’s.  Reports presented at the 2014 Alzheimer’s Association International Conference…
  • Aug 27

    Seniors may qualify for Medicaid by spending down assets safely

    Seniors may qualify for Medicaid by spending down assets safely
    Federal law dictates that only someone below a benchmark level of assets can qualify for Medicaid, beyond which it is determined that the individual does not have the assets to pay for his or her own care. Many seniors who apply do not…
  • Jul 29

    Facts to know about Medicare and retirement

    Facts to know about Medicare and retirement
    If your 65th birthday is approaching, you should make sure you are aware of your Medicare options and are prepared to enroll in Medicare if necessary. Here are a few things you should know. First, if you are receiving Social Security benefits…
Rank this Week: 2429

Minko Law Office Blog

Minko Law Office Blog

Covers estate planning and elder law.

http://www.minkolaw.com/blog/
  • Aug 29

    Essential Estate Planning Knowledge – Elder Law

    Essential Estate Planning Knowledge – Elder Law
    In today’s blog post on the essential estate planning knowledge we are focusing our attention on elder law, elder law issues, and why the topic is so important for everyone to understand. Elder law is one of those areas that most people…
  • Aug 27

    DNR Tattoos No Substitute for an Advance Medical Directive

    DNR Tattoos No Substitute for an Advance Medical Directive
    One of the more interesting questions a lot of people have had recently about estate planning is about the viability of DNR tattoos. By some reports, it’s estimated that one out of every 10 Americans have had some kind of tattoo.…
  • Aug 25

    Essential Estate Planning Knowledge – Powers of Attorney

    Essential Estate Planning Knowledge – Powers of Attorney
    In today’s blog post in our ongoing series on building essential estate planning knowledge, we will take a look at powers of attorney and the role they play in any estate plan. As with any estate planning tool or device, always talk to…
Rank this Week: 3065

Purcell & Amen, L.L.C. Blog

Purcell & Amen, L.L.C. Blog

Covers elder law and estate planning.

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

    What Happens to My Property If I Die Without A Will or Trust?

    What Happens to My Property If I Die Without A Will or Trust?
    The primary goal of an estate plan is to determine what will happen to your property and assets upon your death. In order to understand why it is so important to create an estate plan, it helps to discuss what happens to your property and…
  • Aug 28

    What Is A Living Will?

    What Is A Living Will?
    Throughout our lifetimes, we make thousands of decisions. Some of those decisions are simple, day to day decisions while others are life-changing decisions. The important thing is that each of us is able to make those decisions when the time…
  • Aug 27

    Special Needs Trust in Missouri: Why You Should Create One

    Special Needs Trust in Missouri: Why You Should Create One
    If you have a special needs child in your family, you are already aware that caring for that child requires a considerable amount of time and caring. The reality is that it also requires a considerable amount of money. Because you love your…
Rank this Week: 3094

Duffy Law Office

Duffy Law Office

Covers estate planning and elder law in Iowa.

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

    Why Is Incapacity Planning Important?

    Why Is Incapacity Planning Important?
    Everyone should have an incapacity component embedded within a broader estate plan. In this post we will look at the importance of incapacity planning. Aging of the Population People are living longer and longer lives. The average life span…
  • Aug 19

    Can Medicaid Take My Home?

    Can Medicaid Take My Home?
    When you plan your estate, you work with an estate planning attorney to devise a strategy for transferring your assets after you pass away. However, if you want to be comprehensively prepared for the future, you should consider the…
  • Aug 14

    Can a Trust Be Used to Complete a Medicaid Spend Down?

    Can a Trust Be Used to Complete a Medicaid Spend Down?
    Medicare will help with your medical expenses when you reach the age of eligibility if you qualify, but the program will not pay for long-term care. This is a problem for most people, because long-term care is quite expensive. The average…
Rank this Week: 3799

The Estate Planning and Wealth…

The Estate Planning and Wealth Preservation Blog for Trusted Advisors

Covers asset protection, estate and gift tax, and wills and trusts. By Fox Rothschild LLP.

http://estateplanning.foxrothschild.com/
  • Aug 13

    Back to School: Health Care Directives and Powers of Attorney for College Student

    Back to School: Health Care Directives and Powers of Attorney for College Student
    As summer draws to a close, millions of young adults will head off to college in the next few weeks.  If one of these is your son or daughter (or you have clients with children in college), do yourself a favor and…
  • Jun 19

    Supreme Court: “Inherited IRAs Not Protected From Creditors in Bankruptcy”

    Supreme Court: “Inherited IRAs Not Protected From Creditors in Bankruptcy”
    Last week, in Clark et ux v. Rameker, Trustee, et al., the United States Supreme Court ruled that funds held in inherited IRAs do not fall within the meaning of the bankruptcy code’s exemption for  ”retirement…
  • May 30

    Another Cautionary Tale About “Do it Yourself” Estate Planning

    Another Cautionary Tale About “Do it Yourself” Estate Planning
    Many people who are cost conscious, or don’t think that preparing a Will is difficult, use legal form services like LegalZoom or LawDepot.  Unfortunately, in many cases, errors are made and, as a result,…
Rank this Week: 2307

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/
  • Aug 5

    The Elder Justice Roadmap Has Been Announced

    The Elder Justice Roadmap Has Been Announced
    Just last month, came word that the Department of Justice and the Department of Health and Human Services have released "The Elder Justice Roadmap." According to a press release on www.hhs.org: Supported by the Department of Justice (DOJ)…
  • Jul 28

    Be Aware: Fake IRS Phone Scam Still Targeting Elder

    Be Aware: Fake IRS Phone Scam Still Targeting Elder
    Opportunists continue to seek occasions to defraud elders out of money, and one of the many ways they continue to try to do it is through phone scams. In fact, according to the National Consumers League nearly 1/3 of phone fraud victims are…
  • Jul 13

    Understaffing in California Nursing Homes Continues To Prove Dangerou

    Understaffing in California Nursing Homes Continues To Prove Dangerou
    Understaffing nursing homes is incredibly dangerous to adults over 65 residing in long-term care facilities such as Southern California nursing homes. That's precisely why specific laws and regulations are in place which mandate proper…
Rank this Week: 3219

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: 3691

The Edwards Law Firm Blog

The Edwards Law Firm Blog

Covers Florida estate planning.

http://www.edwardslawfirm.com/blog/
  • Jun 27

    Covering the Transfer of Assets for Medicaid

    Covering the Transfer of Assets for Medicaid
    One of the most confusing aspects of eldercare law is qualifying for Medicaid coverage. The laws change often and each state has its own guidelines. Make the wrong decision, and you could pay high penalties. The five year look back period is…
  • Jun 25

    The Line Between Medical Privacy and Legal Disclosure

    The Line Between Medical Privacy and Legal Disclosure
    In recent years, we’ve seen a big push towards better consumer protections. Whether it’s the rigid HIPAA law or parts of the ACA that allows patients/consumers to request their doctors to not report diagnoses to insurance…
  • Jun 13

    The Tampa Bay Franchise Without Malcolm Glazer

    The Tampa Bay Franchise Without Malcolm Glazer
    While many of us were following the Donald Sterling brouhaha and waiting to see what, if anything, the NBA will be able to legally force him to do, the Glazer family patriarch passed away. For those who don’t know, the Glazer family has…
Rank this Week: 3114

The Connecticut Elder Law Blog

The Connecticut Elder Law Blog

News, stories, thoughts and insight on elder law in Connecticut. By Michael J. Keenan.

http://ctelderlawblog.typepad.com/the_connecticut_elder_law/
  • Jun 26

    Firecracker 5K!

    Firecracker 5K!
    The law practice was a proud Silver Sponsor of the Firecracker 5K Road Race last weekend here in Glastonbury, CT. It was the first time that all three of my boys ran in a road race together (first-ever race for...
  • Jun 25

    Carry Your Advanced Medical Directives on Your Smart Phone

    Carry Your Advanced Medical Directives on Your Smart Phone
    This may be the best "document maintenance" tip I've ever come across: Keep a copy of your health care instructions (a.k.a. advanced medical directives) on your smart phone and have your health care agent do the same. The health care...
  • Jun 18

    What are Your Odds of a Future Nursing Home Placement?

    What are Your Odds of a Future Nursing Home Placement?
    Whenever I sit down with clients to plan ahead for Medicaid eligibility we spend a lot of time walking through the worst-case scenario of permanent nursing home placement, thereby triggering approximately $12,000 per month in nursing home…
Rank this Week: 3062

Law Offices of Richard B.…

Law Offices of Richard B. Schneider, LLC Blog

Covers elder law and estate planning.

http://www.rbsllc.com/blog/
  • Jun 15

    Trustee Duties and Responsibilities : Choosing a Trustee

    Trustee Duties and Responsibilities : Choosing a Trustee
    Trustee Duties and Responsibilities from Richard Schneider Trusts are often used by a wide variety of people to accomplish a wide variety of estate planning goals.The right trustee can add to the overall success of your trust. Learn more…
  • Jun 5

    Estate Planning for the LGBT Community in Oregon

    Estate Planning for the LGBT Community in Oregon
    Until very recently, same-sex couples were denied over 1,000 federal benefits as a result of the definition of marriage found in the Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, passed in 1996. Learn how LGBT couples in Oregon should properly approach…
  • May 29

    Free Report: Choosing a Trustee in Oregon

    Free Report: Choosing a Trustee in Oregon
    A comprehensive estate plan usually includes a variety of estate planning tools, strategies and documents. While a well-written last will and testament should serve as the foundation of your estate plan, a will can only accomplish so much.…
Rank this Week: 3096

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: 3279

Shober & Rock Blog

Shober & Rock Blog

Covers elder law in Pennsylvania.

http://shober-rock.com/the-blog/
  • May 27

    WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOUR SPOUSE GOES INTO A NURSING HOME?

    WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOUR SPOUSE GOES INTO A NURSING HOME?
    Sometimes it is sudden and sometimes inevitable, a spouse is admitted to a nursing home. Although no one ever wants to see this happen, it is often a medical necessity and not a choice. More often or not, the hospital or rehab will determine…
  • May 27

    WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOUR SPOUSE GOES INTO A NURSING HOME?

    WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOUR SPOUSE GOES INTO A NURSING HOME?
    Sometimes it is sudden and sometimes inevitable, a spouse is admitted to a nursing home. Although no one ever wants to see this happen, it is often a medical necessity and not a choice. More often or not, the hospital or rehab will determine…
  • May 27

    It’s a Beautiful Thing?

    It’s a Beautiful Thing?
    We recently accompanied an elderly client and her family through assisted living, nursing and then hospice care. When I first met Mary (not the real name of our 80-something client), I thought her an attractive and vibrant woman, full of fun…
Rank this Week: 3155

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…
  • 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…
  • Mar 6

    Savings bonds and Medicaid – what should I do when Dad applies for benefits?

    Savings bonds and Medicaid – what should I do when Dad applies for benefits?
    For generations, savings bonds have been purchased for newborns and retirees alike as an investment in the future. While savings bonds aren’t a complex investment vehicle, bonds that aren’t properly handled can cause Medicaid…
Rank this Week: 3292

Massachusetts Estate Planning,…

Massachusetts Estate Planning, Probate & Elder Law

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

http://elderlaw.info/
Rank this Week: 4891

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 →
Rank this Week: 3315

Allegedly A Blog of Michigan law…

Allegedly A Blog of Michigan law and other legal miscellany

Covers, employment law, estate planning and Michigan legal news.

http://www.tdafoe.com/
Rank this Week: 2623

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: 3798

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: 3800

Law Offices of Saul Kobrick, P.C.…

Law Offices of Saul Kobrick, P.C. Blog

Covers New York estate planning and elder law.

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

    Do You Need a Living Trust?

    Do You Need a Living Trust?
    Many clients are confused about the role a living trust can play in their estate planning efforts. A trust is created so that assets or property can be moved to the trustee who’s named in the living trust. Many don’t like the idea…
  • Jan 24

    What is Probate in New York and is it Necessary?

    What is Probate in New York and is it Necessary?
    It’s not uncommon for there to be a bit of confusion when it comes to the legalities associated with probates, wills and estate planning. It can be overwhelming, especially when you’re either trying to deal with overload due to…
  • Jan 22

    The Intimacy of Estate Planning

    The Intimacy of Estate Planning
    The last thing many people would equate to intimacy is estate planning. Just ask anyone who’s ever had to face reality after a terminal illness or devastating accident, they will tell you that things become very personal faster than you…
Rank this Week: 3125

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: 3793