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Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof…

Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof Blog

By Gerry W. Beyer.

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/trusts_estates_prof/
  • Aug 24

    Article on Incomplete Disposition

    Article on Incomplete Disposition
    Naomi Cahn recently published an Article entitled, Incomplete Dispositions, 73 Wash. & Lee L. Rev. Online 259 (2016). Provided below is an abstract of the Article: In Irresolute Testators, Professor Jane Baron provocatively suggests the…
  • Aug 24

    Heir-Location Firm Charged with Conspiring to Allocate Customer

    Heir-Location Firm Charged with Conspiring to Allocate Customer
    In a federal antitrust complaint, an heir-location services firm and its co-owner were charged with conspiring to allocate customers with a competitor. The firm had a 15-year-long streak of allocating customers to co-conspirators “to…
  • Aug 24

    Pills Containing Fentanyl Found at Prince's Estate

    Pills Containing Fentanyl Found at Prince's Estate
    Several of the pills taken from Prince’s estate were counterfeit drugs containing fentanyl, a synthetic opioid more powerful than heroin. Officials say the pills were falsely labeled but are still unsure of how Prince obtained the drugs.…
Rank this Week: 54

NJ Family Issues

NJ Family Issues

Focuses on New Jersey divorce and estate planning. By Paul G. Kostro.

http://www.kostrolaw.com/NJFamilyIssues
Rank this Week: 99

Elder Law Office of David Wingate,…

Elder Law Office of David Wingate, LLC

Covers elder law, assisted living facilities, estate planning, and nursing homes.

http://blog.davidwingate.com/
  • Mar 8

    Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning - 2015 What Will Happen? (Contd)

    Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning - 2015 What Will Happen? (Contd)
    Related proposals pertaining to qualified plans and individual retirement accounts. In addition, the Green Book includes the following proposals that pertain to qualified plans and IRAs: A limit on the total accrual of retirement benefits by…
  • Mar 7

    Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning - 2015 What Will Happen? (Contd)

    Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning - 2015 What Will Happen? (Contd)
    Sales, exchanges and “comparable transactions” with grantor trusts. The Obama Administration would attempt to address the disconnect between the income tax rules and the estate tax rules that apply to intentionally defective grantor…
  • Mar 7

    Social Security Ups Disability Safeguard

    Social Security Ups Disability Safeguard
    The Social Security Administration is expanding a program nationally to help bar criminals from controlling benefits on behalf of individuals with disabilities and the elderly. The program originally launched as a pilot in the…
Rank this Week: 175

KEYTLaw

KEYTLaw

Covers Arizona and federal laws.

http://www.keytlaw.com/blog
  • Apr 12

    Federal Law Prohibits Conspiracy to to Prevent a Person from Exercising Right

    Federal Law Prohibits Conspiracy to to Prevent a Person from Exercising Right
    We live in a era when more and more people want to prevent Americans from exercising their right of free speech, their right to exercise their religion and other constitutional rights.  Federal law, i.e., 18 United States Code Section…
  • Jan 27

    When Your Neighbor’s Drone Pays an Unwelcome Visit

    When Your Neighbor’s Drone Pays an Unwelcome Visit
    New York Times:  “I began reporting a column about drones and the altercations they are causing among neighbors. The way these spats usually go, one neighbor gets a new drone (often around Christmas) and begins flying it around the…
  • Jan 3

    Myth of a Cop Killing Epidemic

    Myth of a Cop Killing Epidemic
    New York Post:  “And each incident is breathlessly reported by a media determined to show that America remains deeply, irredeemably racist.  Problem is, it’s simply not true.  Last week, The Washington Post…
Rank this Week: 195

Andrew Flusche, Virginia Lawyer

Andrew Flusche, Virginia Lawyer

Covers Virginia drunk driving, reckless driving and speeding offenses.

http://www.andrewflusche.com/blog/
  • Jul 22

    How are Preliminary Breath Tests Calibrated for Accuracy?

    How are Preliminary Breath Tests Calibrated for Accuracy?
    If you’re on trial for DUI in Virginia, you should know how the preliminary breath test (PBT) must be checked for accuracy and calibrated. If that device can’t be proven to be in proper working order, it shouldn’t be allowed…
  • Jul 18

    Driving on Suspended License Secret: The Officer Must Have a Reason to Pull You Over

    Driving on Suspended License Secret: The Officer Must Have a Reason to Pull You Over
    Video – click to watch instead of reading. Did you know that it’s possible to beat a driving on suspended offense if the officer did not have a good reason to pull you over? This defense applies to many traffic related violations,…
  • Jul 14

    [VIDEO] Should You Prepay Your Virginia Reckless Driving Ticket?

    [VIDEO] Should You Prepay Your Virginia Reckless Driving Ticket?
    If you’re facing reckless driving right now, you need to contact me so you can learn more about reckless driving defenses, learn more about what your situation with the law really means, and then make an educated, informed decision…
Rank this Week: 272

New York Probate & Estate…

New York Probate & Estate Litigation Blog

Covers probate news, procedures and resources. By Philip M. Bernstein.

http://www.nyprobatelitigation.com/
  • Feb 1

    Executors Should Beware Of Serious Pitfall

    Executors Should Beware Of Serious Pitfall
    Today’s Wall Street Journal contains a worthwhile but cautionary article about the pitfalls that can face even the most well-meaning executor. As you will see, a lot of the decisions an executor must make need to be made…
  • Jan 31

    David Bowie’s Will Filed In Manhattan Surrogate’s Court — His Estate Valued At 100 Million Dollar

    David Bowie’s Will Filed In Manhattan Surrogate’s Court — His Estate Valued At 100 Million Dollar
    The Will of David Robert Jones was filed earlier this month in New York County Surrogate’s Court giving the value of his estate at 100 million dollars. Not familiar with David Robert Jones? As the New York Times reported, He was far…
  • Jul 20

    Application To Withdraw Waiver Consenting To Probate Denied By Brooklyn Surrogate

    Application To Withdraw Waiver Consenting To Probate Denied By Brooklyn Surrogate
    Prior to the commencement of a probate proceeding or an administration proceeding, the attorney for the estate will normally send a waiver consenting to the admission of the will to probate or to the appointment of an administrator to all…
Rank this Week: 296

Texas Wills and Trusts Law Online

Texas Wills and Trusts Law Online

Covers issues relating to wills, trusts, estate planning, and probate in Texas. By Rania Combs.

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

    Does Property Passed by Transfer on Death Deed Receive a Step-Up in Basis?

    Does Property Passed by Transfer on Death Deed Receive a Step-Up in Basis?
    When someone receives a gift, the recipient of the gift is not responsible for reporting the value of any gifts as income. Rather, it is the gift-giver, or donor of the property, who is required to pay gift taxes if the value of the gift…
  • Jul 27

    Can Agent Override Decisions of Person Granting Power of Attorney?

    Can Agent Override Decisions of Person Granting Power of Attorney?
    I recently received a phone call from a woman whose parents had been victimized and had lost their entire retirement savings to Nigerian con artists. Con artists often target the elderly because isolation and declining cognitive ability…
  • Jul 22

    Have You Signed Your Will?

    Have You Signed Your Will?
    Humans are optimistic. We don’t dwell on the fact that death is inevitable, and that bleeds into our personal outlook for the future. It’s why we plan for vacations, drive in cars, fly in planes, and end visits with friends saying…
Rank this Week: 364

The Ohio Trust & Estate Blog

The Ohio Trust & Estate Blog

Covers estate tax, marriage, medicaid and probate. By Michael D. Bonasera.

http://www.bonasera.org
  • Dec 18

    TOMMY!

    TOMMY!
    So I’ve not posted for a while.  In fact, you’ll note that I mention in the below post that my son was about a month from arriving…  Well, arrive he did.  On 6/18/2012 Tommy arrived and, smiling almost ever…
  • May 8

    Sad Update

    Sad Update
    Its been a while since I’ve written anything here and, though I fully intend to get back to it in the coming months, a couple sad events required mentioning: MCA died last Friday.  The number of tributes available on the web make this…
  • Aug 16

    So Many Great Blogs, So Little Time

    So Many Great Blogs, So Little Time
    My Google Reader account is getting pretty full-up.  There’s so many great resources out there for estate planning that it’s getting hard to keep up!  It’s a nice problem to have I guess…
Rank this Week: 334

Toronto Estate Law Blog

Toronto Estate Law Blog

Covers estate litigation, ethics, executors & trustees, succession planning and wills. Includes podcasts on estate and succession planning. By Hull & Hull.

http://estatelaw.hullandhull.com/
  • Feb 3

    Lord Lucan: Declared Dead (Twice) and Still Missing

    Lord Lucan: Declared Dead (Twice) and Still Missing
    In 1974, Lord Lucan, British aristocrat (think James Bond and Martinis, according to the New York Times), vanished after the body of his children’s nanny was found dead in the basement of his house. A year later, in 1975, Lord Lucan,…
  • Feb 2

    Alzheimer Awareness Month: #StillHere

    Alzheimer Awareness Month: #StillHere
    As Alzheimer Awareness Month draws to a close, the message the Alzheimer Society of Canada intended to convey in the #StillHere campaign is clear: A diagnosis of dementia does not necessarily mean that an individual is no longer capable of…
  • Feb 2

    Hull on Estates #452 – Responsibility for Joint Debts Upon Death

    Hull on Estates #452 – Responsibility for Joint Debts Upon Death
    This week on Hull on Estates, David Morgan Smith and Noah Weisberg discuss the responsibility for joint debt upon death of one of the debtors. Should you have any questions, please email us at webmaster@hullandhull.com or leave a comment on…
Rank this Week: 458

Florida Probate Litigation

Florida Probate Litigation

Covers corporate trustees, compensation disputes, contested guardianship proceedings, creditors' claims, homestead litigation, will construction litigation, and trust and estates litigation. By Juan C. Antunez.

http://www.flprobatelitigation.com/
Rank this Week: 529

Estate Planning Blog

Estate Planning Blog

Covers asset protection, estate planning, probate and income tax planning. By Sheppard, Brett, Stewart, Hersch, Kinsey & Hill P.A.

http://www.sbshlaw.com/blog
  • Aug 19

    Who Qualifies as Your Personal Representative?

    Who Qualifies as Your Personal Representative?
    “James,” a widower, sat in my office as we prepared his will together. “My sons don’t have the time or expertise to serve as my executor, so I’d like to name my friend, Oliver, in that role.” “So…
  • Aug 12

    Do all Revocable Trusts Avoid Probate?

    Do all Revocable Trusts Avoid Probate?
    When you have a revocable trust, does that always mean that your estate will avoid the probate process when you die? You may be surprised to learn that the answer is “No.” Why is that? First, let’s review what the probate…
  • Aug 5

    Naming a Corporate Trustee for a Short While

    Naming a Corporate Trustee for a Short While
    Despite earning more than $27 million in salary, and millions more in endorsements, basketball superstar and cultural phenom Dennis Rodman appeared in court three years ago because he was unable to pay $800,000 in past due child support. He…
Rank this Week: 476

The Probate Lawyer Family Feud…

The Probate Lawyer Family Feud Blog

Covers celebrity and true case stories on probate litigation. By Andrew Mayoras.

http://www.probatelawyerblog.com/
  • Jun 21

    Battles Coming For Muhammad Ali Estatee

    Battles Coming For Muhammad Ali Estatee
    Muhammad Ali was never one to shy away from battles. From heavyweight champions in the boxing ring, to the United States Government, and to the ravaging effects of Parkinson's disease, Ali continued to fight. Now there are growing fears that…
  • May 16

    Prince, Tupac, And Snoop Dogg: 5 Top Musical Planning Mistake

    Prince, Tupac, And Snoop Dogg: 5 Top Musical Planning Mistake
    Prince died without a will. So did Tupac Shakur, Bob Marley, and many other legendary musicians. Snoop Dogg doesn't even want a will. The question is: Why? It seems like such a basic concept; everyone needs a will. Otherwise the laws of the…
  • May 3

    The Prince Estate: Trouble Brewing And Still No Will After 1st Court Hearing

    The Prince Estate: Trouble Brewing And Still No Will After 1st Court Hearing
    Despite the probate process having just begun for Prince's Estate, one thing is clear -- it will be a long and rocky road for everyone involved. While no one can dispute the artistic and creative greatness of the artist whose real name was…
Rank this Week: 495

New York Personal Injury Lawyer…

New York Personal Injury Lawyer Blog

Covers personal injury law. By the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates.

http://www.newyorkinjurylawyer247blog.com/
  • Sep 22

    Supreme Court, Bronx County

    Supreme Court, Bronx County
    A Bronx Estate Litigation Lawyer said that, defendant-appellant moved pursuant to CPLR 510(1) to change the venue of the instant matter from Bronx County to Westchester County more than three years after the commencement of the action and…
  • Sep 22

    Supreme Court, Bronx County

    Supreme Court, Bronx County
    A Bronx Estate Litigation Lawyer said that, defendant-appellant moved pursuant to CPLR 510(1) to change the venue of the instant matter from Bronx County to Westchester County more than three years after the commencement of the action and…
  • Sep 17

    Integrated Domestic Violence Court...cont

    Integrated Domestic Violence Court...cont
    This case raises two questions concerning application of the recently enacted Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Enforcement Act (UCCJEA), set forth at article 5-A of the Domestic Relations Law: (1) whether (as the father urges) title 3 of…
Rank this Week: 513

Your Texas Estate Plan

Your Texas Estate Plan

Covers tax and estate planning. By Jacob Pelley.

http://www.yourtexasestateplan.com/
  • Aug 1

    Be careful what you sign for...

    Be careful what you sign for...
    We sign things all the time. Mostly credit card receipts, but if you have ever bought a car, a home, or signed for a package, you are also representing to the contracting world that, by signing the document, you accept the consequences…
  • Jan 29

    Gun Trusts, ATF 41P update

    Gun Trusts, ATF 41P update
    Finally, at long last, we have some clarity on what and how the ATF will be regulating the use of "gun trusts" for purchase of National Firearms Act items.On January 15, the final rules were published in the Federal Register, so we have 6…
  • Dec 15

    Probate options when its been more than 4 years...

    Probate options when its been more than 4 years...
    Time flies. The usual scenario is parent 1 passed away, parent 2 passed away 5 years later, and now the kids are stuck with a mess.Today we will talk about what happens if the decedent had a will. In Texas, you have 4 years to…
Rank this Week: 564

Probate Litigation Attorney Blog

Probate Litigation Attorney Blog

Covers wills & trusts, probate and conservatorships. By Ginzburg & Bronshteyn LLP.

http://www.losangelesprobatelitigationattorneyblog.com/
  • Jul 9

    Role of Probate PVP Counsel

    Role of Probate PVP Counsel
    On June 21, 2016, Trust and Wills Attorney Yasha Bronshteyn attended the Beverly Hills Bar Association -Trust and Wills Section Presentation at Lawry’s of Beverly Hills to address the role of Probate Volunteer Panel counsel in…
  • May 29

    Estate Planning & Probate luncheon with Judge Glen Reiser, Ventura County Probate Judge

    Estate Planning & Probate luncheon with Judge Glen Reiser, Ventura County Probate Judge
    On May 26, 2016, the Estate Planning and Probate Section of the Ventura County Bar Association was fortunate to have Judge Glen M. Reiser, presiding probate judge, present a State of the Probate Court address at the Wedgewood Ventura. …
  • Mar 19

    Lunch with The Probate Judges – 2016

    Lunch with The Probate Judges – 2016
    On March 15, 2016, Judges of the Probate Court for Los Angeles County discussed the current state of the Probate Court and addressed issues and concerns affecting the Court, the courtroom transitions, modernizing the system to benefit…
Rank this Week: 578

Michigan Estate Planning Lawyer…

Michigan Estate Planning Lawyer Blog

Covers trusts, probate, elder law, and estate planning. By Witzke Berry Carter & Wander PLLC.

http://www.michiganestateplanninglawyerblog.com/
  • May 9

    Tips When Registering Your trademark With an Attorney

    Tips When Registering Your trademark With an Attorney
    When you are looking to brand a business, you need to begin by registering a trademark. A trademark is essentially a sign, design or unique expression that is recognisable. Through the use of trademark registration, you can be sure that other…
  • Oct 15

    KNOWING MARYLAND’S MEDICAL MALPRACTICE AND WHEN TO CALL A LAWYER

    KNOWING MARYLAND’S MEDICAL MALPRACTICE AND WHEN TO CALL A LAWYER
    That opening line of the Hippocratic Oath isn’t always so uncomplicated as it is brief. Maryland medical malpractice lawyers engage hundreds, if not thousands of cases yearly in which medical professionals left their patients in worse…
  • Oct 9

    Looking At Bankruptcy Law In California

    Looking At Bankruptcy Law In California
    Setbacks are common in life. If your financial situation has spiraled out of control it’s wise that you apply for insolvency. Paths of Alleviation Personal bankruptcy laws supply you with two paths for relief: chapter 7 as well as…
Rank this Week: 555

FLG Trusts & Estates Reporter

FLG Trusts & Estates Reporter

Covers trusts, estate planning, asset protection, and probate, with particular focus on Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida. By Fortenberry Law Group PLLC.

http://www.fortenberrylaw.com
  • Nov 17

    U.S. States With Series LLC Act

    U.S. States With Series LLC Act
    A series LLC is a form of limited liability company that is authorized by state law to hold assets in separate “containers” known as series.  These containers function much like holding companies. They are used to segregate…
  • Oct 29

    Rights of Stepchildren to Assets of a Deceased Parent in Probate

    Rights of Stepchildren to Assets of a Deceased Parent in Probate
    Here’s a scenario that I get so often that it deserves its own blog post:  Dad dies. Stepchildren claim that stepmother is taking dad’s assets and not communicating with them. Stepmother claims that all of the marital assets…
  • Oct 22

    Formal Florida Probate Administration in 10 Step

    Formal Florida Probate Administration in 10 Step
    Of the various types of Florida probate proceedings, formal administration is the most common.  Like any probate matter, Florida probate administration can vary depending on the size of the estate, the decedent’s asset…
Rank this Week: 643

Crider Law P.C. Blog

Crider Law P.C. Blog

Covers elder law, estate planning and family law.

http://www.criderlaw.net/blog/
  • Aug 12

    US Adults Worry They Will Outlive Their Saving

    US Adults Worry They Will Outlive Their Saving
    According to a recent Northwestern Mutual Insurance survey, nearly one-third of US adults believe that it is more likely than not that they will outlive their savings. Follow this link to the survey. A foundational estate plan can be a…
  • Jun 4

    5 Tips For Helping Your Kids After Divorce

    5 Tips For Helping Your Kids After Divorce
    Dr. Samantha Rodman, renowned divorce therapist and author of How to Talk to Your Kids About Your Divorce, tells The Huffington Post that the hardest divorce experiences are, by far, the ones where small children are involved. It’s…
  • Apr 23

    Estate Planning and Investment: A Symbiotic Relationship

    Estate Planning and Investment: A Symbiotic Relationship
    Imagine inheriting a quarter of a million dollars but having absolutely no idea what to do with it. That’s a good problem to have, but a problem nonetheless. View image | gettyimages.com CNN Money recently reached out with advice to a…
Rank this Week: 644

Julie's Wills & Estate Planning…

Julie's Wills & Estate Planning Blog

Covers estate planning and probate. By Julie Garber.

http://wills.about.com/
  • May 31

    Julie's Wills & Estate Planning Blog Becomes Common Sense Estate Planning Blog

    Julie's Wills & Estate Planning Blog Becomes Common Sense Estate Planning Blog
    Listen up Wills & Estate Planning Blog readers - my blog has moved to a new location with a new name: Common Sense Estate Planning Blog. My About.com blogs aren't going away, they're just being transitioned into articles that will still…
  • May 27

    Why Does it Take So Long to Receive Your Inheritance?

    Why Does it Take So Long to Receive Your Inheritance?
    For certain beneficiaries of an estate or trust (you know who you are), the first question they want answered is when they can expect to receive their inheritance - cash is preferred, but a check will do just fine, thank you. What these…
  • May 21

    Does Your Child Need a Discretionary Lifetime Trust?

    Does Your Child Need a Discretionary Lifetime Trust?
    One of my roles as a former estate planning attorney and current trust officer for a private bank is to insure that my clients' estate plans meet their ever-changing estate planning goals. One question that private bank clients bring up on a…
Rank this Week: 647

Florida Probate Litigation…

Florida Probate Litigation Attorney Blog

Covers contested wills, estate planning, and trusts. By Robert C. Adamski.

http://www.floridaprobatelitigationlawyers.com/
  • Mar 29

    Actor's death exemplifies the importance of guardianship

    Actor's death exemplifies the importance of guardianship
    Paul Walker's death was a shock to the actor's family, friends and his fans. Although unexpected, it appeared that the actor had thought about his own mortality, because he died with an estate plan in place. Walker left his...
  • Mar 27

    Undue influence can often lead to financial exploitation

    Undue influence can often lead to financial exploitation
    Financial exploitation is a serious problem for Florida's seniors, but many people are surprised to learn that it's not just strangers that swindle seniors out of their hard-earned money. A senior's friends or relatives may be the cause of...
  • Mar 21

    Florida suit seeks to protect surviving spouse in gay marriage

    Florida suit seeks to protect surviving spouse in gay marriage
    Eight couples in Florida recently filed a lawsuit against the state, claiming that Florida's ban on gay marriage violates their rights under the U.S. Constitution. The couples, each living in Florida, but married in another state that…
Rank this Week: 641

Georgia Wills and Probate Law Blog

Georgia Wills and Probate Law Blog

Features news and thoughts on issues in Georgia regarding wills, advance directives, living wills, healthcare powers of attorney, guardianship, and probate. By Stephen Worrall.

http://www.georgiawillslaw.com/
  • Nov 18

    We're Moving!

    We're Moving!
    I am consolidating the content of all of our blogs at our Georgia Family Law website. Please join us there for new posts and to find all of our old posts.
  • Nov 18

    We're Moving!

    We're Moving!
    I am consolidating the content of all of our blogs at our Georgia Family Law website. Please join us there for new posts and to find all of our old posts.
  • Aug 9

    Atlanta Attorney Says Prepare Now For Year-End Changes to Estate Tax Law

    Atlanta Attorney Says Prepare Now For Year-End Changes to Estate Tax Law
    The expiration of key laws in Congress may expose more local individuals to estate or “Death Taxes” after their passing.  Atlanta attorney, Steve Worrall explains these anticipated changes, as well as steps Georgia residents can take now…
Rank this Week: 633

New York Trusts & Estates Law…

New York Trusts & Estates Law Blog

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

http://trustsestateslaw.com
Rank this Week: 638

Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning

Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning

Covers estate planning, elder law, asset protection, charitable giving, and business law. By Kyle E. Krull.

http://blog.kylekrull.com/kansas-missouri-estate-planning/
Rank this Week: 715

About Florida Law

About Florida Law

Covers Florida estate planning and condo laws. By Sackrin & Tolchinsky.

http://aboutfloridalaw.com
  • Aug 16

    Concealment, Nondisclosure And Silence By Florida Real Estate Seller

    Concealment, Nondisclosure And Silence By Florida Real Estate Seller
    In Florida, in order to have a binding contract to purchase real estate, both the buyer and seller must sign a written agreement that includes the material terms of the deal (price, closing date, description of the property, financing,…
  • Aug 2

    What Happens When a Seller Defaults on a Florida Residential Real Estate Contract? – Part II

    What Happens When a Seller Defaults on a Florida Residential Real Estate Contract? – Part II
    What happens in a Florida residential real estate transaction when the seller doesn’t do his or her part and close the deal? Or, the seller makes a material misrepresentation about the property and the buyer purchases the property…
  • Jul 26

    What Happens When a Buyer Defaults on a Florida Real Estate Contract?

    What Happens When a Buyer Defaults on a Florida Real Estate Contract?
    In Florida, buyers breach real estate contracts all of the time and in all sorts of ways. When a buyer fails to meet his or her obligations under a sales contract, often times it leaves the seller wondering what steps to take now that the…
Rank this Week: 799

California Trust, Estate & Probate…

California Trust, Estate & Probate Litigation

Covers estate planning, probate, trusts and wills. By Albertson & Davidson LLP.

http://www.californiatrustestateandprobatelitigation.com
  • Aug 16

    Great California Trust and Will lawyers need great judgment

    Great California Trust and Will lawyers need great judgment
      Law is a subjective pursuit. Only after everything is said and done can you look back and diagnose the good and the bad. But when you are in the heat of battle on a lawsuit, there rarely are any clearly right answers…or clearly…
  • Aug 2

    Legal Loopholes: How California Trustees escape liability

    Legal Loopholes: How California Trustees escape liability
    You may be surprised to learn that there are a number of ways that a bad Trustee can escape liability in Court. For starters, if the Trustee disclosed a questionable transaction in writing to you, you only have three years in which to file a…
  • Jul 19

    It You Got ‘Em…Flaunt ‘Em: A California Trustee’s Duty to Use Special Skill

    It You Got ‘Em…Flaunt ‘Em: A California Trustee’s Duty to Use Special Skill
    “If you got it, flaunt it baby!” That’s one of my favorite lines from the movie The Producers by Mel Brooks. The same can be said of California Trustees (although not referring to their looks of course). For Trustees, if you…
Rank this Week: 818

Givner & Kaye Blog

Givner & Kaye Blog

Covers estate and tax planning.

http://www.givnerkaye.com/blog/
  • Jul 13

    Two Swiss Banks Disclose Accounts to Avoid Prosecution

    Two Swiss Banks Disclose Accounts to Avoid Prosecution
    On June 19, two Swiss banks agreed to pay penalties totaling nearly $6 million in order to avoid prosecution under the Department of Justice’s program which requires Swiss firms to disclose how they helped their American clients avoid…
  • Jul 7

    Mexican National Files Third Complaint for Vegas Slot Winnings Tax Refund

    Mexican National Files Third Complaint for Vegas Slot Winnings Tax Refund
    On June 19, Enrique Free Pacheco filed his third complaint for a refund of taxes withheld from the winnings he earned by playing the slots in Las Vegas. This complaint is Pacheco’s third, following lawsuits filed in the US Court of…
  • Jun 18

    Japan to Institute “Exit Tax” Along US, Canadian Line

    Japan to Institute “Exit Tax” Along US, Canadian Line
    Starting July 1 of this year, Japan will impose an “Exit Tax” on both Japanese nationals and non-nationals who expatriate. The tax is based on those instituted by both the US and Canada. The US system, which is itself modelled on…
Rank this Week: 850

Colorado Estate Planning

Colorado Estate Planning

Covers Colorado Springs estate planning & administration plus business & tax planning. By Kevin Forbush.

http://www.forbushlegal.com/blogs.php
  • Oct 9

    Just Some Guy

    Just Some Guy
    I had lunch with a financial advisor friend a month or so ago. I arrived at the restaurant my typica
  • Jun 14

    VA Pension Fund Exploited

    VA Pension Fund Exploited
    GAO: Some veterans hide assets to get need-based pension — and some companies prey on vets. See t
  • Jun 13

    Estate Planning Tools for Fluctuating Retirement Source

    Estate Planning Tools for Fluctuating Retirement Source
    Realistic inheritance conversations a “must” with grown children: Given today’s fluctuating r
Rank this Week: 785

Legacy Planner Blog

Legacy Planner Blog

Covers estate planning, business planning, asset protection and business succession. By Karen Brady.

http://legacyplannerblog.com
  • Apr 21

    Special Needs Trusts for Disabled Beneficiarie

    Special Needs Trusts for Disabled Beneficiarie
    As we see the greying demographics take shape, more older parents are coming in to our office to make arrangements for their adult disabled children. Last week's couple were a joy to work with, but I was a little anxious that they had waited…
  • Jan 6

    Kudos and thoughts on keeping an estate open

    Kudos and thoughts on keeping an estate open
    Today's mail brought a pleasant testimonial from a client who wrote: "Karen has me for more than ten years on my mother's will and related matters. As issues have arisen she has always been there to help and provide the sound advice I…
  • Oct 28

    Business Lawyers Should be Risk Reducers Not Deal Killer

    Business Lawyers Should be Risk Reducers Not Deal Killer
    Mike Moore over at legalproductivity.com usually writes for lawyers. But this post on how a <a href="http://www.legalproductivity.com/practice-management/the-worst-business-lawyer/" target="" …
Rank this Week: 841

Liberty Law Blog

Liberty Law Blog

Covers estate planning, estate taxes, probate and trusts.

http://www.libertylawapc.com/blog
  • Aug 6

    Successfully Passing the Family Business to Children

    Successfully Passing the Family Business to Children
    Some good reminders from www.estateplanning.com on the importance of being prepared to pass the family business to your kids: If you own and operate a business, you need to have a plan for the future of the business in the event you become…
  • Jun 28

    The Importance of Reviewing Beneficiary Designation

    The Importance of Reviewing Beneficiary Designation
    Did you know that if you do not properly designate beneficiaries on assets like life insurance & retirement accounts – those assets may be distributed to your “estate” instead of your intended beneficiary? This can increase the…
  • Jun 13

    Even young adults should plan their Estate

    Even young adults should plan their Estate
    Good summary article here on why its important for young adults to think about getting some basic documents in place. Tweet
Rank this Week: 689

Toronto Estates & Trusts Monitor

Toronto Estates & Trusts Monitor

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

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

    A Faulty Settlement and Some Buyer's Remorse

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

    Some Tips on Paying Estate Debt

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

    Expecting An Inheritance? You Might Not Be Getting One

    Expecting An Inheritance? You Might Not Be Getting One
    Investor’s Group, a financial services company in Canada, recently released the results of a survey regarding people’s expectations when it comes to receiving an inheritance or leaving one to others. 
Rank this Week: 771

CEB blog

CEB blog

Covers practice tips and new legal developments of particular interest to California legal professionals. The CEB blog covers a wide range of practice areas from estate planning to civil litigation, along with posts relating to the practice of law generally.

http://blog.ceb.com
  • Aug 24

    The Big Switch: Answers to Questions about Changing Practice Area

    The Big Switch: Answers to Questions about Changing Practice Area
    The following is a guest blog post by Laura Boysen-Aragon, a former practicing attorney and now a legal recruiter at Solutus Legal Search, LLC. This blog entry is the second of a two-part series, in response to questions submitted by our…
  • Aug 22

    Getting a Gun Violence Restraining Order

    Getting a Gun Violence Restraining Order
    According to an alarming 2014 FBI study, nearly 68% of homicides involved the use of firearms, with over a quarter of victims killed by a family member. From these numbers alone, it’s clear to see the urgency of a…
  • Aug 19

    What’s Confidential Among Co-Clients?

    What’s Confidential Among Co-Clients?
    Whenever you represent multiple clients on the same subject matter, there are confidentiality issues that can come up—and trip you up. An attorney has a duty not to disclose a client’s confidential communications or secrets. Bus…
Rank this Week: 1138

San Diego Estate Planning Lawyer…

San Diego Estate Planning Lawyer Blog

Covers estate planning topics such as conservatorship, guardianship, health care and advanced directive, living trusts, and probate. By Law Office of Scott D. Soady, A Professional Corporation

http://www.sandiegoestateplanninglawyerblog.com/
  • Aug 22

    How California Probate Guardianships for Minors Work

    How California Probate Guardianships for Minors Work
    If you have minor children, it is important to consider the estate planning implications of providing for them before they reach the age of 18. If you leave your children a substantial inheritance, it will be necessary to name a guardian for…
  • Aug 21

    Can I Leave My Estate to Anyone I Want?

    Can I Leave My Estate to Anyone I Want?
    There are many stories about people who make unusual bequests in their last will and testament. Perhaps the strangest story involved a wealthy Portuguese aristocrat who passed away several years ago at the age of 42. The man was unmarried and…
  • Aug 20

    Does the Personal Representative of My Estate Get Paid?

    Does the Personal Representative of My Estate Get Paid?
    Administering a California probate estate is often a time-consuming affair. The personal representative (or executor) of your estate is responsible for gathering and maintaining all of your assets, paying any legitimate creditor claims, and…
Rank this Week: 985

Iowa Estate Plan

Iowa Estate Plan

Covers information and news on estate planning and probate. By Matthew Gardner.

http://www.iowaestateplan.com/
  • Aug 21

    POA Planning for College-Bound Student

    POA Planning for College-Bound Student
    It is hard to believe that my oldest daughter is heading off to college this week at Drake University.  I'm excited for her as she starts this next journey in her life.  In addition to getting all of the necessary supplies, such as…
  • May 30

    Second Marriages and Estate Planning

    Second Marriages and Estate Planning
    Not every marriage works out.  Duh.  Sometimes, after one ends, another marriage begins and several challenges begin.  You have the challenges of "mixing" families together, learning about snoring patterns, and discovering a…
  • Mar 20

    Gaining--Not Losing Power--With Immediate Power of Attorney Authority in Iowa

    Gaining--Not Losing Power--With Immediate Power of Attorney Authority in Iowa
    A financial advisor recently reached out to me regarding the impact of a Power of Attorney document concerning financial matters.  In particular, the question was whether the person signing the document (the "principal") loses any power…
Rank this Week: 975

Rule of Law

Rule of Law

Covers British Columbia wills, trusts and estates law, elder law and estate litigation. By Stan Rule.

http://rulelaw.blogspot.com/
Rank this Week: 1083

Texas Probate Litigation

Texas Probate Litigation

Covers Texas will contests, trust and inheritance disputes. By J. Michael Young.

http://www.txprobatelitigation.com/
  • Jul 5

    Estoppel does not prevent beneficiary from pre-suit discovery

    Estoppel does not prevent beneficiary from pre-suit discovery
    The Fort Worth Court of Appeals decision in In Re Meeker involves two important issues for probate litigators: entitlement to pre-suit discovery and estoppel based on acceptance of benefits. Both issues arise fairly regularly in will…
  • Jun 20

    Garrett v. First State Bank of Central Texas: No informal fiduciary relationship

    Garrett v. First State Bank of Central Texas: No informal fiduciary relationship
    In Garrett v. First State Bank of Central Texas, the Waco Court of Appeals considered a dispute over the ownership of a decedent's account. The bank filed an interpleader when faced with competing claims to the account proceeds, between…
  • May 11

    Mind your QDRO

    Mind your QDRO
    I routinely handle life insurance beneficiary disputes. As I mentioned in a previous post, the first issue I analyze is whether the life insurance policy is governed by state law or by a federal law known as ERISA. Many ERISA...
Rank this Week: 907

North Carolina Estate Planning…

North Carolina Estate Planning Blog

Covers legal issues relating to wealth transfer, asset preservation, probate, and taxation. By Greg Herman-Giddens of Trust Counsel, P.A.

http://www.ncestateplanningblog.com/
  • May 29

    New Birth Certificate Guidelines in North Carolina for Same-Sex Couples’ Children

    New Birth Certificate Guidelines in North Carolina for Same-Sex Couples’ Children
    Same-sex couples who have a child in North Carolina could previously only list one parent on the child’s birth certificate. This made administration of additional documentation for the child (Social Security card, school registrations,…
  • May 27

    Covering Retirement v. Leaving Inheritance

    Covering Retirement v. Leaving Inheritance
    Expenses in senior years continue to be a concern for many Americans. As multiple studies show, most individuals do not maintain adequate retirement contributions. As the costs of long-term care (LTC) insurance policies and LTC costs rise,…
  • May 26

    Avoid a Will Dispute

    Avoid a Will Dispute
    An individual’s last will and testament might clearly reflect one’s wishes, but it does not prevent an estate dispute. Successfully contesting a will in North Carolina (and similarly in other states) requires evidence of certain…
Rank this Week: 893

Estate Street

Estate Street

Covers probate and estate and tax planning. By Craig Hughes.

http://estatestreet.blogspot.com/
  • Jan 30

    Grantor vs Non-Grantor Trust

    Grantor vs Non-Grantor Trust
    I received a call a couple of days ago from previous clients who asked whether or not they needed to get a tax number for their trust.  They did not understand that as their trust was a revocable trust (also known as a grantor…
  • Jan 23

    The Cost of Death on the Rise

    The Cost of Death on the Rise
    It can be expensive to die, and I am not talking medical bills at the end of life.  The cost to purchase burial items are expensive.  An article written by Michael De Groote in the Deseret News by Michael De Groote dated…
  • Jan 21

    Gifts To Grandchildren

    Gifts To Grandchildren
    Gifts given to grandchildren by grandparents can be a great blessing.  Kelly Greene wrote an article in the Wall Street Journal September 14, 2012, titled "Are You Coddling Your Grandkids?"  In her article, Ms. Greene indicates five…
Rank this Week: 1086

Odgers Law Group Blog

Odgers Law Group Blog

Covers California business and estate planning law.

https://odgerslawgroup.com/blog/
  • Aug 23

    Are You Considering Partnering With Another Doctor/Dentist?

    Are You Considering Partnering With Another Doctor/Dentist?
    As a doctor or a dentist, are you currently thinking of partnering with at least one other member of your profession? If so, you’re not alone. As many as one out of every five new dentists, for example, eschew the thought of private…
  • Aug 1

    Understanding the California General Partnership

    Understanding the California General Partnership
    General Partnerships in California The California general partnership is the default entity formed when two individuals carry on a business activity for intended commercial gains and with the intent to share profits and losses.…
  • Jul 27

    HIPAA Privacy Rules Explained and Types of HIPAA Violation

    HIPAA Privacy Rules Explained and Types of HIPAA Violation
    While patients themselves may applaud the protection they now receive through 1996’s Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, the 2003 addition of HIPAA’s Privacy Rule has resulted in headaches for many of the doctors…
Rank this Week: 1288

Estate Law Canada

Estate Law Canada

Covers estate planning topics, trusts, probate, Enduring Powers of Attorney, health care directives, incapacity issues and elder law. By Lynne Butler.

http://estatelawcanada.blogspot.com/
  • Aug 22

    Executor who wouldn't give info to beneficiaries to pay own costs of $80,000

    Executor who wouldn't give info to beneficiaries to pay own costs of $80,000
    The number one complaint I hear about estates is not about the cost or the time it takes. It's about the fact that executors refuse to part with information about the estate, even to beneficiaries with a legal entitlement to the information.…
  • Aug 22

    Age gracefully and free of parasitic progeny: Ethically Speaking

    Age gracefully and free of parasitic progeny: Ethically Speaking
    The title of this article grabbed my attention right away, since it deals with exactly the same things I have dealt with over the last 30 years: the potential for estate disputes and drama over Mom and Dad's estate. The article was recently…
  • Aug 16

    How can I make sure the beneficiary has to prove she deserves the money?

    How can I make sure the beneficiary has to prove she deserves the money?
    Have you ever seen someone inherit a substantial sum of money and thought that they didn't deserve it? It's an interesting concept - that the law should only allow deserving beneficiaries to receive an inheritance. A reader recently wrote to…
Rank this Week: 1304

Hauptman and Hauptman, P.C. Blog

Hauptman and Hauptman, P.C. Blog

Covers guardianship, Medicaid, probate and estate administration.

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

    The Problem with Annuities and How to Solve It (Part 2) #Annuitie

    The Problem with Annuities and How to Solve It (Part 2) #Annuitie
                    Last week I was outlining the problem with annuities.  What I am specifically referring to is the tax deferred status of annuities.  While…
  • Aug 14

    The Problem with Annuities and How to Solve It

    The Problem with Annuities and How to Solve It
                    It’s an issue that we see time and again.  Many of our senior clients have annuities that they purchased years ago.  In its simplest…
  • Aug 7

    Home Based Medicaid – A Deceiving Benefit – Part 2 #HomeBasedMedicaid

    Home Based Medicaid – A Deceiving Benefit – Part 2 #HomeBasedMedicaid
                I told you last week that Jim’s dad was running out of money.  Living at home with aides providing him with round the clock care, Jim was thinking that once the…
Rank this Week: 1555

Florida Elder Law and Estate…

Florida Elder Law and Estate Planning

Provides news and views on current topics in elder law, estate planning, wills and trusts, caregiver issues, probate and estate administration, Medicaid and Veterans benefits, other issues of importance to seniors and their families. By Joseph S. Karp.

http://karplaw.blogspot.com/
  • Aug 19

    Ensure your long-term care insurance doesn't lapse because of an oversight

    Ensure your long-term care insurance doesn't lapse because of an oversight
    If you have a long-term care insurance policy, you've made a significant financial investment. Paying those premiums can help preserve your assets, prevent your family from going broke, and provide you and your loved ones with a sense of…
  • Aug 19

    Don't let a mistake terminate your long-term care policy!

    Don't let a mistake terminate your long-term care policy!
    If you have a long-term care insurance policy, you've made a significant financial investment. Paying those premiums will help preserve your assets, prevent your family from losing everything, and provide you and your loved ones with a sense…
  • Aug 12

    Annual gift tax exclusion: who does it impact?

    Annual gift tax exclusion: who does it impact?
    The annual gift tax exclusion is widely misunderstood. Many people believe that for tax purposes they must stay under the exclusion limit. In fact, for the vast majority of people, the annual exclusion - currently $14,000 - effectively has no…
Rank this Week: 1342

Lancaster Law Blog

Lancaster Law Blog

Covers business law, employment law, estate planning, family law, and nonprofit law information for Lancaster County and Pennsylvania residents. From Russell, Krafft & Gruber.

http://www.lancasterlawblog.com/
  • Aug 19

    The League: Tips from a Lawyer for a Successful Fantasy Football Season

    The League: Tips from a Lawyer for a Successful Fantasy Football Season
    It’s August, training camps and preseason games are in full swing, and the NFL regular season is right around the corner. In case you missed it on my firm bio, I’m the reigning champion of my fantasy football league. Fantasy…
  • Aug 18

    A Company’s a Company, No Matter How Small – Being Mindful of Technology Risks As a Small Busine

    A Company’s a Company, No Matter How Small – Being Mindful of Technology Risks As a Small Busine
    When it comes to technology risks, it is easy to be lulled into believing that risks like scamming and hacking are only targeted at the largest of business enterprises. While large technology companies like Facebook and Twitter are certainly…
  • Aug 16

    How to Make Sure the Builder’s Warranty is the Only Warranty

    How to Make Sure the Builder’s Warranty is the Only Warranty
    Nearly all home builders and developers give some sort of warranty to their buyers.  Sometimes these warranties are limited and negotiated between the builder and the buyer.  Other builders provide a “standard” ten-year…
Rank this Week: 1440

Wills and Estate Administration…

Wills and Estate Administration Articles

Covers probate, elder law and litigation topics. By Kenneth Vercammen.

http://njwills.blogspot.com/
Rank this Week: 1426

Cramer Law Center

Cramer Law Center

Covers Florida estate planning.

http://cramerlawcenter.com
  • Aug 16

    Tug of War Over Dead Body?!

    Tug of War Over Dead Body?!
    The Florida Legislature recently has answered the emotional question of how a dispute of over a person’s cremated remains is to be split resolved.  Two years ago, there was a court case involving a dispute between two divorced…
  • Jul 28

    Pokemon Go – Gotta Collect It All?

    Pokemon Go – Gotta Collect It All?
    By: Alexa Taylor I was recently out to dinner, waiting on a table, when another customer bumped into me accidentally and replied, “Oh I am so sorry, I was just trying to catch a Pokemon.” Has this happened to you yet? If not,…
  • Jul 25

    US Survey Reveals 72% of Americans Do Not Have an Up to Date Will

    US Survey Reveals 72% of Americans Do Not Have an Up to Date Will
    Almost every month I present an educational workshop called “The Truth About Estate Planning”. We start off our small group discussion citing similar horrible statistics. It is interesting to see that someone finally surveyed…
Rank this Week: 1694

epilawg

epilawg

Provides insight for planning the resolution of your own story through thoughtful estate planning.

http://epilawg.com/
Rank this Week: 1657