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Iowa Law Blog

Iowa Law Blog

Covers business, employment, trust & estates family, real estate, regulatory compliance and utility law. By Sullivan & Ward, PC.

http://www.iowa-lawblog.com/
  • Apr 14

    The Implementation of Electronic Filing in the Court

    The Implementation of Electronic Filing in the Court
    In this day of technology, it is no surprise that the court systems are moving to using an Electronic Document Management System (EDMS for short) for parties to file documents with the Court, without even setting foot in the Courthouse. The…
  • Apr 14

    Service by Facebook?

    Service by Facebook?
    A New York judge recently entered an Order allowing a woman to serve her husband divorce papers via Facebook.  In Iowa, generally, a competent adult must accept service or be served in-person in order accomplish proper…
  • Mar 19

    Interactive Process in Action

    Interactive Process in Action
    If you’re not sure what the interactive process is supposed to look like under the ADA, peruse the facts of the 8th Circuit’s decision in Minnihan v. Mediacom.  I’m also going to summarize the facts below, but if you…
Rank this Week: 105

Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof…

Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof Blog

By Gerry W. Beyer.

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/trusts_estates_prof/
  • Apr 27

    State Bar Judge Rules To Disbar Lawyer for Misappropriation

    State Bar Judge Rules To Disbar Lawyer for Misappropriation
    When Michael Scott Keck removed $55,000 from the trust fund of a client who was in prison in order to repay a debt to another client, the bar suspended him from practice. Now, a State Bar Court judge has recommended...
  • Apr 27

    Estate Tax Payers Outnumbered by Moon Walker

    Estate Tax Payers Outnumbered by Moon Walker
    On his April 17th show, Bill Maher made an “out-of-this world” comparison to undermine the argument that the estate tax threatens the livelihoods of “family farmers.” Of the 5,000 Americans who paid the estate tax in 2013, twenty…
  • Apr 27

    Article on Taxpayer Guidance Mitigating Tax Compliance Risk

    Article on Taxpayer Guidance Mitigating Tax Compliance Risk
    Jeffrey Anand (Hofstra University School of Law) recently published an article entitled, Virtual Economies Virtually Unregulated: How Clear Taxpayer Guidance Can Mitigate Tax Compliance Risks, 43 Hofstra L. Rev. 253-290 (2014). Provided below…
Rank this Week: 134

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/
  • Apr 26

    The defendant moved for summary judgment to dismiss the complaint...cont

    The defendant moved for summary judgment to dismiss the complaint...cont
    Contrary to the concurrence's claim, the courts are not suggesting that, in all cases, a professional registered nurse must possess the same knowledge of pharmaceuticals that the court properly demand of those who are authorized to prescribe…
  • Apr 24

    The defendant moved for summary judgment to dismiss the complaint...cont

    The defendant moved for summary judgment to dismiss the complaint...cont
    The issue is whether or not the motion of the defendant should be granted. Supreme Court denied the defendant's motion. It found that questions of fact existed as to where The defendant was at the time plaintiff first complained of trouble…
  • Apr 22

    The defendant moved for summary judgment to dismiss the complaint

    The defendant moved for summary judgment to dismiss the complaint
    Defendant appeals from an order of the Supreme Court, Bronx County, entered on or about October 29, 2009, which denied her motion for summary judgment dismissing the complaint and all cross claims as against her. Defendant is a registered…
Rank this Week: 146

Virginia Disability Law Blog

Virginia Disability Law Blog

Covers Social Security disability law and special needs trusts. By Sheri R. Abrams.

http://sheriabrams.com/blog
Rank this Week: 172

Florida Estate Planning Lawyer…

Florida Estate Planning Lawyer Blog

Covers estate planning, probate, taxes, elder law, business law and employment law issues. By Law Office of David M. Goldman PLLC.

http://www.floridaestateplanninglawyerblog.com/
  • Nov 10

    Estate Planning for Out-of-State Property

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

    Revocable Trusts and Asset Protection

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

    Florida Probate Intake form

    Florida Probate Intake form
    Many of our clients have asked us to put our Florida Probate Intake form online so that they can easily download it. You can download the Florida Probate Intake form with the following link: Probate Intake Form.pdf
Rank this Week: 186

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: 236

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/
  • Apr 26

    Cyberbullying Legislation Applied to Siblings in Estate Dispute

    Cyberbullying Legislation Applied to Siblings in Estate Dispute
    Sibling rivalry coupled with the loss of a parent and an actual or perceived impropriety of one sibling in handling his or her estate can turn even the closest siblings into sparring adversaries. While such emotionally charged disputes often…
  • Apr 23

    The Illegitimate Children of Westero

    The Illegitimate Children of Westero
    In the Game of Thrones universe, being born out of wedlock results in significant negative social and legal consequences. A “bastard” – a term frequently used in the Seven Kingdoms, although no longer considered appropriate…
  • Apr 22

    A Succession Crisi

    A Succession Crisi
    The land of Westeros, the fictional kingdom of the TV show Game of Thrones, is experiencing a succession crisis. The King, Robert Baratheon, is dead, survived by no fewer than 20 children. However, most of his issue are illegitimate or…
Rank this Week: 285

California Tax Attorney Blog

California Tax Attorney Blog

Covers tax controversies involving the IRS and California Franchise Tax Board, as well as California probate, estate planning matters and business transactions. By Mitchell A. Port.

http://www.californiataxattorneyblog.com/
  • Sep 2

    Test Entry

    Test Entry
    Testing schedule feature
  • Aug 30

    For Federal Tax Purposes, All Legal Same-Sex Marriages Will Be Recognized

    For Federal Tax Purposes, All Legal Same-Sex Marriages Will Be Recognized
    The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) ruled yesterday that same-sex couples, legally married in jurisdictions that recognize their marriages, will be treated as married for federal tax purposes. The ruling…
  • Dec 29

    Gifts Made By Personal Check

    Gifts Made By Personal Check
    A check written in 2012 that does not clear until 2013 is at risk of being a 2013 gift, not a 2012 gift, since the donor could have stopped payment in 2013 before it cleared. The issue with using checks to make gifts is that until the check…
Rank this Week: 294

New York Probate & Estate…

New York Probate & Estate Litigation Blog

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

http://www.nyprobatelitigation.com/
  • Apr 19

    Digital Life After Death, A Question For The Future

    Digital Life After Death, A Question For The Future
    Your lawblogger recently attended a seminar given by Evan Carroll, the author of  “Your Digital Afterlife”,  a book speaking to the growing issues that have arisen as our activities on line have continued to branch out…
  • Mar 31

    Cubs Star Ernie Banks Will Leaving Estate To Caregiver Ruled Valid

    Cubs Star Ernie Banks Will Leaving Estate To Caregiver Ruled Valid
    The Star Tribune has reported today that Ernie Banks, all star shortstop of the Chicago Cubs who died January 23rd at the age of 83 has left his estate to his caregiver Regina Rice. Banks made his will last October and the witnesses reported…
  • Mar 2

    Court of Appeals to Hear Missing Will Case

    Court of Appeals to Hear Missing Will Case
    The Estate of Robyn Lewis reported in the Watertown Daily Times  presents a state of facts perfect for a bar examination question.  When Robyn Lewis and her husband James Simmons divorced in Texas in 1966, Robyn retained ownership…
Rank this Week: 404

Andrew Flusche, Virginia Lawyer

Andrew Flusche, Virginia Lawyer

Covers Virginia drunk driving, reckless driving and speeding offenses.

http://www.andrewflusche.com/blog/
  • Apr 27

    Fight a Virginia DUI 2nd with an Indiana Prior

    Fight a Virginia DUI 2nd with an Indiana Prior
    Watch My YouTube Video About This OR Read The Article Below I’ve always maintained that if you’re charged with a DUI second offense, it is critical for your lawyer to get a certified copy of the prior conviction, wherever…
  • Apr 23

    How Will Virginia Reckless Driving Affect Your Law School Application?

    How Will Virginia Reckless Driving Affect Your Law School Application?
    Many law schools consider criminal history when you’re applying for law school. There may be even be places on the application for you to list criminal convictions and charges. Reckless driving in Virginia is a Class 1…
  • Apr 22

    How Will Virginia Reckless Driving Affect Your Medical School Application?

    How Will Virginia Reckless Driving Affect Your Medical School Application?
    If you’re applying for medical school, or you plan to once you graduate from undergrad, and you’re currently charged with reckless driving in Virginia, we definitely need to talk. Reckless driving in Virginia is a Class 1…
Rank this Week: 461

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/
  • Apr 9

    Last-Minute Estate Planning in North Carolina

    Last-Minute Estate Planning in North Carolina
    Forbes cited a survey in 2014 that revealed 51% of Americans aged 55 to 64 do not have an estate plan. Sometimes a health crisis prompts an individual to create a plan for bequeathing their assets. However, hastily making changes to an estate…
  • Apr 7

    Tax Planning for North Carolina Business Succession

    Tax Planning for North Carolina Business Succession
    While transferring business interests can have tax consequences, structuring a business succession plan with regard to tax law can help minimize tax burdens associated with business transfers to surviving family members when a business owner…
  • Mar 30

    10 Things to Ask Your Accountant: Small Biz Webinar

    10 Things to Ask Your Accountant: Small Biz Webinar
    Our tax attorneys in Chapel Hill recently reviewed the advantages and disadvantages of investing or gifting your tax refund, tax issues when settling an estate, and ways to protect yourself from tax preparer fraud. As the tax season filing…
Rank this Week: 616

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/
  • Sep 24

    Tax Filing Tips for Same-Sex Couples in Oakland County

    Tax Filing Tips for Same-Sex Couples in Oakland County
    Tax filing tips as a result of the Windsor ruling on same-sex couples By Marc Wander Cincinnati residents James Obergefell and John Arthur lived together and were in a committed and intimate relationship for more than 20 years. When John…
  • Sep 24

    Obamacare: GOP’s NEW plan to repeal and replace

    Obamacare: GOP’s NEW plan to repeal and replace
    Obamacare proposed to be repealed and replaced in GOP’s new bill By Mike Witzke A health-care bill will be unveiled by the Republican Study Committee in the House of Representatives to replace Obamacare. (Related: Gifts for…
  • Sep 24

    Gifts for Caregivers: Music, Magazines and Informative Video

    Gifts for Caregivers: Music, Magazines and Informative Video
    Gifts for caregivers are a great way to show your appreciation of their hard work! By Chris Berry Music is another one of the many wonderful gifts for caregivers. It has been show to help heal, reduce stress, and enhance … Continue…
Rank this Week: 615

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: 591

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: 580

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: 509

Tax Problem Attorney Blog

Tax Problem Attorney Blog

Covers topics such as sales and payroll tax problems, offers in compromise, tax audits, tax debt, tax disputes, tax fraud, tax litigation and tax controversy, and tax preparer penalties. By Brager Tax Law Group.

http://www.taxproblemattorneyblog.com/
Rank this Week: 668

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/
  • Apr 25

    2015 Federal Budget Contains Changes to Tax Free Savings Accounts and Registered Retirement Income Fund

    2015 Federal Budget Contains Changes to Tax Free Savings Accounts and Registered Retirement Income Fund
    The 2015 Canadian Federal Government’s Budget released on April 21, 2015 does not appear to contain any changes that will have an impact on trusts or estate-planning (perhaps mercifully given the problems created by the 2014 Budget).…
  • Apr 12

    Heathfield v. St. Jacque

    Heathfield v. St. Jacque
    Although the Wills, Estates and Succession Act has now been in effect for over a year, in most of the court cases being reported now, the Courts are dealing with the law as it stood before the effective date of March 31, 2014. This is because…
  • Apr 5

    Larson Justice Center, Indio, California

    Larson Justice Center, Indio, California
    I this photograph of the Superior Court of California, County of Riverside, Larson Justice Center, in Indio, California, a little over a year ago, in March 2014.
Rank this Week: 742

New Jersey Estate Planning Center…

New Jersey Estate Planning Center Blog

Covers New Jersey estate planning. By Media Law Group.

http://www.jerseyestateplanning.com/blog/
  • Apr 23

    Julianne Moore’s Oscar Sustains Awareness for Dementia Care

    Julianne Moore’s Oscar Sustains Awareness for Dementia Care
    Alzheimer’s disease is an unlikely topic for Oscar buzz, but it nevertheless dominated red-carpet chatter this year, as Julianne Moore was an early favorite to win the Best Actress award for Still Alice. Alice is a devastatingly…
  • Apr 16

    Four Reasons People Put Off Estate Planning

    Four Reasons People Put Off Estate Planning
    “Have you thought about dying lately?” View image | gettyimages.com That’s the question The Huffington Post asks in a new article about delays in estate planning. Most people’s answer, they guess, is no. After all, it…
  • Apr 9

    Dancing and Sudoku: Could Getting Old Really Be That Simple?

    Dancing and Sudoku: Could Getting Old Really Be That Simple?
    With or without dementia, old age is accompanied by a decline in memory and cognitive function. That’s been an unassailable fact since the dawn of time. But it might not be fact anymore. A growing body of research demonstrates that…
Rank this Week: 676

New York Probate and Estate…

New York Probate and Estate Administration Blog

Published by Stephen Bilkis & Associates

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

    petitioner Seeks Interpretation of Tax Clause in Will

    petitioner Seeks Interpretation of Tax Clause in Will
    The executors have requested construction of several provisions of Mrs. VK’s will admitted to probate in 1969. IProbate Lawyers said the principal problem concerns the meaning of the tax clause. Since the bulk of the estate consists of…
  • Mar 30

    Petitioner Alleges Decedent's Guardian Failed to File Certain Report

    Petitioner Alleges Decedent's Guardian Failed to File Certain Report
    A Probate Lawyer said that, in a probate proceeding in which the administrator, in effect, petitioned pursuant to SCPA 1809 to determine the validity of certain claims against the estate of the decedent, also known as the petitioner appeals…
  • Mar 29

    Testatrix Intended to Donate Entire Estate to Charity

    Testatrix Intended to Donate Entire Estate to Charity
    A Probate Lawyer said that, this is an appeal from an order of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court in the Second Judicial Department (229 App. Div. 809, 242 N. Y. S. 621), entered May 22, 1930, modifying and affirming as modified a…
Rank this Week: 796

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: 652

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: 689

Idaho Estate Planning

Idaho Estate Planning

Covers estate planning, elder law, veterans benefits and special needs trusts. By Mark E. Wight.

http://idahoestateplanning.typepad.com/idaho_estate_planning/
  • Apr 27

    Idaho Estate Planning - Twisted Sister Drummer Skipped the Beat

    Idaho Estate Planning - Twisted Sister Drummer Skipped the Beat
    Not only did AJ Pero have a family history of heart disease, which he allowed to go unchecked, but he did not have a will, left behind two ex-wives, a longtime girlfriend, four children between the three of them and a mess of an estate to be…
  • Apr 24

    Idaho Elder Law - Maintaining Control in Later Life

    Idaho Elder Law - Maintaining Control in Later Life
    Who speaks for you if you are not able to speak for yourself? Who determines what kind of care you want at the end of life, how your finances are handled, how your estate will be distributed?
  • Apr 23

    Idaho Estate Planning - Baby Boomers & Retirement Planning

    Idaho Estate Planning - Baby Boomers & Retirement Planning
    Failure to consider wills and estate planning is a frequent issue, and not just for Baby Boomers. People usually think that it’s something they can put off and deal with later.
Rank this Week: 1127

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/
  • Apr 23

    Sofia Vergara Lawsuit Teaches Lesson For Couples Using IVF

    Sofia Vergara Lawsuit Teaches Lesson For Couples Using IVF
    It began with an anonymous court filing pitting “John Doe” against “Jane Doe.” It didn’t take long for Jane and John to be identified publicly as Modern Family‘s Sofia Vergara and creator of the Onion…
  • Apr 8

    Celebrity Legacies: Blurred Lines Surround Marvin Gaye Estate

    Celebrity Legacies: Blurred Lines Surround Marvin Gaye Estate
    There's nothing like a hit song to keep heirs dancing down the road to the bank -- even when that song wasn't written, composed, or sung by the celebrity singer who died. The heirs of Marvin Gaye hit it big with a judgment against Robin…
  • Mar 30

    "Was He A Hero?" And Other Questions Surround Chris Kyle's Estate - The American Sniper

    "Was He A Hero?" And Other Questions Surround Chris Kyle's Estate - The American Sniper
    As the movie, American Sniper, enjoys box office success, questions and controversies surround the estate of Chris Kyle. One of his biggest critics is Jesse Ventura, the always-outspoken former professional wrestler and potential presidential…
Rank this Week: 885

Crider Law P.C. Blog

Crider Law P.C. Blog

Covers elder law, estate planning and family law.

http://www.criderlaw.net/blog/
  • 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…
  • Apr 16

    When Killers Attempt to Inherit from Their Victims’ Will

    When Killers Attempt to Inherit from Their Victims’ Will
    You probably remember at least one episode of “Murder, She Wrote” in which somebody offs their relatives in the hopes of claiming a sweet inheritance under their life insurance or a will. It’s been a favorite plotline for…
  • Apr 9

    Can Nursing Homes Go After Your Trusts to Pay Their Bills?

    Can Nursing Homes Go After Your Trusts to Pay Their Bills?
    Nursing homes are expensive. The same goes for just about any kind of senior assistance or long-term care. So how are elderly people of modest means supposed to cope? A recent Gannett article lays out the three basic options: Get the…
Rank this Week: 861

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/
  • Apr 22

    What to do about an estate lawyer who misbehave

    What to do about an estate lawyer who misbehave
    A reader of this blog recently suggested to me that he'd like to see an article about what to do when the lawyer for the estate has misbehaved. I took him up on the suggestion because I realize that plenty of people - executors and…
  • Apr 22

    Is taking a greedy executor to court to pass accounts worth it?

    Is taking a greedy executor to court to pass accounts worth it?
    Whenever a person is thinking about bringing a lawsuit against someone, he or she goes through the mental process of weighing risks and downside against potential gains. The question is whether the lawsuit is worth it. A large part of the…
  • Apr 15

    Crash victim's will made all the difference - Saanich New

    Crash victim's will made all the difference - Saanich New
    When I talk to people who don't have wills and I ask them why they haven't made one yet, I get a variety of answers. The one I hear the most is that people plan to make wills "later", when they are older, or sick, or injured. They…
Rank this Week: 1027

About Florida Law

About Florida Law

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

http://aboutfloridalaw.com
  • Apr 21

    How Important is Title in a Florida Residential Real Estate Closing?

    How Important is Title in a Florida Residential Real Estate Closing?
    Closings for residential real estate (homes, condos) are often held at the offices of title companies here in South Florida (even though most real estate lawyers will close a transaction at no additional cost). One of the most important…
  • Apr 14

    Closing on Florida Real Estate: Buyer’s Documents at Closing

    Closing on Florida Real Estate: Buyer’s Documents at Closing
    At the closing table for the purchase of a home or condo here in South Florida, buyers, both native to Florida as well as those who have recently moved here, or out of state residents purchasing a vacation home, will have lots of paperwork to…
  • Apr 7

    Closing a Florida Residential Real Estate Transaction

    Closing a Florida Residential Real Estate Transaction
    The event where a Florida condo or home changes hands, and ownership of the property goes from the seller to the buyer, is called the “closing” or the “closing of the transaction.” When the buyer leaves the closing…
Rank this Week: 1122

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
  • Apr 20

    Who Are Your Beneficiaries?

    Who Are Your Beneficiaries?
    Who are your beneficiaries? When was the last time you updated your beneficiary designations? If you’re like most Americans, it’s probably been a really long time! Unfortunately that can lead to disastrous results. For example, I…
  • Apr 10

    Can I Rewrite a Deceased Person’s Will?

    Can I Rewrite a Deceased Person’s Will?
    I received a message from someone this week whose husband had passed away seven years earlier leaving a Will that gave all his worldly possessions her. However, she never had the Will probated. I’m not sure what circumstances caused her…
  • Apr 1

    Wacky Wednesday: Wills That Make You Go “Hmmm…”- Harry Houdini

    Wacky Wednesday: Wills That Make You Go “Hmmm…”- Harry Houdini
    NB: This post is part of a series highlighting wills that contain some interesting, and sometimes bizarre, bequests and stipulations. You can see all these posts here. Have you ever gotten a psychic reading? According to a 2005 Gallup Poll,26…
Rank this Week: 963

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/
  • Apr 20

    Tax Court: Will a faith-based arbitration clause disqualify your trust for tax purposes?

    Tax Court: Will a faith-based arbitration clause disqualify your trust for tax purposes?
    Mikel v. Comm’r, T.C. Memo. 2015-64, 2015 WL 1518063 (U.S.Tax Ct. April 6, 2015) We aren’t doing our jobs as estate planners if we don’t anticipate — and plan accordingly for — the structural…
  • Apr 6

    4th DCA: Is a spousal undue influence claim impossible under Florida law?

    4th DCA: Is a spousal undue influence claim impossible under Florida law?
    Blinn v. Carlman, — So.3d —-, 2015 WL 1223665 (Fla. 4th DCA March 18, 2015) (trial-court order) Who bears the burden of proof is often a decisive factor in will contests. Why? Because your single most important witness…
  • Mar 20

    Interview with a Probate Lawyer: Richard L. Pearse, Jr.

    Interview with a Probate Lawyer: Richard L. Pearse, Jr.
    Richard L. Pearse, Jr. of Pearse & Stinson, P.A. in Clearwater, Florida, was on the winning side of Kemp & Associates, Inc. v. Chisholm, an interesting 5th DCA opinion I wrote about here involving a woman’s failed attempt to…
Rank this Week: 870

Death Care Law Blog

Death Care Law Blog

Covers laws relating to pre-need and death care compliance, serving banks, funeral homes, crematories, and cemetaries. By William Stalter.

http://www.deathcarelaw.com/
  • Apr 19

    Trust Funded Preneed and Insurance Assignment

    Trust Funded Preneed and Insurance Assignment
    Funeral homes frequently allow the assignment of insurance as partial payment towards a trust funded preneed contract, but the manner in which the assignment is made can cause problems for them.  Preneed trustees will not accept an…
  • Apr 15

    Preneed Contracts: Where to Apply a Discount

    Preneed Contracts: Where to Apply a Discount
    It is common for a funeral home to offer a discount to a preneed contract purchaser when the sales price is to be paid in full at the time of purchase.  However, funeral homes are often inconsistent in how the discount is applied to the…
  • Apr 12

    The Right of Sepulcher: One Hurdle to the Final Resting Place

    The Right of Sepulcher: One Hurdle to the Final Resting Place
    A Kansas City Star article reported on the role of the Missing in Action Project in getting Major Rombauer to his final resting place.  Much of the work of the MIA Project goes unreported, but this story was found noteworthy because…
Rank this Week: 909

Walden & Pfannenstiel Blog

Walden & Pfannenstiel Blog

Covers bankruptcy and estate planning.

http://wplawpractice.com/blog/
  • Apr 14

    Friends of JCDS Volunteer Day

    Friends of JCDS Volunteer Day
    Friends of JCDS Volunteer Day On Friday we volunteered through the Johnson County Bar Association to help the Friends of JCDS at one of the homes selected to be on their upcoming Homes Tour. It was a beautiful day to be outside doing some…
  • Apr 9

    April 1, 2015 Median Income Levels for Kansas and Missouri Bankruptcy Filer

    April 1, 2015 Median Income Levels for Kansas and Missouri Bankruptcy Filer
    April 1, 2015 Median Income Levels for Kansas and Missouri Bankruptcy Filers The Means Test looks at your Median Income to determine for which Chapter of Bankruptcy you qualify: Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 As of April 1, 2015 the Median Income…
  • Jan 23

    Can I Use My Tax Refund to File Bankruptcy?

    Can I Use My Tax Refund to File Bankruptcy?
    A New Year is a time to look at the next 12 months with hope and possibility, let our bankruptcy attorneys assist you and have a Happy New Year in 2015.  Every day we see debtors and their households struggling with debt.  The debt…
Rank this Week: 1061

Iowa Estate Plan

Iowa Estate Plan

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

http://www.iowaestateplan.com/
  • Apr 5

    Probate Patience: How Long Should it Take to Complete Probate?

    Probate Patience: How Long Should it Take to Complete Probate?
    A common question that comes up in client meetings is 'how long does it take to get through probate?'  There a lot of variables that go into that determination.  However, it is fair to recommend some patience for the process to get…
  • Mar 1

    The Trusted Trustee: Who Gets to Have All the Fun?

    The Trusted Trustee: Who Gets to Have All the Fun?
    When you are putting together your estate plan (and shame on you if you haven't done so yet) one of the decisions you may face is 'who should be the trustee?'This question assumes that you are using a trust.  Whether it is due to young…
  • Jan 4

    What Happens When your Special Needs Child Turns 18 in Iowa?

    What Happens When your Special Needs Child Turns 18 in Iowa?
    A common scenario for children with special needs can arise when the child turns age 18 (age of majority in Iowa).  Once they are an adult, they are entitled to make their own decisions and healthcare information to others may be…
Rank this Week: 898

KEYTLaw

KEYTLaw

Covers Arizona and federal laws.

http://www.keytlaw.com/blog
  • Nov 27

    Stanford Phds Say Renewable Energy Won’t Work

    Stanford Phds Say Renewable Energy Won’t Work
    The A Register:  “Two highly qualified Google engineers who have spent years studying and trying to improve renewable energy technology have stated quite bluntly that renewables will never permit the human race to cut CO2 emissions…
  • Oct 11

    The Law-School Scam

    The Law-School Scam
    The Atlantic:  “For-profit law schools are a capitalist dream of privatized profits and socialized losses. But for their debt-saddled, no-job-prospect graduates, they can be a nightmare. . . . lorida Coastal is one of three law…
  • Apr 15

    National Weather Service, Post Office & Other Federal Agencies Buying Ammo

    National Weather Service, Post Office & Other Federal Agencies Buying Ammo
    Newsmax:  “Add the U.S. Postal Service to the list of federal agencies seeking to purchase . . . alarmingly large quantities of ammunition.  A little more than a year ago, the Social Security Administration put in a request…
Rank this Week: 1035

New York Estate Planning Lawyer…

New York Estate Planning Lawyer Blog

Covers estate planning, estate administration and estate taxes. By Ettinger Law Firm.

http://www.newyorkestateplanninglawyerblog.com/
  • Sep 27

    New Law Allows Owners to be Buried with Pet

    New Law Allows Owners to be Buried with Pet
    All across the country there are cemeteries for people and cemeteries for pets. Virginia has become the third state in the nation to pass a law allowing pet owners to be buried with man's best friend. Joining New York and Pennsylvania,…
  • Sep 25

    More Estate Planning Lessons from Celebritie

    More Estate Planning Lessons from Celebritie
    Celebrity estate plans often come with extraordinary wealth and considerable resources. However, celebrities are still not immune to estate planning issues and the consequences of poor planning. Several recent celebrity estate planning issues…
  • Sep 22

    Estate Planning Errors to Avoid

    Estate Planning Errors to Avoid
    According to estate planning professionals, almost 65% of Americans do not have a basic will or estate documents drafted. Although it is nice to think that your family will be able to take care of your estate and know your wishes, the truth…
Rank this Week: 923

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.
  • 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…
  • 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: 1114

Estate of Confusion

Estate of Confusion

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

http://www.forbes.com/sites/hanisarji/
Rank this Week: 1001

Thoughts on Wills & Estate…

Thoughts on Wills & Estate Planning

Covers estate planning in Virginia and Maryland. By Scott R. Zucker.

http://estateplanninginfoblog.com
  • Jan 4

    Federal Estate and Gift Tax Rules for 2013, Including Example

    Federal Estate and Gift Tax Rules for 2013, Including Example
    By passing the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (“ATRA”), President Obama and Congress have agreed on a first step towards solving our fiscal cliff problem.  While neither Democrats or Republicans seem overly…
  • Dec 2

    My 21 Favorite Estate Planning Insults and Comeback

    My 21 Favorite Estate Planning Insults and Comeback
    When you achieve a certain level of success in estate planning law, complaining about the billboards, the yachts, the keys to the cities, the authorized (and unauthorized) documentaries about your life, etc. seems a bit petty. Then again, the…
  • Nov 30

    The Fiscal Cliff and Your Estate Planning (Part III): The Impact on You

    The Fiscal Cliff and Your Estate Planning (Part III): The Impact on You
    In the first post of this series, we discussed the fiscal cliff and its impact on our economy.  In the previous post, we covered the proposals most likely to be considered by Congress in the coming weeks.  In this final post of the…
Rank this Week: 985

Mari Law

Mari Law

Discusses family law and estate planning issues in Georgia. By Antonio B. Mari.

http://marilaw.wordpress.com
  • Aug 8

    Can I keep my house if I file bankruptcy in Georgia?

    Can I keep my house if I file bankruptcy in Georgia?
    Can I keep my house when filing bankruptcy in Cartersville? Cartersville Bankruptcy Attorney Answer
  • Aug 8

    Can I keep my house if I file bankruptcy in Georgia?

    Can I keep my house if I file bankruptcy in Georgia?
    Can I keep my house when filing bankruptcy in Cartersville? Cartersville Bankruptcy Attorney Answers In a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, the Bankruptcy Code and Georgia Law contain various exemptions that in most cases will allow you to keep all of…
  • Jun 5

    Pricing Legal Service

    Pricing Legal Service
    Pricing Legal Services Have you ever hesitated to call a lawyer because you thought it would be too expensive? Often the perceived cost of hiring an attorney acts as a barrier to prevent people from fully protecting all their legal rights. In…
Rank this Week: 1022

Estates of Mind

Estates of Mind

Covers estate planning and wealth preservation. By Mark A. Ziebold.

http://estatesofmind.blogspot.com/
  • Jul 27

    Uncertainty and what it means for you

    Uncertainty and what it means for you
    I have been receiving the same type of question from many clients lately. In each instance, the question centers around the activities of the government in spending more money than we have (and printing what it doesn't have!) and what that…
  • Jul 27

    Teaching in the Fall

    Teaching in the Fall
    I'll be teaching Federal Income Taxation in the Fall Semester at Trinity law School. For any students reading this, we'll be going through many of the fundamental code sections that are important in this practice area and focusing on…
  • Jul 27

    Teaching in the Fall

    Teaching in the Fall
    I'll be teaching Federal Income Taxation in the Fall Semester at Trinity law School. For any students reading this, we'll be going through many of the fundamental code sections that are important in this practice area and focusing on…
Rank this Week: 1055

Smarter Will Blog

Smarter Will Blog

Provides estate planning and probate news.

http://www.smarterwill.com/estate-planning-news/
  • May 23

    Holographic Wills: Legal in Illinois?

    Holographic Wills: Legal in Illinois?
    Holographic wills (wills that are entirely handwritten) are not generally recognized as valid wills in the state of Illinois. Why? It's not because they're handwritten, but because holographic wills are usually not 'witnessed' properly (the…
  • May 9

    Organ Donation Process in Illinoi

    Organ Donation Process in Illinoi
    Did you know that Illinois has a fairly new organ donation process, and that even if you've registered before to be an organ donor, you may need to re-register under the new system? In 2006 (only 5 years ago), a new Illinois organ donation…
  • Apr 25

    Pulling the Plug: Illinois Law That Make it Possible

    Pulling the Plug: Illinois Law That Make it Possible
    Everyone has the right to live. But does everyone have the right to die? Dying on your own terms (or “pulling the plug”) is a privilege granted at the state level. But it requires advance planning. Every state has different rules on how…
Rank this Week: 1044

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/
  • Apr 27

    Do Livestock Need to Know Constitutional Law? The Effect of Court Rulings on PA Farm Project

    Do Livestock Need to Know Constitutional Law? The Effect of Court Rulings on PA Farm Project
    Another title for this post could have been “Are my cows violating your constitutional rights?”   In less than two years, the Pennsylvania Courts have made two rulings that greatly affect all environmental issues in the…
  • Apr 13

    Securities and Exchange Commission Issues Final Rules on Regulation A+

    Securities and Exchange Commission Issues Final Rules on Regulation A+
    On Wednesday, March 25, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission adopted final rules that will assist certain small businesses and startups in fundraising efforts by creating an updated exemption from registration for certain small…
  • Apr 7

    Startups and Small Businesses: Picking your Business Team

    Startups and Small Businesses: Picking your Business Team
    A business owner’s most valuable resource is time. In order to be able to focus on actually doing business, it is important to pick a team of professionals that you trust to assist you with common issues that arise during the life of a…
Rank this Week: 1422

Ask Liza: Nolo's Estate Planning…

Ask Liza: Nolo's Estate Planning Blog

Covers estate planning and wills. By Liza Weiman Hanks.

http://blog.nolo.com/estateplanning/
  • Apr 25

    Who Inherits When There’s No Beneficiary?

    Who Inherits When There’s No Beneficiary?
    Dear Liza: My dad named his mother as his beneficiary, but she passed away in 2004.  My dad died in 2013 but didn’t change his beneficiary. I am my father’s only child and he has no wife, so who gets the money…
  • Mar 4

    Reporting Foreign Gift

    Reporting Foreign Gift
    Dear Liza: Does a person receiving a gift from a sibling in another country have to pay gift tax on that gift in the United States? In the United States, gifts are not considered ordinary income, so you don’t…
  • Mar 2

    Capital Gains Taxes on Appreciated Property

    Capital Gains Taxes on Appreciated Property
    Dear Liza: My mother gave her house to my sister just before she passed away.  My sister is going to sell the house. Do we have to pay taxes on that? If your mother’s house had appreciated in value between the time your mother…
Rank this Week: 1250

Bingham Greenebaum Doll Blog

Bingham Greenebaum Doll Blog

Covers Indiana law.

http://www.bgdlegal.com/blog/
Rank this Week: 1391

Law Office of Barton P. Levine

Law Office of Barton P. Levine

Covers New York estate planning, probate and wills.

http://www.new-york-estate-planning.com/blog/
  • Apr 23

    Medicaid and Financial Planning

    Medicaid and Financial Planning
    One of the biggest challenges in planning for the future, especially as we near retirement age, is understanding how or even if we should plan for Medicaid and Medicare. After all, most of us have been told our entire adult lives that long…
  • Apr 20

    Affordable Senior Housing?

    Affordable Senior Housing?
    Even the best laid plans for retirement are sometimes not what we thought they’d be. Few of us can take a step back, look at our overall retirement plans and say,  “Ah, just as I’d hoped.” Whether it’s the…
  • Apr 16

    Your Mortgage Affects Estate Planning

    Your Mortgage Affects Estate Planning
    Remember your first home your purchased? The overwhelming excitement of opening the front door for the first time to a house that was really yours? Or maybe the skipped heartbeats when you signed the paperwork that promised you’d pay…
Rank this Week: 1397

Kuhn and Kuhn Law Firm Blog

Kuhn and Kuhn Law Firm Blog

Covers estate planning.

http://www.kuhnandkuhn.com/blog/
  • Apr 23

    What Is the Marital Deduction?

    What Is the Marital Deduction?
    Estate planning typically requires a consideration of a number of factors that will ultimately impact the plan, including the tax implications of a proposed estate plan. Federal gift and estate taxes, for example, can diminish the value of an…
  • Apr 21

    Can Someone Contest a Trust Like They Do a Will?

    Can Someone Contest a Trust Like They Do a Will?
    Ideally, when you die your estate plan will kick in and provide a roadmap for the disposition of all your estate assets during the probate process that follows your death. Sometimes, however, the probate process does not run as smoothly as…
  • Apr 16

    How Long Does the Probate Process Take in South Carolina?

    How Long Does the Probate Process Take in South Carolina?
    At some point in your life you will likely be involved in the probate process in some capacity. You may be appointed as the executor in someone’s Last Will and Testament, named as a beneficiary by a decedent, or be a creditor of an…
Rank this Week: 1903

Mendel Law Firm Blog

Mendel Law Firm Blog

Covers estate planning.

http://www.mendellawfirm.com/blog/
  • Apr 22

    Thought for the Day:

    Thought for the Day:
    Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence. Vince Lombardi
  • Apr 22

    Amending a Trust

    Amending a Trust
    For many people an estate plan includes much more than a simple Last Will and Testament. Although there are numerous estate planning tools and documents that can be incorporated into an estate plan, some are used more than others. Trusts, for…
  • Apr 21

    Texas History – Do You Know Who Was the First Woman Elected Mayor of Dallas?

    Texas History – Do You Know Who Was the First Woman Elected Mayor of Dallas?
    Annette Strauss became Dallas’s first elected woman mayor. She was born in Houston, Texas, graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1944. Strauss served as mayor from 1987 to 1991. She was the second female mayor –…
Rank this Week: 1892