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Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof…

Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof Blog

By Gerry W. Beyer.

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/trusts_estates_prof/
  • Sep 15

    Income Inequality Hinders State Revenue Growth

    Income Inequality Hinders State Revenue Growth
    According to a report by Standard $ Poor’s, income inequality and the widening gap between the wealthiest Americans and the rest of the population has been matched by a decrease in state tax revenue. Although income for the affluent has...
  • Sep 15

    Andrew Madoff Leaves Behind $15 Million to Family

    Andrew Madoff Leaves Behind $15 Million to Family
    Andrew Madoff, the son of convicted Ponzi schemer Bernard Madoff, left more than $15 million in property to his children, wife and fiancée in his will following his death from lymphoma. According to his will, Madoff left all of his...
  • Sep 15

    Having the ‘Death Talk’ With Client

    Having the ‘Death Talk’ With Client
    There are many tools that individuals may use to make sure their wishes are followed when they are nearing death, or the decision arises whether to end life-prolonging measures through the use of modern medical technology. While planning…
Rank this Week: 61

NJ Family Issues

NJ Family Issues

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

http://www.kostrolaw.com/NJFamilyIssues
  • Sep 9

    Award of counsel fees on appeal

    Award of counsel fees on appeal
    Law Lessons from In The Matter Of Robert Hancock Zirkle, Sr., Deceased., App. Div., No. A-5281-11T3, September 8, 2014: Rule 2:11-4 specifically permits an award of counsel fees on appeal in certain circumstances, but such a request…
  • Sep 9

    Orders compelling or denying arbitration are deemed final and appealable as of right

    Orders compelling or denying arbitration are deemed final and appealable as of right
    Law Lessons from Morgan v. Sanford Brown Institute, App. Div., No. A-0452-13T4, September 8, 2014: Orders compelling or denying arbitration are deemed final and appealable as of right. R. 2:2-3(a); GMAC v. Pittella, 205 N.J. 572, 587 (2011).…
  • Sep 9

    The judicial estoppel doctrine

    The judicial estoppel doctrine
    Law Lessons from Hanisko v. Billy Casper Golf Management, Inc., et. al., __ N.J. Super. __ (App. Div. 2014), Docket No. A-5053-12T4, September 8, 2014: The judicial estoppel doctrine is an extraordinary remedy which should be invoked only…
Rank this Week: 78

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: 142

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: 222

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: 261

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: 312

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/
  • Aug 25

    Estate Planning: Dealing with your digital death instead of before

    Estate Planning: Dealing with your digital death instead of before
    Portland company WebCease is making waves in the probate and estate-planning community by helping attorneys and grieving families locate the deceased's digital accounts. CEO Glenn Williamson aims to be the first to provide this service to…
  • Aug 18

    Three Documents Every 18-Year-Old Should Sign

    Three Documents Every 18-Year-Old Should Sign
    As most young adults are about to return to college, most parents do not think about the fact that not that their child is 18 they are an adult in the eyes of the law. Deborah Jacobs has written an article on this in Forbes outlining two…
  • Aug 14

    Do I need to go through a lawyer to make a will in Florida or can I use a website like legalzoom?

    Do I need to go through a lawyer to make a will in Florida or can I use a website like legalzoom?
    You can use a website or create your own will in Florida, but we find that some people do not create valid wills, or create wills that do things other than what they want. We only charge $200 for a will so an online will does not save very…
Rank this Week: 362

KEYTLaw

KEYTLaw

Covers Arizona and federal laws.

http://www.keytlaw.com/blog
  • 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…
  • Apr 14

    Feds Taking Money from Children Whose Parents Might Owe U.S. Money

    Feds Taking Money from Children Whose Parents Might Owe U.S. Money
    CBS News:  “Two months ago, Mary Grice, a career employee at the Food and Drug Administration, was notified the U.S. Treasury had confiscated her state and federal tax refunds totaling $4,500.  The claim against her came from…
  • Apr 13

    USDA Bans Junk Food From School

    USDA Bans Junk Food From School
    epicurious:  “New rules for school food kick in this July — and for kids going back to school in the fall, it’s sad sad news (okay, not really sad, but healthy healthy news). According to new regulations being…
Rank this Week: 490

Iowa Estate Plan

Iowa Estate Plan

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

http://www.iowaestateplan.com/
  • Jun 22

    Post-Marital Agreements in Iowa - Inching Closer?

    Post-Marital Agreements in Iowa - Inching Closer?
    Iowa remains one of the few (if not last) hold-out state that doesn't permit post-marital agreements.  (Agreements that allow a married couple to plan the division of their assets by their own agreement and separate from some default…
  • Apr 10

    Governor Branstad Signs New Uniform Power of Attorney Bill in Iowa

    Governor Branstad Signs New Uniform Power of Attorney Bill in Iowa
    Well, it was a long time coming, but following unanimous passage in the Iowa House and Iowa Senate, today Governor Branstad signed the Uniform Power of Attorney bill into law.  The Uniform POA is a substantial and long-overdue…
  • Mar 16

    How to Own Land in Iowa...Let Me Count the Way

    How to Own Land in Iowa...Let Me Count the Way
    Well, in the past week, I had 3 different calls involving issues of how land was owned and resulting problems when one of the owners passed away.  It is not unusual, apparently, for individuals to prepare their own deeds or to not have…
Rank this Week: 556

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/
  • Sep 8

    Protect Parents’ Asset

    Protect Parents’ Asset
    As parents age, the risk of health problems grows. The Sandwich Generation—those caring for both their children and their parents, may experience the stresses and expenses of elder care, and then more issues later with probate of a…
  • Sep 5

    Asset Protection and Marriage

    Asset Protection and Marriage
    In the process of legally dissolving a marriage, the fate of assets may not match a spouse’s intentions. What should couples know about spousal claims and providing for children? Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements The terms of…
  • Sep 2

    3 Problems With Life Estate Title of Real Property

    3 Problems With Life Estate Title of Real Property
    Real estate laws in North Carolina allow property owners to create and convey remainder interests in real property, while retaining lifetime rights to the property (a life estate). This is one way to transfer parents’ real property to…
Rank this Week: 620

New York Probate & Estate…

New York Probate & Estate Litigation Blog

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

http://www.nyprobatelitigation.com/
  • Aug 23

    Power Of Attorney Not Always Easy To Use

    Power Of Attorney Not Always Easy To Use
    An article in today's New York Times sheds some interesting light on powers of attorney and their sometimes unforeseen drawbacks. Your lawblogger thinks it is well worth a look.
  • Aug 21

    Anna Nicole Smith Estate (Finally) Out Of Court

    Anna Nicole Smith Estate (Finally) Out Of Court
    The ABA Journal reports on the final failure of the Estate of Anna Nicole Smith to recover  hundreds of millions of dollars from the estate of her late husband J. Howard Marshall. Marshall, a Texas oil billionaire died at 89, a year…
  • Aug 14

    Do Not Try This At Home --The Do It Yourself Will

    Do Not Try This At Home --The Do It Yourself Will
    The Do It Yourself  legal industry is flourishing with claims that you do not need a lawyer to get your affairs in order with a low-cost DIY will. Just input your credit card information, download the easy to use form, fill in the blank…
Rank this Week: 584

Fiduciary Folio

Fiduciary Folio

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

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

    Probate court deadlines - In re Estate of Loyd

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

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

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

    Opelika, Alabama "Wills for Heroes" Event

    Opelika, Alabama "Wills for Heroes" Event
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Rank this Week: 645

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 4

    Pipelines and Eminent Domain

    Pipelines and Eminent Domain
    Last Wednesday, I attended an excellent program sponsored by the Penn State Cooperative Extension, “Making Sense of Natural Gas Pipelines and Right-of-Way Agreements”.  Over the years, I have represented both condemnors and…
  • Aug 1

    Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board Lowers Fee for Gaming License

    Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board Lowers Fee for Gaming License
    The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board announced yesterday that it was lowering the license fee for a tavern gaming license from $2,000 to $500.  It’s safe to assume that the PLCB has had to take a long hard look at its tavern…
  • Jul 28

    Real Estate Disclosures - Murder/Suicide Not a Defect

    Real Estate Disclosures - Murder/Suicide Not a Defect
     Last Monday, July 21, 2014, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court entered what should be the final opinion with respect to whether a home seller in Pennsylvania needs to disclose that a murder/suicide took place in the home.  I had posted…
Rank this Week: 698

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: 732

Buffalo NY Attorneys Blog

Buffalo NY Attorneys Blog

Covers New York elder law, estate law, and real estate legal issues. By Robert Friedman.

http://www.wny-lawyers.com/blog/
  • Sep 11

    What Does The Court Consider When Deciding To Issue A Hardship License?

    What Does The Court Consider When Deciding To Issue A Hardship License?
    A Buffalo driver who is arrested for DWI and took a breath test will, in almost all cases, have his or her driver’s license suspended at the first court appearance. While the defendant is eligible for a conditional license after thirty…
  • Sep 11

    When Is It Legal To Stop Someone At A DWI Checkpoint?

    When Is It Legal To Stop Someone At A DWI Checkpoint?
    Both the U.S. Supreme Court and the New York Court of Appeals – the highest court in the state – both determined many years ago that the use of checkpoints or roadblocks by the police to randomly screen drivers is not necessarily…
  • Sep 11

    What Are The Penalties For Circumvention Of An Interlock Device?

    What Are The Penalties For Circumvention Of An Interlock Device?
    A Buffalo DWI defendant who is required to use an ignition interlock device and attempts to damage it or avoid its use is subject to serious criminal penalties. Circumvention of an Interlock Device is a Class A Misdemeanor, which is a crime…
Rank this Week: 773

Wealth Law Blog

Wealth Law Blog

Covers building, protecting and distributing wealth. By Samuels Yoelin Kantor LLP.

http://samuelslaw.com/blog/
  • Sep 11

    The Art is Not in Making Money, But In Keeping It

    The Art is Not in Making Money, But In Keeping It
    Earlier this week I received an interesting email from Allen Trust with a short Wall Street Journal article and video. It is a vivid illustration of how quickly finances can run amok when there is no plan for protection and preservation…
  • Aug 21

    SYK Attorneys to Teach Lewis & Clark Law School Seminar

    SYK Attorneys to Teach Lewis & Clark Law School Seminar
    SYK Partner Eric Wieland and Associate Valerie Sasaki are teaching a seminar to Lewis & Clark Law School students this spring.  The seminar seeks to apply the knowledge acquired in prerequisite courses (Income Tax I, Estate and Gift…
  • Aug 18

    Victoria Blachly’s Work with VoteERA.org Featured in Business Journal

    Victoria Blachly’s Work with VoteERA.org Featured in Business Journal
    In May, SYK partner Victoria Blachly was appointed to the Board of Advisors for VoteERA.org, which seeks to add an Oregon Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) that provides express equality and protects women against sex discrimination. …
Rank this Week: 788

California Trust, Estate & Probate…

California Trust, Estate & Probate Litigation

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

http://www.californiatrustestateandprobatelitigation.com
  • Sep 10

    How to Use a Financial Elder Abuse Claim in Your California Trust or Will Contest

    How to Use a Financial Elder Abuse Claim in Your California Trust or Will Contest
    When you bring a Will or Trust contest the facts you use to overturn an unfair Will or Trust may also apply to support a Financial Elder Abuse claim.  It is important to know how to use a Financial Elder Abuse claim properly. For our…
  • Sep 5

    California Trustees Must Provide Beneficiaries and Heirs with Copies of Trusts, Last Wills, and Amendment

    California Trustees Must Provide Beneficiaries and Heirs with Copies of Trusts, Last Wills, and Amendment
    I get calls every week from California Trust, Last Will, and Estate beneficiaries complaining that they can’t get their brother or sister, who is the Trustee and Executor of their parents’ estate plan, to provide true copies of…
  • Sep 4

    Can Your Ex-Spouse Inherit Your Property in California?

    Can Your Ex-Spouse Inherit Your Property in California?
    Under California law ex-spouses are entitled to receive your life insurance benefits if you fail to change your beneficiary form after dissolution of your marriage.  But there are other assets where an ex-spouses rights are automatically…
Rank this Week: 858

Deborah Sexton Law Office, P. A.…

Deborah Sexton Law Office, P. A. Blog

Covers estate planning and elder law.

http://www.arkansas-estateplanning.com/blog/
  • Sep 15

    What is the Medicaid Monthly Maintenance Needs Allowance?

    What is the Medicaid Monthly Maintenance Needs Allowance?
    Most of us know that, in order to qualify for Medicaid, you have to have pretty limited income and assets.  The assets you do have, with a few exceptions, must be used to help pay for your medical expenses in certain situations. …
  • Sep 11

    Why Should I Create a Living Trust?

    Why Should I Create a Living Trust?
    There are several good reasons for creating a living trust, in addition to simply avoiding probate.  Some of the most important benefits of a living trust are being able to protect property for your beneficiary, reducing estate taxes,…
  • Sep 8

    Can an Agent Under a Power of Attorney Give Gifts?

    Can an Agent Under a Power of Attorney Give Gifts?
    A Power of Attorney is an easily customizable estate planning tool, commonly used by clients to fit their specific needs.  The general purpose of a power of attorney is to give someone else the authority to handle your legal, financial…
Rank this Week: 941

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/
  • Sep 14

    Should you discuss the contents of your Will?

    Should you discuss the contents of your Will?
    A study published by Fidelity Investments, Fidelity’s Intra-Family Generational Finance Study, reveals that many adult children and their parents avoid having family discussions about estate planning. The study surveyed parents who were…
  • Sep 11

    End of Life Battles Continue

    End of Life Battles Continue
    A recent article in the National Post discusses the case of Douglas DeGuerre who died from cardiac arrest in 2008 at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. Mr. DeGuerre’s daughter, Ms. Joy Wawrzyniak, had requested a “full code”…
  • Sep 10

    Cost of Future Care Report

    Cost of Future Care Report
      When a dependant of a deceased person brings a support claim against the deceased’s estate under the Succession Law Reform Act, one of the factors that a court will consider in determining the quantum of support to be awarded is…
Rank this Week: 934

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: 922

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/
  • Aug 29

    The Best Lawyers in America: Mark Landa

    The Best Lawyers in America: Mark Landa
    Mark Landa has been selected to be included in the 21st Edition of the The Best Lawyers in America for his work in the practice area of Environmental Law.  Inclusion in Best Lawyers is based on a peer-review survey comprising more than…
  • Aug 4

    Notable Utility Related Bills Passed in 2014 Session

    Notable Utility Related Bills Passed in 2014 Session
    The 2014 session of the Iowa General Assembly brought a few changes to the public utilities law practice in Iowa. Lawmakers focused their utility related discourse on tax credits for renewable energy, renewable fuels and solar energy, purview…
  • Aug 4

    Finding Fault On-line in a No-Fault State

    Finding Fault On-line in a No-Fault State
    Iowa is a "no fault" state.  Generally, this means that the conduct of either party leading up to the divorce cannot be used as a factor in awarding a property settlement or alimony.  The conduct…
Rank this Week: 914

Planning Notes

Planning Notes

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

http://cooklaw.co/blog
  • Aug 29

    ALS Association Ice Bucket Challenge Trademark Filing

    ALS Association Ice Bucket Challenge Trademark Filing
    The ALS Association has filed an application to register a federal trademark for "Ice Bucket Challenge", the viral sensation that has swept the nation this summer. Although most Americans likely associate "Ice Bucket Challenge" with the ALS…
  • Jul 30

    What is a Family Limited Partnership?

    What is a Family Limited Partnership?
    A family limited partnership, or FLP, can allow a taxpayer to leverage two federal tax devices in conjunction with a technique known as “discounting” in order to reduce the amount of federal tax imposed at the time of that…
  • Jun 27

    The Aereo Decision & Cloud Computing

    The Aereo Decision & Cloud Computing
    In American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. v. Aereo, Inc. the U.S. Supreme Court recently held that Aereo's service, which converts and subsequently (re)transmits over-the-air television broadcasts in near real time to Aereo's customers via the…
Rank this Week: 891

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/
  • Sep 14

    How the rich die - bizarre celebrity last wills and testament

    How the rich die - bizarre celebrity last wills and testament
    Here's a bit of light reading for the weekend. Click here to read an article from www.fad-nation.com that gives a short list of what they consider bizarre wills and estates. The attached picture accompanied the article mentioned.
  • Sep 11

    Doctors impose DNR order, ignore family's pleas, leading to patient's death

    Doctors impose DNR order, ignore family's pleas, leading to patient's death
    You might be aware that recently doctors in Toronto did not assist Douglas DeGuerre, an elderly man who was having a heart attack, with the result that Mr. DeGuerre died. He was very sick with heart disease, diabetes, and other conditions,…
  • Sep 8

    How an executor should handle life insurance proceed

    How an executor should handle life insurance proceed
    Here is a brief but very useful article from James Dolan at advisor.ca that talks about how an executor handles life insurance policies in an estate administration. It has realistic tips and information, and even touches on whether or not an…
Rank this Week: 998

Givner & Kaye Blog

Givner & Kaye Blog

Covers estate and tax planning.

http://www.givnerkaye.com/blog/
Rank this Week: 982

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/
  • Sep 5

    California May Adopt Uniform Law on Conservatorship

    California May Adopt Uniform Law on Conservatorship
    California is poised to join the majority of its sister states in adopting a uniform law designed to promote interstate cooperation on the subject of adult conservatorship proceedings. In May, the California Senate passed SB-940, a bill that…
  • Sep 4

    Leaving a Legacy or Financial Abuse of the Elderly?

    Leaving a Legacy or Financial Abuse of the Elderly?
    Many people use their estate plan to “leave a legacy.” A common example of this is making a gift to a charitable organization as part of a last will and testament. A person might, for instance, leave a gift to a university with…
  • Aug 31

    Medi-Cal and “Estate Recovery”

    Medi-Cal and “Estate Recovery”
    An estate is not only responsible for distributing property after your death. It must also pay any valid debts to the extent your assets allow. Medical debts are a common expense most estates must pay. And if the deceased received health care…
Rank this Week: 1026

New Jersey Lawyers Blog

New Jersey Lawyers Blog

Covers New Jersey business, labor and employment, estate planning and consumer law. By McLaughlin & Nardi, LLC.

http://www.newjerseylawyersblog.com/
  • Sep 5

    Retainage in New Jersey Construction Law

    Retainage in New Jersey Construction Law
    Retainage in New Jersey Construction Law One of the areas which our construction lawyers often address is retainage. The Use Retainage in New Jersey Construction Law Retainage is an important device in construction law. Our attorneys…
  • Aug 29

    Payroll Withholding Tax Basics for Both Employers and Employee

    Payroll Withholding Tax Basics for Both Employers and Employee
    Requirements regarding withholding payroll taxes are something that every business owner should be familiar with, particularly businesses which handle their own payroll internally (as opposed to outsourcing to a payroll company). Employers…
  • Aug 6

    New Jersey's Use Tax

    New Jersey's Use Tax
    New Jersey's Sales and Use Tax Act is most often cited to refer to sales taxes while the use tax http://www.state.nj.us/treasury/taxation/pdf/pubs/sales/anj7.pdf tends to be less well known. When goods or services are purchased outside of…
Rank this Week: 1029

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: 1008

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: 1037

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
  • May 14

    Why Living Trusts Don’t Always Avoid Probate in Florida

    Why Living Trusts Don’t Always Avoid Probate in Florida
    Living trusts are a popular tools for avoiding probate in Florida. But even though probate may not be required to transfer assets, the trustee may want to probate the deceased person’s estate to deal with creditors.Why Living Trusts…
  • May 7

    Taxation of Lifetime Gifts vs. Transfers at Death

    Taxation of Lifetime Gifts vs. Transfers at Death
    Lifetime gifts versus transfers at death. From a tax planning perspective, should a client hold property until death or transfer it during his or her lifetime? Taxation of Lifetime Gifts vs. Transfers at Death is a post from: probate attorney…
  • Apr 30

    Estate Tax Provisions of the 2014 Budget: Is the Current Estate Tax Law Permanent?

    Estate Tax Provisions of the 2014 Budget: Is the Current Estate Tax Law Permanent?
    Since the Treasury recently released President Obama’s 2014 budget proposals, there’s been a lot of grumbling about the President’s proposed estate, gift, and generation-skipping transfer tax provisions. If enacted, these…
Rank this Week: 1050

American Academy of Estate…

American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys Blog

Provides legal marketing and estate planning legal updates.

http://www.aaepa.com/articles/
  • Sep 15

    Denial of Death Influences Estate Planning

    Denial of Death Influences Estate Planning
    Why is it so hard to get folks to do estate planning? The tendency to put off this important part of life can be attributed to the Terror Management Theory proposed by Dr. Ernest Becker in his Pulitzer Prize-winning book, The Denial of Death.…
  • Sep 12

    How to WOW

    How to WOW
    At the Academy we occasionally notice attorneys feel that because a document wasn’t particularly difficult to produce, or (in the attorney’s mind) because the client can’t afford the fee quoted in the last meeting, or even…
  • Sep 10

    Amending or Restating: Which is Better?

    Amending or Restating: Which is Better?
    I am often asked whether it is better to amend or restate a client’s trust. It is almost always better to restate. I explain the reasons why in today’s video blog. Stephen C. Hartnett, J.D., LL.M. Associate Director of Education…
Rank this Week: 1227

Florida Probate Lawyer Blog

Florida Probate Lawyer Blog

Covers estate, guardianship, probate and trust litigation. By Law Offices of Adrian Philip Thomas.

http://www.florida-probate-lawyer.com/probate
  • Aug 12

    Florida Trust Termination

    Florida Trust Termination
    People create trusts for a variety of reasons.  Some create them for creditor protection.  Others create them because they are concerned about providing the beneficiaries with large sums of money all at once.  Although these…
  • Jul 2

    Spousal Inheritance after Divorce

    Spousal Inheritance after Divorce
    What rights does a divorced spouse have to inherit from a former spouse’s estate? Fla. Stat. § 732.703 became effective in 2012 and concerns beneficiary designations on life insurance policies, annuities, IRAs, 401ks and other…
  • Jul 2

    Elective Share for the Surviving Spouse

    Elective Share for the Surviving Spouse
    Can we agree to something else? The law in Florida is clear in its intentions to protect a surviving spouse from being disinherited.  Fla. Stat. 732.201-732.2155 specifies the applicable rules for a surviving spouse to claim the elective…
Rank this Week: 1251

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: 1206

Wills, Trusts and Estates Blog

Wills, Trusts and Estates Blog

Covers estate planning, estate administration, probate, trusts and wills. By the Martin Law Firm.

http://www.jbmartinlaw.com/blogs/wills-trusts-and-estates/
  • Nov 20

    James Gandolfini's $30 Million Dollar Mistake

    James Gandolfini's $30 Million Dollar Mistake
    Following James Gandolfini's death on June 19, 2013, his estate is now forced to pay approximately $30 million to the government in taxes due to an inadequate Will and incomplete estate plan.  It is unclear who originally drafted…
  • Aug 28

    Legal Same-Sex Marriage in Montgomery County, PA?

    Legal Same-Sex Marriage in Montgomery County, PA?
    In June, in U.S. v. Windsor, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Section 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act ("DOMA"), which defined marriage as between a man and a woman only.  Subsequently, the elected Register of Wills of…
  • Jul 29

    Leaving Your Spouse Out of Your Will? Think Again.

    Leaving Your Spouse Out of Your Will? Think Again.
    Through Pennsylvania estate planning and by creating a Last Will and Testament, you can dictate who receives your property after death.  Many people believe that this gives you free reign to decide who gets property and who is left out;…
Rank this Week: 1155

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: 1244

Cooper Elder Law

Cooper Elder Law

Covers Ohio estate planning, nursing home protection and qualifying for veterans benefits. By Thom L. Cooper Company, LPA.

http://cooperelderlaw.com/our-blog/
  • Sep 15

    Cooper certified as elder law specialist

    Cooper certified as elder law specialist
    COLUMBUS — The Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA) announced that 19 attorneys have been certified as legal specialists in elder law. The Supreme Court Commission on Certification of Attorneys as Specialists accredited the OSBA to certify…
  • Aug 12

    How a Trust Affects Your Ohio Homestead Exemption

    How a Trust Affects Your Ohio Homestead Exemption
    By Tricia Applegate Do I still qualify for the Homestead Exemption if my home is in a Trust? The short answer is yes, with a few provisions. The State of Ohio states: You are eligible for the homestead exemption if all of the following are…
  • Aug 11

    What is HIPAA?

    What is HIPAA?
    By: JM Megail Gaumer HIPAA stands for “Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act”. The law was adopted in 1996 to, among many other complicated provisions, protect patients' personal information (a.k.a. protected…
Rank this Week: 1363

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
  • Sep 15

    Turn Legalese into Plain English

    Turn Legalese into Plain English
    A contract shouldn’t require a Latin-English dictionary to understand it! In fact, there’s generally no reason to use Latin terms or formal legal language (legalese) at all. Use plain English to be sure the contracts and other…
  • Sep 12

    5 Tips to Make the Most of Requests for Admission

    5 Tips to Make the Most of Requests for Admission
    Requests for admission are very valuable yet underutilized tools. They’re one of the best techniques to create admissible evidence for summary judgment and trial—make good use of them! With requests for admission, you can take an…
  • Sep 10

    You Don’t Own Me—Is it Employer or Employee Social Media Content?

    You Don’t Own Me—Is it Employer or Employee Social Media Content?
    The following is a guest blog post by Olga Savage of Hartnett, Smith & Paetkau in Redwood City. Olga primarily represents employers in labor and employment law matters. Many employers have implemented employment contracts and policies…
Rank this Week: 1400

Marshall Elder & Estate Planning…

Marshall Elder & Estate Planning Blog

Covers Pennsylvania and national elder law and estate planning issues. By Jeffrey A. Marshall.

http://marshallelder.blogspot.com/
Rank this Week: 1322

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 14

    Estate Planning Mistakes in Beneficiary Designation

    Estate Planning Mistakes in Beneficiary Designation
    One of the most common estate planning mistakes comes in the handling of beneficiary designations. Many people do not understand that inheriting retirement accounts, life insurance, and other assets that involve a beneficiary designation are…
  • Sep 12

    Do I Really Need a Will? Yes, You Do

    Do I Really Need a Will? Yes, You Do
    A lot of people who have not started estate planning often ask if they really need a will, or if any estate planning is really necessary? Usually, it is followed with a statement about how the children will take care of it, or that the…
  • Sep 10

    Joan Rivers: Big Funeral, Big Tax Break

    Joan Rivers: Big Funeral, Big Tax Break
    Comedian and trailblazer Joan Rivers passed away this week, with friends and family saying goodbye at a memorial service in Manhattan. Details about her estate and funeral have not been made public, but it was no secret that Joan Rivers…
Rank this Week: 1514

Arkansas Legal Issues

Arkansas Legal Issues

By Wilson & Haubert, PLLC.

http://whlawoffices.com/little-rock-lawyer-arkansas-law-blog/
  • Sep 10

    My First Day in Court

    My First Day in Court
    This is the first in what I hope to be a series of posts on new-lawyer “firsts.” I’ve been doing this lawyering thing a year now, and I haven’t had a chance to do any formal introspection. Today, then, is the first…
  • Sep 5

    July 2014 Arkansas Bar Exam Result

    July 2014 Arkansas Bar Exam Result
    Congratulations to all those who passed the July 2014 Arkansas Bar Exam! It has already been an entire year, but I vividly remember the visceral feeling of relief after getting those results. What a day it was! If you worked to pass, you…
  • Sep 2

    Lou Reed: No Estate Planning Idol

    Lou Reed: No Estate Planning Idol
    This recent short article identifies one of the lesser-cited advantages of using trusts for estate planning: privacy. In it, we are told all the finer points about the distribution of Lou Reed’s estate. Had the rocker instead used…
Rank this Week: 1434

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/
  • Sep 10

    Joan Rivers Teaches Lesson About Termination Of Life Support

    Joan Rivers Teaches Lesson About Termination Of Life Support
    “I ain’t afraid of death.” Joan Rivers once told Time Magazine, “I’m in show business. I died a million times.” Aging. Dying. Death. Concepts no one likes to think about, much less talk about. Of the many…
  • Sep 10

    Celebrity Legacies: The Fleecing Of The Elvis Presley Estate

    Celebrity Legacies: The Fleecing Of The Elvis Presley Estate
    Elvis Presley earned more than one billion dollars during his career … so why was his estate worth only about ten million dollars when he died? How did things get even worse for his heirs afterwards? And what would Elvis Presley say…
  • Sep 3

    Celebrity Legacies: Yoko and Julian Battled Over John Lennon's Estate

    Celebrity Legacies: Yoko and Julian Battled Over John Lennon's Estate
    When John Lennon of the Beatles was tragically murdered in 1980, his controversial widow, Yoko Ono, took charge of his legacy and his fortune ... but where did that leave his two sons? As arguably the most successful songwriter of all time,…
Rank this Week: 1366

Potter Law Firm Blog

Potter Law Firm Blog

Covers estate planning and elder law.

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

    Is There More Than One Type of Will?

    Is There More Than One Type of Will?
    When you think about estate planning, the document called a last will or last will and testament might come to mind. You can use a last will to state your final wishes regarding the transfer of your monetary assets. If you are the parent of a…
  • Sep 8

    Attend an Estate Planning Seminar in September

    Attend an Estate Planning Seminar in September
    Many people are remiss when it comes to estate planning because they do not have enough information. When you do not know exactly how to proceed, procrastination can set in, and this is understandable. At the same time, you are taking a risk…
  • Aug 29

    What Is Pet Planning?

    What Is Pet Planning?
    Pet planning is a form of estate planning for pet owners. While most people will outlive their pets, older pet owners may have concerns. Pet ownership can be very rewarding for senior citizens who feel a void in their lives. When you have a…
Rank this Week: 1551

Western New York Elder Law Blog

Western New York Elder Law Blog

Covers New York estate planning, probate, elder law and health care issues. By Dutcher & Zatkowsky.

http://www.dutcher-zatkowsky.com
  • Sep 10

    Estate Planning: Things You May Have Overlooked

    Estate Planning: Things You May Have Overlooked
    Most people know they need a will, a health care directive and even a power of attorney as part of their estate plan. Of late, many people are even remembering to list their online accounts and passwords in papers given to loved ones. A story…
  • Sep 3

    Caregivers can lose retirement money

    Caregivers can lose retirement money
    Caregiving for an ailing family member can be difficult in many ways. It takes its toll emotionally and physically. That’s obvious. However, an article in the New York Times suggests it also takes a toll financially on the caregiver,…
  • Aug 27

    When It Is Time For Your Parents To Move

    When It Is Time For Your Parents To Move
    Moving is stressful. But for an older person who may be forced to give up his or her home — and possibly independence — it can be downright traumatic. However, an article in the Wall Street Journal on line offered some tips on how…
Rank this Week: 1452

About Florida Law

About Florida Law

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

http://aboutfloridalaw.com
  • Sep 9

    What is the Real Value of Your Home? Appraiser Fraud in Florida Real Estate

    What is the Real Value of Your Home? Appraiser Fraud in Florida Real Estate
    Realtor Liability with Appraisal Fraud     The Importance of Real Estate Appraisals If you want to buy a home in Florida, you need an appraisal of the property. You also need one if you want to refinance your mortgage. Appraisals…
  • Sep 3

    Florida Foreclosures – What’s Happening Now?

    Florida Foreclosures – What’s Happening Now?
    Update on what we are seeing now with Florida foreclosures and related issues - 1. Foreclosure filings have remained steady in the last few weeks – this is based upon the number of calls we are receiving and on the number of lis pendens…
  • Aug 26

    Home Inspectors and Real Estate Agents in Florida: Buyer Beware

    Home Inspectors and Real Estate Agents in Florida: Buyer Beware
    For many home buyers in South Florida, finding that right house or condo to buy is an exciting moment. Some houses sound great on paper or look fabulous on online, but when you do a walk-through, the place just isn’t right. You keep…
Rank this Week: 1557

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 22

    Conditional Inheritance?

    Conditional Inheritance?
    This just in from the “reaching out from the grave” department: Can you impose conditions on your grandchildren’s inheritance, such as requiring them to marry someone within your faith or else they lose the trust funds? The…
  • Aug 15

    Beneficiaries of Trust

    Beneficiaries of Trust
    When a person passes away, he or she oftentimes will leave a trust that names a spouse, child or other loved one as a beneficiary. It might be a lifetime income trust, or sometimes it includes principal distributions as well … Continue…
  • Aug 8

    Too Many Choice

    Too Many Choice
    About twenty years ago, when my wife and I had our first daughter, we hired an au pair from Sweden named Sara. Patti was still working, and we didn’t have family nearby to help with our new infant. You should … Continue reading…
Rank this Week: 1417

Kevin A. Pollock BLAWG

Kevin A. Pollock BLAWG

Covers wills, trusts & estates, guardianships, tax and asset protection planning.

http://willstrustsestates.blogspot.com/
  • Aug 11

    Non-residents Non-citizens of the US Should Be Careful of How they Invest in Amerian Asset

    Non-residents Non-citizens of the US Should Be Careful of How they Invest in Amerian Asset
    Many individuals who live outside of America like to purchase real estate in America or invest in the U.S. Stock Market.  It can be much safer than in investing in other parts of the world and often times the individual has children who…
  • Aug 8

    Japanese Inheritance Tax vs. US Estate Tax (2014 Update)

    Japanese Inheritance Tax vs. US Estate Tax (2014 Update)
    BRIEF OVERVIEW OFJAPANESE INHERITANCE AND GIFT TAXESvs.AMERICAN ESTATE AND GIFT TAXES(2014 Update)I. Estate TaxesA. America1. Citizens and Permanent Residentsa. Tax on Worldwide property (credit for taxes paid to foreign countries)b.…
  • Jul 16

    Duty of Executor to Defend a Will Against a Will Contest in Pennsylvania

    Duty of Executor to Defend a Will Against a Will Contest in Pennsylvania
    In most states, when a person is named as an executor in the Will, the executor has an affirmative duty to defend the Will from Will contests.  For example, if mom dies testate leaving her entire estate to child one, cutting out child…
Rank this Week: 1460