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Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof…

Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof Blog

By Gerry W. Beyer.

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/trusts_estates_prof/
  • Apr 23

    New York Changes State Income Tax for Trust

    New York Changes State Income Tax for Trust
    The changes made by New York’s Budget Bill affect income tax for trusts. Under the new law, state tax applies to income distributions that are received by beneficiaries of a New York resident trust. Grantor trusts are not affected by...
  • Apr 22

    Cohabiting Couples Start More Family Feud

    Cohabiting Couples Start More Family Feud
    As a growing number of people choose to cohabit but not get married, there has been a noticeable increase in the amount of family rifts over inheritances. In Britain, married people are now the minority and about half of children...
  • Apr 22

    Walmart Legal Services May Be Coming to a Store Near You

    Walmart Legal Services May Be Coming to a Store Near You
    Axess Law is the newest innovation in discount retailing. Founded by two Toronto lawyers, Axess Law provides time-pressed shoppers with fast, affordable legal services at their local Walmart. The first office opened in Markham, Ontario, and…
Rank this Week: 103

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: 116

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 23

    Over-Medication of Long-Term Care Resident

    Over-Medication of Long-Term Care Resident
    According to a study released earlier this month by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, up to one third of residents at Ontario long-term care facilities are being prescribed dangerous antipsychotics and sedatives.  The study…
  • Apr 21

    The Importance of a Power of Attorney – OBA’s Power of Attorney Month

    The Importance of a Power of Attorney – OBA’s Power of Attorney Month
    Who will make decisions for you when you are unable to make decisions for yourself? It is almost inevitable that a point will come in your life when you can no longer make important decisions regarding your finances and personal care. By…
  • Apr 17

    OBA’s Make a Power of Attorney Month

    OBA’s Make a Power of Attorney Month
    At a recent press conference  held at Queen’s Park for the Ontario Bar Association (“OBA”), the OBA announced a new initiative in their partnership with the Trillium Gift of Life Network (“Trillium”). In…
Rank this Week: 228

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 23

    Retirement Plans in Same-Sex Marriage

    Retirement Plans in Same-Sex Marriage
    Some retirement benefits only apply to spouses in a legal marriage. Since legal marriages are not recognized in every jurisdiction and the Windsor ruling granted federal recognition of same-sex marriages, how should retirement benefits be…
  • Apr 22

    5 Proposed Rules for Retirement Account

    5 Proposed Rules for Retirement Account
    Our tax attorneys covered several pending federal revisions in our Tax Changes for 2015, one of which affects retirement accounts. Retirement contributions and distributions may face new limits: Deduction and contribution caps. Under the…
  • Apr 18

    Non-Tax Benefits of Family Limited Liability Companie

    Non-Tax Benefits of Family Limited Liability Companie
    Family Limited Liability Companies (FLLC) are one of several asset protection tools used to preserve assets of family businesses. These assets may include real estate and investments. Creating an FLLC involves legal fees, filing costs and…
Rank this Week: 327

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: 355

American Academy of Estate…

American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys Blog

Provides legal marketing and estate planning legal updates.

http://www.aaepa.com/blog/
  • Jan 8

    Downton Abbey Demonstrates Importance of Estate Planning

    Downton Abbey Demonstrates Importance of Estate Planning
    The Season 4 premiere of Downton Abbey aired in the U.S. this week on PBS. (The series is produced in England and Season 4 aired in the U.K. in 2013.) Downton Abbey is a series about a fictional aristocratic family living on an estate in the…
  • Jan 6

    Role Reversal: Discussing Estate Planning With Aging Parent

    Role Reversal: Discussing Estate Planning With Aging Parent
    The parent-child relationship is pretty well defined. Children generally don’t advise their parents. It’s the other way around. However, this dynamic can shift as parents get older and children become adults. This becomes…
  • Jan 3

    7 Tactics for Improving Your Law Firm’s Local Search Ranking

    7 Tactics for Improving Your Law Firm’s Local Search Ranking
    According to Google, 97% of consumers search online for local businesses. As an attorney looking for local clients, local SEO should be part of your online marketing strategy. When your prospects perform an online search, the results are…
Rank this Week: 346

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: 456

Nirenstein, Horowitz & Associates,…

Nirenstein, Horowitz & Associates, P.C. Blog

Covers Connecticut estate planning, probate and elder law.

http://www.preserveyourestate.net/blog/
  • Apr 23

    IRS Sets Adjusted Exclusion Amount

    IRS Sets Adjusted Exclusion Amount
    We recently reported on the fact that the budget agreement that was reached to stop the United States from going over the so-called “fiscal cliff” had some impact on the federal estate tax. The maximum rate of the tax went up from…
  • Apr 18

    President Proposes Estate Tax Increase

    President Proposes Estate Tax Increase
    We currently have a $5.25 million unified exclusion that applies to your estate and the taxable gifts that you have given throughout your life. The maximum rate of the estate tax and the gift tax at the present time is 40%. These parameters…
  • Apr 16

    Inheritance Tax Vs. Estate Tax

    Inheritance Tax Vs. Estate Tax
    A lot of people think that an estate tax and an inheritance tax are one and the same, but in fact they are two different things and we would like to clear up the distinctions here. The estate tax is levied on the entirety of the estate before…
Rank this Week: 487

NFA Gun Trust Lawyer Blog

NFA Gun Trust Lawyer Blog

Covers Class III weapons topics for all of the 50 states. By David M. Goldman.

http://www.guntrustlawyer.com/
  • Apr 17

    ATF eForms back online within the week

    ATF eForms back online within the week
    Today Marvin G. Richardson, Deputy Assistant Director of the ATF Enforcement Programs and Services sent a letter stating that ATF eForms is expected online this week.The ATF has reduced the backlog of applications from 80,000 to 73,000.Adding…
  • Apr 17

    Status Update on 41P

    Status Update on 41P
    The Americans Opposed to ATF 41P reported today that the American Silencer Association has talks with the ATF during the Shot Show where the ATF stated that they never anticipated the number of comments to 41P that they received and...
  • Apr 9

    Ohio Bill to allow Hunting with Suppressor

    Ohio Bill to allow Hunting with Suppressor
    The Ohio House passed a bill to allow hunting for some game species. The legislation that would permit the use of suppressors while hunting white-tailed deer, rabbits, squirrels and other game. The suppressors would need to be legal and…
Rank this Week: 504

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 2

    Murdered Businessman Leaves Widow, Seven Children And No Will

    Murdered Businessman Leaves Widow, Seven Children And No Will
    Today's Daily News reports that Menachem Stark, a Brooklyn businessman and landlord who was murdered in January died intestate. While it appears that his partners may contribute to cover his substantial debts in a bankruptcy proceeding, his…
  • Mar 30

    Times Features Comprehensive Article on Trust

    Times Features Comprehensive Article on Trust
    The New York Times has published a rather comprehensive, if brief, overview of trusts. For those of you who find all of the acronyms we use to describe various trusts, this may prove to be very helpful. your  lawblogger would add a…
  • Nov 24

    Public Administrator Sues Beth Israel Hospital For 100 Million Dollars On Behalf of Hugette Clark Estate

    Public Administrator Sues Beth Israel Hospital For 100 Million Dollars On Behalf of Hugette Clark Estate
    For some time we have been following the bizarre story of Hugette Clark, the reclusive mining heiress who died in 2011 at the age of 104. She had lived for years in Beth Israel Hospital in Manhattan, running up hospital bills in the millions…
Rank this Week: 511

Florida Estate Planning Lawyer…

Florida Estate Planning Lawyer Blog

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

http://www.floridaestateplanninglawyerblog.com/
  • Mar 17

    Undue Influence Florida

    Undue Influence Florida
    We often get questions about contesting a will because of Undue influence in Florida. Undue influence is a cause of action that is used to challenge the validity of a will, trust, or other testamentary document. You can not challenge a will…
  • Dec 26

    How can I find a copy of my parent's will or life insurance?

    How can I find a copy of my parent's will or life insurance?
    We get many calls from children who want to know where they can get a copy of their parent's will or find out if they had life insurance. First, if your parent is alive, you have no right to demand or see a copy of your parent's will. While…
  • Oct 24

    Improper gift to a lawyer in a will or other estate instrument void

    Improper gift to a lawyer in a will or other estate instrument void
    New Florida Statutes §732.806, which is effective October 1, 2013, makes an improper gift to a lawyer in a will or other estate instrument void. The new statutory provision is here:…
Rank this Week: 525

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: 533

Andrew Flusche, Virginia Lawyer

Andrew Flusche, Virginia Lawyer

Covers Virginia drunk driving, reckless driving and speeding offenses.

http://www.andrewflusche.com/blog/
  • Apr 10

    April Fredericksburg Business Forum Event: How to Write and Publish a Book!

    April Fredericksburg Business Forum Event: How to Write and Publish a Book!
    Who: If you are a business owner, business development professional, or just interested in what it takes to write and publish a book, this event is for you! What: I have written two books which have generated substantial returns for my…
  • Apr 8

    The Police Are Scanning You

    The Police Are Scanning You
    Have you seen those police cars with huge cameras on the trunk? They’re scanning your license plates. These automated license plate readers have been a fairly hot topic in Virginia for the past couple of years. The Attorney General even…
  • Apr 4

    Is Your Lawyer Waiving Your Rights?!

    Is Your Lawyer Waiving Your Rights?!
    If you’re charged with a crime in Virginia, you have the right to confront the witnesses against you. If there’s a scientific certificate of analysis at issue in the case, your confrontation right includes the people who actually…
Rank this Week: 674

Wealth Law Blog

Wealth Law Blog

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

http://samuelslaw.com/blog/
  • Mar 26

    Linden Dollars, Bitcoins, and the brave new (taxable) asset

    Linden Dollars, Bitcoins, and the brave new (taxable) asset
    It is a truism in the world of tax planning that dollars are fungible. That is, if I have two dollars in my wallet, there isn’t much between the dollar that I took out of the bank yesterday and a dollar that I took out of the bank…
  • Mar 10

    From Entrepreneur to Investor: Successfully Navigating the Transition

    From Entrepreneur to Investor: Successfully Navigating the Transition
    Owning and running a thriving business requires energy, passion and commitment. Its ultimate  success, however, may be measured by the extent to which an exit strategy is thoughtfully planned and executed. Firm partner Steve Kantor will…
  • Mar 6

    Who Owns Your Password?

    Who Owns Your Password?
    In the modern world passwords are ubiquitous. By the time we’ve finished our morning coffee we’ve likely used a password to check our email, access our computer, and even open the door to the office. In some contexts we understand…
Rank this Week: 583

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/
  • Apr 22

    What is "Donor Intent" & How Does It Affect a NY Estate Plan

    What is "Donor Intent" & How Does It Affect a NY Estate Plan
    Charity is an important part of an estate plan for New York families. Many residents have important causes that symbolize their own values and morals, including social, political, economic and religious non-profit groups. Donating funds via a…
  • Apr 21

    Undue Influence in NY & Pressuring Vulnerable Senior

    Undue Influence in NY & Pressuring Vulnerable Senior
    Family feuding is all too common, and finances are often at the root. One argument often made in legal cases involves these matters is that an adult child or other close relative is abusing a position of trust and confidence with a parent to…
  • Apr 18

    Back to the Basics: First vs. Third Party Special Needs Trusts in NY

    Back to the Basics: First vs. Third Party Special Needs Trusts in NY
    Families throughout New York who have children with disabilities are frequently questioning how to best provide for their children's needs--both now and in the future. It can be a complex issue, because relatives must balance their ability to…
Rank this Week: 707

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: 725

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: 839

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: 795

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/
  • Aug 18

    Child Injured in Car Accident

    Child Injured in Car Accident
    On October 31, 1958, a little girl was waiting in a mobile x-ray truck to be x-rayed. She was unaware that just behind the truck, a panel van was attempting to pull away from the curb. The panel van’s rear bumper became interlocked with…
  • Aug 18

    Child Injured in Car Accident

    Child Injured in Car Accident
    On October 31, 1958, a little girl was waiting in a mobile x-ray truck to be x-rayed. She was unaware that just behind the truck, a panel van was attempting to pull away from the curb. The panel van’s rear bumper became interlocked…
  • Aug 7

    Plaintiff Claims She was Defrauded

    Plaintiff Claims She was Defrauded
    The plaintiff in the case is Willie B. Sosa. The defendants in the case are Lorenzo Hines, Eddie Meyers, Harold Hall, and the Estate of Dessie Ree Meyers. The judge in the case is Arthur M. Schack. About the Case
Rank this Week: 769

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: 834

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
  • Apr 23

    New York Estate Tax Changes Have Unintended Outcome

    New York Estate Tax Changes Have Unintended Outcome
    Changes in estate tax rules approved in New York this month were supposed to help those with estates valued up to $5 million and keep things the same for those worth more, with the top rate remaining at 16 percent. But an article in…
  • Apr 16

    Nip Inheritance Feuds In The Bud

    Nip Inheritance Feuds In The Bud
    Fighting over money, stocks or other valuable assets is common among family members after a relative dies. But the most heated, knock down, drag out fights are often over worthless trinkets. Go figure. At least half of lawsuits over…
  • Apr 9

    Long Term Care Insurance Pitfall

    Long Term Care Insurance Pitfall
    Watch out when shopping for long term care insurance. Long term care costs are out of sight and can fast erase one’s savings, so many boomers are now seeking to buy long term care insurance. But what are they buying? It can be…
Rank this Week: 934

About Florida Law

About Florida Law

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

http://aboutfloridalaw.com
Rank this Week: 1096

The Law Office of Michael…

The Law Office of Michael Robinson, P.C.

Covers elder law and estate planning.

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

    Celebrate Earth Day Today!

    Celebrate Earth Day Today!
    Earth Day is celebrated on April 22. Events are held all over the world to demonstrate support for environmental protection.   There are so many ways that each and every one of us can help protect our earth.  Here’s a link to…
  • Apr 14

    Today is International Moment of Laughter Day

    Today is International Moment of Laughter Day
    International Moment of Laughter Day is celebrated on April 14.   It is said that laughter is the best medicine; it can reduce stress and improve the quality of life.  It is also said that laughter is contagious.  So,…
  • Apr 11

    New York Estate Planning Tip Sheet

    New York Estate Planning Tip Sheet
    For people in the Finger Lakes region and Rochester, New York, the process of creating an estate plan can seem daunting when first approached. Fortunately, your estate planning attorney will be there to help guide you through the…
Rank this Week: 1135

Estate Planning in California

Estate Planning in California

By the Law Offices of Shahram Miri, Inc.

http://calestateplanning.blogspot.com/
  • Apr 17

    Lodging of a Will - Probate Code §8200

    Lodging of a Will - Probate Code §8200
    When a testator passes away, i.e. a person who wrote a will, California law requires the custodian of the will to deliver such to the clerk of the superior court of the county where probate may be initiated. Probate Code §8200. For…
  • Apr 11

    Small Estate Affidavit - Transfer of a Deed of Trust

    Small Estate Affidavit - Transfer of a Deed of Trust
    When a person passes away and they have a modest probate estate, for example $150,000 or less in gross assets, beneficiaries may collect the estate using a small estate affidavit. The figure of $150,000 is used because that is the threshold…
  • Apr 4

    Fiduciary Duty of a California Trustee - Impartiality

    Fiduciary Duty of a California Trustee - Impartiality
    A trustee of a trust, whether revocable or irrevocable, owes various fiduciary duties to all beneficiaries. Hearst v. Ganzi (2006) 145 Cal.App.4th 1195, 1208. A fiduciary duty can basically be described as the trustee putting the best…
Rank this Week: 878

Crider Law P.C. Blog

Crider Law P.C. Blog

Covers elder law, estate planning and family law.

http://www.criderlaw.net/blog/
  • Apr 17

    Planning Investments Designed To Outlive You

    Planning Investments Designed To Outlive You
    What if you die unexpectedly? Will your spouse know what to do with your investments? Because many don’t, some investors are setting up what are known as income producing “survivor portfolios” to take care of their spouses…
  • Apr 10

    Stop Inheritance Feuds Before They Start

    Stop Inheritance Feuds Before They Start
    Family members routinely fight over cash, stocks and other large assets after a relative dies. But some of the most bitter fights are over trinkets. More than half of lawsuits over inheritances involve items worth less than 10 percent of a…
  • Apr 3

    Top Estate Planning Mistake

    Top Estate Planning Mistake
    You may be making the biggest estate planning mistake there is — without even knowing it. Lots of people forget to update the names of their beneficiaries for employer-sponsored retirement plans, IRAs, insurance policies, mutual funds,…
Rank this Week: 1008

Long Island Estate Planning…

Long Island Estate Planning Questions & Answers

Covers estate planning, probate, wills, trusts, and guardianships. By Albert Gurevich.

http://longislandestatesattorney.com/faqs/
  • Apr 8

    Who is Entitled to Receive a Copy of a Trust on Long Island

    Who is Entitled to Receive a Copy of a Trust on Long Island
    Since trusts are not part of the public records, the only persons entitled to copies of a trust instrument are beneficiaries. A beneficiary could make a request that the trustee provide a third party with a copy, but the trustee does not…
  • Apr 3

    What Are the Rights of Surviving Heirs in a Long Island Estate?

    What Are the Rights of Surviving Heirs in a Long Island Estate?
    A Long Island decedent’s heirs such as the decedent’s children, surviving spouse, parents, siblings, grand children, aunts, uncles and cousins may have an interest in claiming an inheritance in the decedent’s estate.…
  • Mar 31

    Who Should You Use to Witness Your Will?

    Who Should You Use to Witness Your Will?
    New York law requires that you use two witnesses over the age of 18 years who are deemed mentally competent to witness your Long Island will. The witnesses should not be beneficiaries to the will or the attorney preparing the will to avoid…
Rank this Week: 980

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: 1094

Law Office of Donald D. Vanarelli…

Law Office of Donald D. Vanarelli Blog

Covers New Jersey elder law and estate planning.

http://www.dvanarelli.com/blog
Rank this Week: 1058

Thoits Law Blog

Thoits Law Blog

Discusses important legal developments in the areas of business, employment, intellectual property, litigation, real estate, and estate planning. By Thoits, Love, Hershberger & McLean.

http://www.thoitslaw.com/blog/
  • Apr 8

    You Really, Really Need a Shareholder Buy-Sell Agreement

    You Really, Really Need a Shareholder Buy-Sell Agreement
    ...a relatively small investment of time spent on the fundamentals can yield significant dividends in the future – and help to avoid much distress. And, the first fundamental, particularly for founders who do not anticipate seeking venture…
  • Apr 8

    Selling Restricted Stock of Private Companie

    Selling Restricted Stock of Private Companie
    Anyone who holds restricted stock of a non-public company, such as Twitter, Box, or Palantir among others, probably has discovered it is possible to find buyers for their stock by contacting Second Market or Shares Post or other…
  • Feb 22

    California Pregnancy Disability Leave: Longer Than Four Months?

    California Pregnancy Disability Leave: Longer Than Four Months?
    The court stated that this was a "case of first impression" and posed the issue as "whether an employee who has exhausted all permissible leave available under the Pregnancy Disability Leave Law (PDLL)...may nevertheless state…
Rank this Week: 923

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: 1052

Future of the Federal Estate Tax

Future of the Federal Estate Tax

Covers estate tax reform. By Hani Sarji.

http://mhs.typepad.com/threepointfive-45/
  • Jul 4

    [EOC]Let Freedom Ring With Gift Of Firearm

    [EOC]Let Freedom Ring With Gift Of Firearm
    My previous post highlights how Americans are generous, despite a challenging economy. An earlier post mentioned that donating firearms could help the donor, the donor’s family, the charitable organization, and all Americans who get a…
  • Jul 4

    [EOC]Americans Are Generous, Despite Economy

    [EOC]Americans Are Generous, Despite Economy
    A recent report highlights the generosity of Americans. Giving USA 2011: The Annual Report on Philanthropy for the Year 2010 finds that Americans contributed about 2 percent of disposable income in 2010. The executive summary of the report…
  • Jul 4

    [EOC]The Most Important Historical Gun In History Of United State

    [EOC]The Most Important Historical Gun In History Of United State
    I have been researching estate planning for firearms, and I came across a video that is worth sharing today, a day on which we celebrate the United States and reflect on its history. The video is about the Girandoni air rifle, which is on…
Rank this Week: 1081

All About Estates

All About Estates

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

http://www.allaboutestates.ca/
  • Apr 23

    More Estate Planning statistic

    More Estate Planning statistic
    a recent Scotiabank study conducted by Nielson (formerly Harris/Decima) found that only 33% of Canadians have a Power of Attorney for property
  • Apr 22

    Court of Appeal: Promise to Gift House to Son Unenforceable

    Court of Appeal: Promise to Gift House to Son Unenforceable
    The recent Ontario Court of Appeal decision in Kavanagh v. Lajoie serves as a reminder to folks on the receiving end of a promise not to count their chickens before they are hatched. In 2005, Mark Lajoie’s father promised to gift him a…
  • Apr 21

    DEDUCTIBILITY OF EXECUTOR EXPENSES

    DEDUCTIBILITY OF EXECUTOR EXPENSES
    An executor may incur expenses in the administration of an estate which may be reimbursed by the estate. Can the executor deduct any non-reimbursed expenses in arriving at his or her income for tax purposes?
Rank this Week: 1528

Arizona Senior Law Blog

Arizona Senior Law Blog

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

http://www.arizonaseniorlaw.com/news/
  • Apr 22

    Arizona Health Care Tool-Kit

    Arizona Health Care Tool-Kit
    The Arizona Health Care Association has released a helpful toolkit for health care administrators. The goal of the toolkit is to “empower the administrator for success,” by providing tools and resources to build an excellent…
  • Apr 22

    Parsing will, living will, living trust

    Parsing will, living will, living trust
    Our latest Arizona Republic article in the weekly Aging and the Law column can be found below. Our column runs every Friday in select Arizona cities. Q: I have never been one to plan for the future and I do not particularly like thinking…
  • Apr 15

    April 10, 2014 Social Work Monthly Conference Call Note

    April 10, 2014 Social Work Monthly Conference Call Note
    Social Work Monthly Conference Call April 10, 2014  Facilitator: Paige Hector, LMSW – Paige Ahead Healthcare Education & Consulting, LLC www.paigeahead.com, email address paigehector@gmail.com, 520-955-3387. Conference calls…
Rank this Week: 1185

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/
  • Apr 22

    New Jersey Home Purchase Closing

    New Jersey Home Purchase Closing
    Finding a home you want to buy and making an offer which is accepted by the seller is only the beginning of the process to purchase a home in New Jersey. The next step is signing a contract to purchase the home. The contract is a written…
  • Apr 17

    New Jersey's Sales Tax Exceptions and Anomalie

    New Jersey's Sales Tax Exceptions and Anomalie
    Sales taxes are an inevitable part of life in New Jersey, and indeed, across the country. Sales taxes make it possible for the state to fund important government programs and operations such as transportation infrastructures, aid to schools…
  • Apr 15

    New Jersey Make Major Revisions to it Limited LIability Company Law

    New Jersey Make Major Revisions to it Limited LIability Company Law
    The Legislature has recently made important changes to the laws governing New Jersey limited liability companies, which were effective March 1, 2014. The new revisions make drastic changes to the way New Jersey law treats limited liability…
Rank this Week: 1512

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/
  • Apr 22

    Earth Day 2014

    Earth Day 2014
    Going green is good for the planet and good for your wallet. Here are some changes that can make a big impact.   $23-38 If the average household lowers the thermostat by two degrees, from 70 degrees to 68, they could save $23-$38 a…
  • Apr 15

    Is divorce a good solution if my spouse goes into a nursing home?

    Is divorce a good solution if my spouse goes into a nursing home?
    By Attorney Nathan Simpson Many clients come into the office asking if their only option when faced with a catastrophic medical situation is divorce. They have heard that this is the only way to not be required to spend everything in the…
  • Apr 14

    Your Estate Plan Should Reduce Your Legislative Risk, Not Increase It

    Your Estate Plan Should Reduce Your Legislative Risk, Not Increase It
    By Senior Associate Attorney, Dan Vu Too often estate planners do not consider their client's legislative risk. In other words, they plan without consideration to the very high probability that the current rules will change. In Washington and…
Rank this Week: 1173

epilawg

epilawg

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

http://epilawg.com/
  • Apr 22

    Estate Planning Myth #5: Equal is Fair

    Estate Planning Myth #5: Equal is Fair
    I have noticed that many clients use the words “equal” and “fair” interchangeably in the discussion around leaving assets (especially to children and grandchildren). Unfortunately, when thinking through the…
  • Apr 16

    Estate Planning Myth #4: Anyone can write a simple will

    Estate Planning Myth #4: Anyone can write a simple will
    This is somewhat correct: I clearly remember reading anomalous cases in law school about concepts like Holographic Wills and whether something as simple as “I leave everything to my wife” is a Will. A gentle […]Estate…
  • Apr 14

    Basics of Minnesota Medical Assistance

    Basics of Minnesota Medical Assistance
    Over half of the population will require long-term care at some point in their lives.  Paying for long-term care is a topic that many people avoid addressing until the last minute; however, due to the […]Basics of Minnesota…
Rank this Week: 1519

Elder Counsel Blog

Elder Counsel Blog

Provides education and tools for Elder Law and Special Needs Attorneys.

http://www.eldercounsel.com/blog/
Rank this Week: 1397

Julie's Wills & Estate Planning…

Julie's Wills & Estate Planning Blog

Covers estate planning and probate. By Julie Garber.

http://wills.about.com/
Rank this Week: 1308

Cramer Law Center

Cramer Law Center

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

http://cramerlawcenter.com/blog/
  • Apr 18

    RELATIONSHIP SERIES – PART 3

    RELATIONSHIP SERIES – PART 3
    Our Relationships Series previously has covered the unique estate planning challenges faced by blended families and by same-sex and other unmarried couples.  Today we will address another group that is in dire need of proper planning:…
  • Apr 4

    THE LATEST DO-IT-YOURSELF NIGHTMARE

    THE LATEST DO-IT-YOURSELF NIGHTMARE
    We are constantly warning clients and friends alike of the dangers of do-it-yourself estate planning.  The odds are just too high that a fill-in-the-blanks estate plan will fail.  We hate to say we told you so, but here it is…
  • Mar 24

    RELATIONSHIP SERIES – PART 2

    RELATIONSHIP SERIES – PART 2
    Scenario No.1 – Single Mom with Kids Marries Single Dad with Kids   Although this type of “stepfamily” is becoming more and more common, it comes with significant hurdles to overcome.  If you are part of a blended…
Rank this Week: 1433

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
  • Apr 18

    Income Inequality Argument Presumes Finite Wealth Creation

    Income Inequality Argument Presumes Finite Wealth Creation
    Much has been said about the growing “problem” of America’s income inequality. It’s been written that the top one percent of households account for 43 percent of business income and 75 percent of capital gains. This is…
  • Apr 11

    Think Your Estate Plan Isn’t Important? Think Again.

    Think Your Estate Plan Isn’t Important? Think Again.
    While I don’t usually agree with New York Times columnist and Nobel economist Paul Krugman, he points out in a recent column that six of the 10 wealthiest Americans have inherited their wealth rather than earning it as self-made…
  • Apr 4

    Nuptial Agreement Often a Necessary Estate Planning Tool

    Nuptial Agreement Often a Necessary Estate Planning Tool
    “Tom and Nancy” recently entered into marriage, the second time for each. Tom has three adult children from his prior marriage and Nancy has two adult children from hers. When they arrived at my office to discuss updating their…
Rank this Week: 1379

New York Probate and Estate…

New York Probate and Estate Administration Blog

Published by Stephen Bilkis & Associates

http://www.newyorkprobateestateadministration.com/
  • Apr 13

    Court Rules on Reasonable Attorneys Fees in Probate Case

    Court Rules on Reasonable Attorneys Fees in Probate Case
    A New York Probate Lawyer said that, the decedent died on June 4, 1931, a resident of Nassau County. His will dated November 26, 1930 was admitted to probate by decree dated June 15, 1931. The will created a trust for the benefit of the…
  • Apr 12

    Court Rules on Action to Vacate Deed

    Court Rules on Action to Vacate Deed
    A New York Probate Lawyer this is an action to vacate a deed or, in the alternative, impress a constructive trust, which was originally commenced by RM, as executor of the estate of MM, in the Supreme Court of Nassau County. The proceeding…
  • Apr 10

    Respondent Contends Court Lacks Subject Matter Jurisdiction

    Respondent Contends Court Lacks Subject Matter Jurisdiction
    In this Will Contest case, a motion by the executor for an order consenting to a transfer to this court of an action currently is pending in Supreme Court, New York County. Respondent argues that this court lacks subject matter jurisdiction…
Rank this Week: 1486

Davidov Law Group

Davidov Law Group

Covers new York elder law and estate planning.

http://www.davidovlaw.com/blog/
  • Apr 4

    How Much Does a Special Needs Trust Cost?

    How Much Does a Special Needs Trust Cost?
    If you want to provide resources for the benefit of someone with a disability, you should consider the creation of a special needs trust. This type of trust, alternately referred to as a supplemental needs trust, can enhance the life of the…
  • Mar 14

    Alzheimer’s, Health Care Proxies, and Powers of Attorney

    Alzheimer’s, Health Care Proxies, and Powers of Attorney
    Sometimes people who don’t have an extraordinary amount of wealth assume they don’t need to discuss estate planning with an attorney. They are aware of the fact that the estate tax is only applicable to large estates, and they…
  • Mar 12

    What Are the Drawbacks of Probate in New York?

    What Are the Drawbacks of Probate in New York?
    The process of probate in New York is a factor to consider when you are planning your estate. Estate planning is often equated to the execution of a last will. If you do utilize a last will as the legal device that will facilitate the…
Rank this Week: 1302

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: 1412

Towson Tax Attorney

Towson Tax Attorney

Covers taxes, business law, and estate planning. By Jeffrey Rogyom.

http://towsontax.com
  • Jan 16

    Commercial Leases – Drafting and Review

    Commercial Leases – Drafting and Review
    Locating a property or a tenant for leasing can be a very time-consuming process, so it’s understandable that parties often rush to get the lease signed; however, having a good lease agreement that’s been drafted and reviewed by…
  • Dec 12

    Not Having a Will in Maryland

    Not Having a Will in Maryland
    Many wonder what happens if you die without a Will. Each state, including Maryland, has its own laws that determine what happens to the person’s estate. The differences between each state’s laws do cause confusion, and your…
  • Sep 14

    Didn’t File Tax Returns? The IRS Offers Solutions for Nonfiler

    Didn’t File Tax Returns? The IRS Offers Solutions for Nonfiler
    Whether on purpose or by mistake, taxpayers sometimes find themselves years behind on filing their tax returns.  Sometimes people are lucky and decide on their own to file past due tax returns and move on with their life.  Others have the…
Rank this Week: 1358

Pet Trust Law Blog

Pet Trust Law Blog

Provides information for pet owners on legal topics concerning their well being and future, such as pet euthanasia and medical care, pet sitting, pet caretakers, and pet trusts. By Danny E. Meek, Esq.

http://www.pettrustlawblog.com/
  • Oct 9

    Another Pet Owner Leaves Millions for Her Dog and Other Animal

    Another Pet Owner Leaves Millions for Her Dog and Other Animal
    Muriel Siebert was the first woman to hold a seat on the New York Stock Exchange. She recently died and left a gift in her will of $100,000 to a friend, to care for her Chihuahua. In addition, she devised many millions of dollars for the…
  • Sep 3

    My Dog Is Thunderstruck

    My Dog Is Thunderstruck
    My wife Connie recently posted this on her blog. The Florida summer thunderstorms have brought a surprise along with all the rain …. our Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Anna, has suddenly developed a fear of thunder and lightning. This…
  • Aug 12

    What is Canine Companions?

    What is Canine Companions?
    I recently received this inquiry on the blog page;   What do you know about Canine Companions? I believe that they are one of the largest training organizations for service animals in the world. According to their web site, “Canine…
Rank this Week: 1226