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Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof…

Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof Blog

By Texas Tech University School of Law Professor Gerry W. Beyer.

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/trusts_estates_prof/
  • Apr 18

    Mysterious American Plane Spotted in Iran

    Mysterious American Plane Spotted in Iran
    Iran recently had an unlikely visitor: a private plane with a small American flag on its tail parked at the Mehrabad Airport in Tehran. In Iran, all but a few U.S. and European business activities are banned, so the aircraft...
  • Apr 18

    CLE on Representing Beneficiaries and Fiduciarie

    CLE on Representing Beneficiaries and Fiduciarie
    The American Law Institute Continuing Legal Education (ALI CLE) is presenting a CLE entitled, Representing Estate and Trust Beneficiaries and Fiduciaries, on Thursday-Friday, July 24-25, 2014. Here’s why you should attend: Join…
  • Apr 18

    Article on Taxes and Estate Planning

    Article on Taxes and Estate Planning
    Barry Cushman (Notre Dame Law School) recently published an article entitled, Tax Recognition, St. Louis University Law Journal, Vol. 58, p. 825, 2014. Provided below is the abstract from SSRN: This article was prepared for the St. Louis…
Rank this Week: 184

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 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…
  • Apr 15

    IRA Custodian Not Responsible for RMD

    IRA Custodian Not Responsible for RMD
    Failing to take a Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) results in a penalty for the account owner. IRA account custodians are only responsible for notifying owners of their RMD; the owner must take the steps necessary to draw a distribution.…
  • Mar 31

    3 Requirements for NC Long-Term Care Insurance Policie

    3 Requirements for NC Long-Term Care Insurance Policie
    Time and research is required to understand elder care in North Carolina. Individuals starting to explore long-term care insurance may not realize that North Carolina imposes several requirements on insurance providers. These requirements…
Rank this Week: 679

Nirenstein, Horowitz & Associates,…

Nirenstein, Horowitz & Associates, P.C. Blog

Covers Connecticut estate planning, probate and elder law.

http://www.preserveyourestate.net/blog/
  • 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…
  • Apr 14

    What Is Your Net Worth?

    What Is Your Net Worth?
    Financial planning attorneys will advise you to remain apprised of your net worth at all times. There are a number of different reasons for this, and one of them is the fact that you need to know exactly where you are in the present to…
Rank this Week: 631

Walden & Pfannenstiel Blog

Walden & Pfannenstiel Blog

Covers bankruptcy and estate planning.

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

    Chapter 13 Debt Limit

    Chapter 13 Debt Limit
    Debtors have the option of filing a chapter 13 bankruptcy as long as some qualifications are met.  One of those qualifications is the debtor’s secured and unsecured debt amounts cannot exceed the limits set for a chapter 13. …
  • Mar 31

    April 1, 2014 Median Income Levels for Kansas and Missouri Bankruptcy Filer

    April 1, 2014 Median Income Levels for Kansas and Missouri Bankruptcy Filer
    The Means Test looks at your Median Income to determine for which Chapter of Bankruptcy you qualify: Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 As of April 1, 2014 the Median Income Levels will change once again. Median income levels are up across the board in…
  • Mar 14

    Can I Qualify for a Mortgage After Bankruptcy?

    Can I Qualify for a Mortgage After Bankruptcy?
    We are often asked by clients if they will ever be able to buy a home if they file for bankruptcy.  Bankruptcy offers consumers a fresh start, meaning most consumers will walk away from all their unsecured debt like credit cards, medical…
Rank this Week: 2197

Wisconsin Estate Planning

Wisconsin Estate Planning

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

http://blog.tesarlaw.com/
  • Apr 18

    Consider Gifting Your IRA To Your Grandchildren

    Consider Gifting Your IRA To Your Grandchildren
    IRAs can be a very powerful estate planning tool that can pass to generations with deferred tax implications, however be sure to carefully evaluate all the options, advantages and disadvantages before simply naming a beneficiary.
  • Apr 16

    When To Shut Down The Pacemaker

    When To Shut Down The Pacemaker
    If you have a pacemaker make sure you discuss this with your legal advisor and ensure proper authority is given to them to make decisions regarding the pacemaker on your behalf should you be unable to do so.
  • Apr 14

    Planning For The Final Chapter

    Planning For The Final Chapter
    Simply setting goals in life without a plan to accomplish them may not be enough.
Rank this Week: 1186

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: 1065

Simmons & Schiavo Blog

Simmons & Schiavo Blog

Covers estate planning and real estate law.

http://www.sslawoffices.com/category/all-posts/
  • Apr 18

    Flood insurance rates could see a huge increase

    Flood insurance rates could see a huge increase
    Most homeowner’s insurance policies don’t protect owners against flooding. For this reason, many people in flood-prone areas obtain insurance through the federal government’s flood insurance program. But thanks to a new law,…
  • Apr 15

    Be careful if you donate to charity for a specific purpose

    Be careful if you donate to charity for a specific purpose
    Bernard and Jeanne Adler donated $50,000 to an animal shelter in their hometown of Princeton, N.J. The gift was to finance a new structure for large dogs and older cats (whose prospects for adoption are limited), and the structure was to be…
  • Apr 8

    Condos’ attempts to limit unit rentals can create issue

    Condos’ attempts to limit unit rentals can create issue
    Many condominium associations want to limit the owners’ ability to rent their unit to tenants. But doing so is often more complicated than it sounds. There are lots of reasons why condo associations might want to restrict rentals. For…
Rank this Week: 3172

Idaho Estate Planning

Idaho Estate Planning

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

http://idahoestateplanning.typepad.com/idaho_estate_planning/
Rank this Week: 2055

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: 1906

Cramer Law Center

Cramer Law Center

Covers Florida estate planning.

http://cramerlawcenter.com
  • 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: 4948

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
  • Apr 18

    Refreshing Recollection in Court

    Refreshing Recollection in Court
    It’s common for witnesses forget facts while testifying—often due to nerves and sometimes due to selective memory. The good news is that you can use almost any item to refresh a witness’s recollection. A common way to…
  • Apr 16

    Free, Open-Source, and Possibly Risky

    Free, Open-Source, and Possibly Risky
    Once an exception, the use of free and open-source software (FOSS) in commercial software products has become the rule. FOSS is particularly attractive to resource-strapped companies looking to avoid high software development costs or…
  • Apr 14

    Are Parents Required to Pay for College?

    Are Parents Required to Pay for College?
    The following is a guest blog post by Maggie LaBranch, a solo practitioner located in San Jose, California. Her passion in law shines in making personal connections and building relationships in her family law and trusts and estates…
Rank this Week: 2614

Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning

Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning

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

http://blog.kylekrull.com/kansas-missouri-estate-planning/
  • Apr 18

    Considering "Basis" When Electing Estate Planning Alternatives / Overland Park, K

    Considering "Basis" When Electing Estate Planning Alternatives / Overland Park, K
    New circumstances give rise to new alternatives (and opportunities) for estate planners. This, in turn, is creating some new and difficult choices.
  • Apr 17

    Objects of inheritance seem to be imbued…

    Objects of inheritance seem to be imbued with a special power. This is oftentimes the case, whether the family is aware of it yet or not. As one sitting down to put your intentions to paper, or even as the inheritor, it is a power worth…
  • Apr 16

    Tough Talks - Discussing End-Of-Life Matters / Overland Park, KS

    Tough Talks - Discussing End-Of-Life Matters / Overland Park, KS
    There are certain discussions that are just too important not to have. Unfortunately, these are also often the most difficult conversations to have. As many planning their estates know well, talking with your adult children about your…
Rank this Week: 1860

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: 1577

Law Office of Barton P. Levine

Law Office of Barton P. Levine

Covers New York estate planning, probate and wills.

http://www.new-york-estate-planning.com/blog/
  • Apr 18

    New Study Reveals How Well Seniors Adapt to Disability

    New Study Reveals How Well Seniors Adapt to Disability
    Most of us worry about our parents and their wishes and efforts of living independently. Most of us can also relate to sitting at the office and wondering if Mom is sitting in her favorite recliner watching reruns of Gunsmoke or The Andy…
  • Apr 17

    Elder Abuse Laws Gain Traction

    Elder Abuse Laws Gain Traction
    Tennessee’s version of an elderly abuse law is gaining traction as it cleared the Senate this week, courtesy of Sen. Rusty Crowe (R). The goal is to put in place stronger safety mechanisms that will better protect the elderly and other…
  • Apr 9

    Can You Probate Your Will Before You Die?

    Can You Probate Your Will Before You Die?
    Probating your Will before your death often makes practical sense. By pre-probating your Will, you can avoid confusion about your Will, including whether it is your most recent Will and if you actually died with a written Will. You do not…
Rank this Week: 2008

Nash Nash Bean & Ford, LLP Blog

Nash Nash Bean & Ford, LLP Blog

Covers elder law and estate planning.

http://www.nashbeanford.com/blog/
  • Apr 18

    What Is Medicaid in the Quad Cities Illinois?

    What Is Medicaid in the Quad Cities Illinois?
    Healthcare coverage has been at the forefront of the political arena for some time now. Although we enjoy exceptional medical care in the United States, it isn’t cheap. For the uninsured, medical bills can be so high that they lead to…
  • Apr 16

    How Do Elder Law Attorneys in the Quad Cities Charge?

    How Do Elder Law Attorneys in the Quad Cities Charge?
    Choosing an attorney in the Quad Cities is often a difficult and time consuming process for any type of legal issue. When you are in need of an elder law attorney the need to choose the right attorney is amplified for several reasons. While…
  • Apr 14

    What Questions Should I Ask a Quad Cities Elder Law Attorney?

    What Questions Should I Ask a Quad Cities Elder Law Attorney?
    Whether for yourself or for an elderly loved one, odds are good that you will need the services of an elder law attorney at some point in the future. Because you may never have worked with an elder law attorney before the odds are also good…
Rank this Week: 3049

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 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…
  • Apr 14

    Estate Fights for Music Royalties in the Digital Age

    Estate Fights for Music Royalties in the Digital Age
    Estate planning can have ramifications decades (or even centuries!) after an individual passes away. On one hand, this is true because how one leaves assets and guidance to others can influence their long-term personal legacy. More…
  • Apr 11

    The Power of Legacy - Could a Will have Prevented WWII?

    The Power of Legacy - Could a Will have Prevented WWII?
    Life is about far more than the accumulation of material wealth. Working hard and collecting valuables to enjoy and pass on to others at death is nothing to spurn. But there are many other things that are accumulated over a life and can be…
Rank this Week: 1133

Estate Planning Blog

Estate Planning Blog

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

http://www.hooklawcenter.com/blog/
  • Apr 18

    How to Prevent Identity Theft with Your Medicare ID Card

    How to Prevent Identity Theft with Your Medicare ID Card
    A recent Reuters article highlights an identity security problem for U.S. seniors. Identification cards issued by Medicare contain instructions to carry the card with you at all times. But your card also contains your full social security…
  • Mar 28

    First-party and third-party special needs trusts protect benefit eligibility

    First-party and third-party special needs trusts protect benefit eligibility
    Individuals with special needs often depend on government benefits in order to afford things that many of us take for granted — including health care, education, healthy food and a safe home. But when someone with special needs acquires…
  • Mar 13

    Elder advocacy group urges Congress to help seniors in 2014

    Elder advocacy group urges Congress to help seniors in 2014
    The National Council on Aging (NCOA) recently released a list of five recommendations for Congress to help American seniors in 2014. 1. Strengthen the Older Americans Act (OAA). The OAA provides funding for critical services for seniors…
Rank this Week: 3943

Mendel Law Firm Blog

Mendel Law Firm Blog

Covers estate planning.

http://www.mendellawfirm.com/blog/
  • Apr 18

    Famous Estates – Legacy Champ or Chump?

    Famous Estates – Legacy Champ or Chump?
    Will Keith Kellogg (1860-1951) – Industrialist & Philanthropist W.K. Kellogg was an American industrialist in food manufacturing, best known as the founder of the Kellogg Company, which to this day produces a wide variety of popular…
  • Apr 17

    Thought for the Day:

    Thought for the Day:
    Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve. Napoleon Hill
  • Apr 16

    The Interest in Celebrity Estate

    The Interest in Celebrity Estate
    It should come as no surprise to anyone that the more an estate is worth, the more interest there is in an estate and the more fights there are over the estate. This is the reason that celebrity estates are often discussed and that they often…
Rank this Week: 3803

Bingham Greenebaum Doll Blog

Bingham Greenebaum Doll Blog

Covers Indiana law.

http://www.bgdlegal.com/blog/
  • Apr 18

    Health Care Fraud Prosecutions - Even Good Providers Are At Risk

    Health Care Fraud Prosecutions - Even Good Providers Are At Risk
    As the federal government expands its pursuit of health care fraud cases, even good providers are at risk of becoming targets. Consider, for example, these federal health care fraud cases in 2013: Three cardiologists, including one in…
  • Apr 17

    Best of Bingham: Wendy Becker and Jennifer Cave Elected to FCBA Board of Director

    Best of Bingham: Wendy Becker and Jennifer Cave Elected to FCBA Board of Director
    Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP and Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP Women’s Forum would like to recognize and congratulate partners Wendy Bryant Becker and Jennifer J. Cave on their recent election to the Fayette County Bar Association Board of…
  • Apr 15

    Speak No Evil: NLRB Finds Workplace Rules Prohibiting ?Negativity? Unlawful

    Speak No Evil: NLRB Finds Workplace Rules Prohibiting ?Negativity? Unlawful
    In the recent case Hills and Dales General Hospital and Danielle Corlis, 360 HLRB No. 70 (April 1, 2014), the National Labor Relations Board held that an employer’s policy prohibiting “negative comments” and…
Rank this Week: 3761

Parman & Easterday Blog

Parman & Easterday Blog

Covers elder law and estate planning.

http://www.parmanlaw.com/blog/
  • Apr 18

    Free Seminar: The Costly Mistakes Families Make With Their Estate Plan

    Free Seminar: The Costly Mistakes Families Make With Their Estate Plan
    Just a reminder, we’re hosting a free seminar next Tuesday afternoon where you can learn how to avoid some of the most costly mistakes families make in their estate plans. This is a great opportunity to make sure your family and your…
  • Apr 17

    The 7 Major Dangers of Poor Estate Planning

    The 7 Major Dangers of Poor Estate Planning
    Do you know the dangers of not having a solid estate plan in place for your family? Join us as Parman & Easterday attorney Blaine Peterson explains the 7 major dangers of poor estate planning and what you can do to avoid the pitfalls. To…
  • Apr 14

    Is Probate Always Required?

    Is Probate Always Required?
    Your estate may be subject to the probate process if you do not take steps to avoid it. Most people use a last will to express their final wishes with regard to the distribution of their remaining financial assets. Unless certain…
Rank this Week: 2510

Duffy Law Office

Duffy Law Office

Covers estate planning and elder law in Iowa.

http://www.duffylawoffice.com/blog/
  • Apr 17

    Power of Attorney in Davenport: Who May Act as an Agent?

    Power of Attorney in Davenport: Who May Act as an Agent?
    When you plan your estate, you should cover all of your bases. Of course you want to facilitate the transfer of your monetary assets to your loved ones after you pass away. At the same time, you should also prepare for the period of time that…
  • Apr 8

    Senior Star at Elmore Place Offers Virtual Dimentia Tour to Duffy Law Office

    Senior Star at Elmore Place Offers Virtual Dimentia Tour to Duffy Law Office
    Senior Star at Elmore Place Offers Virtual Dementia Tour® for the Community Duffy Law Office is first group in Quad Cities to participate    DAVENPORT, IA (April 10, 2014) – Senior Star at Elmore Place, one of the…
  • Apr 3

    What Are the Advantages and Disadvantages of a Guardianship?

    What Are the Advantages and Disadvantages of a Guardianship?
    A guardianship hearing can be convened when interested parties feel as though an adult has become incapacitated and unable to handle his or her own affairs.  Clearly, if you were to recognize that someone that you love was in need of…
Rank this Week: 3471

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 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…
  • Apr 16

    Di Michele v. Di Michele: A recent Ontario Court of Appeal decision and the ensuing concern

    Di Michele v. Di Michele: A recent Ontario Court of Appeal decision and the ensuing concern
    The scope of an estate trustee’s power has been highlighted in the recent April 3rd Ontario Court of Appeal decision, Di Michele v. Di Michele, and is causing concern among some practitioners in the field. In Di Michele v. Di Michele,…
  • Apr 16

    Hull on Estates #374 – Removing estate trustee

    Hull on Estates #374 – Removing estate trustee
    Listen to Hull on Estates #374 – Removing estate trustees Today on Hull on Estates, Jonathon Kappy and Stuart Clark discuss removing estate trustees, and reference the recent 2013 case, Hawkins v. Hawkins Estate. If you have any…
Rank this Week: 228

Law Offices of Richard B.…

Law Offices of Richard B. Schneider, LLC Blog

Covers elder law and estate planning.

http://www.rbsllc.com/blog/
  • Apr 17

    How Do I Fund My Trust?

    How Do I Fund My Trust?
    A comprehensive estate plan typically includes far more than just a Last Will and Testament. Though your Will should provide the foundation for your estate plan, additional tools and strategies may also be incorporated into the plan to…
  • Apr 15

    Can I Gift $10,000 Each Year to My Children?

    Can I Gift $10,000 Each Year to My Children?
    Estate planning frequently aims to do more than simply provide a roadmap for the distribution of estate assets after death. For anyone with a moderate to large estate, minimizing the impact of gift and estate taxes is a primary goal of estate…
  • Apr 10

    What Is a Charitable Remainder Trust?

    What Is a Charitable Remainder Trust?
    For many people, philanthropy is an important part of their life.  If you are one of these people, chances are good that you wish to continue your philanthropic gifting after you are gone as well. Fortunately, there are numerous ways to…
Rank this Week: 4040

Potter Law Firm Blog

Potter Law Firm Blog

Covers estate planning and elder law.

http://www.potterestateplanning.com/blog/
  • Apr 17

    When Does a Power of Attorney Go Into Effect?

    When Does a Power of Attorney Go Into Effect?
    A power of attorney is a document that is used to give someone else the ability to make legally binding decisions on your behalf. The document is meant to serve your needs, and you can shape it to do just that. Incapacity Planning The type of…
  • Mar 12

    What Is a POD Account in Charlotte North Carolina?

    What Is a POD Account in Charlotte North Carolina?
    There are so-called “simple solutions” that some people buy into when it comes to estate planning. One of them involves the creation of something called a POD account. What Is a POD Account in Charlotte North Carolina? A POD…
  • Mar 5

    Medicaid Trusts: What Are the Disadvantages?

    Medicaid Trusts: What Are the Disadvantages?
    Many people hear the word Medicaid and they tune out, because they expect to be eligible for Medicare coverage. Before we take a look at the disadvantages of Medicaid trusts, we should first explain why Medicaid is relevant to senior citizens…
Rank this Week: 1728

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: 1163

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: 2937

Florida Estate Planning and…

Florida Estate Planning and Probate Law

Covers changes in Florida law in the area of estate planning, tax law and probate law. By Marc J. Soss.

http://blog.fl-estateplanning.com
  • Apr 17

    What Kind Of Inheritance Do You Owe Your Kids?

    What Kind Of Inheritance Do You Owe Your Kids?
    “I don’t believe in inheriting money,” CNN host recently told Howard Stern on Stern’s radio show, a son of designer and heiress Gloria Vanderbilt: “I think it’s an initiative sucker. I think it’s…
  • Apr 16

    WINDSOR'S IMPACT ON RETIREMENT PLANS FOR SAME SEX COUPLES

    WINDSOR'S IMPACT ON RETIREMENT PLANS FOR SAME SEX COUPLES
    Under IRS Notice 2014-19, qualified retirement plan administrators must recognize same-sex spouses of legally married participants as of June 26, 2013. The retroactive date coincides with the date of the Supreme Court issued its decision in…
  • Apr 9

    LAST MINUTE IRA CONTRIBUTION TIPS

    LAST MINUTE IRA CONTRIBUTION TIPS
    Last minute retirement benefits that you should utilize: Contribute For Your Spouse: If you’re married and at least one spouse is employed (and you’re not earning above the IRS income thresholds), the working spouse can…
Rank this Week: 2685

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 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…
  • Apr 11

    New Jersey's Employment Laws Which Protect Against Sexual Harassment

    New Jersey's Employment Laws Which Protect Against Sexual Harassment
    New Jersey's employment laws protect employees from workplace sexual harassment. People accused of sexual harassment may be subject to individual liability under both civil and criminal laws. Employers may also be found liable for sexual…
Rank this Week: 1542

Connecticut Estate Planning…

Connecticut Estate Planning Attorneys Blog

Covers estate planning. By CzepigaDalyPope LLC.

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

    The One Thing You Should Know About Your Stay in the Nursing Home: Money Follows the Person

    The One Thing You Should Know About Your Stay in the Nursing Home: Money Follows the Person
    If you’re like most people, you may believe that once you’re in a nursing home, you’re there for good. Thanks to a federally funded program, Connecticut residents who have been institutionalized in a nursing home now have…
  • Apr 1

    Medicaid Planning: 10 Questions You Should Ask Your Elder Law Attorney

    Medicaid Planning: 10 Questions You Should Ask Your Elder Law Attorney
    How do I know if an attorney is the right one to help me with Medicaid planning? Inevitably, when we’re presenting to the community about long-term care planning, this question pops up. Why? Because people understand that planning for…
  • Mar 25

    How to Take Charge of Your Healthcare Choices With Advanced Directive

    How to Take Charge of Your Healthcare Choices With Advanced Directive
    What happens when you lose your capacity to make decisions about your medical care? The news these days is full of stories about people on life support and their family members fighting over whether brain dead means something different than…
Rank this Week: 3708

Florida Asset Protection &…

Florida Asset Protection & Estate Planning

Covers asset protection and estate planning. By C. Randolph Coleman.

http://blog.thecolemanlawfirm.net
  • Apr 17

    Most Important Parts of Estate Planning Can't Get Legislated Away

    Most Important Parts of Estate Planning Can't Get Legislated Away
    <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:12.0pt">There is always a media swarm around the death of a celebrity, especially when they’re young, active in their careers, beloved, and tragic. The death of actor…
  • Feb 24

    Welcome D. Kent Sausaman, JD, MBA, LLM to The Coleman Law Firm, PLLC

    Welcome D. Kent Sausaman, JD, MBA, LLM to The Coleman Law Firm, PLLC
    <font face="Verdana" style="font-size: 16px;">We take great pride and pleasure in welcoming D. Kent Sausaman to The Coleman Law Firm, PLLC.</font> <div><img…
  • Feb 19

    Durable Power of Attorneys for Medicaid Planning

    Durable Power of Attorneys for Medicaid Planning
    <font face="Verdana">Most elderly people who need skilled nursing care usually do not have legal capacity to sign appropriate documents to restructure their assets and qualify for Medicaid benefits to pay for nursing…
Rank this Week: 2505

Lancaster Law Blog

Lancaster Law Blog

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

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

    The Three Estate Planning Documents You Need

    The Three Estate Planning Documents You Need
    In previous posts, we have discussed various estate planning documents and how they differ, but many times there is confusion as to what takes effect and when. Or, you may wonder why you can’t just appoint an agent (power of attorney)…
  • Apr 2

    Follow up to Death in the Digital Age

    Follow up to Death in the Digital Age
    As a follow up to Death in the Digital Age, a story about the online afterlife of a woman in Pontiac Michigan caught my attention.   Her body was discovered in her vehicle parked in her garage by an individual entering the property…
  • Mar 28

    Accessing Email After Death

    Accessing Email After Death
    Recently we posted an article about Death in the Digital Age.  But, what happens if a loved one fails to make these arrangements and you must have access to their digital accounts?  Google has recently developed a method that allows…
Rank this Week: 1880

New Jersey Estate Planning Center…

New Jersey Estate Planning Center Blog

Covers New Jersey estate planning. By Media Law Group.

http://www.jerseyestateplanning.com/blog/
  • Apr 17

    Do You Need A Lawyer To Create A Will?

    Do You Need A Lawyer To Create A Will?
    Sure, you can create a will without a lawyer. There are even a number of downloadable documents online, and software programs available from your nearest electronics store, to help you do it. However, a recent article in the ABA Journal…
  • Apr 16

    Elder Law Is…About Having Option

    Elder Law Is…About Having Option
    Elder Law is….About Having Options When people meet with me to discuss our elder law planning, they learn that my emphasis is on giving seniors options as they get older and their care needs increase – not necessarily qualifying…
  • Apr 10

    When Was The Last Time You Reviewed Your Beneficiary Designations?

    When Was The Last Time You Reviewed Your Beneficiary Designations?
    Maybe it’s the IRA you have meticulously made contributions to for the last twenty years. Or the retirement plan you established with your employer the very day you began work at the company. Or that insurance policy you bought many…
Rank this Week: 3642

The Zimmer Law Firm

The Zimmer Law Firm

Covers elder law, estate planning, Medicaid, probate, wills and trusts.

http://www.zimmerlawfirm.com/blog/
  • Apr 17

    What Is the Difference Between a Revocable Living Trust and a Medicaid Trust?

    What Is the Difference Between a Revocable Living Trust and a Medicaid Trust?
    When you use a will to state your wishes regarding the transfer of your property, the heirs don’t receive their inheritances until the estate has been probated. A revocable living trust is a type of trust that is largely utilized to…
  • Apr 15

    What Happened to Abraham Lincoln’s Estate?

    What Happened to Abraham Lincoln’s Estate?
    We have told you some stories about what happens when famous people pass away without having a Will. None of these stories have included an estate administration that went smoothly. It is not because we choose to only discuss smoothly…
  • Apr 8

    What Is the Annual Gift Tax Exclusion?

    What Is the Annual Gift Tax Exclusion?
    There is a gift tax in the United States, but you may not have to pay it because of the annual gift tax exclusion. Each year you can give as much as $14,000 to any number of people tax-free. This $14,000 figure is accurate in 2014, but is…
Rank this Week: 2136

All About Estates

All About Estates

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

http://www.allaboutestates.ca/
  • Apr 17

    Eyes Wide Open II

    Eyes Wide Open II
    In my March 14th blog, Eyes Wide Open, I asked the question - why did the named executor ever agree to take on the administration. My blog was followed by a rhetorical answer meant to remind all of us – advisors and potential executors…
  • Apr 16

    Giving Thank

    Giving Thank
    This week many families will gather together to celebrate Spring and the holidays that are celebrated at this time of year. Who will be around your table this year?
  • Apr 15

    Forgotten Bank Account

    Forgotten Bank Account
    What happens to unclaimed bank accounts?
Rank this Week: 643

The Virtual Attorney Blog

The Virtual Attorney Blog

Covers estate planning and business law. By Michael Brennan.

http://thevirtualattorney.com/blog
  • Apr 16

    Today Marks a Milestone

    Today Marks a Milestone
    Wow! So, as I was browsing Google the other night-as I do from time to time to make sure that The Virtual Attorney is being appropriately represented in the ether- I came across this. That happens to be the very first press release I ever…
  • Apr 14

    Legal Headlines for April 14, 2014

    Legal Headlines for April 14, 2014
    >     It is now illegal in Wisconsin to post a sexually explicit image of someone on the Internet without their knowledge as the state legislature follows a number of other states in passing a “Revenger…
  • Apr 10

    The Virtual Attorney's Response to the Heartbleed Bug

    The Virtual Attorney's Response to the Heartbleed Bug
    By now, you may have heard about Heartbleed- an OpenSSL bug which allows an internet attacker to read the memory of a server or a client, allowing them to retrieve, for example, a server's SSL private keys. A number of websites have…
Rank this Week: 4403

Florida Elder Law and Estate…

Florida Elder Law and Estate Planning

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

http://karplaw.blogspot.com/
  • Apr 16

    New hybrid policies may be good alternative to traditional long-term care insurance

    New hybrid policies may be good alternative to traditional long-term care insurance
    In March I gave tips for preventing or resolving the difficulties that may arise when trying to collect benefits from older, traditional long-term care insurance policies. In this post I describe the new "hybrid" long-term care…
  • Apr 15

    V.A. Aid and Attendance lookback fails in Senate

    V.A. Aid and Attendance lookback fails in Senate
    Senate Bill 1982, which among other measures would have created a three-year asset look-back for veterans applying for Veterans Aid and Attendance benefits, has failed in the Senate.   Veterans Aid and Attendance is a type of improved…
  • Apr 15

    In March I gave tips for preventing or…

    In March I gave tips for preventing or resolving the difficulties that may arise when trying to collect benefits from older, traditional long-term care insurance policies. In this post I describe the new "hybrid" long-term care…
Rank this Week: 1777

Givner & Kaye Blog

Givner & Kaye Blog

Covers estate and tax planning.

http://www.givnerkaye.com/blog/
Rank this Week: 999

Texas Wills and Trusts Law Online

Texas Wills and Trusts Law Online

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

http://www.texaswillsandtrustslaw.com
  • Apr 16

    The Importance of Estate Planning in Non-Traditional Familie

    The Importance of Estate Planning in Non-Traditional Familie
    I got a heartbreaking call this week from a woman whose fiancé had recently died. They had been a couple for many years, and were the parents of an infant son, but they had never gotten around to getting married. Her fiancé had…
  • Apr 9

    The Cost of a Do-It-Yourself Will

    The Cost of a Do-It-Yourself Will
    I have written before about the risks of do-it-yourself estate planning and explained how people who use do-it-yourself solutions end up with a false sense of security. They create documents that they believe will address their needs but wind…
  • Mar 26

    What Is An Estate?

    What Is An Estate?
    Many years ago, a neighbor’s teenaged daughter asked me what type of law I practiced. When I told her I focused on estate planning, she looked at me bewildered. “You mean, like mansions?” she asked. It was clear she was…
Rank this Week: 1546

Anderson, Dorn & Rader, Ltd. Blog

Anderson, Dorn & Rader, Ltd. Blog

Covers estate planning, probate and living trusts in Nevada.

http://www.wealth-counselors.com/blog/
  • Apr 16

    Incapacity Planning in Reno: What is the Difference Between a Guardianship and a Power of Attorney?

    Incapacity Planning in Reno: What is the Difference Between a Guardianship and a Power of Attorney?
    Both a guardianship and a power of attorney are methods of placing the control of someone’s affairs into the hands of someone else.  There are differences between the two and certain advantages and disadvantages that you should…
  • Apr 10

    Probate in Reno: Is the Process Always Required?

    Probate in Reno: Is the Process Always Required?
    When you die, your assets pass to your heirs by way of the probate process, regardless of whether you have a will or not.  Probate in Reno can be a lengthy process.  The administrator is required to make an inventory of all of your…
  • Apr 4

    What are the Disadvantages of a Power of Attorney in Reno?

    What are the Disadvantages of a Power of Attorney in Reno?
    A power of attorney is a legal document giving an agent the authority to act on someone else’s behalf.  In Reno, Nevada, the person creating the power of attorney is known as the “principal,” and that person chooses a…
Rank this Week: 2533

Murphy's Law Blog

Murphy's Law Blog

Covers elder law, estate planning and probate. By Noreen Murphy.

http://www.noreenmurphylaw.com/blog/
  • Apr 16

    The Dangers Of Using Cookie-Cutter, Downloadable Legal Form

    The Dangers Of Using Cookie-Cutter, Downloadable Legal Form
    When people learn that I am an estate planning and elder law attorney, some of them ask what I think about “do it yourself” wills, trusts, and other estate planning forms that can be found online. Of course, when I ……
  • Apr 9

    Senior Dating—Tips To Help You “Get Your Groove” Back

    Senior Dating—Tips To Help You “Get Your Groove” Back
    One of the most rewarding aspects of being an elder law and estate planning attorney is that I get to develop strong relationships with my clients. To create a sound plan, I need to know my clients well. Many clients … Continue reading…
  • Apr 2

    Income Tax Benefits Available To Families With Special Needs Children

    Income Tax Benefits Available To Families With Special Needs Children
    As the cost to care for children with special needs continues to rise, parents need all the help they can get. Unfortunately, as many as 15% to 30% of parents with a special needs child are not taking full advantage … Continue reading…
Rank this Week: 4485

Law Offices of Robert H. Glorch…

Law Offices of Robert H. Glorch Blog

Illinois attorney blog for estate planning, wills, trusts and probate.

http://www.illinoisestateplan.com/blog
  • Apr 16

    Illinois Probate: Heirs vs. Legatee

    Illinois Probate: Heirs vs. Legatee
    Last year I wrote about the importance of distinguishing between ‘Heirs vs. Descendants’ in the estate planning context. Today’s post will highlight the difference between ‘heirs’ and ‘legatees’ in…
  • Apr 9

    The 3 Habits of Highly Effective Trustees and Executor

    The 3 Habits of Highly Effective Trustees and Executor
    Estate disputes can be triggered by the lack of effective estate planning. I recently wrote about 10 estate planning steps to help avoid family inheritance disputes. Conflict can also be caused by problems that arise during administration of…
  • Apr 1

    Gift by Poetry: Dogged Unfairness or Poetic Justice?

    Gift by Poetry: Dogged Unfairness or Poetic Justice?
    In honor of April Fools Day (and National Poetry Month), today’s post reviews a new Illinois appellate court decision that seems like a spoof (or a law school exam question) — but isn’t. There are usually a handful of…
Rank this Week: 4078

epilawg

epilawg

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

http://epilawg.com/
  • 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…
  • Apr 11

    Estate Planning Myth #3: All I need I can find on legal zoom

    Estate Planning Myth #3: All I need I can find on legal zoom
    Yes, there are forms out there, and yes, many documents that attorneys draft begin from a template or form. However, consider these two major points for discussion with this myth: first, the law is full […]Estate Planning Myth #3: All…
Rank this Week: 1572

Law Office of Roy W. Litherland…

Law Office of Roy W. Litherland Blog

Covers estate planning, probate and living trusts.

http://www.attorneyoffice.com/blog/
  • Apr 16

    Free Living Trust Seminars Coming In May

    Free Living Trust Seminars Coming In May
    We make an effort to get out into the community on an ongoing basis to bring good information to people here in the greater San Jose area. To this end, we present an ongoing series of informational sessions that cover various different elder…
  • Apr 10

    When Does a Power of Attorney Become Effective?

    When Does a Power of Attorney Become Effective?
    You can prepare for the possibility of incapacity late in your life by executing a document called a durable power of attorney. With a power of attorney, you name someone else to act on your behalf in a legally binding manner. Durable powers…
  • Apr 8

    Incapacity Planning in San Jose: Difference Between a Conservatorship and a Power of Attorney

    Incapacity Planning in San Jose: Difference Between a Conservatorship and a Power of Attorney
    We like to answer frequently asked questions on our blog, and today we will look at the difference between a conservatorship and a power of attorney. California Adult Conservatorship First, we should clear up the matter of guardianship versus…
Rank this Week: 3687

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 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…
  • Apr 2

    Discuss Finances Before The Wedding Day

    Discuss Finances Before The Wedding Day
    Planning a wedding anytime soon? Then there are many things to think about. But one of the key issues that should be on your mind is finances. It may not be romantic, but you must talk about money with your future spouse. Discussing finances…
Rank this Week: 505

Iowa Law Blog

Iowa Law Blog

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

http://www.iowa-lawblog.com/
  • Apr 15

    Cats, Dogs and No Contact Orders.

    Cats, Dogs and No Contact Orders.
     In the coming months, victims of domestic abuse may have one less deterrent from seeking out necessary help and protection. Under Senate File 2118, "pets or companion animals owned or held" by the parties to a domestic abuse protective…
  • Apr 11

    Conducting an Investigation

    Conducting an Investigation
    An employee just made a complaint of harassment or discrimination. You know you have a duty, as the employer, to investigate the employee’s complaint, but aren’t entirely sure how to conduct the investigation. Here are a few…
  • Mar 17

    How to Navigate Divorce in a Healthy Way

    How to Navigate Divorce in a Healthy Way
    Making the decision to end your marriage can be a very emotional experience.  Oftentimes, the emotions associated with ending your marriage result in anger and/or resentment toward your soon-to-be ex-spouse which in turn can make a…
Rank this Week: 1476