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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/
  • Jul 31

    NJ Domestic Partners Lose Estate Benefits by Not Registering

    NJ Domestic Partners Lose Estate Benefits by Not Registering
    In the recent Tax Court case of Estate of Marie P. Frappolli v. Director, Division of Taxation, a domestic partnership lost estate tax benefits because they did not register as a couple with the state. As an alternative to marriage equality,…
  • Jul 30

    Lessons Learned From Sting and Philip Seymour Hoffman: Myths About Trust

    Lessons Learned From Sting and Philip Seymour Hoffman: Myths About Trust
    It was recently reported that prior to his death, Philip Seymour Hoffman rejected the advice of both his attorneys and accountant when planning his estate. Instead of leaving his estate to his children, Hoffman left his entire $34 million…
  • Jul 28

    The Pros and Cons of Dynasty Trust

    The Pros and Cons of Dynasty Trust
    A dynasty trust used to be a very popular estate planning tool that has declined in use over the last few years. A dynasty trust ensures that upon the client's death their assets would still qualify for an estate tax exemption. In the past,…
Rank this Week: 2263

Walden & Pfannenstiel Blog

Walden & Pfannenstiel Blog

Covers bankruptcy and estate planning.

http://wplawpractice.com/blog/
  • Jul 31

    KWAA Celebrates Silver Conference : 2014

    KWAA Celebrates Silver Conference : 2014
    July 24 – 26, 2014 The Future is Now:  Building on our 25 Years The Kansas Women Attorneys Association celebrated our Silver Anniversary in style! Bethany College and the city of Lindsborg joined in our celebration by providing us…
  • May 30

    2014 Food From The Bar Campaign Result

    2014 Food From The Bar Campaign Result
    In April we, once again, participated in the annual Food From The Bar Campaign. This statewide food drive is organized by the Kansas Women Attorneys Association to encourage the legal community to fight hunger in Kansas. This year we raised…
  • May 15

    Bankruptcy Filing Fees on the Rise June 1, 2014

    Bankruptcy Filing Fees on the Rise June 1, 2014
    The Judicial Conference of the United States approved amendments to the Bankruptcy Court Miscellaneous Fee Schedule, which will go into effect on June 1, 2014.  The amendment affecting most bankruptcy filers is an increase to the…
Rank this Week: 1891

Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof…

Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof Blog

By Gerry W. Beyer.

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/trusts_estates_prof/
  • Jul 31

    House Passes Charitable Giving Tax Break

    House Passes Charitable Giving Tax Break
    The “America Gives More Act of 2014” passed in the House earlier this month. If passed the act will extend the charitable IRA rollover and the enhanced conservation easement breaks which have expired. The act would also enact two new...
  • Jul 31

    University of Pittsburg seeks T&E Visitor

    University of Pittsburg seeks T&E Visitor
    The following announcment is a reposting from The Faculty Lounge (Al Brophy, July 30, 2014). The University of Pittsburgh School of Law invites applications for 2015-2016 visiting faculty positions. The positions would include teaching…
  • Jul 31

    Request for Your Support

    Request for Your Support
    Dear Reader, The American Bar Association is working on its list of the 100 best legal blogs. If you enjoy this blog, I would certainly appreciate your support by completing a very short "Friend-of-the-Blawg" form by following this…
Rank this Week: 73

Givner & Kaye Blog

Givner & Kaye Blog

Covers estate and tax planning.

http://www.givnerkaye.com/blog/
Rank this Week: 572

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/
  • Jul 31

    Idaho Estate Planning - Real Family Feuds Are Not a Game

    Idaho Estate Planning - Real Family Feuds Are Not a Game
    While the contemplation of your eventual demise is never at the top of anyone's list, there is satisfaction from the feeling that you have taken care of issues and provided for those you love. But unwitting mistakes can wreck your careful…
  • Jul 30

    Idaho Estate Planning - Newlywed Consideration

    Idaho Estate Planning - Newlywed Consideration
    Taking the time to sit down with your spouse and update your estate plans will ensure that, should the worst happen, your new family is prepared to handle the unexpected.
  • Jul 29

    Idaho Elder Law - Be Careful When Signing as "Responsible Party" for Parent

    Idaho Elder Law - Be Careful When Signing as "Responsible Party" for Parent
    Many older people moving into a nursing home or retirement community are experiencing cognitive decline. In legal terms, they no longer have the capacity to make financial or medical decisions for themselves. So a trusted person—usually an…
Rank this Week: 920

Law Offices of Cheryl David

Law Offices of Cheryl David

Covers estate planning and elder law in North Carolina.

http://www.cheryldavid.com/blog/
  • Jul 31

    A Few Words of Caution About DNR Tattoo

    A Few Words of Caution About DNR Tattoo
    Last year, we blogged about DNR tattoos and why they might be potentially problematic from an estate planning point of view. However, the subject has continued to draw interest, and a lot of people are wondering if getting a DNR tattoo is…
  • Jul 21

    Updating Your Estate Plan is Essential

    Updating Your Estate Plan is Essential
    If you are new to the estate planning process, you should understand that updating your estate plan is absolutely essential if you want to get the most out of it. Once you speak to an estate planning lawyer, decide on the type of plan you…
  • Jul 9

    Free Report: Power of Attorney in North Carolina

    Free Report: Power of Attorney in North Carolina
    A closer look at some of the specific types of decisions and issues you will have to face when you make an estate plan. Topics covered in this report include: Powers of Attorney Attorneys and Powers of Attorney Agents and Attorneys-in-Fact…
Rank this Week: 3778

Murphy's Law Blog

Murphy's Law Blog

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

http://www.noreenmurphylaw.com/blog/
  • Jul 31

    Actor Hoffman Made Mistakes With His Will

    Actor Hoffman Made Mistakes With His Will
    I came across an interesting article recently about the actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman and how he made numerous mistakes in his estate planning that are going to impact his partner and kids. I thought his story could serve as a ……
  • Jul 30

    Caring For Spouse Tougher Than Caring For Parent

    Caring For Spouse Tougher Than Caring For Parent
    This blog post is one that many of us in a certain age group will find hits close to home. I found this article on dailyfinance.com and it talks about the difficulties we encounter when caring for an ill parent … Continue reading…
  • Jul 16

    Boomers Should Be Saving

    Boomers Should Be Saving
    I recently came across an article on AARP.com that I thought would be important for baby boomers to read. The message: keep saving for retirement. The article noted that many people who could be saving are not doing so. One … Continue…
Rank this Week: 3631

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/
  • Jul 31

    Grandparents - Giving The Gift Of Higher Learning

    Grandparents - Giving The Gift Of Higher Learning
    It used to be normal for parents to pay for (or help pay for) the college education of their children, or for the children themselves to work their way through. However, the cost of a college education is now at an all-time high. Student…
  • Jul 30

    Does Death Kill Your Credit Card Debt?

    Does Death Kill Your Credit Card Debt?
    Have you been following any of the latest news stories about the crushing credit card debt owed by the typical American family? Yikes! It is no longer unusual for someone to have more credit card debt than assets.
  • Jul 29

    Goldilocks And ... The Revocable Living Trust

    Goldilocks And ... The Revocable Living Trust
    Revocable living trusts can solve many common estate planning problems. And, many folks (and their professional advisors) think they are a must-have, as evidenced by their popularity. Nevertheless, not everyone needs a revocable living trust…
Rank this Week: 1249

The Zimmer Law Firm

The Zimmer Law Firm

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

http://www.zimmerlawfirm.com/blog/
  • Jul 31

    Who Can Create a Power of Attorney in Cincinnati?

    Who Can Create a Power of Attorney in Cincinnati?
    It is possible to use a power of attorney to give someone else the power to act on your behalf in a legally binding manner. There are various different reasons why you may want to grant someone a Power of Attorney. In the field of estate…
  • Jul 29

    Early Dementia Signs and Medicaid Planning in Cincinnati

    Early Dementia Signs and Medicaid Planning in Cincinnati
    Dementia is very common among our nation’s elders. Though there are other causes of dementia, the leading culprit is Alzheimer’s disease. Widespread Nature of Alzheimer’s Alzheimer’s disease is surprisingly widespread.…
  • Jul 24

    Should I Create a Joint Tenancy With My Child?

    Should I Create a Joint Tenancy With My Child?
    Joint tenancy is a subject that is often discussed when people are asking questions about asset transfers. Joint tenancy is a rather fancy term for describing co-ownership of property. You could make someone a joint tenant, and this person…
Rank this Week: 3793

Duffy Law Office

Duffy Law Office

Covers estate planning and elder law in Iowa.

http://www.duffylawoffice.com/blog/
  • Jul 31

    What Is an Advance Directive for Health Care?

    What Is an Advance Directive for Health Care?
    When you think about estate planning, you probably think about arranging for future asset transfers. This is certainly something that you must take care of when you are planning your estate. However, at the same time, you should think…
  • Jul 29

    Can the Executor Distribute Assets Immediately?

    Can the Executor Distribute Assets Immediately?
    There are some things that you should understand about a last will before you decide that this is the right vehicle of asset transfer for you. The Process of Probate If you use a will to transfer your assets, you name an executor. This is the…
  • Jul 24

    Can I Just Plan My Own Estate?

    Can I Just Plan My Own Estate?
    They say that you should not answer a question with another question. However, this is irresistible when you are talking about do-it-yourself estate planning. Can you just plan your own estate? Technically, anyone can try to execute estate…
Rank this Week: 3545

Deborah Sexton Law Office, P. A.…

Deborah Sexton Law Office, P. A. Blog

Covers estate planning and elder law.

http://www.arkansas-estateplanning.com/blog/
  • Jul 31

    When Does a Trust End?

    When Does a Trust End?
    If you are looking for a way to ensure your assets will be properly managed in the event you become incapacitated, a trust is a very good resource.  A Family Wealth Trust, for example, can be used for asset protection and for…
  • Jul 28

    Do Revocable Living Trusts Provide Asset Protection?

    Do Revocable Living Trusts Provide Asset Protection?
    Living trusts can be a beneficial part of an estate plan.  But, if your goal is to have trusts provide asset protection, there may be other steps you need to take.  Revocable living trusts do not protect your assets from individuals…
  • Jul 24

    How to Leave Your Estate to Your Spouse Tax Free

    How to Leave Your Estate to Your Spouse Tax Free
    One of the primary concerns in estate planning is taxes.  Your estate plan should be created with the goal of decreasing or eliminating taxes, to every extent possible.  The federal estate tax rate is currently at a hefty 40%. …
Rank this Week: 4005

Northern California Center for…

Northern California Center for Estate Planning and Elder Law

Covers estate planning.

http://www.norcalplanners.com/blog/
  • Jul 31

    A Few Common Questions About Small Estate Probate in California

    A Few Common Questions About Small Estate Probate in California
    Question 1: What is small estate probate? The probate process is the legal process that applies after a California resident has died leaving behind property. That property, called an estate, will have to go through probate before new owners…
  • Jul 30

    Three Issues Senior Pet Owners Need to Think About

    Three Issues Senior Pet Owners Need to Think About
    As a pet owner, you know the feelings of joy and satisfaction you get from your animal companion. As an aging senior, however, you also know that there are a lot of things that you used to do that you probably shouldn’t do any more.…
  • Jul 29

    Essential Documents For Every Estate Plan

    Essential Documents For Every Estate Plan
    The best estate plan is one that contains essential documents that meet your individual needs. Developing the right documents for your estate plan is something you can do after consulting with your estate planning attorney and evaluating the…
Rank this Week: 3286

Mendel Law Firm Blog

Mendel Law Firm Blog

Covers estate planning.

http://www.mendellawfirm.com/blog/
  • Jul 31

    Thought for the Day:

    Thought for the Day:
    Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right. Henry Ford
  • Jul 30

    Do What You Want

    Do What You Want
    In the United States we like to talk about our freedoms and how we are a free people. While that is true, if you think about it, we are actually restricted in what we can do in all sorts of ways. Most of these are ways that we do not even…
  • Jul 29

    Texas History – Do You Know Who Prevented Reinforcements From Aiding Santa Anna’s Army in the Battle of San Jacinto?

    Texas History – Do You Know Who Prevented Reinforcements From Aiding Santa Anna’s Army in the Battle of San Jacinto?
    A Texas scout and spy named Erastus (Deaf) Smith is given credit for destroying Vince’s bridge before the Battle of San Jacinto, which prevented reinforcements from aiding Santa Anna’s army. This may have been Deaf Smith’s…
Rank this Week: 4906

Buffalo NY Attorneys Blog

Buffalo NY Attorneys Blog

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

http://www.wny-lawyers.com/blog/
Rank this Week: 1738

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/
  • Jul 30

    Judge Decides the Sale of the L.A. Clipper

    Judge Decides the Sale of the L.A. Clipper
    In the latest high profile trust dispute to hit the courts, the Los Angeles County Superior Court has ruled in favour of Rochelle “Shelley” Sterling thereby giving her the authority to sell the Los Angeles Clippers to Steve…
  • Jul 30

    Hull on Estates #385 – Mroz v. Mroz, 2014

    Hull on Estates #385 – Mroz v. Mroz, 2014
    Listen to Hull on Estates #385 – Mroz v. Mroz, 2014 Today on Hull on Estates, David Morgan Smith and Noah Weisberg discuss the recent decision of Mroz v. Mroz, 2014. If you have any questions, please email us at hull.lawyers@gmail.com,…
  • Jul 30

    Reliance of an Estate Trustee upon counsel: Is reliance always reasonable?

    Reliance of an Estate Trustee upon counsel: Is reliance always reasonable?
    Estate Trustees have an obligation to account for all expenditures relating to an estate, a duty which beneficiaries may enforce by way of an application to pass accounts.  The Estate Trustees must then compile a comprehensive accounting…
Rank this Week: 182

Law Office of Andrew M. Lamkin,…

Law Office of Andrew M. Lamkin, P.C. Blog

Covers elder law.

http://lamkinelderlaw.com/articles/
  • Jul 30

    Andrew M. Lamkin Is Named 2014 Small Business Person of the Year

    Andrew M. Lamkin Is Named 2014 Small Business Person of the Year
    The Chamber Board is proud to announce that one of its Board members, Andrew M. Lamkin, has been named Plainview-Old Bethpage Chamber of Commerce Small Business Person of the Year for 2014. Andrew is Principal of the Law Office of Andrew M.…
  • Jul 28

    Elder Care Benefits in the Workplace

    Elder Care Benefits in the Workplace
    As the Baby Boomer generation ages, more and more working adults are finding themselves responsible for the care of parents or other elderly relatives. In fact, over 40 percent of Americans are currently responsible for the care of elderly…
  • Jul 21

    Healthcare Inconsistencies Among State

    Healthcare Inconsistencies Among State
    Every citizen deserves access to high-quality healthcare, but unfortunately the quality of long-term healthcare and healthcare services varies greatly from state to state. A recent study published by the AARP, The Commonwealth Fund, and the…
Rank this Week: 4481

New York Probate & Estate…

New York Probate & Estate Litigation Blog

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

http://www.nyprobatelitigation.com/
  • Jul 30

    Sometimes A Trust Works Best

    Sometimes A Trust Works Best
    One of the major features of the Surrogate's Court is that it is a court of public record. Unfortunately, that can be one of its major drawbacks. Every document filed in every estate is available to anyone. If your grandfather (great…
  • Jul 27

    Keep The Peace In The Family Or Your Heirs Will Reap The Whirlwind

    Keep The Peace In The Family Or Your Heirs Will Reap The Whirlwind
    In her last public interview in 1994, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis stated that her most important accomplishment in life was to insure that her children loved each other. Your lawblogger has taken her words to heart over the years. As a…
  • Jul 21

    Philip Seymour Hoffman Did Not Leave His Estate To His Children

    Philip Seymour Hoffman Did Not Leave His Estate To His Children
    Your lawblogger truly believes that  Philip Seymour Hoffman was the best actor of his time. Too bad this does not extend to his ability at estate planning. As reported by the New York Post and by extra tv.com here , Hoffman did not want…
Rank this Week: 429

The Probate Lawyer Family Feud…

The Probate Lawyer Family Feud Blog

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

http://www.probatelawyerblog.com/
  • Jul 30

    Why Philip Seymour Hoffman Should Have Been Able To "Trust"

    Why Philip Seymour Hoffman Should Have Been Able To "Trust"
    He may have been a brilliant actor, but Philip Seymour Hoffman had much to learn when it came to estate planning. Reports surfaced last week that the former Oscar winner said he didn't want his three children to be "trust funds kids." He…
  • Jul 17

    Lou Reed's Estate Teaches A Lesson In Trust Planning

    Lou Reed's Estate Teaches A Lesson In Trust Planning
    I guess we shouldn't be surprised. After all, Lou Reed was the man who famously crooned, “Hey babe, take a walk on the wild side.” The late lead singer and guitarist of The Velvet Underground -- and of course, a musician and…
  • Jun 15

    Casey Kasem Teaches Lessons In End of Life Planning and Elder Abuse

    Casey Kasem Teaches Lessons In End of Life Planning and Elder Abuse
    It appears that the life of famed Top 40 Countdown host Casey Kasem is nearly at an end. Last Wednesday, a Los Angeles Judge ruled that Casey Kasem’s daughter, Kerri Kasem, could suspend the artificial delivery of food and water to…
Rank this Week: 831

Nirenstein, Horowitz & Associates,…

Nirenstein, Horowitz & Associates, P.C. Blog

Covers Connecticut estate planning, probate and elder law.

http://www.preserveyourestate.net/blog/
  • Jul 30

    What Are the Drawbacks of Probate?

    What Are the Drawbacks of Probate?
    You may assume that you should use a last will to arrange for the future distribution of your monetary resources. This is certainly an option that is available to you. Indeed, the last will is the most commonly utilized asset transfer vehicle…
  • Jul 28

    When Does a Power of Attorney Become Effective?

    When Does a Power of Attorney Become Effective?
    A power of attorney is a legally binding device that is used to appoint someone else to act on your behalf. When you grant a power of attorney you are called the principal or grantor. The individual that you choose to act on your behalf is…
  • Jul 28

    When Does a Power of Attorney Become Effective?

    When Does a Power of Attorney Become Effective?
    A power of attorney is a legally binding device that is used to appoint someone else to act on your behalf. When you grant a power of attorney you are called the principal or grantor. The individual that you choose to act on your behalf is…
Rank this Week: 3284

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/
  • Jul 30

    Creating Inheritance Incentives For Heir

    Creating Inheritance Incentives For Heir
    Are your heirs ready to inherit assets and be responsible for such wealth? If you are not sure of the answer you may want to consider other options and seek assistance from legal counsel to come up with the best plan for your circumstances.
  • Jul 28

    Care Choices For Elderly Loved One

    Care Choices For Elderly Loved One
    The range of needs an elderly loved one may require can vary and change over time, therefore careful consideration must be taken when selecting the right kind of care in each situation.
  • Jul 25

    Passing On A Prized Collection To Your Heir

    Passing On A Prized Collection To Your Heir
    Estate planning can be daunting to think about, but it can be even more so when collections and collectibles are involved as they often create sentimental and emotional issues among family members.
Rank this Week: 864

Nash Nash Bean & Ford, LLP Blog

Nash Nash Bean & Ford, LLP Blog

Covers elder law and estate planning.

http://www.nashbeanford.com/blog/
  • Jul 30

    Who Should Have a Last Will and Testament?

    Who Should Have a Last Will and Testament?
    People frequently make the mistake of believing that they do not need to create and execute a Last Will and Testament. The reality, however, is that everyone over the age of 18 should have at least a basic Will in place. A better…
  • Jul 28

    Why Should I Have a Family Wealth Trust?

    Why Should I Have a Family Wealth Trust?
    When it comes to estate planning there are some common goals found in almost all plans and then there are very individual goals that are as unique as the individual creating the estate plan. One common goal is to provide for future…
  • Jul 25

    How Can You Provide for Your Pets in Your Estate Plan?

    How Can You Provide for Your Pets in Your Estate Plan?
    Whether your family includes a “Fido”, a “fluffy”, or a more unique pet, the odds are favorable that some type of animal is part of your family. As part of your family, you likely worry about how you can provide for…
Rank this Week: 4949

Planning Notes

Planning Notes

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

http://cooklaw.co/blog
  • Jul 30

    What is a Family Limited Partnership?

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

    The Aereo Decision & Cloud Computing

    The Aereo Decision & Cloud Computing
    In American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. v. Aereo, Inc. the U.S. Supreme Court recently held that Aereo's service, which converts and subsequently (re)transmits over-the-air television broadcasts in near real time to Aereo's customers via the…
  • May 30

    Congressional Committee Approves Permanent Bonus Depreciation & Charity Bill

    Congressional Committee Approves Permanent Bonus Depreciation & Charity Bill
    Bloomberg BNA on proposed permanent extension of bonus depreciation: The House Ways and Means Committee approved legislation to make bonus depreciation permanent, as well as a number of tax measures related to charitable giving. The…
Rank this Week: 1266

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/
  • Jul 30

    Funding a Trust: The Three Basic Method

    Funding a Trust: The Three Basic Method
    So, you just set up a revocable living trust.  The next step is funding your trust. How the trust is funded depends on the type of assets you want to transfer to the trust.  There are different methods for different types of…
  • Jul 23

    Durable Power of Attorney in Reno: What Are Its Advantages?

    Durable Power of Attorney in Reno: What Are Its Advantages?
    One of the most important estate planning tools in Reno, Nevada is the durable power of attorney.  This tool makes it possible for you to choose someone you trust to handle your affairs in the event you become incapable of doing it…
  • Jul 17

    Living Trust vs Power of Attorney

    Living Trust vs Power of Attorney
    Living Trust vs Power of Attorney?  The answer may surprise you.  In order to create a comprehensive estate plan, you actually need both.  Estate planning is much more than simply transferring your assets to your loved…
Rank this Week: 4101

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/
  • Jul 30

    Can an Attorney who Made a Decedent’s Will Represent the Executor in Court?

    Can an Attorney who Made a Decedent’s Will Represent the Executor in Court?
    Determining the Effect of Ethical Concerns When Administering an Estate A family of someone who recently died may desire to have the same attorney who did the estate planning represent the executor. Attorneys, on the other hand, have to be…
  • Jul 23

    Is Real Estate Included When Calculating Executor Commissions on Long Island?

    Is Real Estate Included When Calculating Executor Commissions on Long Island?
    Serving as executor is a huge responsibility. It is for that reason that it is written into the law in New York that when a person serves as executor, they are entitled to a commission that equals a percentage of the estate based on the total…
  • Jul 23

    Totten Trusts on Long Island

    Totten Trusts on Long Island
    Totten trusts stem from a 1904 New York case where the Court of Appeals held that someone could open up a financial account, such as a bank account or securities account, and make someone the beneficiary of that account, giving the…
Rank this Week: 4784

California Trust, Estate & Probate…

California Trust, Estate & Probate Litigation

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

http://www.californiatrustestateandprobatelitigation.com
  • Jul 30

    Abused Trust Beneficiaries in California Trusts and Will

    Abused Trust Beneficiaries in California Trusts and Will
    Abusive Trustees and Executors is an ever increasing problem in California Trust and Will matters.  Despite the many fiduciary duties a Trustee or Executor owes to his or her beneficiaries, abuse occurs.  And when it does occur,…
  • Jul 29

    Broken Promises: Are Oral Promises to Make a California Trust or Will Enforceable?

    Broken Promises: Are Oral Promises to Make a California Trust or Will Enforceable?
    Is an oral promise to make a will or trust enforceable under California law? Contrary to what many believe, California law provides for the enforcement of oral promises to make a will or trust. How does the promise to make a will or trust…
  • Jul 23

    What’s the Difference? Revocable Trusts vs. Irrevocable Trusts in California

    What’s the Difference? Revocable Trusts vs. Irrevocable Trusts in California
    These silly little legal terms tend to cause way more confusion that is necessary.  Why can’t we just call them changeable Trusts and unchangeable Trusts?  That’s be way too easy to understand.  Better yet,…
Rank this Week: 1293

Purcell & Amen, L.L.C. Blog

Purcell & Amen, L.L.C. Blog

Covers elder law and estate planning.

http://yourestatematters.com/blog/
  • Jul 30

    Will My Trust Need to Be Changed If I Buy or Sell Assets?

    Will My Trust Need to Be Changed If I Buy or Sell Assets?
    Among the various components that typically make up a comprehensive estate plan is often a trust. People choose to includes trusts in their estate plan because of the numerous and varied estate planning goals and objectives that can be…
  • Jul 29

    What Is the Five Year Look-Back Period for Medicaid in St. Louis?

    What Is the Five Year Look-Back Period for Medicaid in St. Louis?
    Medicaid can be a blessing to those who have few assets; however, qualifying for long-term care with Medicaid can be difficult. Many states, including Missouri, are trying to increase the amount of money people put toward their own care in…
  • Jul 28

    Traditional Estate Planning vs. Legacy Planning

    Traditional Estate Planning vs. Legacy Planning
    You may have heard the term “legacy planning” and wondered how it differs from traditional estate planning. Though there is no universal definition of the term “legacy planning”, it can be explained in a way that may…
Rank this Week: 4015

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
  • Jul 30

    Tales of Hoffman: Postmortem Planning for Actor’s Estate

    Tales of Hoffman: Postmortem Planning for Actor’s Estate
    The tragic death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman has given us an opportunity to consider his estate planning, with lessons and strategies for the rest of us. Court documents in probate proceedings for Hoffman reportedly indicate that he…
  • Jul 28

    Avoid Apple’s Legal Headaches Over Final Paycheck

    Avoid Apple’s Legal Headaches Over Final Paycheck
    In the recently certified class action against Apple for wage and hour law violations, one of the plaintiffs’ allegations is that employees who quit or were dismissed weren’t given final paychecks in a timely manner as required by…
  • Jul 25

    Should You Take on a Client Who’s Forming a Nonprofit?

    Should You Take on a Client Who’s Forming a Nonprofit?
    You get a call from a potential client who wants to set up a new nonprofit organization. Here are some questions to ask before you commit to the task. The first thing to do when asked to set up a nonprofit is to gather enough information to…
Rank this Week: 3270

Florida Elder Law and Estate Blog

Florida Elder Law and Estate Blog

Covers Florida estate planning, probate, and construction law issues. By the Law Office of R. Kellen Bryant., P.L.

http://www.eldercarelawjacksonville.com/
  • Jul 30

    Does a Durable Power of Attorney End at Death?

    Does a Durable Power of Attorney End at Death?
    Before we answer the question, we first need to address three points: What is a durable power of attorney; How a durable power of attorney works; and Then we can answer the question: does a durable power of attorney stop working after the…
  • Jul 24

    Difference Between Living Trust and Durable Power of Attorney

    Difference Between Living Trust and Durable Power of Attorney
    The purpose of this article is to explain the difference between a revocable living trust and durable power of attorney. There’s going to be three main things I’m going to address. Definition of Both a Revocable Living Trust and a…
  • Jul 23

    3 Critical Components of an Estate Planning Checklist

    3 Critical Components of an Estate Planning Checklist
    Your Primary Estate Planning Checklist Components The purpose of this article is to explain what kind of estate planning checklist you need to have before you meet with me or another estate planning attorney. Three important three keys you…
Rank this Week: 2494

Marshall Elder & Estate Planning…

Marshall Elder & Estate Planning Blog

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

http://marshallelder.blogspot.com/
  • Jul 30

    Lawyer Disbarred for Living Trust Scam

    Lawyer Disbarred for Living Trust Scam
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  • Jul 19

    Pennsylvania Income Tax Deduction for 529 Plan Contributions Explained

    Pennsylvania Income Tax Deduction for 529 Plan Contributions Explained
    A 529 Plan is a tax advantaged way to save for the college costs facing your children or grandchildren. It’s named after a section of the Internal Revenue Code. Withdrawals made from 529 plans for qualified education expenses are free of…
  • Jul 17

    How to Find a Good Lawyer for Older Adult Issue

    How to Find a Good Lawyer for Older Adult Issue
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Rank this Week: 1689

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
  • Jul 30

    Wacky Will Wednesday: Wills That Make You Go “Hmmm…” — Rona Scroratow

    Wacky Will Wednesday: Wills That Make You Go “Hmmm…” — Rona Scroratow
    NB: This post is part of a series highlighting wills that contain some interesting, and sometimes bizarre, bequests and stipulations. You can see all these posts here. The great thing about having a Will is that it gives you the power to…
  • Jul 21

    How Can I Protect an Inherited IRA from Creditors?

    How Can I Protect an Inherited IRA from Creditors?
    If you’re like most Americans, one of your largest assets is your Individual Retirement Account (“IRA”). Your IRA is considered a “retirement fund” and the money it contains is  protected from creditors…
  • Jul 11

    Living Trust Scam

    Living Trust Scam
    Many of us have seen advertisements touting the benefits of a living trust. Salespersons who promote living trusts claim they can reduce taxes, protect assets from creditors, and reduce the time and expense of probate, seemingly…
Rank this Week: 2343

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
  • Jul 30

    So You Are Going To Inherit A Windfall

    So You Are Going To Inherit A Windfall
    Like many baby boomers, you may be about to receive a nice inheritance. Should you just go out and start spending willy-nilly? Best not to, says a CNBC story posted on dailyfinance.com. Determining how to deal with a sudden windfall the right…
  • Jul 23

    Choices When A Spouse Inherits An IRA

    Choices When A Spouse Inherits An IRA
    A spouse who inherits an IRA has two choices. The surviving spouse can move the account into an inherited IRA to keep the tax shelter. Or he or she can roll the account over into his or her own IRA. The decision, says a story posted on…
  • Jul 16

    Lou Reed ‘Walked On The Wild Side’ With His Will

    Lou Reed ‘Walked On The Wild Side’ With His Will
    Lou Reed, singer, songwriter and guitarist and a founder of the Velvet Underground, talked about “walking on the wild side” in one of his most famous songs. The rock and roll hall of fame also walked on the wild side when it came…
Rank this Week: 902

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/
  • Jul 30

    The Hidden Costs of Estate Administration

    The Hidden Costs of Estate Administration
    By Mary Roberts Most people have no idea that serving as an executor or administrator of an estate is very time-consuming and burdensome. There are some “obvious costs” such as attorney fees, court filing fees and commissions for…
  • Jul 28

    Our Sidney Office

    Our Sidney Office
    By Dolly Wilkerson The Sidney office of Cooper, Adel and Associates is conveniently located approximately 1.5 miles from I-75 (Exit 94) at 2190 Wapakoneta Rd. This office mainly services clients from the surrounding counties of Shelby,…
  • Jul 27

    What is a Medallion Signature Guarantee?

    What is a Medallion Signature Guarantee?
    By Jon Stevenson The Medallion Signature Guarantee is used to verify the identity of an owner when selling or transferring traded assets such as stocks or bonds.This reduces the risk of the company processing the transfer by sharing the…
Rank this Week: 1033

Minko Law Office Blog

Minko Law Office Blog

Covers estate planning and elder law.

http://www.minkolaw.com/blog/
  • Jul 30

    What You Should Know About JTWROS

    What You Should Know About JTWROS
    JTWROS is an acronym you might come across as you go through the estate planning process. Though it sounds like some kind of military term, it actually stands for “joint tenancy with the right of survivorship.” Knowing what this…
  • Jul 28

    Family Conflict Erupts Over Casey Kasem

    Family Conflict Erupts Over Casey Kasem
    Millions of Americans who grew up listening to Casey Kasem’s voice on the American Top 40 Countdown hold the beloved broadcaster in a warm place in their hearts. Kasem, now 82, retired from broadcasting years ago, but battles over his…
  • Jul 25

    Married Couples – Estate Planning Goal

    Married Couples – Estate Planning Goal
    A recent Forbes article does a great job of going over some common estate planning goals that married people should consider as they make their plans. Even though all plans need to be individualized to meet your specific goals and…
Rank this Week: 4948

American Academy of Estate…

American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys Blog

Provides legal marketing and estate planning legal updates.

http://www.aaepa.com/articles/
  • Jul 30

    Privacy Through Trust

    Privacy Through Trust
    Often, estate planning attorneys and clients ask why use a trust as the primary dispositive vehicle when a will could transfer the assets. There are many reasons. Incapacity. As we learned in law school, “a will speaks at…
  • Jul 28

    Accountability

    Accountability
    I saw this wonderful diagram today and it nicely captures the possible choices we make when confronted by stressful situations. For all of us, a situation or set of bad circumstances arise and we have to make a choice. Either we intend to…
  • Jul 25

    Adventures Outside the Comfort Zone

    Adventures Outside the Comfort Zone
    Recently, my associates and I agreed to take a significant leap out of the carefully constructed comfort zone of our work environment. After many years together in an informal, small office space, we have joined the consulting division of a…
Rank this Week: 2660

Rhode Island Estate Planning and…

Rhode Island Estate Planning and Elder Law Blawg

Covers elder law, medicaid planning, disability planning, tax planning, guardianship, wills, trusts, asset protection, and probate. By Matthew Fabisch.

http://riestateplanning.blogspot.com/
  • Jul 29

    Who takes care of my estate if there is no will?

    Who takes care of my estate if there is no will?
    Continuing with our recent theme of Rhode island probate basics, today's post explains who takes care of (administers) your estate if you don't have a will.If there is no will, then the decedent has not properly named someone…
  • Jul 10

    What is Probate?

    What is Probate?
    Probate is a legal process where a court overseas the distribution of assets left by a deceased person. Assets are anything of value, like real estate, investments, collections, household goods and furnishings, or any other item of value that…
  • Aug 27

    When Should You Purchase a Long Term Care Insurance Product

    When Should You Purchase a Long Term Care Insurance Product
    The younger you purchase a policy, the lower the premiums will be. But if you are in your 40s, do you want to purchase insurance that you are unlikely to need for 40 years? Given the changes in the long-term care market place and in…
Rank this Week: 4782

Estate Law Canada

Estate Law Canada

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

http://estatelawcanada.blogspot.com/
  • Jul 29

    Hilarious obituary goes viral

    Hilarious obituary goes viral
    The internet loves anything quirky or odd, and it seems that the obituary that Kevin J. McGroarty wrote for himself fits that description. Mr. McGroarty died last week in Pennsylvania. His obituary has been viewed thousands of times as it…
  • Jul 29

    Three business succession secret

    Three business succession secret
    According to this article I just read at Get Growing for Business, up to 70% of owners of small and medium-size businesses will retire in the next decade. Many of those owners haven't even started planning their exits from their businesses.…
  • Jul 28

    Matt Gurney: A heavy-hearted culling of the heirloom

    Matt Gurney: A heavy-hearted culling of the heirloom
    When the topic of personal and household possessions comes up in the context of an estate, it's usually a matter of who is going to get what. Often there is a scramble to make sure everyone gets his or her share of Mom's or Dad's possessions.…
Rank this Week: 625

About Florida Law

About Florida Law

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

http://aboutfloridalaw.com
Rank this Week: 378

Connecticut Estate Planning…

Connecticut Estate Planning Attorneys Blog

Covers estate planning. By CzepigaDalyPope LLC.

http://www.connecticutestateplanningattorneysblog.com/
  • Jul 29

    What is a Literary Executor?

    What is a Literary Executor?
    By Carmine Perri Albert Einstein had one. So did Michael Jackson. Some of our greatest and most prolific geniuses protected their work by appointing a literary executor in their Last Will & Testament. If you own copyrights to published…
  • Jul 24

    How to Qualify for Medicaid Benefits by Planning Now

    How to Qualify for Medicaid Benefits by Planning Now
    You can see the writing on the wall as your care needs escalate. It’s expensive to pay for home care. At least for now, you have enough savings, but the money won’t last forever. Are you wondering how Medicaid works? Is there a…
  • Jul 17

    Compassionate Allowances: Fast Track to Social Security Disability Benefit

    Compassionate Allowances: Fast Track to Social Security Disability Benefit
    You may be able to get financial help sooner than you think. If you become permanently disabled before your retirement age and are no longer able to work, Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is a program that allows you to apply for…
Rank this Week: 4419

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/
  • Jul 29

    When a Person is “Otherwise Eligible” With ALTCS

    When a Person is “Otherwise Eligible” With ALTCS
    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 read in a recent article that ALTCS imposes a penalty period, during which time it will…
  • Jul 24

    CSMIA- New Eligibility limit for 2014

    CSMIA- New Eligibility limit for 2014
    Conceptually speaking, ALTCS members must pay what they are able towards their cost of care. This amount is referred to as the “share of cost.” For single ALTCS members residing in a facility, the share of cost typically amounts…
  • Jul 22

    Breaking Down the Affordable Care Act

    Breaking Down the Affordable Care Act
    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 keep reading about how Governor Brewer is at odds with state legislators because she…
Rank this Week: 4845

Florida Estate Planning Lawyer…

Florida Estate Planning Lawyer Blog

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

http://www.floridaestateplanninglawyerblog.com/
  • Jul 29

    Dangers of Relying on Joint Accounts for Estate Planning in Florida

    Dangers of Relying on Joint Accounts for Estate Planning in Florida
    Many people see joint accounts as a cheap and easy way to avoid probate, since joint property passes to the join owner at death, but these accounts can actually be quite risky when it comes to estate planning. Joint ownership of accounts can…
  • Jul 28

    Banker Suicides indicate Stress of the Profession.

    Banker Suicides indicate Stress of the Profession.
    If your family works in a high stress profession is a good idea to make sure you and your family keep their estate plans up to date. The unexpected deaths of finance workers in the past few months by suicide around the world have raised…
  • Jul 18

    Probate: Is it a good idea to give your heirs their inheritance while you are still alive?

    Probate: Is it a good idea to give your heirs their inheritance while you are still alive?
    Planning an estate can be a difficult process, but also a rewarding one because it helps to ensure that a person's heirs will be provided for after he or she dies. Many assume they should wait until after death to convey assets to their…
Rank this Week: 733

Death Care Law Blog

Death Care Law Blog

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

http://www.deathcarelaw.com/
  • Jul 29

    The Cassity Reply to Dismissal: Not Without a Pass for My Son

    The Cassity Reply to Dismissal: Not Without a Pass for My Son
    Doug Cassity has filed a motion to modify the order dismissing him from the SDR’s civil lawsuit.  Mr. Cassity asserts that he and his family should be freed of the reign of terror and wrongdoing of the Texas regulators…
  • Jul 27

    Plaintiff’s Star Witness: Doug Cassity

    Plaintiff’s Star Witness: Doug Cassity
    The NPS civil trial is scheduled for trial in February 2015, and the SDR’s strategy took a twist when her litigation team filed a motion to dismiss Doug Cassity as a defendant in the lawsuit.  The dismissal probably signals the…
  • Jul 23

    Talk of a Lifetime: Restarting the Prearrangment Proce

    Talk of a Lifetime: Restarting the Prearrangment Proce
    One message that can be taken from the FAMIC’s Talk of a Lifetime campaign is that funeral directors need to re-think their prearrangement procedures.  Perhaps too much emphasis has been given to preneed, and not enough to the…
Rank this Week: 1480

Vandrew Law Blog

Vandrew Law Blog

Covers asset protection, estate planning, tax law, and small business law.

http://vandrew.com/
  • Jul 29

    Estate Planning & Cognitive Bia

    Estate Planning &amp; Cognitive Bia
    If you’ve ever attended any of my seminars, you know that one of the points I hammer home is that estate planning is the easiest thing in the world on which to procrastinate. None of us thinks we will due anytime soon, so if there is…
  • Jun 12

    Inherited IRAs held by Supreme Court NOT to be Asset Protected

    Inherited IRAs held by Supreme Court NOT to be Asset Protected
    Many of us in the estate planning field have been following Clark v. Rameker, a case regarding Inherited IRAs. Today, the US Supreme Court finally issued its opinion. This case involved a party (Ruth Heffron) declaring bankruptcy. One of the…
  • May 16

    Drafting Wills & Trusts: Class on June 4

    Drafting Wills &amp; Trusts: Class on June 4
    On Wednesday, June 4, I’ll be teaching a continuing education class on estate planning in Atlantic City for attorneys, CPAs, and CFPs. Credit will be given for all three professions. Follow the link below for more info and to register.…
Rank this Week: 1088

Cramer Law Center

Cramer Law Center

Covers Florida estate planning.

http://cramerlawcenter.com
  • Jul 29

    UTMA AND UGMA ACCOUNTS: SMART SAVINGS PLAN OR TRAP FOR THE UNWARY?

    UTMA AND UGMA ACCOUNTS: SMART SAVINGS PLAN OR TRAP FOR THE UNWARY?
    When working with clients who have minor children, we spend a lot of time discussing the kids: their individual personalities, the values the clients are trying to instill, and concerns for their future. We do our best to craft an estate plan…
  • Jul 11

    SENIOR DRIVING: FINDING A BALANCE BETWEEN INDEPENDENCE AND SAFETY

    SENIOR DRIVING: FINDING A BALANCE BETWEEN INDEPENDENCE AND SAFETY
    The number of seniors (Americans aged 65 or older) who drive is on the rise.  In fact, from 1999 to 2009, statistics show a 20% increase in senior drivers.  The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety predicts that this trend will…
  • Jun 27

    PLANNING FOR YOUNG ADULT “CHILDREN”: WHAT PARENTS NEED TO KNOW

    PLANNING FOR YOUNG ADULT “CHILDREN”: WHAT PARENTS NEED TO KNOW
    Now that graduation season is behind us, we have some important information for parents of young adults who are going off to college or starting their first job.  Once your child turns 18, he or she is automatically an…
Rank this Week: 3352

Cramer Law Center

Cramer Law Center

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

http://cramerlawcenter.com/blog/
  • Jul 29

    UTMA AND UGMA ACCOUNTS: SMART SAVINGS PLAN OR TRAP FOR THE UNWARY?

    UTMA AND UGMA ACCOUNTS: SMART SAVINGS PLAN OR TRAP FOR THE UNWARY?
    When working with clients who have minor children, we spend a lot of time discussing the kids: their individual personalities, the values the clients are trying to instill, and concerns for their future. We do our best to craft an estate plan…
  • Jul 11

    SENIOR DRIVING: FINDING A BALANCE BETWEEN INDEPENDENCE AND SAFETY

    SENIOR DRIVING: FINDING A BALANCE BETWEEN INDEPENDENCE AND SAFETY
    The number of seniors (Americans aged 65 or older) who drive is on the rise.  In fact, from 1999 to 2009, statistics show a 20% increase in senior drivers.  The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety predicts that this trend will…
  • Jun 27

    PLANNING FOR YOUNG ADULT “CHILDREN”: WHAT PARENTS NEED TO KNOW

    PLANNING FOR YOUNG ADULT “CHILDREN”: WHAT PARENTS NEED TO KNOW
    Now that graduation season is behind us, we have some important information for parents of young adults who are going off to college or starting their first job.  Once your child turns 18, he or she is automatically an…
Rank this Week: 2693

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
  • Jul 29

    Like Our Blog? Please Nominate for ABA Blawg 100

    Like Our Blog? Please Nominate for ABA Blawg 100
    Do you like our blog? If so, please consider nominating our blog for the annual ABA Blawg 100. “Friend-of-the-blog” nominations are due by 4 p.m. CST on August 8, 2014. The nomination form can be filled out at the following link:…
  • Jul 23

    The New ‘Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets’ (UFADA) Act

    The New ‘Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets’ (UFADA) Act
    Last year I wrote an Introduction to Estate Planning for Digital Assets. One of the issues I highlighted is the lack of legal guidance addressing a fiduciary’s ability to access to digital assets. I noted that the Uniform Law Commission…
  • Jul 14

    How to Prepare for Meeting with an Estate Planning Attorney

    How to Prepare for Meeting with an Estate Planning Attorney
    You’ve decided that you want to create your estate plan. It’s a wise choice, and committing to the process is the first step. You want an effective and comprehensive estate plan that accomplishes your goals, but you’re busy…
Rank this Week: 4805