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Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof…

Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof Blog

By Gerry W. Beyer.

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/trusts_estates_prof/
  • Jan 26

    Why Social Security Won't Cover Retirement

    Why Social Security Won't Cover Retirement
    One of the most financially disastrous mistakes you can make is to assume that Social Security will cover your retirement. This is particularly dangerous because if you do not realize that mistake early on, it may be too late. While...
  • Jan 26

    Approaching Issues of Capacity

    Approaching Issues of Capacity
    While capacity can be an issue at any age, it is statistically most common among the elderly. Many people decline in mental and physical ability as they age and capacity becomes a concern. However, it is a well-known pillar of...
  • Jan 26

    Addressing Mental Capacity Issue

    Addressing Mental Capacity Issue
    Possible capacity issues of clients create a complicated situation for estate planning lawyers and can be difficult to catch. Many factors can complicate the issue, such as cultural differences, which can both falsely present as capacity…
Rank this Week: 55

Nirenstein, Horowitz & Associates,…

Nirenstein, Horowitz & Associates, P.C. Blog

Covers Connecticut estate planning, probate and elder law.

http://www.preserveyourestate.net/blog/
  • Jan 26

    Medicaid Can Fill Gap

    Medicaid Can Fill Gap
    You may feel as though you will have a safety net when you achieve senior citizen status in the form of Medicare. A lot of people are under the impression that this entitlement program will pay for just about everything when they become…
  • Jan 23

    Make Educational Opportunities Possible With 529 Plan

    Make Educational Opportunities Possible With 529 Plan
    The value of education cannot be overstated, and when you are contemplating your legacy you may ask yourself how you can help your younger family members with college expenses. There are various options, and the one that we would like to…
  • Jan 21

    QPRT For Asset Protection

    QPRT For Asset Protection
    Making sure that your assets are out of harm’s way is something to take seriously when you are making preparations for the future. A single instance of inaction where action was required could have disastrous results. This is why it is…
Rank this Week: 2924

Asset Protection Law Journal

Asset Protection Law Journal

Covers asset protection laws. By Kenneth J. Laino.

http://www.assetprotectionlawjournal.com
  • Jan 26

    Nursing Homes Use Guardianship Law as a Collection Tool

    Nursing Homes Use Guardianship Law as a Collection Tool
    An amazing article on the front page of today’s New York Times reports that nursing homes in New York are increasingly seeking guardianship over certain residents simply to gain control of their finances.  The author, Nina…
  • Dec 22

    Insurance Should Be Part of Your Asset Protection Plan

    Insurance Should Be Part of Your Asset Protection Plan
    Articles that seemingly have nothing to do with asset protection might still provide valuable asset protection reminders.  A recent article by Teresa Dixon Murray in the Cleveland Plain Dealer is a good example.  The article…
  • Nov 25

    Debtors Are Often Easily Victimized By Bogus Collection Agencie

    Debtors Are Often Easily Victimized By Bogus Collection Agencie
    Anyone who is deeply in debt knows the terrible stress and fear that often results from being in that situation.  So it is no surprise that many debtors are easily victimized by phony collection agencies.  A recent article by…
Rank this Week: 2492

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/
  • Jan 26

    An Introduction to Retirement Planning

    An Introduction to Retirement Planning
    Planning for your retirement can be overwhelming. Beginning the process sooner than later, and seeking proper advice can help alleviate the stress of such planning.
  • Jan 23

    Do Digital Assets Die With You?

    Do Digital Assets Die With You?
    It is important not to forget to include a plan on how your digital assets should be handled at your death.
  • Jan 21

    Plan Now for the "What Ifs" of Life

    Plan Now for the "What Ifs" of Life
    It is never too early to get your estate planning done to plan for the “what ifs” in life as these unknowns can affect us at any age.
Rank this Week: 1715

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
  • Jan 26

    Tentative Rulings: Contest or Concede?

    Tentative Rulings: Contest or Concede?
    When the tentative ruling is against you, you’ve got two choices: contest or concede. Here’s the spoiler: One of these choices is generally the way to go. A party should generally contest the tentative ruling if Oral argument may…
  • Jan 23

    New 529A Accounts for Severely Disabled Individual

    New 529A Accounts for Severely Disabled Individual
    Many are familiar with section 529 college savings accounts, from which tax-free distributions must be used for qualified higher education expenses. The “Achieving a Better Life Experience Act of 2014” or the “ABLE Act of…
  • Jan 21

    Time Records Are Not Just for Hourly Billing

    Time Records Are Not Just for Hourly Billing
    Many attorneys, especially those in small offices, limit their timekeeping efforts to cases billed on an hourly basis. This can be a big mistake! Here’s why. Keeping time records for most cases is useful because You can justify attorney…
Rank this Week: 1936

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/
  • Jan 26

    Have You Factored "Health Care" into Your Retirement Plan?

    Have You Factored "Health Care" into Your Retirement Plan?
    Here is some good news. Experts say you may spend 30 years in your retirement years. Now, some not so good news - your retirement savings could be consumed very quickly by health care expenses.
  • Jan 23

    How to Care for Your Aging Parents Without Going Broke

    How to Care for Your Aging Parents Without Going Broke
    Are you a caregiver for your aging parents? What you are doing out of love and a sense of moral responsibility comes at a price, yes? The price is paid in emotional, physical and financial capital.
  • Jan 22

    Could You Use a Financial Facelift in 2015?

    Could You Use a Financial Facelift in 2015?
    Did you make any New Year's Resolutions for 2015? Were any of your resolutions related to your finances? If yes, then you are in good company. Some 54% of your fellow Americans did, too.
Rank this Week: 2097

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/
  • Jan 26

    Delay Filing: North Carolina Tax Changes Pending

    Delay Filing: North Carolina Tax Changes Pending
    The North Carolina General Assembly will review potential changes to North Carolina income tax laws on January 28, 2015. Filers should wait until after this date to submit their tax returns to prevent potentially refiling returns if tax…
  • Jan 19

    How Asset Protection is Different in 2015

    How Asset Protection is Different in 2015
    Wealth preservation is an ongoing process. How, when, and where assets are transferred or acquired affect protections. As the New Year begins, individuals can take a step back and review legislation changes that affect our year ahead and…
  • Jan 16

    3 Things to Know About Perpetual Trust

    3 Things to Know About Perpetual Trust
    Perpetual trusts, also known as dynasty trusts, protect assets for the benefit of future generations. Some perpetual trusts are common trusts that allow multiple generations to benefit at the same time. Others distribute income and principal…
Rank this Week: 893

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/
  • Jan 26

    Idaho Elder Law - Planning For Retirement

    Idaho Elder Law - Planning For Retirement
    Developing a financially sustainable plan for retirement can be one of life's most stressful processes. Those considering retirement need time to look at the many factors – some of which are unknown – that affect us when we look into a…
  • Jan 22

    Idaho Elder Law - Helping Our Parents Downsize & Simplify

    Idaho Elder Law - Helping Our Parents Downsize & Simplify
    A mother who just turned 75 wants to downsize from her four-bedroom house. Her husband passed away six years ago, and she owns her home outright. At the time of her husband's death the value of the house was estimated at $1.2 million. Right…
  • Jan 21

    Idaho Estate Planning - Estate Tax Basic

    Idaho Estate Planning - Estate Tax Basic
    The estate tax is one of the most complex parts of the tax laws, drawing a lot of controversy among Americans. Even as opponents label it an unfair death tax on already-taxed money, proponents believe it's one of the only ways of addressing…
Rank this Week: 2130

Sykes Elder Blawg

Sykes Elder Blawg

Covers medicaid planning, special needs trusts and estate planning topics for Pennsylvania seniors and their families. By Andrew G. Sykes.

http://www.elderlawofpgh.com/blog/
  • Jan 26

    A few seats left for special edition of our workshop

    A few seats left for special edition of our workshop
    For January we are presenting a special “New Year’s resolution” edition of our popular, free estate planning workshop. The first one filled up quickly, and there are only a few seats left for the remaining workshop on…
  • Dec 27

    POAs in 2015 require greater attention to asset protection

    POAs in 2015 require greater attention to asset protection
    Asset protection has grown in importance as a consideration in estate planning. Americans live longer now than ever before, and often spend more time in their senior years having diminished ability to manage their own affairs, or even to take…
  • Dec 22

    A victory for disabled families: ABLE Act signed into law

    A victory for disabled families: ABLE Act signed into law
    The Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act recently won Congressional approval in the Senate. The ABLE Act lets people with disabilities and their families set up special savings accounts for disability-related expenses without facing…
Rank this Week: 2143

Nash Nash Bean & Ford, LLP Blog

Nash Nash Bean & Ford, LLP Blog

Covers elder law and estate planning.

http://www.nashbeanford.com/blog/
  • Jan 26

    What Is Business Succession Planning?

    What Is Business Succession Planning?
    Small businesses were once the backbone of the American economy. That was before “big business” started to take over just about every market available with “superstores” and chain stores cropping up on every other…
  • Jan 23

    Don’t Lose Your Assets to Long-Term Care Costs! Plan Ahead Now!

    Don’t Lose Your Assets to Long-Term Care Costs! Plan Ahead Now!
    Imagine working hard for 40 or 50 years, saving prudently, and investing wisely to amass a decent nest egg for your Golden Years – only to see it all wiped out in a matter of month because of long-term care costs. The reality is that…
  • Jan 19

    What Are the Advantages for Me of Keeping Assets in a Trust?

    What Are the Advantages for Me of Keeping Assets in a Trust?
    When it comes time for you to sit down and create your estate plan you will need to make a number of important decisions, many of which relate to your assets and how you wish them to be handled now and after your death. Like many people, you…
Rank this Week: 3635

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/
  • Jan 26

    Another Celebrity Death Highlights Importance of Estate Planning

    Another Celebrity Death Highlights Importance of Estate Planning
    As the world stared at their televisions in disbelief nearly three years ago, watching in horror as live feeds showed the Beverly Hills hotel vividly lighting up with blue and red lights, another celebrity death served as just one more…
  • Jan 23

    5 Ways Estate Planning Serves You Now

    5 Ways Estate Planning Serves You Now
    Think about it – estate planning is what we do to plan for our loved ones after we die, right? That’s true, but it also has many benefits that serve you while you’re living. It’s about far more than writing a will and…
  • Jan 8

    What a Revocable Living Trust Can’t Do

    What a Revocable Living Trust Can’t Do
    A revocable living trust is a great estate planning tool. Many people prefer these because it helps determine who receives what after your death, much the way a traditional will does. It also helps bypass probate, which means your financial…
Rank this Week: 2418

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/
  • Jan 26

    What is a Buy-Sell Agreement?

    What is a Buy-Sell Agreement?
    Having a plan for managing and distributing your assets for the future is the primary purpose of estate planning.  Business owners also need to plan for the inevitable transfer of control of their business to someone else.  Most…
  • Jan 24

    Free Report: IRAs in Retirement Planning in Arkansa

    Free Report: IRAs in Retirement Planning in Arkansa
    There are different types of IRAs you can establish, depending on your needs and your circumstances. Using IRAs in Retirement Planning is a smart choice. Topics covered in this whitepaper include: What is an IRA? Types of IRAs Tax Advantages…
  • Jan 22

    Understanding the IRA Contribution Limit

    Understanding the IRA Contribution Limit
    Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) are essentially tax-deferred savings plans.  Their purpose is to help working people prepare for future retirement.  The IRS has very specific guidelines governing these types of savings plans,…
Rank this Week: 3583

American Academy of Estate…

American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys Blog

Provides legal marketing and estate planning legal updates.

http://www.aaepa.com/articles/
  • Jan 26

    What Attorneys Can Learn From My Dentist

    What Attorneys Can Learn From My Dentist
    Has this ever happened to you? Picture it. You’re standing in line at Starbucks, talking with a colleague or friend, and someone you barely know rushes up to you, practically bursting at the seams to tell you something horrible that had…
  • Jan 23

    Top 8 FAQ About the Academy’s Strategic Planning Webinar: Is It Right for You?

    Top 8 FAQ About the Academy’s Strategic Planning Webinar: Is It Right for You?
    As we get closer to the Academy’s Strategic Planning webinar on February 11 at 2pm PT (5pm ET), I have received quite a few questions about what you can expect from this webinar. Your Girl Friday is here to answer all your questions!…
  • Jan 21

    Same-Sex Marriage Update

    Same-Sex Marriage Update
    Late last week, the U.S. Supreme Court granted a writ of certiorari in Bourke v. Beshear, DeBoer v. Snyder, Obergefell v. Hodges, and Tanco v. Haslam. In each of these cases, the 6th Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals had upheld state bans…
Rank this Week: 3484

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/
  • Jan 26

    What Is an Elder Care Attorney in Campbell California

    What Is an Elder Care Attorney in Campbell California
    What Is an Elder Care Attorney in Campbell California from Roy W. Litherland An elder care attorney can help you create a long-term financial framework that leads to a comfortable retirement. Learn more about elder care attorney in Campbell…
  • Jan 25

    Free Report: Is Probate Always Required in California?

    Free Report: Is Probate Always Required in California?
    If you are in direct personal possession of property at the time of your passing, even if you have a last will, the property would become probate property initially. Topics covered in this whitepaper include: Insurance Policy Records Property…
  • Jan 22

    Free Report: What is a Special Needs Trust in California?

    Free Report: What is a Special Needs Trust in California?
    Now that we have provided the necessary background information, we can look at the value of special needs trusts. These trusts are alternately called supplemental needs trusts. Topics covered in this report include: People With Disabilities…
Rank this Week: 1161

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/
  • Jan 25

    To Litigate or To Mediate?

    To Litigate or To Mediate?
    The loss of a loved one coupled with an actual or perceived impropriety in the handling of his/her estate often results in contentious estate litigation. And, while litigation may ultimately resolve the dispute, it is not always the best…
  • Jan 23

    Hull on Estates #403 – Costs in litigation

    Hull on Estates #403 – Costs in litigation
    Listen to Hull on Estates #403 – Costs in litigation Today on Hull on Estates, Noah Weisberg and Paul Trudelle discuss the recent Court of Appeal decision of Heston-Cook v. Schneider and the effects this has on cost awards in estate…
  • Jan 23

    Blended Cost

    Blended Cost
    “Blended costs” were endorsed last year by the Court of Appeal for Ontario in Sawdon Estate v. Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Canada. The policy underling such costs orders is that there are situations in which a…
Rank this Week: 244

Northern California Center for…

Northern California Center for Estate Planning and Elder Law

Covers estate planning.

http://www.norcalplanners.com/blog/
  • Jan 25

    Free Report: What Is a Revocable Living Trust in California?

    Free Report: What Is a Revocable Living Trust in California?
    A revocable living trust is an asset transfer vehicle that can facilitate efficient asset distributions outside of the legal process of probate. This type of trust can be useful for people of relatively ordinary means. If you use a will…
  • Jan 25

    What Is the Difference Between a Revocable Living Trust and a Medicaid (Medi-Cal) Trust?

    What Is the Difference Between a Revocable Living Trust and a Medicaid (Medi-Cal) Trust?
    Medicaid is a need-based government health insurance program that will pay for long-term care. In California, the program is called Medi-Cal. Medicare will not pay for custodial care, so many people who were never financially needy ultimately…
  • Jan 24

    Free Report: What is the Annual Gift Tax Exclusion in California

    Free Report: What is the Annual Gift Tax Exclusion in California
    You have to be aware of federal transfer taxes when you are planning your estate. If you are exposed, there are steps that you can take to reduce the burden. Topics covered in this whitepaper include: Federal Gift Tax Unlimited Marital…
Rank this Week: 2482

Law Offices of Richard B.…

Law Offices of Richard B. Schneider, LLC Blog

Covers elder law and estate planning.

http://www.rbsllc.com/blog/
  • Jan 25

    Can You Remain in Your Home If You Get Sick during Your Golden Years?

    Can You Remain in Your Home If You Get Sick during Your Golden Years?
    With the advances in medicine and science over the latter half of the 20th century, the average life expectancy of an American has increased dramatically. Living longer, however, does not mean that the natural aging process stops. In fact,…
  • Jan 22

    Should I Let the Nursing Home Prepare a Living Will for Me?

    Should I Let the Nursing Home Prepare a Living Will for Me?
    Statistically speaking, most people will spend an extended period of time in a long-term care facility at some point in their life. If you are currently living in a nursing home, you are likely dependent on the staff and caregivers at the…
  • Jan 21

    What Is Per Stirpes and Per Capita?

    What Is Per Stirpes and Per Capita?
    When you sit down to create your estate plan with your attorney you will undoubtedly run across a variety of legal terms and jargon with which you are unfamiliar. The law uses a number of antiquated words and Latin phrases that have been…
Rank this Week: 1750

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: 2009

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/
  • Jan 25

    Free Report: Intestate Succession in Nevada

    Free Report: Intestate Succession in Nevada
    When you have no plan, the probate court will determine how to handle your assets, based on the laws of intestate succession. Based on those laws, to whom your property will be distributed depends on which of your relatives survived you.…
  • Jan 24

    The Probate Process in Nevada

    The Probate Process in Nevada
    The Probate Process in Nevada from Brad Anderson Probate is a court proceeding required for most estates in order to transfer property and settle the affairs of the deceased. Learn more about probate process in Nevada in this presentation
  • Jan 23

    Why do I Need a Retirement Plan?

    Why do I Need a Retirement Plan?
    It is not uncommon for clients to ask, “why do I need a retirement plan?”  Many clients believe that, with social security and a 401K, they have nothing to worry about, when it comes time to retire.  The reality is, we…
Rank this Week: 3807

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/
  • Jan 25

    Movies about older adults active in the dying proce

    Movies about older adults active in the dying proce
    As regular readers of this blog know, I encourage families to talk to each other about the tough topics that are part of estate planning. This is a lot easier when there is nobody in the family in immediate danger of passing away, but…
  • Jan 25

    My uncle hasn't contacted family for 20 years. Can he contest being left out of my grandmother's will?

    My uncle hasn't contacted family for 20 years. Can he contest being left out of my grandmother's will?
    Nothing illuminates a family estrangement like the death of a parent. Does a person who hasn't contacted his family for twenty years have a right to be included in his parent's will? A reader recently wrote to me about this. Her question and…
  • Jan 21

    Top Ten Reasons Why Estate Planning Should Top Your New Year's Resolution

    Top Ten Reasons Why Estate Planning Should Top Your New Year's Resolution
    Did you make any New Year's Resolutions this year? If you're one of the millions of people who like to get organized and set priorities at the beginning of each new year, take a look at this article by Ontario lawyer Donna Neff. She gives ten…
Rank this Week: 1006

Purcell & Amen, L.L.C. Blog

Purcell & Amen, L.L.C. Blog

Covers elder law and estate planning.

http://yourestatematters.com/blog/
  • Jan 25

    Missouri Advanced Directives: What You Need to Know

    Missouri Advanced Directives: What You Need to Know
    Missouri Advanced Directives: What You Need To Know from Charlie Amen The term “advanced directive” refers to legal documents which, collectively, allow you to express your wishes with regard to end-of-life decisions. Learn more…
  • Jan 24

    Why You Should Include Funeral Planning in Missouri in Your Estate Plan

    Why You Should Include Funeral Planning in Missouri in Your Estate Plan
    Why You Should Include Funeral Planning in Missouri in Your Estate Plan from Charlie Amen Consider just a few of the problems that commonly occur when funeral planning is done after death instead of ahead of time. Learn more about funeral…
  • Jan 24

    Free Report: Why You Should Include Funeral Planning in Missouri in Your Estate Plan

    Free Report: Why You Should Include Funeral Planning in Missouri in Your Estate Plan
    Like most people, you likely prefer not to dwell on the fact that you will not live forever. Consequently, the thought of planning your funeral and burial may not sound very attractive to you. At the same time, however, like many people you…
Rank this Week: 2910

Rule of Law

Rule of Law

Covers British Columbia wills, trusts and estates law, elder law and estate litigation. By Stan Rule.

http://rulelaw.blogspot.com/
  • Jan 25

    Changes to Taxation of Alter Ego and Joint Partner Trust

    Changes to Taxation of Alter Ego and Joint Partner Trust
    There are a number of significant changes to Canadian tax law that will have a significant impact on estate planning. I have written about the elimination of graduation income rates for testamentary trusts, including a post here. That change,…
  • Jan 17

    It’s Time for the Court of Appeal to Revisit its Formulation of "Rational and Valid Reasons" in Wills Variation Case

    It’s Time for the Court of Appeal to Revisit its Formulation of "Rational and Valid Reasons" in Wills Variation Case
    The Wills, Estates and Succession Act allows a will maker’s spouse or child to apply to court to vary a will if adequate provision has not been made for the spouse or child, in which case if the court finds that adequate provision has…
  • Jan 10

    Zeligs v. Jane

    Zeligs v. Jane
    Contests between siblings following the death of a parent over houses and bank accounts that were held jointly between the parent and one of the parent’s children are all too common. What happens is that a parent who was the sole owner…
Rank this Week: 612

KYEstates.com

KYEstates.com

A Kentucky-based conversation on trust & estates law. By Carter Ruml.

http://kyestates.com
  • Jan 25

    Retirement Dates: Expectations and Reality

    Retirement Dates: Expectations and Reality
    Spy Game (2001) is all about retirement: Nathan Muir’s last day at work at the CIA. Muir (Robert Redford) has a protege, Bishop (Brad Pitt), who’s been thrown into a very unpleasant prison in coastal China. Muir calls his…
  • Jan 21

    Chuck Yeager, The Right Stuff, and Your Income Growth Trajectory

    Chuck Yeager, The Right Stuff, and Your Income Growth Trajectory
    The Right Stuff (1983) is a movie that’s begun to be fully appreciated only recently. One of its best scenes is when the iconic test pilot Chuck Yeager (played by Sam Shepard) takes a very dangerous flight in an NF-104…
  • Jan 19

    A Sherlock Holmes Approach to Your Income Statement

    A Sherlock Holmes Approach to Your Income Statement
     I think “budgets” are the reason many more people don’t have a sensible strategy for reaching their financial goals. The word “budget” creates obstacles in two ways. First, budgets imply…
Rank this Week: 3075

Hauptman and Hauptman, P.C. Blog

Hauptman and Hauptman, P.C. Blog

Covers guardianship, Medicaid, probate and estate administration.

http://www.hauptmanlaw.com/blog
  • Jan 25

    Retitling Assets to Healthy Spouse to Qualify for Medicaid

    Retitling Assets to Healthy Spouse to Qualify for Medicaid
                It’s something I have written about in past blog posts but just last week we received a call from Mary on this exact issue.  Her husband, George, has…
  • Jan 18

    The ABLE Act – The Drawback

    The ABLE Act – The Drawback
                Last week I told you about the ABLE Act that was passed by Congress and signed by President Obama just before the Christmas holiday.  It sounds great, allowing disabled…
  • Jan 11

    The ABLE Act Passe

    The ABLE Act Passe
                Just before the Christmas holiday break, Congress passed, and then President Obama signed into law, the Achieving a Better Life Experience Act (“the ABLE”…
Rank this Week: 4155

The Zimmer Law Firm

The Zimmer Law Firm

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

http://www.zimmerlawfirm.com/blog/
  • Jan 25

    Free Report: Federal Estate Tax – How Much Passes Tax Free in Ohio?

    Free Report: Federal Estate Tax – How Much Passes Tax Free in Ohio?
    In the State of Ohio, we no longer have a state level estate tax, though there are States that still do have death taxes on the state level. You can transfer as much as $5.25 million to people other than your spouse free of transfer taxes.…
  • Jan 22

    Sane Mind and Estate Planning

    Sane Mind and Estate Planning
    You’ve likely heard of the importance of early planning when it comes to writing your will, putting into place various powers of attorneys and other general estate planning tasks. The reason many elder law and estate planning lawyers…
  • Jan 20

    The Elder Care Polypharmacy Crisi

    The Elder Care Polypharmacy Crisi
    If you’ve never heard of polypharmacy, it’s likely not because you don’t know someone who is taking too many medications in the wrong dosages, but you just may have never heard the proper term for it. Specifically,…
Rank this Week: 1919

New York Personal Injury Lawyer…

New York Personal Injury Lawyer Blog

Covers personal injury law. By the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates.

http://www.newyorkinjurylawyer247blog.com/
  • Jan 25

    Officer DS's memo book were marked for identification

    Officer DS's memo book were marked for identification
    The fact that a common carrier is operated by a governmental entity does not mean it has a lesser responsibility toward the public than one which is under private ownership. In that connection, there is simply no legal basis for imposing the…
  • Jan 24

    Officer DS's memo book were marked for identification

    Officer DS's memo book were marked for identification
    The first questions for you to determine are whether the condition of the bus steps at the point where plaintiff fell were such that the common carrier, through its employer, the bus driver, should have reasonably anticipated unusual danger…
  • Jan 18

    After the examination, the patient was put to bed...cont

    After the examination, the patient was put to bed...cont
    On the trial of the issue joined the jury returned a special finding that in 1862 the insured fell from a tree, was injured, but not seriously, and that its effects passed away without subsequently affecting her health. The fact that the…
Rank this Week: 559

Tennessee Wills and Estates

Tennessee Wills and Estates

Provides commentary on wills, probate law and estate planning. By Jason A. Lee

http://www.tennesseewillsandestates.com
  • Jan 25

    How Should you Respond to a Request to Waive Bond, Inventory and Accounting in a Tennessee Estate?

    How Should you Respond to a Request to Waive Bond, Inventory and Accounting in a Tennessee Estate?
    Sometimes when a Tennessee probate estate is opened up, the attorney handling the estate will provide a request to the beneficiaries to waive bond, inventory and accounting [“Bond” is basically an insurance bond to protect the…
  • Jan 1

    Tennessee and Federal Estate Tax Exemptions Raised Today for 2015.

    Tennessee and Federal Estate Tax Exemptions Raised Today for 2015.
    Today the Tennessee Inheritance Tax exemption (for 2015) is raised to $5,000,000.00.  Next year the Tennessee Inheritance Tax will be abolished.  Starting January 1, 2016 (for those who die on or after that date) there will no…
  • Dec 6

    IRS Recently Announced 2015 Limits for Estate and Gift Tax Exemption

    IRS Recently Announced 2015 Limits for Estate and Gift Tax Exemption
    The IRS recently introduced certain cost of living adjustments to the consolidated federal estate and gift tax exemption.  The new federal estate and gift tax exemption will be $5.43 million dollars in 2015.  This is an…
Rank this Week: 2886

Law Offices of Cheryl David

Law Offices of Cheryl David

Covers estate planning and elder law in North Carolina.

http://www.cheryldavid.com/blog/
  • Jan 24

    Pet Planning in North Carolina: Crafting an Effective Pet Trust

    Pet Planning in North Carolina: Crafting an Effective Pet Trust
    Pet Planning in North Carolina: Crafting An Effective Pet Trust from Cheryl David A trust cannot operate without having property it can use to pay the pet’s expenses. The property you choose to transfer to the trust is known as the…
  • Jan 19

    Pet Planning in North Carolina: Your Pet’s Future Without You

    Pet Planning in North Carolina: Your Pet’s Future Without You
    Pet Planning in North Carolina: Your Pet's Future Without You from Cheryl David A pet plan is a part of an estate plan that provides for the needs of your pets in the event you die or become incapacitated. Learn more about pet planning in…
  • Jan 13

    Debunking Some Common Living Trusts Myth

    Debunking Some Common Living Trusts Myth
    If you are a regular reader of our blog you already know that living trusts are a common element in many modern estate plans. However, you might also be under the influence of some common living trust myths that circulate in the general…
Rank this Week: 2419

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/
  • Jan 24

    Can I Give My Kids $14,000 a Year?

    Can I Give My Kids $14,000 a Year?
    If you have it to give, you certainly can, but there may be consequences should you apply for Medicaid long-term care coverage within five years after each gift.The $14,000 figure is the amount of the current gift tax exclusion (for…
  • Jan 21

    The Top 10 Elder Law Decisions of 2014

    The Top 10 Elder Law Decisions of 2014
    Below, in chronological order, is our annual roundup of the top 10 elder law decisions for the year just ended. Number three in the list, M.W., was a decision not of a court but of the Director of the New Jersey's Division…
  • Jan 4

    Review Your Estate Plan for a Secure New Year

    Review Your Estate Plan for a Secure New Year
    As we bask in the afterglow of a joyous holiday season and turn our thoughts to the new year a review of our estate plans is an essential step to make sure our assets are protected from creditors, taxing authorities, nursing homes, and others…
Rank this Week: 3895

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/
  • Jan 24

    Moving your Medicare Appeal to the Front of the Line

    Moving your Medicare Appeal to the Front of the Line
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  • Jan 19

    A Best Law Firm

    A Best Law Firm
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  • Jan 17

    Pennsylvania Aging Related Leaders Named

    Pennsylvania Aging Related Leaders Named
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Illinois Estate Planning &…

Illinois Estate Planning & Elder Law Blog

Covers Illinois estate planning, real estate and trusts. By Wilson & Wilson.

http://www.illinoisestateplanningandelderlawblog.com/
  • Jan 24

    Illinois Law Regarding Being a Guardian

    Illinois Law Regarding Being a Guardian
    In its pamphlet about Being a Guardian, the Illinois State Bar Association outlines key issues regarding the duties of Guardians. There are several types of Guardians: Guardian of the Person, Guardian of the Estate, Limited Guardian,…
  • Jan 17

    Illinois Joint Tenancy and Income Taxe

    Illinois Joint Tenancy and Income Taxe
    When real estate is held by two individuals as joint tenants with rights of survivorship, the surviving joint tenant will not receive the full step-up in cost basis he would have received if he had inherited the real estate. For example, Sue…
  • Jan 10

    Illinois Law and Joint Tenancy with Rights of Survivorship

    Illinois Law and Joint Tenancy with Rights of Survivorship
    Joint tenancy with rights of survivorship is a type of ownership by two or more individuals, called joint tenants, who share equal ownership of the property and have the equal right to keep or get rid of the property. When one individual…
Rank this Week: 2148

Palo Alto Estate Planning Blog

Palo Alto Estate Planning Blog

Covers tax planning, estate planning, trusts, wills and charitable giving. By Finch Montgomery Wright LLP.

http://www.paloaltoestateplanninglawyerblog.com/
  • Jan 23

    Right to Die Law Proposed for California

    Right to Die Law Proposed for California
    For the first time since 2007, legislation has been introduced in this year’s State Senate that would legalize physician-assisted suicide in California. The bill, SB 128,  The End of Life Option Act, is modeled on Oregon’s…
  • Dec 31

    Happy New Year!

    Happy New Year!
     I am wishing a lovely New Year to all of our    clients and readers! May 2015 bring love, wisdom, and compassion to you all. Here’s to keeping all of our eyes firmly fixed on what truly matters in the year ahead, in…
  • Dec 22

    IRA Charitable Rollover Extended for 2014

    IRA Charitable Rollover Extended for 2014
    Congress extends direct charitable rollover for 2014 until December 31, 2014
Rank this Week: 4030

Walden & Pfannenstiel Blog

Walden & Pfannenstiel Blog

Covers bankruptcy and estate planning.

http://wplawpractice.com/blog/
  • Jan 23

    Can I Use My Tax Refund to File Bankruptcy?

    Can I Use My Tax Refund to File Bankruptcy?
    A New Year is a time to look at the next 12 months with hope and possibility, let our bankruptcy attorneys assist you and have a Happy New Year in 2015.  Every day we see debtors and their households struggling with debt.  The debt…
  • Dec 11

    Meet Our Attorney

    Meet Our Attorney
  • Oct 30

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

    November 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 November 1, 2014 the Median Income Levels will change once again. Median income levels in Kansas are up for the…
Rank this Week: 4685

Redlands Veterans' Affairs…

Redlands Veterans' Affairs Attorney Blog

Covers estate planning and elder law. By Esther Wang.

http://www.california-elder-law.com/blog/
  • Jan 23

    Will Your Resources Last Long Enough?

    Will Your Resources Last Long Enough?
    Estate planning and retirement planning are naturally connected. If you have particular ideas in mind with regard to what you want to be able to do for your family after you pass away these intentions could impact your retirement budget....
  • Jan 14

    Promising Alzheimer's Research Reported

    Promising Alzheimer's Research Reported
    Alzheimer's disease is more common than a lot of people may think. The Alzheimer's Association does a lot of great work with regard to research and education, and they tell us that somewhere in the vicinity of 40% of the...
  • Jan 5

    Kinkade May Have Penned Wills While Intoxicated

    Kinkade May Have Penned Wills While Intoxicated
    Acute intoxication was listed as the cause of death when the artist Thomas Kinkade passed away recently at the age of 54. Kinkade was very successful financially and it is estimated that the value of his estate when he died...
Rank this Week: 1744

Mendel Law Firm Blog

Mendel Law Firm Blog

Covers estate planning.

http://www.mendellawfirm.com/blog/
  • Jan 23

    Famous Estates – Legacy Champ or Chump?

    Famous Estates – Legacy Champ or Chump?
    Lyndon B. Johnson (1908-1973) – 37TH President of the United States, 1963-1969 Lyndon B. Johnson was born in a small farmhouse in Stonewall, Texas. In 1926, Johnson attended Southwest Texas State Teachers’ College, participating…
  • Jan 21

    Thought for the Day:

    Thought for the Day:
    Always do what you are afraid to do. Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Jan 21

    Digital Assets in Texa

    Digital Assets in Texa
    Administering an estate today has many challenges that were not present even a decade ago. The world has changed a lot with the popularity of personal computers and the Internet. Today, estate administrators have to worry about the…
Rank this Week: 3782

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/
  • Jan 23

    Study supports doctor-led approach to end-of-life care planning

    Study supports doctor-led approach to end-of-life care planning
    The end of a person’s life is a time of intense transition and difficult choices. Although nothing can fully prepare an individual or a family for the gravity of the decisions that need to be made, end-of-life care planning can help…
  • Jan 15

    The effect of procrastination and debt on retirement planning

    The effect of procrastination and debt on retirement planning
    The desire to create a comfortable, secure retirement is almost universal. Unfortunately, procrastination and debt can have a devastating, though not irreversible, effect on these efforts. While Americans can now anticipate longer-than-ever…
  • Dec 29

    Reducing caregiver stress helps prevent elder abuse

    Reducing caregiver stress helps prevent elder abuse
    Elder abuse has long been associated with the stress caregivers experience when providing care for older loved ones. Reducing caregiver stress is a key factor in preventing the abuse and neglect of elders. As much of health care moves out of…
Rank this Week: 3951

Potter Law Firm Blog

Potter Law Firm Blog

Covers estate planning and elder law.

http://www.potterestateplanning.com/blog/
  • Jan 23

    What Is the Difference Between a Living Trust and a Living Will?

    What Is the Difference Between a Living Trust and a Living Will?
    There are various different legal devices that are used in the field of estate planning. Sometimes people are confused because the terms sound similar. With this in mind, we will look at the differences between living trusts and living wills…
  • Jan 21

    How Will My Property Be Distributed If There is No Last Will?

    How Will My Property Be Distributed If There is No Last Will?
    Some people take a wait-and-see approach. They procrastinate because they think that they can act later on. And they reason that things will probably take care of themselves if they never take action.  This enters the realm of estate…
  • Jan 18

    Can I Give Gifts to Avoid the Estate Tax?

    Can I Give Gifts to Avoid the Estate Tax?
    The federal estate tax has always been controversial. There are those who look at the death tax as an instance of double taxation. After all, the assets that are being taxed are the resources that you were able to retain after paying taxes…
Rank this Week: 2445

Sanders Law Firm Blog

Sanders Law Firm Blog

Covers North Carolina law.

http://www.kirksanderslaw.com/blog
  • Jan 22

    Attachment Proceedings in North Carolina (Attorney)

    Attachment Proceedings in North Carolina (Attorney)
    Tags: Attachment Proceeding in NCcommercial litigation attorney NCWhat is an attachment proceeding? It’s used when a defendant (or defendant to be) is in breach of an agreement AND is going to leave the State of North Carolina with…
  • Dec 30

    Sanders Law Firm PLLC merges with Hendrick Bryant Nerhood & Oti

    Sanders Law Firm PLLC merges with Hendrick Bryant Nerhood &amp; Oti
    Tags: merger lawyerKirk SandersKirk Sanders of Sanders Law Firm PLLC & Hendrick Bryant Nerhood Sanders & Otis are pleased to announce that W. Kirk Sanders has joined the firm Hendrick Bryant Nerhood Sanders & Otis effective…
  • Dec 30

    One of the Top Stories Lawyers Weekly: Northern Beltway Condemnation Attorney in NC

    One of the Top Stories Lawyers Weekly: Northern Beltway Condemnation Attorney in NC
    Tags: northern beltwayCondemnation Attorney NCMatthew Bryant, the chair for the condemnation committee of Hendrick Bryant Nerhood Sanders & Otis, made the "Most Notable Stories" in NC Lawyers Weekly for the lawsuit on behalf of…
Rank this Week: 4905

EstateAware

EstateAware

Covers personal legal and financial planning. By Griffin Bridgers.

http://www.estateaware.com
  • Jan 22

    Planning Issues with the Entitlement Generation – An Introduction

    Planning Issues with the Entitlement Generation – An Introduction
    It seems that every generation is lambasted by the previous generation.  Older generations often view younger generations as selfish, lazy, and entitled.  However, the younger generation also paints the older generation with this…
  • Jan 16

    Marketing of Estate Planning: The Scourge of the CRM

    Marketing of Estate Planning: The Scourge of the CRM
    As promised in my article on numbered lists, this installment in my series on marketing for estate planning focuses on the proliferation of attorney marketing services and CRM’s.  However, while researching for this article, I…
  • Jan 12

    Can Robo Planners and Professionals Co-Exist? Part 1

    Can Robo Planners and Professionals Co-Exist? Part 1
    In reviewing literature on marketing, one thing I have noticed is that the estate planning field is not the only area threatened by technology.  For example, financial advisors have also started to be wary of newer software platforms…
Rank this Week: 2660

Estate Planning Attorney Blog

Estate Planning Attorney Blog

Covers probate, estate planning, business formation and business law. By Deemer Law.

http://www.estateplanningattorney-blog.com/
  • Jan 22

    Do I need to update my estate plan if I am moving?

    Do I need to update my estate plan if I am moving?
    There are many things that can cause someone to move, and depending to the reasons, the method, or other decisions, it may be appropriate to update a trust or a will.  Some of the reasons for moving, may be a reason to review, for…
  • Jan 14

    How much does it cost for Probate?

    How much does it cost for Probate?
    Probate Expenses Proper estate planning can help save time, save money, and protect the privacy of an estate.  Probate expenses can have a wide variance depending on where you live and how much you have in assets.  Some states, like…
  • Jan 6

    What do I need to know to start a business? (Part 3)

    What do I need to know to start a business? (Part 3)
    In part 2, we explored some methods to limit liability for your business with limited partnerships and limited liability companies.  In Part 3, we will explore Corporations and tax considerations in business formation. Corporation The…
Rank this Week: 2661

Parman & Easterday Blog

Parman & Easterday Blog

Covers elder law and estate planning.

http://www.parmanlaw.com/blog/
  • Jan 22

    Should You Use a Will or a Power of Attorney?

    Should You Use a Will or a Power of Attorney?
    When people hear that you are an estate planning lawyer, they often have a lot of questions, such as whether they need to use a will or a power of attorney when they create an estate plan. Many of the questions people have reflect a basic…
  • Jan 20

    Common Questions About Insolvent Estates and Who Has to Pay For Them

    Common Questions About Insolvent Estates and Who Has to Pay For Them
    Sometimes when a person dies in Kansas or Oklahoma, that person leaves behind an insolvent estate. In this situation, the deceased person’s family members often have a lot of questions about the debts left behind. Many people want to…
  • Jan 15

    Understanding Estate Planning – Protecting Children With Your Estate Plan

    Understanding Estate Planning – Protecting Children With Your Estate Plan
    When parents of young children come talk to us about creating an estate plan, we walk them through the various ways that creating a plan can protect their children. Whether you are a new parent, an expecting parent, or already have one or…
Rank this Week: 3391

Givner & Kaye Blog

Givner & Kaye Blog

Covers estate and tax planning.

http://www.givnerkaye.com/blog/
  • Jan 22

    How to Make Your Irrevocable Trust Flexible

    How to Make Your Irrevocable Trust Flexible
    The following post was taken from our January newsletter. Click here to subscribe to our newsletter. Irrevocable trusts are sometimes intimidating.  Why would I want to set up a trust that I can't revoke?  Even though you cannot…
  • Jan 20

    Chicago Company Gets $2M Fine for Tax Fraud

    Chicago Company Gets $2M Fine for Tax Fraud
    This goes under the category of the more people you involve in your tax fraud, the more likely you are to come to the attention of the government.   On January 15, 2015, a federal judge imposed a $2.1 million fine against a Chicago-based…
  • Jan 13

    Incompetent Attorney Not Reasonable Cause for Late Filing

    Incompetent Attorney Not Reasonable Cause for Late Filing
    In the case of Specht v. United States, the District Court for the Southern District of Ohio found that the Executor of an estate could not recover penalties and interest accrued for failing to timely file or make tax payments because of his…
Rank this Week: 794

Law Office of Andrew M. Lamkin,…

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

Covers elder law.

http://lamkinelderlaw.com/articles/
  • Jan 22

    What Exactly is Elder Law?

    What Exactly is Elder Law?
    Elder law is focused primarily on the needs and laws governing the treatment of the elderly. Unique legal issues can plague older adults as well as their families, and elder law attorneys are well versed in the protections available for the…
  • Dec 28

    Handling Elderly Loved Ones with Deteriorating Driving Skill

    Handling Elderly Loved Ones with Deteriorating Driving Skill
    The ability to drive is more than a skill. It is a symbol of a person’s independence. Thus, when people get to an age that driving may no longer be advisable, the situation needs to be approached with care. Though this type of…
  • Dec 21

    Reporting Elder Abuse in New York

    Reporting Elder Abuse in New York
    The extent to which older Americans are victims of elder abuse is difficult to accurately pinpoint. Estimates range between one million and two million for the number of people 65 years of age or older who have been abused or exploited, but…
Rank this Week: 2443

PVW Estate Planning, Business…

PVW Estate Planning, Business Succession Planning & Asset Protection Planning Blog

Covers current issues affecting and strategies regarding estate, business succession, and asset protection planning. By Parsonage Vandenack Williams LLC.

http://www.pvwestateplanning.wordpress.com/
  • Jan 22

    IRS Private Letter Ruling on Testamentary Powers of Appointment of Trust Property

    IRS Private Letter Ruling on Testamentary Powers of Appointment of Trust Property
    In late 2014, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued two Private Letter Rulings (PLR) regarding testamentary powers of appointment. In the PLRs, the IRS evaluated whether a grandchild’s power of appointment over a grandparent’s…
  • Jan 16

    Longevity Annuity Contracts in Retirement Plan

    Longevity Annuity Contracts in Retirement Plan
    By Mary E. Vandenack. Owners of IRAs or participants in certain retirement plans can use up to $125,000 or 25% of their account balance to purchase a qualified longevity annuity contract (“QLAC”). A QLAC is an annuity that begins…
  • Sep 25

    What Is the Difference Between a Private Foundation and a Public Charity?

    What Is the Difference Between a Private Foundation and a Public Charity?
    An Estate Planning FAQ with Mary E. Vandenack. Private foundations and public charities are both tax exempt entities under section 501c3 of the Internal Revenue Code. The differences are that a public charity qualifies for a little more in…
Rank this Week: 3775

Crider Law P.C. Blog

Crider Law P.C. Blog

Covers elder law, estate planning and family law.

http://www.criderlaw.net/blog/
  • Jan 22

    Tom Clancy’s Estate Plans: Not as Tight as His Novel

    Tom Clancy’s Estate Plans: Not as Tight as His Novel
    In recent months, we’ve had occasion to tell you about a few late celebrities’ apparently airtight estate plans, Robin Williams and Joan Rivers among them. View image | gettyimages.com Celebrities don’t always leave their…
  • Jan 15

    Failing at Retirement

    Failing at Retirement
    Retiring isn’t easy, at least not for everybody. A few weeks ago, The New York Times looked at restlessness among senior citizens who are the right age for retirement but not of the right spirit. A series of seniors confessed to the…
  • Jan 8

    A New Year, A New Increase in the Estate Tax Exemption

    A New Year, A New Increase in the Estate Tax Exemption
    A new year always brings a number of new changes to the state and federal tax rules. Right off the bat, one of 2015’s more notable changes involves the federal estate tax exemption. View image | gettyimages.com In 2014, estates worth…
Rank this Week: 1337