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New York Probate and Estate…

New York Probate and Estate Administration Blog

Published by Stephen Bilkis & Associates

http://www.newyorkprobateestateadministration.com/
  • Jul 23

    The Issue in this Case is Whether Attorneys Fees Should be Granted

    The Issue in this Case is Whether Attorneys Fees Should be Granted
    A New York Probate Lawyer said that, before the court is the first and final account of the Public Administrator for the estate of the decedent, who died intestate, a resident of Hempstead, on June 21, 1993, leaving one daughter, surviving.…
  • Jul 10

    Court Decides a Case Regarding Kinship Issue

    Court Decides a Case Regarding Kinship Issue
    A New York Probate Lawyer said this is a case of accounting of the Public Administrator, where the issue of kinship was referred to a court attorney/referee pursuant to SCPA 506. All parties stipulated to waive the report of the referee and…
  • Jul 9

    Court Determines Legal Fees in Probate Case

    Court Determines Legal Fees in Probate Case
    A New York Probate Lawyer said that, before the court is the first and final account of the Public Administrator for the estate of the decedent, who died intestate, a resident of Hempstead, on June 21, 1993, leaving one daughter, surviving.…
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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/
  • Jul 23

    Bill would fund Hampton Roads veteran care center

    Bill would fund Hampton Roads veteran care center
    A bill has been introduced in the Virginia state legislature to provide state funding for a new health care center for veterans in Hampton Roads, The facility would supplement the care provided by the Hampton VA Medical Center. The new center…
  • Jun 30

    Advance Medical Directives Need Easy Accessibility

    Advance Medical Directives Need Easy Accessibility
    Many people are aware of the importance of advance medical directives. In the event that you become incapacitated, these directives detail what procedures you do or do not want and who should make decisions for you. Because these are…
  • Jun 18

    Continuing Care Retirement Communities Offer One Option for Retiree

    Continuing Care Retirement Communities Offer One Option for Retiree
    There are many living options available for seniors, and continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs) have become one of the most attractive. Many retirees consider such communities because they typically provide a range of services in one…
Rank this Week: 3242

Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof…

Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof Blog

By Gerry W. Beyer.

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

    Dying Man's Will Rejected

    Dying Man's Will Rejected
    On Tuesday, a Sacramento Superior Court judge refused to validate a will that a lawyer claimed to be the last wishes of a dying friend. The will would have given all but a small portion of Joseph Herb O’Brien’s estate...
  • Jul 23

    Double Dipping Exception

    Double Dipping Exception
    Many baby boomers that are expecting to retire with ample social security benefits upon retirement, may have to think again. Unfortunately, under the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP), individuals may not be eligible for all the Social…
  • Jul 23

    Hoffman Refused to Leave Money for Children

    Hoffman Refused to Leave Money for Children
    According to court documents, Phillip Seymour Hoffman rejected his accountant’s suggestion that he set aside money for his three children because he did not want them to be “trust fund kids.” In a Manhattan Surrogate Court, Hoffman…
Rank this Week: 94

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 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…
  • Jul 9

    Do Heirs Pay Taxes on Inheritance?

    Do Heirs Pay Taxes on Inheritance?
    So, you just received a notice that you will inherit from your great aunt’s estate.  A wonderful surprise, no doubt.  Of course, an estate may be required to pay taxes to the government, but do heirs pay taxes on the…
Rank this Week: 2590

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 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…
  • Jun 10

    How Do I Find Assets That are Hidden From an Estate?

    How Do I Find Assets That are Hidden From an Estate?
    When a Long Island decedent passes away, the executor or personal representative of the estate must located all of the decedent’s assets. This may entail finding hidden assets that the family may not have been aware of which the…
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Your Texas Estate Plan

Your Texas Estate Plan

Covers tax and estate planning. By Jacob Pelley.

http://www.yourtexasestateplan.com/
  • Jul 23

    Estate tax Repeal Musing

    Estate tax Repeal Musing
    Relevant in 2011, but still funnyEvery couple years when the election cycles roll around, someone brings up the estate tax again. It is usually when we are not at war, arguing about when a fetus is viable, if universal healthcare is a good…
  • May 23

    All in the Family: Disputes between relative

    All in the Family: Disputes between relative
    "Family quarrels are bitter things. They don't go according to any rules. They're not like aches or wounds, they're more like splits in the skin that won't heal because there's not enough material."~F. Scott FitzgeraldBackground:In the Texas…
  • May 12

    Intestate Distribution in Texas, Again

    Intestate Distribution in Texas, Again
    I've done this once before, but I almost like Judge Steve King's chart even better. Also, this is more aligned to how the probate judges want the respective shares of beneficiaries listed on an application.So, if you die without a will in…
Rank this Week: 4355

Nirenstein, Horowitz & Associates,…

Nirenstein, Horowitz & Associates, P.C. Blog

Covers Connecticut estate planning, probate and elder law.

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

    What Questions Should I Ask an Elder Law Attorney in Hartford CT?

    What Questions Should I Ask an Elder Law Attorney in Hartford CT?
    You should certainly make preparations for the latter stages of your life. There are various contingencies that you may face, and you want to be in a position to address them. To gain an understanding of exactly how to proceed, you would do…
  • Jul 21

    Durable Financial Power of Attorney in Hartford CT: What Are Its Advantages?

    Durable Financial Power of Attorney in Hartford CT: What Are Its Advantages?
    Estate planning is not exclusively confined to monetary matters. When you talk to an estate planning attorney about the realities that we all face, you will be reminded about the period of time that may precede your passing. Think about it…
  • Jul 18

    Retirement Planning Concern

    Retirement Planning Concern
    Retirement planning involves making projections regarding your anticipated expenses, and to do this intelligently you have to understand what your health care costs are likely to be during the latter stages of your life. Of course this is an…
Rank this Week: 1932

Wealth Law Blog

Wealth Law Blog

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

http://samuelslaw.com/blog/
Rank this Week: 4005

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 23

    A Strategic Plan For Gifting

    A Strategic Plan For Gifting
    Gifting with a purpose and a plan can help strategically move family wealth from one generation to another.
  • Jul 21

    Will Your Wealth Continue On?

    Will Your Wealth Continue On?
    Passing a successful family inheritance from generation to generation takes planning and communication.
  • Jul 18

    Give The Inheritance Now Or Later?

    Give The Inheritance Now Or Later?
    Whether to make a gift during life or at death requires careful consideration and competent legal and financial advice.
Rank this Week: 2171

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 23

    The Centerburg Office

    The Centerburg Office
    The Centerburg office of Cooper, Adel & Associates is conveniently located in the geographical center of Ohio and serves counties throughout Central Ohio. Centerburg is also known as “The Heart of Ohio” and was originally a…
  • Jul 22

    The Accidental Beneficiary

    The Accidental Beneficiary
    By Attorney Daniel Vu Changing who will inherit your estate can be a lot trickier than you think. You might think that all that you need to do is change your Will. However, changing only your Will would be a costly mistake. The beneficiaries…
  • Jul 21

    What Should I Do If I Can’t Find Mom or Dad’s Original Will?

    What Should I Do If I Can’t Find Mom or Dad’s Original Will?
    By Mary Roberts When a loved one passes away, one of the first things family members do is look for the Will of the deceased. The Probate Court requires the original Will, but if that document was created 20, 30, 40 or more years ago, it can…
Rank this Week: 985

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 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…
  • Jul 3

    How to Start Estate Planning Conversations with Your Aging Parent

    How to Start Estate Planning Conversations with Your Aging Parent
    There are several aspects of estate planning in Florida that are less than fun, and that means that a lot of people choose to put the process off indefinitely.  There’s the need to gather a lot of documentation together, pay for an estate…
  • Jul 3

    How to Start Estate Planning Conversations with Your Aging Parent

    How to Start Estate Planning Conversations with Your Aging Parent
    There are several aspects of estate planning in Florida that are less than fun, and that means that a lot of people choose to put the process off indefinitely.  There’s the need to gather a lot of documentation together, pay for an…
Rank this Week: 4642

Andrew Flusche, Virginia Lawyer

Andrew Flusche, Virginia Lawyer

Covers Virginia drunk driving, reckless driving and speeding offenses.

http://www.andrewflusche.com/blog/
  • Jul 23

    Not Many Texting While Driving Ticket

    Not Many Texting While Driving Ticket
    Last year Virginia law was changed to make texting while driving a primary offense, which means an officer can pull you over solely because thinks you’re texting. But are tickets being written for texting? Not really. According to the…
  • Jul 18

    Virginia Speeding Ticket When Out of State

    Virginia Speeding Ticket When Out of State
    If you’ve received a Virginia speeding ticket when you’re out of state, you’re in the right place to learn how to handle it. This video gives you a quick overview of the situation. I’m a local attorney who focuses on…
  • Jul 18

    Virginia Reckless Driving Penaltie

    Virginia Reckless Driving Penaltie
    There are a wide variety of Virginia reckless driving penalties that a judge can impose. I explain a few of them in this video, so you can begin to learn about your case. Virginia Reckless Driving Penalties Video Transcription Hi, my name is…
Rank this Week: 744

California Trust, Estate & Probate…

California Trust, Estate & Probate Litigation

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

http://www.californiatrustestateandprobatelitigation.com
Rank this Week: 2162

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 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…
  • Jul 13

    Preneed Contract Holders: the lonely 5%

    Preneed Contract Holders: the lonely 5%
    The Memorial Business Journal recently reported on findings from the NFDA’s 2014 Consumer Awareness and Preferences Study.   Some of the findings may not come as much of a surprise to funeral directors, such as consumer…
  • Jun 16

    Cemetery Care Fund Reports: The Operator’s Vicarious Liability

    Cemetery Care Fund Reports: The Operator’s Vicarious Liability
    Typically, the standard by which a cemetery is judged to be abandoned is whether the grass is getting cut.  But for licensed cemeteries, some states’ laws may also include provisions to deem a cemetery abandoned when regulatory…
Rank this Week: 2447

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 23

    Idaho Estate Planning - A Few Things You May Not Know About Will

    Idaho Estate Planning - A Few Things You May Not Know About Will
    Your will is an essential tool in making sure that your property goes to the people you want to receive it after your death. By keeping these simple facts in mind, you can use this tool more effectively and avoid the mistakes that can cause…
  • Jul 22

    Idaho Estate Planning - Working With Your Financial Planner

    Idaho Estate Planning - Working With Your Financial Planner
    Financial planners are not just for rich people. Everyone, no matter where you stand financially, can benefit from the advice and guidance of a qualified financial planner.
  • Jul 21

    Idaho Estate Planning - Estate Plans Should Not Be Time Capsule

    Idaho Estate Planning - Estate Plans Should Not Be Time Capsule
    In some cases, outdated or inadequate estate plans have led to highly-publicized disputes between heirs that have squandered fortunes and diminished legacies. These situations are more tragic because they are usually entirely avoidable,…
Rank this Week: 2225

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 23

    Getting Your Fees Along the Way

    Getting Your Fees Along the Way
    Can’t wait until you win the case to get your attorney fees? Consider seeking an interim fee award based on your success along the way. Awarding interim fees (i.e., a fee award made before the case is completed) is an accepted procedure…
  • Jul 21

    Estate Planning Is Not Just for the Rich and Famou

    Estate Planning Is Not Just for the Rich and Famou
    The following is a guest blog post by April E. Frisby of Frisby Law. April is a lawyer in Orange County who practices business and securities transactional law, as well as estate planning. April is also an adjunct law professor at Whittier…
  • Jul 18

    Get Technical in Your Next Personal Injury Case

    Get Technical in Your Next Personal Injury Case
    Feeling out of your element by the technical aspects of your personal injury case? Get a technical experts on your team! Here’s how technical experts can help in common personal injury cases, such as slip and fall, car accident, and…
Rank this Week: 1966

Estateography

Estateography

By Alvi Aggarwal.

http://www.estateography.com/
  • Jul 23

    Resigning as Trustee

    Resigning as Trustee
    Many people seem to think of being a trustee as being like having a job. But, in many ways, being a trustee is nothing like a job. The difference is particularly important when it comes to resigning. Quitting a job is often a matter of…
  • Jun 27

    About Alvi Aggarwal

    About Alvi Aggarwal
    Specific Things I Do Create wills, trusts (all kinds), powers of attorney, and medical directives Assist with probate of wills and the carring out the instructions in wills Help trustees administer trusts properly Advise beneficiaries about…
  • Jun 27

    What's an Independent Trustee?

    What's an Independent Trustee?
    Depending of the terms you've selected for your trust, your attorney might tell you that you need to choose an "independent trustee." Who can you choose? It depends on the provisions of your trust. You should check with your lawyer before…
Rank this Week: 2929

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 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…
  • Jul 9

    Inherited IRAs Not Protected

    Inherited IRAs Not Protected
    The Supreme Court has ruled that inherited IRAs are not protected in bankruptcy. The June opinion, which has far reaching implications according to a story in Forbes, found that Heidi Heffron-Clark, who inherited an IRA from her mother in…
Rank this Week: 651

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 23

    A Power Of Attorney Primer

    A Power Of Attorney Primer
    Quick. What is a "power of attorney"? Is there more than one "flavor"? What are the differences?
  • Jul 22

    Last Will And Testament Basic

    Last Will And Testament Basic
    What do you know about the subject of wills? You likely have heard of them, but may not have created your own. Regardless, there are some facts about wills everyone should know.
  • Jul 21

    Glen Campbell Enters Long-Term Care Setting

    Glen Campbell Enters Long-Term Care Setting
    The music of Glen Campbell will always be gentle on my mind. After all, his music formed an important part of the 1960s and 70s soundtrack. But, alas, even legends can grow old and feeble as the birthdays pass.
Rank this Week: 2868

Northern California Center for…

Northern California Center for Estate Planning and Elder Law

Covers estate planning.

http://www.norcalplanners.com/blog/
  • Jul 23

    Baby Boomers Refusing to Confront Realities of Elder Care

    Baby Boomers Refusing to Confront Realities of Elder Care
    A new poll from the AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research shows that millions of baby boomers are woefully unprepared for the realities that await them in old age. The poll shows that about 30% of boomers prefer not to think about…
  • Jul 22

    What Is the Difference Between Medicare and Medi-Cal?

    What Is the Difference Between Medicare and Medi-Cal?
    Medicare and Medi-Cal are two government programs that have similar sounding names. In this post we will look at the differences between these two programs, and we will highlight the elder law implications. Medicare Medicare is a health…
  • Jul 21

    Summer Vacation Plans Should Include Powers of Attorney

    Summer Vacation Plans Should Include Powers of Attorney
    If you are planning on a summer vacation, you might want to incorporate creating powers of attorney as an important step. When you go on vacation you want to be sure that the affairs you leave behind will not cause you any problems. You…
Rank this Week: 1636

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/
  • Jul 23

    When Beneficiary Designations are Void

    When Beneficiary Designations are Void
    As a general rule, beneficiary designations supersede instructions for transferring assets that may appear in a Will. This is one of the reasons why regular reviews of one’s estate plan are critical. A Last Will and Testament may be…
  • Jul 22

    Consequences of No Digital Asset Protection

    Consequences of No Digital Asset Protection
      Digital asset protection is more than leaving behind one’s passwords. In an increasingly paperless world, failing to create instructions for accessing digital accounts could create problems for surviving family members. Email and…
  • Jul 15

    Chatham County, NC Estate Administration Change

    Chatham County, NC Estate Administration Change
    The Chatham County Clerk of Superior Court recently released updates to estate administration rules. We provide a link to the official changes to Estate Administration – General Rules Practices 2014. One example of the revised…
Rank this Week: 1039

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/
  • Jul 23

    What is Legacy Planning?

    What is Legacy Planning?
    Each person leaves behind a legacy of some sort upon his or her death. You have the ability to decide, now, what legacy you wish to leave behind when you die. The wealth you have accumulated during your lifetime is, certainly, part of your…
  • Jul 22

    The Tragic and Controversial Life of Menachem Stark

    The Tragic and Controversial Life of Menachem Stark
    Earlier this year, a real estate developer was found murdered in New York. Since then, a number of events have only added to the tragedy for his family. This week, we take a look at the case and how one crucial decision will likely affect his…
  • Jul 21

    The Power of a Power of Attorney

    The Power of a Power of Attorney
    When meeting with clients, the question of whether a power of attorney is worth the effort. Our answer, without fail, is yes. If you don’t know the many reasons why it’s important, then we’ve not served our purpose. This…
Rank this Week: 3286

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 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…
  • Jul 1

    Illinois Emergency Contact Database

    Illinois Emergency Contact Database
    In July 2009, the Illinois Secretary of State’s Office created an Emergency Contact Database. The program is free and voluntary and allows any Illinois ID cardholder (e.g. driver’s license, instruction permit or ID card) to…
Rank this Week: 3169

Minko Law Office Blog

Minko Law Office Blog

Covers estate planning and elder law.

http://www.minkolaw.com/blog/
  • Jul 23

    Essential Estate Planning Rule

    Essential Estate Planning Rule
    For people in the Brooklyn, New York area who begin estate planning, there are some rules you might want to keep in mind as you go through the process. Estate planning is often a complicated area of the law, and getting overwhelmed by all the…
  • Jul 21

    3 Tips For Revocable Living Trust

    3 Tips For Revocable Living Trust
    If you are considering creating a revocable living trust, you might want to consider a few tips. A revocable living trust is one of the more popular estate planning tools available today. Many, if not most, people who create an estate plan in…
  • Jul 18

    Should You Make a Will or a Living Trust?

    Should You Make a Will or a Living Trust?
    A living trust is one of the most important estate planning tools available today. Unfortunately, some people hold the mistaken impression that creating a revocable living trust is all you need to do when you create an estate plan. While…
Rank this Week: 3208

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 23

    Is A/B Planning Still the Gold Standard?

    Is A/B Planning Still the Gold Standard?
    For decades, estate planners have used a trust to hold the estate tax exclusion of the first spouse to die of a married couple. That trust had various different names: “B Trust,” “Credit Shelter Trust,” “Bypass…
  • Jul 21

    A Funeral for a King or Queen

    A Funeral for a King or Queen
    The 2006 film The Queen, starring Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth II, brilliantly illustrates the complications of funeral planning for a notable person. Estate planning clients may not be royalty, but perhaps you treat them like kings and…
  • Jul 18

    What’s Your PLAN of Attack?

    What’s Your PLAN of Attack?
    You might have heard the old saying: “Failing to plan is planning to fail.” A humorous play on words with good intentions still might make you feel a little uneasy. As Practice Building Consultant here at the Academy, a large part…
Rank this Week: 1786

Parman & Easterday Blog

Parman & Easterday Blog

Covers elder law and estate planning.

http://www.parmanlaw.com/blog/
  • Jul 23

    Care Management for the Elderly

    Care Management for the Elderly
    As we get older, thinking about retirement and aging can raise many questions, both for the person getting older and their adult children. Most start with, “how am I going to pay for…” How are you going to pay for all the…
  • Jul 21

    Stretching Your IRA for the Next Generation

    Stretching Your IRA for the Next Generation
    As traditional pension plans have largely been eliminated in recent decades, it is very common for people to have a large portion of their financial wealth held in an Individual Retirement Plan (IRA).  Naming a trust as the beneficiary…
  • Jul 18

    Beware! The VA Rules Are A’ Changing

    Beware! The VA Rules Are A’ Changing
    As many of you know, I’m a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA).  One of NAELA’s top public policy priorities is to oppose cutbacks of eligibility and restrictions of services for veterans.  The…
Rank this Week: 3261

Mendel Law Firm Blog

Mendel Law Firm Blog

Covers estate planning.

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

    Hitting a Fastball

    Hitting a Fastball
    Many things in life seem like they are easy to do until you actually try to do them. This is one of the reasons that people enjoy watching sports so much. They seem so easy, but anyone who has ever tried to play a sport knows that it is…
  • Jul 22

    Texas History – Do You Know Who Saved the Alamo From Being Torn Down?

    Texas History – Do You Know Who Saved the Alamo From Being Torn Down?
    In 1903 Clara Driscoll bought the Alamo to keep it from being torn down and she went on to fund extensive restorations. This earned her the title, “Savior of the Alamo.”
  • Jul 18

    Famous Estates – Legacy Champ or Chump?

    Famous Estates – Legacy Champ or Chump?
    Philip K. Wrigley (1894-1977) – Businessman Philip Wrigley, sometimes called P.K., was an American chewing gum manufacturer and executive in Major League Baseball, inheriting both those roles as the quiet son of his much more flamboyant…
Rank this Week: 3884

epilawg

epilawg

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

http://epilawg.com/
  • Jul 23

    MN Public Benefit Corporation Act

    MN Public Benefit Corporation Act
    More and more business owners are incorporating a charitable intent or purpose into their companies. However, many still wish to remain a for-profit business and therefore do not apply for non-profit or tax-exempt status. Recently,…
  • Jul 17

    Supreme Court Rules on Inherited IRA

    Supreme Court Rules on Inherited IRA
    On June 12, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on a divisive bankruptcy and estate planning case.  At issue was whether an individual retirement account (“IRA”) that a debtor inherited was exempt from the debtor’s…
  • Jul 15

    Independent Contractor

    Independent Contractor
    Some of the small business clients I work with often want to hire an independent contractor versus bringing on a permanent employee. The use of independent contractors is very attractive to businesses because it can […]Independent…
Rank this Week: 1823

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 23

    Parents are not having Financial Planning Discussions with their Children Early Enough

    Parents are not having Financial Planning Discussions with their Children Early Enough
    A recent study from an American investment firm notes some surprising revelations about the conversations parents are having with their adult children about financial planning. Approximately 40% of parents have not discussed issues such as…
  • Jul 22

    Seniors Remain Optimistic About Golden Year

    Seniors Remain Optimistic About Golden Year
    The average Canadian will struggle to fund retirement.  However, despite increasing longevity, resulting in greater costs associated with personal care later in life, a recent study suggests that a significant majority of the aging…
  • Jul 21

    Revoking a Notarial Will: Destruction of a Certified Copy is not Enough

    Revoking a Notarial Will: Destruction of a Certified Copy is not Enough
    Unique among Canadian provinces, Quebec recognizes a third type of Will in addition to Formal and Holograph Wills: Notarial Wills.  We have previously blogged about Notarial Wills here.  A Notarial Will is drawn up by a notary, and…
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San Diego Estate Planning Lawyer…

San Diego Estate Planning Lawyer Blog

Covers estate planning topics such as conservatorship, guardianship, health care and advanced directive, living trusts, and probate. By Law Office of Scott D. Soady, A Professional Corporation

http://www.sandiegoestateplanninglawyerblog.com/
  • Jul 22

    Who Owns Your Blog Posts After You Die?

    Who Owns Your Blog Posts After You Die?
    Copyrights are a unique form of intellectual property recognized by the federal government. A copyright exists in an “original work of authorship” fixed in any form. Copyright is not the same thing as ownership of a material…
  • Jul 22

    Using a Trust to Control Your Assets After Your Death

    Using a Trust to Control Your Assets After Your Death
    One benefit to using a trust as part of your estate plan is that it allows you to exercise greater control over the distribution of your assets even after you're gone. As the name implies, a trust exists when you transfer assets to the…
  • Jul 20

    Can a Tenant Object to the Probate of a Landlord's Estate?

    Can a Tenant Object to the Probate of a Landlord's Estate?
    In preparing a last will and testament, you need to be conscious of the location of any property you own. In the United States, wills and estates are handled on a state-by-state basis. If, for instance, you live in California but own a second…
Rank this Week: 1553

Elder Counsel Blog

Elder Counsel Blog

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

http://www.eldercounsel.com/blog/
Rank this Week: 2211

About Florida Law

About Florida Law

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

http://aboutfloridalaw.com
Rank this Week: 446

Texas Probate Litigation

Texas Probate Litigation

Covers Texas will contests, trust and inheritance disputes. By J. Michael Young.

http://www.txprobatelitigation.com/
  • Jul 22

    Court imposes constructive trust for mother's benefit

    Court imposes constructive trust for mother's benefit
    A heartbreaking part of my practice is seeing a child take advantage of an elderly parent. A common scenario is the adult child whose "job" becomes taking care of a parent. The arrangement can benefit both, as the parent receives...
  • May 26

    A claim for tortious interference with inheritance is not necessarily a "probate proceeding"

    A claim for tortious interference with inheritance is not necessarily a "probate proceeding"
    In In re Hannah, the Houston Forteenth Court of Appeals considered the Texas Estates Code definitions of a "probate proceeding" and a "matter related to a probate proceeding." The case involved a claim by the beneficiary of prior wills…
  • Feb 7

    It is difficult to obtain summary judgment dismissal of a will contest

    It is difficult to obtain summary judgment dismissal of a will contest
    A standard tactic in defending a will contest is for the proponent of the will to seek dismissal by a summary judgment motion. Under Texas law, a summary judgment dismisses a case before trial. It is designed to dispose of...
Rank this Week: 1162

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 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…
  • Jul 15

    When to start planning for ALTCS

    When to start planning for 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: A couple of weeks ago, my father suffered a fairly severe stroke.  After a brief…
  • Jul 8

    Expansion of Medicaid

    Expansion of Medicaid
    Our latest Arizona Republic article in the weekly Aging and the Law column can be found below. Our column runs every Friday in select Arizona cities. Q:  I have read about Governor Brewer’s decision to expand Medicaid under the…
Rank this Week: 4198

Givner & Kaye Blog

Givner & Kaye Blog

Covers estate and tax planning.

http://www.givnerkaye.com/blog/
Rank this Week: 588

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/
  • Jul 22

    When Is a Federal Estate Tax Return Due?

    When Is a Federal Estate Tax Return Due?
    The estate tax is a factor if the value of your estate exceeds the amount of the federal estate tax credit or exclusion. For the rest of 2014, the federal estate tax exclusion is $5.34 million. If your assets do not exceed this amount, you…
  • Jul 17

    Who Can Act as an Agent Under a Power of Attorney?

    Who Can Act as an Agent Under a Power of Attorney?
    Your estate plan should ideally be looked upon as the culmination of a long-term financial plan. It is important to prepare for your active retirement years so that you can enjoy that stage of life, and there are also the twilight years that…
  • Jul 15

    How Much Does a Special Needs Trust Cost?

    How Much Does a Special Needs Trust Cost?
    There are various different ways to facilitate asset transfers to your heirs. When you are making decisions, you should evaluate the life situation of each person on your inheritance list. You can provide for each person optimally if you act…
Rank this Week: 1729

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 22

    Estate planning for disabled beneficiarie

    Estate planning for disabled beneficiarie
    One of the estate-planning goals often stated by the parents of disabled children is to provide for the children without causing them to be cut off from provincial government benefits. Achieving that goal may involve pulling together several…
  • Jul 21

    Pleased to have made the Personal Finance Guru list

    Pleased to have made the Personal Finance Guru list
    Thanks to Cory Papineau for including me in his Top 25 Personal Finance Gurus in Canada list! I'm honoured to be on this list along with so many people that I respect and admire. "Here are my top 25 Personal Finance Gurus in Canada (no…
  • Jul 15

    Editor-in-chief runs for mayor of Vancouver

    Editor-in-chief runs for mayor of Vancouver
    I would like to introduce my west coast readers to Kirk Lapointe, who is the publisher and editor-in-chief at the company that  has published five of my books. Kirk has announced his intention to run for mayor of Vancouver. I can't vote for…
Rank this Week: 1114

The Zimmer Law Firm

The Zimmer Law Firm

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

http://www.zimmerlawfirm.com/blog/
  • Jul 22

    What Is a Qualified Personal Residence Trust?

    What Is a Qualified Personal Residence Trust?
    The federal estate tax looms large if you are a person of significant financial means. At the present time, the amount of the federal estate tax exclusion is $5.34 million. This is the amount that could be transferred before the federal…
  • Jul 17

    The Forgotten Part of Your Estate Plan: Your Digital Asset

    The Forgotten Part of Your Estate Plan: Your Digital Asset
    Until about a decade or so ago, the estate settling process typically followed a very routine process. Once a person died, family members would notify that person’s estate planning attorney so they could begin a state settling process.…
  • Jul 15

    New York Mining Heiress Huguette Clark’s Family Alleges Fraud In Her Estate

    New York Mining Heiress Huguette Clark’s Family Alleges Fraud In Her Estate
    Huguette Clark is Making News Again A new book, Empty Mansions, http://www.emptymansionsbook.com/ is making Huguette Clark news again. In case you don’t remember who she is: In the ongoing drama that is the Huguette Clark estate,…
Rank this Week: 2595

Duffy Law Office

Duffy Law Office

Covers estate planning and elder law in Iowa.

http://www.duffylawoffice.com/blog/
  • Jul 22

    What Is a Grantor Retained Annuity Trust?

    What Is a Grantor Retained Annuity Trust?
    One of the most important estate planning considerations for high net worth individuals is the potential impact of the federal estate tax. The tax carries a top rate of 40 percent, so we are talking about a very significant bite. At the…
  • Jul 17

    What Is a Living Trust Successor Trustee?

    What Is a Living Trust Successor Trustee?
    In this post we will look at the role of the revocable living trust successor trustee, but we should first explain the value of these trusts. A Few Words About Wills and Probate If you are not extraordinarily wealthy, you may assume that you…
  • Jul 15

    How Much Does a Special Needs Trust Cost?

    How Much Does a Special Needs Trust Cost?
    There are numerous different ways to facilitate future asset transfers. The optimal course of action will vary on a case-by-case basis, because each family is unique. With this in mind, we will look at the legal device called the special…
Rank this Week: 2609

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 21

    Philip Seymour Hoffman Did Not Leave His Estate To His Childrfen

    Philip Seymour Hoffman Did Not Leave His Estate To His Childrfen
    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…
  • Jul 20

    Appellate Division Rules On Application To Revoke Letters Testamentary

    Appellate Division Rules On Application To Revoke Letters Testamentary
    The Appellate Division of the Second Department has recently denied a motion to immediately suspend Letters Testamentary in the Matter of Mercer (2014 NY Slip Op 05186). SCPA 711 and 719 provide that the Surrogate may suspend or revoke…
  • Jul 17

    Be Careful With Mom's Power Of Attorney

    Be Careful With Mom's Power Of Attorney
    A power of attorney is a powerful document posing some danger to the holder. It is common to receive a power of attorney from an aging parent or relative in order to help them handle their personal affairs. In effect, it allows the holder to…
Rank this Week: 338

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/
  • Jul 21

    What Are The Penalties For Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated Per Se As A Class D Felony?

    What Are The Penalties For Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated Per Se As A Class D Felony?
    A Buffalo driver convicted of Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated Per Se as a Class D Felony faces very serious criminal penalties. This is a criminal offense that will result in a permanent criminal record, possible jail time and very high…
  • Jul 21

    What Is Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated Per Se As A Class D Felony?

    What Is Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated Per Se As A Class D Felony?
    Buffalo drivers who are repeatedly arrested for drinking and driving often will be charged with enhanced criminal offenses and face additional penalties. They also face greater penalties when found to have an extremely high blood alcohol…
  • Jul 21

    What Is Aggravated Unlicensed Operation In The Second Degree?

    What Is Aggravated Unlicensed Operation In The Second Degree?
    A Buffalo driver convicted of any alcohol-related driving offense will have his or her driver’s license suspended or revoked for a period of time. A driver caught driving without a license – or driving outside the terms of a…
Rank this Week: 1873

The Law Office of Michael…

The Law Office of Michael Robinson, P.C.

Covers elder law and estate planning.

http://www.mrobinsonlaw.com/blog/
  • Jul 21

    What You Should Know About Rochester Estate Planning and the Statute of Limitation

    What You Should Know About Rochester Estate Planning and the Statute of Limitation
    As someone visiting a Rochester estate planning lawyer for the first time, there are a lot of legal ideas, such as the statute of limitations, that you might’ve heard about but aren’t exactly sure how they work. When it comes to…
  • Jul 17

    What Is the Annual Gift Tax Exclusion?

    What Is the Annual Gift Tax Exclusion?
    Before we explain the annual gift tax exclusion, we should provide a bit of background information. The estate tax was established in 1916. At first, there was no gift tax. As a result, high net worth individuals gave gifts while they were…
  • Jul 14

    What Is a Living Will?

    What Is a Living Will?
    Everyone has heard of the last will, and a lot of people have heard of living trusts. As a result, there can be some confusion with regard to the living will. A living will has nothing to do with the transfer of financial assets. This type of…
Rank this Week: 2631

Arkansas Legal Issues

Arkansas Legal Issues

By Wilson & Haubert, PLLC.

http://whlawoffices.com/little-rock-lawyer-arkansas-law-blog/
  • Jul 21

    The Quick, Easy, and Cheap Arkansas Divorce

    The Quick, Easy, and Cheap Arkansas Divorce
    Quick, Easy, and Cheap Arkansas Divorce I talk to a lot of people who need divorces. Everyone wants them to be quick and easy, and most want them to be cheap. To that end, many of these people don’t have much money and want advice about…
  • Jul 15

    Grandparent Visitation in Arkansa

    Grandparent Visitation in Arkansa
    Grandparent Visitation If you want to understand the law, you have to understand this: It’s about striking a balance between competing interests (or rights, as the case may be). The law surrounding grandparent visitation in Arkansas is…
  • Jun 18

    July 2014 MEE Subject

    July 2014 MEE Subject
    In the spirit of ongoing generosity (and remembering how incredibly stressful that studying for the Bar was), here are my predictions for the MEE section of the July 2014 Bar: 1) a Civ Pro question (surprise there always is); 2)…
Rank this Week: 2591

Pennsylvania Fiduciary Litigation

Pennsylvania Fiduciary Litigation

Insights and and commentary from a trusts and estates lawyer and expert witness. By Patti Spencer of Spencer Law Firm.

http://www.pennsylvaniafiduciarylitigation.com/
  • Jul 21

    Wells Fargo Terminated as Trustee

    Wells Fargo Terminated as Trustee
    Thank you Gary Beyer for your post entitled "Wells Fargo Terminated as Trustee." Beyer writes: "On Thursday, a Circuit Judge in Wisconsin terminated Wells Fargo Bank as trustee of the Chester Bible scholarship trust, furnishing control to…
  • Jul 16

    New Rule of Civil Procedure - Discovery of Expert Testimony

    New Rule of Civil Procedure - Discovery of Expert Testimony
    On July 10, 2014 the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania ordered the adoption of new Rule 4003.5 of the Pennsylvania Rules of Civil Procedure. The rule has been modified and the following clause (4) is added: (4) A party may not discover the…
  • Mar 31

    Enforcement of Arbitration Clauses in Trust

    Enforcement of Arbitration Clauses in Trust
    Ever since George Washington included arbitration provisions in his will, this idea has kicked around.  Washington's will contained this language: "That all disputes (if unhappily they should arise) shall be decided by three impartial…
Rank this Week: 2013

Michigan Asset Protection Lawyer…

Michigan Asset Protection Lawyer Blog

Covers asseet protection planning and issues. By Weisman, Young & Ruemenapp.

http://www.michiganassetprotectionlawyerblog.com/
Rank this Week: 4877