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Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof…

Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof Blog

By Gerry W. Beyer.

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/trusts_estates_prof/
  • May 22

    Thief Steals Hearse

    Thief Steals Hearse
    This past Friday, Bryan police officers found themselves handling a macabre case. At a local McDonald’s on Friday morning, a funeral home employee parked a loaded hearse and left it unattended. Taking advantage of the abandoned vehicle, a…
  • May 22

    Problems for the First-generation Affluent Family

    Problems for the First-generation Affluent Family
    Rob Weiner remembers his first attempt at sitting down with his two daughters to discuss their inheritance. The oldest was then in college and the youngest in high school. He recalls their total lack of receptivity to the conversation. He...
  • May 22

    Judge's Estate Circumvents Husband

    Judge's Estate Circumvents Husband
    Trailblazing judge Sheila Abdus-Shaalam’s current husband will receive nothing from her estate. Judge Abdus-Shaalam died with an outdated will that left the entirety of her $2.05 million estate to her mother and siblings. The distribution…
Rank this Week: 71

Redlands Veterans' Affairs…

Redlands Veterans' Affairs Attorney Blog

Covers estate planning and elder law. By Esther Wang.

http://www.california-elder-law.com/blog/
  • May 22

    Is It Important to Execute an Advance Health Care Directive?

    Is It Important to Execute an Advance Health Care Directive?
    Clearly there is a financial component that lies at the core of your estate planning efforts, but this is not the only thing to take into consideration. If you want to be comprehensively prepared for the future it is important...
  • May 17

    The Costs of Dementia: For the Patient and the Family

    The Costs of Dementia: For the Patient and the Family
    A recent report from the Alzheimer's Association states that one in nine Americans age 65 or older currently have Alzheimer's. With the baby boomer generation aging and people living longer, that number may nearly triple by 2050. Alzheimer's,…
  • May 16

    Who Can Benefit from Estate Planning?

    Who Can Benefit from Estate Planning?
    You may wonder if estate planning is right for you. Is it necessary, even if you don't have millions of dollars and a lot of property to leave to your loved ones? No matter how much you have to give...
Rank this Week: 1281

Florida Estate Planning and…

Florida Estate Planning and Probate Law Blog

By Marc Soss.

http://floridaestateplanningandprobatelaw.blogspot.com/
  • May 22

    FLORIDA HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION INCREASE ON THE BALLOT IN 2018

    FLORIDA HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION INCREASE ON THE BALLOT IN 2018
    In 2018, Florida voters will have the opportunity to vote on a constitutional amendment to raise the Florida homestead exemption from $50,000 to $75,000, on homes worth $100,000 or more. If 60% of voters approve, the new rate will take effect…
  • May 11

    IRS RELEASES 2018 HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNT RATES

    IRS RELEASES 2018 HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNT RATES
    The IRS has issued Revenue Procedure 2017-37 which contains the annual inflation-adjusted contribution, deductible and out-of-pocket expense limits for health savings accounts (HSAs) in 2018. Annual contribution limitations, deductibles and…
  • May 8

    NEW FINRA RULE TO PROTECT EXPLOITATION OF THE ELDERLY

    NEW FINRA RULE TO PROTECT EXPLOITATION OF THE ELDERLY
    In an effort to help protect the elderly U.S. population the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) has announced that the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has approved a new rule and an amendment that are specific to…
Rank this Week: 1010

Florida Estate Planning Lawyer…

Florida Estate Planning Lawyer Blog

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

http://www.floridaestateplanninglawyerblog.com/
  • May 22

    Fair and Equal Estate Planning

    Fair and Equal Estate Planning
    Is Equal Fair with Estate Planning? Most of our clients want to treat their children fairly and equally.  Splitting assets equally among the children may be easy, but is it fair? When dividing assets, it is often important to determine…
  • May 19

    Online wills may cause trouble and additional cost

    Online wills may cause trouble and additional cost
    There have been many reports of unintended consequences related to the use of online wills over the past few years.  In fact, I have written about many of these issues on this blog. It is important for individuals to understand that…
  • May 19

    Financial Planners and The Florida Asset Protection Trust

    Financial Planners and The Florida Asset Protection Trust
    The Florida Asset Protection Trust. Most financial planners are unfamiliar with some of the modern twists available with Florida Asset Protection Trusts.  This is a special type of irrevocable trusts.  They tend to be familiar with…
Rank this Week: 464

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/
Rank this Week: 1090

New Jersey Lawyers Blog

New Jersey Lawyers Blog

Covers New Jersey business, labor and employment, estate planning and consumer law. By McLaughlin & Nardi, LLC.

http://www.newjerseylawyersblog.com/
  • May 22

    Discharge Federal Estate Tax Liens Prior to Sale of Property

    Discharge Federal Estate Tax Liens Prior to Sale of Property
    Generally, before the estate of a decease person can sell real estate, the individual(s) named as executor in the will must probate and be formally appointed as executor.  If there is no will, then the closest heir at law must apply to…
  • May 22

    The Winters Problem: Public Employees’ Catch 22

    The Winters Problem: Public Employees’ Catch 22
    Our employment lawyers represent New Jersey public employees at the state and local level.  One problem that we have run into representing public employees is a recent opinion by the New Jersey Supreme Court which severely limits public…
  • May 19

    The Winters Problem: Administrative Remedies (Such as Civil Service Appeals and Tenure Hearings) and Litigation in the Court

    The Winters Problem: Administrative Remedies (Such as Civil Service Appeals and Tenure Hearings) and Litigation in the Court
    Public employees whose rights have been violated have several avenues  to pursue to vindicate their rights: State courts, beginning with the Superior Court of New Jersey. Federal Courts, beginning with the United States. District Court…
Rank this Week: 1921

Utah Estate Planning

Utah Estate Planning

Covers estate planning, probate, trusts and wills in Utah. By Jason C. Hunter.

http://www.utahestateplanning.typepad.com/
  • May 22

    No Joke: You Can’t Ad Lib Your Retirement Planning

    No Joke: You Can’t Ad Lib Your Retirement Planning
    “If you want your nest egg to be robust when you're ready to retire, you have to take care of it now. That means careful investing and saving. You can't just go out there and wing it.”
  • May 19

    The Perils of Giving Children or Grandchildren an Inheritance

    The Perils of Giving Children or Grandchildren an Inheritance
    “There are many “what ifs” to consider when giving your children or grandchildren an inheritance—from when and how to let them know they are receiving an inheritance, to protecting your gift from becoming the property of a future…
  • May 18

    Who Polices the Executor of a Will?

    Who Polices the Executor of a Will?
    “Executors can be paid for their duties, but in this case, you could have a fight on your hands.”
Rank this Week: 2383

Florida Probate Litigation Lawyer…

Florida Probate Litigation Lawyer Blog

Cover Florida probate litigation. By Chepenik & Trushin LLP.

http://www.floridaprobatelitigationlawyer.com/
  • May 22

    Capacity and Wills: How to avoid litigation from family members, beneficiaries and creditor

    Capacity and Wills: How to avoid litigation from family members, beneficiaries and creditor
    Legal Capacity and Estate Planning- How to Help Safeguard a Will from Future Litigation When a loved one grows older, their caretakers’ ever growing to-do list can become overwhelming. After dealing with the basic, everyday needs of an…
  • May 8

    Use of Homestead Property and its’ impact on estate administration

    Use of Homestead Property and its’ impact on estate administration
    The importance of a Semicolon – Does property partially used as primary residence and partially for business purposes qualify as Homestead? Does property partially used as primary residence and partially for business purposes qualify as…
  • Apr 21

    Homestead sale profits in Florida, a recent court decision

    Homestead sale profits in Florida, a recent court decision
    Is Investing Homestead Sale Proceeds Okay? Florida Constitution provides protection from forced sale to homestead property from most creditors. Art. X, § 4, Fla. Const. The protection covers not only the physical homestead property but…
Rank this Week: 1321

Lancaster Law Blog

Lancaster Law Blog

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

http://www.lancasterlawblog.com/
  • May 22

    Trends in the Banking Industry

    Trends in the Banking Industry
    It was my pleasure to attend the recent Lancaster Chamber of Commerce and Industry presentation of the “Changing Nature of Banking in Central PA.”  The presenters were Brian Bisignani of Post & Schell and Dave Hornberger…
  • May 16

    Leadership Lancaster Announces New Executive Director

    Leadership Lancaster Announces New Executive Director
    As a recent graduate of Leadership Lancaster’s Core Class and member of the ACHIEVE Committee, it’s no secret that I’m a big fan of the programs that Leadership Lancaster offers to Lancaster County. For more information on…
  • May 15

    There are Better Ways to Protect Your Assets…

    There are Better Ways to Protect Your Assets…
    In the world of you just can’t make this stuff up, a woman recently swallowed over $7,000 in cash to keep it from her husband.  Apparently she had been saving for a vacation to Panama and was concerned that her husband would take…
Rank this Week: 1268

Tax Problem Attorney Blog

Tax Problem Attorney Blog

Covers topics such as sales and payroll tax problems, offers in compromise, tax audits, tax debt, tax disputes, tax fraud, tax litigation and tax controversy, and tax preparer penalties. By Brager Tax Law Group.

http://www.taxproblemattorneyblog.com/
  • May 22

    Avoid These Mistakes When Filing FBAR

    Avoid These Mistakes When Filing FBAR
    Some taxpayers are not aware of the requirement that they file a Foreign Bank Account Report (FBAR) if the value of their foreign financial accounts exceeds $10,000 at any time during the year. Even taxpayers who are aware of their obligation…
  • May 19

    What is Reasonable Cause for Failure to File an FBAR?

    What is Reasonable Cause for Failure to File an FBAR?
    The IRS has the authority to impose civil and criminal penalties for the failure to file Foreign Bank Account Reports (FBARs), but it is has the authority to impose lesser penalties, or none at all, in certain cases. If there is a reasonable…
  • May 17

    IRS “Substance Over Form” Argument Fail

    IRS “Substance Over Form” Argument Fail
    The Sixth Circuit reversed a Tax Court decision and denied the IRS’s “substance over form” argument by allowing a clever tax reduction technique that was legal under the letter of the law. In Summa Holdings v. Commissioner,…
Rank this Week: 541

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
  • May 22

    5 Ways to Deal with the Family Home in Divorce

    5 Ways to Deal with the Family Home in Divorce
    When dealing with a family home that’s entirely or substantially part of the parties’ community property, the facts of the situation will lead to taking one of the following five approaches in the divorce agreement. Interspousal…
  • May 19

    When Your Gut Says Not to Take a Case

    When Your Gut Says Not to Take a Case
    You know how you get a “gut feeling” against someone or a situation? This can definitely happen in your law practice. It may be that your personal observations, discussions, or other interactions with a prospective client will…
  • May 17

    3 Ways to Prove Former Testimony at Trial

    3 Ways to Prove Former Testimony at Trial
    There are times you want to offer former testimony against a party to a former proceeding or against a party at the current trial who wasn’t a party to the former proceeding. There’s a hearsay exception for that, and here’s…
Rank this Week: 904

Florida Probate Litigation

Florida Probate Litigation

Covers corporate trustees, compensation disputes, contested guardianship proceedings, creditors' claims, homestead litigation, will construction litigation, and trust and estates litigation. By Juan C. Antunez.

http://www.flprobatelitigation.com/
  • May 22

    Using Equity To Aid The Exercise Of A Power Of Appointment that Fails To Specifically Refer To The Power

    Using Equity To Aid The Exercise Of A Power Of Appointment that Fails To Specifically Refer To The Power
    Powers of appointment are the Swiss Army knife of modern estate planning. They’re deceptively simple yet adaptable to almost any planning contingency. And they’re ubiquitous, often getting incorporated into even the simplest…
  • May 17

    STEP’s 2017 Caribbean Conference

    STEP’s 2017 Caribbean Conference
    I recently had the pleasure of speaking at the STEP Caribbean Conference. I co-presented with Cayman Islands trust litigator Rachael Reynolds. We had fun going through the practical “what ifs” a Caribbean trustee should consider…
  • May 15

    The future is now! Florida passes groundbreaking legislation authorizing electronic will

    The future is now! Florida passes groundbreaking legislation authorizing electronic will
    Silicon Valley entrepreneurs and venture capitalists have deployed digital tech to change the way we live, eat, and shop. And they’ve aggressively moved into crucial professional services industries like healthcare and finance. But…
Rank this Week: 367

American Academy of Estate…

American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys Blog

Provides legal marketing and estate planning legal updates.

http://www.aaepa.com/articles/
  • May 22

    Give Me A Break!

    Give Me A Break!
    I’m going to preface this with asking a few questions. How many of you find it difficult to separate your work life from your home life? How many of you only take time off from work when you’re deathly ill? How many of you feel…
  • May 19

    Team Work Makes the Dream Work

    Team Work Makes the Dream Work
    Now, and I am not trying to be biased, but the Academy has a team culture unlike any other. The only way I can begin to explain our team culture here at the Academy is with the saying “from the outside looking in, you don’t…
  • May 17

    Basics of Estate Planning: Coordination of the Estate Plan

    Basics of Estate Planning: Coordination of the Estate Plan
    This is another in a series of blogs on the basics of estate planning. This week, we’ll look at coordination of the estate plan. Perhaps the most important (and most often overlooked) aspect of an estate plan is the coordination of…
Rank this Week: 2146

Law Office of Andrew M. Lamkin,…

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

Covers elder law.

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

    Can Your House be Saved with a Trust?

    Can Your House be Saved with a Trust?
    Elder Law Lawyer Assisting Long Island Residents and Families with Trusts and Will Planning No one enjoys thinking about the end of his or her life. But, doing so could protect your biggest investments – including your family home.…
  • May 15

    Who Has the “Capacity” to Make a Will?

    Who Has the “Capacity” to Make a Will?
    When you start the process of estate planning, you will hear various terms. One that is important is that of “capacity.” When it comes to creating a will, one must have the proper capacity to do so. As the testator (the person…
  • May 8

    A Healthcare Power of Attorney Versus a Living Will

    A Healthcare Power of Attorney Versus a Living Will
    Your estate planning process starts with the draft of your living will. However, there are more documents needed to create a solid estate plan than just the will itself. In fact, you might include documents that offer protection in the event…
Rank this Week: 1678

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/
  • May 22

    How to Deduct Long-Term Care Cost

    How to Deduct Long-Term Care Cost
    Long-term care can be very expensive. Can you deduct the costs on your income tax return? What is Long-Term Care? “Long-term care” refers to the ongoing personal assistance you need when you have a prolonged physical illness, disability…
  • May 18

    Are You Liable for your Mother's Unpaid Nursing Home Bills?

    Are You Liable for your Mother's Unpaid Nursing Home Bills?
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  • Apr 24

    Concerns Raised about Aging Department Consolidation

    Concerns Raised about Aging Department Consolidation
    Pennsylvania legislators are currently considering Governor Wolf’s proposal to merge four Pennsylvania human service agencies. The Governor would like to consolidate the current Departments of Aging (PDA), Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP),…
Rank this Week: 4190

DeWitt Law Firm, PLLC Blog

DeWitt Law Firm, PLLC Blog

Covers estate planning, elder law, and probate.

http://www.dewittlawar.com/blog
  • May 21

    5 Reasons to Plan Starting Today

    5 Reasons to Plan Starting Today
    Because You Deserve the Peace of Mind I know it is an overused cliche, but almost everybody that goes through the Estate Planning process says either “peace of mind,” “that’s a load off, ” “I can rest…
  • May 15

    Case Study

    Case Study
    Client’s Immediate Need – Client recently lost his wife and needed a plan that would protect and take care of his children in the future. His greatest concern was who would carry the responsibility of caring and raising his…
  • May 15

    How to Spend Too Much Money

    How to Spend Too Much Money
    How Spending $595.97 For a Cheap, Online Estate Plan Cost Joe’s Family More Than $4,385 And Almost Tore Them Apart   Online vs. Local:  Which Really Has the Best Value? Joe got a local price on an estate plan, then after…
Rank this Week: 3445

Palm Springs Tax and Trust Lawyers

Palm Springs Tax and Trust Lawyers

Covers estate tax and trust administration issues. By Sanger & Manes.

http://www.palmspringstaxandtrustlawyers.com/
  • May 21

    NONRESIDENTS WORKING TEMPORARILY IN CALIFORNIA

    NONRESIDENTS WORKING TEMPORARILY IN CALIFORNIA
    The digital economy has allowed increasing numbers of nonresidents to work remotely for California firms without becoming California residents, and even without paying California income taxes (see my article Nonresidents Working Remotely for…
  • May 17

    THEY’RE BACK! FTB 4600 Notices Coming Soon to You

    THEY’RE BACK! FTB 4600 Notices Coming Soon to You
    It’s that time of year again.  The time the Franchise Tax Board sends out its 4600 Notices, “Request for Tax Return,” the bane of snowbirds and other part-time residents of California, especially those with vacation…
  • Feb 9

    HOW TO TITLE US REAL ESTATE FOR CANADIANS: A Primer

    HOW TO TITLE US REAL ESTATE FOR CANADIANS: A Primer
    One of the perennial questions my Canadian clients ask me is how they should take title to their US real estate, usually a vacation home.  My answer is, it depends on a number of considerations, but the right choice probably involves a…
Rank this Week: 2224

Hauptman and Hauptman, P.C. Blog

Hauptman and Hauptman, P.C. Blog

Covers guardianship, Medicaid, probate and estate administration.

http://www.hauptmanlaw.com/blog
  • May 21

    New Jersey Issues Updated Medicaid Penalty Divisor

    New Jersey Issues Updated Medicaid Penalty Divisor
                    The last time New Jersey updated it’s Medicaid penalty divisor was two years ago.  The divisor is the State’s determination of what…
  • May 14

    A Word About Family Caregiver Contracts (Part 2)

    A Word About Family Caregiver Contracts (Part 2)
                    Last week I was telling you about Mary’s question to me.  Her mom is in a Florida nursing home but she wants to bring her up north closer to…
  • May 7

    A Word About Caregiver Contract

    A Word About Caregiver Contract
                    Mary called because her mom is currently in a nursing facility in Florida.  She wants to bring her up north to be closer to Mary.  She then…
Rank this Week: 1505

New York Estate Planning Lawyer…

New York Estate Planning Lawyer Blog

Covers estate planning, estate administration and estate taxes. By Ettinger Law Firm.

http://www.newyorkestateplanninglawyerblog.com/
  • May 21

    Removing a Trustee in New York

    Removing a Trustee in New York
    Selecting the right trustee to administer your estate is a crucial part of ensuring that your assets are distributed according to your wishes and that your estate is settled correctly. While many people can and should put a great deal of…
  • May 18

    Roth IRAs and Estate Planning

    Roth IRAs and Estate Planning
    When people think of estate planning, they do not automatically think of utilizing retirement planning strategies to maximize their estate’s potential. However, there are many benefits available during retirement that can have a…
  • May 16

    Estate Planning and Buy-Sell Agreements for Your Busine

    Estate Planning and Buy-Sell Agreements for Your Busine
    Comprehensive estate planning can be an extremely complicated process for an individual. This is even more true when the individual owns a business. The owners of closely held businesses own businesses with a limited number of shareholders…
Rank this Week: 706

New York Probate & Estate…

New York Probate & Estate Litigation Blog

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

http://www.nyprobatelitigation.com/
  • May 20

    New Surrogate Breathes New Life Into The Dead Man’s Statute

    New Surrogate Breathes New Life Into The Dead Man’s Statute
    The New York Law Journal has reported that newly appointed Kings County Surrogate John Ingram has barred the testimony of a widow in an action about whether or not she may exercise her spousal right of election in the matter of her late…
  • Apr 7

    The Public Administrator Can Be A Complex Web Of Costly Patronage

    The Public Administrator Can Be A Complex Web Of Costly Patronage
    A recent article in New York’s Daily News reports on the Queens County political machine and  its incredible control over proceedings in that county’s Surrogate’s  Court. It is a primer  on  the…
  • Jan 4

    Computer Generated Images Open Uncharted Territory For The Estates Of Deceased Actor

    Computer Generated Images Open Uncharted Territory For The Estates Of Deceased Actor
    Over the past holiday I treated my 15 year old grandson to a movie. Rogue One was not my choice but he enjoyed it immensely. At the close of the movie, a computer generated image of Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia  appeared on the screen.…
Rank this Week: 210

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/
  • May 20

    The MFT Complaint: Assumption of Duties of a Prior Seller

    The MFT Complaint: Assumption of Duties of a Prior Seller
    In Paragraphs 35 through 38 of the Complaint filed against the Missouri Funeral Trust, the State Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors seek discipline against MFT for its inability to produce copies of contracts sold by a funeral home that…
  • May 16

    Missouri HB 596: Messages Received?

    Missouri HB 596: Messages Received?
    The legislation that would have converted the Missouri State Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors from an industry board to a consumer board did not get to a vote on the floor, but got further than most expected.   Seeking to…
  • May 10

    MFT Complaint: Canceled and Performed Contract Account

    MFT Complaint: Canceled and Performed Contract Account
    The next claim made in the Missouri State Board Complaint against the Missouri Funeral Trust is that the program is holding funds for preneed contracts that have either been serviced or canceled.   The Complaint cites Section…
Rank this Week: 5194

Probate Litigation Attorney Blog

Probate Litigation Attorney Blog

Covers wills & trusts, probate and conservatorships. By Ginzburg & Bronshteyn LLP.

http://www.losangelesprobatelitigationattorneyblog.com/
Rank this Week: 1859

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/
  • May 19

    Delaware Supreme Court Emphatically Affirms Spendthrift Protection

    Delaware Supreme Court Emphatically Affirms Spendthrift Protection
    The Supreme Court of Delaware, on appeal from the Court of Chancery has emphatically upheld spendthrift protection in trusts in the case of Mennen v. Fiduciary Trust International of Delaware. The Chancery Court opinion can be found here. …
  • May 10

    No Deduction for Interest on Loan to Pay Estate Tax

    No Deduction for Interest on Loan to Pay Estate Tax
    In Koons v. Commissioner  Case No. 16-10646 (4/27/2017) the 11th Circuit denied the interest deduction for interest on loan to pay estate tax. Decedent’s revocable trust included a 70% interest in an LLC which had over $200…
  • May 2

    Malpractice Suit Can't be Brought by Beneficiary in Unexecuted Document

    Malpractice Suit Can't be Brought by Beneficiary in Unexecuted Document
     Estate of Agnew v. Ross, 152 A.3d 247 Individuals who are not named in an executed testamentary document do not have standing to bring a legal malpractice actions against testator’s attorney, as purported third-party…
Rank this Week: 5207

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/
  • May 19

    Why I don't always answer your question

    Why I don't always answer your question
    Every now and then I see a post on this blog that points out - perhaps impatiently - that I have not yet answered a specific question left for me. On occasion this prompts me to answer the question because I had genuinely not seen it in the…
  • May 18

    The Law Show's latest episode talks about enduring powers of attorney

    The Law Show's latest episode talks about enduring powers of attorney
    The latest episode of our radio show, The Law Show, is available for listening online. Click here to listen to this and all episodes at www.vocm.com. You'll see all of the shows listed by date. If you want to know which topics were covered on…
  • May 15

    Must beneficiaries all present a united front to challenge an executor?

    Must beneficiaries all present a united front to challenge an executor?
    Recently a reader asked me a question about whether ALL beneficiaries of an estate had to band together to tackle an executor, or whether one or two could act alone. Even though I answered his question on the post where it was asked, I wanted…
Rank this Week: 494

All About Estates

All About Estates

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

http://www.allaboutestates.ca/
  • May 19

    Separation and Divorce: Implication

    Separation and Divorce: Implication
    In Ontario, there are significant implications when a couple (both common-law and married) separates and when a couple divorces. As more and more couples live in common-law relationships as well as the rate of divorce in this day and age, it…
  • May 17

    A Statue in the Wrong Square

    A Statue in the Wrong Square
    Regular readers of the All About Estates blog may recall that each spring I write on legacy and how we honour the dead.  This usually involves a trip to a cemetery.  My cemetery visit this year was thwarted by a seagull attack…
  • May 17

    When is a Minor a Major or Super Minor and What Does it Mean?

    When is a Minor a Major or Super Minor and What Does it Mean?
    At law, a child under the age of 18 is considered a party under disability (i.e. a “minor”).  As a result, a minor is treated somewhat differently by the courts.  For example, a minor must be represented by a court…
Rank this Week: 436

Roscich & Martel Law Firm LLC Blog

Roscich & Martel Law Firm LLC Blog

Covers Illinois family law and estate planning needs.

http://www.randrattys.com/napervilledivorceattorney
  • May 19

    Finding the Silver Lining in Divorce: Three Benefits of Being Forced to Start Fresh

    Finding the Silver Lining in Divorce: Three Benefits of Being Forced to Start Fresh
    For many couples, it is hard to find a positive perspective on their divorce, especially when the circumstances surrounding it have been anything but pleasant. We have all heard the horror stories from our friends, family, and neighbors; it…
  • May 10

    Are Couples More Prone to Divorce During Certain Times of the Year?

    Are Couples More Prone to Divorce During Certain Times of the Year?
    When it comes to ending a marriage, the idea of good timing is nonexistent. Even the very best of circumstances can appear bleak in the midst of such a life-changing event. Divorce affects the whole family, and there is no greater challenge…
  • May 4

    Divorce Adjustment for Children: Four Ways Divorcing Parents Can Help Their Kids Cope

    Divorce Adjustment for Children: Four Ways Divorcing Parents Can Help Their Kids Cope
    Adjusting well to the life-changing transitions brought on by divorce is important for the whole family, but making it through the process without a few battle scars is unlikely. Even the most civil, considerate couples will experience…
Rank this Week: 2378

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/
  • May 18

    Sabey Rule LLP Seeks Solicitor

    Sabey Rule LLP Seeks Solicitor
    Our firm, Sabey Rule LLP, is looking for a junior associate lawyer, interested in practicing primarily as a solicitor in the areas of real estate, estate planning and administration, and business law, to join our firm. The ideal candidate…
  • May 13

    Forbes v. Millard Estate: Court Applies Anti-Ademption provision of the Wills, Estates and Succession Act

    Forbes v. Millard Estate: Court Applies Anti-Ademption provision of the Wills, Estates and Succession Act
    One of the pitfalls of leaving specific property to a beneficiary in your will, is that you might not own that property on your death. You may specify in your will that you are leaving an item of sentimental value to your niece, or you may…
  • Apr 19

    Supreme Court of B.C Decision Lends Support to Use of Multiple Wills to Reduce Probate Fee

    Supreme Court of B.C Decision Lends Support to Use of Multiple Wills to Reduce Probate Fee
    A recent Supreme Court of British Columbia decision has lent support to the strategy of reducing probate fees by making two wills in British Columbia, one that deals with those assets that may be transferred to your personal representative…
Rank this Week: 1194

Estate Planning in California

Estate Planning in California

By the Law Offices of Shahram Miri, Inc.

http://calestateplanning.blogspot.com/
  • May 18

    Spendthrift Clause - Carmack v. Reynold

    Spendthrift Clause - Carmack v. Reynold
    A common provision to include in a trust for a careless beneficiary is a spendthrift provision. This provision provides protection to a beneficiary's inheritance by limiting the ability of a creditor to attach their claim to a beneficiary's…
  • May 10

    Equitable Estoppel

    Equitable Estoppel
    When a litigant desires to seek legal action, timeliness is key. A party is generally obligated to seek redress within a certain period of time. This is known as the statute of limitations.For example, Code of Civil Procedure § 366.3(a)…
  • Apr 21

    Trust Accounting

    Trust Accounting
    A beneficiary is generally free to contest a trustee's accounting without fear of consequence. However, there is an exception to this rule.Probate Code § 17211(a) provides that "if a beneficiary contests the trustee's account and…
Rank this Week: 2130

Michigan Asset Protection Lawyer…

Michigan Asset Protection Lawyer Blog

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

http://www.michiganassetprotectionlawyerblog.com/
  • May 18

    Creditors’ Remedies Under Michigan’s Domestic Asset Protection Trust Statute

    Creditors’ Remedies Under Michigan’s Domestic Asset Protection Trust Statute
    Michigan enacted the Qualified Dispositions in Trust Act (the “Act”) effective March 8, 2017 becoming the 17th state to enact asset protection trust legislation. A more general description of the Act was provided in an earlier…
  • Jan 17

    Can a Debtor’s Years-Old Fraudulent Transfer Preclude the Debtor from Obtaining a Discharge in Bankruptcy?

    Can a Debtor’s Years-Old Fraudulent Transfer Preclude the Debtor from Obtaining a Discharge in Bankruptcy?
    A 2016 Supreme Court case, Husky International v. Ritz, holds that if a debtor makes a fraudulent transfer, even if several years prior to filing the petition, any debt related to such fraudulent transfer will be nondischargeable. Section…
  • Dec 21

    Michigan Enacts Domestic Asset Protection Law

    Michigan Enacts Domestic Asset Protection Law
    For those of us attorneys who have devoted substantial time to and assisted clients with asset protection planning over the years it is welcome news that Michigan has adopted the Qualified Dispositions in Trust Act, effective February 5,…
Rank this Week: 1254

Florida Elder Law and Estate…

Florida Elder Law and Estate Planning

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

http://karplaw.blogspot.com/
  • May 18

    IRS calling? This time, it may be legitimate

    IRS calling? This time, it may be legitimate
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  • May 13

    Florida Homestead Exemption On the 2018 Ballot

    Florida Homestead Exemption On the 2018 Ballot
    <!--[if gte mso 9]> Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 <![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 9]> <![endif]--><!--[if…
  • May 9

    Rule to curb senior financial exploitation coming in 2018

    Rule to curb senior financial exploitation coming in 2018
    Older Americans are losing $2.9 billion to financial exploitation each year, according to a 2011 Met Life survey. That may be too conservative a figure, given the reluctance of victims to report the crime for reasons that include…
Rank this Week: 4204

Virginia Disability Law Blog

Virginia Disability Law Blog

Covers Social Security disability law and special needs trusts. By Sheri R. Abrams.

http://sheriabrams.com/blog
Rank this Week: 1308

German Law Group Blog

German Law Group Blog

Covers estate planning.

http://www.germanlawgroup.com/
  • May 18

    Life Saving Benefit of a DocuBank Emergency Card

    Life Saving Benefit of a DocuBank Emergency Card
    A DocuBank emergency card lets your doctors instantly obtain your advance directives. Every client of German Law Group receives their first year of DocuBank membership for free. The more your doctors know about you, the better treatment they…
  • May 18

    Tips for Getting through the Probate Proce

    Tips for Getting through the Probate Proce
    The time period following the loss of a loved one is typically an emotional, and often stressful, one. If you also learned that the decedent appointed you as the Executor of his /her estate, the stress level will likely increase for you,…
  • May 16

    How to Handle a Spendthrift Beneficiary

    How to Handle a Spendthrift Beneficiary
    For most people, one of the primary objectives in creating an estate plan is to decide how assets are divided up when they are gone. That can be problematic if one of your beneficiaries is a spendthrift – and the reality is that most…
Rank this Week: 523

New Jersey Estate Planning Center…

New Jersey Estate Planning Center Blog

Covers New Jersey estate planning. By Media Law Group.

http://www.jerseyestateplanning.com/blog/
  • May 18

    What to Do When You Want to Leave Behind Different Amounts for Your Children When You Pass Away?

    What to Do When You Want to Leave Behind Different Amounts for Your Children When You Pass Away?
    The most common estate plan today will leave assets equally to all of your children. In some situations, however, equal distribution is not desired nor does it make sense for your family members. Parents frequently have logical reasons for…
  • May 11

    The Generational Shift of Planned and Unplanned Giving

    The Generational Shift of Planned and Unplanned Giving
    For some people, thinking ahead about estate planning has little to do with their family and more to do with impact they intend to leave behind. When it comes to deciding what should happen with your life savings or your other assets, older…
  • May 4

    If I Can Complete My Estate Planning with an Online Form, Do I Really Need a Lawyer?

    If I Can Complete My Estate Planning with an Online Form, Do I Really Need a Lawyer?
    The short answer that is for majority of estate planning tools such as putting together a will, is that you certainly don’t need a lawyer. However, you should certainly hire an attorney if you have a fair amount of assets, multiple…
Rank this Week: 4185

Bingham Greenebaum Doll Blog

Bingham Greenebaum Doll Blog

Covers Indiana law.

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

    Beneficiary Designations: Common Pitfalls and Best Practice

    Beneficiary Designations: Common Pitfalls and Best Practice
    According to a recent report, baby boomer parents in North America will transfer some $30 trillion to the next generation over the next 30 to 40 years. A significant portion of this wealth is held as non-probate assets and as such not…
  • May 4

    SCOTUS Rules That Cities Have Standing to Sue Banks for Predatory Lending Under the Fair Housing Act

    SCOTUS Rules That Cities Have Standing to Sue Banks for Predatory Lending Under the Fair Housing Act
    The Fair Housing Act received renewed attention this week, as the United States Supreme Court issued a mixed opinion regarding a city’s ability to sue banks under the statute. The Supreme Court’s opinion will undoubtedly impact…
  • Apr 24

    In Memoriam of Claude R. "Chip" Bowles Jr.

    In Memoriam of Claude R. "Chip" Bowles Jr.
    Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP lost a valued partner on April 18, 2017. Claude R. "Chip" Bowles Jr. was an incredibly smart and hardworking attorney who exhibited a conscientious and vigorous commitment to client service. Chip was also a man…
Rank this Week: 3496

Tennessee Attorneys Blog

Tennessee Attorneys Blog

Covers family and injury law, estate planning and medical malpractice. By Martin Heller Potempa & Sheppard, PLLC.

http://www.tennesseeattorneysblog.com/
Rank this Week: 3546

Littman Krooks LLP Blog

Littman Krooks LLP Blog

Covers corporate, elder law, estate planning and special needs planning.

http://www.littmankrooks.com/blog/
  • May 17

    Special Needs Planning and SNTs: What Should a Trust Not Pay For?

    Special Needs Planning and SNTs: What Should a Trust Not Pay For?
    A supplemental needs trust is an important tool that can be used to make sure a child with special needs has access to the services and care he or she requires. Establishing a supplemental needs trust as a part of an overall financial plan is…
  • May 10

    How To Ensure Your Medical Wishes Win Out

    How To Ensure Your Medical Wishes Win Out
    By: Alexis Gruttadauria, Esq., Littman Krooks LLP You have your advance directives in place; you’ve designated in your Health Care Proxy and Living Will who you want making your medical decisions once you are no longer able to make them…
  • May 5

    How The AHCA Could Impact Special Education

    How The AHCA Could Impact Special Education
    By Marion M. Walsh, Esq. The proposed American Health Care Act Law, which just passed on May 4th by the House of Representatives, if approved by the Senate, will have a significant impact on school services for students with disabilities. The…
Rank this Week: 1045

Murphy's Law Blog

Murphy's Law Blog

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

http://www.noreenmurphylaw.com/blog/
  • May 17

    Top Tips for Helping You Identify Your Retirement Age

    Top Tips for Helping You Identify Your Retirement Age
    Looking ahead to retirement can help you figure out whether you have saved enough to support your lifestyle and how you intend to pass on some of your assets to others. The typical worker in the United States retires at age 63, but a growing…
  • May 10

    How Will You Spend Your Time in Retirement: Tips for Planning

    How Will You Spend Your Time in Retirement: Tips for Planning
    The answer to when is the appropriate age to retire is not easy for anyone to answer, but one of the most important things to consider as you evaluate this question is how you intend to spend your days. This will have a significant impact on…
  • May 3

    Four Basics Steps to Your Estate Planning Proce

    Four Basics Steps to Your Estate Planning Proce
    Unfortunately, far too many people believe that estate planning begins and ends with a simple will but this can be a catastrophic mistake as wills are exposed to potential mistakes as well. This is particularly true if you attempt to engage…
Rank this Week: 1384

About Florida Law

About Florida Law

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

http://aboutfloridalaw.com
  • May 16

    Florida Supreme Court Gives Final Word on Bartram and Foreclosure Refiling

    Florida Supreme Court Gives Final Word on Bartram and Foreclosure Refiling
    Last fall, we discussed the Florida Supreme Court’s decision in the Bartam case relating to foreclosure lawsuit deadlines Our article explains in detail the Supreme court’s opinion and it’s practical effect on foreclosures…
  • May 2

    What Does The 2017 FHFA Foreclosure Prevention Report Means For Florida Homeowners?

    What Does The 2017 FHFA Foreclosure Prevention Report Means For Florida Homeowners?
    It is important for Florida homeowners to be aware of their rights when it comes to their residential real estate. After all, it is likely the largest investment most Americans will make in their lifetime. It’s a key motivation for our…
  • Apr 18

    Payment Defense to Foreclosure

    Payment Defense to Foreclosure
    In Florida, when a lender files a foreclosure lawsuit, the lender must prove that a homeowner has breached his or her obligations under the note and/or mortgage. In turn, a homeowner has the right to raise defenses that defeat or otherwise…
Rank this Week: 96

Hook Law Center Blog

Hook Law Center Blog

Covers elder law and estate planning in Virginia.

https://www.hooklawcenter.com/blog/
  • May 15

    The Role of an Elder Law Attorney in Personal Injury Action

    The Role of an Elder Law Attorney in Personal Injury Action
    People are often surprised when they hear that elder law attorneys assist personal injury attorneys with public benefits issues associated with their case. Our working knowledge of the intricately woven issues associated with medical…
  • May 8

    The New Elective Share Law Adds a Layer of Complexity for Planning for Long-Term Care

    The New Elective Share Law Adds a Layer of Complexity for Planning for Long-Term Care
    As of January 1, 2017, the Virginia Legislature amended our state’s formula for determining the surviving spouse’s elective share rights in the augmented estate. Under prior law, a surviving spouse was entitled to one-third of the…
  • May 1

    Are the New Proposed Tax Cuts Something You Should Be Concerned About?

    Are the New Proposed Tax Cuts Something You Should Be Concerned About?
    The Trump Administration recently announced proposed tax cuts, which received many headlines for reducing corporate tax rates and generally being unclear on how the cuts would be absorbed in the national budget. What do the proposed income…
Rank this Week: 2271

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/
  • May 15

    The Role of an Elder Law Attorney in Personal Injury Action

    The Role of an Elder Law Attorney in Personal Injury Action
    People are often surprised when they hear that elder law attorneys assist personal injury attorneys with public benefits issues associated with their case. Our working knowledge of the intricately woven issues associated with medical…
  • May 8

    The New Elective Share Law Adds a Layer of Complexity for Planning for Long-Term Care

    The New Elective Share Law Adds a Layer of Complexity for Planning for Long-Term Care
    As of January 1, 2017, the Virginia Legislature amended our state’s formula for determining the surviving spouse’s elective share rights in the augmented estate. Under prior law, a surviving spouse was entitled to one-third of the…
  • May 1

    Are the New Proposed Tax Cuts Something You Should Be Concerned About?

    Are the New Proposed Tax Cuts Something You Should Be Concerned About?
    The Trump Administration recently announced proposed tax cuts, which received many headlines for reducing corporate tax rates and generally being unclear on how the cuts would be absorbed in the national budget. What do the proposed income…
Rank this Week: 1092

Northern Kentucky Lawyer Blog

Northern Kentucky Lawyer Blog

Covers personal injury and accidents, DUI, criminal defense, bank side bankruptcy cases, creditors' rights, divorce and family custody, and estate planning. By Fessler Schneider & Grimme.

http://www.fsgattorneys.com/blog
  • May 15

    Criminal Issues Attorneys in Northern Kentucky

    Criminal Issues Attorneys in Northern Kentucky
       You have been charged with a crime.  Whether the charge is a misdemeanor or felony,  you need representation.  You need someone who knows the law, can give you sound advice, and has experience. Under the current…
  • May 2

    Personal Injury Attorneys in Fort Thomas, KY

    Personal Injury Attorneys in Fort Thomas, KY
    People put things in their cars for all sorts of reasons—the baby’s toys, cute collectibles, want to decorate their car, etc etc.   What is often overlooked is the great damage to the driver’s real…
  • Apr 15

    Easter Greetings from Fessler, Schneider, and Grimme

    Easter Greetings from Fessler, Schneider, and Grimme
    Easter is not only the most important Christian celebration, it is also a reflection of hope, peace, and renewal.   We wish you all the blessings of the holiday and hope that you have a wonderful time this weekend with family and…
Rank this Week: 3307

Krueger & Hernandez SC Blog

Krueger & Hernandez SC Blog

Covers personal injury and estate planning.

http://www.kh-law.net/blog/
  • May 15

    Could Self-Driving Cars Pose a Bigger Threat in the Future?

    Could Self-Driving Cars Pose a Bigger Threat in the Future?
    There is no denying the fact that technology is changing the auto industry with each passing day. While this is a good thing on many levels, it’s important to realize that it can also cause harm from time to time. For many years, people…
  • May 12

    Part 4: When do I need to File my Case for the VICP?

    Part 4: When do I need to File my Case for the VICP?
    Understanding the Vaccine Court-Part 4:  When do I need to File my Case for the VICP? How long do cases take in the VICP? The VICP (The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program) was established in 1986 to help compensate vaccine…
  • May 10

    Student Killed in Potential Drunk Driving Accident

    Student Killed in Potential Drunk Driving Accident
    When a person gets behind the wheel after consuming too much alcohol, there is an increased chance that he or she could cause an accident. Taking this one step further, this person could cause an accident that harms or kills somebody else.…
Rank this Week: 3487

California Tax and Estate Planning…

California Tax and Estate Planning Law Blog

By NewPoint Law Group. Covers taxation, estate planning, business law, and real property law.

http://newpointlaw.com/legal-blog/
  • May 15

    7 Legal Reasons to Evict a Tenant through an Unlawful Detainer Action

    7 Legal Reasons to Evict a Tenant through an Unlawful Detainer Action
    While the overheated real estate market is a problem for some, landlords and property owners in California have a highly profitable opportunity to rent their home, condominium, or apartment. Tenants can occupy an array of structures, however,…
  • May 8

    Can a Renter Claim Property Tax Credits or Deductions in California?

    Can a Renter Claim Property Tax Credits or Deductions in California?
    While millions of people call California home, high demand for real estate combined with a high cost of living means that many people in the state opt to rent an apartment, condominium, or home instead of purchasing one. Renting property…
  • May 3

    Is a Living Trust Appropriate for a Californian? If I Form One, Do I Still Need a Will?

    Is a Living Trust Appropriate for a Californian? If I Form One, Do I Still Need a Will?
    As most California lawyers and estate planning attorneys would likely state, estate plans are necessary to protect not only your assets and the things you have worked for but also your goals. While there are many ways for an individual to…
Rank this Week: 2805

New York Probate and Estate…

New York Probate and Estate Administration Blog

Published by Stephen Bilkis & Associates

http://www.newyorkprobateestateadministration.com/
  • May 14

    Court Appoints Temporary Administrator

    Court Appoints Temporary Administrator
    In this estate proceeding, an Order and decree, Surrogate’s Court, New York County, entered on or about May 22, 1995, which removed the preliminary coexecutors, and appointed the lawyer and a Trust Company as temporary administrators,…
  • May 14

    Court Discusses Sufficiency of Evidence

    Court Discusses Sufficiency of Evidence
    This is an estate case where Defendant moves this court to inspect the Grand Jury minutes and to dismiss various counts of an Indictment on several grounds including legal insufficiency. Defendant also claims that certain counts are…
  • May 7

    Case Raises Issue of an Unborn Contingent Remaindermen

    Case Raises Issue of an Unborn Contingent Remaindermen
    This is an estate case where the proceeding raises an issue of virtual representation of unborn contingent remaindermen. The purpose of the virtual representation statute (SCPA 315) is to dispense with the necessity of service of process on…
Rank this Week: 1428

Estate Planning and Elder Law Blog

Estate Planning and Elder Law Blog

Covers estate planning, elder law, and probate topics in New York. By the Law Offices of Roman Aminov.

http://www.aminovlaw.com
  • May 14

    3 Estate Planning Steps for New Parent

    3 Estate Planning Steps for New Parent
    Few joys in life match that of being a new parent. The moment your child is born, a tectonic shift takes place which makes even the most easygoing person lose sleep over their child’s future. The sense of optimism and hope parents feel…
  • Mar 23

    Preliminary Letters Testamentary in Probate Court

    Preliminary Letters Testamentary in Probate Court
    If you have been named as the executor of a decedent’s last will, you don’t have authority to sell or distribute their assets until you have been appointed by the Surrogate’s court. That process, called probate, can take…
  • Feb 14

    New York Estate Accountings: An Overview

    New York Estate Accountings: An Overview
    Being an executor or administrator of an estate come with many responsibilities. Collecting and insuring the estate’s assets, paying valid debts and expenses, filing income taxes, and list goes on. That’s why most clients look…
Rank this Week: 2992