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Law Matters Blog

Law Matters Blog

Covers Vermont family law and estate planning. By the Law Offices of Bucknam Black Brazil PC.

http://vtlegalhelp.com/our-blog/
  • Feb 9

    Bail Revisited… Again

    Bail Revisited… Again
    Note: Attorney Davis originally wrote this post as a contributor for SCOV Law. Here we are in the depths of bail troubles again. We’ve probably had more segments on bail than there are Harry Potter movies. We’ll call this one:…
  • Jan 21

    My Statutory Prerogative

    My Statutory Prerogative
    Note: this blog was originally written and posted for SCOV Law. Demarest v. Underhill, 2016 VT 10 This case focuses on who gets the responsibility of maintaining an old, rough road in Underhill, Vermont: the Town that has historically…
  • Sep 18

    Vermont’s Star Chamber Blacklists The Poor

    Vermont’s Star Chamber Blacklists The Poor
    Imagine living in a Vermont where you, without any notice, are put on a secret government blacklist so that you are prohibited for life from earning a livelihood in hundreds of occupations. Imagine the only way to be removed from the…
Rank this Week: 3092

Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof…

Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof Blog

By Gerry W. Beyer.

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/trusts_estates_prof/
  • Feb 9

    Art And Collectibles Trendy New Way To Avoid Estate Taxe

    Art And Collectibles Trendy New Way To Avoid Estate Taxe
    The taxman is the mortal foe of any family that is facing a stiff estate tax as generational wealth moves it's way down through the family tree. But for some, a novel new way has been found that can lessen...
  • Feb 9

    Some Considerations When Seeking To Exclude Estranged Children

    Some Considerations When Seeking To Exclude Estranged Children
    An unfortunate fact of life is that some parents and children do not see eye to eye and, consequently, are not a factor in each others lives. In circumstances such as this it is not uncommon that the parent seeks...
  • Feb 9

    Texas Prosecutor Sentenced For Illegally Taking Money From Estate

    Texas Prosecutor Sentenced For Illegally Taking Money From Estate
    In the small south Texas county of Robertson, John Paschall was a staple in the local community while serving as district attorney for 20 years. But those halcyon days of old are now but a memory following the conviction and...
Rank this Week: 46

Walker Lambe

Walker Lambe

Covers North Carolina elder law and estate planning.

http://www.organizeyourassets.com/blog/
  • Feb 9

    North Carolina May Have to Repay $20 Million in Medicaid Reimbursement

    North Carolina May Have to Repay $20 Million in Medicaid Reimbursement
    According to recent news reports, the State of North Carolina may have to repay a stagegering $20 million in Medicaid reimbursements because of a retroactive rule change. For those of you who question the amount of money spent on Medicaid to…
  • Feb 4

    How to Find the Right Estate Planning Attorney

    How to Find the Right Estate Planning Attorney
    If you have yet to take the time to create your estate plan, you need to make the time to do so. Despite understanding the importance of estate planning, over half of all Americans do not have an estate plan in place. A comprehensive estate…
  • Feb 2

    How Is Legacy Planning Different from Estate Planning?

    How Is Legacy Planning Different from Estate Planning?
    Almost everyone has heard of estate planning – but have you heard of legacy planning? Legacy planning takes the concept of estate planning one step further, allowing you to incorporate your morals, beliefs and ideals into your…
Rank this Week: 3706

German Law Group Blog

German Law Group Blog

Covers estate planning.

http://www.germanlawgroup.com/
  • Feb 8

    A Look at Three Advanced Estate Planning Technique

    A Look at Three Advanced Estate Planning Technique
    To many people, the whole process of estate planning boils down to the statement of your final wishes in a last will. In reality, a will could suffice under very simple circumstances, but in many cases, more advanced estate planning…
  • Jan 28

    Can Assets in a Living Trust Impact Medicaid Eligibility?

    Can Assets in a Living Trust Impact Medicaid Eligibility?
    There are a number of very useful things that can be accomplished through the creation of a revocable living trust. Assets in this type of trust can be distributed outside of probate, and this is one advantage. Secondly, you can include…
  • Jan 26

    Elder Care: The Imperfect Storm

    Elder Care: The Imperfect Storm
    There are some things that you should know about elder care when you are devising a budget for your senior years. Many people are under the impression that health care expenses won’t be much of a concern, because Medicare will pick up…
Rank this Week: 2926

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: 1460

Wills and Estate Administration…

Wills and Estate Administration Articles

Covers probate, elder law and litigation topics. By Kenneth Vercammen.

http://njwills.blogspot.com/
Rank this Week: 4469

Florida Probate Litigation Lawyer…

Florida Probate Litigation Lawyer Blog

Cover Florida probate litigation. By Chepenik & Trushin LLP.

http://www.floridaprobatelitigationlawyer.com/
  • Feb 8

    What All Realtors Should Know When Representing a Foreign Buyer

    What All Realtors Should Know When Representing a Foreign Buyer
    Recently, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”) promulgated new rules which require certain U.S. title insurance companies to identify the natural persons behind companies used to pay “all cash” for…
  • Jan 21

    David Bowie’s Estate Planning Guarantees Empire is Left to His Family

    David Bowie’s Estate Planning Guarantees Empire is Left to His Family
    Legendary rocker David Bowie was as brilliant in his estate planning as he was talented in his artistic ventures. Bowie’s colorful 50-year career encompassed both, a successful musical career and an acting career, which ultimately ended…
  • Jan 4

    New Year, New Estate Planning Tip

    New Year, New Estate Planning Tip
    The New Year is here, but some things may never change. The gym membership is already beginning to look old and your other resolutions have fallen by the wayside. However, one resolution that should be kept is the resolution to keep your…
Rank this Week: 952

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
  • Feb 8

    Virginia Disability & Senior Housing Resource Seminar——March 3, 2016

    Virginia Disability & Senior Housing Resource Seminar——March 3, 2016
    Family Support Services at ServiceSource is hosting a Housing Resource Seminar on March 3, 2016 at 11:00 AM. Learn more about what types of housing resources are available in Virginia and start thinking about what type of housing your loved…
  • Feb 4

    January 2016 Newsletter—Social Security Disability & Special Needs Planning New

    January 2016 Newsletter—Social Security Disability & Special Needs Planning New
    Please see the January 2016 Newsletter of Fairfax Virginia Disability and Special Needs Planning Attorney, Sheri Abrams. For Social Security Disability & Special Needs Planning News click  here For more information visit: …
  • Jan 20

    Northern Virginia Emergency Phone Numbers & Website

    Northern Virginia Emergency Phone Numbers & Website
    With the expected “historic” snow storm heading Northern Virginia’s way, I wanted to remind everyone of  some of the important phone numbers and websites to keep handy: 9-1-1, for police, fire, and rescue…
Rank this Week: 4433

Nevada Trust Reporter

Nevada Trust Reporter

Features commentary on trust law and asset protection. By Provident Trust Group, LLC.

http://blog.trustprovident.com/
  • Feb 8

    The February Newsletter is Out!

    The February Newsletter is Out!
    Have you checked out our February Newsletter? Get updated on Provident’s news and updates! http://conta.cc/1SPEMka
  • Feb 3

    Can Your IRA Hold a TIC Property and Why?

    Can Your IRA Hold a TIC Property and Why?
    Real estate has emerged as one of the most popular asset classes for self-directed IRA investors.  Some investors like it for the hedge against inflation, while others like the idea of having/owning something tangible, that they…
  • Jan 28

    2015 Statements & Forms Are On The Way!

    2015 Statements & Forms Are On The Way!
    Dear Provident account holders, watch out for some of your 2015 forms and statements coming in the mail!
Rank this Week: 3069

Deborah Sexton Law Office, P. A.…

Deborah Sexton Law Office, P. A. Blog

Covers estate planning and elder law.

http://www.arkansas-estateplanning.com/blog/
  • Feb 8

    Chase the Blues Away Fundraiser

    Chase the Blues Away Fundraiser
    The Chase Family Foundation is having their 4th Annual Chase the Blues Away Fundraiser. Come celebrate Mardi Gras, Tuesday, February 9, 6:00-10:00 pm, Mermaids, 2217 N. College Avenue, Fayetteville, AR 72703. Blues music will be provided by…
  • Jan 12

    Advantages of Gifting

    Advantages of Gifting
    Take Advantage of Gifting to Reduce Your Estate  Compliments of Our Law Firm, Deborah Sexton Law firm Written By: The American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys For some of us, one reason we earn money is to provide the extras, the…
  • Jan 7

    Funeral

    Funeral
    Practical Discussions About Funerals  Compliments of Our Law Firm, Deborah Sexton Law Firm Written By: The American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys With all of the uncertainty in life, the one common denominator we all share and…
Rank this Week: 2969

Andrew Flusche, Virginia Lawyer

Andrew Flusche, Virginia Lawyer

Covers Virginia drunk driving, reckless driving and speeding offenses.

http://www.andrewflusche.com/blog/
  • Feb 8

    [VIDEO] Reduce Reckless Driving to Improper Driving

    [VIDEO] Reduce Reckless Driving to Improper Driving
    Find out when it’s possible to have your charge reduced to improper driving. Contact my office so we can have a free consultation and go over all the details. Video Transcription Hi, I’m Andrew Flusche, your Virginia Traffic…
  • Feb 3

    [VIDEO] Can you skip VASAP?

    [VIDEO] Can you skip VASAP?
    Can you put off VASAP or skip it all together? Contact me today about your VA DUI/DWI case. Video Transcription Can you skip VASAP? Hi, I’m Andrew Flusche, your Virginia DUI attorney. A lot of people are trying to figure out if you are…
  • Jan 25

    Will Cars Be Programmed to Kill?

    Will Cars Be Programmed to Kill?
    Like it or not, cars currently drive themselves around the country. Google’s self-driving car is the most ambitious project which has earned lots of press. But any consumer can already buy a Tesla, which has an autopilot feature for…
Rank this Week: 323

Florida Probate, Trust & Estate…

Florida Probate, Trust & Estate Blog

Covers recent developments in Florida probate, trust, estate and guardianship. By Clark Skatoff PA.

http://www.clarkskatoff.com/news-resources/blog/
  • Feb 8

    Federal Interpleader Case Involving Slayer Statute Dismissed

    Federal Interpleader Case Involving Slayer Statute Dismissed
    Normally, a federal court is required to proceed with a case in which it has jurisdiction.  Actions for declaratory relief, however, are treated differently, and the federal court has wide discretion to accept the controversy.…
  • Feb 5

    Florida Guardianship Can Be Dismissed Prior to Adjudicatory Hearing On Capacity

    Florida Guardianship Can Be Dismissed Prior to Adjudicatory Hearing On Capacity
    Voluntary dismissal or settlement of a guardianship proceeding has been a hotly debated issue in Florida guardianship practice.  In Forman v. Gort, recently decided by the Florida Fourth District Court of Appeal, a settlement agreement…
  • Jan 22

    Florida Surviving Spouse’s Elective Share Earns Interest, Not Charged Fee

    Florida Surviving Spouse’s Elective Share Earns Interest, Not Charged Fee
    A surviving spouse’s elective share in Florida is often the subject of litigation in the Florida Probate Court.  Under Florida statutes, a Florida surviving spouse has the right to a share of the elective estate of the…
Rank this Week: 1687

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/
Rank this Week: 775

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/
Rank this Week: 3495

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
  • Feb 8

    Questioning a Witness: Poor Questions Versus Good One

    Questioning a Witness: Poor Questions Versus Good One
    When conducting direct examination, you generally can’t ask leading questions, i.e., ones that suggest a particular answer. Evid C §§764, 767(a)(2). And, of course, you can’t ask objectionable questions. For…
  • Feb 5

    Business Plan Basic

    Business Plan Basic
    Every business should have a plan—from tech start-ups to law firms. The process of creating a document that details the thoughts and ideas of the owners or founders of the business allows for a realistic appraisal of the business’…
  • Feb 3

    Should You Save Something for Your Closing?

    Should You Save Something for Your Closing?
    Although it may be tempting to cover everything during cross-examination, there are situations in which it’s better to save something for your closing argument. In fact, it’s a time-honored rule among some litigators to always…
Rank this Week: 694

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/
  • Feb 8

    Survival skills: testamentary style

    Survival skills: testamentary style
    Here is a really interesting post from one of my favourite blogs, called All About Estates. In this article, lawyer Elaine Blades talks about what happens with estates when two people - let's say a husband and wife - die at the same time, or…
  • Feb 6

    2015 films with aging theme

    2015 films with aging theme
    Being a senior isn't what it used to be. It's better! At least Hollywood is beginning to think so. There have been quite a few movies with characters who are seniors, or themes about getting older. Though I am not yet among the ranks of…
  • Feb 5

    19th century Newfoundlanders control from the grave according to this new book

    19th century Newfoundlanders control from the grave according to this new book
    My latest book, called Sound Mind and Memory, is very different from the ones I usually write. This one takes a look at wills that were probated on the island of Newfoundland during the 19th century. It talks about threats to cut off unruly…
Rank this Week: 500

American Academy of Estate…

American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys Blog

Provides legal marketing and estate planning legal updates.

http://www.aaepa.com/articles/
  • Feb 8

    Medicare Now Pays for End-of-Life Talks: the FACTS

    Medicare Now Pays for End-of-Life Talks: the FACTS
    You may not know it, but you help your clients do Advance Care Planning (ACP). ACP is medical jargon for discussing end-of-life health care wishes and creating advance directives (Health Care POAs, Living Wills, HIPAA Releases, etc.).…
  • Feb 5

    How Facebook Audience Optimization Can Help You to Better Connect with Follower

    How Facebook Audience Optimization Can Help You to Better Connect with Follower
    Using Facebook to make connections should be a part of every smart online marketing strategy. Posting engaging content that encourages sharing is just the start of making effective use of Facebook. Facebook now has a new tool, Audience…
  • Feb 3

    Top Mistakes with Fiduciarie

    Top Mistakes with Fiduciarie
    Clients often give detailed thought to their plans and know down to the last bauble to whom things should go. But, then they choose their fiduciary (trustee or executor) seemingly with little thought to the role in which they would serve.…
Rank this Week: 839

Hauptman and Hauptman, P.C. Blog

Hauptman and Hauptman, P.C. Blog

Covers guardianship, Medicaid, probate and estate administration.

http://www.hauptmanlaw.com/blog
Rank this Week: 2889

Kevin A. Pollock BLAWG

Kevin A. Pollock BLAWG

Covers wills, trusts & estates, guardianships, tax and asset protection planning.

http://willstrustsestates.blogspot.com/
  • Feb 7

    IRS Releases Form 8949 - Executors Now Required to Report Basis of Assets When Administering Estate

    IRS Releases Form 8949 - Executors Now Required to Report Basis of Assets When Administering Estate
    For many years the IRS and beneficiaries of estates had a problem figuring out how much gain should be imposed on an inherited asset because the beneficiaries did not know the basis.  The IRS did not like the fact that frequently the…
  • Jan 8

    Do I Need An Attorney To Prepare A Simple Will?

    Do I Need An Attorney To Prepare A Simple Will?
    I occasionally get asked if it is really necessary to hire an attorney to prepare simple estate planning documents.  Usually, the answer is NO, however, I find that once I start asking a few questions, most people really don't need a…
  • Nov 17

    Trouble with Probate

    Trouble with Probate
    Sometimes probate can be a simple process.  Sometimes it can be a royal nightmare... and sometimes it can be an expensive royal nightmare. I'm not sure if it is a sign of the times or just a coincidence, but our office has had numerous…
Rank this Week: 2986

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/
  • Feb 7

    New Social Security scam looks real but don't fall for it

    New Social Security scam looks real but don't fall for it
    The email's subject line says "Get Protected," but following its instructions will do anything but. The sender appears to be the "Social Security Administration," but it's not. It's a new and devious phishing scam. The…
  • Feb 4

    HIPAA developments, dilemma

    HIPAA developments, dilemma
    Recent reports from Pro Publica, the independent investigative news organization, reveal widespread violations of HIPAA (the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) by large organizations, from Walmart to CVS to United Health…
  • Jan 31

    Why aren't the presidential candidates talking about the long-term care crisis?

    Why aren't the presidential candidates talking about the long-term care crisis?
    With so many families struggling with the financial and psychological stress of caregiving, why aren't the 2016 presidential candidates making this a front-and-center issue? NPR Commentator Cokie Roberts has said, "Candidates are crazy…
Rank this Week: 4556

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/
Rank this Week: 1049

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/
  • Feb 6

    How a California Power of Attorney Work

    How a California Power of Attorney Work
    A power of attorney is a document authorizing someone to act on your behalf with respect to financial and contractual matters. Among other acts, a person holding your power of attorney may sell your house, write checks from your bank account,…
  • Feb 5

    How the Estate Tax Will Work in 2016

    How the Estate Tax Will Work in 2016
    The new year is a good opportunity to reconsider your estate planning needs. You should periodically review, and if necessary revise, your will, trust, and other estate planning documents such as a durable power of attorney, to keep your…
  • Feb 3

    What Happens if My Estate is Insolvent?

    What Happens if My Estate is Insolvent?
    Normally when we talk about estate planning, we assume there will be an estate with sufficient assets to provide for a person’s heirs. What happens if you die with more debts than assets? In legal terms, this is known as an…
Rank this Week: 529

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/
  • Feb 6

    State Funeral Boards and Oversight Standards: Meaningful Supervision

    State Funeral Boards and Oversight Standards: Meaningful Supervision
    In this past week’s Memorial Business Journal, the NFDA’s general counsel offered insight on the FTC’s guidelines to state supervision of industry regulatory boards.  In a decision that rocked state boards comprised of…
  • Jan 17

    Missouri Funeral Trust: Time to Put Up or Shut Up?

    Missouri Funeral Trust: Time to Put Up or Shut Up?
    The Missouri Funeral Trust now faces the predicament we predicted a few months ago (The MFT’s Catch 22). The Court recently granted the State’s motion to dismiss, and dropped the State Board from the lawsuit. The main motivation…
  • Jan 5

    Missouri’s Second Round of Exams: The Committee’s Role

    Missouri’s Second Round of Exams: The Committee’s Role
    In September we posted about a regulation proposal that sought to define the role of a sub-committee of the Missouri State Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors (Missouri’s Financial Examination Committee: What…
Rank this Week: 4356

John R. Vermillion & Associates,…

John R. Vermillion & Associates, LLC Blog

Covers elder law and estate planning.

http://www.vermillionlawfirm.com/blog/
  • Feb 6

    Estate Tax Parameters Are Not Etched in Stone

    Estate Tax Parameters Are Not Etched in Stone
    The federal estate tax looms large for high net worth families. This death tax carries a top rate of 40 percent, so we are talking about a significant piece of your legacy. The good news is that most people are not exposed to the federal…
  • Feb 3

    Retirement Planning: The Imperfect Storm

    Retirement Planning: The Imperfect Storm
    You may have gotten your first introduction to retirement planning when you secured your first career position. Many companies offer 401(k) plans, and in many cases, they will match employee contributions up to a certain amount. As you…
  • Jan 31

    Estate Planning Is for Everyone

    Estate Planning Is for Everyone
    The process of estate planning is often thought of as something that is only important for people who have reached an advanced age. We all know that  senior citizens are more likely to pass away than their younger counterparts, but in…
Rank this Week: 1932

Illinois Estate Planning &…

Illinois Estate Planning & Elder Law Blog

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

http://www.illinoisestateplanningandelderlawblog.com/
  • Feb 5

    HSAs Beat 401(k)

    HSAs Beat 401(k)
    Your 401(k) may not be the best place to put your money. In a recent article in the Wall Street Journal, Anne Tergesen points out that Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) come with more tax advantages than 401(k)s and individual retirement…
  • Jan 29

    What Happens if I Die without a Will or a Trust?

    What Happens if I Die without a Will or a Trust?
    If you die without a Will or Trust, your assets will be divided up based on the intestacy laws of the state where you live at the time of your death and the intestacy laws of any other state where you own assets. Many times the intestacy laws…
  • Jan 22

    Grandchildren Gifting without Tax Reporting

    Grandchildren Gifting without Tax Reporting
    Gifting assets to your grandchildren can reduce the size of your estate and the tax that will be due upon your death. You may give each grandchild up to $14,000 a year without having to report the gift. If you are married, both you and your…
Rank this Week: 4466

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/
  • Feb 5

    Legal Links – February 5, 2016

    Legal Links – February 5, 2016
    On Fridays, we compile and post Legal Links, a list of legal news, reported cases, community events and topics of interest to Lancaster residents and readers of the Lancaster Law Blog. 1.  The Law in the News – 2015…
  • Feb 5

    Russell, Krafft & Gruber, LLP has named Aaron K. Zeamer a Partner of the firm

    Russell, Krafft & Gruber, LLP has named Aaron K. Zeamer a Partner of the firm
    The law firm of Russell, Krafft & Gruber, LLP has named Aaron K. Zeamer a Partner effective January 1, 2016. Aaron is a member of Russell, Krafft & Gruber’s growing Business, Real Estate and Litigation practice groups.  As…
  • Jan 26

    Farewell, Pennsylvania Capital Stock Tax (1844-2016)

    Farewell, Pennsylvania Capital Stock Tax (1844-2016)
    After years of rumors that the tax would be phased out completely (maybe even since its enactment in 1844), the day has come. Effective January 1, 2016, Pennsylvania’s Capital Stock and Foreign Franchise Tax was finally eliminated.…
Rank this Week: 699

Cramer Law Center

Cramer Law Center

Covers Florida estate planning.

http://cramerlawcenter.com
  • Feb 5

    Dealing With Substance Addictions Part 1: Get to Know the Marchman Act

    Dealing With Substance Addictions Part 1: Get to Know the Marchman Act
    Many of us have a family member who has a substance addiction. If your loved one will  not seek treatment on their own, but you have serious concerns about their health and well-being, you could consider taking action under the…
  • Jan 22

    Renunciation Rule: You Can’t Have Your Cake and Eat It Too

    Renunciation Rule: You Can’t Have Your Cake and Eat It Too
    You may not be familiar with the Renunciation Rule. It often comes up in litigation over trusts, and it is a rule that all beneficiaries and trustees should be familiar with. Renunciation in this context requires that a person…
  • Jan 8

    Sneaky Neighbor Gets Caught!

    Sneaky Neighbor Gets Caught!
    In a case from our own backyard, Keul vs Hodges Boulevard Presbyterian Church, Mrs. Lampp and her late husband executed wills in 2009, several months before he died. Their estate plan provided that after Mrs. Lampp’s death, the entire…
Rank this Week: 1269

Cramer Law Center

Cramer Law Center

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

http://cramerlawcenter.com/blog/
  • Feb 5

    Dealing With Substance Addictions Part 1: Get to Know the Marchman Act

    Dealing With Substance Addictions Part 1: Get to Know the Marchman Act
    Many of us have a family member who has a substance addiction. If your loved one will  not seek treatment on their own, but you have serious concerns about their health and well-being, you could consider taking action under the…
  • Jan 22

    Renunciation Rule: You Can’t Have Your Cake and Eat It Too

    Renunciation Rule: You Can’t Have Your Cake and Eat It Too
    You may not be familiar with the Renunciation Rule. It often comes up in litigation over trusts, and it is a rule that all beneficiaries and trustees should be familiar with. Renunciation in this context requires that a person…
  • Jan 8

    Sneaky Neighbor Gets Caught!

    Sneaky Neighbor Gets Caught!
    In a case from our own backyard, Keul vs Hodges Boulevard Presbyterian Church, Mrs. Lampp and her late husband executed wills in 2009, several months before he died. Their estate plan provided that after Mrs. Lampp’s death, the entire…
Rank this Week: 3454

epilawg

epilawg

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

http://epilawg.com/
  • Feb 5

    What’s in a Name

    What’s in a Name
    The life insurance industry has become increasingly complex. New and multiple policy types deliver both choice (a good thing) and complexity (not such a good thing) to your client’s decision-making. Policy names (Adjustable, Flexible…
  • Jan 25

    Powers of Attorney: Underrated Estate Planning Document

    Powers of Attorney: Underrated Estate Planning Document
    Powers of attorney are very flexible documents used to reflect your wishes for decisions regarding your health care and control of your assets if you are ever unable to make those decisions yourself.  If you […]
  • Jan 20

    Using a Testamentary Letter to Explain Your Estate Plan

    Using a Testamentary Letter to Explain Your Estate Plan
    Your estate plan likely includes formal documents (a will, perhaps one or more trusts) that direct transfers of your property when you die. But those documents won’t identify each and every item to be transferred. […]
Rank this Week: 886

The Estate Planning and Wealth…

The Estate Planning and Wealth Preservation Blog for Trusted Advisors

Covers asset protection, estate and gift tax, and wills and trusts. By Fox Rothschild LLP.

http://estateplanning.foxrothschild.com/
  • Feb 4

    Form 8971 and Instructions Issued – How do they Apply to Portability-Only 706 Filings?

    Form 8971 and Instructions Issued – How do they Apply to Portability-Only 706 Filings?
    Earlier this week, the IRS issued final Form 8971 and the related Instructions.  The form is used to report the final estate tax value of property distributed from an estate.  The purpose of the form is to help the IRS enforce…
  • Dec 14

    An Alternative to Estate Tax Closing Letter

    An Alternative to Estate Tax Closing Letter
    As detailed in our two previous posts in early July and a week ago, the IRS will no longer automatically be issuing estate tax closing letters.  The Executor can either call the IRS to request a closing letter (once 4 months have…
  • Dec 1

    Update on IRS Procedure for Estate Tax Closing Letter

    Update on IRS Procedure for Estate Tax Closing Letter
    As we reported in early July, the IRS will no longer be automatically issuing estate tax closing letters.  The burden is on the Executor to request one once 4 months have passed since the filing of the estate tax return.  The IRS…
Rank this Week: 2413

California Trust, Estate & Probate…

California Trust, Estate & Probate Litigation

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

http://www.californiatrustestateandprobatelitigation.com
  • Feb 4

    Controlling your California Trust or Will mediation–Part 1

    Controlling your California Trust or Will mediation–Part 1
    The process of mediation. Mediation is a process, a process you can use to reach a successful resolution in your case, but only if you understand how the process works. So many people fail to maximize what they can get out of their case by…
  • Jan 28

    How to Handle Bad Trustees: Damages for Breach of Trust

    How to Handle Bad Trustees: Damages for Breach of Trust
    When a California Trustee breaches his duties of Trust, there can be damages that must be repaid by the Trustee.  However, not every type of damage is available.  For example, there are no “pain and suffering” type…
  • Jan 21

    Quality Matters in California Trust and Will Contest

    Quality Matters in California Trust and Will Contest
    When exactly did we lose sight of quality? In our fast paced world, we often expect things (1) cheaply, and (2) quickly. That works great for fast food and cheap electronics, but not so well for professional services. If you need a heart…
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Connecticut Estate Planning…

Connecticut Estate Planning Attorneys Blog

Covers estate planning. By CzepigaDalyPope LLC.

http://www.czepigalaw.com/blog/
  • Feb 4

    You Can Get Paid to Care for Someone Living With You

    You Can Get Paid to Care for Someone Living With You
    Family caregivers in Connecticut can now be compensated for the services they provide! With your help, your loved ones are able to stay at home due to your generous care. You may not expect to be paid, but now you can…with a program…
  • Jan 13

    Medicaid: Don’t Try This At Home

    Medicaid: Don’t Try This At Home
    By Kathleen Michalak “Live long and prosper” is a blessing made famous by the TV series Star Trek. But living a long life can be a mixed blessing, when care needs increase, and finances decrease. When assets are depleted, Medicaid…
  • Jan 12

    Divorced or Divorcing? Change Your Estate Plan!

    Divorced or Divorcing? Change Your Estate Plan!
    Did you know that January 4, 2016 was “Divorce Monday?” The first working Monday of the New Year is the day many couples decide it’s time to call it quits. January has become for divorce attorneys what April is to tax…
Rank this Week: 742

Idaho Estate Planning

Idaho Estate Planning

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

http://idahoestateplanning.typepad.com/idaho_estate_planning/
Rank this Week: 1066

Florida Estate Planning and…

Florida Estate Planning and Probate Law Blog

By Marc Soss.

http://floridaestateplanningandprobatelaw.blogspot.com/
  • Feb 4

    FLORIDA CLOSER TO GUARDIANSHIP REFORM

    FLORIDA CLOSER TO GUARDIANSHIP REFORM
     Guardianship reform has been an issue growing in prominence due to the many abuses found in systems across the nation. Florida is in the process the guardianship reform movement and a step in the right direction as the state Senate is…
  • Dec 22

    IS THIS THE YEAR TO MAKE A ROTH IRA CONVERSION

    IS THIS THE YEAR TO MAKE A ROTH IRA CONVERSION
    The crazy 2015 stock market offers some excellent planning opportunities, if you qualify.  While year-end has not brought the stock market back to where it started the year, it opens the door to those interested in making a Roth IRA…
  • Dec 10

    2015 YEAR END TAX PLANNING CONSIDERATIONS

    2015 YEAR END TAX PLANNING CONSIDERATIONS
    2015 Year-End Planning Moves: ·  Realize losses on stock while substantially preserving your investment position. There are several ways this can be done. For example, you can sell the original holding, then buy back the same…
Rank this Week: 1868

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/
  • Feb 3

    Lord Lucan: Declared Dead (Twice) and Still Missing

    Lord Lucan: Declared Dead (Twice) and Still Missing
    In 1974, Lord Lucan, British aristocrat (think James Bond and Martinis, according to the New York Times), vanished after the body of his children’s nanny was found dead in the basement of his house. A year later, in 1975, Lord Lucan,…
  • Feb 2

    Alzheimer Awareness Month: #StillHere

    Alzheimer Awareness Month: #StillHere
    As Alzheimer Awareness Month draws to a close, the message the Alzheimer Society of Canada intended to convey in the #StillHere campaign is clear: A diagnosis of dementia does not necessarily mean that an individual is no longer capable of…
  • Feb 2

    Hull on Estates #452 – Responsibility for Joint Debts Upon Death

    Hull on Estates #452 – Responsibility for Joint Debts Upon Death
    This week on Hull on Estates, David Morgan Smith and Noah Weisberg discuss the responsibility for joint debt upon death of one of the debtors. Should you have any questions, please email us at webmaster@hullandhull.com or leave a comment on…
Rank this Week: 146

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: 1203

Arkansas Legal Issues

Arkansas Legal Issues

By Wilson & Haubert, PLLC.

http://whlawoffices.com/little-rock-lawyer-arkansas-law-blog/
  • Feb 2

    How to Avoid Probate (and Family Fights) Over a Bank Account

    How to Avoid Probate (and Family Fights) Over a Bank Account
    A big part of our job is helping people avoid the Arkansas probate process. One of the ways we help people avoid probate is changing information about personal bank accounts. If you die and you’re the only person on your bank account,…
  • Feb 1

    What is an Uncontested Divorce?

    What is an Uncontested Divorce?
    I get a lot of questions about divorce, especially about getting an uncontested divorce. I also get a lot of opinions. Some are correct, but most of them have more to do with TV shows about lawyers and bad advice from relatives than real law.…
  • Nov 13

    Battery: Good for Christmas Toys, Bad for Christma

    Battery: Good for Christmas Toys, Bad for Christma
    That is:  Getting a Domestic Battery charge is one of the worst ways to spend an Arkansas holiday. The Holidays (Christmas, Thanksgiving, and New Years, that is) can be particularly tough on families. Money is tight because of Christmas.…
Rank this Week: 1873

Ohio Estate Planning & Asset…

Ohio Estate Planning & Asset Protection

By AlerStallings, LLC.

http://www.alerstallings.com/blog/
  • Feb 2

    All in the Family

    All in the Family
    Determined to keep the fruits of your hard work in your family forever? Then dynasty trust planning might be worth exploring. Without proper guidance and planning, estate taxes, generation-skipping taxes and gift taxes can significantly…
  • Jan 29

    Un-Traditional IRA Planning

    Un-Traditional IRA Planning
    Many Americans save money in a traditional IRA. If you’re one of them, you have a tax bill coming. Why? Because part of your traditional IRA dollars aresimply a loan from Uncle Sam.While you may not have thought about it, many…
  • Jan 29

    Un-Traditional IRA Planning

    Un-Traditional IRA Planning
    Many Americans save money in a traditional IRA.  If you’re one of them, you have a tax bill coming.  Why?  Because part of your traditional IRA dollars are simply a loan from Uncle Sam. While you may not have thought…
Rank this Week: 1754

About Florida Law

About Florida Law

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

http://aboutfloridalaw.com
Rank this Week: 1127

PVW Estate Planning, Business…

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

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

http://www.pvwestateplanning.wordpress.com/
  • Feb 2

    Using Intra-Family Loans to Transfer Wealth

    Using Intra-Family Loans to Transfer Wealth
    Intra-family Loans can be a great opportunity for families to give their children or relatives additional funds, or if a relative is looking to make a significant purchase, a relative can borrow from a member of the family at a much better…
  • Jan 19

    New Considerations for Planning with a Special Needs Trust

    New Considerations for Planning with a Special Needs Trust
    Special needs trusts remain a critical planning tool for individuals with disabilities, or parents with children that have disabilities. Moving into 2016, a multitude of changes are occurring within the law that require a practitioner to at…
  • Nov 17

    Changes to Social Security Opportunities in Budget Act

    Changes to Social Security Opportunities in Budget Act
    by Joshua A. Diveley On November 2, 2015, President Obama signed the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (the “Act”). Included in the Act were multiple changes that will remove strategies previously utilized to increase social security…
Rank this Week: 1692

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
  • Feb 2

    District 211 Class Announcement for March 2016

    District 211 Class Announcement for March 2016
    I will be teaching an adult continuing education class for District 211 covering a broad range of estate planning and estate administration topics. Topics include asset ownership, wills, trusts, probate, trust administration, estate and gift…
  • Jan 21

    New Illinois Laws for 2016, Part 2: Guardianship & Health

    New Illinois Laws for 2016, Part 2: Guardianship & Health
    Last week I introduced six new Illinois laws for 2016 related to probate, trusts and estate planning. This week I will provide short summaries of eight new Illinois laws that relate to guardianship, health care and elder law matters. In all,…
  • Jan 13

    New Illinois Laws for 2016, Part 1: Probate, Trusts & Estate Planning

    New Illinois Laws for 2016, Part 1: Probate, Trusts & Estate Planning
    Happy New Year! As I did for 2015, I want to update readers on select new laws that took effect either 1/1/16 or earlier in 2015. A total of 237 new laws went into effect at the start of the year. This week I will highlight 6 noteworthy laws…
Rank this Week: 1563

Potter Law Firm Blog

Potter Law Firm Blog

Covers estate planning and elder law.

http://www.potterestateplanning.com/blog/
  • Feb 2

    Can I Provide a Pet for My Estate Plan

    Can I Provide a Pet for My Estate Plan
    Can I Provide a Pet for My Estate Plan from John Potter Though the concerns are warranted, there is good news for seniors on the estate planning front. Responsible pet ownership is definitely within reach.  Before the advent of pet…
  • Feb 1

    Asset Planning: Preserve What You Have Earned

    Asset Planning: Preserve What You Have Earned
    The term “asset planning” can refer to different sets of circumstances. In this post, we will look at a couple of the ways that proper asset planning can preserve your resources. Lawsuits Business people can sometimes be concerned…
  • Jan 29

    What Is Nursing Home Asset Protection?

    What Is Nursing Home Asset Protection?
    When you hear the term “nursing home asset protection,” you may get a quizzical look on your face. Why would you need to protect your assets from a nursing home when you are going to qualify for Medicare as a senior citizen? It…
Rank this Week: 2952

New York Probate & Estate…

New York Probate & Estate Litigation Blog

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

http://www.nyprobatelitigation.com/
  • Feb 1

    Executors Should Beware Of Serious Pitfall

    Executors Should Beware Of Serious Pitfall
    Today’s Wall Street Journal contains a worthwhile but cautionary article about the pitfalls that can face even the most well-meaning executor. As you will see, a lot of the decisions an executor must make need to be made…
  • Jan 31

    David Bowie’s Will Filed In Manhattan Surrogate’s Court — His Estate Valued At 100 Million Dollar

    David Bowie’s Will Filed In Manhattan Surrogate’s Court — His Estate Valued At 100 Million Dollar
    The Will of David Robert Jones was filed earlier this month in New York County Surrogate’s Court giving the value of his estate at 100 million dollars. Not familiar with David Robert Jones? As the New York Times reported, He was far…
  • Jul 20

    Application To Withdraw Waiver Consenting To Probate Denied By Brooklyn Surrogate

    Application To Withdraw Waiver Consenting To Probate Denied By Brooklyn Surrogate
    Prior to the commencement of a probate proceeding or an administration proceeding, the attorney for the estate will normally send a waiver consenting to the admission of the will to probate or to the appointment of an administrator to all…
Rank this Week: 184

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/
  • Feb 1

    Tennessee Appeals Court Finds Exception to Claim Timely Filed in Estates Case

    Tennessee Appeals Court Finds Exception to Claim Timely Filed in Estates Case
    In a recent opinion, the Tennessee Court of Appeals addressed the issue of whether an exception to a claim against an estate was timely filed. In the case of In re Estate of Layton (Tenn. Ct. App. Dec. 30, 2015), the decedent was admitted to…
  • Jan 13

    Tennessee Court of Appeals Finds Material Change Exists to Modify Child Custody

    Tennessee Court of Appeals Finds Material Change Exists to Modify Child Custody
    In a recent child custody case, the Tennessee Court of Appeals reversed a decision in which the trial court failed to find a material change in circumstances to warrant a modification of the parties’ residential schedule. In Cook v.…
  • Jan 5

    Tennessee Court of Appeals Upholds Decedent’s Will in Contest Action

    Tennessee Court of Appeals Upholds Decedent’s Will in Contest Action
    The Tennessee Court of Appeals recently reviewed a case involving a will contest and resulting trust, In re Estate of Donald Emerson Kysor. In 1992, the plaintiff and her husband purchased parcels of real property. Within days of her…
Rank this Week: 1032

New York Probate and Estate…

New York Probate and Estate Administration Blog

Published by Stephen Bilkis & Associates

http://www.newyorkprobateestateadministration.com/
  • Feb 1

    Court Hears Petition for Summary Judgment

    Court Hears Petition for Summary Judgment
    A New York Estate Lawyer said that, in this probate proceeding, the proponent, one of the decedent's daughters and the sole residuary legatee under the propounded instrument dated March 8, 1983, seeks leave to move for summary judgment more…
  • Jan 30

    Petitioner Brings Motion Compelling Appearance of Proponent

    Petitioner Brings Motion Compelling Appearance of Proponent
    A New York Estate Lawyer said that, this is a motion for an order directing the proponent, who is decedent's widow, to appear for an examination before trial to enable petitioner to frame objections to the propounded instrument bearing date…
  • Jan 28

    Court Decides Status of Unwitnessed Holographic Will

    Court Decides Status of Unwitnessed Holographic Will
    A New York Estate Lawyer said that, the petitioner, a sister of the testator, presents an unwitnessed holographic instrument executed January 9, 1968 ('January instrument') and also a duly executed instrument (which has been proved as a will)…
Rank this Week: 883