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Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning

Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning

Covers estate planning, elder law, asset protection, charitable giving, and business law. By Kyle E. Krull.

http://blog.kylekrull.com/kansas-missouri-estate-planning/
  • Jan 30

    Can You Sue the 600 Libra Pondo Gorilla (the IRS) ... and Win?

    Can You Sue the 600 Libra Pondo Gorilla (the IRS) ... and Win?
    We all know the IRS can come after taxpayers. If you lose, then naturally there are ways to appeal the IRS action ... through IRS channels. But can taxpayers sue the IRS in an independent forum? If yes, do they have a "snowball's…
  • Jan 29

    No, I Do Not Create "Gun Trusts," but ...

    No, I Do Not Create "Gun Trusts," but ...
    I believe you ought to seriously consider having a gun trust so the transfer of your firearms will be glitch-free at your passing. Otherwise, you could be setting up your loved ones for legal problems with state and federal authorities.
  • Jan 28

    Have You Made Estate Planning Arrangements for the Care of Your Pet?

    Have You Made Estate Planning Arrangements for the Care of Your Pet?
    Pets are important companions for many Americans, especially seniors. Whether your special companion has feathers, fins or fur, have you made arrangements for its care in a world without you? Who would give your special friend a good home or…
Rank this Week: 4869

CEB blog

CEB blog

Covers practice tips and new legal developments of particular interest to California legal professionals. The CEB blog covers a wide range of practice areas from estate planning to civil litigation, along with posts relating to the practice of law generally.

http://blog.ceb.com
  • Jan 30

    10 Steps to an Outstanding LinkedIn Profile

    10 Steps to an Outstanding LinkedIn Profile
    The following is a guest blog post by Anabella Q. Bonfa. Ms. Bonfa is a litigator with Wellman & Warren LLP, handling business and partnership disputes, theft of trade secrets, and unfair competition. She lectures extensively on trade…
  • Jan 28

    They Know Computers But Not How to Help Your Case

    They Know Computers But Not How to Help Your Case
    When corporate goes criminal, i.e., an investigation involving a corporation leads to a criminal case headed to trial, you often need computer forensic experts to testify about the evidence. Such experts know all about electronic devices and…
  • Jan 26

    Tentative Rulings: Contest or Concede?

    Tentative Rulings: Contest or Concede?
    When the tentative ruling is against you, you’ve got two choices: contest or concede. Here’s the spoiler: One of these choices is generally the way to go. A party should generally contest the tentative ruling if Oral argument may…
Rank this Week: 2276

Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof…

Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof Blog

By Gerry W. Beyer.

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/trusts_estates_prof/
  • Jan 30

    Longevity Insurance Increases in Popularity

    Longevity Insurance Increases in Popularity
    The popularity of longevity insurance is on the rise. Longevity Insurance, or a deferred income annuity (DIA), helps ease retirees' fears of outliving their savings by deferring payout for 10 to 20 years. The purchase of DIAs increased by…
  • Jan 30

    Professional Development Series For Paralegal

    Professional Development Series For Paralegal
    The ABA Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law is presenting the second of ten webinars for the professional development series entitled, From Undertaker to Litigator and Steps in Between: The Role of the Paralegal in Estate…
  • Jan 30

    Estate Tax Repeal Proponents Not Slowed By Obama Proposal

    Estate Tax Repeal Proponents Not Slowed By Obama Proposal
    The proposal by President Obama to eliminate step-up basis has not stopped supporters of repealing the estate tax. Proponents of estate tax repeal point out that fewer than 5,000 taxable estate tax returns were filed in 2013, which is…
Rank this Week: 51

Gould Cooksey Fennell Blog

Gould Cooksey Fennell Blog

Covers estate planning, real property acquisition, personal injury, will disputes, commercial litigation, business and corporate law, and institutional lending.

http://gouldcooksey.com/blog/
Rank this Week: 2865

Mendel Law Firm Blog

Mendel Law Firm Blog

Covers estate planning.

http://www.mendellawfirm.com/blog/
  • Jan 30

    Famous Estates – Legacy Champ or Chump?

    Famous Estates – Legacy Champ or Chump?
    John Michael Crichton (1942-2008) – Author, Producer, & Director Michael Crichton was an American best-selling author, producer, director, and screenwriter, best known for his work in the science fiction, medical fiction, and…
  • Jan 28

    Thought for the Day:

    Thought for the Day:
    Pain is temporary. Quitting lasts forever. Lance Armstrong
  • Jan 28

    Non-Attorney Estate Planner

    Non-Attorney Estate Planner
    When people first start looking into getting an estate plan, many of them start by looking online for information. They type some keywords into a search engine and visit the pages that show up looking for information. That might be how many…
Rank this Week: 2217

American Academy of Estate…

American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys Blog

Provides legal marketing and estate planning legal updates.

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

    New Year, Fresh Perspective.

    New Year, Fresh Perspective.
    It seems like just yesterday we were worried about Y2K and fearing the crash of our computers and technology infrastructure. Fortunately, we needlessly worried about something that never came to pass. A few years ago a friend and I shared a…
  • Jan 28

    Could Capital Gains Taxation Change?

    Could Capital Gains Taxation Change?
    President Obama recently gave his State of the Union address. In the address, he mentions at least two tax proposals which would substantially impact our clients and both involve the taxation of capital gains. Proposals First, the President…
  • Jan 26

    What Attorneys Can Learn From My Dentist

    What Attorneys Can Learn From My Dentist
    Has this ever happened to you? Picture it. You’re standing in line at Starbucks, talking with a colleague or friend, and someone you barely know rushes up to you, practically bursting at the seams to tell you something horrible that had…
Rank this Week: 1262

Toronto Estate Law Blog

Toronto Estate Law Blog

Covers estate litigation, ethics, executors & trustees, succession planning and wills. Includes podcasts on estate and succession planning. By Hull & Hull.

http://estatelaw.hullandhull.com/
  • Jan 30

    Back From the Dead

    Back From the Dead
    Earlier this month, a cat living in Tampa, Florida was hit by a car.  Unfortunately, collisions between pets and motor vehicles are not in themselves uncommon.  What is unique about this particular case is that Bart the cat, who was…
  • Jan 29

    An Estate Going to the Dog

    An Estate Going to the Dog
    Two charities are proceeding to an Irish High Court for the adjudication of a dispute over the charitable bequest made pursuant to a Last Will and Testament. The Will in question, executed by Elizabeth Burke of Limerick, Ireland, provided…
  • Jan 28

    The Golden Age of Retirement

    The Golden Age of Retirement
    By the year 2050, an estimated one third of Canadians will be 60 years of age or older. We were raised thinking of the default retirement age as 65. Regardless of what age they retire at, Canadians have more active lives in retirement than…
Rank this Week: 285

Law Offices of Richard B.…

Law Offices of Richard B. Schneider, LLC Blog

Covers elder law and estate planning.

http://www.rbsllc.com/blog/
  • Jan 29

    Portland Estate Planning (IRA and Beneficiary Basics)

    Portland Estate Planning (IRA and Beneficiary Basics)
    We know there are a lot of potentially-confusing factors to consider when planning for retirement in Portland (estate planning, IRA and Roth IRA plans, 401(k)s and Roth 401(k)s, and so on). With all of these moving parts, it can be easy to…
  • Jan 28

    Can I Include My Family Pet in My Estate Plan?

    Can I Include My Family Pet in My Estate Plan?
    In the United States it is the exception, not the norm, to find a household that does not have at least one pet. Almost 40 percent of all households have at least one dog while one in three owns at least one cat. If you own a pet you likely…
  • Jan 27

    How to Find an Elder Law Attorney

    How to Find an Elder Law Attorney
    Whether for yourself or for an elderly loved one, the odds are good that you will need the advice and/or services of an elder law attorney at some point in your life. Because elder law is a specialized area of the law you may never have had…
Rank this Week: 1109

Anderson, Dorn & Rader, Ltd. Blog

Anderson, Dorn & Rader, Ltd. Blog

Covers estate planning, probate and living trusts in Nevada.

http://www.wealth-counselors.com/blog/
  • Jan 29

    Intestate Succession in Nevada

    Intestate Succession in Nevada
    Intestate Succession in Nevada from Brad Anderson Dying “intestate” means that you did not create a plan for how your estate should be handled upon your death. When you have no plan, the probate court will determine how to handle…
  • Jan 28

    Free Report: Probate Process in Nevada

    Free Report: Probate Process in Nevada
    In Nevada, if the deceased person’s assets exceed $20,000, or if there is real estate involved, probate is normally required.  Topics covered in this whitepaper include: When Does a Probate Need to be Opened? Summary Administration…
  • Jan 28

    Irrevocable Trusts and Asset Protection

    Irrevocable Trusts and Asset Protection
    Contrary to what many people believe, trusts do not inherently protect assets.  The amount of protection a trust can provide for your assets depends on how the terms are written.  Some types of trusts can, indeed, protect your…
Rank this Week: 3762

Northern California Center for…

Northern California Center for Estate Planning and Elder Law

Covers estate planning.

http://www.norcalplanners.com/blog/
  • Jan 29

    How to Pay for Long Term Care (Part 1 of 2)

    How to Pay for Long Term Care (Part 1 of 2)
    If you have savings and investments, you can pay for long term care yourself. Your social security check will pay part of the monthly fee, but because the average nursing home costs $87,000 per year for the basics, most people can’t…
  • Jan 27

    How Does a Power of Attorney Terminate?

    How Does a Power of Attorney Terminate?
    A legal document is something that you use to satisfy your own personal objectives. As a result, you generally control the outcome when you create a legal document such as a power of attorney. Anatomy of a Power of Attorney You are probably…
  • Jan 25

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

    Free Report: What Is a Revocable Living Trust in California?
    A revocable living trust is an asset transfer vehicle that can facilitate efficient asset distributions outside of the legal process of probate. This type of trust can be useful for people of relatively ordinary means. If you use a will…
Rank this Week: 2210

Estate Law Canada

Estate Law Canada

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

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

    Judge rejects Ontario man's 'racist will' that disinherited daughter for having 'bastard white son'

    Judge rejects Ontario man's 'racist will' that disinherited daughter for having 'bastard white son'
    The Ontario court has made a new, interesting ruling. It concerns the will of Rector Emanuel Spence, who died in 2012. Mr. Spence had two daughters. He had an excellent relationship with his daughter, Verolin, but ended that relationship in…
  • Jan 26

    To litigate or to mediate?

    To litigate or to mediate?
    It's no surprise to any of us that estates can be minefields of disputes, upsets, and resentments. The usual way of resolving an estate dispute is to take someone to court and let the judge decide who wins and who loses. But those of you who…
  • Jan 25

    Movies about older adults active in the dying proce

    Movies about older adults active in the dying proce
    As regular readers of this blog know, I encourage families to talk to each other about the tough topics that are part of estate planning. This is a lot easier when there is nobody in the family in immediate danger of passing away, but…
Rank this Week: 4955

Kuhn and Kuhn Law Firm Blog

Kuhn and Kuhn Law Firm Blog

Covers estate planning.

http://www.kuhnandkuhn.com/blog/
  • Jan 29

    How Can I Leave My Estate to My Spouse Tax-Free?

    How Can I Leave My Estate to My Spouse Tax-Free?
    The primary purpose of most estate plans is to provide for loved ones after the death of the individual creating the plan. Like most people, however, you will likely include additional objectives and considerations in your estate plan as well…
  • Jan 27

    What Is a Living Will in South Carolina?

    What Is a Living Will in South Carolina?
    Like many people, you may have very strong opinions about medical treatment, particularly as it pertains to end of life treatment decisions. After all, we all make thousands of seemingly unimportant decisions on a daily basis so it only seems…
  • Jan 22

    What Is the Difference between a General and Limited Power of Attorney?

    What Is the Difference between a General and Limited Power of Attorney?
    Most people, at some point in their life, execute a power of attorney. A power of attorney is an extremely useful, and flexible, legal document that can be used to accomplish a variety of estate planning objectives. While a power of attorney…
Rank this Week: 2218

Parman & Easterday Blog

Parman & Easterday Blog

Covers elder law and estate planning.

http://www.parmanlaw.com/blog/
  • Jan 29

    Estate Plans When You Don’t Have Children

    Estate Plans When You Don’t Have Children
    For people who live in Kansas and Oklahoma and who do not have children, drafting an estate plan is still a necessary step. When it comes to estate planning tools for childless individuals or couples, the same basic principles apply, but you…
  • Jan 27

    Understanding Estate Planning – Do I Have to File My Estate Plan?

    Understanding Estate Planning – Do I Have to File My Estate Plan?
    When people in Kansas or Oklahoma want to create an estate plan, they often have questions about whether or not they have to file or register their plans with a government office. To understand this question, we need to understand what the…
  • Jan 22

    Should You Use a Will or a Power of Attorney?

    Should You Use a Will or a Power of Attorney?
    When people hear that you are an estate planning lawyer, they often have a lot of questions, such as whether they need to use a will or a power of attorney when they create an estate plan. Many of the questions people have reflect a basic…
Rank this Week: 3760

Nevada Trust Reporter

Nevada Trust Reporter

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

http://blog.trustprovident.com/
  • Jan 29

    Investors See Benefit in Using IRAs for Real Estate

    Investors See Benefit in Using IRAs for Real Estate
    Source: Joel Cone, U.S. News & World Report Some investors prefer real estate because they say it feels more tangible than stocks. After the nation’s financial crisis, Leslye Schiff decided she had had enough of the highs and lows…
  • Jan 28

    Don’t forget! Make Your IRA Contribution before April 15.

    Don’t forget! Make Your IRA Contribution before April 15.
    Don’t forget—the Traditional and Roth IRA contribution deadline for 2014 is April 15, 2015. There are three ways in which you can make a contribution if you have a qualified account with Provident Trust Group. By ACH Complete…
  • Jan 27

    Provident in the News!

    Provident in the News!
    January 18—Vegas Inc. January 23—Inc. magazine January 26—The Cerrone Show podcast  
Rank this Week: 1932

California Estate Lawyer Blog

California Estate Lawyer Blog

Covers topics such as accounting, breach of fiduciary duty, breach of trust, elder abuse, intestacy, trust litigation, and undue influence. By Theodore M. Hankin.

http://www.californiaestatelawyerblog.com/
  • Jan 29

    Some Probate and Trust Litigation War Stories in California

    Some Probate and Trust Litigation War Stories in California
    I have represented three sisters against their brother over their mother’s will. I’ve represented a child who was adopted and thought she had a great relationship with her presumed half-sister and then found out the sister…
  • Jan 25

    Why is There a Bypass Trust in Most Estate Plans? To Save Federal Estate Taxes on the Second Death.

    Why is There a Bypass Trust in Most Estate Plans? To Save Federal Estate Taxes on the Second Death.
    1. Each US citizen has a lifetime exclusion amount from estate taxes of $5,340,000 (this amount adjusts for inflation each year). 2. There is an unlimited marital deduction for gifts from a deceased spouse to a surviving spouse who is a…
  • Dec 1

    When Litigating a Will or Trust Contest in California, What Evidence do I look for?

    When Litigating a Will or Trust Contest in California, What Evidence do I look for?
    A typical case will involve a family member contacting me to complain about the dispositions in a will or trust of a deceased relative, with allegations that another family member or a caregiver "got" to the deceased relative to unduly…
Rank this Week: 1470

Freed Marcroft Blog

Freed Marcroft Blog

Covers Connecticut estate planning, family, real estate, litigation, business and non-profit planning, and LGBT immigration law.

http://freedmarcroft.com/category/blog/
Rank this Week: 2254

Crider Law P.C. Blog

Crider Law P.C. Blog

Covers elder law, estate planning and family law.

http://www.criderlaw.net/blog/
  • Jan 29

    What “Downton Abbey” Teaches Us About Financial Planning

    What “Downton Abbey” Teaches Us About Financial Planning
    “Downton Abbey” is a show all about money — those who have it, those who don’t, and the tensions and expectations it can bring. View image | gettyimages.com It stands to reason, then, that we might glean a lesson or…
  • Jan 22

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

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

    Failing at Retirement

    Failing at Retirement
    Retiring isn’t easy, at least not for everybody. A few weeks ago, The New York Times looked at restlessness among senior citizens who are the right age for retirement but not of the right spirit. A series of seniors confessed to the…
Rank this Week: 1685

Andrew Flusche, Virginia Lawyer

Andrew Flusche, Virginia Lawyer

Covers Virginia drunk driving, reckless driving and speeding offenses.

http://www.andrewflusche.com/blog/
  • Jan 29

    DUI 2nd in Virginia – Challenge the Prior – Fight Indiana

    DUI 2nd in Virginia – Challenge the Prior – Fight Indiana
    Whenever I have a DUI / DWI 2nd offense in Virginia, I request certified copies of the prior conviction. You never know what issues you will find that could carry the day in court. Required disclaimer: PAST CASES DO NOT PREDICT FUTURE…
  • Jan 21

    What is the Difference Between a Class 1, 2, 3, and 4 Misdemeanor?

    What is the Difference Between a Class 1, 2, 3, and 4 Misdemeanor?
    Misdemeanors in Virginia can carry a wide variety of possible punishments. To determine what exactly your punishment could be, you need to know what class your offense falls under. There are four different classes of misdemeanors: Class 1,…
  • Jan 20

    Where on my Ticket Does it Tell me if I’m Charged With a Misdemeanor or Felony?

    Where on my Ticket Does it Tell me if I’m Charged With a Misdemeanor or Felony?
    If you’re unsure what type of charge you are facing in Virginia, you can find out in several ways. 1. Check your paperwork. If you were arrested or even just given a “Virginia Uniform Summons,” you should have a copy of…
Rank this Week: 1053

Redlands Veterans' Affairs…

Redlands Veterans' Affairs Attorney Blog

Covers estate planning and elder law. By Esther Wang.

http://www.california-elder-law.com/blog/
  • Jan 29

    Your Estate Planning Attorney Must Be Apprised of Relevant Detail

    Your Estate Planning Attorney Must Be Apprised of Relevant Detail
    When you sit down to discuss your estate with an estate planning lawyer you should be prepared to share all of the relevant details. If you leave out anything important your estate can wind up being quite tangled after you...
  • Jan 23

    Will Your Resources Last Long Enough?

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

    Promising Alzheimer's Research Reported

    Promising Alzheimer's Research Reported
    Alzheimer's disease is more common than a lot of people may think. The Alzheimer's Association does a lot of great work with regard to research and education, and they tell us that somewhere in the vicinity of 40% of the...
Rank this Week: 2175

Idaho Estate Planning

Idaho Estate Planning

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

http://idahoestateplanning.typepad.com/idaho_estate_planning/
  • Jan 29

    Idaho Elder Law - Advanced Directives & Other Documents To Consider

    Idaho Elder Law - Advanced Directives & Other Documents To Consider
    It is common, as time goes along, for the elderly to become unable to make sound decisions about a variety of issues includes finances, health care and managing themselves at home. Dementia, blindness, or frailty can all play a part in this…
  • Jan 28

    Idaho Elder Law - Avoiding Slips & Falls In Winter Weather

    Idaho Elder Law - Avoiding Slips & Falls In Winter Weather
    Life happens and sometimes we can't put appointments off, but if you can, avoid going out when the weather is bad or later in the afternoon when it has warmed a little. Rescheduling appointments or cancelling due to bad weather is not just…
  • Jan 27

    Idaho Elder Law - Rights in Guardianship

    Idaho Elder Law - Rights in Guardianship
    This spring, Florida lawmakers will have a chance to stem abuses in the state's little-understood adult guardianship system by taking up measures that would make it harder for guardians and attorneys to disregard the best interests of the…
Rank this Week: 3178

Givner & Kaye Blog

Givner & Kaye Blog

Covers estate and tax planning.

http://www.givnerkaye.com/blog/
  • Jan 29

    Selling Your Business? Avoid State & Federal Taxe

    Selling Your Business? Avoid State & Federal Taxe
    This post was taken from our December 2014 newsletter. Click here to subscribe to our monthly newsletter. Are you planning on selling your business in several years?  Wouldn't it be nice to not pay the state and federal taxes on the…
  • Jan 27

    Transitioning from LLCs to Limited Partnership

    Transitioning from LLCs to Limited Partnership
    The following post was taken from our January newsletter. Click here to subscribe to our newsletter. We have previously written to you about the problem that limited liability companies have with creditor protection after the January 1, 2014,…
  • Jan 22

    How to Make Your Irrevocable Trust Flexible

    How to Make Your Irrevocable Trust Flexible
    The following post was taken from our January newsletter. Click here to subscribe to our newsletter. Irrevocable trusts are sometimes intimidating.  Why would I want to set up a trust that I can't revoke?  Even though you cannot…
Rank this Week: 1134

Law Office of Andrew M. Lamkin,…

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

Covers elder law.

http://lamkinelderlaw.com/articles/
  • Jan 29

    Why Winter Weather is Tough for the Elderly

    Why Winter Weather is Tough for the Elderly
    Many may not appreciate the environmental climate changes that commonly occur anywhere from fall to spring. For older citizens, ice and snow pose possible fall hazards that could result in broken bones. Journeying outdoors while wearing…
  • Jan 22

    What Exactly is Elder Law?

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

    Handling Elderly Loved Ones with Deteriorating Driving Skill

    Handling Elderly Loved Ones with Deteriorating Driving Skill
    The ability to drive is more than a skill. It is a symbol of a person’s independence. Thus, when people get to an age that driving may no longer be advisable, the situation needs to be approached with care. Though this type of…
Rank this Week: 3075

The Zimmer Law Firm

The Zimmer Law Firm

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

http://www.zimmerlawfirm.com/blog/
  • Jan 29

    Use Caution with Phased Retirement

    Use Caution with Phased Retirement
    Tim Feldman, a federal employee in Cincinnati who’s considering phased retirement, recently spoke out about the benefits of a slower retirement transition and how it will benefit him and his family. But is this right for you? Two years…
  • Jan 27

    Divorce and Estate Planning

    Divorce and Estate Planning
    The past few years have seen a trend in the percentage of divorces among baby boomers. The reasons are many, but there’s no denying the unique problems that are presented in divorces among older couples. It also means different dynamics…
  • Jan 25

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

    Free Report: Federal Estate Tax – How Much Passes Tax Free in Ohio?
    In the State of Ohio, we no longer have a state level estate tax, though there are States that still do have death taxes on the state level. You can transfer as much as $5.25 million to people other than your spouse free of transfer taxes.…
Rank this Week: 1368

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/
  • Jan 29

    The Many Demands Facing Family Caregiver

    The Many Demands Facing Family Caregiver
    Even for professional caregivers, helping the elderly take care of themselves isn’t always easy. But more than half of the caregiving in this country is rendered by unpaid family members (at least in part). View image | gettyimages.com…
  • Jan 22

    Silicon Valley and the Sandwich Generation: Apps for the Elderly

    Silicon Valley and the Sandwich Generation: Apps for the Elderly
    They call them the sandwich generation: adults who are simultaneously caring for their children and their aging parents. You find “sandwichers” everywhere, from factories to firms, and that includes Silicon Valley — home to…
  • Jan 19

    Lost in the Water

    Lost in the Water
    Swim meets are best summed up as sitting on a hard concrete bench for 4.5 hours for a total of two-ish minutes of excitement watching your child. The only other time to reap any rewards as a parent at a … Continue reading →
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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
  • Jan 29

    Beneficiaries: How to Deal With a Rogue Executor or Trustee

    Beneficiaries: How to Deal With a Rogue Executor or Trustee
    Last April I blogged about The 3 Habits of Highly Effective Trustees and Executors. As a reminder, they are: (1) Read (re-read) the trust and/or will (and follow the terms); (2) Communicate with beneficiaries — early, often and well;…
  • Jan 21

    2015 Estate Tax Summary

    2015 Estate Tax Summary
    Previously I wrote summaries of estate and gift taxes for 2013 and 2014. As with last year, the changes this year are primarily inflation adjustments. The unified federal estate, gift and GST tax exemption rose from $5.34 million in 2014 to…
  • Jan 13

    Article by Jeffrey R. Gottlieb Published in Illinois Bar Journal

    Article by Jeffrey R. Gottlieb Published in Illinois Bar Journal
    The January 2015 edition of the Illinois Bar Journal features a lead article written and published by yours truly, entitled “A New Weapon Against Elder Abuse: Presumptively Void Transfers to Caregivers.” CLICK HERE FOR A PDF OF…
Rank this Week: 1764

Deborah Sexton Law Office, P. A.…

Deborah Sexton Law Office, P. A. Blog

Covers estate planning and elder law.

http://www.arkansas-estateplanning.com/blog/
  • Jan 29

    Understanding How to Use a Pet Trust

    Understanding How to Use a Pet Trust
    Many pet owners believe pet planning is as simple as including a provision for your pet’s care in your will.  However, if you want protection for your pet and assurance that your wishes will be fulfilled, a trust may be a better…
  • Jan 28

    When Should Elderly Drivers Turn Over Their Keys?

    When Should Elderly Drivers Turn Over Their Keys?
    This is an article from the Law Offices of Cheryl David in Greensboro, NC that we thought others may find helpful   Consider these scenarios: An elderly man runs through a red light and says he didn’t see it. An elderly woman gets…
  • Jan 26

    What is a Buy-Sell Agreement?

    What is a Buy-Sell Agreement?
    Having a plan for managing and distributing your assets for the future is the primary purpose of estate planning.  Business owners also need to plan for the inevitable transfer of control of their business to someone else.  Most…
Rank this Week: 2247

German Law Group Blog

German Law Group Blog

Covers estate planning.

http://www.germanlawgroup.com/
  • Jan 29

    What Is a Charitable Remainder Trust?

    What Is a Charitable Remainder Trust?
    There is estate planning, and then there is legacy planning. When you engage in legacy planning, you give careful consideration to the way that you will be remembered after you are gone. A legacy plan can include acts of charitable giving.…
  • Jan 27

    Voice of the Woman: Fight Like a Girl

    Voice of the Woman: Fight Like a Girl
    “Fight Like A Girl” Bomshel-Fight Like a Girl Little girl alone on the playground Tired of gettin’ teased and gettin’ pushed around Wishin’ she was invisible to them She ran home cryin’, why do they hate…
  • Jan 22

    What Is a Stretch IRA?

    What Is a Stretch IRA?
    You may have an individual retirement account, and these accounts can certainly help you accumulate a nest egg that you can draw from during your retirement years. There are two different types of individual retirement accounts that are…
Rank this Week: 2078

Estate Planning Attorney Blog

Estate Planning Attorney Blog

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

http://www.estateplanningattorney-blog.com/
  • Jan 28

    Where should I incorporate? (Part 1)

    Where should I incorporate? (Part 1)
    Where should I incorporate? This is a question that I am often asked, and although we can explore the legal issues as to where you should incorporate, there are non-legal issues to consider as well.  People often hear advertising…
  • Jan 22

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

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

    How much does it cost for Probate?

    How much does it cost for Probate?
    Probate Expenses Proper estate planning can help save time, save money, and protect the privacy of an estate.  Probate expenses can have a wide variance depending on where you live and how much you have in assets.  Some states, like…
Rank this Week: 650

Buffalo NY Attorneys Blog

Buffalo NY Attorneys Blog

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

http://www.wny-lawyers.com/blog/
Rank this Week: 1075

EstateAware

EstateAware

Covers personal legal and financial planning. By Griffin Bridgers.

http://www.estateaware.com
  • Jan 28

    Digital Estate Planning: Profiteering or Legitimate Concern?

    Digital Estate Planning: Profiteering or Legitimate Concern?
    If you haven’t figured out by now, one of my biggest issues with estate planning is the incessant fear-mongering used to scare people into getting their estate planning done.  As I have previously mentioned, fear is not a motivator…
  • Jan 22

    Planning Issues with the Entitlement Generation – An Introduction

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

    Marketing of Estate Planning: The Scourge of the CRM

    Marketing of Estate Planning: The Scourge of the CRM
    As promised in my article on numbered lists, this installment in my series on marketing for estate planning focuses on the proliferation of attorney marketing services and CRM’s.  However, while researching for this article, I…
Rank this Week: 2202

Arizona Senior Law Blog

Arizona Senior Law Blog

Covers topics like Arizona Medicaid, ALTCS, and estate planning. By Jackson White.

http://www.arizonaseniorlaw.com/news/
  • Jan 28

    Fund Transfers Affect ALTCS Eligibility

    Fund Transfers Affect ALTCS Eligibility
    Our latest Arizona Republic article in the weekly Aging and the Law column can be found below. Our column runs every Friday in select Arizona cities. Question: Two years ago, I gave about $70,000 to my son for a down payment on his home. Now,…
  • Jan 28

    Dad’s Gross Income May be Too High

    Dad’s Gross Income May be Too High
    Our latest Arizona Republic article in the weekly Aging and the Law column can be found below. Our column runs every Friday in select Arizona cities. Question: My dad lives in a skilled nursing facility, and he has spent nearly all of his…
  • Jan 14

    Benefits Due Same-Sex Spouse

    Benefits Due Same-Sex Spouse
    Our latest Arizona Republic article in the weekly Aging and the Law column can be found below. Our column runs every Friday in select Arizona cities. Question: My partner and I were married in a state that allows same-sex marriage, and moved…
Rank this Week: 2606

Texas Probate Litigation

Texas Probate Litigation

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

http://www.txprobatelitigation.com/
  • Jan 28

    Does the holder of a POA owe a general fiduciary duty to the principal?

    Does the holder of a POA owe a general fiduciary duty to the principal?
    Under Texas law the holder of a power of attorney, as an agent, owes the principal a fiduciary duty. In situations involving a transaction between the agent and the principal, Texas law closely scrutinizes the transaction and places the…
  • Nov 14

    Estate of Hemsley

    Estate of Hemsley
    Sherman Hemsley was a popular actor, known for playing George Jefferson in "All in the Family" and the "The Jeffersons." He was never married and had no children. He died in El Paso in 2012 after a battle with lung...
  • Nov 6

    In re Estate of Fisher

    In re Estate of Fisher
    In Fisher, the Texarkana Court of Appeals upheld the Harrison County Court at Law's summary judgment dismissal of a will contest. The contestants, the surviving lineal descendants of the decedent, challenged a will made five months before…
Rank this Week: 5033

Nirenstein, Horowitz & Associates,…

Nirenstein, Horowitz & Associates, P.C. Blog

Covers Connecticut estate planning, probate and elder law.

http://www.preserveyourestate.net/blog/
  • Jan 28

    Be Clear When Stating Your Wishe

    Be Clear When Stating Your Wishe
    We live during interesting times as they say, and when you think about estate planning things are not always simple. The idea of a couple who have never been divorced with three children and six grandchildren being the standard for all cases…
  • Jan 26

    Medicaid Can Fill Gap

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

    Make Educational Opportunities Possible With 529 Plan

    Make Educational Opportunities Possible With 529 Plan
    The value of education cannot be overstated, and when you are contemplating your legacy you may ask yourself how you can help your younger family members with college expenses. There are various options, and the one that we would like to…
Rank this Week: 2167

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/
  • Jan 28

    Qualified Funeral Trusts: Illinois and Schedule M

    Qualified Funeral Trusts: Illinois and Schedule M
    The Illinois Department Revenue made a revision to Schedule M of the 2014 IL-1041 form that may go unnoticed by many trust tax preparers.  The change is meant to clarify that preneed accounts established pursuant to the Illinois…
  • Jan 11

    Questions for the Jury: the mirror trust account

    Questions for the Jury: the mirror trust account
    A recent order issued by the Federal Court trying the NPS civil suit referenced a mirror trust employed by the defendant bank (12-31-14 Order – Comerica MSJ ).  To facilitate the trading of investment securities, a brokerage…
  • Jan 6

    Question for The Jury: Exculpatory Clauses and Preneed Investment Supervision

    Question for The Jury: Exculpatory Clauses and Preneed Investment Supervision
    It is common for master preneed trusts to have investments directed by an independent fund manager.  The pooling of smaller trusts allows funeral directors to achieve the critical mass needed to engage professional asset…
Rank this Week: 1069

Wisconsin Estate Planning

Wisconsin Estate Planning

Covers Wisconsin estate planning, elder law, probate and trust administration, real estate law, business organization, and individual income tax preparation. By Tesar Law Group, S.C.

http://blog.tesarlaw.com/
  • Jan 28

    A Will May Not Cover Every Aspect of Your Estate Planning

    A Will May Not Cover Every Aspect of Your Estate Planning
    An effective estate plan often requires more than just a will. It is important to seek competent legal advice to obtain a complete plan.
  • Jan 26

    An Introduction to Retirement Planning

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

    Do Digital Assets Die With You?

    Do Digital Assets Die With You?
    It is important not to forget to include a plan on how your digital assets should be handled at your death.
Rank this Week: 3543

Fisher Law Blog

Fisher Law Blog

Covers estate planning and business succession. By Randall Fisher.

http://thefisherlawoffice.wordpress.com
  • Jan 28

    We are moving ………..

    We are moving ………..
    Just a quick note– To let you know we are moving. We needed a little more room, so at the end of this week, we are moving to a larger office nearby, on Bestgate Road, on the other side of … Continue reading →
  • Nov 21

    West County Chamber: Working for You

    West County Chamber: Working for You
    I have made no secret that I am a member of the West Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce. If you look on Facebook, you’ll see me photo-bombing good friends Lisa Ennis and Dave Wheeler at our recent new member … Continue…
  • Nov 21

    West County Chamber: Working for You

    West County Chamber: Working for You
    I have made no secret that I am a member of the West Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce. If you look on Facebook, you’ll see me photo-bombing good friends Lisa Ennis and Dave Wheeler at our recent new member … Continue…
Rank this Week: 4239

Texas Wills and Trusts Law Online

Texas Wills and Trusts Law Online

Covers issues relating to wills, trusts, estate planning, and probate in Texas. By Rania Combs.

http://www.texaswillsandtrustslaw.com
  • Jan 28

    To Trust Or Not To Trust

    To Trust Or Not To Trust
    Last Christmas, the only thing on my older children’s Christmas list was a laptop computer. As they have gotten older, school assignments have increasingly required access to one. Teachers post assignments online. Many assignments are…
  • Jan 21

    Can a Convicted Felon be an Executor in Texas?

    Can a Convicted Felon be an Executor in Texas?
    I received a email recently from someone asking whether a convicted felon can serve as an executor in Texas. The individual who contacted me had two daughters and one son, but didn’t trust his daughters to be fair and honest.…
  • Jan 14

    Do I Have to be an Adult to Make a Will in Texas?

    Do I Have to be an Adult to Make a Will in Texas?
    The Texas Estates Code provides that in order for a Will to be valid, the person making the Will must not only be of sound mind, but also have attained the age of eighteen years; be or have been married; or be a member of the armed forces of…
Rank this Week: 4875

Law Office of Barton P. Levine

Law Office of Barton P. Levine

Covers New York estate planning, probate and wills.

http://www.new-york-estate-planning.com/blog/
  • Jan 28

    A Look at New York’s Telemedicine Law

    A Look at New York’s Telemedicine Law
    It’s official. As of January 1, a new law in New York went into effect. It addresses the growing popularity of telemedicine. It also cements the 22nd state to have enacted a telemedicine statute. But how well will it fare and is it…
  • Jan 26

    Another Celebrity Death Highlights Importance of Estate Planning

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

    5 Ways Estate Planning Serves You Now

    5 Ways Estate Planning Serves You Now
    Think about it – estate planning is what we do to plan for our loved ones after we die, right? That’s true, but it also has many benefits that serve you while you’re living. It’s about far more than writing a will and…
Rank this Week: 1364

Murphy's Law Blog

Murphy's Law Blog

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

http://www.noreenmurphylaw.com/blog/
  • Jan 28

    Is the Green House the New Nursing Home?

    Is the Green House the New Nursing Home?
    Every so often, cultural institutions give way to paradigm shifts. That might be the case with the conventional nursing home, according to a new report from The New York Times. In today’s society, when parents age and become less…
  • Jan 21

    Happy Days Come with Age

    Happy Days Come with Age
    Ezekiel Emanuel, the famous bioethicist and Ivy League professor, recently wrote an essay explaining why he’d like to die around age 75. For many, he reasons, it’s all downhill from there. Better to leave life in good shape and on…
  • Jan 14

    Not Your Grandmother’s Long-Term Care

    Not Your Grandmother’s Long-Term Care
    I always love to see major media outlets shine a light on elder care. Not long ago, “The Today Show” aired a wonderful segment about long-term care, encouraging young people to take it seriously and start learning about it now.…
Rank this Week: 3914

Purcell & Amen, L.L.C. Blog

Purcell & Amen, L.L.C. Blog

Covers elder law and estate planning.

http://yourestatematters.com/blog/
  • Jan 28

    Why Is Incapacity Planning So Important?

    Why Is Incapacity Planning So Important?
    A well thought out estate plan typically includes more than just a Last Will and Testament. Incapacity planning, for example, is a common component to an estate plan. If you have yet to incorporate incapacity planning strategies and…
  • Jan 27

    What Is Business Succession Planning?

    What Is Business Succession Planning?
    For most people, a comprehensive estate plan includes far more than simply the creation and execution of a Last Will and Testament. A well thought out estate plan should accomplish a variety of additional goals aside from determining who will…
  • Jan 25

    Missouri Advanced Directives: What You Need to Know

    Missouri Advanced Directives: What You Need to Know
    Missouri Advanced Directives: What You Need To Know from Charlie Amen The term “advanced directive” refers to legal documents which, collectively, allow you to express your wishes with regard to end-of-life decisions. Learn more…
Rank this Week: 2256

Western New York Elder Law Blog

Western New York Elder Law Blog

Covers New York estate planning, probate, elder law and health care issues. By Dutcher & Zatkowsky.

http://www.dutcher-zatkowsky.com
  • Jan 28

    Downton Abbey’s Financial Lesson

    Downton Abbey’s Financial Lesson
    The British television series Downton Abbey might not seem the likely place to get financial advice, but there are some lessons to be learned from the program. View image | gettyimages.com An article on CNN says there are five financial…
  • Jan 21

    Can You Deduct Estate Planning Fees?

    Can You Deduct Estate Planning Fees?
    Is it allowable to deduct the fees you pay for estate planning work? A column in the Albuquerque Journal says that it may be possible. A reader wrote in to the writer of the column saying that he and his wife had paid $3,095 to update to…
  • Jan 14

    Some Can’t Stay Retired

    Some Can’t Stay Retired
    Many people can’t wait for the day they can retire. Others, though, have no plans to quit working. Or they do retire, then decide they can’t handle it. View image | gettyimages.com A story in the New York Times recounts the…
Rank this Week: 1355

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/
  • Jan 27

    V.A. proposes look-back, penalty periods for aid and attendance benefit

    V.A. proposes look-back, penalty periods for aid and attendance benefit
    Applicants (or applicants and their spouses) are not eligible for V.A. Aid and Attendance benefits if they have a net worth in excess of $80,000. At present there is no look-back period for asset transfers, as there is for Medicaid benefits,…
  • Jan 19

    Inheritances, from the pricless to the peculiar, featured on TV reality show

    Inheritances, from the pricless to the peculiar, featured on TV reality show
    Bug collections. Baseball cards. From the practically priceless to the plain old peculiar, people inherit all kinds of things. A new television show, Strange Inheritance, will delve into these stories, featuring families who have inherited an…
  • Jan 15

    Experts weigh in on common estate planning mistake

    Experts weigh in on common estate planning mistake
    The Wall St. Journal recently ran an excellent article featuring experts' views of the most common estate planning mistakes. The most common error? Failing to do it entirely. Fear of talking about death, not wanting to upset family members,…
Rank this Week: 4585

New York Personal Injury Lawyer…

New York Personal Injury Lawyer Blog

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

http://www.newyorkinjurylawyer247blog.com/
  • Jan 27

    CPLR §§ 321 land 3212 and Article 51

    CPLR §§ 321 land 3212 and Article 51
    A New York Personal Injury Lawyer said that, defendants move, pursuant to CPLR §§ 321 land 3212 and Article 51 of the Insurance Law of the State of New York, for an order granting summary judgment to defendants on the ground that…
  • Jan 25

    Officer DS's memo book were marked for identification

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

    Officer DS's memo book were marked for identification

    Officer DS's memo book were marked for identification
    The first questions for you to determine are whether the condition of the bus steps at the point where plaintiff fell were such that the common carrier, through its employer, the bus driver, should have reasonably anticipated unusual danger…
Rank this Week: 578

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/
  • Jan 27

    Portability and Tenancy by the Entireties Combine for Asset Protection without Sacrificing Estate Tax Planning

    Portability and Tenancy by the Entireties Combine for Asset Protection without Sacrificing Estate Tax Planning
    Before portability became part of our estate planning vocabulary, planners seeking asset protection from tenancy by the entirety (TBE) property ownership and federal estate tax minimization usually needed to choose between the…
  • Jan 6

    Important Update to the 2014 Israeli Trust Income Tax Law

    Important Update to the 2014 Israeli Trust Income Tax Law
    Those affected by the new Israeli income tax law, which became effective on January 1, 2014 and subjected many previously tax-exempt trusts to significant Israeli income tax liability (See our previous blog post), now have until June 30, 2015…
  • Nov 24

    Recent Changes to Pennsylvania’s Power of Attorney Law May Impact You

    Recent Changes to Pennsylvania’s Power of Attorney Law May Impact You
    Pennsylvania has passed new legislation, known as Act 95 of 2014 (the “Act”), which has made significant changes to Pennsylvania’s Power of Attorney statute.  Most of the provisions take effect January 1, 2015, but…
Rank this Week: 2132

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/
  • Jan 27

    Happiness After Divorce

    Happiness After Divorce
    I read a lot of articles online about divorce, and all aspects of it.  Not many of them contain content that is worth sharing. However, I found a recent post on Philly.com that I find insightful and provides a healthy perspective about…
  • Jan 16

    Cost of Gas Down, Reimbursement Rate Up

    Cost of Gas Down, Reimbursement Rate Up
    If you have filled up your gas tank recently, turned on the news, listened to the radio, or read a newspaper you’ve probably noticed gas prices are steadily dropping and in a big way.  This time last year the national average price…
  • Dec 22

    What Is a Privacy Policy and What Does It Do?

    What Is a Privacy Policy and What Does It Do?
    Titles can be misleading.  There are many lists and articles online pointing out how audiences can be misled  by movie titles, book titles, headlines and even short titles for legislation.  Which brings me to privacy…
Rank this Week: 1205