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Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof…

Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof Blog

By Gerry W. Beyer.

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/trusts_estates_prof/
  • Sep 1

    Article on Marital Trust

    Article on Marital Trust
    Jay A. Soled (Rutgers University), Dena Wolf (Independent) and Nathan Arnell (Independent) published an article entitled, Funding Marital Trusts: Mistakes and Their Consequences, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Journal, Vol. 31. No. 88,…
  • Sep 1

    Book on Guardianship Alternatives in Texa

    Book on Guardianship Alternatives in Texa
    A Road Map to Guardianship Alternatives, by Sarah Patel Pacheco provides forms and guidance for utilizing available alternatives to court-supervised guardianship in Texas. Provided below is a description of the book from Texas Bar Books.…
  • Sep 1

    New Form 2848

    New Form 2848
    The new Form 2848 titled, Power of Attorney and Declaration of Representative, has been released by the IRS. The new Form now has room for the information of four representatives to be entered, but only two representatives will receive…
Rank this Week: 21

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/
  • Aug 29

    Contingency Planning for Lawyers: Expecting the Unexpected

    Contingency Planning for Lawyers: Expecting the Unexpected
    Lawyers have a number of unique professional obligations and responsibilities.  Many of these relate to duties owed by the lawyer to his or her clients or to the courts.  One of the responsibilities of a lawyer in providing help to…
  • Aug 28

    The Limitations Act and Will Challenge

    The Limitations Act and Will Challenge
    Time flies when you’re having fun, or when you’re contemplating a challenge to a will.  A recent decision of the Ontario Superior Court has shed some light on the interaction between the law of will challenges and the effects…
  • Aug 27

    Declarations of Death in Ontario

    Declarations of Death in Ontario
    Yesterday’s Toronto Star reported the sensational story of a Canadian man who was discovered living in Oklahoma with a new identity and a new life. The article reports that Ronald Stan disappeared, at age 32, from Middlesex County,…
Rank this Week: 88

NJ Family Issues

NJ Family Issues

Focuses on New Jersey divorce and estate planning. By Paul G. Kostro.

http://www.kostrolaw.com/NJFamilyIssues
Rank this Week: 126

Florida Estate Planning Lawyer…

Florida Estate Planning Lawyer Blog

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

http://www.floridaestateplanninglawyerblog.com/
  • Aug 25

    Estate Planning: Dealing with your digital death instead of before

    Estate Planning: Dealing with your digital death instead of before
    Portland company WebCease is making waves in the probate and estate-planning community by helping attorneys and grieving families locate the deceased's digital accounts. CEO Glenn Williamson aims to be the first to provide this service to…
  • Aug 18

    Three Documents Every 18-Year-Old Should Sign

    Three Documents Every 18-Year-Old Should Sign
    As most young adults are about to return to college, most parents do not think about the fact that not that their child is 18 they are an adult in the eyes of the law. Deborah Jacobs has written an article on this in Forbes outlining two…
  • Aug 14

    Do I need to go through a lawyer to make a will in Florida or can I use a website like legalzoom?

    Do I need to go through a lawyer to make a will in Florida or can I use a website like legalzoom?
    You can use a website or create your own will in Florida, but we find that some people do not create valid wills, or create wills that do things other than what they want. We only charge $200 for a will so an online will does not save very…
Rank this Week: 210

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/
  • Aug 26

    Great review of my book in the Toronto Sun.

    Great review of my book in the Toronto Sun.
    Alan Shanoff of the Toronto Sun recently reviewed my book, "How Executors Avoid Personal Liability". Check it out here if you have been wondering if this book is for you. The article didn't appear in the online version of the paper,…
  • Aug 22

    Caring for our loved ones who cannot look after themselves: RDSP

    Caring for our loved ones who cannot look after themselves: RDSP
    I came across this article by Paul Fawcett that is a great primer on who can use Registered Disability Savings Plans (RDSPs) and the advantages of having one of these plans. Click here to read Paul's article. I find RDSPs to a wonderful…
  • Aug 21

    As co-executor, am I responsible for the acts of a dishonest co-executor?

    As co-executor, am I responsible for the acts of a dishonest co-executor?
    If you think being an executor is tough, try being a co-executor with someone you don't like, or don't trust, or simply can't agree with. On top of the work and stress of the estate, you end up carrying the stress of dealing with that other…
Rank this Week: 228

Probate, Trusts and Estate Law…

Probate, Trusts and Estate Law Blog

Cover international estate planning considerations, sophisticated estate planning techniques, answers to common estate planning questions, and probate, estate and gift tax law By Janet Brewer.

http://www.calprobate.com/blog/
  • Jun 3

    Estate-Planning Lessons From Wealthy Familie

    Estate-Planning Lessons From Wealthy Familie
    For those in the know, a “family office” is something that many wealthy families rely on to provide financial support and advice. A family office can do a little bit of everything: providing investment management services, tax and…
  • May 6

    Can you bequeath your iTunes playlist?

    Can you bequeath your iTunes playlist?
    Estate-planning is surely far from the minds of the majority of us when we log into iTunes to buy a copy of the latest catchy song from the radio. While we accumulate ever-larger collections of digital media (books, movies, TV shows and…
  • Jan 28

    A GUIDE TO TRUSTS - TRUSTS 101

    A GUIDE TO TRUSTS - TRUSTS 101
    It's useful to review some basic definition and functions of a trust. It may help you if one day you are asked to be a trustee or as you dive into your own estate planning. Some of these distinctions are artificial, but they will help you get…
Rank this Week: 304

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: 341

Future of the Federal Estate Tax

Future of the Federal Estate Tax

Covers estate tax reform. By Hani Sarji.

http://mhs.typepad.com/threepointfive-45/
  • Jul 4

    [EOC]Let Freedom Ring With Gift Of Firearm

    [EOC]Let Freedom Ring With Gift Of Firearm
    My previous post highlights how Americans are generous, despite a challenging economy. An earlier post mentioned that donating firearms could help the donor, the donor’s family, the charitable organization, and all Americans who get a…
  • Jul 4

    [EOC]Americans Are Generous, Despite Economy

    [EOC]Americans Are Generous, Despite Economy
    A recent report highlights the generosity of Americans. Giving USA 2011: The Annual Report on Philanthropy for the Year 2010 finds that Americans contributed about 2 percent of disposable income in 2010. The executive summary of the report…
  • Jul 4

    [EOC]The Most Important Historical Gun In History Of United State

    [EOC]The Most Important Historical Gun In History Of United State
    I have been researching estate planning for firearms, and I came across a video that is worth sharing today, a day on which we celebrate the United States and reflect on its history. The video is about the Girandoni air rifle, which is on…
Rank this Week: 353

Virginia Disability Law Blog

Virginia Disability Law Blog

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

http://sheriabrams.com/blog
Rank this Week: 440

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/
  • Aug 30

    New Statutory Property Guardianship Legislation and Regulation Coming into Effect December 1, 2014

    New Statutory Property Guardianship Legislation and Regulation Coming into Effect December 1, 2014
    There are some significant changes coming into effect on December 1, 2014 to British Columbia’s adult guardianship legislation. The changes will primarily effect both how the Public Guardian and Trustee is appointed to manage the…
  • Aug 24

    Can You Revoke a Quebec Notarial Will by Destroying a True Copy?

    Can You Revoke a Quebec Notarial Will by Destroying a True Copy?
    A notary in Quebecalways retains the original of a notarial will and registers it under the Quebec Civil Code. Despite the usual rule in British Columbia that an executor must probate the original will, an exception is made for…
  • Aug 6

    Changes to Canadian Charitable Donation Tax Credits for Charitable Gifts on Death

    Changes to Canadian Charitable Donation Tax Credits for Charitable Gifts on Death
    In the 2014 Budget, the Federal Government has proposed changes to the treatment of charitable gifts in wills or beneficiary designations. Essentially, if you include a gift to a charity in your will, under the new tax law, the gift will…
Rank this Week: 451

Utah Estate Planning

Utah Estate Planning

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

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

    The Joy Of Inheriting Appreciated Property

    The Joy Of Inheriting Appreciated Property
    When you inherit property, such as a house or stocks, the property is usually worth more than it was when the original owner purchased it. If you were to sell the property, there could be huge capital gains taxes. Fortunately, when you…
  • Aug 21

    When PODs Go BAD

    When PODs Go BAD
    Are payable on death accounts a simple way to pass assets to heirs or are they a mistake? It sure sounds simple. With a payable on death account or paid on death account, you name a beneficiary who gets the account when you die—no probate,…
  • Aug 20

    QPRT Consideration

    QPRT Consideration
    Among those with wealth primarily concentrated in their home or investment portfolio, there are two types of trusts designed to transfer wealth to heirs and save taxes by removing the assets from the estate. In effect, this reduces the amount…
Rank this Week: 479

The Probate Lawyer Family Feud…

The Probate Lawyer Family Feud Blog

Covers celebrity and true case stories on probate litigation. By Andrew Mayoras.

http://www.probatelawyerblog.com/
  • Aug 20

    Celebrity Legacies: The Anna Nicole Smith Estate Battle

    Celebrity Legacies: The Anna Nicole Smith Estate Battle
    So how long exactly does it take to resolve the dispute over the estate of an 89-year old Texas oil tycoon who married a 26-year old stripper and Playboy Playmate? Shouldn't the case end when both the stripper (Anna Nicole Smith) and her…
  • Aug 15

    Will Robin Williams' Estate Be Broke?

    Will Robin Williams' Estate Be Broke?
    The initial shock of Robin Williams’ tragic death, apparently from hanging himself, is giving way to reflections of his memory and legacy. Another question many people are asking is what happens next for his family and his estate. He…
  • Aug 13

    Jim Morrison's Estate And Legacy Marred By Probate Fight

    Jim Morrison's Estate And Legacy Marred By Probate Fight
    Who opened the door to battles over the Jim Morrison Estate? Who won ... and what did they win when the dust settled? And does drinking your loved one's blood constitute a valid marriage ceremony? This is installment #2 of our weekly Estate…
Rank this Week: 514

North Carolina Estate Planning…

North Carolina Estate Planning Blog

Covers legal issues relating to wealth transfer, asset preservation, probate, and taxation. By Greg Herman-Giddens of Trust Counsel, P.A.

http://www.ncestateplanningblog.com/
  • Aug 25

    Asset Protection in Second Marriage

    Asset Protection in Second Marriage
    What asset protection strategies should an individual consider after divorce if they play to re-marry? Whether a marriage is a first or fifth, some planning tools always offer a degree of protection. Every couple’s goals, life stage,…
  • Aug 22

    Estate Plan Update: New Life Insurance Option

    Estate Plan Update: New Life Insurance Option
    Life insurance can be a great estate planning tool. Payments generally do not go through probate, loved ones may not need to struggle financially after one’s death, and proceeds can be protected from creditors. A new option called a…
  • Aug 19

    Increasing Trust Income Distribution

    Increasing Trust Income Distribution
    Many trusts provide for lifetime income, but no principal, to the first generation of beneficiaries. In these days of low interest rates, income payments have suffered. However, income distributions from trusts do not have to be permanently…
Rank this Week: 594

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/
  • Aug 29

    Idaho Estate Planning - Bad Investments Mean Trouble For Trustee

    Idaho Estate Planning - Bad Investments Mean Trouble For Trustee
    The trial court held that the trustee of a perpetual charitable trust had breached the duty of prudence by investing the fund solely in bonds and awarded damages based on what the portfolio would have been worth had the trustee followed…
  • Aug 28

    Idaho Estate Planning - Special Plans & Trusts for Special Asset

    Idaho Estate Planning - Special Plans & Trusts for Special Asset
    Passing along financial assets from your estate is typically straight-forward.. However, special assets that are not so cut-and-dry require careful planning and possibly call for special estate planning tools to be used. The Lake County News…
  • Aug 27

    Idaho Estate Planning - Your Neighbor Might Secretly Be a Millionaire

    Idaho Estate Planning - Your Neighbor Might Secretly Be a Millionaire
    The woman wore frumpy house dresses, drove a beat-up old Chevy Cavalier, lived modestly in a two-family house on Washington Avenue across from Albany High School and harbored an astonishing secret. Few realized she was the millionaire next…
Rank this Week: 674

California Tax Attorney Blog

California Tax Attorney Blog

Covers tax controversies involving the IRS and California Franchise Tax Board, as well as California probate, estate planning matters and business transactions. By Mitchell A. Port.

http://www.californiataxattorneyblog.com/
  • Sep 2

    Test Entry

    Test Entry
    Testing schedule feature
  • Aug 30

    For Federal Tax Purposes, All Legal Same-Sex Marriages Will Be Recognized

    For Federal Tax Purposes, All Legal Same-Sex Marriages Will Be Recognized
    The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) ruled yesterday that same-sex couples, legally married in jurisdictions that recognize their marriages, will be treated as married for federal tax purposes. The ruling…
  • Dec 29

    Gifts Made By Personal Check

    Gifts Made By Personal Check
    A check written in 2012 that does not clear until 2013 is at risk of being a 2013 gift, not a 2012 gift, since the donor could have stopped payment in 2013 before it cleared. The issue with using checks to make gifts is that until the check…
Rank this Week: 700

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/
  • Aug 18

    Child Injured in Car Accident

    Child Injured in Car Accident
    On October 31, 1958, a little girl was waiting in a mobile x-ray truck to be x-rayed. She was unaware that just behind the truck, a panel van was attempting to pull away from the curb. The panel van’s rear bumper became interlocked with…
  • Aug 18

    Child Injured in Car Accident

    Child Injured in Car Accident
    On October 31, 1958, a little girl was waiting in a mobile x-ray truck to be x-rayed. She was unaware that just behind the truck, a panel van was attempting to pull away from the curb. The panel van’s rear bumper became interlocked…
  • Aug 7

    Plaintiff Claims She was Defrauded

    Plaintiff Claims She was Defrauded
    The plaintiff in the case is Willie B. Sosa. The defendants in the case are Lorenzo Hines, Eddie Meyers, Harold Hall, and the Estate of Dessie Ree Meyers. The judge in the case is Arthur M. Schack. About the Case
Rank this Week: 701

Andrew Flusche, Virginia Lawyer

Andrew Flusche, Virginia Lawyer

Covers Virginia drunk driving, reckless driving and speeding offenses.

http://www.andrewflusche.com/blog/
  • Aug 22

    Virginia Hit and Run is a Serious Charge

    Virginia Hit and Run is a Serious Charge
    Virginia has a very complex set of laws that govern your duties if you’re involved in an accident while in a motor vehicle. Altogether they’re referred to in the slang term of “hit and run”; however, by law, it is…
  • Aug 13

    What is a Dry Gas Standard?

    What is a Dry Gas Standard?
    Find out what a dry gas cylinder is and why it matters. For more information about your case or to schedule a free case strategy session, call me at 540-318-5824. Originally published at AndrewFlusche.com. © 2014 Andrew Flusche. What is…
  • Aug 12

    Employer Verification Letter for DWI Restricted License

    Employer Verification Letter for DWI Restricted License
    In some of the courts where I regularly defend DWI clients, the clerk’s office requires an employer verification letter in order to issue a restricted driver’s license. In general, a work verification letter needs to be on…
Rank this Week: 716

All About Estates

All About Estates

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

http://www.allaboutestates.ca/
  • Jun 11

    A medical perspective on Estate matters – a chastened viewpoint

    A medical perspective on Estate matters – a chastened viewpoint
    I am very pleased to join the Allaboutestates blog to add a perspective on the role of the physician in estate matters. I recall vividly the first time I was asked in court: “Dr. Shulman, in your opinion did Mr. X have testamentary…
  • Jun 10

    Who is Your Daddy?

    Who is Your Daddy?
    I think it is safe to say that the concept of “family” is a foundational principle in estate planning. I think it is also safe to say that, when asked, all of us would have a very clear understanding of what is meant by the term…
  • Jun 9

    POA- Personal Care: Part 1/2

    POA- Personal Care: Part 1/2
    My work is with the living. POA’s are critical documents that are designed to support your wishes, while you are alive. Wills deal with your wishes, after you are dead.
Rank this Week: 730

Iowa Law Blog

Iowa Law Blog

Covers business, employment, trust & estates family, real estate, regulatory compliance and utility law. By Sullivan & Ward, PC.

http://www.iowa-lawblog.com/
  • Aug 29

    The Best Lawyers in America: Mark Landa

    The Best Lawyers in America: Mark Landa
    Mark Landa has been selected to be included in the 21st Edition of the The Best Lawyers in America for his work in the practice area of Environmental Law.  Inclusion in Best Lawyers is based on a peer-review survey comprising more than…
  • Aug 4

    Notable Utility Related Bills Passed in 2014 Session

    Notable Utility Related Bills Passed in 2014 Session
    The 2014 session of the Iowa General Assembly brought a few changes to the public utilities law practice in Iowa. Lawmakers focused their utility related discourse on tax credits for renewable energy, renewable fuels and solar energy, purview…
  • Aug 4

    Finding Fault On-line in a No-Fault State

    Finding Fault On-line in a No-Fault State
    Iowa is a "no fault" state.  Generally, this means that the conduct of either party leading up to the divorce cannot be used as a factor in awarding a property settlement or alimony.  The conduct…
Rank this Week: 741

KEYTLaw

KEYTLaw

Covers Arizona and federal laws.

http://www.keytlaw.com/blog
  • Apr 15

    National Weather Service, Post Office & Other Federal Agencies Buying Ammo

    National Weather Service, Post Office & Other Federal Agencies Buying Ammo
    Newsmax:  “Add the U.S. Postal Service to the list of federal agencies seeking to purchase . . . alarmingly large quantities of ammunition.  A little more than a year ago, the Social Security Administration put in a request…
  • Apr 14

    Feds Taking Money from Children Whose Parents Might Owe U.S. Money

    Feds Taking Money from Children Whose Parents Might Owe U.S. Money
    CBS News:  “Two months ago, Mary Grice, a career employee at the Food and Drug Administration, was notified the U.S. Treasury had confiscated her state and federal tax refunds totaling $4,500.  The claim against her came from…
  • Apr 13

    USDA Bans Junk Food From School

    USDA Bans Junk Food From School
    epicurious:  “New rules for school food kick in this July — and for kids going back to school in the fall, it’s sad sad news (okay, not really sad, but healthy healthy news). According to new regulations being…
Rank this Week: 763

PA Elder, Estate & Fiduciary…

PA Elder, Estate & Fiduciary Law Blog

Covers Elder Law, long-term care, "End-of-Life" and health care surrogate decision-making, estate & personal planning, fiduciary administrations, elders' dispute resolution, and Orphans' Court litigation. By Neil E. Hendershot.

http://paelderestatefiduciary.blogspot.com/
  • Aug 27

    Philadelphia Court Upholds Stephen Girard's Intention

    Philadelphia Court Upholds Stephen Girard's Intention
    Stephen Girard, late in life Painted by J.R. Lambdin Judge O'Keefe, Administrative Judge of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, sitting in the Orphans' Court Division, issued an opinion and order, dated August 21, 2014, released on…
  • Jun 19

    PA POA Reform legislation on Governor's Desk

    PA POA Reform legislation on Governor's Desk
    On June 18, 2014, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives adopted (193-0) the amended, compromise version of House Bill 1429, in Printer's No. 3708, regarding power of attorney reform.  The adopted legislation was transmitted to the…
  • Jun 16

    PA Power of Attorney Reform Legislation Move

    PA Power of Attorney Reform Legislation Move
    Legislative changes appear afoot regarding Pennsylvania's Power of Attorney laws. On Monday, June 16, 2014, the Pennsylvania Senate adopted (50-0), after three required considerations, a revised version of House Bill 1429, into a new…
Rank this Week: 787

Cooper Elder Law

Cooper Elder Law

Covers Ohio estate planning, nursing home protection and qualifying for veterans benefits. By Thom L. Cooper Company, LPA.

http://cooperelderlaw.com/our-blog/
  • Aug 12

    How a Trust Affects Your Ohio Homestead Exemption

    How a Trust Affects Your Ohio Homestead Exemption
    By Tricia Applegate Do I still qualify for the Homestead Exemption if my home is in a Trust? The short answer is yes, with a few provisions. The State of Ohio states: You are eligible for the homestead exemption if all of the following are…
  • Aug 11

    What is HIPAA?

    What is HIPAA?
    By: JM Megail Gaumer HIPAA stands for “Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act”. The law was adopted in 1996 to, among many other complicated provisions, protect patients' personal information (a.k.a. protected…
  • Aug 7

    I Don’t Want My Daughter’s Ex-Husband to Get Any of My Estate!

    I Don’t Want My Daughter’s Ex-Husband to Get Any of My Estate!
    By Attorney Ted Brown One of the many benefits of a Living Trust is that it allows you a great deal of flexibility to customize distribution of your assets at your death to avoid undesirable and unintended consequences. One such consequence…
Rank this Week: 870

Weiss Berzowski Brady LLP Blog

Weiss Berzowski Brady LLP Blog

Covers business law, employment law, estate planning, real estate law and tax law.

http://www.wbb-law.com/multimedia/blog
Rank this Week: 896

NFA Gun Trust Lawyer Blog

NFA Gun Trust Lawyer Blog

Covers Class III weapons topics for all of the 50 states. By Law Office of David M. Goldman PLLC.

http://www.guntrustlawyer.com/
  • Aug 28

    ATF form 5 and Form 9 returning in September 2014

    ATF form 5 and Form 9 returning in September 2014
    ATF is pleased to announce the return of the following eForms to active service: ATF Form 5 on 8/27/2014, ATF Form 9 on 9/2/2014, and ATF Form 5300.11 (AFMER) on 9/5/2014. Please note that at this time no date has...
  • Aug 21

    Nolo Says Don't Create A Gun Trust With Their Product

    Nolo Says Don't Create A Gun Trust With Their Product
    Today I ran across an entry on Nolo's website addressing the appropriateness of using their living trust software, commonly referred to as Quicken, or Will Maker, to make a Gun Trust. The same issues would exist for Legal Zoom or...
  • Aug 3

    Gun Trust and ATF 5320.1 Form 1 Approval in 35 day

    Gun Trust and ATF 5320.1 Form 1 Approval in 35 day
    I recently published an article on Gun Trusts and an amazing 1 day approval. I felt that this was an unusual circumstance and decided to submit an electronic ATF Form 1 back on July 26th using my personal Gun Trust...
Rank this Week: 901

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/
  • Aug 31

    Medi-Cal and “Estate Recovery”

    Medi-Cal and “Estate Recovery”
    An estate is not only responsible for distributing property after your death. It must also pay any valid debts to the extent your assets allow. Medical debts are a common expense most estates must pay. And if the deceased received health care…
  • Aug 29

    The Importance of Safekeeping Your Will

    The Importance of Safekeeping Your Will
    A last will and testament does little good if nobody can find the document after you pass away. It is important to safeguard your signed, original will as it must be filed with a probate court in order to formally open an estate. As a general…
  • Aug 22

    What Is a “Pour-Over” Will?

    What Is a “Pour-Over” Will?
    In estate planning, a “pour-over will” is a document signed in conjunction with the creation of a living trust. A pour-over will is like any other last will and testament, except that it distributes—or “pours…
Rank this Week: 917

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/
  • Aug 4

    Pipelines and Eminent Domain

    Pipelines and Eminent Domain
    Last Wednesday, I attended an excellent program sponsored by the Penn State Cooperative Extension, “Making Sense of Natural Gas Pipelines and Right-of-Way Agreements”.  Over the years, I have represented both condemnors and…
  • Aug 1

    Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board Lowers Fee for Gaming License

    Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board Lowers Fee for Gaming License
    The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board announced yesterday that it was lowering the license fee for a tavern gaming license from $2,000 to $500.  It’s safe to assume that the PLCB has had to take a long hard look at its tavern…
  • Jul 28

    Real Estate Disclosures - Murder/Suicide Not a Defect

    Real Estate Disclosures - Murder/Suicide Not a Defect
     Last Monday, July 21, 2014, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court entered what should be the final opinion with respect to whether a home seller in Pennsylvania needs to disclose that a murder/suicide took place in the home.  I had posted…
Rank this Week: 1011

Tax Problem Attorney Blog

Tax Problem Attorney Blog

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

http://www.taxproblemattorneyblog.com/
Rank this Week: 1026

Givner & Kaye Blog

Givner & Kaye Blog

Covers estate and tax planning.

http://www.givnerkaye.com/blog/
Rank this Week: 1035

New York Probate & Estate…

New York Probate & Estate Litigation Blog

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

http://www.nyprobatelitigation.com/
  • Aug 23

    Power Of Attorney Not Always Easy To Use

    Power Of Attorney Not Always Easy To Use
    An article in today's New York Times sheds some interesting light on powers of attorney and their sometimes unforeseen drawbacks. Your lawblogger thinks it is well worth a look.
  • Aug 21

    Anna Nicole Smith Estate (Finally) Out Of Court

    Anna Nicole Smith Estate (Finally) Out Of Court
    The ABA Journal reports on the final failure of the Estate of Anna Nicole Smith to recover  hundreds of millions of dollars from the estate of her late husband J. Howard Marshall. Marshall, a Texas oil billionaire died at 89, a year…
  • Aug 14

    Do Not Try This At Home --The Do It Yourself Will

    Do Not Try This At Home --The Do It Yourself Will
    The Do It Yourself  legal industry is flourishing with claims that you do not need a lawyer to get your affairs in order with a low-cost DIY will. Just input your credit card information, download the easy to use form, fill in the blank…
Rank this Week: 1045

Thoits Law Blog

Thoits Law Blog

Discusses important legal developments in the areas of business, employment, intellectual property, litigation, real estate, and estate planning. By Thoits, Love, Hershberger & McLean.

http://www.thoitslaw.com/blog/
  • Apr 8

    You Really, Really Need a Shareholder Buy-Sell Agreement

    You Really, Really Need a Shareholder Buy-Sell Agreement
    ...a relatively small investment of time spent on the fundamentals can yield significant dividends in the future – and help to avoid much distress. And, the first fundamental, particularly for founders who do not anticipate seeking venture…
  • Apr 8

    Selling Restricted Stock of Private Companie

    Selling Restricted Stock of Private Companie
    Anyone who holds restricted stock of a non-public company, such as Twitter, Box, or Palantir among others, probably has discovered it is possible to find buyers for their stock by contacting Second Market or Shares Post or other…
  • Feb 22

    California Pregnancy Disability Leave: Longer Than Four Months?

    California Pregnancy Disability Leave: Longer Than Four Months?
    The court stated that this was a "case of first impression" and posed the issue as "whether an employee who has exhausted all permissible leave available under the Pregnancy Disability Leave Law (PDLL)...may nevertheless state…
Rank this Week: 1051

New Jersey Estate Planning &…

New Jersey Estate Planning & Elder Law Blog

Covers business law and planning, elder law, estate planning, and probate and estate administration. By Deirdre Wheatley-Liss.

http://www.njelderlawestateplanning.com/
  • Apr 2

    Love is Lost - And So is Your Inheritance - Divorce Really Ends Thing

    Love is Lost - And So is Your Inheritance - Divorce Really Ends Thing
    A common plan among our married clients is to leave their property to their spouse, either outright or in trust - oft-referred to as the “I Love You” Will. Sometimes, love is lost and the couple divorces. We recommend our clients…
  • Mar 25

    Personal Injury Damages and Medicaid Liens - SCOTUS Decide

    Personal Injury Damages and Medicaid Liens - SCOTUS Decide
    You have a horrific accident and are looking at a life of extreme medical care.  The accident was caused by another person (drunk truck driver). You get a multi-million dollar award.  Does the state that you live in get a…
  • Mar 25

    Personal Injury Damages and Medicaid Leins - SCOTUS Decide

    Personal Injury Damages and Medicaid Leins - SCOTUS Decide
    You have a horrific accident and are looking a life of extreme medical care.  The accident was caused by another person (drunk truck driver). You get a multi-million dollar award.  Does the state that you live in get a share? First,…
Rank this Week: 1093

Julie's Wills & Estate Planning…

Julie's Wills & Estate Planning Blog

Covers estate planning and probate. By Julie Garber.

http://wills.about.com/
  • May 31

    Julie's Wills & Estate Planning Blog Becomes Common Sense Estate Planning Blog

    Julie's Wills & Estate Planning Blog Becomes Common Sense Estate Planning Blog
    Listen up Wills & Estate Planning Blog readers - my blog has moved to a new location with a new name: Common Sense Estate Planning Blog. My About.com blogs aren't going away, they're just being transitioned into articles that will still…
  • May 27

    Why Does it Take So Long to Receive Your Inheritance?

    Why Does it Take So Long to Receive Your Inheritance?
    For certain beneficiaries of an estate or trust (you know who you are), the first question they want answered is when they can expect to receive their inheritance - cash is preferred, but a check will do just fine, thank you. What these…
  • May 21

    Does Your Child Need a Discretionary Lifetime Trust?

    Does Your Child Need a Discretionary Lifetime Trust?
    One of my roles as a former estate planning attorney and current trust officer for a private bank is to insure that my clients' estate plans meet their ever-changing estate planning goals. One question that private bank clients bring up on a…
Rank this Week: 1099

Estate Street

Estate Street

Covers probate and estate and tax planning. By Craig Hughes.

http://estatestreet.blogspot.com/
  • Jan 30

    Grantor vs Non-Grantor Trust

    Grantor vs Non-Grantor Trust
    I received a call a couple of days ago from previous clients who asked whether or not they needed to get a tax number for their trust.  They did not understand that as their trust was a revocable trust (also known as a grantor…
  • Jan 23

    The Cost of Death on the Rise

    The Cost of Death on the Rise
    It can be expensive to die, and I am not talking medical bills at the end of life.  The cost to purchase burial items are expensive.  An article written by Michael De Groote in the Deseret News by Michael De Groote dated…
  • Jan 21

    Gifts To Grandchildren

    Gifts To Grandchildren
    Gifts given to grandchildren by grandparents can be a great blessing.  Kelly Greene wrote an article in the Wall Street Journal September 14, 2012, titled "Are You Coddling Your Grandkids?"  In her article, Ms. Greene indicates five…
Rank this Week: 1127

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/
  • Sep 1

    Joan Rivers: Life turns on a dime sometime

    Joan Rivers: Life turns on a dime sometime
    I saw Joan Rivers perform at Florida Atlantic University about 30 years ago. Whether you love or loathe the comedienne, it's undeniable she exuded incredible energy. She maintained a full schedule right up until her cardiac arrest a few days…
  • Aug 24

    Florida Medicaid managed care workshops hosted by Karp Law Firm for local professional

    Florida Medicaid managed care workshops hosted by Karp Law Firm for local professional
    The Karp Law Firm presented three breakfast workshops in August for social work and health care professionals. Over 150 attended the events in Jupiter, Boynton Beach and Port St. Lucie to learn about the statewide Florida Medicaid managed…
  • Aug 21

    No peace for Casey Kasem or his family

    No peace for Casey Kasem or his family
    Where is the body of Casey Kasem? It was in Washington State. Apparently, it's now in Montreal. But Norway might be next.  This is like asking Where's Waldo? Only this is no game.  In my prior post, I discussed the battle between…
Rank this Week: 1165

Michigan Estate Planning Lawyer…

Michigan Estate Planning Lawyer Blog

Covers trusts, probate, elder law, and estate planning. By Witzke Berry Carter & Wander PLLC.

http://www.michiganestateplanninglawyerblog.com/
  • Sep 24

    Tax Filing Tips for Same-Sex Couples in Oakland County

    Tax Filing Tips for Same-Sex Couples in Oakland County
    Tax filing tips as a result of the Windsor ruling on same-sex couples By Marc Wander Cincinnati residents James Obergefell and John Arthur lived together and were in a committed and intimate relationship for more than 20 years. When John…
  • Sep 24

    Obamacare: GOP’s NEW plan to repeal and replace

    Obamacare: GOP’s NEW plan to repeal and replace
    Obamacare proposed to be repealed and replaced in GOP’s new bill By Mike Witzke A health-care bill will be unveiled by the Republican Study Committee in the House of Representatives to replace Obamacare. (Related: Gifts for…
  • Sep 24

    Gifts for Caregivers: Music, Magazines and Informative Video

    Gifts for Caregivers: Music, Magazines and Informative Video
    Gifts for caregivers are a great way to show your appreciation of their hard work! By Chris Berry Music is another one of the many wonderful gifts for caregivers. It has been show to help heal, reduce stress, and enhance … Continue…
Rank this Week: 1197

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/
  • Aug 29

    Balancing Retirement and Estate Planning: Can a Roth IRA Help?

    Balancing Retirement and Estate Planning: Can a Roth IRA Help?
    Maximizing your assets and plans between estate planning and retirement planning is a balancing act, that when done right can benefit you and your loved ones.
  • Aug 27

    Choosing a Trustee to Control the Trust

    Choosing a Trustee to Control the Trust
    Deciding between a family member and a professional and finding the right trustee requires careful consideration.
  • Aug 25

    Special Needs Planning with Trust

    Special Needs Planning with Trust
    Special needs trusts offer an opportunity to leave funds for the benefit of a disabled loved one without actually leaving it in the hands of the disabled beneficiary which they may not be able to handle properly themselves, and which could…
Rank this Week: 1199

The Ohio Trust & Estate Blog

The Ohio Trust & Estate Blog

Covers estate tax, marriage, medicaid and probate. By Michael D. Bonasera.

http://www.bonasera.org
  • Dec 18

    TOMMY!

    TOMMY!
    So I’ve not posted for a while.  In fact, you’ll note that I mention in the below post that my son was about a month from arriving…  Well, arrive he did.  On 6/18/2012 Tommy arrived and, smiling almost ever…
  • May 8

    Sad Update

    Sad Update
    Its been a while since I’ve written anything here and, though I fully intend to get back to it in the coming months, a couple sad events required mentioning: MCA died last Friday.  The number of tributes available on the web make this…
  • Aug 16

    So Many Great Blogs, So Little Time

    So Many Great Blogs, So Little Time
    My Google Reader account is getting pretty full-up.  There’s so many great resources out there for estate planning that it’s getting hard to keep up!  It’s a nice problem to have I guess…
Rank this Week: 1244

Law Office of Donald D. Vanarelli…

Law Office of Donald D. Vanarelli Blog

Covers New Jersey elder law and estate planning.

http://www.dvanarelli.com/blog
Rank this Week: 1246

Elder Law Office of David Wingate,…

Elder Law Office of David Wingate, LLC

Covers elder law, assisted living facilities, estate planning, and nursing homes.

http://blog.davidwingate.com/
  • Mar 8

    Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning - 2015 What Will Happen? (Contd)

    Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning - 2015 What Will Happen? (Contd)
    Related proposals pertaining to qualified plans and individual retirement accounts. In addition, the Green Book includes the following proposals that pertain to qualified plans and IRAs: A limit on the total accrual of retirement benefits by…
  • Mar 7

    Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning - 2015 What Will Happen? (Contd)

    Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning - 2015 What Will Happen? (Contd)
    Sales, exchanges and “comparable transactions” with grantor trusts. The Obama Administration would attempt to address the disconnect between the income tax rules and the estate tax rules that apply to intentionally defective grantor…
  • Mar 7

    Social Security Ups Disability Safeguard

    Social Security Ups Disability Safeguard
    The Social Security Administration is expanding a program nationally to help bar criminals from controlling benefits on behalf of individuals with disabilities and the elderly. The program originally launched as a pilot in the…
Rank this Week: 1327

Florida Probate Litigation…

Florida Probate Litigation Attorney Blog

Covers contested wills, estate planning, and trusts. By Robert C. Adamski.

http://www.floridaprobatelitigationlawyers.com/
  • Mar 29

    Actor's death exemplifies the importance of guardianship

    Actor's death exemplifies the importance of guardianship
    Paul Walker's death was a shock to the actor's family, friends and his fans. Although unexpected, it appeared that the actor had thought about his own mortality, because he died with an estate plan in place. Walker left his...
  • Mar 27

    Undue influence can often lead to financial exploitation

    Undue influence can often lead to financial exploitation
    Financial exploitation is a serious problem for Florida's seniors, but many people are surprised to learn that it's not just strangers that swindle seniors out of their hard-earned money. A senior's friends or relatives may be the cause of...
  • Mar 21

    Florida suit seeks to protect surviving spouse in gay marriage

    Florida suit seeks to protect surviving spouse in gay marriage
    Eight couples in Florida recently filed a lawsuit against the state, claiming that Florida's ban on gay marriage violates their rights under the U.S. Constitution. The couples, each living in Florida, but married in another state that…
Rank this Week: 1332

About Florida Law

About Florida Law

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

http://aboutfloridalaw.com
  • Aug 26

    Home Inspectors and Real Estate Agents in Florida: Buyer Beware

    Home Inspectors and Real Estate Agents in Florida: Buyer Beware
    For many home buyers in South Florida, finding that right house or condo to buy is an exciting moment. Some houses sound great on paper or look fabulous on online, but when you do a walk-through, the place just isn’t right. You keep…
  • Aug 19

    Disclosure Statements: Duty to Reveal Hazards in Florida Must Be Disclosed to Home Buyer

    Disclosure Statements: Duty to Reveal Hazards in Florida Must Be Disclosed to Home Buyer
    Most sellers and buyers of residential real estate here in Florida depend upon their real estate agents to help them through the process. For buyers, it’s making sure that they have all the information that they need to make an informed…
  • Aug 10

    Is a Dyck O’Neal Lawsuit Valid if it is Served After July 1, 2014?

    Is a Dyck O’Neal Lawsuit Valid if it is Served After July 1, 2014?
    An Update to The Most Frequently Asked Questions We Receive About Deficiency Collection Lawsuits. We have posted before about some of the most popular questions we are asked about deficiency lawsuits.  Recently, the most often asked…
Rank this Week: 1368

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/
  • Sep 1

    A Checklist - When a Loved One Passes Away

    A Checklist - When a Loved One Passes Away
    The death of a close family member is a difficult experience on many levels. Aside from the grieving itself, it seems there is no "pause button" to process the process. No, many decisions and action steps cannot wait.
  • Aug 29

    "Johnny Football" Needs An "Asset Protection Trust"?

    "Johnny Football" Needs An "Asset Protection Trust"?
    When you are Jonathan Paul Manziel, the new rookie quarterback for the Cleveland Browns and received north of $8 million on your first NFL contract ... you might attract some attention. No, lots of it. This is especially true when your create…
  • Aug 28

    Investment Traps For Trustees To Avoid

    Investment Traps For Trustees To Avoid
    Have you been appointed to serve as a trustee by a family member or friend? Regardless whether you are currently serving or are waiting in the wings, be forewarned about the personal liability that attends investing trust assets.
Rank this Week: 1392

Pennsylvania Fiduciary Litigation

Pennsylvania Fiduciary Litigation

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

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

    Wells Fargo Terminated as Trustee

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

    New Rule of Civil Procedure - Discovery of Expert Testimony

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

    Enforcement of Arbitration Clauses in Trust

    Enforcement of Arbitration Clauses in Trust
    Ever since George Washington included arbitration provisions in his will, this idea has kicked around.  Washington's will contained this language: "That all disputes (if unhappily they should arise) shall be decided by three impartial…
Rank this Week: 1437

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
  • Aug 27

    What is the Tax Consequence of Selling Property I Inherit or Receive As A Gift?

    What is the Tax Consequence of Selling Property I Inherit or Receive As A Gift?
    Several weeks ago, I received a phone call from a client whose elderly mother owned several pieces of real estate in an exclusive part of town. She had purchased the property decades ago for very little, but since then, the property had…
  • Aug 13

    Growing Number of Americans Choosing Cremation

    Growing Number of Americans Choosing Cremation
    If you have decided to be cremated when you die, you’re one of a growing number of Americans making that choice. I came across an interesting infographic today titled Ashes to Ashes, which illustrates how cremation has increased in…
  • Aug 6

    Don’t Keep Your Heirs in the Dark

    Don’t Keep Your Heirs in the Dark
    If you or someone you know has been a beneficiary of an estate, you may have have been exposed to the frustration and disagreements that can occur when details of an estate plan are kept secret until a parent dies. The frustration may have…
Rank this Week: 1438

South Florida Estate Planning Law

South Florida Estate Planning Law

Covers South Florida estate planning, probate and tax law issues. By David Shulman.

http://www.sofloridaestateplanning.com/
  • Aug 19

    Gizmodo Gets Everything About the Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act Wrong

    Gizmodo Gets Everything About the Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act Wrong
    As I’ve written recently, the Uniform Law Commission approved the Uniform Fidicuary Access to Digital Assets Act. The act can be found on the Committee’s website, along with supplmenetal material, such as prior drafts, comments,…
  • Aug 3

    I am now Board Certified by the Florida Bar in Wills, Trusts, and Estate

    I am now Board Certified by the Florida Bar in Wills, Trusts, and Estate
    Forgive me if you will, a bragging post. As of August 1, I am Board Certified by the Florida Bar in Wills, Trusts, and Estates. Most of what is below comes from the Florida Bar website and materials. Board certification recognizes…
  • Jul 17

    Uniform Law Commission Approves Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act

    Uniform Law Commission Approves Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act
    I’ve written before about finding and having access to your “digital assets” and online accounts after death. Well there is a development that will hopefully make this process a bit easier. The Uniform Law…
Rank this Week: 1446