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Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof…

Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof Blog

By Texas Tech University School of Law Professor Gerry W. Beyer.

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/trusts_estates_prof/
  • Apr 19

    A Will Referring to Trusts Did Not Exercise a Power of Appointment Contained Therein Requiring a Specific Reference

    A Will Referring to Trusts Did Not Exercise a Power of Appointment Contained Therein Requiring a Specific Reference
    The testator was the donee of testamentary powers of appointment over three trusts each of which required that the power be exercised by specific reference to the power. The will stated that the trusts were “included” in the testator’s…
  • Apr 19

    Article on Trust Variation and ERISA

    Article on Trust Variation and ERISA
    Peter J. Wiedenbeck (Washington University in Saint Louis – School of Law) recently published an article entitled, Trust Variation and ERISA’s ‘Presumption of Prudence’, Tax Notes, Vol. 142, No. 11, 2014. Provided below is the…
  • Apr 19

    Article on Teaching Wills and Trusts: The Jurisdictional Problem

    Article on Teaching Wills and Trusts: The Jurisdictional Problem
    Adam J. Hirsch (University of San Diego) recently published an article entitled, Teaching Wills and Trusts: The Jurisdictional Problem, (February 3, 2014).St. Louis University Law Journal, Vol. 58, No. 3, 2014. Provided below is the abstract…
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/
  • Apr 17

    OBA’s Make a Power of Attorney Month

    OBA’s Make a Power of Attorney Month
    At a recent press conference  held at Queen’s Park for the Ontario Bar Association (“OBA”), the OBA announced a new initiative in their partnership with the Trillium Gift of Life Network (“Trillium”). In…
  • Apr 16

    Di Michele v. Di Michele: A recent Ontario Court of Appeal decision and the ensuing concern

    Di Michele v. Di Michele: A recent Ontario Court of Appeal decision and the ensuing concern
    The scope of an estate trustee’s power has been highlighted in the recent April 3rd Ontario Court of Appeal decision, Di Michele v. Di Michele, and is causing concern among some practitioners in the field. In Di Michele v. Di Michele,…
  • Apr 16

    Hull on Estates #374 – Removing estate trustee

    Hull on Estates #374 – Removing estate trustee
    Listen to Hull on Estates #374 – Removing estate trustees Today on Hull on Estates, Jonathon Kappy and Stuart Clark discuss removing estate trustees, and reference the recent 2013 case, Hawkins v. Hawkins Estate. If you have any…
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: 124

Florida Estate Planning Lawyer…

Florida Estate Planning Lawyer Blog

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

http://www.floridaestateplanninglawyerblog.com/
  • Mar 17

    Undue Influence Florida

    Undue Influence Florida
    We often get questions about contesting a will because of Undue influence in Florida. Undue influence is a cause of action that is used to challenge the validity of a will, trust, or other testamentary document. You can not challenge a will…
  • Dec 26

    How can I find a copy of my parent's will or life insurance?

    How can I find a copy of my parent's will or life insurance?
    We get many calls from children who want to know where they can get a copy of their parent's will or find out if they had life insurance. First, if your parent is alive, you have no right to demand or see a copy of your parent's will. While…
  • Oct 24

    Improper gift to a lawyer in a will or other estate instrument void

    Improper gift to a lawyer in a will or other estate instrument void
    New Florida Statutes §732.806, which is effective October 1, 2013, makes an improper gift to a lawyer in a will or other estate instrument void. The new statutory provision is here:…
Rank this Week: 207

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/
  • Apr 18

    Eyes wide open - should you accept that executor appointment?

    Eyes wide open - should you accept that executor appointment?
    I'm attaching a link to a post by Ontario lawyer Corina Weigl, who blogs at www.allaboutestates.ca. In her article, Ms. Weigl talks about the fact that many executors and court-appointed administrators take on the assigned role without even…
  • Apr 18

    Beneficiaries got nothing when executor used the house for security - and lost it

    Beneficiaries got nothing when executor used the house for security - and lost it
    There is a new case from the Ontario Court of Appeal this month that I believe holds a really valuable lesson for beneficiaries. It's the case of DiMichele v. DiMichele. The facts, briefly, are that Mrs. DiMichele died in 1996, leaving her…
  • Apr 13

    Executor is charging the beneficiaries to live in the house they inherited

    Executor is charging the beneficiaries to live in the house they inherited
    Does your will contain trusts that affect your children? Are those trusts complete and clear enough to avoid problems? Have you really thought through how it's all supposed to work after you're gone? I received a note from two young people…
Rank this Week: 222

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/
  • 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…
  • Jan 7

    Lottery Winner Without A Will Dead After Cyanide Poisoning

    Lottery Winner Without A Will Dead After Cyanide Poisoning
    According to a sensational report, the widow of a Chicago lottery winner who was poisoned with cyanide fought with the man’s siblings over control of his estate. The battle included a fight over his nearly half a million-dollar prize…
  • Jan 7

    Americans Living Abroad Feel Impact of FATCA

    Americans Living Abroad Feel Impact of FATCA
    According to some international financial experts, recently implemented American tax rates and policies may cause more Americans living abroad to renounce their U.S. citizenship. A recent conference in Israel on the subject of tax changes saw…
Rank this Week: 295

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: 341

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: 348

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: 441

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/
  • Apr 19

    Bill 14 - Justice Statutes Amendment Act, 2014, Amending WESA, has Passed and Been Given Royal Assent

    Bill 14 - Justice Statutes Amendment Act, 2014, Amending WESA, has Passed and Been Given Royal Assent
    Bill 14, which contains an amendment to section 2 (2) of the Wills, Estates and Succession Act , has passed, and was given Royal Asset on April 9, 2014. Section 2 (2) sets out when people cease to be spouses for the purpose of the Act. You…
  • Apr 13

    Notice of Dispute

    Notice of Dispute
    In British Columbia, under the new probate rules, if you wish to dispute the validity of a will, and oppose a grant of probate or of administration of the will, you may file a notice of dispute before the Supreme Court of British Columbia…
  • Apr 6

    Bentley v. Maplewood Seniors Care Society

    Bentley v. Maplewood Seniors Care Society
    Margaret Anne Bentley lives in the Maplewood care facility in the Fraser Valley of British Columbia. She was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 1999, and her condition has deteriorated to the point where she moves little, does not…
Rank this Week: 471

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: 474

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/
  • Apr 2

    Whitney Houston's Family Is Fighting - Is Estate Money To Blame?

    Whitney Houston's Family Is Fighting - Is Estate Money To Blame?
    Whitney Houston’s family has been through its share of disagreements since the pop diva passed away on February 11, 2012. Early on, there was trouble at the funeral, sparking concerns of a feud with Bobby Brown. Recently, however, the…
  • Mar 5

    Philip Seymour Hoffman's Will Highlights Four Planning Pitfall

    Philip Seymour Hoffman's Will Highlights Four Planning Pitfall
    Oscar-winning actor, Philip Seymour Hoffman, died on February 2nd from a drug overdose. Recently, his long-time girlfriend and mother of his three children, Marianne O’Donnell, filed to open Philip Seymour Hoffman’s estate and to…
  • Mar 5

    Oscar Winners Teach Five Lessons On Estate Planning

    Oscar Winners Teach Five Lessons On Estate Planning
    The 2014 Oscars are complete. Trial & Heirs looks back at past Oscar winners like Philip Seymour Hoffman, Elizabeth Taylor, Heath Ledger, Frank Sinatra, and Marlon Brando. Their estates illustrate important estate planning lessons that…
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/
  • Apr 18

    Non-Tax Benefits of Family Limited Liability Companie

    Non-Tax Benefits of Family Limited Liability Companie
    Family Limited Liability Companies (FLLC) are one of several asset protection tools used to preserve assets of family businesses. These assets may include real estate and investments. Creating an FLLC involves legal fees, filing costs and…
  • Apr 15

    IRA Custodian Not Responsible for RMD

    IRA Custodian Not Responsible for RMD
    Failing to take a Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) results in a penalty for the account owner. IRA account custodians are only responsible for notifying owners of their RMD; the owner must take the steps necessary to draw a distribution.…
  • Mar 31

    3 Requirements for NC Long-Term Care Insurance Policie

    3 Requirements for NC Long-Term Care Insurance Policie
    Time and research is required to understand elder care in North Carolina. Individuals starting to explore long-term care insurance may not realize that North Carolina imposes several requirements on insurance providers. These requirements…
Rank this Week: 595

Idaho Estate Planning

Idaho Estate Planning

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

http://idahoestateplanning.typepad.com/idaho_estate_planning/
Rank this Week: 662

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: 693

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: 708

Andrew Flusche, Virginia Lawyer

Andrew Flusche, Virginia Lawyer

Covers Virginia drunk driving, reckless driving and speeding offenses.

http://www.andrewflusche.com/blog/
  • Apr 10

    April Fredericksburg Business Forum Event: How to Write and Publish a Book!

    April Fredericksburg Business Forum Event: How to Write and Publish a Book!
    Who: If you are a business owner, business development professional, or just interested in what it takes to write and publish a book, this event is for you! What: I have written two books which have generated substantial returns for my…
  • Apr 8

    The Police Are Scanning You

    The Police Are Scanning You
    Have you seen those police cars with huge cameras on the trunk? They’re scanning your license plates. These automated license plate readers have been a fairly hot topic in Virginia for the past couple of years. The Attorney General even…
  • Apr 4

    Is Your Lawyer Waiving Your Rights?!

    Is Your Lawyer Waiving Your Rights?!
    If you’re charged with a crime in Virginia, you have the right to confront the witnesses against you. If there’s a scientific certificate of analysis at issue in the case, your confrontation right includes the people who actually…
Rank this Week: 727

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/
  • Apr 15

    Cats, Dogs and No Contact Orders.

    Cats, Dogs and No Contact Orders.
     In the coming months, victims of domestic abuse may have one less deterrent from seeking out necessary help and protection. Under Senate File 2118, "pets or companion animals owned or held" by the parties to a domestic abuse protective…
  • Apr 11

    Conducting an Investigation

    Conducting an Investigation
    An employee just made a complaint of harassment or discrimination. You know you have a duty, as the employer, to investigate the employee’s complaint, but aren’t entirely sure how to conduct the investigation. Here are a few…
  • Mar 17

    How to Navigate Divorce in a Healthy Way

    How to Navigate Divorce in a Healthy Way
    Making the decision to end your marriage can be a very emotional experience.  Oftentimes, the emotions associated with ending your marriage result in anger and/or resentment toward your soon-to-be ex-spouse which in turn can make a…
Rank this Week: 731

All About Estates

All About Estates

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

http://www.allaboutestates.ca/
  • Apr 17

    Eyes Wide Open II

    Eyes Wide Open II
    In my March 14th blog, Eyes Wide Open, I asked the question - why did the named executor ever agree to take on the administration. My blog was followed by a rhetorical answer meant to remind all of us – advisors and potential executors…
  • Apr 16

    Giving Thank

    Giving Thank
    This week many families will gather together to celebrate Spring and the holidays that are celebrated at this time of year. Who will be around your table this year?
  • Apr 15

    Forgotten Bank Account

    Forgotten Bank Account
    What happens to unclaimed bank accounts?
Rank this Week: 732

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/
  • Feb 27

    NPR Broadcasts "Managing Your Elderly Parents' Finances"

    NPR Broadcasts "Managing Your Elderly Parents' Finances"
    On Thursday morning (11:06 AM to Noon), February 27, 2014, The Diane Rehm Show, as broadcast from WAMU through the National Public Radio network, focused on the topic Managing Your Elderly Parents' Finances, with guest host Elise Labott. The…
  • Jan 16

    Enact Mandatory Financial Elder Abuse Reporting in PA

    Enact Mandatory Financial Elder Abuse Reporting in PA
    On December 11, 2013, Professor Katherine C. Pearson, of Penn State Law (The Dickinson School of Law, Carlisle, PA Campus), posted a four-page article entitled Law Financial Abuse and Exploitation in Pennsylvania: The Importance of Early…
  • Sep 6

    PA Small Estate & Deposit Payment Thresholds Increased

    PA Small Estate & Deposit Payment Thresholds Increased
    The Pennsylvania Probate, Estates & Fiduciaries Code (Title 20 of PA Consolidated Statutes) was amended in minor, but helpful, ways by Act 35 of 2013, which became effective on August 31, 2013. The changes in affected sections of Title…
Rank this Week: 779

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: 781

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/
  • Apr 15

    Is divorce a good solution if my spouse goes into a nursing home?

    Is divorce a good solution if my spouse goes into a nursing home?
    By Attorney Nathan Simpson Many clients come into the office asking if their only option when faced with a catastrophic medical situation is divorce. They have heard that this is the only way to not be required to spend everything in the…
  • Apr 14

    Your Estate Plan Should Reduce Your Legislative Risk, Not Increase It

    Your Estate Plan Should Reduce Your Legislative Risk, Not Increase It
    By Senior Associate Attorney, Dan Vu Too often estate planners do not consider their client's legislative risk. In other words, they plan without consideration to the very high probability that the current rules will change. In Washington and…
  • Apr 12

    Don’t Go Broke in a Nursing Home

    Don’t Go Broke in a Nursing Home
    By Lori McBride Over the past few months, we have been rolling out a new seminar to help education seniors and their families throughout Ohio, most recently in Chillicothe, Johnstown and Delaware. Here are some of the topics: In a Nursing…
Rank this Week: 872

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: 885

NFA Gun Trust Lawyer Blog

NFA Gun Trust Lawyer Blog

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

http://www.guntrustlawyer.com/
  • Apr 17

    ATF eForms back online within the week

    ATF eForms back online within the week
    Today Marvin G. Richardson, Deputy Assistant Director of the ATF Enforcement Programs and Services sent a letter stating that ATF eForms is expected online this week.The ATF has reduced the backlog of applications from 80,000 to 73,000.Adding…
  • Apr 17

    Status Update on 41P

    Status Update on 41P
    The Americans Opposed to ATF 41P reported today that the American Silencer Association has talks with the ATF during the Shot Show where the ATF stated that they never anticipated the number of comments to 41P that they received and...
  • Apr 9

    Ohio Bill to allow Hunting with Suppressor

    Ohio Bill to allow Hunting with Suppressor
    The Ohio House passed a bill to allow hunting for some game species. The legislation that would permit the use of suppressors while hunting white-tailed deer, rabbits, squirrels and other game. The suppressors would need to be legal and…
Rank this Week: 892

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/
  • Apr 11

    Never Wait Until the Last Minute to Make a Will

    Never Wait Until the Last Minute to Make a Will
    Ideally, estate planning is something you do long before it becomes necessary. It is never a good idea to wait until you are on your deathbed to make a will. You may run out of time before you can execute a will that meets with the legal…
  • Apr 10

    What You Need to Know about Estate Planning and “The Cloud”

    What You Need to Know about Estate Planning and “The Cloud”
    In the Internet age, your estate no longer includes just physical property but digital assets like social media accounts, cloud storage and even computer-based currency. Taking stock of your digital assets is therefore an essential part of…
  • Apr 9

    Family Heirlooms Can Lead to Family Litigation

    Family Heirlooms Can Lead to Family Litigation
    We often read stories about heirs fighting over a deceased relative's multimillion-dollar fortune. But some estate disputes arise over seemingly trivial matters. The common thread in many of these disputes is insufficient direction from the…
Rank this Week: 906

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/
  • Apr 17

    The Three Estate Planning Documents You Need

    The Three Estate Planning Documents You Need
    In previous posts, we have discussed various estate planning documents and how they differ, but many times there is confusion as to what takes effect and when. Or, you may wonder why you can’t just appoint an agent (power of attorney)…
  • Apr 2

    Follow up to Death in the Digital Age

    Follow up to Death in the Digital Age
    As a follow up to Death in the Digital Age, a story about the online afterlife of a woman in Pontiac Michigan caught my attention.   Her body was discovered in her vehicle parked in her garage by an individual entering the property…
  • Mar 28

    Accessing Email After Death

    Accessing Email After Death
    Recently we posted an article about Death in the Digital Age.  But, what happens if a loved one fails to make these arrangements and you must have access to their digital accounts?  Google has recently developed a method that allows…
Rank this Week: 1002

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: 1031

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: 1040

Givner & Kaye Blog

Givner & Kaye Blog

Covers estate and tax planning.

http://www.givnerkaye.com/blog/
Rank this Week: 1056

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: 1083

New York Probate & Estate…

New York Probate & Estate Litigation Blog

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

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

    Murdered Businessman Leaves Widow, Seven Children And No Will

    Murdered Businessman Leaves Widow, Seven Children And No Will
    Today's Daily News reports that Menachem Stark, a Brooklyn businessman and landlord who was murdered in January died intestate. While it appears that his partners may contribute to cover his substantial debts in a bankruptcy proceeding, his…
  • Mar 30

    Times Features Comprehensive Article on Trust

    Times Features Comprehensive Article on Trust
    The New York Times has published a rather comprehensive, if brief, overview of trusts. For those of you who find all of the acronyms we use to describe various trusts, this may prove to be very helpful. your  lawblogger would add a…
  • Nov 24

    Public Administrator Sues Beth Israel Hospital For 100 Million Dollars On Behalf of Hugette Clark Estate

    Public Administrator Sues Beth Israel Hospital For 100 Million Dollars On Behalf of Hugette Clark Estate
    For some time we have been following the bizarre story of Hugette Clark, the reclusive mining heiress who died in 2011 at the age of 104. She had lived for years in Beth Israel Hospital in Manhattan, running up hospital bills in the millions…
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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: 1152

Julie's Wills & Estate Planning…

Julie's Wills & Estate Planning Blog

Covers estate planning and probate. By Julie Garber.

http://wills.about.com/
Rank this Week: 1159

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/
  • Apr 16

    New hybrid policies may be good alternative to traditional long-term care insurance

    New hybrid policies may be good alternative to traditional long-term care insurance
    In March I gave tips for preventing or resolving the difficulties that may arise when trying to collect benefits from older, traditional long-term care insurance policies. In this post I describe the new "hybrid" long-term care…
  • Apr 15

    V.A. Aid and Attendance lookback fails in Senate

    V.A. Aid and Attendance lookback fails in Senate
    Senate Bill 1982, which among other measures would have created a three-year asset look-back for veterans applying for Veterans Aid and Attendance benefits, has failed in the Senate.   Veterans Aid and Attendance is a type of improved…
  • Apr 15

    In March I gave tips for preventing or…

    In March I gave tips for preventing or resolving the difficulties that may arise when trying to collect benefits from older, traditional long-term care insurance policies. In this post I describe the new "hybrid" long-term care…
Rank this Week: 1171

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/
  • Apr 18

    Consider Gifting Your IRA To Your Grandchildren

    Consider Gifting Your IRA To Your Grandchildren
    IRAs can be a very powerful estate planning tool that can pass to generations with deferred tax implications, however be sure to carefully evaluate all the options, advantages and disadvantages before simply naming a beneficiary.
  • Apr 16

    When To Shut Down The Pacemaker

    When To Shut Down The Pacemaker
    If you have a pacemaker make sure you discuss this with your legal advisor and ensure proper authority is given to them to make decisions regarding the pacemaker on your behalf should you be unable to do so.
  • Apr 14

    Planning For The Final Chapter

    Planning For The Final Chapter
    Simply setting goals in life without a plan to accomplish them may not be enough.
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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…
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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: 1257

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: 1347

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: 1362

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/
  • Apr 18

    Considering "Basis" When Electing Estate Planning Alternatives / Overland Park, K

    Considering "Basis" When Electing Estate Planning Alternatives / Overland Park, K
    New circumstances give rise to new alternatives (and opportunities) for estate planners. This, in turn, is creating some new and difficult choices.
  • Apr 17

    Objects of inheritance seem to be imbued…

    Objects of inheritance seem to be imbued with a special power. This is oftentimes the case, whether the family is aware of it yet or not. As one sitting down to put your intentions to paper, or even as the inheritor, it is a power worth…
  • Apr 16

    Tough Talks - Discussing End-Of-Life Matters / Overland Park, KS

    Tough Talks - Discussing End-Of-Life Matters / Overland Park, KS
    There are certain discussions that are just too important not to have. Unfortunately, these are also often the most difficult conversations to have. As many planning their estates know well, talking with your adult children about your…
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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/
  • 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…
  • Sep 16

    Why not mediate trust and estate disputes?

    Why not mediate trust and estate disputes?
    "Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can. Point out to them how the nominal winner is often a real loser – in fees, expenses and waste of…
  • Aug 5

    Decanting News - Decant Without a Statute

    Decanting News - Decant Without a Statute
    On July 29, 2013, in the case of Morse v. Kraft the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts held that the Trustee of an irrevocable trust in which the Trustees had full discretion to distribute trust principal "for the benefit…
Rank this Week: 1425

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
  • Apr 16

    The Importance of Estate Planning in Non-Traditional Familie

    The Importance of Estate Planning in Non-Traditional Familie
    I got a heartbreaking call this week from a woman whose fiancé had recently died. They had been a couple for many years, and were the parents of an infant son, but they had never gotten around to getting married. Her fiancé had…
  • Apr 9

    The Cost of a Do-It-Yourself Will

    The Cost of a Do-It-Yourself Will
    I have written before about the risks of do-it-yourself estate planning and explained how people who use do-it-yourself solutions end up with a false sense of security. They create documents that they believe will address their needs but wind…
  • Mar 26

    What Is An Estate?

    What Is An Estate?
    Many years ago, a neighbor’s teenaged daughter asked me what type of law I practiced. When I told her I focused on estate planning, she looked at me bewildered. “You mean, like mansions?” she asked. It was clear she was…
Rank this Week: 1431

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/
  • Jan 9

    Who gets paid if an Alleged Incapacitated Person dies before the hearing? Nobody?

    Who gets paid if an Alleged Incapacitated Person dies before the hearing? Nobody?
    The Guardianship of Mary Klatthaar I’m sure there are some independently wealthy attorneys out there who take all of their cases pro bono. Most of us though are hard-working schlubs like everyone else who while we love what we do,…
  • Jun 3

    I’ve been named a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers magazine

    I’ve been named a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers magazine
    I’m pleased to announce that I’ve been named a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers magazine in the area of Estate Planning & Probate. http://digital.superlawyers.com/superlawyers/flslrs13#pg101
  • May 1

    My Interview on the Shalom Show

    My Interview on the Shalom Show
    Below is my interview with the Shalom Show, a Jewish public affairs cable show that is on tv nationwide.        
Rank this Week: 1446

About Florida Law

About Florida Law

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

http://aboutfloridalaw.com
Rank this Week: 1456

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/
  • Apr 15

    Qualified Funeral Trusts: once a simple concept

    Qualified Funeral Trusts: once a simple concept
    In has been almost twenty years since the Balanced Budget Act of 1995 introduced the concept of a simplified tax return for preneed trusts.  Initially, the “Qualified Funeral Trust” concept called for a flat 15% tax on…
  • Apr 9

    Form 1041QFT: Reducing Tax Liabilitie

    Form 1041QFT: Reducing Tax Liabilitie
    Tax day is only a week away, and preneed trust returns will look a little different this year.  As we reported back in December, the IRS took the position that preneed trusts are subject to the Medicare Tax used to fund the Affordable…
  • Mar 19

    Excess Preneed Funds: The State’s Collection Agent

    Excess Preneed Funds: The State’s Collection Agent
    Over the past few months, we have been pressing state officials in Illinois and Nebraska on the issue of who is the state’s collection agent for excess preneed funds.  Is it the funeral director or the funding source (the preneed…
Rank this Week: 1455