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Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof…

Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof Blog

By Gerry W. Beyer.

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/trusts_estates_prof/
  • Oct 25

    Article on Schedularity in the Tax System

    Article on Schedularity in the Tax System
    Henry Ordower (Saint Louis University School of Law, Professor of Law) recently published an article entitled, Schedularity in U.S. Income Taxation and Its Effect on Tax Distributions, 108 Nw. L. Rev. 767, 905-924 (2014). Provided below is…
  • Oct 25

    Trust Reformation

    Trust Reformation
    In Private Letter Ruling 201442046 (Oct. 17, 2014), the Internal Revenue Service held that a reformation of a trust to correct scrivener’s errors triggered remainder interests to be completed gifts and consequently, a trust’s assets would…
  • Oct 25

    Community Memorial Service

    Community Memorial Service
    Funerals and memorial services are a popular way in our culture to say good bye to departed loved ones and begin the process of continuing life without them. Some hospitals and hospice facilities also offer community memorial services as…
Rank this Week: 135

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: 145

Western New York Elder Law Blog

Western New York Elder Law Blog

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

http://www.dutcher-zatkowsky.com
  • Oct 22

    Estate Planning Not Just For The Rich

    Estate Planning Not Just For The Rich
    A common misconception holds that estate planning is only for the wealthy, as a way to save on taxes. An article on cnbc.com says that nothing could be further from the truth. Estate planning is all about giving what you want to whom you…
  • Oct 15

    What To Consider When Picking Heir

    What To Consider When Picking Heir
    Who is going to get your money when you die? A story in Forbes says the most difficult part of estate planning is determining who gets what and when. The article says the process is emotional and involves a number of trade offs. It suggests…
  • Oct 8

    Best Places To Die In 2015

    Best Places To Die In 2015
    Eight states are adopting changes in their death tax laws in 2015. Currently, 19 states plus the District of Columbia have state death or estate taxes. But a number of states are making changes of one sort of another to make it more…
Rank this Week: 248

Deborah Sexton Law Office, P. A.…

Deborah Sexton Law Office, P. A. Blog

Covers estate planning and elder law.

http://www.arkansas-estateplanning.com/blog/
  • Oct 25

    Advance Directive

    Advance Directive
    Advance Directives from Deborah Sexton There are various types of advance directives, including living wills and durable powers of attorney for health care. Learn more about advance directives in this presentation.
  • Oct 23

    Who Should I Name As Successor Trustee of my Family Wealth Trust?

    Who Should I Name As Successor Trustee of my Family Wealth Trust?
    Deciding who you want to nominate as the successor trustee of your family wealth trust can be a daunting task, but it shouldn’t be.  Having a basic understanding of the qualities you should consider in choosing a trustee will…
  • Oct 20

    I Need Help Drafting my Will

    I Need Help Drafting my Will
    Possibly one of the most common estate planning tools drafted by estate planning attorneys in Arkansas is the Last Will and Testament.  This is true, even though do-it-yourself wills are available online.  Simply drafting the will…
Rank this Week: 261

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/
  • Oct 24

    Be Careful What You Wish For

    Be Careful What You Wish For
    What happens when someone changes his or her mind about medical care after preparing a power of attorney?  A recent article in the Law Times by Judy van Rhijn highlights some concerns surrounding this issue. In Ontario, in most…
  • Oct 23

    Intellectual Property – Why it’s Fashionable to Consider when Estate Planning.

    Intellectual Property – Why it’s Fashionable to Consider when Estate Planning.
    Much to the sadness of many celebrities, socialites, fashionistas and even politicians, world renowned fashion designer, Oscar de la Renta, passed away on Monday, October 20, 2014, from complications with cancer.  Mr. de la Renta was 82…
  • Oct 22

    End-of-life Wishes Should Be Communicated Early

    End-of-life Wishes Should Be Communicated Early
    The controversial topic of life support and when to “pull the plug” is likely to ignite debate wherever it is raised. The issue involves aspects of morality, religion, science, and, of course, law. This complicated philosophical…
Rank this Week: 396

About Florida Law

About Florida Law

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

http://aboutfloridalaw.com
  • Oct 23

    Common Lawsuits Against Florida Condominium Board

    Common Lawsuits Against Florida Condominium Board
    Learn About (jump to these sections): How is Condominium Living Different? Condo Boards Exceeding Their Power Condo Boards and Common Areas Condo Boards Get Nasty Over Pets Living near the beach is a dream of many Americans. Many have…
  • Oct 21

    What is a Nuisance in Florida Condominium Law?

    What is a Nuisance in Florida Condominium Law?
    Florida condo unit owners are guaranteed the right to enjoy their homes as they see fit under Florida law with one big (make that HUGE) limitation: they cannot use their property in such a way that it injures or impedes the rights of another…
  • Oct 14

    Deficiency Judgments and Your Credit: Did the Debt Owner Furnish Accurate Information to The Credit Reporting Agencies?

    Deficiency Judgments and Your Credit: Did the Debt Owner Furnish Accurate Information to The Credit Reporting Agencies?
    Update to Deficiency Judgment Collection Efforts We have asked our clients to obtain a copy of their credit report to determine if the amount reported as due and owing is correct. We are doing so because we have noticed in some instances the…
Rank this Week: 485

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: 285

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/
  • Oct 20

    Could The Amanda Bynes Dilemma Happen In Your Family?

    Could The Amanda Bynes Dilemma Happen In Your Family?
    The struggles of former child actress, Amanda Bynes, have been well-documented. She had numerous brushes with the law, including repeated drunk driving and other drug and alcohol-related charges, reported shoplifting attempts, and even more…
  • Oct 7

    Dispute Over Where To Bury Casey Kasem Teaches Lesson

    Dispute Over Where To Bury Casey Kasem Teaches Lesson
    The famed American Top 40 Countdown DJ passed away in June, at age 82, with a host of medical problems including advanced Lewy Body dementia. Now, almost four months later, Casey Kasem’s remains still have not been laid to rest.…
  • Sep 30

    Tom Clancy Estate In Family Fight Due To Poor Estate Planning

    Tom Clancy Estate In Family Fight Due To Poor Estate Planning
    Anyone who knows who CIA analyst Jack Ryan is likely appreciates the work of late author Tom Clancy. Called the "father of the techno-thriller," Clancy's career took off with his first novel, The Hunt for Red October. His career -- spawning…
Rank this Week: 445

Marshall Elder & Estate Planning…

Marshall Elder & Estate Planning Blog

Covers Pennsylvania and national elder law and estate planning issues. By Jeffrey A. Marshall.

http://marshallelder.blogspot.com/
  • Oct 19

    Vets in Assisted Living and Personal Care Homes may see lower drug cost

    Vets in Assisted Living and Personal Care Homes may see lower drug cost
    <!--[if gte mso 9]> <![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]> <![endif]--> A new Pennsylvania law is intended to help lower drug costs for veterans residing in assisted living residences and personal care homes.…
  • Sep 30

    Should Seniors get a High-Dose Flu Shot?

    Should Seniors get a High-Dose Flu Shot?
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  • Sep 27

    Goodbye Department of Public Welfare

    Goodbye Department of Public Welfare
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Rank this Week: 480

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/
  • Oct 16

    Continuing Legal Education Society Presentation on "Reining in the Rogue Trustee/Executor"

    Continuing Legal Education Society Presentation on "Reining in the Rogue Trustee/Executor"
    I am going to be speaking at the Continuing Legal Education Society course, Estate Litigation Update - 2014, next week on Thursday, October 23, 2014 at the Pan Pacific Hotel, 999 Canada Place, Vancouver, B.C. the course goes from 9:00 am to…
  • Oct 13

    John Poyser’s Capacity and Undue Influence

    John Poyser’s Capacity and Undue Influence
    John E. S. Poyser has written a remarkable textbook, Capacity and Undue Influence, published this year by Thomas Reuters Canada Limited. The book is about gratuitous wealth transfers including by will, beneficiary designations, through…
  • Oct 2

    Supreme Court of Canada Strikes down British Columbia’s Court Hearing Fees!

    Supreme Court of Canada Strikes down British Columbia’s Court Hearing Fees!
    I don’t use exclamation marks often. This may be the first one in my blog. But I am very pleased with the decision of the Supreme Court of Canada released this morning in The Trial Lawyers Association of BritishColumbia v. British…
Rank this Week: 566

Planning Notes

Planning Notes

Covers fundamental concepts relevant to estate planning, business law, real estate law, and tax law. By Cook & Cook.

http://cooklaw.co/blog
  • Oct 8

    4 Ways to Protect Your Intellectual Property

    4 Ways to Protect Your Intellectual Property
    In the United States, there are four principal ways in which a person or business can protect intellectual property, however, not all types of protection are available for all property types. The infographic below briefly describes each of…
  • Sep 16

    U.S. Federal Trademark Filing

    U.S. Federal Trademark Filing
    In 2013, more than 300,000 trademarks and service marks were filed across 45 different classes of goods and services with the United States Patent & Trademark ("USPTO"); however, less than 200,000 trademarks were registered by the USPTO…
  • Aug 29

    ALS Association Ice Bucket Challenge Trademark Filing

    ALS Association Ice Bucket Challenge Trademark Filing
    The ALS Association has filed an application to register a federal trademark for "Ice Bucket Challenge", the viral sensation that has swept the nation this summer. Although most Americans likely associate "Ice Bucket Challenge" with the ALS…
Rank this Week: 567

New York Probate & Estate…

New York Probate & Estate Litigation Blog

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

http://www.nyprobatelitigation.com/
  • Sep 15

    Not Everybody Needs A Trust

    Not Everybody Needs A Trust
    Every Spring, when the snowbirds have returned to New York, your lawblogger gets a rash of inquiries about trusts. Some folks are absolutely insistent but don't really have a good explanation for this. I usually ask at this point which…
  • Sep 15

    Not Everybody Needs A Trust

    Not Everybody Needs A Trust
    Every Spring, when the snowbirds have returned to New York, your lawblogger gets a rash of inquiries about trusts. Some folks are absolutely insistent but don’t really have a good explanation for this. I usually ask at this point which…
  • 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.
Rank this Week: 390

New Jersey Lawyers Blog

New Jersey Lawyers Blog

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

http://www.newjerseylawyersblog.com/
  • Sep 5

    Retainage in New Jersey Construction Law

    Retainage in New Jersey Construction Law
    Retainage in New Jersey Construction Law One of the areas which our construction lawyers often address is retainage. The Use Retainage in New Jersey Construction Law Retainage is an important device in construction law. Our attorneys…
  • Aug 29

    Payroll Withholding Tax Basics for Both Employers and Employee

    Payroll Withholding Tax Basics for Both Employers and Employee
    Requirements regarding withholding payroll taxes are something that every business owner should be familiar with, particularly businesses which handle their own payroll internally (as opposed to outsourcing to a payroll company). Employers…
  • Aug 6

    New Jersey's Use Tax

    New Jersey's Use Tax
    New Jersey's Sales and Use Tax Act is most often cited to refer to sales taxes while the use tax http://www.state.nj.us/treasury/taxation/pdf/pubs/sales/anj7.pdf tends to be less well known. When goods or services are purchased outside of…
Rank this Week: 392

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 &amp; 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: 573

Spencer Law Firm Blog

Spencer Law Firm Blog

Covers probate and estate planning in Pennsylvania.

http://www.pennsylvaniatrustsandestates.com/
  • May 12

    Estate Planning and Portability

    Estate Planning and Portability
    The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (ATRA), which tried to keep us from going over the "fiscal cliff," raised the federal estate tax exemption to $5.25 million and made permanent an estate tax concept called…
  • Apr 25

    Seminar: How to Prepare Fiduciary Accounts and Avoid Common Trap

    Seminar: How to Prepare Fiduciary Accounts and Avoid Common Trap
    Don't miss the PBI seminar on How to Prepare Fiduciary Accounts and Avoid Common Traps next Thursday May 1, 2014 at the CLE Conference Center, Wanamaker Building, Philadelphia. Register here:…
  • Dec 22

    It's Not Too Late - Get Your 2013 Deductions for Charitable Giving

    It's Not Too Late - Get Your 2013 Deductions for Charitable Giving
    It's Not Too Late - Get Your Deductions for Charitable Giving I resolved to stop accumulating and begin the infinitely more serious and difficult task of wise distribution. - Andrew Carnegie At the end of the calendar year, many people...
Rank this Week: 351

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: 410

Illinois Estate Planning &…

Illinois Estate Planning & Elder Law Blog

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

http://www.illinoisestateplanningandelderlawblog.com/
  • Oct 25

    Illinois Law and Children with Disabilitie

    Illinois Law and Children with Disabilitie
    A concern for parents or grandparents of children with disabilities is how to assist with the child's financial future. One way to assist is to set up a Third Party Special Needs Trust. Any funds left for a disabled child, whether from an…
  • Oct 17

    Third Party and Self-Settled Special Needs Trust

    Third Party and Self-Settled Special Needs Trust
    When parents set up a Third Party Special Needs Trust, it is created by and funded with the assets of the parents. The parents are considered to be the “third party”. The trust is not set up with the assets of the special needs…
  • Oct 10

    5 Ways Your Will Can Become Usele

    5 Ways Your Will Can Become Usele
    Wills do not expire, but certain changes can render them useless. It is important to review your will periodically to ensure it still does what you want. The following are five ways your will can become out of date. 1. Your beneficiaries…
Rank this Week: 924

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/
  • Oct 25

    Access to One’s Digital Estate

    Access to One’s Digital Estate
    More states are starting to address a growing area of an individual’s estate: Digital assets. Last year North Carolina amended the durable power of attorney and estate administration laws to include power to manage digital assets. This…
  • Oct 23

    Protecting IRA Assets for Beneficiaries: IRA Beneficiary Trust

    Protecting IRA Assets for Beneficiaries: IRA Beneficiary Trust
    Earlier this year the Supreme Court ruled in Clark v. Rameker that inherited retirement accounts are subject to bankruptcy claims. As a result of this ruling, Individual Retirement Account (IRA) owners are taking steps to ensure assets…
  • Oct 20

    Gifting Trends Among Wealthy

    Gifting Trends Among Wealthy
    How and why individuals choose to donate to charities are influenced by several factors. Tax incentives for charitable giving are believed to be driving gifting trends, but there are also personal values and family legacies to consider.…
Rank this Week: 1356

Northern California Center for…

Northern California Center for Estate Planning and Elder Law

Covers estate planning.

http://www.norcalplanners.com/blog/
  • Oct 24

    What Is a TOD or POD Account?

    What Is a TOD or POD Account?
    People often look for so-called “simple solutions.” They hear about some type of shortcut that sounds good on the surface, and they buy into the notion hook, line, and sinker. In many cases, the results are not good. With the…
  • Oct 23

    What Is a Family Limited Partnership?

    What Is a Family Limited Partnership?
    People often say that we live in a litigious society. Lawsuits are common, and people who like to sue others tend to seek out targets with deep pockets. As a result, certain people are particularly vulnerable to lawsuits. Landlords who own…
  • Oct 22

    What Is Joint Tenancy?

    What Is Joint Tenancy?
    People sometimes look for shortcuts that seem attractive on the surface, and this enters into the realm of estate planning. Joint tenancy is one of the shortcuts that you should understand thoroughly. You may want to take pause…
Rank this Week: 1657

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/
  • Oct 24

    Preparing a final tax return

    Preparing a final tax return
    This article from www.widowed.ca contains information and detailed instructions to help someone file a tax return for a spouse or other loved one who has passed away. It is practical and useful information that any executor or widowed spouse…
  • Oct 19

    Provinces spend millions each year to ensure that Canadians get a proper burial

    Provinces spend millions each year to ensure that Canadians get a proper burial
    What happens when a person dies in Canada, but cannot be identified? And what if their identity is known, but they have no money for a funeral? What if their loved ones won't get involved? In Alberta alone, last year there were 1,577…
  • Oct 18

    Ontario woman and her husband charged with elder abuse of her mother

    Ontario woman and her husband charged with elder abuse of her mother
    There is a very sad, very serious case being heard in court in Ontario this week. Viola Simonds was in her 70s and had dementia and other medical issues. Her daughter and son-in-law had a Power of Attorney for Personal Care for Ms. Simonds.…
Rank this Week: 4717

Estate Planning Blog

Estate Planning Blog

Covers asset protection, estate planning, probate and income tax planning. By Sheppard, Brett, Stewart, Hersch, Kinsey & Hill P.A.

http://www.sbshlaw.com/blog
  • Oct 24

    Pour Over Will

    Pour Over Will
    Last summer Patti and I – along with another couple we are friends with – travelled to Portland Oregon, exploring that wonderful region of the Pacific Northwest. While there, we all took the opportunity to white-water raft the…
  • Oct 17

    What is a Trust Administration?

    What is a Trust Administration?
    There’s much confusion for family members when a loved one dies with a revocable trust. Often they believe that the successor trustee can simply wrap things up and distribute the trust assets right away. That’s not the case. When…
  • Oct 10

    Lineage With Nothing Is Still Nothing

    Lineage With Nothing Is Still Nothing
    There’s an old Yiddish phrase “un kinder aus yachsen mit bupkes ist immer bupkis!” (a child from a distinguished heritage with nothing is still nothing). In other words, it doesn’t matter how important or distinguished…
Rank this Week: 4758

Fisher Law Blog

Fisher Law Blog

Covers estate planning and business succession. By Randall Fisher.

http://thefisherlawoffice.wordpress.com
  • Oct 24

    Use of LLCs for holding real estate: Pros and Con

    Use of LLCs for holding real estate: Pros and Con
    I read a colleague’s recent blog today about the pros and cons of using a Limited Liability Company (LLC) to hold investment real estate. It seems to be a popular topic because I spent last evening discussing the same thing…
  • Oct 19

    Aging in America: Stuck in the middle

    Aging in America: Stuck in the middle
    CBS’s Sunday Morning had a very thoughtful piece on Aging in America. The point of discussion was parents who run out of money before they die and the impact of the life change that this situation brings to the whole … Continue…
  • Oct 17

    Odenton Town Center Tax Increment Financing District

    Odenton Town Center Tax Increment Financing District
    On Tuesday morning, West Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce CEO Claire Louder and several members of the Chamber attended the County Council Work Session at which two pieces of legislation affecting the Odenton Town Center were…
Rank this Week: 4305

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/
  • Oct 24

    International Estate Planning: The Importance of a Temporary Guardian

    International Estate Planning: The Importance of a Temporary Guardian
    You may have spent considerable amounts of time choosing a guardian for your minor children in case something happens to you and your spouse – but have you taken the time to choose a temporary guardian as well as a permanent one?…
  • Oct 23

    Nominating Non-Resident Guardians for Your Children in California

    Nominating Non-Resident Guardians for Your Children in California
    In the event that you and your spouse could no longer take care of your minor children, who is best suited to do the job? For many first-generation families living in the United States, the best guardian for their children still lives abroad:…
  • Oct 22

    California Guardianship: Choose an Alternate Guardian for Your Kids!

    California Guardianship: Choose an Alternate Guardian for Your Kids!
    You’ve nominated the perfect guardian for your kids: your caring, secure, and stable parents, who love and know your kids well. But what happens if something goes wrong during the guardianship process? What if, for one reason or…
Rank this Week: 4797

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/
  • Oct 24

    Estate Planning Gotchas During a Divorce

    Estate Planning Gotchas During a Divorce
    There are many estate planning issues to consider while you are getting a divorce and once the divorce is complete. Be sure to seek legal advice as soon as possible in these types of situations.
  • Oct 22

    If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It ... Unless the Trustee Says No

    If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It ... Unless the Trustee Says No
    Proper planning is important, but just as important is selecting the right people to be involved in the plan, so that your wishes will be followed.
  • Oct 20

    New Developments in Digital Estate Planning

    New Developments in Digital Estate Planning
    Don’t forget to plan for your digital assets as part of your overall estate plan.
Rank this Week: 2981

CEB blog

CEB blog

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

http://blog.ceb.com
  • Oct 24

    2 Ways to Lose Credibility in Court

    2 Ways to Lose Credibility in Court
    You likely start out with credibility in the eyes of the judge. After all, you’re an officer of the court. But that initial benefit of the doubt can easily slip away, and once you’ve lost your credibility, the case may not be far…
  • Oct 22

    Idea-Expression Dichotomy Remains Key to Copyright Protection of New Technology

    Idea-Expression Dichotomy Remains Key to Copyright Protection of New Technology
    Can you state the difference between an idea and the expression of that idea? Don’t worry if it doesn’t slip off your tongue. This distinction one of the most difficult areas of copyright law but far from academic because…
  • Oct 20

    10 Tips to Working Better with Your Paralegal

    10 Tips to Working Better with Your Paralegal
    Attorneys spend a lot of time working with support staff, particularly paralegals, but get no training in law school on how to successfully navigate this important relationship. Here are some tips to help you get the most effective assistance…
Rank this Week: 1601

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/
  • Oct 24

    Thanksgiving is a Perfect Occasion ... to Talk About Your Estate Plan?

    Thanksgiving is a Perfect Occasion ... to Talk About Your Estate Plan?
    Thanksgiving Day is about a month away. Perhaps that would be a perfect occasion to have your estate planning say?
  • Oct 23

    Are You Prepped if Dementia Strikes?

    Are You Prepped if Dementia Strikes?
    The good news is we are all living longer. The bad news is we do not necessarily keep up mentally or physically (or both) with each passing birthday. So, are you prepped financially if dementia is in your future?
  • Oct 22

    Do-It-Yourself Estate Planning? Really?

    Do-It-Yourself Estate Planning? Really?
    I enjoy and appreciate the internet. There is so much valuable information at the click of a mouse. It is a dream-come-true for the do-it-yourselfer in all of us. Some projects, however, are very risky DIY project.
Rank this Week: 3962

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/
  • Oct 24

    Idaho Elder Law - What is the VA Pension Program?

    Idaho Elder Law - What is the VA Pension Program?
    For many of America’s elderly that find themselves struggling to meet growing health costs a solution comes in the form of an underutilized VA benefit. For veterans who served during a time of war or for their surviving spouses, the…
  • Oct 23

    Idaho Estate Planning - Inheritance From Long Lost Auntie? It Happen

    Idaho Estate Planning - Inheritance From Long Lost Auntie? It Happen
    An insular Hemel Hempstead man who died with an estate worth £750,000 has had his legacy split among 39 relatives who never even knew he existed.
  • Oct 22

    Idaho Estate Planning - Family Feuds Over Loved One's Passing

    Idaho Estate Planning - Family Feuds Over Loved One's Passing
    In what likely foretells a bitter probate battle to come, a judge ordered Wednesday that the body of wealthy Alamo Heights woman who died Tuesday not be cremated before an autopsy is performed.
Rank this Week: 3105

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
  • Oct 24

    Would You Choose Physician-Assisted Suicide If You Had A Terminal Illness?

    Would You Choose Physician-Assisted Suicide If You Had A Terminal Illness?
    While standing in line at the grocery store a few days ago, the cover of People magazine caught my eye. It was a photograph of Brittany Maynard, a 29 year-old woman with terminal brain cancer who has made a controversial choice to take her…
  • Oct 17

    Who Are My Heirs If I Am Single And Die Without A Will?

    Who Are My Heirs If I Am Single And Die Without A Will?
    I explained last week that an heir is a person who will inherit your property by virtue of a state’s intestacy laws if you die without a Will. The Texas intestacy statutes are essentially a Will that the state of Texas writes for you.…
  • Oct 10

    Is There A Difference Between A Beneficiary And An Heir?

    Is There A Difference Between A Beneficiary And An Heir?
    The words “Beneficiary” and “Heir” are often used interchangeably, but each word has a very specific legal definition. A beneficiary is someone who benefits from the transfer of property, such as by a Will or a Trust.…
Rank this Week: 3973

Potter Law Firm Blog

Potter Law Firm Blog

Covers estate planning and elder law.

http://www.potterestateplanning.com/blog/
  • Oct 24

    Does a Revocable Living Trust Reduce Income Tax Responsibility?

    Does a Revocable Living Trust Reduce Income Tax Responsibility?
    The revocable living trust is a very useful estate planning tool. These trusts are widely utilized by people who do not consider themselves to be wealthy. Revocable living trusts allow for efficient control of assets while you are living.…
  • Oct 22

    Does the State Take My Assets If I Go on Medicaid?

    Does the State Take My Assets If I Go on Medicaid?
    You may not think about this program when you are planning for retirement, but in reality, Medicaid is very important for a significant percentage of senior citizens. Yes, Medicaid is a program that is in place to help people with very…
  • Oct 15

    Free Report: What is a Living Will in North Carolina?

    Free Report: What is a Living Will in North Carolina?
    A living will is called an advance directive for health care. It is not the only advance directive that should be included within your estate plan. There is another advance directive that is widely utilized called a durable power of attorney…
Rank this Week: 1706

American Academy of Estate…

American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys Blog

Provides legal marketing and estate planning legal updates.

http://www.aaepa.com/articles/
  • Oct 24

    How to Get Quality Nursing Home Care Without Racking Up Huge Bill

    How to Get Quality Nursing Home Care Without Racking Up Huge Bill
    As the cost of nursing homes continues to rise, it becomes increasingly difficult for many families to provide their loved ones with the nursing home care they need. In many cases, paying out of pocket can exceed $7,000 per month, which makes…
  • Oct 22

    Marriage: Whether to Say “I Do”

    Marriage: Whether to Say “I Do”
    I’ve blogged before on the topic of same-sex marriage. Now that: i) a majority of states allow same-sex marriage, and ii) a majority of people live in a state which allows same-sex marriage, I thought it would be interesting to take a…
  • Oct 20

    Create a Great Funeral Day – It’s a Group Activity

    Create a Great Funeral Day – It’s a Group Activity
    Halloween, also known as All Hallows’ Eve, precedes the yearly celebration on November 1 of All Hallows’ (or Saints’) Day. Appropriately, Create a Great Funeral Day (CAGFD) falls on October 30, the day before Halloween.…
Rank this Week: 3402

Mendel Law Firm Blog

Mendel Law Firm Blog

Covers estate planning.

http://www.mendellawfirm.com/blog/
  • Oct 24

    Famous Estates – Legacy Champ or Chump?

    Famous Estates – Legacy Champ or Chump?
    John Denver (1943-1997) – Musician, Singer, Songwriter & Activist Henry John Deutschendorf, Jr., known professionally as John Denver, was an American singer, songwriter, activist, and humanitarian. Denver began his music career in…
  • Oct 22

    Thought for the Day:

    Thought for the Day:
    It is not what you do for your children, but what you have taught them to do for themselves, that will make them successful human beings. Ann Lander
  • Oct 22

    Hidden Gold and Intestate Succession

    Hidden Gold and Intestate Succession
    We have told you before that under the laws of Intestate succession your estate is distributed to your closest living relatives if you pass away without an estate plan or at least a Will. However, what we haven’t told you is that it is…
Rank this Week: 1658

Buffalo NY Attorneys Blog

Buffalo NY Attorneys Blog

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

http://www.wny-lawyers.com/blog/
  • Oct 23

    My Spouse Is An Alcoholic. How Can I Prove They’re Unfit For Custody In A Buffalo Divorce?

    My Spouse Is An Alcoholic. How Can I Prove They’re Unfit For Custody In A Buffalo Divorce?
    A history of substance abuse, whether alcohol, drugs, or prescription drugs, is something that judges consider very closely when reviewing custody petitions. Most problem drinkers will have indicators in their financial records of purchases…
  • Oct 23

    Can My Spouse Be Compelled To Turn Over Financial Records In Our Rochester Divorce?

    Can My Spouse Be Compelled To Turn Over Financial Records In Our Rochester Divorce?
    Yes, you and your spouse will be required to turn over a statement of net worth and any other relevant financial disclosures during the discovery phase of your divorce. If additional records are needed, such as if you believe your spouse is…
  • Oct 23

    How Are Our Two Incomes Used To Determine Child Support In Rochester?

    How Are Our Two Incomes Used To Determine Child Support In Rochester?
    Child support calculations are fairly complex, but as a general proposition, the court will look at the couple’s combined income and the number of children they share, then determine a percentage of the combined income to provide for…
Rank this Week: 958

Palo Alto Estate Planning Blog

Palo Alto Estate Planning Blog

Covers tax planning, estate planning, trusts, wills and charitable giving. By Finch Montgomery Wright LLP.

http://www.paloaltoestateplanninglawyerblog.com/
  • Oct 23

    Happy National Estate Planning Awareness Week!

    Happy National Estate Planning Awareness Week!
    National Estate Planning Week is a good time to remind people about the importance of planning.
  • Oct 5

    State Inheritance and Estate Taxe

    State Inheritance and Estate Taxe
    Nineteen states and D.C. levy and estate or inheritance tax. These taxes can affect California residents.
  • Sep 23

    Taking Parents Off the Hook

    Taking Parents Off the Hook
    The New York Times published an interesting story this weekend on the expectations that parents and children have with respect to inheritances. The article summarized a study published in The Gerontologist last year, in which older adults and…
Rank this Week: 3494

Estate Planning in California

Estate Planning in California

By the Law Offices of Shahram Miri, Inc.

http://calestateplanning.blogspot.com/
  • Oct 23

    Community Property and Separate Property Trust

    Community Property and Separate Property Trust
    California is a community property state for marital property purposes. This means that assets considered "community property" are equally owned by the spouses, i.e. each owns 50%. Conversely, assets considered "separate property" are owned…
  • Oct 15

    Deathbed estate planning

    Deathbed estate planning
    Haste makes waste.Unfortunately when people engage in extremely expedient estate planning, disastrous results can occur. The reason being is that legal issues are not identified and addressed due to a shortage of time. Consequently, the…
  • Oct 9

    Heggstad Petition

    Heggstad Petition
    A Heggstad petition is a tool used to judicially transfer real estate into a revocable trust when the settlor failed to do so during their lifetime. That is, the settlor created a trust but never formally transferred their real estate into…
Rank this Week: 3039

New York Probate and Estate…

New York Probate and Estate Administration Blog

Published by Stephen Bilkis & Associates

http://www.newyorkprobateestateadministration.com/
  • Oct 23

    Court Looks at Motion to Vacate

    Court Looks at Motion to Vacate
    A New York Probate Laywer said on 17 June 2007, seven months after executing her will, the decedent, AB, died. Her husband predeceased her in 2001, and she never had any children, biological or adopted. The decedent was survived by six…
  • Oct 22

    Court Decides Motion to Vacate Will

    Court Decides Motion to Vacate Will
    A New York Probate Lawyer this is a proceeding where JPM Bank (JPM), co-executor, moved pursuant to CPLR §5015(a)(2) to vacate the decree admitting to probate the decedent's will dated 24 June 2005 (2005 Will) due to newly discovered…
  • Oct 14

    Summary Judgment Motion Filed Based on Testamentary Capacity

    Summary Judgment Motion Filed Based on Testamentary Capacity
    A New York Probate Lawyer said in this Will Contest proceeding, the decedent died in May 2006, survived by his wife and their two children, the proponent and the objectant. The wife suffers from Alzheimer's disease. Her cousin and an…
Rank this Week: 3023

Connecticut Estate Planning…

Connecticut Estate Planning Attorneys Blog

Covers estate planning. By CzepigaDalyPope LLC.

http://www.connecticutestateplanningattorneysblog.com/
  • Oct 23

    3 Little Known Ways to Get Through to the Department of Social Service

    3 Little Known Ways to Get Through to the Department of Social Service
    By Elizabeth Walsh Do you have a quick question for the Connecticut Department of Social Services (DSS)?  Do you need answers about that Medicaid application you’re trying to complete? Getting the answer will be anything but quick.…
  • Oct 16

    Senior Living Options: Cracking the Code

    Senior Living Options: Cracking the Code
    Independent Living. Assisted Living. Nursing Home. What do these terms mean? How are they different from each other? And which one is right for you? Take a look here to learn what each one is all about. Independent Living Maybe you’re…
  • Oct 10

    The One Thing You Should Know About Nursing Home Eviction

    The One Thing You Should Know About Nursing Home Eviction
    By Attorney Carmine Perri Going to a nursing home is hard enough, imagine being evicted? Good news. There are laws in place to prevent that from happening. Within a nursing home, just like any other place you call home, you are entitled to…
Rank this Week: 1550

Givner & Kaye Blog

Givner & Kaye Blog

Covers estate and tax planning.

http://www.givnerkaye.com/blog/
Rank this Week: 2672

The Zimmer Law Firm

The Zimmer Law Firm

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

http://www.zimmerlawfirm.com/blog/
  • Oct 23

    What Is a TOD or POD Account in Cincinnati?

    What Is a TOD or POD Account in Cincinnati?
    Estate planning in Cincinnati, Ohio involves arranging for assets that you own now to be transferred to others after you die. There are many different ways to make this happen. Some of them are more effective than others. With this in…
  • Oct 21

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

    How Can I Leave My Estate to My Spouse Tax Free?
    If you are a high net worth individual you must be aware of the federal estate tax and the impact that it can have on your financial legacy. Those who have been able to accumulate wealth have satisfied one objective. However, the next order…
  • Oct 16

    Defining the Distinctions Between Traditional Estate Planning & Legacy Wealth Planning

    Defining the Distinctions Between Traditional Estate Planning &amp; Legacy Wealth Planning
    Estate planning involves varying different strategies. Exactly how to proceed will depend on the nature of your wishes and the extent of your assets. Traditional Estate Planning Most people will engage in traditional estate planning. You may…
Rank this Week: 3410

Law Office of Andrew M. Lamkin,…

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

Covers elder law.

http://lamkinelderlaw.com/articles/
  • Oct 23

    How to Discuss Estate Planning with Your Family

    How to Discuss Estate Planning with Your Family
    Estate planning is often regarded as an issue better left untouched. Broaching the topic of death is understandably difficult for some people. Despite how it sounds, however, there are positives to discussing estate planning as a family. What…
  • Oct 16

    Ten Ways to Prepare for a Successful Retirement

    Ten Ways to Prepare for a Successful Retirement
    There is no better time than the present to start planning for your future. Although it can be confusing and stressful, with patience and discipline you can achieve a successful retirement plan. You cannot depend on Social Security or a…
  • Oct 7

    Ways to Help Beat the Loneliness of Your Aging Parent

    Ways to Help Beat the Loneliness of Your Aging Parent
    More than likely you have plans for what you are going to do tonight, tomorrow, the weekend, and even maybe a vacation a few months off. Do your parents? As your parents aged, they may have drawn away from social groups and friends they once…
Rank this Week: 1880

epilawg

epilawg

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

http://epilawg.com/
  • Oct 23

    Are you a Minnesota Resident?

    Are you a Minnesota Resident?
    We’ve said before that Minnesota is not a favorable state in which to die because of the state’s estate tax laws. Some believe that the same is true for other tax reasons as well. While […]Are you a Minnesota Resident? is a…
  • Oct 15

    Death with Dignity

    Death with Dignity
    Brittany Maynard, an Oregon resident, selected the date November 1, 2014 as the day she will end her life. Brittany is 29 years old, and was recently diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. She is plagued […]Death with Dignity is a post…
  • Oct 7

    5 Lessons from Kindergarten to Ease Estate Administration

    5 Lessons from Kindergarten to Ease Estate Administration
    Unfortunately no matter how close a family might seem, it always has the potential to endure disputes between members either during everyone’s lifetimes or after someone has passed away. The fights can get ugly and […]5 Lessons…
Rank this Week: 4652

German Law Group Blog

German Law Group Blog

Covers estate planning.

http://www.germanlawgroup.com/
  • Oct 23

    Are Revocable Living Trusts Only for the Wealthy?

    Are Revocable Living Trusts Only for the Wealthy?
    Legal advice is invaluable when you are planning your estate, because people who are not aware of all the facts sometimes harbor misconceptions. One of them is the idea that trusts are only useful for the wealthy. There are trusts that are…
  • Oct 21

    What Is a Guardianship?

    What Is a Guardianship?
    Far too many people procrastinate when it comes to estate planning. Some older adults are remiss, but procrastination is more common among younger people. Unfortunately, people of all ages pass away every day. You never know what the future…
  • Oct 16

    How Long Does the Probate Process Take?

    How Long Does the Probate Process Take?
    You may assume that you should use a last will to facilitate future asset transfers. If you do use a last will to state your final wishes regarding the distribution of your property, the will must be admitted to probate. The estate…
Rank this Week: 1727

Nash Nash Bean & Ford, LLP Blog

Nash Nash Bean & Ford, LLP Blog

Covers elder law and estate planning.

http://www.nashbeanford.com/blog/
  • Oct 22

    What Is a Step Up in Basis?

    What Is a Step Up in Basis?
    If you were gifted real property in the Last Will and Testament of someone who recently died you may be concerned about the tax ramifications of that gift. As you likely already know, Uncle Sam taxes just about everything in the United…
  • Oct 17

    Do I Need to Change My Trust When I Buy or Sell Assets?

    Do I Need to Change My Trust When I Buy or Sell Assets?
    A well thought out estate plan typically includes a variety of legal documents in addition to a Last Will and Testament. Trust agreements are frequently among those additional documents due in large part to the flexibility offered by a trust…
  • Oct 13

    Do I Work with You or a Paralegal?

    Do I Work with You or a Paralegal?
    If you have not worked closely with an attorney before it can be a bit intimidating and confusing the first time. If you have decided to finally sit down and create an estate plan with us you have made an excellent decision. Because an estate…
Rank this Week: 1712

Anderson, Dorn & Rader, Ltd. Blog

Anderson, Dorn & Rader, Ltd. Blog

Covers estate planning, probate and living trusts in Nevada.

http://www.wealth-counselors.com/blog/
  • Oct 22

    Per Stirpes and Per Capita Distribution of Asset

    Per Stirpes and Per Capita Distribution of Asset
    Statutes and legal documents often include strange language and curious terms that might not mean much to the average person.  Estate planning documents and their governing laws are certainly no exception.  While an estate planning…
  • Oct 5

    Free Report: Guardianships in Nevada

    Free Report: Guardianships in Nevada
    Understanding what a guardianship is, as well as what is required to establish one, can be extremely helpful in deciding whether or not a guardianship is necessary.  Topics covered in this whitepaper include: Determining Incapacity What…
  • Oct 1

    How to Deal with the Failure to Honor Power of Attorney

    How to Deal with the Failure to Honor Power of Attorney
    Most of us assume that everyone is required to honor a power of attorney if it is presented to them, but that is not always the case.  A power of attorney is often questioned by third parties, such as banks and insurance companies. Many…
Rank this Week: 3398

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/
  • Oct 22

    The NPS Civil Trial: our first glimpse of the legal argument

    The NPS Civil Trial: our first glimpse of the legal argument
    In anticipation of a February trial date, a group from the fiduciary bank defendants has filed a motion for summary judgment in the Federal court that will try the NPS civil lawsuit.  The intent of the summary judgment request is to…
  • Oct 12

    Consumers Payment Options: Administrative Hurdles and Preneed Trust

    Consumers Payment Options: Administrative Hurdles and Preneed Trust
    There are three scenarios for administration of preneed installment payments: the funeral operator collects payments, the trustee collects payments or a third party administrator collects payments.  The entity collecting installment…
  • Sep 28

    Consumer Options and Administrative Hurdles: Market Value Allocation

    Consumer Options and Administrative Hurdles: Market Value Allocation
    The conventional guaranteed preneed transaction is premised upon investment returns offsetting performance cost increases to the funeral home.  Many funeral homes restrict consumers to single payment preneed contracts to limit their…
Rank this Week: 1339

Andrew Flusche, Virginia Lawyer

Andrew Flusche, Virginia Lawyer

Covers Virginia drunk driving, reckless driving and speeding offenses.

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

    Lost Your License Out of State? Getting a Virginia license.

    Lost Your License Out of State? Getting a Virginia license.
    Find out how I can help you get a VA license when you have lost your license in another state. Contact me today. © marketing for Andrew Flusche, 2014. | Permalink | No comment | Add to del.icio.us Post tags: Feed enhanced by Better Feed…
  • Oct 15

    What Can I do if Court is Tomorrow in Virginia?

    What Can I do if Court is Tomorrow in Virginia?
    If you are scheduled to appear in court tomorrow, contact me today! You may still have some options and I might be able to help. © marketing for Andrew Flusche, 2014. | Permalink | No comment | Add to del.icio.us Post tags: Feed enhanced…
  • Oct 14

    What Are my Options?

    What Are my Options?
    This is everyone’s first question. Each case is difference, but watch and click on the link to learn more about your case. Contact me for a free case strategy session and I will go over all of your options and work for the best possible…
Rank this Week: 1216