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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: 40

Florida Estate Planning Lawyer…

Florida Estate Planning Lawyer Blog

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

http://www.floridaestateplanninglawyerblog.com/
  • Jul 11

    How to Correct a Death Certificate in Florida

    How to Correct a Death Certificate in Florida
    Correcting a Death Certificate in Florida We often receive calls about how to correct a Florida Death Certificate in relation to filing a Probate case in Florida. Correcting a Florida Death certificate is done through Florida Vital Statistics…
  • May 27

    Remarriage Protection

    Remarriage Protection
    Remarriage Protection Many lawyers proclaim to have remarriage protection in their estate planning documents, but few estate plans deal with these issues completely. A traditional trust that deals with remarriage will include language that…
  • May 4

    Prince – Estate planning

    Prince – Estate planning
    Like many deaths, the death of the legendary pop star Prince came as a shock and surprise for the world.  What shocked estate planning attorneys even more so is the possibility that Prince may have died without a will or an estate plan,…
Rank this Week: 54

Florida Probate Litigation Lawyer…

Florida Probate Litigation Lawyer Blog

Cover Florida probate litigation. By Chepenik & Trushin LLP.

http://www.floridaprobatelitigationlawyer.com/
  • Jul 22

    Trustee Acting Squirrely?

    Trustee Acting Squirrely?
    When a Trustee Goes Bad: Removal of a Trustee Trustees play a critical role in trust administration. Settlors, or creators of the trust, give trustees legal title and management authority over the settlor’s property for the benefit of…
  • Jul 12

    Does ingesting medical based pot make you incapable of creating a will or trust?

    Does ingesting medical based pot make you incapable of creating a will or trust?
    Possibility of the Effect of Marijuana on Estate Planning In the 2014 legislative session, the Florida Legislature passed the Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act of 2014, which authorizes certain physicians to prescribe low-THC cannabis for…
  • Jun 30

    Settlor’s, Trustee’s and Beneficiary’s – Meet your “Jedi Knight”, Trust Protector

    Settlor’s, Trustee’s and Beneficiary’s – Meet your “Jedi Knight”, Trust Protector
    Trust Protectors: An Extra Layer of Protection Traditionally, a trust has three main participants, a settlor, a trustee, and one or more beneficiaries.  A settlor creates and/or contributes property to the trust.  A trustee manages…
Rank this Week: 117

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: 104

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: 127

American Academy of Estate…

American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys Blog

Provides legal marketing and estate planning legal updates.

http://www.aaepa.com/articles/
  • Jul 27

    Common Mistakes in Estate Planning

    Common Mistakes in Estate Planning
    Here’s a secret (shhh…!): Estate planning attorneys are human. We are not perfect. Over a series of four blogs, we’ll look at common mistakes. Are you making any of them? The first mistake in the planning process is not…
  • Jul 25

    5 Helpful Tips When Dealing with Difficult People

    5 Helpful Tips When Dealing with Difficult People
    Everyone has encountered that surly person who makes the job just a little harder for those around them. Whether it’s a client or a member of the team, difficult personalities can throw a wrench into your day, and ruin your…
  • Jul 22

    What’s Your Commute?

    What’s Your Commute?
    How do you change a negative into a positive? Do you feel stuck doing something you feel that you cannot change? I did, but I found a way to turn it into one of my favorite parts of my day. Let me explain. I love where I live. The community…
Rank this Week: 215

About Florida Law

About Florida Law

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

http://aboutfloridalaw.com
  • Jul 26

    What Happens When a Buyer Defaults on a Florida Real Estate Contract?

    What Happens When a Buyer Defaults on a Florida Real Estate Contract?
    In Florida, buyers breach real estate contracts all of the time and in all sorts of ways. When a buyer fails to meet his or her obligations under a sales contract, often times it leaves the seller wondering what steps to take now that the…
  • Jul 19

    Protecting a Bona Fide Purchaser of Florida Residential Real Estate

    Protecting a Bona Fide Purchaser of Florida Residential Real Estate
    Under Florida law, a “bona fide purchaser” of real estate is afforded certain protections including ownership and title. The rule essentially provides a buyer with superior rights to property over those who may have valid…
  • Jul 12

    4 Title Issues That Can Derail A Florida Closing

    4 Title Issues That Can Derail A Florida Closing
    In Florida, often times right before a residential real estate transaction is set to close the deal is derailed because of conflicting legal interests between the parties to the transaction (the seller and the buyer) and a third party with an…
Rank this Week: 349

Cramer Law Center

Cramer Law Center

Covers Florida estate planning.

http://cramerlawcenter.com
  • Jul 25

    US Survey Reveals 72% of Americans Do Not Have an Up to Date Will

    US Survey Reveals 72% of Americans Do Not Have an Up to Date Will
    Almost every month I present an educational workshop called “The Truth About Estate Planning”. We start off our small group discussion citing similar horrible statistics. It is interesting to see that someone finally surveyed…
  • Jul 19

    Having “The Talk” . . . About End-of-Life Care

    Having “The Talk” . . . About End-of-Life Care
    Last e-newsletter, we addressed how difficult it can be to have “the talk” about dementia with a loved one. Many people also feel uncomfortable discussing end-of-life care with their parents. Although it may seem like it could put…
  • Jun 16

    Having “The Talk”…About Dementia

    Having “The Talk”…About Dementia
    Just as it’s not easy for parents to bring up the birds and the bees with their kids, it’s anything but easy to begin a conversation with a loved one about how they want to live at the end of their lives. But it’s vitally…
Rank this Week: 198

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/
  • Jul 24

    Marley v. Rawling

    Marley v. Rawling
    As I wrote in my most recent post, Fuchs v. Fuchs, I am looking at cases in other jurisdictions dealing with rectification of wills for a paper I am working on. I am not aware of any cases in British Columbia interpreting our new provision…
  • Jul 17

    Fuchs v. Fuch

    Fuchs v. Fuch
    I am still waiting for some reported British Columbia cases interpreting section 59 of the Wills, Estates and Succession Act (“WESA”), which expressly allows the court to rectify a will. Subsections 59 (1) and (2) provide as…
  • Jun 19

    New Requirement that Bare Trusts be Disclosed on Property Transfer Tax Return

    New Requirement that Bare Trusts be Disclosed on Property Transfer Tax Return
    The Government of British Columbia has amended the Property Transfer Tax Return to require more information on the purchase of land, effective June 10, 2016. The requirement that a purchaser who is not a Canadian citizen or permanent resident…
Rank this Week: 333

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/
  • Jul 21

    When Is a Special Needs Trust Needed?

    When Is a Special Needs Trust Needed?
    This is an article from the Law Offices of Kobrick & Moccia (http://www.kobricklaw.com/) in Garden City, New York, that we thought others may find helpful. As the parent, caregiver, or extended family member of a child with special needs…
  • Jul 14

    Financial Planning for Someone with Alzheimer’

    Financial Planning for Someone with Alzheimer’
    This is an article from Anderson, Dorn & Rader, Ltd. (http://www.wealth-counselors.com/) in Reno, Nevada, that we thought others may find helpful. Alzheimer’s is a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking and…
  • Jul 7

    Why Would I Want to Avoid Probate?

    Why Would I Want to Avoid Probate?
    This is an article from The Potter Law Firm (http://www.potterestateplanning.com/) in Ashland, Kentucky, that we thought others may find helpful. Because a lot of people tend to put the matter of estate planning on the back burner, they…
Rank this Week: 180

epilawg

epilawg

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

http://epilawg.com/
  • Jul 18

    SECTION 179 – WHAT IS IT AND WHATS NEW FOR 2016

    SECTION 179 – WHAT IS IT AND WHATS NEW FOR 2016
    Recently we have been meeting with many of our clients to discuss operational results for the first half of the year. Generally speaking, business is up from last year for my clients. As a result, […]
  • Jun 30

    Please: get the correct acknowledgement if you want to deduct that property contribution

    Please: get the correct acknowledgement if you want to deduct that property contribution
    “Close” counts with horseshoes and hand grenades. Unfortunately, it doesn’t count for entitlement to deduct a charitable contribution, once the amount claimed exceeds a trigger point. When that happens, the taxpayer’s…
  • Jun 20

    PROBATE CODE UPDATES

    PROBATE CODE UPDATES
    Starting August 1, 2016, the amounts available under the Minnesota Probate Code (Minn. Stat. Ch. 524) for a number of issues will be adjusted for the first time in more than 25 years. These issues […]
Rank this Week: 316

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
  • Jun 24

    When Your Plan Doesn’t Work Out

    When Your Plan Doesn’t Work Out
    “Sarah” had a Will that left $50,000 specific bequest of cash to each of her five grandchildren, while the rest, including her residence, was to be distributed among her two daughters. At her passing she owned her Florida…
  • Jun 17

    Open Discussions with Your Adult Children

    Open Discussions with Your Adult Children
    An adult child of a client who recently passed away contacted me to discuss what she was to receive from her mother’s estate. She had no idea what mother owned, or what anything was worth. She only knew that our office prepared the…
  • Jun 10

    How Much Direction Does Your Trust Provide?

    How Much Direction Does Your Trust Provide?
    Many revocable trusts continue on past the lifetime of the grantor to benefit a surviving spouse and children. A trust that continues on for a spouse may be known as a “marital,” “credit-shelter,” or “family…
Rank this Week: 267

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/
  • Apr 16

    PA Model Local Rule for Mediation

    PA Model Local Rule for Mediation
    <!--[if gte mso 9]> <![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 9]> Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE …
  • Apr 16

    Expanding Access to Mediation in PA

    Expanding Access to Mediation in PA
    <!--[if !mso]> v\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} o\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} w\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} .shape {behavior:url(#default#VML);} <![endif]-->Following is a document for use in a presentation to the…
  • Nov 23

    PA Bar Assn approves Orphans' Court Mediation Project

    PA Bar Assn approves Orphans' Court Mediation Project
    <!--[if gte mso 9]> <![endif]-->On Friday, November 21, 2014, the Pennsylvania Bar Association formally approved, by unanimous vote, a Report and Recommendation presented by its Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee…
Rank this Week: 390

FLG Trusts & Estates Reporter

FLG Trusts & Estates Reporter

Covers trusts, estate planning, asset protection, and probate, with particular focus on Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida. By Fortenberry Law Group PLLC.

http://www.fortenberrylaw.com
  • Nov 17

    U.S. States With Series LLC Act

    U.S. States With Series LLC Act
    A series LLC is a form of limited liability company that is authorized by state law to hold assets in separate “containers” known as series.  These containers function much like holding companies. They are used to segregate…
  • Oct 29

    Rights of Stepchildren to Assets of a Deceased Parent in Probate

    Rights of Stepchildren to Assets of a Deceased Parent in Probate
    Here’s a scenario that I get so often that it deserves its own blog post:  Dad dies. Stepchildren claim that stepmother is taking dad’s assets and not communicating with them. Stepmother claims that all of the marital assets…
  • Oct 22

    Formal Florida Probate Administration in 10 Step

    Formal Florida Probate Administration in 10 Step
    Of the various types of Florida probate proceedings, formal administration is the most common.  Like any probate matter, Florida probate administration can vary depending on the size of the estate, the decedent’s asset…
Rank this Week: 152

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/
  • May 29

    New Birth Certificate Guidelines in North Carolina for Same-Sex Couples’ Children

    New Birth Certificate Guidelines in North Carolina for Same-Sex Couples’ Children
    Same-sex couples who have a child in North Carolina could previously only list one parent on the child’s birth certificate. This made administration of additional documentation for the child (Social Security card, school registrations,…
  • May 27

    Covering Retirement v. Leaving Inheritance

    Covering Retirement v. Leaving Inheritance
    Expenses in senior years continue to be a concern for many Americans. As multiple studies show, most individuals do not maintain adequate retirement contributions. As the costs of long-term care (LTC) insurance policies and LTC costs rise,…
  • May 26

    Avoid a Will Dispute

    Avoid a Will Dispute
    An individual’s last will and testament might clearly reflect one’s wishes, but it does not prevent an estate dispute. Successfully contesting a will in North Carolina (and similarly in other states) requires evidence of certain…
Rank this Week: 175

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
  • Feb 23

    The New Wisconsin Trust Code: Drafting the Rules Your Clients Need

    The New Wisconsin Trust Code: Drafting the Rules Your Clients Need
    By Randy S. Nelson.   From InsideTrack, the Bi-Weekly Newsletter of the State Bar of Wisconsin.  
  • Feb 10

    Capacity Issues in Estate Planning

    Capacity Issues in Estate Planning
    By Jacqueline L. Messler.  As the average age of Americans continues to rise, more cases of dementia are diagnosed, and the need for assistance for the elderly rises, estate planners are often faced with issues of capacity. …
  • Sep 30

    Plan Before You Think You Need To

    Plan Before You Think You Need To
    By Michael B. Berzowski.  On August 24,2014 while doing some yard work, I lost my footing , fell and managed to break both bones in my lower right leg along with some cartilage and tendon damage plus some bone chips in the heel area. As…
Rank this Week: 259

Edwards Elder Law, P.A. Blog

Edwards Elder Law, P.A. Blog

Covers assisted living, elder law, estate planning, and long term care.

http://www.edwardselderlaw.com/blog/
  • May 12

    An Assisted Living Community Is Not The Same Thing As A Nursing Home

    An Assisted Living Community Is Not The Same Thing As A Nursing Home
    Many of my clients are unfamiliar with the concept of assisted living communities.  In their minds the choices if they can no longer live independently at home are to move in with one of their adult children or to be … Continue…
  • Apr 28

    The Cottage Is Another Option For Aging in Place

    The Cottage Is Another Option For Aging in Place
    Many times when it becomes apparent that mom or dad can’t safely live along any longer, the first reaction is for the family to consider having mom or dad move in with an adult child.  This is a supportive and … Continue…
  • Apr 14

    Technology Is Becoming A Crucial Resource For Aging In Place

    Technology Is Becoming A Crucial Resource For Aging In Place
    As more and more of us express a desire to remain in our homes as we age, technology is responding with a variety of new ways to keep us safe. For instance, sensors can be placed on appliances such as … Continue reading →
Rank this Week: 166

Los Angeles Probate and Trust…

Los Angeles Probate and Trust Lawyer Blog

Covers estates, probate and trust administration in California. By Jan Morrison.

http://www.losangelesprobateandtrustlawyer.com/
  • May 10

    Using Joint Tenancy with Real Property as a Probate Avoidance Device, Part 2

    Using Joint Tenancy with Real Property as a Probate Avoidance Device, Part 2
    Although, joint tenancy will avoid probate, holding property as joint tenants may also have adverse and unexpected consequences. First, a little primer on basis to understand what is meant when we speak about your basis in property.…
  • May 10

    Using Joint Tenancy with Real Property as a Probate Avoidance Device, Part 2

    Using Joint Tenancy with Real Property as a Probate Avoidance Device, Part 2
    Although, joint tenancy will avoid probate, holding property as joint tenants may also have adverse and unexpected consequences. First, a little primer on basis to understand what is meant when we speak about your basis in property.…
  • Apr 19

    Using Joint Tenancy with Real Property as a Probate Avoidance Device, Part 1

    Using Joint Tenancy with Real Property as a Probate Avoidance Device, Part 1
    Many couples in California, married or not, hold title of their real property as joint tenants. I find this is mainly the result of not consulting a legal professional when purchasing the property. The property sales paperwork they receive…
Rank this Week: 344

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: 179

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
  • Jul 27

    Covering Costs in Contingent Fee Agreement

    Covering Costs in Contingent Fee Agreement
    When you’re working for a contingent fee, i.e., you’ll be paid a percentage of the recovery, don’t forget to discuss the payment of costs in your fee agreement with your client. Here’s what you’ll need…
  • Jul 25

    15 Steps to Forming a Nonprofit

    15 Steps to Forming a Nonprofit
    Clients come to you seeking to form a nonprofit corporation. As there are so many steps involved, use the following checklist to help you avoid costly mistakes. __   1.  Clear and reserve, if desired, the name of the…
  • Jul 22

    What’s a Timely Objection?

    What’s a Timely Objection?
    Objections to evidence at trial must be “timely made.” Evid C §353(a). But what does that actually mean? To be timely, an objection to inadmissible evidence must be made at the earliest opportunity. 3 Witkin, California…
Rank this Week: 2304

All About Estates

All About Estates

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

http://www.allaboutestates.ca/
  • Jul 27

    Testamentary Capacity and Insane Delusion

    Testamentary Capacity and Insane Delusion
    What constitutes "insane delusions"? How may those delusions affect a testator's ability to execute a valid will? Dr. Richard Shulman explores.
  • Jul 26

    Principal Residence Exemption and some of the “What if’s”

    Principal Residence Exemption and some of the “What if’s”
    In my last blog, I wrote about the role of “beneficial” ownership in the determination of whether a property qualifies for the principal residence exemption. With an acknowledgment to Keith Masterman of “Advisor.ca”, I…
  • Jul 22

    Satisfaction or Your Money Back (And Not a Cent More) – Felty v. Ernst & Young LLP

    Satisfaction or Your Money Back (And Not a Cent More) &ndash; Felty v. Ernst &amp; Young LLP
    Felty v. Ernst & Young LLP, 2015 BCCA 445, is an interesting case from the Court of Appeal of British Columbia. The issue on appeal was whether the trial judge erred in concluding that a retainer agreement clause limiting the respondent…
Rank this Week: 2970

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: 1149

Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning

Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning

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

http://blog.kylekrull.com/kansas-missouri-estate-planning/
Rank this Week: 4824

Law Office of Andrew M. Lamkin,…

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

Covers elder law.

http://lamkinelderlaw.com/articles/
  • Jul 27

    Reasons Why You Should Consider Long-Term Care Insurance

    Reasons Why You Should Consider Long-Term Care Insurance
    There are some things that you can put off and wait a few years before you decide. Purchasing and paying for long-term care insurance is not one of those decisions. Just like estate planning, long-term care insurance is one of those things…
  • Jul 20

    The Dangers of Generic Healthcare Proxy Form

    The Dangers of Generic Healthcare Proxy Form
    You may have an estate plan, but what thought have you put into what you would do if you became sick and unable to make decisions on your own? While there are plenty of medical miracles out there, none of them will protect you when you become…
  • Jul 13

    Estate Planning Tips for Unmarried, Cohabitating Couple

    Estate Planning Tips for Unmarried, Cohabitating Couple
    Just because you are not married does not mean that you cannot create an estate plan together. It is a common misconception that you must be married to share an estate plan. With more couples cohabitating, but staying unmarried, it is…
Rank this Week: 1861

Mendel Law Firm Blog

Mendel Law Firm Blog

Covers estate planning.

http://www.mendellawfirm.com/blog/
  • Jul 27

    Will My Trust Need to Be Changed If I Buy or Sell Assets?

    Will My Trust Need to Be Changed If I Buy or Sell Assets?
    In the not so distant past, trusts were considered the purview of the rich and famous only. The average person rarely included a trust in his or her estate plan. Instead, trusts were used to funnel family wealth from one generation to the…
  • Jul 22

    Famous Estates – Legacy Champ or Chump?

    Famous Estates – Legacy Champ or Chump?
    Helen Grace Hunt (1949- ) and Swanee LaKelly Hunt (1950- ) – Philanthropists The Hunt sisters, daughters of Texas oil mogul H.L. Hunt, were born and raised in Dallas, Texas. Swanee Hunt has a BA in philosophy, two master’s…
  • Jul 20

    What Is a Letter of Instruction?

    What Is a Letter of Instruction?
    An estate plan is made up of a number of legal documents that contain the instructions necessary to determine things such as the division of your estate assets after death or who will control those assets should you become incapacitated.…
Rank this Week: 2291

Wills and Estate Administration…

Wills and Estate Administration Articles

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

http://njwills.blogspot.com/
  • Jul 26

    Fill Loved Ones in on Your Estate Plan

    Fill Loved Ones in on Your Estate Plan
    Fill Loved Ones in on Your PlansA conversation with friends and family about what you want to happen if you become incapacitated or when you pass away is probably not a conversation you're excited about having. But talking to your loved ones…
  • Jul 26

    Planning Your Funeral: Less Morbid Than It Sound

    Planning Your Funeral: Less Morbid Than It Sound
    Planning Your Funeral: Less Morbid Than It SoundsAlthough making funeral plans now might seem strange, there are many reasons why it is a smart idea.One of the biggest reasons to plan your funeral is to keep someone else from having to. The…
  • Jul 26

    Explore Your Long-Term Care Option

    Explore Your Long-Term Care Option
    Explore Your Long-Term Care OptionsThe majority of us will use some sort of long-term care services as we get older. You may need assistance with activities ranging from bathing, eating and taking medication to shopping for groceries,…
Rank this Week: 855

Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof…

Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof Blog

By Gerry W. Beyer.

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/trusts_estates_prof/
  • Jul 26

    Do Doctors Make the Same Dying Mistakes that We Do?

    Do Doctors Make the Same Dying Mistakes that We Do?
    It is often thought that physicians avoid that end of life mistake that most of us make—they do not die in the hospital rather in the comfort of their own home with hospice or palliative care. We cannot believe that...
  • Jul 26

    Article on Antemortem Probate

    Article on Antemortem Probate
    Katherine M. Arango recently published a Note entitled, Trial and Heirs: Antemortem Probate for the Changing American Family, 81 Brook. L. Rev. 779 (2016). Provided below is a summary of the Note: The Pritchett-Dunphy-Tucker family has…
  • Jul 26

    Hershey Trust to Reform Its Governance

    Hershey Trust to Reform Its Governance
    Hershey Trust Co. reached a provisional agreement with the Pennsylvania attorney general to reform the governance practices of the $12 billion charity, which controls the Hershey chocolate company. The trust has faced allegations of…
Rank this Week: 2453

Illinois Estate Planning &…

Illinois Estate Planning & Elder Law Blog

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

http://www.illinoisestateplanningandelderlawblog.com/
  • Jul 26

    In Trustee We Trust

    In Trustee We Trust
    A trust is a legal arrangement where one person (or an institution such as a bank or law firm), called a “trustee”, holds legal title to property for another person, called a “beneficiary”. If you have been appointed…
  • Jul 16

    Importance of a Will

    Importance of a Will
    Amy Winehouse’s death at age 27 illustrates the importance of having a Will, at any age. Ms. Winehouse and Blake Fielder-Civil were married briefly. Under English law, marriage negates any Wills made before the marriage, but if a couple…
  • Jul 1

    Estate Planning and Gifts to Charity

    Estate Planning and Gifts to Charity
    When making gifts to charities, keep in mind the following: Give away appreciated stock which you have held for more than a year. You can deduct the market value of the stock, and you do not owe capital gains tax. Get receipts in writing from…
Rank this Week: 808

Connecticut Estate Planning…

Connecticut Estate Planning Attorneys Blog

Covers estate planning. By CzepigaDalyPope LLC.

http://www.czepigalaw.com/blog/
  • Jul 26

    Accessible Summer Fun

    Accessible Summer Fun
    If you use a wheelchair, there’s a lot to do in Connecticut, especially during our way-too-short summer. Whether you love the beach or the woods, there are many great venues to sample. We did some research and selected some special…
  • Jul 21

    Include Access to Online Accounts in your Estate Plan: New Law Backs You

    Include Access to Online Accounts in your Estate Plan: New Law Backs You
    Do you know what happens to your online accounts and other digital assets after you die? What happens to your Facebook profile, blog, digitally managed bank accounts, and so forth? What if you were a writer whose latest…
  • Jul 21

    Include Access to Online Accounts in your Estate Plan: New Law Backs You

    Include Access to Online Accounts in your Estate Plan: New Law Backs You
    Do you know what happens to your online accounts and other digital assets after you die? What happens to your Facebook profile, blog, digitally managed bank accounts, and so forth? What if you were a writer whose latest…
Rank this Week: 1613

Florida Probate Blog -…

Florida Probate Blog - WeProbateFlorida.com

Covers Florida probate administration. By Long H. Duong.

http://weprobateflorida.com
  • Jul 26

    ALERT: Confirm Designated Beneficiary on Your Bank Account!

    ALERT: Confirm Designated Beneficiary on Your Bank Account!
    In the past year, we’ve had at least 5 calls requesting our Florida probate representation for just a regular checking account. If the deceased owner of the account had simply confirmed the designated beneficiary, probate could have…
  • Jul 15

    5 Common Myths about Florida Probate Law

    5 Common Myths about Florida Probate Law
    Let’s explore some common (popular?) myths about Florida probate law shall we? 1. Mom had a Will so we don’t have to go through probate. Unfortunately, dying with a Will (Testate) has no bearing on whether or not probate is…
  • Nov 9

    The Problem with Florida Probate Form

    The Problem with Florida Probate Form
    Every now and again, we are asked where forms can be downloaded. I honestly don’t know the answer because our forms are from a repository that caters only to attorneys. The problem with Florida probate forms is that they are designed…
Rank this Week: 1136

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/
  • Jul 26

    Coming soon - DIY letters of administration kit for Newfoundland and Labrador

    Coming soon - DIY letters of administration kit for Newfoundland and Labrador
    The latest addition to our bookshop is almost ready for purchasing! We are pleased to announce that we have completed putting together a comprehensive kit for anyone in Newfoundland and Labrador who wants to apply to the court to become the…
  • Jul 23

    "Party is on!" Nova Scotia man pens his own inspiring obituary

    &quot;Party is on!&quot; Nova Scotia man pens his own inspiring obituary
    I didn't know Paul Culligan, but I already miss his sense of humour. Mr. Culligan recently passed away and left behind his own hilarious obituary. Click here to read more in an article from CBC News. The attached photo accompanied the CBC…
  • Jul 21

    Does the court review wills that were made shortly before the testator died?

    Does the court review wills that were made shortly before the testator died?
    A reader recently sent me a note wondering about the legal effect of a will being signed shortly before the testator's death. The answer turned out to be somewhat complex. Below are the reader's question and my comments. "If a will was…
Rank this Week: 4932

Estate Planning Blog

Estate Planning Blog

Covering estate planning, elder law, special needs planning, and veteran's benefits in Virginia. By Hook Law Center.

http://www.hooklawcenter.com/blog/
  • Jul 26

    Understanding a Resident’s Transfer and Discharge Rights under the Nursing Home Reform Act

    Understanding a Resident’s Transfer and Discharge Rights under the Nursing Home Reform Act
    by Shannon A. Laymon-Pecoraro, Esq. One of the most frequent issues I face revolves around the discharge of a resident from a nursing home. Often times, an agent or advocate visits my office with a concern, because their loved one is being…
  • Jul 14

    What personal representatives of estates need to know

    What personal representatives of estates need to know
    Personal representatives, or executors, of estates need to be aware of the procedure that is used to probate an estate with a will. The executor who is designated in the will must make an appointment with the probate division to probate the…
  • Jun 22

    Help may be needed in deciding on senior housing

    Help may be needed in deciding on senior housing
    Elderly people who value their independence and are accustomed to living alone are increasingly becoming incapable of doing so. The need for medical attention may prompt some older individuals to consider their options, including moving to a…
Rank this Week: 1517

German Law Group Blog

German Law Group Blog

Covers estate planning.

http://www.germanlawgroup.com/
  • Jul 26

    What Is Involved in Incapacity Planning?

    What Is Involved in Incapacity Planning?
    A well drafted and comprehensive estate plan  should do much more than simply create a roadmap for the distribution of your estate assets when you are gone. Your estate plan should protect and help grow your assets while you are here and…
  • Jul 21

    Why Would I Want an Irrevocable Trust?

    Why Would I Want an Irrevocable Trust?
    When you sit down to create your estate plan you will likely create a Last Will and Testament to serve as the foundation of that plan. Many people, however, also include several other estate planning tools and strategies in their plan in…
  • Jul 19

    Will My Beneficiaries Face Inheritance Taxes When I Die?

    Will My Beneficiaries Face Inheritance Taxes When I Die?
    For most people, one of the primary incentives for working hard and accruing assets over the course of a lifetime is to be able to pass those assets down to the net generation. This is also why create a comprehensive estate plan is so…
Rank this Week: 2366

Gay & Lesbian Legal Update

Gay & Lesbian Legal Update

Cover estate planning for gays and lesbians. By Kenneth Vercammen.

http://gaybilesbian.blogspot.com/
  • Jul 25

    Formal Estate Accounting

    Formal Estate Accounting
    Formal Estate Accounting      According to N.J.S.A. 3B:17-2, an Executor or Administrator may settle his/her account or be required to settle his/her account in Superior Court. Unless for special cause shown, he/she shall…
  • Jun 19

    Happy Hour & Networking Social July 15, 2016 Professionals, Attorneys, 5k runners, Friends, Clients, Law Enforcement invited to Happy Hour & Networking Social July 15, 2016

    Happy Hour &amp; Networking Social July 15, 2016 Professionals, Attorneys, 5k runners, Friends, Clients, Law Enforcement invited to Happy Hour &amp; Networking Social July 15, 2016
     Happy Hour & Networking SocialJuly 15, 2016 Professionals, Attorneys, 5k runners, Friends, Clients, Law Enforcement invited to Happy Hour & Networking SocialJuly 15, 2016 Fridayat Bar Anticipation 703 16th Avenue Lake Como/…
  • Apr 8

    Intestacy [Someone died and no Will]

    Intestacy [Someone died and no Will]
    Intestacy  [Someone died and no Will]Intestacy is the condition of the estate of a person who dies owning property greater than the sum of his or her enforceable debts and funeral expenses without having made a valid will or other…
Rank this Week: 856

Wealth Law Blog

Wealth Law Blog

Covers building, protecting and distributing wealth. By Samuels Yoelin Kantor LLP.

http://samuelslaw.com/blog/
  • Jul 25

    Be Alert: Join the Oregon Scam Alert Network

    Be Alert: Join the Oregon Scam Alert Network
    How many emails do you get every day? Here’s an opportunity to sign up for email alerts that will provide value – and protection – for you and your clients. The Oregon Department of Justice has a free email alert.The post Be…
  • Jul 25

    The Queen v Scott and Dyer, Part 2: A Sabbatical in England

    The Queen v Scott and Dyer, Part 2: A Sabbatical in England
    Trial resumed with the banging of the gavel at 10:30 a.m., the traditional starting time for court in England. An American court would have ordinarily started at 9:30, or even earlier. Indeed, in my experience, I have often been in court,…
  • Jul 11

    The Queen v Scott and Dyer: A Sabbatical in England

    The Queen v Scott and Dyer: A Sabbatical in England
    Just before the proceedings started, the Detective-Sergeant in charge of the murder investigation provided me a short summary of the facts of the case: Two young men, both age 15 at the time of the crime, were charged with the stabbing death…
Rank this Week: 4073

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/
  • Jul 25

    A Treasury Market Out of Whack: Putting a hurt on death care fund

    A Treasury Market Out of Whack: Putting a hurt on death care fund
    The July 25th Marketplace Morning Report on National Public Radio included a segment called Allan Sloan’s lessons on bond investments. Mr. Sloan is a business columnist for the Washington Post who recently wrote that the current…
  • Jul 22

    Missouri Preneed Records: Trustee’s Deposit Record

    Missouri Preneed Records: Trustee’s Deposit Record
    In our prior post (Missouri Seller Exams: Timely Deposits), we discussed the receipt and deposit records that funeral homes may be required to maintain.  However, to demonstrate that they are complying with the preneed law’s…
  • Jul 17

    Missouri Seller Exams: Timely Deposit

    Missouri Seller Exams: Timely Deposit
    Missouri’s preneed funeral law imposes time requirements on funeral homes that accept consumer funds.  For funeral homes using depository accounts to fund preneed contracts, the funeral home must deposit consumer funds with the…
Rank this Week: 1241

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/
  • Jul 25

    Think of Estate Planning as Preventative Therapy for Family Member

    Think of Estate Planning as Preventative Therapy for Family Member
    Having frequent discussions among your children about your plans, well in advance, will be best so that any disagreements can be settled while you are still around to address them.
  • Jul 22

    Will You Need to Apply for Medicaid?

    Will You Need to Apply for Medicaid?
    Applying for Medicaid benefits is a complex task that requires the help of an experienced elder law attorney, especially when making hard decisions on how to allocate money you've saved all your life.
  • Jul 20

    Every Family Needs Estate Planning, Especially When It's Complicated

    Every Family Needs Estate Planning, Especially When It's Complicated
    People tend to think that trusts were just for wealthy families, but when families are complicated, distributing assets often requires more than just a simple will.
Rank this Week: 3116

Cramer Law Center

Cramer Law Center

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

http://cramerlawcenter.com/blog/
  • Jul 25

    US Survey Reveals 72% of Americans Do Not Have an Up to Date Will

    US Survey Reveals 72% of Americans Do Not Have an Up to Date Will
    Almost every month I present an educational workshop called “The Truth About Estate Planning”. We start off our small group discussion citing similar horrible statistics. It is interesting to see that someone finally surveyed…
  • Jul 19

    Having “The Talk” . . . About End-of-Life Care

    Having “The Talk” . . . About End-of-Life Care
    Last e-newsletter, we addressed how difficult it can be to have “the talk” about dementia with a loved one. Many people also feel uncomfortable discussing end-of-life care with their parents. Although it may seem like it could put…
  • Jun 16

    Having “The Talk”…About Dementia

    Having “The Talk”…About Dementia
    Just as it’s not easy for parents to bring up the birds and the bees with their kids, it’s anything but easy to begin a conversation with a loved one about how they want to live at the end of their lives. But it’s vitally…
Rank this Week: 3041

Hauptman and Hauptman, P.C. Blog

Hauptman and Hauptman, P.C. Blog

Covers guardianship, Medicaid, probate and estate administration.

http://www.hauptmanlaw.com/blog
  • Jul 24

    College and Long Term Care – ??? (Part 3) #LongTermCare

    College and Long Term Care – ??? (Part 3) #LongTermCare
                The last two weeks I have been telling you about an increasing trend that we are seeing in cases that come through our office- grandparents who are paying for college,…
  • Jul 17

    College and Long Term Care – ??? (Part 2) #LongTermCare

    College and Long Term Care – ??? (Part 2) #LongTermCare
                Last week I was talking about an increasing trend that we are seeing in cases that come through our office- grandparents who are paying for college, daycare and camp expenses…
  • Jul 10

    College and Long Term Care – ??? #LongTermCare

    College and Long Term Care – ??? #LongTermCare
                I was reading the most recent Consumer Reports magazine cover story on the cost of college and how it is impoverishing young people who are borrowing huge amounts to pay…
Rank this Week: 1610

Northern Kentucky Lawyer Blog

Northern Kentucky Lawyer Blog

Covers personal injury and accidents, DUI, criminal defense, bank side bankruptcy cases, creditors' rights, divorce and family custody, and estate planning. By Fessler Schneider & Grimme.

http://www.fsgattorneys.com/blog
  • Jul 23

    Fessler Schneider Grimme Divorce Attorneys in Ft. Thomas, KY

    Fessler Schneider Grimme Divorce Attorneys in Ft. Thomas, KY
    In today’s world one of the realities is that people who began as a happily married couple may find that their relationship has unraveled.  Different needs, different interests, conflicting schedules, finances, and a million other…
  • Jul 15

    DUI Defense Attorneys in Ft. Thomas Kentucky

    DUI Defense Attorneys in Ft. Thomas Kentucky
    Speeding, seat belts not fastened, or driving under the influence (DUI DWI), these are charges that we frequently think of the “other guy” getting. Until it happens to you. You go to a party, a family get together, or an…
  • Jun 29

    Fessler Schneider & Grimme wish you a happy holiday

    Fessler Schneider &amp; Grimme wish you a happy holiday
    To our families and friends   Everyone at Fessler, Schneider & Grimme wishes you a happy Fourth of July. Celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence some 240 years ago! Celebrate being a citizen of the USA!!!! Enjoy a…
Rank this Week: 2395

New York Estate Planning Lawyer…

New York Estate Planning Lawyer Blog

Covers estate planning, estate administration and estate taxes. By Ettinger Law Firm.

http://www.newyorkestateplanninglawyerblog.com/
  • Jul 23

    Gifts to the Dead in New York: Are They Still Effective?

    Gifts to the Dead in New York: Are They Still Effective?
    Most people plan their estate believing that everyone they have left money or bequests to will survive them, such as when a parent specifies that money or property will be left to a child. But sometimes unexpected deaths happen and when it…
  • Jul 21

    What Happens if my Beneficiary Turns Down My Bequest?

    What Happens if my Beneficiary Turns Down My Bequest?
    It is not a common situation but it does happen. After you pass, your will is entered into probate and your beneficiaries are notified of your bequests but there is a problem: they do not want it. They refuse to take ownership of the property…
  • Jul 18

    Disinheriting Your Spouse? Not So Under New York Law

    Disinheriting Your Spouse? Not So Under New York Law
    You are always told that you can leave whatever assets you want in your will to whomever you want. After all it is your last will and testament. Your will represents your final wishes and they are to be carried out to the letter. You may be…
Rank this Week: 4939

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/
  • Jul 22

    Is a Creditor’s Judgment Enforceable Against My Estate?

    Is a Creditor’s Judgment Enforceable Against My Estate?
    Death does not automatically void any debts owed by the deceased. In the normal course of administering an estate, the personal representative named in the decedent’s last will and testament is responsible for paying any valid creditor…
  • Jul 21

    New California Budget Restricts Medi-Cal Claims Against Recipients’ Estate

    New California Budget Restricts Medi-Cal Claims Against Recipients’ Estate
    In a recent post we discussed how Medi-Cal, California’s Medicaid system, can go after the assets of a deceased beneficiary recipient’s probate estate or revocable living trust for reimbursement of medical costs paid during the…
  • Jul 14

    How Can My Divorce Settlement Affect My California Estate Planning?

    How Can My Divorce Settlement Affect My California Estate Planning?
    There are many legal events that may affect your estate planning. For example, if you get divorced, the terms of your property settlement may require you to alter the terms of your will or trust. It is therefore important to resolve any…
Rank this Week: 1320

Tennessee Estate Law Blog

Tennessee Estate Law Blog

Covers estate planing law. By The Higgins Firm.

http://www.tennesseeestatelawblog.com/
  • Jul 22

    What Happens to My Estate if I Die Without a Will in Tennessee?

    What Happens to My Estate if I Die Without a Will in Tennessee?
    If you reside in Tennessee and die without a will, the distribution of your estate is governed by state law. Tennessee Code (T.C.A. 31-2-104) sets out the rules for which family members would receive your property. Here’s the problem:…
  • Jun 29

    Help Protect Elders Against Fraud and Abuse

    Help Protect Elders Against Fraud and Abuse
    June 15 was World Elder Abuse and Awareness Day, a yearly recognition begun in 2006 to call attention to the growing problem of fraud, abuse, neglect, and exploitation directed at elders. An estimated 5 million older Americans every year are…
  • Jun 17

    How Can I Avoid Probate in Tennessee? Start by Titling Assets with Purpose

    How Can I Avoid Probate in Tennessee? Start by Titling Assets with Purpose
    I probably hear some variation of this concern more than any other in consulting with estate planning clients: the desire to avoid probate. Whether they have heard horror stories about probate or have been through a rough experience…
Rank this Week: 1587

Laird Hammons Laird Blog

Laird Hammons Laird Blog

Trial Lawyers Chris Hammons and John Laird discuss Oklahoma laws and their implications.

http://www.lhllaw.com/blog/
  • Jul 22

    Sexual orientation discrimination and Oklahoma worker

    Sexual orientation discrimination and Oklahoma worker
    Sexual orientation discrimination refers to harassment or different treatment based on someone’s perceived or actual gay, lesbian, bi-sexual or heterosexual orientation. Although many companies and certain states have specific policies…
  • Jul 19

    Earn money by participating in a focus group in Oklahoma City

    Earn money by participating in a focus group in Oklahoma City
    Laird Hammons Laird is looking for people of all walks of life for two focus groups this August in Oklahoma City. Focus groups help our attorneys prepare for trial and give our clients the best representation possible. All backgrounds are…
  • May 27

    Taking the fight to the Oklahoma State Supreme Court – and winning

    Taking the fight to the Oklahoma State Supreme Court – and winning
    Nine years ago, a high school driver was struck by a speeding ambulance at a dangerous intersection outside of Norman. The crash changed her life, and the attorneys at Laird Hammons Laird have fought for justice for their client ever since.…
Rank this Week: 1804

Asset Protection Law Journal

Asset Protection Law Journal

Covers asset protection laws. By Kenneth J. Laino.

http://www.assetprotectionlawjournal.com
  • Jul 22

    Ohio Legislators Are Firmly Behind Recent LLC Protection

    Ohio Legislators Are Firmly Behind Recent LLC Protection
    As I have mentioned in other posts, Ohio Senate Bill 181 was signed by the Governor and became law on July 6, 2016.  The new statute improves the already excellent protections offered by Ohio’s LLC statute.  It amends various…
  • Jul 15

    Ohio LLC Statute Now Provides More Protection For Members, Managers and Officer

    Ohio LLC Statute Now Provides More Protection For Members, Managers and Officer
    As I noted in a recent post, significant changes to Ohio’s LLC statute (contained in Senate Bill 181) became effective on July 6.  Among these changes are provisions making it harder to impose personal liability on members,…
  • Jul 14

    Living in One State and Setting Up a Trust in Another

    Living in One State and Setting Up a Trust in Another
    Can you set up a trust in a state that you do not reside in?  The answer is yes.  You can set up a trust in a country you do not live in.  As a resident of Ohio, I can establish a trust in Delaware or Alaska or the Cook Islands…
Rank this Week: 3674