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Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof…

Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof Blog

By Gerry W. Beyer.

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

    Survey Shows Next Generation Will do Estate Planning Differently

    Survey Shows Next Generation Will do Estate Planning Differently
    As I have previously discussed, a recent UBS Investor Watch report surveyed individuals about their estate planning strategies and feelings about inheritance. In addition to satisfaction with the decisions made by family members decreasing…
  • Jul 30

    There May be a New Player in the Digital Currency Game

    There May be a New Player in the Digital Currency Game
    As I have previously discussed, there are many digital currencies on the market, and the IRS issued a notice in March on how they will be taxed. A new digital currency may be hitting the market soon. There is currently...
  • Jul 30

    Often Forgotten Considerations for Disability Planning

    Often Forgotten Considerations for Disability Planning
    When planning for the possibility of disabilities, there are more considerations than Medicaid, durable power of attorney, and a health care proxy. Here are some additional considerations: A disability doesn’t always mean inability to walk…
Rank this Week: 63

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: 130

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/
  • Jul 30

    Hull on Estates #385 – Mroz v. Mroz, 2014

    Hull on Estates #385 – Mroz v. Mroz, 2014
    Listen to Hull on Estates #385 – Mroz v. Mroz, 2014 Today on Hull on Estates, David Morgan Smith and Noah Weisberg discuss the recent decision of Mroz v. Mroz, 2014. If you have any questions, please email us at hull.lawyers@gmail.com,…
  • Jul 30

    Reliance of an Estate Trustee upon counsel: Is reliance always reasonable?

    Reliance of an Estate Trustee upon counsel: Is reliance always reasonable?
    Estate Trustees have an obligation to account for all expenditures relating to an estate, a duty which beneficiaries may enforce by way of an application to pass accounts.  The Estate Trustees must then compile a comprehensive accounting…
  • Jul 28

    No More Carrigan

    No More Carrigan
    The Ontario Court of Appeal released their decision in Carrigan v. Carrigan Estate (“Carrigan”) on October 31, 2012.  Carrigan drastically changed our understanding of the priority scheme for the payment of pre-retirement…
Rank this Week: 154

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 19

    Trustees' Duty to Diversify Investment

    Trustees' Duty to Diversify Investment
    The British Columbia Court of Appeal removed a trustee for lending all of the trust funds in one trust to a related trust, finding that the investment was an improvident one. In reaching its decision in Miles v.Vince, 2014 BCCA 289, the Court…
  • Jul 12

    Davies Estate -- Evidence that Notice of Application of Estate Grant Given At Least 21 Days Before Submission Filed

    Davies Estate -- Evidence that Notice of Application of Estate Grant Given At Least 21 Days Before Submission Filed
    One of the changes in procedure in the new probate rules is that when you apply for an estate grant in British Columbia, you now have to give notice to beneficiaries and those who would be entitled to a share of the estate if the deceased had…
  • Jul 5

    Eckford v. Vanderwood

    Eckford v. Vanderwood
    A lot can happen between the time of the death of a spouse or parent and a trial of a wills variation claim. What happens if the court finds that the deceased’s made an adequate provision for his spouse at the time of death, but there…
Rank this Week: 204

All About Estates

All About Estates

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

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

    A medical perspective on Estate matters – a chastened viewpoint

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

    Who is Your Daddy?

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

    POA- Personal Care: Part 1/2

    POA- Personal Care: Part 1/2
    My work is with the living. POA’s are critical documents that are designed to support your wishes, while you are alive. Wills deal with your wishes, after you are dead.
Rank this Week: 306

Cooper Elder Law

Cooper Elder Law

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

http://cooperelderlaw.com/our-blog/
  • Jul 30

    The Hidden Costs of Estate Administration

    The Hidden Costs of Estate Administration
    By Mary Roberts Most people have no idea that serving as an executor or administrator of an estate is very time-consuming and burdensome. There are some “obvious costs” such as attorney fees, court filing fees and commissions for…
  • Jul 28

    Our Sidney Office

    Our Sidney Office
    By Dolly Wilkerson The Sidney office of Cooper, Adel and Associates is conveniently located approximately 1.5 miles from I-75 (Exit 94) at 2190 Wapakoneta Rd. This office mainly services clients from the surrounding counties of Shelby,…
  • Jul 27

    What is a Medallion Signature Guarantee?

    What is a Medallion Signature Guarantee?
    By Jon Stevenson The Medallion Signature Guarantee is used to verify the identity of an owner when selling or transferring traded assets such as stocks or bonds.This reduces the risk of the company processing the transfer by sharing the…
Rank this Week: 361

The Legacy Lawyer

The Legacy Lawyer

Covers estate planning and probate for San Diego families and legal professionals. By Daniel Printz.

http://thelegacylawyer.wordpress.com
Rank this Week: 414

New York Probate & Estate…

New York Probate & Estate Litigation Blog

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

http://www.nyprobatelitigation.com/
  • Jul 27

    Keep The Peace In The Family Or Your Heirs Will Reap The Whirlwind

    Keep The Peace In The Family Or Your Heirs Will Reap The Whirlwind
    In her last public interview in 1994, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis stated that her most important accomplishment in life was to insure that her children loved each other. Your lawblogger has taken her words to heart over the years. As a…
  • Jul 21

    Philip Seymour Hoffman Did Not Leave His Estate To His Children

    Philip Seymour Hoffman Did Not Leave His Estate To His Children
    Your lawblogger truly believes that  Philip Seymour Hoffman was the best actor of his time. Too bad this does not extend to his ability at estate planning. As reported by the New York Post and by extra tv.com here , Hoffman did not want…
  • Jul 21

    Philip Seymour Hoffman Did Not Leave His Estate To His Childrfen

    Philip Seymour Hoffman Did Not Leave His Estate To His Childrfen
    Your lawblogger truly believes that  Philip Seymour Hoffman was the best actor of his time. Too bad this does not extend to his ability at estate planning. As reported by the New York Post and by extra tv.com here , Hoffman did not want…
Rank this Week: 555

Florida Elder Law and Estate…

Florida Elder Law and Estate Planning

Provides news and views on current topics in elder law, estate planning, wills and trusts, caregiver issues, probate and estate administration, Medicaid and Veterans benefits, other issues of importance to seniors and their families. By Joseph S. Karp.

http://karplaw.blogspot.com/
  • Jul 20

    Casey Kasem: Top 40 countdown host's final countdown

    Casey Kasem: Top 40 countdown host's final countdown
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  • Jul 15

    Alzheimer's: a most poignant interview

    Alzheimer's: a most poignant interview
    Today on public radio, one of the most touching family stories I have ever heard about a family coping with Alzheimer's Disease. Kimberly Williams-Paisley, actress and wife of country singer Brad Paisley, discusses her family's journey after…
  • Jul 13

    Qualified plan longevity annuity hedges risk of outliving retirement saving

    Qualified plan longevity annuity hedges risk of outliving retirement saving
    Are you are concerned about running out of money before you run out of years? With longer lifespans, skyrocketing health costs, the demise of fixed pensions, and the looming Social Security crisis, everyone except the wealthiest are feeling…
Rank this Week: 518

Estate Planning in California

Estate Planning in California

By the Law Offices of Shahram Miri, Inc.

http://calestateplanning.blogspot.com/
  • Jul 17

    Locating Trust Asset

    Locating Trust Asset
    One of the primary functions that a trustee is entrusted with undertaking is inventorying and appraising the decedent's trust estate, i.e. the assets in the trust. Naturally this can be a difficult situation because the decedent will…
  • Jul 10

    Trust Modification

    Trust Modification
    One should not be penny-wise pound-foolish when amending a trustThere are many issues in life that, at first blush, require ostensibly only a slight tweak, gentle nudge or subtle adjustment. For example, a leaking faucet, a malfunctioning…
  • Jul 3

    Attorney Fees - Hourly, Flat and Contingency

    Attorney Fees - Hourly, Flat and Contingency
    When a client hires an attorney, one question that always arises is the fee arrangement. The client is obviously interested in knowing how the attorney will be paid. The three generally understood fee arrangements are (1) hourly rate, (2)…
Rank this Week: 511

KEYTLaw

KEYTLaw

Covers Arizona and federal laws.

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

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

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

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

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

    USDA Bans Junk Food From School

    USDA Bans Junk Food From School
    epicurious:  “New rules for school food kick in this July — and for kids going back to school in the fall, it’s sad sad news (okay, not really sad, but healthy healthy news). According to new regulations being…
Rank this Week: 452

Elder Law Office of David Wingate,…

Elder Law Office of David Wingate, LLC

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Social Security Ups Disability Safeguard

    Social Security Ups Disability Safeguard
    The Social Security Administration is expanding a program nationally to help bar criminals from controlling benefits on behalf of individuals with disabilities and the elderly. The program originally launched as a pilot in the…
Rank this Week: 602

Virginia Disability Law Blog

Virginia Disability Law Blog

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

http://sheriabrams.com/blog
Rank this Week: 484

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/
  • Jul 30

    Does Death Kill Your Credit Card Debt?

    Does Death Kill Your Credit Card Debt?
    Have you been following any of the latest news stories about the crushing credit card debt owed by the typical American family? Yikes! It is no longer unusual for someone to have more credit card debt than assets.
  • Jul 29

    Goldilocks And ... The Revocable Living Trust

    Goldilocks And ... The Revocable Living Trust
    Revocable living trusts can solve many common estate planning problems. And, many folks (and their professional advisors) think they are a must-have, as evidenced by their popularity. Nevertheless, not everyone needs a revocable living trust…
  • Jul 28

    Keys To Transferring Your Family Busine

    Keys To Transferring Your Family Busine
    Obviously, unless you intend to sell your family business to a third party, choosing your successor is the initial step in the business succession process. In many instances, this will be an adult child or grandchild assume control of the…
Rank this Week: 797

About Florida Law

About Florida Law

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

http://aboutfloridalaw.com
Rank this Week: 830

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 29

    Dangers of Relying on Joint Accounts for Estate Planning in Florida

    Dangers of Relying on Joint Accounts for Estate Planning in Florida
    Many people see joint accounts as a cheap and easy way to avoid probate, since joint property passes to the join owner at death, but these accounts can actually be quite risky when it comes to estate planning. Joint ownership of accounts can…
  • Jul 28

    Banker Suicides indicate Stress of the Profession.

    Banker Suicides indicate Stress of the Profession.
    If your family works in a high stress profession is a good idea to make sure you and your family keep their estate plans up to date. The unexpected deaths of finance workers in the past few months by suicide around the world have raised…
  • Jul 18

    Probate: Is it a good idea to give your heirs their inheritance while you are still alive?

    Probate: Is it a good idea to give your heirs their inheritance while you are still alive?
    Planning an estate can be a difficult process, but also a rewarding one because it helps to ensure that a person's heirs will be provided for after he or she dies. Many assume they should wait until after death to convey assets to their…
Rank this Week: 887

Givner & Kaye Blog

Givner & Kaye Blog

Covers estate and tax planning.

http://www.givnerkaye.com/blog/
Rank this Week: 939

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/
  • Jul 23

    When Beneficiary Designations are Void

    When Beneficiary Designations are Void
    As a general rule, beneficiary designations supersede instructions for transferring assets that may appear in a Will. This is one of the reasons why regular reviews of one’s estate plan are critical. A Last Will and Testament may be…
  • Jul 22

    Consequences of No Digital Asset Protection

    Consequences of No Digital Asset Protection
      Digital asset protection is more than leaving behind one’s passwords. In an increasingly paperless world, failing to create instructions for accessing digital accounts could create problems for surviving family members. Email and…
  • Jul 15

    Chatham County, NC Estate Administration Change

    Chatham County, NC Estate Administration Change
    The Chatham County Clerk of Superior Court recently released updates to estate administration rules. We provide a link to the official changes to Estate Administration – General Rules Practices 2014. One example of the revised…
Rank this Week: 668

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/
  • Jul 17

    Lou Reed's Estate Teaches A Lesson In Trust Planning

    Lou Reed's Estate Teaches A Lesson In Trust Planning
    I guess we shouldn't be surprised. After all, Lou Reed was the man who famously crooned, “Hey babe, take a walk on the wild side.” The late lead singer and guitarist of The Velvet Underground -- and of course, a musician and…
  • Jun 15

    Casey Kasem Teaches Lessons In End of Life Planning and Elder Abuse

    Casey Kasem Teaches Lessons In End of Life Planning and Elder Abuse
    It appears that the life of famed Top 40 Countdown host Casey Kasem is nearly at an end. Last Wednesday, a Los Angeles Judge ruled that Casey Kasem’s daughter, Kerri Kasem, could suspend the artificial delivery of food and water to…
  • Jun 3

    Wife of Donald Sterling Used Family Trust To Cut Him Out

    Wife of Donald Sterling Used Family Trust To Cut Him Out
    It seems that everyone wanted Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling to sell the team, after his racist remarks about Magic Johnson and African Americans became public knowledge. The NBA Commissioner, owners, players, Clipper fans, and…
Rank this Week: 712

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/
  • Jun 13

    New Jersey Property Tax Sale Certificates and Foreclosure

    New Jersey Property Tax Sale Certificates and Foreclosure
    In New Jersey, every municipality is required by law to hold sales of unpaid property taxes at least once each year. The municipalities sell the tax liens to obtain the tax revenue which they should have been paid by the property owner. The…
  • Jun 2

    New Jersey Lemon Law - Protection for New Vehicle

    New Jersey Lemon Law - Protection for New Vehicle
    Purchasing a new car is a major financial investment. Consumers incur high costs to purchase a vehicle and even higher costs to repair defects. Understanding the economic impact, New Jersey's Legislature passed the New Jersey Lemon Law Act.…
  • May 30

    New Jersey's Anti Retaliation Law

    New Jersey's Anti Retaliation Law
    New Jersey employees in the private sector and many in the public sector are known as at-will employees. This means that employees may be fired at any time, for any reason, or for no reason. Employees, however, cannot be fired for…
Rank this Week: 932

Probate, Trusts and Estate Law…

Probate, Trusts and Estate Law Blog

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

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

    Estate-Planning Lessons From Wealthy Familie

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

    Can you bequeath your iTunes playlist?

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

    A GUIDE TO TRUSTS - TRUSTS 101

    A GUIDE TO TRUSTS - TRUSTS 101
    It's useful to review some basic definition and functions of a trust. It may help you if one day you are asked to be a trustee or as you dive into your own estate planning. Some of these distinctions are artificial, but they will help you get…
Rank this Week: 744

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: 763

Ohio Estate Planning, Trust &…

Ohio Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law

Covers Ohio estate planning, trust and probate law. By Bradley B. Wrightsel.

http://wrightsel.blogspot.com/
  • Jan 28

    Quick Overview of 2014 Federal Estate and Gift Tax Amount

    Quick Overview of 2014 Federal Estate and Gift Tax Amount
    The federal estate tax exemption amount is $5,000,000 and is adjusted annually for inflation. This year the exemption amount increases to $5.34 million. This means that a married couple can protect up to $10.68 million. The estate tax rate is…
  • Jan 2

    Avoiding the Fiscal Cliff – Estate Taxe

    Avoiding the Fiscal Cliff – Estate Taxe
    With the Senate tax bill passing the House, it is expected that it will be signed into law. It does not appear that there was a lot of focus on the estate tax. Considering that most tax revenue is generated by the income tax, it is not…
  • Jun 13

    Columbus Bar Association 2012 Annual Meeting

    Columbus Bar Association 2012 Annual Meeting
    This Friday, June 15, at noon is the Annual Meeting of the Columbus Bar Association (CBA). Current CBA President, David Bloomfield will preside and be sworn in as Immediate-Past President. Brad Wrightsel will be sworn in as President, and…
Rank this Week: 636

WisconsinTrustsandWills.com

WisconsinTrustsandWills.com

Covers elder law and estate planning. By Swendson/Fey Law Ltd.

http://wisconsintrustsandwills.com/family/
  • Dec 13

    Charitable Remainder Trust Planning Opportunity to Deal with the Medicare Surtax

    Charitable Remainder Trust Planning Opportunity to Deal with the Medicare Surtax
    On December 2nd, 2013, the Treasury issued final regulations addressing IRC § 1411, the 3.8% Medicare Surtax. § 1.1411-3 of the regulations addresses estates and trusts, including Charitable Remainder Trusts, CRTs.  The final…
  • Aug 8

    Incorporating Faith and Values in Estate Planning

    Incorporating Faith and Values in Estate Planning
    For many, passing along religious beliefs and values to the next generation is just as important as passing along financial wealth and tangible assets. Estate planning creates many opportunities to do this, including: * End-of-Life Care. A…
  • Jul 30

    8 Things to Do Before You Travel

    8 Things to Do Before You Travel
    Before any trip, most of us create a “to-do list” of things we have put off and want to take care of before we leave. Here is a checklist of estate planning things to do before you take your next trip. Taking care of these will…
Rank this Week: 827

California Tax Attorney Blog

California Tax Attorney Blog

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

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

    Test Entry

    Test Entry
    Testing schedule feature
  • Aug 30

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

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

    Gifts Made By Personal Check

    Gifts Made By Personal Check
    A check written in 2012 that does not clear until 2013 is at risk of being a 2013 gift, not a 2012 gift, since the donor could have stopped payment in 2013 before it cleared. The issue with using checks to make gifts is that until the check…
Rank this Week: 785

Utah Estate Planning

Utah Estate Planning

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

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

    The Joy Of Inheriting Appreciated Property

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

    When PODs Go BAD

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

    QPRT Consideration

    QPRT Consideration
    Among those with wealth primarily concentrated in their home or investment portfolio, there are two types of trusts designed to transfer wealth to heirs and save taxes by removing the assets from the estate. In effect, this reduces the amount…
Rank this Week: 835

New York Personal Injury Lawyer…

New York Personal Injury Lawyer Blog

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

http://www.newyorkinjurylawyer247blog.com/
  • Aug 18

    Child Injured in Car Accident

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

    Child Injured in Car Accident

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

    Plaintiff Claims She was Defrauded

    Plaintiff Claims She was Defrauded
    The plaintiff in the case is Willie B. Sosa. The defendants in the case are Lorenzo Hines, Eddie Meyers, Harold Hall, and the Estate of Dessie Ree Meyers. The judge in the case is Arthur M. Schack. About the Case
Rank this Week: 871

Anthony M. Snyder & Associates,…

Anthony M. Snyder & Associates, PLLC

Covers life, the law and Michigan politics.

http://tonysnyder.com/law/
  • May 4

    Got A Little Charlie Sheen On Your Hands?

    Got A Little Charlie Sheen On Your Hands?
    The title to this article is both humorous, and yet more appropriate to your life than you might realize. When I was a kid, my mother used to always say to me, “The way you like to spend money, you’d better grow up to be a brain surgeon…
  • Apr 30

    Hit The Lottery, Let Everyone Know!

    Hit The Lottery, Let Everyone Know!
    For those of us that live in Michigan, there may be a “nice problem to have” in your future. Ever play Mega Millions or Powerball and dream of what a life with an extra $300+ million would be like? We all had Mega Millions fever last…
  • Feb 22

    Tea For Two

    Tea For Two
    Have you seen this article yet? Here’s the quick and dirty: Two high school boys were in a fight on school property. A female teacher sees the fight, verbally attempts to break up the fight, when she’s unsuccessful she pours her hot tea…
Rank this Week: 952

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: 791

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/
  • Jul 30

    Idaho Estate Planning - Newlywed Consideration

    Idaho Estate Planning - Newlywed Consideration
    Taking the time to sit down with your spouse and update your estate plans will ensure that, should the worst happen, your new family is prepared to handle the unexpected.
  • Jul 29

    Idaho Elder Law - Be Careful When Signing as "Responsible Party" for Parent

    Idaho Elder Law - Be Careful When Signing as &quot;Responsible Party&quot; for Parent
    Many older people moving into a nursing home or retirement community are experiencing cognitive decline. In legal terms, they no longer have the capacity to make financial or medical decisions for themselves. So a trusted person—usually an…
  • Jul 28

    Idaho Estate Planning - Family Business Succession

    Idaho Estate Planning - Family Business Succession
    Identifying a successor is the first step in the planning process. Many owners of family businesses turn to an adult child, a grandchild or other relative to take over the reins.
Rank this Week: 1689

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
  • Jul 30

    So You Are Going To Inherit A Windfall

    So You Are Going To Inherit A Windfall
    Like many baby boomers, you may be about to receive a nice inheritance. Should you just go out and start spending willy-nilly? Best not to, says a CNBC story posted on dailyfinance.com. Determining how to deal with a sudden windfall the right…
  • Jul 23

    Choices When A Spouse Inherits An IRA

    Choices When A Spouse Inherits An IRA
    A spouse who inherits an IRA has two choices. The surviving spouse can move the account into an inherited IRA to keep the tax shelter. Or he or she can roll the account over into his or her own IRA. The decision, says a story posted on…
  • Jul 16

    Lou Reed ‘Walked On The Wild Side’ With His Will

    Lou Reed ‘Walked On The Wild Side’ With His Will
    Lou Reed, singer, songwriter and guitarist and a founder of the Velvet Underground, talked about “walking on the wild side” in one of his most famous songs. The rock and roll hall of fame also walked on the wild side when it came…
Rank this Week: 1175

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 29

    Hilarious obituary goes viral

    Hilarious obituary goes viral
    The internet loves anything quirky or odd, and it seems that the obituary that Kevin J. McGroarty wrote for himself fits that description. Mr. McGroarty died last week in Pennsylvania. His obituary has been viewed thousands of times as it…
  • Jul 29

    Three business succession secret

    Three business succession secret
    According to this article I just read at Get Growing for Business, up to 70% of owners of small and medium-size businesses will retire in the next decade. Many of those owners haven't even started planning their exits from their businesses.…
  • Jul 28

    Matt Gurney: A heavy-hearted culling of the heirloom

    Matt Gurney: A heavy-hearted culling of the heirloom
    When the topic of personal and household possessions comes up in the context of an estate, it's usually a matter of who is going to get what. Often there is a scramble to make sure everyone gets his or her share of Mom's or Dad's possessions.…
Rank this Week: 1174

California Trust, Estate & Probate…

California Trust, Estate & Probate Litigation

Covers estate planning, probate, trusts and wills. By Albertson & Davidson LLP.

http://www.californiatrustestateandprobatelitigation.com
Rank this Week: 1216

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 29

    The Cassity Reply to Dismissal: Not Without a Pass for My Son

    The Cassity Reply to Dismissal: Not Without a Pass for My Son
    Doug Cassity has filed a motion to modify the order dismissing him from the SDR’s civil lawsuit.  Mr. Cassity asserts that he and his family should be freed of the reign of terror and wrongdoing of the Texas regulators…
  • Jul 27

    Plaintiff’s Star Witness: Doug Cassity

    Plaintiff’s Star Witness: Doug Cassity
    The NPS civil trial is scheduled for trial in February 2015, and the SDR’s strategy took a twist when her litigation team filed a motion to dismiss Doug Cassity as a defendant in the lawsuit.  The dismissal probably signals the…
  • Jul 23

    Talk of a Lifetime: Restarting the Prearrangment Proce

    Talk of a Lifetime: Restarting the Prearrangment Proce
    One message that can be taken from the FAMIC’s Talk of a Lifetime campaign is that funeral directors need to re-think their prearrangement procedures.  Perhaps too much emphasis has been given to preneed, and not enough to the…
Rank this Week: 1396

Vandrew Law Blog

Vandrew Law Blog

Covers asset protection, estate planning, tax law, and small business law.

http://vandrew.com/
  • Jul 29

    Estate Planning & Cognitive Bia

    Estate Planning &amp; Cognitive Bia
    If you’ve ever attended any of my seminars, you know that one of the points I hammer home is that estate planning is the easiest thing in the world on which to procrastinate. None of us thinks we will due anytime soon, so if there is…
  • Jun 12

    Inherited IRAs held by Supreme Court NOT to be Asset Protected

    Inherited IRAs held by Supreme Court NOT to be Asset Protected
    Many of us in the estate planning field have been following Clark v. Rameker, a case regarding Inherited IRAs. Today, the US Supreme Court finally issued its opinion. This case involved a party (Ruth Heffron) declaring bankruptcy. One of the…
  • May 16

    Drafting Wills & Trusts: Class on June 4

    Drafting Wills &amp; Trusts: Class on June 4
    On Wednesday, June 4, I’ll be teaching a continuing education class on estate planning in Atlantic City for attorneys, CPAs, and CFPs. Credit will be given for all three professions. Follow the link below for more info and to register.…
Rank this Week: 1683

Cramer Law Center

Cramer Law Center

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

http://cramerlawcenter.com/blog/
  • Jul 29

    UTMA AND UGMA ACCOUNTS: SMART SAVINGS PLAN OR TRAP FOR THE UNWARY?

    UTMA AND UGMA ACCOUNTS: SMART SAVINGS PLAN OR TRAP FOR THE UNWARY?
    When working with clients who have minor children, we spend a lot of time discussing the kids: their individual personalities, the values the clients are trying to instill, and concerns for their future. We do our best to craft an estate plan…
  • Jul 11

    SENIOR DRIVING: FINDING A BALANCE BETWEEN INDEPENDENCE AND SAFETY

    SENIOR DRIVING: FINDING A BALANCE BETWEEN INDEPENDENCE AND SAFETY
    The number of seniors (Americans aged 65 or older) who drive is on the rise.  In fact, from 1999 to 2009, statistics show a 20% increase in senior drivers.  The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety predicts that this trend will…
  • Jun 27

    PLANNING FOR YOUNG ADULT “CHILDREN”: WHAT PARENTS NEED TO KNOW

    PLANNING FOR YOUNG ADULT “CHILDREN”: WHAT PARENTS NEED TO KNOW
    Now that graduation season is behind us, we have some important information for parents of young adults who are going off to college or starting their first job.  Once your child turns 18, he or she is automatically an…
Rank this Week: 1774

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 28

    Care Choices For Elderly Loved One

    Care Choices For Elderly Loved One
    The range of needs an elderly loved one may require can vary and change over time, therefore careful consideration must be taken when selecting the right kind of care in each situation.
  • Jul 25

    Passing On A Prized Collection To Your Heir

    Passing On A Prized Collection To Your Heir
    Estate planning can be daunting to think about, but it can be even more so when collections and collectibles are involved as they often create sentimental and emotional issues among family members.
  • Jul 23

    A Strategic Plan For Gifting

    A Strategic Plan For Gifting
    Gifting with a purpose and a plan can help strategically move family wealth from one generation to another.
Rank this Week: 1763

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

    Illinois Law & Giving Assets to Children

    Illinois Law &amp; Giving Assets to Children
    When you give anyone a gift valued at more than $14,000 in any one year, you have to file a gift tax form. This is so that the government can keep track of gifts you make during your lifetime. You can give a total of $5,340,000 over your…
  • Jul 19

    Components of a Good Estate Plan in Illinoi

    Components of a Good Estate Plan in Illinoi
    Many people believe that if they have a Will, their estate planning is complete, but there is much more to a solid estate plan. A good plan should be designed to avoid probate, save on estate taxes, protect assets if you move into a nursing…
  • Jul 12

    Illinois Estate Planning & Letters of Instruction

    Illinois Estate Planning &amp; Letters of Instruction
    There is a lot of information your heirs should know that does not necessarily fit into a Will, Trust or other components of an estate plan. The solution is a letter of instruction, which can provide your heirs with guidance if you die or…
Rank this Week: 1343

Crider Law P.C. Blog

Crider Law P.C. Blog

Covers elder law, estate planning and family law.

http://www.criderlaw.net/blog/
  • Jul 24

    Proper Estate Planning Can Ease Everyone’s Mind

    Proper Estate Planning Can Ease Everyone’s Mind
    While death is just as inevitable as taxes, dying without being properly prepared is not. Proper estate planning, one that delves into as many contingencies as possible, can provide great comfort to not only the person reaching the end of the…
  • Jul 17

    Planning For Death, Like Estate Planning, Is A Last Gift To Loved One

    Planning For Death, Like Estate Planning, Is A Last Gift To Loved One
    Proper estate planning is like a gift people give to their loved ones and possibly to organizations they wish to include in the disbursement of their holdings. Another gift, one that is much more emotionally charged but equally important, is…
  • Jul 10

    Celebrity Estate Planning Foul-Ups Provide Lessons To Learn From

    Celebrity Estate Planning Foul-Ups Provide Lessons To Learn From
    An article in Forbes magazine a while back points out that there are lessons to be learned in estate planning from some celebrities. For the most part that lesson is: Don’t do what these people did. “Like many Americans, you may…
Rank this Week: 1650

New York Probate and Estate…

New York Probate and Estate Administration Blog

Published by Stephen Bilkis & Associates

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

    The Issue in this Case is Whether Attorneys Fees Should be Granted

    The Issue in this Case is Whether Attorneys Fees Should be Granted
    A New York Probate Lawyer said that, before the court is the first and final account of the Public Administrator for the estate of the decedent, who died intestate, a resident of Hempstead, on June 21, 1993, leaving one daughter, surviving.…
  • Jul 10

    Court Decides a Case Regarding Kinship Issue

    Court Decides a Case Regarding Kinship Issue
    A New York Probate Lawyer said this is a case of accounting of the Public Administrator, where the issue of kinship was referred to a court attorney/referee pursuant to SCPA 506. All parties stipulated to waive the report of the referee and…
  • Jul 9

    Court Determines Legal Fees in Probate Case

    Court Determines Legal Fees in Probate Case
    A New York Probate Lawyer said that, before the court is the first and final account of the Public Administrator for the estate of the decedent, who died intestate, a resident of Hempstead, on June 21, 1993, leaving one daughter, surviving.…
Rank this Week: 1586

epilawg

epilawg

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

http://epilawg.com/
  • Jul 23

    MN Public Benefit Corporation Act

    MN Public Benefit Corporation Act
    More and more business owners are incorporating a charitable intent or purpose into their companies. However, many still wish to remain a for-profit business and therefore do not apply for non-profit or tax-exempt status. Recently,…
  • Jul 17

    Supreme Court Rules on Inherited IRA

    Supreme Court Rules on Inherited IRA
    On June 12, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on a divisive bankruptcy and estate planning case.  At issue was whether an individual retirement account (“IRA”) that a debtor inherited was exempt from the debtor’s…
  • Jul 15

    Independent Contractor

    Independent Contractor
    Some of the small business clients I work with often want to hire an independent contractor versus bringing on a permanent employee. The use of independent contractors is very attractive to businesses because it can […]Independent…
Rank this Week: 1664

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

    Who Owns Your Blog Posts After You Die?

    Who Owns Your Blog Posts After You Die?
    Copyrights are a unique form of intellectual property recognized by the federal government. A copyright exists in an “original work of authorship” fixed in any form. Copyright is not the same thing as ownership of a material…
  • Jul 22

    Using a Trust to Control Your Assets After Your Death

    Using a Trust to Control Your Assets After Your Death
    One benefit to using a trust as part of your estate plan is that it allows you to exercise greater control over the distribution of your assets even after you're gone. As the name implies, a trust exists when you transfer assets to the…
  • Jul 20

    Can a Tenant Object to the Probate of a Landlord's Estate?

    Can a Tenant Object to the Probate of a Landlord's Estate?
    In preparing a last will and testament, you need to be conscious of the location of any property you own. In the United States, wills and estates are handled on a state-by-state basis. If, for instance, you live in California but own a second…
Rank this Week: 1254

New York Trusts & Estates…

New York Trusts & Estates Litigation Blog

Discusses recent cases and developments pertaining to New York trusts and estates law. By Farrell Fritz.

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

    Testamentary Capacity, Summary Judgment and a Testator’s Diagnosis of Dementia

    Testamentary Capacity, Summary Judgment and a Testator’s Diagnosis of Dementia
    Although summary judgment in a contested probate proceeding historically has been rare, the recent trend has been for Surrogate’s Courts to grant such relief with increasing frequency. Consistent with that recent trend,…
  • May 30

    To be Family or Not to be Family? That is the Question

    To be Family or Not to be Family? That is the Question
    Two recent decisions from the New York County Surrogate’s Court attempt to answer this question. In Estate of Weisberg, decided on April 8, 2014, the court addressed the issue of marriage. Faced with competing petitions for letters of…
  • Apr 30

    Charitable Pledges: Not Found Money, You Have to Earn Them

    Charitable Pledges: Not Found Money, You Have to Earn Them
    A donor writes in a pledge amount, signs the pledge card, hands it over to the charity, and is absolutely committed to that amount; end of story, right? Not necessarily. A recent case emanating from Kings County Surrogate’s Court,…
Rank this Week: 1504

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: 1730

Florida Probate Lawyer Blog

Florida Probate Lawyer Blog

Covers estate, guardianship, probate and trust litigation. By Law Offices of Adrian Philip Thomas.

http://www.florida-probate-lawyer.com/probate
  • Jul 2

    Spousal Inheritance after Divorce

    Spousal Inheritance after Divorce
    What rights does a divorced spouse have to inherit from a former spouse’s estate? Fla. Stat. § 732.703 became effective in 2012 and concerns beneficiary designations on life insurance policies, annuities, IRAs, 401ks and other…
  • Jul 2

    Elective Share for the Surviving Spouse

    Elective Share for the Surviving Spouse
    Can we agree to something else? The law in Florida is clear in its intentions to protect a surviving spouse from being disinherited.  Fla. Stat. 732.201-732.2155 specifies the applicable rules for a surviving spouse to claim the elective…
  • Jul 1

    Qualified Renunciation

    Qualified Renunciation
    In Florida, one of the pleading requirements for a Will Contest or Trust Contest is a general allegation in the complaint that the contestant renounces any benefit he or she receives under the challenged document. The “renunciation…
Rank this Week: 1463