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Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof…

Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof Blog

By Gerry W. Beyer.

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/trusts_estates_prof/
  • Jan 17

    Article on the Role of Trust Protector

    Article on the Role of Trust Protector
    Andrew T. Huber recently published an Article entitled, Trust Protectors: The Role Continues to Evolve, 3 Probate & Property 28 (Jan/Feb 2017). Provided below is an abstract of the Article: The trust protector’s role is relatively new…
  • Jan 17

    Article on Where to Set Up a Domestic Asset Protection Trust

    Article on Where to Set Up a Domestic Asset Protection Trust
    Mark Merric & Daniel G. Worthington recently published an Article entitled, Best DAPT Jurisdictions Based on Three Types of Statutes: Analysis of Where to Set Up a Domestic Asset Protection Trust, Tr. & Est. 92 (Jan. 2017). Provided…
  • Jan 17

    How Student Loan Debt Is Plaguing Older Borrower

    How Student Loan Debt Is Plaguing Older Borrower
    Not only does student loan debt affect young to middle-aged adults, it also seems to be affecting a growing number of older Americans. Specifically, the number of Americans age sixty and older with student loan debt has quadrupled in the...
Rank this Week: 49

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: 173

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/
  • Jan 17

    K.L.W v. Genesis Fertility Centre

    K.L.W v. Genesis Fertility Centre
    Mr. A.B. had serious medical problems throughout his life. He and his wife, K.L.W., wished to have children. He arranged to have his sperm stored by Genesis Fertility Centre, so that his wife could use his reproductive material to conceive a…
  • Jan 8

    Sabey Rule LLP Welcomes Taeya Fitzpatrick

    Sabey Rule LLP Welcomes Taeya Fitzpatrick
    I am pleased to announce that Taeya Fitzpatrick joined our firm last week, on January 1, 2016. Before joining Sabey Rule LLP, Taeya practiced condominium law with a boutique firm here in Kelowna, and recently successfully appealed a…
  • Jan 2

    Supreme Court of Canada Decision Takes a Narrow Approach to Rectification

    Supreme Court of Canada Decision Takes a Narrow Approach to Rectification
    The majority of the Supreme Court of Canada has construed the equitable power of the court to rectify a contract or other document relatively narrowly in a recent decision, Canada (Attorney General) v. FairmontHotels Inc. 2016 SCC 56.…
Rank this Week: 234

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: 243

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/
  • Jan 16

    How To Protect Against Elder Abuse

    How To Protect Against Elder Abuse
    How To Protect Against Elder Abuse A Senate Special Committee on Aging had a hearing in November of 2016, which allowed experts to testify that elder abuse is still a growing problem in the United States.  The experts testified that over…
  • Jan 13

    Florida Statute Of Limitations on a Will

    Florida Statute Of Limitations on a Will
    What is the Florida Statute Of Limitations on a Will? A common question Jacksonville estate planning lawyers are often asked is how long does a person have to Florida will contest a will or what is the statute of limitations to contest a will…
  • Jan 11

    The Importance of a Florida DNR: Do Not Resuscitate Order

    The Importance of a Florida DNR: Do Not Resuscitate Order
    A Florida DNR is a document you will not complete with your Jacksonville Estate Planning Lawyer. Many feel that estate planning is a great area of law because it allows people to plan ahead for how they wish to be treated medically in a…
Rank this Week: 265

New York Probate & Estate…

New York Probate & Estate Litigation Blog

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

http://www.nyprobatelitigation.com/
Rank this Week: 371

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/
  • Feb 3

    Lord Lucan: Declared Dead (Twice) and Still Missing

    Lord Lucan: Declared Dead (Twice) and Still Missing
    In 1974, Lord Lucan, British aristocrat (think James Bond and Martinis, according to the New York Times), vanished after the body of his children’s nanny was found dead in the basement of his house. A year later, in 1975, Lord Lucan,…
  • Feb 2

    Alzheimer Awareness Month: #StillHere

    Alzheimer Awareness Month: #StillHere
    As Alzheimer Awareness Month draws to a close, the message the Alzheimer Society of Canada intended to convey in the #StillHere campaign is clear: A diagnosis of dementia does not necessarily mean that an individual is no longer capable of…
  • Feb 2

    Hull on Estates #452 – Responsibility for Joint Debts Upon Death

    Hull on Estates #452 – Responsibility for Joint Debts Upon Death
    This week on Hull on Estates, David Morgan Smith and Noah Weisberg discuss the responsibility for joint debt upon death of one of the debtors. Should you have any questions, please email us at webmaster@hullandhull.com or leave a comment on…
Rank this Week: 358

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/
  • Nov 21

    What Should I Look for in a California Tax Lawyer?

    What Should I Look for in a California Tax Lawyer?
    When you need tax help, it only makes sense to look for in-depth experience in all of the tax laws relevant to you and your business. Federal and California state tax law are constantly changing, and it isn’t easy for the average…
  • Nov 18

    Can Back Taxes and Penalties Be Negotiated?

    Can Back Taxes and Penalties Be Negotiated?
    Back taxes can be financially crippling both to you and your business. If your tax debt is more than you can afford to pay back in a lump sum, or if you think there may be some error on the part of the government in assessing how much you…
  • Nov 10

    Why Hire a Tax Litigation Lawyer?

    Why Hire a Tax Litigation Lawyer?
    When faced with a tax controversy between you and the IRS, you may feel like you are at a disadvantage. The IRS has a giant team at its disposal to pursue its case against you. However, you do not need to face tax issues alone. Hiring a tax…
Rank this Week: 508

Massachusetts Estate Planning,…

Massachusetts Estate Planning, Probate & Elder Law

Features a blend of common sense info for clients and family caregivers and in-depth probate, tax and Medicaid analysis for lawyers & CPAs. By Brian E. Barreira.

http://elderlaw.info/
Rank this Week: 450

Michigan Estate Planning Lawyer…

Michigan Estate Planning Lawyer Blog

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

http://www.michiganestateplanninglawyerblog.com/
  • May 9

    Tips When Registering Your trademark With an Attorney

    Tips When Registering Your trademark With an Attorney
    When you are looking to brand a business, you need to begin by registering a trademark. A trademark is essentially a sign, design or unique expression that is recognisable. Through the use of trademark registration, you can be sure that other…
  • Oct 15

    KNOWING MARYLAND’S MEDICAL MALPRACTICE AND WHEN TO CALL A LAWYER

    KNOWING MARYLAND’S MEDICAL MALPRACTICE AND WHEN TO CALL A LAWYER
    That opening line of the Hippocratic Oath isn’t always so uncomplicated as it is brief. Maryland medical malpractice lawyers engage hundreds, if not thousands of cases yearly in which medical professionals left their patients in worse…
  • Oct 9

    Looking At Bankruptcy Law In California

    Looking At Bankruptcy Law In California
    Setbacks are common in life. If your financial situation has spiraled out of control it’s wise that you apply for insolvency. Paths of Alleviation Personal bankruptcy laws supply you with two paths for relief: chapter 7 as well as…
Rank this Week: 445

Law Office of Roy W. Litherland…

Law Office of Roy W. Litherland Blog

Covers estate planning, probate and living trusts.

http://www.attorneyoffice.com/blog/
  • Jan 17

    Exclusion of Gains from Sale of Personal Residence

    Exclusion of Gains from Sale of Personal Residence
    In this blog post, Justin M. Kennedy discusses a special exclusion of gains from the sale of a personal residence built into the Internal Revenue Code in Section 121. The post Exclusion of Gains from Sale of Personal Residence appeared first…
  • Jan 11

    Clayton Trust – The Advantages of the B-Trust

    Clayton Trust – The Advantages of the B-Trust
    By: Justin M. Kennedy, Attorney Law Office of Roy W. Litherland Prior to 2014, for married clients with estates valued at over one million dollar ($1,000,000), our office often recommended ABC Trusts.  This trust structure was used to…
  • Jan 3

    Litherland Law Office 2017 Government Policy Forecast

    Litherland Law Office 2017 Government Policy Forecast
    By:  Matthew M. Shafae, Attorney Law Office of Roy W. Litherland Elections have consequences. On January 3, 2017, the 115th United States Congress met for the first time, with both houses controlled by the Republican Party. On January…
Rank this Week: 531

Julie's Wills & Estate Planning…

Julie's Wills & Estate Planning Blog

Covers estate planning and probate. By Julie Garber.

http://wills.about.com/
  • May 31

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

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

    Why Does it Take So Long to Receive Your Inheritance?

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

    Does Your Child Need a Discretionary Lifetime Trust?

    Does Your Child Need a Discretionary Lifetime Trust?
    One of my roles as a former estate planning attorney and current trust officer for a private bank is to insure that my clients' estate plans meet their ever-changing estate planning goals. One question that private bank clients bring up on a…
Rank this Week: 563

Estate Street

Estate Street

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

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

    Grantor vs Non-Grantor Trust

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

    The Cost of Death on the Rise

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

    Gifts To Grandchildren

    Gifts To Grandchildren
    Gifts given to grandchildren by grandparents can be a great blessing.  Kelly Greene wrote an article in the Wall Street Journal September 14, 2012, titled "Are You Coddling Your Grandkids?"  In her article, Ms. Greene indicates five…
Rank this Week: 583

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
  • Jan 18

    Chart: Compare Summary Judgment to Other Motion

    Chart: Compare Summary Judgment to Other Motion
    When considering whether to move for summary judgment or summary adjudication, always assess whether there are better procedures available for narrowing the issues or terminating the litigation. Keep the following chart handy to help you…
  • Jan 13

    Say It Early and Often

    Say It Early and Often
    The most important concept to remember in organizing your statements to the jury, whether during opening statement or closing argument, is the “rule of primacy”: Jurors tend to believe what they hear first and most frequently.…
  • Jan 11

    Watch Out for Probationary Employees Getting Implied Contract Right

    Watch Out for Probationary Employees Getting Implied Contract Right
    Employers often set up an “introductory” or “probationary” period for initial evaluation of new employees. There’s often a performance evaluation at the end of this period, and employers may believe they have…
Rank this Week: 679

All About Estates

All About Estates

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

http://www.allaboutestates.ca/
  • Jan 18

    Appeal Court: Fraudulent Concealment Stopped the Clock

    Appeal Court: Fraudulent Concealment Stopped the Clock
    I previously blogged about Roulston v McKenny et al, 2016 ONSC 2377, as a classic example of chutzpah. The deceased’s ex-wife had a claim against his estate if a life insurance policy lapsed. Even though the estate trustee knew that the…
  • Jan 17

    7th Annual Trustee Investment Review

    7th Annual Trustee Investment Review
    This is my 7th annual year end investment review for Trusts. As I have indicated in the past, Trustees are accountable for a prudent investment policy. This includes a review of the performance of the investments in the Trust. For Trusts that…
  • Jan 16

    RRIF rollovers and grandchildren.

    RRIF rollovers and grandchildren.
    Can RRIF proceeds paid after death to a testamentary trust, and used to purchase an annuity for the deceased’s grandson, qualify for a tax deferred rollover? The Canada Revenue Agency (“CRA”) was…
Rank this Week: 712

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/
  • Jan 17

    Handwritten Wills Often Lead to Legal Problem

    Handwritten Wills Often Lead to Legal Problem
    The legal requirements for making a valid will in California are straightforward. A will should be in writing and signed by the testator (the person making the will) in the presence of at least two witnesses. Ideally the will is typewritten…
  • Jan 4

    What Happens to My Bankruptcy Case if I Die?

    What Happens to My Bankruptcy Case if I Die?
    In a typical probate administration, the personal representative named in the deceased person’s will must pay off any valid debts presented to the estate. What if the decedent was already in bankruptcy at the time of his or her death?…
  • Dec 31

    Does a Spendthrift Trust Protect Against Spousal or Child Support Orders?

    Does a Spendthrift Trust Protect Against Spousal or Child Support Orders?
    If you have a child or other relative who is irresponsible with money or is the subject of a number of creditor judgments, you might consider including a spendthrift clause as part of your estate planning. A spendthrift clause, also known as…
Rank this Week: 628

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/
  • Jan 16

    2d DCA: Can a divorce judge force you to terminate your irrevocable trust and split the assets with your ex’?

    2d DCA: Can a divorce judge force you to terminate your irrevocable trust and split the assets with your ex’?
    Nelson v. Nelson, — So.3d —-, 2016 WL 7322546 (Fla. 2d DCA December 16, 2016) Multi-generational irrevocable trusts (often referred to as “dynasty” trusts) have always been around, but changes to federal estate tax…
  • Dec 16

    Bias on the bench

    Bias on the bench
    Inheritance cases are almost always bench trials, which means they’re decided by a jury of one: your judge. If one person’s going to determine the outcome of your entire case, you’d better be aware of the unconscious biases…
  • Dec 12

    4th DCA: Love and marriage in contested Florida guardianship

    4th DCA: Love and marriage in contested Florida guardianship
    Smith v. Smith, — So.3d —-, 2016 WL 803625 (Fla. 4th DCA March 2, 2016) As Bette Davis once famously quipped, getting old ain’t for sissies. But it’s a whole lot easier if you’re married. And…
Rank this Week: 764

About Florida Law

About Florida Law

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

http://aboutfloridalaw.com
  • Jan 10

    Seller and Private Financing in Residential Real Estate Transactions under Dodd-Frank Act 

    Seller and Private Financing in Residential Real Estate Transactions under Dodd-Frank Act 
    Florida residential real estate transactions are governed by a variety of laws, rules, and regulations.  Unfortunately,  some real estate agents minimize or ignore these requirements in the name of getting the deal closed. They say…
  • Dec 27

    Satisfaction of Mortgages in Florida

    Satisfaction of Mortgages in Florida
    Once you send in your final mortgage payment (or where you payoff your loan due to a refinance or the sale of your home), your lender has an obligation to act.  It’s the law. The bank is supposed to prepare and record in the public…
  • Dec 13

    How Do You Terminate The Joint Tenancy of Florida Real Estate?  

    How Do You Terminate The Joint Tenancy of Florida Real Estate?  
    In Florida, there is more than one way to own real estate.  It’s important to understand your choices before you “take title” to your real estate at closing. One key factor here:  are you able to convey complete…
Rank this Week: 687

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/
  • Dec 21

    Get Organized with a Master Directory

    Get Organized with a Master Directory
    This is an article from The Smith Law Firm, P.C. (http://www.elderlawyer.com/index.php) in Augusta, Georgia, that we thought others may find helpful. “If you’ve cleaned out the financial files of a loved one who has passed away,…
  • Dec 21

    Portability and Estate Planning

    Portability and Estate Planning
    This is an article from the Law Offices of Cheryl David (http://www.cheryldavid.com/) in Greensboro, North Carolina, that we thought others may find helpful. Portability allows a surviving spouse to take advantage of a deceased spouse’s…
  • Dec 15

    6 Ways to Prepare for Your First Estate Planning Meeting

    6 Ways to Prepare for Your First Estate Planning Meeting
    This is an article from The Law Offices of Richard B. Schneider, LLC (http://www.rbsllc.com/) in Portland, Oregon, that we thought others may find helpful. If you have decided to create a comprehensive estate plan, you have made a wise…
Rank this Week: 672

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
  • Dec 20

    Christmas Break circa 1975

    Christmas Break circa 1975
    I have fond memories when growing up of my parents piling us all into the family station wagon to drive from our Indianapolis home to visit grandma and grandpa in Florida over the holidays. We’d wake up to be on the road by 4:00 am so…
  • Dec 9

    A History of Trust

    A History of Trust
    We take for granted that the tool of a revocable living trust is available to us. We can create a legal document where we usually name ourselves but may instead name a third party trustee to take care of our assets and possessions, yet the…
  • Dec 5

    Things To Be Grateful For

    Things To Be Grateful For
    I wish you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving and thank you very much for following my column over the 15 years that I’ve been writing it. In the spirit of this week’s holiday, allow me to list some of the things that I am grateful…
Rank this Week: 723

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
  • Dec 13

    Social Security Now Allows Claimants To Check Application & Appeal Statu

    Social Security Now Allows Claimants To Check Application & Appeal Statu
    This month Social Security launched a new service for “my Social Security” account holders so that they can check on the status of an application for benefits or an appeal. This service provides detailed information about…
  • Dec 13

    Social Security Now Allows Claimants To Check Application & Appeal Statu

    Social Security Now Allows Claimants To Check Application & Appeal Statu
    This month Social Security launched a new service for “my Social Security” account holders so that they can check on the status of an application for benefits or an appeal. This service provides detailed information about…
  • Dec 12

    People with Disabilities Will Soon Be Able to Create Their Own Special Needs Trust

    People with Disabilities Will Soon Be Able to Create Their Own Special Needs Trust
    The Special Needs Trust Fairness Act, federal legislation that will allow people with disabilities to create their own special needs trusts instead of having to rely on others, has passed the Congress. The measure was included in the 21st…
Rank this Week: 711

Long Island Special Needs Law Blog

Long Island Special Needs Law Blog

Covers estate planning and special needs trusts. By Ellen A. Victor.

http://longislandspecialneedslawyer.com
  • Dec 9

    Special Needs Trust Fairness Act passes!

    Special Needs Trust Fairness Act passes!
    Forming a first party Special Needs Trust has, up until now, required a parent, grandparent or a guardian to establish the trust. When the original law allowing First Party Special Needs Trusts was passed, it did not contemplate that many…
  • Sep 30

    Conference on Housing for the Mentally Ill October 7, 2016

    Conference on Housing for the Mentally Ill October 7, 2016
    Housing is one of the most difficult problems for any person with special needs, whether developmentally disabled or suffering with mental illness. A conference addressing the housing crisis for those with psychiatric disabilities is being…
  • Jun 12

    Feeling Guilty Over Causing My Child’s Disability

    Feeling Guilty Over Causing My Child’s Disability
    Recently, I was reading this review of Toni Braxton’s new memoir, and the reviewer appeared shocked that Ms. Braxton attributed her son’s autism to God’s payback for a prior abortion. I don’t want to get into a…
Rank this Week: 636

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/
  • Jun 8

    Cooper, Adel & Associates Names Daniel H. Vu Partner

    Cooper, Adel & Associates Names Daniel H. Vu Partner
    Founder Thom L. Cooper and Managing Partner Mitchell J. Adel are pleased to announce the appointment of Daniel Vu as partner in the law firm of Cooper, Adel and Associates. Vu will lead the development of the firm’s advance estate…
  • Apr 22

    Earth Day is a good opportunity to fertilize your estate plan.

    Earth Day is a good opportunity to fertilize your estate plan.
    By Attorney Ted Brown Earth Day is one of my favorite times of the year as it marks the dawn of spring and reminds us of the natural wonder of seasonal renewal. It gives us the opportunity to pause and reflect on not only the pristine beauty…
  • Apr 7

    Ohio Under Fire Over Medicaid Regulation

    Ohio Under Fire Over Medicaid Regulation
    By Attorney Nathan Simpson In a recent opinion in the case Wagner v. McCarthy, a judge from the Federal District Court for Southern Ohio issued a preliminary injunction against the Ohio Department of Medicaid for its interpretation of federal…
Rank this Week: 664

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: 657

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/
  • Jan 17

    New podcast: "Can the executor do that?"

    New podcast: "Can the executor do that?"
    Our second podcast is now available on our web page. It follows the same format at the first one, with our practice coordinator, Chelsea Kennedy, asking me questions. This one is called "Can the executor do that?" and covers a…
  • Jan 11

    No standing for adopted child to vary birth mother's will

    No standing for adopted child to vary birth mother's will
    There has been an interesting case recently in the BC courts regarding the rights of adopted children with respect to the estate of the birth mother. Gary Boer was the biological son of Deloreen Mikaloff. He was adopted by another family…
  • Jan 9

    Our first podcast (free to listen, of course) is now online!

    Our first podcast (free to listen, of course) is now online!
    Such exciting news! Our very first podcast is on the website and ready to go! We've created a series of podcasts on various topics relating to wills, estates, trusts, and elder law, and we'll be uploading a new one each week. The first one…
Rank this Week: 971

Andrew Flusche, Virginia Lawyer

Andrew Flusche, Virginia Lawyer

Covers Virginia drunk driving, reckless driving and speeding offenses.

http://www.andrewflusche.com/blog/
  • Jan 6

    [VIDEO] Uber Drivers – Fight Virginia Reckless Driving

    [VIDEO] Uber Drivers – Fight Virginia Reckless Driving
    A reckless driving conviction on that record could impair your ability to drive with Uber, especially depending upon if you have other tickets. Contact me so we can look at your defense options. Are you an Uber driver or a hopeful driver for…
  • Dec 16

    [VIDEO] International Student Reckless Driving Defense

    [VIDEO] International Student Reckless Driving Defense
    If you are an international student and you were charged with reckless driving, you’re in the right place. This video and article explains what we can hopefully do together to avoid a criminal conviction in your case. Any time a person…
  • Dec 15

    [Quiz] Do You Know Your Rights During a Traffic Stop in Virginia?

    [Quiz] Do You Know Your Rights During a Traffic Stop in Virginia?
    Back in October, the City of Fredericksburg published a video entitled What to Expect During a Traffic Stop. There is a lot of great information in the video, and I commend the city for proactively educating people. I also felt obligated to…
Rank this Week: 961

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/
  • Jan 5

    Sharp as a Tack . . . Clear as a Bell

    Sharp as a Tack . . . Clear as a Bell
    Very often, when the proponent of a will (and sometimes even the attorney-draftsperson or witness) is questioned about the decedent’s mental state and the decedent’s instructions, the reflexive response is that the decedent was…
  • Nov 22

    A Flood . . . in the Basement

    A Flood . . . in the Basement
    A recent case decided by the Richmond County Surrogate revisits the law pertaining to probating lost or damages wills. In Matter of Larsen, the decedent’s will, apparently damaged in a flooded basement to the extent that the…
  • Sep 29

    Article 17-A Guardianship: It is Not for Everyone

    Article 17-A Guardianship: It is Not for Everyone
    In two recent decisions, Surrogate Lopez Torres of Kings County denied petitions for guardianship under SCPA Article 17-A, demonstrating the strict circumstances under which guardians are appointed under this particular statute. Unlike under…
Rank this Week: 1010

Wealth Law Blog

Wealth Law Blog

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

http://samuelslaw.com/blog/
  • Dec 28

    Carrie Fisher: Some Early Thoughts on Her Estate

    Carrie Fisher: Some Early Thoughts on Her Estate
    May the Force be with you Carrie – you were one of the brightest stars.The entertainment world lost an iconic legend today. Carrie Fisher, best known for her role as Princess Leia Organa in the Star Wars films, passed away this morning…
  • Nov 30

    Blachly Appointed to Oregon Commission on Uniform State Law

    Blachly Appointed to Oregon Commission on Uniform State Law
    Congratulations to SYK attorney Victoria Blachly, who has been appointed by Governor Kate Brown to the Oregon Commission on Uniform State Laws. The Oregon Commission drafts uniform state laws in all states, for various fields of law. The…
  • Nov 23

    “Not So Fast” – Federal Judge Grants Injunction Against Overtime Regulation

    “Not So Fast” – Federal Judge Grants Injunction Against Overtime Regulation
    On Tuesday, November 22, a Federal District Court Judge in Texas granted a nationwide preliminary injunction against an Obama administration regulation, which sought to expand the eligibility of millions of workers for overtime pay.The…
Rank this Week: 944

Mendel Law Firm Blog

Mendel Law Firm Blog

Covers estate planning.

http://www.mendellawfirm.com/blog/
  • Dec 20

    Why A Successor Trustee Is Important

    Why A Successor Trustee Is Important
    If you are considering the addition of a trust agreement to your estate plan you will need to make a number of important decisions should you decide to create a trust. Deciding who to appoint as the Trustee of your trust is one of those…
  • Dec 13

    Why Should Incapacity Planning Be Included in Your Estate Plan?

    Why Should Incapacity Planning Be Included in Your Estate Plan?
    A comprehensive estate plan should do far more than simply provide a roadmap for the distribution of your estate assets after your death. Components such as tax and probate avoidance, special needs planning, or retirement planning can easily…
  • Dec 6

    Under a Power of Attorney Can an Agent Make Gifts on Your Behalf?

    Under a Power of Attorney Can an Agent Make Gifts on Your Behalf?
    A power of attorney is a commonly used legal document, often included in a comprehensive estate plan. When used properly, a power of attorney, or POA, can be a beneficial addition to your estate plan. Unfortunately, people often execute a POA…
Rank this Week: 793

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/
  • Dec 1

    Embryo Feud Between Sofia Vergara And Nick Loeb Grows Nastier

    Embryo Feud Between Sofia Vergara And Nick Loeb Grows Nastier
    The moment the lawsuit started, it was ugly. Sofia Vergara and Nick Loeb have moved well past ugly into uncharted territory in their courtroom battle that addresses views about life itself. As we wrote after the case began, Vergara and Loeb's…
  • Nov 3

    Prince Estate Enters New Fight Over Who Will Inherit His Million

    Prince Estate Enters New Fight Over Who Will Inherit His Million
    So much trouble caused by such a simple concept. When you create a will, you decide who receives your assets after you die. If you don’t, the laws of the state you live in determine it. What happens when those laws aren’t too…
  • Sep 15

    Gene Wilder And His Struggle With Alzheimer's Highlight Estate Planning Lesson

    Gene Wilder And His Struggle With Alzheimer's Highlight Estate Planning Lesson
    The death of Gene Wilder saddened Willa Wonka fans across the globe — not to mention fans of Blazin’ Saddles, Young Frankenstein, and many others. When his family issued a statement saying that Alzheimer’s disease claimed…
Rank this Week: 1030

New York Trusts & Estates Law…

New York Trusts & Estates Law Blog

Covers New York wills, trusts, estates, and elder law. By Saul Elnadav.

http://trustsestateslaw.com
Rank this Week: 929

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: 909

Givner & Kaye Blog

Givner & Kaye Blog

Covers estate and tax planning.

http://www.givnerkaye.com/blog/
  • Jul 13

    Two Swiss Banks Disclose Accounts to Avoid Prosecution

    Two Swiss Banks Disclose Accounts to Avoid Prosecution
    On June 19, two Swiss banks agreed to pay penalties totaling nearly $6 million in order to avoid prosecution under the Department of Justice’s program which requires Swiss firms to disclose how they helped their American clients avoid…
  • Jul 7

    Mexican National Files Third Complaint for Vegas Slot Winnings Tax Refund

    Mexican National Files Third Complaint for Vegas Slot Winnings Tax Refund
    On June 19, Enrique Free Pacheco filed his third complaint for a refund of taxes withheld from the winnings he earned by playing the slots in Las Vegas. This complaint is Pacheco’s third, following lawsuits filed in the US Court of…
  • Jun 18

    Japan to Institute “Exit Tax” Along US, Canadian Line

    Japan to Institute “Exit Tax” Along US, Canadian Line
    Starting July 1 of this year, Japan will impose an “Exit Tax” on both Japanese nationals and non-nationals who expatriate. The tax is based on those instituted by both the US and Canada. The US system, which is itself modelled on…
Rank this Week: 804

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: 965

Liberty Law Blog

Liberty Law Blog

Covers estate planning, estate taxes, probate and trusts.

http://www.libertylawapc.com/blog
  • Aug 6

    Successfully Passing the Family Business to Children

    Successfully Passing the Family Business to Children
    Some good reminders from www.estateplanning.com on the importance of being prepared to pass the family business to your kids: If you own and operate a business, you need to have a plan for the future of the business in the event you become…
  • Jun 28

    The Importance of Reviewing Beneficiary Designation

    The Importance of Reviewing Beneficiary Designation
    Did you know that if you do not properly designate beneficiaries on assets like life insurance & retirement accounts – those assets may be distributed to your “estate” instead of your intended beneficiary? This can increase the…
  • Jun 13

    Even young adults should plan their Estate

    Even young adults should plan their Estate
    Good summary article here on why its important for young adults to think about getting some basic documents in place. Tweet
Rank this Week: 879

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: 872

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/
Rank this Week: 1156

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/
  • Jan 17

    When the trustee and beneficiaries are siblings, everyone needs to know the ground rules to stay on good terms!

    When the trustee and beneficiaries are siblings, everyone needs to know the ground rules to stay on good terms!
    Consider this scenario: A parent passes away and one of the decedent's children, a beneficiary of the trust, takes over as trustee of the parent's trust. His siblings are also beneficiaries. Since no one in the family is familiar with the…
  • Jan 15

    Florida law allows pets to be beneficiaries of your estate plan

    Florida law allows pets to be beneficiaries of your estate plan
    Headlines are made when wealthy people leave outsize fortunes to their pets. One notable example is Leona Helmsley, the hotel magnate who passed away in 2007. Cutting out her family, Helmsley left her entire $12 million fortune to her pet…
  • Jan 13

    You are invited to attend one of our free January workshop

    You are invited to attend one of our free January workshop
    Please Join Us! The Karp Law Firm's January 2017 Estate Planning Workshops   These informative presentations are free, no obligation and you do not need a reservation - just show up!   You'll hear about: Why living trusts can still…
Rank this Week: 1112

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: 1326

New York Probate and Estate…

New York Probate and Estate Administration Blog

Published by Stephen Bilkis & Associates

http://www.newyorkprobateestateadministration.com/
  • Jan 16

    Court Wrestles with Procedural Question

    Court Wrestles with Procedural Question
    This is a motion for an order directing the proponent, who is decedent’s widow, to appear for an examination before trial to enable petitioner to frame objections to the propounded instrument bearing date March 10, 1961, and for other…
  • Jan 13

    Court Discusses Principal of Incorportion by Reference

    Court Discusses Principal of Incorportion by Reference
    The petition presents an issue under the doctrine of ‘incorporation by reference’ as applied to wills. The petitioner a sister of the testator, presents an unwitnessed holographic instrument executed January 9, 1968…
  • Jan 9

    Petitioner Requests Limited Letters of Estate Administration

    Petitioner Requests Limited Letters of Estate Administration
    This is an application for limited letters of temporary estate administration. Decedent executed a will in Ireland which was witnessed by the manager for the United States Lines in Ireland and the American Consul in Cork. Beside a small…
Rank this Week: 1355

Marshall Elder & Estate Planning…

Marshall Elder & Estate Planning Blog

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

http://marshallelder.blogspot.com/
Rank this Week: 1089

Estate Planning in California

Estate Planning in California

By the Law Offices of Shahram Miri, Inc.

http://calestateplanning.blogspot.com/
  • Jan 13

    Spendthrift Clause and Creditor

    Spendthrift Clause and Creditor
    A common, albeit erroneous, legal assumption is that a beneficiary's interest in a trust with a spendthrift clause is bullet-proof. That is, the beneficiary's interest cannot be attached by a third-party so as to prevent the beneficiary from…
  • Dec 26

    Trust Administration - Principal Place of Administration

    Trust Administration - Principal Place of Administration
    Santa Clara County Superior CourtWhen a trustee provides notice of a trust's existence to the beneficiaries, it must include where "the address of the physical location where the principal place of administration of the trust is located,…
  • Dec 14

    Transferring Trust Property

    Transferring Trust Property
    One of the primary rules when administering a trust is for the trustee to follow its terms. Probate Code §16000, Penny v Wilson (2004) 123 CA4th 596. For example, if the trust provides for an equal distribution of trust assets to 4…
Rank this Week: 1372

Law Office of Andrew M. Lamkin,…

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

Covers elder law.

http://lamkinelderlaw.com/articles/
  • Jan 13

    What Are the Inheritance Rights of Adopted Children?

    What Are the Inheritance Rights of Adopted Children?
    Estate Planning Attorney Assisting Long Island Families with Adopted Children In general, an adopted child will typically have the same inheritance right to adoptive parents as biological children of those same parents. However, there are…
  • Jan 6

    Sensitive Estate Planning Questions That You Must Addre

    Sensitive Estate Planning Questions That You Must Addre
    Understanding and Caring Attorneys Assisting with Estate Planning in the Long Island Area Estate planning tends to strike fear in some. After all, it is about planning the future after death. While that sounds morbid, it is a necessity if…
  • Dec 22

    The Importance of Holding a Family Meeting to Discuss Your Estate Plan

    The Importance of Holding a Family Meeting to Discuss Your Estate Plan
    New York Attorney Recommends Helping your Family Understand your Estate Plan via Family Meetings You have family meetings to discuss important issues in the family, but have you had one about your estate plan or what happens to finances after…
Rank this Week: 1472

Murphy's Law Blog

Murphy's Law Blog

Covers elder law, estate planning and probate. By Noreen Murphy.

http://www.noreenmurphylaw.com/blog/
  • Jan 12

    Moving Forward with Estate Planning When Your Spouse is Uncomfortable with It

    Moving Forward with Estate Planning When Your Spouse is Uncomfortable with It
    As one part of a married couple, perhaps you put off estate planning because you need your spouse in order for it to be effective. If that’s the case, a non-cooperative spouse who doesn’t want to think or talk about it can lead to…
  • Jan 5

    Do You Need an Estate Planning Audit?

    Do You Need an Estate Planning Audit?
    Does thinking about your original estate planning documents conjure up images of meeting in someone’s office a decade ago when you first got married or when you had a child? Or was it in the more recent past, but there are numerous…
  • Dec 14

    Multiple Reasons Why Your Estate Planning Needs a Lift This Year

    Multiple Reasons Why Your Estate Planning Needs a Lift This Year
    As we quickly approach 2017, it is an excellent opportunity to review your existing estate planning documents and determine if  you have fallen short. Unfortunately, far too many people make simple mistakes that can end up turning into…
Rank this Week: 1053

Texas Wills and Trusts Law Online

Texas Wills and Trusts Law Online

Covers issues relating to wills, trusts, estate planning, and probate in Texas. By Rania Combs.

http://www.texaswillsandtrustslaw.com
  • Jan 11

    Can Proceeds of Insurance Policy be Seized to Pay Debts of an Estate?

    Can Proceeds of Insurance Policy be Seized to Pay Debts of an Estate?
    After you die, your estate is responsible for your debts. Creditors can make claims against your probate estate for what you owe. Assets such as life insurance proceeds, IRAs and other qualified plans are non-probate assets. They pass to the…
  • Dec 23

    Wishing You Peace

    Wishing You Peace
    As the year draws to a close, I have a lot for which to be thankful: My greatest joy is my family, and I am thankful for the opportunity to be a wife, mother, daughter, sister, and aunt to amazing people I love more than I could ever express.…
  • Dec 15

    What are the Mental Requirements for Making a Will?

    What are the Mental Requirements for Making a Will?
    A concerned daughter contacted me. Her mother’s Will was outdated, and needed to be updated. She has been wanting to make changes for years, but getting this done now seems more pressing. Her mother is experiencing health issues,…
Rank this Week: 1290