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Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof…

Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof Blog

By Gerry W. Beyer.

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

    Book on Mediation for Estate Planner

    Book on Mediation for Estate Planner
    Susan N. Gary recently published a book entitled, Mediation for Estate Planners: Managing Family Conflict (2016). Provided below is a summary of the book: This book represents an important new resource for attorneys to assist clients in…
  • Sep 26

    Hiring an Estate Sales Agent

    Hiring an Estate Sales Agent
    Estate sales are different from your regular garage sale, promising nicer items and the potential for rare finds. Estate sales agents exist in an unregulated market and ask for fees around 35% of the sale total. It is important to...
  • Sep 26

    Article on How to Deal with Will Contests Over Testamentary Capacity

    Article on How to Deal with Will Contests Over Testamentary Capacity
    Richard B. Keeton recently published an Article entitled, Balancing Testamentary Incapacity and Undue Influence: How to Handle Will Contests of Testators with Diminishing Capacity, 57 S. Tex. L. Rev. 53 (2015). Provided below is a summary of…
Rank this Week: 71

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: 85

New York Probate & Estate…

New York Probate & Estate Litigation Blog

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

http://www.nyprobatelitigation.com/
  • Feb 1

    Executors Should Beware Of Serious Pitfall

    Executors Should Beware Of Serious Pitfall
    Today’s Wall Street Journal contains a worthwhile but cautionary article about the pitfalls that can face even the most well-meaning executor. As you will see, a lot of the decisions an executor must make need to be made…
  • Jan 31

    David Bowie’s Will Filed In Manhattan Surrogate’s Court — His Estate Valued At 100 Million Dollar

    David Bowie’s Will Filed In Manhattan Surrogate’s Court — His Estate Valued At 100 Million Dollar
    The Will of David Robert Jones was filed earlier this month in New York County Surrogate’s Court giving the value of his estate at 100 million dollars. Not familiar with David Robert Jones? As the New York Times reported, He was far…
  • Jul 20

    Application To Withdraw Waiver Consenting To Probate Denied By Brooklyn Surrogate

    Application To Withdraw Waiver Consenting To Probate Denied By Brooklyn Surrogate
    Prior to the commencement of a probate proceeding or an administration proceeding, the attorney for the estate will normally send a waiver consenting to the admission of the will to probate or to the appointment of an administrator to all…
Rank this Week: 171

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: 205

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
  • Sep 26

    Cohabitating Couples Need Clear Agreement

    Cohabitating Couples Need Clear Agreement
    Millennials appear to be less likely to marry and more likely to live together. As the Huffington Post explains, “[c]ouples are now more apt to consider cohabitation as their next stage in their relationships before they begin to…
  • Sep 23

    6 Ways to Multitask More Effectively

    6 Ways to Multitask More Effectively
    Many lawyers believe that their productivity gets a boost when they multitask. Sadly, it may be just the opposite. But because multitasking isn’t going away anytime soon, lawyers can learn ways to break bad habits and multitask more…
  • Sep 21

    The Pros and Cons of Requiring Workplace Arbitration

    The Pros and Cons of Requiring Workplace Arbitration
    The following is a guest blog post by Jeffrey D. Polsky, a partner at Fox Rothschild LLP, where he counsels employers on California employment law issues, represents them in litigation, and writes for Fox Rothschild’s California…
Rank this Week: 254

Florida Probate Litigation

Florida Probate Litigation

Covers corporate trustees, compensation disputes, contested guardianship proceedings, creditors' claims, homestead litigation, will construction litigation, and trust and estates litigation. By Juan C. Antunez.

http://www.flprobatelitigation.com/
Rank this Week: 285

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: 292

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: 299

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
  • Sep 9

    When Does the Statute of Limitations Toll on Gift Tax Returns?

    When Does the Statute of Limitations Toll on Gift Tax Returns?
    Many people are unfamiliar with the requirements to report gifts on a United States Federal Gift Tax Return Form 709. In this column, I thought that I’d shed some light on the topic, particularly with hard-to-value assets.  …
  • Sep 2

    IRS Limits Family Partnership Discount

    IRS Limits Family Partnership Discount
    A staple of advanced estate planning techniques has been the creation of family-owned entities, usually in the form of family partnerships, LLCs or corporations. The estate planning attorney will suggest that the client place certain assets…
  • Aug 26

    Same Sex Couples Estate Planning

    Same Sex Couples Estate Planning
    The last few years have brought several favorable developments for same sex couples in the tax and estate planning arenas. The Supreme Court ruled in the Windsor case a couple of years ago that same sex couples were entitled to the same…
Rank this Week: 369

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: 422

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: 412

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: 486

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/
  • 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…
  • Aug 30

    Tom Clancy Estate Battle Ends, But Valuable Lesson Remain

    Tom Clancy Estate Battle Ends, But Valuable Lesson Remain
    While the final Tom Clancy estate battle may not have been as exciting as the climactic scenes in The Hunt for Red October or Patriot Games, the struggle between author Tom Clancy’s widow and four adult children over his $86 million…
  • Jun 21

    Battles Coming For Muhammad Ali Estatee

    Battles Coming For Muhammad Ali Estatee
    Muhammad Ali was never one to shy away from battles. From heavyweight champions in the boxing ring, to the United States Government, and to the ravaging effects of Parkinson's disease, Ali continued to fight. Now there are growing fears that…
Rank this Week: 544

Ask Liza: Nolo's Estate Planning…

Ask Liza: Nolo's Estate Planning Blog

Covers estate planning and wills. By Liza Weiman Hanks.

http://blog.nolo.com/estateplanning/
  • Sep 18

    What Kind of Tax ID Do I Need for a Trust?

    What Kind of Tax ID Do I Need for a Trust?
    Dear Liza: My parents both have recently passed away. They had a revocable trust.  What type if tax ID do I need?  I created one for the “Estate” type, but should I have made it for the “Trust” type? I am the…
  • Sep 11

    Annual Gifts: $14,000 each to as many people as you’d like

    Annual Gifts: $14,000 each to as many people as you’d like
    Dear Liza: If my mom gifts $14,000 to me and my 5 children and does this by writing each individual separate checks for $14,000 which are then deposited in each separate child’s account, will it also be deemed a gift to me if I am a…
  • Aug 14

    Trust Tax ID Numbers and Other Basics of Trust Administration

    Trust Tax ID Numbers and Other Basics of Trust Administration
    Dear Liza: My mother recently died and I am the Trustee of her trust. She left everything to me and my brother, equally.  I live far away from California, where she lived. My brother lives in her house. The bank told me that I need to…
Rank this Week: 575

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/
Rank this Week: 622

Ohio Social Security Disability…

Ohio Social Security Disability Blog

Covers family law, criminal law, and social security SSD/SSI ssues in Ohio. By the Law Offices of John T. Nicholson.

http://www.johntnicholson.com/ohiolawblog/
  • May 26

    SSA ruling indicates that focus of disability inquiry should be on capacity to work, not ability to find a job

    SSA ruling indicates that focus of disability inquiry should be on capacity to work, not ability to find a job
    SSA ruling indicates that focus of disability inquiry should be on capacity to work, not ability to find a job  SSR 64-47c The claimant, a high school graduate who had worked in various capacities in carpentry, including foreman and…
  • Mar 24

    Social Security disability rules for Lupu

    Social Security disability rules for Lupu
    How to win my disability case for a lupus diagnosis? Systemic lupus erythematosus, or simply lupus, is evaluated in the immune system section of the Disability Evaluation Under Social Security disability handbook, more commonly known as the…
  • Feb 10

    Delays in Ohio Social Security Disability claims hurt claimant

    Delays in Ohio Social Security Disability claims hurt claimant
    Social Security Disability Delays Impact Vulnerable Patients Unfortunately it is becoming all to common for those applying for Social Security Disability benefits to suffer delay after delay while their claims languish in a bureaucratic mess…
Rank this Week: 613

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: 640

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: 679

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/
  • Sep 26

    How Long Does Florida Probate Take

    How Long Does Florida Probate Take
    One question the most frequent questions our Jacksonville estate planning lawyers receive is how long does a probate case in Florida take? Often the best answer to how long a Florida Probate Case takes is “it depends.”  The…
  • Sep 26

    2016 Amendments to the Florida Probate Rule

    2016 Amendments to the Florida Probate Rule
    This year the Florida Probate Rules Committee has a added a few new rules to the Probate Code. Many of these rules are minor amendments to the old rules or clarifications of previously vague language. The biggest change to the code was the…
  • Sep 23

    Promise To Establish A Trust In The Future

    Promise To Establish A Trust In The Future
    The general rule in estate planning is that if something is not in writing it usually will not be legally valid.  For instance, Florida law requires a Will or trust must be in writing to be effective.  However, one question we often…
Rank this Week: 753

Andrew Flusche, Virginia Lawyer

Andrew Flusche, Virginia Lawyer

Covers Virginia drunk driving, reckless driving and speeding offenses.

http://www.andrewflusche.com/blog/
  • Sep 21

    Survey: 75% of Virginians Agree that DUI Checkpoints Should Be Legal

    Survey: 75% of Virginians Agree that DUI Checkpoints Should Be Legal
    In 2015, there were over 240 alcohol related vehicle fatalities and nearly 5,000 related injuries in Virginia. This number is still too high, but overall the state is trending in the right direction. Between 1990 and 2009, each year had over…
  • Sep 14

    Radio Interview with Andrew Flusche – Full Time and Attention

    Radio Interview with Andrew Flusche – Full Time and Attention
    Spotsylvania County just passed a new ordinance that prohibits failing “to give full time and attention” while driving. I was interviewed by Washington, DC radio station WMAL about the ordinance. In a nutshell, the new law is too…
  • Sep 14

    [VIDEO] Can You be Pulled Over For…

    [VIDEO] Can You be Pulled Over For…
    My Facebook friends and fan are always asking questions “Can the police do this?” or “Can I be pulled over for this?” So here are the answers to some of those questions. If you have a questions, hop on over to my…
Rank this Week: 712

Iowa Estate Plan

Iowa Estate Plan

Covers information and news on estate planning and probate. By Matthew Gardner.

http://www.iowaestateplan.com/
  • Aug 21

    POA Planning for College-Bound Student

    POA Planning for College-Bound Student
    It is hard to believe that my oldest daughter is heading off to college this week at Drake University.  I'm excited for her as she starts this next journey in her life.  In addition to getting all of the necessary supplies, such as…
  • May 30

    Second Marriages and Estate Planning

    Second Marriages and Estate Planning
    Not every marriage works out.  Duh.  Sometimes, after one ends, another marriage begins and several challenges begin.  You have the challenges of "mixing" families together, learning about snoring patterns, and discovering a…
  • Mar 20

    Gaining--Not Losing Power--With Immediate Power of Attorney Authority in Iowa

    Gaining--Not Losing Power--With Immediate Power of Attorney Authority in Iowa
    A financial advisor recently reached out to me regarding the impact of a Power of Attorney document concerning financial matters.  In particular, the question was whether the person signing the document (the "principal") loses any power…
Rank this Week: 884

Lancaster Law Blog

Lancaster Law Blog

Covers business law, employment law, estate planning, family law, and nonprofit law information for Lancaster County and Pennsylvania residents. From Russell, Krafft & Gruber.

http://www.lancasterlawblog.com/
  • Sep 26

    Coworking Provides a Valuable Alternative to Commercial Office Space, Working From Home

    Coworking Provides a Valuable Alternative to Commercial Office Space, Working From Home
    You’ve started a business and are exploring options for renting office space. Maybe you’ve even reviewed a few commercial leases, but are hesitant to pull the trigger on a long term lease. Perhaps you work from home and have a…
  • Sep 21

    Social Media Evidence in Court: Part I – How Do You Capture it?

    Social Media Evidence in Court: Part I – How Do You Capture it?
    I recently had an opportunity to speak to the Lancaster Area Paralegal Association at its Second Annual Civil Conference regarding practical tips for using of social media evidence in court. One of the issues I was asked to address was the…
  • Sep 21

    Social Media Evidence in Court: Part I – How Do You Capture it?

    Social Media Evidence in Court: Part I – How Do You Capture it?
    I recently had an opportunity to speak to the Lancaster Area Paralegal Association at its Second Annual Civil Conference regarding practical tips for using of social media evidence in court. One of the issues I was asked to address was the…
Rank this Week: 1060

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: 1088

Illinois Estate Planning &…

Illinois Estate Planning & Elder Law Blog

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

http://www.illinoisestateplanningandelderlawblog.com/
  • Sep 24

    ABCs of Accounts, Beneficiaries and Court

    ABCs of Accounts, Beneficiaries and Court
    In a recent article in US News and World Reports, Scott Holsopple sets out questions which everyone should ask when planning for what happens when they are no longer alive and handling their financial affairs. One important question is: Does…
  • Sep 17

    More Power for your Power of Attorney

    More Power for your Power of Attorney
    A Power of Attorney allows someone you designate (your agent or attorney in fact) to make decisions for you if you become incapacitated. For this document to be effective, your agent may need to be able to access your medical information.…
  • Sep 10

    Additional IRA Advantage

    Additional IRA Advantage
    Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) are an investment tool and need to be taken into account when doing estate planning. It is important to name a beneficiary of an IRA. A spouse is often a beneficiary. A contingent beneficiary should also…
Rank this Week: 955

New York Probate and Estate…

New York Probate and Estate Administration Blog

Published by Stephen Bilkis & Associates

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

    Appellate Court Decides Validity of Duplicate Will

    Appellate Court Decides Validity of Duplicate Will
    In re: Lewis NY Slip Op 04674 In this case, the decedent RL, left no will. Letters of Administration were issued to her parents. The parents had renounced their interest in the estate in favor of the decedent’s brothers, RL and JL.…
  • Aug 15

    Petitioner Seeks Limited Letters of Estate Administration

    Petitioner Seeks Limited Letters of Estate Administration
    A Kings County Estate Administration Lawyer said that, 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…
  • Aug 14

    Executrix Petitions for the Construction of a Will

    Executrix Petitions for the Construction of a Will
    An estate administration lawyer said that, on December 2, 1999 a will was admitted to probate on August 16, 2001, reads as follows: “All the rest, residue and remainder of the property which I may own at the time of my death, real and…
Rank this Week: 973

Estate Planning in California

Estate Planning in California

By the Law Offices of Shahram Miri, Inc.

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

    The Future of the Federal Estate Tax

    The Future of the Federal Estate Tax
    Yesterday Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton proposed two changes to the federal estate tax regime. Depending upon who you ask, the federal estate tax is also known as the inheritance tax or death tax.First, she would increase…
  • Sep 7

    Trustee Removal

    Trustee Removal
    When a beneficiary files a petition it concludes with requests for various forms of relief, e.g. compelling the trustee to submit an accounting, instructing the trustee, determining the validity of a trust provision, determining questions of…
  • Aug 25

    Probate Order

    Probate Order
    Probate participants naturally appreciate consistency. If a judge rules one way in a case in 2016, then presumably that ruling will apply in 2017 as well even if the case is before a different judge. "For one superior court judge, no matter…
Rank this Week: 939

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
  • Sep 23

    In Virginia How Much Can You Be Charged For Your Medical Records?

    In Virginia How Much Can You Be Charged For Your Medical Records?
    In Virginia when a patient requests a copy of his or her own records, a “reasonable cost-based fee, which shall include only the cost of supplies for and labor of copying the requested information, and postage” shall be charged.…
  • Sep 21

    Virginia’s Advance Directive Registry

    Virginia’s Advance Directive Registry
    Virginia is one of 13 States that administer legislatively authorized health care advance directive registries: Information on Virginia’s Registry is as follows: • Administrator: Department of Health, Connect Virginia Exchange…
  • Sep 19

    The Need for Medical Treatment to Obtain Social Security Disability & SSI Benefit

    The Need for Medical Treatment to Obtain Social Security Disability & SSI Benefit
    As an Attorney who has been practicing Social Security Disability law in Virginia for over 20 years, I understand the importance of obtaining proper medical treatment, advocacy and detail for claimants hoping to receive their Social Security…
Rank this Week: 943

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
  • Sep 23

    Can a Bank Reject a Valid Power of Attorney?

    Can a Bank Reject a Valid Power of Attorney?
    Every adult should have a durable power of attorney. A durable power of attorney allows you to appoint someone you trust to engage is specified business, financial and legal transactions on your behalf. It’s called durable because it…
  • Sep 21

    Can I Fight the Intestacy Laws?

    Can I Fight the Intestacy Laws?
    I received a note recently from someone asking if it was possible for her to fight the intestacy laws. She and her husband had been married for 31 years and he had died without a Will. Her husband bad been married previously and had three…
  • Sep 14

    Will Jointly Owned Property Automatically Pass to My Spouse When I Die?

    Will Jointly Owned Property Automatically Pass to My Spouse When I Die?
    A lot of people mistakenly assume that all jointly-held property automatically passes to a surviving spouse when one spouse dies. That is not necessarily the case. Jointly-held property can be held as tenants in common or as joint tenants…
Rank this Week: 1041

New York Estate Planning Lawyer…

New York Estate Planning Lawyer Blog

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

http://www.newyorkestateplanninglawyerblog.com/
  • Sep 20

    Ademption: A Stumbling Block To Your Estate Plan

    Ademption: A Stumbling Block To Your Estate Plan
    Your estate plan exists to make sure that your wishes are known and fulfilled. In particular, you have a will to make sure that your family is provided for and that your assets go to the people you want to care for and believe are deserving.…
  • Sep 16

    Back To Basics: Preventing Will Contest

    Back To Basics: Preventing Will Contest
    Every family has at least one horror story of a death in a family turning into a protracted legal tragedy well documented publicly by a probate court. An angry heir dissatisfied with their share of inheritance or a disinherited family member…
  • Sep 14

    Keeping Your Life and Assets Private

    Keeping Your Life and Assets Private
    Prince’s lack of estate planning in life has made quite a mess for his potential heirs as we have covered in the past. The slow moving probate proceedings are also preventing his estate from fully monetizing his image and collecting…
Rank this Week: 1053

epilawg

epilawg

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

http://epilawg.com/
  • Sep 15

    What You Need to Know When Buying Life Insurance

    What You Need to Know When Buying Life Insurance
    There are two basic types of life insurance: term and permanent. The fundamental difference is right there in the name: Term life insurance is only in force during a set period or “term,” while permanent […]
  • Sep 7

    Eight Tips To Keep Your Small Business Safe From Fraud

    Eight Tips To Keep Your Small Business Safe From Fraud
    According to a report by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, which is the largest global anti-fraud agency, small businesses constitute 31.8 percent of all fraud-related cases reported per year. This is a significantly higher…
  • Aug 16

    Estate Planning: Planning for the Physical Care of Children in Minnesota

    Estate Planning: Planning for the Physical Care of Children in Minnesota
    This article discusses some of the legal documents that can assist in planning for the physical care of a minor child in the event of a parent’s death or incapacity. Minnesota law provides that a […]
Rank this Week: 988

Probate Litigation Attorney Blog

Probate Litigation Attorney Blog

Covers wills & trusts, probate and conservatorships. By Ginzburg & Bronshteyn LLP.

http://www.losangelesprobatelitigationattorneyblog.com/
  • Sep 8

    San Diego Superior Probate Court Judge Julia C. Kelety Restored Conservatee’s Right to Vote

    San Diego Superior Probate Court Judge Julia C. Kelety Restored Conservatee’s Right to Vote
    Citing a new California law that strengthened the voting rights of people with developmental disabilities, the Judge Kelety, of the San Diego Superior Court, said the injured man, David Rector, may not be barred from the voting booth.…
  • Jul 9

    Role of Probate PVP Counsel

    Role of Probate PVP Counsel
    On June 21, 2016, Trust and Wills Attorney Yasha Bronshteyn attended the Beverly Hills Bar Association -Trust and Wills Section Presentation at Lawry’s of Beverly Hills to address the role of Probate Volunteer Panel counsel in…
  • May 29

    Estate Planning & Probate luncheon with Judge Glen Reiser, Ventura County Probate Judge

    Estate Planning & Probate luncheon with Judge Glen Reiser, Ventura County Probate Judge
    On May 26, 2016, the Estate Planning and Probate Section of the Ventura County Bar Association was fortunate to have Judge Glen M. Reiser, presiding probate judge, present a State of the Probate Court address at the Wedgewood Ventura. …
Rank this Week: 1018

KEYTLaw

KEYTLaw

Covers Arizona and federal laws.

http://www.keytlaw.com/blog
  • Apr 12

    Federal Law Prohibits Conspiracy to to Prevent a Person from Exercising Right

    Federal Law Prohibits Conspiracy to to Prevent a Person from Exercising Right
    We live in a era when more and more people want to prevent Americans from exercising their right of free speech, their right to exercise their religion and other constitutional rights.  Federal law, i.e., 18 United States Code Section…
  • Jan 27

    When Your Neighbor’s Drone Pays an Unwelcome Visit

    When Your Neighbor’s Drone Pays an Unwelcome Visit
    New York Times:  “I began reporting a column about drones and the altercations they are causing among neighbors. The way these spats usually go, one neighbor gets a new drone (often around Christmas) and begins flying it around the…
  • Jan 3

    Myth of a Cop Killing Epidemic

    Myth of a Cop Killing Epidemic
    New York Post:  “And each incident is breathlessly reported by a media determined to show that America remains deeply, irredeemably racist.  Problem is, it’s simply not true.  Last week, The Washington Post…
Rank this Week: 1030

Nash Nash Bean & Ford, LLP Blog

Nash Nash Bean & Ford, LLP Blog

Covers elder law and estate planning.

http://www.nashbeanford.com/blog/
  • Dec 14

    Free Report: Do You Need to Include A Business Succession Plain In Your Estate Plan

    Free Report: Do You Need to Include A Business Succession Plain In Your Estate Plan
    Small business owners have long been considered the backbone of the American economy; however, toward the end of the 20th century the number of new small businesses startups in the U.S. declined significantly. That changed though during the…
  • Dec 10

    Why Estate Planning Is So Important for Co-Habitating Couple

    Why Estate Planning Is So Important for Co-Habitating Couple
    Not all that long ago in the United States society frowned on couples who lived together outside of the bonds of matrimony. In the 21st century though, more and more couples are choosing to put off marriage until later in life, or forego the…
  • Dec 8

    Is an Incentive Trust Right for Your Estate Plan?

    Is an Incentive Trust Right for Your Estate Plan?
    Not all that long ago it was fairly unusual to find a trust agreement among the tools and strategies of the average person’s estate plan. Today, however, trust agreements have evolved to the point where there are so many different types…
Rank this Week: 1071

Florida Elder Law and Estate Blog

Florida Elder Law and Estate Blog

Covers Florida estate planning, probate, and construction law issues. By the Law Office of R. Kellen Bryant., P.L.

http://www.eldercarelawjacksonville.com/
Rank this Week: 1056

Florida Probate Litigation…

Florida Probate Litigation Attorney Blog

Covers contested wills, estate planning, and trusts. By Robert C. Adamski.

http://www.floridaprobatelitigationlawyers.com/
  • Mar 29

    Actor's death exemplifies the importance of guardianship

    Actor's death exemplifies the importance of guardianship
    Paul Walker's death was a shock to the actor's family, friends and his fans. Although unexpected, it appeared that the actor had thought about his own mortality, because he died with an estate plan in place. Walker left his...
  • Mar 27

    Undue influence can often lead to financial exploitation

    Undue influence can often lead to financial exploitation
    Financial exploitation is a serious problem for Florida's seniors, but many people are surprised to learn that it's not just strangers that swindle seniors out of their hard-earned money. A senior's friends or relatives may be the cause of...
  • Mar 21

    Florida suit seeks to protect surviving spouse in gay marriage

    Florida suit seeks to protect surviving spouse in gay marriage
    Eight couples in Florida recently filed a lawsuit against the state, claiming that Florida's ban on gay marriage violates their rights under the U.S. Constitution. The couples, each living in Florida, but married in another state that…
Rank this Week: 1064

Estate Planning Blog

Estate Planning Blog

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

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

    Determining the Appropriate Level of Care

    Determining the Appropriate Level of Care
    Nearly all clients want to remain in their home for as long as possible. Determining when additional levels of care are necessary and when it is not safe for an individual to remain at home often requires the intervention of a team of persons…
  • Sep 20

    Protecting Seniors From Isolation

    Protecting Seniors From Isolation
    Although we frequently think of seniors as living among family members or in a senior community or other shared housing arrangement, the likelihood of living alone rises as one ages, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Among women 65 to 74…
  • Sep 19

    My Loved One Just Died and I’m Named as Executor . . . Now What?

    My Loved One Just Died and I’m Named as Executor . . . Now What?
    Losing a loved one is difficult enough, but losing a loved one and being faced with the responsibility of serving as executor of his or her estate can be extremely overwhelming. If you find yourself in this situation, or if you know someone…
Rank this Week: 1361

New Jersey Estate Planning Center…

New Jersey Estate Planning Center Blog

Covers New Jersey estate planning. By Media Law Group.

http://www.jerseyestateplanning.com/blog/
  • Sep 22

    What to Consider When Passing on Assets to Your Family Members – Part III

    What to Consider When Passing on Assets to Your Family Members – Part III
    Ease of transferring assets can have a tremendous impact on your heirs. Remember that when you pass away, your heirs will likely be struggling with grief and all the aspects of managing a funeral and following your burial wishes. During this…
  • Sep 15

    What to Consider When Passing Assets on to Your Family Members – Part II

    What to Consider When Passing Assets on to Your Family Members – Part II
    As shared in the previous blog post, sentiment is one of the primary reasons and factors that should always be considered when passing on assets to future generations. The second in this four-part series is liquidity. A liquid asset refers to…
  • Sep 8

    What to Consider When Passing Assets on to Your Family Members – Part I

    What to Consider When Passing Assets on to Your Family Members – Part I
    There are many different considerations when thinking about leaving behind your assets to your loved ones. Read on to learn more about the first of the four major reasons you should consider in this four-part blog post series.  Most…
Rank this Week: 1213

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/
  • Sep 21

    Should you name your children or your estate on your life insurance policy?

    Should you name your children or your estate on your life insurance policy?
    When it comes to naming the beneficiary of a life insurance policy, there is no one-size-fits-all answer. There are plenty of variables to consider but they fit individual people differently. A reader recently wrote to me asking about…
  • Sep 17

    Three out of four isn't bad

    Three out of four isn't bad
    I just noticed that of the four top-selling books in the law category on my publisher's site, three of them were written by me. "For My Family, With Love" continues to be a very strong seller even though it has been out for a couple…
  • Sep 16

    How do you find your deceased parents assets when they've been gone for 14 years?

    How do you find your deceased parents assets when they've been gone for 14 years?
    Now here's a tough one. A reader left me this brief note: "How do you find your deceased parents assets when they been gone longer than 14 years?" There's an awful lot I don't know about your situation, including why 14 years have…
Rank this Week: 1147

Bingham Greenebaum Doll Blog

Bingham Greenebaum Doll Blog

Covers Indiana law.

http://www.bgdlegal.com/blog/
Rank this Week: 1265

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/
  • Sep 12

    How Much Discretion Does My Successor Trustee Have?

    How Much Discretion Does My Successor Trustee Have?
    A revocable living trust allows you to maintain control over your property during your lifetime. Although you transfer the title of your property to a trustee, that trustee can be you, and more importantly, you are free to add or remove…
  • Sep 11

    How Does Probate Work in California?

    How Does Probate Work in California?
    When a person dies, some or all of their property is disposed of through a legal process known as probate. If the deceased left a valid last will and testament, that document appoints a person to oversee the probate estate—a personal…
  • Sep 10

    How Does a “Transfer on Death” Work for Securities?

    How Does a “Transfer on Death” Work for Securities?
    There are a number of estate planning methods to transfer assets outside of the normal probate process. For instance, the California Uniform TOD Security Registration Act allows the owner of securities, such as corporate stocks, to designate…
Rank this Week: 1392

American Academy of Estate…

American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys Blog

Provides legal marketing and estate planning legal updates.

http://www.aaepa.com/articles/
  • Sep 7

    Prepare for Proposed 2704 Regulations, Valid or Not

    Prepare for Proposed 2704 Regulations, Valid or Not
    In early August, the IRS issued Proposed Regulations for section 2704. The Treasury Department has been trying to fix what it considers loopholes in that statute since at least 2009. It has sought legislative changes to section 2704 to…
  • Sep 5

    Feedback Is A Two Way Street

    Feedback Is A Two Way Street
    Modern law firms recognize the power of constructive feedback. It helps staff get and stay on track, which can be very motivating, resulting in increased satisfaction and productivity. I’ve previously shared best practices for giving…
  • Sep 2

    All About That Boot Camp

    All About That Boot Camp
    Is our next Boot Camp for you? Mark your calendar and join us next Wednesday to find out! On September 7th at 2pm PT / 5pm ET, the Academy founders, COO, some of our Members, and Kathryn Adams will all join you for a webinar that we like to…
Rank this Week: 1239

Planning Notes

Planning Notes

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

http://cooklaw.co/blog
  • Sep 1

    ALTCS Eligibility in 2016

    ALTCS Eligibility in 2016
    The Arizona Long-Term Care System (ALTCS) is Arizona's implementation of the Medicaid program, which can pay nursing home costs for people that meet certain medical, income, and resource requirements. Income Eligibility For 2016, the income…
  • Aug 3

    Treasury Issues Proposed Regulations to Restrict Minority Discount

    Treasury Issues Proposed Regulations to Restrict Minority Discount
    Jonathan G. Blattmachr and Mitchell M. Gans for WealthManagement.com regarding proposed regulations promulgated by the U.S. Department of the Treasury, which could substantially reduce or eliminate minority discounts often associated with…
  • Jul 18

    Prince Estate: The Importance Of Having A Will

    Prince Estate: The Importance Of Having A Will
    Gary Borofsky in Forbes about Prince's estate plan, err, lack thereof: The untimely death of the music icon is exposing the role tax planning plays in an overall estate plan. By creating a comprehensive plan, a high net worth individual…
Rank this Week: 1216

NFA Gun Trust Lawyer Blog

NFA Gun Trust Lawyer Blog

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

http://www.guntrustlawyer.com/
  • Aug 30

    Iowa (IA) What NFA Firearms can I own? Updated 3/31/16

    Iowa (IA) What NFA Firearms can I own? Updated 3/31/16
    There are several type of Title II firearms which are sold by FFL dealers with a Class 3 SOT license. These items are restricted by the National Firearms Act as well as Iowa state law. Each state can impose additional restrictions on the…
  • Aug 29

    Maryland Man Arrested for Fuel Filter Silencer

    Maryland Man Arrested for Fuel Filter Silencer
    In Maryland, a U.S. District Judge sentenced Ronnie Candelario to 41 months in prison for pleadings guilty to the possession of an unregistered fuel filter silencer.  Following his release from prison, the Court sentenced Candelario to…
  • Aug 23

    ATF Arrests man For Selling Muzzle Brakes on Ebay

    ATF Arrests man For Selling Muzzle Brakes on Ebay
    We often get questions regarding muzzle brakes and some of the kit suppressors that can be found on eBay and Facebook.  Our advice is to buy a real suppressor and not fool around with these “kits”. When ATF arrests…
Rank this Week: 1360

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/
  • Sep 22

    Supreme Court, Bronx County

    Supreme Court, Bronx County
    A Bronx Estate Litigation Lawyer said that, defendant-appellant moved pursuant to CPLR 510(1) to change the venue of the instant matter from Bronx County to Westchester County more than three years after the commencement of the action and…
  • Sep 22

    Supreme Court, Bronx County

    Supreme Court, Bronx County
    A Bronx Estate Litigation Lawyer said that, defendant-appellant moved pursuant to CPLR 510(1) to change the venue of the instant matter from Bronx County to Westchester County more than three years after the commencement of the action and…
  • Sep 17

    Integrated Domestic Violence Court...cont

    Integrated Domestic Violence Court...cont
    This case raises two questions concerning application of the recently enacted Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Enforcement Act (UCCJEA), set forth at article 5-A of the Domestic Relations Law: (1) whether (as the father urges) title 3 of…
Rank this Week: 1260

Crider Law P.C. Blog

Crider Law P.C. Blog

Covers elder law, estate planning and family law.

http://www.criderlaw.net/blog/
  • Aug 12

    US Adults Worry They Will Outlive Their Saving

    US Adults Worry They Will Outlive Their Saving
    According to a recent Northwestern Mutual Insurance survey, nearly one-third of US adults believe that it is more likely than not that they will outlive their savings. Follow this link to the survey. A foundational estate plan can be a…
  • Jun 4

    5 Tips For Helping Your Kids After Divorce

    5 Tips For Helping Your Kids After Divorce
    Dr. Samantha Rodman, renowned divorce therapist and author of How to Talk to Your Kids About Your Divorce, tells The Huffington Post that the hardest divorce experiences are, by far, the ones where small children are involved. It’s…
  • Apr 23

    Estate Planning and Investment: A Symbiotic Relationship

    Estate Planning and Investment: A Symbiotic Relationship
    Imagine inheriting a quarter of a million dollars but having absolutely no idea what to do with it. That’s a good problem to have, but a problem nonetheless. View image | gettyimages.com CNN Money recently reached out with advice to a…
Rank this Week: 1370