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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 30

    Supreme Court Considers Hearing Gay Marriage Case

    Supreme Court Considers Hearing Gay Marriage Case
    On Monday, the nine U.S. Supreme Court justices met behind closed doors to consider whether they should consider whether states can ban gay marriage. The court currently has seven cases pending before it concerning bans in five states:…
  • Sep 30

    Roth IRAs for 50-Something

    Roth IRAs for 50-Something
    Roth IRAs appeal to investors in the early stages of their careers that expect to pay taxes at a higher rate in retirement; however, older investors may want to use Roths to generate more retirement income than they could with...
  • Sep 30

    Professor's Widow Leaves Substantial Gift at Her Death to University

    Professor's Widow Leaves Substantial Gift at Her Death to University
    A 90-year-old widow of a University of Arizona professor, made large donations to the university during her life and a gift of $50 million at her death. Agnese Nelms Haury was a philanthropists, and founder and president of the Agnese...
Rank this Week: 53

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: 72

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: 95

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: 252

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: 325

North Carolina Estate Planning…

North Carolina Estate Planning Blog

Covers legal issues relating to wealth transfer, asset preservation, probate, and taxation. By Greg Herman-Giddens of Trust Counsel, P.A.

http://www.ncestateplanningblog.com/
  • Sep 10

    Business Succession Options in North Carolina

    Business Succession Options in North Carolina
    Business succession plans address the future growth or disposition of the business upon a planned succession, or the death or incapacitation of the owner. Transitioning a business under these circumstances requires careful review and…
  • Sep 8

    Protect Parents’ Asset

    Protect Parents’ Asset
    As parents age, the risk of health problems grows. The Sandwich Generation—those caring for both their children and their parents, may experience the stresses and expenses of elder care, and then more issues later with probate of a…
  • Sep 5

    Asset Protection and Marriage

    Asset Protection and Marriage
    In the process of legally dissolving a marriage, the fate of assets may not match a spouse’s intentions. What should couples know about spousal claims and providing for children? Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements The terms of…
Rank this Week: 336

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/
  • Sep 29

    In Search of a Beneficiary

    In Search of a Beneficiary
    Recently at the Practice Gems: Probate Essentials 2014 program held by the Law Society, Ian Hull presented a paper on an estate trustee’s duty to locate unknown and missing beneficiaries with practice tips for how to go about this task.…
  • Sep 29

    Estate Planning for Artist

    Estate Planning for Artist
                                   “[A]rtists leave two bodies, their own, and a body of…
  • Sep 25

    The Death of a Celebrity… Groundhog

    The Death of a Celebrity… Groundhog
    This blog has covered many celebrity deaths over the years such as Ian’s recent blog on the various celebrities who have made estate planning mistakes. But what about the celebrity death of a beloved groundhog?  Stranger things…
Rank this Week: 442

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
  • Aug 22

    Conditional Inheritance?

    Conditional Inheritance?
    This just in from the “reaching out from the grave” department: Can you impose conditions on your grandchildren’s inheritance, such as requiring them to marry someone within your faith or else they lose the trust funds? The…
  • Aug 15

    Beneficiaries of Trust

    Beneficiaries of Trust
    When a person passes away, he or she oftentimes will leave a trust that names a spouse, child or other loved one as a beneficiary. It might be a lifetime income trust, or sometimes it includes principal distributions as well … Continue…
  • Aug 8

    Too Many Choice

    Too Many Choice
    About twenty years ago, when my wife and I had our first daughter, we hired an au pair from Sweden named Sara. Patti was still working, and we didn’t have family nearby to help with our new infant. You should … Continue reading…
Rank this Week: 426

About Florida Law

About Florida Law

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

http://aboutfloridalaw.com
  • Sep 30

    Major Repairs to Your Florida Condo: Who Pays?

    Major Repairs to Your Florida Condo: Who Pays?
    Here in Florida, a very popular form of residential real estate ownership is the condominium. Floridians as well as investors, retirees, and part-time residents (”Snowbirds”) find lots of advantages to buying a condo here. There…
  • Sep 23

    Real Life Examples of Florida Real Estate Agents Doing Bad Thing

    Real Life Examples of Florida Real Estate Agents Doing Bad Thing
    Florida buyers and sellers are victims of the wrongful acts of real estate agents every day. Don’t be a victim; educate yourself.     The real estate industry works hard to promote its own as professionals worthy of the public…
  • Sep 16

    Watch Out for Unlicensed Real Estate Agents in Florida

    Watch Out for Unlicensed Real Estate Agents in Florida
    Be careful not to be the victim of an unlicensed real estate agent or real estate broker when buying or selling Florida real estate.    Real estate transactions that are based upon mistakes or fraud can cause serious harm to buyers…
Rank this Week: 528

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 29

    Using Social Media? Beware of Ethical Pitfalls (Part 1)

    Using Social Media? Beware of Ethical Pitfalls (Part 1)
    The following is a guest blog post by Jonathan Rubens, a principal at Javid Rubens LLP in San Francisco, which represents clients in business transactions and advises them on data security, privacy, trademark and copyright issues. Attorneys…
  • Sep 26

    Coordinate Your Discovery Method

    Coordinate Your Discovery Method
    Often you can use more than one discovery method to get the same facts or evidence. You can take a pick-and-choose approach to your methodology, or better yet, use a coordinated approach that aims multiple discovery methods at the same…
  • Sep 24

    10 Tips for Drafting a Parenting Plan

    10 Tips for Drafting a Parenting Plan
    When parents don’t agree on a child custody issue, the parenting plan is the tiebreaker. Given this power, family law attorneys need to draft parenting plans with the utmost care to make sure that uncertainty and ambiguity don’t…
Rank this Week: 496

Andrew Flusche, Virginia Lawyer

Andrew Flusche, Virginia Lawyer

Covers Virginia drunk driving, reckless driving and speeding offenses.

http://www.andrewflusche.com/blog/
  • Sep 3

    Officer Killed Bicyclist – Is He Getting Special Treatment?

    Officer Killed Bicyclist – Is He Getting Special Treatment?
    Police officers have a hard job. I certainly wouldn’t want to do it. They have to keep people and property safe, enforce our laws, and try to make sure they come home alive each day. I can’t imagine what it’s like to be…
  • Sep 3

    Officer Killed Bicyclist – Is He Getting Special Treatment?

    Officer Killed Bicyclist – Is He Getting Special Treatment?
    Police officers have a hard job. I certainly wouldn’t want to do it. They have to keep people and property safe, enforce our laws, and try to make sure they come home alive each day. I can’t imagine what it’s like to be…
  • Sep 2

    Do NOT Return to the Scene of the Crime

    Do NOT Return to the Scene of the Crime
    You’ve probably seen the police on TV shows waiting at the scene of the crime to see if the suspect returns. It happened in real life recently in Stafford. As reported by the Free Lance-Star, a shoplifting suspect allegedly stole over…
Rank this Week: 509

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/
  • Sep 30

    Who Needs an Estate Plan?

    Who Needs an Estate Plan?
    The title begs a pretty simple question, oui? According to commonly cited statistics, some 70% of adults do not have even a simple last will and testament. Many of them likely (and mistakenly) believe that they have no "estate" for…
  • Sep 29

    Avoiding Family Fights Over Aging Parent Issue

    Avoiding Family Fights Over Aging Parent Issue
    Recent estimates predict that Americans age 65 and older will make up nearly 20 percent of the population by 2030. With nearly one in five Americans eventually needing help with their daily activities, let alone developing health issues like…
  • Sep 26

    Have You Thought About 529 Plans ... as Part of Your Estate Plan?

    Have You Thought About 529 Plans ... as Part of Your Estate Plan?
    Assuming you and your financial advisor have determined that you will not outlive your assets, have you considered investing in the higher education of your grandchildren? If yes, what do you know about 529 Plans?
Rank this Week: 688

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 30

    4th DCA and Charging Order Protection for Florida LLC

    4th DCA and Charging Order Protection for Florida LLC
    In Florida, a multi member LLC, has asset protection characteristics. Prior to 2011, Florida law was not clear on whether a charging order was the exclusive remedy for a creditor of a member of a multi member LLC. Assets in a Florida multi…
  • Sep 29

    If a person dies intestate what proof must their children show the court to prove they are the heirs to the estate?

    If a person dies intestate what proof must their children show the court to prove they are the heirs to the estate?
    Most Florida probate courts simply accept the information contained in the pleadings that are filed with the court. These pleadings are usually signed "under penalties of perjury". Some courts (such as Citrus Count and Miami-Dade County)…
  • Aug 25

    Estate Planning: Dealing with your digital death instead of before

    Estate Planning: Dealing with your digital death instead of before
    Portland company WebCease is making waves in the probate and estate-planning community by helping attorneys and grieving families locate the deceased's digital accounts. CEO Glenn Williamson aims to be the first to provide this service to…
Rank this Week: 656

Northern California Center for…

Northern California Center for Estate Planning and Elder Law

Covers estate planning.

http://www.norcalplanners.com/blog/
  • Sep 30

    Why Estate Planning Attorneys Like What They Do

    Why Estate Planning Attorneys Like What They Do
    Some people are surprised to find out that a lot of estate planning attorneys love going to work every day. This fact can strike people as, at best, counterintuitive, and at worst, downright strange. After all, don’t estate planning…
  • Sep 29

    Estate Planning Tip Sheet

    Estate Planning Tip Sheet
    When you set out to create an estate plan , you and your attorney will work closely to develop an array of tools that will help you accomplish each of your goals. While no two estate plans are identical, the tools you create will have to meet…
  • Sep 28

    What Role Does a Judge Play in Estate Planning?

    What Role Does a Judge Play in Estate Planning?
    It isn’t uncommon for people to come to an estate planning attorney with little idea of what a judge does, what the legal process involves, or what goes on when you create an estate plan. While estate planning is not a single event or…
Rank this Week: 615

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/
  • Sep 28

    B.C. Court of Appeal Overturns Trial Judgement in Sabey v. Rommel

    B.C. Court of Appeal Overturns Trial Judgement in Sabey v. Rommel
    The British Columbia Court of Appeal overturned the trial judge’s decision to award the plaintiff, Jesse Sabey, the horse farm that had been owned by his friends Kim and Dietrich von Hopffgarten, in Sabey v. Rommel, 2014 BCCA 360.Jesse…
  • Sep 20

    Termination of Statutory Property Guardianship

    Termination of Statutory Property Guardianship
    I have written two previous posts on British Columbia’s new statutory property guardianship legislation and regulation coming into effect on December 1, 2014, the first dealing with the procedures for issuing a certificate of incapacity…
  • Sep 14

    Kimberly Wallis Speaking About Rectification at Okanagan Wills and Trusts CBA Section Meeting

    Kimberly Wallis Speaking About Rectification at Okanagan Wills and Trusts CBA Section Meeting
    My partner Kim Wallis will be speaking this Wednesday, September 17, 2014, on the topic of rectification including the new provision, section 59, in the Wills, Estates and Succession Act on rectification of wills, to the Okanagan Wills and…
Rank this Week: 602

New York Probate & Estate…

New York Probate & Estate Litigation Blog

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

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

    Not Everybody Needs A Trust

    Not Everybody Needs A Trust
    Every Spring, when the snowbirds have returned to New York, your lawblogger gets a rash of inquiries about trusts. Some folks are absolutely insistent but don't really have a good explanation for this. I usually ask at this point which…
  • Aug 23

    Power Of Attorney Not Always Easy To Use

    Power Of Attorney Not Always Easy To Use
    An article in today's New York Times sheds some interesting light on powers of attorney and their sometimes unforeseen drawbacks. Your lawblogger thinks it is well worth a look.
  • Aug 21

    Anna Nicole Smith Estate (Finally) Out Of Court

    Anna Nicole Smith Estate (Finally) Out Of Court
    The ABA Journal reports on the final failure of the Estate of Anna Nicole Smith to recover  hundreds of millions of dollars from the estate of her late husband J. Howard Marshall. Marshall, a Texas oil billionaire died at 89, a year…
Rank this Week: 692

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: 704

Edwards Elder Law, P.A. Blog

Edwards Elder Law, P.A. Blog

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

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

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

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

    The Cottage Is Another Option For Aging in Place

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

    Technology Is Becoming A Crucial Resource For Aging In Place

    Technology Is Becoming A Crucial Resource For Aging In Place
    As more and more of us express a desire to remain in our homes as we age, technology is responding with a variety of new ways to keep us safe. For instance, sensors can be placed on appliances such as … Continue reading →
Rank this Week: 622

Wisconsin Estate Planning

Wisconsin Estate Planning

Covers Wisconsin estate planning, elder law, probate and trust administration, real estate law, business organization, and individual income tax preparation. By Tesar Law Group, S.C.

http://blog.tesarlaw.com/
  • Sep 29

    Keeping Your Estate Plan Up-To-Date

    Keeping Your Estate Plan Up-To-Date
    You should review and possibly update your estate plan any time your life changes significantly.
  • Sep 26

    The Digital Afterlife

    The Digital Afterlife
    In this digital age, it is important to make sure you digital assets are part of your overall estate plan.
  • Sep 24

    Rising Costs of Special Needs Care

    Rising Costs of Special Needs Care
    It is important to take a long term view of caregiving when families are planning for a special needs child.
Rank this Week: 923

Western New York Elder Law Blog

Western New York Elder Law Blog

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

http://www.dutcher-zatkowsky.com
  • Sep 24

    Some Common Estate Planning Blunder

    Some Common Estate Planning Blunder
    There are lots of mistakes people commonly make when making arrangements for after they die. Here are some of the most common, according to a story in Forbes: Believing estate plans are just for the wealthy. They are for anybody who wants to…
  • Sep 17

    Rivers’s Pets Will Be Taken Care Of

    Rivers’s Pets Will Be Taken Care Of
    Comedian Joan Rivers did a thoughtful job taking care of her family in her will – and didn’t forget her pets. Rivers had a simple estate plan. Unmarried at her death, she left the bulk of her estate to her sole daughter, Melissa,…
  • Sep 10

    Estate Planning: Things You May Have Overlooked

    Estate Planning: Things You May Have Overlooked
    Most people know they need a will, a health care directive and even a power of attorney as part of their estate plan. Of late, many people are even remembering to list their online accounts and passwords in papers given to loved ones. A story…
Rank this Week: 804

Pennsylvania Fiduciary Litigation

Pennsylvania Fiduciary Litigation

Insights and and commentary from a trusts and estates lawyer and expert witness. By Patti Spencer of Spencer Law Firm.

http://www.pennsylvaniafiduciarylitigation.com/
  • Jul 21

    Wells Fargo Terminated as Trustee

    Wells Fargo Terminated as Trustee
    Thank you Gary Beyer for your post entitled "Wells Fargo Terminated as Trustee." Beyer writes: "On Thursday, a Circuit Judge in Wisconsin terminated Wells Fargo Bank as trustee of the Chester Bible scholarship trust, furnishing control to…
  • Jul 16

    New Rule of Civil Procedure - Discovery of Expert Testimony

    New Rule of Civil Procedure - Discovery of Expert Testimony
    On July 10, 2014 the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania ordered the adoption of new Rule 4003.5 of the Pennsylvania Rules of Civil Procedure. The rule has been modified and the following clause (4) is added: (4) A party may not discover the…
  • Mar 31

    Enforcement of Arbitration Clauses in Trust

    Enforcement of Arbitration Clauses in Trust
    Ever since George Washington included arbitration provisions in his will, this idea has kicked around.  Washington's will contained this language: "That all disputes (if unhappily they should arise) shall be decided by three impartial…
Rank this Week: 835

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 30

    Tom Clancy Estate In Family Fight Due To Poor Estate Planning

    Tom Clancy Estate In Family Fight Due To Poor Estate Planning
    Anyone who knows who CIA analyst Jack Ryan is likely appreciates the work of late author Tom Clancy. Called the "father of the techno-thriller," Clancy's career took off with his first novel, The Hunt for Red October. His career -- spawning…
  • Sep 18

    As Prince Harry Inherits From Diana's Estate, Troubling Questions Remain

    As Prince Harry Inherits From Diana's Estate, Troubling Questions Remain
    Prince Harry celebrated his 30th birthday earlier this week. His mother, the iconic Princess Diana, passed away over 17 years ago, following the tragic crash as Diana and Dodi Fayed sped away from paparazzi in France. What was so special…
  • Sep 10

    Joan Rivers Teaches Lesson About Termination Of Life Support

    Joan Rivers Teaches Lesson About Termination Of Life Support
    “I ain’t afraid of death.” Joan Rivers once told Time Magazine, “I’m in show business. I died a million times.” Aging. Dying. Death. Concepts no one likes to think about, much less talk about. Of the many…
Rank this Week: 1243

Givner & Kaye Blog

Givner & Kaye Blog

Covers estate and tax planning.

http://www.givnerkaye.com/blog/
Rank this Week: 1383

Mendel Law Firm Blog

Mendel Law Firm Blog

Covers estate planning.

http://www.mendellawfirm.com/blog/
  • Sep 30

    Texas History – Do You Know How Many Different Bat Species Live in Texas?

    Texas History – Do You Know How Many Different Bat Species Live in Texas?
    More species of bats live in Texas than any other part of the United States. There are 32 species of bats in Texas. An estimated 1.5 million of Mexican free-tailed bats dwell under the Congress Avenue bridge in Austin
  • Sep 26

    Famous Estates – Legacy Champ or Chump?

    Famous Estates – Legacy Champ or Chump?
    George Orson Welles (1915-1985) – Actor, Director, Producer & Writer Orson Welles was an American actor, director, writer, and producer who worked extensively in theater, radio, and film. Welles most notable theater production was…
  • Sep 24

    Thought for the Day:

    Thought for the Day:
    I didn’t fail the test. I just found 100 ways to do it wrong. Benjamin Franklin
Rank this Week: 1185

epilawg

epilawg

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

http://epilawg.com/
  • Sep 29

    Cyber Attacks: It’s no longer “if” it will happen, but “when” it will happen

    Cyber Attacks: It’s no longer “if” it will happen, but “when” it will happen
    The vast majority of us are not running international, Fortune 500 operations. We are leading, or working with, small to mid-sized businesses. With that comes the false sense of security that cyber thieves aren’t targeting…
  • Sep 25

    Cabin LLCs: The Basic

    Cabin LLCs: The Basic
    For many, cabins provide an opportunity to get away from it all, to spend time with family and friends (maybe beside a body of water) and decompress from daily life. Unfortunately, cabins can also cause […]Cabin LLCs: The Basics is a…
  • Sep 17

    Have you reported your offshore funds?

    Have you reported your offshore funds?
    If you are a U.S. citizen, resident alien, or certain nonresident alien, you are required to report any foreign financial assets that meet the reporting threshold to the IRS. There are different filing requirements and […]Have you…
Rank this Week: 1255

Death Care Law Blog

Death Care Law Blog

Covers laws relating to pre-need and death care compliance, serving banks, funeral homes, crematories, and cemetaries. By William Stalter.

http://www.deathcarelaw.com/
  • Sep 28

    Consumer Options and Administrative Hurdles: Market Value Allocation

    Consumer Options and Administrative Hurdles: Market Value Allocation
    The conventional guaranteed preneed transaction is premised upon investment returns offsetting performance cost increases to the funeral home.  Many funeral homes restrict consumers to single payment preneed contracts to limit their…
  • Aug 24

    Trust Administrative Hurdles: Tax Allocation

    Trust Administrative Hurdles: Tax Allocation
    A few weeks ago, we discussed the need to offer to consumers new preneed funding options, and outlined the various administrative hurdles faced by funeral homes that rely upon trust funding. (Preneed Trust Options: Administrative Limitations)…
  • Aug 21

    Father Knows Best: the Cassity Clan

    Father Knows Best: the Cassity Clan
    The remaining members of the Cassity clan have filed motions in opposition to the dismissal of Doug Cassity from the NPS civil lawsuit.  Rhonda Cassity and Tyler Cassity argue that they too are the victims of Doug’s scheming…
Rank this Week: 1318

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 27

    New Law Allows Owners to be Buried with Pet

    New Law Allows Owners to be Buried with Pet
    All across the country there are cemeteries for people and cemeteries for pets. Virginia has become the third state in the nation to pass a law allowing pet owners to be buried with man's best friend. Joining New York and Pennsylvania,…
  • Sep 25

    More Estate Planning Lessons from Celebritie

    More Estate Planning Lessons from Celebritie
    Celebrity estate plans often come with extraordinary wealth and considerable resources. However, celebrities are still not immune to estate planning issues and the consequences of poor planning. Several recent celebrity estate planning issues…
  • Sep 22

    Estate Planning Errors to Avoid

    Estate Planning Errors to Avoid
    According to estate planning professionals, almost 65% of Americans do not have a basic will or estate documents drafted. Although it is nice to think that your family will be able to take care of your estate and know your wishes, the truth…
Rank this Week: 1096

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 26

    Collecting Payments After Your Death

    Collecting Payments After Your Death
    Although you might think of an estate plan simply as a way to dispose of your existing assets, in fact your future estate might also be responsible for collecting additional income generated after your death. If you work in the entertainment…
  • Sep 25

    Establishing Paternity for Probate Purpose

    Establishing Paternity for Probate Purpose
    When the law speaks of “heirs,” it refers to those individuals entitled to inherit a person's estate in the absence of a valid last will and testament. For example, if you live in California and die without a will or a spouse, but…
  • Sep 19

    Making Your Intentions Clear in a Will

    Making Your Intentions Clear in a Will
    A successful estate plan makes the final distribution of a person's property plain and clear. Ambiguity in a will or trust may lead to costly litigation over conflicting interpretations of a person's intent. But even the best executed estate…
Rank this Week: 1296

Florida Probate Litigation Lawyer…

Florida Probate Litigation Lawyer Blog

Cover Florida probate litigation. By Chepenik & Trushin LLP.

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

    2014 LEGISLATIVE SESSION – ALIGNMENT OF THE ANTILAPSE PROVISIONS OF THE FLORIDA TRUST AND PROBATE CODES

    2014 LEGISLATIVE SESSION – ALIGNMENT OF THE ANTILAPSE PROVISIONS OF THE FLORIDA TRUST AND PROBATE CODES
    The 2014 State of Florida legislative session brought about several changes in the area of trusts and estates. Among those passing into law was the amendment to the antilapse provisions of the Florida Trust Code (Florida Statutes Chapter…
  • Sep 2

    LONG TERM CHARITABLE GIVING: The Charitable Lead Trust

    LONG TERM CHARITABLE GIVING: The Charitable Lead Trust
    Charitable donors are frequently in pursuit of a means for establishing a lifetime philanthropic legacy and effective estate planning. The utilization of a charitable trust provides a strategic option. The donor may choose to set up a trust…
  • Aug 25

    The Reasons We Give

    The Reasons We Give
    Estate planners often focus on the tax benefits of making a gift, as smart planning can help reduce or eliminate a wide array of taxes on the estate and individual. But if you thought the primary motivation for donor gift-giving was related…
Rank this Week: 972

Parman & Easterday Blog

Parman & Easterday Blog

Covers elder law and estate planning.

http://www.parmanlaw.com/blog/
  • Sep 25

    What Is a QTIP Trust?

    What Is a QTIP Trust?
    There is an ideal estate planning solution for every scenario that may exist. Life is not a cookie-cutter affair. People go through life changes, and these changes can require estate plan updates. Various different strategies can be…
  • Sep 23

    What Is an Irrevocable Life Insurance Trust?

    What Is an Irrevocable Life Insurance Trust?
    If you have reached your financial goals, your work is not done. You may have accumulated wealth, but you have to protect that wealth for the benefit of succeeding generations. The federal estate tax looms large as a source of asset erosion.…
  • Sep 18

    What Are the Components of a Basic Estate Plan?

    What Are the Components of a Basic Estate Plan?
    If you are going through life without an estate plan, you are shirking a basic responsibility. It can seem as though the matter is only relevant to senior citizens, but people of all ages do pass away unexpectedly each and every day. When you…
Rank this Week: 1186

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/
  • Sep 16

    ATF revises Form 1 and Form 5

    ATF revises Form 1 and Form 5
    ATF is pleased to announce the availability of revised ATF Form 1, Application to Make and Register a Firearm, and ATF Form 5, Application for Tax Exempt Transfer and Registration of Firearm. The ATF Form 1 has been revised to...
  • Sep 12

    What to do if the ATF rejects your Gun Trust Application to build a Machine Gun

    What to do if the ATF rejects your Gun Trust Application to build a Machine Gun
    You need to timely dispute the ATF denial. ATF is denying these applications under 922 (O) (1) Except as provided in paragraph (2), it shall be unlawful for any person to transfer or possess a machinegun. But if you read...
  • Sep 11

    ATF Approves some Form 1 to Make Machine Guns by a Gun Trust and then Rescinds the Approval

    ATF Approves some Form 1 to Make Machine Guns by a Gun Trust and then Rescinds the Approval
    We understand that ATF has approved a number of applications to permit Gun Trusts to manufacture machine guns and then rescinded the tax stamp to make the machine gun. Many others have reported to us today that their Form 1...
Rank this Week: 1334

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/
  • Sep 16

    Florida Doctor Sentenced in Criminal Tax Case for Concealing Assets and Filing False Individual Income Tax Return

    Florida Doctor Sentenced in Criminal Tax Case for Concealing Assets and Filing False Individual Income Tax Return
    Individuals using offshore bank accounts to conceal assets and facilitate tax fraud continue to be prosecuted by the Department of Justice. Under the Bank Secrecy Act, citizens and lawful permanent residents (i.e. "Green Card" holders) that…
  • Sep 3

    Business Owners Get Jail Time for Tax Evasion

    Business Owners Get Jail Time for Tax Evasion
    Sometimes understating income is just carelessness. Sometimes its tax fraud or tax evasion. People don't always realize that tax fraud or tax evasion can lead to time in jail. Convincing judges to sentence defendants to prison for criminal…
  • Aug 22

    Expect Increased Assessment and Collection of Trust Fund Recovery Penaltie

    Expect Increased Assessment and Collection of Trust Fund Recovery Penaltie
    Enforcement of The Trust Fund Recovery Penalty (TFRP) is a source of potential government revenue that, according to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA), needs to be revamped to become more efficient. Under existing…
Rank this Week: 1288

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 16

    U.S. Federal Trademark Filing

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

    ALS Association Ice Bucket Challenge Trademark Filing

    ALS Association Ice Bucket Challenge Trademark Filing
    The ALS Association has filed an application to register a federal trademark for "Ice Bucket Challenge", the viral sensation that has swept the nation this summer. Although most Americans likely associate "Ice Bucket Challenge" with the ALS…
  • Jul 30

    What is a Family Limited Partnership?

    What is a Family Limited Partnership?
    A family limited partnership, or FLP, can allow a taxpayer to leverage two federal tax devices in conjunction with a technique known as “discounting” in order to reduce the amount of federal tax imposed at the time of that…
Rank this Week: 1024

Spencer Law Firm Blog

Spencer Law Firm Blog

Covers probate and estate planning in Pennsylvania.

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

    Estate Planning and Portability

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

    Seminar: How to Prepare Fiduciary Accounts and Avoid Common Trap

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

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

    It's Not Too Late - Get Your 2013 Deductions for Charitable Giving
    It's Not Too Late - Get Your Deductions for Charitable Giving I resolved to stop accumulating and begin the infinitely more serious and difficult task of wise distribution. - Andrew Carnegie At the end of the calendar year, many people...
Rank this Week: 1042

KEYTLaw

KEYTLaw

Covers Arizona and federal laws.

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

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

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

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

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

    USDA Bans Junk Food From School

    USDA Bans Junk Food From School
    epicurious:  “New rules for school food kick in this July — and for kids going back to school in the fall, it’s sad sad news (okay, not really sad, but healthy healthy news). According to new regulations being…
Rank this Week: 1027

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: 1032

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: 1275

The Blog

The Blog

Features estate planning and elder law news. By Moynihan Lyons PC.

http://moynihanlyons.com/estate-administration/trust-administration/blog/
Rank this Week: 1347

Swinton Elder Law & Family…

Swinton Elder Law & Family Protection Blog

Covers New Jersey estate planning and elder law issues. By Daniel S. Swinton.

http://swintonlaw.blogspot.com/
  • Oct 7

    Policy Experts Agree: The U.S. System for…

    Policy Experts Agree: The U.S. System for Financing Long-Term Care is CrumblingAccording to Forbes.com:  "America’s system for financing long-term care is failing, and the window for creating a payment system that works is rapidly…
  • Jul 12

    Bankruptcy Trustee Is Entitled to Funds…

    Bankruptcy Trustee Is Entitled to Funds Transferred in Order to Qualify for MedicaidThe following article serves as a warning about do-it-yourself estate planning.  An effective technique of protecting assets from nursing homes and long…
  • Sep 27

    How Gifts Can Affect Medicaid Eligibility

    How Gifts Can Affect Medicaid Eligibility
    . We’ve all heard that it’s better to give than to receive, but if you think you might someday want to apply for Medicaid long-term care benefits, you need to be careful because giving away money or property can interfere with your…
Rank this Week: 1112

California Tax Attorney Blog

California Tax Attorney Blog

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

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

    Test Entry

    Test Entry
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  • Aug 30

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

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

    Gifts Made By Personal Check

    Gifts Made By Personal Check
    A check written in 2012 that does not clear until 2013 is at risk of being a 2013 gift, not a 2012 gift, since the donor could have stopped payment in 2013 before it cleared. The issue with using checks to make gifts is that until the check…
Rank this Week: 1168

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: 1233

Integra Law Group Attorneys Blog

Integra Law Group Attorneys Blog

Covers debt relief, bankruptcy, estate planning and elder law in Idaho.

http://www.integralawblog.com
  • Jun 16

    Credit Card Companies Cut Deal

    Credit Card Companies Cut Deal
    Credit card companies are increasingly doing something they have historically refused to do -  cutting deals on delinquent accounts for substantially less than the amount owed, according to a recent article in the New York Times. …
  • Jun 5

    Medical Bills A Factor in 62% of Bankruptcie

    Medical Bills A Factor in 62% of Bankruptcie
    According to a recent study by Harvard Medical School, 62% of all personal bankruptcies filed in 2007 were related to a significant extent to medical bills.  Further, the really shocking statistic is that of those bankruptcies where medical…
  • May 6

    Court Halts Foreclosure Sale

    Court Halts Foreclosure Sale
    A court in South California has issued an order halting certain home foreclosure sales.  The injunction – which I believe to be the first of its kind for a broad class of borrowers — prevents stops foreclosure sales on properties…
Rank this Week: 1075

The Virtual Attorney Blog

The Virtual Attorney Blog

Covers estate planning and business law. By Michael Brennan.

http://thevirtualattorney.com/blog
  • Sep 30

    Making Your Business Stand Out From the Crowd

    Making Your Business Stand Out From the Crowd
    I advise a number of businesses that are just starting out and looking to establish themselves in some competitive markets. While they come to me to help them sort out legal issues associated with starting a business, as a small business…
  • Sep 16

    Pet Prenups | Planning for Pets if You Break Up

    Pet Prenups | Planning for Pets if You Break Up
    Couples are living together before marriage more than ever before. Perhaps unsurprisingly, for many of those lovebirds, a long-term future together is not always in the cards. When breakups happen, it’s challenging enough splitting up…
  • Sep 3

    New Handout | Estate Planning for Same Sex Couple

    New Handout | Estate Planning for Same Sex Couple
    Estate Planning for Same Sex Couples presents some challenges not otherwise seen when planning for married couples. In states like Illinois, where same-sex marriage is legal, the challenges are now much easier to conquer than they were even a…
Rank this Week: 1676

Idaho Estate Planning

Idaho Estate Planning

Covers estate planning, elder law, veterans benefits and special needs trusts. By Mark E. Wight.

http://idahoestateplanning.typepad.com/idaho_estate_planning/
  • Sep 30

    Idaho Elder Law - Spending Our Children's Inheritance

    Idaho Elder Law - Spending Our Children's Inheritance
    Once people hit retirement, they do not know how long they will live or how long their money will last. Still, the vast majority of retirees with children cling to an intention to leave something behind, even though many of those offspring…
  • Sep 29

    Idaho Estate Planning - There's No iPhone or Android APP For That

    Idaho Estate Planning - There's No iPhone or Android APP For That
    Smartphones sure make lives a lot easier (and, arguably, busier). With a few taps of a screen, individuals can do everything from checking the weather to buying stock to engaging in FaceTime across the world. One individual in Australia…
  • Sep 26

    Idaho Estate Planning - Understanding Your Digital Afterlife

    Idaho Estate Planning - Understanding Your Digital Afterlife
    Facebook, Google, Twitter and other sites have different policies on dealing with dead users. Some states are also considering laws that would automatically give loved ones access to, though not control of, their dead relative's digital…
Rank this Week: 1947

Kevin A. Pollock BLAWG

Kevin A. Pollock BLAWG

Covers wills, trusts & estates, guardianships, tax and asset protection planning.

http://willstrustsestates.blogspot.com/
  • Sep 30

    Non Residents of Pennsylvania Can Be Subject to Pennsylvania Inheritance Tax

    Non Residents of Pennsylvania Can Be Subject to Pennsylvania Inheritance Tax
    I frequently get calls from individuals who had a relative pass away with property located in Pennsylvania. Even though the decedent lived somewhere besides Pennsylvania, you should be aware that Pennsylvania reserves the right to tax this…
  • Aug 11

    Non-residents Non-citizens of the US Should Be Careful of How they Invest in Amerian Asset

    Non-residents Non-citizens of the US Should Be Careful of How they Invest in Amerian Asset
    Many individuals who live outside of America like to purchase real estate in America or invest in the U.S. Stock Market.  It can be much safer than in investing in other parts of the world and often times the individual has children who…
  • Aug 8

    Japanese Inheritance Tax vs. US Estate Tax (2014 Update)

    Japanese Inheritance Tax vs. US Estate Tax (2014 Update)
    BRIEF OVERVIEW OFJAPANESE INHERITANCE AND GIFT TAXESvs.AMERICAN ESTATE AND GIFT TAXES(2014 Update)I. Estate TaxesA. America1. Citizens and Permanent Residentsa. Tax on Worldwide property (credit for taxes paid to foreign countries)b.…
Rank this Week: 1398