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Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof…

Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof Blog

By Gerry W. Beyer.

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/trusts_estates_prof/
  • Jan 15

    United States Organ Transplants Reach Record High

    United States Organ Transplants Reach Record High
    For the fourth year in a row, organ transplants reached a record high last year. In 2016, transplants were up 8.5% from 2015, which is a 19.8% increase since 2012. This growth can mainly be attributed to an increasing number...
  • Jan 15

    Princess Leia Will Not Be Digitally Recreated Posthumou

    Princess Leia Will Not Be Digitally Recreated Posthumou
    Rest assured Star Wars fans, Lucasfilm, the movie’s production company, claims it has no plans to digitally recreate Carrie Fisher’s character, Princess Leia, in upcoming films. This announcement comes shortly after several celebrities…
  • Jan 14

    Strangers Raise Money to Give 108-Year-Old the Proper End-of-Life Comfort

    Strangers Raise Money to Give 108-Year-Old the Proper End-of-Life Comfort
    After 108-year-old Carrie Rausch was nearly forced out of her assisted living facility, her daughter and subsequent strangers decided to raise money to help her live her remaining years in comfort. Rausch’s daughter set up a GoFundMe page…
Rank this Week: 51

Florida Estate Planning Lawyer…

Florida Estate Planning Lawyer Blog

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

http://www.floridaestateplanninglawyerblog.com/
  • Jan 13

    Florida Statute Of Limitations on a Will

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

    The Importance of a Florida DNR: Do Not Resuscitate Order

    The Importance of a Florida DNR: Do Not Resuscitate Order
    A Florida DNR is a document you will not complete with your Jacksonville Estate Planning Lawyer. Many feel that estate planning is a great area of law because it allows people to plan ahead for how they wish to be treated medically in a…
  • Jan 9

    Jacksonville Will Lawyer: Shows Many Americans Do Not Have A Will

    Jacksonville Will Lawyer: Shows Many Americans Do Not Have A Will
    As a Jacksonville Will Lawyer I have seen an alarming trend in Florida.  Most Americans live fast-paced lives with long work hours, bills to pay, and mouths to feed.  After a long day, the last thing on our minds is our…
Rank this Week: 151

Deborah Sexton Law Office, P. A.…

Deborah Sexton Law Office, P. A. Blog

Covers estate planning and elder law.

http://www.arkansas-estateplanning.com/blog/
  • Dec 21

    Get Organized with a Master Directory

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

    Portability and Estate Planning

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

    6 Ways to Prepare for Your First Estate Planning Meeting

    6 Ways to Prepare for Your First Estate Planning Meeting
    This is an article from The Law Offices of Richard B. Schneider, LLC (http://www.rbsllc.com/) in Portland, Oregon, that we thought others may find helpful. If you have decided to create a comprehensive estate plan, you have made a wise…
Rank this Week: 141

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: 137

New York Probate & Estate…

New York Probate & Estate Litigation Blog

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

http://www.nyprobatelitigation.com/
Rank this Week: 237

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: 227

Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning

Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning

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

http://blog.kylekrull.com/kansas-missouri-estate-planning/
Rank this Week: 320

Law Office of Roy W. Litherland…

Law Office of Roy W. Litherland Blog

Covers estate planning, probate and living trusts.

http://www.attorneyoffice.com/blog/
  • Jan 11

    Clayton Trust – The Advantages of the B-Trust

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

    Litherland Law Office 2017 Government Policy Forecast

    Litherland Law Office 2017 Government Policy Forecast
    By:  Matthew M. Shafae, Attorney Law Office of Roy W. Litherland Elections have consequences. On January 3, 2017, the 115th United States Congress met for the first time, with both houses controlled by the Republican Party. On January…
  • Dec 29

    Limits to Medi-Cal Recovery

    Limits to Medi-Cal Recovery
    By:  Matthew M. Shafae, Attorney Law Office of Roy W. Litherland The future of Medi-Cal eligibility has been the subject of speculation for a little over a decade now. Will the California implementation of the federal Medicaid system,…
Rank this Week: 304

Texas Wills and Trusts Law Online

Texas Wills and Trusts Law Online

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

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

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

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

    Wishing You Peace

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

    What are the Mental Requirements for Making a Will?

    What are the Mental Requirements for Making a Will?
    A concerned daughter contacted me. Her mother’s Will was outdated, and needed to be updated. She has been wanting to make changes for years, but getting this done now seems more pressing. Her mother is experiencing health issues,…
Rank this Week: 327

Law Matters Blog

Law Matters Blog

Covers Vermont family law and estate planning. By the Law Offices of Bucknam Black Brazil PC.

http://vtlegalhelp.com/our-blog/
  • Sep 29

    Reading Too Much Into Thing

    Reading Too Much Into Thing
    Note: This post was originally published through SCOV Law. Town of Milton Board of Health v. Brisson, 2016 VT 56 Whenever I see a case involving a Board of Health, my mind jumps straight to those homes in Hoarders that get condemned. Have you…
  • Apr 27

    What’s In a Name?

    What’s In a Name?
    Note: Attorney Davis original wrote this post in her capacities as a contributor to SCOV Law. In this case, Defendant Albert Bingham appeals from the trial court’s declaratory judgment. Before the SCOV even rules on it, Bingham files a…
  • Feb 16

    Taxation Vexation

    Taxation Vexation
    Attorney Davis originally wrote this post as a Contributor for SCOVLaw How do you tax a parcel of land that lies in more than one town? I like to think I might be able to come up with a way that involves less litigation and more common sense,…
Rank this Week: 361

Northern California Center for…

Northern California Center for Estate Planning and Elder Law

Covers estate planning.

http://www.norcalplanners.com/blog/
  • Jan 24

    Sacramento Nursing Home Costs Are Among the Highest in the Country

    Sacramento Nursing Home Costs Are Among the Highest in the Country
    Our firm practices law in Sacramento, California, and we also have an office in Roseville. Anyone who lives in our area knows that there are countless advantages, and it is truly a great place to live. We have everything that big cities have…
  • Jan 21

    A Probate Attorney Can Help With Estate Administration

    A Probate Attorney Can Help With Estate Administration
    You should be aware of the multifaceted nature of a properly constructed estate plan.  It is wise to take a 360 degree approach so that you can leave behind a workable situation for your loved ones after you are gone. A last will is a…
  • Jan 21

    Free Report: Is Incapacity Planning in Northern California Really Important

    Free Report: Is Incapacity Planning in Northern California Really Important
    When you are going through life as a relatively healthy adult, the prospect of incapacity can seem alien to you. Of course we all recognize the fact that elders sometimes become unable to handle all their own affairs, but it can seem like…
Rank this Week: 305

Parman & Easterday Blog

Parman & Easterday Blog

Covers elder law and estate planning.

http://www.parmanlaw.com/blog/
  • Dec 15

    3 Yearly Questions to Ask Yourself When You Already Have an Estate Plan

    3 Yearly Questions to Ask Yourself When You Already Have an Estate Plan
    If you have been reading our blog for any length of time you probably know that taking the time to update your estate plan on a yearly basis is important. As our lives change, our estate plans need to reflect these changes. To help guide…
  • Dec 10

    Understanding Estate Planning – Divorce And Estate Plan

    Understanding Estate Planning – Divorce And Estate Plan
    When someone divorces in Kansas, Missouri or Oklahoma, understanding how the divorce will affect an estate plan is essential. Divorce is a stressful, emotional, and difficult time for anyone.  Taking the time to address estate…
  • Dec 9

    Winners of Our Client Appreciation Event Prize Give-Away Revealed!

    Winners of Our Client Appreciation Event Prize Give-Away Revealed!
    On Friday, December 4, 2015, we hosted our Client Appreciation Event where we celebrated Parman & Easterday’s Thirty Year Anniversary of protecting families.  All attendees were able to submit for the prize give-away, and we…
Rank this Week: 400

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: 303

Florida Probate Litigation

Florida Probate Litigation

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

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

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

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

    Bias on the bench

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

    4th DCA: Love and marriage in contested Florida guardianship

    4th DCA: Love and marriage in contested Florida guardianship
    Smith v. Smith, — So.3d —-, 2016 WL 803625 (Fla. 4th DCA March 2, 2016) As Bette Davis once famously quipped, getting old ain’t for sissies. But it’s a whole lot easier if you’re married. And…
Rank this Week: 724

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: 752

All About Estates

All About Estates

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

http://www.allaboutestates.ca/
  • Jan 13

    Mutual Wills versus Reciprocal Will

    Mutual Wills versus Reciprocal Will
    In the Ontario Superior Court decision, Lavoie and Trudel, 2016 ONSC 4141 (“Lavoie and Trudel”), the court was tasked with determining the validity of a will made on December 5, 2007 (the “2007 Will”) by the deceased,…
  • Jan 10

    Welcome to the new All About Estates!

    Welcome to the new All About Estates!
    Welcome to the brand new All About Estate’s website!  With a new president and a new year, we decided we needed a new look.  We have vamped up the website with pictures and a modern aesthetic.  Our bloggers have not…
  • Jan 10

    CPP Death Benefit

    CPP Death Benefit
    Whether a CPP/QPP death benefit is to be taxed in the hands of the beneficiary or in the hands of the estate is determined by the terms of the will. One consideration is the “executor’s year where the CRA has stated: Paragraph 6…
Rank this Week: 478

Murphy's Law Blog

Murphy's Law Blog

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

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

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

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

    Do You Need an Estate Planning Audit?

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

    Multiple Reasons Why Your Estate Planning Needs a Lift This Year

    Multiple Reasons Why Your Estate Planning Needs a Lift This Year
    As we quickly approach 2017, it is an excellent opportunity to review your existing estate planning documents and determine if  you have fallen short. Unfortunately, far too many people make simple mistakes that can end up turning into…
Rank this Week: 750

German Law Group Blog

German Law Group Blog

Covers estate planning.

http://www.germanlawgroup.com/
  • Jan 12

    Medicaid Planning Guide

    Medicaid Planning Guide
    You may have heard people talking about the importance of including “Medicaid planning” in your estate plan and wondered why you would need to plan for Medicaid. The reason centers around the strong possibility that you will need…
  • Jan 10

    Tips for Creating a Will

    Tips for Creating a Will
    If you are like most people, your estate planning process will begin by creating a Last Will and Testament. As you move through the stages of your life, and your estate grows, you will likely incorporate additional estate planning tools and…
  • Jan 5

    Will I Qualify for North Dakota Medicaid for the Aged?

    Will I Qualify for North Dakota Medicaid for the Aged?
    At some point during your retirement years there is a good chance that you will need long-term care (LTC).  The cost of that care could deplete a lifetime of savings in a short period of time if you failed to plan ahead and include…
Rank this Week: 497

Florida Probate Litigation Lawyer…

Florida Probate Litigation Lawyer Blog

Cover Florida probate litigation. By Chepenik & Trushin LLP.

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

    How Pre-Nups and Probate Court engage

    How Pre-Nups and Probate Court engage
    Effect of Marital Agreement on Entitlement to Probate Estate When it comes to estate planning, multiple factors can influence the distribution of the estate, besides a trust document or a will. One such device is a martial agreement made…
  • Dec 29

    Is Time really on your side when serving as a Trustee?

    Is Time really on your side when serving as a Trustee?
    Time Limitations for Proceedings Against Trustees: Discussing Failure to Account An individual serving as a trustee owes certain duties to the beneficiaries of that trust. One such duty is the duty to account to the beneficiaries. …
  • Dec 15

    Bang Bang – Pop goes the gun!

    Bang Bang – Pop goes the gun!
    Gun Trusts: Background Check Loophole Eliminated A gun trust is a legal device that makes it easier to handle firearms after the gun owner’s death. These trusts are used for guns that are regulated by federal laws: the National Firearms…
Rank this Week: 764

Estate Law Canada

Estate Law Canada

Covers estate planning topics, trusts, probate, Enduring Powers of Attorney, health care directives, incapacity issues and elder law. By Lynne Butler.

http://estatelawcanada.blogspot.com/
  • Jan 11

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

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

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

    Our first podcast (free to listen, of course) is now online!
    Such exciting news! Our very first podcast is on the website and ready to go! We've created a series of podcasts on various topics relating to wills, estates, trusts, and elder law, and we'll be uploading a new one each week. The first one…
  • Jan 5

    A win for testamentary freedom

    A win for testamentary freedom
    "Testamentary freedom" means the right to leave your estate to whoever you want. We all know there are some legal restrictions on testamentary freedom. For example, we know that if we leave our spouses out of our wills, the spouses…
Rank this Week: 763

About Florida Law

About Florida Law

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

http://aboutfloridalaw.com
  • Jan 10

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

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

    Satisfaction of Mortgages in Florida

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

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

    How Do You Terminate The Joint Tenancy of Florida Real Estate?  
    In Florida, there is more than one way to own real estate.  It’s important to understand your choices before you “take title” to your real estate at closing. One key factor here:  are you able to convey complete…
Rank this Week: 845

Rule of Law

Rule of Law

Covers British Columbia wills, trusts and estates law, elder law and estate litigation. By Stan Rule.

http://rulelaw.blogspot.com/
  • Jan 8

    Sabey Rule LLP Welcomes Taeya Fitzpatrick

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

    Supreme Court of Canada Decision Takes a Narrow Approach to Rectification

    Supreme Court of Canada Decision Takes a Narrow Approach to Rectification
    The majority of the Supreme Court of Canada has construed the equitable power of the court to rectify a contract or other document relatively narrowly in a recent decision, Canada (Attorney General) v. FairmontHotels Inc. 2016 SCC 56.…
  • Nov 30

    Counting the Days: How to Calculate the Five-Day Survival Period in Section 10 of the Wills, Estates and Succession Act

    Counting the Days: How to Calculate the Five-Day Survival Period in Section 10 of the Wills, Estates and Succession Act
    Section 10 of the Wills, Estates and Succession Act provides for a 5-day survival before a person may inherit from another. For example, if in your will you leave your estate to your spouse, then she must survive you for a period of at least…
Rank this Week: 889

New York Trusts & Estates…

New York Trusts & Estates Litigation Blog

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

http://www.nyestatelitigationblog.com/
  • Jan 5

    Sharp as a Tack . . . Clear as a Bell

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

    A Flood . . . in the Basement

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

    Article 17-A Guardianship: It is Not for Everyone

    Article 17-A Guardianship: It is Not for Everyone
    In two recent decisions, Surrogate Lopez Torres of Kings County denied petitions for guardianship under SCPA Article 17-A, demonstrating the strict circumstances under which guardians are appointed under this particular statute. Unlike under…
Rank this Week: 892

California Probate and Estate…

California Probate and Estate Planning Blog

Covers California probate and estate planning including law changes, legal strategies, and detailed descriptions of the options available. By Meissner, Joseph & Palley, Inc.

http://www.californiaprobate.info/blog
  • Jan 5

    New Years Resolution

    New Years Resolution
    Each year I am told of clients who had a new years resolution to “Get our estate plan done this year….” Each year they tell me they failed to do it until finally they came to see me. Often they tell me “the estate…
  • Dec 27

    Stuff happens… so finish your estate plan

    Stuff happens… so finish your estate plan
    Every year it happens. Every year I get to the end of the year and am amazed that some people I met with months ago have not finished their estate plans yet. People who have had rough drafts mailed to them long ago. People who have been…
  • Dec 8

    How to probate when a husband and wife die a year a part

    How to probate when a husband and wife die a year a part
    I had a really interesting fact pattern today that I wanted to share. I got the perspective client’s permission to share but, of course, names are changed for privacy. Sadly Gina’s mom, Molly, died in December of 2015 and her dad,…
Rank this Week: 537

San Diego Estate Planning Lawyer…

San Diego Estate Planning Lawyer Blog

Covers estate planning topics such as conservatorship, guardianship, health care and advanced directive, living trusts, and probate. By Law Office of Scott D. Soady, A Professional Corporation

http://www.sandiegoestateplanninglawyerblog.com/
  • Jan 4

    What Happens to My Bankruptcy Case if I Die?

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

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

    Does a Spendthrift Trust Protect Against Spousal or Child Support Orders?
    If you have a child or other relative who is irresponsible with money or is the subject of a number of creditor judgments, you might consider including a spendthrift clause as part of your estate planning. A spendthrift clause, also known as…
  • Dec 30

    When is a California Conservatorship Necessary?

    When is a California Conservatorship Necessary?
    If you have a family member who is unable to care for him or herself, it may be necessary to seek a conservatorship for that person. A conservator is someone appointed by a probate court to manage the personal or financial affairs of another…
Rank this Week: 867

Anderson, Dorn & Rader, Ltd. Blog

Anderson, Dorn & Rader, Ltd. Blog

Covers estate planning, probate and living trusts in Nevada.

http://www.wealth-counselors.com/blog/
  • Jan 4

    Planning for Taxes on Inheritance

    Planning for Taxes on Inheritance
    Taxes on inheritance are imposed on property received from someone else’s estate after their death.  The federal government does not impose an inheritance tax.  Instead, inheritance taxes are imposed at the state level only.…
  • Jan 1

    What does it Mean to Die Intestate?

    What does it Mean to Die Intestate?
    You may have heard the term “intestate” or “intestacy” before, but wondered what it means. As your estate planning attorney can explain, the term “intestate” simply means dying without a will. So, intestate…
  • Dec 20

    Pet Trust

    Pet Trust
    If you are one of the millions of Americans who considers a beloved pet to be part of the family, then you undoubtedly worry about what will happen to your pet when you are no longer here to take care of him or her. The good news is that with…
Rank this Week: 822

Rogers, Sheffield & Campbell, LLP…

Rogers, Sheffield & Campbell, LLP News & Commentary

Covers estate planning, tax law, and real estate law.

http://rogerssheffield.com/news-and-commentary
  • Jan 3

    Qualified Personal Residence Trust

    Qualified Personal Residence Trust
    We are fortunate to live in an area where strong demands for real estate have pushed the prices to unimagined levels.  For many of us, home ownership has increased our net worth beyond the exemption amount from federal estate taxes.…
  • Dec 20

    Guardians and Conservators: What’s the Difference?

    Guardians and Conservators: What’s the Difference?
    If one of the primary goals of estate planning is to have your wishes carried out, even when you are incapacitated or deceased, that requires choosing people to act on your or your children’s behalf as you intend. When you can’t…
  • Dec 5

    Rogers, Sheffield & Campbell, LLP Files Suit Against City of Santa Barbara Over Vacation Rental Ban

    Rogers, Sheffield & Campbell, LLP Files Suit Against City of Santa Barbara Over Vacation Rental Ban
    Rogers, Sheffield & Campbell, LLP Files Suit Against City of Santa Barbara Theo Kracke On November 30, 2016, Travis C. Logue and Jason W. Wansor, attorneys for the Santa Barbara law firm of Rogers, Sheffield & Campbell, LLP, filed a…
Rank this Week: 699

Mendel Law Firm Blog

Mendel Law Firm Blog

Covers estate planning.

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

    Why A Successor Trustee Is Important

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

    Why Should Incapacity Planning Be Included in Your Estate Plan?

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

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

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

Estate Planning Blog

Covers asset protection, estate planning, probate and income tax planning. By Sheppard, Brett, Stewart, Hersch, Kinsey & Hill P.A.

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

    Christmas Break circa 1975

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

    A History of Trust

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

    Things To Be Grateful For

    Things To Be Grateful For
    I wish you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving and thank you very much for following my column over the 15 years that I’ve been writing it. In the spirit of this week’s holiday, allow me to list some of the things that I am grateful…
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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/
  • Dec 16

    Pastoral Undertaking: A Case for Prearranging Funeral

    Pastoral Undertaking: A Case for Prearranging Funeral
    The Calvin Institute of Christian Worship website is a good source for articles on funeral ministry, and the Conversation Project reminded us of Reverend Marc Nelesen’s post about his conversation with a congregate who had prepared for…
  • Dec 12

    Missouri Preneed Seller Records: More Than Adequate

    Missouri Preneed Seller Records: More Than Adequate
    The final section of the Missouri preneed seller record rule will likely draw criticism from the industry: The standards set forth in this rule are stated only as minimum standards.  Each seller may maintain any records in addition to…
  • Dec 9

    Missouri Preneed Seller Records: Format of Record

    Missouri Preneed Seller Records: Format of Record
    The next section of the Missouri preneed records rule provides the funeral home latitude to maintain records in either a hard paper copy or an electronic format, but so long as the records are provided to the State Board in a timely manner:…
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Virginia Disability Law Blog

Virginia Disability Law Blog

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

http://sheriabrams.com/blog
  • Dec 13

    Social Security Now Allows Claimants To Check Application & Appeal Statu

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

    Social Security Now Allows Claimants To Check Application & Appeal Statu

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

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

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

Nirenstein, Horowitz & Associates, P.C. Blog

Covers Connecticut estate planning, probate and elder law.

http://www.preserveyourestate.net/blog/
  • Jan 6

    What Is Nursing Home Asset Protection?

    What Is Nursing Home Asset Protection?
    If you are planning ahead for your retirement years and the twilight years that will follow, you should certainly consider the matter of nursing home asset protection. Nursing homes are extremely expensive around the country, but here in…
  • Jan 6

    What Is Nursing Home Asset Protection?

    What Is Nursing Home Asset Protection?
    If you are planning ahead for your retirement years and the twilight years that will follow, you should certainly consider the matter of nursing home asset protection. Nursing homes are extremely expensive around the country, but here in…
  • Jan 4

    How Can You Minimize Your Estate Tax Exposure?

    How Can You Minimize Your Estate Tax Exposure?
    People in most areas of the country have just one estate tax to concern themselves with. The federal estate tax is applicable everywhere, but the good news is that there is a relatively large estate tax exclusion. The credit or exclusion is…
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FLG Trusts & Estates Reporter

FLG Trusts & Estates Reporter

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

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

    U.S. States With Series LLC Act

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

    Rights of Stepchildren to Assets of a Deceased Parent in Probate

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

    Formal Florida Probate Administration in 10 Step

    Formal Florida Probate Administration in 10 Step
    Of the various types of Florida probate proceedings, formal administration is the most common.  Like any probate matter, Florida probate administration can vary depending on the size of the estate, the decedent’s asset…
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Givner & Kaye Blog

Givner & Kaye Blog

Covers estate and tax planning.

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

    Two Swiss Banks Disclose Accounts to Avoid Prosecution

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

    Mexican National Files Third Complaint for Vegas Slot Winnings Tax Refund

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

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

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

NJ Family Issues

Focuses on New Jersey divorce and estate planning. By Paul G. Kostro.

http://www.kostrolaw.com/NJFamilyIssues
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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
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My Mississippi Tax Lawyer

My Mississippi Tax Lawyer

Covers Mississippi taxes, estate planning, and business formation issues. By David Lynch.

http://www.mymstaxlawyer.com/
  • Jan 2

    What is in the new Tax Relief Act passed by Congress?

    What is in the new Tax Relief Act passed by Congress?
    We finally got a new tax bill and now everybody wants to know what’s in it. I’m still working on digesting it myself, but if you want to get ahead of the curve, I recommend taking a look at the … Continue reading →
  • Dec 20

    Do you think we’re going over the “fiscal cliff”?

    Do you think we’re going over the “fiscal cliff”?
    Apparently in response to my post yesterday, I received a couple of questions from people as to whether or not I think Congress will let us go over the “fiscal cliff.” First let me say that I really do not … Continue…
  • Dec 19

    What happens if we go over the “fiscal cliff”?

    What happens if we go over the “fiscal cliff”?
    The American Institute of CPAs has released a Fiscal Cliff Series that provides a brief, objective  and non-partisan fact sheet on each of the following tax topics: Alternative Minimum Tax Individual Income Tax Rates Estate Tax…
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Florida Elder Law and Estate…

Florida Elder Law and Estate Planning

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

http://karplaw.blogspot.com/
  • Jan 15

    Florida law allows pets to be beneficiaries of your estate plan

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

    You are invited to attend one of our free January workshop

    You are invited to attend one of our free January workshop
    Please Join Us! The Karp Law Firm's January 2017 Estate Planning Workshops   These informative presentations are free, no obligation and you do not need a reservation - just show up!   You'll hear about: Why living trusts can still…
  • Jan 6

    Affordable Care Act Repeal May Impact Medicare Benefit

    Affordable Care Act Repeal May Impact Medicare Benefit
    At the top of the GOP agenda is repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA). We do not yet know what, if anything, would replace it. Several proposals have been put forward, the most detailed one from U.S. Rep. (and Trump's pick for HHS…
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Iowa Estate Plan

Iowa Estate Plan

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

http://www.iowaestateplan.com/
  • Jan 15

    Take That Step

    Take That Step
    This past year, I had the opportunity to go skydiving. What a blast! I had wanted to skydive for a while so I was anxious to jump out. However,  when you are on the edge of the plane door, looking out at the ground several thousand feet…
  • Dec 26

    Avoid Inheritance Taxes in Iowa? Adopt that Nephew!

    Avoid Inheritance Taxes in Iowa? Adopt that Nephew!
    Adoption can be a wonderful thing.  My niece, in this picture, is adopted and she is a wonderful addition to our family.  However, adoption can have some funky applications in the estate planning world.  A recent ruling from…
  • 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…
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Hauptman and Hauptman, P.C. Blog

Hauptman and Hauptman, P.C. Blog

Covers guardianship, Medicaid, probate and estate administration.

http://www.hauptmanlaw.com/blog
  • Jan 15

    The Importance of Having a Medicare Supplement (Part 1)

    The Importance of Having a Medicare Supplement (Part 1)
                    Since a large majority of our clients are over the age of 65 or disabled and receiving Social Security, those clients also receive Medicare…
  • Jan 8

    What to Do When You Have No One to Help (Part 2)

    What to Do When You Have No One to Help (Part 2)
                    Last week I presented to you the hypothetical, but very common case, of Jane who is in the hospital and has acute and chronic health issues.  She…
  • Jan 2

    What to Do When You Have No One to Help

    What to Do When You Have No One to Help
                    I have written often about the need for everyone to have a support system in place in the event of a crisis.  Think about whom you would turn to…
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Estate Planning in California

Estate Planning in California

By the Law Offices of Shahram Miri, Inc.

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

    Spendthrift Clause and Creditor

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

    Trust Administration - Principal Place of Administration

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

    Transferring Trust Property

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

Northern Kentucky Lawyer Blog

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

http://www.fsgattorneys.com/blog
  • Jan 13

    Fessler Schneider & Grimme Family Attorneys in Northern Kentucky

    Fessler Schneider & Grimme Family Attorneys in Northern Kentucky
      Fessler, Schneider, & Grimme LLP  recognize that families come in all sizes and styles.   We work with your family however you define it.  Whether your need is for wills, deeds, living wills, and power of…
  • Dec 30

    Wishing You a Safe and Happy New Year– your complete legal team in Northern KY

    Wishing You a Safe and Happy New Year– your complete legal team in Northern KY
    Fessler, Schneider, & Grimme Attorneys wish each of you a Happy New Year.  Please drink and drive responsibly, and be alert to other drivers who may not be as responsible as you. Wishing You a Safe and Happy New Year– your…
  • Dec 6

    FESSLER, SCHNEIDER, & GRIMME FAMILY ISSUE ATTORNEYS IN NORTHERN KENTUCKY

    FESSLER, SCHNEIDER, & GRIMME FAMILY ISSUE ATTORNEYS IN NORTHERN KENTUCKY
    It is quickly becoming the holiday season with more parties and events than anyone can attend.  In fact, the surface of our lives begins to look like a whirlwind of fun and activity.  Potentially, this whirlwind is a cover for…
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Florida Estate Planning and…

Florida Estate Planning and Probate Law Blog

By Marc Soss.

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

    SOCIAL SECURITY - NEW AGE FOR FULL RETIREMENT

    SOCIAL SECURITY - NEW AGE FOR FULL RETIREMENT
    Understanding social security can result in a happier retirement. January 1, 2017 brought in significant changes and the new age of 66 years and 2 months (it had been 65 years) for full retirement benefits (for those born between 01/02/1955…
  • Jan 12

    STATE ESTATES AND INHERITANCE TAXES IN 2017

    STATE ESTATES AND INHERITANCE TAXES IN 2017
    For years it has been discussed that for estate tax purposes it was better to die a resident of certain states than others. The following is an updated list, as of January 1, 2017, of the states which impose a "death or inheritance tax" on…
  • Jan 6

    STUDENT LOAN DEBT AND SOCIAL SECURITY DUE NOT MIX

    STUDENT LOAN DEBT AND SOCIAL SECURITY DUE NOT MIX
    Student loan debt is not dischargeable in bankruptcy. As a result, the baby boomer’s generation enters retirement with student loan debt (approximately seven million Americans age 50 and older owed about $205 billion in federal student…
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CEB blog

CEB blog

Covers practice tips and new legal developments of particular interest to California legal professionals. The CEB blog covers a wide range of practice areas from estate planning to civil litigation, along with posts relating to the practice of law generally.

http://blog.ceb.com
  • Jan 13

    Say It Early and Often

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

    Watch Out for Probationary Employees Getting Implied Contract Right

    Watch Out for Probationary Employees Getting Implied Contract Right
    Employers often set up an “introductory” or “probationary” period for initial evaluation of new employees. There’s often a performance evaluation at the end of this period, and employers may believe they have…
  • Jan 9

    4 Tips for Finding the Right Interpreter

    4 Tips for Finding the Right Interpreter
    When a witness can’t understand or communicate in English, you need to get an interpreter. Evid C §752(a). It’s not as simple as just finding someone who speaks the same language as your witness. But getting the right…
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