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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
Rank this Week: 72

Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof…

Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof Blog

By Gerry W. Beyer.

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/trusts_estates_prof/
  • Aug 4

    Former Wife Contests Will Of Baseball Hall Of Fame Legend Ernie Bank

    Former Wife Contests Will Of Baseball Hall Of Fame Legend Ernie Bank
    The estranged wife of former Chicago Cubs player Ernie Banks is alleging that he was suffering from dementia when he signed over his estate to his caregiver. Banks passed away in January at the age of 83 while he was...
  • Aug 4

    Five Questions Estate Planners Should Ask Their Clients On An Annual Basi

    Five Questions Estate Planners Should Ask Their Clients On An Annual Basi
    Estate planning is an ongoing process and estate planners should always be kept informed about their client’s situation. Here are five questions estate planners should ask their clients each year: Has any new real property been acquired? It…
  • Aug 4

    Information About Fiduciary Bond

    Information About Fiduciary Bond
    If a person is serving as a fiduciary they may want to consider obtaining a fiduciary bond, many States actually have statutes that require such instruments. Fiduciary bonds are legal instruments that act as insurance for beneficiaries when a…
Rank this Week: 97

Lancaster Law Blog

Lancaster Law Blog

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

http://www.lancasterlawblog.com/
  • Aug 4

    What’s Happening With Changes to Overtime Requirements?

    What’s Happening With Changes to Overtime Requirements?
    On July 6, 2015, the Department of Labor proposed changes to the manner in which overtime pay is calculated for executive, administrative and professional employees.  These employees, collectively referred to as white collar workers,…
  • Jul 31

    Legal Links – July 31, 2015

    Legal Links – July 31, 2015
    On Fridays, we compile and post Legal Links, a list of legal news, reported cases, community events and topics of interest to Lancaster residents and readers of the Lancaster Law Blog. 1.  Bike Lancaster. Cycling is a sport (and…
  • Jul 30

    Share the Road: Cycling Laws in Pennsylvania

    Share the Road: Cycling Laws in Pennsylvania
    As an avid cyclist, Central Pennsylvania offers many great routes and opportunities to ride a bike, and summer is the prime time to get out and take advantage of the great weather. Although I enjoy hitting the trails in Mount Gretna every now…
Rank this Week: 316

Rule of Law

Rule of Law

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

http://rulelaw.blogspot.com/
  • Jul 25

    World War I Probate

    World War I Probate
    Kimberly Wallis gave me a copy of a grant of probate from the United Kingdom dated October 28th, 1914. The process for obtaining a grant of probate appears to have been very efficient in those days, as the deceased had died just 23 days…
  • Jul 19

    Amendments to Probate Rules Include Provision for Substitution of Personal Representative on Death

    Amendments to Probate Rules Include Provision for Substitution of Personal Representative on Death
    As I wrote acouple of weeks ago, the probate rules were amended effective July 1, 2015. Among the changes is a new provision dealing with the procedure for appointing a new personal representative (executor or administrator) when the…
  • Jul 11

    2015 Canadian Conference on Elder Law

    2015 Canadian Conference on Elder Law
    The Canadian Center for Elder Law together with the Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia are presenting a two day conference: The Journey of Aging – the Law and Beyond. The conference will be held on Thursday and…
Rank this Week: 289

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: 305

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: 348

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/
  • Aug 4

    Hull on Estates #427 – Lucid Interval

    Hull on Estates #427 – Lucid Interval
    Today on Hull on Estates, Paul Trudelle and Josh Eisen look at the concept of the lucid interval in the context of testamentary capacity and examine recent research that raises some doubts about whether a person can temporarily…
  • Aug 4

    The Death of Howard W. Jones, the father of American IVF

    The Death of Howard W. Jones, the father of American IVF
    Dovetailing on our last blog and Ian Hull and Nick Esterbauer’s paper on fertility law from an estates perspective, the world lost a great medical pioneer last Friday. Howard W. Jones, the surgeon who pioneered in vitro fertilization in…
  • Jul 31

    Genetic Testing to Determine Distribution of Murdered Vancouverite’s Estate

    Genetic Testing to Determine Distribution of Murdered Vancouverite’s Estate
    A young girl from China is eagerly awaiting test results of genetic testing that could mean that she is entitled to inherit her biological father’s $50 million fortune. Gang Yuan, whom the child’s mother states is her biological…
Rank this Week: 442

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
  • Aug 3

    When a Start-Up Needs an Employee Handbook

    When a Start-Up Needs an Employee Handbook
    Once a company grows to 20 employees or more, it may be time to create an employee handbook. Here are some common objections to this formality and how to overcome them. Employee handbooks have many advantages—from aiding new employees…
  • Jul 31

    When You Can’t Settle, Consider a Mini-Trial

    When You Can’t Settle, Consider a Mini-Trial
    A mini-trial is basically a sophisticated settlement conference. When you have complex questions of mixed law and fact, a mini-trial may be your best way forward. A mini-trial is a voluntary, confidential, and nonbinding procedure consisting…
  • Jul 29

    Filing an Appeal? Follow 3 Steps to Drafting an Effective Statement of the Case

    Filing an Appeal? Follow 3 Steps to Drafting an Effective Statement of the Case
    The appellate court probably knows the relevant law but not the facts of your case, so it will look to your appellant’s brief to fill this void. If you don’t provide an adequate statement of the case in your brief, the court will…
Rank this Week: 461

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: 419

Western New York Elder Law Blog

Western New York Elder Law Blog

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

http://www.dutcher-zatkowsky.com
  • Jul 29

    A Million Dollar Guide To Estate Planning

    A Million Dollar Guide To Estate Planning
    Estate planning is critical for everyone, but once your estate hits near $1 million, it gets more complicated. View image | gettyimages.com Unless your estate is worth more than $5.43 million – $10.86 million for a married couple…
  • Jul 22

    Estate Planning For The Blended Family

    Estate Planning For The Blended Family
    In estate planning, it can be more tricky when a blended family is involved. In many cases, family dynamics can become permanently ruffled. View image | gettyimages.com With the number of remarriages rising, many families now include…
  • Jul 15

    Don’t Let Divorce Interfere With Estate Planning

    Don’t Let Divorce Interfere With Estate Planning
    When a long-married couple divorces, it can be particularly difficult when it comes to retirement and estate plans. View image | gettyimages.com Assets, including retirement accounts, can be complicated to divide, and the presence of children…
Rank this Week: 395

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: 450

KEYTLaw

KEYTLaw

Covers Arizona and federal laws.

http://www.keytlaw.com/blog
  • Jun 13

    ABC Predicts NY City Under Water by June 2015

    ABC Predicts NY City Under Water by June 2015
    ABC News:  “NYC Under Water from Climate Change By June 2015.  New York City underwater? Gas over $9 a gallon? A carton of milk costs almost $13? Welcome to June 12, 2015. Or at least that was the wildly-inaccurate version of…
  • Jun 5

    NOAA Fiddles with Climate Data to Erase 15-Year Global Warming ‘Hiatus’

    NOAA Fiddles with Climate Data to Erase 15-Year Global Warming ‘Hiatus’
    The Daily Caller:  “National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration scientists have found a solution to the 15-year ‘pause’ in global warming: They ‘adjusted’ the hiatus in warming out of the temperature…
  • Jun 5

    When It’s a Crime to Withdraw Money From Your Bank

    When It’s a Crime to Withdraw Money From Your Bank
    New York Times:  “Dennis Hastert has not been indicted on a charge of sexual abuse, nor has he been indicted on a charge of paying money he was not legally allowed to pay. The indictment of Mr. Hastert, a former House speaker,…
Rank this Week: 468

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: 472

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: 469

Liberty Law Blog

Liberty Law Blog

Covers estate planning, estate taxes, probate and trusts.

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

    Successfully Passing the Family Business to Children

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

    The Importance of Reviewing Beneficiary Designation

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

    Even young adults should plan their Estate

    Even young adults should plan their Estate
    Good summary article here on why its important for young adults to think about getting some basic documents in place. Tweet
Rank this Week: 370

Smarter Will Blog

Smarter Will Blog

Provides estate planning and probate news.

http://www.smarterwill.com/estate-planning-news/
  • May 23

    Holographic Wills: Legal in Illinois?

    Holographic Wills: Legal in Illinois?
    Holographic wills (wills that are entirely handwritten) are not generally recognized as valid wills in the state of Illinois. Why? It's not because they're handwritten, but because holographic wills are usually not 'witnessed' properly (the…
  • May 9

    Organ Donation Process in Illinoi

    Organ Donation Process in Illinoi
    Did you know that Illinois has a fairly new organ donation process, and that even if you've registered before to be an organ donor, you may need to re-register under the new system? In 2006 (only 5 years ago), a new Illinois organ donation…
  • Apr 25

    Pulling the Plug: Illinois Law That Make it Possible

    Pulling the Plug: Illinois Law That Make it Possible
    Everyone has the right to live. But does everyone have the right to die? Dying on your own terms (or “pulling the plug”) is a privilege granted at the state level. But it requires advance planning. Every state has different rules on how…
Rank this Week: 446

New York Trusts & Estates Law…

New York Trusts & Estates Law Blog

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

http://trustsestateslaw.com
Rank this Week: 478

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/
  • Aug 4

    Florida Estate planning no longer just for the rich

    Florida Estate planning no longer just for the rich
    There is a myth that trusts and estate planning are for the rich only, but this is actually a common misconception. Estate planning for high net worth individuals usually centers on reducing tax bills, but estate planning has a number of…
  • Jul 30

    Florida Guardian Advocacy

    Florida Guardian Advocacy
    Many parents who have children with physical and/or mental developmental disabilities need to know what to do when their child comes of age. On a child’s 18th Birthday, regardless of any physical or mental disability, their parents…
  • Jul 30

    Recent Florida case invalidates the will of a husband killed by his wife

    Recent Florida case invalidates the will of a husband killed by his wife
    Florida’s 4th District Court of Appeals recently decided the case of what to do with a will that left the murder’s children the victim’s estate. The trial court held the “slayer statute” did not affect the will,…
Rank this Week: 594

About Florida Law

About Florida Law

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

http://aboutfloridalaw.com
Rank this Week: 717

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/
  • Aug 4

    Celebrity Legacies: No Easy Ride For Dennis Hopper's Estate

    Celebrity Legacies: No Easy Ride For Dennis Hopper's Estate
    When is a divorce more than just a divorce? When famed actor Dennis Hopper battled through an ugly divorce against his fifth wife, Victoria Duffy-Hopper, the battle was more about Dennis Hopper's estate than anything else. So perhaps no one…
  • Jul 31

    Answering Questions About Whitney Houston's Millions And Bobbi Kristina's Death

    Answering Questions About Whitney Houston's Millions And Bobbi Kristina's Death
    After a six-month coma, the life of Whitney Houston's daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown, has tragically ended. Just how tragic her short life really was may not be known for some time. But the details that have emerged are nothing short of…
  • Jul 13

    How The Supreme Court Gay Marriage Ruling Impacts Estate Planning

    How The Supreme Court Gay Marriage Ruling Impacts Estate Planning
    As gay, lesbian, and other proponents of same-sex marriages celebrate the United States Supreme Court's landmark ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, millions of Americans will now be eligible for dramatically different legal rights upon the death…
Rank this Week: 728

Parman & Easterday Blog

Parman & Easterday Blog

Covers elder law and estate planning.

http://www.parmanlaw.com/blog/
Rank this Week: 697

Mendel Law Firm Blog

Mendel Law Firm Blog

Covers estate planning.

http://www.mendellawfirm.com/blog/
  • Aug 4

    Texas History – Do You Know What Special Division of the Texas Rangers Was Formed in 1874?

    Texas History – Do You Know What Special Division of the Texas Rangers Was Formed in 1874?
    In 1874, a special division of the Texas Rangers, called the Frontier Battalion, was organized to bring stability to the western part of Texas.  The battalion consisted of six companies of 75 men each under the command of Major John B.…
  • Aug 3

    Charitable Gifting In Your Texas Estate Plan

    Charitable Gifting In Your Texas Estate Plan
    Charitable Gifting In Your Texas Estate Plan from Steve P. Mendel Charitable gifting in your estate plan can do more than just make you feel good – it can offer tax benefits as well. To understand the benefits, you need to understand a…
  • Jul 29

    Thought for the Day:

    Thought for the Day:
    Your present circumstances don’t determine where you can go, they merely determine where you start. Nido Qubein
Rank this Week: 544

Florida Probate, Trust & Estate…

Florida Probate, Trust & Estate Blog

Covers recent developments in Florida probate, trust, estate and guardianship. By Clark Skatoff PA.

http://www.clarkskatoff.com/news-resources/blog/
  • Jul 31

    Florida’s Slayer Statute and Undue Influence Statute Strictly Construed

    Florida’s Slayer Statute and Undue Influence Statute Strictly Construed
    In Fiel v. Hoffman, the Florida appellate court decided that the Florida Slayer Statute and the Florida probate code statute regarding the effect of undue influence on the validity of a will mean what they say.  This Florida probate…
  • Jul 24

    Florida Probate Court Has No Jurisdiction Over Out-Of-State Real Property

    Florida Probate Court Has No Jurisdiction Over Out-Of-State Real Property
    It is not uncommon for a resident of Florida to own real property in another state.  In Brown v. Brown, the Florida appellate court reminds us that a Florida probate court does not have jurisdiction over real property in another state,…
  • Jul 20

    Interested Persons In Florida Guardianship Entitled to Due Proce

    Interested Persons In Florida Guardianship Entitled to Due Proce
    Due process is a common issue that comes up in cases concerning all areas of Florida law.  In Flegal v. Guardianship of Peter R. Swistock, Sr., due process rights were at issue in the context of a Florida guardianship involving the joint…
Rank this Week: 630

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: 590

Redlands Veterans' Affairs…

Redlands Veterans' Affairs Attorney Blog

Covers estate planning and elder law. By Esther Wang.

http://www.california-elder-law.com/blog/
  • Jul 29

    Celebrating Veterans' Caregivers with a High Five

    Celebrating Veterans' Caregivers with a High Five
    When a veteran needs help, the first person he or she usually turns to is family. A spouse, children, or parents can play such big roles in the lives of veterans when life is difficult because of illness. As we...
  • Jul 23

    When do you review an estate plan?

    When do you review an estate plan?
    Once your estate plan is created, how often are you supposed to review it? According to some estate planning professionals, you should review it annually or bi-annually. Though this is a common safeguard, you should also review your estate…
  • Jul 13

    Expecting a New Arrival? Be Prepared with an Estate Plan

    Expecting a New Arrival? Be Prepared with an Estate Plan
    Expecting parents or even parents of a newborn will need to reconsider their estate. If you already have an estate plan in place, now is the time to amend that plan to meet your current life situation. If you do...
Rank this Week: 537

New York Probate and Estate…

New York Probate and Estate Administration Blog

Published by Stephen Bilkis & Associates

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

    Court Listens to Hearing For Bank to Recover Monies Via Default Judgment

    Court Listens to Hearing For Bank to Recover Monies Via Default Judgment
    A New York Probate Lawyer said in this action by plaintiff JP Bank, to recover monies based upon the default of defendants S.I. Wood Furniture Corp. (Wood), Ikram Said, and Amal Said, a/k/a Amal E. Said, defendants, under a commercial line of…
  • Jul 19

    This Case Involves the Enforcement of a Sister State Divorce Judgement

    This Case Involves the Enforcement of a Sister State Divorce Judgement
    A New York Probate Lawyer said this case involves the enforcement of a sister-state divorce judgment, with respect to arrears in alimony and support payments, pursuant to the Uniform Enforcement of Foreign Judgments Act (article 54 of the…
  • Jul 18

    Court Hears Motion by Executrix Requesting Surrogate to Fix Estate Tax

    Court Hears Motion by Executrix Requesting Surrogate to Fix Estate Tax
    New York Probate Lawyers said this is a motion by the executrix requesting the Surrogate to fix the New York estate tax (Tax Law § 249--w). The papers allege that the executrix made a motion to fix the tax returnable on March 16, 1972.…
Rank this Week: 646

Cooper Elder Law

Cooper Elder Law

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

http://cooperelderlaw.com/our-blog/
  • Jun 8

    Cooper, Adel & Associates Names Daniel H. Vu Partner

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

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

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

    Ohio Under Fire Over Medicaid Regulation

    Ohio Under Fire Over Medicaid Regulation
    By Attorney Nathan Simpson In a recent opinion in the case Wagner v. McCarthy, a judge from the Federal District Court for Southern Ohio issued a preliminary injunction against the Ohio Department of Medicaid for its interpretation of federal…
Rank this Week: 548

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/
  • May 29

    New Birth Certificate Guidelines in North Carolina for Same-Sex Couples’ Children

    New Birth Certificate Guidelines in North Carolina for Same-Sex Couples’ Children
    Same-sex couples who have a child in North Carolina could previously only list one parent on the child’s birth certificate. This made administration of additional documentation for the child (Social Security card, school registrations,…
  • May 27

    Covering Retirement v. Leaving Inheritance

    Covering Retirement v. Leaving Inheritance
    Expenses in senior years continue to be a concern for many Americans. As multiple studies show, most individuals do not maintain adequate retirement contributions. As the costs of long-term care (LTC) insurance policies and LTC costs rise,…
  • May 26

    Avoid a Will Dispute

    Avoid a Will Dispute
    An individual’s last will and testament might clearly reflect one’s wishes, but it does not prevent an estate dispute. Successfully contesting a will in North Carolina (and similarly in other states) requires evidence of certain…
Rank this Week: 604

PA Elder, Estate & Fiduciary…

PA Elder, Estate & Fiduciary Law Blog

Covers Elder Law, long-term care, "End-of-Life" and health care surrogate decision-making, estate & personal planning, fiduciary administrations, elders' dispute resolution, and Orphans' Court litigation. By Neil E. Hendershot.

http://paelderestatefiduciary.blogspot.com/
  • Nov 23

    PA Bar Assn approves Orphans' Court Mediation Project

    PA Bar Assn approves Orphans' Court Mediation Project
    <!--[if gte mso 9]> <![endif]-->On Friday, November 21, 2014, the Pennsylvania Bar Association formally approved, by unanimous vote, a Report and Recommendation presented by its Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee…
  • Aug 27

    Philadelphia Court Upholds Stephen Girard's Intention

    Philadelphia Court Upholds Stephen Girard's Intention
    Stephen Girard, late in life Painted by J.R. Lambdin Judge O'Keefe, Administrative Judge of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, sitting in the Orphans' Court Division, issued an opinion and order, dated August 21, 2014, released on…
  • Jun 19

    PA POA Reform legislation on Governor's Desk

    PA POA Reform legislation on Governor's Desk
    On June 18, 2014, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives adopted (193-0) the amended, compromise version of House Bill 1429, in Printer's No. 3708, regarding power of attorney reform.  The adopted legislation was transmitted to the…
Rank this Week: 622

Colorado Estate Planning

Colorado Estate Planning

Covers Colorado Springs estate planning & administration plus business & tax planning. By Kevin Forbush.

http://www.forbushlegal.com/blogs.php
  • Oct 9

    Just Some Guy

    Just Some Guy
    I had lunch with a financial advisor friend a month or so ago. I arrived at the restaurant my typica
  • Jun 14

    VA Pension Fund Exploited

    VA Pension Fund Exploited
    GAO: Some veterans hide assets to get need-based pension — and some companies prey on vets. See t
  • Jun 13

    Estate Planning Tools for Fluctuating Retirement Source

    Estate Planning Tools for Fluctuating Retirement Source
    Realistic inheritance conversations a “must” with grown children: Given today’s fluctuating r
Rank this Week: 600

Julie's Wills & Estate Planning…

Julie's Wills & Estate Planning Blog

Covers estate planning and probate. By Julie Garber.

http://wills.about.com/
  • May 31

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

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

    Why Does it Take So Long to Receive Your Inheritance?

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

    Does Your Child Need a Discretionary Lifetime Trust?

    Does Your Child Need a Discretionary Lifetime Trust?
    One of my roles as a former estate planning attorney and current trust officer for a private bank is to insure that my clients' estate plans meet their ever-changing estate planning goals. One question that private bank clients bring up on a…
Rank this Week: 706

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
  • 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…
  • Jul 31

    Louisiana Successions and Inheritance Taxe

    Louisiana Successions and Inheritance Taxe
    Executors of Louisiana successions need to know whether or not inheritance taxes are owed.  If so, failure to pay the inheritance taxes could open the executor up to personal liability. The application of the Louisiana inheritance tax…
Rank this Week: 723

Nash Nash Bean & Ford, LLP Blog

Nash Nash Bean & Ford, LLP Blog

Covers elder law and estate planning.

http://www.nashbeanford.com/blog/
  • Aug 4

    Estate Planning Tips for Parents of Minor Children

    Estate Planning Tips for Parents of Minor Children
    Over half of all Americans do not have even a basic estate plan in place. One of the most common reasons people offer for their failure to create an estate plan is that they don’t feel they have enough assets to warrant an estate plan.…
  • Jul 30

    Who Should Be the Trustee of My Testamentary Trust?

    Who Should Be the Trustee of My Testamentary Trust?
    Like many people, you may find yourself considering the creation of a testamentary trust agreement as an addition to your comprehensive estate plan. If you do choose to include a testamentary trust to your estate plan you will need to make a…
  • Jul 28

    Is It Too Late for Me to Incorporate Medicaid Planning into My Estate Plan?

    Is It Too Late for Me to Incorporate Medicaid Planning into My Estate Plan?
    Unfortunately, people often do not know what Medicaid planning is nor why it is needed until they suddenly need to qualify for Medicaid. At that point they find themselves asking “ Is it too late for me to incorporate Medicaid planning…
Rank this Week: 1179

Nirenstein, Horowitz & Associates,…

Nirenstein, Horowitz & Associates, P.C. Blog

Covers Connecticut estate planning, probate and elder law.

http://www.preserveyourestate.net/blog/
  • Aug 4

    Is Incapacity Planning Really Important?

    Is Incapacity Planning Really Important?
    Estate planning is often thought of as a purely financial endeavor. Without question, you must facilitate smooth and efficient asset transfers when you are planning your estate. However, incapacity planning is also an important piece of the…
  • Aug 1

    Can a Trust Provide Estate Tax Efficiency?

    Can a Trust Provide Estate Tax Efficiency?
    Estate tax efficiency is very important for some people. There is an estate tax on the federal level, and it can have a significant impact on your financial legacy. This tax carries a 40 percent maximum rate, so we are talking about a…
  • Jul 28

    Can a Trust Provide Medicaid Asset Protection?

    Can a Trust Provide Medicaid Asset Protection?
    Estate planning is a diverse endeavor. What is ideal for one person may not suit the next, and this is something that you should understand when you are planning your estate. You have many different options, and the ideal course of action…
Rank this Week: 1346

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/
  • Aug 4

    Foreign Bank Account Report (FBAR) Filing Date Extended by HR 3236

    Foreign Bank Account Report (FBAR) Filing Date Extended by HR 3236
    On July 31, 2015, President Barack Obama signed into a law HR 3236 a highway funding bill. Buried in the Bill is a provision which changes the filing date for Foreign Bank Account Reports (FBARs) to April 15th. Up until now the due date for…
  • Jul 28

    How Long of a Prison Sentence Can Someone Face for Tax Fraud?

    How Long of a Prison Sentence Can Someone Face for Tax Fraud?
    As many tax controversy attorneys can state, tax problems can lead to major issues including a tax audit and even criminal tax charges. Even though tax problems are typically serious matters there are certain tax crimes that stand out even…
  • Jul 22

    How Many Years Back Can the IRS Go in its Search for Tax Fraud?

    How Many Years Back Can the IRS Go in its Search for Tax Fraud?
    The IRS and Department of Justice have cracked down on tax fraud and tax evasion regardless of its form. However, in recent announcements the Department of Justice has revealed its targeted enforcement focus on business payroll tax fraud,…
Rank this Week: 1322

Estate Planning Blog

Estate Planning Blog

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

http://www.hooklawcenter.com/blog/
  • Aug 4

    Strategies to make sure your retirement savings last

    Strategies to make sure your retirement savings last
    Americans are living longer than ever before, and for many people, Social Security retirement benefits represent only part of the income they wish to have in retirement. The average American life expectancy is about 79 years, and millions…
  • Jul 30

    How divorce affects retirement planning

    How divorce affects retirement planning
    Older people are getting divorced more frequently than ever before. Divorce can be a significant roadblock for retirement planning and financial security. Although divorcing earlier in life can have a minimal impact on retirement, divorcing…
  • Jul 29

    Choosing between Original Medicare and Medicare Advantage

    Choosing between Original Medicare and Medicare Advantage
    Deciding what type of health insurance to get can be a daunting task for seniors. Medicare is highly regarded and very popular, but Medicare Advantage differs in ways that could be advantageous to some. Original Medicare includes Medicare…
Rank this Week: 1260

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/
  • Aug 3

    Ontario Estate Info Return - 3 Things Executors Probably Don't Know

    Ontario Estate Info Return - 3 Things Executors Probably Don't Know
    I came across this article from Toronto lawyer Ed Olkovich, who blogs at The Estate Blog. I thought I'd share it with you because Mr. Olkovich gives three very practical tips for executors in Ontario who are dealing with the new Estate…
  • Aug 3

    Butler Wills & Estates Consulting Services - Opening Soon!

    Butler Wills &amp; Estates Consulting Services - Opening Soon!
    I have an exciting announcement! As some of you know, I've been off work for a bit with an injury, but I'm ready to get back at it. I've decided to open my own law practice. I've always worked for large law firms and a large trust company,…
  • Jul 27

    Posting Notices to Creditors online rather than in the newspaper

    Posting Notices to Creditors online rather than in the newspaper
    Readers will notice that I've added a new item to this blog's homepage. It's a link to a site on which executors and estate administrators can publish Notices to Creditors and Claimants online, rather than in a newspaper. Click here to go to…
Rank this Week: 969

American Academy of Estate…

American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys Blog

Provides legal marketing and estate planning legal updates.

http://www.aaepa.com/articles/
  • Aug 3

    Goal Check: How Will You Round Out 2015?

    Goal Check: How Will You Round Out 2015?
    Happy Monday and welcome back from what I hope was an enjoyable and rejuvenating first weekend in August. This month always reminds me that the year is, once again, going by all too quickly. Soon, all the kids will return to school and before…
  • Jul 31

    Employees vs. Independent Contractors, Understanding the Difference in the Face of Increasing Audit

    Employees vs. Independent Contractors, Understanding the Difference in the Face of Increasing Audit
    It’s not uncommon for businesses today—large and small, public and private—to utilize a diverse workforce of full-time employees, part-time employees, and independent contractors. To provide the top notch service our…
  • Jul 29

    More End-of-Life Planning Coming?

    More End-of-Life Planning Coming?
    As estate planning attorneys know, the basic estate plan includes a health care power of attorney and a health care directive or living will. Often, we give little notice to these documents. Clients do not like thinking of their own mortality…
Rank this Week: 937

Estate Planning in California

Estate Planning in California

By the Law Offices of Shahram Miri, Inc.

http://calestateplanning.blogspot.com/
  • Jul 31

    Estate of Duke - Will Reformation

    Estate of Duke - Will Reformation
    The law in California used to be that in the case of an unambiguous clause in a will, extrinsic evidence could not be introduced to reform it. Stated in non-legalese, the term or terms of a will could not be altered through documentation…
  • Jul 17

    Trustee Succession

    Trustee Succession
    There are 3 roles in a trust, (1) settlor, (2) trustee and (3) beneficiary. For purposes of this post, the focus will be on the trustee.The trustee is the legal owner of trust property. Trust assets will be titled in the trustee's name. For…
  • Jul 3

    Medicare and Medi-Cal eligibility

    Medicare and Medi-Cal eligibility
    An annoyance of mine is when I see a non-attorney make a legal determination involving an ostensibly simple matter that is wrong and consequential. While reading through appellate opinions, I stumbled upon a case involving such a a…
Rank this Week: 852

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
  • Jul 31

    State Death Tax Is a Killer?

    State Death Tax Is a Killer?
    Stephen Moore & Joel Griffith via The Heritage Foundation: Over the past five years, a handful of states — Indiana, Kansas, Ohio, Oklahoma, North Carolina, and Tennessee — have repealed their death taxes mostly in response to…
  • Jun 15

    LLC Agreement Provisions Create Non-Probate Interest

    LLC Agreement Provisions Create Non-Probate Interest
    In Blechman v. Estate of Blechman, a Florida District Court of Appeal recently held that the provisions of a particular limited liability company’s (LLC) operating agreement restricted the transfer of a decedent’s ownership…
  • Jun 15

    LLC Agreement Provisions Create Non-Probate Interest

    LLC Agreement Provisions Create Non-Probate Interest
    In Blechman v. Estate of Blechman, a Florida District Court of Appeal recently held that the provisions of a particular limited liability company’s (LLC) operating agreement restricted the transfer of a decedent’s ownership…
Rank this Week: 1104

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
  • Jul 31

    Estate Administration and Short Term Market

    Estate Administration and Short Term Market
    Several years ago, I took on an estate-planning client, “Kevin,” who had worked at the Eastman Kodak Company for his entire adult life. He had earned stock bonuses in the company over the years, so that by his retirement a…
  • Jul 24

    Death & Debts – Five Things Surviving Family Members Need to Know

    Death &amp; Debts &ndash; Five Things Surviving Family Members Need to Know
    When a loved one dies, the last thing family members want to do is field calls from debt collectors. If you are the personal representative (executor) of the estate or trustee of your love one’s revocable trust, chances are you will…
  • Jul 17

    The Dangers of Real Estate in a Self-Directed IRA

    The Dangers of Real Estate in a Self-Directed IRA
    “I was reading this blog,” Stacey (not her real name) recently asked me, “and I got the idea to buy rental property and own it in a self-directed IRA. Do you think it’s a good idea?”   Two weeks ago I wrote…
Rank this Week: 991

The Thorpe Law Firm, P.A.

The Thorpe Law Firm, P.A.

Covers Florida real estate law, foreclosure defense, bankruptcy, estate planning and family law.

http://www.thorpelawfirm.com/blog/
  • Jul 30

    Colt Defense Bankruptcy

    Colt Defense Bankruptcy
    Colt Defense, LLC, a maker of firearms for 179 years has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the U.S. Bankruptcy court in Wilmington, Delaware. Officials say they plan to financially restructure as to allow for an “accelerated…
  • Jul 15

    Supreme court rejects second lien stripping

    Supreme court rejects second lien stripping
    In an unanimous decision by the Supreme Court of the United States, a decision was passed down that prevents a debtor in a Chapter 7 bankruptcy proceeding from voiding a junior mortgage (or second mortgage) if the debt on a … Continue…
  • Jun 29

    The Fine Line Between Success and Bankruptcy

    The Fine Line Between Success and Bankruptcy
    The beginning of any new startup company is an optimistic time. After the fundraising, vision-creating, and product building, any founder or team member would hope that things would go smoothly from then on. However this is not always the…
Rank this Week: 1201

epilawg

epilawg

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

http://epilawg.com/
  • Jul 30

    MN Revised Uniform Limited Liability Company Act

    MN Revised Uniform Limited Liability Company Act
    Minnesota’s Revised Uniform Limited Liability Company Act (“new LLC Act”) act will take effect this Saturday, August 1, 2015. Any limited liability companies (LLCs) that are newly organized in Minnesota after that date will…
  • Jul 27

    The Bank of Mom and Dad: A Guide to Intra-Family Loan

    The Bank of Mom and Dad: A Guide to Intra-Family Loan
    We’ve all heard jokes about taking a loan from the Bank of Mom and Dad. What you might not know is that intra-family loans can be a great way to transfer significant wealth and avoid […]
  • Jul 23

    Carrier Errors: The Importance of Life Insurance Policy Review

    Carrier Errors: The Importance of Life Insurance Policy Review
    In a previous post, I discussed the importance of having a life insurance policy analysis done on a regular basis. I was recently reminded of the importance of policy reviews when I received correspondence from […]
Rank this Week: 860

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
  • Jul 29

    The Complexity of Estate Planning in Blended Familie

    The Complexity of Estate Planning in Blended Familie
    According to a Pew Research Study, more than 4 in 10 Americans are part of a blended family.  And while 7 in 10 are satisfied with their step-family relationships, the study revealed that people typically feel a stronger sense of…
  • Jul 13

    Estate Planning for Same-Sex Couple

    Estate Planning for Same-Sex Couple
    For many years, the Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”) prevented the federal government from recognizing marriages of same-sex couples. As a result, same-sex couples could not take advantage of federal laws, which barred them from…
  • Jul 1

    Estate Planning for Alzheimer’

    Estate Planning for Alzheimer’
      I was recently reminded that incapacity is something that can happen at any age. Someone I know was diagnosed with early onset of Alzheimer’s disease at just 47 years of age. A new client has also been diagnosed with…
Rank this Week: 1072

Murphy's Law Blog

Murphy's Law Blog

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

http://www.noreenmurphylaw.com/blog/
  • Jul 29

    Driverless Cars Are Likely to Liberate the Elderly

    Driverless Cars Are Likely to Liberate the Elderly
    In the UK alone, some 1.5 million senior citizens are largely confined to their own homes due to incapacity or lack of transportation, reports The Telegraph. That’s an astounding number, and the statistics are undoubtedly even more…
  • Jul 22

    Wine & Dine at Age 89? Why Not?

    Wine &amp; Dine at Age 89? Why Not?
    The assisted living industry is out to make a new name for itself, or at least certain parts of it are. As seniors live longer lives, they’re increasingly interested in finding better places to enjoy their time. For many, the…
  • Jul 15

    CNBC Is Shocked You Don’t Have an Estate Plan

    CNBC Is Shocked You Don’t Have an Estate Plan
    Some headlines get right to the point. “No estate plan? Wow, BIG Mistake.” That was the original headline in this CNBC article about the shocking lack of estate planning among average Americans. It’s a frank title, but not…
Rank this Week: 1295