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Potter Law Firm Blog

Potter Law Firm Blog

Covers estate planning and elder law.

http://www.potterestateplanning.com/blog/
  • Jul 21

    What Is an ILIT?

    What Is an ILIT?
    In the field of estate planning the acronym ILIT stands for an irrevocable life insurance trust. This type of trust can be useful for those who are exposed to estate taxes. There is a federal estate tax that is applicable in all 50 states,…
  • Jul 18

    Does a Young Adult Need an Estate Plan?

    Does a Young Adult Need an Estate Plan?
    Studies are done periodically that are intended to evaluate the estate planning preparedness of people in the United States. They consistently find that an alarming percentage of people are going through life without all of the appropriate…
  • Jul 16

    Will Medicaid Pay for In-Home Care?

    Will Medicaid Pay for In-Home Care?
    Long-term care is a very pressing issue for people who are planning ahead for the future. It can be hard to envision a time when you will no longer be able to take care of your own activities of daily living. However, statistics indicate that…
Rank this Week: 1607

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/
  • Jul 19

    Pennsylvania Income Tax Deduction for 529 Plan Contributions Explained

    Pennsylvania Income Tax Deduction for 529 Plan Contributions Explained
    A 529 Plan is a tax advantaged way to save for the college costs facing your children or grandchildren. It’s named after a section of the Internal Revenue Code. Withdrawals made from 529 plans for qualified education expenses are free of…
  • Jul 17

    How to Find a Good Lawyer for Older Adult Issue

    How to Find a Good Lawyer for Older Adult Issue
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  • Jul 14

    Aging in Place with LIFE (PACE)

    Aging in Place with LIFE (PACE)
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Rank this Week: 1640

Estate Planning in California

Estate Planning in California

By the Law Offices of Shahram Miri, Inc.

http://calestateplanning.blogspot.com/
  • Jul 17

    Locating Trust Asset

    Locating Trust Asset
    One of the primary functions that a trustee is entrusted with undertaking is inventorying and appraising the decedent's trust estate, i.e. the assets in the trust. Naturally this can be a difficult situation because the decedent will…
  • Jul 10

    Trust Modification

    Trust Modification
    One should not be penny-wise pound-foolish when amending a trustThere are many issues in life that, at first blush, require ostensibly only a slight tweak, gentle nudge or subtle adjustment. For example, a leaking faucet, a malfunctioning…
  • Jul 3

    Attorney Fees - Hourly, Flat and Contingency

    Attorney Fees - Hourly, Flat and Contingency
    When a client hires an attorney, one question that always arises is the fee arrangement. The client is obviously interested in knowing how the attorney will be paid. The three generally understood fee arrangements are (1) hourly rate, (2)…
Rank this Week: 1614

Crider Law P.C. Blog

Crider Law P.C. Blog

Covers elder law, estate planning and family law.

http://www.criderlaw.net/blog/
Rank this Week: 1633

Florida Probate Lawyer Blog

Florida Probate Lawyer Blog

Covers estate, guardianship, probate and trust litigation. By Law Offices of Adrian Philip Thomas.

http://www.florida-probate-lawyer.com/probate
  • Jul 2

    Spousal Inheritance after Divorce

    Spousal Inheritance after Divorce
    What rights does a divorced spouse have to inherit from a former spouse’s estate? Fla. Stat. § 732.703 became effective in 2012 and concerns beneficiary designations on life insurance policies, annuities, IRAs, 401ks and other…
  • Jul 2

    Elective Share for the Surviving Spouse

    Elective Share for the Surviving Spouse
    Can we agree to something else? The law in Florida is clear in its intentions to protect a surviving spouse from being disinherited.  Fla. Stat. 732.201-732.2155 specifies the applicable rules for a surviving spouse to claim the elective…
  • Jul 1

    Qualified Renunciation

    Qualified Renunciation
    In Florida, one of the pleading requirements for a Will Contest or Trust Contest is a general allegation in the complaint that the contestant renounces any benefit he or she receives under the challenged document. The “renunciation…
Rank this Week: 1593

Iowa Estate Plan

Iowa Estate Plan

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

http://www.iowaestateplan.com/
  • Jun 22

    Post-Marital Agreements in Iowa - Inching Closer?

    Post-Marital Agreements in Iowa - Inching Closer?
    Iowa remains one of the few (if not last) hold-out state that doesn't permit post-marital agreements.  (Agreements that allow a married couple to plan the division of their assets by their own agreement and separate from some default…
  • Apr 10

    Governor Branstad Signs New Uniform Power of Attorney Bill in Iowa

    Governor Branstad Signs New Uniform Power of Attorney Bill in Iowa
    Well, it was a long time coming, but following unanimous passage in the Iowa House and Iowa Senate, today Governor Branstad signed the Uniform Power of Attorney bill into law.  The Uniform POA is a substantial and long-overdue…
  • Mar 16

    How to Own Land in Iowa...Let Me Count the Way

    How to Own Land in Iowa...Let Me Count the Way
    Well, in the past week, I had 3 different calls involving issues of how land was owned and resulting problems when one of the owners passed away.  It is not unusual, apparently, for individuals to prepare their own deeds or to not have…
Rank this Week: 1521

Massachusetts Wills, Trusts, and…

Massachusetts Wills, Trusts, and Estates

Informational advice and musings on Massachusetts wills, trusts and estates. By Danielle G. Van Ess.

http://dgvelaw.blogspot.com/
  • Apr 25

    Listen to Your Mother, Boston

    Listen to Your Mother, Boston
    As a mother of 4 little girls ranging in age from baby to elementary school, Attorney-Mama Danielle G. Van Ess will be the first to tell it like it is:  Motherhood is NOT for the faint of heart.That's why DGVE law®  is…
  • Feb 11

    Time for "The Talk"    The…

    Time for "The Talk"    The idea of confronting our parents’ mortality is indeed difficult, but this is a conversation (or series of conversations) that is crucial to you and your family’s well-being.  We are…
  • Apr 22

    Busy Since Birth - Having It All Project

    Busy Since Birth - Having It All Project
    I am grateful for the opportunity Cheryl Stober recently gave me, via Twitter, to contribute my 2 cents to her Having It all Project on her blog, Busy Since Birth.  My interview question answers appeared here, and I am sharing them…
Rank this Week: 1573

Nirenstein, Horowitz & Associates,…

Nirenstein, Horowitz & Associates, P.C. Blog

Covers Connecticut estate planning, probate and elder law.

http://www.preserveyourestate.net/blog/
  • Jul 23

    What Questions Should I Ask an Elder Law Attorney in Hartford CT?

    What Questions Should I Ask an Elder Law Attorney in Hartford CT?
    You should certainly make preparations for the latter stages of your life. There are various contingencies that you may face, and you want to be in a position to address them. To gain an understanding of exactly how to proceed, you would do…
  • Jul 21

    Durable Financial Power of Attorney in Hartford CT: What Are Its Advantages?

    Durable Financial Power of Attorney in Hartford CT: What Are Its Advantages?
    Estate planning is not exclusively confined to monetary matters. When you talk to an estate planning attorney about the realities that we all face, you will be reminded about the period of time that may precede your passing. Think about it…
  • Jul 18

    Retirement Planning Concern

    Retirement Planning Concern
    Retirement planning involves making projections regarding your anticipated expenses, and to do this intelligently you have to understand what your health care costs are likely to be during the latter stages of your life. Of course this is an…
Rank this Week: 1821

American Academy of Estate…

American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys Blog

Provides legal marketing and estate planning legal updates.

http://www.aaepa.com/articles/
  • Jul 23

    Is A/B Planning Still the Gold Standard?

    Is A/B Planning Still the Gold Standard?
    For decades, estate planners have used a trust to hold the estate tax exclusion of the first spouse to die of a married couple. That trust had various different names: “B Trust,” “Credit Shelter Trust,” “Bypass…
  • Jul 21

    A Funeral for a King or Queen

    A Funeral for a King or Queen
    The 2006 film The Queen, starring Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth II, brilliantly illustrates the complications of funeral planning for a notable person. Estate planning clients may not be royalty, but perhaps you treat them like kings and…
  • Jul 18

    What’s Your PLAN of Attack?

    What’s Your PLAN of Attack?
    You might have heard the old saying: “Failing to plan is planning to fail.” A humorous play on words with good intentions still might make you feel a little uneasy. As Practice Building Consultant here at the Academy, a large part…
Rank this Week: 1818

epilawg

epilawg

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

http://epilawg.com/
  • Jul 23

    MN Public Benefit Corporation Act

    MN Public Benefit Corporation Act
    More and more business owners are incorporating a charitable intent or purpose into their companies. However, many still wish to remain a for-profit business and therefore do not apply for non-profit or tax-exempt status. Recently,…
  • Jul 17

    Supreme Court Rules on Inherited IRA

    Supreme Court Rules on Inherited IRA
    On June 12, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on a divisive bankruptcy and estate planning case.  At issue was whether an individual retirement account (“IRA”) that a debtor inherited was exempt from the debtor’s…
  • Jul 15

    Independent Contractor

    Independent Contractor
    Some of the small business clients I work with often want to hire an independent contractor versus bringing on a permanent employee. The use of independent contractors is very attractive to businesses because it can […]Independent…
Rank this Week: 1793

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/
  • Jul 22

    When Is a Federal Estate Tax Return Due?

    When Is a Federal Estate Tax Return Due?
    The estate tax is a factor if the value of your estate exceeds the amount of the federal estate tax credit or exclusion. For the rest of 2014, the federal estate tax exclusion is $5.34 million. If your assets do not exceed this amount, you…
  • Jul 17

    Who Can Act as an Agent Under a Power of Attorney?

    Who Can Act as an Agent Under a Power of Attorney?
    Your estate plan should ideally be looked upon as the culmination of a long-term financial plan. It is important to prepare for your active retirement years so that you can enjoy that stage of life, and there are also the twilight years that…
  • Jul 15

    How Much Does a Special Needs Trust Cost?

    How Much Does a Special Needs Trust Cost?
    There are various different ways to facilitate asset transfers to your heirs. When you are making decisions, you should evaluate the life situation of each person on your inheritance list. You can provide for each person optimally if you act…
Rank this Week: 1797

Buffalo NY Attorneys Blog

Buffalo NY Attorneys Blog

Covers New York elder law, estate law, and real estate legal issues. By Robert Friedman.

http://www.wny-lawyers.com/blog/
  • Jul 21

    What Are The Penalties For Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated Per Se As A Class D Felony?

    What Are The Penalties For Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated Per Se As A Class D Felony?
    A Buffalo driver convicted of Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated Per Se as a Class D Felony faces very serious criminal penalties. This is a criminal offense that will result in a permanent criminal record, possible jail time and very high…
  • Jul 21

    What Is Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated Per Se As A Class D Felony?

    What Is Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated Per Se As A Class D Felony?
    Buffalo drivers who are repeatedly arrested for drinking and driving often will be charged with enhanced criminal offenses and face additional penalties. They also face greater penalties when found to have an extremely high blood alcohol…
  • Jul 21

    What Is Aggravated Unlicensed Operation In The Second Degree?

    What Is Aggravated Unlicensed Operation In The Second Degree?
    A Buffalo driver convicted of any alcohol-related driving offense will have his or her driver’s license suspended or revoked for a period of time. A driver caught driving without a license – or driving outside the terms of a…
Rank this Week: 1777

South Florida Estate Planning Law

South Florida Estate Planning Law

Covers South Florida estate planning, probate and tax law issues. By David Shulman.

http://www.sofloridaestateplanning.com/
  • Jul 17

    Uniform Law Commission Approves Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act

    Uniform Law Commission Approves Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act
    I’ve written before about finding and having access to your “digital assets” and online accounts after death. Well there is a development that will hopefully make this process a bit easier. The Uniform Law…
  • Jul 10

    Finding Your Digital Assets After Death

    Finding Your Digital Assets After Death
    I’ve written before about estate planning for your digital assets and online accounts. Well this article isn’t necessarily about planning, but what happens after you die – especially if you don’t plan (or even if…
  • Jan 9

    Who gets paid if an Alleged Incapacitated Person dies before the hearing? Nobody?

    Who gets paid if an Alleged Incapacitated Person dies before the hearing? Nobody?
    The Guardianship of Mary Klatthaar I’m sure there are some independently wealthy attorneys out there who take all of their cases pro bono. Most of us though are hard-working schlubs like everyone else who while we love what we do,…
Rank this Week: 1867

Pet Trust Law Blog

Pet Trust Law Blog

Provides information for pet owners on legal topics concerning their well being and future, such as pet euthanasia and medical care, pet sitting, pet caretakers, and pet trusts. By Danny E. Meek, Esq.

http://www.pettrustlawblog.com/
  • May 29

    Thanks for Great Article by Attorney Tami Kamin Meyer

    Thanks for Great Article by Attorney Tami Kamin Meyer
     Recently, Tami Kamin Meyer, an Ohio attorney, writer and regular freelance contributor to many legal blogs and periodicals, was kind enough to contact me to discuss some thoughts on various pet trust issues. As a result of our…
  • May 28

    Thanks for Great Article by Attorney Tami Kamin Meyerr

    Thanks for Great Article by Attorney Tami Kamin Meyerr
     Recently, Tami Kamin Meyer, an Ohio attorney, writer and regular freelance contributor to many legal blogs and periodicals, was kind enough to contact me to discuss some thoughts on various pet trust issues. As a result of our…
  • Oct 9

    Another Pet Owner Leaves Millions for Her Dog and Other Animal

    Another Pet Owner Leaves Millions for Her Dog and Other Animal
    Muriel Siebert was the first woman to hold a seat on the New York Stock Exchange. She recently died and left a gift in her will of $100,000 to a friend, to care for her Chihuahua. In addition, she devised many millions of dollars for the…
Rank this Week: 1925

Sykes Elder Blawg

Sykes Elder Blawg

Covers medicaid planning, special needs trusts and estate planning topics for Pennsylvania seniors and their families. By Andrew G. Sykes.

http://www.elderlawofpgh.com/blog/
  • May 23

    PA same-sex marriage decision means inheritance tax saving

    PA same-sex marriage decision means inheritance tax saving
    Same-sex marriage has come to Pennsylvania due to this week’s court ruling and Governor Corbett’s decision not to appeal the ruling. This new development has wide-spread implications for estate planning and elder law, affecting…
  • Mar 20

    “Observation” status for Medicare patients: what to do about it

    “Observation” status for Medicare patients: what to do about it
    Here is an issue that comes up again and again with Medicare patients who go to the hospital. You think you have been admitted, only to  find out that the hospital has classified you under “observation” status. It makes an…
  • Mar 6

    Savings bonds and Medicaid – what should I do when Dad applies for benefits?

    Savings bonds and Medicaid – what should I do when Dad applies for benefits?
    For generations, savings bonds have been purchased for newborns and retirees alike as an investment in the future. While savings bonds aren’t a complex investment vehicle, bonds that aren’t properly handled can cause Medicaid…
Rank this Week: 1945

Future of the Federal Estate Tax

Future of the Federal Estate Tax

Covers estate tax reform. By Hani Sarji.

http://mhs.typepad.com/threepointfive-45/
  • Jul 4

    [EOC]Let Freedom Ring With Gift Of Firearm

    [EOC]Let Freedom Ring With Gift Of Firearm
    My previous post highlights how Americans are generous, despite a challenging economy. An earlier post mentioned that donating firearms could help the donor, the donor’s family, the charitable organization, and all Americans who get a…
  • Jul 4

    [EOC]Americans Are Generous, Despite Economy

    [EOC]Americans Are Generous, Despite Economy
    A recent report highlights the generosity of Americans. Giving USA 2011: The Annual Report on Philanthropy for the Year 2010 finds that Americans contributed about 2 percent of disposable income in 2010. The executive summary of the report…
  • Jul 4

    [EOC]The Most Important Historical Gun In History Of United State

    [EOC]The Most Important Historical Gun In History Of United State
    I have been researching estate planning for firearms, and I came across a video that is worth sharing today, a day on which we celebrate the United States and reflect on its history. The video is about the Girandoni air rifle, which is on…
Rank this Week: 1813

Integra Law Group Attorneys Blog

Integra Law Group Attorneys Blog

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

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

    Credit Card Companies Cut Deal

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

    Medical Bills A Factor in 62% of Bankruptcie

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

    Court Halts Foreclosure Sale

    Court Halts Foreclosure Sale
    A court in South California has issued an order halting certain home foreclosure sales.  The injunction – which I believe to be the first of its kind for a broad class of borrowers — prevents stops foreclosure sales on properties…
Rank this Week: 1778

Wisconsin Estate Planning

Wisconsin Estate Planning

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

http://blog.tesarlaw.com/
  • Jul 23

    A Strategic Plan For Gifting

    A Strategic Plan For Gifting
    Gifting with a purpose and a plan can help strategically move family wealth from one generation to another.
  • Jul 21

    Will Your Wealth Continue On?

    Will Your Wealth Continue On?
    Passing a successful family inheritance from generation to generation takes planning and communication.
  • Jul 18

    Give The Inheritance Now Or Later?

    Give The Inheritance Now Or Later?
    Whether to make a gift during life or at death requires careful consideration and competent legal and financial advice.
Rank this Week: 2233

Idaho Estate Planning

Idaho Estate Planning

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

http://idahoestateplanning.typepad.com/idaho_estate_planning/
  • Jul 23

    Idaho Estate Planning - A Few Things You May Not Know About Will

    Idaho Estate Planning - A Few Things You May Not Know About Will
    Your will is an essential tool in making sure that your property goes to the people you want to receive it after your death. By keeping these simple facts in mind, you can use this tool more effectively and avoid the mistakes that can cause…
  • Jul 22

    Idaho Estate Planning - Working With Your Financial Planner

    Idaho Estate Planning - Working With Your Financial Planner
    Financial planners are not just for rich people. Everyone, no matter where you stand financially, can benefit from the advice and guidance of a qualified financial planner.
  • Jul 21

    Idaho Estate Planning - Estate Plans Should Not Be Time Capsule

    Idaho Estate Planning - Estate Plans Should Not Be Time Capsule
    In some cases, outdated or inadequate estate plans have led to highly-publicized disputes between heirs that have squandered fortunes and diminished legacies. These situations are more tragic because they are usually entirely avoidable,…
Rank this Week: 2201

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
  • Jul 23

    Getting Your Fees Along the Way

    Getting Your Fees Along the Way
    Can’t wait until you win the case to get your attorney fees? Consider seeking an interim fee award based on your success along the way. Awarding interim fees (i.e., a fee award made before the case is completed) is an accepted procedure…
  • Jul 21

    Estate Planning Is Not Just for the Rich and Famou

    Estate Planning Is Not Just for the Rich and Famou
    The following is a guest blog post by April E. Frisby of Frisby Law. April is a lawyer in Orange County who practices business and securities transactional law, as well as estate planning. April is also an adjunct law professor at Whittier…
  • Jul 18

    Get Technical in Your Next Personal Injury Case

    Get Technical in Your Next Personal Injury Case
    Feeling out of your element by the technical aspects of your personal injury case? Get a technical experts on your team! Here’s how technical experts can help in common personal injury cases, such as slip and fall, car accident, and…
Rank this Week: 2130

Elder Counsel Blog

Elder Counsel Blog

Provides education and tools for Elder Law and Special Needs Attorneys.

http://www.eldercounsel.com/blog/
Rank this Week: 2200

Pennsylvania Fiduciary Litigation

Pennsylvania Fiduciary Litigation

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

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

    Wells Fargo Terminated as Trustee

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

    New Rule of Civil Procedure - Discovery of Expert Testimony

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

    Enforcement of Arbitration Clauses in Trust

    Enforcement of Arbitration Clauses in Trust
    Ever since George Washington included arbitration provisions in his will, this idea has kicked around.  Washington's will contained this language: "That all disputes (if unhappily they should arise) shall be decided by three impartial…
Rank this Week: 2063

California Trust, Estate & Probate…

California Trust, Estate & Probate Litigation

Covers estate planning, probate, trusts and wills. By Albertson & Davidson LLP.

http://www.californiatrustestateandprobatelitigation.com
Rank this Week: 2177

Law Offices of Cheryl David

Law Offices of Cheryl David

Covers estate planning and elder law in North Carolina.

http://www.cheryldavid.com/blog/
  • Jul 21

    Updating Your Estate Plan is Essential

    Updating Your Estate Plan is Essential
    If you are new to the estate planning process, you should understand that updating your estate plan is absolutely essential if you want to get the most out of it. Once you speak to an estate planning lawyer, decide on the type of plan you…
  • Jul 9

    Free Report: Power of Attorney in North Carolina

    Free Report: Power of Attorney in North Carolina
    A closer look at some of the specific types of decisions and issues you will have to face when you make an estate plan. Topics covered in this report include: Powers of Attorney Attorneys and Powers of Attorney Agents and Attorneys-in-Fact…
  • Jul 8

    Basic Estate Planning Questions 6 – How Do Powers of Attorney Work?

    Basic Estate Planning Questions 6 – How Do Powers of Attorney Work?
    In this week’s blog post in our ongoing series on basic estate planning questions, we are going to look at powers of attorney, what they do, and how they work. Powers of attorney are some of the most important tools your estate plan…
Rank this Week: 2238

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 21

    How Can I Protect an Inherited IRA from Creditors?

    How Can I Protect an Inherited IRA from Creditors?
    If you’re like most Americans, one of your largest assets is your Individual Retirement Account (“IRA”). Your IRA is considered a “retirement fund” and the money it contains is  protected from creditors…
  • Jul 11

    Living Trust Scam

    Living Trust Scam
    Many of us have seen advertisements touting the benefits of a living trust. Salespersons who promote living trusts claim they can reduce taxes, protect assets from creditors, and reduce the time and expense of probate, seemingly…
  • Jul 4

    Going Out With A Bang

    Going Out With A Bang
    Cremation is increasing in popularity. Currently more than 40 percent of people who die choose cremation, and the numbers are rising. According to recent reports more than 50 percent of Americans will chose cremation by the end of this…
Rank this Week: 2337

Bingham Greenebaum Doll Blog

Bingham Greenebaum Doll Blog

Covers Indiana law.

http://www.bgdlegal.com/blog/
  • Jul 21

    James Reed Examines Baby Boomer Divorce on ?Pete the Planner? Radio Show

    James Reed Examines Baby Boomer Divorce on ?Pete the Planner? Radio Show
    Are you aware that the age 50 and older divorce rate is the fastest growing segment of divorce filings? Not surprisingly, Baby Boomers are a significant part of that demographic. Peter Dunn, host of “The Pete the Planner Radio…
  • Jul 15

    ICYMI: Blaine Blood Discusses the Rise of Labor Litigation

    ICYMI: Blaine Blood Discusses the Rise of Labor Litigation
    In this month’s Louisville Business First Legal Forum Column, BGD partner Blaine R. Blood discusses what businesses can do to lessen the risk of being involved in labor lawsuits.  Read his advice below and don’t miss our…
  • Jul 11

    Best of Bingham: BGD Women?s Forum Welcomes Family to New Home

    Best of Bingham: BGD Women?s Forum Welcomes Family to New Home
    The Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP Women’s Forum furnished and prepared an apartment at Coburn Place Safe Haven for a new family. Members of the Forum helped prepare the apartment for a family of five -- a mother and her four…
Rank this Week: 2072

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/
  • Jul 18

    Updating Your Estate Plan: Excuses Why People Don't & Reasons Why You Should

    Updating Your Estate Plan: Excuses Why People Don't &amp; Reasons Why You Should
    Most people feel a sense of accomplishment after drafting and executing an estate plan. Afterwards, it is commonplace to file away the paperwork and promptly forget about the documents. The issue in this is that most people's lives change…
  • Jul 17

    Estate Planning Tips for Business Owner

    Estate Planning Tips for Business Owner
    Many people, business owners and everyone else, are concerned about the federal estate tax when creating their estate plans. Although the federal estate tax is 40%, it does not apply unless the decedent has an estate worth over $5.34 million,…
  • Jul 16

    Dear Trustee: A Letter of Wishe

    Dear Trustee: A Letter of Wishe
    In late 2012, the government threatened to make steep cuts in the levels of exemption for gift and estate taxes. At the time, the gift tax exemption was set to drop from $5.1 million to $1 million, and the top tax rate was to rise from 35% to…
Rank this Week: 2242

Gay & Lesbian Legal Update

Gay & Lesbian Legal Update

Cover estate planning for gays and lesbians. By Kenneth Vercammen.

http://gaybilesbian.blogspot.com/
  • Jul 16

    Professionals, Attorneys, Business owners invited to Happy Hour & Networking Social

    Professionals, Attorneys, Business owners invited to Happy Hour &amp; Networking Social
    Professionals, Attorneys, Business owners invited to Happy Hour & Networking SocialFriday, July 18, 2014 5:00PM - 7:00PM   at Bar Anticipation 703 16th AvenueLake Como/ Belmar, NJ…
  • Jun 13

    Gay and Lesbian Partners- Problems if No Estate Planning

    Gay and Lesbian Partners- Problems if No Estate Planning
    In the absence of a marriage, Will or other legal arrangement to distribute property at death, your partner does not receive your assets and cannot administer your estate. The result can be lengthy delays and other problems. Individuals in…
  • Apr 5

    Nuts & Bolts of Elder Law & Estate Administration Seminar

    Nuts &amp; Bolts of Elder Law &amp; Estate Administration Seminar
    Nuts &  Bolts of Elder Law & Estate Administration Seminar          Wed, May 7  5:00 PM - 9:00 PM New Jersey Law Center One Constitution Square New Brunswick, NJ 08901 …
Rank this Week: 1991

Kevin A. Pollock BLAWG

Kevin A. Pollock BLAWG

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

http://willstrustsestates.blogspot.com/
  • Jul 16

    Duty of Executor to Defend a Will Against a Will Contest in Pennsylvania

    Duty of Executor to Defend a Will Against a Will Contest in Pennsylvania
    In most states, when a person is named as an executor in the Will, the executor has an affirmative duty to defend the Will from Will contests.  For example, if mom dies testate leaving her entire estate to child one, cutting out child…
  • Jul 2

    Nice Article on the Basics of ILIT

    Nice Article on the Basics of ILIT
    A colleague of mine, David Saltzman, has written a nice article on the Basics of Irrevocable Life Insurance Trusts.  As he points out, setting up a life insurance trust is a great way to minimize your estate tax liability and it can be…
  • May 26

    Pennsylvania Same Sex Married Couples No Longer Have to Pay Inheritance Tax

    Pennsylvania Same Sex Married Couples No Longer Have to Pay Inheritance Tax
    On May 20, 2014, U.S. District Court Judge John Jones III declared that Pennsylvania's laws banning same sex marriage was unconstitutional.  Besides the practical implication that same sex couples in Pennsylvania may now get…
Rank this Week: 1989

Vandrew Law Blog

Vandrew Law Blog

Covers asset protection, estate planning, tax law, and small business law.

http://vandrew.com/
  • Jun 12

    Inherited IRAs held by Supreme Court NOT to be Asset Protected

    Inherited IRAs held by Supreme Court NOT to be Asset Protected
    Many of us in the estate planning field have been following Clark v. Rameker, a case regarding Inherited IRAs. Today, the US Supreme Court finally issued its opinion. This case involved a party (Ruth Heffron) declaring bankruptcy. One of the…
  • May 16

    Drafting Wills & Trusts: Class on June 4

    Drafting Wills &amp; Trusts: Class on June 4
    On Wednesday, June 4, I’ll be teaching a continuing education class on estate planning in Atlantic City for attorneys, CPAs, and CFPs. Credit will be given for all three professions. Follow the link below for more info and to register.…
  • Apr 25

    Joint Real Estate: Tax and Mortgage Deduction

    Joint Real Estate: Tax and Mortgage Deduction
    Joint ownership of real estate is very common (as is joint payment of mortgage interest and taxes). Normally, with married couples, the deductions relating to property taxes and mortgage interest for the property are taken on the…
Rank this Week: 2217

Florida Asset Protection &…

Florida Asset Protection & Estate Planning

Covers asset protection and estate planning. By C. Randolph Coleman.

http://blog.thecolemanlawfirm.net
  • May 28

    New Yorker Magazine Cartoonist Likes Elder Law Attorney

    New Yorker Magazine Cartoonist Likes Elder Law Attorney
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  • May 16

    Helping Families Deal With the Financial and Emotional Costs of Dementia

    Helping Families Deal With the Financial and Emotional Costs of Dementia
    <div><font face="Arial">As many of you know, May is National Elder Law Month. &nbsp;The National Association of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) has declared this month the time for Elder Law attorneys across the…
  • May 15

    Asset Protection Scams - Beware and Be Smart

    Asset Protection Scams - Beware and Be Smart
    <div>I have reprinted the following column by Jay Adkisson, the asset protection columnist for Forbes.com. &nbsp;He is one of the top asset protection commentators in the country and knows the asset protection business as well as…
Rank this Week: 2105

Edwards Elder Law, P.A. Blog

Edwards Elder Law, P.A. Blog

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

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

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

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

    The Cottage Is Another Option For Aging in Place

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

    Technology Is Becoming A Crucial Resource For Aging In Place

    Technology Is Becoming A Crucial Resource For Aging In Place
    As more and more of us express a desire to remain in our homes as we age, technology is responding with a variety of new ways to keep us safe. For instance, sensors can be placed on appliances such as … Continue reading →
Rank this Week: 2234

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
Rank this Week: 2052

Palm Springs Tax and Trust Lawyers

Palm Springs Tax and Trust Lawyers

Covers estate tax and trust administration issues. By Sanger & Manes.

http://www.palmspringstaxandtrustlawyers.com/
Rank this Week: 2160

Unique Estate Law Blog

Unique Estate Law Blog

Covers elder law and estate planning.

http://uniqueestatelaw.com/lawyer/blog/Unique_Estate_Law_Blog.htm
Rank this Week: 2261

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
  • 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
  • Oct 31

    Long Term Care Claim

    Long Term Care Claim
    Approximately eight million Americans own long-term care (nursing home) insurance, purchased to hel
Rank this Week: 2183

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/
  • Jul 23

    Talk of a Lifetime: Restarting the Prearrangment Proce

    Talk of a Lifetime: Restarting the Prearrangment Proce
    One message that can be taken from the FAMIC’s Talk of a Lifetime campaign is that funeral directors need to re-think their prearrangement procedures.  Perhaps too much emphasis has been given to preneed, and not enough to the…
  • Jul 13

    Preneed Contract Holders: the lonely 5%

    Preneed Contract Holders: the lonely 5%
    The Memorial Business Journal recently reported on findings from the NFDA’s 2014 Consumer Awareness and Preferences Study.   Some of the findings may not come as much of a surprise to funeral directors, such as consumer…
  • Jun 16

    Cemetery Care Fund Reports: The Operator’s Vicarious Liability

    Cemetery Care Fund Reports: The Operator’s Vicarious Liability
    Typically, the standard by which a cemetery is judged to be abandoned is whether the grass is getting cut.  But for licensed cemeteries, some states’ laws may also include provisions to deem a cemetery abandoned when regulatory…
Rank this Week: 2418

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/
  • Jul 23

    A Power Of Attorney Primer

    A Power Of Attorney Primer
    Quick. What is a "power of attorney"? Is there more than one "flavor"? What are the differences?
  • Jul 22

    Last Will And Testament Basic

    Last Will And Testament Basic
    What do you know about the subject of wills? You likely have heard of them, but may not have created your own. Regardless, there are some facts about wills everyone should know.
  • Jul 21

    Glen Campbell Enters Long-Term Care Setting

    Glen Campbell Enters Long-Term Care Setting
    The music of Glen Campbell will always be gentle on my mind. After all, his music formed an important part of the 1960s and 70s soundtrack. But, alas, even legends can grow old and feeble as the birthdays pass.
Rank this Week: 2823

The Zimmer Law Firm

The Zimmer Law Firm

Covers elder law, estate planning, Medicaid, probate, wills and trusts.

http://www.zimmerlawfirm.com/blog/
  • Jul 22

    What Is a Qualified Personal Residence Trust?

    What Is a Qualified Personal Residence Trust?
    The federal estate tax looms large if you are a person of significant financial means. At the present time, the amount of the federal estate tax exclusion is $5.34 million. This is the amount that could be transferred before the federal…
  • Jul 17

    The Forgotten Part of Your Estate Plan: Your Digital Asset

    The Forgotten Part of Your Estate Plan: Your Digital Asset
    Until about a decade or so ago, the estate settling process typically followed a very routine process. Once a person died, family members would notify that person’s estate planning attorney so they could begin a state settling process.…
  • Jul 15

    New York Mining Heiress Huguette Clark’s Family Alleges Fraud In Her Estate

    New York Mining Heiress Huguette Clark’s Family Alleges Fraud In Her Estate
    Huguette Clark is Making News Again A new book, Empty Mansions, http://www.emptymansionsbook.com/ is making Huguette Clark news again. In case you don’t remember who she is: In the ongoing drama that is the Huguette Clark estate,…
Rank this Week: 2764

Duffy Law Office

Duffy Law Office

Covers estate planning and elder law in Iowa.

http://www.duffylawoffice.com/blog/
  • Jul 22

    What Is a Grantor Retained Annuity Trust?

    What Is a Grantor Retained Annuity Trust?
    One of the most important estate planning considerations for high net worth individuals is the potential impact of the federal estate tax. The tax carries a top rate of 40 percent, so we are talking about a very significant bite. At the…
  • Jul 17

    What Is a Living Trust Successor Trustee?

    What Is a Living Trust Successor Trustee?
    In this post we will look at the role of the revocable living trust successor trustee, but we should first explain the value of these trusts. A Few Words About Wills and Probate If you are not extraordinarily wealthy, you may assume that you…
  • Jul 15

    How Much Does a Special Needs Trust Cost?

    How Much Does a Special Needs Trust Cost?
    There are numerous different ways to facilitate future asset transfers. The optimal course of action will vary on a case-by-case basis, because each family is unique. With this in mind, we will look at the legal device called the special…
Rank this Week: 2796

The Law Office of Michael…

The Law Office of Michael Robinson, P.C.

Covers elder law and estate planning.

http://www.mrobinsonlaw.com/blog/
  • Jul 21

    What You Should Know About Rochester Estate Planning and the Statute of Limitation

    What You Should Know About Rochester Estate Planning and the Statute of Limitation
    As someone visiting a Rochester estate planning lawyer for the first time, there are a lot of legal ideas, such as the statute of limitations, that you might’ve heard about but aren’t exactly sure how they work. When it comes to…
  • Jul 17

    What Is the Annual Gift Tax Exclusion?

    What Is the Annual Gift Tax Exclusion?
    Before we explain the annual gift tax exclusion, we should provide a bit of background information. The estate tax was established in 1916. At first, there was no gift tax. As a result, high net worth individuals gave gifts while they were…
  • Jul 14

    What Is a Living Will?

    What Is a Living Will?
    Everyone has heard of the last will, and a lot of people have heard of living trusts. As a result, there can be some confusion with regard to the living will. A living will has nothing to do with the transfer of financial assets. This type of…
Rank this Week: 2674

Arkansas Legal Issues

Arkansas Legal Issues

By Wilson & Haubert, PLLC.

http://whlawoffices.com/little-rock-lawyer-arkansas-law-blog/
  • Jul 21

    The Quick, Easy, and Cheap Arkansas Divorce

    The Quick, Easy, and Cheap Arkansas Divorce
    Quick, Easy, and Cheap Arkansas Divorce I talk to a lot of people who need divorces. Everyone wants them to be quick and easy, and most want them to be cheap. To that end, many of these people don’t have much money and want advice about…
  • Jul 15

    Grandparent Visitation in Arkansa

    Grandparent Visitation in Arkansa
    Grandparent Visitation If you want to understand the law, you have to understand this: It’s about striking a balance between competing interests (or rights, as the case may be). The law surrounding grandparent visitation in Arkansas is…
  • Jun 18

    July 2014 MEE Subject

    July 2014 MEE Subject
    In the spirit of ongoing generosity (and remembering how incredibly stressful that studying for the Bar was), here are my predictions for the MEE section of the July 2014 Bar: 1) a Civ Pro question (surprise there always is); 2)…
Rank this Week: 2807

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/
  • Jul 20

    Casey Kasem: Top 40 countdown host's final countdown

    Casey Kasem: Top 40 countdown host's final countdown
    <!--[if !mso]> v\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} o\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} w\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} .shape {behavior:url(#default#VML);} <![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 9]> Normal 0 false …
  • Jul 15

    Alzheimer's: a most poignant interview

    Alzheimer's: a most poignant interview
    Today on public radio, one of the most touching family stories I have ever heard about a family coping with Alzheimer's Disease. Kimberly Williams-Paisley, actress and wife of country singer Brad Paisley, discusses her family's journey after…
  • Jul 13

    Qualified plan longevity annuity hedges risk of outliving retirement saving

    Qualified plan longevity annuity hedges risk of outliving retirement saving
    Are you are concerned about running out of money before you run out of years? With longer lifespans, skyrocketing health costs, the demise of fixed pensions, and the looming Social Security crisis, everyone except the wealthiest are feeling…
Rank this Week: 2816

Purcell & Amen, L.L.C. Blog

Purcell & Amen, L.L.C. Blog

Covers elder law and estate planning.

http://yourestatematters.com/blog/
  • Jul 19

    Does a Revocable Living Trust in St. Louis Provide Asset Protection?

    Does a Revocable Living Trust in St. Louis Provide Asset Protection?
    Trusts are a popular addition to an estate plan due in large part to the flexibility a trust offers and the numerous goals that can be accomplished with a trust. Although the primary goal of your estate plan is likely to ensure that your…
  • Jul 18

    What Are the Disadvantages of a Medicaid Trust?

    What Are the Disadvantages of a Medicaid Trust?
    If you have made the wise choice to include Medicaid planning in your overall estate plan there is a good chance you will create a Medicaid trust as part of your planning. A Medicaid trust is an excellent addition to most estate plans. When…
  • Jul 17

    Do I Work with You Or a Paralegal?

    Do I Work with You Or a Paralegal?
    Unless you have had a reason to work closely with an attorney during your lifetime you are likely unfamiliar with the customs and procedures typically used by a law office. This can lead to concern and confusion. For example, clients are…
Rank this Week: 2669

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/
  • Jul 17

    Living Trust vs Power of Attorney

    Living Trust vs Power of Attorney
    Living Trust vs Power of Attorney?  The answer may surprise you.  In order to create a comprehensive estate plan, you actually need both.  Estate planning is much more than simply transferring your assets to your loved…
  • Jul 9

    Do Heirs Pay Taxes on Inheritance?

    Do Heirs Pay Taxes on Inheritance?
    So, you just received a notice that you will inherit from your great aunt’s estate.  A wonderful surprise, no doubt.  Of course, an estate may be required to pay taxes to the government, but do heirs pay taxes on the…
  • Jul 3

    How to Revoke Living Trusts in Reno

    How to Revoke Living Trusts in Reno
    It is not uncommon to revise a will more than once throughout your lifetime.  Circumstances are bound to change, and so must our estate plans.  Like a will, you can revoke living trusts whenever you desire.  In fact, that is…
Rank this Week: 2825