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Mendel Law Firm Blog

Mendel Law Firm Blog

Covers estate planning.

http://www.mendellawfirm.com/blog/
  • Nov 29

    Can I Stay in My Home If I Get Sick?

    Can I Stay in My Home If I Get Sick?
    Despite some amazing advances in science and medicine over the past century, a way to stop the natural aging process has yet to be discovered. This means that all of us will eventually succumb to the physical and mental signs of aging. As a…
  • Nov 22

    How Much Does Guardianship Cost in Texas?

    How Much Does Guardianship Cost in Texas?
    If you have a parent, or other elderly loved one, who has reached the point where you are concerned that he or she cannot safely live alone and/or make important decisions without assistance it may be time for you to consider petitioning to…
  • Nov 15

    Who Should Have a Last Will and Testament?

    Who Should Have a Last Will and Testament?
    You may have heard from family member, friends, or co-workers about the importance of creating a comprehensive estate plan but thought the advice does not apply to you.  People frequently think it is necessary to have a large estate…
Rank this Week: 1585

Cramer Law Center

Cramer Law Center

Covers estate planning, probate, guardianship and elder law issues.

http://cramerlawcenter.com/blog/
  • Nov 28

    Possession is Nine-Tenths of the Law – Part 2

    Possession is Nine-Tenths of the Law – Part 2
    Our last blog talked about a case where possession of “lost “cash did not result in the “finder” of the cash ending up with it. In a famous “treasure trove” case involving Mel Fisher and the wreck of the…
  • Nov 10

    Possession is Nine-Tenths of the Law

    Possession is Nine-Tenths of the Law
    You have heard the old adage “possession is 9/10 of the law.” Well, here is a case dealing with the other 1/10. The Arizona case of Grande v. Jennings involved a hoarder by the name of Robert Spann. When he passed away in 2001,…
  • Sep 27

    Paternity Claims in Probate

    Paternity Claims in Probate
    If a man dies in Florida without having his own will or trust prepared, he is considered to have died intestate. In other words, his estate will be distributed according to the “will” the state wrote for him. Under the…
Rank this Week: 1347

Bingham Greenebaum Doll Blog

Bingham Greenebaum Doll Blog

Covers Indiana law.

http://www.bgdlegal.com/blog/
  • Nov 28

    How to Get the Most Out of Your Year-End Estate and Gift Tax Planning

    How to Get the Most Out of Your Year-End Estate and Gift Tax Planning
    The end of each year inevitably brings a flurry of activity for everyone. But amid the hustle and bustle, don’t forget to take advantage of the current tax breaks offered under estate and gift planning laws. If you miss these…
  • Nov 23

    Injunction Stops New DOL Overtime Provisions From Taking Effect

    Injunction Stops New DOL Overtime Provisions From Taking Effect
    A federal judge in the Eastern District of Texas granted an injunction that prohibits new Department of Labor (DOL) rules on overtime from taking effect nationwide. These rules, set to go into effect on Dec. 1, 2016, would have raised the…
  • Nov 23

    Top 6 Issues Likely to be Addressed Early by Trump Administration

    Top 6 Issues Likely to be Addressed Early by Trump Administration
    Employers (and everyone else) are guessing what it means for them after the Trump Administration takes office in January. It is safe to predict that there will be many changes coming in new legislation (with Republicans maintaining control of…
Rank this Week: 1227

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/
  • Nov 22

    Are Pre-Death Accountings Available in Breach Action Against Trustee When Trust Was Revocable?

    Are Pre-Death Accountings Available in Breach Action Against Trustee When Trust Was Revocable?
    In Hilgendorf v. Estate of Coleman, the Court held that absent any claim of breach of fiduciary duty in carrying out the terms of the trust, there is no duty to account to a contingent beneficiary during the lifetime of the settlor while the…
  • Nov 22

    How To Probate A New York City Taxi And Limousine Commission Medallion

    How To Probate A New York City Taxi And Limousine Commission Medallion
    There are special provisions for the transfer of a Medallion owned by a Decedent.  In order to transfer a Medallion, one must look to Chapter 58 of the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission Rule Book.  The Executor, Personal…
  • Oct 18

    Forum Non Conveniens in Federal Probate Litigation

    Forum Non Conveniens in Federal Probate Litigation
    The forum non conveniens doctrine allows a court to defer its jurisdiction where principles of justice and convenience favor the action being brought in another forum.  In a recent federal probate dispute involving a billionaire's global…
Rank this Week: 1494

New York Trusts & Estates…

New York Trusts & Estates Litigation Blog

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

http://www.nyestatelitigationblog.com/
  • Nov 22

    A Flood . . . in the Basement

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

    Article 17-A Guardianship: It is Not for Everyone

    Article 17-A Guardianship: It is Not for Everyone
    In two recent decisions, Surrogate Lopez Torres of Kings County denied petitions for guardianship under SCPA Article 17-A, demonstrating the strict circumstances under which guardians are appointed under this particular statute. Unlike under…
  • Sep 8

    Recent Amendment Creates Further Exception to Attorney-Client Privilege

    Recent Amendment Creates Further Exception to Attorney-Client Privilege
    An amendment to CPLR 4503(b) was recently signed into law, creating another exception to the attorney-client privilege. Ilene Cooper discusses the new legislation in our latest entry.
Rank this Week: 1636

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: 1368

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/
  • Nov 21

    Join Us for Our Last Two Free Living Trust Seminars of 2016

    Join Us for Our Last Two Free Living Trust Seminars of 2016
    If you do not have an estate plan – or if your estate plan consists only of a basic will – you may not be adequately protecting your family against probate and estate taxes. Without proper planning, your family could lose a large…
  • Nov 9

    Keeping it Safe on the Road (An Elder Law Today Blog)

    Keeping it Safe on the Road (An Elder Law Today Blog)
    Most people agree that driving is one of the keys to independence. However, new driving challenges arise as you age. Arthritis can make flexing and twisting painful and weakened muscles make it harder to grip. Aging also affects vision,…
  • Oct 21

    Are All Trusts Asset-Protecting Trusts?

    Are All Trusts Asset-Protecting Trusts?
    The living trust is the bedrock foundation upon which our estate plans are built. It’s right there in the word: trust. It sounds safe and secure; it’s warm peace of mind. If you’ve been to one of our seminars or workshops,…
Rank this Week: 1586

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/
  • Nov 21

    What Should I Look for in a California Tax Lawyer?

    What Should I Look for in a California Tax Lawyer?
    When you need tax help, it only makes sense to look for in-depth experience in all of the tax laws relevant to you and your business. Federal and California state tax law are constantly changing, and it isn’t easy for the average…
  • Nov 18

    Can Back Taxes and Penalties Be Negotiated?

    Can Back Taxes and Penalties Be Negotiated?
    Back taxes can be financially crippling both to you and your business. If your tax debt is more than you can afford to pay back in a lump sum, or if you think there may be some error on the part of the government in assessing how much you…
  • Nov 10

    Why Hire a Tax Litigation Lawyer?

    Why Hire a Tax Litigation Lawyer?
    When faced with a tax controversy between you and the IRS, you may feel like you are at a disadvantage. The IRS has a giant team at its disposal to pursue its case against you. However, you do not need to face tax issues alone. Hiring a tax…
Rank this Week: 1287

All About Estates

All About Estates

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

http://www.allaboutestates.ca/
  • Nov 17

    Do you know any Jay Walkers?

    Do you know any Jay Walkers?
    Have you seen seniors trying to cross a busy street where there are no traffic lights? Many think they can walk faster than the speeding car headed their way. Not so….. Becoming allies in promoting safety for seniors can encompass a…
  • Nov 16

    Must an estate pay for a charitable pledge by the deceased?

    Must an estate pay for a charitable pledge by the deceased?
    Canadians are charitable people. According to Statistics Canada, 82% of Canadians made a financial donation to a charitable or non-profit organization in 2013 (the latest available year). The amount given by donors increased from an annual…
  • Nov 15

    TFSA’s – a refresher on the Rule

    TFSA’s – a refresher on the Rule
    Borrowing heavily from some recent literature on this subject, I though it may be useful at this time of the year to quickly revisit some of the rules surrounding tax free savings accounts (“TFSA”) Contribution room for an…
Rank this Week: 1521

California Probate and Estate…

California Probate and Estate Planning Blog

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

http://www.californiaprobate.info/blog
  • Nov 15

    The California probate process speech

    The California probate process speech
    I feel thankful that NBI and other organizations consistently ask me to come talk about estate and probate law.  Yesterday I had the pleasure of speaking for almost two hours on probate law to a group of attorneys and paralegals. My…
  • Oct 26

    Probate book for your KINDLE – download it now!

    Probate book for your KINDLE – download it now!
    As my avid readers know I was excited to release a book about the California probate process a couple months back. In all honesty sales have been better than expected. It took a while to get the Kindle format working but it should be up and…
  • Sep 16

    Medallion Guarantees and Stock Transfer agent

    Medallion Guarantees and Stock Transfer agent
    I have posted a few times on the importance of funding your trust. I have also posted about my inclination toward consolidation of assets. As stated you have to consider FDIC insurance, other insurance, taxes, etc… but in general I am…
Rank this Week: 1301

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
  • Nov 9

    Trump’s Estate Tax Plan

    Trump’s Estate Tax Plan
    Well, it happened. Something very few people saw coming: Donald Trump was elected President of the United States. For most people, there are a whole host of potentially more pressing questions about what Trump's presidency will mean for the…
  • Oct 18

    Hillary Clinton’s Estate Tax Plan

    Hillary Clinton’s Estate Tax Plan
    Last Thursday, Hillary Clinton declared her proposal for the federal estate tax: Currently, only estates worth $5.5 million or more pay taxes on inheritance. Clinton would lower that threshold to $3.5 million per person and $7 million per…
  • Oct 10

    Second Marriage? What Could Happen if You Don’t Have an Estate Plan

    Second Marriage? What Could Happen if You Don’t Have an Estate Plan
    Did you know that if you die without a will, each state in the U.S. has already written one for you? These default “wills” are actually called “intestacy statutes” and they generally provide the following as to the…
Rank this Week: 1283

Estate Planning & Probate 411

Estate Planning & Probate 411

Covers California probate, wills, trusts, powers of attorney, incapacity and related topics. By Helene P. Dreyer Koch.

http://indianwellsestateplanningattorney.com/
  • Jul 14

    What Is a Discretionary Trust?

    What Is a Discretionary Trust?
    A “discretionary trust” gives the trustee discretion over how, when, and if the beneficiaries may access trust assets. Certain uses of the money might be deemed acceptable, whereas other uses will be restricted. For instance, the…
  • Jun 25

    How Can You Help with Their College Expenses?

    How Can You Help with Their College Expenses?
    If you have children or grandchildren who have not yet completed their college education, you may be wondering how to help them achieve that goal. Two popular choices are the 529 College Education Plan and an Education Trust. A 529 ……
  • Feb 19

    What Is a POLST and Do I Need One Instead of a Medical Power of Attorney?

    What Is a POLST and Do I Need One Instead of a Medical Power of Attorney?
    POLST stands for “Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment.” It differs from an Advance Healthcare Directive (aka medical power of attorney or power of attorney for healthcare) in several ways and is NOT intended to replace…
Rank this Week: 1487

Wealth Wars: Arkansas Estate,…

Wealth Wars: Arkansas Estate, Trust & Probate Litigation Blog

Covers estate and trust conflicts, inheritance battles, and will contests.By Matt House.

http://arkansaswealthwars.com
  • Jun 16

    Presentation At The 2016 Arkansas Bar Association Annual Meeting

    Presentation At The 2016 Arkansas Bar Association Annual Meeting
              Today one of my law partners, Pat James, and I will be privileged to make a presentation at the Arkansas Bar Association Annual Meeting in Hot Springs, Arkansas, where over 1,200 lawyers and…
  • Feb 7

    Brief Thoughts On Claims Of Undue Influence

    Brief Thoughts On Claims Of Undue Influence
    As stated in my previous post regarding the capacity of a testator to execute a will or trust, the two concepts are closely related.  For example, incapacity relates to invalidation of a will, trust, deed, etc. because of the…
  • Feb 7

    Brief Thoughts On Claims Of Undue Influence

    Brief Thoughts On Claims Of Undue Influence
    As stated in my previous post regarding the capacity of a testator to execute a will or trust, the two concepts are closely related.  For example, incapacity relates to invalidation of a will, trust, deed, etc. because of the…
Rank this Week: 1469

Fiduciary Folio

Fiduciary Folio

Covers fiduciary (wills, estates, entity representations) law, particularly as applied in the State of Georgia. By Tanner Pittman.

http://www.tannerpittmanlaw.com/blog-fiduciary-folio.html
  • Feb 19

    Avvo Q&A: "Can dad put me on the deed?"

    Avvo Q&A: "Can dad put me on the deed?"
    I will begin syndicating the responses I give to certain estate and probate questions posted on the advice website Avvo. We begin with a question regarding estate planning. I'll place the question here and then my answer after the "read…
  • Feb 17

    A "power of appointment" - what is that?

    A "power of appointment" - what is that?
    The Georgia Supreme Court recently handed down the case of Smith v. Ashford (full text below the break), in which it dealt with a testator's use of a "power of appointment."What is a power of appointment? In estate-planning parlance, a…
  • Jul 6

    Myers v. Myers: Executor may not run estate as his personal busine

    Myers v. Myers: Executor may not run estate as his personal busine
    The Georgia Supreme Court handed down the probate case of Myers, Executor v. Myers, today. In some ways, the case is an unremarkable example of an executor using an estate as a cash cow for his personal expenditures and, among other…
Rank this Week: 1230

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/
  • Dec 14

    Abuse of a Power of Attorney is a Crime

    Abuse of a Power of Attorney is a Crime
    According to the American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging, too many criminal justice professionals lack awareness in the role they can play in holding offenders accountable. An agent who violates the duty owed to the…
  • Dec 11

    New PA Orphans' Court Rule

    New PA Orphans' Court Rule
    The Pennsylvania Orphans’ Court Procedural Rules Committee published a proposal for new Orphans’ Court Rules in April 2013 with a comment period was open until June 13, 2013. After comments, some revisions were made. The…
  • Dec 7

    Who Has Standing to Challenge the Actions of an Agent Under a Power of Attorney?

    Who Has Standing to Challenge the Actions of an Agent Under a Power of Attorney?
    Recent changes were made to Pennsylvania's power of attorney statute by Act 95 which was enacted in 2014 and amended Title 20, Chapter 56 of the PEF Code. All of the Act's provisions have been effective since January 1, 2015. PEF Code Section…
Rank this Week: 1597

Estateography

Estateography

By Alvi Aggarwal.

http://www.estateography.com/
  • Jul 7

    What's a Credit Shelter Trust? Portability?

    What's a Credit Shelter Trust? Portability?
    The estate tax exemption amount is the amount that the federal government allows you to leave to your kids, grandkids, and people other than your spouse and charity without paying estate tax. In 2015, that amount is $5.43 million. The amount…
  • Jun 28

    Legacy Letters And Ethical Will

    Legacy Letters And Ethical Will
    Across history and cultures, people have been writing letters to descendants to share wisdom, preserve traditions, record family history, explain, and inspire. These letters have been called different things, but today they're most commonly…
  • Jun 21

    Who Should I Name As My Executor?

    Who Should I Name As My Executor?
    Your executor will be responsible for dealing with your probate estate (i.e., the assets passing under your will) after your death. An executor’s responsibilities include things like finding and inventorying your assets (including the…
Rank this Week: 1332

Iowa Law Blog

Iowa Law Blog

Covers business, employment, trust & estates family, real estate, regulatory compliance and utility law. By Sullivan & Ward, PC.

http://www.iowa-lawblog.com/
  • Apr 14

    The Implementation of Electronic Filing in the Court

    The Implementation of Electronic Filing in the Court
    In this day of technology, it is no surprise that the court systems are moving to using an Electronic Document Management System (EDMS for short) for parties to file documents with the Court, without even setting foot in the Courthouse. The…
  • Apr 14

    Service by Facebook?

    Service by Facebook?
    A New York judge recently entered an Order allowing a woman to serve her husband divorce papers via Facebook.  In Iowa, generally, a competent adult must accept service or be served in-person in order accomplish proper…
  • Mar 19

    Interactive Process in Action

    Interactive Process in Action
    If you’re not sure what the interactive process is supposed to look like under the ADA, peruse the facts of the 8th Circuit’s decision in Minnihan v. Mediacom.  I’m also going to summarize the facts below, but if you…
Rank this Week: 1260

Probate, Trusts and Estate Law…

Probate, Trusts and Estate Law Blog

Cover international estate planning considerations, sophisticated estate planning techniques, answers to common estate planning questions, and probate, estate and gift tax law By Janet Brewer.

http://www.calprobate.com/blog/
  • Apr 13

    QTIP Trust Frequently Asked Question

    QTIP Trust Frequently Asked Question
    QTIP trusts are excellent options for a number of married couples, especially those who have been married two or more times, or those with blended families. However, not many people understand what a QTIP trust is, what the benefits are, or…
  • Apr 10

    California Estate Planning Myths & Misconceptions (Part 2)

    California Estate Planning Myths & Misconceptions (Part 2)
    In our last post, we outlined four common myths surrounding estate planning in California. Today, we’ll look at four more common misconceptions that we hear in our office from individuals new to estate planning.
  • Apr 9

    California Estate Planning Myths & Misconceptions (Part 1)

    California Estate Planning Myths & Misconceptions (Part 1)
    One of the reasons that far too many people don’t take care of their basic estate planning needs is that they hold common misconceptions about what estate planning is, how it works, and whether they need to worry about it. Below, we…
Rank this Week: 1325

King Law Offices Blog

King Law Offices Blog

Discusses traffic matters, family law, criminal law, wills and estate planning and personal injury law as it relates to North Carolina and South Carolina.

http://kinglawoffices.com/blog/
  • Jan 15

    Small Business Seminar for Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce Member

    Small Business Seminar for Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce Member
    As a business owner or a person wanting to start a business; you may face a lot of legal red tape questions that left unanswered can adversely affect your business. Brian King will be conducting a Business Talk seminar exploring the following…
  • Nov 4

    Our Shelby Office Has Moved!

    Our Shelby Office Has Moved!
    King Law Offices, known locally as King, Crotts, Duncan & Jaynes, has moved it’s Shelby office from 221 South Lafayette Street,  #4,  to 131 West Marion Street., directly across from the upcoming Farmer’s Market.…
  • Oct 14

    Brian King Teaching Small Biz Law Basic

    Brian King Teaching Small Biz Law Basic
    King, Crotts, Duncan & Jaynes would like to thank Bobbie Young and the team at REAL in Marion for providing an opportunity for Brian W. King to teach the fundamental business law practices for new businesses here in McDowell County and…
Rank this Week: 1538

New Jersey Estate Planning &…

New Jersey Estate Planning & Elder Law Blog

Covers business law and planning, elder law, estate planning, and probate and estate administration. By Deirdre Wheatley-Liss.

http://www.njelderlawestateplanning.com/
  • Apr 2

    Love is Lost - And So is Your Inheritance - Divorce Really Ends Thing

    Love is Lost - And So is Your Inheritance - Divorce Really Ends Thing
    A common plan among our married clients is to leave their property to their spouse, either outright or in trust - oft-referred to as the “I Love You” Will. Sometimes, love is lost and the couple divorces. We recommend our clients…
  • Mar 25

    Personal Injury Damages and Medicaid Liens - SCOTUS Decide

    Personal Injury Damages and Medicaid Liens - SCOTUS Decide
    You have a horrific accident and are looking at a life of extreme medical care.  The accident was caused by another person (drunk truck driver). You get a multi-million dollar award.  Does the state that you live in get a…
  • Mar 25

    Personal Injury Damages and Medicaid Leins - SCOTUS Decide

    Personal Injury Damages and Medicaid Leins - SCOTUS Decide
    You have a horrific accident and are looking a life of extreme medical care.  The accident was caused by another person (drunk truck driver). You get a multi-million dollar award.  Does the state that you live in get a share? First,…
Rank this Week: 1249

Patrick D. Newton's Estate…

Patrick D. Newton's Estate Planning Blog

Musings on estate planning and links to articles on estate planning.

http://blog.attorneynewton.com/
  • Sep 2

    Do I have to file Gift Tax returns for the gifts to my Insurance Trust?

    Do I have to file Gift Tax returns for the gifts to my Insurance Trust?
    Filing a gift tax return for an ILIT, even if not technically required because all gifts are below the annual exclusion, is a good idea. It starts the statute of limitations for an audit of the gift. It allows you to decide affirmatively…
  • May 18

    WLOS ABC 13 News :: Top Stories - Attorney Sam Neill Admits Guilt

    WLOS ABC 13 News :: Top Stories - Attorney Sam Neill Admits Guilt
    WLOS ABC 13 News :: Top Stories - Attorney Sam Neill Admits Guilt
  • Mar 22

    Trust Protectors / Trust Advisor

    Trust Protectors / Trust Advisor
    Yesterday/s Advisor's Forum presentation discussed Trust Protectors and how their use in a trust can help the trust accomplish its goals.  The concept of a Trust Protector is to grant someone who is not a trustee or beneficiary certain…
Rank this Week: 1436

Hauptman and Hauptman, P.C. Blog

Hauptman and Hauptman, P.C. Blog

Covers guardianship, Medicaid, probate and estate administration.

http://www.hauptmanlaw.com/blog
  • Dec 4

    How Medicaid Treats Life Insurance (Part 1)

    How Medicaid Treats Life Insurance (Part 1)
                    Medicaid requires the applicant to spend down all assets to under $2000 before approving an application for benefits.  The question comes up…
  • Nov 27

    John Hancock Latest to Drop Long Term Care

    John Hancock Latest to Drop Long Term Care
                    Two weeks ago John Hancock, one of the largest providers of long term care insurance announced it is withdrawing from the market.  It will stop…
  • Nov 20

    Home for the Holidays (Part 2)

    Home for the Holidays (Part 2)
                Last week I was talking about changes in loved ones we may notice around holiday time, simply because we may be returning home after some time away.  So what can or…
Rank this Week: 2072

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/
  • Dec 2

    Forget coffins! This company will swirl you into beautiful glass creations when you die

    Forget coffins! This company will swirl you into beautiful glass creations when you die
    The funeral industry has come a long way and it seems to come up with more and more innovative ideas. The newest fad is have a spoonful of your cremated ashes added to a glass mixture that is swirled into a lovely, individual glass orb. Each…
  • Nov 28

    Not as they intended: Estate plans gone wrong

    Not as they intended: Estate plans gone wrong
    Estate planners like me are always telling people to make their plans and get them onto paper in the right way. But even planned estates occasionally go off the rails. Sometimes it's because of an essential detail that got lost in the…
  • Nov 24

    Corona Beer founder Antonino Fernandez makes entire village millionaires in his will

    Corona Beer founder Antonino Fernandez makes entire village millionaires in his will
    In August 2016, billionaire Antonino Fernandez died at age 98. In his will, he left his entire fortune to the folks who live in the village of Cerezales del Condado, where Mr. Fernandez had grown up in a large, very poor family. Each villager…
Rank this Week: 2364

Tennessee Attorneys Blog

Tennessee Attorneys Blog

Covers family and injury law, estate planning and medical malpractice. By Martin Heller Potempa & Sheppard, PLLC.

http://www.tennesseeattorneysblog.com/
  • Dec 1

    Prince’s Estate Worth $200 Million

    Prince’s Estate Worth $200 Million
    No will, no tax planning and an estate that will go equally to one sibling and five half siblings. How could someone with so much money and resources to hire a professional let this happen? It is too easy to delay putting a family wealth…
  • Dec 1

    Tennessee Appeals Court Allows Out-of-State Relocation with Child in Custody Dispute

    Tennessee Appeals Court Allows Out-of-State Relocation with Child in Custody Dispute
    Relocation after a divorce can become complicated when children are involved, since one party often loses parenting time as a result of the other’s move.  Most times, the relocating parent will need the court’s approval…
  • Dec 1

    Tennessee Court Holds that Asset Purchased with Entireties Funds Belongs to Surviving Spouse

    Tennessee Court Holds that Asset Purchased with Entireties Funds Belongs to Surviving Spouse
    Probate administration typically includes categorizing assets and property for distribution. Such decisions may lead to disputes among the beneficiaries, as in In re Estate of Fletcher (Tenn. Ct. App. May 23, 2016), appeal granted (Sept.…
Rank this Week: 2133

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/
  • Dec 1

    Federal Estate Tax Exclusion Increases. Will this tax survive 2017?

    Federal Estate Tax Exclusion Increases. Will this tax survive 2017?
    The IRS has released the annual inflation adjustment amounts and tax rate schedules that will apply in 2017. Included are the new gift and estate tax exclusion amounts for 2017. The new inflation adjusted numbers are available in…
  • Nov 25

    New Law Addresses Tenant “Death Penalty”

    New Law Addresses Tenant “Death Penalty”
    Pennsylvania's Governor Wolf has signed a new law intended to protect the estates of renters who die during the term of a residential lease. The law is Act 116 of 2016 (HB 447).   It is not unusual for a residential tenant who has a full…
  • Nov 19

    What is that NOTICE on the front of my Power of Attorney?

    What is that NOTICE on the front of my Power of Attorney?
    [The following article was written by my colleague, Elizabeth White, Certified Elder Law Attorney* of Marshall, Parker and Weber] It is human nature to get nervous when we see the word “NOTICE”. After all, this word is usually…
Rank this Week: 2382

Deborah Sexton Law Office, P. A.…

Deborah Sexton Law Office, P. A. Blog

Covers estate planning and elder law.

http://www.arkansas-estateplanning.com/blog/
  • Nov 30

    Financial Planning After the Wedding

    Financial Planning After the Wedding
    This is an article from the law office of Anderson, Dorn & Rader, Ltd. (http://www.wealth-counselors.com/) in Reno, Nevada, that we thought others may find helpful. Weddings are very memorable events – full of anticipation and lots…
  • Nov 30

    Four Ways Your Property Transfers After You Die

    Four Ways Your Property Transfers After You Die
    This is an article from the Law Offices of Cheryl David (http://www.cheryldavid.com/) in Greensboro, North Carolina, that we thought others may find helpful. When most people think about estate planning, what they think about is transferring…
  • Nov 22

    How Do I Keep My Son-in-Law from Winding Up with My Assets?

    How Do I Keep My Son-in-Law from Winding Up with My Assets?
    This is an article from the law office of Amen, Gantner & Capriano (http://www.yourestatematters.com/) in St. Louis, Missouri, that we thought others may find helpful. You have worked hard all your life, saved faithfully, and invested…
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Estate Planning Blog

Estate Planning Blog

Provides estate planning thoughts, news and planning ideas. By Gilfix & La Poll Associates LLP.

http://www.gilfix.com/blog/
  • Nov 30

    Three mistakes parents of special needs children should avoid

    Three mistakes parents of special needs children should avoid
    Parents of special needs children hope to provide their offspring with financial security and the care they need. However, even with the best of intentions they risk making mistakes that could have costly, long-term consequences for their…
  • Nov 28

    National Gilfix & La Poll Article on Multigeneration Strategies and “New Economy” Service

    National Gilfix & La Poll Article on Multigeneration Strategies and “New Economy” Service
    At Gilfix & La Poll, we take pride in innovating new ways to serve our estate planning clients. We recently published an article in Estate Planning magazine covering two ways in which we build beneficial relationships with our clients…
  • Nov 9

    Study reveals misconceptions about long term care cost

    Study reveals misconceptions about long term care cost
    Planning ahead for long term care and how to fund it can seem daunting. The average American underestimates in-home care costs by nearly 50 percent, according to the Genworth Financial 2016 Cost of Care Study. The findings indicate many…
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German Law Group Blog

German Law Group Blog

Covers estate planning.

http://www.germanlawgroup.com/
  • Nov 29

    What Is a Partnership Buy Sell Agreement?

    What Is a Partnership Buy Sell Agreement?
    A small business may be structured using any of several different types of legal entities, including a partnership. If you have entered into a partnership agreement, you retain a valuable legal interest in the business. That interest is an…
  • Nov 24

    Types of Trusts for Farmer

    Types of Trusts for Farmer
    Family farms have been the backbone of the American economy for centuries. Despite efforts by big farming to take over the farming industry, family farms have survived – even flourished in many cases. In reality, it isn’t big…
  • Nov 22

    3 Common Asset Protection Strategie

    3 Common Asset Protection Strategie
    For most people, at least part of the purpose of creating an estate plan is to ensure that their estate assets are available to provide for loved ones after they are gone. Of course, in order for your estate assets to provide for loved ones…
Rank this Week: 2053

Cramer Law Center

Cramer Law Center

Covers Florida estate planning.

http://cramerlawcenter.com
  • Nov 28

    Possession is Nine-Tenths of the Law – Part 2

    Possession is Nine-Tenths of the Law – Part 2
    Our last blog talked about a case where possession of “lost “cash did not result in the “finder” of the cash ending up with it. In a famous “treasure trove” case involving Mel Fisher and the wreck of the…
  • Nov 10

    Possession is Nine-Tenths of the Law

    Possession is Nine-Tenths of the Law
    You have heard the old adage “possession is 9/10 of the law.” Well, here is a case dealing with the other 1/10. The Arizona case of Grande v. Jennings involved a hoarder by the name of Robert Spann. When he passed away in 2001,…
  • Sep 27

    Paternity Claims in Probate

    Paternity Claims in Probate
    If a man dies in Florida without having his own will or trust prepared, he is considered to have died intestate. In other words, his estate will be distributed according to the “will” the state wrote for him. Under the…
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Florida Probate Litigation Lawyer…

Florida Probate Litigation Lawyer Blog

Cover Florida probate litigation. By Chepenik & Trushin LLP.

http://www.floridaprobatelitigationlawyer.com/
  • Nov 28

    Probate Court and Family Court collide

    Probate Court and Family Court collide
    Florida Appeals Court Comes Down Against Probate Creditor Claims From Child For Child Support Arrearages On May 11, 2016, the Fourth District Court of Appeal issued its decision in Davis v. Hengen regarding creditor claims for child support…
  • Nov 7

    Major Life Changes? Get your estate plan dusted off, reviewed and updated

    Major Life Changes? Get your estate plan dusted off, reviewed and updated
    What Effect Does Divorce or Remarriage Have On Your Estate Plan Anytime there is a major life change, whether it is the birth of a child, marriage, or divorce, your estate plan should evolve as your life evolves. But do any of these events…
  • Nov 7

    Major Life Changes? Get your estate plan dusted off, reviewed and updated

    Major Life Changes? Get your estate plan dusted off, reviewed and updated
    What Effect Does Divorce or Remarriage Have On Your Estate Plan Anytime there is a major life change, whether it is the birth of a child, marriage, or divorce, your estate plan should evolve as your life evolves. But do any of these events…
Rank this Week: 1894

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/
Rank this Week: 2326

Gay & Lesbian Legal Update

Gay & Lesbian Legal Update

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

http://gaybilesbian.blogspot.com/
  • Nov 27

    Wills and Estate Planning

    Wills and Estate Planning
    Wills and Estate PlanningSAVE MONEY AND PROVIDE FOR YOUR LOVED ONESAs average Americans, we work 80,000 hours in a lifetime, or 45 to 55 years. In spite of all the resources and assets we earn, the vast majority of us do not take the time to…
  • Nov 21

    Guardianship of Disabled Adult

    Guardianship of Disabled Adult
    Guardianship of Disabled AdultsKenneth Vercammens Office represents persons seeking legal Guardianship of a Parent or Adult Family Member.Occasionally an individual can not manage his or her life as a result of a mental or physical…
  • Nov 20

    Ten Estate Planning Ideas for Divorced or Separated Person

    Ten Estate Planning Ideas for Divorced or Separated Person
    Ten Estate Planning Ideas for Divorced or Separated PersonsUnder the law in New Jersey, if a person dies without a Will and without children, their spouse will inherit all assets, even if they are separated from the spouse. In addition, if…
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Ask Liza: Nolo's Estate Planning…

Ask Liza: Nolo's Estate Planning Blog

Covers estate planning and wills. By Liza Weiman Hanks.

http://blog.nolo.com/estateplanning/
  • Nov 23

    Do I Need a Tax Identification Number for a Trust After My Mom’s Death?

    Do I Need a Tax Identification Number for a Trust After My Mom’s Death?
    Dear Liza:  I’m an executor of a trust and was added as co-trustee on the trust while my mom was alive.  She is now at peace with dad. Can I now just distribute the funds per the trust without changing the trust first to…
  • Oct 19

    Can I Put My House Into a Living Trust if There’s a Mortgage?

    Can I Put My House Into a Living Trust if There’s a Mortgage?
    Dear Liza: Can real estate that still has a mortgage on it be placed in a trust? Yes, you can place real property with a mortgage into a revocable living trust. That is, in fact, quite common. Most people, after all, don’t own…
  • Sep 18

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

    What Kind of Tax ID Do I Need for a Trust?
    Dear Liza: My parents both have recently passed away. They had a revocable trust.  What type if tax ID do I need?  I created one for the “Estate” type, but should I have made it for the “Trust” type? I am the…
Rank this Week: 1827

Kentucky Estate, Probate and Tax…

Kentucky Estate, Probate and Tax Law Blog

Covers estate planning and tax law. By English, Lucas, Priest & Owsley LLP.

http://www.mykentuckyestateattorney.com/
  • Nov 22

    Business owners need a solid succession plan for the future

    Business owners need a solid succession plan for the future
    By Nathan Vinson, Attorney English, Lucas, Priest and Owsley Owning a business is the American dream for many. It’s building something from your own hands that you’ve shaped and created. It’s long hours, and a labor of love…
  • Oct 20

    What to do if you don’t agree with your property tax amount

    What to do if you don’t agree with your property tax amount
    By Nathan Vinson, Attorney English, Lucas, Priest and Owsley, LLP Everyone who owns a home gets a bill from their local municipality for property taxes. It’s not a surprise that it’s coming. Most of us sigh, write the check (or…
  • Oct 4

    A new rule from the IRS on IRA rollover

    A new rule from the IRS on IRA rollover
    By Nathan Vinson The IRS recently enacted a new IRA rollover rule that’s actually good for consumers, and something that can really help you – but it is a lot more complicated than it appears on the surface. Essentially, the IRS…
Rank this Week: 2117

Rhode Island Estate Planning and…

Rhode Island Estate Planning and Elder Law Blawg

Covers elder law, medicaid planning, disability planning, tax planning, guardianship, wills, trusts, asset protection, and probate. By Matthew Fabisch.

http://riestateplanning.blogspot.com/
  • Nov 20

    Federal Estate Exclusion Up Slightly to $5.49M in 2017

    Federal Estate Exclusion Up Slightly to $5.49M in 2017
    The Internal Revenue Service has announced that the basic federal estate tax exclusion for the estates of decedents dying during calendar year 2017 will be $5.49 million, up from $5.45 million for calendar year 2016.  In addition,…
  • Mar 12

    What is Medicaid and why would my parents need it for nursing home coverage?

    What is Medicaid and why would my parents need it for nursing home coverage?
    Medicaid (called "MassHealth" in Massachusetts, and "Ritecare" in Rhode Island) is a joint federal-state program that provides health insurance coverage to low-income children, seniors, and people with disabilities. Importantly, unlike almost…
  • Aug 26

    What rights do I have as a trust beneficiary?

    What rights do I have as a trust beneficiary?
    As a trust beneficiary, you may feel like you are at the mercy of the trustee, but depending on the type of trust, trust beneficiaries may have rights to ensure the trust is properly managed.A trust is a legal arrangement through which one…
Rank this Week: 2189

Wills and Estate Administration…

Wills and Estate Administration Articles

Covers probate, elder law and litigation topics. By Kenneth Vercammen.

http://njwills.blogspot.com/
  • Nov 10

    Metuchen Library Wills, Estate Planning & Probate Seminar

    Metuchen Library Wills, Estate Planning & Probate Seminar
    Metuchen LibraryWills, Estate Planning & Probate SeminarNovember 14 at 7:00pmFree community program 480 Middlesex Ave. Metuchen, NJ 08840    Seniors invitedWILLS & ESTATE ADMINISTRATION-PROTECT YOUR FAMILY AND MAKE PLANNING…
  • Nov 8

    Challenge to Will based on lack of testamentary capacity and undue influence rejected IN RE ESTATE OF TORNABEN

    Challenge to Will based on lack of testamentary capacity and undue influence rejected IN RE ESTATE OF TORNABEN
    Challenge to Will based on lack of testamentary capacity and undue influence rejectedIN RE ESTATE OF TORNABENDOCKET NO. A-5181-14T4 (N.J. Super. App. Div. Sep. 27, 2016) PER CURIAMNOT FOR PUBLICATION WITHOUT THE APPROVAL OF THE APPELLATE…
  • Nov 8

    Removing the Administrator of an Estate

    Removing the Administrator of an Estate
    Intestate SuccessionWhen no Will exists, Real and Personal property is not distributed according to the decedent persons desires. Rather, it is distributed according to the statutes of New Jersey.The net estate remaining after deduction of…
Rank this Week: 1778

Phoenix Probate Lawyers Blog

Phoenix Probate Lawyers Blog

Covers probate and estate planning. By Platt & Westby, P.C.

http://www.phoenixprobatelawyersblog.com/
  • Oct 27

    Communicating Religious Values in Your Estate Plan

    Communicating Religious Values in Your Estate Plan
    Providing for religious needs in your estate plan. The post Communicating Religious Values in Your Estate Plan appeared first on Phoenix Probate Lawyers Blog.
  • Oct 14

    Trustees Not Personally Liable When Entering Contracts On Behalf of the Trust

    Trustees Not Personally Liable When Entering Contracts On Behalf of the Trust
    Did you know a Trustee is protected from personal liability when entering into contracts in their fiduciary capacity? This does not protect the Trustee outright, particularly if they are mishandling the estate. Learn more here. The post…
  • Oct 6

    Will or Trust Contests and How to Avoid Them

    Will or Trust Contests and How to Avoid Them
    Learn how to protect your estate plan from litigation after your passing. The post Will or Trust Contests and How to Avoid Them appeared first on Phoenix Probate Lawyers Blog.
Rank this Week: 2173

California Legal Blog

California Legal Blog

Covers business, real estate, estate planning, probate, trusts, wills, intellectual property and civil litigation. By Anker Hymes & Schreiber LLP.

http://ankerhymesschreiberllp.com/
  • Oct 25

    What To Do If You Don’t Want To Be Kept On Ice Indefinitely

    What To Do If You Don’t Want To Be Kept On Ice Indefinitely
    Fran the funeral home director called the other day. Our office had been providing ongoing legal services related to her business structure. She knew that, in addition to other services our law firm provides, one of the areas we specialize in…
  • Nov 13

    Caring for your Companion and The Importance of Protecting Your Pet

    Caring for your Companion and The Importance of Protecting Your Pet
    (*Interview with Attorney KC Marie Knox starts at 9min:50sec) Estate Planning Attorney KC Marie Knox was invited to “Love That Dog Hollywood” to speak about the importance of protecting your pet and planning in the event of a…
  • Nov 13

    Caring for your Companion and The Importance of Protecting Your Pet

    Caring for your Companion and The Importance of Protecting Your Pet
    (*Interview with Attorney KC Marie Knox starts at 9min:50sec) Estate Planning Attorney KC Marie Knox was invited to “Love That Dog Hollywood” to speak about the importance of protecting your pet and planning in the event of a…
Rank this Week: 2097

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
  • Oct 19

    Living Life to the Fullest!

    Living Life to the Fullest!
    As an estate planning attorney, I’ve had the great privilege of working with many individuals who are nearing the end of their lives. Although elderly and sometimes not in the best of health, they don’t let age slow them down.…
  • Oct 12

    Do I Need to Execute a Lady Bird Deed before Applying for Medicaid?

    Do I Need to Execute a Lady Bird Deed before Applying for Medicaid?
    A concerned daughter called me recently. She said she needed a Lady Bird Deed prepared by the end of the day. When I asked why she was in a rush, she explained that her mother was going to be applying for Medicaid the next day, and someone…
  • Sep 30

    Can I Authorize a Relative to Make Medical Decisions for my Minor Child?

    Can I Authorize a Relative to Make Medical Decisions for my Minor Child?
    I recently received a note from concerned grandparents. Their daughter had died, and their son- in-law was often away on business trips for weeks at a time. They took care of their grandchildren in their father’s absence, but were…
Rank this Week: 2433

Idaho Estate Planning

Idaho Estate Planning

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

http://idahoestateplanning.typepad.com/idaho_estate_planning/
  • Sep 22

    Idaho Estate Planning - Get Real: Planning for Life, Death, and Disability

    Idaho Estate Planning - Get Real: Planning for Life, Death, and Disability
    One of easiest things to do in this world is to ignore the future and not just any future, our own future. It’s much easier to predict what will happen to other people. We can see with great clarity where they’re headed and the problems…
  • Sep 19

    Idaho Elder Law - Yes, Medicaid Planning is Ethical

    Idaho Elder Law - Yes, Medicaid Planning is Ethical
    Under the attorneys’ rules of professional conduct (our ethical rules) we have an obligation to “zealously represent” our clients. We also cannot advise clients to act in a manner that is illegal or will perpetrate a fraud on the court.
  • Sep 15

    Idaho Elder Law - Medicaid Planning is Legal

    Idaho Elder Law - Medicaid Planning is Legal
    The first thing to know is that it is not illegal to do Medicaid Planning. It is illegal to “hide” assets and hiding assets will land you in prison.
Rank this Week: 1970

Utah Estate Planning

Utah Estate Planning

Covers estate planning, probate, trusts and wills in Utah. By Jason C. Hunter.

http://www.utahestateplanning.typepad.com/
  • Sep 20

    How you can benefit from elder law services - Video | KRIV

    How you can benefit from elder law services - Video | KRIV
    via www.fox26houston.com How you can benefit from elder law services? ElderCounsel CEO, Valerie Peterson, J.D., was live on Fox 26 Houston on Thursday, September 15. She talked about common elder law planning misconceptions, long term care in…
  • Aug 22

    The Joy Of Inheriting Appreciated Property

    The Joy Of Inheriting Appreciated Property
    When you inherit property, such as a house or stocks, the property is usually worth more than it was when the original owner purchased it. If you were to sell the property, there could be huge capital gains taxes. Fortunately, when you…
  • Aug 21

    When PODs Go BAD

    When PODs Go BAD
    Are payable on death accounts a simple way to pass assets to heirs or are they a mistake? It sure sounds simple. With a payable on death account or paid on death account, you name a beneficiary who gets the account when you die—no probate,…
Rank this Week: 2309

epilawg

epilawg

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

http://epilawg.com/
  • Sep 15

    What You Need to Know When Buying Life Insurance

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

    Eight Tips To Keep Your Small Business Safe From Fraud

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

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

    Estate Planning: Planning for the Physical Care of Children in Minnesota
    This article discusses some of the legal documents that can assist in planning for the physical care of a minor child in the event of a parent’s death or incapacity. Minnesota law provides that a […]
Rank this Week: 2051

American Academy of Estate…

American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys Blog

Provides legal marketing and estate planning legal updates.

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

    Prepare for Proposed 2704 Regulations, Valid or Not

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

    Feedback Is A Two Way Street

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

    All About That Boot Camp

    All About That Boot Camp
    Is our next Boot Camp for you? Mark your calendar and join us next Wednesday to find out! On September 7th at 2pm PT / 5pm ET, the Academy founders, COO, some of our Members, and Kathryn Adams will all join you for a webinar that we like to…
Rank this Week: 2174

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/
  • Sep 2

    Florida Supreme Court Adopts Amendments to Guardianship Accounting Rule

    Florida Supreme Court Adopts Amendments to Guardianship Accounting Rule
    On September 1, 2016, the Florida Supreme Court approved changes to the Probate Rules. The Probate Rules include both Probate and Guardianship. While there were multiple changes to throughout (many being minor), in this post I am going to…
  • May 19

    David Shulman’s Appearance on the Ask the Experts Radio Show – May 2016

    David Shulman’s Appearance on the Ask the Experts Radio Show – May 2016
    Here is my monthly appearance on the Ask the Experts Radio Show, where we discuss estate planning, probate, guardianship, powers of attorney, and related matters. The post David Shulman’s Appearance on the Ask the Experts Radio Show…
  • May 19

    David Shulman’s Appearance on the Ask the Experts Radio Show – May 2016

    David Shulman’s Appearance on the Ask the Experts Radio Show – May 2016
    Here is my monthly appearance on the Ask the Experts Radio Show, where we discuss estate planning, probate, guardianship, powers of attorney, and related matters. The post David Shulman’s Appearance on the Ask the Experts Radio Show…
Rank this Week: 1727

North Carolina Trusts and Estates…

North Carolina Trusts and Estates Litigation

A discussion of trusts and estates litigation in North Carolina. By Evan Lohr.

https://ncestatelitigation.wordpress.com/
Rank this Week: 2262