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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
  • Dec 18

    Trust Modification under Florida’s Trust Code

    Trust Modification under Florida’s Trust Code
    Can a court consider extrinsic evidence when asked to modify a trust under the judicial modification statutes even if the trust instrument is unambiguous?  YES! Historically, common law rules of construction provided that the intent of a…
  • Sep 25

    Undue Influence under Florida’s Trust Code

    Undue Influence under Florida’s Trust Code
    Florida Statute § 736.0406 Effect of fraud, duress, mistake, or undue influence.— If the creation, amendment, or restatement of a trust is procured by fraud, duress, mistake, or undue influence, the trust or any part so…
  • Aug 12

    Florida Trust Termination

    Florida Trust Termination
    People create trusts for a variety of reasons.  Some create them for creditor protection.  Others create them because they are concerned about providing the beneficiaries with large sums of money all at once.  Although these…
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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/
  • Dec 18

    What Types Of Financial Records Should I Put Together To Start A Divorce In Rochester?

    What Types Of Financial Records Should I Put Together To Start A Divorce In Rochester?
    All financial records are subject to discovery in a divorce in Rochester, but you can get a head start by collecting things like the past two years’ tax returns, pay stubs, statements from bank accounts, brokerages, credit cards,…
  • Dec 18

    We’ve Only Been Married A Short Time In Rochester. Is An Annulment Easier Than A Divorce?

    We’ve Only Been Married A Short Time In Rochester. Is An Annulment Easier Than A Divorce?
    No, contrary to popular understanding, an annulment is typically much harder to achieve in Rochester, even if your marriage has been short. For the state of New York to allow an annulment, you’ll have to prove that there was a flaw in…
  • Dec 18

    Can You Represent Me For Post-Divorce Issues In Buffalo?

    Can You Represent Me For Post-Divorce Issues In Buffalo?
    Yes, we represent clients whose divorce is complete, and are now facing a need to review elements of spousal maintenance, child custody, child support, non-compliance with court orders related to property, and more. Whether you have lost a…
Rank this Week: 1695

Iowa Estate Plan

Iowa Estate Plan

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

http://www.iowaestateplan.com/
  • Nov 30

    Now and Later: Power of Attorney Authority in Iowa

    Now and Later: Power of Attorney Authority in Iowa
    When I was younger, I used to love Now and Later candy, despite the "workout" it gave my mouth/teeth.  You can enjoy the candy as a hard candy, and continue to enjoy it later when it is soft and chewy. It was like having having a…
  • Nov 16

    Basic Estate Planning Checklist for Aging Parent

    Basic Estate Planning Checklist for Aging Parent
    I have previously posted previously pretty much on all of these items separately, but I thought I'd commit to the "checklist-mania" and add my own checklist.  For individuals that are helping out with an aging family member, this can be…
  • Nov 9

    When Your Biological Child is Not Your Child, According to the Iowa Court of Appeal

    When Your Biological Child is Not Your Child, According to the Iowa Court of Appeal
    For the most part, I think our appellate courts do a pretty good job of deciding cases and justifying their rationale.  I may not always agree with the result, but I can at least understand the reasoning.But in a recent ruling from…
Rank this Week: 1749

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/
  • Aug 19

    Gizmodo Gets Everything About the Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act Wrong

    Gizmodo Gets Everything About the Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act Wrong
    As I’ve written recently, the Uniform Law Commission approved the Uniform Fidicuary Access to Digital Assets Act. The act can be found on the Committee’s website, along with supplmenetal material, such as prior drafts, comments,…
  • Aug 3

    I am now Board Certified by the Florida Bar in Wills, Trusts, and Estate

    I am now Board Certified by the Florida Bar in Wills, Trusts, and Estate
    Forgive me if you will, a bragging post. As of August 1, I am Board Certified by the Florida Bar in Wills, Trusts, and Estates. Most of what is below comes from the Florida Bar website and materials. Board certification recognizes…
  • 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…
Rank this Week: 1633

Long Island Special Needs Law Blog

Long Island Special Needs Law Blog

Covers estate planning and special needs trusts. By Ellen A. Victor.

http://longislandspecialneedslawyer.com
  • Jun 12

    Feeling Guilty Over Causing My Child’s Disability

    Feeling Guilty Over Causing My Child’s Disability
    Recently, I was reading this review of Toni Braxton’s new memoir, and the reviewer appeared shocked that Ms. Braxton attributed her son’s autism to God’s payback for a prior abortion. I don’t want to get into a…
  • Mar 5

    Now Playing: Kings Park: Stories from an American Mental Institution

    Now Playing: Kings Park: Stories from an American Mental Institution
    Description: A powerful and very personal documentary about the history and legacy of the Kings Park State Mental Hospital by Filmmaker and former patient Lucy Winer will be playing in Huntington at the Cinema Arts Theater, March 23rd, 2014…
  • Feb 6

    There is a Special Place in Hell

    There is a Special Place in Hell
    Four employees of a Long Island group home have been fired and charged with endangerment for pitting two disabled individuals against each other, according to Newsday and News 12 Long Island. Cellphone video of the fight shows the four…
Rank this Week: 1734

Florida Probate Litigation…

Florida Probate Litigation Attorney Blog

Covers contested wills, estate planning, and trusts. By Robert C. Adamski.

http://www.floridaprobatelitigationlawyers.com/
  • Mar 29

    Actor's death exemplifies the importance of guardianship

    Actor's death exemplifies the importance of guardianship
    Paul Walker's death was a shock to the actor's family, friends and his fans. Although unexpected, it appeared that the actor had thought about his own mortality, because he died with an estate plan in place. Walker left his...
  • Mar 27

    Undue influence can often lead to financial exploitation

    Undue influence can often lead to financial exploitation
    Financial exploitation is a serious problem for Florida's seniors, but many people are surprised to learn that it's not just strangers that swindle seniors out of their hard-earned money. A senior's friends or relatives may be the cause of...
  • Mar 21

    Florida suit seeks to protect surviving spouse in gay marriage

    Florida suit seeks to protect surviving spouse in gay marriage
    Eight couples in Florida recently filed a lawsuit against the state, claiming that Florida's ban on gay marriage violates their rights under the U.S. Constitution. The couples, each living in Florida, but married in another state that…
Rank this Week: 1585

Thoughts on Wills & Estate…

Thoughts on Wills & Estate Planning

Covers estate planning in Virginia and Maryland. By Scott R. Zucker.

http://estateplanninginfoblog.com
  • Jan 4

    Federal Estate and Gift Tax Rules for 2013, Including Example

    Federal Estate and Gift Tax Rules for 2013, Including Example
    By passing the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (“ATRA”), President Obama and Congress have agreed on a first step towards solving our fiscal cliff problem.  While neither Democrats or Republicans seem overly…
  • Dec 2

    My 21 Favorite Estate Planning Insults and Comeback

    My 21 Favorite Estate Planning Insults and Comeback
    When you achieve a certain level of success in estate planning law, complaining about the billboards, the yachts, the keys to the cities, the authorized (and unauthorized) documentaries about your life, etc. seems a bit petty. Then again, the…
  • Nov 30

    The Fiscal Cliff and Your Estate Planning (Part III): The Impact on You

    The Fiscal Cliff and Your Estate Planning (Part III): The Impact on You
    In the first post of this series, we discussed the fiscal cliff and its impact on our economy.  In the previous post, we covered the proposals most likely to be considered by Congress in the coming weeks.  In this final post of the…
Rank this Week: 1753

Wealth Law Blog

Wealth Law Blog

Covers building, protecting and distributing wealth. By Samuels Yoelin Kantor LLP.

http://samuelslaw.com/blog/
  • Dec 19

    Deadline to Amend Retirement Plans to Reflect Windsor Decision Approaching Fast

    Deadline to Amend Retirement Plans to Reflect Windsor Decision Approaching Fast
    The deadline to amend retirement plans to reflect the Windsor decision is approaching fast. As of September 16, 2013, the IRS requires qualified retirement plans to treat a same-sex spouse as a spouse for plan purposes. In April of this year,…
  • Dec 10

    What Joan Rivers’ Death Teaches Us About End-of-Life Planning

    What Joan Rivers’ Death Teaches Us About End-of-Life Planning
    The world lost a marvelous comedic talent when Joan Rivers passed away on September 4, 2014. Rivers was born “Joan Alexandra Molinsky”, the daughter of Russian immigrants in Brooklyn. Her father was a doctor and he reportedly…
  • Dec 1

    Planning Is The Best Option

    Planning Is The Best Option
    U.S. Trust conducts an annual survey of high-net-worth and ultra- high-net-worth Americans. A few of their findings: • “U.S. Trust found that family dynamics, including change in family structures and roles among men, women and…
Rank this Week: 1885

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
  • Dec 19

    New Year, New Laws for Employment Lawyer

    New Year, New Laws for Employment Lawyer
    The following is a guest blog post by Tyler M. Paetkau, a partner with Hartnett, Smith & Paetkau in Redwood City. Tyler represents employers in all aspects of labor and employment law. He’s a frequent author and speaker on labor and…
  • Dec 17

    Dead Man “Kwoking”: Estate Planning Property Transfers Can Trigger Title Insurance Nightmare

    Dead Man “Kwoking”: Estate Planning Property Transfers Can Trigger Title Insurance Nightmare
    Estate planning attorneys regularly advise their clients about the tax and other advantages of transferring real property to irrevocable trusts or similar estate planning vehicles. But they may not consider the potentially disastrous title…
  • Dec 15

    Give the Reporter a Hand to Get a Clean Depo Transcript

    Give the Reporter a Hand to Get a Clean Depo Transcript
    When you’re taking a deposition, you know that ensuring a complete and accurate record is vital. So don’t take the person who’s dutifully taking down the proceedings for granted: Assisting the court reporter is not only…
Rank this Week: 1922

American Academy of Estate…

American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys Blog

Provides legal marketing and estate planning legal updates.

http://www.aaepa.com/articles/
  • Dec 19

    Dear Past, Thank You for the Lessons…

    Dear Past, Thank You for the Lessons…
    Tis the season when you hear people making the same old resolutions… “Next year I will lose ten pounds, next year I will call my mother more, next year…” This time, instead of forcing yourself to make vague…
  • Dec 17

    Giving for the Holiday

    Giving for the Holiday
    The holiday season is a traditional time for giving. It is also a traditional time for doing more substantial estate planning. Gifts of a “present interest” of up to $14,000 are excluded and need not be reported on a gift tax…
  • Dec 15

    Client Tip: “Prime the Pump” at the Holiday

    Client Tip: “Prime the Pump” at the Holiday
    I’ve talked for a few years about Thanksgiving as an opportune window for clients to talk with loved ones about their health care wishes and goals. For 2014, this ship has (obviously) sailed. But the December holiday season still…
Rank this Week: 1928

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/
  • Dec 18

    Caregiver Burnout (An Elder Law Today Blog)

    Caregiver Burnout (An Elder Law Today Blog)
    Are you experiencing caregiver “burn out”? Can you identify it if you are? With the help of others, there are five basic things you can do that will help you be the best at the caregiving you offer. The post Caregiver Burnout (An…
  • Dec 17

    What Benefits Do Trusts Provide?

    What Benefits Do Trusts Provide?
    If you are interested in learning about the estate planning benefits of trusts, you should be aware of the fact that there are different types of trusts, and they serve varying purposes. First, we will look at the value of revocable living…
  • Dec 15

    Does the State Take My Assets If I Apply for the Medi-Cal Program?

    Does the State Take My Assets If I Apply for the Medi-Cal Program?
    Medi-Cal is California’s version of the Medicaid program that provides health care insurance for people with very limited financial resources. If you are going to qualify for Medicare when you reach the age of 65, and you will be…
Rank this Week: 1791

Illinois Estate Planning &…

Illinois Estate Planning & Elder Law Blog

Covers Illinois estate planning, real estate and trusts. By Wilson & Wilson.

http://www.illinoisestateplanningandelderlawblog.com/
  • Dec 11

    Illinois Law and Independent Estate Administration

    Illinois Law and Independent Estate Administration
    Under Illinois law, the executor or administrator of an estate may open the Probate proceedings with the court as an Independent Administration. Under Independent Administration, the executor or administrator has authority to administer most…
  • Dec 5

    Illinois Estate Planning and Retirement Plan

    Illinois Estate Planning and Retirement Plan
    In Kelly Greens’s article in the Wall Street Journal, she points out that having a Will or a Living Trust doesn’t necessarily affect your estate planning for your retirement assets. This is because retirement benefits are passed…
  • Nov 25

    Illinois Law and Your Virtual Estate

    Illinois Law and Your Virtual Estate
    In an article in Smart Money Magazine, Tania Karas points out the importance of securing and transferring your virtual estate upon death. Your virtual estate is the body of nontangible, digital assets an individual creates and stores on his…
Rank this Week: 1982

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
  • Dec 9

    Special Juvenile Immigrant Statu

    Special Juvenile Immigrant Statu
    Our law office regularly helps clients with family legal transactions, including child custody, prenuptial agreements, family partnerships, and - lately - guardianships based upon a child's dependent status. Today, we are launching our…
  • Dec 5

    Another reason for a living trust: you have 79 heir

    Another reason for a living trust: you have 79 heir
    In Georgia, most estate attorneys recommend use of a will rather than a living trust. Probate in this state is a simple affair, if the will is properly drafted, and living trusts are expensive to manage and administer during life. The…
  • Jul 17

    Probate court deadlines - In re Estate of Loyd

    Probate court deadlines - In re Estate of Loyd
    On Tuesday, the Court of Appeals of Georgia handed down its opinion in In re Estate of Loyd.The details of that case are fairly mundane in the world of probate litigation. A will was challenged on grounds of undue influence by a disinherited…
Rank this Week: 1822

All About Estates

All About Estates

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

http://www.allaboutestates.ca/
  • Jun 11

    A medical perspective on Estate matters – a chastened viewpoint

    A medical perspective on Estate matters – a chastened viewpoint
    I am very pleased to join the Allaboutestates blog to add a perspective on the role of the physician in estate matters. I recall vividly the first time I was asked in court: “Dr. Shulman, in your opinion did Mr. X have testamentary…
  • Jun 10

    Who is Your Daddy?

    Who is Your Daddy?
    I think it is safe to say that the concept of “family” is a foundational principle in estate planning. I think it is also safe to say that, when asked, all of us would have a very clear understanding of what is meant by the term…
  • Jun 9

    POA- Personal Care: Part 1/2

    POA- Personal Care: Part 1/2
    My work is with the living. POA’s are critical documents that are designed to support your wishes, while you are alive. Wills deal with your wishes, after you are dead.
Rank this Week: 2027

Massachusetts Estate Planning and…

Massachusetts Estate Planning and Elder Law

Discusses estate planning, elder law and health insurance matters in Massachusetts. By Leanna Hamil.

http://lhamillattorney.typepad.com/main/
  • Oct 10

    How Should I Divide My Assets?

    How Should I Divide My Assets?
    A lot of times when I’m meeting with clients they will ask me “how should we leave our stuff?” They have children, grandchildren, siblings, parents, nieces, nephews, charities they like to support and they are having trouble figuring…
  • Sep 18

    Leaving A Memo or Letter With Your Will

    Leaving A Memo or Letter With Your Will
    Your Will is the place where you distribute certain types of property after your death. Anything that has a joint owner (like a house or a bank account) or a named beneficiary (like a retirement plan or insurance policy) will pass to the…
  • Sep 10

    Changing Guardianship Nomination

    Changing Guardianship Nomination
    If you find yourself need to change the guardianship nominations for your children, there are some steps you need to take.  All parents of minor children (and parents of special needs children) should nominate guardians in legal documents so…
Rank this Week: 1909

Trust and Estate Attorney Blog

Trust and Estate Attorney Blog

Provides estate planning advice. By Kenneth R. Haas.

http://kennethhaas.wordpress.com
  • Jan 11

    HERE, HERE, THE ESTATE TAX IS DEAD, OR IS IT?

    HERE, HERE, THE ESTATE TAX IS DEAD, OR IS IT?
    Well Congress has done it this time. By failing to do anything at the end of the 2009 session, it has allowed the Federal Estate Tax to lapse. At first glance this seems like wonderful news, however, as with most Congressional acts (or…
  • Apr 12

    ESTATE TAXES DURING THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION

    ESTATE TAXES DURING THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION
    As you may not be aware, unless you are trying to keep up with Federal estate tax law for reasons that I cannot fathom, due to a quirk in the law, the Federal estate tax is due to be repealed next year. However, this may not seem to be as…
  • Jan 28

    PROBATE: TRUTHS AND MYTHS

    PROBATE: TRUTHS AND MYTHS
    Many estate planning practitioners, financial planners and television personalities discuss the virtues of having a “living trust” in the place of a Will in order to avoid the big bad process of probate.   The calls that I get, as often…
Rank this Week: 1950

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/
  • Dec 18

    Make sure your tax-deductible donations do the most good

    Make sure your tax-deductible donations do the most good
    Are you thinking about making gifts to a charity as the year comes to a close? Remember, not every "charity" is equally charitable. Even legitimate organizations differ widely in the percentage of dollars devoted to administrative…
  • Dec 15

    New rules on caregiver pay coming January 1, 2015

    New rules on caregiver pay coming January 1, 2015
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  • Dec 11

    Joan Rivers' will made public

    Joan Rivers' will made public
    The late Joan Rivers made us laugh. But her estate plan was no laughing matter to her. The late comedienne's will, filed December 9 in New York State Surrogate Court, shows great concern for the people she cared most about,  leaving nothing…
Rank this Week: 2252

New Jersey Estate Planning Center…

New Jersey Estate Planning Center Blog

Covers New Jersey estate planning. By Media Law Group.

http://www.jerseyestateplanning.com/blog/
  • Dec 18

    Snow Means Special Challenges for Seniors, Nursing Homes in NJ

    Snow Means Special Challenges for Seniors, Nursing Homes in NJ
    The year’s first snowfall is always an exciting thing, but a little goes a long way. Here in New Jersey, of course, we get more than just a little. View image | gettyimages.com For our state’s senior population, substantial…
  • Dec 11

    Why the Holidays are the Perfect Time to Update an Estate Plan

    Why the Holidays are the Perfect Time to Update an Estate Plan
    We all know the holidays are the right time for sleigh riding, bell ringing, and tree trimming… but what about estate planning? View image | gettyimages.com The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette recently suggested something I like to remind my…
  • Dec 4

    Medicaid Facilities Are Like Hotels in More Ways Than One

    Medicaid Facilities Are Like Hotels in More Ways Than One
    Sometimes elder care feels a little bit like booking a hotel room. #467305389 / gettyimages.com As one of the world’s most widely recognized travel organizations, AAA offers discounted rates at big-name hotels all across the U.S. If…
Rank this Week: 2372

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/
  • Dec 17

    Avoiding a Lump Sum Inheritance

    Avoiding a Lump Sum Inheritance
    Dear Liza My father wants to leave some of his assets to my brother and sister, however neither of them is particularly adept at handling money and he doesn’t want to hand them a large, lump sum. Can a Will stipulate that they receive…
  • Nov 24

    What to Do When One Parent Lacks Capacity

    What to Do When One Parent Lacks Capacity
    Dear Liza, my parents do not have a living trust in place. I need to help them set one up. My father and mother are 91 and 83 respectively. My father has a form of dementia that prevents him from making decision about his property.…
  • Nov 19

    Can the Executor Give Away Estate Assets?

    Can the Executor Give Away Estate Assets?
    Dear Liza: My husband is the sole executor (and only child) of his mother’s Will.  There are no other beneficiaries listed in her Will.  The only asset she had was a home which is valued at about $300,000.  Does he need…
Rank this Week: 2392

The Virtual Attorney Blog

The Virtual Attorney Blog

Covers estate planning and business law. By Michael Brennan.

http://thevirtualattorney.com/blog
  • Dec 16

    How an LLC Works: An Illustration

    How an LLC Works: An Illustration
    One of the first decisions an entrepreneur must make after deciding to start a business is how the business should be structured. There are a number of options, from C Corporation to S Corporation, to various types of partnerships. But by…
  • Dec 4

    Choosing a Health Care Agent Under a Power of Attorney

    Choosing a Health Care Agent Under a Power of Attorney
    A power of attorney is a written agreement that authorizes a trusted individual to make decisions on your behalf and in your best interests. That person, or agent is tasked with carrying out your wishes, often times when you are unable to…
  • Nov 6

    Top Six Reasons To Have an LLC Operating Agreement

    Top Six Reasons To Have an LLC Operating Agreement
    For many new business owners, one of the first questions they need to tackle is what type of business entity to form. From multiples types of corporations and partnerships (or sole proprietorships for individuals) to limited liability…
Rank this Week: 2386

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/
  • Dec 16

    News reports warn of overuse of antipsychotic drugs among nursing home patient

    News reports warn of overuse of antipsychotic drugs among nursing home patient
    Two news reports this week by Ina Jaffe of NPR News warn of the overuse and dangers of antipsychotic drugs among nursing home patients. Federal law forbids “chemical restraint” of patients. NPR’s reports show the…
  • Dec 8

    How will Pennsylvania’s new POA statute affect you?

    How will Pennsylvania’s new POA statute affect you?
    As we reported previously, Pennsylvania has adopted changes to its power of attorney law. Some changes have already gone into effect and others will take effect January 1, 2015. Here are some thoughts on how the new law may affect you,…
  • Dec 2

    New PA power of attorney statute brings changes now, and in 2015

    New PA power of attorney statute brings changes now, and in 2015
    Pennsylvania has adopted the most sweeping changes to its power of attorney statute since 1999. The new law, signed into law in July, made some changes that took effect immediately and others that will take effect January 1, 2015. Changes…
Rank this Week: 2135

Marshall Elder & Estate Planning…

Marshall Elder & Estate Planning Blog

Covers Pennsylvania and national elder law and estate planning issues. By Jeffrey A. Marshall.

http://marshallelder.blogspot.com/
Rank this Week: 2375

Givner & Kaye Blog

Givner & Kaye Blog

Covers estate and tax planning.

http://www.givnerkaye.com/blog/
Rank this Week: 2180

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/
  • Dec 10

    Qualified Personal Residence Trusts in Florida (QPRT)

    Qualified Personal Residence Trusts in Florida (QPRT)
    A qualified personal residence trust (QPRT) is an estate planning technique that can help reduce the size of the client’s taxable estate for estate tax purposes.  The technique was far more popular when the estate tax…
  • Dec 10

    Homestead Rights Waived By Deed Boilerplate Language

    Homestead Rights Waived By Deed Boilerplate Language
    In the most recent Florida homestead case, the appellate court rules that boilerplate language in a deed operates as a waiver of the spouse's homestead rights.
  • Dec 9

    How To Contest Life Insurance Beneficiary

    How To Contest Life Insurance Beneficiary
    It is possible to contest the beneficiary of a life insurance policy after the death of the insured in a variety of situations.  Here are some ways in which the beneficiary can be challenged.
Rank this Week: 2263

Vandrew Law Blog

Vandrew Law Blog

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

http://vandrew.com/
  • Dec 7

    Happy Holidays!

    Happy Holidays!
    This is just a quick blog post to wish everyone a Happy Holiday season! I look forward to working with all of my you on a happy, healthy, and productive new year.
  • Oct 3

    Estate Planning: More than Just a Will

    Estate Planning: More than Just a Will
    Estate planning is more than just a will. At first blush, this may sound like a way for an attorney to sell you on other estate planning structures, like the trusts I speak about so often on this blog. While those trusts are often critically…
  • Aug 29

    529 Strategies: FAFSA & a Grandchild’s College Expense

    529 Strategies: FAFSA &amp; a Grandchild&rsquo;s College Expense
    It’s common that grandparents want to help with college expenses for their grandchildren. Most grandparents helping their grandchildren want to do so in a way that won’t affect financial aid eligibility. One of the most common…
Rank this Week: 2090

Massachusetts Estate Planning,…

Massachusetts Estate Planning, Probate & Elder Law

Features a blend of common sense info for clients and family caregivers and in-depth probate, tax and Medicaid analysis for lawyers & CPAs. By Brian E. Barreira.

http://elderlaw.info/
Rank this Week: 2338

New York Estate Planning Lawyer…

New York Estate Planning Lawyer Blog

Covers estate planning, estate administration and estate taxes. By Ettinger Law Firm.

http://www.newyorkestateplanninglawyerblog.com/
  • Sep 27

    New Law Allows Owners to be Buried with Pet

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

    More Estate Planning Lessons from Celebritie

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

    Estate Planning Errors to Avoid

    Estate Planning Errors to Avoid
    According to estate planning professionals, almost 65% of Americans do not have a basic will or estate documents drafted. Although it is nice to think that your family will be able to take care of your estate and know your wishes, the truth…
Rank this Week: 2324

New Jersey Lawyers Blog

New Jersey Lawyers Blog

Covers New Jersey business, labor and employment, estate planning and consumer law. By McLaughlin & Nardi, LLC.

http://www.newjerseylawyersblog.com/
  • Sep 5

    Retainage in New Jersey Construction Law

    Retainage in New Jersey Construction Law
    Retainage in New Jersey Construction Law One of the areas which our construction lawyers often address is retainage. The Use Retainage in New Jersey Construction Law Retainage is an important device in construction law. Our attorneys…
  • Aug 29

    Payroll Withholding Tax Basics for Both Employers and Employee

    Payroll Withholding Tax Basics for Both Employers and Employee
    Requirements regarding withholding payroll taxes are something that every business owner should be familiar with, particularly businesses which handle their own payroll internally (as opposed to outsourcing to a payroll company). Employers…
  • Aug 6

    New Jersey's Use Tax

    New Jersey's Use Tax
    New Jersey's Sales and Use Tax Act is most often cited to refer to sales taxes while the use tax http://www.state.nj.us/treasury/taxation/pdf/pubs/sales/anj7.pdf tends to be less well known. When goods or services are purchased outside of…
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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: 2166

Crabtree Law Blawg

Crabtree Law Blawg

Covers bankruptcy and estate planning.

http://crabtree-law.com/blog
  • Jul 23

    Student Loan Victorie

    Student Loan Victorie
    I'm very honored and thankful to say that I've been thus far consistently able to reduce student loan debts, both public and private, by 50% or more. I just saved one client more than $20,000 by settling two student loans of his-- one from…
  • Mar 1

    Student Loan Bankruptcy, the True Goal

    Student Loan Bankruptcy, the True Goal
    Perhaps you've looked at my earlier student loan debt articles here and here, and you're discouraged. You're thinking to yourself that it's too much of a risk, that too many things could go against your favor in the case, the "totality of the…
  • Feb 22

    Your First DWI in Jefferson County, Missouri, Part 1: Getting Your License Back

    Your First DWI in Jefferson County, Missouri, Part 1: Getting Your License Back
    Getting a DWI in Jefferson County is, frankly, easy to do. We've got a slew of "DWI recognition experts" who patrol the bars and restaurants at target times, to swoop down upon unfortunate people who may have misjudged their blood-alcohol…
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Thoits Law Blog

Thoits Law Blog

Discusses important legal developments in the areas of business, employment, intellectual property, litigation, real estate, and estate planning. By Thoits, Love, Hershberger & McLean.

http://www.thoitslaw.com/blog/
  • Apr 8

    You Really, Really Need a Shareholder Buy-Sell Agreement

    You Really, Really Need a Shareholder Buy-Sell Agreement
    ...a relatively small investment of time spent on the fundamentals can yield significant dividends in the future – and help to avoid much distress. And, the first fundamental, particularly for founders who do not anticipate seeking venture…
  • Apr 8

    Selling Restricted Stock of Private Companie

    Selling Restricted Stock of Private Companie
    Anyone who holds restricted stock of a non-public company, such as Twitter, Box, or Palantir among others, probably has discovered it is possible to find buyers for their stock by contacting Second Market or Shares Post or other…
  • Feb 22

    California Pregnancy Disability Leave: Longer Than Four Months?

    California Pregnancy Disability Leave: Longer Than Four Months?
    The court stated that this was a "case of first impression" and posed the issue as "whether an employee who has exhausted all permissible leave available under the Pregnancy Disability Leave Law (PDLL)...may nevertheless state…
Rank this Week: 2241

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: 2109

The Law Office of Raymond A.…

The Law Office of Raymond A. Harris PLLC Blog

Covers estate planning, medicaid and medicare.

http://www.raymondaharris.com/blog/
Rank this Week: 2112

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
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Death Care Law Blog

Death Care Law Blog

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

http://www.deathcarelaw.com/
  • Dec 20

    Rising Interest Rates: A Return to the Good Ole Days?

    Rising Interest Rates: A Return to the Good Ole Days?
    For Fed watchers, last week’s announcement signaled a subtle warning that interest rates will likely begin rising by the Summer of 2015.  Since September of 2012, Federal Reserve statements have warned that interest rates would…
  • Dec 18

    Preneed Trust: Is it the Consumer’s Funds?

    Preneed Trust: Is it the Consumer’s Funds?
    Attorneys are currently arguing this issue before a Federal court in St. Louis.  While the NPS civil trial does not begin for another six weeks, both the SDR and the defendant trustees want to resolve the question of who is a beneficiary…
  • Dec 15

    Testimony Guidelines for the NPS Expert

    Testimony Guidelines for the NPS Expert
    In August, litigants to the NPS civil trial were required to file expert opinion reports with the court.  Initially, there were essentially 8 defendant banks, and most had retained one or more experts to testify at trial.  As a…
Rank this Week: 2546

Nirenstein, Horowitz & Associates,…

Nirenstein, Horowitz & Associates, P.C. Blog

Covers Connecticut estate planning, probate and elder law.

http://www.preserveyourestate.net/blog/
  • Dec 19

    Why Is Advance Planning Important?

    Why Is Advance Planning Important?
    Most people have long-term objectives, but far too many go forward day-to-day without working within an intelligently constructed plan that leads to the fruition of these goals. Those that do seem to have all their ducks in a row as they…
  • Dec 17

    Senior Financial Abuse: Don’t Be A Victim

    Senior Financial Abuse: Don’t Be A Victim
    We are facing a big problem in the United States with senior financial abuse, and it is estimated that our elders are bilked and scammed out of billions of dollars annually. The true extent of the problem is hidden to a large extent. As…
  • Dec 15

    Keep Things Simple As Retirement Beckon

    Keep Things Simple As Retirement Beckon
    Sometimes simple addition by subtraction is the best course of action, and this is something to keep in mind as retirement beckons. What we are referring to by suggesting addition by subtraction is a concerted effort to reduce debt as part of…
Rank this Week: 2569

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/
  • Dec 19

    Caregiving for Loved Ones, Without Family Feud

    Caregiving for Loved Ones, Without Family Feud
    Being a caregiver of an elderly loved one can be hard work, and it is important to have thoughtful and detailed discussions among all the family members to ensure participation and harmony when providing such care.
  • Dec 17

    Happy New Year? Not So Fast, Be Sure to Get Your Finances in Order First!

    Happy New Year? Not So Fast, Be Sure to Get Your Finances in Order First!
    Set a goal before New Years to organize your life, finances, and estate planning before the holidays are over.
  • Dec 15

    Are Online Estate Planning Forms Worth the Risk?

    Are Online Estate Planning Forms Worth the Risk?
    Online estate planning forms may be cheap, however, be wary. You often get what you pay for, and if not properly prepared, they can cost you and your estate more in the long run.
Rank this Week: 2611

Mendel Law Firm Blog

Mendel Law Firm Blog

Covers estate planning.

http://www.mendellawfirm.com/blog/
  • Dec 19

    Famous Estates – Legacy Champ or Chump?

    Famous Estates – Legacy Champ or Chump?
    Thomas Jefferson ( 1743-1826) – 3RD President of the United States, 1801-1809 Thomas Jefferson was one of America’s Founding Fathers and the principal author of the Declaration of Independence. At the beginning of the American…
  • Dec 17

    Thought for the Day:

    Thought for the Day:
    If you can dream it, you can achieve it. Zig Ziglar
  • Dec 17

    What if an Heir Predeceases You?

    What if an Heir Predeceases You?
    If the person named in your Will as the person to receive the majority of your estate has you and your mother murdered, would you want that person’s heirs to receive the inheritance instead? It sounds like an odd question to ask, but…
Rank this Week: 2503

epilawg

epilawg

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

http://epilawg.com/
  • Dec 18

    Year-End Tax Planning Part 1: Overview

    Year-End Tax Planning Part 1: Overview
    This is the first in a series of posts over the next two weeks to assist Epilawg readers with year-end tax planning. The opportunity to take advantage of income timing exists particularly for taxpayers who […]Year-End Tax Planning Part…
  • Dec 16

    Helping Families Today, Tomorrow & for the Future Generations – Part 2

    Helping Families Today, Tomorrow &amp; for the Future Generations &ndash; Part 2
    Part 1 of Anne’s post focused on the 5 strategies of an effective healthcare directive. This week’s post shares insights regarding the selection of healthcare agent(s). Well-written healthcare directives require more than checking…
  • Dec 14

    In the News – The Estate of James Brown

    In the News – The Estate of James Brown
    It will be the 8th anniversary of James Brown’s death on Christmas of this year and yet his estate still has not been administered according to his wishes in his Will. As we have witnessed […]In the News – The Estate of…
Rank this Week: 2836

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
  • Dec 17

    Do I Need an Attorney to Probate a Will in Texas?

    Do I Need an Attorney to Probate a Will in Texas?
    I get phone calls and emails each week from Texans who have lost friends and family members. Often, they have been named as independent executors and need information about probating a Will. The first question they ask is whether it will…
  • Dec 5

    The Obituary of the Amazing Spider-Man

    The Obituary of the Amazing Spider-Man
    Most obituaries are sterile. They provide basic information about the deceased person’s birth, death, and those they left behind, but are short on capturing the personality of the person who has died. Aaron Joseph Purmort’s…
  • Nov 26

    How To Support Someone Who’s Grieving During The Holiday

    How To Support Someone Who’s Grieving During The Holiday
    A friend of mine who volunteers for hospice wondered out loud a couple of weeks ago: “Why is it that more people die around the holidays?” “Really?”  I asked. “Is there actually data to support that?”…
Rank this Week: 2581

California Trust, Estate & Probate…

California Trust, Estate & Probate Litigation

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

http://www.californiatrustestateandprobatelitigation.com
  • Dec 15

    Mommy Dearest…Can She Disinherit Me Under California Law?

    Mommy Dearest…Can She Disinherit Me Under California Law?
    Can your mom or dad disinherit you under California law?  Do they have to notify you if they change their Trust or Will provisions?  Do you really have to be nice to your parents?  In this video, Keith Davidson describes the…
  • Dec 11

    Time to Account: How do you get a California Trust accounting? And what should it look like?

    Time to Account: How do you get a California Trust accounting? And what should it look like?
    Trustees are required to account for their actions, and yet it can be difficult to obtain a proper Trust accounting when one is desired.   Even if you do get a Trust accounting, what should it look like and how do you know you got a…
  • Dec 2

    California Trustee: It’s Time to Go!

    California Trustee: It’s Time to Go!
    In this video, Stewart R. Albertson describes some of the bases you can use to remove a Trustee from a California Trust.  Not always an easy thing to do, but it can be made easier if you know the legal basis you need to reference for…
Rank this Week: 2510

Walden & Pfannenstiel Blog

Walden & Pfannenstiel Blog

Covers bankruptcy and estate planning.

http://wplawpractice.com/blog/
Rank this Week: 2476

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
  • Dec 9

    International Will

    International Will
    I have been practicing law since 1994. I have been extremely focused on the areas of estate and probate law during that time.  Through those years I have a number of clients who have property in other countries. Usually we ……
  • Nov 10

    California Heggstad Petitions and Kucker v. Kucker

    California Heggstad Petitions and Kucker v. Kucker
    I recently had the following calendar note in a probate case in Alameda County. We had filed a Heggstad petition, pursuant to California probate code 850, to get two properties into a trust after death. I should clarify our firm ……
  • Oct 1

    Bank of America mortgage trust certification form

    Bank of America mortgage trust certification form
    For some time now I have advised clients to contact their mortgage holder to see about linking their trust to their mortgage. Without that you can leave your trustee with a problem. The house might be owned by the trust … Continue…
Rank this Week: 2418

Gay & Lesbian Legal Update

Gay & Lesbian Legal Update

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

http://gaybilesbian.blogspot.com/
  • Dec 8

    2c:14-4

    2c:14-4
    A person commits a disorderly persons offense if he does any flagrantly lewd and offensive act which he knows or reasonably expects is likely to be observed by other non consenting persons who would be affronted or alarmed.1 In order to…
  • Nov 26

    WCTC 1450am radio Dec 2 Rutgers Bias case and Sayreville hazing case Judge Glen Berman JSC retired

    WCTC 1450am radio Dec 2 Rutgers Bias case and Sayreville hazing case Judge Glen Berman JSC retired
    Dec 2 Rutgers Bias case and Sayreville hazing case  Judge BermanWCTC 1450am radio Tuesday 6pm show “NJ Law Talk with Ken Vercammen.” Topics: Dec 2 Rutgers Bias case and Sayreville hazing case  special…
  • Nov 13

    Review of the Major Municipal Court Cases from 2013-2014

    Review of the Major Municipal Court Cases from 2013-2014
    Review of the Major Municipal Court Cases from 2013-2014 Nov 25th Municipal Court Practice CLE Seminar When:      Tuesday, November 25, 2014 2:00 PM until 4:00 PM  Where:     MCBA Office…
Rank this Week: 2574

Tennessee Wills and Estates

Tennessee Wills and Estates

Provides commentary on wills, probate law and estate planning. By Jason A. Lee

http://www.tennesseewillsandestates.com
  • Dec 6

    IRS Recently Announced 2015 Limits for Estate and Gift Tax Exemption

    IRS Recently Announced 2015 Limits for Estate and Gift Tax Exemption
    The IRS recently introduced certain cost of living adjustments to the consolidated federal estate and gift tax exemption.  The new federal estate and gift tax exemption will be $5.43 million dollars in 2015.  This is an…
  • Nov 20

    Statute of Limitations to Contest a Tennessee Probated Will is 2 Years From Date of Order Probating Will

    Statute of Limitations to Contest a Tennessee Probated Will is 2 Years From Date of Order Probating Will
    In Tennessee we have a two year statute of limitations to set aside the probate of a will.  This two year statute of limitations is calculated from the date the order is entered admitting the will to probate.  If you wait beyond…
  • Nov 9

    I Am a Beneficiary In a Tennessee Estate, Do I Need an Attorney?

    I Am a Beneficiary In a Tennessee Estate, Do I Need an Attorney?
    The answer to this question is not easy.  It really depends on the circumstances of your situation.  If there is a good trustworthy executor who hires a good competent attorney to handle a Tennessee estate, then the answer may be…
Rank this Week: 2571