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Liberty Law Blog

Liberty Law Blog

Covers estate planning, estate taxes, probate and trusts.

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

    Successfully Passing the Family Business to Children

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

    The Importance of Reviewing Beneficiary Designation

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

    Even young adults should plan their Estate

    Even young adults should plan their Estate
    Good summary article here on why its important for young adults to think about getting some basic documents in place. Tweet
Rank this Week: 778

Hippo Fleming & Pertile Blog

Hippo Fleming & Pertile Blog

Covers estate planning in Pennsylvania.

http://www.hippofleming-ep.com/blog/
  • Jun 3

    The Fiscal Cliff Compromise and Your Estate

    The Fiscal Cliff Compromise and Your Estate
    Estate planning can involve the implementation of tax efficiency strategies if the value of your estate exceeds the estate tax exclusion. For this reason understanding exactly where you stand with regard to the existing exclusion is very…
  • Jun 3

    The Fiscal Cliff Compromise and Your Estate

    The Fiscal Cliff Compromise and Your Estate
    Estate planning can involve the implementation of tax efficiency strategies if the value of your estate exceeds the estate tax exclusion. For this reason understanding exactly where you stand with regard to the existing exclusion is very…
  • Jun 3

    The Fiscal Cliff Compromise and Your Estate

    The Fiscal Cliff Compromise and Your Estate
    Estate planning can involve the implementation of tax efficiency strategies if the value of your estate exceeds the estate tax exclusion. For this reason understanding exactly where you stand with regard to the existing exclusion is very…
Rank this Week: 962

Ohio Social Security Disability…

Ohio Social Security Disability Blog

Covers family law, criminal law, and social security SSD/SSI ssues in Ohio. By the Law Offices of John T. Nicholson.

http://www.johntnicholson.com/ohiolawblog/
  • May 26

    SSA ruling indicates that focus of disability inquiry should be on capacity to work, not ability to find a job

    SSA ruling indicates that focus of disability inquiry should be on capacity to work, not ability to find a job
    SSA ruling indicates that focus of disability inquiry should be on capacity to work, not ability to find a job  SSR 64-47c The claimant, a high school graduate who had worked in various capacities in carpentry, including foreman and…
  • Mar 24

    Social Security disability rules for Lupu

    Social Security disability rules for Lupu
    How to win my disability case for a lupus diagnosis? Systemic lupus erythematosus, or simply lupus, is evaluated in the immune system section of the Disability Evaluation Under Social Security disability handbook, more commonly known as the…
  • Feb 10

    Delays in Ohio Social Security Disability claims hurt claimant

    Delays in Ohio Social Security Disability claims hurt claimant
    Social Security Disability Delays Impact Vulnerable Patients Unfortunately it is becoming all to common for those applying for Social Security Disability benefits to suffer delay after delay while their claims languish in a bureaucratic mess…
Rank this Week: 1045

Estate of Confusion

Estate of Confusion

Covers developments in estate planning and wealth transfer taxes. By Hani Sarji.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/hanisarji/
Rank this Week: 859

Trust Your Pet

Trust Your Pet

Covers how to make sure that our pets are cared for if we, the pet owner, die or are incapacitated. By Ken Begun.

http://www.trustyourpet.com
  • Dec 13

    Does the Law Consider Your Dog “Property”?

    Does the Law Consider Your Dog “Property”?
    The answer is mostly “yes” and judges typically have looked at pets as personal property and considered the usual factors in this analysis. However, in recent years pets, particularly dogs, have been the focus of custody disputes…
  • Nov 10

    Italian Woman Leaves Entire Estate To Her Dog

    Italian Woman Leaves Entire Estate To Her Dog
    An elderly Italian woman has bequeathed 2 million euros worth of property to her beloved dog.  Under her will, her dog Kikko will inherit, two apartments, several land estates, and bank accounts.  Italian law does not give recognize the…
  • Oct 8

    California Legislature Very Animal Friendly in 2012

    California Legislature Very Animal Friendly in 2012
    This article outlines the rush of bills relating to a range of issues regarding the treatment of animals.  There is a bill prohibiting the use of dogs in the hunting of bears and bobcats.  Another bill raises the penalties for those…
Rank this Week: 1062

Estates of Mind

Estates of Mind

Covers estate planning and wealth preservation. By Mark A. Ziebold.

http://estatesofmind.blogspot.com/
  • Jul 27

    Uncertainty and what it means for you

    Uncertainty and what it means for you
    I have been receiving the same type of question from many clients lately. In each instance, the question centers around the activities of the government in spending more money than we have (and printing what it doesn't have!) and what that…
  • Jul 27

    Teaching in the Fall

    Teaching in the Fall
    I'll be teaching Federal Income Taxation in the Fall Semester at Trinity law School. For any students reading this, we'll be going through many of the fundamental code sections that are important in this practice area and focusing on…
  • Jul 27

    Teaching in the Fall

    Teaching in the Fall
    I'll be teaching Federal Income Taxation in the Fall Semester at Trinity law School. For any students reading this, we'll be going through many of the fundamental code sections that are important in this practice area and focusing on…
Rank this Week: 1013

Florida Estate Planning and…

Florida Estate Planning and Probate Law Blog

By Marc Soss.

http://floridaestateplanningandprobatelaw.blogspot.com/
  • May 27

    SAME -SEX COUPLES CONTEMPLATING MARRIAGE SHOULD NOT PUT IT OFF

    SAME -SEX COUPLES CONTEMPLATING MARRIAGE SHOULD NOT PUT IT OFF
    A recent New Jersey Tax Court ruling, unpublished opinion, emphasizes the importance for same-sex couples to not put-off marriage for estate planning purposes. New Jersey has both an estate tax and an inheritance tax, and taxpayers must pay…
  • Apr 29

    THE IMPORTANCE OF A LAST WILL & TESTAMENT

    THE IMPORTANCE OF A LAST WILL & TESTAMENT
    Prince's death puts living will discussion into the spotlightSARASOTA, Fla. -- It's something that experts say you don't want to have running away from you. If you pass away without a will in the state of Florida, the state statutes would…
  • Apr 26

    FIDUCIARY ACCESS LAW IN FLORIDA

    FIDUCIARY ACCESS LAW IN FLORIDA
    On March 10, 2016, Governor Scott signed in law the “Fiduciary Access Law.”  Effective July 1, 2016, the law allows custodians to turn over "data, text, images, videos, sounds, codes, computer programs, software, databases"…
Rank this Week: 2037

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
  • May 27

    Is A Will Valid if the Testator signed the Will Several Days Before the Witnesses?

    Is A Will Valid if the Testator signed the Will Several Days Before the Witnesses?
    Section 251.051 of the Texas Estates Code provides that a last will and testament must be in writing; signed by the testator in person (or another person on behalf of the testator in his presence and under his direction); and attested by two…
  • May 18

    Would You Rather Die Than Vote For Trump or Clinton?

    Would You Rather Die Than Vote For Trump or Clinton?
    If you’re discontented with your choices for president this year, you will appreciate Mary Ann Noland’s obituary, which suggests she chose to die rather than vote for either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton.
  • May 13

    How Will I Know If My College Student Has a Medical Emergency When Away at School?

    How Will I Know If My College Student Has a Medical Emergency When Away at School?
    If you are the parent of a high school senior, you’re probably feeling a whirlwind of emotion right now. Just thinking about the fact that I will be in your place in a couple of years makes my heart beat a bit faster! While you’re…
Rank this Week: 4770

Lancaster Law Blog

Lancaster Law Blog

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

http://www.lancasterlawblog.com/
  • May 27

    Reflections on Leadership Lancaster – The Finale

    Reflections on Leadership Lancaster – The Finale
    As a proud member of the Leadership Lancaster Core Class of 2016, I will be posting periodic updates of my experiences in the program. Learn more about Leadership Lancaster at www.leadershiplancaster.org or feel free to contact me directly…
  • May 18

    New Federal Rule Increases Employee Eligibility for Overtime Pay

    New Federal Rule Increases Employee Eligibility for Overtime Pay
    In a March 17, 2016 press release, the White House announced that the Department of Labor will issue a final rule today that will expand workers’ eligibility to receive overtime pay (time-and-a-half). Under the prior rule, only workers…
  • May 4

    The Successful Turnover: Best Practices for Transition from Developer to Association

    The Successful Turnover: Best Practices for Transition from Developer to Association
    Thank you to everyone who joined me and Lori Van Gorden of Horst Property Management for our real estate development seminar on May 2.  We led an informative discussion about “The Successful Turnover: Best Practices for Transition…
Rank this Week: 4851

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/
Rank this Week: 2921

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
  • May 27

    Getting Your Client Ready for Deposition

    Getting Your Client Ready for Deposition
    For most clients, being questioned in a deposition is a new and frightening experience. The more you can do to prepare your client, the better he or she will feel and perform. When it comes to instructing your client on how to respond to…
  • May 25

    Voir Dire: Your First Chance to Make a Good Impression

    Voir Dire: Your First Chance to Make a Good Impression
    Some attorneys erroneously think of their opening statement as the first opportunity to present themselves to the jury. In reality, the jurors will begin getting an impression of you—and by extension, your case—as soon as you…
  • May 23

    Spouses in the Workplace: Allow or Prohibit?

    Spouses in the Workplace: Allow or Prohibit?
    Employers often face the issue of whether to allow spouses or other family members to work together. Regardless the side the employer falls on, there is potential liability lurking. A policy that allows the hiring of spouses or family members…
Rank this Week: 2771

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/
  • May 27

    How do heirs inherit values along with the valuables?

    How do heirs inherit values along with the valuables?
    Do you worry about how your children will deal with their inheritance? Do you wish you could pass along the life lessons you learned while earning and saving the money you pass on to them? If so, you're not alone. A method of passing along…
  • May 23

    Ok, that's enough! Stop giving legal advice if you're not a lawyer.

    Ok, that's enough! Stop giving legal advice if you're not a lawyer.
    On Friday, I had to yell at someone in a bank. Well, I suppose I didn't have to, but that is pretty much what happened. You tell me whether you'd have done the same. On Friday I met with a client who is around 90 years old. She has never…
  • May 23

    Still don't have a healthcare directive?

    Still don't have a healthcare directive?
    I've come across a really good article by Aviva B. Abraham of the Toronto litigation firm, Wagner Sidlofsky. It covers in some detail what you need to include in a healthcare directive, and why you should have one. Click here to read it. In…
Rank this Week: 4910

Laird Hammons Laird Blog

Laird Hammons Laird Blog

Trial Lawyers Chris Hammons and John Laird discuss Oklahoma laws and their implications.

http://www.lhllaw.com/blog/
  • May 27

    Taking the fight to the Oklahoma State Supreme Court – and winning

    Taking the fight to the Oklahoma State Supreme Court – and winning
    Nine years ago, a high school driver was struck by a speeding ambulance at a dangerous intersection outside of Norman. The crash changed her life, and the attorneys at Laird Hammons Laird have fought for justice for their client ever since.…
  • May 4

    Contract Workers in Oklahoma: Pursuing Compensation for Your Work-Related Injury

    Contract Workers in Oklahoma: Pursuing Compensation for Your Work-Related Injury
    Steven Broom was laying pipe while working on a high school stadium when a trench collapsed, burying him up to his neck in dirt. By the time he was rescued, Broom was severely hurt with rib fractures, collapsed lungs and other injuries. When…
  • May 4

    What is Pain and Suffering?

    What is Pain and Suffering?
    Pain and suffering is a legal term that includes injuries you may have experienced as the result of an accident. The term is used to address physical pain, but it also includes mental injuries, like grief, worry, insomnia, fear and loss of…
Rank this Week: 2035

Law Office of Andrew M. Lamkin,…

Law Office of Andrew M. Lamkin, P.C. Blog

Covers elder law.

http://lamkinelderlaw.com/articles/
  • May 27

    Benefits of Creating a Discretionary Lifetime Trust

    Benefits of Creating a Discretionary Lifetime Trust
    When you are exploring your options for passing on your estate to your beneficiaries – including your spouse, children, or other beneficiaries – one option that you may want to consider is creating a discretionary lifetime trust…
  • May 20

    How to Choose Beneficiaries for Your Life Insurance Policie

    How to Choose Beneficiaries for Your Life Insurance Policie
    When you purchase life insurance, you must also designate a beneficiary for your policy. This beneficiary is the individual who will then receive financial compensation upon your death. While it does sound easy enough picking a name, this is…
  • May 17

    Attorney Andrew Lamkin Joins the ‘Chillin’ with Adam’ Board of Director

    Attorney Andrew Lamkin Joins the ‘Chillin’ with Adam’ Board of Director
    ‘Chillin with Adam’ is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to raising money for programs for children battling cancer. May 2, 2016 – Plainview, NY – Attorney Andrew Lamkin recently announced that he has agreed…
Rank this Week: 1820

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
  • May 26

    Before You Travel This Summer, Don’t Forget These 5 Estate Planning Must Do

    Before You Travel This Summer, Don’t Forget These 5 Estate Planning Must Do
    It’s travel season! Whether you’re planning to dip your toes in the sand and surf, or ride the newest attractions at your favorite amusement park, you’re ready to hit the road (or the skies) and get out of town! Before you…
  • Apr 26

    Candidates' Proposed Estate Tax Plan

    Candidates' Proposed Estate Tax Plan
    Robert Woods, writing for Forbes: Under current law, estates worth $5.45 million or less are exempt from federal estate tax. Beyond that, you pay. Call it an estate tax, a death tax, or a tax on accumulated wealth. Whatever you call it, it…
  • Apr 14

    Bernie Sander's Estate Tax Plan

    Bernie Sander's Estate Tax Plan
    Ashlea Ebeling, reporting for Forbes: The Sanders bill, a rewrite of a bill he introduced in 2010—the year the estate tax lapsed under the Bush tax cuts — would exempt the first $3.5 million on an individual’s estate from…
Rank this Week: 4680

San Diego Estate Planning Lawyer…

San Diego Estate Planning Lawyer Blog

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

http://www.sandiegoestateplanninglawyerblog.com/
  • May 26

    Can a Probate Court Admit an Earlier Version of My Will?

    Can a Probate Court Admit an Earlier Version of My Will?
    Signing a last will and testament is often not a one-time affair. You may in fact execute several wills over the course of your lifetime. While a “last” will usually refers to the document signed most recently before your death,…
  • May 22

    California Legislature May Approve “Digital Assets” Legislation

    California Legislature May Approve “Digital Assets” Legislation
    Estate planning is typically concerned with a person’s tangible possessions and assets. But in the modern age when more of our lives exist online, how does estate planning deal with so-called digital assets? The California legislature…
  • May 21

    Can My Stepchildren Inherit From My Estate?

    Can My Stepchildren Inherit From My Estate?
    Recently a California appeals court faced an unusual situation. A woman wanted to reopen her late husband’s estate nearly 25 years after his death. The widow claimed there was a “clerical error” in the original probate court…
Rank this Week: 1661

Freed Marcroft Blog

Freed Marcroft Blog

Covers Connecticut estate planning, family, real estate, litigation, business and non-profit planning, and LGBT immigration law.

http://freedmarcroft.com/category/blog/
  • May 26

    Our Clients’ Tip for Taking Care of Yourself During Divorce: Get Outside and Exercise

    Our Clients’ Tip for Taking Care of Yourself During Divorce: Get Outside and Exercise
    One way I know that it’s officially Spring is that I’m driving my Freed Marcroft colleagues crazy with my allergies.  Robin ultimately said I could just keep her Carmex, Nisha gave me some precious, family-made ghost…
  • May 15

    Top Four Financial Benefits To Filing First For Divorce

    Top Four Financial Benefits To Filing First For Divorce
    One of the questions we are often asked at Freed Marcroft is whether there is an advantage to filing for divorce before your spouse.  Given that this is such a common concern, we have put together a three-part series detailing the…
  • Apr 14

    Natasha Roggi of Hartford Sweat on Yoga For Stress Relief

    Natasha Roggi of Hartford Sweat on Yoga For Stress Relief
    We talked to former clients about their top tips on how to take care of yourself during a divorce.  Their excellent advice, which you can read here, inspired us to do a series of blog posts expanding on their suggestions.  …
Rank this Week: 1975

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/
  • May 26

    Protect Yourself from the Most Overlooked Aspect of Estate Planning

    Protect Yourself from the Most Overlooked Aspect of Estate Planning
    There are many individuals who understand the basic benefits of estate planning, but they fail to realize that leaving their beneficiary designations the same from their initial estate planning meeting can be devastating. This is because…
  • May 19

    What Are the Advantages of Using a Revocable Living Trust as Opposed To a Will?

    What Are the Advantages of Using a Revocable Living Trust as Opposed To a Will?
    While you will certainly need a will as your basic estate planning tool, you may also choose to use a revocable trust. There are several different reasons why revocable trusts can be seen as advantageous when compared with wills. Flexibility…
  • May 12

    What We Can Learn from the Estate Planning Mistakes of Four Celebritie

    What We Can Learn from the Estate Planning Mistakes of Four Celebritie
    There are four primary estate planning mistakes that individuals all across the wealth spectrum are guilty of but there are important lessons that can be drawn from celebrities who have made these mistakes as well. Not Having a Will Singer,…
Rank this Week: 4694

Potter Law Firm Blog

Potter Law Firm Blog

Covers estate planning and elder law.

http://www.potterestateplanning.com/blog/
  • May 25

    Don’t Be Intimidated By Irrevocable Trust

    Don’t Be Intimidated By Irrevocable Trust
    If you have never looked into the subject closely, when you think about trusts, you may paint with a broad brush assuming that they all do more or less the same thing. In fact, all trusts are not created equal, and there are some big…
  • May 23

    What Does the Executor of a Will Do?

    What Does the Executor of a Will Do?
    Things do not fall into place automatically after you pass away, even if you have a last will. In your will, you would name an executor of a will to handle the estate administration tasks. The executor of a will has many different…
  • May 20

    How to Find the Right Estate Planning Attorney

    How to Find the Right Estate Planning Attorney
    Estate planning is a dynamic, ongoing process that is actually an extension of the financial planning that you have done throughout your life. You make sure that you have sufficient resources to draw from for your own purposes, and you…
Rank this Week: 2602

Northern Kentucky Lawyer Blog

Northern Kentucky Lawyer Blog

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

http://www.fsgattorneys.com/blog
  • May 25

    Medical Malpractice Attorneys in Northern Kentucky

    Medical Malpractice Attorneys in Northern Kentucky
    I took my coughing, aching, exhausted self to a nurse practitioner. She took one look at me and said, “Don’t need to do tests for this, you have bad allergies. Go get these OTC allergy meds.” Soon I was spiking a fever and…
  • May 18

    Grandparents Rights Attorneys in Ft. Thoma

    Grandparents Rights Attorneys in Ft. Thoma
    Everyday people drive past public buildings and never consider that someone designed those landscapes, someone planted the trees and bushes, and someone takes care of them. Listening to Katie Mills of Merkle Lawn Care, I learned that Merkle…
  • May 11

    Personal Injury Attorneys in Northern Kentucky

    Personal Injury Attorneys in Northern Kentucky
    The college kids are out of school, the high school kids will be out in about two weeks. Therefore, the number of drivers on the road at any given time is increased—that also increases the number of distracted drivers. Cell phones,…
Rank this Week: 2607

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/
Rank this Week: 3245

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/
  • May 25

    Tennessee Court of Appeals Rules Trustee May Sell Property in Testamentary Trust

    Tennessee Court of Appeals Rules Trustee May Sell Property in Testamentary Trust
    In a current opinion, the Court of Appeals of Tennessee reviewed an estate case involving the distribution of assets in a testamentary trust. In the matter of In re Estate of Culp (Tenn. Ct. App. May 12, 2016), the decedent’s will…
  • May 18

    Tennessee Court Vacates Permanent Order of Protection in Divorce Case

    Tennessee Court Vacates Permanent Order of Protection in Divorce Case
    In a recent divorce case, the Tennessee Court of Appeals reviewed whether a trial court had the authority to enter a permanent, open-ended order of protection in the parties’ divorce decree. In Swonger v. Swonger (Tenn. Ct. App. Apr.…
  • May 9

    Tennessee Court Discusses Concept of Reasonable Foreseeability in Premises Liability Case

    Tennessee Court Discusses Concept of Reasonable Foreseeability in Premises Liability Case
    In a recent case, the Court of Appeals of Tennessee examined whether or not a plaintiff’s injuries were reasonably foreseeable in order to establish premises liability in a wrongful death claim. In Singletary v. Gatlinburlier, Inc.…
Rank this Week: 2005

Estate Planning Blog

Estate Planning Blog

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

http://www.hooklawcenter.com/blog/
  • May 25

    Learn what government benefits are available to help pay for long-term care

    Learn what government benefits are available to help pay for long-term care
    There are a few government programs, including Medicare and Medicaid, that can help pay for long-term care services. Each program has certain regulations concerning which services are covered, your eligibility for benefits, the length of time…
  • May 11

    How and why seniors should stay socially engaged

    How and why seniors should stay socially engaged
    Experts believe that in addition to engaging in regular exercise and eating well, social networking can contribute to the health of seniors. As you become advanced in age, changes that occur in the brain can make it challenging for you to…
  • Apr 15

    Learn the facts about passive index fund

    Learn the facts about passive index fund
    When making investment decisions, people often consider whether they should use an active or passive strategy. Passive investing attempts to duplicate the returns of the market as a whole. This strategy does not involve the selection of…
Rank this Week: 1735

Western New York Elder Law Blog

Western New York Elder Law Blog

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

http://www.dutcher-zatkowsky.com
  • May 25

    Not Enough Geriatricians?

    Not Enough Geriatricians?
    Geriatrics is one of the few medical specialties in the United States that is contracting even as the need is growing. An article in the New York Times says it ranks at the bottom of the list of specialities that internal medicine residents…
  • May 18

    Is Alzheimer’s Catching?

    Is Alzheimer’s Catching?
    Some disturbing news from a Swiss medical journal suggests that Alzheimer’s may be transmissible during some medical treatments. An article on nature.com says that autopsies done on the brains of seven people who died of the rare…
  • May 11

    A Prescription For Confusion

    A Prescription For Confusion
    Taking medications at the correct time is a special problem for the elderly. They take quite a few more drugs than younger people do, many take seven or more a day. Still, studies show that the more times a day you have to take a medication,…
Rank this Week: 4907

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/
  • May 24

    HOW TO HELP YOUR EXECUTOR

    HOW TO HELP YOUR EXECUTOR
    CHOOSING THE RIGHT PERSON AND STEPS TO TAKE         As noted in a previous blog, being an executor of an estate can be a thankless job.  There are ways, however, that can allow you to make the job and…
  • May 21

    DYNASTY TRUST REEXAMINED

    DYNASTY TRUST REEXAMINED
    VERY SIMPLE CONCEPT This blog examined the dynasty trust in the past but it is time to reexamine certain aspects of the dynasty trust.  The dynasty trust is a trust designed primarily to avoid the generation skipping transfer tax when a…
  • May 19

    BACK TO THE BASICS – MEDICAID PENALTY PERIOD

    BACK TO THE BASICS – MEDICAID PENALTY PERIOD
    RULE OF HALVES Many people find themselves going into nursing homes earlier than expected and without the appropriate planning.  Things happen in life to derail our best laid or thought out plans.  With more and more elderly…
Rank this Week: 4862

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/
  • May 24

    Missouri Seller Exams: Trustee Recordkeeping and Disbursement

    Missouri Seller Exams: Trustee Recordkeeping and Disbursement
    The clock is on for the second round of Missouri preneed audits  financial examinations, and the Missouri Division of Professional Registration wants to avoid the slow start that plagued the process 5 years ago.   Although the…
  • May 1

    Missouri Preneed Seller Records: Receipt Journal

    Missouri Preneed Seller Records: Receipt Journal
    The first record described in the proposed Missouri recordkeeping regulation could actually require preneed sellers to maintain three, maybe four, sets of journals: (1) receipt and disbursement journals containing a record of deposits to and…
  • Apr 18

    Missouri Seller Records: The State Board Proposal

    Missouri Seller Records: The State Board Proposal
    At its March meetings, the State Board again received from the Division staff a rule proposal that would define the minimum records that a preneed seller would have to maintain.  The first recordkeeping proposal was offered last July,…
Rank this Week: 1320

Rogers, Sheffield & Campbell, LLP…

Rogers, Sheffield & Campbell, LLP News & Commentary

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

http://rogerssheffield.com/news-and-commentary
  • May 24

    Foundations—The Smart Way to Give

    Foundations—The Smart Way to Give
    Our community has a long tradition of charitable giving. We are so well known for our charitable tradition that we have been the subject of numerous regional and national articles on that topic. One of our many resources are charitable…
  • May 10

    Gifts to Care Custodians: Traps for the Unwary.

    Gifts to Care Custodians: Traps for the Unwary.
    What does care custodian mean to you? A friend or acquaintance that visits, runs errands, pays bills, cooks, cleans, administers medications, and takes care of other pressing needs?. Probate Code Section 21350 provides that gifts to…
  • Apr 26

    Real Estate Co-Ownership Agreement

    Real Estate Co-Ownership Agreement
    With the high price of real estate, we increasingly see arrangements between parents and children, unmarried couples, or friends who pool money to buy residential property. Owners often do not understand their rights and responsibilities.…
Rank this Week: 2091

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: 4884

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/
  • May 23

    Representation of Charities by the Attorney General

    Representation of Charities by the Attorney General
    Many estate practitioners are familiar with contested matters in which a charity interested in the proceeding is cited, as is the Attorney General, and both the Attorney General and private counsel for the charity appear in the proceeding. In…
  • Mar 17

    Contingency Fees – Size Matter

    Contingency Fees – Size Matter
    While the Court of Appeals last year upheld the validity of contingency fee agreements in estate matters, particularly in litigation, where it approved contingency fees of over forty million dollars when the actual time spent was a fraction…
  • Dec 24

    A Real-Life Final Exam Fact Pattern: That Pesky Per Stirpes Statute

    A Real-Life Final Exam Fact Pattern: That Pesky Per Stirpes Statute
    As the year draws to a close, I sometimes recall the stresses of final exam season from my law school days. In the spirit of reminiscence, I’ll pose a quick final-exam-like fact pattern: Jane owned a parcel of real property in New Hyde…
Rank this Week: 4358

Kevin A. Pollock BLAWG

Kevin A. Pollock BLAWG

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

http://willstrustsestates.blogspot.com/
  • May 23

    Trouble with Banks Accepting a Power of Attorney - Florida

    Trouble with Banks Accepting a Power of Attorney - Florida
    As I've written in my last two posts, more and more Banks have been routinely rejecting Power of Attorney forms drafted by attorneys in New Jersey.  Obviously this irks me enough to write about it in three consecutive posts.Apparently,…
  • May 19

    Banks Required to Accept a Power of Attorney Under NJ Statutory Law

    Banks Required to Accept a Power of Attorney Under NJ Statutory Law
    Yesterday I wrote a post about how banks are routinely refusing to accept powers of attorney.  I thought this statute may be helpful to people who may need to argue with the banks (at least in NJ anyway):N.J.S.A…
  • May 18

    Growing Problem of Banks refusing to Honor a Financial Power of Attorney

    Growing Problem of Banks refusing to Honor a Financial Power of Attorney
    Please be advised that more and more banks are refusing to accept any financial power of attorney other than their own form.  This may not be a huge problem if you are still competent, but if you become incapacitated later and have not…
Rank this Week: 1458

Hauptman and Hauptman, P.C. Blog

Hauptman and Hauptman, P.C. Blog

Covers guardianship, Medicaid, probate and estate administration.

http://www.hauptmanlaw.com/blog
  • May 22

    Can Family Pay for Private Room When Loved One is Receiving Medicaid? #Medicaid

    Can Family Pay for Private Room When Loved One is Receiving Medicaid? #Medicaid
                It’s a question that I’ve been asked numerous times over the years.  It’s also one that has caused a lot of confusion.  I’ve spoken with some…
  • May 15

    A Most Unusual Support System

    A Most Unusual Support System
                A recent story that made the news and spread quickly via the Internet reminds us of the importance of having a support system in place because you just never know when you…
  • May 8

    What Happens When You Don’t File for Medicaid When You Should (Part 2) #Medicaid

    What Happens When You Don’t File for Medicaid When You Should (Part 2) #Medicaid
                Last week I was telling you about the call I received from Shelly.  Her mom was sued by the nursing home where her husband resided for the last 4 months of his…
Rank this Week: 1865

New York Probate and Estate…

New York Probate and Estate Administration Blog

Published by Stephen Bilkis & Associates

http://www.newyorkprobateestateadministration.com/
  • May 22

    Plaintiff Brings Action to Recover Money from Defendant’s Default Under Commercial Credit Line

    Plaintiff Brings Action to Recover Money from Defendant’s Default Under Commercial Credit Line
    A New York Estate Lawyer said that, in this action by plaintiff to recover monies based upon the default of defendants under a commercial line of credit and a concurrently executed personal guaranty, plaintiff moves, pursuant to CPLR 3212,…
  • May 21

    Court Decides Effect of Divestiture of AT&T Stock

    Court Decides Effect of Divestiture of AT&T Stock
    A New York Estate Lawyer said that, this is the first New York decision to consider the effect of the recent AT & T divestiture on a bequest of AT & T stock. This is a proceeding brought by co-administratrix, for a construction of…
  • May 20

    Motion Brought to Change the Domicile of the Decedent

    Motion Brought to Change the Domicile of the Decedent
    A New York Estate Lawyer said that, a motion has been brought before this court to determine whether a domicile of the decedent was changed from New York State to Texas. The facts indicate that on July 5, 1983, the decedent, signed a Power of…
Rank this Week: 3223

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/
  • May 22

    A Shameful Problem: Elder Financial Abuse

    A Shameful Problem: Elder Financial Abuse
    A new report suggests that financial abuse of older adults is much more prevalent than previous thought. The statistics we have been using on financial fraud and exploitation of the elderly may be way low. If you are over 65 you probably…
  • May 13

    PA Department of Aging Releases Draft State Plan on Aging for 2016-2020

    PA Department of Aging Releases Draft State Plan on Aging for 2016-2020
    Every four years, the Pennsylvania Department of Aging (PDA) is required by both state and federal law to develop and submit a "State Plan on Aging" to the federal government. The Plan is required for Pennsylvania to receive federal…
  • May 5

    Cost of Care 2016

    Cost of Care 2016
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Illinois Estate Planning &…

Illinois Estate Planning & Elder Law Blog

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

http://www.illinoisestateplanningandelderlawblog.com/
  • May 21

    Lower your Estate Taxes with Gift

    Lower your Estate Taxes with Gift
    One simple way you can reduce estate taxes is to give some of your assets to your children (or anyone else) during your life. There is no limit on how much you may give during your lifetime, but if you give any…
  • May 14

    Assisted Living and Medicaid

    Assisted Living and Medicaid
    In Illinois, assisted living facility residents covered by Medicaid are not at risk of being evicted if they leave the facility for a temporary hospitalization. The Illinois Medicaid program pays for services not just in nursing homes but in…
  • May 7

    Estate Tax Turns 100

    Estate Tax Turns 100
    The Estate Tax was put in place in 1916 to raise revenue to finance World War I. In a recent article in the Wall Street Journal, Laura Saunders explains how this tax started as a levy with a top rate of 10% and an exemption of $50,000 (about…
Rank this Week: 4248

Rossabi Black Slaughter, PA Blog

Rossabi Black Slaughter, PA Blog

Covers estate planning, HOA & condo associations and family law in North Carolina.

http://www.lawfirmrbs.com/blog/
  • May 20

    Is Your HOA or Condo Community Manager Covered by the Attorney-Client Privilege?

    Is Your HOA or Condo Community Manager Covered by the Attorney-Client Privilege?
    For attorneys who practice community association law, there has been ongoing discussion at national HOA/condo legal events about whether a community manager is covered by the attorney-client privilege. In general the attorney-client privilege…
  • Mar 28

    Need Help for Bank “Zombie Foreclosures” in Homeowner & Condominium Associations?

    Need Help for Bank &ldquo;Zombie Foreclosures&rdquo; in Homeowner &amp; Condominium Associations?
    A huge problem for HOA and condo associations over the past 5 years has been “zombie foreclosures.” That’s where a bank starts the foreclosure process on a property and the owner moves out, but then the bank doesn’t…
  • Mar 15

    NC-CAI Chapter Update

    NC-CAI Chapter Update
    As 2016 President of the NC Chapter of the Community Associations Institute, I provide an update in each issue of “Serving NC,” the state CAI Chapter newsletter. Look for the new issue, which should arrive this…
Rank this Week: 1938

Gould Cooksey Fennell Blog

Gould Cooksey Fennell Blog

Covers estate planning, real property acquisition, personal injury, will disputes, commercial litigation, business and corporate law, and institutional lending.

http://gouldcooksey.com/blog/
  • May 20

    DEPARTMENT OF LABOR EXPANDS OVERTIME COVERAGE

    DEPARTMENT OF LABOR EXPANDS OVERTIME COVERAGE
    On May 16, 2016, as we expected, the United States Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued its Overtime Final Rule expanding overtime coverage to an additional 4.2 million employees. Summary of the Final Rule: Standard salary level:…
  • May 18

    EEOC WEIGHS IN ON TRANSGENDER BATHROOMS IN THE WORKPLACE

    EEOC WEIGHS IN ON TRANSGENDER BATHROOMS IN THE WORKPLACE
    Over the past several months, there has been a flurry of media coverage surrounding transgender restroom access being provided by many large businesses.  The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) has now taken the…
  • May 13

    Expanded Overtime Coverage is Almost Here

    Expanded Overtime Coverage is Almost Here
    We have blogged several times in recent months on the expected changes the United States Department of Labor (“DOL”) plans to implement concerning overtime coverage.  Based on early reports, the proposed rules and regulations…
Rank this Week: 2178

Connecticut Estate Planning…

Connecticut Estate Planning Attorneys Blog

Covers estate planning. By CzepigaDalyPope LLC.

http://www.czepigalaw.com/blog/
  • May 19

    When a Spouse Dies: 1 Reason You Must File With the Probate Court

    When a Spouse Dies: 1 Reason You Must File With the Probate Court
    By Peter J. Smith Your spouse just passed away, and everything your spouse owned had a joint or beneficiary designation. All of your spouse’s assets go to you without having to go through probate first. End of story, right?  Not…
  • May 12

    New Power of Attorney Act: You Now Have More Protection

    New Power of Attorney Act: You Now Have More Protection
    By Taylor Equi Connecticut has amped up the protection that a power of attorney provides. Effective July 1, 2016, Connecticut will do away with the statutory short form power of attorney act, replacing it with the Uniform Power of Attorney…
  • May 3

    Even Princes Need Will

    Even Princes Need Will
    By Claudia W. Englisby On Monday May 2nd, the family of Prince, the music legend who died recently at age 57, will head to court in Minnesota to begin determining how his estate, estimated at $300 million, will be distributed among his heirs.…
Rank this Week: 1867

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/
  • May 18

    How will you pay for long-term care?

    How will you pay for long-term care?
    Genworth just released its latest analysis of long-term care costs. Nationally, the current median cost for a semi-private room in a nursing home is $82,125 per year; for a private room, $92,378. That's an increase of 2.27% from last year.…
  • May 13

    WASP veterans win another war

    WASP veterans win another war
    The Women Airforce Service Pilots helped the United States win World War II. More than half a century later, they have won another battle. As I told you in February, the WASPs flew many non-combat missions, freeing up male pilots for…
  • May 11

    Sumner Redstone's competency trial dismissed, but the saga continue

    Sumner Redstone's competency trial dismissed, but the saga continue
    Who do your sympathies rest with in the legal brouhaha swirling around ailing media tycoon Sumner Redstone? Are you inclined to believe that the frail 92-year-old billionaire's ex-girlfriend, Manuela Herzer, is just a good soul looking out…
Rank this Week: 4484

Estate Planning in California

Estate Planning in California

By the Law Offices of Shahram Miri, Inc.

http://calestateplanning.blogspot.com/
  • May 18

    Giraldin revisited

    Giraldin revisited
    In re Estate of Giraldin (2012) 55 Cal.4th 1058, the California Supreme Court held that remainder trust beneficiaries have standing to sue a trustee, who was not the settlor, for alleged breach of fiduciary duties committed during the period…
  • May 5

    Transferring Property into a Trust

    Transferring Property into a Trust
    When a person transfers real property, it is typically required that the person's appropriate title be listed on the deed. For example, if John Smith owned 123 Green Street as trustee of their trust, the deed would show that designation.…
  • May 5

    Transferring a Home into a Trust

    Transferring a Home into a Trust
    When a person desires to transfer property, it is typically required that the person's appropriate title be listed on the deed. For example, if John Smith owned 123 Green Street as trustee of their trust, the deed would show that designation.…
Rank this Week: 3292

Tennessee Estate Law Blog

Tennessee Estate Law Blog

Covers estate planing law. By The Higgins Firm.

http://www.tennesseeestatelawblog.com/
  • May 18

    4 Essential Estate Planning Documents Every Person Need

    4 Essential Estate Planning Documents Every Person Need
    Consider this Estate Planning 101, an introduction to some of the most important steps to take in planning for the future. Most people are aware that they need a Last Will and Testament. But that is not the only essential document…
  • Apr 27

    Did Prince Have a Will? If Not, His Siblings Face Costly, Contentious, Avoidable Battle

    Did Prince Have a Will? If Not, His Siblings Face Costly, Contentious, Avoidable Battle
    Recent reports indicate that musical mega-star Prince may have passed away without a will or other estate planning in place. If that is true – a very big IF – his inaction will likely cost his estate millions of dollars in federal…
  • Apr 15

    Can I Force My Siblings to Sell Tennessee Property We Own Together?

    Can I Force My Siblings to Sell Tennessee Property We Own Together?
    What happens if you and your siblings inherit property from your parents, and you don’t agree on what to do with it? (what, siblings disagree?) Can you force the sale of the property? In Tennessee, in many instances, the answer is yes,…
Rank this Week: 2649

Andrew Flusche, Virginia Lawyer

Andrew Flusche, Virginia Lawyer

Covers Virginia drunk driving, reckless driving and speeding offenses.

http://www.andrewflusche.com/blog/
  • May 17

    Court Payment Plans – Driving While Poor

    Court Payment Plans – Driving While Poor
    The Virginia Supreme Court is expected to issue new rules about defendants getting onto payment plans for past due fines and costs, according to this article. Currently it can be a daunting and sometimes impossible task for lower income…
  • May 17

    [VIDEO] How a VA Ticket can Effect Your PA, NJ or MD Driver’s License

    [VIDEO] How a VA Ticket can Effect Your PA, NJ or MD Driver’s License
    If you are a Maryland, New Jersey or Pennsylvania driver, find out if a Virginia charge can put points on your driving record. © marketing for Andrew Flusche, 2016. | Permalink | No comment | Add to del.icio.us Post tags: Feed enhanced…
  • Apr 25

    [Video] 2 Kinds of Reckless Driving Charges You Can Get in the Rain

    [Video] 2 Kinds of Reckless Driving Charges You Can Get in the Rain
    Find out what they are and which one you could even avoid simply by not giving the police any details. Contact me today for your VA reckless driving case. Video Transcription If you got a reckless driving ticket in the rain, you’ve come…
Rank this Week: 1515

Virginia Disability Law Blog

Virginia Disability Law Blog

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

http://sheriabrams.com/blog
  • May 17

    Invitation for the YouthACT Transition Truths National Online Dialogue

    Invitation for the YouthACT Transition Truths National Online Dialogue
    Press Release: Are you a young person with a disability or an ally of the disability community? There is an important conversation going on about what youth and young adults with disabilities need to become successful adults, and we’re…
  • Apr 25

    In Virginia do I automatically receive Medicare if I get Social Security Disability Benefits?

    In Virginia do I automatically receive Medicare if I get Social Security Disability Benefits?
    I am asked this question frequently: Do I automatically receive Medicare benefits if I’m approved for Social Security Disability benefits? Answer:  Yes, you receive Medicare after you receive Social Security Disability Benefits for…
  • Apr 14

    Good News For Those in Virginia With Disabilities and Student Loan

    Good News For Those in Virginia With Disabilities and Student Loan
    As part of my practice I assist those with disabilities get their student loan debt forgiven.  It has now gotten much easier. On Tuesday, 4/12/16, the Department of Education announced a new program that will identify hundreds of…
Rank this Week: 4310

Ohio Estate Planning & Asset…

Ohio Estate Planning & Asset Protection

By AlerStallings, LLC.

http://www.alerstallings.com/blog/
  • May 17

    Time to take RMDs. Time to understand taxes.

    Time to take RMDs. Time to understand taxes.
    An IRA can be a beautiful thing.  You can contribute money to a retirement account and it grows tax deferred until you withdraw it.  Many folks leave their IRAs in place, still growing through retirement until they have to start…
  • May 10

    Suitability vs. Fiduciary

    Suitability vs. Fiduciary
    As an attorney, I’m often interacting with other professionals in my clients’ lives. In reflecting on these interactions, I sometimes wonder if my clients’ financial professional is doing what is in their best interest. In…
  • May 3

    Will Medicare pay for my long-term care?

    Will Medicare pay for my long-term care?
    Many Americans don’t consider the cost of future long-term care. Those that do, often grossly underestimate the actual costs. Long-term care consists mainly of custodial care or assistance with daily activities such as eating, bathing,…
Rank this Week: 2249

Michigan Asset Protection Lawyer…

Michigan Asset Protection Lawyer Blog

Covers asseet protection planning and issues. By Weisman, Young & Ruemenapp.

http://www.michiganassetprotectionlawyerblog.com/
  • May 17

    IRS Successfully Liens Beneficiary’s Interest in Support Trust

    IRS Successfully Liens Beneficiary’s Interest in Support Trust
    There is the understandable perception that by establishing a trust for your beneficiary which contains substantial restrictions on distributions and gives a trustee discretion to determine the timing and amount of distributions that…
  • Feb 19

    Availability of Injunction Remedy Against Recalcitrant Debtor

    Availability of Injunction Remedy Against Recalcitrant Debtor
    Asset protection attorneys who are involved in defending against post judgment discovery and related collection activity have long been aware that debtors are required to submit to creditor examinations and provide information. Nonetheless,…
  • Jan 19

    Irrevocable Spendthrift Trusts — Outside the Reach of a Beneficiary’s Creditors — Not True in the Case of a Divorce

    Irrevocable Spendthrift Trusts — Outside the Reach of a Beneficiary’s Creditors — Not True in the Case of a Divorce
    Asset protection lawyers are almost universally in agreement that assets in an irrevocable spendthrift trust established by a third party (often a parent) for the benefit of a beneficiary (typically a child) are not available to satisfy the…
Rank this Week: 4114

Asset Protection Law Journal

Asset Protection Law Journal

Covers asset protection laws. By Kenneth J. Laino.

http://www.assetprotectionlawjournal.com
  • May 17

    Physicians Face Heavy Burdens From Malpractice Suit

    Physicians Face Heavy Burdens From Malpractice Suit
    A recent article by Laura Landro in the May 10, 2016 Wall Street Journal had some interesting observations about the burdens many physicians face from malpractice suits. According to a 2013 study in the Journal of Health Affairs, the average…
  • Apr 8

    Successful Asset Protection Comes from Protecting Assets — Not Hiding Them

    Successful Asset Protection Comes from Protecting Assets — Not Hiding Them
    A front page article that appeared on the Wednesday, April 6, 2016 New York Times provides yet another example of the dangers of hiding assets. Successful asset protection makes use of laws that allow you to protect your assets…
  • Mar 29

    Business Succession Planning Is Critical For Company Founder

    Business Succession Planning Is Critical For Company Founder
    An article in the New York Times on March 24, 2016, emphasizes the critical need for succession planning in closely held companies. While business succession planning is important at various levels, the fall–out for companies that lose…
Rank this Week: 3804