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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
  • Dec 17

    Joan Rivers’ Unusual Estate Planning Move

    Joan Rivers’ Unusual Estate Planning Move
    Comedienne Joan Rivers, who passed away in September at age 81, had an unusual estate planning strategy. View image | gettyimages.com Her will shows she sought to reduce her tax burden by claiming residency in one state and being based in…
  • Dec 10

    Estate Planning For Singles Is Different

    Estate Planning For Singles Is Different
    The ranks of those who are single are growing by leaps and bounds. Today, about half of Americans are single, compared to just one-third in 1970. Singles, however, have some unique challenges when it comes to estate planning. #450772249 /…
  • Dec 3

    Care At The End Of Life

    Care At The End Of Life
    A huge issue is how people can obtain the best possible care – and the care they want — at or near the end of life. #175139384 / gettyimages.com An editorial in the New York Times describes the ordeal a New York City woman went…
Rank this Week: 1313

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: 2045

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/
  • Dec 15

    BYOD Language – Smartphones, Tablets and the Workplace

    BYOD Language – Smartphones, Tablets and the Workplace
    The holidays are coming up and your employees may be getting that coveted new tablet, smartphone, or other mobile device from their Christmas list. Employees increasingly wish to use their own devices, whether it be to use their preferred…
  • Dec 5

    Wills for Heroes Poised to Serve Their 1000th Hero

    Wills for Heroes Poised to Serve Their 1000th Hero
    On December 6, 2014, the Lancaster County Bar Association will hold another Wills for Heroes event.  The Wills for Heroes program provides estate planning documents to first responders and their spouses.  The program started after…
  • Oct 27

    Say 'Ello' to Public Benefit Corporation

    Say 'Ello' to Public Benefit Corporation
    On October 23, 2014, Ello, the burgeoning social network, announced that it converted to a Public Benefit Corporation. Ello describes itself as “a simple, beautiful, and ad-free social network created by a small group of artists and…
Rank this Week: 1527

NFA Gun Trust Lawyer Blog

NFA Gun Trust Lawyer Blog

Covers Class III weapons topics for all of the 50 states. By Law Office of David M. Goldman PLLC.

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

    Revisions to North Carolina and Gun Trust Transfers and Machine Gun Update Under the NFA

    Revisions to North Carolina and Gun Trust Transfers and Machine Gun Update Under the NFA
    North Carolina NFA Trust and Gun Trust Update: In Dec 2014, a Gun Trust transfer of a Machine Gun was rejected by the ATF when it stated "In Accordance with NC General Statute 14-409. Please remember that your Form 4...
  • Nov 26

    Black Friday NFA Gun Trust Specials Save up to 50% for a limited time

    Black Friday NFA Gun Trust Specials Save up to 50% for a limited time
    For those of you who have been thinking about starting your Gun Trust we have put together a very special offer with the Gun Trust Lawyer® to offer Black Friday and Cyber Monday specials on the Base, Advanced, and Professional...
  • Nov 21

    Florida becomes 33rd State to Legalize Hunting with Suppressor

    Florida becomes 33rd State to Legalize Hunting with Suppressor
    Unlike most states which have changed the laws, In Florida you can hunt with Suppressors starting today. This morning the following announcement was sent out by Marion Hammer the Executive Director of the SSF and past president of the NRA...
Rank this Week: 1832

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: 1279

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: 1935

Law Office of Barton P. Levine

Law Office of Barton P. Levine

Covers New York estate planning, probate and wills.

http://www.new-york-estate-planning.com/blog/
  • Dec 5

    The Role of a Power of Attorney

    The Role of a Power of Attorney
    There’s a good chance that at some point, you’ll find yourself in the role of a caregiver. Whether it’s for your parents, a special needs child, a spouse or just a close friend, odds are, we’ll all find ourselves…
  • Dec 4

    Will my Life Insurance be Taxed at Death?

    Will my Life Insurance be Taxed at Death?
    A life insurance policy is one of the strongest financial tools you can have at your disposal. It serves a number of purposes and while it may pass to your heirs income tax-free, in some instances, it could affect your estate tax. This…
  • Dec 2

    When Medicaid Declines Coverage

    When Medicaid Declines Coverage
    One of the more confusing aspects of Medicaid is that because it’s a state program, no two are ever alike. Each state has its own program, guidelines and stipulations. Fortunately, the process for appealing a Medicaid denial is more…
Rank this Week: 1814

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: 1112

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: 1309

The Thorpe Law Firm, P.A.

The Thorpe Law Firm, P.A.

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

http://www.thorpelawfirm.com/blog/
  • Nov 11

    Settlement Pending in Detroit Bankruptcy Case

    Settlement Pending in Detroit Bankruptcy Case
    Judge Steven Rhodes began hearing final arguments on the Detroit bankruptcy case on October 27. At that time, the judge said he would deliver a decision on November 7 to either reject or approve the city’s plan. If that schedule…
  • Oct 28

    GT Advanced Technologies – Apple Sapphire Manufacturing Partner – Files Bankruptcy

    GT Advanced Technologies – Apple Sapphire Manufacturing Partner – Files Bankruptcy
    GT Advanced Technologies Inc. (GTAT) has filed for bankruptcy seeking Chapter 11 protection by the court. GTAT is a sapphire manufacturing company that recently received a huge pre-payment from the Apple corporation in the amount of $578…
  • Oct 5

    Bankruptcy Court Holds Secured Creditors Can Be “Crammed Down” With Below-Market Replacement Note

    Bankruptcy Court Holds Secured Creditors Can Be “Crammed Down” With Below-Market Replacement Note
    On 26 August, 2014, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in New York State’s Southern District held in the case of MPM Silicones, LLC that it was acceptable for secured creditors to be “crammed down” in chapter 11 bankruptcy plans…
Rank this Week: 1990

Redlands Veterans' Affairs…

Redlands Veterans' Affairs Attorney Blog

Covers estate planning and elder law. By Esther Wang.

http://www.california-elder-law.com/blog/
  • Nov 10

    Living Trust for Discretion, Efficiency

    Living Trust for Discretion, Efficiency
    As you are weighing your options with regard to estate planning vehicles you would do well to consider the advantages of revocable living trusts. Some people don't feel as though a trust would be right for them because they are...
  • Nov 4

    Is a Gift of College Tuition Taxable?

    Is a Gift of College Tuition Taxable?
    When you are a young child you invariably look forward to Christmas and your birthday because you know that you will be receiving gifts. Giving someone a gift seems like a very innocent and kind gesture, and the last thing...
  • Oct 16

    How Will Your Final Wishes Become Reality?

    How Will Your Final Wishes Become Reality?
    When you start to plan your estate in earnest you would do well to consider the details that must be attended to after you pass away. Unless the situation is very simple there are going to be some considerable tasks...
Rank this Week: 1923

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: 1139

Law Matters Blog

Law Matters Blog

Covers Vermont family law and estate planning. By the Law Offices of Bucknam Black Brazil PC.

http://vtlegalhelp.com/our-blog/
  • Sep 18

    Vermont’s Star Chamber Blacklists The Poor

    Vermont’s Star Chamber Blacklists The Poor
    Imagine living in a Vermont where you, without any notice, are put on a secret government blacklist so that you are prohibited for life from earning a livelihood in hundreds of occupations. Imagine the only way to be removed from the…
  • Mar 20

    What you should know about employment discrimination

    What you should know about employment discrimination
    What you should know about employment discrimination Employers and employees are usually aware that discrimination in the work place is illegal. The definition of illegal discrimination, however, can be difficult to understand. As I have…
  • Mar 20

    What you should know about employment discrimination

    What you should know about employment discrimination
    What you should know about employment discrimination Employers and employees are usually aware that discrimination in the work place is illegal. The definition of illegal discrimination, however, can be difficult to understand. As I have…
Rank this Week: 1656

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: 1288

Trust Matters Most

Trust Matters Most

Covers family law, divorce, bankruptcy, and specific Pennsylvania law changes. By Reese, Samley, Wagenseller, Mecum & Longer, P.C.

http://www.trustmattersmost.com/blog
  • May 15

    Why Schedule A Consultation?

    Why Schedule A Consultation?
    Many initial calls by potential clients to attorneys’ offices result with a question “do I have a case or not”.  While it may seem like a very basic question, a majority of wisdom and advice you may receive from an…
  • May 15

    Divorce in Pennsylvania

    Divorce in Pennsylvania
    There are a myriad of considerations when it comes to the divorce process.  Depending upon the circumstances of your situation, the process can range from relatively simple and inexpensive to very complex and unfortunately, very…
  • Mar 21

    Why Does Divorce Skyrocket from January to March?

    Why Does Divorce Skyrocket from January to March?
    All over the U.S., lawyers are talking about the increased number of divorce cases they see in January. While December is usually the year’s low, January numbers shoot up and remain that way through March. What’s behind this…
Rank this Week: 1440

Walker Lambe

Walker Lambe

Covers North Carolina elder law and estate planning.

http://www.organizeyourassets.com/blog/
  • Mar 13

    Four Reasons Estate Planning Matters More than Ever for Women

    Four Reasons Estate Planning Matters More than Ever for Women
    Today, women exercise more financial power than ever before. The number of women in the workplace has tripled in the last fifty years. Meanwhile, the real median income of women has increased by sixty-three percent, while that of men has…
  • Mar 13

    Four Reasons Estate Planning Matters More than Ever for Women

    Four Reasons Estate Planning Matters More than Ever for Women
    Today, women exercise more financial power than ever before. The number of women in the workplace has tripled in the last fifty years. Meanwhile, the real median income of women has increased by sixty-three percent, while that of men has…
  • Feb 4

    Estate Planning: What about my pet?

    Estate Planning: What about my pet?
    You may have an aging relative who is showing signs of loneliness, or you may yourself be a senior in need of companionship. In these situations, many people consider adopting or purchasing a dog or a cat. Animals can provide love, comfort…
Rank this Week: 1821

WisconsinTrustsandWills.com

WisconsinTrustsandWills.com

Covers elder law and estate planning. By Swendson/Fey Law Ltd.

http://wisconsintrustsandwills.com/family/
  • Dec 13

    Charitable Remainder Trust Planning Opportunity to Deal with the Medicare Surtax

    Charitable Remainder Trust Planning Opportunity to Deal with the Medicare Surtax
    On December 2nd, 2013, the Treasury issued final regulations addressing IRC § 1411, the 3.8% Medicare Surtax. § 1.1411-3 of the regulations addresses estates and trusts, including Charitable Remainder Trusts, CRTs.  The final…
  • Aug 8

    Incorporating Faith and Values in Estate Planning

    Incorporating Faith and Values in Estate Planning
    For many, passing along religious beliefs and values to the next generation is just as important as passing along financial wealth and tangible assets. Estate planning creates many opportunities to do this, including: * End-of-Life Care. A…
  • Jul 30

    8 Things to Do Before You Travel

    8 Things to Do Before You Travel
    Before any trip, most of us create a “to-do list” of things we have put off and want to take care of before we leave. Here is a checklist of estate planning things to do before you take your next trip. Taking care of these will…
Rank this Week: 1783

Georgia Wills and Probate Law Blog

Georgia Wills and Probate Law Blog

Features news and thoughts on issues in Georgia regarding wills, advance directives, living wills, healthcare powers of attorney, guardianship, and probate. By Stephen Worrall.

http://www.georgiawillslaw.com/
  • Nov 18

    We're Moving!

    We're Moving!
    I am consolidating the content of all of our blogs at our Georgia Family Law website. Please join us there for new posts and to find all of our old posts.
  • Aug 9

    Atlanta Attorney Says Prepare Now For Year-End Changes to Estate Tax Law

    Atlanta Attorney Says Prepare Now For Year-End Changes to Estate Tax Law
    The expiration of key laws in Congress may expose more local individuals to estate or “Death Taxes” after their passing.  Atlanta attorney, Steve Worrall explains these anticipated changes, as well as steps Georgia residents can take now…
  • Aug 9

    Atlanta Attorney Says Prepare Now For Year-End Changes to Estate Tax Law

    Atlanta Attorney Says Prepare Now For Year-End Changes to Estate Tax Law
    The expiration of key laws in Congress may expose more local individuals to estate or “Death Taxes” after their passing.  Atlanta attorney, Steve Worrall explains these anticipated changes, as well as steps Georgia residents can take now…
Rank this Week: 1423

Florida Probate and Estate…

Florida Probate and Estate Planning Blog

Answers probate and estate law questions. By Fortenberry Legal.

http://www.floridaprobatesolutions.com/blog/
  • Oct 29

    Rights of Stepchildren to Assets of a Deceased Parent in Probate

    Rights of Stepchildren to Assets of a Deceased Parent in Probate
    Here’s a scenario that I get so often that it deserves its own blog post:  Dad dies. Stepchildren claim that stepmother is taking dad’s assets and not communicating with them. Stepmother claims that all of the marital assets…
  • Oct 22

    Formal Florida Probate Administration in 10 Step

    Formal Florida Probate Administration in 10 Step
    Of the various types of Florida probate proceedings, formal administration is the most common.  Like any probate matter, Florida probate administration can vary depending on the size of the estate, the decedent’s asset…
  • Oct 29

    Proposed Amendments to Florida Constitution Would Extend Homestead Benefit

    Proposed Amendments to Florida Constitution Would Extend Homestead Benefit
    For Florida voters, November 6 is about more than the presidential election.  The ballot includes 11 proposed changes to Florida’s constitution. These changes, which would require 60 percent of the vote to pass, deal with some…
Rank this Week: 1217

Swinton Elder Law & Family…

Swinton Elder Law & Family Protection Blog

Covers New Jersey estate planning and elder law issues. By Daniel S. Swinton.

http://swintonlaw.blogspot.com/
  • Oct 7

    Policy Experts Agree: The U.S. System for…

    Policy Experts Agree: The U.S. System for Financing Long-Term Care is CrumblingAccording to Forbes.com:  "America’s system for financing long-term care is failing, and the window for creating a payment system that works is rapidly…
  • Jul 12

    Bankruptcy Trustee Is Entitled to Funds…

    Bankruptcy Trustee Is Entitled to Funds Transferred in Order to Qualify for MedicaidThe following article serves as a warning about do-it-yourself estate planning.  An effective technique of protecting assets from nursing homes and long…
  • Sep 27

    How Gifts Can Affect Medicaid Eligibility

    How Gifts Can Affect Medicaid Eligibility
    . We’ve all heard that it’s better to give than to receive, but if you think you might someday want to apply for Medicaid long-term care benefits, you need to be careful because giving away money or property can interfere with your…
Rank this Week: 1156

California Tax Attorney Blog

California Tax Attorney Blog

Covers tax controversies involving the IRS and California Franchise Tax Board, as well as California probate, estate planning matters and business transactions. By Mitchell A. Port.

http://www.californiataxattorneyblog.com/
  • Sep 2

    Test Entry

    Test Entry
    Testing schedule feature
  • Aug 30

    For Federal Tax Purposes, All Legal Same-Sex Marriages Will Be Recognized

    For Federal Tax Purposes, All Legal Same-Sex Marriages Will Be Recognized
    The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) ruled yesterday that same-sex couples, legally married in jurisdictions that recognize their marriages, will be treated as married for federal tax purposes. The ruling…
  • Dec 29

    Gifts Made By Personal Check

    Gifts Made By Personal Check
    A check written in 2012 that does not clear until 2013 is at risk of being a 2013 gift, not a 2012 gift, since the donor could have stopped payment in 2013 before it cleared. The issue with using checks to make gifts is that until the check…
Rank this Week: 1484

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: 1246

Unique Estate Law Blog

Unique Estate Law Blog

Covers elder law and estate planning.

http://uniqueestatelaw.com/lawyer/blog/Unique_Estate_Law_Blog.htm
Rank this Week: 1756

Future of the Federal Estate Tax

Future of the Federal Estate Tax

Covers estate tax reform. By Hani Sarji.

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

    [EOC]Let Freedom Ring With Gift Of Firearm

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

    [EOC]Americans Are Generous, Despite Economy

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

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

    [EOC]The Most Important Historical Gun In History Of United State
    I have been researching estate planning for firearms, and I came across a video that is worth sharing today, a day on which we celebrate the United States and reflect on its history. The video is about the Girandoni air rifle, which is on…
Rank this Week: 1188

The Legacy Lawyer

The Legacy Lawyer

Covers estate planning and probate for San Diego families and legal professionals. By Daniel Printz.

http://thelegacylawyer.wordpress.com
Rank this Week: 1422

New York Trusts & Estates Law…

New York Trusts & Estates Law Blog

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

http://trustsestateslaw.com
Rank this Week: 1394

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: 1945

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: 4462

Northern California Center for…

Northern California Center for Estate Planning and Elder Law

Covers estate planning.

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

    Does a Living Trust Protect My Assets?

    Does a Living Trust Protect My Assets?
    Living trusts can be very useful for a wide range of people. When you create this type of trust, you are called the grantor of the trust. There is a trustee who administers the trust, and a beneficiary who can receive monetary…
  • Dec 18

    How to Protect IRAs Left to Your Beneficiairie

    How to Protect IRAs Left to Your Beneficiairie
    A recent U.S. Supreme Court decision, Clark v. Rameker, will have big implications for clients.  In the Clark case, the Supreme Court held that, while a person’s own IRA can be protected in the case of bankruptcy, the court has…
  • Dec 18

    Free Report: What is a Qualified Personal Residence Trust in California

    Free Report: What is a Qualified Personal Residence Trust in California
    Asset transfers to people other than your spouse are potentially subject to the estate tax if you are transferring more than $5.34 million to your heirs. Learn more about qualified personal residence trust in California in this presentation.…
Rank this Week: 2776

Shober & Rock Blog

Shober & Rock Blog

Covers elder law in Pennsylvania.

http://shober-rock.com/the-blog/
  • Dec 19

    Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014 – Individual

    Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014 – Individual
    Congress has extended many popular tax provisions that significantly impact individuals and businesses. Late on December 16, 2014, the Senate, following earlier action in the House of Representatives, voted 76 to 16 to pass an identical…
  • Dec 19

    Elder Law Attorneys Specialize in Helping the Elderly

    Elder Law Attorneys Specialize in Helping the Elderly
    Many elderly persons rely entirely on their children, family members or other individuals to help them. This dependence upon caregivers or family members makes an older person more vulnerable to abuse and financial exploitation. Legal…
  • Nov 16

    IRS Cost of Living Limitations for 2015

    IRS Cost of Living Limitations for 2015
    IRS Cost of Living 2015 IRS Cost-of-Living Limitations 2014 2015 Deferral Limit for 401(k), 403(b), Salary Reduction SEPs $17,500.00 $18,000.00 SIMPLE Plan Deferral Limit $12,000.00 $12,500.00 Catch-up Limit 401(k), 403(b) (Ages 50+)…
Rank this Week: 2624

Nevada Trust Reporter

Nevada Trust Reporter

Features commentary on trust law and asset protection. By Provident Trust Group, LLC.

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

    The Equitysphere

    The Equitysphere
    Source: http://daraalbright.com/2014/12/18/the-equitysphere/ The Emerging Equity Crowdfinance Ecosystem Inspired by Orchard Platform’s recently released “Lendscape” – which brilliantly underscores the expanding…
  • Dec 18

    Employee Appreciation Event

    Employee Appreciation Event
    This past weekend, we celebrated the end of the year with friends and family at an employee appreciation event in Downtown Las Vegas. We enjoyed delicious appetizers and beverages at Mexican eatery La Comida before heading to Commonwealth for…
  • Dec 12

    Provident Trust Group Awarded National and Local Honors in 2014

    Provident Trust Group Awarded National and Local Honors in 2014
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Eleni Stylianou 888.855.9856 eleni.s@trustprovident.com PROVIDENT TRUST GROUP AWARDED NATIONAL AND LOCAL HONORS IN 2014 LAS VEGAS — Provident Trust Group, a local full-service trust company and…
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Nash Nash Bean & Ford, LLP Blog

Nash Nash Bean & Ford, LLP Blog

Covers elder law and estate planning.

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

    Can You Be Held Financially Responsible for Your Parent’s Nursing Home Costs?

    Can You Be Held Financially Responsible for Your Parent’s Nursing Home Costs?
    As an adult child you will likely be faced with the decision to put your parent in a nursing home at some point in time. The decision itself is often heart wrenching. Along with the emotional aspect of putting your parent in a nursing home…
  • Dec 15

    Can the Nursing Home Take My House?

    Can the Nursing Home Take My House?
    For most people, admitting that it is time to consider moving to a nursing home is not easy.  A nursing home, after all, means living in a community setting without the independence you now have. Moreover, giving up your home is often…
  • Dec 14

    Free Report: Long Term Care Planning in Illinois: Why It Should Be Part of Your Estate Plan

    Free Report: Long Term Care Planning in Illinois: Why It Should Be Part of Your Estate Plan
    When you sit down to create your estate plan your primary objective will likely be to ensure that your estate assets are handled according to your wishes when you die. Topics covered in this whitepaper include: Facts and Figures Paying for…
Rank this Week: 2518

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/
  • Dec 19

    The Five Most Troublesome Contract Provisions on Private Construction Project

    The Five Most Troublesome Contract Provisions on Private Construction Project
    Click Here to read a recent article titled TheFive Most Troublesome Contract Provisions on Private Construction Projects published in the Florida Bar’s Fall 2014 ActionLine publication authored by GCF’s attorney Sean Mickley.…
  • Dec 8

    What Constitutes Due Process in an Administrative Hearing?

    What Constitutes Due Process in an Administrative Hearing?
    Under Florida law, everyone involved in the justice system (civil or criminal) is entitled to due process of law.  In general, due process entails the right to know the charges or allegations against you, an opportunity to know the…
  • Oct 29

    Allegations of Smart Phone Usage at time of Crash leads to Inspection of all Stored Data on Device

    Allegations of Smart Phone Usage at time of Crash leads to Inspection of all Stored Data on Device
    One of the leading contributors to automobile accidents is the use of cell phones and other “smart” devices while driving.  When representing injured victims of car crashes, we often have reason to believe that the other…
Rank this Week: 2440

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: 4928

Bingham Greenebaum Doll Blog

Bingham Greenebaum Doll Blog

Covers Indiana law.

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

    Best of Bingham: Attorney Roxana S. Bell Voted President-Elect of MCBA

    Best of Bingham: Attorney Roxana S. Bell Voted President-Elect of MCBA
    Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP and the Bingham Greenebaum Doll Women’s Forum are proud to congratulate Roxana S. Bell on being voted the 2015 President-Elect of the Marion County Bar Association. She will be sworn in by Judge Rudolph R.…
  • Dec 16

    United States Supreme Court Hears Pregnancy Discrimination Case

    United States Supreme Court Hears Pregnancy Discrimination Case
    On Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014, the Supreme Court of the United States heard the case of Young v. UPS. The outcome could have wide-ranging effects. The decision, which is not expected until mid-2015, will determine whether employers are required…
  • Dec 15

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

    How to Get the Most out of Your Year-End Gift and Estate Tax Planning
    The end of each year inevitably brings a flurry of activity for everyone. But in the midst of the hustle and bustle, don’t forget to take advantage of the current tax breaks offered under estate and gift planning laws. If you miss these…
Rank this Week: 3004

The Zimmer Law Firm

The Zimmer Law Firm

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

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

    Free Report: Shoring Up Your Financial and Estate Planning in Ohio

    Free Report: Shoring Up Your Financial and Estate Planning in Ohio
    Don’t fall into the mistaken belief that you can always do your estate planning later, once you’re closer to retirement. Learn more about financial and estate planning in Ohio in this presentation. Click here to read the whole…
  • Dec 18

    Estate Planning For the Faithful

    Estate Planning For the Faithful
    Questions of life, death, and mortality are always lurking behind the scenes whenever you develop your estate plan. For many people, these questions naturally give rise to reflections on religious principles and personal values. Your estate…
  • Dec 17

    Family Limited Partnerships in Ohio

    Family Limited Partnerships in Ohio
    Family Limited Partnerships in Ohio from Barry H Zimmer Family partnerships, or FLPs, as they’re known, are used to move ownership and assets to family members without overwhelming tax burdens. Learn more about family limited…
Rank this Week: 3789

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: 3792

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: 2777

Parman & Easterday Blog

Parman & Easterday Blog

Covers elder law and estate planning.

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

    What is a Special Needs Trust in Oklahoma

    What is a Special Needs Trust in Oklahoma
    What is a Special Needs Trust in Oklahoma from Larry Parman   When you are planning your estate, you have options. It is important to understand the facts so you don’t make any mistakes. Learn more about special needs trust in…
  • Dec 18

    Understanding Estate Planning – Understanding Probate

    Understanding Estate Planning – Understanding Probate
    In this week’s blog post in our understanding estate planning series, we are going to focus on understanding probate. Specifically, we are going to ask what probate is, why it matters, and how it will play a role in the estate…
  • Dec 17

    Should I Have a Durable Power of Attorney in Oklahoma?

    Should I Have a Durable Power of Attorney in Oklahoma?
    Should I Have a Durable Power of Attorney? from Larry Parman With a power of attorney, you name someone who can act on your behalf. Someone of your own choosing will be empowered to act for you if you become incapacitated. Learn more about…
Rank this Week: 3785

Law Offices of Richard B.…

Law Offices of Richard B. Schneider, LLC Blog

Covers elder law and estate planning.

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

    Are There Other Documents That Should Be Prepared When a Will Is Prepared?

    Are There Other Documents That Should Be Prepared When a Will Is Prepared?
    If you have finally decided to sit down and create an estate plan you are likely planning to start by executing a Last Will and Testament. While executing a Will is certainly a great start to a comprehensive estate plan, there may be other…
  • Dec 18

    When Do I Need a Special Needs Trust?

    When Do I Need a Special Needs Trust?
    If you include a special needs individual among your family members or loved ones, you already know that caring for your special needs loved one requires some additional considerations, costs, and planning. Typically, caring for a special…
  • Dec 10

    Revising Your Estate Plan – Why Now Is a Good Time

    Revising Your Estate Plan – Why Now Is a Good Time
    As 2014 comes to a close, you are likely getting ready for tax season. In preparation for filing your taxes, you are probably taking a look at your overall financial situation, which makes now a good time to consider revising your estate…
Rank this Week: 2504

New York Probate and Estate…

New York Probate and Estate Administration Blog

Published by Stephen Bilkis & Associates

http://www.newyorkprobateestateadministration.com/
  • Dec 18

    Plaintiff Seeks to Increase Damage Amount

    Plaintiff Seeks to Increase Damage Amount
    Probate Lawyers said the defendants appeal from an order of the Supreme Court, Richmond County, which granted the plaintiff's motion to remove the case from the Civil Court of the City of New York to the Supreme Court, Richmond County, to…
  • Dec 17

    Court Decides Case Involving Probate and Bankruptcy Proceeding

    Court Decides Case Involving Probate and Bankruptcy Proceeding
    A Probate Lawyer said in this Estate action, the defendant moves to dismiss the plaintiff's complaint or in the alternative an order staying the action as against him. The co-defendant cross-moves to dismiss the plaintiff's complaint or in…
  • Dec 16

    Court Considers Case Reqarding Law of Perpetuitie

    Court Considers Case Reqarding Law of Perpetuitie
    A Probate Lawyer said the question presented on this record is whether the trusts created by the will of CMR, dated June 27, 1867, are valid within the law of perpetuities, or are void for remoteness. There can be no doubt that if the…
Rank this Week: 3411

Connecticut Estate Planning…

Connecticut Estate Planning Attorneys Blog

Covers estate planning. By CzepigaDalyPope LLC.

http://www.connecticutestateplanningattorneysblog.com/
  • Dec 18

    Affordable Assisted Living in Connecticut? An Option You Should Know About

    Affordable Assisted Living in Connecticut? An Option You Should Know About
    Many people believe that assisted living in Connecticut is out of reach for the average older adult, financially speaking, especially since our state is even pricier than other nearby states. But here’s some good news: the State of…
  • Dec 9

    Fundraising: Make Sure the Money Goes Where You Want

    Fundraising: Make Sure the Money Goes Where You Want
    By Claudia W. Englisby When medical tragedy strikes, family and friends may rally around an injured person. After an ambulance ride to the hospital, emergency medical intervention, scans and x-rays, family and friends may receive a…
  • Dec 2

    Giving Wisely: How to Choose a Charity

    Giving Wisely: How to Choose a Charity
    This is the time of year for giving and receiving. As your mailbox fills up with solicitations from nonprofits – everyone from the Salvation Army to the World Wildlife Fund – how do you know which ones are worthy? And even more…
Rank this Week: 3148

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: 2784

Crider Law P.C. Blog

Crider Law P.C. Blog

Covers elder law, estate planning and family law.

http://www.criderlaw.net/blog/
  • Dec 18

    Estate Planning Is Important for Single Parent

    Estate Planning Is Important for Single Parent
    Conversations about estate planning tend to focus on marital units — that is, married parents of children. It is important, though, that we not overlook the many other kinds of families and estates out there. Often, their estate needs…
  • Dec 11

    December is the Time to Talk with Family About Estate Planning

    December is the Time to Talk with Family About Estate Planning
    Which kinds of conversations did you have with your family this Thanksgiving? Weather? Careers? Memories of holidays past? View image | gettyimages.com Those are all staples of any year-end gathering, but allow us to suggest one other topic…
  • Dec 4

    Basic Estate Planning: Tips for Beginner

    Basic Estate Planning: Tips for Beginner
    Estate planning isn’t always a comfortable topic for people to consider, nor is it an easy process to tackle. But it doesn’t have to be insurmountable. #159955157 / gettyimages.com MarketWatch recently published “9 steps to…
Rank this Week: 3469

Deborah Sexton Law Office, P. A.…

Deborah Sexton Law Office, P. A. Blog

Covers estate planning and elder law.

http://www.arkansas-estateplanning.com/blog/
  • Dec 18

    Estate Planning and Probate Paralegal Assistance

    Estate Planning and Probate Paralegal Assistance
    Many clients ask whether they will work with a paralegal through the estate planning process.  Not all firms have probate paralegals on staff, but those that do can benefit from their assistance in many ways.  Paralegals in general…
  • Dec 15

    What is an IRA and How Does it Work?

    What is an IRA and How Does it Work?
    It is never too late to start planning for your retirement.  You should not bet on your Social Security retirement benefits being sufficient to provide the comfortable retirement you may be hoping for.  Instead, plan ahead by using…
  • Dec 14

    The Probate Process in Arkansa

    The Probate Process in Arkansa
    The Probate Process in Arkansas from Deborah Sexton Not everyone can avoid probate, even if they have an estate plan. In some situations, there may still be property that must go through probate. Learn more about probate process in Arkansas…
Rank this Week: 2507