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German Law Group Blog

German Law Group Blog

Covers estate planning.

http://www.germanlawgroup.com/
  • Apr 22

    Portability and Your Estate Taxe

    Portability and Your Estate Taxe
    A lot of people are concerned that the government will take some or all of the property they leave behind because of estate taxes. Sometimes referred to as a “death taxes,” the estate tax is a federal tax that applies to property…
  • Apr 15

    3 Tips for Incapacity Planning

    3 Tips for Incapacity Planning
    If you live in North Dakota or Minnesota and have considered what might happen if you one day become ill or injured, you need to develop an incapacity plan. Incapacity planning involves making a number of decisions that will take a fact…
  • Apr 10

    Practical Tips When Making a Last Will

    Practical Tips When Making a Last Will
    For people near the Thief River Falls, Minnesota area who want to make an estate plan, creating a last will and testament will likely be a necessary part of the planning process. Wills are one of the legal documents that are essential to the…
Rank this Week: 1774

The Probate Lawyer Family Feud…

The Probate Lawyer Family Feud Blog

Covers celebrity and true case stories on probate litigation. By Andrew Mayoras.

http://www.probatelawyerblog.com/
  • Apr 22

    Mickey Rooney's Estate Finds Peace, But Will It Last?

    Mickey Rooney's Estate Finds Peace, But Will It Last?
    A mere five days after the Hollywood acting legend passed away in his sleep at the age of 93, the family of Mickey Rooney was set to appear in a Los Angeles courtroom to fight over where he should be buried. Just hours before the court…
  • Apr 2

    Whitney Houston's Family Is Fighting - Is Estate Money To Blame?

    Whitney Houston's Family Is Fighting - Is Estate Money To Blame?
    Whitney Houston’s family has been through its share of disagreements since the pop diva passed away on February 11, 2012. Early on, there was trouble at the funeral, sparking concerns of a feud with Bobby Brown. Recently, however, the…
  • Mar 5

    Philip Seymour Hoffman's Will Highlights Four Planning Pitfall

    Philip Seymour Hoffman's Will Highlights Four Planning Pitfall
    Oscar-winning actor, Philip Seymour Hoffman, died on February 2nd from a drug overdose. Recently, his long-time girlfriend and mother of his three children, Marianne O’Donnell, filed to open Philip Seymour Hoffman’s estate and to…
Rank this Week: 1923

California Trust, Estate & Probate…

California Trust, Estate & Probate Litigation

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

http://www.californiatrustestateandprobatelitigation.com
  • Apr 21

    How to Select a Trustee for Your California Revocable Trust

    How to Select a Trustee for Your California Revocable Trust
    Selecting the proper Trustee for your California Trust is critical is you want your estate to stay out of the Court system.  Over half of the Trust litigation we work on everyday invokes a bad Trustee doing bad things.  In this…
  • Apr 3

    Oops--The Unintended Will Revocation

    Oops--The Unintended Will Revocation
    Did you know that there are situations where you could revoke your Will without meaning to do so?  In this video I discuss the unintened Will revocation:     For our email subscribers: please click the title to view this video…
  • Apr 3

    Oops–The Unintended Will Revocation

    Oops–The Unintended Will Revocation
    Did you know that there are situations where you could revoke your Will without meaning to do so?  In this video I discuss the unintened Will revocation:     For our email subscribers: please click the title to view this video…
Rank this Week: 1787

Tennessee Wills and Estates

Tennessee Wills and Estates

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

http://www.tennesseewillsandestates.com
Rank this Week: 1609

Walden & Pfannenstiel Blog

Walden & Pfannenstiel Blog

Covers bankruptcy and estate planning.

http://wplawpractice.com/blog/
  • Apr 18

    Chapter 13 Debt Limit

    Chapter 13 Debt Limit
    Debtors have the option of filing a chapter 13 bankruptcy as long as some qualifications are met.  One of those qualifications is the debtor’s secured and unsecured debt amounts cannot exceed the limits set for a chapter 13. …
  • Mar 31

    April 1, 2014 Median Income Levels for Kansas and Missouri Bankruptcy Filer

    April 1, 2014 Median Income Levels for Kansas and Missouri Bankruptcy Filer
    The Means Test looks at your Median Income to determine for which Chapter of Bankruptcy you qualify: Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 As of April 1, 2014 the Median Income Levels will change once again. Median income levels are up across the board in…
  • Mar 14

    Can I Qualify for a Mortgage After Bankruptcy?

    Can I Qualify for a Mortgage After Bankruptcy?
    We are often asked by clients if they will ever be able to buy a home if they file for bankruptcy.  Bankruptcy offers consumers a fresh start, meaning most consumers will walk away from all their unsecured debt like credit cards, medical…
Rank this Week: 1702

Law Offices of Richard B.…

Law Offices of Richard B. Schneider, LLC Blog

Covers elder law and estate planning.

http://www.rbsllc.com/blog/
  • Apr 17

    How Do I Fund My Trust?

    How Do I Fund My Trust?
    A comprehensive estate plan typically includes far more than just a Last Will and Testament. Though your Will should provide the foundation for your estate plan, additional tools and strategies may also be incorporated into the plan to…
  • Apr 15

    Can I Gift $10,000 Each Year to My Children?

    Can I Gift $10,000 Each Year to My Children?
    Estate planning frequently aims to do more than simply provide a roadmap for the distribution of estate assets after death. For anyone with a moderate to large estate, minimizing the impact of gift and estate taxes is a primary goal of estate…
  • Apr 10

    What Is a Charitable Remainder Trust?

    What Is a Charitable Remainder Trust?
    For many people, philanthropy is an important part of their life.  If you are one of these people, chances are good that you wish to continue your philanthropic gifting after you are gone as well. Fortunately, there are numerous ways to…
Rank this Week: 1921

Florida Estate Planning and…

Florida Estate Planning and Probate Law

Covers changes in Florida law in the area of estate planning, tax law and probate law. By Marc J. Soss.

http://blog.fl-estateplanning.com
  • Apr 17

    What Kind Of Inheritance Do You Owe Your Kids?

    What Kind Of Inheritance Do You Owe Your Kids?
    “I don’t believe in inheriting money,” CNN host recently told Howard Stern on Stern’s radio show, a son of designer and heiress Gloria Vanderbilt: “I think it’s an initiative sucker. I think it’s…
  • Apr 16

    WINDSOR'S IMPACT ON RETIREMENT PLANS FOR SAME SEX COUPLES

    WINDSOR'S IMPACT ON RETIREMENT PLANS FOR SAME SEX COUPLES
    Under IRS Notice 2014-19, qualified retirement plan administrators must recognize same-sex spouses of legally married participants as of June 26, 2013. The retroactive date coincides with the date of the Supreme Court issued its decision in…
  • Apr 9

    LAST MINUTE IRA CONTRIBUTION TIPS

    LAST MINUTE IRA CONTRIBUTION TIPS
    Last minute retirement benefits that you should utilize: Contribute For Your Spouse: If you’re married and at least one spouse is employed (and you’re not earning above the IRS income thresholds), the working spouse can…
Rank this Week: 2290

Law Offices of Cheryl David

Law Offices of Cheryl David

Covers estate planning and elder law in North Carolina.

http://www.cheryldavid.com/blog/
  • Apr 17

    North Carolina Estate Planning Tip Sheet

    North Carolina Estate Planning Tip Sheet
    Choosing to begin estate planning is something that everyone in the Greensboro, North Carolina area should do. It’s also something that far too many people put off, or never get around to doing. Before you begin the estate planning…
  • Apr 7

    Portability, Estate Taxes, and Your Estate Plan

    Portability, Estate Taxes, and Your Estate Plan
    Some people in the Greensboro, North Carolina area who begin estate planning often worry about the estate tax. The federal estate tax applies to the property left behind by people who die. However, the estate tax, sometimes referred to as the…
  • Apr 2

    You Already Have an Estate Plan, Whether You Want it or Not

    You Already Have an Estate Plan, Whether You Want it or Not
    One of the facts that people who first visit an estate planning attorney are sometimes surprised to find out is that they already have an effective estate plan in place. The estate planning process is about making decisions. Those decisions…
Rank this Week: 2171

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/
  • Apr 17

    The Three Estate Planning Documents You Need

    The Three Estate Planning Documents You Need
    In previous posts, we have discussed various estate planning documents and how they differ, but many times there is confusion as to what takes effect and when. Or, you may wonder why you can’t just appoint an agent (power of attorney)…
  • Apr 2

    Follow up to Death in the Digital Age

    Follow up to Death in the Digital Age
    As a follow up to Death in the Digital Age, a story about the online afterlife of a woman in Pontiac Michigan caught my attention.   Her body was discovered in her vehicle parked in her garage by an individual entering the property…
  • Mar 28

    Accessing Email After Death

    Accessing Email After Death
    Recently we posted an article about Death in the Digital Age.  But, what happens if a loved one fails to make these arrangements and you must have access to their digital accounts?  Google has recently developed a method that allows…
Rank this Week: 1878

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
  • Apr 16

    The Importance of Estate Planning in Non-Traditional Familie

    The Importance of Estate Planning in Non-Traditional Familie
    I got a heartbreaking call this week from a woman whose fiancé had recently died. They had been a couple for many years, and were the parents of an infant son, but they had never gotten around to getting married. Her fiancé had…
  • Apr 9

    The Cost of a Do-It-Yourself Will

    The Cost of a Do-It-Yourself Will
    I have written before about the risks of do-it-yourself estate planning and explained how people who use do-it-yourself solutions end up with a false sense of security. They create documents that they believe will address their needs but wind…
  • Mar 26

    What Is An Estate?

    What Is An Estate?
    Many years ago, a neighbor’s teenaged daughter asked me what type of law I practiced. When I told her I focused on estate planning, she looked at me bewildered. “You mean, like mansions?” she asked. It was clear she was…
Rank this Week: 1667

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/
  • Apr 15

    Qualified Funeral Trusts: once a simple concept

    Qualified Funeral Trusts: once a simple concept
    In has been almost twenty years since the Balanced Budget Act of 1995 introduced the concept of a simplified tax return for preneed trusts.  Initially, the “Qualified Funeral Trust” concept called for a flat 15% tax on…
  • Apr 9

    Form 1041QFT: Reducing Tax Liabilitie

    Form 1041QFT: Reducing Tax Liabilitie
    Tax day is only a week away, and preneed trust returns will look a little different this year.  As we reported back in December, the IRS took the position that preneed trusts are subject to the Medicare Tax used to fund the Affordable…
  • Mar 19

    Excess Preneed Funds: The State’s Collection Agent

    Excess Preneed Funds: The State’s Collection Agent
    Over the past few months, we have been pressing state officials in Illinois and Nebraska on the issue of who is the state’s collection agent for excess preneed funds.  Is it the funeral director or the funding source (the preneed…
Rank this Week: 1956

Weiss Berzowski Brady LLP Blog

Weiss Berzowski Brady LLP Blog

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

http://www.wbb-law.com/multimedia/blog
Rank this Week: 2020

New York Probate and Estate…

New York Probate and Estate Administration Blog

Published by Stephen Bilkis & Associates

http://www.newyorkprobateestateadministration.com/
  • Apr 13

    Court Rules on Reasonable Attorneys Fees in Probate Case

    Court Rules on Reasonable Attorneys Fees in Probate Case
    A New York Probate Lawyer said that, the decedent died on June 4, 1931, a resident of Nassau County. His will dated November 26, 1930 was admitted to probate by decree dated June 15, 1931. The will created a trust for the benefit of the…
  • Apr 12

    Court Rules on Action to Vacate Deed

    Court Rules on Action to Vacate Deed
    A New York Probate Lawyer this is an action to vacate a deed or, in the alternative, impress a constructive trust, which was originally commenced by RM, as executor of the estate of MM, in the Supreme Court of Nassau County. The proceeding…
  • Apr 10

    Respondent Contends Court Lacks Subject Matter Jurisdiction

    Respondent Contends Court Lacks Subject Matter Jurisdiction
    In this Will Contest case, a motion by the executor for an order consenting to a transfer to this court of an action currently is pending in Supreme Court, New York County. Respondent argues that this court lacks subject matter jurisdiction…
Rank this Week: 2151

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/
  • Apr 11

    Never Wait Until the Last Minute to Make a Will

    Never Wait Until the Last Minute to Make a Will
    Ideally, estate planning is something you do long before it becomes necessary. It is never a good idea to wait until you are on your deathbed to make a will. You may run out of time before you can execute a will that meets with the legal…
  • Apr 10

    What You Need to Know about Estate Planning and “The Cloud”

    What You Need to Know about Estate Planning and “The Cloud”
    In the Internet age, your estate no longer includes just physical property but digital assets like social media accounts, cloud storage and even computer-based currency. Taking stock of your digital assets is therefore an essential part of…
  • Apr 9

    Family Heirlooms Can Lead to Family Litigation

    Family Heirlooms Can Lead to Family Litigation
    We often read stories about heirs fighting over a deceased relative's multimillion-dollar fortune. But some estate disputes arise over seemingly trivial matters. The common thread in many of these disputes is insufficient direction from the…
Rank this Week: 2083

Estate Planning and Elder Law Blog

Estate Planning and Elder Law Blog

Covers estate planning, elder law, and probate topics in New York. By the Law Offices of Roman Aminov.

http://www.aminovlaw.com
  • Apr 10

    Intestacy Laws: Dying Without a Will in NY

    Intestacy Laws: Dying Without a Will in NY
    A person who dies without a will in New York is said to have died intestate. If a person owned assets, they either pass automatically, such a joint accounts and accounts with beneficiary designations, or through a court process known as…
  • Mar 13

    Medicaid Planning with a Life Estate Deed

    Medicaid Planning with a Life Estate Deed
    As we discussed in the previous article, in order to avoid Medicaid liens and estate recovery, elder law clients would be well advised to learn about their rights to protect their homes. This is true whether they need Medicaid home care and…
  • Feb 5

    Medicaid Planning for the Home: Irrevocable Medicaid Trust

    Medicaid Planning for the Home: Irrevocable Medicaid Trust
    When it comes to long term care for seniors, our office recommends long term care insurance as the first choice. If that is not an option, planning for Medicaid becomes an important component of many families’ plans. While Medicaid…
Rank this Week: 1713

Davidov Law Group

Davidov Law Group

Covers new York elder law and estate planning.

http://www.davidovlaw.com/blog/
  • Apr 4

    How Much Does a Special Needs Trust Cost?

    How Much Does a Special Needs Trust Cost?
    If you want to provide resources for the benefit of someone with a disability, you should consider the creation of a special needs trust. This type of trust, alternately referred to as a supplemental needs trust, can enhance the life of the…
  • Mar 14

    Alzheimer’s, Health Care Proxies, and Powers of Attorney

    Alzheimer’s, Health Care Proxies, and Powers of Attorney
    Sometimes people who don’t have an extraordinary amount of wealth assume they don’t need to discuss estate planning with an attorney. They are aware of the fact that the estate tax is only applicable to large estates, and they…
  • Mar 12

    What Are the Drawbacks of Probate in New York?

    What Are the Drawbacks of Probate in New York?
    The process of probate in New York is a factor to consider when you are planning your estate. Estate planning is often equated to the execution of a last will. If you do utilize a last will as the legal device that will facilitate the…
Rank this Week: 2113

Los Angeles Probate Litigation…

Los Angeles Probate Litigation Attorney Blog

Covers wills & trusts, probate and conservatorships. By Ginzburg & Bronshteyn LLP.

http://www.losangelesprobatelitigationattorneyblog.com/
  • Mar 28

    Update-Casey Kasem Children Settle Conservatorship Matter

    Update-Casey Kasem Children Settle Conservatorship Matter
    Los Angeles Superior Court Case Number BP 145805 concerning the Appointment of the Conservatorship over the Person and Temporary Appointment of the Conservatorship over the Person of Casey Kasem had been filed on October 7, 2013. Casey Kasem…
  • Mar 19

    Trust and Estates Section: Lunch with The Probate Judge

    Trust and Estates Section: Lunch with The Probate Judge
    On March 18, 2014, the panel of Probate Judges discussed the current state of Probate Court in Los Angeles County and addressed questions and concerns submitted by members of the Beverly Hills Bar Association. Fortunately seven of the nine…
  • Feb 26

    Judges Panel: Avoiding the Most Common Evidentiary Mistake

    Judges Panel: Avoiding the Most Common Evidentiary Mistake
    On February 25, 2014, firm partner and probate practitioner, Yasha Bronshteyn attended the Judges Panel presented by the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles. Speakers included Hon. Amy Hogue, Hon. Michael Johnson, Hon. Mary Ann…
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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/
  • Mar 28

    How “Absolute” is Absolute Discretion?

    How “Absolute” is Absolute Discretion?
    Whether a trust purports to exonerate a trustee from liability or grants him absolute discretion to make distributions, trustees often believe that the language in a trust instrument is ironclad. Frank Santoro addresses this misconception in…
  • Feb 13

    Appellate Division: Issue of Fact Prevents Summary Disposition of Abandonment Allegation

    Appellate Division: Issue of Fact Prevents Summary Disposition of Abandonment Allegation
    Eric Penzer recently discussed a case where constructive abandonment was asserted to disqualify a surviving spouse from an elective share. In our latest entry, Eric addresses a decision regarding actual abandonment as the basis for…
  • Feb 13

    Appellate Division: Issue of Fact Prevents Summary Disposition of Abandonment Allegation

    Appellate Division: Issue of Fact Prevents Summary Disposition of Abandonment Allegation
    My most recent blog post, titled No Sex, No Elective Share?, discussed a recent case involving allegations of constructive abandonment as a basis for disqualifying a surviving spouse from receiving an elective share. In that post, I also…
Rank this Week: 1996

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
  • Mar 26

    Case law update: gifting in Georgia for specific purpose

    Case law update: gifting in Georgia for specific purpose
    Under Georgia law, a gift can be made for a specific purpose without the necessity of a trust. OCGA § 44-5-87. However, if it appears that the expressed purpose of the gift cannot be accomplished, then the law imposes a trust over…
  • Dec 30

    Georgia changes to partition statute enshrine sentimentality in law

    Georgia changes to partition statute enshrine sentimentality in law
    It is a time-honored rule of common law that parties are not usually compensated for emotional loss, and the rule is only overcome by statute, as in cases of severe emotional distress. Likewise, our land title law has so evolved to favor…
  • Oct 11

    He had a power of attorney; there's nothing I can do . . . 

    He had a power of attorney; there's nothing I can do . . . 
     . . . or is there?Often, a child or close friend of an elderly person will be granted a power of attorney to help the elder handle her financial affairs. Such power of attorney is usually quite broad, granting the trusted agent the…
Rank this Week: 1608

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
  • Mar 25

    IRS: Bitcoin is Property, Not Currency

    IRS: Bitcoin is Property, Not Currency
    Today, the Internal Revenue Service ("IRS") issued Notice 2014-21 regarding some federal tax prinicples associated with transactions utlizing virtual currency, such as Bitcoin. Among other things, this means that if a person purchases a…
  • Feb 17

    What Is An Advance Healthcare Directive?

    What Is An Advance Healthcare Directive?
    An advance healthcare directive, such as a living will, is a legal document that sets forth a person’s end-of-life healthcare treatment desires. Generally, an advance healthcare directive does not become effective until a person is not…
  • Jan 31

    Obama Announces MyRA Retirement Account

    Obama Announces MyRA Retirement Account
    Wall Street Journal: President Barack Obama signed a presidential memorandum Wednesday authorizing the Treasury Department to create a new retirement-savings vehicle aimed at workers who don't have access to traditional retirement accounts,…
Rank this Week: 2047

Sanders Law Firm Blog

Sanders Law Firm Blog

Covers North Carolina law.

http://www.kirksanderslaw.com/blog
  • Mar 24

    Posting Land for Hunting in NC (Purple Paint)

    Posting Land for Hunting in NC (Purple Paint)
    Tags: Sanders Law Firm NCPosting Land in NCIf you own land & want to post it so no one else hunts, fishes, or traps on your land, here are two pertinent links. One is to the North Carolina Wildlife regulations. It’s a very…
  • Mar 13

    Will Caveat Case & Summary in NC

    Will Caveat Case & Summary in NC
    Tags: NC Will caveat attorneyundue influence claimlack of testamentary capacity caseA recent case highlights issues with Will Caveats (aka Will Challenges or Testing of a Will) and the influence of a power of attorney. In the case IN RE…
  • Mar 7

    POA Abuses Cases & Gifting

    POA Abuses Cases & Gifting
    Tags: POA abuse attorney NC; Attorney-in-fact violations lawyerelder abuse attorney ncMany people execute power of attorneys (POA). It’s a good idea to have one in place should the need arise. However the number one problem with…
Rank this Week: 2099

Florida Probate Lawyer Blog

Florida Probate Lawyer Blog

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

http://www.florida-probate-lawyer.com/probate
  • Mar 11

    Probate and Prenuptial Agreement

    Probate and Prenuptial Agreement
    What impact does a prenuptial agreement have upon title to the assets of a trust and the rights of trust beneficiaries? The importance of that question was highlighted by a recent Second District Court of Appeals case, Shakespeare v. Prince,…
  • Feb 20

    FLORIDA PRENEED GUARDIAN

    FLORIDA PRENEED GUARDIAN
    FLORIDA PRENEED GUARDIAN AS PART OF YOUR ESTATE PLAN Everyone’s estate plan is different.  Some people are content with having only a will and trust to manage and distribute their financial assets after death.  However, others…
  • Feb 10

    How Long Does a Beneficiary Have to Challenge the Actions (or Inaction) of a Trustee?

    How Long Does a Beneficiary Have to Challenge the Actions (or Inaction) of a Trustee?
    Typically, a trustee serves its accounting on beneficiaries which discloses all matters involving the trusts.  Under normal circumstances, a beneficiary then has four years from receipt of the accounting to bring an action for breach of…
Rank this Week: 1721

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: 2284

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
  • 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…
  • Feb 1

    Autism Speaks Celebrates 10 Amazing Individual

    Autism Speaks Celebrates 10 Amazing Individual
    Recently, Autism Speaks wrote about ten individuals with autism who excelled last year, as taken from their most popular posts. This performance by Christopher, a young boy on the autism spectrum does a great rendition of Lean on Me: and…
Rank this Week: 2331

Philadelphia Estate and Tax…

Philadelphia Estate and Tax Attorney Blog

Focuses on income, estate and gift tax matters, estate planning and probate administration. By Steven J. Fromm.

http://frommtaxes.wordpress.com/
Rank this Week: 1709

GTH Estate Planning Blog

GTH Estate Planning Blog

Covers Washington estate planning and family law issues. By Gordon Thomas Honeywell.

http://www.gthestateplanning.com/
  • Feb 13

    We have common-law marriage, right?

    We have common-law marriage, right?
    People tend to throw around the term "common-law marriage" to refer to couples who have lived together for a long time. The implication is that by living together, without getting the legal document, the spouses have acquired some rights in…
  • Feb 6

    Update your beneficiary designation

    Update your beneficiary designation
    When you get a new job, you have to fill out a lot of forms. There are a lot of choices to make. Often, one of those is picking a beneficiary designation for your 401(k). Or perhaps years ago you started a retirement account with a lovely…
  • Jan 30

    Estate planning in your 20s and 30

    Estate planning in your 20s and 30
    Most people in their first few decades don't have any estate planning done, and certainly don't have it at the top of their to-do list. But there are good reasons a person in their 20s or 30s should consider putting their intentions in…
Rank this Week: 1954

Massachusetts Wills, Trusts, and…

Massachusetts Wills, Trusts, and Estates

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

http://dgvelaw.blogspot.com/
  • Feb 11

    Time for "The Talk"    The…

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

    Busy Since Birth - Having It All Project

    Busy Since Birth - Having It All Project
    I am grateful for the opportunity Cheryl Stober recently gave me, via Twitter, to contribute my 2 cents to her Having It all Project on her blog, Busy Since Birth.  My interview question answers appeared here, and I am sharing them…
  • Apr 3

    None Of Your (Family) Business or Kumbaya?

    None Of Your (Family) Business or Kumbaya?
    What happens when one member of a family-owned and operated business keeps other members in the dark? What do you do when some members of a family are highly personally and emotionally invested in the long term success of the family business…
Rank this Week: 1782

Probate, Trusts and Estate Law…

Probate, Trusts and Estate Law Blog

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

http://www.calprobate.com/blog/
  • Jan 28

    A GUIDE TO TRUSTS - TRUSTS 101

    A GUIDE TO TRUSTS - TRUSTS 101
    It's useful to review some basic definition and functions of a trust. It may help you if one day you are asked to be a trustee or as you dive into your own estate planning. Some of these distinctions are artificial, but they will help you get…
  • Jan 7

    Lottery Winner Without A Will Dead After Cyanide Poisoning

    Lottery Winner Without A Will Dead After Cyanide Poisoning
    According to a sensational report, the widow of a Chicago lottery winner who was poisoned with cyanide fought with the man’s siblings over control of his estate. The battle included a fight over his nearly half a million-dollar prize…
  • Jan 7

    Americans Living Abroad Feel Impact of FATCA

    Americans Living Abroad Feel Impact of FATCA
    According to some international financial experts, recently implemented American tax rates and policies may cause more Americans living abroad to renounce their U.S. citizenship. A recent conference in Israel on the subject of tax changes saw…
Rank this Week: 2258

Spencer Law Firm Blog

Spencer Law Firm Blog

Covers probate and estate planning in Pennsylvania.

http://www.pennsylvaniatrustsandestates.com/
  • Dec 22

    It's Not Too Late - Get Your 2013 Deductions for Charitable Giving

    It's Not Too Late - Get Your 2013 Deductions for Charitable Giving
    It's Not Too Late - Get Your Deductions for Charitable Giving I resolved to stop accumulating and begin the infinitely more serious and difficult task of wise distribution. - Andrew Carnegie At the end of the calendar year, many people...
  • Dec 22

    Eight Tax Breaks that Expire at the End of 2013

    Eight Tax Breaks that Expire at the End of 2013
    A number of income tax provisions are slated to expire at the end of this year. Many of these tax breaks have been extended in the past, so it's possible Congress could extend them again over the next few months...
  • Nov 27

    Inheritance tax: Exemptions for Farms and Small Businesses: Fourth and Last in a Serie

    Inheritance tax: Exemptions for Farms and Small Businesses: Fourth and Last in a Serie
    Effective for decedents dying after July 9, 2013, there is a new inheritance tax exemption for qualified family-owned businesses. The law provides: "A transfer of a qualified family-owned business interest to one or more transferees is…
Rank this Week: 1953

Palm Springs Tax and Trust Lawyers

Palm Springs Tax and Trust Lawyers

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

http://www.palmspringstaxandtrustlawyers.com/
Rank this Week: 2133

Florida Probate Blog -…

Florida Probate Blog - WeProbateFlorida.com

Covers Florida probate administration. By Long H. Duong.

http://weprobateflorida.com
  • Nov 5

    Letters of Administration – Do you really need them?!

    Letters of Administration – Do you really need them?!
    I can’t say this enough: There are many situations where you do not need letters of administration. Many. Yes, the bank or customer service agent you are talking to says you do…but they are just reading from a policy manual or a…
  • Sep 6

    How long does probate take in Florida?

    How long does probate take in Florida?
    One of the last few questions I always address at the end of a probate consultation is: “How long does probate take?” Generally: Summary administration typically takes a few weeks from the date of filing to get orders distributing…
  • Aug 4

    Introducing Florida Probate Questions (and Answers)!

    Introducing Florida Probate Questions (and Answers)!
    We are pleased to announce the new Florida Probate Questions section. The purpose of this process is to create a “live” FAQ (frequently asked questions). Among other things you can: Post Questions Search (with lightning speed)…
Rank this Week: 2231

Mogren Glessner & Roti

Mogren Glessner & Roti

Covers Washington state family law, estate planning, and probate.

http://mgrlaw.blogspot.com/
  • Oct 30

    Passport For Child After Divorce

    Passport For Child After Divorce
    What do you do when you hear your ex-spouse plans to take your children on a vacation out of the country? What do you do? Knowing your legal rights will help put you at east and protect your relationship with your children. To take your…
  • Apr 4

    Compassion and Conviction

    Compassion and Conviction
    The following is a quote I came across from Rick Warren that I find insightful in this age of political correctness:“Our culture has accepted two huge lies. The first is that if you disagree with someone’s lifestyle, you must fear…
  • Oct 3

    Power of Attorney for Adult Children

    Power of Attorney for Adult Children
    Do you have a Power of Attorney for your adult
Rank this Week: 1662

FLG Trusts & Estates Reporter

FLG Trusts & Estates Reporter

Covers trusts, estate planning, asset protection, and probate, with particular focus on Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida. By Fortenberry Law Group PLLC.

http://www.fortenberrylaw.com
  • May 14

    Why Living Trusts Don’t Always Avoid Probate in Florida

    Why Living Trusts Don’t Always Avoid Probate in Florida
    Living trusts are a popular tools for avoiding probate in Florida. But even though probate may not be required to transfer assets, the trustee may want to probate the deceased person’s estate to deal with creditors.Why Living Trusts…
  • May 7

    Taxation of Lifetime Gifts vs. Transfers at Death

    Taxation of Lifetime Gifts vs. Transfers at Death
    Lifetime gifts versus transfers at death. From a tax planning perspective, should a client hold property until death or transfer it during his or her lifetime? Taxation of Lifetime Gifts vs. Transfers at Death is a post from: probate attorney…
  • Apr 30

    Estate Tax Provisions of the 2014 Budget: Is the Current Estate Tax Law Permanent?

    Estate Tax Provisions of the 2014 Budget: Is the Current Estate Tax Law Permanent?
    Since the Treasury recently released President Obama’s 2014 budget proposals, there’s been a lot of grumbling about the President’s proposed estate, gift, and generation-skipping transfer tax provisions. If enacted, these…
Rank this Week: 2376

Armstrong, Fisch & Tutoli Blog

Armstrong, Fisch & Tutoli Blog

Covers elder law and estate planning.

http://www.armstrongfisch.com/blog/
  • Feb 11

    Census Statistic of Interest to Elder Law Community

    Census Statistic of Interest to Elder Law Community
    The baby boomer generation is getting older, and people who are part of this group are reaching retirement age in droves. There are about 10,000 people applying for Social Security every day, and analysts tell us that this volume should stay…
  • Feb 8

    Fiscal Cliff Fallout

    Fiscal Cliff Fallout
    The question of whether or not the United States was going to fall over the “fiscal cliff” dominated the news in the weeks and days leading up to the new year. If we would have plunged over the cliff the estate tax parameters…
  • Jan 8

    Hello world!

    Hello world!
    Welcome to Academy Member Websites. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start blogging!
Rank this Week: 1922

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: 2282

Missouri Estate Planning Blog

Missouri Estate Planning Blog

Features postings on estate planning and related topics, with a particular emphasis on Missouri law. By Richard J. Herndon.

http://www.kctrustlaw.com/missouri-estate-planning-blog/
  • Oct 12

    Estate Tax Update for Missouri Residents – Fall 2012

    Estate Tax Update for Missouri Residents – Fall 2012
    Congress and the President have created quite a mess insofar as the Estate Tax is concerned.  A little history may be helpful: In 2001, President George W. Bush signed the Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001…
  • Sep 4

    Missouri Real Estate Titles – Adding a Family Member’s Name

    Missouri Real Estate Titles – Adding a Family Member’s Name
    George called my office this afternoon.  His sister, Billie had been appointed as the Personal Representative of his mother’s estate a week ago.  According to him Mom had a “simple will” leaving everything to her…
  • May 15

    Another Missouri Beneficiary Deed Failure

    Another Missouri Beneficiary Deed Failure
    We’ve written and posted several times about the inherent dangers in relying on Beneficiary Deeds (also known as “Transfer on Death Deeds”) to transfer title in Missouri. Beneficiary Deeds, in the proper circumstances,…
Rank this Week: 2046

Massachusetts Estate Planning and…

Massachusetts Estate Planning and Elder Law

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

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

    How Should I Divide My Assets?

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

    Leaving A Memo or Letter With Your Will

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

    Changing Guardianship Nomination

    Changing Guardianship Nomination
    If you find yourself need to change the guardianship nominations for your children, there are some steps you need to take.  All parents of minor children (and parents of special needs children) should nominate guardians in legal documents so…
Rank this Week: 2028

Colorado Estate Planning

Colorado Estate Planning

Covers Colorado Springs estate planning & administration plus business & tax planning. By Kevin Forbush.

http://www.forbushlegal.com/blogs.php
  • Jun 14

    VA Pension Fund Exploited

    VA Pension Fund Exploited
    GAO: Some veterans hide assets to get need-based pension — and some companies prey on vets. See t
  • Jun 13

    Estate Planning Tools for Fluctuating Retirement Source

    Estate Planning Tools for Fluctuating Retirement Source
    Realistic inheritance conversations a “must” with grown children: Given today’s fluctuating r
  • Oct 31

    Long Term Care Claim

    Long Term Care Claim
    Approximately eight million Americans own long-term care (nursing home) insurance, purchased to hel
Rank this Week: 2107

Michigan Estate Planning, Probate…

Michigan Estate Planning, Probate and Elder Law

Covers Michigan estate planning, wills, living trusts, powers of attorney, elder law, caregiving, family matters and growing older . By Glenn Matecun.

http://matecunlaw.wordpress.com
  • Mar 31

    What is a Lady Bird Deed?

    What is a Lady Bird Deed?
    Check this out if you want to learn more about how a Michigan Lady Bird Deed works and how it can help with your Will, Trust or other estate planning.
  • Mar 8

    Beware! Estate Planning for Second Marriages Can Be Tricky.

    Beware! Estate Planning for Second Marriages Can Be Tricky.
    The following was recently published in my “Ask the Lawyer” column: Question:   I just got remarried and both my husband and I have children from previous marriages. I am worried that my son and daughter won’t get anything if I die…
  • Oct 23

    IRS Issues Long-Term Care Premium Deductibility Limits for 2012

    IRS Issues Long-Term Care Premium Deductibility Limits for 2012
    The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is increasing the amount taxpayers can deduct from their 2012 taxes as a result of buying long-term care insurance.  Premiums for “qualified” long-term care insurance policies (see explanation below)…
Rank this Week: 1660

Toronto Estates & Trusts Monitor

Toronto Estates & Trusts Monitor

Discusses the complications, pitfalls, and the overall state of affairs of trusts and estates in Canada. By Megan F. Connolly.

http://www.torontoestatemonitor.com/
  • Mar 7

    A Faulty Settlement and Some Buyer's Remorse

    A Faulty Settlement and Some Buyer's Remorse
    The recent decision of the Superior Court of Justice in the Murphy Estate considers what happens when parties to a proceeding settle a matter on the basis of faulty facts and one of the parties suffers from “buyer’s remorse”. 
  • Mar 5

    Some Tips on Paying Estate Debt

    Some Tips on Paying Estate Debt
    One of an estate trustee’s duties is to pay the debts that a deceased individual owed when he or she died.  As I have previously discussed, the estate trustee is generally not personally liable for the deceased’s debts – they are paid…
  • Feb 29

    Expecting An Inheritance? You Might Not Be Getting One

    Expecting An Inheritance? You Might Not Be Getting One
    Investor’s Group, a financial services company in Canada, recently released the results of a survey regarding people’s expectations when it comes to receiving an inheritance or leaving one to others. 
Rank this Week: 1999

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
  • Apr 23

    Can Grandma Still Drive?

    Can Grandma Still Drive?
    One of the most difficult concepts to accept for those with some form of “incapacity” is a restriction on their ability to drive. And taking away the car keys from someone else is one of the hardest things to do. Here’s an…
  • Apr 21

    Sometimes You’re Legally Right and Legally Wrong

    Sometimes You’re Legally Right and Legally Wrong
    The following is a guest blog by Alan M. Goldberg of the Law Office of Alan Goldberg. Alan’s practice includes Appeals, Civil Trials, and Family Law. You can follow Alan on Twitter @AlanMGoldberg. The law can have some seemingly unfair…
  • Apr 18

    Refreshing Recollection in Court

    Refreshing Recollection in Court
    It’s common for witnesses forget facts while testifying—often due to nerves and sometimes due to selective memory. The good news is that you can use almost any item to refresh a witness’s recollection. A common way to…
Rank this Week: 3148

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/
  • Apr 23

    Idaho Estate Planning - Deciding to Disinherit!

    Idaho Estate Planning - Deciding to Disinherit!
    Disinheritance is a profound element of an estate plan. It can be triggered by a single, specific event, or result from the lifelong flaws of a relationship. For example, a parent may decide to remove one child as a residuary beneficiary…
  • Apr 22

    Idaho Estate Planning - Traditional or Roth IRA?

    Idaho Estate Planning - Traditional or Roth IRA?
    Enlisting the help of a qualified wealth management professional to determine which type of IRA will best support a person's retirement goals.
  • Apr 21

    Idaho Elder Law - Mickey Rooney Elder Abuse Issue

    Idaho Elder Law - Mickey Rooney Elder Abuse Issue
    Rooney helped draw attention to the hidden and underreported crimes associated with elder abuse through his unique role as a high-profile and victim of abuse while still retaining a clear ability to testify and completely comprehend his…
Rank this Week: 3385

California Probate and Estate…

California Probate and Estate Planning Blog

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

http://www.californiaprobate.info/blog
  • Apr 23

    The Dangers of Do-it-Yourself Will

    The Dangers of Do-it-Yourself Will
    I often tell people that it MIGHT work out fine if they do their own will. Of course it might not. I like to tell people that we’ll find out after they die! Well, a recent Florida case emphasizes this … Continue reading…
  • Mar 26

    We fix $499 Trust

    We fix $499 Trust
    I was reading the paper the other day and I saw an ad for a $499 trust. This blog post is not specifically saying that trust company is bad because I have no idea. That $499 trust may be the … Continue reading →The post We fix…
  • Mar 17

    Ten characteristics of a good trustee

    Ten characteristics of a good trustee
    When I go through the estate planning questionnaire with a client I suggest they think long and hard before selecting their trustee. In fact, if they hesitate for a split second when naming someone I ask about it. For example, ……
Rank this Week: 3465

Murphy's Law Blog

Murphy's Law Blog

Covers elder law, estate planning and probate. By Noreen Murphy.

http://www.noreenmurphylaw.com/blog/
  • Apr 23

    How Reverse Mortgages Can Lead To Problems For Your Children

    How Reverse Mortgages Can Lead To Problems For Your Children
    According to a recent New York Times article, children of parents who took out reverse mortgages to cover the cost of long-term care are increasingly faced with a difficult choice—watching helplessly as the family home goes into…
  • Apr 16

    The Dangers Of Using Cookie-Cutter, Downloadable Legal Form

    The Dangers Of Using Cookie-Cutter, Downloadable Legal Form
    When people learn that I am an estate planning and elder law attorney, some of them ask what I think about “do it yourself” wills, trusts, and other estate planning forms that can be found online. Of course, when I ……
  • Apr 9

    Senior Dating—Tips To Help You “Get Your Groove” Back

    Senior Dating—Tips To Help You “Get Your Groove” Back
    One of the most rewarding aspects of being an elder law and estate planning attorney is that I get to develop strong relationships with my clients. To create a sound plan, I need to know my clients well. Many clients … Continue reading…
Rank this Week: 4034

PVW Estate Planning, Business…

PVW Estate Planning, Business Succession Planning & Asset Protection Planning Blog

Covers current issues affecting and strategies regarding estate, business succession, and asset protection planning. By Parsonage Vandenack Williams LLC.

http://www.pvwestateplanning.wordpress.com/
  • Apr 23

    Should I Have a Power of Attorney for Health Care?

    Should I Have a Power of Attorney for Health Care?
    In general, what a power of attorney for healthcare does is to create an agent that will be between you and the health care system at such a time that you become incapable of making your health care decisions. There…Read more ›
  • Apr 22

    Tax Court Rules Trusts Can Be Real Estate Professional

    Tax Court Rules Trusts Can Be Real Estate Professional
    The United States Tax Court has recently released a decision in Frank Aragona Trust v. Commissioner that will affect tax planning for many trusts that own businesses or hold real estate. In that case, a trust operated rental real…
  • Apr 10

    What Happens If I Die Without a Will?

    What Happens If I Die Without a Will?
    The state provides an estate plan for you if you die without a will. In other words, there is a statute called Intestate Succession which specifically provides where the assets will go. It is the state’s best guess as to…Read…
Rank this Week: 3191