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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/
  • Aug 31

    Florida Guardianships and Less Restrictive Alternatives to Guardianship

    Florida Guardianships and Less Restrictive Alternatives to Guardianship
    Florida guardianship statutes, the Florida probate rules, and the general rules of Florida civil procedure often operate together to dictate the rights and deadlines that a party has in a given proceeding. In Adelman v. Elfenbein, the Florida…
  • Jul 31

    Florida’s Slayer Statute and Undue Influence Statute Strictly Construed

    Florida’s Slayer Statute and Undue Influence Statute Strictly Construed
    In Fiel v. Hoffman, the Florida appellate court decided that the Florida Slayer Statute and the Florida probate code statute regarding the effect of undue influence on the validity of a will mean what they say.  This Florida probate…
  • Jul 24

    Florida Probate Court Has No Jurisdiction Over Out-Of-State Real Property

    Florida Probate Court Has No Jurisdiction Over Out-Of-State Real Property
    It is not uncommon for a resident of Florida to own real property in another state.  In Brown v. Brown, the Florida appellate court reminds us that a Florida probate court does not have jurisdiction over real property in another state,…
Rank this Week: 1303

Tennessee Estate Law Blog

Tennessee Estate Law Blog

Covers estate planing law. By The Higgins Firm.

http://www.tennesseeestatelawblog.com/
  • Aug 31

    Lessons from Paul Newman of what not to do in estate planning

    Lessons from Paul Newman of what not to do in estate planning
    Estate planning can be a difficult and confusing process. This process can be made even more complicated when you have a business or foundation that your family members may be involved in. This appears to be the case with Paul Newman’s…
  • Aug 14

    Why the Sofia Vergara embryo lawsuit is so important

    Why the Sofia Vergara embryo lawsuit is so important
    There has been a lot of news about the Sofia Vergara embryo case. However, beyond the public’s desire to look into the life a celebrity, the reason a case like this so important is because it may affect laws, policies and regulations…
  • Jul 27

    So what counts towards a taxable estate?

    So what counts towards a taxable estate?
    Many people may believe that they do not have to be worried about federal estate tax if they do not make a large amount of money, but if you have a substantial amount of life insurance, own a home or have a good retirement account or plan,…
Rank this Week: 1421

Lambert and Williams Law Blog

Lambert and Williams Law Blog

Focuses on personal injury, estate, & marine law.

http://www.lambertandwilliams.com/posts
  • Aug 29

    Protecting Personal Health Information: What injury claimants need-to-know

    Protecting Personal Health Information: What injury claimants need-to-know
    After a car accident in BC, some people choose to deal with ICBC themselves.  If they are claiming for compensation for injuries sustained in the accident, it will be necessary for medical information to be provided to ICBC.  ICBC…
  • Aug 15

    Google self-driving cars – futuristic fix for unsafe driving?

    Google self-driving cars – futuristic fix for unsafe driving?
    Human beings are terrible drivers. We are easily distracted, second guess our decisions, have slow reflexes, take unnecessary risks, and suffer with exhaustion and fatigue – human beings are incredibly prone to unsafe driving.…
  • Aug 7

    “A Very Stupid Thing” – A Mariner’s Limit of Liability and How it Can be Broken

    “A Very Stupid Thing” – A Mariner’s Limit of Liability and How it Can be Broken
    “[He] is a good man; a decent man; an honest man – a fisherman. However he did a very stupid thing. He cut the plaintiffs’ submarine fibre optic cable in two. It cost them almost $1,000,000 to repair it”. So begins the…
Rank this Week: 1221

Estate Planning in California

Estate Planning in California

By the Law Offices of Shahram Miri, Inc.

http://calestateplanning.blogspot.com/
  • Aug 27

    Step-Child Inheritance

    Step-Child Inheritance
    If a person passes away without a will, the legal term for this is "intestacy." If the decedent's estate was not disposed of by a trust or beneficiary designation(s) such as a pay-on-death account, his or her estate will be distributed…
  • Aug 12

    Equitable Estoppel

    Equitable Estoppel
    The law does not look favorably upon trickery. This is exemplified by Evidence Code § 623, which states that "whenever a party has, by his own statement or conduct, intentionally and deliberately led another to believe a particular…
  • Jul 31

    Estate of Duke - Will Reformation

    Estate of Duke - Will Reformation
    The law in California used to be that in the case of an unambiguous clause in a will, extrinsic evidence could not be introduced to reform it. Stated in non-legalese, the term or terms of a will could not be altered through documentation…
Rank this Week: 1564

Rossabi Black Slaughter, PA Blog

Rossabi Black Slaughter, PA Blog

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

http://www.lawfirmrbs.com/blog/
  • Aug 27

    Fifth Community Association Bill Signed into Law: Increased Register of Deeds Indexing Fee

    Fifth Community Association Bill Signed into Law: Increased Register of Deeds Indexing Fee
    Senate Bill 332 “Register of Deeds – POA Indexing Fees” (with a full title of “An Act to Enable Register of Deeds to Collect Additional Fees for Indexing Instruments that Contain Exhibits with Multiple…
  • Aug 24

    Fumbling Your Trademark

    Fumbling Your Trademark
    You may have heard recently that the NFL’s Washington Redskins lost several trademark registrations. In fact, six trademarks that the team had registered were cancelled after it was determined that the petitioners (five Native American…
  • Aug 20

    Fourth Community Association Bill Signed into Law: Streets & Traffic Safety Device

    Fourth Community Association Bill Signed into Law: Streets & Traffic Safety Device
    Senate Bill 581 “Study Subdivision Streets / Traffic Calming Devices” (with the full title of “An Act to Direct the Department of Transportation to Study the Process for Accepting Subdivision Streets Dedicated as Public…
Rank this Week: 1580

Rhode Island Estate Planning and…

Rhode Island Estate Planning and Elder Law Blawg

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

http://riestateplanning.blogspot.com/
  • Aug 26

    What rights do I have as a trust beneficiary?

    What rights do I have as a trust beneficiary?
    As a trust beneficiary, you may feel like you are at the mercy of the trustee, but depending on the type of trust, trust beneficiaries may have rights to ensure the trust is properly managed.A trust is a legal arrangement through which one…
  • Feb 22

    Forbes.com Article Highlights Family Feuds in the Probate Proce

    Forbes.com Article Highlights Family Feuds in the Probate Proce
    While I work with my clients to eliminate many of these challenges during the estate planning process, I saw the issues highlighted by this forbes.com article on probate and family feuds pop up all too often in my time as a probate judge,…
  • Feb 4

    Why a will is not enough (or why your estate plan should include a revocable trust)

    Why a will is not enough (or why your estate plan should include a revocable trust)
    Your will is a legally binding statement directing who will receive your property upon your death. It also appoints a legal representative, often called an “executor” or “personal representative,” to carry out your…
Rank this Week: 1282

Florida Probate Litigation Lawyer…

Florida Probate Litigation Lawyer Blog

Cover Florida probate litigation. By Chepenik & Trushin LLP.

http://www.floridaprobatelitigationlawyer.com/
  • Aug 17

    Estate Planning Is for Young Adults too

    Estate Planning Is for Young Adults too
    “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” Benjamin Franklin may not have been referencing estate planning when he made that statement, but aptly applies to creating estate planning documents. There are many individuals…
  • Aug 4

    Six Estate Planning Mistakes Made by High-Net-Worth Individual

    Six Estate Planning Mistakes Made by High-Net-Worth Individual
    A well thought out and thorough estate plan is one of the best things you can leave behind for your loved ones.  Like all others, high net worth individuals should take the process seriously to ensure that their wishes are honored, and…
  • Jul 22

    Create a GRAT Before Interest Rates Rise

    Create a GRAT Before Interest Rates Rise
    Interest rates are currently at an all-time low, making it an imperative time to consider all the potential estate planning options that you may have.  Low interest rates provide an advantageous opportunity to utilize grantor-retained…
Rank this Week: 1660

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/
  • Aug 7

    More Problems Reported with Silencerco NFA Trust “EasyTrust”

    More Problems Reported with Silencerco NFA Trust “EasyTrust”
    David McCleary a Michigan Gun Trust Lawyer written about the problems he  has seen with the so called EasyTrust Gun Trust by Silencerco.  Today I received an email from him stating that in his opinion the trust is “horribly…
  • Aug 3

    Gun Trust and Foreiture of Weapons under Protest

    Gun Trust and Foreiture of Weapons under Protest
    The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives have recently decided to re-classify parachute flares and 40mm chalk rounds as explosives and begun the confiscation process. Those in the gun industry feel this ruling could soon be…
  • Jul 10

    Can I bring a firearm into a Hospital in Florida?

    Can I bring a firearm into a Hospital in Florida?
    As a gun trust attorney it is my duty to keep up with the latest gun laws throughout the country and clients are often surprised how different the laws can vary state to state.  I was recently asked by a client if someone with a valid…
Rank this Week: 1217

Arkansas Legal Issues

Arkansas Legal Issues

By Wilson & Haubert, PLLC.

http://whlawoffices.com/little-rock-lawyer-arkansas-law-blog/
  • Aug 3

    Should I get DHS involved in my Arkansas Child Custody case?

    Should I get DHS involved in my Arkansas Child Custody case?
    This blog may sound like I’m bashing Arkansas DHS or suggesting that they don’t do their best to help in child custody emergencies. It’s not. DHS is very important; it just may not be the right fit for your own case. We live…
  • Jul 2

    Family law for same-sex marriage

    Family law for same-sex marriage
    Two issues have pervaded the internet over the last week or so: gay marriage and the Confederate flag. This blog’s about legal stuff; if I am the one doing the writing, it’s about family-law stuff. Because I am not aware of any…
  • May 18

    What is an Arkansas Probate?

    What is an Arkansas Probate?
    The word “probate” comes from the Latin verb probare, which means “to try, test, prove, or examine.” (H/T to Wikipedia.) This is important for two reasons. First, it illustrates that probate, much like Latin, is…
Rank this Week: 1116

Walker Lambe

Walker Lambe

Covers North Carolina elder law and estate planning.

http://www.organizeyourassets.com/blog/
  • Aug 3

    What Is A North Carolina Qualified Domestic Trust?

    What Is A North Carolina Qualified Domestic Trust?
    What Is A North Carolina Qualified Domestic Trust? from Mark Costley This type of trust can provide estate tax efficiency if you are married to a citizen of another country. After your passing, the earnings from the assets in the…
  • Jul 28

    What Is The North Carolina Cost of Probate?

    What Is The North Carolina Cost of Probate?
    What Is The North Carolina Cost of Probate? from Mark Costley There are various different options available to you if you want to implement a probate avoidance strategy. Learn more about North Carolina cost of probate in this…
  • Jul 27

    What Is The North Carolina Five-Year Medicaid Look-Back?

    What Is The North Carolina Five-Year Medicaid Look-Back?
    What Is The North Carolina Five-Year Medicaid Look-Back? from Mark Costley Medicaid is a government program that will pay for long-term custodial care. This involves divesting yourself of assets in advance of applying for Medicaid so you meet…
Rank this Week: 1125

Michigan Estate Planning Lawyer…

Michigan Estate Planning Lawyer Blog

Covers trusts, probate, elder law, and estate planning. By Witzke Berry Carter & Wander PLLC.

http://www.michiganestateplanninglawyerblog.com/
  • Jul 6

    Understanding Criminal Laws In Orange County

    Understanding Criminal Laws In Orange County
    For first time of criminal transgressors, discovering lawful aid can be challenging. In case one has been found guilty of a criminal offense, researches have revealed that it can be challenging to get lawful assistance specifically for a…
  • May 16

    Court Makes it Easier for DMV to Suspend License After a California DUI

    Court Makes it Easier for DMV to Suspend License After a California DUI
    As if it wasn’t very easy enough for the DMV to suspend a vehicle driver’s certificate following a California DUI arrest. Remember my countless publishing on the uphill and one-sided procedure that is the DMV’s management…
  • May 9

    Why You Need To Work With A Criminal Attorney

    Why You Need To Work With A Criminal Attorney
    To make sure that you get the finest treatment possible, it is crucial that you work with the right criminal protection lawyer to represent you. No matter what you are being asked for with, the appropriate legal representative could make a…
Rank this Week: 1020

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
  • Jul 6

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

    Myers v. Myers: Executor may not run estate as his personal busine
    The Georgia Supreme Court handed down the probate case of Myers, Executor v. Myers, today. In some ways, the case is an unremarkable example of an executor using an estate as a cash cow for his personal expenditures and, among other…
  • Mar 6

    Clarke County Superior Court totally reversed on appeal in trust matter

    Clarke County Superior Court totally reversed on appeal in trust matter
    The superior court judge of Athens-Clarke County apparently totally botched a trust litigation matter, according to the Georgia Court of Appeals. The lower court had determined that a trust's maker (the "settlor") had improperly amended…
  • Feb 25

    Facebook at vanguard of digital inheritance

    Facebook at vanguard of digital inheritance
    Facebook users (of which this firm is not one) have long since realized that their accounts are digital journals of their lives. These records are valuable, not only to users, but to their posterity.  Responding to…
Rank this Week: 1509

North Carolina Estate Planning…

North Carolina Estate Planning Blog

Covers legal issues relating to wealth transfer, asset preservation, probate, and taxation. By Greg Herman-Giddens of Trust Counsel, P.A.

http://www.ncestateplanningblog.com/
  • May 29

    New Birth Certificate Guidelines in North Carolina for Same-Sex Couples’ Children

    New Birth Certificate Guidelines in North Carolina for Same-Sex Couples’ Children
    Same-sex couples who have a child in North Carolina could previously only list one parent on the child’s birth certificate. This made administration of additional documentation for the child (Social Security card, school registrations,…
  • May 27

    Covering Retirement v. Leaving Inheritance

    Covering Retirement v. Leaving Inheritance
    Expenses in senior years continue to be a concern for many Americans. As multiple studies show, most individuals do not maintain adequate retirement contributions. As the costs of long-term care (LTC) insurance policies and LTC costs rise,…
  • May 26

    Avoid a Will Dispute

    Avoid a Will Dispute
    An individual’s last will and testament might clearly reflect one’s wishes, but it does not prevent an estate dispute. Successfully contesting a will in North Carolina (and similarly in other states) requires evidence of certain…
Rank this Week: 1298

Texas Probate Litigation

Texas Probate Litigation

Covers Texas will contests, trust and inheritance disputes. By J. Michael Young.

http://www.txprobatelitigation.com/
  • Apr 29

    Court of appeals upholds removal of executor

    Court of appeals upholds removal of executor
    In Estate of Montemayor, the San Antonio Court of Appeals considered a challenge to the probate court's removal of an independent executor. Such removals have become more difficult since the Texas Supreme Court's opinion in Kappus v. Kappus.…
  • Jan 28

    Does the holder of a POA owe a general fiduciary duty to the principal?

    Does the holder of a POA owe a general fiduciary duty to the principal?
    Under Texas law the holder of a power of attorney, as an agent, owes the principal a fiduciary duty. In situations involving a transaction between the agent and the principal, Texas law closely scrutinizes the transaction and places the…
  • Nov 14

    Estate of Hemsley

    Estate of Hemsley
    Sherman Hemsley was a popular actor, known for playing George Jefferson in "All in the Family" and the "The Jeffersons." He was never married and had no children. He died in El Paso in 2012 after a battle with lung...
Rank this Week: 1204

Florida Probate Blog -…

Florida Probate Blog - WeProbateFlorida.com

Covers Florida probate administration. By Long H. Duong.

http://weprobateflorida.com
  • Mar 30

    Why You Need Probate to Sell Real Estate

    Why You Need Probate to Sell Real Estate
    Here’s a frequently asked question that deserves a slightly more intricate answer: “I’m clearly a child of (the decedent). Why can’t I just sign a quit claim deed over to myself so I can sell this property?”…
  • Mar 25

    Caution: “Probate Paralegals” on Craigslist

    Caution: “Probate Paralegals” on Craigslist
    Yesterday, I received what was otherwise a routine call about a potential probate case: The caller told me she had hired a “probate paralegal” to prepare the paperwork that she, the caller, would then file the case herself. She…
  • Mar 3

    Got Letters of Administration! What now?

    Got Letters of Administration! What now?
    This is a followup to my previous post on starting Probate in Florida, specifically Formal Administration. The initial push in probate is dedicated to convincing the judge to appoint you as the personal representative (PR) and then issuing…
Rank this Week: 1038

Back in the Black Hills

Back in the Black Hills

Covers South Dakota criminal law, family law and estate planning issues. By Tana Fye.

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

    Rural Areas Need More Lawyer

    Rural Areas Need More Lawyer
    I live and work primarily in rural Nebraska, but am from the Rapid City area of South Dakota.  And I hear about and see first hand that there is a shortage of lawyers able to handle the caseload that exists.  The American Bar…
  • Jan 4

    ICWA and the SCOTUS

    ICWA and the SCOTUS
    For only the second time, the Supreme Court of the United States will hear a case involving the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA).  This Reuters article describes the situation as a "human tragedy," which pretty much can describe any case…
  • Oct 9

    First Amendment, Pastors, and the IRS

    First Amendment, Pastors, and the IRS
    I thought that this story (here and here) was fascinating.  Currently churches can lose their 501(c)(3) status if the pastor endorses candidates, as the church is no longer purely a religious organization.
Rank this Week: 1140

Pet Trust Law Blog

Pet Trust Law Blog

Provides information for pet owners on legal topics concerning their well being and future, such as pet euthanasia and medical care, pet sitting, pet caretakers, and pet trusts. By Danny E. Meek, Esq.

http://www.pettrustlawblog.com/
  • May 29

    Thanks for Great Article by Attorney Tami Kamin Meyer

    Thanks for Great Article by Attorney Tami Kamin Meyer
     Recently, Tami Kamin Meyer, an Ohio attorney, writer and regular freelance contributor to many legal blogs and periodicals, was kind enough to contact me to discuss some thoughts on various pet trust issues. As a result of our…
  • May 28

    Thanks for Great Article by Attorney Tami Kamin Meyerr

    Thanks for Great Article by Attorney Tami Kamin Meyerr
     Recently, Tami Kamin Meyer, an Ohio attorney, writer and regular freelance contributor to many legal blogs and periodicals, was kind enough to contact me to discuss some thoughts on various pet trust issues. As a result of our…
  • Oct 9

    Another Pet Owner Leaves Millions for Her Dog and Other Animal

    Another Pet Owner Leaves Millions for Her Dog and Other Animal
    Muriel Siebert was the first woman to hold a seat on the New York Stock Exchange. She recently died and left a gift in her will of $100,000 to a friend, to care for her Chihuahua. In addition, she devised many millions of dollars for the…
Rank this Week: 1275

Florida Probate Litigation…

Florida Probate Litigation Attorney Blog

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

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

    Actor's death exemplifies the importance of guardianship

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

    Undue influence can often lead to financial exploitation

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

    Florida suit seeks to protect surviving spouse in gay marriage

    Florida suit seeks to protect surviving spouse in gay marriage
    Eight couples in Florida recently filed a lawsuit against the state, claiming that Florida's ban on gay marriage violates their rights under the U.S. Constitution. The couples, each living in Florida, but married in another state that…
Rank this Week: 1291

PrivateCounsel Blog

PrivateCounsel Blog

Covers estate planning and asset protection.

http://privatecounsel.com/blog/
  • Nov 27

    The Four Stages of Business Growth

    The Four Stages of Business Growth
    As businesses grow, they go through several distinct stages – from startup through maturity. There are several different models used to describe these states. One of the most popular systems, originally published in the Harvard Business…
  • Nov 7

    The Truth About Personal Risk Management Part 2: Using Trusts in Estate Planning

    The Truth About Personal Risk Management Part 2: Using Trusts in Estate Planning
    Paying insurance premiums to protect against potential losses frees us mentally to enjoy driving a car, leave our house empty while on vacation and receive medical treatment for an injury or illness. In the same way, the use of trusts acts…
  • Oct 20

    The Truth About Personal Risk Management, Part 1: Insurance

    The Truth About Personal Risk Management, Part 1: Insurance
    Personal risk management is being aware of the risks in your home and in your life, and then planning how to handle those risks. Insurance plays a big part in managing risk. Most people don’t like paying insurance premiums, but when…
Rank this Week: 1453

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
  • 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…
  • Jul 31

    Louisiana Successions and Inheritance Taxe

    Louisiana Successions and Inheritance Taxe
    Executors of Louisiana successions need to know whether or not inheritance taxes are owed.  If so, failure to pay the inheritance taxes could open the executor up to personal liability. The application of the Louisiana inheritance tax…
Rank this Week: 1329

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: 1334

Estate of Confusion

Estate of Confusion

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

http://www.forbes.com/sites/hanisarji/
Rank this Week: 1124

Thoughts on Wills & Estate…

Thoughts on Wills & Estate Planning

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

http://estateplanninginfoblog.com
  • Jan 4

    Federal Estate and Gift Tax Rules for 2013, Including Example

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

    My 21 Favorite Estate Planning Insults and Comeback

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

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

    The Fiscal Cliff and Your Estate Planning (Part III): The Impact on You
    In the first post of this series, we discussed the fiscal cliff and its impact on our economy.  In the previous post, we covered the proposals most likely to be considered by Congress in the coming weeks.  In this final post of the…
Rank this Week: 998

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: 1327

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: 1177

Estates of Mind

Estates of Mind

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

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

    Uncertainty and what it means for you

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

    Teaching in the Fall

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

    Teaching in the Fall

    Teaching in the Fall
    I'll be teaching Federal Income Taxation in the Fall Semester at Trinity law School. For any students reading this, we'll be going through many of the fundamental code sections that are important in this practice area and focusing on…
Rank this Week: 1606

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: 1475

Estate & Tax Planning Musings

Estate & Tax Planning Musings

Provides updates on estate and tax planning information and cases. By Marc J. Soss.

http://estate-taxplanningmusings.blogspot.com/
  • Mar 22

    Modified Accumulation Trusts For IRA or Other Qualified Plan Benefits at Death

    Modified Accumulation Trusts For IRA or Other Qualified Plan Benefits at Death
    Recent private letter rulings issued by the Internal Revenue Service have created concern among estate-planning attorneys regarding the best way to draft trusts that are intended as potential receptacles of IRA or other qualified plan…
  • Mar 22

    Richest States Could Be the Best for Estate Planning

    Richest States Could Be the Best for Estate Planning
    A recent study powered by TheStreet reports that the following are the states with the most and the least liquid millionaires as a percentage of the total population, listed in descending order:Most Millionaires:HawaiiMarylandNew…
  • Dec 14

    IRS Loses Billion Dollar Transfer Pricing Case

    IRS Loses Billion Dollar Transfer Pricing Case
    The IRS lost a billion dollar § 482 transfer pricing case yesterday. Veritas Software Corp. v. Commissioner, 133 T.C. No. 14 (Dec. 10, 2009):
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Illinois Estate Planning &…

Illinois Estate Planning & Elder Law Blog

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

http://www.illinoisestateplanningandelderlawblog.com/
  • Sep 3

    Common Mistakes in Estate Planning

    Common Mistakes in Estate Planning
    The following are typical mistakes people make when planning their estates: • They have an outdated plan • They have no will or an outdated will • They rely on joint tenancy as a tool, especially children as joint…
  • Aug 29

    Keeping Things Even

    Keeping Things Even
    When a parent prepares a will, keeping distributions even among the children has advantages. It is impossible to determine what one’s children will be doing in the future and what their incomes will be. The child who is a successful…
  • Aug 22

    Nothing Crummy About "Crummey" Trust

    Nothing Crummy About "Crummey" Trust
    In a recent article in the Wall Street Journal titled: A Ruling Eases Tax-Free Gifts, Laura Saunders points out a recent U.S. Tax Court ruling which affirmed allowing a couple the use of Crummey trusts to make tax-free transfers of $1.6…
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Virginia Disability Law Blog

Virginia Disability Law Blog

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

http://sheriabrams.com/blog
  • Sep 3

    VA Announces New Rules about Service Animals in Its Facilitie

    VA Announces New Rules about Service Animals in Its Facilitie
    The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has revised its regulation regarding the presence of animals on VA property. The update will ensure VA practices comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other federal laws. It…
  • Aug 31

    New Mobile App Helps Seniors and those with Disabilities in Virginia Find Housing

    New Mobile App Helps Seniors and those with Disabilities in Virginia Find Housing
    The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) new Resource Locator mobile application (app) for smartphones and electronic tablets can help you get answers to your housing-related questions.  The app connects you…
  • Aug 28

    Assistive Technology Financing Loan Program for the District of Columbia

    Assistive Technology Financing Loan Program for the District of Columbia
    About the Program: The Assistive Technology Financing Loan Program offered through the Assistive Technology Program for the District of Columbia is a low-interest funding source for District of Columbia residents with disabilities and seniors…
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Ohio Estate Planning & Asset…

Ohio Estate Planning & Asset Protection

By AlerStallings, LLC.

http://www.alerstallings.com/blog/
  • Sep 3

    Do’s and Don’ts for Grandparents Saving for College

    Do’s and Don’ts for Grandparents Saving for College
    Do’s and Don’ts for Grandparents Saving for College   The birth of your child is not just the big day when you become a parent, but also the big day when your parents become grandparents! Grandma and Grandpa may want to spoil…
  • Sep 2

    Liz Durnell is our Featured Attorney of the Month!

    Liz Durnell is our Featured Attorney of the Month!
    I am from the Sidney/Houston, Ohio area.  In my spare time (what spare time? J), I enjoy reading, swimming, playing with my dog and hanging out with my friends & family.  I also enjoy traveling and trying out new…
  • Sep 1

    What rights do I have as a trust beneficiary?

    What rights do I have as a trust beneficiary?
    This is a common question. Unfortunately, the answer is, “it depends.” The rights of a beneficiary depend on the type of trust and the type of beneficiary.   Trusts are made up of legal documents wherein an individual…
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Asset Protection Law Journal

Asset Protection Law Journal

Covers asset protection laws. By Kenneth J. Laino.

http://www.assetprotectionlawjournal.com
  • Sep 3

    Nevis Is Good Choice For Offshore LLC

    Nevis Is Good Choice For Offshore LLC
    Nevis (a small island in the Caribbean) is currently a good choice for an offshore limited liability company.  Nevis recently amended its LLC Ordinance to better limit fraudulent transfer claims, and also to make it more difficult to…
  • Aug 25

    Ohio Appeals Court Says LLC Must Identify Its Member

    Ohio Appeals Court Says LLC Must Identify Its Member
    Some states require public disclosure about LLC owners/managers/officers and others do not.  Ohio is one of the states that requires no such public disclosure.  But keep in mind that ultimately, a creditor can always discover who…
  • Aug 6

    Majority of Public Companies Continue To Incorporate In Delaware

    Majority of Public Companies Continue To Incorporate In Delaware
    A front page article by Liz Hoffman in Monday’s Wall Street Journal noted that some companies are convinced Delaware is less of a corporate haven than it used to be.  Some companies feel the state has become less hospitable toward…
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Idaho Estate Planning

Idaho Estate Planning

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

http://idahoestateplanning.typepad.com/idaho_estate_planning/
  • Sep 3

    Idaho Estate Planning - Estate Executor No-No

    Idaho Estate Planning - Estate Executor No-No
    If the executor of an estate does not do certain things, then he or she can get in trouble. However, there are other things that can lead to trouble if an executor does do them.
  • Sep 1

    Idaho Veterans Benefits - Aid & Attendance True Story

    Idaho Veterans Benefits - Aid & Attendance True Story
    As a Korean War vet, Mike qualified for the VA Aid & Attendance benefit. The maximum benefit for a single Vet is $1788 per month. This monthly benefit combined with his income would be enough to pay for his place at the assisted living…
  • Aug 27

    Idaho Asset Protection - New Rules Could Affect Family Partnership

    Idaho Asset Protection - New Rules Could Affect Family Partnership
    Now, backed by the Obama administration, the IRS wants to enact new regulations expected to put an end to many of the advantages of Family Partnerships and LLCs.
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Florida Estate Planning Lawyer…

Florida Estate Planning Lawyer Blog

Covers estate planning, probate, taxes, elder law, business law and employment law issues. By Law Office of David M. Goldman PLLC.

http://www.floridaestateplanninglawyerblog.com/
  • Sep 3

    Guardianship: Can I Oppose a Petition for Appointment of Successor Guardian filed by a Nominated Successor Guardian?

    Guardianship: Can I Oppose a Petition for Appointment of Successor Guardian filed by a Nominated Successor Guardian?
    The short and quick answer is yes, it is a possibility, but you should first be familiar with applicable Florida Statutes and some definitions before proceeding.  A Nomination of Successor Guardian is a document drafted and notarized by…
  • Aug 25

    How to replace or remove a Court Appointed Guardian in Florida?

    How to replace or remove a Court Appointed Guardian in Florida?
    Has your loved one been deemed incapacitated by a court order and had a court appointed guardian over their person and property? Do you believe the court appointed guardian is improperly taking care of your loved one and managing their assets…
  • Aug 13

    Voluntary Guardianship in Florida

    Voluntary Guardianship in Florida
    In Florida, a voluntary guardianship over a person’s property is available for a competent person who is unable to manage his or her own financial affairs. To begin the process, the person seeking a voluntary guardianship files a…
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California Trust, Estate & Probate…

California Trust, Estate & Probate Litigation

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

http://www.californiatrustestateandprobatelitigation.com
  • Sep 3

    What To Do When Your Accused of Estate Theft?

    What To Do When Your Accused of Estate Theft?
    When a Trust or Will fight breaks out, the allegations get nasty really quickly and it often is alleged that one of the parties (or both) stole from the estate. In fact, we even have a Probate Code section (see section 850) that allows a…
  • Aug 27

    Being Threatened by the Trustee? The empty threat of no-contest clause

    Being Threatened by the Trustee? The empty threat of no-contest clause
    Nearly everyday I hear from a Trust or Will beneficiary that they have been threatened with the No-Contest clause by their Trustee or Executor.  In today’s legal world, no-contest clauses are rarely enforceable.  And yet, the…
  • Aug 20

    Can You Disinherit a Bad Trustee? The Tricky No-Contest Law in California Trust and Will Case

    Can You Disinherit a Bad Trustee? The Tricky No-Contest Law in California Trust and Will Case
    The ever confusing Trust and Will no-contest clause is continually being used and abused in California Trust and Will lawsuits. The irony is that a beneficiary is rarely, if ever, disinherited under a no-contest clause any more because the…
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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
  • Sep 3

    Timothy Watts vs. Manheim Township School District news coverage

    Timothy Watts vs. Manheim Township School District news coverage
    Attorney Timothy Reese from our firm, handled the Timothy Watts vs. Manheim Township School District case mentioned in this news report that ended in a Supreme Court ruling enforcing school districts to provide transportation to students…
  • Sep 1

    News Coverage on Watts vs. Manheim Township School District

    News Coverage on Watts vs. Manheim Township School District
    Please take a look at the article written by the Legal Intelligencer and the news report done by CBS21 on this case. We thank the Legal Intelligencer and CBS21 for the reports on Timothy Watts vs. Manheim Township School District!! The Legal…
  • Aug 28

    Timothy L. Watts vs. Manheim Township School District

    Timothy L. Watts vs. Manheim Township School District
    We wish to congratulate Tim Watts in his victory in the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania! Thank you for putting your TRUST in the attorneys at Reese, Samley, Wagenseller, Mecum & Longer, P.C. For those who are unfamiliar with this particular…
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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/
  • Sep 3

    Estate Planning Lessons from Dennis Hopper’s Estate

    Estate Planning Lessons from Dennis Hopper’s Estate
    Often, the rich and famous continue to make headlines long after they are gone because of the battles that are frequently waged over the estate they leave behind. Even if you are not interested in celebrity gossip, it often pays to pay…
  • Sep 1

    Do You Need Long-Term Care Insurance?

    Do You Need Long-Term Care Insurance?
    Throughout the course of your life you will likely purchased numerous different type of insurance – automobile, home, life, and health are among the most common. At some point you may start to consider whether or not you need long-term…
  • Aug 20

    What Happens to My Inheritance If Someone Contests My Father’s Will?

    What Happens to My Inheritance If Someone Contests My Father’s Will?
    The period of time following the death of a parent is often filled with grief, confusion, and heightened emotions. Unfortunately, there are legal steps that must be initiated during this time as well, such as the probate of the…
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The Zimmer Law Firm

The Zimmer Law Firm

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

http://www.zimmerlawfirm.com/blog/
  • Sep 3

    Is the Social Security Disability Program Broke?

    Is the Social Security Disability Program Broke?
    Last month, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell told those attending a news conference that the Social Security disability program is nearly broke. While the long-term solvency of both Medicare and the Social Security…
  • Sep 1

    What Exactly is Portability?

    What Exactly is Portability?
    In 2014, we heard a lot about portability, which surprisingly, wasn’t coming from the IRS. One reason it was the tax topic of choice was the deceased spousal unused exclusion amount – which kicked in on New Year’s Day and is…
  • Aug 31

    Free Report: Truths Every Family With Special Needs Children Need to Know

    Free Report: Truths Every Family With Special Needs Children Need to Know
      Many clients prefer to keep the physical documents they collect over the years in a file cabinet or even a safety deposit box. Still others like the idea of combining digital and hard copies. The point is to ensure it is complete and…
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Law Office of Andrew M. Lamkin,…

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

Covers elder law.

http://lamkinelderlaw.com/articles/
  • Sep 3

    When There Is Not Enough Money to Pay Estate Debt

    When There Is Not Enough Money to Pay Estate Debt
    After an individual passes, their debts do not cease. Instead, their estate survives and is then obligated to pay any existing debts that the deceased incurred during their lifetime. But what if the deceased’s estate does not have…
  • Aug 26

    Valid Reasons to Remove a Trustee

    Valid Reasons to Remove a Trustee
    Fiduciaries that misappropriate trust assets or fail to comply with trust terms can create significant problems for an estate, as well as its beneficiaries. Because a trustee holds all assets of the estate, it is imperative that an inadequate…
  • Aug 19

    Things You Didn’t Know About Estate Planning – But Should

    Things You Didn’t Know About Estate Planning – But Should
    Most Americans are aware they should complete an estate plan, but little have done so. An estate plan does not only distribute assets, but it can also protect an individual and their loved ones from creditors, conflict, and much more.…
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Sykes Elder Blawg

Sykes Elder Blawg

Covers medicaid planning, special needs trusts and estate planning topics for Pennsylvania seniors and their families. By Andrew G. Sykes.

http://www.elderlawofpgh.com/blog/
  • Sep 3

    Ruling highlights importance of using elder law attorney in Medicaid eligibility

    Ruling highlights importance of using elder law attorney in Medicaid eligibility
    A federal appeals court ruled yesterday that “annuities with certain characteristics, including nonassignability clauses, are not assets to be counted as resources” for purposes of Medicaid eligibility. The ruling affirms the role…
  • Jul 5

    Why use an elder law attorney to help you qualify for Medicaid?

    Why use an elder law attorney to help you qualify for Medicaid?
    Imagine that your husband recently suffered a stroke. After a stay in the hospital, he now resides in a nursing home. His doctor tells you your husband will not likely improve and will need to stay at the home indefinitely. You worry how you…
  • Jun 24

    Why and how to advertise an estate (or trust) administration

    Why and how to advertise an estate (or trust) administration
    You may have noticed legal notices in the newspaper, mixed in with the classified ads, as you turned pages looking for the comics. If you look closely, you will often see advertisements announcing that the Register of Wills has opened an…
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German Law Group Blog

German Law Group Blog

Covers estate planning.

http://www.germanlawgroup.com/
  • Sep 3

    Can I Create My Own Estate Plan?

    Can I Create My Own Estate Plan?
    Back in 2012, the highly respected magazine Consumer Reports decided to embark on a mission. The consumer resource wanted to find out about the efficacy of do-it-yourself estate planning. They decided to conduct an experiment. Magazine…
  • Sep 1

    Is Probate Always a Problem?

    Is Probate Always a Problem?
    The probate process can get a bad rap. This is the legal process of estate administration, and it comes into play if you die while you are in direct possession of your personal property. If you pass away with no estate planning documents at…
  • Aug 30

    What Is The Difference Between North Dakota Medicare and Medicaid?

    What Is The Difference Between North Dakota Medicare and Medicaid?
    What Is The Difference Between North Dakota Medicare and Medicaid? from Raymond German When it comes to countable assets, you could give gifts to your loved ones before you apply for Medicaid You would essentially be giving your family…
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Parman & Easterday Blog

Parman & Easterday Blog

Covers elder law and estate planning.

http://www.parmanlaw.com/blog/
  • Sep 3

    Understanding Estate Planning – DIY Estate Planning in Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri

    Understanding Estate Planning – DIY Estate Planning in Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri
    The process of creating an estate plan can be complicated, and there are numerous DIY estate planning tools available to help. A lot of people believe that by turning to DIY estate planning they can save themselves money and still be able to…
  • Sep 1

    The Supreme Court’s Same-Sex Marriage Ruling and Your Estate Plan

    The Supreme Court’s Same-Sex Marriage Ruling and Your Estate Plan
    The recent Supreme Court ruling in Obergfell v Hodges allowed for same-sex couples around the country to enter into legally recognized marriages. The ruling is a landmark decision, and one with significant practical implications for anyone in…
  • Aug 27

    The Guardian and the Guardian Ad Litem in Estate Planning

    The Guardian and the Guardian Ad Litem in Estate Planning
    Many families and parents of young children begin their estate planning by choosing a guardian to protect their children and their financial interests should something happen to the parents. But what is a guardian? How does a guardian…
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Florida Elder Law and Estate…

Florida Elder Law and Estate Planning

Provides news and views on current topics in elder law, estate planning, wills and trusts, caregiver issues, probate and estate administration, Medicaid and Veterans benefits, other issues of importance to seniors and their families. By Joseph S. Karp.

http://karplaw.blogspot.com/
  • Sep 2

    Florida Treasure Coast Alzheimer's film, symposium free for caregivers and professional

    Florida Treasure Coast Alzheimer's film, symposium free for caregivers and professional
    Attention dementia caregivers and professionals: Dementia caregivers and professionals are invited to see the film, His Neighbor Phil - A Story of Love, Devotion and Alzheimer's Disease on Sept. 17 from 1:30 to 4:00 pm at The Grace Place…
  • Sep 2

    Florida Medicaid divisor increase

    Florida Medicaid divisor increase
    Effective September 1, 2015, the Florida Medicaid penalty divisor is $8,346.00. (It was $7,995.00). If an otherwise eligible applicant for long-term care Medicaid benefits has made uncompensated transfers during the look-back period…
  • Aug 25

    Breakfast workshops cover HIPAA, changing Medicaid and VA rules, managed care and more

    Breakfast workshops cover HIPAA, changing Medicaid and VA rules, managed care and more
    We had a great turnout at our three August breakfast workshops for social workers and health care workers! Attendees networked, and heard updates about several important topics: Attorney Joseph Karp discussed the health care community's…
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Minko Law Office Blog

Minko Law Office Blog

Covers estate planning and elder law.

http://www.minkolaw.com/blog/
  • Sep 2

    Essential Estate Planning Knowledge – Inheritance Planning

    Essential Estate Planning Knowledge – Inheritance Planning
    In today’s entry in our series on such estate planning, we’re going to take a look at the issue of inheritance planning. We’ve already touched upon many of the important inheritance planning issues, but we thought it would…
  • Aug 31

    What is a Will Revival in Brooklyn, New York?

    What is a Will Revival in Brooklyn, New York?
    Even though it is not common, sometimes people in the Brooklyn, New York area will come ask us questions about a will revival. When it comes to dealing with last wills and testaments, New York has some very specific laws that govern what…
  • Aug 28

    Essential Estate Planning Knowledge – Questions About Ancillary Probate

    Essential Estate Planning Knowledge – Questions About Ancillary Probate
    When people in the Brooklyn, New York area talk to us about creating an estate plan, we sometimes have to walk them through the process of ancillary probate. Ancillary probate is a potentially significant issue, but only in certain…
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Anderson, Dorn & Rader, Ltd. Blog

Anderson, Dorn & Rader, Ltd. Blog

Covers estate planning, probate and living trusts in Nevada.

http://www.wealth-counselors.com/blog/
  • Sep 2

    What is a Living Trust?

    What is a Living Trust?
    The last will and testament is still very popular, certainly not the only estate planning instrument available.  There are many other options, some of which may be better suited for your particular needs.  One of those estate…
  • Aug 26

    What is a Step up in Basis?

    What is a Step up in Basis?
    If you are familiar with the concept of capital gains, you may have heard of the term “step up in basis.”  Generally speaking, capital gains is the difference between the purchase price and the sales price of a…
  • Aug 4

    Free Report: Understanding the Nevada Uniform Transfers to Minors Act

    Free Report: Understanding the Nevada Uniform Transfers to Minors Act
      The first piece of federal legislation addressing this issue was passed in 1956 and was known as the Uniform Gifts to Minors Act. The initial statute was based on an earlier law sponsored by the New York Stock Exchange and the…
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