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The Law Office of Alexis B. Levitt…

The Law Office of Alexis B. Levitt Blog

Covers caregiver issues, estate planning, living at home and special needs trusts.

http://www.alexislevitt.com/blog/
  • Jan 12

    National Grid Warns Customers to Guard Themselves & Sensitive Account Information

    National Grid Warns Customers to Guard Themselves & Sensitive Account Information
    Apparently scammers are getting better at their craft – received this from my local police department: During this holiday season National Grid and local police departments received an increasing number of calls from customers…
  • Jan 12

    Ice Sledding & Skating at Local Rink

    Ice Sledding & Skating at Local Rink
    In this weekend’s Boston Globe South section, there is an announcement for gear and ice time availability at local rinks.  Several rinks will have ice sleds and skate walkers.  Some rinks will have time slots set aside for…
  • Nov 19

    Gifts and the Five-Year Lookback

    Gifts and the Five-Year Lookback
    I often hear from clients that they “have made gifts in the last five years – but it’s ok, they were all less than $14,000 so they won’t count under the five-year lookback – right?” Unfortunately,…
Rank this Week: 2434

Towson Tax Attorney

Towson Tax Attorney

Covers taxes, business law, and estate planning. By Jeffrey Rogyom.

http://towsontax.com
  • Dec 29

    Forming An Irrevocable Life Insurance Trust (ILIT)

    Forming An Irrevocable Life Insurance Trust (ILIT)
    An Irrevocable Life Insurance Trust, or ILIT, should be of interest to any person buying life insurance. The ILIT is not just for people with estate tax issues. The ILIT can allow you to control how and when insurance proceeds are distributed…
  • Dec 29

    Forming An Irrevocable Life Insurance Trust (ILIT)

    Forming An Irrevocable Life Insurance Trust (ILIT)
    An Irrevocable Life Insurance Trust, or ILIT, should be of interest to any person buying life insurance. The ILIT is not just for people with estate tax issues. The ILIT can allow you to control how and when insurance proceeds are distributed…
  • Jan 16

    Commercial Leases – Drafting and Review

    Commercial Leases – Drafting and Review
    Locating a property or a tenant for leasing can be a very time-consuming process, so it’s understandable that parties often rush to get the lease signed; however, having a good lease agreement that’s been drafted and reviewed by…
Rank this Week: 2092

Wills and Estate Administration…

Wills and Estate Administration Articles

Covers probate, elder law and litigation topics. By Kenneth Vercammen.

http://njwills.blogspot.com/
Rank this Week: 2100

New Jersey Lawyers Blog

New Jersey Lawyers Blog

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

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

    Retainage in New Jersey Construction Law

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

    Payroll Withholding Tax Basics for Both Employers and Employee

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

    New Jersey's Use Tax

    New Jersey's Use Tax
    New Jersey's Sales and Use Tax Act is most often cited to refer to sales taxes while the use tax http://www.state.nj.us/treasury/taxation/pdf/pubs/sales/anj7.pdf tends to be less well known. When goods or services are purchased outside of…
Rank this Week: 2582

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…
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John Rogers Burk

John Rogers Burk

Covers estate planning and elder law in California.

http://www.roseville-estate-planning.com/blog/
  • Mar 11

    Your Child’s Inheritance

    Your Child’s Inheritance
      Many people give little thought to the details of leaving behind their estate.  They figure if they’ve drawn up a Will, the matter is settled and requires no more thought.  If you have children, however, there is more…
  • Mar 6

    Portability–Using Your Deceased Spouse’s Estate Tax Exemption

    Portability–Using Your Deceased Spouse’s Estate Tax Exemption
      I recently appreciated being able to use this IRS Revenue Procedure to help a client.  However, it does have one important requirement that is time-sensitive. In amendments to the Internal Revenue Code in December 2010…
  • Feb 25

    What You Need to Know About Being a Trustee

    What You Need to Know About Being a Trustee
    It can be intimidating to be named a Trustee.  It is a big responsibility to be entrusted with a person’s assets.  Likely you’ve been named a successor Trustee, meaning your responsibilities don’t begin until the…
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WisconsinTrustsandWills.com

WisconsinTrustsandWills.com

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

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

    Charitable Remainder Trust Planning Opportunity to Deal with the Medicare Surtax

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

    Incorporating Faith and Values in Estate Planning

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

    8 Things to Do Before You Travel

    8 Things to Do Before You Travel
    Before any trip, most of us create a “to-do list” of things we have put off and want to take care of before we leave. Here is a checklist of estate planning things to do before you take your next trip. Taking care of these will…
Rank this Week: 2461

Georgia Wills and Probate Law Blog

Georgia Wills and Probate Law Blog

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

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

    We're Moving!

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

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

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

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

    Atlanta Attorney Says Prepare Now For Year-End Changes to Estate Tax Law
    The expiration of key laws in Congress may expose more local individuals to estate or “Death Taxes” after their passing.  Atlanta attorney, Steve Worrall explains these anticipated changes, as well as steps Georgia residents can take now…
Rank this Week: 2372

New Jersey Estate Planning &…

New Jersey Estate Planning & Elder Law Blog

Covers business law and planning, elder law, estate planning, and probate and estate administration. By Deirdre Wheatley-Liss.

http://www.njelderlawestateplanning.com/
  • Apr 2

    Love is Lost - And So is Your Inheritance - Divorce Really Ends Thing

    Love is Lost - And So is Your Inheritance - Divorce Really Ends Thing
    A common plan among our married clients is to leave their property to their spouse, either outright or in trust - oft-referred to as the “I Love You” Will. Sometimes, love is lost and the couple divorces. We recommend our clients…
  • Mar 25

    Personal Injury Damages and Medicaid Liens - SCOTUS Decide

    Personal Injury Damages and Medicaid Liens - SCOTUS Decide
    You have a horrific accident and are looking at a life of extreme medical care.  The accident was caused by another person (drunk truck driver). You get a multi-million dollar award.  Does the state that you live in get a…
  • Mar 25

    Personal Injury Damages and Medicaid Leins - SCOTUS Decide

    Personal Injury Damages and Medicaid Leins - SCOTUS Decide
    You have a horrific accident and are looking a life of extreme medical care.  The accident was caused by another person (drunk truck driver). You get a multi-million dollar award.  Does the state that you live in get a share? First,…
Rank this Week: 2552

New York Guardian Law

New York Guardian Law

Covers the guardianship process and life as a guardian. By the Law Office of Daniel A. Jimenez P.C.

http://nyguardian.blogspot.com/
  • Jan 9

    Estate Planning Essentials for New Parents (or Responsibility in Six Not So Difficult Steps)

    Estate Planning Essentials for New Parents (or Responsibility in Six Not So Difficult Steps)
    I have had the opportunity to meet with many new parents to discuss what steps they need to take in order to make sure their loved ones are provided for should the unexpected occur.  The trust that these individuals have placed in my…
  • Dec 3

    Calls for increased monitoring of Article 81 guardian

    Calls for increased monitoring of Article 81 guardian
    Today the New York Law Journal has an article relating to a clinic run by the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and the recommendations it has put forward regarding monitoring and standardization of Article 81 guardianship practice. I am…
  • Sep 19

    Who inherits the intangible iTunes library? or my World of Warcraft avatar?

    Who inherits the intangible iTunes library? or my World of Warcraft avatar?
    A friend of mine just pointed out a very interesting article on Marketwatch, who inherits your itunes library, which deals with the new reality of music and book ownership. 
Rank this Week: 2460

Unique Estate Law Blog

Unique Estate Law Blog

Covers elder law and estate planning.

http://uniqueestatelaw.com/lawyer/blog/Unique_Estate_Law_Blog.htm
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Future of the Federal Estate Tax

Future of the Federal Estate Tax

Covers estate tax reform. By Hani Sarji.

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

    [EOC]Let Freedom Ring With Gift Of Firearm

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

    [EOC]Americans Are Generous, Despite Economy

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

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

    [EOC]The Most Important Historical Gun In History Of United State
    I have been researching estate planning for firearms, and I came across a video that is worth sharing today, a day on which we celebrate the United States and reflect on its history. The video is about the Girandoni air rifle, which is on…
Rank this Week: 2523

Parman & Easterday Blog

Parman & Easterday Blog

Covers elder law and estate planning.

http://www.parmanlaw.com/blog/
  • Jan 29

    Estate Plans When You Don’t Have Children

    Estate Plans When You Don’t Have Children
    For people who live in Kansas and Oklahoma and who do not have children, drafting an estate plan is still a necessary step. When it comes to estate planning tools for childless individuals or couples, the same basic principles apply, but you…
  • Jan 27

    Understanding Estate Planning – Do I Have to File My Estate Plan?

    Understanding Estate Planning – Do I Have to File My Estate Plan?
    When people in Kansas or Oklahoma want to create an estate plan, they often have questions about whether or not they have to file or register their plans with a government office. To understand this question, we need to understand what the…
  • Jan 22

    Should You Use a Will or a Power of Attorney?

    Should You Use a Will or a Power of Attorney?
    When people hear that you are an estate planning lawyer, they often have a lot of questions, such as whether they need to use a will or a power of attorney when they create an estate plan. Many of the questions people have reflect a basic…
Rank this Week: 3341

Nevada Trust Reporter

Nevada Trust Reporter

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

http://blog.trustprovident.com/
  • Jan 29

    Investors See Benefit in Using IRAs for Real Estate

    Investors See Benefit in Using IRAs for Real Estate
    Source: Joel Cone, U.S. News & World Report Some investors prefer real estate because they say it feels more tangible than stocks. After the nation’s financial crisis, Leslye Schiff decided she had had enough of the highs and lows…
  • Jan 28

    Don’t forget! Make Your IRA Contribution before April 15.

    Don’t forget! Make Your IRA Contribution before April 15.
    Don’t forget—the Traditional and Roth IRA contribution deadline for 2014 is April 15, 2015. There are three ways in which you can make a contribution if you have a qualified account with Provident Trust Group. By ACH Complete…
  • Jan 27

    Provident in the News!

    Provident in the News!
    January 18—Vegas Inc. January 23—Inc. magazine January 26—The Cerrone Show podcast  
Rank this Week: 3020

California Estate Lawyer Blog

California Estate Lawyer Blog

Covers topics such as accounting, breach of fiduciary duty, breach of trust, elder abuse, intestacy, trust litigation, and undue influence. By Theodore M. Hankin.

http://www.californiaestatelawyerblog.com/
  • Jan 29

    Some Probate and Trust Litigation War Stories in California

    Some Probate and Trust Litigation War Stories in California
    I have represented three sisters against their brother over their mother’s will. I’ve represented a child who was adopted and thought she had a great relationship with her presumed half-sister and then found out the sister…
  • Jan 25

    Why is There a Bypass Trust in Most Estate Plans? To Save Federal Estate Taxes on the Second Death.

    Why is There a Bypass Trust in Most Estate Plans? To Save Federal Estate Taxes on the Second Death.
    1. Each US citizen has a lifetime exclusion amount from estate taxes of $5,340,000 (this amount adjusts for inflation each year). 2. There is an unlimited marital deduction for gifts from a deceased spouse to a surviving spouse who is a…
  • Dec 1

    When Litigating a Will or Trust Contest in California, What Evidence do I look for?

    When Litigating a Will or Trust Contest in California, What Evidence do I look for?
    A typical case will involve a family member contacting me to complain about the dispositions in a will or trust of a deceased relative, with allegations that another family member or a caregiver "got" to the deceased relative to unduly…
Rank this Week: 2910

Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning

Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning

Covers estate planning, elder law, asset protection, charitable giving, and business law. By Kyle E. Krull.

http://blog.kylekrull.com/kansas-missouri-estate-planning/
  • Jan 29

    No, I Do Not Create "Gun Trusts," but ...

    No, I Do Not Create "Gun Trusts," but ...
    I believe you ought to seriously consider having a gun trust so the transfer of your firearms will be glitch-free at your passing. Otherwise, you could be setting up your loved ones for legal problems with state and federal authorities.
  • Jan 28

    Have You Made Estate Planning Arrangements for the Care of Your Pet?

    Have You Made Estate Planning Arrangements for the Care of Your Pet?
    Pets are important companions for many Americans, especially seniors. Whether your special companion has feathers, fins or fur, have you made arrangements for its care in a world without you? Who would give your special friend a good home or…
  • Jan 27

    Proposed Florida Law Seeks to Protect Vulnerable Senior

    Proposed Florida Law Seeks to Protect Vulnerable Senior
    The scenario is a familiar one to those who work with senior citizens who are not destitute*. Someone claims that a senior has dementia or other limitations rendering them legally incapacitated. Then, a court strips away the senior's rights,…
Rank this Week: 2942

Law Office of Andrew M. Lamkin,…

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

Covers elder law.

http://lamkinelderlaw.com/articles/
  • Jan 29

    Why Winter Weather is Tough for the Elderly

    Why Winter Weather is Tough for the Elderly
    Many may not appreciate the environmental climate changes that commonly occur anywhere from fall to spring. For older citizens, ice and snow pose possible fall hazards that could result in broken bones. Journeying outdoors while wearing…
  • Jan 22

    What Exactly is Elder Law?

    What Exactly is Elder Law?
    Elder law is focused primarily on the needs and laws governing the treatment of the elderly. Unique legal issues can plague older adults as well as their families, and elder law attorneys are well versed in the protections available for the…
  • Dec 28

    Handling Elderly Loved Ones with Deteriorating Driving Skill

    Handling Elderly Loved Ones with Deteriorating Driving Skill
    The ability to drive is more than a skill. It is a symbol of a person’s independence. Thus, when people get to an age that driving may no longer be advisable, the situation needs to be approached with care. Though this type of…
Rank this Week: 2593

Law Offices of Robert H. Glorch…

Law Offices of Robert H. Glorch Blog

Illinois attorney blog for estate planning, wills, trusts and probate.

http://www.illinoisestateplan.com/blog
  • Jan 29

    Beneficiaries: How to Deal With a Rogue Executor or Trustee

    Beneficiaries: How to Deal With a Rogue Executor or Trustee
    Last April I blogged about The 3 Habits of Highly Effective Trustees and Executors. As a reminder, they are: (1) Read (re-read) the trust and/or will (and follow the terms); (2) Communicate with beneficiaries — early, often and well;…
  • Jan 21

    2015 Estate Tax Summary

    2015 Estate Tax Summary
    Previously I wrote summaries of estate and gift taxes for 2013 and 2014. As with last year, the changes this year are primarily inflation adjustments. The unified federal estate, gift and GST tax exemption rose from $5.34 million in 2014 to…
  • Jan 13

    Article by Jeffrey R. Gottlieb Published in Illinois Bar Journal

    Article by Jeffrey R. Gottlieb Published in Illinois Bar Journal
    The January 2015 edition of the Illinois Bar Journal features a lead article written and published by yours truly, entitled “A New Weapon Against Elder Abuse: Presumptively Void Transfers to Caregivers.” CLICK HERE FOR A PDF OF…
Rank this Week: 2818

EstateAware

EstateAware

Covers personal legal and financial planning. By Griffin Bridgers.

http://www.estateaware.com
  • Jan 28

    Digital Estate Planning: Profiteering or Legitimate Concern?

    Digital Estate Planning: Profiteering or Legitimate Concern?
    If you haven’t figured out by now, one of my biggest issues with estate planning is the incessant fear-mongering used to scare people into getting their estate planning done.  As I have previously mentioned, fear is not a motivator…
  • Jan 22

    Planning Issues with the Entitlement Generation – An Introduction

    Planning Issues with the Entitlement Generation – An Introduction
    It seems that every generation is lambasted by the previous generation.  Older generations often view younger generations as selfish, lazy, and entitled.  However, the younger generation also paints the older generation with this…
  • Jan 16

    Marketing of Estate Planning: The Scourge of the CRM

    Marketing of Estate Planning: The Scourge of the CRM
    As promised in my article on numbered lists, this installment in my series on marketing for estate planning focuses on the proliferation of attorney marketing services and CRM’s.  However, while researching for this article, I…
Rank this Week: 2678

Nirenstein, Horowitz & Associates,…

Nirenstein, Horowitz & Associates, P.C. Blog

Covers Connecticut estate planning, probate and elder law.

http://www.preserveyourestate.net/blog/
  • Jan 28

    Be Clear When Stating Your Wishe

    Be Clear When Stating Your Wishe
    We live during interesting times as they say, and when you think about estate planning things are not always simple. The idea of a couple who have never been divorced with three children and six grandchildren being the standard for all cases…
  • Jan 26

    Medicaid Can Fill Gap

    Medicaid Can Fill Gap
    You may feel as though you will have a safety net when you achieve senior citizen status in the form of Medicare. A lot of people are under the impression that this entitlement program will pay for just about everything when they become…
  • Jan 23

    Make Educational Opportunities Possible With 529 Plan

    Make Educational Opportunities Possible With 529 Plan
    The value of education cannot be overstated, and when you are contemplating your legacy you may ask yourself how you can help your younger family members with college expenses. There are various options, and the one that we would like to…
Rank this Week: 2639

Fisher Law Blog

Fisher Law Blog

Covers estate planning and business succession. By Randall Fisher.

http://thefisherlawoffice.wordpress.com
  • Jan 28

    We are moving ………..

    We are moving ………..
    Just a quick note– To let you know we are moving. We needed a little more room, so at the end of this week, we are moving to a larger office nearby, on Bestgate Road, on the other side of … Continue reading →
  • Nov 21

    West County Chamber: Working for You

    West County Chamber: Working for You
    I have made no secret that I am a member of the West Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce. If you look on Facebook, you’ll see me photo-bombing good friends Lisa Ennis and Dave Wheeler at our recent new member … Continue…
  • Nov 21

    West County Chamber: Working for You

    West County Chamber: Working for You
    I have made no secret that I am a member of the West Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce. If you look on Facebook, you’ll see me photo-bombing good friends Lisa Ennis and Dave Wheeler at our recent new member … Continue…
Rank this Week: 3459

American Academy of Estate…

American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys Blog

Provides legal marketing and estate planning legal updates.

http://www.aaepa.com/articles/
  • Jan 28

    Could Capital Gains Taxation Change?

    Could Capital Gains Taxation Change?
    President Obama recently gave his State of the Union address. In the address, he mentions at least two tax proposals which would substantially impact our clients and both involve the taxation of capital gains. Proposals First, the President…
  • Jan 26

    What Attorneys Can Learn From My Dentist

    What Attorneys Can Learn From My Dentist
    Has this ever happened to you? Picture it. You’re standing in line at Starbucks, talking with a colleague or friend, and someone you barely know rushes up to you, practically bursting at the seams to tell you something horrible that had…
  • Jan 23

    Top 8 FAQ About the Academy’s Strategic Planning Webinar: Is It Right for You?

    Top 8 FAQ About the Academy’s Strategic Planning Webinar: Is It Right for You?
    As we get closer to the Academy’s Strategic Planning webinar on February 11 at 2pm PT (5pm ET), I have received quite a few questions about what you can expect from this webinar. Your Girl Friday is here to answer all your questions!…
Rank this Week: 3337

Purcell & Amen, L.L.C. Blog

Purcell & Amen, L.L.C. Blog

Covers elder law and estate planning.

http://yourestatematters.com/blog/
  • Jan 28

    Why Is Incapacity Planning So Important?

    Why Is Incapacity Planning So Important?
    A well thought out estate plan typically includes more than just a Last Will and Testament. Incapacity planning, for example, is a common component to an estate plan. If you have yet to incorporate incapacity planning strategies and…
  • Jan 27

    What Is Business Succession Planning?

    What Is Business Succession Planning?
    For most people, a comprehensive estate plan includes far more than simply the creation and execution of a Last Will and Testament. A well thought out estate plan should accomplish a variety of additional goals aside from determining who will…
  • Jan 25

    Missouri Advanced Directives: What You Need to Know

    Missouri Advanced Directives: What You Need to Know
    Missouri Advanced Directives: What You Need To Know from Charlie Amen The term “advanced directive” refers to legal documents which, collectively, allow you to express your wishes with regard to end-of-life decisions. Learn more…
Rank this Week: 2882

Western New York Elder Law Blog

Western New York Elder Law Blog

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

http://www.dutcher-zatkowsky.com
  • Jan 28

    Downton Abbey’s Financial Lesson

    Downton Abbey’s Financial Lesson
    The British television series Downton Abbey might not seem the likely place to get financial advice, but there are some lessons to be learned from the program. View image | gettyimages.com An article on CNN says there are five financial…
  • Jan 21

    Can You Deduct Estate Planning Fees?

    Can You Deduct Estate Planning Fees?
    Is it allowable to deduct the fees you pay for estate planning work? A column in the Albuquerque Journal says that it may be possible. A reader wrote in to the writer of the column saying that he and his wife had paid $3,095 to update to…
  • Jan 14

    Some Can’t Stay Retired

    Some Can’t Stay Retired
    Many people can’t wait for the day they can retire. Others, though, have no plans to quit working. Or they do retire, then decide they can’t handle it. View image | gettyimages.com A story in the New York Times recounts the…
Rank this Week: 2971

Cramer Law Center

Cramer Law Center

Covers Florida estate planning.

http://cramerlawcenter.com
  • Jan 27

    Marrying with Assets: Keeping Your Estate Plan Intact [Part I]

    Marrying with Assets: Keeping Your Estate Plan Intact [Part I]
    This newsletter begins a series discussing the impact of marriage on the legal rights of spouses to share in each other’s assets.  We begin by talking about the “elective share” and the “pretermitted…
  • Jan 9

    TRUST PROTECTORS: A COURT-APPROVED TOOL FOR AVOIDING COURT

    TRUST PROTECTORS: A COURT-APPROVED TOOL FOR AVOIDING COURT
    One of the advantages of a comprehensive estate plan is that it can allow you to keep your affairs private and within your control, even after disability or death. Clients often come to us for living trusts due to their desire to keep their…
  • Dec 23

    HOLIDAY WISHES

    HOLIDAY WISHES
    Happy holidays from the Cramer Law Center team! We are so thankful for all of you: our clients, planning partners, and friends. Without you, our small business could not keep going and growing each year. Our wish for you this holiday season…
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KYEstates.com

KYEstates.com

A Kentucky-based conversation on trust & estates law. By Carter Ruml.

http://kyestates.com
  • Jan 25

    Retirement Dates: Expectations and Reality

    Retirement Dates: Expectations and Reality
    Spy Game (2001) is all about retirement: Nathan Muir’s last day at work at the CIA. Muir (Robert Redford) has a protege, Bishop (Brad Pitt), who’s been thrown into a very unpleasant prison in coastal China. Muir calls his…
  • Jan 21

    Chuck Yeager, The Right Stuff, and Your Income Growth Trajectory

    Chuck Yeager, The Right Stuff, and Your Income Growth Trajectory
    The Right Stuff (1983) is a movie that’s begun to be fully appreciated only recently. One of its best scenes is when the iconic test pilot Chuck Yeager (played by Sam Shepard) takes a very dangerous flight in an NF-104…
  • Jan 19

    A Sherlock Holmes Approach to Your Income Statement

    A Sherlock Holmes Approach to Your Income Statement
     I think “budgets” are the reason many more people don’t have a sensible strategy for reaching their financial goals. The word “budget” creates obstacles in two ways. First, budgets imply…
Rank this Week: 2988

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
  • Jan 25

    How Should you Respond to a Request to Waive Bond, Inventory and Accounting in a Tennessee Estate?

    How Should you Respond to a Request to Waive Bond, Inventory and Accounting in a Tennessee Estate?
    Sometimes when a Tennessee probate estate is opened up, the attorney handling the estate will provide a request to the beneficiaries to waive bond, inventory and accounting [“Bond” is basically an insurance bond to protect the…
  • Jan 1

    Tennessee and Federal Estate Tax Exemptions Raised Today for 2015.

    Tennessee and Federal Estate Tax Exemptions Raised Today for 2015.
    Today the Tennessee Inheritance Tax exemption (for 2015) is raised to $5,000,000.00.  Next year the Tennessee Inheritance Tax will be abolished.  Starting January 1, 2016 (for those who die on or after that date) there will no…
  • Dec 6

    IRS Recently Announced 2015 Limits for Estate and Gift Tax Exemption

    IRS Recently Announced 2015 Limits for Estate and Gift Tax Exemption
    The IRS recently introduced certain cost of living adjustments to the consolidated federal estate and gift tax exemption.  The new federal estate and gift tax exemption will be $5.43 million dollars in 2015.  This is an…
Rank this Week: 2671

Illinois Estate Planning &…

Illinois Estate Planning & Elder Law Blog

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

http://www.illinoisestateplanningandelderlawblog.com/
  • Jan 24

    Illinois Law Regarding Being a Guardian

    Illinois Law Regarding Being a Guardian
    In its pamphlet about Being a Guardian, the Illinois State Bar Association outlines key issues regarding the duties of Guardians. There are several types of Guardians: Guardian of the Person, Guardian of the Estate, Limited Guardian,…
  • Jan 17

    Illinois Joint Tenancy and Income Taxe

    Illinois Joint Tenancy and Income Taxe
    When real estate is held by two individuals as joint tenants with rights of survivorship, the surviving joint tenant will not receive the full step-up in cost basis he would have received if he had inherited the real estate. For example, Sue…
  • Jan 10

    Illinois Law and Joint Tenancy with Rights of Survivorship

    Illinois Law and Joint Tenancy with Rights of Survivorship
    Joint tenancy with rights of survivorship is a type of ownership by two or more individuals, called joint tenants, who share equal ownership of the property and have the equal right to keep or get rid of the property. When one individual…
Rank this Week: 3355

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/
  • Jan 20

    ATF Approval times reduced to less than 6 month

    ATF Approval times reduced to less than 6 month
    Today, the ATF stated that the time to process paper Form 1 and Form 4s - 6 months. Our feeling is that the backlog for paper forms is closer to 4 months when you consider that the eForms are only...
  • Jan 19

    Gun Trusts for those on Probation (even for Driving)

    Gun Trusts for those on Probation (even for Driving)
    In Florida, it is illegal for an individual to be on probation to own, possess, or use a firearm without permission of a Judge and his or her probation officer. While initially, this may sound reasonable because in our minds...
  • Jan 16

    OPEN LETTER ON THE REDESIGN OF "STABILIZING BRACES"

    OPEN LETTER ON THE REDESIGN OF "STABILIZING BRACES"
    The Firearms and Ammunition Technology Division (FATD), Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has received inquiries from the public concerning the proper use of devices recently marketed as "stabilizing braces."…
Rank this Week: 2746

Musings of a Massachusetts Estate…

Musings of a Massachusetts Estate Lawyer

Focuses on estate planning, probate and corporation law in Massachusetts. By David E. Peterson.

http://blog.deplawfirm.com/
  • Jan 20

    Four Reasons to Own Life Insurance

    Four Reasons to Own Life Insurance
      Let’s face it: most people are averse to life insurance. For permanent policies, the premiums are high, and the payouts typically don’t happen until you die. Couple that with the fact that many life insurance agents are…
  • Jan 6

    How Wealthy People Avoid Estate Taxe

    How Wealthy People Avoid Estate Taxe
    The Basics The estate and gift tax is a tax on the transfer of wealth from one generation to the next. The tax is levied when a transfer occurs, which by lifetime gift, or upon death. The estate and gift tax rates start low. The Massachusetts…
  • Dec 26

    Your New Year’s Resolution Starts with a Phone Call (or email).

    Your New Year’s Resolution Starts with a Phone Call (or email).
    The holiday season is a time of great religious and economic significance. And even in our busy lives, it is a time for reflection. For many of us, the fruits of our reflection are our annual resolutions: to become healthier, to spend more…
Rank this Week: 2923

Lambert and Williams Law Blog

Lambert and Williams Law Blog

Focuses on personal injury, estate, & marine law.

http://www.lambertandwilliams.com/posts
  • Jan 18

    Rescuer Law: Compensation for Mariners Injured Rescuing Persons or Property?

    Rescuer Law: Compensation for Mariners Injured Rescuing Persons or Property?
    If a person by his fault creates a situation of peril, he must answer for it to any person who attempts to rescue the person who is in danger.  He owes a duty to such a person above all others. The rescuer may act instinctively out of…
  • Dec 3

    Upright Victoria, BC Lawyers Protest the Lack of Legal Aid Funding

    Upright Victoria, BC Lawyers Protest the Lack of Legal Aid Funding
    Lawyers in Victoria, BC who deal with legal aid cases recently halted their services as a way to pressure the government to increase funding for the system. Members of the Trial Lawyers Association of BC said that “government funding…
  • Dec 2

    ICBC Lawyers Win Case Against Cyclist via Firm Application of the Law

    ICBC Lawyers Win Case Against Cyclist via Firm Application of the Law
    Last July, 2014, a young British Columbian cyclist was inadvertently forced off the road by a motorist who was unaware of the cyclist’s presence. Knowledgeable ICBC lawyers point out that the cyclist was attempting to pass the motor…
Rank this Week: 2656

Estate Planning & Probate 411

Estate Planning & Probate 411

Covers California probate, wills, trusts, powers of attorney, incapacity and related topics. By Helene P. Dreyer Koch.

http://indianwellsestateplanningattorney.com/
  • Jan 15

    Remember: Update Insurance Policies When You Put Property In Your Trust

    Remember: Update Insurance Policies When You Put Property In Your Trust
    Keep Your Real Estate Titled to Your Trust. Good planning includes having a Trust and keeping your major assets titled to yourselves as Trustees of the Trust.  (This does not apply to retirement account assets.)  Failing to maintain…
  • Apr 10

    Dangers of Do It Yourself Wills and Trust

    Dangers of Do It Yourself Wills and Trust
    In a previous post, I discussed An Example of What Can Go Wrong When You Make Your Own Will, as well as an article, Consumer Reports: Write Your Own Will? We tested 3 software products that claim to help you … Continue reading →
  • Jan 20

    An Example of What Can Go Wrong When You Make Your Own Will.

    An Example of What Can Go Wrong When You Make Your Own Will.
    Do-it-yourself Wills: a sad story of planning gone wrong.  Here is a case study by Janet L. Brewer, detailing some of the bad things that can happen when you make your own Will. Read about John, widow and father, faced … Continue…
Rank this Week: 2822

Wealth Law Blog

Wealth Law Blog

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

http://samuelslaw.com/blog/
  • Jan 14

    Will the Texas Supreme Court Rule That Life Settlement Policies Are Investment Contracts?

    Will the Texas Supreme Court Rule That Life Settlement Policies Are Investment Contracts?
    On December 12, 2014, NASAA presented an amicus brief supporting the Respondents in the Texas Supreme Court case Arnold v. Life Partners, Inc. The brief argued that that life insurance contracts sold as life settlement contracts to third…
  • Jan 6

    Divorcing Your Pet

    Divorcing Your Pet
    More of my clients are asking me about what happens to the family pet in a divorce.  It’s a very direct (and perhaps callous for some) answer to an emotional question.  Pets are personal property or in Ye Olde English Law…
  • Jan 2

    Banks Law Grows Bigger and Better in 2015

    Banks Law Grows Bigger and Better in 2015
    2015 marks the beginning of bigger and better things for Banks Law Office, P.C. Today we move our office to join forces with a Portland, Oregon firm, Samuels Yoelin, Kantor, LLP. SYK already has a well-deserved reputation for excellence in…
Rank this Week: 3071

Arkansas Legal Issues

Arkansas Legal Issues

By Wilson & Haubert, PLLC.

http://whlawoffices.com/little-rock-lawyer-arkansas-law-blog/
  • Jan 7

    How Does Interstate Child Custody Work in Arkansas?

    How Does Interstate Child Custody Work in Arkansas?
    The legal issues with child custody in Arkansas are usually pretty simple: Who’s the better parent? (As set forth in the magical “best interest of the child” standard.) No need to be a lawyer to understand that. Things can…
  • Dec 23

    Is it Hard to Get Divorced in Arkansas?

    Is it Hard to Get Divorced in Arkansas?
    Posts like this make me fondly remember the days when the Huffington Post actually had interesting things to say. (They don’t anymore.) The article is titled “The Five Best and Worst States for Getting a Divorce,” and while…
  • Nov 7

    How to Beat a Credit Card Lawsuit

    How to Beat a Credit Card Lawsuit
    Note: This blog has two purposes: 1.  I want you to give you interesting content that I have curated, digested, and then written about in a way that is engaging and understandable. My goal is both that you would be entertained and become…
Rank this Week: 2827

North Carolina Trusts and Estates…

North Carolina Trusts and Estates Litigation

A discussion of trusts and estates litigation in North Carolina. By Evan Lohr.

https://ncestatelitigation.wordpress.com/
  • Jan 5

    An Interview With North Carolina’s Senior Administrative Law Judge

    An Interview With North Carolina’s Senior Administrative Law Judge
    Following is an interview I conducted recently with North Carolina’s Senior Administrative Law Judge, Fred G. Morrison, Jr., for the Administrative Lawyer newsletter: A Year of Recognition For more than five decades, Fred Gilbert…
  • Jan 5

    A Recent Interview With North Carolina’s Senior Administrative Law Judge

    A Recent Interview With North Carolina’s Senior Administrative Law Judge
    Following is an interview I conducted recently with North Carolina’s Senior Administrative Law Judge Fred G. Morrison, Jr. for the Administrative Lawyer newsletter: A Year of Recognition For more than five decades, Fred Gilbert…
  • Dec 1

    Pitfalls to Avoid in Estate Planning

    Pitfalls to Avoid in Estate Planning
    Several online web sites provide forms for people to create their own wills for a fee less than that of hiring a typical attorney.  Earlier this year, a member of the Florida Supreme Court called that approach “penny-wise and…
Rank this Week: 2669

Gay & Lesbian Legal Update

Gay & Lesbian Legal Update

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

http://gaybilesbian.blogspot.com/
Rank this Week: 3353

Simmons & Schiavo Blog

Simmons & Schiavo Blog

Covers estate planning and real estate law.

http://www.sslawoffices.com/category/all-posts/
  • Dec 16

    Detail oriented, meticulous and down to earth…

    Detail oriented, meticulous and down to earth…
    Simmons & Schiavo, LLP and Marco, specifically, have handled estate planning matters for several of my family members. I cannot say enough positive things about him. He is detail oriented, meticulous and down to earth. He takes the time…
  • Dec 10

    Thinking of retiring abroad? Know the rules first

    Thinking of retiring abroad? Know the rules first
    The idea of retiring on a beach in Central America or in a quaint village in Europe might seem idyllic. But before you think seriously about retiring in another country, be sure you know all the tax and estate planning rules. A lot of people…
  • Dec 3

    One-third of existing home sales are now in cash

    One-third of existing home sales are now in cash
    Some 33% of sales of existing homes (as opposed to brand-new homes) are now cash-only deals, according to a survey by the National Association of Realtors. The number of sales in which the buyer doesn’t take out a mortgage began to…
Rank this Week: 3415

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/
  • Nov 25

    In Terrorem Provisions That Violate Public Policy

    In Terrorem Provisions That Violate Public Policy
    In terrorem clauses generally provide that, where a beneficiary under a testamentary instrument unsuccessfully challenges the instrument’s validity, the beneficiary will forfeit any interests obtained under the instrument. Testators…
  • Oct 3

    Appellate Division Upholds Equitable Extension of Slayer Rule

    Appellate Division Upholds Equitable Extension of Slayer Rule
    New York’s “slayer rule” essentially provides that if an individual kills another person, he has automatically forfeited any interest he may have had in his victim’s estate. The rationale is simple – no one…
  • Aug 8

    “Easy” Cases Make Bad Law Too

    “Easy” Cases Make Bad Law Too
    In a decision that could well cause even the most casual trusts and estates practitioners to scratch their proverbial heads in wonder, the Appellate Division, Third Department, in Matter of Buchting, 111 AD3d 1114, 975 NYS2d 794 (3d Dept…
Rank this Week: 3407

Florida Elder Law and Estate Blog

Florida Elder Law and Estate Blog

Covers Florida estate planning, probate, and construction law issues. By the Law Office of R. Kellen Bryant., P.L.

http://www.eldercarelawjacksonville.com/
Rank this Week: 2926

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: 3169

All About Estates

All About Estates

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

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

    A medical perspective on Estate matters – a chastened viewpoint

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

    Who is Your Daddy?

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

    POA- Personal Care: Part 1/2

    POA- Personal Care: Part 1/2
    My work is with the living. POA’s are critical documents that are designed to support your wishes, while you are alive. Wills deal with your wishes, after you are dead.
Rank this Week: 3138

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
  • Jun 6

    CAN MY FLORIDA IRREVOCABLE TRUST BE TERMINATED

    CAN MY FLORIDA IRREVOCABLE TRUST BE TERMINATED
    In February 2014, the Florida Second District Court of Appeal in the case of Peck v. Peck (Case no. 2D13-113. Fla. 2d DCA Feb. 26, 2014) affirmed a trial court ruling that, if the settlor and all beneficiaries of an irrevocable trust…
  • Jun 5

    IOWA COURT UPHOLDS FLORIDA POSTNUP AGREEMENT

    IOWA COURT UPHOLDS FLORIDA POSTNUP AGREEMENT
    The Iowa Supreme Court has ruled that a Florida postnuptial agreement, executed two decades earlier when the couple were living in Florida, waiving rights to each other's property was valid.  The court ruled that the surviving…
  • Jun 5

    ARE CUSTODIAL ACCOUNTS THE BEST SAVINGS OPTION FOR A CHILD

    ARE CUSTODIAL ACCOUNTS THE BEST SAVINGS OPTION FOR A CHILD
    Family members (parents, grand-parents and relatives) are constantly looking for the best way to gift and save money for their relatives (usually children).  One commonly used option is a "custodial account" (established…
Rank this Week: 2721

Trust Matters Most

Trust Matters Most

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

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

    Why Schedule A Consultation?

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

    Divorce in Pennsylvania

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

    Why Does Divorce Skyrocket from January to March?

    Why Does Divorce Skyrocket from January to March?
    All over the U.S., lawyers are talking about the increased number of divorce cases they see in January. While December is usually the year’s low, January numbers shoot up and remain that way through March. What’s behind this…
Rank this Week: 2857

Spencer Law Firm Blog

Spencer Law Firm Blog

Covers probate and estate planning in Pennsylvania.

http://www.pennsylvaniatrustsandestates.com/
  • May 12

    Estate Planning and Portability

    Estate Planning and Portability
    The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (ATRA), which tried to keep us from going over the "fiscal cliff," raised the federal estate tax exemption to $5.25 million and made permanent an estate tax concept called…
  • Apr 25

    Seminar: How to Prepare Fiduciary Accounts and Avoid Common Trap

    Seminar: How to Prepare Fiduciary Accounts and Avoid Common Trap
    Don't miss the PBI seminar on How to Prepare Fiduciary Accounts and Avoid Common Traps next Thursday May 1, 2014 at the CLE Conference Center, Wanamaker Building, Philadelphia. Register here:…
  • 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...
Rank this Week: 3293

Edwards Elder Law, P.A. Blog

Edwards Elder Law, P.A. Blog

Covers assisted living, elder law, estate planning, and long term care.

http://www.edwardselderlaw.com/blog/
  • May 12

    An Assisted Living Community Is Not The Same Thing As A Nursing Home

    An Assisted Living Community Is Not The Same Thing As A Nursing Home
    Many of my clients are unfamiliar with the concept of assisted living communities.  In their minds the choices if they can no longer live independently at home are to move in with one of their adult children or to be … Continue…
  • Apr 28

    The Cottage Is Another Option For Aging in Place

    The Cottage Is Another Option For Aging in Place
    Many times when it becomes apparent that mom or dad can’t safely live along any longer, the first reaction is for the family to consider having mom or dad move in with an adult child.  This is a supportive and … Continue…
  • Apr 14

    Technology Is Becoming A Crucial Resource For Aging In Place

    Technology Is Becoming A Crucial Resource For Aging In Place
    As more and more of us express a desire to remain in our homes as we age, technology is responding with a variety of new ways to keep us safe. For instance, sensors can be placed on appliances such as … Continue reading →
Rank this Week: 3054