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The Law Office of Michael Robinson, P.C.

Covers elder law and estate planning.

http://www.mrobinsonlaw.com/blog/
  • Sep 28

    What is Probate in New York?

    What is Probate in New York?
    What is Probate in New York? from Michael Robinson When you are planning your estate, you should understand a bit about probate. Learn more about New York probate in this presentation.
  • Sep 23

    What is Estate Planning?

    What is Estate Planning?
    What is Estate Planning? from Michael Robinson When you are planning your estate, you should also prepare for the end of your life. Learn more about New York estate planning in this presentation.
  • Sep 16

    What Is a Payable on Death Account?

    What Is a Payable on Death Account?
    There are many different ways to facilitate future asset transfers, and some of them are more effective than others. Before you make any decisions, you would do well to discuss your options with a licensed estate planning attorney. People…
Rank this Week: 2569

Death Care Law Blog

Death Care Law Blog

Covers laws relating to pre-need and death care compliance, serving banks, funeral homes, crematories, and cemetaries. By William Stalter.

http://www.deathcarelaw.com/
  • Sep 28

    Consumer Options and Administrative Hurdles: Market Value Allocation

    Consumer Options and Administrative Hurdles: Market Value Allocation
    The conventional guaranteed preneed transaction is premised upon investment returns offsetting performance cost increases to the funeral home.  Many funeral homes restrict consumers to single payment preneed contracts to limit their…
  • Aug 24

    Trust Administrative Hurdles: Tax Allocation

    Trust Administrative Hurdles: Tax Allocation
    A few weeks ago, we discussed the need to offer to consumers new preneed funding options, and outlined the various administrative hurdles faced by funeral homes that rely upon trust funding. (Preneed Trust Options: Administrative Limitations)…
  • Aug 21

    Father Knows Best: the Cassity Clan

    Father Knows Best: the Cassity Clan
    The remaining members of the Cassity clan have filed motions in opposition to the dismissal of Doug Cassity from the NPS civil lawsuit.  Rhonda Cassity and Tyler Cassity argue that they too are the victims of Doug’s scheming…
Rank this Week: 2568

Florida Probate Litigation Lawyer…

Florida Probate Litigation Lawyer Blog

Cover Florida probate litigation. By Chepenik & Trushin LLP.

http://www.floridaprobatelitigationlawyer.com/
  • Sep 26

    2014 LEGISLATIVE SESSION – ALIGNMENT OF THE ANTILAPSE PROVISIONS OF THE FLORIDA TRUST AND PROBATE CODES

    2014 LEGISLATIVE SESSION – ALIGNMENT OF THE ANTILAPSE PROVISIONS OF THE FLORIDA TRUST AND PROBATE CODES
    The 2014 State of Florida legislative session brought about several changes in the area of trusts and estates. Among those passing into law was the amendment to the antilapse provisions of the Florida Trust Code (Florida Statutes Chapter…
  • Sep 2

    LONG TERM CHARITABLE GIVING: The Charitable Lead Trust

    LONG TERM CHARITABLE GIVING: The Charitable Lead Trust
    Charitable donors are frequently in pursuit of a means for establishing a lifetime philanthropic legacy and effective estate planning. The utilization of a charitable trust provides a strategic option. The donor may choose to set up a trust…
  • Aug 25

    The Reasons We Give

    The Reasons We Give
    Estate planners often focus on the tax benefits of making a gift, as smart planning can help reduce or eliminate a wide array of taxes on the estate and individual. But if you thought the primary motivation for donor gift-giving was related…
Rank this Week: 2774

Parman & Easterday Blog

Parman & Easterday Blog

Covers elder law and estate planning.

http://www.parmanlaw.com/blog/
  • Sep 25

    What Is a QTIP Trust?

    What Is a QTIP Trust?
    There is an ideal estate planning solution for every scenario that may exist. Life is not a cookie-cutter affair. People go through life changes, and these changes can require estate plan updates. Various different strategies can be…
  • Sep 23

    What Is an Irrevocable Life Insurance Trust?

    What Is an Irrevocable Life Insurance Trust?
    If you have reached your financial goals, your work is not done. You may have accumulated wealth, but you have to protect that wealth for the benefit of succeeding generations. The federal estate tax looms large as a source of asset erosion.…
  • Sep 18

    What Are the Components of a Basic Estate Plan?

    What Are the Components of a Basic Estate Plan?
    If you are going through life without an estate plan, you are shirking a basic responsibility. It can seem as though the matter is only relevant to senior citizens, but people of all ages do pass away unexpectedly each and every day. When you…
Rank this Week: 2893

Estate Planning in California

Estate Planning in California

By the Law Offices of Shahram Miri, Inc.

http://calestateplanning.blogspot.com/
  • Sep 24

    Divorce and Estate Planning

    Divorce and Estate Planning
    Occasionally I have received phone calls from people who are contemplating divorce and would like to write a trust so that when they die, their future ex-spouse will not inherit their estate. If only life was that easy.....The main problem is…
  • Sep 17

    Irrevocable Life Insurance Trust/Crummey Trust

    Irrevocable Life Insurance Trust/Crummey Trust
    An irrevocable life insurance trust, commonly known as an "ILIT," is a type of trust used to avoid the inclusion of life insurance proceeds in a decedent's estate.Many people erroneously assume that life insurance proceeds are always…
  • Sep 10

    Undue Influence involving a California Trust

    Undue Influence involving a California Trust
    One method in which a testamentary instrument can be voided is if it is the product of "undue influence." California case law says that undue influence is dependent upon the facts and circumstances of the situation. Sparks v. Sparks (1950)…
Rank this Week: 2699

Palo Alto Estate Planning Blog

Palo Alto Estate Planning Blog

Covers tax planning, estate planning, trusts, wills and charitable giving. By Finch Montgomery Wright LLP.

http://www.paloaltoestateplanninglawyerblog.com/
  • Sep 23

    Taking Parents Off the Hook

    Taking Parents Off the Hook
    The New York Times published an interesting story this weekend on the expectations that parents and children have with respect to inheritances. The article summarized a study published in The Gerontologist last year, in which older adults and…
  • Aug 3

    Too Old to Drive?

    Too Old to Drive?
    Families need to help seniors know when it's time to stop driving. Here's a list of danger signs, self-assessment tests, and resources for families who need to help someone stop driving.
  • Jul 11

    Summer Time Is Here: Estate Planning on the Run

    Summer Time Is Here: Estate Planning on the Run
    Inevitably, in the summer months, I get phone calls from people who are about to take a trip somewhere, often within just a few days. Sometimes they have a Will or a trust that’s out of date; sometimes they have no estate planning…
Rank this Week: 2730

Gay & Lesbian Legal Update

Gay & Lesbian Legal Update

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

http://gaybilesbian.blogspot.com/
  • Sep 23

    October community events & running races:

    October community events & running races:
    October community events & running races: 10/4   Shillelagh 5K Bar A Lake Como, New Jersey, then Lake Como day 10/5 Jersey Shore Half Marathon & Lighthouse 5k   Sandy Hook 9am10/5   Treasure Island…
  • Aug 14

    Defense to Assault

    Defense to Assault
    Defense to AssaultKenneth Vercammen's Law office represents individuals charged with criminal and serious traffic violations throughout New Jersey.2C:12-1 Assault.     2C:12-1. Assault. a. Simple assault. A person is…
  • Jul 16

    Professionals, Attorneys, Business owners invited to Happy Hour & Networking Social

    Professionals, Attorneys, Business owners invited to Happy Hour & Networking Social
    Professionals, Attorneys, Business owners invited to Happy Hour & Networking SocialFriday, July 18, 2014 5:00PM - 7:00PM   at Bar Anticipation 703 16th AvenueLake Como/ Belmar, NJ…
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Estateography

Estateography

By Alvi Aggarwal.

http://www.estateography.com/
  • Sep 21

    Transferring Mortgaged Real Estate to Your Revocable Trust

    Transferring Mortgaged Real Estate to Your Revocable Trust
    (or: why we have to ask the mortgage company for permission to transfer the rental property but not the house) People usually establish revocable trusts to facilitate the management of their assets if they become incapacitated and to avoid…
  • Aug 14

    Organ Donation--Not Just a Yes or No Choice

    Organ Donation--Not Just a Yes or No Choice
    When you go the DMV for a drivers license, you might check a box regarding organ donation. At the DMV in Virginia, organ donation is a yes or no question. You either check the box to become a donor or leave to box blank to not to become a…
  • Jul 23

    Resigning as Trustee

    Resigning as Trustee
    Many people seem to think of being a trustee as being like having a job. But, in many ways, being a trustee is nothing like a job. The difference is particularly important when it comes to resigning. Quitting a job is often a matter of…
Rank this Week: 2483

Cramer Law Center

Cramer Law Center

Covers Florida estate planning.

http://cramerlawcenter.com
  • Sep 19

    WAITING TOO LATE (OR ALMOST TOO LATE) TO PLAN – OUR LATEST REAL WORLD LESSONS

    WAITING TOO LATE (OR ALMOST TOO LATE) TO PLAN – OUR LATEST REAL WORLD LESSONS
    Unfortunately, we deal with death on a fairly regular basis as part of our practice, so it usually does not take us by surprise. However, we recently have had a couple of shocking deaths which illustrate why it is never too soon to plan. The…
  • Sep 17

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  • Sep 8

    ADOPTION SERIES-PART 4: “VIRTUAL” ADOPTION-NO COURT REQUIRED!

    ADOPTION SERIES-PART 4: “VIRTUAL” ADOPTION-NO COURT REQUIRED!
    Did you know that, in Florida, you can adopt someone without ever going to court and making it official?  For the finale of our Adoption Series (click to read part one, two, or three), we will highlight an unusual way that people…
Rank this Week: 2762

Cramer Law Center

Cramer Law Center

Covers estate planning, probate, guardianship and elder law issues.

http://cramerlawcenter.com/blog/
  • Sep 19

    WAITING TOO LATE (OR ALMOST TOO LATE) TO PLAN – OUR LATEST REAL WORLD LESSONS

    WAITING TOO LATE (OR ALMOST TOO LATE) TO PLAN – OUR LATEST REAL WORLD LESSONS
    Unfortunately, we deal with death on a fairly regular basis as part of our practice, so it usually does not take us by surprise. However, we recently have had a couple of shocking deaths which illustrate why it is never too soon to plan. The…
  • Sep 17

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  • Sep 8

    ADOPTION SERIES-PART 4: “VIRTUAL” ADOPTION-NO COURT REQUIRED!

    ADOPTION SERIES-PART 4: “VIRTUAL” ADOPTION-NO COURT REQUIRED!
    Did you know that, in Florida, you can adopt someone without ever going to court and making it official?  For the finale of our Adoption Series (click to read part one, two, or three), we will highlight an unusual way that people…
Rank this Week: 2558

Simmons & Schiavo Blog

Simmons & Schiavo Blog

Covers estate planning and real estate law.

http://www.sslawoffices.com/category/all-posts/
  • Sep 12

    ‘No down payment’ mortgages are back

    ‘No down payment’ mortgages are back
    Remember “no down payment” mortgages? These were the kinds of loans that often led to foreclosures during the real estate bust a few years ago. They’re making a comeback – but in a different form. In their new…
  • Aug 22

    Rents for apartments and businesses are continuing to climb

    Rents for apartments and businesses are continuing to climb
    Apartment rents rose 3.2% in the first quarter of 2014 compared to the same period of last year, according to a study by research firm Reis Inc. Rents are up 13% across the country on average since 2009. And there’s reason to think that…
  • Aug 12

    Want to build a second home next to your current one?

    Want to build a second home next to your current one?
    Many cities have liberalized their zoning laws in recent years to allow people who live in single-family homes to add a second home on their property. They can do this by creating a basement apartment, building an “add-on”…
Rank this Week: 2546

Probate Litigation Attorney Blog

Probate Litigation Attorney Blog

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

http://www.losangelesprobatelitigationattorneyblog.com/
  • Sep 7

    Los Angeles Bar Association Trust and Wills Symposium

    Los Angeles Bar Association Trust and Wills Symposium
    Firm partner, Yasha Bronshteyn, is looking forward to attending the People Behaving Badly: Trustees and Beneficiaries Abusing Each Other and Settlors program being presented on September 19, 2014, at the Millennium Biltmore Grand,…
  • Sep 7

    Probate Schedule at the San Farncisco Superior Court

    Probate Schedule at the San Farncisco Superior Court
    Hearing dates for probate matters at the San Francisco Superior Court located at  400 McAllister St., Department 204, San Francisco, CA 94102-4514 are assigned by the filing clerk at the time the petition is filed. The typical schedule…
  • Aug 2

    New Judical Officer to Hear Conservatorships, Trust Matters, and other Probate Cases in Los Angeles Superior Court

    New Judical Officer to Hear Conservatorships, Trust Matters, and other Probate Cases in Los Angeles Superior Court
      Brenda Penny has been elected a Los Angeles Superior Court commissioner, Presiding Judge David Wesley informed judicial officers. Brenda Penny has been hearing the morning probate calendar in Department 5 of the Los Angeles Superior…
Rank this Week: 2815

Vandrew Law Blog

Vandrew Law Blog

Covers asset protection, estate planning, tax law, and small business law.

http://vandrew.com/
  • Aug 29

    529 Strategies: FAFSA & a Grandchild’s College Expense

    529 Strategies: FAFSA & a Grandchild’s College Expense
    It’s common that grandparents want to help with college expenses for their grandchildren. Most grandparents helping their grandchildren want to do so in a way that won’t affect financial aid eligibility. One of the most common…
  • Aug 29

    529 Strategies: FAFSA & a Grandchild’s College Expense

    529 Strategies: FAFSA & a Grandchild’s College Expense
    It’s common that grandparents want to help with college expenses for their grandchildren. Most grandparents helping their grandchildren want to do so in a way that won’t affect financial aid eligibility. One of the most common…
  • Jul 29

    Estate Planning & Cognitive Bia

    Estate Planning & Cognitive Bia
    If you’ve ever attended any of my seminars, you know that one of the points I hammer home is that estate planning is the easiest thing in the world on which to procrastinate. None of us thinks we will die anytime soon, so if there is…
Rank this Week: 2590

Duffy Law Office

Duffy Law Office

Covers estate planning and elder law in Iowa.

http://www.duffylawoffice.com/blog/
  • Aug 21

    Why Is Incapacity Planning Important?

    Why Is Incapacity Planning Important?
    Everyone should have an incapacity component embedded within a broader estate plan. In this post we will look at the importance of incapacity planning. Aging of the Population People are living longer and longer lives. The average life span…
  • Aug 19

    Can Medicaid Take My Home?

    Can Medicaid Take My Home?
    When you plan your estate, you work with an estate planning attorney to devise a strategy for transferring your assets after you pass away. However, if you want to be comprehensively prepared for the future, you should consider the…
  • Aug 14

    Can a Trust Be Used to Complete a Medicaid Spend Down?

    Can a Trust Be Used to Complete a Medicaid Spend Down?
    Medicare will help with your medical expenses when you reach the age of eligibility if you qualify, but the program will not pay for long-term care. This is a problem for most people, because long-term care is quite expensive. The average…
Rank this Week: 2736

South Florida Estate Planning Law

South Florida Estate Planning Law

Covers South Florida estate planning, probate and tax law issues. By David Shulman.

http://www.sofloridaestateplanning.com/
  • Aug 19

    Gizmodo Gets Everything About the Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act Wrong

    Gizmodo Gets Everything About the Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act Wrong
    As I’ve written recently, the Uniform Law Commission approved the Uniform Fidicuary Access to Digital Assets Act. The act can be found on the Committee’s website, along with supplmenetal material, such as prior drafts, comments,…
  • Aug 3

    I am now Board Certified by the Florida Bar in Wills, Trusts, and Estate

    I am now Board Certified by the Florida Bar in Wills, Trusts, and Estate
    Forgive me if you will, a bragging post. As of August 1, I am Board Certified by the Florida Bar in Wills, Trusts, and Estates. Most of what is below comes from the Florida Bar website and materials. Board certification recognizes…
  • Jul 17

    Uniform Law Commission Approves Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act

    Uniform Law Commission Approves Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act
    I’ve written before about finding and having access to your “digital assets” and online accounts after death. Well there is a development that will hopefully make this process a bit easier. The Uniform Law…
Rank this Week: 2930

Long Island Special Needs Law Blog

Long Island Special Needs Law Blog

Covers estate planning and special needs trusts. By Ellen A. Victor.

http://longislandspecialneedslawyer.com
  • Jun 12

    Feeling Guilty Over Causing My Child’s Disability

    Feeling Guilty Over Causing My Child’s Disability
    Recently, I was reading this review of Toni Braxton’s new memoir, and the reviewer appeared shocked that Ms. Braxton attributed her son’s autism to God’s payback for a prior abortion. I don’t want to get into a…
  • Mar 5

    Now Playing: Kings Park: Stories from an American Mental Institution

    Now Playing: Kings Park: Stories from an American Mental Institution
    Description: A powerful and very personal documentary about the history and legacy of the Kings Park State Mental Hospital by Filmmaker and former patient Lucy Winer will be playing in Huntington at the Cinema Arts Theater, March 23rd, 2014…
  • Feb 6

    There is a Special Place in Hell

    There is a Special Place in Hell
    Four employees of a Long Island group home have been fired and charged with endangerment for pitting two disabled individuals against each other, according to Newsday and News 12 Long Island. Cellphone video of the fight shows the four…
Rank this Week: 2721

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: 2760

Probate, Trusts and Estate Law…

Probate, Trusts and Estate Law Blog

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

http://www.calprobate.com/blog/
  • Jun 3

    Estate-Planning Lessons From Wealthy Familie

    Estate-Planning Lessons From Wealthy Familie
    For those in the know, a “family office” is something that many wealthy families rely on to provide financial support and advice. A family office can do a little bit of everything: providing investment management services, tax and…
  • May 6

    Can you bequeath your iTunes playlist?

    Can you bequeath your iTunes playlist?
    Estate-planning is surely far from the minds of the majority of us when we log into iTunes to buy a copy of the latest catchy song from the radio. While we accumulate ever-larger collections of digital media (books, movies, TV shows and…
  • Jan 28

    A GUIDE TO TRUSTS - TRUSTS 101

    A GUIDE TO TRUSTS - TRUSTS 101
    It's useful to review some basic definition and functions of a trust. It may help you if one day you are asked to be a trustee or as you dive into your own estate planning. Some of these distinctions are artificial, but they will help you get…
Rank this Week: 2863

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: 2645

Los Angeles Probate and Trust…

Los Angeles Probate and Trust Lawyer Blog

Covers estates, probate and trust administration in California. By Jan Morrison.

http://www.losangelesprobateandtrustlawyer.com/
  • May 10

    Using Joint Tenancy with Real Property as a Probate Avoidance Device, Part 2

    Using Joint Tenancy with Real Property as a Probate Avoidance Device, Part 2
    Although, joint tenancy will avoid probate, holding property as joint tenants may also have adverse and unexpected consequences. First, a little primer on basis to understand what is meant when we speak about your basis in property.…
  • Apr 19

    Using Joint Tenancy with Real Property as a Probate Avoidance Device, Part 1

    Using Joint Tenancy with Real Property as a Probate Avoidance Device, Part 1
    Many couples in California, married or not, hold title of their real property as joint tenants. I find this is mainly the result of not consulting a legal professional when purchasing the property. The property sales paperwork they receive…
  • Apr 7

    Are you Expecting an Inheritance? Are You Depending on an Inheritance?

    Are you Expecting an Inheritance? Are You Depending on an Inheritance?
    I was out to dinner the other night and overheard a brother and sister discussing their father and his new young bride and her pregnancy. The conversation started in muted whispers however, it didn't take long until their voices got...
Rank this Week: 2916

Legacy Planner Blog

Legacy Planner Blog

Covers estate planning, business planning, asset protection and business succession. By Karen Brady.

http://legacyplannerblog.com
  • Apr 21

    Special Needs Trusts for Disabled Beneficiarie

    Special Needs Trusts for Disabled Beneficiarie
    As we see the greying demographics take shape, more older parents are coming in to our office to make arrangements for their adult disabled children. Last week's couple were a joy to work with, but I was a little anxious that they had waited…
  • Jan 6

    Kudos and thoughts on keeping an estate open

    Kudos and thoughts on keeping an estate open
    Today's mail brought a pleasant testimonial from a client who wrote: "Karen has me for more than ten years on my mother's will and related matters. As issues have arisen she has always been there to help and provide the sound advice I…
  • Oct 28

    Business Lawyers Should be Risk Reducers Not Deal Killer

    Business Lawyers Should be Risk Reducers Not Deal Killer
    Mike Moore over at legalproductivity.com usually writes for lawyers. But this post on how a <a href="http://www.legalproductivity.com/practice-management/the-worst-business-lawyer/" target="" …
Rank this Week: 2807

GTH Estate Planning Blog

GTH Estate Planning Blog

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

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

    We have common-law marriage, right?

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

    Update your beneficiary designation

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

    Estate planning in your 20s and 30

    Estate planning in your 20s and 30
    Most people in their first few decades don't have any estate planning done, and certainly don't have it at the top of their to-do list. But there are good reasons a person in their 20s or 30s should consider putting their intentions in…
Rank this Week: 2563

Ohio Estate Planning, Trust &…

Ohio Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law

Covers Ohio estate planning, trust and probate law. By Bradley B. Wrightsel.

http://wrightsel.blogspot.com/
  • Jan 28

    Quick Overview of 2014 Federal Estate and Gift Tax Amount

    Quick Overview of 2014 Federal Estate and Gift Tax Amount
    The federal estate tax exemption amount is $5,000,000 and is adjusted annually for inflation. This year the exemption amount increases to $5.34 million. This means that a married couple can protect up to $10.68 million. The estate tax rate is…
  • Jan 2

    Avoiding the Fiscal Cliff – Estate Taxe

    Avoiding the Fiscal Cliff – Estate Taxe
    With the Senate tax bill passing the House, it is expected that it will be signed into law. It does not appear that there was a lot of focus on the estate tax. Considering that most tax revenue is generated by the income tax, it is not…
  • Jun 13

    Columbus Bar Association 2012 Annual Meeting

    Columbus Bar Association 2012 Annual Meeting
    This Friday, June 15, at noon is the Annual Meeting of the Columbus Bar Association (CBA). Current CBA President, David Bloomfield will preside and be sworn in as Immediate-Past President. Brad Wrightsel will be sworn in as President, and…
Rank this Week: 2935

The Blog

The Blog

Features estate planning and elder law news. By Moynihan Lyons PC.

http://moynihanlyons.com/estate-administration/trust-administration/blog/
Rank this Week: 2469

Utah Estate Planning

Utah Estate Planning

Covers estate planning, probate, trusts and wills in Utah. By Jason C. Hunter.

http://www.utahestateplanning.typepad.com/
  • Aug 22

    The Joy Of Inheriting Appreciated Property

    The Joy Of Inheriting Appreciated Property
    When you inherit property, such as a house or stocks, the property is usually worth more than it was when the original owner purchased it. If you were to sell the property, there could be huge capital gains taxes. Fortunately, when you…
  • Aug 21

    When PODs Go BAD

    When PODs Go BAD
    Are payable on death accounts a simple way to pass assets to heirs or are they a mistake? It sure sounds simple. With a payable on death account or paid on death account, you name a beneficiary who gets the account when you die—no probate,…
  • Aug 20

    QPRT Consideration

    QPRT Consideration
    Among those with wealth primarily concentrated in their home or investment portfolio, there are two types of trusts designed to transfer wealth to heirs and save taxes by removing the assets from the estate. In effect, this reduces the amount…
Rank this Week: 2881

The Law Office of Raymond A.…

The Law Office of Raymond A. Harris PLLC Blog

Covers estate planning, medicaid and medicare.

http://www.raymondaharris.com/blog/
Rank this Week: 2777

Missouri Estate Planning Blog

Missouri Estate Planning Blog

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

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

    Estate Tax Update for Missouri Residents – Fall 2012

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

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

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

    Another Missouri Beneficiary Deed Failure

    Another Missouri Beneficiary Deed Failure
    We’ve written and posted several times about the inherent dangers in relying on Beneficiary Deeds (also known as “Transfer on Death Deeds”) to transfer title in Missouri. Beneficiary Deeds, in the proper circumstances,…
Rank this Week: 2878

Michigan Estate Planning, Probate…

Michigan Estate Planning, Probate and Elder Law

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

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

    What is a Lady Bird Deed?

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

    Beware! Estate Planning for Second Marriages Can Be Tricky.

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

    IRS Issues Long-Term Care Premium Deductibility Limits for 2012

    IRS Issues Long-Term Care Premium Deductibility Limits for 2012
    The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is increasing the amount taxpayers can deduct from their 2012 taxes as a result of buying long-term care insurance.  Premiums for “qualified” long-term care insurance policies (see explanation below)…
Rank this Week: 2802

Smarter Will Blog

Smarter Will Blog

Provides estate planning and probate news.

http://www.smarterwill.com/estate-planning-news/
  • May 23

    Holographic Wills: Legal in Illinois?

    Holographic Wills: Legal in Illinois?
    Holographic wills (wills that are entirely handwritten) are not generally recognized as valid wills in the state of Illinois. Why? It's not because they're handwritten, but because holographic wills are usually not 'witnessed' properly (the…
  • May 9

    Organ Donation Process in Illinoi

    Organ Donation Process in Illinoi
    Did you know that Illinois has a fairly new organ donation process, and that even if you've registered before to be an organ donor, you may need to re-register under the new system? In 2006 (only 5 years ago), a new Illinois organ donation…
  • Apr 25

    Pulling the Plug: Illinois Law That Make it Possible

    Pulling the Plug: Illinois Law That Make it Possible
    Everyone has the right to live. But does everyone have the right to die? Dying on your own terms (or “pulling the plug”) is a privilege granted at the state level. But it requires advance planning. Every state has different rules on how…
Rank this Week: 2722

Trust and Estate Attorney Blog

Trust and Estate Attorney Blog

Provides estate planning advice. By Kenneth R. Haas.

http://kennethhaas.wordpress.com
  • Jan 11

    HERE, HERE, THE ESTATE TAX IS DEAD, OR IS IT?

    HERE, HERE, THE ESTATE TAX IS DEAD, OR IS IT?
    Well Congress has done it this time. By failing to do anything at the end of the 2009 session, it has allowed the Federal Estate Tax to lapse. At first glance this seems like wonderful news, however, as with most Congressional acts (or…
  • Apr 12

    ESTATE TAXES DURING THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION

    ESTATE TAXES DURING THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION
    As you may not be aware, unless you are trying to keep up with Federal estate tax law for reasons that I cannot fathom, due to a quirk in the law, the Federal estate tax is due to be repealed next year. However, this may not seem to be as…
  • Jan 28

    PROBATE: TRUTHS AND MYTHS

    PROBATE: TRUTHS AND MYTHS
    Many estate planning practitioners, financial planners and television personalities discuss the virtues of having a “living trust” in the place of a Will in order to avoid the big bad process of probate.   The calls that I get, as often…
Rank this Week: 2666

Integra Law Group Attorneys Blog

Integra Law Group Attorneys Blog

Covers debt relief, bankruptcy, estate planning and elder law in Idaho.

http://www.integralawblog.com
  • Jun 16

    Credit Card Companies Cut Deal

    Credit Card Companies Cut Deal
    Credit card companies are increasingly doing something they have historically refused to do -  cutting deals on delinquent accounts for substantially less than the amount owed, according to a recent article in the New York Times. …
  • Jun 5

    Medical Bills A Factor in 62% of Bankruptcie

    Medical Bills A Factor in 62% of Bankruptcie
    According to a recent study by Harvard Medical School, 62% of all personal bankruptcies filed in 2007 were related to a significant extent to medical bills.  Further, the really shocking statistic is that of those bankruptcies where medical…
  • May 6

    Court Halts Foreclosure Sale

    Court Halts Foreclosure Sale
    A court in South California has issued an order halting certain home foreclosure sales.  The injunction – which I believe to be the first of its kind for a broad class of borrowers — prevents stops foreclosure sales on properties…
Rank this Week: 2550

The Zimmer Law Firm

The Zimmer Law Firm

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

http://www.zimmerlawfirm.com/blog/
  • Sep 30

    What is Ohio Doing About Elder Abuse?

    What is Ohio Doing About Elder Abuse?
    Recently, several people were arrested in Colorado for elder abuse. In most instances, elder abuse charges come when there’s physical abuse of society’s most vulnerable citizens. In this case, the abuse charges came as a result of…
  • Sep 25

    A Different Type Of Will

    A Different Type Of Will
    When you are making preparations for the future financial considerations may be foremost in your mind. Making sure that your family members are provided for after you pass away is extraordinarily important, and the best way of doing so is…
  • Sep 23

    Estate Planning And Pay On Death Account

    Estate Planning And Pay On Death Account
    Probate avoidance is an important part of estate planning, and the term is foreign to a lot of people who are first exposed to it. You have to understand that your Will is not something that is just passed around between family members around…
Rank this Week: 3463

Law Office of Andrew M. Lamkin,…

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

Covers elder law.

http://lamkinelderlaw.com/articles/
  • Sep 30

    What Will Retirement Mean for You?

    What Will Retirement Mean for You?
    No longer do people think of retirement as a time to rest and do nothing. Many people plan to work well into their 70s, seeing retirement as an opportunity to change careers and do something that they truly love doing. Whether it is turning a…
  • Sep 23

    Is It Time for You to Review Your Will?

    Is It Time for You to Review Your Will?
    Many people believe that once they have executed their Will, they need give it no further consideration. Nothing could be further from the truth. People need to make sure their Wills are current and relevant to the circumstances of their…
  • Sep 16

    What to Know Before You Withdraw Your Retirement Fund

    What to Know Before You Withdraw Your Retirement Fund
    The longer you live, the more situations you will encounter where cash would certainly come in handy. Whether you face significant medical expenses, incur debt in an upside-down mortgage, or simply could use more liquidity in terms of assets…
Rank this Week: 3659

German Law Group Blog

German Law Group Blog

Covers estate planning.

http://www.germanlawgroup.com/
  • Sep 30

    Do I Lose Control of Property in a Revocable Living Trust?

    Do I Lose Control of Property in a Revocable Living Trust?
    It is important to understand the facts when you are planning your estate, because there are certain misconceptions that can circulate. One of these misconceptions is the notion that you lose direct personal control of assets that you place…
  • Sep 25

    When Does a Power of Attorney Become Effective?

    When Does a Power of Attorney Become Effective?
    A power of attorney is a legally binding device that is used to empower someone else to act on your behalf. When you create a power of attorney, you are called the grantor or principal. The individual that you name to act as your…
  • Sep 23

    What Is a Supplemental Needs Trust?

    What Is a Supplemental Needs Trust?
    There are numerous ways to provide for your loved ones when you are planning your estate. To be optimally prepared, you should carefully consider the life situation of each person that will be receiving an inheritance. Sometimes, a mistake…
Rank this Week: 3108

Hauptman and Hauptman, P.C. Blog

Hauptman and Hauptman, P.C. Blog

Covers guardianship, Medicaid, probate and estate administration.

http://www.hauptmanlaw.com/blog
  • Sep 28

    A $500,000 Estate Planning Mistake (Part 2)

    A $500,000 Estate Planning Mistake (Part 2)
                    Last week we were talking about Mary, who is losing out on a $500,000 401k her husband left to her in his will.  So, why is the 401k custodian…
  • Sep 21

    A $500,000 Estate Planning Mistake

    A $500,000 Estate Planning Mistake
                    Mary called after her husband, John had died.   She had questions about his will and his 401k.   Mary was John’s second wife…
  • Sep 14

    Can I Leave the House to my Children and not my Spouse? (Part 2)

    Can I Leave the House to my Children and not my Spouse? (Part 2)
                    Last week I was telling you about Sara, who called about her Mom.  Dad left the house to Sara and her sisters but because of something called the…
Rank this Week: 3355

Tennessee Wills and Estates

Tennessee Wills and Estates

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

http://www.tennesseewillsandestates.com
Rank this Week: 2990

Texas Wills and Trusts Law Online

Texas Wills and Trusts Law Online

Covers issues relating to wills, trusts, estate planning, and probate in Texas. By Rania Combs.

http://www.texaswillsandtrustslaw.com
  • Sep 26

    The Blessing of Planning Ahead

    The Blessing of Planning Ahead
    Most of my clients are healthy when they contact me. Estate planning is something in which they are engaging as a precautionary measure rather than because they expect to die within a short amount of time. But not always. Occasionally,…
  • Sep 19

    Tips for Designating IRA Beneficiarie

    Tips for Designating IRA Beneficiarie
    Wendy S. Goffe wrote a great guest article on Forbes.com last week that offered tips to avoid problems that can result from incomplete or inaccurate IRA beneficiary designations. Below are her recommendations Name a primary beneficiary (or…
  • Sep 10

    Can The Beneficiary Of My Estate Also Be My Executor?

    Can The Beneficiary Of My Estate Also Be My Executor?
    I’ve received several emails the past few weeks asking whether it is possible for a beneficiary of an estate to also serve as executor. Naming someone as the executor of your estate does not preclude him or her from inheriting from you.…
Rank this Week: 3614

Purcell & Amen, L.L.C. Blog

Purcell & Amen, L.L.C. Blog

Covers elder law and estate planning.

http://yourestatematters.com/blog/
  • Sep 25

    When Should I Update or Revise My Estate Plan?

    When Should I Update or Revise My Estate Plan?
    If you have already created a comprehensive estate plan then you know the importance and value in having an estate plan in place which puts you ahead of over half of all Americans. Don’t make the mistake, however, of thinking you are…
  • Sep 24

    Can Your Agent under a Power of Attorney Make a Gift on Your Behalf?

    Can Your Agent under a Power of Attorney Make a Gift on Your Behalf?
    People often include at least one power of attorney among their estate planning documents. When drafted and used properly, a power of attorney, or POA, can be an extremely useful estate planning tool. Unfortunately, people often execute a POA…
  • Sep 23

    How to Find an Elder Law Attorney

    How to Find an Elder Law Attorney
                Whether for yourself or for an elderly loved one you may one day find yourself in need of the services of an elder law attorney. As such, you may need to know how to find an elder law attorney in…
Rank this Week: 3246

Connecticut Estate Planning…

Connecticut Estate Planning Attorneys Blog

Covers estate planning. By CzepigaDalyPope LLC.

http://www.connecticutestateplanningattorneysblog.com/
  • Sep 24

    Should You Be a Trustee? (What you should know before you say Yes )  

    Should You Be a Trustee? (What you should know before you say Yes )  
    So someone, in his or her estate plan, has asked you to be their trustee. What does this mean? What are the responsibilities of a trustee? A large part of the word “Trustee” is TRUST. If someone trusted you enough to choose you as…
  • Sep 18

    Want Your Medicaid Application Approved? Don’t Go Online

    Want Your Medicaid Application Approved? Don’t Go Online
    By Paul T. Czepiga The old adage “You get what you pay for” exists for a reason—it is true much more often than not. And it is certainly true for those non-attorney based Internet businesses that spring up promising to do,…
  • Sep 17

    5 Ways to Prepare for the Death of a Spouse

    5 Ways to Prepare for the Death of a Spouse
    The prospect of losing your spouse may be the hardest thing you’ll ever face. Taking the time to put things in order before he or she passes will give both of you peace of mind. When the time comes, the last thing you need is surprises.…
Rank this Week: 3351

Tennessee Estate Law Blog

Tennessee Estate Law Blog

Covers estate planing law. By The Higgins Firm.

http://www.tennesseeestatelawblog.com/
  • Sep 23

    A Loved One Has Passed Away – Now What?

    A Loved One Has Passed Away – Now What?
    If you have experienced the death of a loved one, you know that the period of time following his or her passing can be a confusing and trying time. You may not know what to do or where to turn. If the person who passed, also known as the…
  • Sep 16

    Differences Between a Power of Attorney and Conservatorship

    Differences Between a Power of Attorney and Conservatorship
    Recently attorney Jim Higgins stopped by WSMV’s Better Nashville to discuss the differences between a power of attorney and a conservatorship in Tennessee. Both of a power of attorney and conservatorship enable another person to…
  • Aug 29

    What Happens to your Debt after you Die?

    What Happens to your Debt after you Die?
    Working as a Nashville probate attorney, I often hear a number of misconceptions that many people have when it comes to probate. When a loved one passes away, many people assume that they will be entitled to a portion of the decedent’s…
Rank this Week: 3635

Arizona Senior Law Blog

Arizona Senior Law Blog

Covers topics like Arizona Medicaid, ALTCS, and estate planning. By Jackson White.

http://www.arizonaseniorlaw.com/news/
  • Sep 22

    Understanding the Probate Proce

    Understanding the Probate Proce
    Our latest Arizona Republic article in the weekly Aging and the Law column can be found below. Our column runs every Friday in select Arizona cities Q:  My father passed away more than 15 years ago, leaving everything to my mother, who…
  • Sep 16

    How to Secure Disabled Child’s Future

    How to Secure Disabled Child’s Future
    Our latest Arizona Republic article in the weekly Aging and the Law column can be found below. Our column runs every Friday in select Arizona cities. Q: I have an adult son with a disability.  He lives on his own, but I have supported…
  • Aug 26

    ALTCS Enforces Travel Limitation

    ALTCS Enforces Travel Limitation
    Our latest Arizona Republic article in the weekly Aging and the Law column can be found below. Our column runs every Friday in select Arizona cities. Q: My husband and I live in Arizona, but most of our family lives out-of-state.  Like…
Rank this Week: 3707

The Thorpe Law Firm, P.A.

The Thorpe Law Firm, P.A.

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

http://www.thorpelawfirm.com/blog/
  • Sep 20

    Trump Entertainment Resort Files for Bankruptcy

    Trump Entertainment Resort Files for Bankruptcy
    Trump Entertainment Resorts has filed bankruptcy for the third time. The action represents yet another blow to Atlantic City’s struggling casino gaming industry. The company runs two casinos in the city. With an ever-increasing level of…
  • Aug 25

    Parliament House Files Bankruptcy

    Parliament House Files Bankruptcy
    Parliament House, an iconic gay destination entertainment complex and resort in Orlando, Florida, has filed for bankruptcy. The parent company is currently $15.5 million in debt. Set on 4.5-acres along Orange Blossom Trail, just about one and…
  • Aug 25

    Parliament House Files Bankruptcy

    Parliament House Files Bankruptcy
    Parliament House, an iconic gay destination entertainment complex and resort in Orlando, Florida, has filed for bankruptcy. The parent company is currently $15.5 million in debt. Set on 4.5-acres along Orange Blossom Trail, just about one and…
Rank this Week: 3099

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/
  • Sep 19

    The Difference Between Medicare and Medicaid

    The Difference Between Medicare and Medicaid
    In this article, I am going to explain the difference between Medicaid and Medicare. I’m going to give you a brief discussion of both, and then hopefully the differences will be clear, especially as it applies to coverage in a nursing…
  • Sep 19

    What is a Lady Bird Deed? (or Enhanced Life Estate Deed)

    What is a Lady Bird Deed? (or Enhanced Life Estate Deed)
    What is a Lady Bird Deed? Also known as an Enhanced Life Estate. So let us first start on the discussion of what’s a life estate. Then we will go one step further to explain what is an Enhanced Life Estate or Lady Bird Deed. So…
  • Sep 12

    Does Medicare Pay for the Nursing Home?

    Does Medicare Pay for the Nursing Home?
    In this article, I’m going to answer the question, “Does Medicare pay for a Nursing Home?” First, you need to have Medicare coverage.  That mean’s you’re over 65 or you have been on social security…
Rank this Week: 3391

Bingham Greenebaum Doll Blog

Bingham Greenebaum Doll Blog

Covers Indiana law.

http://www.bgdlegal.com/blog/
Rank this Week: 3692

Your Texas Estate Plan

Your Texas Estate Plan

Covers tax and estate planning. By Jacob Pelley.

http://www.yourtexasestateplan.com/
  • Sep 12

    How to prevent the messy estate: the fight over pots and pan

    How to prevent the messy estate: the fight over pots and pan
    More and more, I have clients who come to me and simply ask for "help." The scenario usually is something like this:Scenario:Older (parent/relative) passes away. You and another (sibling/family member) are the sole beneficiaries of their…
  • Jul 23

    Estate tax Repeal Musing

    Estate tax Repeal Musing
    Relevant in 2011, but still funnyEvery couple years when the election cycles roll around, someone brings up the estate tax again. It is usually when we are not at war, arguing about when a fetus is viable, if universal healthcare is a good…
  • May 23

    All in the Family: Disputes between relative

    All in the Family: Disputes between relative
    "Family quarrels are bitter things. They don't go according to any rules. They're not like aches or wounds, they're more like splits in the skin that won't heal because there's not enough material."~F. Scott FitzgeraldBackground:In the Texas…
Rank this Week: 3274