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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: 2323

Simmons & Schiavo Blog

Simmons & Schiavo Blog

Covers estate planning and real estate law.

http://www.sslawoffices.com/category/all-posts/
  • 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”…
  • Jul 26

    New rules for reverse mortgage

    New rules for reverse mortgage
    The federal government has tightened the rules for reverse mortgages, making it harder for some seniors to get these types of mortgages and reducing the amount of a home’s value that can be tapped. Reverse mortgages allow elders who are…
  • Jul 18

    Tenants with children can’t be limited to lower floor

    Tenants with children can’t be limited to lower floor
    Managers of apartment buildings sometimes want to require tenants who have small children to live on a lower floor, in order to prevent complaints from other tenants about noise in the apartment above them. But the U.S. Department of Justice…
Rank this Week: 2426

Arkansas Legal Issues

Arkansas Legal Issues

By Wilson & Haubert, PLLC.

http://whlawoffices.com/little-rock-lawyer-arkansas-law-blog/
  • Aug 8

    Entertaining Criminals of July 2014

    Entertaining Criminals of July 2014
    Robs the place; returns for lunch A man suspected of burglarizing an El Pollo Loco in Costa Mesa, California, has been arrested after he returned to the restaurant for a meal a few hours after the robbery. Daniel Lee Warn, 28, was…
  • Jul 21

    The Quick, Easy, and Cheap Arkansas Divorce

    The Quick, Easy, and Cheap Arkansas Divorce
    Quick, Easy, and Cheap Arkansas Divorce I talk to a lot of people who need divorces. Everyone wants them to be quick and easy, and most want them to be cheap. To that end, many of these people don’t have much money and want advice about…
  • Jul 15

    Grandparent Visitation in Arkansa

    Grandparent Visitation in Arkansa
    Grandparent Visitation If you want to understand the law, you have to understand this: It’s about striking a balance between competing interests (or rights, as the case may be). The law surrounding grandparent visitation in Arkansas is…
Rank this Week: 2531

Weiss Berzowski Brady LLP Blog

Weiss Berzowski Brady LLP Blog

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

http://www.wbb-law.com/multimedia/blog
Rank this Week: 2472

Florida Probate Blog -…

Florida Probate Blog - WeProbateFlorida.com

Covers Florida probate administration. By Long H. Duong.

http://weprobateflorida.com
  • Aug 4

    Who has priority to act as personal representative in Florida?

    Who has priority to act as personal representative in Florida?
    If there is NO Last Will and Testament, the Florida Statutes indicate who has priority to act as personal representative (PR) and the law aligns with common sense. Florida Statute 733.301 733.301 Preference in appointment of personal…
  • Jul 17

    Small Estate Affidavits: Where to find them?

    Small Estate Affidavits: Where to find them?
    The short answer is that you can’t.  They don’t really exist. You may have heard a bank or some other financial institution ask you for a small estate affidavit if you don’t want to go through probate. Unfortunately,…
  • Nov 5

    Letters of Administration – Do you really need them?!

    Letters of Administration – Do you really need them?!
    I can’t say this enough: There are many situations where you do not need letters of administration. Many. Yes, the bank or customer service agent you are talking to says you do…but they are just reading from a policy manual or a…
Rank this Week: 2401

Massachusetts Estate Planning,…

Massachusetts Estate Planning, Probate & Elder Law

Features a blend of common sense info for clients and family caregivers and in-depth probate, tax and Medicaid analysis for lawyers & CPAs. By Brian E. Barreira.

http://elderlaw.info/
Rank this Week: 2393

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: 2488

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: 2579

PrivateCounsel Blog

PrivateCounsel Blog

Covers estate planning and business law. By David Hiersekorn.

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

    The Four Stages of Business Growth

    The Four Stages of Business Growth
    As businesses grow, they go through several distinct stages – from startup through maturity. There are several different models used to describe these states. One of the most popular systems, originally published in the Harvard Business…
  • Nov 11

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    teelers v patriot
  • Nov 7

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

    The Truth About Personal Risk Management Part 2: Using Trusts in Estate Planning
    Paying insurance premiums to protect against potential losses frees us mentally to enjoy driving a car, leave our house empty while on vacation and receive medical treatment for an injury or illness. In the same way, the use of trusts acts…
Rank this Week: 2433

Thoits Law Blog

Thoits Law Blog

Discusses important legal developments in the areas of business, employment, intellectual property, litigation, real estate, and estate planning. By Thoits, Love, Hershberger & McLean.

http://www.thoitslaw.com/blog/
  • Apr 8

    You Really, Really Need a Shareholder Buy-Sell Agreement

    You Really, Really Need a Shareholder Buy-Sell Agreement
    ...a relatively small investment of time spent on the fundamentals can yield significant dividends in the future – and help to avoid much distress. And, the first fundamental, particularly for founders who do not anticipate seeking venture…
  • Apr 8

    Selling Restricted Stock of Private Companie

    Selling Restricted Stock of Private Companie
    Anyone who holds restricted stock of a non-public company, such as Twitter, Box, or Palantir among others, probably has discovered it is possible to find buyers for their stock by contacting Second Market or Shares Post or other…
  • Feb 22

    California Pregnancy Disability Leave: Longer Than Four Months?

    California Pregnancy Disability Leave: Longer Than Four Months?
    The court stated that this was a "case of first impression" and posed the issue as "whether an employee who has exhausted all permissible leave available under the Pregnancy Disability Leave Law (PDLL)...may nevertheless state…
Rank this Week: 2530

Southern Oregon Estate Planning

Southern Oregon Estate Planning

Covers trusts, wills and estate planning. By Jim Eagar.

http://sourthernoregonestateplanning.wordpress.com
  • Jan 16

    New Blog Location – New Web Site

    New Blog Location – New Web Site
    Southern Oregon Estate Planning & Elder Law blog has moved to a new location at http://legacyplanningllc.com/blog/.  It is now a part of our larger web site.  A new format, new layout, and new info.  Visit today!…
  • Dec 12

    Fall 2012 Elder Law Update Available

    Fall 2012 Elder Law Update Available
     In This Issue: • Tax Law Allows Married Couples to Reduce Their Estate Taxes • How to Protect Your Partner Even if You Choose Not to Marry • Low Interest Rates Good for Borrowers, Bad for Retired Seniors • Affordable…
  • Dec 5

    Little Things Can Cause Big Fights When A Relative Die

    Little Things Can Cause Big Fights When A Relative Die
    A recent article in Forbes Magazine highlights the probability that poor estate planning will result in family conflict after a death.  ”Three adult siblings bickered over who would get this little blue bowl when their grandmother…
Rank this Week: 2491

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/
  • 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.
  • Sep 28

    Right to Counsel for Children

    Right to Counsel for Children
    This link has a report card for each state on a child's right to counsel.  South Dakota only earns a D.  This report card is based on laws actually on the books, not based on how those laws are applied by the Courts. When we look at how the…
Rank this Week: 2490

Nevada Trust Reporter

Nevada Trust Reporter

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

http://blog.trustprovident.com/
  • Nov 5

    1st Annual Dynasty Trust State Rankings Chart Released

    1st Annual Dynasty Trust State Rankings Chart Released
    Nationally known estate planning and asset protection attorney Steve Oshins recently published a Dynasty Trust State Rankings Chart at http://www.oshins.com/images/Dynasty_Trust_Rankings.pdf.  Like his annual Domestic Asset Protection Trust…
  • Aug 10

    New Article on Nevada Asset Protection

    New Article on Nevada Asset Protection
    The article was recently published in CCH Estate Planning Review and is entitled “Asset Protection in the Desert: Nevada’s Rules, Recent Developments, and Advantages.”    
  • Jul 6

    Las Vegas Business Press Executive Snapshot Looks at Provident’s CEO

    Las Vegas Business Press Executive Snapshot Looks at Provident’s CEO
    Provident Trust Group is pleased to announce that its CEO, Theresa Fette, has been featured in a Las Vegas Business Press Executive Snapshot.  Authored by Hubble Smith, this snapshot follows on the heels of Ms. Fette being named Entrepreneur…
Rank this Week: 2395

Tax Information for People with…

Tax Information for People with Disabilities by Paul Nidich, J.D., LL.M.

Covers tax matters affecting people with disabilities. By Paul Nidich.

http://paulnidich.blogspot.com/
Rank this Week: 2387

Massachusetts Elder Law Blog

Massachusetts Elder Law Blog

Thoughts about law, aging, estate planning and special needs issues and related public policy concerns. By Sasha Golden.

http://massachusettselderlaw.blogspot.com/
  • May 3

    We've moved!!

    We've moved!!
    As of May 1, I've moved the blog over to my new on-line home, and this location is being deactivated. Please look for me at www.massachusetts-elder-law.com
  • Mar 16

    Alzheimer's knows no class --- not even one-time potential Supreme Court candidate

    Alzheimer's knows no class --- not even one-time potential Supreme Court candidate
    From today's edition of the American Bar Association's e-journal:Karen Williams was chief judge of a federal appeals court and a potential Supreme Court nominee when her family noticed some changes in her personality.
  • Mar 12

    Substituted Judgment, Part 3

    Substituted Judgment, Part 3
    In a prior entry, I discussed how Massachusetts probate courts are supposed to make decisions on behalf of incapacitated persons when a guardian asks the court for authorization to obtain an abortion or sterilization surgery, using the…
Rank this Week: 2595

Family Fortress Estate Planning…

Family Fortress Estate Planning Blog

Covers Colorado estate planning and elder law. By Schlender & Stone.

http://www.schlenderlaw.com/blog
  • Jul 30

    Living on the Edge: Small Business Owners and Retirement

    Living on the Edge: Small Business Owners and Retirement
    Do you feel comfortable with your retirement plan? If you’re a small business owner the answer to that question is probably no. In fact, according to this report by Jules H.
  • Jul 30

    Living on the Edge: Small Business Owners and Retirement

    Living on the Edge: Small Business Owners and Retirement
    Do you feel comfortable with your retirement plan? If you’re a small business owner the answer to that question is probably no. In fact, according to this report by Jules H.
  • Jul 28

    Not Just Estate Tax Anymore

    Not Just Estate Tax Anymore
    Anyone who has been following our blog knows that the expiring Bush tax cuts (including the repeal of the estate tax this year and the tax’s reinstatement next year) have given lawmakers no end of trouble as they struggle and debate—and…
Rank this Week: 2542

Asset Protection Law Journal

Asset Protection Law Journal

Covers asset protection laws. By Kenneth J. Laino.

http://www.assetprotectionlawjournal.com
  • Aug 12

    Debtors Can Face Uphill Battle to Remedy Creditor Mistake

    Debtors Can Face Uphill Battle to Remedy Creditor Mistake
    So many Americans today are facing debt collection efforts that the system often appears to be overwhelmed.  Mistakes seem to be getting more and more common. A recent article by Teresa Dixon Murray in the Cleveland Plain Dealer…
  • Aug 11

    Majority of the World's Companies are Family Businesse

    Majority of the World's Companies are Family Businesse
    The majority of the world’s enterprises today are family firms.  That is according to David S. Landes, Professor Emeritus of History and Economics at Harvard and author of Dynasties - - Fortunes and Misfortunes of the World’s…
  • Jul 3

    Ohio is Currently One of the Best States for Asset Protection

    Ohio is Currently One of the Best States for Asset Protection
    Some states offer better asset protection alternatives than others.  There are numerous factors to consider in deciding how good (or bad) a state is from an asset protection standpoint.  These factors…
Rank this Week: 2726

Cramer Law Center

Cramer Law Center

Covers Florida estate planning.

http://cramerlawcenter.com
  • Aug 11

    PRECATORY LANGUAGE: THE DANGER OF UNLIMITED DISCRETION

    PRECATORY LANGUAGE: THE DANGER OF UNLIMITED DISCRETION
    Wording in a will or trust which allows a named person to decide where your property and money should go after your death (instead of you making that decision ahead of time) is called “precatory” language.  An example is the…
  • Jul 29

    UTMA AND UGMA ACCOUNTS: SMART SAVINGS PLAN OR TRAP FOR THE UNWARY?

    UTMA AND UGMA ACCOUNTS: SMART SAVINGS PLAN OR TRAP FOR THE UNWARY?
    When working with clients who have minor children, we spend a lot of time discussing the kids: their individual personalities, the values the clients are trying to instill, and concerns for their future. We do our best to craft an estate plan…
  • Jul 11

    SENIOR DRIVING: FINDING A BALANCE BETWEEN INDEPENDENCE AND SAFETY

    SENIOR DRIVING: FINDING A BALANCE BETWEEN INDEPENDENCE AND SAFETY
    The number of seniors (Americans aged 65 or older) who drive is on the rise.  In fact, from 1999 to 2009, statistics show a 20% increase in senior drivers.  The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety predicts that this trend will…
Rank this Week: 2837

Wealth Wars: Arkansas Estate,…

Wealth Wars: Arkansas Estate, Trust & Probate Litigation Blog

Covers estate and trust conflicts, inheritance battles, and will contests.By Matt House.

http://arkansaswealthwars.com
Rank this Week: 2861

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/
  • Jun 5

    Friendship Home’s First Annual Walk With Friend

    Friendship Home’s First Annual Walk With Friend
    Friendship Home in Norwell is hosting its First Annual Walk with Friends on Sunday, June 22, 2014. The 5K (3.1 mile) walk will take place at Wompatuck State Park in Hingham. This family-friendly event will raise funds and awareness for…
  • May 29

    Shred Day at South Shore Bank

    Shred Day at South Shore Bank
    I just received notice that South Shore Bank will be holding a shred day at its East Bridgewater branch on Saturday, June 7th from 9:00 a.m. to noon. This event is free, open to the public, and a great eco-friendly way to safely dispose of…
  • May 22

    National Grid Billing Scam

    National Grid Billing Scam
    I recently received an email from Norwell Police Chief Ted Ross warning South Shore residents about a utility billing scam. Fraudulent callers are targeting National Grid customers throughout New England. The scammers are demanding payment of…
Rank this Week: 2721

Florida Special Needs Law Blog

Florida Special Needs Law Blog

Providing insight and commentary on SSI, special needs trusts, and Medicaid. By David Lillesand.

http://www.floridaspecialneedslaw.com/
  • Aug 24

    Doctors quitting Medicare?

    Doctors quitting Medicare?
    DOCTORS QUIT? Is the Wall Street Journal becoming Faux News? As Judy Lieberman of the Columbia Journalism Review reported on August 12th, the Wall Street Journal had printed a story called "More Doctors Steer Clear of Medicare: Some Doctors…
  • Aug 13

    ObamaCare and Special Needs Trust

    ObamaCare and Special Needs Trust
    The Supreme Court decision on the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) has tremendous implications for our practice, primarily negative, but is a huge boon to planning for persons with disabilities who have been shut out of the private insurance…
  • Apr 26

    Spell-check anyone?

    Spell-check anyone?
    We're working on an appeal of another attorney's client's case that was lost at a Social Security Adminsitration Administrative Law Judge hearing.  In reviewing the twelve page decision, we find the judge wrote the following (the typos are…
Rank this Week: 2628

Massachusetts Estate Planning and…

Massachusetts Estate Planning and Elder Law

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

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

    How Should I Divide My Assets?

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

    Leaving A Memo or Letter With Your Will

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

    Changing Guardianship Nomination

    Changing Guardianship Nomination
    If you find yourself need to change the guardianship nominations for your children, there are some steps you need to take.  All parents of minor children (and parents of special needs children) should nominate guardians in legal documents so…
Rank this Week: 2714

Phillips Estate Planning

Phillips Estate Planning

Covers estate planning tips and mistakes. By Lee Phillips.

http://www.phillipsestateplanning.com/blog
  • Jun 11

    Protecting Assets- Don’t Wait

    Protecting Assets- Don’t Wait
    Lessons on protecting assets can come in the most unexpected ways. I spent Saturday on the beach in Sarasota with my wife and a couple of friends. The water was sparkling blue and we decided to sit on that gorgeous white sand for awhile enjoy…
  • Jun 1

    Hatfield-McCoy Feud-Don’t Let One Start in Your Family

    Hatfield-McCoy Feud-Don’t Let One Start in Your Family
    The new Hatfield-McCoy history miniseries brings to my mind the troubles that families get into when parents neglect their estate planning. Families are at their weakest at the death of a loved one. In this compromised state, it is easy for…
  • Apr 12

    Tax Audit Defense

    Tax Audit Defense
    By Kristy Phillip
Rank this Week: 2659

Wisconsin Estate Planning and Tax…

Wisconsin Estate Planning and Tax Law Blog

Commentary on estate planning, tax law, and elder law. By Nathan J. Dosch.

http://www.wisconsinestateandtaxblog.com/
  • Apr 12

    Upcoming Webinar: Estate Planning for Digital Asset

    Upcoming Webinar: Estate Planning for Digital Asset
    On Wednesday, April 20th at 11am (central) Digital Estate Planning, LLC is sponsoring 1.5 hour seminar titled, "Estate Planning for Digital Assets."  I will be presenting along with Attorney Joe Boucher from Neider & Boucher, S.C. and…
  • Apr 1

    Wisconsin Lawyer Article on Estate Planning for Digital Asset

    Wisconsin Lawyer Article on Estate Planning for Digital Asset
    I have been meaning to post a link and video from an article Attorney Joe Boucher and I were fortunate enough write for the Wisconsin Lawyer magazine in December 2010 titled, E-Legacy: Estate Planning for Digital Assets.  The State Bar of…
  • Jan 26

    IRS Wins S-Corp Compensation Case

    IRS Wins S-Corp Compensation Case
    The case, Watson, P.C. v.
Rank this Week: 2863

Northern California Center for…

Northern California Center for Estate Planning and Elder Law

Covers estate planning.

http://www.norcalplanners.com/blog/
  • Aug 20

    Commonly Believed Myths About Powers of Attorney

    Commonly Believed Myths About Powers of Attorney
    Like other estate planning tools, powers of attorney must meet the legal standards imposed by state law. Though these documents are flexible and powerful, a lot of people don’t really know much about them. To help you better understand…
  • Aug 19

    Pregnant Woman Kept on Life Support Against Husband’s Wishe

    Pregnant Woman Kept on Life Support Against Husband’s Wishe
    Not long ago, the case of a pregnant Texas woman made headlines after her doctors refused to withdraw her from life support even though her husband had specifically stated that was her wish. In late November, Dallas, Ft. Worth area paramedic…
  • Aug 18

    Why Your Default Estate Plan Has Already Been Chosen For You

    Why Your Default Estate Plan Has Already Been Chosen For You
    When some people first meet an estate planning lawyer, one of the common questions they have is why they need an estate plan at all. After all, if estate planning is all about making choices that apply after you are dead, you won’t be…
Rank this Week: 2958

Sanders Law Firm Blog

Sanders Law Firm Blog

Covers North Carolina law.

http://www.kirksanderslaw.com/blog
  • Aug 19

    Disharging a Firearm in NC & NC Hunting Rule

    Disharging a Firearm in NC & NC Hunting Rule
    Tags: disharging firearm NCnc hunting rules sitesIn my quest to locate hunting laws and firearms laws in North Carolina for my personal use, I’ve come up with the following. Please note, it is not exhaustive. Please make sure these…
  • Aug 12

    TRO’s-Temporary Restraining Order- Litigation Attorney NC

    TRO’s-Temporary Restraining Order- Litigation Attorney NC
    Tags: TRO in NCpower of attorney abuse casesRecently, in a power of attorney abuse case, Sanders Law Firm PLLC obtained a temporary restraining order (TRO) against the alleged defendants. In this situation, the TRO, signed by the…
  • Aug 4

    Gap Insurance for automobile? (Personal Injury Attorney NC)

    Gap Insurance for automobile? (Personal Injury Attorney NC)
    Tags: gap insurance nc; personal injury attorney mt. airyGap Insurance is a policy rider you can get when you apply for insurance on a vehicle. If you have a loan on your automobile it's a good idea. Especially if you're involved in a…
Rank this Week: 3040

Elder Counsel Blog

Elder Counsel Blog

Provides education and tools for Elder Law and Special Needs Attorneys.

http://www.eldercounsel.com/blog/
Rank this Week: 2960

Illinois Estate Planning &…

Illinois Estate Planning & Elder Law Blog

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

http://www.illinoisestateplanningandelderlawblog.com/
  • Aug 16

    Chicago Estate Planning and Individual Retirement Account

    Chicago Estate Planning and Individual Retirement Account
    Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) need to be taken into account when doing estate planning. The most important thing to remember with an IRA for estate planning purposes is to name a beneficiary. While a spouse is usually the logical…
  • Aug 9

    Chicago Estate Planning and Trustee Issue

    Chicago Estate Planning and Trustee Issue
    An individual takes on legal responsibilities when he agrees to be a trustee. If the trustee does not perform his duties properly, he could be personally liable. A trust is a legal arrangement through which one person (or an institution,…
  • Aug 2

    Estate Planning and Claiming a Parent as a Dependent

    Estate Planning and Claiming a Parent as a Dependent
    If you are caring for your mother or father, you may be able to claim your parent as a dependent on your income taxes. This would allow you to get an exemption for her or him. There are five tests to determine if you can claim a parent as a…
Rank this Week: 3163

Estateography

Estateography

By Alvi Aggarwal.

http://www.estateography.com/
  • 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…
  • Jun 27

    About Alvi Aggarwal

    About Alvi Aggarwal
    Specific Things I Do Create wills, trusts (all kinds), powers of attorney, and medical directives Assist with probate of wills and the carring out the instructions in wills Help trustees administer trusts properly Advise beneficiaries about…
Rank this Week: 2873

Fiduciary Folio

Fiduciary Folio

Covers fiduciary (wills, estates, entity representations) law, particularly as applied in the State of Georgia. By Tanner Pittman.

http://www.tannerpittmanlaw.com/blog-fiduciary-folio.html
  • Jul 17

    Probate court deadlines - In re Estate of Loyd

    Probate court deadlines - In re Estate of Loyd
    On Tuesday, the Court of Appeals of Georgia handed down its opinion in In re Estate of Loyd.The details of that case are fairly mundane in the world of probate litigation. A will was challenged on grounds of undue influence by a disinherited…
  • Jul 12

    In re Estate of Helms - Executor's discretion does not extend to hypothetical claim

    In re Estate of Helms - Executor's discretion does not extend to hypothetical claim
    The Georgia Court of Appeals just handed down the case of In re Estate of Helms.  In it, the all-too-familiar facts of an heir acting well outside his powers. In this estate, one of the heirs - one Rowell - was named Executor in the…
  • Jun 12

    Opelika, Alabama "Wills for Heroes" Event

    Opelika, Alabama "Wills for Heroes" Event
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Rank this Week: 2918

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...
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Palm Springs Estate Planning…

Palm Springs Estate Planning Lawyer Blog

Covers estate taxes, probate, trusts, wills and estate planning. By Julia Burt Law and El Paseo Law Group.

http://www.palmspringsestateplanninglawyerblog.com/
  • Apr 8

    401(k) Beneficiary Problems for Palm Springs Resident

    401(k) Beneficiary Problems for Palm Springs Resident
    As Palm Desert estate planning attorneys, we frequently see clients with beneficiary designation issues. A recent article in the Wall Street Journal highlights this integral part of estate planning. A Will or Trust is very important but will…
  • Mar 10

    Estate Planning Lessons from the Rich and Famou

    Estate Planning Lessons from the Rich and Famou
    Some celebrity estates are embroiled in the media and legal battles while others remain private and relatively peaceful. Here are some lessons learned from the estates of the rich and famous. Fund Your Revocable Trust Recently deceased Paul…
  • Mar 7

    Bankruptcy Can Spoil Your Estate Plan if You Deed Property to Children

    Bankruptcy Can Spoil Your Estate Plan if You Deed Property to Children
    As estate planning lawyers in Palm Springs, we frequently get asked by clients to prepare deeds transferring property to children. As we have previously discussed, using deeds as an estate plan is very risky and not recommended. A recent…
Rank this Week: 3146

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: 2995

Derek's Tax blog

Derek's Tax blog

Covers taxes and estate planning. By the Jensen Law Office.

http://www.jensenestatelaw.com/blogs
Rank this Week: 3120

Crabtree Law Blawg

Crabtree Law Blawg

Covers bankruptcy and estate planning.

http://crabtree-law.com/blog
  • Jul 23

    Student Loan Victorie

    Student Loan Victorie
    I'm very honored and thankful to say that I've been thus far consistently able to reduce student loan debts, both public and private, by 50% or more. I just saved one client more than $20,000 by settling two student loans of his-- one from…
  • Mar 1

    Student Loan Bankruptcy, the True Goal

    Student Loan Bankruptcy, the True Goal
    Perhaps you've looked at my earlier student loan debt articles here and here, and you're discouraged. You're thinking to yourself that it's too much of a risk, that too many things could go against your favor in the case, the "totality of the…
  • Feb 22

    Your First DWI in Jefferson County, Missouri, Part 1: Getting Your License Back

    Your First DWI in Jefferson County, Missouri, Part 1: Getting Your License Back
    Getting a DWI in Jefferson County is, frankly, easy to do. We've got a slew of "DWI recognition experts" who patrol the bars and restaurants at target times, to swoop down upon unfortunate people who may have misjudged their blood-alcohol…
Rank this Week: 3023

California Probate Lawyer Blog

California Probate Lawyer Blog

Covers estate planning and probate. By Mitchell A. Port.

http://www.californiaprobatelawyerblog.com/
  • Nov 20

    Peer Review

    Peer Review
    Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings recently came out with it's rating of me. The Ratings are an objective indicator of a lawyer's high ethical standards and professional ability. Attorneys receive a Peer Review Ratings based on…
  • Nov 13

    Estate and Gift Tax Change

    Estate and Gift Tax Change
    On November 9, 2012 the Joint Committee on Taxation released a report which, among other issues, examines the potential impact to the Treasury from potential changes to the estate tax, including the Obama administration’s proposals. …
  • Nov 13

    Estate and Gift Tax Change

    Estate and Gift Tax Change
    On November 9, 2012 the Joint Committee on Taxation released a report which, among other issues, examines the potential impact to the Treasury from potential changes to the estate tax, including the Obama administration’s proposals. …
Rank this Week: 2877

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: 3061

The Legacy Lawyer

The Legacy Lawyer

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

http://thelegacylawyer.wordpress.com
Rank this Week: 2969

Estate & Tax Planning Musings

Estate & Tax Planning Musings

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

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

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

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

    Richest States Could Be the Best for Estate Planning

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

    IRS Loses Billion Dollar Transfer Pricing Case

    IRS Loses Billion Dollar Transfer Pricing Case
    The IRS lost a billion dollar § 482 transfer pricing case yesterday. Veritas Software Corp. v. Commissioner, 133 T.C. No. 14 (Dec. 10, 2009):
Rank this Week: 2945

Deborah Sexton Law Office, P. A.…

Deborah Sexton Law Office, P. A. Blog

Covers estate planning and elder law.

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

    Can Trusts be Contested?

    Can Trusts be Contested?
    Wills and trusts both require the person executing the legal document to have the mental capacity to do so.  So, can trusts be contested?  Sure, just like a will.  The most common reasons for contesting trusts are lack of…
  • Aug 14

    Is There a Maximum Asset Threshold for Receiving Medicaid?

    Is There a Maximum Asset Threshold for Receiving Medicaid?
    Eligibility for many government benefits programs is based on the applicant’s need or income.  These income-based programs have established income or asset limits that apply, when determining whether you are qualified to receive…
  • Aug 11

    Guardianship of Your Parents – What You Need To Know

    Guardianship of Your Parents – What You Need To Know
    As our parents start aging, and making decisions becomes more difficult for them, it is time to consider the best option for helping them and keeping them safe.  Whether a guardianship, power of attorney, or other legal instrument is the…
Rank this Week: 3322

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/
  • Aug 11

    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…
  • Feb 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…
  • Feb 1

    Undue Influence in California Will and Trust Contest

    Undue Influence in California Will and Trust Contest
    California defines undue influence in the Civil Code. Specifically, Civil Code Section 1575 states: "Undue influence consists: 1. In the use, by one in whom a confidence is reposed by another, or who holds a real or apparent authority over…
Rank this Week: 3182

Fisher Law Blog

Fisher Law Blog

Covers estate planning and business succession. By Randall Fisher.

http://thefisherlawoffice.wordpress.com
  • Feb 24

    Maryland’s House of Cards may crumble under (state) taxe

    Maryland’s House of Cards may crumble under (state) taxe
    House of Cards, Season 2, premiered February 14, 2014 with tremendous anticipation on the East Coast because it was filmed in and around Baltimore, Annapolis and Washington, D.C. It flooded the area with a fervor of Greed, Politics and…
  • Dec 6

    Plan your New Year’s resolutions while planning your holiday

    Plan your New Year’s resolutions while planning your holiday
    The issue is how do you grow your business. There is an old adage–if you aren’t moving forward, you are falling behind. It doesn’t matter what race you are running in, growing your business is a necessity for your…
  • Mar 22

    Legacy Lost: The Dwindling Family Inheritance

    Legacy Lost: The Dwindling Family Inheritance
    Ninety percent of family inheritance is often lost within just three generations, according to the Wall Street Journal (Lost Inheritance).  By the end of the second generation — to be clear, that’s after your children have…
Rank this Week: 3401

Towson Tax Attorney

Towson Tax Attorney

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

http://towsontax.com
  • 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…
  • Dec 12

    Not Having a Will in Maryland

    Not Having a Will in Maryland
    Many wonder what happens if you die without a Will. Each state, including Maryland, has its own laws that determine what happens to the person’s estate. The differences between each state’s laws do cause confusion, and your…
  • Sep 14

    Didn’t File Tax Returns? The IRS Offers Solutions for Nonfiler

    Didn’t File Tax Returns? The IRS Offers Solutions for Nonfiler
    Whether on purpose or by mistake, taxpayers sometimes find themselves years behind on filing their tax returns.  Sometimes people are lucky and decide on their own to file past due tax returns and move on with their life.  Others have the…
Rank this Week: 3380

The Elder Firm, LLC

The Elder Firm, LLC

Covers elder law, estate planning, and Missouri Medicaid eligibility.

http://www.columbiaelderlaw.blogspot.com/
Rank this Week: 3199

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: 3243