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CEB blog

CEB blog

Covers practice tips and new legal developments of particular interest to California legal professionals. The CEB blog covers a wide range of practice areas from estate planning to civil litigation, along with posts relating to the practice of law generally.

http://blog.ceb.com
  • Apr 18

    Refreshing Recollection in Court

    Refreshing Recollection in Court
    It’s common for witnesses forget facts while testifying—often due to nerves and sometimes due to selective memory. The good news is that you can use almost any item to refresh a witness’s recollection. A common way to…
  • Apr 16

    Free, Open-Source, and Possibly Risky

    Free, Open-Source, and Possibly Risky
    Once an exception, the use of free and open-source software (FOSS) in commercial software products has become the rule. FOSS is particularly attractive to resource-strapped companies looking to avoid high software development costs or…
  • Apr 14

    Are Parents Required to Pay for College?

    Are Parents Required to Pay for College?
    The following is a guest blog post by Maggie LaBranch, a solo practitioner located in San Jose, California. Her passion in law shines in making personal connections and building relationships in her family law and trusts and estates…
Rank this Week: 2827

Parman & Easterday Blog

Parman & Easterday Blog

Covers elder law and estate planning.

http://www.parmanlaw.com/blog/
  • Apr 18

    Free Seminar: The Costly Mistakes Families Make With Their Estate Plan

    Free Seminar: The Costly Mistakes Families Make With Their Estate Plan
    Just a reminder, we’re hosting a free seminar next Tuesday afternoon where you can learn how to avoid some of the most costly mistakes families make in their estate plans. This is a great opportunity to make sure your family and your…
  • Apr 17

    The 7 Major Dangers of Poor Estate Planning

    The 7 Major Dangers of Poor Estate Planning
    Do you know the dangers of not having a solid estate plan in place for your family? Join us as Parman & Easterday attorney Blaine Peterson explains the 7 major dangers of poor estate planning and what you can do to avoid the pitfalls. To…
  • Apr 14

    Is Probate Always Required?

    Is Probate Always Required?
    Your estate may be subject to the probate process if you do not take steps to avoid it. Most people use a last will to express their final wishes with regard to the distribution of their remaining financial assets. Unless certain…
Rank this Week: 2527

Florida Estate Planning and…

Florida Estate Planning and Probate Law

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

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

    What Kind Of Inheritance Do You Owe Your Kids?

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

    WINDSOR'S IMPACT ON RETIREMENT PLANS FOR SAME SEX COUPLES

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

    LAST MINUTE IRA CONTRIBUTION TIPS

    LAST MINUTE IRA CONTRIBUTION TIPS
    Last minute retirement benefits that you should utilize: Contribute For Your Spouse: If you’re married and at least one spouse is employed (and you’re not earning above the IRS income thresholds), the working spouse can…
Rank this Week: 2919

Florida Asset Protection &…

Florida Asset Protection & Estate Planning

Covers asset protection and estate planning. By C. Randolph Coleman.

http://blog.thecolemanlawfirm.net
  • Apr 17

    Most Important Parts of Estate Planning Can't Get Legislated Away

    Most Important Parts of Estate Planning Can't Get Legislated Away
    <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:12.0pt">There is always a media swarm around the death of a celebrity, especially when they’re young, active in their careers, beloved, and tragic. The death of actor…
  • Feb 24

    Welcome D. Kent Sausaman, JD, MBA, LLM to The Coleman Law Firm, PLLC

    Welcome D. Kent Sausaman, JD, MBA, LLM to The Coleman Law Firm, PLLC
    <font face="Verdana" style="font-size: 16px;">We take great pride and pleasure in welcoming D. Kent Sausaman to The Coleman Law Firm, PLLC.</font> <div><img…
  • Feb 19

    Durable Power of Attorneys for Medicaid Planning

    Durable Power of Attorneys for Medicaid Planning
    <font face="Verdana">Most elderly people who need skilled nursing care usually do not have legal capacity to sign appropriate documents to restructure their assets and qualify for Medicaid benefits to pay for nursing…
Rank this Week: 2715

Anderson, Dorn & Rader, Ltd. Blog

Anderson, Dorn & Rader, Ltd. Blog

Covers estate planning, probate and living trusts in Nevada.

http://www.wealth-counselors.com/blog/
  • Apr 16

    Incapacity Planning in Reno: What is the Difference Between a Guardianship and a Power of Attorney?

    Incapacity Planning in Reno: What is the Difference Between a Guardianship and a Power of Attorney?
    Both a guardianship and a power of attorney are methods of placing the control of someone’s affairs into the hands of someone else.  There are differences between the two and certain advantages and disadvantages that you should…
  • Apr 10

    Probate in Reno: Is the Process Always Required?

    Probate in Reno: Is the Process Always Required?
    When you die, your assets pass to your heirs by way of the probate process, regardless of whether you have a will or not.  Probate in Reno can be a lengthy process.  The administrator is required to make an inventory of all of your…
  • Apr 4

    What are the Disadvantages of a Power of Attorney in Reno?

    What are the Disadvantages of a Power of Attorney in Reno?
    A power of attorney is a legal document giving an agent the authority to act on someone else’s behalf.  In Reno, Nevada, the person creating the power of attorney is known as the “principal,” and that person chooses a…
Rank this Week: 2513

Asset Protection Law Journal

Asset Protection Law Journal

Covers asset protection laws. By Kenneth J. Laino.

http://www.assetprotectionlawjournal.com
  • Apr 14

    Asset Protection Strategies Can Have Significant Tax Consequence

    Asset Protection Strategies Can Have Significant Tax Consequence
    Asset protection requires expertise in many different areas of law.  One key area is litigation, since the ultimate test of any asset protection plan is how well it will hold up in court.  Asset protection attorneys must also have…
  • Mar 26

    Consider Converting an S Corporation to an LLC

    Consider Converting an S Corporation to an LLC
    Both corporations and LLCs provide asset protection in that the owner will generally not be responsible for debts of the entity.  But when it comes to protecting an owner’s personal assets from his or her personal creditors, an LLC…
  • Mar 25

    Trust Protector Can Provide Added Flexibility For An Irrevocable Trust

    Trust Protector Can Provide Added Flexibility For An Irrevocable Trust
    A recent article in the New York Times by John F. Wasik provides an excellent discussion of trust protectors.  Many states now allow for trust protectors - - someone other than the trustee who essentially provides some checks and…
Rank this Week: 2644

Estateography

Estateography

By Alvi Aggarwal.

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

    Preventing the Donation of Your Organ

    Preventing the Donation of Your Organ
    It's easy enough to avoid checking the organ donation box at the DMV, but that may not be enough to ensure that your organs aren't donated. If you don't check that box, someone else will be able to make a decision regarding the donation of…
  • Apr 4

    The Basics of Premarital Agreement

    The Basics of Premarital Agreement
    This is a guest post by Sonali Khadilkar, who practices family law in DC and Virginia. Sonali is the owner of Khadilkar Law PLLC, which has offices in Washington, DC and Vienna, Virginia. Sonali blogs here. Couples planning a wedding should…
  • Mar 30

    Trusts for Kids and Spouse

    Trusts for Kids and Spouse
    Trusts give you control Trusts give you control over who gets what, how, when, and why. Protect and Provide for Kids Let's say Henry leaves his teenage daughter, Caroline, $100,000 outright in his will. When Henry dies, Caroline can do…
Rank this Week: 2491

Redlands Veterans' Affairs…

Redlands Veterans' Affairs Attorney Blog

Covers estate planning and elder law. By Esther Wang.

http://www.california-elder-law.com/blog/
  • Apr 11

    Redlands, CA VA Benefit

    Redlands, CA VA Benefit
    All attorneys are not created equal, and this is something to keep in mind if you are a veteran who is interested in planning for the future. While virtually everyone in the legal profession is completely sincere and well-intentioned,…
  • Apr 4

    Estate Administration: Who Does The Legwork?

    Estate Administration: Who Does The Legwork?
    Recording your final wishes on paper is all well and good and it is of course quite necessary. But as you are doing so you must also recognize the fact that somebody is going to have to carry out your...
  • Mar 18

    Engage A VA Accredited Elder Law Attorney

    Engage A VA Accredited Elder Law Attorney
    The legal profession spans many different specialties, and each individual attorney is generally going to be an expert in a particular aspect of the law. This is something to keep in mind when you are interested in planning ahead for...
Rank this Week: 2737

Estate Planning & Probate 411

Estate Planning & Probate 411

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

http://indianwellsestateplanningattorney.com/
  • Apr 10

    Dangers of Do It Yourself Wills and Trust

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

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

    An Example of What Can Go Wrong When You Make Your Own Will.
    Do-it-yourself Wills: a sad story of planning gone wrong.  Here is a case study by Janet L. Brewer, detailing some of the bad things that can happen when you make your own Will. Read about John, widow and father, faced … Continue…
  • Nov 24

    What to Do with Your Business When You Die or Retire

    What to Do with Your Business When You Die or Retire
    Business Succession Planning Business succession planning is the process of providing for the passage of ownership and control of your business to others when you decide to retire, or if you should die or become incapacitated. Planning for…
Rank this Week: 2920

New York Trusts & Estates…

New York Trusts & Estates Litigation Blog

Discusses recent cases and developments pertaining to New York trusts and estates law. By Farrell Fritz.

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

    How “Absolute” is Absolute Discretion?

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

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

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

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

    Appellate Division: Issue of Fact Prevents Summary Disposition of Abandonment Allegation
    My most recent blog post, titled No Sex, No Elective Share?, discussed a recent case involving allegations of constructive abandonment as a basis for disqualifying a surviving spouse from receiving an elective share. In that post, I also…
Rank this Week: 2900

Sanders Law Firm Blog

Sanders Law Firm Blog

Covers North Carolina law.

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

    Posting Land for Hunting in NC (Purple Paint)

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

    Will Caveat Case & Summary in NC

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

    POA Abuses Cases & Gifting

    POA Abuses Cases &amp; Gifting
    Tags: POA abuse attorney NC; Attorney-in-fact violations lawyerelder abuse attorney ncMany people execute power of attorneys (POA). It’s a good idea to have one in place should the need arise. However the number one problem with…
Rank this Week: 2733

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/
  • Mar 11

    Who to Name as a Beneficiary for Your Life Insurance

    Who to Name as a Beneficiary for Your Life Insurance
    Lately, I've had a lot of questions from clients about life insurance policies and who to name as beneficiaries. Here's what I tell most people to do: Name YOUR TRUST as the beneficiary (if you have a trust)Name YOUR SPOUSE as the…
  • Dec 22

    Advance Health Care Directives and End of Life Choice

    Advance Health Care Directives and End of Life Choice
    The tragic case of the Oakland twelve-year old girl, declared brain dead after a routine surgery by the hospital, and her parent's plea to keep her connected to a ventilator nonetheless, reminds me yet again of the value and importance of…
  • Nov 18

    There's Still Time to Make 2013 Annual Gift

    There's Still Time to Make 2013 Annual Gift
    As we approach the winter solstice and the dreaded holiday decorations begin to appear at every single store in the neighborhood, I thought I'd remind our readers that there's still time to make an annual gift for 2013. The annual gift tax…
Rank this Week: 2440

Probate Thoughts From The…

Probate Thoughts From The Villages, Florida

Covers wills, probate, asset protection, and real estate. By Ronald Jones.

http://flawyer.us/ProbateThoughts/
  • Feb 10

    Florida does not recognize “No Contest” clauses in wills.

    Florida does not recognize “No Contest” clauses in wills.
    Florida does not recognize “No Contest” clauses in wills. Sometimes people want to put in a “no contest” or “in terrorem” clause in a Florida will. A no contest clause says that if someone who is a…
  • Jan 13

    Planning for a second (or later) marriage

    Planning for a second (or later) marriage
    Very frequently, retirees moving to Florida are either single, or at some point, wind up single, whether through divorce or widowhood. And then they meet someone new. And sometimes the other person is formerly married as well; having been…
  • Jan 9

    Selling the Collection

    Selling the Collection
    A recurring situation in probate is where the parent had some sort of “collection” and the children want to sell the items. A lot of times, the parent would talk about the collection and raise the children’s expectation of…
Rank this Week: 2454

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: 2924

Florida Probate Blog -…

Florida Probate Blog - WeProbateFlorida.com

Covers Florida probate administration. By Long H. Duong.

http://weprobateflorida.com
  • Nov 5

    Letters of Administration – Do you really need them?!

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

    How long does probate take in Florida?

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

    Introducing Florida Probate Questions (and Answers)!

    Introducing Florida Probate Questions (and Answers)!
    We are pleased to announce the new Florida Probate Questions section. The purpose of this process is to create a “live” FAQ (frequently asked questions). Among other things you can: Post Questions Search (with lightning speed)…
Rank this Week: 2696

Mogren Glessner & Roti

Mogren Glessner & Roti

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

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

    Passport For Child After Divorce

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

    Compassion and Conviction

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

    Power of Attorney for Adult Children

    Power of Attorney for Adult Children
    Do you have a Power of Attorney for your adult
Rank this Week: 2793

Law Matters Blog

Law Matters Blog

Covers Vermont family law and estate planning. By the Law Offices of Bucknam Black Brazil PC.

http://vtlegalhelp.com/our-blog/
  • Mar 20

    What you should know about employment discrimination

    What you should know about employment discrimination
    What you should know about employment discrimination Employers and employees are usually aware that discrimination in the work place is illegal. The definition of illegal discrimination, however, can be difficult to understand. As I have…
  • Mar 20

    What you should know about employment discrimination

    What you should know about employment discrimination
    What you should know about employment discrimination Employers and employees are usually aware that discrimination in the work place is illegal. The definition of illegal discrimination, however, can be difficult to understand. As I have…
  • Mar 14

    Return to Annual Homestead Declaration

    Return to Annual Homestead Declaration
    Return to Annual Homestead Declarations Vermont funds its educational system through a property tax system. The “education tax” is imposed on all homestead and nonresidential property, but at differing rates. The basis for…
Rank this Week: 2668

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: 2742

New York Guardian Law

New York Guardian Law

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

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

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

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

    Calls for increased monitoring of Article 81 guardian

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

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

    Who inherits the intangible iTunes library? or my World of Warcraft avatar?
    A friend of mine just pointed out a very interesting article on Marketwatch, who inherits your itunes library, which deals with the new reality of music and book ownership. 
Rank this Week: 2453

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: 2870

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: 2914

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: 2881

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: 2678

Simmons & Schiavo Blog

Simmons & Schiavo Blog

Covers estate planning and real estate law.

http://www.sslawoffices.com/category/all-posts/
  • Apr 18

    Flood insurance rates could see a huge increase

    Flood insurance rates could see a huge increase
    Most homeowner’s insurance policies don’t protect owners against flooding. For this reason, many people in flood-prone areas obtain insurance through the federal government’s flood insurance program. But thanks to a new law,…
  • Apr 15

    Be careful if you donate to charity for a specific purpose

    Be careful if you donate to charity for a specific purpose
    Bernard and Jeanne Adler donated $50,000 to an animal shelter in their hometown of Princeton, N.J. The gift was to finance a new structure for large dogs and older cats (whose prospects for adoption are limited), and the structure was to be…
  • Apr 8

    Condos’ attempts to limit unit rentals can create issue

    Condos’ attempts to limit unit rentals can create issue
    Many condominium associations want to limit the owners’ ability to rent their unit to tenants. But doing so is often more complicated than it sounds. There are lots of reasons why condo associations might want to restrict rentals. For…
Rank this Week: 3697

Nash Nash Bean & Ford, LLP Blog

Nash Nash Bean & Ford, LLP Blog

Covers elder law and estate planning.

http://www.nashbeanford.com/blog/
  • Apr 18

    What Is Medicaid in the Quad Cities Illinois?

    What Is Medicaid in the Quad Cities Illinois?
    Healthcare coverage has been at the forefront of the political arena for some time now. Although we enjoy exceptional medical care in the United States, it isn’t cheap. For the uninsured, medical bills can be so high that they lead to…
  • Apr 16

    How Do Elder Law Attorneys in the Quad Cities Charge?

    How Do Elder Law Attorneys in the Quad Cities Charge?
    Choosing an attorney in the Quad Cities is often a difficult and time consuming process for any type of legal issue. When you are in need of an elder law attorney the need to choose the right attorney is amplified for several reasons. While…
  • Apr 14

    What Questions Should I Ask a Quad Cities Elder Law Attorney?

    What Questions Should I Ask a Quad Cities Elder Law Attorney?
    Whether for yourself or for an elderly loved one, odds are good that you will need the services of an elder law attorney at some point in the future. Because you may never have worked with an elder law attorney before the odds are also good…
Rank this Week: 3636

Duffy Law Office

Duffy Law Office

Covers estate planning and elder law in Iowa.

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

    Power of Attorney in Davenport: Who May Act as an Agent?

    Power of Attorney in Davenport: Who May Act as an Agent?
    When you plan your estate, you should cover all of your bases. Of course you want to facilitate the transfer of your monetary assets to your loved ones after you pass away. At the same time, you should also prepare for the period of time that…
  • Apr 8

    Senior Star at Elmore Place Offers Virtual Dimentia Tour to Duffy Law Office

    Senior Star at Elmore Place Offers Virtual Dimentia Tour to Duffy Law Office
    Senior Star at Elmore Place Offers Virtual Dementia Tour® for the Community Duffy Law Office is first group in Quad Cities to participate    DAVENPORT, IA (April 10, 2014) – Senior Star at Elmore Place, one of the…
  • Apr 3

    What Are the Advantages and Disadvantages of a Guardianship?

    What Are the Advantages and Disadvantages of a Guardianship?
    A guardianship hearing can be convened when interested parties feel as though an adult has become incapacitated and unable to handle his or her own affairs.  Clearly, if you were to recognize that someone that you love was in need of…
Rank this Week: 3590

Law Offices of Richard B.…

Law Offices of Richard B. Schneider, LLC Blog

Covers elder law and estate planning.

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

    How Do I Fund My Trust?

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

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

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

    What Is a Charitable Remainder Trust?

    What Is a Charitable Remainder Trust?
    For many people, philanthropy is an important part of their life.  If you are one of these people, chances are good that you wish to continue your philanthropic gifting after you are gone as well. Fortunately, there are numerous ways to…
Rank this Week: 3522

Law Office of Roy W. Litherland…

Law Office of Roy W. Litherland Blog

Covers estate planning, probate and living trusts.

http://www.attorneyoffice.com/blog/
  • Apr 16

    Free Living Trust Seminars Coming In May

    Free Living Trust Seminars Coming In May
    We make an effort to get out into the community on an ongoing basis to bring good information to people here in the greater San Jose area. To this end, we present an ongoing series of informational sessions that cover various different elder…
  • Apr 10

    When Does a Power of Attorney Become Effective?

    When Does a Power of Attorney Become Effective?
    You can prepare for the possibility of incapacity late in your life by executing a document called a durable power of attorney. With a power of attorney, you name someone else to act on your behalf in a legally binding manner. Durable powers…
  • Apr 8

    Incapacity Planning in San Jose: Difference Between a Conservatorship and a Power of Attorney

    Incapacity Planning in San Jose: Difference Between a Conservatorship and a Power of Attorney
    We like to answer frequently asked questions on our blog, and today we will look at the difference between a conservatorship and a power of attorney. California Adult Conservatorship First, we should clear up the matter of guardianship versus…
Rank this Week: 3022

German Law Group Blog

German Law Group Blog

Covers estate planning.

http://www.germanlawgroup.com/
  • Apr 15

    3 Tips for Incapacity Planning

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

    Practical Tips When Making a Last Will

    Practical Tips When Making a Last Will
    For people near the Thief River Falls, Minnesota area who want to make an estate plan, creating a last will and testament will likely be a necessary part of the planning process. Wills are one of the legal documents that are essential to the…
  • Mar 21

    Alzheimer’s and Incapacity Planning in North Dakota [Infographic]

    Alzheimer’s and Incapacity Planning in North Dakota [Infographic]
    When a family member has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or another disabling health condition, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the many legal and financial questions that can arise as a result of the diagnosis.…
Rank this Week: 3336

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/
Rank this Week: 3412

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/
  • Apr 14

    Power of Attorney in Fayetteville: Who Can Serve as an Agent?

    Power of Attorney in Fayetteville: Who Can Serve as an Agent?
    A “power of attorney” is a commonly used estate planning tool, which comes in different shapes and sizes.  Each type of power of attorney has its own purpose and provides a specific level of authority to the agent who is…
  • Apr 12

    Living Wills in Arkansas [Infographic]

    Living Wills in Arkansas [Infographic]
    Essentially, a “living will” lets everyone know what course of medical treatment, if any, you want followed if you are unable to communicate your wishes yourself. Understand what makes a living will valid in Arkansas in this…
  • Apr 7

    What is Probate in Fayetteville?

    What is Probate in Fayetteville?
    The administration of your estate through the court system after your death is what is known as “probate.”  This process is intended to transfer your estate in an organized and supervised way.  Though many people believe…
Rank this Week: 3669

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: 3621

Hauptman and Hauptman, P.C. Blog

Hauptman and Hauptman, P.C. Blog

Covers guardianship, Medicaid, probate and estate administration.

http://www.hauptmanlaw.com/blog
  • Apr 13

    Think the State will Help You? Think Again

    Think the State will Help You? Think Again
    For as long as I can remember, I have explained to clients that although Medicaid covers long term care in non-nursing home settings under what is now known as the Global Options program, it is very difficult to qualify and even if you can…
  • Apr 6

    When Disputing a Bill can Cause You to Lose Medicaid (Part 2)

    When Disputing a Bill can Cause You to Lose Medicaid (Part 2)
    Last week I was telling you about Sheila’s call.  Her husband Sam needs nursing home care and they have very little to spend down, approximately $33,000.  Sheila would be able to keep the rest, not a whole lot for her to live…
  • Mar 30

    When Disputing a Bill Can Cause You to Lose Medicaid

    When Disputing a Bill Can Cause You to Lose Medicaid
    So many ways to get tripped up by the New Jersey Medicaid process.   Here’s another one.  Sheila called us because her husband was in a nursing home with very little money to spend down.  Combined, she and her…
Rank this Week: 3111

Illinois Estate Planning &…

Illinois Estate Planning & Elder Law Blog

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

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

    Illinois Estate Planning and Hiring a Caregiver

    Illinois Estate Planning and Hiring a Caregiver
    Most seniors prefer to stay at home as long as possible before moving into a nursing home. For many families, this means eventually hiring a caregiver to look after an aging relative. Caregivers can be hired directly or through a home health…
  • Apr 3

    Illinois Estate Planning & Trustee's Dutie

    Illinois Estate Planning &amp; Trustee's Dutie
    A trust is a legal arrangement where one person (or an institution, such as a bank or law firm), called a “trustee”, holds legal title to property for another person, called a “beneficiary”. If you have been appointed…
  • Mar 28

    Importance of a Will in Illinoi

    Importance of a Will in Illinoi
    Amy Winehouse’s death at age 27 illustrates the importance of having a Will, at any age. Ms. Winehouse and Blake Fielder-Civil were married briefly. Under English law, marriage negates any Wills made before the marriage, but if a couple…
Rank this Week: 3403

Estate Planning and Elder Law Blog

Estate Planning and Elder Law Blog

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

http://www.aminovlaw.com
  • Apr 10

    Intestacy Laws: Dying Without a Will in NY

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

    Medicaid Planning with a Life Estate Deed

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

    Medicaid Planning for the Home: Irrevocable Medicaid Trust

    Medicaid Planning for the Home: Irrevocable Medicaid Trust
    When it comes to long term care for seniors, our office recommends long term care insurance as the first choice. If that is not an option, planning for Medicaid becomes an important component of many families’ plans. While Medicaid…
Rank this Week: 3284

KYEstates.com

KYEstates.com

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

http://kyestates.com
Rank this Week: 3543

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: 3424

Long Island Estate Planning…

Long Island Estate Planning Questions & Answers

Covers estate planning, probate, wills, trusts, and guardianships. By Albert Gurevich.

http://longislandestatesattorney.com/faqs/
  • Apr 8

    Who is Entitled to Receive a Copy of a Trust on Long Island

    Who is Entitled to Receive a Copy of a Trust on Long Island
    Since trusts are not part of the public records, the only persons entitled to copies of a trust instrument are beneficiaries. A beneficiary could make a request that the trustee provide a third party with a copy, but the trustee does not…
  • Apr 3

    What Are the Rights of Surviving Heirs in a Long Island Estate?

    What Are the Rights of Surviving Heirs in a Long Island Estate?
    A Long Island decedent’s heirs such as the decedent’s children, surviving spouse, parents, siblings, grand children, aunts, uncles and cousins may have an interest in claiming an inheritance in the decedent’s estate.…
  • Mar 31

    Who Should You Use to Witness Your Will?

    Who Should You Use to Witness Your Will?
    New York law requires that you use two witnesses over the age of 18 years who are deemed mentally competent to witness your Long Island will. The witnesses should not be beneficiaries to the will or the attorney preparing the will to avoid…
Rank this Week: 3244

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: 3399

Purcell & Amen, L.L.C. Blog

Purcell & Amen, L.L.C. Blog

Covers elder law and estate planning.

http://yourestatematters.com/blog/
  • Apr 6

    How Does a Power of Attorney Terminate?

    How Does a Power of Attorney Terminate?
    A power of attorney is an incredibly flexible and potentially useful estate planning tool. Understanding what one is, how it works, and how one terminates may help you decide whether including a power of attorney in your estate plan…
  • Mar 11

    Early Signs of Dementia – Is It Too Late for Medicaid Planning?

    Early Signs of Dementia – Is It Too Late for Medicaid Planning?
    Though we are all living longer, on average, in the United States, the increased life expectancy often comes at a high cost. Studies tell us that once you reach the age of 65 your chance of needing long-term care is about 50 percent. By age…
  • Mar 2

    When Do I Need a Special Needs Trust?

    When Do I Need a Special Needs Trust?
    If you are the parent of a special needs child you undoubtedly worry about how your child will be cared for and provided for in the future. The day will come when you will no longer be here to see to your child’s daily needs or…
Rank this Week: 3633

Los Angeles Probate Litigation…

Los Angeles Probate Litigation Attorney Blog

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

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

    Update-Casey Kasem Children Settle Conservatorship Matter

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

    Trust and Estates Section: Lunch with The Probate Judge

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

    Judges Panel: Avoiding the Most Common Evidentiary Mistake

    Judges Panel: Avoiding the Most Common Evidentiary Mistake
    On February 25, 2014, firm partner and probate practitioner, Yasha Bronshteyn attended the Judges Panel presented by the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles. Speakers included Hon. Amy Hogue, Hon. Michael Johnson, Hon. Mary Ann…
Rank this Week: 3586

Kevin A. Pollock BLAWG

Kevin A. Pollock BLAWG

Covers wills, trusts & estates, guardianships, tax and asset protection planning.

http://willstrustsestates.blogspot.com/
  • Mar 14

    Excellent Guide on International Estate and Inheritance Taxe

    Excellent Guide on International Estate and Inheritance Taxe
    While I have not had a chance to review it thoroughly to confirm its accuracy, I note that the accounting firm, Ernst & Young, has posted a detailed analysis of the estate and inheritance tax laws of almost every country in this…
  • Mar 10

    Calculating NJ Executor Commission

    Calculating NJ Executor Commission
    From time to time, people ask me about executor's commissions and trustee's commissions in New Jersey.  Because it is a bit complex, I have broken it down into two posts and I will focus on commissions for executors and administrators…
  • Mar 10

    Calculating Trustee Commissions in NJ

    Calculating Trustee Commissions in NJ
    From time to time, people ask me how executor's commissions and trustee's commissions should be calculated.  I have already written a post on calculating executor and administrator commissions, so this post will focus on Trustee…
Rank this Week: 3184

Walker Lambe

Walker Lambe

Covers North Carolina elder law and estate planning.

http://www.organizeyourassets.com/blog/
  • Mar 13

    Four Reasons Estate Planning Matters More than Ever for Women

    Four Reasons Estate Planning Matters More than Ever for Women
    Today, women exercise more financial power than ever before. The number of women in the workplace has tripled in the last fifty years. Meanwhile, the real median income of women has increased by sixty-three percent, while that of men has…
  • Mar 13

    Four Reasons Estate Planning Matters More than Ever for Women

    Four Reasons Estate Planning Matters More than Ever for Women
    Today, women exercise more financial power than ever before. The number of women in the workplace has tripled in the last fifty years. Meanwhile, the real median income of women has increased by sixty-three percent, while that of men has…
  • Feb 4

    Estate Planning: What about my pet?

    Estate Planning: What about my pet?
    You may have an aging relative who is showing signs of loneliness, or you may yourself be a senior in need of companionship. In these situations, many people consider adopting or purchasing a dog or a cat. Animals can provide love, comfort…
Rank this Week: 3555

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
  • Mar 4

    Amendments To Wills And Trusts Can Result In As Many Or More Disputes As The Original Documents Themselve

    Amendments To Wills And Trusts Can Result In As Many Or More Disputes As The Original Documents Themselve
    Often estate and trust litigation revolves not around the will or trust itself, but rather changes to those instruments (a codicil to the will, an amendment to the trust, etc.).  That was the case in the recent appeal of Harbur v.…
  • Nov 5

    Managing Someone Else’s Money

    Managing Someone Else’s Money
              Estate, trust, power of attorney and probate disputes often develop due to disagreements over the manner in which someone managed another person’s money. For example, the beneficiaries of a will might…
  • Sep 24

    Apparent End To The Huguette Clark $300 Million Estate Battle

    Apparent End To The Huguette Clark $300 Million Estate Battle
    In a middle-of-the-night deal during jury selection of a New York trial, it appears that a settlement has been reached in the infamous Huguette Clark estate dispute.  You can read all about it at this link.  I had written about this…
Rank this Week: 2981

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: 3642