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The O'Brien Law Firm LLC Blog

The O'Brien Law Firm LLC Blog

Covers estate planning.

http://www.obrienlaw.net/blog/
  • Nov 13

    Be Aware Of Long-Term Care Cost

    Be Aware Of Long-Term Care Cost
    As you are doing the math and projecting a budget for the latter stages of your life you would do well to be aware of the high and rising costs associated with long-term care. First off, if you are under the impression that it is unlikely…
  • Nov 11

    What Are POD Accounts?

    What Are POD Accounts?
    When you are opening an account at a bank you may be offered the opportunity to select a payable on death (POD) option. This can also be done at some financial services companies that you may use when you buy and sell securities. With these…
  • Nov 8

    Social Security & Medicare: When Will I Be Eligible?

    Social Security & Medicare: When Will I Be Eligible?
    While you may have to prioritize things that are taking place in the present it is also important to keep an eye on the future. The baseball manager Dusty Baker is credited with saying “The measure of intelligence is the ability to hold…
Rank this Week: 2559

Pennsylvania Estate Planning &…

Pennsylvania Estate Planning & Administration Blog

Covers estate planning and probate. By Dessen, Moses & Rossitto.

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

    Disposition of Tangible Personal Property

    Disposition of Tangible Personal Property
    In a recent post, I discussed how to dispose of special items of personal property by giving them to a particular named person - these are called "specific bequests." The specific bequests are usually the items that are most important or…
  • Feb 7

    Minority and Disability Trust

    Minority and Disability Trust
    Minority and/or Disability Trusts are often added as a standard clause in a Will, providing that if any assets are left to a young or incapacitated person who is not receiving Supplemental Security Income (a Special Needs Trust is required if…
  • Feb 1

    Organize Your Assets to Benefit Your Heir

    Organize Your Assets to Benefit Your Heir
    Consolidate your bank accounts I like many people, open bank accounts for the sole purpose of saving for something special. It might be a special vacation, a birthday party, a new car, or whatever. Then after the occasion has passed, I…
Rank this Week: 2811

Thoughts on Wills & Estate…

Thoughts on Wills & Estate Planning

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

http://estateplanninginfoblog.com
  • Jan 4

    Federal Estate and Gift Tax Rules for 2013, Including Example

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

    My 21 Favorite Estate Planning Insults and Comeback

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

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

    The Fiscal Cliff and Your Estate Planning (Part III): The Impact on You
    In the first post of this series, we discussed the fiscal cliff and its impact on our economy.  In the previous post, we covered the proposals most likely to be considered by Congress in the coming weeks.  In this final post of the…
Rank this Week: 2725

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: 2432

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: 2800

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: 2849

Parman & Easterday Blog

Parman & Easterday Blog

Covers elder law and estate planning.

http://www.parmanlaw.com/blog/
  • Feb 27

    Basic Questions About Adoption in Kansa

    Basic Questions About Adoption in Kansa
    Even though a lot of people don’t realize it, probate courts in most states, including Kansas and Oklahoma, are responsible for adjudicating the adoption process. When a would-be parent, or parents, seeks to adopt a child, they…
  • Feb 24

    Understanding Estate Planning – What is a Trust?

    Understanding Estate Planning – What is a Trust?
    In this week’s discussion of understanding estate planning concepts, we are going talk about trusts. Even though we have about trusts a lot in the past, it is easy for estate planning attorneys to discuss them because they are such a…
  • Feb 19

    Make Sure Your Wishes Are Carried Out After You’re Gone

    Make Sure Your Wishes Are Carried Out After You’re Gone
    What happens when family members decide they don’t like your estate choices after you’re gone? Listen as we discuss a real-life example and explore ways to ensure your wishes are carried out.
Rank this Week: 3613

Wisconsin Estate Planning

Wisconsin Estate Planning

Covers Wisconsin estate planning, elder law, probate and trust administration, real estate law, business organization, and individual income tax preparation. By Tesar Law Group, S.C.

http://blog.tesarlaw.com/
  • Feb 27

    Living Trust Advantage

    Living Trust Advantage
    Revocable living trusts can offer many advantages including the avoidance of the probate process.
  • Feb 25

    Talk to Your Kids about Your Estate Plan, Even If It's Awkard

    Talk to Your Kids about Your Estate Plan, Even If It's Awkard
    While not required, talking to your children about your estate plan and explaining to them the decisions you have made can help eliminate bad feelings among your children when you’re gone.
  • Feb 23

    Financial Pointers: Providing Care for Aging Parent

    Financial Pointers: Providing Care for Aging Parent
    Planning for an elderly loved ones financial and health care future can be emotional and difficult and should be done before it is too late.
Rank this Week: 3436

Illinois Estate Planning &…

Illinois Estate Planning & Elder Law Blog

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

http://www.illinoisestateplanningandelderlawblog.com/
  • Feb 27

    Illinois Powers of Attorney

    Illinois Powers of Attorney
    An agent, in the context of a Power of Attorney document, is a person authorized by another to act for him. The principal (the person giving the power) and the agent must be adults who are both mentally competent when the Power of Attorney…
  • Feb 25

    Illinois Living Revocable Trust

    Illinois Living Revocable Trust
    It is often best to avoid probate, the court supervised process which makes sure that a deceased person’s assets are properly distributed. The probate process is costly and time consuming (usually 12 -14 months depending on the county).…
  • Feb 21

    Stand Alone Retirement Trust

    Stand Alone Retirement Trust
    Investing money in an Individual Retirement Account is a secure financial planning decision. A great deal of protection has been afforded to the money set aside specifically for retirement. Included with these protections is the ability to…
Rank this Week: 3438

California Probate and Estate…

California Probate and Estate Planning Blog

Covers California probate and estate planning including law changes, legal strategies, and detailed descriptions of the options available. By Meissner, Joseph & Palley, Inc.

http://www.californiaprobate.info/blog
  • Feb 27

    Reverse Estate Planning to get a step up in basi

    Reverse Estate Planning to get a step up in basi
    I heard a great presentation recently by a CPA. He was talking about, what he calls, “reverse estate planning.” Say what? Well, we all know that the focus in estate planning has changed from estate taxes (death taxes) to capital…
  • Jan 1

    IRS Gift and Estate Tax Exemptions for 2015

    IRS Gift and Estate Tax Exemptions for 2015
    The IRS released their gift and estate tax exemption numbers for 2015 a few months back. In case you missed it they are: GIFT TAX: It remains at $14,000 per donor per donee.  So a husband and wife can do … Continue reading…
  • Dec 9

    International Will

    International Will
    I have been practicing law since 1994. I have been extremely focused on the areas of estate and probate law during that time.  Through those years I have a number of clients who have property in other countries. Usually we ……
Rank this Week: 2946

Nirenstein, Horowitz & Associates,…

Nirenstein, Horowitz & Associates, P.C. Blog

Covers Connecticut estate planning, probate and elder law.

http://www.preserveyourestate.net/blog/
  • Feb 27

    ILIT Three Year Rule

    ILIT Three Year Rule
    The Federal estate tax is something to be aware of when you are planning ahead for the inevitable. There is an exemption, but once you exceed it you are looking at an extraordinary rate of taxation. As of this writing the exclusion is $5.12…
  • Feb 26

    What Is a First Party Special Needs Trust?

    What Is a First Party Special Needs Trust?
    A special needs trust can be a very useful estate planning device when certain circumstances exist. Many people who have disabilities rely on government benefit programs like Medicaid and Supplemental Security Income. These programs are only…
  • Feb 23

    Veterans A & A: Wartime Veterans May Be Eligible

    Veterans A & A: Wartime Veterans May Be Eligible
    When it comes to retirement planning, people who are serving or have served in the United States armed forces have some very attractive options. Individuals who have served for at least 20 years are entitled to a retirement pension that they…
Rank this Week: 2936

American Academy of Estate…

American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys Blog

Provides legal marketing and estate planning legal updates.

http://www.aaepa.com/articles/
  • Feb 27

    Become a Better Guesser, with the Right Tool

    Become a Better Guesser, with the Right Tool
    This week winter finally made its voice heard in Louisville, KY by dumping almost a foot of snow on us. Though this certainly pales in comparison to the relentless storms that have battered Boston, it was enough to get our attention, close…
  • Feb 25

    10 Happiest States: The Happiest Will Surprise You!

    10 Happiest States: The Happiest Will Surprise You!
    Which are the happiest states and why? Does it have to do with weather? I’m sure with the grueling winter weather in the northern states this year, people are thinking “sunbelt.” But, surprisingly, climate seems to be less…
  • Feb 23

    Be a Peak Performer

    Be a Peak Performer
    The Academy’s Peak Performer groups recently concluded their final in-person meetings of the Peak year, and they were simply remarkable. For those who are unfamiliar with the program, in short, the Peak Performers Program is an…
Rank this Week: 3232

Mendel Law Firm Blog

Mendel Law Firm Blog

Covers estate planning.

http://www.mendellawfirm.com/blog/
  • Feb 27

    Famous Estates – Legacy Champ or Chump?

    Famous Estates – Legacy Champ or Chump?
    Robert Craig Knievel “Evel Knievel” (1938-2007) – Daredevil Evel Knievel gained worldwide fame between the late 1960s and early 1980s for nationally televised death-defying motorcycle jumps. In his career he attempted over…
  • Feb 25

    Thought for the Day:

    Thought for the Day:
    You will face many defeats in your life, but never let yourself be defeated. Maya Angelou
  • Feb 25

    Common Estate Planning Mistakes to Avoid

    Common Estate Planning Mistakes to Avoid
    For most people, an estate plan is much more than simply a list of how they want their assets divided after they die. A comprehensive estate plan often includes tax and probate avoidance, incapacity planning, and retirement planning as well.…
Rank this Week: 2894

Law Offices of Richard B.…

Law Offices of Richard B. Schneider, LLC Blog

Covers elder law and estate planning.

http://www.rbsllc.com/blog/
  • Feb 26

    How Can I Protect My Spouse When I Apply for Medicaid?

    How Can I Protect My Spouse When I Apply for Medicaid?
    At some point during your Golden Years there is a very good chance that you will need long-term care. Given the extremely high cost of long-term care that means there is also a very good chance you will need to qualify for the Medicaid…
  • Feb 25

    Will Nursing Home Care Leave You, or Your Spouse, in Poverty?

    Will Nursing Home Care Leave You, or Your Spouse, in Poverty?
    As much as we all prefer not to think about it, the odds are very good that we will all need long-term care at some point down the road. If you have not planned for the possibility you could be in for a huge shock when you realize how…
  • Jan 29

    Portland Estate Planning (IRA and Beneficiary Basics)

    Portland Estate Planning (IRA and Beneficiary Basics)
    We know there are a lot of potentially-confusing factors to consider when planning for retirement in Portland (estate planning, IRA and Roth IRA plans, 401(k)s and Roth 401(k)s, and so on). With all of these moving parts, it can be easy to…
Rank this Week: 3072

New Jersey Estate Planning Center…

New Jersey Estate Planning Center Blog

Covers New Jersey estate planning. By Media Law Group.

http://www.jerseyestateplanning.com/blog/
  • Feb 26

    Paying for Alzheimer’s: Medicare, Medicaid, and Long-Term Care

    Paying for Alzheimer’s: Medicare, Medicaid, and Long-Term Care
    Few diagnoses are more devastating than Alzheimer’s, both in terms of its health toll and its extraordinary financial imposition on families. View image | gettyimages.com Paying for long-term care isn’t easy, especially if you or…
  • Feb 19

    How Outer-Space Research May Lead to Better Care for Old Age

    How Outer-Space Research May Lead to Better Care for Old Age
    Space may be the “final frontier,” but we’re still far away from reaping its whole harvest. Indeed, the distant discoveries of outer space continue to pay major dividends here at home. Take senior healthcare, for example.…
  • Feb 12

    Do People Really Die of “Old Age”?

    Do People Really Die of “Old Age”?
    We’ve all heard about people who die of “old age.” In fact, for many, that is our wish — to live long and healthy lives and, when our time eventually comes, to pass away gracefully in the swan song of … Continue…
Rank this Week: 3151

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/
  • Feb 26

    What is an SEP IRA?

    What is an SEP IRA?
    Did you know there are several types of Individual Retirement Accounts or IRAs?  Some are established by the individual and others are sponsored by employers, usually with matching contributions.  A SEP IRA is one particular type of…
  • Feb 25

    Government Raises the Bar on Nursing Home Rating

    Government Raises the Bar on Nursing Home Rating
    federal government is increasing its scrutiny and raising the bar on an array of quality measures, requiring nursing homes to do more to get high score
  • Feb 23

    I Want My Same Sex Partner to Make Decisions About My Remain

    I Want My Same Sex Partner to Make Decisions About My Remain
    Spouses have a legal right to make decisions on behalf of one another.
Rank this Week: 3095

German Law Group Blog

German Law Group Blog

Covers estate planning.

http://www.germanlawgroup.com/
  • Feb 26

    What Is the Difference Between Medicare and Medicaid?

    What Is the Difference Between Medicare and Medicaid?
    When you are planning ahead for your senior years, you should understand government health insurance programs that may be relevant to you. Medicare is one of them, and perhaps surprisingly, Medicaid is another. Medicare The FICA tax that you…
  • Feb 24

    Why Do I Need a Power of Attorney?

    Why Do I Need a Power of Attorney?
    When you plan your estate, you work with an attorney to facilitate future asset transfers. This is at the core of the endeavor, but you should ideally see a comprehensive picture. Preparing assets for distribution after your passing is part…
  • Feb 19

    What Happens to a Living Trust When One Spouse Dies?

    What Happens to a Living Trust When One Spouse Dies?
    There is a legal device called a revocable living trust that is a very effective estate planning tool if certain circumstances exist. This type of trust will not provide asset protection or estate tax efficiency, but most people are not…
Rank this Week: 2869

Kuhn and Kuhn Law Firm Blog

Kuhn and Kuhn Law Firm Blog

Covers estate planning.

http://www.kuhnandkuhn.com/blog/
  • Feb 26

    Celebrate “ Responsible Pet Owner’s Month ” by Creating a Pet Trust

    Celebrate “ Responsible Pet Owner’s Month ” by Creating a Pet Trust
    To say that Americans love their pets would be an understatement. In the United States, three out of every five households has at least one dog or cat. Collectively, that means that we own about 80 million dogs and cats in the U.S. –…
  • Feb 24

    How Is Adoption Different than Other Types of Custody Such as Guardianship or Custody?

    How Is Adoption Different than Other Types of Custody Such as Guardianship or Custody?
    If you are the parent or caregiver of a minor child you undoubtedly feel as though your relationship with the child exists because of the love you have for the child without regard for your legal status. In the United States, however, your…
  • Feb 12

    Should I Have a South Carolina Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care?

    Should I Have a South Carolina Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care?
    When you finally sit down to create your estate plan you will be faced with a number of difficult, yet important, decisions. Although many of those decisions will relate to the disposition of assets upon your death, not all of them will. For…
Rank this Week: 2977

Nash Nash Bean & Ford, LLP Blog

Nash Nash Bean & Ford, LLP Blog

Covers elder law and estate planning.

http://www.nashbeanford.com/blog/
  • Feb 25

    Can You Get Medicaid to Help You at Home in Illinois?

    Can You Get Medicaid to Help You at Home in Illinois?
    If you, or someone you love, is living with a disability or medical condition that requires ongoing medical care and assistance you likely already know the cost of that care can be significant. For some people, a long-term care facility is…
  • Feb 23

    Must a Third Party Honor a Power of Attorney?

    Must a Third Party Honor a Power of Attorney?
    A power of attorney is a legal agreement that allows a Principal (the person who executes the power of attorney, or POA) to grant authority to an “Agent” to act on behalf of the Principal in legal matters and financial…
  • Feb 18

    The Bank Won’t Honor the Power of Attorney. What Can You Do?

    The Bank Won’t Honor the Power of Attorney. What Can You Do?
    One of the most commonly used estate planning documents is a power of attorney. In fact, it is not uncommon to execute more than one power of attorney, or POA, during your lifetime. If someone has named you as an Agent under a power of…
Rank this Week: 3094

Murphy's Law Blog

Murphy's Law Blog

Covers elder law, estate planning and probate. By Noreen Murphy.

http://www.noreenmurphylaw.com/blog/
  • Feb 25

    Signs of Caregiver Stre

    Signs of Caregiver Stre
    So much of the discussion about long-term care in this country is focused on the patients and the payments. That makes sense. Long-term care can be very expensive and it has an inestimable impact on the lives of the elderly … Continue…
  • Feb 18

    A Marriage to Remember: A Touching Short Film on Alzheimer’

    A Marriage to Remember: A Touching Short Film on Alzheimer’
    In a new short-film documentary entitled A Marriage to Remember, filmmaker Banker White takes a starkly intimate look into his parents’ struggle with his mother’s early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. View image | gettyimages.com…
  • Feb 11

    Lights… Cameras… Estate Plans? When Wills Hit the Big Screen

    Lights… Cameras… Estate Plans? When Wills Hit the Big Screen
    From Philip Seymour Hoffman and Heath Ledger to Frank Sinatra and Elizabeth Taylor, Hollywood’s dearly departed have taught us a lot about estate planning over the years. Forbes put together a list of those lessons last year,…
Rank this Week: 2914

Law Offices of Robert H. Glorch…

Law Offices of Robert H. Glorch Blog

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

http://www.illinoisestateplan.com/blog
  • Feb 25

    Legendary Comedians, Estate Battles and Your Stuff

    Legendary Comedians, Estate Battles and Your Stuff
    The late George Carlin is one of my favorite comedians of all-time. One of his legendary routines revolves around how the meaning of life is basically finding “a place for all your stuff!” More recently, Jerry Seinfeld riffed on…
  • Feb 20

    Facebook Adds “Legacy Contact” Option (Plus, I’m now on Twitter)

    Facebook Adds “Legacy Contact” Option (Plus, I’m now on Twitter)
    Almost exactly one year ago, I posted about a policy change that Facebook had made with respect to accounts of deceased individuals (see “Facebook Makes Memorialized Accounts More Public“, February 25, 2014). Last year,…
  • Feb 17

    Ernie Banks and the Illinois Disposition of Remains Act

    Ernie Banks and the Illinois Disposition of Remains Act
    First, a confession: I am a lifelong die-hard Cubs fan (an inherited condition). Yes, I know, that can take a toll on one’s mental health. And yes, I actually do believe that ‘next year’ could be this year. Or at least next…
Rank this Week: 2959

Western New York Elder Law Blog

Western New York Elder Law Blog

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

http://www.dutcher-zatkowsky.com
  • Feb 25

    Telling Your Kids How Much You Are Worth

    Telling Your Kids How Much You Are Worth
    Should your kids know how much money you make or how much you are worth? View image | gettyimages.com A story in the New York Times says, yes, sort of. It says you can begin to initiate them into your financial world as early as age 5 or 6.…
  • Feb 18

    Facebook Now Offers ‘Living Will’

    Facebook Now Offers ‘Living Will’
    Facebook users can now control their pages after they pass away. View image | gettyimages.com The social media company has created a new tool that lets users determine what happens to their accounts after they die – a sort of…
  • Feb 11

    ‘Step Up’ To Step Down?

    ‘Step Up’ To Step Down?
    President Obama, in his State of the Union address, outlined some proposed tax changes, including ending the “step up” provision in the capital gains tax. While Congress is unlikely to go along, it could mean big changes in the…
Rank this Week: 3318

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/
  • Feb 24

    Free Report: Status of Same-Sex Marriage in the United State

    Free Report: Status of Same-Sex Marriage in the United State
    Now,at the beginning of a new year, it is worth reviewing the status of same-sex marriage in our country. Topics covered in this whitepaper include: States that Recognizes Same-Sex Marriage The Law Remains Limbo in Some States What are Some…
  • Feb 22

    Free Report: Farm Asset Transfers in Estate Planning in Nevada

    Free Report: Farm Asset Transfers in Estate Planning in Nevada
    Owning a family business requires a business succession plan if you want the business to continueon after your retirement or death. Topics covered in this whitepaper include: Farm Succession Planning Means More than Just Transferring…
  • Feb 18

    Status of Same-Sex Marriage in the United State

    Status of Same-Sex Marriage in the United State
    center> Status of Same Sex Marriage in The United States from Brad Anderson Marriage is a sacred institution, not only in the public eye, but also in the courts. It represents a legal union that guarantees specific federal rights and…
Rank this Week: 3544

Redlands Veterans' Affairs…

Redlands Veterans' Affairs Attorney Blog

Covers estate planning and elder law. By Esther Wang.

http://www.california-elder-law.com/blog/
  • Feb 24

    Consumer Reports Weighs in on DIY Estate Planning

    Consumer Reports Weighs in on DIY Estate Planning
    Any time you are looking for solid and unbiased consumer information you know that you can find it in Consumer Reports magazine. The folks there do a fine job of analyzing products and services in a very fair and balanced...
  • Feb 11

    Taxes and Inheriting an IRA

    Taxes and Inheriting an IRA
    It is possible to will one's IRA to a family member or other chosen beneficiary. On receiving the IRA, the beneficiary is able to make withdrawals right away, but there are considerable tax implications for doing so. In fact, those...
  • Feb 5

    Fees You Can Expect to Pay for a Trust-Based Estate Planning Service

    Fees You Can Expect to Pay for a Trust-Based Estate Planning Service
    As with all professional services, there are fees associated with creating a trust-based estate plan. Many people with assets will have to use a more comprehensive estate plan that includes a trust. This is because a trust will protect the...
Rank this Week: 2932

Law Office of Andrew M. Lamkin,…

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

Covers elder law.

http://lamkinelderlaw.com/articles/
  • Feb 23

    Is it Too Early to Start Estate Planning?

    Is it Too Early to Start Estate Planning?
    As New York estate planning attorneys, it’s no surprise that we believe that it is never too early to begin planning your estate. We know all too well that life is filled with the unexpected, and far too many people pass on without…
  • Feb 19

    New York Estate Planning & Funeral Planning

    New York Estate Planning & Funeral Planning
    Even though your funeral plans and burial plans are not a vital part of your will and trust, planning for them are two important components of estate planning for both you and your family. Not only do you want your family to know your…
  • Feb 12

    Why the Elderly Need to Beware of Reverse Mortgage

    Why the Elderly Need to Beware of Reverse Mortgage
    When a person retires, it’s important that their financial needs are met. In essence, a reverse mortgage is intended to do just that. However, there are a few aspects of a reverse mortgage that the elderly should be aware of in advance.…
Rank this Week: 3168

Walker Lambe

Walker Lambe

Covers North Carolina elder law and estate planning.

http://www.organizeyourassets.com/blog/
  • Feb 23

    The 2015 Lifetime Estate Tax Exclusion & Annual Gift Tax

    The 2015 Lifetime Estate Tax Exclusion & Annual Gift Tax
    Historic Overview Congress and the Wilson administration established the original federal estate tax in 1916. However, the lack of an annual gift tax limitation provided a large unintended loophole for individuals to distribute inheritances…
  • Feb 3

    2015 Lifetime and Annual Gift Tax Exclusion Increase

    2015 Lifetime and Annual Gift Tax Exclusion Increase
    Lifetime and Annual Gift Tax Exclusions Historical Overview: Congress and the Wilson administration established the original federal estate tax in 1916. However, the lack of an annual gift tax limitation provided a large unintended loophole…
  • 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…
Rank this Week: 3310

Arizona Senior Law Blog

Arizona Senior Law Blog

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

http://www.arizonaseniorlaw.com/news/
  • Feb 23

    VA Proposes Asset-Transfer Penalty

    VA Proposes Asset-Transfer Penalty
    Our latest Arizona Republic article in the weekly Aging and the Law column can be found below. Our column runs every Friday in select Arizona cities. Question: In a previous article, you indicated that in determining Veterans Administration…
  • Feb 13

    Handling Probate Without Stre

    Handling Probate Without Stre
    Our latest Arizona Republic article in the weekly Aging and the Law column can be found below. Our column runs every Friday in select Arizona cities. Question: My father recently passed away. He was a widower with a small house and a meager…
  • Feb 3

    Veterans’ Benefits Under Review

    Veterans’ Benefits Under Review
    Our latest Arizona Republic article in the weekly Aging and the Law column can be found below. Our column runs every Friday in select Arizona cities. Question: I understand that, as a veteran, I might be eligible for Veteran’s Pension…
Rank this Week: 3056

Probate Litigation Attorney Blog

Probate Litigation Attorney Blog

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

http://www.losangelesprobatelitigationattorneyblog.com/
  • Feb 20

    Conservators Can Petition the Court to Stop the Abuse of Elder or Dependent Adult

    Conservators Can Petition the Court to Stop the Abuse of Elder or Dependent Adult
    Firm partners, Alexander R. Ginzburg and Yasha Bronshteyn, attended the Elder Abuse Restraining Orders: Nuts, Bolts and Other Miscellany program which was presented on February 19, 2014, by the Los Angeles Bar Association-Trust…
  • Feb 2

    New California Conservatorship Jurisdiction Act

    New California Conservatorship Jurisdiction Act
      On January 20, 2015, Ginzburg & Bronshteyn, LLP partner, Yasha Bronshteyn, attended the New California Conservatorship Jurisdiction Act: Protecting Conservatees from Multi-State Elder and Dependent Adult Abuse,  presented by…
  • Dec 27

    Update on Probate Courtrooms at Stanley Mosk / Los Angeles Superior Court

    Update on Probate Courtrooms at Stanley Mosk / Los Angeles Superior Court
    Fortunately we will see two more probate courtrooms at the Los Angeles Superior Court.  The additional two courts will give us a total of six at the Central Courthouse. The six courts will be allocated as follows: Dept. 5 (2nd floor):…
Rank this Week: 3632

Marshall Elder & Estate Planning…

Marshall Elder & Estate Planning Blog

Covers Pennsylvania and national elder law and estate planning issues. By Jeffrey A. Marshall.

http://marshallelder.blogspot.com/
  • Feb 20

    Avoiding Tax Scam

    Avoiding Tax Scam
    It’s tax season and the IRS is warning consumers about the many tax scams that are circulating this year. These include bogus emails and threatening phone calls. (See IRS Tax Scams/Consumer Alerts.) Among the currently popular cons:…
  • Feb 13

    Aging and Financial Decision Making - How to Protect Yourself

    Aging and Financial Decision Making - How to Protect Yourself
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  • Feb 12

    Paying a Family Caregiver

    Paying a Family Caregiver
    <!--[if gte mso 9]> <![endif]--> [By Attorney Nicholas Lutz] Paying a family member to provide needed care is a way for care recipients to have their needs met by someone they love and trust. But problems can arise…
Rank this Week: 3161

California Legal Blog

California Legal Blog

Covers business, real estate, estate planning, probate, trusts, wills, intellectual property and civil litigation. By Anker Hymes & Schreiber LLP.

http://ankerhymesschreiberllp.com/
  • Feb 19

    Business Disputes and Succession Planning

    Business Disputes and Succession Planning
    Event: ProVisors Panel on Negotiation Venue: Calabasas Country Club Location: Calabasas, Los Angeles, Ca Speaker: Attorney Douglas Schreiber of Anker, Hymes & Schreiber, LLP Transcription: I come into the negotiation process typically in…
  • Jan 13

    What To Do in a Heated Negotiation

    What To Do in a Heated Negotiation
    Event: ProVisors Panel on Negotiation Venue: Calabasas Country Club Location: Calabasas, Los Angeles, Ca Speaker: Attorney Douglas Schreiber of Anker, Hymes & Schreiber, LLP Business Attorney Doug Schreiber of Anker, Hymes and Schreiber,…
  • Nov 18

    Be Willing to Walk Away in a Negotiation

    Be Willing to Walk Away in a Negotiation
    Event: ProVisors Panel on Negotiation Venue: Calabasas Country Club Location: Calabasas, Los Angeles, Ca Speaker: Attorney Douglas Schreiber of Anker, Hymes & Schreiber, LLP Transcription: Be willing to walk away. That sometimes is the…
Rank this Week: 3434

Florida Probate Blog -…

Florida Probate Blog - WeProbateFlorida.com

Covers Florida probate administration. By Long H. Duong.

http://weprobateflorida.com
  • Feb 19

    How to Start Probate in Florida

    How to Start Probate in Florida
    Florida Probate administration can be relatively hassle-free with the right guidance and representation. It’s easy enough to say “hire an attorney” and frankly, it’s almost always your only choice. But, there’s…
  • Oct 6

    Thoughts about Estate Assist, a “digital safe deposit box”

    Thoughts about Estate Assist, a “digital safe deposit box”
    Does Estate Assist solve probate and estate problems for Florida residents? A brief look at Estate Assist and lingering questions. The post Thoughts about Estate Assist, a “digital safe deposit box” appeared first on…
  • Oct 6

    Thoughts about Estate Assist, a “digital safe deposit box”

    Thoughts about Estate Assist, a “digital safe deposit box”
    Does Estate Assist solve probate and estate problems for Florida residents? A brief look at Estate Assist and lingering questions.
Rank this Week: 2892

Sanders Law Firm Blog

Sanders Law Firm Blog

Covers North Carolina law.

http://www.kirksanderslaw.com/blog
  • Feb 18

    Inverse Condemnation Victory

    Inverse Condemnation Victory
    Tags: inverse condemnation attorneynorthern beltway attorneys"Appellate court limits NCDOT’s power to reserve land indefinitely" http://takingland.com/raleigh-no-inverse-condemnation-victory/ The Raleigh News & Observer reports…
  • Feb 16

    Steinway Piano Auction March 2015

    Steinway Piano Auction March 2015
    Tags: Steinway Piano For Saleestate litigation attorneyHome Moravian Church has a 1910 Model 0, 5' 10", Steinway "living room" grand piano as part of an estate settlement. The piano has been moved to our church and will be made available…
  • Feb 12

    1500 sf Office Space For Rent-Downtown Winston-Salem

    1500 sf Office Space For Rent-Downtown Winston-Salem
    Tags: Winston-Salem Office space for rentdowntown office space Winston-Salem1,500 sf office unit for rent at 326 Spring Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27101 $1,600.00 per month Includes backlit sign facing Broad Street & 4th Street…
Rank this Week: 3605

Law Office of Barton P. Levine

Law Office of Barton P. Levine

Covers New York estate planning, probate and wills.

http://www.new-york-estate-planning.com/blog/
  • Feb 18

    Does Massive Anthem Cyber Attack Affect Medicare, Medicaid?

    Does Massive Anthem Cyber Attack Affect Medicare, Medicaid?
    Eighty million people. That’s right, the massive cyber attack against Anthem Insurance last week likely will affect up to 80 million Americans; to what extent is not known. Not only is that overwhelming, but it’s also indicative…
  • Feb 5

    Highest Tax Rate in the World?

    Highest Tax Rate in the World?
    Today, President Obama will release the specifics associated with changing the inheritance and capital gains taxes. It’s not likely to pass, courtesy of our Republican Congress; however, if by some strange chance it does pass, the…
  • Feb 3

    The Roth IRA: Simple, Effective for Estate Planning

    The Roth IRA: Simple, Effective for Estate Planning
    The Roth IRA has been hailed as one of the best estate planning tools around, and for good reason. It’s ideal for transferring wealth, has no income tax penalties for heirs when they withdraw and it’s versatile, too. Still,…
Rank this Week: 3454

Sykes Elder Blawg

Sykes Elder Blawg

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

http://www.elderlawofpgh.com/blog/
  • Feb 16

    Support the Special Needs Trust Fairness Act

    Support the Special Needs Trust Fairness Act
    A special needs trust holds assets (usually funds) for the benefit of a disabled person without affecting any public benefits the person may receive, such as SSI or Medicaid. Those assets can then be used for the disabled person’s…
  • Feb 12

    Questions asked & answered at yesterday’s “Estate Planning Essentials” workshop

    Questions asked &amp; answered at yesterday&rsquo;s &ldquo;Estate Planning Essentials&rdquo; workshop
    Can I protect assets for my heirs? How can I avoid court and family disputes? How can I set up a trust? Is it true that “probate” costs a lot? Should I avoid probate? If I have no children or trustworthy people in my life, who can…
  • Feb 2

    What is a geriatric care manager?

    What is a geriatric care manager?
    As our population ages, there are new services available to help families cope and make prudent decisions about an aging loved one. Caring for a senior can rapidly become complex and overwhelming. Having one person manage multiple concerns…
Rank this Week: 2940

The Virtual Attorney Blog

The Virtual Attorney Blog

Covers estate planning and business law. By Michael Brennan.

http://thevirtualattorney.com/blog
  • Feb 9

    Safekeeping Estate Planning Document

    Safekeeping Estate Planning Document
    Drafting a complete estate plan can give a person peace of mind in the assurance that he and his loved ones will be taken care of should disability or death come knocking. One of the most common questions I get as an estate planning attorney…
  • Jan 14

    Pet Care After Death | Planning for Furry Family Member

    Pet Care After Death | Planning for Furry Family Member
    According to the Humane Society of the United States, pet ownership in the United States has more than tripled from the 1970s, when approximately 67 million households had pets, to 2012, when there were 167 million households that owned pets,…
  • Dec 16

    How an LLC Works: An Illustration

    How an LLC Works: An Illustration
    One of the first decisions an entrepreneur must make after deciding to start a business is how the business should be structured. There are a number of options, from C Corporation to S Corporation, to various types of partnerships. But by…
Rank this Week: 3359

Law Office of Robert L. Boydstun…

Law Office of Robert L. Boydstun Blog

Covers estate planning, probate, guardianships, disability and elder law.

http://www.boydstunlaw.com/blog/
  • Feb 8

    Nursing Homes Abuse

    Nursing Homes Abuse
    The New York Times has reported that New York nursing homes are now bringing guardianship proceedings in order to collect on the bills owed to them. In order to protect yourself from such abuse, it is vital that you have a valid Power of…
  • Jan 19

    Don’t Have An Unsettled Legacy

    Don’t Have An Unsettled Legacy
    The children of Dr. Martin Luther King. Jr. are involved in litigation in Atlanta over control of his bible and his Nobel Prize medal. One group wants them to be sold. Another group wants them donated to Morehouse College. It is sad that this…
  • Oct 29

    Oops, They Did It Again! Make Sure That You Don’t Also

    Oops, They Did It Again! Make Sure That You Don’t Also
    Last week a client came in and asked me to review her “Estate Planning Portfolio” which had been drafted by another attorney a few years ago. The client was proud that she had a Revocable Living Trust in her portfolio because a…
Rank this Week: 2879

Estate Planning Attorney Blog

Estate Planning Attorney Blog

Covers probate, estate planning, business formation and business law. By Deemer & Associates, P.C.

http://www.estateplanningattorney-blog.com/
  • Feb 7

    Where should I incorporate? (Part 2)

    Where should I incorporate? (Part 2)
    In Part 1, we discussed the non-legal issues that can influence where to incorporate, such as financial, convenience of where they are doing business, and continuing operations.  Now we will discuss some of the legal considerations for…
  • Jan 28

    Where should I incorporate? (Part 1)

    Where should I incorporate? (Part 1)
    Where should I incorporate? This is a question that I am often asked, and although we can explore the legal issues as to where you should incorporate, there are non-legal issues to consider as well.  People often hear advertising…
  • Jan 22

    Do I need to update my estate plan if I am moving?

    Do I need to update my estate plan if I am moving?
    There are many things that can cause someone to move, and depending to the reasons, the method, or other decisions, it may be appropriate to update a trust or a will.  Some of the reasons for moving, may be a reason to review, for…
Rank this Week: 3347

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
  • Feb 7

    Brief Thoughts On Claims Of Undue Influence

    Brief Thoughts On Claims Of Undue Influence
    As stated in my previous post regarding the capacity of a testator to execute a will or trust, the two concepts are closely related.  For example, incapacity relates to invalidation of a will, trust, deed, etc. because of the…
  • Feb 5

    Brief Thoughts On Claims Of Undue Influence

    Brief Thoughts On Claims Of Undue Influence
    As stated in my previous post regarding the capacity of a testator to execute a will or trust, the two concepts are closely related.  For example, incapacity relates to invalidation of a will, trust, deed, etc. because of the…
  • Aug 9

    Brief Thoughts On Claims Of Incapacity

    Brief Thoughts On Claims Of Incapacity
                People often question whether a deceased person was mentally capable of executing or changing a will or trust.  Perhaps the person was suffering from dementia at the time.  The legal…
Rank this Week: 3327

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/
Rank this Week: 3058

Gould Cooksey Fennell Blog

Gould Cooksey Fennell Blog

Covers estate planning, real property acquisition, personal injury, will disputes, commercial litigation, business and corporate law, and institutional lending.

http://gouldcooksey.com/blog/
Rank this Week: 3204

Fisher Law Blog

Fisher Law Blog

Covers estate planning and business succession. By Randall Fisher.

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

    We are moving ………..

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

    West County Chamber: Working for You

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

    West County Chamber: Working for You

    West County Chamber: Working for You
    I have made no secret that I am a member of the West Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce. If you look on Facebook, you’ll see me photo-bombing good friends Lisa Ennis and Dave Wheeler at our recent new member … Continue…
Rank this Week: 3380

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
  • Jan 27

    Spending Down Assets to Qualify for Medicaid Nursing Home Care

    Spending Down Assets to Qualify for Medicaid Nursing Home Care
    Medicaid nursing home care is a means-based program, which means that the government looks at your income and assets to determine eligibility. Since you can’t gift away your assets and qualify for nursing home care for up to 5 years,…
  • Dec 31

    Effects of a Divorce on Estate Planning

    Effects of a Divorce on Estate Planning
    In addition to the emotional and financial ramifications of a divorce, there are important estate planning implications for clients contemplating divorce or separation. Along with selling, dividing, and re-titling assets comes the necessity…
  • Nov 9

    Consenting to the Probate of a Will

    Consenting to the Probate of a Will
    Have you lost a family member and received a document called a “Waiver of Process; Consent to Probate”? If you are like most people, you may be confused about what this means, and more importantly, if you should sign it. This…
Rank this Week: 3453

Walden & Pfannenstiel Blog

Walden & Pfannenstiel Blog

Covers bankruptcy and estate planning.

http://wplawpractice.com/blog/
  • Jan 23

    Can I Use My Tax Refund to File Bankruptcy?

    Can I Use My Tax Refund to File Bankruptcy?
    A New Year is a time to look at the next 12 months with hope and possibility, let our bankruptcy attorneys assist you and have a Happy New Year in 2015.  Every day we see debtors and their households struggling with debt.  The debt…
  • Dec 11

    Meet Our Attorney

    Meet Our Attorney
  • Oct 30

    November 1, 2014 Median Income Levels for Kansas and Missouri Bankruptcy Filer

    November 1, 2014 Median Income Levels for Kansas and Missouri Bankruptcy Filer
    The Means Test looks at your Median Income to determine for which Chapter of Bankruptcy you qualify: Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 As of November 1, 2014 the Median Income Levels will change once again. Median income levels in Kansas are up for the…
Rank this Week: 3084

King Law Offices Blog

King Law Offices Blog

Discusses traffic matters, family law, criminal law, wills and estate planning and personal injury law as it relates to North Carolina and South Carolina.

http://kinglawoffices.com/blog/
  • Jan 15

    Small Business Seminar for Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce Member

    Small Business Seminar for Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce Member
    As a business owner or a person wanting to start a business; you may face a lot of legal red tape questions that left unanswered can adversely affect your business. Brian King will be conducting a Business Talk seminar exploring the following…
  • Nov 4

    Our Shelby Office Has Moved!

    Our Shelby Office Has Moved!
    King Law Offices, known locally as King, Crotts, Duncan & Jaynes, has moved it’s Shelby office from 221 South Lafayette Street,  #4,  to 131 West Marion Street., directly across from the upcoming Farmer’s Market.…
  • Oct 14

    Brian King Teaching Small Biz Law Basic

    Brian King Teaching Small Biz Law Basic
    King, Crotts, Duncan & Jaynes would like to thank Bobbie Young and the team at REAL in Marion for providing an opportunity for Brian W. King to teach the fundamental business law practices for new businesses here in McDowell County and…
Rank this Week: 3132

The Law Office of Alexis B. Levitt…

The Law Office of Alexis B. Levitt Blog

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

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

    National Grid Warns Customers to Guard Themselves & Sensitive Account Information

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

    Ice Sledding & Skating at Local Rink

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

    Gifts and the Five-Year Lookback

    Gifts and the Five-Year Lookback
    I often hear from clients that they “have made gifts in the last five years – but it’s ok, they were all less than $14,000 so they won’t count under the five-year lookback – right?” Unfortunately,…
Rank this Week: 3149