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Mendel Law Firm Blog

Mendel Law Firm Blog

Covers estate planning.

http://www.mendellawfirm.com/blog/
  • Nov 21

    Famous Estates – Legacy Champ or Chump?

    Famous Estates – Legacy Champ or Chump?
    Robert H. Brooks (1937-2006) – Businessman Robert H. Brooks was an American businessman who, in 1967, founded Naturally Fresh Foods, a condiment and salad dressing manufacturer in the Atlanta area. But, he is most notably remembered for…
  • Nov 19

    Thought for the Day:

    Thought for the Day:
    It’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years. Abraham Lincoln
  • Nov 19

    Do You Need More Than a Simple Will?

    Do You Need More Than a Simple Will?
    If you think the fact that you do not have a small fortune means that you do not need estate planning, then you are not alone. That is a common belief. The truth is that in some situations, people do not need anything other than a simple Will…
Rank this Week: 3094

Parman & Easterday Blog

Parman & Easterday Blog

Covers elder law and estate planning.

http://www.parmanlaw.com/blog/
  • Nov 20

    What Is Probate?

    What Is Probate?
    You know how you want your assets distributed after you’re gone… you’ve planned it all down to the last detail. But do you know how those wishes become a reality? In this short SlideShare presentation, we’ll walk you…
  • Nov 18

    Successfully Navigating the Challenges of Alzheimer’

    Successfully Navigating the Challenges of Alzheimer’
    An estimated 5.2 million people suffer from Alzheimer’s Disease today. One of the most prevalent types of dementia, Alzheimer’s can quickly become crippling, for both the individual and their loved ones. In this short video,…
  • Nov 13

    How Can The Alzheimer’s Association Help You?

    How Can The Alzheimer’s Association Help You?
    Our firm is a proud supporter of the Alzheimer’s Association and we try to contribute in several ways to their education, awareness and fundraising initiatives.  In that spirit, here we include an article they have provided that…
Rank this Week: 2448

Death Care Law Blog

Death Care Law Blog

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

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

    Right of Sepulcher: An Attorney’s Error

    Right of Sepulcher: An Attorney’s Error
    Betty Jean Collins had her own preferences for the disposition of her body, but her children had other plans.  As counsel to many funeral homes, I have seen this situation too many times.  The time that should be used for…
  • Nov 12

    Exploiting the Gaps In Chapter 436: NPS’ take on a preneed law

    Exploiting the Gaps In Chapter 436: NPS’ take on a preneed law
    Over a three day span beginning December 17th, a Federal court in St. Louis will hear legal arguments from the NPS special deputy receiver and from banks that served as NPS trustees at some point during the past 30 some years.  Initial…
  • Nov 9

    Preneed Shortfalls: Performance Cost Increase

    Preneed Shortfalls: Performance Cost Increase
    In our prior post we discussed two factors to preneed shortfalls: investment returns and the operator’s performance cost increases.  The Funeral Consumer Alliance of Greater Kansas City conducts an annual survey of the…
Rank this Week: 4839

The Zimmer Law Firm

The Zimmer Law Firm

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

http://www.zimmerlawfirm.com/blog/
  • Nov 20

    Ohio Special Needs Trust: An Explanation

    Ohio Special Needs Trust: An Explanation
    There are numerous different legal devices that are used in the field of estate planning, and today we would like to look at the vehicle called a Special Needs Trust. It is important to consider the life circumstances of the people who are on…
  • Nov 18

    Family Limited Partnership: Asset Protection, Tax Saving

    Family Limited Partnership: Asset Protection, Tax Saving
    As a person with significant financial resources, you need to consider estate tax efficiency and asset protection when you’re planning your estate. If these are your objectives, you should consider establishing a Family Limited…
  • Nov 13

    3 Estate Planning Tips For the Divorcing Couple

    3 Estate Planning Tips For the Divorcing Couple
    With all the emotions and stress that accompanies a divorce, many couples often ignore the estate planning consequences that come with ending a marriage. While it can be difficult to set aside time to address these issues, both spouses need…
Rank this Week: 2656

epilawg

epilawg

Provides insight for planning the resolution of your own story through thoughtful estate planning.

http://epilawg.com/
  • Nov 20

    Minnesota Homestead Classification

    Minnesota Homestead Classification
    In Minnesota, many homeowners can qualify their primary residences for homestead status. By classifying a piece of property as a homestead, the property may qualify for a reduced classification rate, a reduced taxable market value,…
  • Nov 12

    Is Your Estate Plan Too Specific?

    Is Your Estate Plan Too Specific?
    Estate planners do encourage clients to be specific with their various bequests within their estate plan. When describing gifts of both real and tangible personal property or defining beneficiaries, we want the assets and individuals…
  • Nov 6

    Small Business Succession Planning – Things to Consider

    Small Business Succession Planning – Things to Consider
    What is Succession Planning? Simply put, succession planning is the process of transitioning key people within a business so that the business can continue to operate after the owner or key executives leave. Think of […]Small Business…
Rank this Week: 3831

Kuhn and Kuhn Law Firm Blog

Kuhn and Kuhn Law Firm Blog

Covers estate planning.

http://www.kuhnandkuhn.com/blog/
  • Nov 20

    How Do I Change a Custody Order in South Carolina?

    How Do I Change a Custody Order in South Carolina?
    Custody in South Carolina is decided best on what is in the best interests of the child. When parents separate or divorce, they may create a parenting agreement together that divides up custody. If the parents cannot come to an agreement…
  • Nov 18

    How Does the Judge Decide Custody Issues in South Carolina?

    How Does the Judge Decide Custody Issues in South Carolina?
    The issue of child custody is one of the most important that parents face when they decide they no longer wish to live together under the same roof. Child custody may need to be split if a couple who is living together decides to separate or…
  • Nov 13

    Spousal Support in a South Carolina Divorce

    Spousal Support in a South Carolina Divorce
    Spousal support or alimony is appropriate in certain situations when a marriage ends. Spousal support is not awarded in all cases and there are different kinds of spousal support. Both the spouse who is seeking support (the…
Rank this Week: 3087

German Law Group Blog

German Law Group Blog

Covers estate planning.

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

    What Is a Letter of Final Instruction?

    What Is a Letter of Final Instruction?
    There are various tasks that must be completed after you pass away to make your wishes become a reality. Estate administration is something that you should take into consideration when you are planning your estate. With this in mind, we will…
  • Nov 18

    What Is the Difference Between a Guardianship and a Power of Attorney?

    What Is the Difference Between a Guardianship and a Power of Attorney?
    Estate planning should be viewed as a comprehensive endeavor. Yes, you want to make sure that you facilitate efficient asset transfers after you pass away. At the same time, you should see a holistic picture and prepare for the eventualities…
  • Nov 13

    What Is a Living Trust Successor Trustee?

    What Is a Living Trust Successor Trustee?
    People sometimes shy away from trusts because they do not understand all of the facts. They want to retain control of their assets, but they are under the impression that they will be surrendering control if they convey assets into any type…
Rank this Week: 2992

Estate Planning in California

Estate Planning in California

By the Law Offices of Shahram Miri, Inc.

http://calestateplanning.blogspot.com/
  • Nov 19

    Trustee compensation

    Trustee compensation
    When a successor trustee assumes office, one question that naturally arises is, how much can I be compensated? Or in common verbiage, how much can I be paid? A trustee, like most people, will want to be compensated for their time, especially…
  • Nov 14

    Right to die statutes - Brittany Maynard

    Right to die statutes - Brittany Maynard
    Rod of AsclepiusThe story of the late Brittany Maynard has brought to light the contrast between states regarding right-to-die statutes, also known as euthanasia or assisted suicide. These statutes pertain to a third-party assisting with the…
  • Nov 7

    Estate Tax in 2015

    Estate Tax in 2015
    When Congress averted the fiscal cliff a few years ago, enough votes were garnered so as to make the federal estate tax "permanent." Congress also established that the federal estate tax would be pegged to inflation. Thus it has steadily been…
Rank this Week: 4711

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/
  • 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,…
  • Oct 16

    Life Estate Deeds – An Antique Technique Providing Modern Convenience

    Life Estate Deeds – An Antique Technique Providing Modern Convenience
    When we pass away, our assets are divided into two groups – probate and non-probate. Non-probate assets are things like bank accounts and life insurance policies that you have named joint owners or TODs on – they transfer to the…
  • Oct 9

    Home Care Goes High-Tech

    Home Care Goes High-Tech
    CNN recently ran a fascinating article about the expanding use of technology in the field of home care for seniors with Alzheimer’s and dementia, allowing them to remain independently in their homes longer.   You’ve probably…
Rank this Week: 3629

Minko Law Office Blog

Minko Law Office Blog

Covers estate planning and elder law.

http://www.minkolaw.com/blog/
  • Nov 19

    Essential Estate Planning Knowledge – Basic Estate Plan

    Essential Estate Planning Knowledge – Basic Estate Plan
    In this week’s entry in our ongoing series on essential estate planning knowledge, we are going to focus on what basic estate plans in New York look like. We previously discussed the important elements of what goes into crafting an…
  • Nov 17

    Historical Facts About Estate Planning

    Historical Facts About Estate Planning
    Historical Facts About Estate Planning: The Will is Ancient A lot of people know that a last will and testament is one of the more basic estate planning documents you can create. But what you might not know is that these documents have been…
  • Nov 14

    Essential Estate Planning Knowledge – The Probate Proce

    Essential Estate Planning Knowledge – The Probate Proce
    This week in our essential estate planning knowledge blog post, we are going to focus on the probate process and why it is so important to estate planning. If you are like most people in New York, you might have heard about probate–or…
Rank this Week: 3121

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/
  • Nov 19

    Power of Attorney Mistakes to Avoid

    Power of Attorney Mistakes to Avoid
    A power of attorney is an essential component of every comprehensive estate plan.  This valuable tool can provide specific instructions for what should be done in the event you become incapacitated in the future and can no longer express…
  • Nov 14

    Benefits of a Corporate Trustee

    Benefits of a Corporate Trustee
    Possibly one of the most important decisions you make concerning your trust is who will serve as your trustee.  The trustee has a duty to comply with the terms of your trust.  These duties…
  • Nov 13

    Do I Need More than a Will?

    Do I Need More than a Will?
    The purpose of estate planning is to prepare yourself and your family for not only your death, but also the possibility of your incapacity.  Planning for both possibilities involves creating a comprehensive estate plan. Typically, that…
Rank this Week: 2604

Nirenstein, Horowitz & Associates,…

Nirenstein, Horowitz & Associates, P.C. Blog

Covers Connecticut estate planning, probate and elder law.

http://www.preserveyourestate.net/blog/
  • Nov 19

    How Expensive Will Long-Term Care Become in the Future?

    How Expensive Will Long-Term Care Become in the Future?
    Connecticut elder law experts are growing increasingly concerned about the cost of living assistance for elder Americans. Right now the expenses that seniors face when they need living assistance could be accurately described as exorbitant.…
  • Nov 17

    Estate Planning & Remarriage

    Estate Planning & Remarriage
    Estate planning attorneys will always emphasize the fact that estate planning is an ongoing process. Important life changes will often times make a revision to your estate plan necessary. Without question, remarriage would be such an event.…
  • Nov 14

    What is a Supplemental Needs Trust in Connecticut?

    What is a Supplemental Needs Trust in Connecticut?
    What is a Supplemental Needs Trust in Connecticut? from Barry D Horowitz There are different ways to transfer assets to your loved ones. If you make the wrong choices, you could do more than harm than good. Learn more about supplemental needs…
Rank this Week: 3080

Murphy's Law Blog

Murphy's Law Blog

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

http://www.noreenmurphylaw.com/blog/
  • Nov 19

    Picking Up Where Mom and Dad Leave Off

    Picking Up Where Mom and Dad Leave Off
    Forbes recently asked its readers whether they could pick up where their parents leave off. It’s an odd question, and one that a lot of children won’t have asked themselves yet. The point Forbes is making is that parents…
  • Nov 12

    Accepting Extra Care Isn’t Always Easy for Senior

    Accepting Extra Care Isn’t Always Easy for Senior
    “It’s a hand, not a shark.” That’s what the matronly Nora says as she extends her arm to the scared little boy Pete in Disney’s classic fantasy film, Pete’s Dragon. He really did need her help, but he was…
  • Nov 5

    Veterans Affairs Looking for Many Thousands of New Hire

    Veterans Affairs Looking for Many Thousands of New Hire
    The past year has been a tough one for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, as well as for the people it serves. The organization was rocked by scandal after the revelation that many veterans languished in poor health on … Continue…
Rank this Week: 2700

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
  • Nov 19

    How Your Ex Can Inherit Your Saving

    How Your Ex Can Inherit Your Saving
    If you have a will, you probably believe you’re all set. Everything seems in place. But that’s not necessarily so. An article on abcnews.go.com notes that many people are not aware that wills don’t have the final say about…
  • Nov 12

    Estate Planning For Your Collectible

    Estate Planning For Your Collectible
    People can spend a lifetime amassing things they love, like baseball cards or comic books, even art. But they often pay scant attention to what happens to these prized possessions when they die. #10096563 / gettyimages.com They may hope their…
  • Nov 5

    ‘Do It Yourself?’

    ‘Do It Yourself?’
    Some people like to do things for themselves. They grow their own fruits and vegetables. Raise their own chickens. Fix their own toilet problems. #476804765 / gettyimages.com But one place where doing it yourself may not be such a smart idea…
Rank this Week: 4002

Law Office of Andrew M. Lamkin,…

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

Covers elder law.

http://lamkinelderlaw.com/articles/
  • Nov 19

    Estate Planning for a Second Family

    Estate Planning for a Second Family
    The purpose behind estate planning is to simplify a potentially complicated situation for family members. When a second family is involved, estate planning may be a bit more involved, but it is no less important. Several factors influence the…
  • Nov 11

    The Importance of a Power of Attorney

    The Importance of a Power of Attorney
    A power of attorney is a written document designed to allow someone of your choosing, an agent, to make legal decisions on your behalf in the event that you are incapacitated and unable to do so. Though establishing a power of attorney may…
  • Nov 6

    Estate Planning for Peace of Mind

    Estate Planning for Peace of Mind
    During the course of adult life, there are occasions when we are called upon to serve a role in the disposition of matters relating to the estate of a person who has recently passed away. Although the prospect of facing the duties of Executor…
Rank this Week: 2903

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/
  • Nov 18

    ALTCS Rules Allow for Gift Strategy

    ALTCS Rules Allow for Gift Strategy
    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 mother is only 60 years old, but she is no longer able to care for herself at…
  • Nov 14

    Settlement Could Affect Eligibility

    Settlement Could Affect Eligibility
    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 wife was in a horrible car accident, as a result of which she will likely…
  • Oct 31

    Many Factors Affect ALTCS Proce

    Many Factors Affect ALTCS Proce
    Our latest Arizona Republic article in the weekly Aging and the Law column can be found below. Our column runs every Friday in select Arizona cities Question: I helped my mother apply for the Arizona Long Term Care System about two months…
Rank this Week: 3284

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/
  • 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…
  • Aug 18

    Knowing Your Bottom Line in a Negotiation

    Knowing Your Bottom Line 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: You need to know your bottom line.  Nowadays…
  • Jun 11

    Art of Negotiation: Starting and Pressure Point

    Art of Negotiation: Starting and Pressure Point
    Event: ProVisors Panel on Negotiation Venue: Calabasas Country Club Location: Calabasas, Los Angeles, Ca Speaker: Attorney Douglas Schreiber of Anker, Hymes & Schreiber, LLP Transcription: Before you go into a negotiation you need to be…
Rank this Week: 4964

Purcell & Amen, L.L.C. Blog

Purcell & Amen, L.L.C. Blog

Covers elder law and estate planning.

http://yourestatematters.com/blog/
  • Nov 18

    Illinois Man Leaves Large Bequests to Actors He Never Met

    Illinois Man Leaves Large Bequests to Actors He Never Met
    In 2013, Ray Fulk, a 71 year old Illinois man, left his half million dollar estate to two actors he had never met. According to the deceased’s estate planning attorney, he left his estates assets to the actors because they were friends…
  • Nov 16

    New York Developer Leaves $40 million Estate and No Heir

    New York Developer Leaves $40 million Estate and No Heir
    The State of New York may eventually “inherit” an estate worth in the neighborhood of $40 million if heirs of the decedent are not located. Despite an international search, no heirs have yet been located. The estate is that of…
  • Nov 14

    Have You Had the Estate Planning Conversation with Your Parents Yet?

    Have You Had the Estate Planning Conversation with Your Parents Yet?
    When we were younger, our parents frequently sat us down to have a serious conversation about something. As much as most of us dreaded those conversations, in retrospect they may have been easier than some of the conversations we now need to…
Rank this Week: 3116

Estate Planning Blog

Estate Planning Blog

Covering estate planning, elder law, special needs planning, and veteran's benefits in Virginia. By Hook Law Center.

http://www.hooklawcenter.com/blog/
  • Nov 18

    Older people without children may wish to designate a caregiver

    Older people without children may wish to designate a caregiver
    Older adults who do not have children do not have the built-in support system from which many people with children benefit, which puts them at risk if they become ill or injured. In order to ensure they receive good care that is in alignment…
  • Sep 30

    To help prevent elder abuse, address caregiver stress as it emerge

    To help prevent elder abuse, address caregiver stress as it emerge
    Elders are among the most vulnerable populations, and they are at special risk for abuse at the hands of their caregivers. Caregiver stress is one of the biggest contributing factors to elder abuse, and stressed-out caregivers are the most…
  • Sep 22

    How to make homes safer for senior

    How to make homes safer for senior
    Older adults who continue to live independently at home will need a safe space in which to live. Making the home safe is essential for preventing injuries. Each year, around 7,000 elderly people die in accidents at home, while millions more…
Rank this Week: 3563

Michigan Estate Planning

Michigan Estate Planning

Covers estate planning issues for consumers. Published by Andy Richards of Smith Bovill P.C.

http://michiganestateplanning.blogspot.com/
  • Nov 17

    Welcome Clarification on Family Transfers of Residential Real Property and “Uncapping”

    Welcome Clarification on Family Transfers of Residential Real Property and “Uncapping”
    The new law now provides that transfers of property into and out of a trust, and via an estate, to these family members, are exempt, in addition to direct transfers.Beginning December 31, there is yet another beneficial new exception to…
  • Mar 9

    Should You have a “Ladybird” Deed?

    Should You have a “Ladybird” Deed?
    Twenty-five years ago, I was covering for an astute, senior partner at my first law firm employment. I got a call from the title company questioning a deed he had drafted. His proposed form of conveyance purported to convey all but a "life…
  • Feb 25

    New Michigan Law Avoids “Uncapping” in Family Transfer

    New Michigan Law Avoids “Uncapping” in Family Transfer
    Two years ago in March, I reported here on the Klooster v City of Charlevoix case, which addressed the issue of "uncapping" in a real estate transaction between family members. 1994 amendments to the Michigan Real Property Tax, placed a…
Rank this Week: 3877

Kevin A. Pollock BLAWG

Kevin A. Pollock BLAWG

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

http://willstrustsestates.blogspot.com/
  • Nov 17

    2015 Update to Federal Estate Tax Exemption

    2015 Update to Federal Estate Tax Exemption
    Starting January 1, 2015, the federal estate and gift tax exemption will increase from $5,340,000 per person to $5,430,000.  That is an increase of $90,000.  If you are married, that amount will be doubled.In addition to the…
  • Sep 30

    Non Residents of Pennsylvania Can Be Subject to Pennsylvania Inheritance Tax

    Non Residents of Pennsylvania Can Be Subject to Pennsylvania Inheritance Tax
    I frequently get calls from individuals who had a relative pass away with property located in Pennsylvania. Even though the decedent lived somewhere besides Pennsylvania, you should be aware that Pennsylvania reserves the right to tax this…
  • Aug 11

    Non-residents Non-citizens of the US Should Be Careful of How they Invest in Amerian Asset

    Non-residents Non-citizens of the US Should Be Careful of How they Invest in Amerian Asset
    Many individuals who live outside of America like to purchase real estate in America or invest in the U.S. Stock Market.  It can be much safer than in investing in other parts of the world and often times the individual has children who…
Rank this Week: 2929

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/
  • Nov 17

    How to Win a Will Contest in Long Island

    How to Win a Will Contest in Long Island
    What to do When Something is Wrong With the Will Losing a loved one can be emotionally devastating no matter who you are. Unfortunately, many times the sadness that comes with having a loved one die quickly turns to anger, when it is…
  • Nov 10

    What Happens if Property Held Jointly is Still in the Deceased Spouse’s Name?

    What Happens if Property Held Jointly is Still in the Deceased Spouse’s Name?
    What to Do With Your Deed When Your Spouse Dies Most couples have at least some jointly owned property. Usually it is the family home that is held in the names of both of the spouses with a provision that the entire property goes to the…
  • Nov 7

    Does a Will Need Witnesses?

    Does a Will Need Witnesses?
    Make Sure Your Will is Executed Properly A lot of people assume that their will could be overturned based on something like fraud or being threatened by someone to change it. What they may not know, however, is that failing to follow the…
Rank this Week: 3562

Hauptman and Hauptman, P.C. Blog

Hauptman and Hauptman, P.C. Blog

Covers guardianship, Medicaid, probate and estate administration.

http://www.hauptmanlaw.com/blog
Rank this Week: 3200

Shober & Rock Blog

Shober & Rock Blog

Covers elder law in Pennsylvania.

http://shober-rock.com/the-blog/
  • Nov 16

    IRS Cost of Living Limitations for 2015

    IRS Cost of Living Limitations for 2015
    IRS Cost of Living 2015 IRS Cost-of-Living Limitations 2014 2015 Deferral Limit for 401(k), 403(b), Salary Reduction SEPs $17,500.00 $18,000.00 SIMPLE Plan Deferral Limit $12,000.00 $12,500.00 Catch-up Limit 401(k), 403(b) (Ages 50+)…
  • Nov 14

    Social Security Benefits to Inch Up 1.7 Percent in 2015

    Social Security Benefits to Inch Up 1.7 Percent in 2015
    The nation’s elderly and disabled Social Security recipients will receive a 1.7 percent increase in payments in 2015. This is expected to raise the average monthly payment for the typical retired worker by $22. The increase is slightly…
  • Nov 13

    Elder Law Attorneys Specialize in Helping the Elderly

    Elder Law Attorneys Specialize in Helping the Elderly
    Many elderly persons rely entirely on their children, family members or other individuals to help them. This dependence upon caregivers or family members makes an older person more vulnerable to abuse and financial exploitation. Legal…
Rank this Week: 3244

Massachusetts Estate Planning,…

Massachusetts Estate Planning, Probate & Elder Law

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

http://elderlaw.info/
Rank this Week: 3973

Cramer Law Center

Cramer Law Center

Covers Florida estate planning.

http://cramerlawcenter.com
  • Nov 14

    FLORIDA HOMESTEAD LAW VS. DIVORCE SETTLEMENT: WHICH WINS?

    FLORIDA HOMESTEAD LAW VS. DIVORCE SETTLEMENT: WHICH WINS?
    As our faithful readers (and workshop attendees) may recall, Florida homestead law is meant to protect a person’s primary residence from creditors, but its quirks can cause major problems, particularly for a blended family. A recent…
  • Oct 16

    MOVIE REVIEW: “LULLABY”

    MOVIE REVIEW: “LULLABY”
    Available on Netflix, “Lullaby” is a movie by Andrew Levitas about a dysfunctional family that is reunited by end-of-life issues.  Jonathan is a young man living on the opposite coast from his wealthy New York family. …
  • Oct 3

    JOIN US FOR A WINE TASTING TO HELP END ALZHEIMER’S

    JOIN US FOR A WINE TASTING TO HELP END ALZHEIMER’S
    We are pleased to announce that Cramer Law Center is participating in the Jacksonville Walk to End Alzheimer’s for the third year in a row. To help us reach this year’s fundraising goal, we are holding our Second Annual…
Rank this Week: 3647

Bingham Greenebaum Doll Blog

Bingham Greenebaum Doll Blog

Covers Indiana law.

http://www.bgdlegal.com/blog/
  • Nov 13

    Indiana Supreme Court Upholds Indiana?s Right-to-Work Law

    Indiana Supreme Court Upholds Indiana?s Right-to-Work Law
    After Indiana’s right-to-work law took effect on Mar. 14, 2012, the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 150, AFL-CIO challenged the law in federal and state court. The Union’s lawsuits challenged the law’s…
  • Oct 31

    5 Steps for Prudent Employers When Discharging Employees, Part Two: At Termination

    5 Steps for Prudent Employers When Discharging Employees, Part Two: At Termination
    At this point in the discharge process, employers should have already ensured that all bases have been covered prior to an employee’s termination and are now prepared to inform the employee. Now it’s time for the often…
  • Oct 29

    ICYMI: Tandy C. Patrick Explains Why You Should Hire a Lawyer When Signing a Purchase Contract

    ICYMI: Tandy C. Patrick Explains Why You Should Hire a Lawyer When Signing a Purchase Contract
    In October’s Louisville Business First Legal Forum Column, BGD partner Tandy C. Patrick discussed why hiring a lawyer when signing purchase contracts is a wise idea. Read her advice below and don’t miss our monthly legal…
Rank this Week: 3150

Tennessee Estate Law Blog

Tennessee Estate Law Blog

Covers estate planing law. By The Higgins Firm.

http://www.tennesseeestatelawblog.com/
  • Nov 12

    Meeting with a Tennessee Probate Attorney

    Meeting with a Tennessee Probate Attorney
    Recently, attorney Jim Higgins stopped by Nashville’s NewsChannel 5 Talk of the Town Extra to discuss some steps to take when meeting with a Tennessee probate attorney after a death. When a person passes away, you may not exactly know…
  • Oct 21

    National Estate Planning Awareness Week

    National Estate Planning Awareness Week
    You have probably been told before that a day signified a certain nationwide event like National Donut Day or National Hot Dog Day. Often these days are used to celebrate and bring awareness to certain areas in life. The same goes for estate…
  • Oct 14

    Fast Facts about Tennessee Probate

    Fast Facts about Tennessee Probate
    While the word “probate” encompasses a number of definitions, it is typically used to define the court process of transferring a decedent’s assets. Probate has seemingly gained a bad reputation in a number of states due to…
Rank this Week: 3040

The Thorpe Law Firm, P.A.

The Thorpe Law Firm, P.A.

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

http://www.thorpelawfirm.com/blog/
  • Nov 11

    Settlement Pending in Detroit Bankruptcy Case

    Settlement Pending in Detroit Bankruptcy Case
    Judge Steven Rhodes began hearing final arguments on the Detroit bankruptcy case on October 27. At that time, the judge said he would deliver a decision on November 7 to either reject or approve the city’s plan. If that schedule…
  • Oct 28

    GT Advanced Technologies – Apple Sapphire Manufacturing Partner – Files Bankruptcy

    GT Advanced Technologies – Apple Sapphire Manufacturing Partner – Files Bankruptcy
    GT Advanced Technologies Inc. (GTAT) has filed for bankruptcy seeking Chapter 11 protection by the court. GTAT is a sapphire manufacturing company that recently received a huge pre-payment from the Apple corporation in the amount of $578…
  • Oct 5

    Bankruptcy Court Holds Secured Creditors Can Be “Crammed Down” With Below-Market Replacement Note

    Bankruptcy Court Holds Secured Creditors Can Be “Crammed Down” With Below-Market Replacement Note
    On 26 August, 2014, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in New York State’s Southern District held in the case of MPM Silicones, LLC that it was acceptable for secured creditors to be “crammed down” in chapter 11 bankruptcy plans…
Rank this Week: 3006

Estateography

Estateography

By Alvi Aggarwal.

http://www.estateography.com/
  • Nov 10

    The Durable Power of Attorney for Financial Affair

    The Durable Power of Attorney for Financial Affair
    A “power of attorney” is a legal document that appoints another person to act for you in a specified capacity. Often, a power of attorney is "general," giving your agent broad powers to manage your financial affairs (your…
  • Oct 13

    Transferring Real Estate to A Revocable Trust by Deed

    Transferring Real Estate to A Revocable Trust by Deed
    Real estate includes your house, condo, vacation home, commercial building, and similar properties. Generally, a person who has a revocable trust will want that trust to be the owner and/or beneficiary of most of his/her assets: the…
  • Sep 21

    Transferring Mortgaged Real Estate to Your Revocable Trust

    Transferring Mortgaged Real Estate to Your Revocable Trust
    (or: why we have to ask the mortgage company for permission to transfer the rental property but not the house) People usually establish revocable trusts to facilitate the management of their assets if they become incapacitated and to avoid…
Rank this Week: 2711

Redlands Veterans' Affairs…

Redlands Veterans' Affairs Attorney Blog

Covers estate planning and elder law. By Esther Wang.

http://www.california-elder-law.com/blog/
  • Nov 10

    Living Trust for Discretion, Efficiency

    Living Trust for Discretion, Efficiency
    As you are weighing your options with regard to estate planning vehicles you would do well to consider the advantages of revocable living trusts. Some people don't feel as though a trust would be right for them because they are...
  • Nov 4

    Is a Gift of College Tuition Taxable?

    Is a Gift of College Tuition Taxable?
    When you are a young child you invariably look forward to Christmas and your birthday because you know that you will be receiving gifts. Giving someone a gift seems like a very innocent and kind gesture, and the last thing...
  • Oct 16

    How Will Your Final Wishes Become Reality?

    How Will Your Final Wishes Become Reality?
    When you start to plan your estate in earnest you would do well to consider the details that must be attended to after you pass away. Unless the situation is very simple there are going to be some considerable tasks...
Rank this Week: 3010

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
  • Nov 10

    California Heggstad Petitions and Kucker v. Kucker

    California Heggstad Petitions and Kucker v. Kucker
    I recently had the following calendar note in a probate case in Alameda County. We had filed a Heggstad petition, pursuant to California probate code 850, to get two properties into a trust after death. I should clarify our firm ……
  • Oct 1

    Bank of America mortgage trust certification form

    Bank of America mortgage trust certification form
    For some time now I have advised clients to contact their mortgage holder to see about linking their trust to their mortgage. Without that you can leave your trustee with a problem. The house might be owned by the trust … Continue…
  • Sep 29

    Dying on your terms and POLST

    Dying on your terms and POLST
    My grandma is 98 years old…. or should I say 98 years YOUNG!?  She called last week to tell me about a great article in the LA Times.  It’s about dying on YOUR TERMS. In fact, the headline in the … Continue…
Rank this Week: 4562

Simmons & Schiavo Blog

Simmons & Schiavo Blog

Covers estate planning and real estate law.

http://www.sslawoffices.com/category/all-posts/
  • Nov 10

    Planning for estate tax vs. planning for income tax

    Planning for estate tax vs. planning for income tax
    Traditionally, the federal estate tax was extremely burdensome to wealthier individuals, and the bulk of estate planning involved finding ways to minimize this federal tax. In the last few years, though, the federal estate tax rates and…
  • Nov 5

    Professional, knowledgeable and thorough

    Professional, knowledgeable and thorough
    I have recently worked with Marco on Estate Planning matters and found him to be very professional, knowledgeable and thorough. Estate planning can be very complicated and confusing, but Marco has been able to reduce things down to…
  • Nov 1

    What you need to know about easements on your property

    What you need to know about easements on your property
    An “easement” is a legal right of someone who doesn’t own a piece of property to use the property for a particular reason. Many properties have easements on them, so it’s important to know about them if you’re…
Rank this Week: 4472

Florida Probate Litigation Lawyer…

Florida Probate Litigation Lawyer Blog

Cover Florida probate litigation. By Chepenik & Trushin LLP.

http://www.floridaprobatelitigationlawyer.com/
  • Nov 10

    ESTATE PLANNING FOR FOREIGN EMPLOYEES: Smoothing the Transition

    ESTATE PLANNING FOR FOREIGN EMPLOYEES: Smoothing the Transition
    The rapid expansion of international public and private companies has brought about an exponential increase in the establishment of subsidiaries far from global headquarters. Such growth has meant that companies are often requiring employees…
  • Sep 26

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

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

    LONG TERM CHARITABLE GIVING: The Charitable Lead Trust

    LONG TERM CHARITABLE GIVING: The Charitable Lead Trust
    Charitable donors are frequently in pursuit of a means for establishing a lifetime philanthropic legacy and effective estate planning. The utilization of a charitable trust provides a strategic option. The donor may choose to set up a trust…
Rank this Week: 3759

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
  • 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…
  • Oct 19

    How To Avoid Probate

    How To Avoid Probate
    There is hardly a week that goes by that I don’t receive a call from a potential client asking me to help them “avoid probate”. Unfortunately, most of the time, the client only has a vague understanding of the probate…
  • Sep 2

    Joint Ownership of Asset

    Joint Ownership of Asset
    A significant portion of the assets we own are held jointly with another person. Almost anything, including real property, bank accounts, and investment accounts, can be, and often is, owned jointly. Therefore, it is of utmost importance to…
Rank this Week: 3171

Arkansas Legal Issues

Arkansas Legal Issues

By Wilson & Haubert, PLLC.

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

    How to Beat a Credit Card Lawsuit

    How to Beat a Credit Card Lawsuit
    Note: This blog has two purposes: 1.  I want you to give you interesting content that I have curated, digested, and then written about in a way that is engaging and understandable. My goal is both that you would be entertained and become…
  • Nov 6

    4 Lessons in Lawyering from “Car Talk”

    4 Lessons in Lawyering from “Car Talk”
    I am sad that Tom Magliozzi of “Car Talk” has died—he was a real bright spot on the radio. He and his brother Ray (“Click” and “Clack”) hosted the show for over 25 years before retiring in 2012. You…
  • Oct 30

    Law-practice fl”AVVO”r of the Month.

    Law-practice fl”AVVO”r of the Month.
    See what I did there with “flavor?” You’re welcome. The law is a cottage industry. Starting with LSAT prep, the test itself, “How-To” Guides for law school, supplements, textbooks, Bar Prep, and then the Bar…
Rank this Week: 3044

The Virtual Attorney Blog

The Virtual Attorney Blog

Covers estate planning and business law. By Michael Brennan.

http://thevirtualattorney.com/blog
  • Nov 6

    Top Six Reasons To Have an LLC Operating Agreement

    Top Six Reasons To Have an LLC Operating Agreement
    For many new business owners, one of the first questions they need to tackle is what type of business entity to form. From multiples types of corporations and partnerships (or sole proprietorships for individuals) to limited liability…
  • Oct 31

    An Illustration of a Revocable Living Trust

    An Illustration of a Revocable Living Trust
    Most people have heard of trusts, but often times when I begin a conversation with a client about whether a trust should be incorporated into their estate plan, I am met with blank stares and dozens of questions. If you have heard of a trust…
  • Oct 13

    A Few Personal Thoughts on Brittany Maynard

    A Few Personal Thoughts on Brittany Maynard
    As I write this, Brittany Maynard is living the last few weeks of her young life. She’s 29 years old- just a year younger than me, so reading about her story has hit close to home for me. I don’t pretend that my words on this blog…
Rank this Week: 3617

San Diego Estate Planning Lawyer…

San Diego Estate Planning Lawyer Blog

Covers estate planning topics such as conservatorship, guardianship, health care and advanced directive, living trusts, and probate. By Law Office of Scott D. Soady, A Professional Corporation

http://www.sandiegoestateplanninglawyerblog.com/
  • Nov 5

    Can a Creditor Challenge a Trustee's Mismanagement?

    Can a Creditor Challenge a Trustee's Mismanagement?
    When you create a living trust, you transfer personal assets to a trustee, who then manages those assets on your behalf. In most cases, this won't be a problem, since you can name yourself as trustee during your lifetime. But when someone…
  • Nov 3

    How Does a “Survivorship Clause” in a Will or Trust Work?

    How Does a “Survivorship Clause” in a Will or Trust Work?
    In making a will or trust, you should consider the possibility your chosen beneficiaries will not outlive you. It is therefore common practice to include a survivorship clause, specifying that a gift will lapse unless the recipient survives…
  • Nov 1

    What Happens When an Equal Distribution of Property Is Not So Equal?

    What Happens When an Equal Distribution of Property Is Not So Equal?
    If you have multiple children, you may wish to structure your estate plan so that each child receives an equal share of your property. Sometimes this is easier said than done—or written. If your will or trust contains conflicting or…
Rank this Week: 4857

Connecticut Estate Planning…

Connecticut Estate Planning Attorneys Blog

Covers estate planning. By CzepigaDalyPope LLC.

http://www.connecticutestateplanningattorneysblog.com/
  • Nov 5

    When Should You Take Social Security?

    When Should You Take Social Security?
    If you make the wrong choices about filing for Social Security, you may reduce your income for the rest of your life. Did you think that at a certain age, you just automatically file and receive a certain amount? That’s not always the…
  • Oct 23

    3 Little Known Ways to Get Through to the Department of Social Service

    3 Little Known Ways to Get Through to the Department of Social Service
    By Elizabeth Walsh Do you have a quick question for the Connecticut Department of Social Services (DSS)?  Do you need answers about that Medicaid application you’re trying to complete? Getting the answer will be anything but quick.…
  • Oct 16

    Senior Living Options: Cracking the Code

    Senior Living Options: Cracking the Code
    Independent Living. Assisted Living. Nursing Home. What do these terms mean? How are they different from each other? And which one is right for you? Take a look here to learn what each one is all about. Independent Living Maybe you’re…
Rank this Week: 3198

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: 4000

Sanders Law Firm Blog

Sanders Law Firm Blog

Covers North Carolina law.

http://www.kirksanderslaw.com/blog
  • Oct 31

    Undue Influence: Grounds for Contesting a Will

    Undue Influence: Grounds for Contesting a Will
    Tags: undue influencegrounds for contesting a willOne of the claims to contest a will is Undue Influence. The WillCaveat.com post link below discusses the Undue Influence challenge as grounds for contesting a will. North Carolina courts…
  • Oct 20

    Attorney Referral fee for North Carolina Case

    Attorney Referral fee for North Carolina Case
    Tags: nc attorney referrallawyer referral in north carolinaRecently, Kirk Sanders of Sanders Law Firm PLLC had the pleasure of delivering an $80,000.00 attorney fee to co-counsel in a Power of Attorney Abuse case.  Kirk Sanders…
  • Oct 16

    Building a Home & Picking a Contractor

    Building a Home & Picking a Contractor
    Tags: Building a homeconstruction projects lawyer Winston-SalemBuilding a house or doing addition work is one of the largest single investments a person can make in their lifetime. It's the time for you to do research. Know how much you…
Rank this Week: 4768

Your Texas Estate Plan

Your Texas Estate Plan

Covers tax and estate planning. By Jacob Pelley.

http://www.yourtexasestateplan.com/
  • Oct 31

    Spooky IRA Deadline

    Spooky IRA Deadline
    You can't fight time. Don't try. We've talked before about the tax ramifications of halloween candy, but today I want to let you know if something much spookier: the October 31 deadline of notifying your inherited IRA custodian if a…
  • Sep 12

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

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

    Estate tax Repeal Musing

    Estate tax Repeal Musing
    Relevant in 2011, but still funnyEvery couple years when the election cycles roll around, someone brings up the estate tax again. It is usually when we are not at war, arguing about when a fetus is viable, if universal healthcare is a good…
Rank this Week: 4507

Walden & Pfannenstiel Blog

Walden & Pfannenstiel Blog

Covers bankruptcy and estate planning.

http://wplawpractice.com/blog/
Rank this Week: 4640

Asset Protection Law Journal

Asset Protection Law Journal

Covers asset protection laws. By Kenneth J. Laino.

http://www.assetprotectionlawjournal.com
  • Oct 29

    Two or More APTs May Be Advisable In Some Situation

    Two or More APTs May Be Advisable In Some Situation
    In Ohio (as in other states that have enacted a Domestic Asset Protection Trust Statute), it may be advisable to have two or more trusts as part of an overall asset protection plan. For example, a husband and wife may each want to have their…
  • Sep 30

    Social Media Explosion Creates Even Greater Urgency for Asset Protection Planning

    Social Media Explosion Creates Even Greater Urgency for Asset Protection Planning
    An interesting article by Cindy Krischer Goodman in the Miami Herald provides some excellent examples of how fortunes today can change in an instant -- due to social media.  For example, racist comments in a private phone conversation…
  • Sep 29

    Ohio Legacy Trust Not Likely To Affect Your Income Taxe

    Ohio Legacy Trust Not Likely To Affect Your Income Taxe
    Clients frequently ask about potential income tax aspects of an Ohio Legacy Trust.  An Ohio Legacy Trust will likely have no effect at all on your income tax situation.  The trust will be structured so that it is a grantor trust…
Rank this Week: 2625

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: 2979