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Law Offices of Cheryl David

Law Offices of Cheryl David

Covers estate planning and elder law in North Carolina.

http://www.cheryldavid.com/blog/
  • Jun 24

    Free Report: North Carolina Medicaid Planning – Part2

    Free Report: North Carolina Medicaid Planning – Part2
      One of the biggest issues surrounding Medicaid planning is determining whether you can meet the individual asset limit associated with the program. Medicaid, unlike Medicare, is a form of welfare, not an entitlement program. As such,…
  • Jun 16

    Estate Litigation in North Carolina: Essential Concepts and Basic Question

    Estate Litigation in North Carolina: Essential Concepts and Basic Question
    Estate Litigation in North Carolina: Essential Concepts and Basic Questions from Cheryl David Estate litigation lawsuits, like all lawsuits, have to follow specific rules and procedures as required by North Carolina law. To be able to…
  • Jun 11

    Medicaid Planning in North Carolina: Eligibility, Options, and Personal Plan

    Medicaid Planning in North Carolina: Eligibility, Options, and Personal Plan
    Medicaid Planning in North Carolina: Eligibility, Options, and Personal Plans from Cheryl David This means that unless you begin your plan 5 years before applying for Medicaid, you may not be able to qualify for the program This is why…
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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/
  • Jun 24

    Why and how to advertise an estate (or trust) administration

    Why and how to advertise an estate (or trust) administration
    You may have noticed legal notices in the newspaper, mixed in with the classified ads, as you turned pages looking for the comics. If you look closely, you will often see advertisements announcing that the Register of Wills has opened an…
  • Jun 22

    How to save $8,000 qualifying for Medicaid

    How to save $8,000 qualifying for Medicaid
    According to USA Today, about two-thirds of nursing home residents spend down to qualify for Medicaid. Many of them could spend down less, and save more in assets, if they would do just one thing differently. To understand my point, you need…
  • Jun 19

    3 keys to a great estate plan

    3 keys to a great estate plan
    As an elder law attorney, I see hundreds of estate plans every year. Most are adequate – they cover the minimum requirements and are not so outdated that they no longer make sense. You could easily do that too. For $10, you could buy…
Rank this Week: 3550

Murphy's Law Blog

Murphy's Law Blog

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

http://www.noreenmurphylaw.com/blog/
  • Jun 24

    10 Ways Technology Will Change Your Old-Age Experience

    10 Ways Technology Will Change Your Old-Age Experience
    The future never quits changing. I’ve written a lot in recent months about technology’s exciting entry into the fields of elder law and senior care. Each week seems to bring about a brand-new and truly intriguing story. View image…
  • Jun 17

    Lessons Learned From A Multi-Millionaire Janitor

    Lessons Learned From A Multi-Millionaire Janitor
    We don’t often hear about the passing of unassuming, elderly janitors… but when they leave secret multi-million dollar fortunes behind, that tends to get newspapers’ attention. Ronald Read lived in Vermont his whole life.…
  • Jun 10

    How An Adam Sandler Movie Is Changing Dementia Care

    How An Adam Sandler Movie Is Changing Dementia Care
    Well, nobody saw this one coming. An Adam Sandler movie, of all things, has inspired an effective new trend in healthcare and therapy for dementia patients. And it only took 11 years for it to catch on 50 First Dates made its way to theaters…
Rank this Week: 4485

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
  • Jun 24

    Estate Planning Step By Step

    Estate Planning Step By Step
    Lots of people dread the process of estate planning. View image | gettyimages.com However, it can be made easier if done step-by-step, according to an article on emporiagazette,com. Step 1. Buy life insurance. If something were to happen to…
  • Jun 17

    When An Elderly Relative Gives Away Money

    When An Elderly Relative Gives Away Money
    What can you do when you find out an aged parent or other relative has been giving away large sums of money to an unrelated caregiver or someone else? View image | gettyimages.com In a post on elderlawanswers.com, a writer said his…
  • Jun 10

    Estate Planning’s Trump Card

    Estate Planning’s Trump Card
    The scenario: Fran’s husband, Ed, died recently. Then she learns that his life insurance proceeds are going to his first wife, Sally. She calls her lawyer, incredulously, believing that this cannot be true. Fran was the beneficiary of…
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Law Office of Roy W. Litherland…

Law Office of Roy W. Litherland Blog

Covers estate planning, probate and living trusts.

http://www.attorneyoffice.com/blog/
  • Jun 24

    What Are the Gift Tax Exclusions?

    What Are the Gift Tax Exclusions?
    There is a tax on gift giving in the United States, but many people do not pay the gift tax because there are exclusions. You should understand the lay of the land when you are planning your estate, because the gift tax is unified with the…
  • Jun 17

    Genworth Financial Releases 2015 Long-Term Care Cost Survey

    Genworth Financial Releases 2015 Long-Term Care Cost Survey
    If you have not looked into the subject, you may be unpleasantly surprised when you hear about the current state of long-term care costs. Medicare does not pay for long-term care, so this is a subject that you should take quite seriously when…
  • Jun 12

    What is Independence to Seniors? (An Elder Law Today Blog)

    What is Independence to Seniors? (An Elder Law Today Blog)
    What is Independence to Seniors? by Dedra Jize, OT, CSA Geriatric Care Manager, Law Offices of Roy W. Litherland Independence is defined by Webster’s Dictionary as “not requiring or relying on something else”…and that…
Rank this Week: 2812

Asset Protection Law Journal

Asset Protection Law Journal

Covers asset protection laws. By Kenneth J. Laino.

http://www.assetprotectionlawjournal.com
  • Jun 23

    Growing Awareness of Ohio as a Top Asset Protection Jurisdiction

    Growing Awareness of Ohio as a Top Asset Protection Jurisdiction
    It has been a little more than two years since Ohio became one of the top asset protection jurisdictions in the United States.  Many people -- including many attorneys--are still not fully aware of this dramatic development.  But…
  • May 1

    Obligations as a Guarantor Could Hinder Your Asset Protection Option

    Obligations as a Guarantor Could Hinder Your Asset Protection Option
    Signing a personal guaranty for your business or a relative can have a variety of financial implications. It can also limit your asset protection alternatives. Asset protection planning frequently involves the transfer of assets. An…
  • Apr 30

    Most Asset Protection Trusts Are Not Designed For Estate Planning

    Most Asset Protection Trusts Are Not Designed For Estate Planning
    It is highly advisable to focus on asset protection and estate planning at the same time. Keep in mind, however, that you will likely need separate documents for each type of planning. Most people who set up an asset protection trust…
Rank this Week: 1444

Tennessee Wills and Estates

Tennessee Wills and Estates

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

http://www.tennesseewillsandestates.com
  • Jun 20

    New Law Firm - Burrow Lee, PLLC

    New Law Firm - Burrow Lee, PLLC
    I am really excited to let everyone know that my partner Brett Burrow and I have formed a new law firm.  It is Burrow Lee, PLLC.  We are located in downtown Nashville, Tennessee.  Our website is www.burrowlee.com.  We…
  • May 17

    Confusion on When a Tennessee Probate Estate Should be Opened

    Confusion on When a Tennessee Probate Estate Should be Opened
    I get a lot of interesting questions when I tell people that I practice Probate law in Tennessee.  One of the things that is most confusing to people is how to know when an actual estate needs to be opened for their loved one.  As a…
  • Mar 22

    Signatures of Witnesses to Will on Affidavit, but Not on Actual Will Does Not Comply with Tennessee Law

    Signatures of Witnesses to Will on Affidavit, but Not on Actual Will Does Not Comply with Tennessee Law
    A recent Tennessee Court of Appeals’ decision of In re Estate of Bill Morris, No. M2014-00874-COA-R3-CV, 2015 WL 557970 (Tenn. Ct. App. 2015) discussed the requirements for witness signatures on a Tennessee will.  T.C.A. §…
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Givner & Kaye Blog

Givner & Kaye Blog

Covers estate and tax planning.

http://www.givnerkaye.com/blog/
  • Jun 18

    Japan to Institute “Exit Tax” Along US, Canadian Line

    Japan to Institute “Exit Tax” Along US, Canadian Line
    Starting July 1 of this year, Japan will impose an “Exit Tax” on both Japanese nationals and non-nationals who expatriate. The tax is based on those instituted by both the US and Canada. The US system, which is itself modelled on…
  • Jun 16

    Appropriations Bill Cuts IRS Budget for Sixth Straight Year

    Appropriations Bill Cuts IRS Budget for Sixth Straight Year
    The House Appropriation Committee’s fiscal year 2016 financial services and general government spending bill will cut the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS’s) budget for the sixth year in a row, slashing the agency’s…
  • May 14

    IRS Loses Couple’s Tax Return, Blames the Couple

    IRS Loses Couple’s Tax Return, Blames the Couple
    In a complaint filed April 30 in the US Court of Federal Claims, John and Dorothy Shea stated that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) had erroneously denied their refund claim as untimely filed after the agency had admitted to losing the…
Rank this Week: 4897

Tennessee Estate Law Blog

Tennessee Estate Law Blog

Covers estate planing law. By The Higgins Firm.

http://www.tennesseeestatelawblog.com/
  • Jun 17

    BB King’s daughters claim ‘missing’ Will

    BB King’s daughters claim ‘missing’ Will
    The world tragically lost a Blue’s icon recently and it looks like the families troubles are continuing in probate court. The four daughters of the late musical icon BB King, Patty King, Karen Williams, Rita Washington and Barbara…
  • Jun 3

    Tips for Choosing the Best Estate Plan for you

    Tips for Choosing the Best Estate Plan for you
    We all may not know how important estate planning really is, but many may be confused by the process, think it costs too much or just think we do not have to worry about it yet. Here are some tips so you can choose the best plan for whatever…
  • May 28

    A Living Trust Versus a last Will: Which one should I choose?

    A Living Trust Versus a last Will: Which one should I choose?
    This is a difficult question to answer for many people. Often, it is because people do not know the difference between the two or what is involved in each. It is important to choose the one that is best for your needs so that your loved ones…
Rank this Week: 3154

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: 1996

Parman & Easterday Blog

Parman & Easterday Blog

Covers elder law and estate planning.

http://www.parmanlaw.com/blog/
  • Jun 17

    What Is the Oklahoma Annual Gift Tax Exclusion?

    What Is the Oklahoma Annual Gift Tax Exclusion?
    What Is the Oklahoma Annual Gift Tax Exclusion? from Larry Parman This exclusion extends to the purchase of health insurance for the benefit of gift recipients In some instances, it could also apply to the purchase of long-term care…
  • Jun 10

    Questions About Oklahoma Powers of Attorney: Options, Customizations and Limitation

    Questions About Oklahoma Powers of Attorney: Options, Customizations and Limitation
    Questions About Oklahoma Powers of Attorney: Options, Customizations and Limitations from Larry Parman Having a power of attorney in place is something that should be high on your estate planning list of priorities. Learn more about…
  • Jun 3

    Questions About Oklahoma Powers of Attorney: Essential Concepts and Misunderstanding

    Questions About Oklahoma Powers of Attorney: Essential Concepts and Misunderstanding
    Questions About Oklahoma Powers of Attorney: Essential Concepts and Misunderstandings from Larry Parman Everyone creating a power of attorney must make a document that not only complies with the legal requirements, but one that also meets…
Rank this Week: 2666

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/
  • Jun 16

    Congratulations to our 2015 Super Lawyer Award Recipient

    Congratulations to our 2015 Super Lawyer Award Recipient
    GCF’s David Carter and Eugene O’Neill have been named “Super Lawyers” on the “Florida Super Lawyer” list.  In addition, Anthony Guettler and Sean Mickley have been named “Rising…
  • Jun 16

    GCF’S Brian Connelly Earns Board Certification in Civil Trial Law

    GCF’S Brian Connelly Earns Board Certification in Civil Trial Law
    Brian Connelly recently earned his board certification in Civil Trial Law from The Florida Bar. Mr. Connelly has been with GCF since 2000 and focuses his practice in the areas of personal injury, wrongful death, product liability and medical…
  • May 21

    Disclosure of Retained Subsurface Right

    Disclosure of Retained Subsurface Right
    Effective October 1, 2014, HB 489 was signed into law as a result of the legislature’s need to more closely regulate the disclosure of retained mineral interests. The law created Sec. 689.29, F.S.  which requires the seller to…
Rank this Week: 2641

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
  • Jun 15

    Medicaid’s Five Year Look-Back Period

    Medicaid’s Five Year Look-Back Period
    Anyone who has researched Medicaid planning has almost certainly heard of Medicaid’s dreaded five year look-back rule. I am not exactly sure why out of all the idiosyncrasies of New York’s Medicaid laws, the five year look-back is…
  • Apr 16

    Opening a Safe Deposit Box After Death in NY

    Opening a Safe Deposit Box After Death in NY
    I often receive phone calls from clients who had recently lost a loved one and, among other things, are confused about how to access the decedent’s safe deposit box. A common concern is that the loved one kept their last will in the…
  • Mar 9

    Frequently Asked Probate Question

    Frequently Asked Probate Question
    As a probate lawyer, I am often asked many important questions about the probate process. I have decided to make a list of some of the most frequent questions in an effort to help people understand the process better. What is Probate? Probate…
Rank this Week: 2469

Planning Notes

Planning Notes

Covers fundamental concepts relevant to estate planning, business law, real estate law, and tax law. By Cook & Cook.

http://cooklaw.co/blog
  • Jun 15

    LLC Agreement Provisions Create Non-Probate Interest

    LLC Agreement Provisions Create Non-Probate Interest
    In Blechman v. Estate of Blechman, a Florida District Court of Appeal recently held that the provisions of a particular limited liability company’s (LLC) operating agreement restricted the transfer of a decedent’s ownership…
  • Jun 15

    LLC Agreement Provisions Create Non-Probate Interest

    LLC Agreement Provisions Create Non-Probate Interest
    In Blechman v. Estate of Blechman, a Florida District Court of Appeal recently held that the provisions of a particular limited liability company’s (LLC) operating agreement restricted the transfer of a decedent’s ownership…
  • May 13

    Proposed 1031 Exchange Change

    Proposed 1031 Exchange Change
    WealthManagement.com: The Fiscal Year 2016 Budget proposes a modification of like-kind exchange transactions. As in the Fiscal Year 2015 Budget, the Administration proposes to limit the amount of capital gain deferred under Section 1031 of…
Rank this Week: 4044

Law Offices of Saul Kobrick, P.C.…

Law Offices of Saul Kobrick, P.C. Blog

Covers New York estate planning and elder law.

http://www.kobricklaw.com/blog/
  • Jun 15

    World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2015

    World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2015
    Though most people do not realize it, abuse of the elderly is a serious, and growing, problem in the United States. In fact, a recent study found that one in ten older Americans admitted to having been abused or neglected within the past year…
  • Jun 4

    When Do You Need to Update Your Estate Plan?

    When Do You Need to Update Your Estate Plan?
    If you have an existing estate plan you are definitely ahead of most people. Studies show that despite understanding the importance of having an estate plan in place, over half of all Americans have yet to create one. Creating an estate plan…
  • Jun 2

    What Is Pet Planning?

    What Is Pet Planning?
    If you have a pet that you consider part of the family you may wish to include pet planning in your overall estate plan. Contrary to what many people think, pet planning is not just for the rich and famous who leave small fortunes to a…
Rank this Week: 3112

Sanders Law Firm Blog

Sanders Law Firm Blog

Covers North Carolina law.

http://www.kirksanderslaw.com/blog
  • Jun 12

    VALUATION of MEMBERSHIP INTEREST in a NC LLC

    VALUATION of MEMBERSHIP INTEREST in a NC LLC
    Tags: valuation LLC interest NCselling LLC membership in NCNC LLC attorneyThere are times when a membership interest in a Limited Liability Company (LLC) needs to be valued. These include: 1) a member wanting to sell interest or transfer…
  • May 27

    Post Judgment Collection NC Attorney

    Post Judgment Collection NC Attorney
    Tags: post-judgment collection NCcollection attorney ncSo you have a judgment against someone in North Carolina, now what? If it's an individual-debtor, this article is for you. If it's a corporation or LLC or business entity, then get a…
  • May 26

    Agricultural Liens in NC

    Agricultural Liens in NC
    Tags: agricultural lawyers ncagriculture attorneys NCWe represent and have been involved with a number of providers of seed and fertilizer. Agriculture liens are one way to secure goods & services provided. If you have an…
Rank this Week: 3800

Your Texas Estate Plan

Your Texas Estate Plan

Covers tax and estate planning. By Jacob Pelley.

http://www.yourtexasestateplan.com/
  • Jun 11

    Caselaw Updates: Tortious Interference with Inheritance Right

    Caselaw Updates: Tortious Interference with Inheritance Right
    I don't love continuing legal education classes.  Here's why:1. I don't like many things that are mandatory, and they are.2. I'm surrounded by lawyers.3. They are expensive.4. They are usually in an overly cold/hot room and sometimes via…
  • Apr 9

    Life Insurance: Change your Beneficiary Designations..or else

    Life Insurance: Change your Beneficiary Designations..or else
    I have written about life insurance before.  In general, I'm not crazy about it, but for some folks it makes sense. I go to a lot of lunches and seminars were different products are presented, and while some are only good for…
  • Mar 20

    Efiling: Tips, Tricks, and Conspiracy, and a primer on creating (free-ish) Text-Searchable PDFS

    Efiling: Tips, Tricks, and Conspiracy, and a primer on creating (free-ish) Text-Searchable PDFS
    I really don't like efiling.  I do not think I am alone. I laud the clerks and technicians who have spend countless hours getting trained, working out the bugs, and helping me when my document was not "text searchable" or "submitted…
Rank this Week: 4347

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
  • Jun 11

    Digital Assets after death

    Digital Assets after death
    The world of “digital assets” is growing by leaps and bounds each day. The issues they present are growing just as fast. That is, what happens to the money left in your Itunes account after death? Or what about your photos on…
  • May 14

    The Pragmatic lawyer

    The Pragmatic lawyer
    I have always considered myself to be reasonable or a good sense of rough justice. A quick opinion of how things should end up. People have called me pragmatic many times during my 20 years as a lawyer. I will admit I didn’t know…
  • May 14

    The Pragmatic lawyer

    The Pragmatic lawyer
    I have always considered myself to be reasonable or a good sense of rough justice. A quick opinion of how things should end up. People have called me pragmatic many times during my 20 years as a lawyer. I will admit I didn’t know…
Rank this Week: 4970

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: 3378

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/
  • Jun 8

    Wills 101

    Wills 101
    Many people ask me whether a Will is the proper way to pass on their assets to others when they die.  The answer depends of the individual circumstances of each person. This blog entry provides some basic information about estate…
  • May 11

    Considerations For Your Health Care Proxy

    Considerations For Your Health Care Proxy
    I regularly sit with clients helping them prepare their Long Term Care tool boxes.  One very important Tool is the Health Care Proxy, a document that designates who has authority to make medical choices for them when they are unable to…
  • Apr 13

    Retirement Planning With Special Needs Child

    Retirement Planning With Special Needs Child
    Parents with special needs children have a set of added concerns when planning for their retirement.  In addition to planning where they will live and how much income they will have, they also need to plan where there special needs child…
Rank this Week: 3090

epilawg

epilawg

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

http://epilawg.com/
  • Jun 8

    An Introduction to Trusteed IRA

    An Introduction to Trusteed IRA
    An individual retirement account (IRA) is typically established in one of two ways. As a custodial account, where the bank or financial institution is simply acting as a fiduciary and must follow the directions of […]An Introduction to…
  • May 26

    Fiduciary Access to Digital Asset

    Fiduciary Access to Digital Asset
    The Uniform Law Commission drafted an act to provide fiduciaries with the same access to digital assets as they have had to tangible assets. The Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act (the “Act”) has […]Fiduciary…
  • May 11

    What You Need to Know about Minnesota’s UTC Part III: The Trustee’s Duty to Inform and Silent Trust

    What You Need to Know about Minnesota’s UTC Part III: The Trustee’s Duty to Inform and Silent Trust
    This is the third post in a series discussing different aspects on Minnesota’s new statute, the Uniform Trust Code (UTC), which becomes effective January 1, 2016. While this series will be useful information for all […]What You…
Rank this Week: 3882

Tennessee Attorneys Blog

Tennessee Attorneys Blog

Covers family and injury law, estate planning and medical malpractice. By Martin Heller Potempa & Sheppard, PLLC.

http://www.tennesseeattorneysblog.com/
  • Jun 5

    Tennessee Court of Appeals Rules on Allegation of Judicial Bia

    Tennessee Court of Appeals Rules on Allegation of Judicial Bia
    Williams v. HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital, Tenn. Ct. App. (2015), was a case that involved a 79-year-old man who slipped and fell in a parking lot and then, after he was transported to the hospital, fell out of a bed. The…
  • May 28

    Tennessee Court of Appeals Affirms Divorce Case Award

    Tennessee Court of Appeals Affirms Divorce Case Award
    The Tennessee Court of Appeals rendered a decision in a marital dissolution case involving substantial claims of inappropriate marital conduct and misappropriation of marital funds. In the case, Holifield v. Holifield, Tenn. Ct.…
  • May 28

    Tennessee Court of Appeals Remands Case For Lack of Evidentiary Record

    Tennessee Court of Appeals Remands Case For Lack of Evidentiary Record
    In a recent Tennessee divorce case, Turman v. Turman, Tenn. Ct. App. (2015), the court attempted to review a contested dissolution of marriage and property division matter. The trial court had referred the case to a Special Master in…
Rank this Week: 2554

The Virtual Attorney Blog

The Virtual Attorney Blog

Covers estate planning and business law. By Michael Brennan.

http://thevirtualattorney.com/blog
  • Jun 5

    Estate Planning Challenges with Digital Asset

    Estate Planning Challenges with Digital Asset
    Law is a slow moving animal. More often than not, changes to laws or adoption of new laws are not so much of a function of foreseeing future issues for which they may be applicable, as they are reactionary- adopted in light of societal…
  • May 1

    Exploring Personal Cloud Storage for Attorney

    Exploring Personal Cloud Storage for Attorney
    The cloud, while often intimidating to attorneys, has become a hot topic for law firms looking to stay on the forefront of technology. Terms like cloud storage, cloud computing, and Software as a Service (SaaS) add confusion to the…
  • Apr 10

    LLC vs. S Corporation | Which is Right for My Business?

    LLC vs. S Corporation | Which is Right for My Business?
    I'm frequently approached (virtually) by entrepreneurs that have great ideas for a new business to start. They know that they need to form SOME type of business, but often they don't know much more than the terms "LLC" or "Corporation."…
Rank this Week: 3024

Kuhn and Kuhn Law Firm Blog

Kuhn and Kuhn Law Firm Blog

Covers estate planning.

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

    What Is Probate?

    What Is Probate?
    When a person dies, the individual leaves behind an estate. The estate is comprised of everything in which the decedent had an ownership interest in at the time of the death of the decedent. Some estates are very large, being comprised of…
  • Jun 3

    Funeral Planning in South Carolina: Why It Should be Part of Your Comprehensive Estate Plan

    Funeral Planning in South Carolina: Why It Should be Part of Your Comprehensive Estate Plan
    Funeral Planning in South Carolina: Why It Should be Part of Your Comprehensive Estate Plan from John Kuhn People often overpay for funeral and burial services when they are forced to make decisions while grieving. Learn more about…
  • Jun 1

    Can My Estate Avoid Probate?

    Can My Estate Avoid Probate?
    A well-drafted estate plan should accomplish far more than simple designing a roadmap to be followed in the event of your death. Most estate plans, in fact, attempt to achieve several goals and objectives within the plan. One of those is…
Rank this Week: 2813

Vandrew Law Blog

Vandrew Law Blog

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

http://vandrew.com/
  • Jun 3

    6 Things You Can Do Right Now To Live Richer and Leave More for Your Loved One

    6 Things You Can Do Right Now To Live Richer and Leave More for Your Loved One
    When talking about estate planning, we often get all twisted up in the mechanisms (revocable living trusts, wills, death taxes, etc.). We then lose sight of the bigger picture, which is how to live more richly with the time we do have. When I…
  • Feb 14

    NJ Estate Planning Update for 2015

    NJ Estate Planning Update for 2015
    The outlook for estate planning, revocable living trusts, and wills in New Jersey may be about to change. Over the past couple of months, the Obama Administration has proposed sweeping changes to estate and gift taxation. The two most notable…
  • Feb 14

    NJ Estate Planning Update for 2015

    NJ Estate Planning Update for 2015
    The estate planning landscape for New Jersey residents may be about to change. Over the past couple of months, the Obama Administration has proposed sweeping changes to estate and gift taxation. The two most notable proposals are to reduce…
Rank this Week: 3623

Byrd Garrett PLLC Blog

Byrd Garrett PLLC Blog

Covers Washington elder law, estate planning, and long term care.

http://www.byrdgarrett.com/blog/
  • Jun 1

    Basic Questions About Estate Planning in Washington – What is a QTIP Trust?

    Basic Questions About Estate Planning in Washington – What is a QTIP Trust?
    The qualified terminable interest property trust, commonly referred to as the QTIP trust, is an advanced estate planning device that is often included in the estate plans of people with blended families. The QTIP trust is, like other trusts,…
  • May 19

    Supreme Court rules for plaintiffs in 401(k) case

    Supreme Court rules for plaintiffs in 401(k) case
    In a rare unanimous decision, the United States Supreme Court ruled 9-0 that a trustee has a continuing duty, separate and apart from the duty to exercise prudence in selecting investments at the outset, to monitor and remove imprudent trust…
  • May 13

    Taking advantage of your 401K

    Taking advantage of your 401K
    If you work for an employer who offers a 401K retirement plan or other type of pretax retirement savings plan consider yourself lucky!  It looks like many Americans are finally realizing how valuable a retirement plan can be according to…
Rank this Week: 2676

Redlands Veterans' Affairs…

Redlands Veterans' Affairs Attorney Blog

Covers estate planning and elder law. By Esther Wang.

http://www.california-elder-law.com/blog/
  • Jun 1

    Estate Planning Questions You Won't Like

    Estate Planning Questions You Won't Like
    Thinking about mortality is bad enough for most people, but when you meet with an estate planning attorney you will be forced to face questions that might make you squirm. Who Will Raise Your Children? Children under the age of...
  • Mar 24

    Do You Have Incapacitation Planning? WHO Estimates Dementia to Triple by 2050

    Do You Have Incapacitation Planning? WHO Estimates Dementia to Triple by 2050
    Dementia is not an easy illness to manage. Family members are forced to care for and financially back their loved ones when they are no longer able to do so for themselves. In most cases, individuals do not have adequate...
  • Mar 18

    Do you qualify for Aid & Attendance?

    Do you qualify for Aid & Attendance?
    Aid & Attendance is a special pension that offers veterans and their surviving spouses additional funding/assistance for another person to help with eating, dressing, bathing and other daily maintenance matters. Not all veterans will…
Rank this Week: 3082

Tax Problem Attorney Blog

Tax Problem Attorney Blog

Covers topics such as sales and payroll tax problems, offers in compromise, tax audits, tax debt, tax disputes, tax fraud, tax litigation and tax controversy, and tax preparer penalties. By Brager Tax Law Group.

http://www.taxproblemattorneyblog.com/
  • Jun 1

    IRS Issues New FBAR Penalty Guidance (SBSE-04-0515-0025)

    IRS Issues New FBAR Penalty Guidance (SBSE-04-0515-0025)
    On Friday the IRS released new guidance on how examiners should determine the amount of any penalty for the failure to file an FBAR (Report of Foreign Bank Account, FinCEN Form 114). The guidance is effective for all open cases as of May 13,…
  • May 28

    Have You Received a Deficiency Notice or Another Letter Regarding Tax Problems From the IRS?

    Have You Received a Deficiency Notice or Another Letter Regarding Tax Problems From the IRS?
    You filed your taxes like you were supposed to and you should be able to spend the rest of the year free from worries about taxes. But, then one day it appears. The envelope is fairly nondescript except for the name and address of the…
  • May 21

    U.S. Expatriates and International Workers: Beware of Exceptions to the Foreign Income Exclusion

    U.S. Expatriates and International Workers: Beware of Exceptions to the Foreign Income Exclusion
    U.S. citizen, resident aliens and others who are U.S. taxpayers face a unique mode of taxation in the United States. That is, U.S. taxpayers are taxed on their worldwide income regardless of where it was earned. Predictably and…
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North Carolina Estate Planning…

North Carolina Estate Planning Blog

Covers legal issues relating to wealth transfer, asset preservation, probate, and taxation. By Greg Herman-Giddens of Trust Counsel, P.A.

http://www.ncestateplanningblog.com/
  • May 29

    New Birth Certificate Guidelines in North Carolina for Same-Sex Couples’ Children

    New Birth Certificate Guidelines in North Carolina for Same-Sex Couples’ Children
    Same-sex couples who have a child in North Carolina could previously only list one parent on the child’s birth certificate. This made administration of additional documentation for the child (Social Security card, school registrations,…
  • May 27

    Covering Retirement v. Leaving Inheritance

    Covering Retirement v. Leaving Inheritance
    Expenses in senior years continue to be a concern for many Americans. As multiple studies show, most individuals do not maintain adequate retirement contributions. As the costs of long-term care (LTC) insurance policies and LTC costs rise,…
  • May 26

    Avoid a Will Dispute

    Avoid a Will Dispute
    An individual’s last will and testament might clearly reflect one’s wishes, but it does not prevent an estate dispute. Successfully contesting a will in North Carolina (and similarly in other states) requires evidence of certain…
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Wills, Trusts and Estates Blog

Wills, Trusts and Estates Blog

Covers estate planning, estate administration, probate, trusts and wills. By the Martin Law Firm.

http://www.jbmartinlaw.com/blogs/wills-trusts-and-estates/
  • May 28

    House of Representatives Vote to Repeal Federal Estate Tax

    House of Representatives Vote to Repeal Federal Estate Tax
    As reported in a recent article on syracuse.com,  in a 240 to 179 decision, the House of Representatives voted on April 16, 2015 to repeal the Federal Estate Tax.  While the bill to repeal this tax has passed, President Obama has…
  • Mar 19

    Naming a Facebook Executor isn’t All You Need

    Naming a Facebook Executor isn’t All You Need
    As a follow up to a recent blog regarding how your online accounts are handled upon your death and how you can use your Last Will and Testament to prepare for this, a related topic has been getting attention in the media. Facebook has now…
  • Feb 25

    Pennsylvania Estate Planning: Its Never Too Early to Start

    Pennsylvania Estate Planning: Its Never Too Early to Start
    Pennsylvania estate planning, a concept which you may think only applies to older individuals or those with a lot of money, in reality, is a very important way for even young families to prepare for difficult and emotionally scenarios. In…
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Florida Probate Lawyer Blog

Florida Probate Lawyer Blog

Covers estate, guardianship, probate and trust litigation. By Law Offices of Adrian Philip Thomas.

http://www.florida-probate-lawyer.com/probate
  • May 26

    Can a contract defeat testamentary intent?

    Can a contract defeat testamentary intent?
    In a word, yes. In a blow to the unwed in the State of Florida, the Fourth District Court of Appeal recently held that an operating agreement entered into by a deceased business owner (the “Decedent”) trumped his stated…
  • May 18

    Tortious Interference with an Expectancy: DeWitt 101

    Tortious Interference with an Expectancy: DeWitt 101
    When is “failure to exhaust probate remedies” properly asserted as an affirmative defense to a tortious interference with an expectancy action?  The answer is almost never.  (Click here for information about the tort…
  • May 8

    Florida Court Determines Wife Unduly Influenced Husband

    Florida Court Determines Wife Unduly Influenced Husband
    Florida law is well established that when a will is challenged on the grounds of undue influence, the influence must amount to over persuasion, duress, force, coercion, or artful or fraudulent contrivances to such an extent that there is a
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Kevin A. Pollock BLAWG

Kevin A. Pollock BLAWG

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

http://willstrustsestates.blogspot.com/
  • May 26

    Japan Institutes Exit Tax

    Japan Institutes Exit Tax
    Effective July 1, 2015, Japan will institute an "Exit Tax" on Japanese residents.  If a Japanese resident has lived in Japan for 5 of the last 10 years and then moves to another country (or gives up residence), the Exit Tax will create a…
  • Feb 13

    Dynasty and Generation Skipping Trusts Can Trigger a Compromise Tax

    Dynasty and Generation Skipping Trusts Can Trigger a Compromise Tax
    A number of years ago I wrote about the dangers of accidentally triggering a Compromise Tax in New Jersey and in Pennsylvania.  It occurs to me that most dynasty trusts are set up to go to children, grandchildren and more remote…
  • Jan 5

    Change in Pennsylvania Power of Attorney Law

    Change in Pennsylvania Power of Attorney Law
    Happy New Year!  Effective January 1, 2015, under Act 95, Pennsylvania modified Chapter 56 of Title 20 of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, which deals with Powers of Attorney.  The amendment was made to try to better protect…
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Gay & Lesbian Legal Update

Gay & Lesbian Legal Update

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

http://gaybilesbian.blogspot.com/
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Trust Matters Most

Trust Matters Most

Covers family law, divorce, bankruptcy, and specific Pennsylvania law changes. By Reese, Samley, Wagenseller, Mecum & Longer, P.C.

http://www.trustmattersmost.com/blog
  • May 6

    Bankruptcy Filings in Lancaster County

    Bankruptcy Filings in Lancaster County
    Check out this article in the Tuesday, May 5, 2015 issue of the Lancaster Newspaper, in which Matthew Samley shares his thoughts on the trends in bankruptcies and Lancaster County businesses.   Business Bankruptcies in Lancaster…
  • May 15

    Why Schedule A Consultation?

    Why Schedule A Consultation?
    Many initial calls by potential clients to attorneys’ offices result with a question “do I have a case or not”.  While it may seem like a very basic question, a majority of wisdom and advice you may receive from an…
  • May 15

    Divorce in Pennsylvania

    Divorce in Pennsylvania
    There are a myriad of considerations when it comes to the divorce process.  Depending upon the circumstances of your situation, the process can range from relatively simple and inexpensive to very complex and unfortunately, very…
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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/
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Florida Estate Planning and…

Florida Estate Planning and Probate Law Blog

By Marc Soss.

http://floridaestateplanningandprobatelaw.blogspot.com/
  • May 1

    A FLORIDA TRUSTEES OBLIGATIONS TO TRUST BENEFICIARIES

    A FLORIDA TRUSTEES OBLIGATIONS TO TRUST BENEFICIARIES
    In the case of Bain v. McIntosh (U.S. Ct. App., 11th Cir., No. 14-13836, March 2, 2015) the U.S. Court of Appeals held that a Florida attorney, hired to represent a trustee does not owe a fiduciary duty to the trust…
  • May 1

    THE REASONABLENESS OF FLORIDA PROBATE LEGAL FEES

    THE REASONABLENESS OF FLORIDA PROBATE LEGAL FEES
    The Florida 2nd District Court of Appeals, in Faulkner v. Woodruff (Fla. Ct. App., 2nd Dist., No. 2D13-2165, March 6, 2015) recently held that a Florida Personal Representative may petition a probate court to review the…
  • Apr 28

    STEP-CHILDREN'S RIGHTS IN FLORIDA PROBATE PROCEEDINGS

    STEP-CHILDREN'S RIGHTS IN FLORIDA PROBATE PROCEEDINGS
    One of the most common scenarios, when dealing with Florida probate matters in the second marriage situation, is that upon the death of the first spouse his or her children claim that the surviving spouse is taking…
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Texas Probate Litigation

Texas Probate Litigation

Covers Texas will contests, trust and inheritance disputes. By J. Michael Young.

http://www.txprobatelitigation.com/
  • Apr 29

    Court of appeals upholds removal of executor

    Court of appeals upholds removal of executor
    In Estate of Montemayor, the San Antonio Court of Appeals considered a challenge to the probate court's removal of an independent executor. Such removals have become more difficult since the Texas Supreme Court's opinion in Kappus v. Kappus.…
  • Jan 28

    Does the holder of a POA owe a general fiduciary duty to the principal?

    Does the holder of a POA owe a general fiduciary duty to the principal?
    Under Texas law the holder of a power of attorney, as an agent, owes the principal a fiduciary duty. In situations involving a transaction between the agent and the principal, Texas law closely scrutinizes the transaction and places the…
  • Nov 14

    Estate of Hemsley

    Estate of Hemsley
    Sherman Hemsley was a popular actor, known for playing George Jefferson in "All in the Family" and the "The Jeffersons." He was never married and had no children. He died in El Paso in 2012 after a battle with lung...
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Palm Springs Estate Planning…

Palm Springs Estate Planning Lawyer Blog

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

http://www.palmspringsestateplanninglawyerblog.com/
  • Apr 27

    Palm Springs Estate Attorney Discusses the Estate Tax

    Palm Springs Estate Attorney Discusses the Estate Tax
    The U.S. House of Representatives voted earlier this month to repeal the Federal Estate Tax. Republicans have long voiced their opposition over this tax but a vote to repeal hasn’t occurred in over a decade. The measure passed with 240…
  • Mar 16

    Palm Desert Trust Attorney Explains the Pitfalls of Bankruptcy on Trust

    Palm Desert Trust Attorney Explains the Pitfalls of Bankruptcy on Trust
    Bankruptcy can disrupt your estate plan. We previously discussed here the problem bankruptcy creates if you have assets in joint tenancy with a bankruptcy debtor. However, bankruptcy can also effect your estate plan for your beneficiaries if…
  • Jan 5

    Palm Springs Estate Planning Attorney Discusses New California Laws 2015

    Palm Springs Estate Planning Attorney Discusses New California Laws 2015
    California has roughly 900 new laws that will go into effect in 2015. Some of the highlights are: Immigrant Driver's Licenses The DMV will now issue driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants if they meet every qualification including…
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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/
  • Apr 23

    Julianne Moore’s Oscar Sustains Awareness for Dementia Care

    Julianne Moore’s Oscar Sustains Awareness for Dementia Care
    Alzheimer’s disease is an unlikely topic for Oscar buzz, but it nevertheless dominated red-carpet chatter this year, as Julianne Moore was an early favorite to win the Best Actress award for Still Alice. Alice is a devastatingly…
  • Apr 16

    Four Reasons People Put Off Estate Planning

    Four Reasons People Put Off Estate Planning
    “Have you thought about dying lately?” View image | gettyimages.com That’s the question The Huffington Post asks in a new article about delays in estate planning. Most people’s answer, they guess, is no. After all, it…
  • Apr 9

    Dancing and Sudoku: Could Getting Old Really Be That Simple?

    Dancing and Sudoku: Could Getting Old Really Be That Simple?
    With or without dementia, old age is accompanied by a decline in memory and cognitive function. That’s been an unassailable fact since the dawn of time. But it might not be fact anymore. A growing body of research demonstrates that…
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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/
  • Apr 23

    Medicaid and Financial Planning

    Medicaid and Financial Planning
    One of the biggest challenges in planning for the future, especially as we near retirement age, is understanding how or even if we should plan for Medicaid and Medicare. After all, most of us have been told our entire adult lives that long…
  • Apr 20

    Affordable Senior Housing?

    Affordable Senior Housing?
    Even the best laid plans for retirement are sometimes not what we thought they’d be. Few of us can take a step back, look at our overall retirement plans and say,  “Ah, just as I’d hoped.” Whether it’s the…
  • Apr 16

    Your Mortgage Affects Estate Planning

    Your Mortgage Affects Estate Planning
    Remember your first home your purchased? The overwhelming excitement of opening the front door for the first time to a house that was really yours? Or maybe the skipped heartbeats when you signed the paperwork that promised you’d pay…
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EstateAware

EstateAware

Covers personal legal and financial planning. By Griffin Bridgers.

http://www.estateaware.com
  • Apr 15

    Exciting Announcements from EstateAware.com!

    Exciting Announcements from EstateAware.com!
    Up until now, EstateAware.com has been little more than a blog dedicated to estate and finance professionals.  However, today, I am excited to announce the expansion of the site to serve both consumers and professionals. 1.) ONLINE…
  • Apr 13

    Estate Planning Objectives: Who versus How?

    Estate Planning Objectives: Who versus How?
    If you were to ask the average consumer what estate planning entails, chances are their answer would contain some variant of determining “who” gets your stuff when you die. The problem with this assumption is that it completely…
  • Mar 16

    Digital Estate Planning: The Age of the Information Fiduciary

    Digital Estate Planning: The Age of the Information Fiduciary
    In my previous digital estate planning post, I posed the question regarding the difference between the decedent in the 1990’s who threw away all his bank accounts, photos, and family letters before death, and the decedent in…
Rank this Week: 2522

Walden & Pfannenstiel Blog

Walden & Pfannenstiel Blog

Covers bankruptcy and estate planning.

http://wplawpractice.com/blog/
  • Apr 14

    Friends of JCDS Volunteer Day

    Friends of JCDS Volunteer Day
    Friends of JCDS Volunteer Day On Friday we volunteered through the Johnson County Bar Association to help the Friends of JCDS at one of the homes selected to be on their upcoming Homes Tour. It was a beautiful day to be outside doing some…
  • Apr 9

    April 1, 2015 Median Income Levels for Kansas and Missouri Bankruptcy Filer

    April 1, 2015 Median Income Levels for Kansas and Missouri Bankruptcy Filer
    April 1, 2015 Median Income Levels for Kansas and Missouri Bankruptcy Filers The Means Test looks at your Median Income to determine for which Chapter of Bankruptcy you qualify: Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 As of April 1, 2015 the Median Income…
  • 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…
Rank this Week: 4957

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/
  • Apr 14

    Alzheimer’s 10th Annual Educational Conference and Caregiver Day

    Alzheimer’s 10th Annual Educational Conference and Caregiver Day
    I will be on the afternoon panel of this day-long conference.  This year’s annual conference features the film “Alive Inside,” which shows how music can reach into the depths of our souls even when are minds betray us,…
  • Jan 12

    National Grid Warns Customers to Guard Themselves & Sensitive Account Information

    National Grid Warns Customers to Guard Themselves & 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 & 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…
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Probate, Trusts and Estate Law…

Probate, Trusts and Estate Law Blog

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

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

    QTIP Trust Frequently Asked Question

    QTIP Trust Frequently Asked Question
    QTIP trusts are excellent options for a number of married couples, especially those who have been married two or more times, or those with blended families. However, not many people understand what a QTIP trust is, what the benefits are, or…
  • Apr 10

    California Estate Planning Myths & Misconceptions (Part 2)

    California Estate Planning Myths & Misconceptions (Part 2)
    In our last post, we outlined four common myths surrounding estate planning in California. Today, we’ll look at four more common misconceptions that we hear in our office from individuals new to estate planning.
  • Apr 9

    California Estate Planning Myths & Misconceptions (Part 1)

    California Estate Planning Myths & Misconceptions (Part 1)
    One of the reasons that far too many people don’t take care of their basic estate planning needs is that they hold common misconceptions about what estate planning is, how it works, and whether they need to worry about it. Below, we…
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Iowa Estate Plan

Iowa Estate Plan

Covers information and news on estate planning and probate. By Matthew Gardner.

http://www.iowaestateplan.com/
  • Apr 5

    Probate Patience: How Long Should it Take to Complete Probate?

    Probate Patience: How Long Should it Take to Complete Probate?
    A common question that comes up in client meetings is 'how long does it take to get through probate?'  There a lot of variables that go into that determination.  However, it is fair to recommend some patience for the process to get…
  • Mar 1

    The Trusted Trustee: Who Gets to Have All the Fun?

    The Trusted Trustee: Who Gets to Have All the Fun?
    When you are putting together your estate plan (and shame on you if you haven't done so yet) one of the decisions you may face is 'who should be the trustee?'This question assumes that you are using a trust.  Whether it is due to young…
  • Jan 4

    What Happens When your Special Needs Child Turns 18 in Iowa?

    What Happens When your Special Needs Child Turns 18 in Iowa?
    A common scenario for children with special needs can arise when the child turns age 18 (age of majority in Iowa).  Once they are an adult, they are entitled to make their own decisions and healthcare information to others may be…
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