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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
  • Apr 23

    The Dangers of Do-it-Yourself Will

    The Dangers of Do-it-Yourself Will
    I often tell people that it MIGHT work out fine if they do their own will. Of course it might not. I like to tell people that we’ll find out after they die! Well, a recent Florida case emphasizes this … Continue reading…
  • Mar 26

    We fix $499 Trust

    We fix $499 Trust
    I was reading the paper the other day and I saw an ad for a $499 trust. This blog post is not specifically saying that trust company is bad because I have no idea. That $499 trust may be the … Continue reading →The post We fix…
  • Mar 17

    Ten characteristics of a good trustee

    Ten characteristics of a good trustee
    When I go through the estate planning questionnaire with a client I suggest they think long and hard before selecting their trustee. In fact, if they hesitate for a split second when naming someone I ask about it. For example, ……
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Murphy's Law Blog

Murphy's Law Blog

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

http://www.noreenmurphylaw.com/blog/
  • Apr 23

    How Reverse Mortgages Can Lead To Problems For Your Children

    How Reverse Mortgages Can Lead To Problems For Your Children
    According to a recent New York Times article, children of parents who took out reverse mortgages to cover the cost of long-term care are increasingly faced with a difficult choice—watching helplessly as the family home goes into…
  • Apr 16

    The Dangers Of Using Cookie-Cutter, Downloadable Legal Form

    The Dangers Of Using Cookie-Cutter, Downloadable Legal Form
    When people learn that I am an estate planning and elder law attorney, some of them ask what I think about “do it yourself” wills, trusts, and other estate planning forms that can be found online. Of course, when I ……
  • Apr 9

    Senior Dating—Tips To Help You “Get Your Groove” Back

    Senior Dating—Tips To Help You “Get Your Groove” Back
    One of the most rewarding aspects of being an elder law and estate planning attorney is that I get to develop strong relationships with my clients. To create a sound plan, I need to know my clients well. Many clients … Continue reading…
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PVW Estate Planning, Business…

PVW Estate Planning, Business Succession Planning & Asset Protection Planning Blog

Covers current issues affecting and strategies regarding estate, business succession, and asset protection planning. By Parsonage Vandenack Williams LLC.

http://www.pvwestateplanning.wordpress.com/
  • Apr 23

    Should I Have a Power of Attorney for Health Care?

    Should I Have a Power of Attorney for Health Care?
    In general, what a power of attorney for healthcare does is to create an agent that will be between you and the health care system at such a time that you become incapable of making your health care decisions. There…Read more ›
  • Apr 22

    Tax Court Rules Trusts Can Be Real Estate Professional

    Tax Court Rules Trusts Can Be Real Estate Professional
    The United States Tax Court has recently released a decision in Frank Aragona Trust v. Commissioner that will affect tax planning for many trusts that own businesses or hold real estate. In that case, a trust operated rental real…
  • Apr 10

    What Happens If I Die Without a Will?

    What Happens If I Die Without a Will?
    The state provides an estate plan for you if you die without a will. In other words, there is a statute called Intestate Succession which specifically provides where the assets will go. It is the state’s best guess as to…Read…
Rank this Week: 2642

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

    Former Marine Fights for Her Partner — A German Shepherd Named Rex

    Former Marine Fights for Her Partner — A German Shepherd Named Rex
    Dogs have long been referred to as “man’s best friend.” A service dog can be more than a friend — it can be your partner and protector. Take, for example, the case of Marine Cpl. Megan Leavey and her canine partner…
  • Apr 22

    Seniors Want Control and Choice at The End of Life

    Seniors Want Control and Choice at The End of Life
    In the mid 1990s, the State of Oregon took the concept of a Do Not Resuscitate, or DNR order one step further and began using a two page form known as a “Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment”, or POLST for short. DNR…
  • Apr 21

    Amy Winehouse Died Intestate — Another Example of The Importance of Estate Planning

    Amy Winehouse Died Intestate — Another Example of The Importance of Estate Planning
    Singer Amy Winehouse was found dead of alcohol poisoning last July at the young age of just 27 years old. While the world mourned the loss of Winehouse’s deep, soulful voice, speculation also began about who would receive her fortune.…
Rank this Week: 3858

Mendel Law Firm Blog

Mendel Law Firm Blog

Covers estate planning.

http://www.mendellawfirm.com/blog/
  • Apr 23

    The Basics: What an Estate Plan i

    The Basics: What an Estate Plan i
    Recently, it struck me that as an estate planning attorney I often do a poor job of adequately explaining the fundamentals of estate planning on this blog. I try to explain the basics for people here, but I often make the mistake of assuming…
  • Apr 22

    Texas History – Did You Know that the Texas Navy was Rented to Another Country?

    Texas History – Did You Know that the Texas Navy was Rented to Another Country?
    In 1841, Mirabeau B. Lamar, president of the Republic of Texas, made an alliance with Yucatan, which was then in revolt, to rent out the Texas navy (all three ships) for $8,000 a month. When Sam Houston was inaugurated, he promptly ordered…
  • Apr 18

    Famous Estates – Legacy Champ or Chump?

    Famous Estates – Legacy Champ or Chump?
    Will Keith Kellogg (1860-1951) – Industrialist & Philanthropist W.K. Kellogg was an American industrialist in food manufacturing, best known as the founder of the Kellogg Company, which to this day produces a wide variety of popular…
Rank this Week: 2649

Potter Law Firm Blog

Potter Law Firm Blog

Covers estate planning and elder law.

http://www.potterestateplanning.com/blog/
  • Apr 22

    What Assets Can I Keep When My Spouse Qualifies for Medicaid?

    What Assets Can I Keep When My Spouse Qualifies for Medicaid?
    Medicaid is important to many senior citizens, because Medicare will not pay for custodial care. This is the type of care that you would receive in a nursing home or assisted living community. These facilities are cost prohibitive for many…
  • Apr 20

    What Is the Asset Maximum That Medicaid Will Allow?

    What Is the Asset Maximum That Medicaid Will Allow?
    The Medicaid program is relied upon by a high percentage of senior citizens who require long-term care. This is because of the fact that Medicare does not pay for custodial care. Medicare will pay for convalescent care for up to 100 days, but…
  • Apr 17

    When Does a Power of Attorney Go Into Effect?

    When Does a Power of Attorney Go Into Effect?
    A power of attorney is a document that is used to give someone else the ability to make legally binding decisions on your behalf. The document is meant to serve your needs, and you can shape it to do just that. Incapacity Planning The type of…
Rank this Week: 2708

Tennessee Estate Law Blog

Tennessee Estate Law Blog

Covers estate planing law. By The Higgins Firm.

http://www.tennesseeestatelawblog.com/
  • Apr 22

    How Long Does it Take to Probate an Estate in Tennessee?

    How Long Does it Take to Probate an Estate in Tennessee?
    One of the questions that I often get is, “How long does probate take in Tennessee?” Although many times it is very simple, the probate process can become very complicated depending on what type of assets or debts are within the…
  • Apr 15

    Is Your Out of State Will Valid in Tennessee?

    Is Your Out of State Will Valid in Tennessee?
    Recently, I have received several inquiries regarding the validity of an out of state will or a will that was drafted outside of Tennessee. Many people want to know whether their will that was drafted in another state like Colorado or Florida…
  • Apr 8

    Attorney Jim Higgins Discusses Dying without a Will

    Attorney Jim Higgins Discusses Dying without a Will
    Recently, attorney Jim Higgins appeared on Nashville’s WSMV to talk about what happens when someone passes away without a will. Although there are a number of benefits to having a will in place, it is not the end of the world if you do…
Rank this Week: 2549

Givner & Kaye Blog

Givner & Kaye Blog

Covers estate and tax planning.

http://www.givnerkaye.com/blog/
Rank this Week: 3464

Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning

Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning

Covers estate planning, elder law, asset protection, charitable giving, and business law. By Kyle E. Krull.

http://blog.kylekrull.com/kansas-missouri-estate-planning/
  • Apr 22

    Invaluable Easement Valuations / Overland Park, KS

    Invaluable Easement Valuations / Overland Park, KS
    Knowing something is of value is one thing. However, being able to prove the value is another kettle of fish.
  • Apr 21

    Reverse Mortgage Realities / Overland Park, KS

    Reverse Mortgage Realities / Overland Park, KS
    The reverse mortgage has its benefits, especially for many retirees needing some additional cash to make ends meet in the current interest rate environment. However, as the financial community has been quick to point out, there are also some…
  • Apr 18

    Considering "Basis" When Electing Estate Planning Alternatives / Overland Park, K

    Considering "Basis" When Electing Estate Planning Alternatives / Overland Park, K
    New circumstances give rise to new alternatives (and opportunities) for estate planners. This, in turn, is creating some new and difficult choices.
Rank this Week: 4994

The Zimmer Law Firm

The Zimmer Law Firm

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

http://www.zimmerlawfirm.com/blog/
  • Apr 22

    Cincinnati Legacy Planning: What Steps Can I Take to Preserve My Legacy?

    Cincinnati Legacy Planning: What Steps Can I Take to Preserve My Legacy?
    Your legacy will live on after you pass away if you take the right steps to preserve it. There are many different things that you can do to have an influence even after you are gone. In this post, we will take a look at three steps you can…
  • Apr 21

    Autism Expo

    Autism Expo
    The Zimmer Law Firm participated in the Autism Expo this weekend.  What did you do?
  • Apr 17

    What Is the Difference Between a Revocable Living Trust and a Medicaid Trust?

    What Is the Difference Between a Revocable Living Trust and a Medicaid Trust?
    When you use a will to state your wishes regarding the transfer of your property, the heirs don’t receive their inheritances until the estate has been probated. A revocable living trust is a type of trust that is largely utilized to…
Rank this Week: 3867

Law Offices of Robert H. Glorch…

Law Offices of Robert H. Glorch Blog

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

http://www.illinoisestateplan.com/blog
  • Apr 22

    Gift by Poetry: Followup Exclusive — The Poem

    Gift by Poetry: Followup Exclusive — The Poem
    On April Fools Day I wrote Gift by Poetry: Dogged Unfairness or Poetic Justice? about a recent appellate decision involving a poetic gift of a pet dog. I received a lot of good feedback on the piece and the story was picked up by the popular…
  • Apr 16

    Illinois Probate: Heirs vs. Legatee

    Illinois Probate: Heirs vs. Legatee
    Last year I wrote about the importance of distinguishing between ‘Heirs vs. Descendants’ in the estate planning context. Today’s post will highlight the difference between ‘heirs’ and ‘legatees’ in…
  • Apr 9

    The 3 Habits of Highly Effective Trustees and Executor

    The 3 Habits of Highly Effective Trustees and Executor
    Estate disputes can be triggered by the lack of effective estate planning. I recently wrote about 10 estate planning steps to help avoid family inheritance disputes. Conflict can also be caused by problems that arise during administration of…
Rank this Week: 2587

Buffalo NY Attorneys Blog

Buffalo NY Attorneys Blog

Covers New York elder law, estate law, and real estate legal issues. By Robert Friedman.

http://www.wny-lawyers.com/blog/
  • Apr 22

    Buffalo New York Law Q & A

    Buffalo New York Law Q & A
    In this section our website, we’ve answered hundreds of questions we’ve been asked over the years. So if you have a question, we might have the answer right here. There are four ways to get an answer to your question. One, type…
  • Apr 15

    Can I Stay In The House With Our Kids Until They Go To College?

    Can I Stay In The House With Our Kids Until They Go To College?
    Remaining in the marital home with minimal disruption to the children is a popular choice that many of our clients make. It doesn’t just help the children, either. In the current real estate market, it may just make sense to wait to…
  • Apr 15

    Do We Have To Sell Our House As Part Of The Divorce?

    Do We Have To Sell Our House As Part Of The Divorce?
    No, you certainly don’t have to sell your house, but it’s an option. New York requires only the “equitable distribution” of assets, but how you arrive at equitable is largely up to you and your spouse. If you want to…
Rank this Week: 4527

Legacy Planner Blog

Legacy Planner Blog

Covers estate planning, business planning, asset protection and business succession. By Karen Brady.

http://legacyplannerblog.com
  • Apr 21

    Special Needs Trusts for Disabled Beneficiarie

    Special Needs Trusts for Disabled Beneficiarie
    As we see the greying demographics take shape, more older parents are coming in to our office to make arrangements for their adult disabled children. Last week's couple were a joy to work with, but I was a little anxious that they had waited…
  • Jan 6

    Kudos and thoughts on keeping an estate open

    Kudos and thoughts on keeping an estate open
    Today's mail brought a pleasant testimonial from a client who wrote: "Karen has me for more than ten years on my mother's will and related matters. As issues have arisen she has always been there to help and provide the sound advice I…
  • Oct 28

    Business Lawyers Should be Risk Reducers Not Deal Killer

    Business Lawyers Should be Risk Reducers Not Deal Killer
    Mike Moore over at legalproductivity.com usually writes for lawyers. But this post on how a <a href="http://www.legalproductivity.com/practice-management/the-worst-business-lawyer/" target="" …
Rank this Week: 4932

Illinois Estate Planning &…

Illinois Estate Planning & Elder Law Blog

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

http://www.illinoisestateplanningandelderlawblog.com/
  • Apr 21

    Chicago Estate Planning & Long Term Care Expense

    Chicago Estate Planning &amp; Long Term Care Expense
    Long-tern care can be very expensive, but many long-term care expenses can be deducted from your taxes. In a decision by the U.S. Tax Court, it ruled that payments to non-medical caregivers are still deductible as medical expenses. In…
  • Apr 12

    Illinois Estate Planning and Hiring a Caregiver

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

    Illinois Estate Planning & Trustee's Dutie

    Illinois Estate Planning &amp; Trustee's Dutie
    A trust is a legal arrangement where one person (or an institution, such as a bank or law firm), called a “trustee”, holds legal title to property for another person, called a “beneficiary”. If you have been appointed…
Rank this Week: 4471

Florida Elder Law and Estate…

Florida Elder Law and Estate Planning

Provides news and views on current topics in elder law, estate planning, wills and trusts, caregiver issues, probate and estate administration, Medicaid and Veterans benefits, other issues of importance to seniors and their families. By Joseph S. Karp.

http://karplaw.blogspot.com/
  • Apr 21

    Your Florida will: Avoid the "do it yourself" approach

    Your Florida will: Avoid the &quot;do it yourself&quot; approach
    Considering creating a do-it-yourself will to save a few bucks? Please reconsider. You may cause your family unnecessary anguish and conflict. And the few dollars you "save" could be gobbled up at the end of the day by lawyer's…
  • Apr 16

    New hybrid policies may be good alternative to traditional long-term care insurance

    New hybrid policies may be good alternative to traditional long-term care insurance
    In March I gave tips for preventing or resolving the difficulties that may arise when trying to collect benefits from older, traditional long-term care insurance policies. In this post I describe the new "hybrid" long-term care…
  • Apr 15

    V.A. Aid and Attendance lookback fails in Senate

    V.A. Aid and Attendance lookback fails in Senate
    Senate Bill 1982, which among other measures would have created a three-year asset look-back for veterans applying for Veterans Aid and Attendance benefits, has failed in the Senate.   Veterans Aid and Attendance is a type of improved…
Rank this Week: 4760

Iowa Law Blog

Iowa Law Blog

Covers business, employment, trust & estates family, real estate, regulatory compliance and utility law. By Sullivan & Ward, PC.

http://www.iowa-lawblog.com/
  • Apr 21

    Man-imony? The Changing Face of Alimony

    Man-imony? The Changing Face of Alimony
    Although the word "alimony" is not used in the Iowa Code, the terms "alimony" and "spousal support" are interchangable.  Alimony is stipend to a spouse in lieu of the other spouse's legal obligation for support.  In Re Marriage of…
  • Apr 15

    Cats, Dogs and No Contact Orders.

    Cats, Dogs and No Contact Orders.
     In the coming months, victims of domestic abuse may have one less deterrent from seeking out necessary help and protection. Under Senate File 2118, "pets or companion animals owned or held" by the parties to a domestic abuse protective…
  • Apr 11

    Conducting an Investigation

    Conducting an Investigation
    An employee just made a complaint of harassment or discrimination. You know you have a duty, as the employer, to investigate the employee’s complaint, but aren’t entirely sure how to conduct the investigation. Here are a few…
Rank this Week: 4449

Deborah Sexton Law Office, P. A.…

Deborah Sexton Law Office, P. A. Blog

Covers estate planning and elder law.

http://www.arkansas-estateplanning.com/blog/
  • Apr 21

    When Do I Need a Guardianship in Fayetteville?

    When Do I Need a Guardianship in Fayetteville?
    Usually the first signs that you may need a guardian appointed are forgetfulness and disorientation.  If you are forgetting everyday things that you used to do habitually, such as taking medication or paying your bills or getting…
  • Apr 14

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

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

    Living Wills in Arkansas [Infographic]

    Living Wills in Arkansas [Infographic]
    Essentially, a “living will” lets everyone know what course of medical treatment, if any, you want followed if you are unable to communicate your wishes yourself. Understand what makes a living will valid in Arkansas in this…
Rank this Week: 2696

Parman & Easterday Blog

Parman & Easterday Blog

Covers elder law and estate planning.

http://www.parmanlaw.com/blog/
  • Apr 21

    Is Your Estate Plan Outdated?

    Is Your Estate Plan Outdated?
    Is it time to update your estate plan? Answer these questions to find out!
  • Apr 18

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

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

    The 7 Major Dangers of Poor Estate Planning

    The 7 Major Dangers of Poor Estate Planning
    Do you know the dangers of not having a solid estate plan in place for your family? Join us as Parman & Easterday attorney Blaine Peterson explains the 7 major dangers of poor estate planning and what you can do to avoid the pitfalls. To…
Rank this Week: 3855

Nash Nash Bean & Ford, LLP Blog

Nash Nash Bean & Ford, LLP Blog

Covers elder law and estate planning.

http://www.nashbeanford.com/blog/
  • Apr 21

    Quad Cities Illinois Medicaid: Is There an Asset Maximum for Planning and Qualifying?

    Quad Cities Illinois Medicaid: Is There an Asset Maximum for Planning and Qualifying?
    If you are over the age of 65, or are nearing the age of retirement, you should be thinking about your future healthcare costs. Specifically, you should consider the likely possibility that you, or your spouse, will need long-term care at…
  • Apr 18

    What Is Medicaid in the Quad Cities Illinois?

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

    How Do Elder Law Attorneys in the Quad Cities Charge?

    How Do Elder Law Attorneys in the Quad Cities Charge?
    Choosing an attorney in the Quad Cities is often a difficult and time consuming process for any type of legal issue. When you are in need of an elder law attorney the need to choose the right attorney is amplified for several reasons. While…
Rank this Week: 2709

Hauptman and Hauptman, P.C. Blog

Hauptman and Hauptman, P.C. Blog

Covers guardianship, Medicaid, probate and estate administration.

http://www.hauptmanlaw.com/blog
  • Apr 20

    The Difference between Obamacare and Long Term Care

    The Difference between Obamacare and Long Term Care
    I am often questioned about how Obamacare has affected long term care and Medicaid.  My answer is that it really hasn’t at all because mostly Obamacare addresses this country’s health insurance problem.   The…
  • Apr 13

    Think the State will Help You? Think Again

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

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

    When Disputing a Bill can Cause You to Lose Medicaid (Part 2)
    Last week I was telling you about Sheila’s call.  Her husband Sam needs nursing home care and they have very little to spend down, approximately $33,000.  Sheila would be able to keep the rest, not a whole lot for her to live…
Rank this Week: 2897

Rule of Law

Rule of Law

Covers British Columbia wills, trusts and estates law, elder law and estate litigation. By Stan Rule.

http://rulelaw.blogspot.com/
  • Apr 19

    Bill 14 - Justice Statutes Amendment Act, 2014, Amending WESA, has Passed and Been Given Royal Assent

    Bill 14 - Justice Statutes Amendment Act, 2014, Amending WESA, has Passed and Been Given Royal Assent
    Bill 14, which contains an amendment to section 2 (2) of the Wills, Estates and Succession Act , has passed, and was given Royal Asset on April 9, 2014. Section 2 (2) sets out when people cease to be spouses for the purpose of the Act. You…
  • Apr 13

    Notice of Dispute

    Notice of Dispute
    In British Columbia, under the new probate rules, if you wish to dispute the validity of a will, and oppose a grant of probate or of administration of the will, you may file a notice of dispute before the Supreme Court of British Columbia…
  • Apr 6

    Bentley v. Maplewood Seniors Care Society

    Bentley v. Maplewood Seniors Care Society
    Margaret Anne Bentley lives in the Maplewood care facility in the Fraser Valley of British Columbia. She was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 1999, and her condition has deteriorated to the point where she moves little, does not…
Rank this Week: 2961

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 19

    The Bravery of Living With Parkinson’s Disease

    The Bravery of Living With Parkinson’s Disease
    The Bravery of Those Living With Parkinson’s Disease I am spectacularly unqualified to discuss Parkinson’s disease. I don’t have it myself, and there are no close family members of mine living with it. Even so, I’ve…
  • Apr 17

    Do You Need A Lawyer To Create A Will?

    Do You Need A Lawyer To Create A Will?
    Sure, you can create a will without a lawyer. There are even a number of downloadable documents online, and software programs available from your nearest electronics store, to help you do it. However, a recent article in the ABA Journal…
  • Apr 16

    Elder Law Is…About Having Option

    Elder Law Is…About Having Option
    Elder Law is….About Having Options When people meet with me to discuss our elder law planning, they learn that my emphasis is on giving seniors options as they get older and their care needs increase – not necessarily qualifying…
Rank this Week: 4740

Los Angeles Probate and Trust…

Los Angeles Probate and Trust Lawyer Blog

Covers estates, probate and trust administration in California. By Jan Morrison.

http://www.losangelesprobateandtrustlawyer.com/
  • Apr 19

    Using Joint Tenancy with Real Property as a Probate Avoidance Device, Part 1

    Using Joint Tenancy with Real Property as a Probate Avoidance Device, Part 1
    Many couples in California, married or not, hold title of their real property as joint tenants. I find this is mainly the result of not consulting a legal professional when purchasing the property. The property sales paperwork they receive…
  • Apr 7

    Are you Expecting an Inheritance? Are You Depending on an Inheritance?

    Are you Expecting an Inheritance? Are You Depending on an Inheritance?
    I was out to dinner the other night and overheard a brother and sister discussing their father and his new young bride and her pregnancy. The conversation started in muted whispers however, it didn't take long until their voices got...
  • May 16

    Did Amy Winehouse have a Will?

    Did Amy Winehouse have a Will?
    I recently read two articles regarding the rumors about Amy Winehouse updating her Will to ensure that her ex-husband Blake Fielder-Civil would not inherit any of her estate. One article was in Forbes and the other in Elder Law Answers....
Rank this Week: 4170

Simmons & Schiavo Blog

Simmons & Schiavo Blog

Covers estate planning and real estate law.

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

    Flood insurance rates could see a huge increase

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

    Be careful if you donate to charity for a specific purpose

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

    Condos’ attempts to limit unit rentals can create issue

    Condos’ attempts to limit unit rentals can create issue
    Many condominium associations want to limit the owners’ ability to rent their unit to tenants. But doing so is often more complicated than it sounds. There are lots of reasons why condo associations might want to restrict rentals. For…
Rank this Week: 3326

Cramer Law Center

Cramer Law Center

Covers Florida estate planning.

http://cramerlawcenter.com
  • Apr 18

    RELATIONSHIP SERIES – PART 3

    RELATIONSHIP SERIES – PART 3
    Our Relationships Series previously has covered the unique estate planning challenges faced by blended families and by same-sex and other unmarried couples.  Today we will address another group that is in dire need of proper planning:…
  • Apr 4

    THE LATEST DO-IT-YOURSELF NIGHTMARE

    THE LATEST DO-IT-YOURSELF NIGHTMARE
    We are constantly warning clients and friends alike of the dangers of do-it-yourself estate planning.  The odds are just too high that a fill-in-the-blanks estate plan will fail.  We hate to say we told you so, but here it is…
  • Mar 24

    RELATIONSHIP SERIES – PART 2

    RELATIONSHIP SERIES – PART 2
    Scenario No.1 – Single Mom with Kids Marries Single Dad with Kids   Although this type of “stepfamily” is becoming more and more common, it comes with significant hurdles to overcome.  If you are part of a blended…
Rank this Week: 4331

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/
  • Apr 18

    How to Prevent Identity Theft with Your Medicare ID Card

    How to Prevent Identity Theft with Your Medicare ID Card
    A recent Reuters article highlights an identity security problem for U.S. seniors. Identification cards issued by Medicare contain instructions to carry the card with you at all times. But your card also contains your full social security…
  • Mar 28

    First-party and third-party special needs trusts protect benefit eligibility

    First-party and third-party special needs trusts protect benefit eligibility
    Individuals with special needs often depend on government benefits in order to afford things that many of us take for granted — including health care, education, healthy food and a safe home. But when someone with special needs acquires…
  • Mar 13

    Elder advocacy group urges Congress to help seniors in 2014

    Elder advocacy group urges Congress to help seniors in 2014
    The National Council on Aging (NCOA) recently released a list of five recommendations for Congress to help American seniors in 2014. 1. Strengthen the Older Americans Act (OAA). The OAA provides funding for critical services for seniors…
Rank this Week: 2799

Bingham Greenebaum Doll Blog

Bingham Greenebaum Doll Blog

Covers Indiana law.

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

    Health Care Fraud Prosecutions - Even Good Providers Are At Risk

    Health Care Fraud Prosecutions - Even Good Providers Are At Risk
    As the federal government expands its pursuit of health care fraud cases, even good providers are at risk of becoming targets. Consider, for example, these federal health care fraud cases in 2013: Three cardiologists, including one in…
  • Apr 17

    Best of Bingham: Wendy Becker and Jennifer Cave Elected to FCBA Board of Director

    Best of Bingham: Wendy Becker and Jennifer Cave Elected to FCBA Board of Director
    Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP and Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP Women’s Forum would like to recognize and congratulate partners Wendy Bryant Becker and Jennifer J. Cave on their recent election to the Fayette County Bar Association Board of…
  • Apr 15

    Speak No Evil: NLRB Finds Workplace Rules Prohibiting ?Negativity? Unlawful

    Speak No Evil: NLRB Finds Workplace Rules Prohibiting ?Negativity? Unlawful
    In the recent case Hills and Dales General Hospital and Danielle Corlis, 360 HLRB No. 70 (April 1, 2014), the National Labor Relations Board held that an employer’s policy prohibiting “negative comments” and…
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Duffy Law Office

Duffy Law Office

Covers estate planning and elder law in Iowa.

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

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

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

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

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

    What Are the Advantages and Disadvantages of a Guardianship?

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

Connecticut Estate Planning Attorneys Blog

Covers estate planning. By CzepigaDalyPope LLC.

http://www.connecticutestateplanningattorneysblog.com/
  • Apr 17

    The One Thing You Should Know About Your Stay in the Nursing Home: Money Follows the Person

    The One Thing You Should Know About Your Stay in the Nursing Home: Money Follows the Person
    If you’re like most people, you may believe that once you’re in a nursing home, you’re there for good. Thanks to a federally funded program, Connecticut residents who have been institutionalized in a nursing home now have…
  • Apr 1

    Medicaid Planning: 10 Questions You Should Ask Your Elder Law Attorney

    Medicaid Planning: 10 Questions You Should Ask Your Elder Law Attorney
    How do I know if an attorney is the right one to help me with Medicaid planning? Inevitably, when we’re presenting to the community about long-term care planning, this question pops up. Why? Because people understand that planning for…
  • Mar 25

    How to Take Charge of Your Healthcare Choices With Advanced Directive

    How to Take Charge of Your Healthcare Choices With Advanced Directive
    What happens when you lose your capacity to make decisions about your medical care? The news these days is full of stories about people on life support and their family members fighting over whether brain dead means something different than…
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Florida Asset Protection &…

Florida Asset Protection & Estate Planning

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Durable Power of Attorneys for Medicaid Planning

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

The Virtual Attorney Blog

Covers estate planning and business law. By Michael Brennan.

http://thevirtualattorney.com/blog
  • Apr 16

    Today Marks a Milestone

    Today Marks a Milestone
    Wow! So, as I was browsing Google the other night-as I do from time to time to make sure that The Virtual Attorney is being appropriately represented in the ether- I came across this. That happens to be the very first press release I ever…
  • Apr 14

    Legal Headlines for April 14, 2014

    Legal Headlines for April 14, 2014
    >     It is now illegal in Wisconsin to post a sexually explicit image of someone on the Internet without their knowledge as the state legislature follows a number of other states in passing a “Revenger…
  • Apr 10

    The Virtual Attorney's Response to the Heartbleed Bug

    The Virtual Attorney's Response to the Heartbleed Bug
    By now, you may have heard about Heartbleed- an OpenSSL bug which allows an internet attacker to read the memory of a server or a client, allowing them to retrieve, for example, a server's SSL private keys. A number of websites have…
Rank this Week: 3829

Anderson, Dorn & Rader, Ltd. Blog

Anderson, Dorn & Rader, Ltd. Blog

Covers estate planning, probate and living trusts in Nevada.

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

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

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

    Probate in Reno: Is the Process Always Required?

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

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

    What are the Disadvantages of a Power of Attorney in Reno?
    A power of attorney is a legal document giving an agent the authority to act on someone else’s behalf.  In Reno, Nevada, the person creating the power of attorney is known as the “principal,” and that person chooses a…
Rank this Week: 3859

Law Office of Roy W. Litherland…

Law Office of Roy W. Litherland Blog

Covers estate planning, probate and living trusts.

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

    Free Living Trust Seminars Coming In May

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

    When Does a Power of Attorney Become Effective?

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

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

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

Edwards Elder Law, P.A. Blog

Covers assisted living, elder law, estate planning, and long term care.

http://www.edwardselderlaw.com/blog/
Rank this Week: 3306

Asset Protection Law Journal

Asset Protection Law Journal

Covers asset protection laws. By Kenneth J. Laino.

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

    Asset Protection Strategies Can Have Significant Tax Consequence

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

    Consider Converting an S Corporation to an LLC

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

    Trust Protector Can Provide Added Flexibility For An Irrevocable Trust

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

Estateography

By Alvi Aggarwal.

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

    Preventing the Donation of Your Organ

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

    The Basics of Premarital Agreement

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

    Trusts for Kids and Spouse

    Trusts for Kids and Spouse
    Trusts give you control Trusts give you control over who gets what, how, when, and why. Protect and Provide for Kids Let's say Henry leaves his teenage daughter, Caroline, $100,000 outright in his will. When Henry dies, Caroline can do…
Rank this Week: 3988

Marshall Elder & Estate Planning…

Marshall Elder & Estate Planning Blog

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

http://marshallelder.blogspot.com/
Rank this Week: 4704

Freed Marcroft Blog

Freed Marcroft Blog

Covers Connecticut estate planning, family, real estate, litigation, business and non-profit planning, and LGBT immigration law.

http://freedmarcroft.com/category/blog/
  • Apr 11

    Divorce and Marriage-Based Green Card

    Divorce and Marriage-Based Green Card
    What happens when two of Freed Marcroft’s practice areas, family law and immigration, intersect? We assist binational couple clients in obtaining permanent residence status (commonly referred to as “green cards”) based on…
  • Apr 9

    Pet Trusts in Husky Country

    Pet Trusts in Husky Country
    Our pup, Daphne, is a fixture in Freed Marcroft’s office and has so many opinions of her own that she is even on Twitter at @thatlawyerdog. As a dog lover myself, I understand why one of our trust and estate clients’ common…
  • Apr 7

    Meghan Freed to Participate in Hartford County Bar Association Seminar on Social Media

    Meghan Freed to Participate in Hartford County Bar Association Seminar on Social Media
    Meghan Freed will be a panelist in a seminar the Hartford County Bar Association is presenting tomorrow, April 8, on how lawyers can use social media to enhance their marketing efforts and give their businesses a more robust online presence.…
Rank this Week: 2876

Redlands Veterans' Affairs…

Redlands Veterans' Affairs Attorney Blog

Covers estate planning and elder law. By Esther Wang.

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

    Redlands, CA VA Benefit

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

    Estate Administration: Who Does The Legwork?

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

    Engage A VA Accredited Elder Law Attorney

    Engage A VA Accredited Elder Law Attorney
    The legal profession spans many different specialties, and each individual attorney is generally going to be an expert in a particular aspect of the law. This is something to keep in mind when you are interested in planning ahead for...
Rank this Week: 2687

Rossabi Black Slaughter, PA Blog

Rossabi Black Slaughter, PA Blog

Covers estate planning, HOA & condo associations and family law in North Carolina.

http://www.lawfirmrbs.com/blog/
  • Apr 11

    North Carolina Condo and HOA “Ask an Attorney Night” – April 22

    North Carolina Condo and HOA “Ask an Attorney Night” – April 22
    Have a condo or HOA association question you’d like to ask a lawyer?   The North Carolina Chapter of the Community Associations Institute (CAI) is hosting an “Ask an Attorney Night: Your HOA & Condo Questions…
  • Apr 1

    Buy a Book and Support the National Association of Parliamentarians!

    Buy a Book and Support the National Association of Parliamentarians!
    Prior to having two books published last year, I hadn’t given much attention to the bookselling world.  Sometimes I’d buy a book from NAP at the Biennial Convention or National Training Conference.  Or from Barnes &…
  • Feb 26

    Support CAI — Buy a Book!

    Support CAI — Buy a Book!
    Prior to having two books published last year, I hadn’t given much attention to the bookselling world.  Sometimes I’d buy a book from the Community Associations Institute (CAI) bookstore at the Annual Conference or Law…
Rank this Week: 2755

Iowa Estate Plan

Iowa Estate Plan

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

http://www.iowaestateplan.com/
  • Apr 10

    Governor Branstad Signs New Uniform Power of Attorney Bill in Iowa

    Governor Branstad Signs New Uniform Power of Attorney Bill in Iowa
    Well, it was a long time coming, but following unanimous passage in the Iowa House and Iowa Senate, today Governor Branstad signed the Uniform Power of Attorney bill into law.  The Uniform POA is a substantial and long-overdue…
  • Mar 16

    How to Own Land in Iowa...Let Me Count the Way

    How to Own Land in Iowa...Let Me Count the Way
    Well, in the past week, I had 3 different calls involving issues of how land was owned and resulting problems when one of the owners passed away.  It is not unusual, apparently, for individuals to prepare their own deeds or to not have…
  • Feb 23

    Even the Rich and Famous Fail to Plan Properly

    Even the Rich and Famous Fail to Plan Properly
    Philip Seymour Hoffman obviously had several demons involved in his life before its tragic premature ending, and maybe updating his estate plan wasn't at the top of his list.  However, the legacy he left his family and friends is…
Rank this Week: 2939

Estate Planning & Probate 411

Estate Planning & Probate 411

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

http://indianwellsestateplanningattorney.com/
  • Apr 10

    Dangers of Do It Yourself Wills and Trust

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

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

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

    What to Do with Your Business When You Die or Retire

    What to Do with Your Business When You Die or Retire
    Business Succession Planning Business succession planning is the process of providing for the passage of ownership and control of your business to others when you decide to retire, or if you should die or become incapacitated. Planning for…
Rank this Week: 2582

Florida Probate Litigation Lawyer…

Florida Probate Litigation Lawyer Blog

Cover Florida probate litigation. By Chepenik & Trushin LLP.

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

    CREATIVE CHARITABLE GIVING – BEYOND CASH DONATIONS

    CREATIVE CHARITABLE GIVING – BEYOND CASH DONATIONS
    Charitable giving is an American tradition, and Americans give to charitable organizations at high levels. Gifts in the form of donations of cash remain the favorite vehicle for positively impacting charities of personal significance. …
  • Apr 3

    The Blind Side: Former South Carolina Gamecock Coach’s Children Claim Undue Influence in Probate

    The Blind Side: Former South Carolina Gamecock Coach’s Children Claim Undue Influence in Probate
    SEC football is known for its national championships, sensational athletes, and jaw-dropping hits. With this in mind, it is no surprise that the children of Jim Carlen, former coach of the South Carolina Gamecocks, are fighting back after…
  • Mar 27

    Switched at Execution: Don’t Let It Happen to You

    Switched at Execution: Don’t Let It Happen to You
    The execution of one’s final will and testament is something to be taken very seriously. The permanent and inevitable nature of death means that attention to detail is paramount to ensuring your final wishes are fully set forth, and…
Rank this Week: 4335

KYEstates.com

KYEstates.com

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

http://kyestates.com
Rank this Week: 4953

Your Texas Estate Plan

Your Texas Estate Plan

Covers tax and estate planning. By Jacob Pelley.

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

    Elder Law and Guardianship Update

    Elder Law and Guardianship Update
    Elder Law? No, but its prettyAs lawyers, the bar makes us take "Continuing Legal Education" or CLE every year so, in theory, we stay up to date on changes in the law. One of classes I try to take every year is the Advanced Elder Law and…
  • Feb 19

    Estate Planning in 2014: Taxes are still Taxe

    Estate Planning in 2014: Taxes are still Taxe
    Background: Most (if not all) of the legal talking heads and CLE's (continuing legal education, for those of you who hate acronyms) which I have taken in lately all have come to the same conclusion: in a "high" estate tax exclusion…
  • Jan 17

    ATF 41P/GUN TRUST RULE CHANGES UPDATE

    ATF 41P/GUN TRUST RULE CHANGES UPDATE
    According to the ATF/DOJ, the rule changes we have previously discussed are coming, but not until June. So, if you want to get a National Firearms Act listed item (silencer/sound suppressor, short barreled rifle or shotgun, etc.) do it…
Rank this Week: 3411