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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 26

    This Prince was no pauper

    This Prince was no pauper
    I never really listened to Prince's music - it's not really my era. But the superstar's untimely death sure has us estate planning lawyers paying attention. With all the usual combustible elements in place - celebrity, money, and a somewhat…
  • Apr 18

    Better visit your aging parents if you live in China. (It's a good idea here, too)

    Better visit your aging parents if you live in China. (It's a good idea here, too)
    China has a long history of respect for the elderly. An adult child who fails to care for his parents violates a key teaching of Confuciansim. And soon, inattentive children may face more than moral reprobation: their credit scores may be…
  • Apr 17

    Don't sign the nursing home's mandatory arbitration clause

    Don't sign the nursing home's mandatory arbitration clause
    Admitting a loved one to a nursing home can be a deeply  emotional and troubling experience, but it is important to keep your wits about you. In prior posts (read more here and here) I advised you to read the fine print, and to avoid signing…
Rank this Week: 4509

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
  • Apr 26

    Candidates' Proposed Estate Tax Plan

    Candidates' Proposed Estate Tax Plan
    Robert Woods, writing for Forbes: Under current law, estates worth $5.45 million or less are exempt from federal estate tax. Beyond that, you pay. Call it an estate tax, a death tax, or a tax on accumulated wealth. Whatever you call it, it…
  • Apr 14

    Bernie Sander's Estate Tax Plan

    Bernie Sander's Estate Tax Plan
    Ashlea Ebeling, reporting for Forbes: The Sanders bill, a rewrite of a bill he introduced in 2010—the year the estate tax lapsed under the Bush tax cuts — would exempt the first $3.5 million on an individual’s estate from…
  • Mar 18

    Can The FBI Make Apple Rewrite iOS?

    Can The FBI Make Apple Rewrite iOS?
    Great analysis by Harvard Law professor Susan Crawford regarding the FBI's demands of Apple: The president  —  our Law Professor in Chief  — has to know the DOJ is on shaky…
Rank this Week: 4504

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/
Rank this Week: 1663

Rogers, Sheffield & Campbell, LLP…

Rogers, Sheffield & Campbell, LLP News & Commentary

Covers estate planning, tax law, and real estate law.

http://rogerssheffield.com/news-and-commentary
  • Apr 26

    Real Estate Co-Ownership Agreement

    Real Estate Co-Ownership Agreement
    With the high price of real estate, we increasingly see arrangements between parents and children, unmarried couples, or friends who pool money to buy residential property. Owners often do not understand their rights and responsibilities.…
  • Apr 6

    Can it be Trashed Now? Tax Record Retention Guideline

    Can it be Trashed Now? Tax Record Retention Guideline
    Paper, paper and still more paper! When can these documents be destroyed? We get questions about tax backup documentation from clients often.  To assist you, we provide some ideas to carefully consider when deciding about destruction…
  • Mar 23

    Understanding Federal Estate Taxe

    Understanding Federal Estate Taxe
    Federal and state taxes are important factors to consider when administrating a trust, going through probate court, or in any stage of the estate planning process. Taxes are so important that even the idea of an estate exists largely for…
Rank this Week: 1757

Virginia Disability Law Blog

Virginia Disability Law Blog

Covers Social Security disability law and special needs trusts. By Sheri R. Abrams.

http://sheriabrams.com/blog
  • Apr 25

    In Virginia do I automatically receive Medicare if I get Social Security Disability Benefits?

    In Virginia do I automatically receive Medicare if I get Social Security Disability Benefits?
    I am asked this question frequently: Do I automatically receive Medicare benefits if I’m approved for Social Security Disability benefits? Answer:  Yes, you receive Medicare after you receive Social Security Disability Benefits for…
  • Apr 14

    Good News For Those in Virginia With Disabilities and Student Loan

    Good News For Those in Virginia With Disabilities and Student Loan
    As part of my practice I assist those with disabilities get their student loan debt forgiven.  It has now gotten much easier. On Tuesday, 4/12/16, the Department of Education announced a new program that will identify hundreds of…
  • Apr 1

    March 2016 Newsletter—–Social Security Disability & Special Needs Planning New

    March 2016 Newsletter—–Social Security Disability & Special Needs Planning New
    Please see the March 2016 Newsletter of Fairfax Virginia Disability and Special Needs Planning Attorney, Sheri R. Abrams. For the latest edition of Social Security Disability & Special Needs Planning News click  here   The post…
Rank this Week: 4414

Wills and Estate Administration…

Wills and Estate Administration Articles

Covers probate, elder law and litigation topics. By Kenneth Vercammen.

http://njwills.blogspot.com/
  • Apr 24

    ABA Elder Law Committee Spring Report

    ABA Elder Law Committee Spring Report
    ABA Elder Law Committee Spring ReportABA SOLO, SMALL FIRM AND GENERAL PRACTICE DIVISIONCOUNCIL AGENDA REPORT FORM – SPRING MEETING 2016Division Name and Number: Division: 3 – Practice Specialty     Division…
  • Apr 24

    Spring Report ABA Estate Planning, Probate and Trust Committee 2016

    Spring Report ABA Estate Planning, Probate and Trust Committee 2016
    Spring Report ABA Estate Planning, Probate and Trust Committee 2016  COUNCIL AGENDA REPORT FORM – SPRING MEETING 2016Division Name and Number:  Division: 3 – Practice Specialty  …
  • Apr 6

    Metuchen Library Wills, Estate Planning & Probate Seminar April 11 at 7:00pm Free community program

    Metuchen Library Wills, Estate Planning & Probate Seminar April 11 at 7:00pm Free community program
    Metuchen LibraryWills, Estate Planning & Probate SeminarApril 11 at 7:00pm Free community program 480 Middlesex Ave, Metuchen, NJ 08840 WILLS & ESTATE ADMINISTRATION-PROTECT YOUR FAMILY AND MAKE PLANNING EASY SPEAKER: Kenneth…
Rank this Week: 4312

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 20

    Proposed Basis Consistency Regulation

    Proposed Basis Consistency Regulation
    The Internal Revenue Service released proposed and temporary regulations to further consistency in the reporting of the tax basis of certain property received by a beneficiary of an estate or trust. These regulations provide guidance…
  • Apr 19

    New Nebraska Law for Accessing Digital Assets of Deceased

    New Nebraska Law for Accessing Digital Assets of Deceased
    On April 13, Nebraska passed legislation for handling digital assets for those that die or become unable to manage their own assets. LB 829 authorizes four types of individuals to manage the digital assets, similar to how they would manage…
  • Mar 25

    GUN TRUST DRAFTING CHECKLIST

    GUN TRUST DRAFTING CHECKLIST
    By Mary E. Vandenack With Due Credit to Nicholas Meier and Alex Rainville What Is a Gun Trust? Gun trusts are a legal means of owning firearms and can provide benefits over individual ownership. Gun trusts are for the purpose of receiving,…
Rank this Week: 2368

Massachusetts Estate Planning,…

Massachusetts Estate Planning, Probate & Elder Law

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

http://elderlaw.info/
Rank this Week: 4894

PA Elder, Estate & Fiduciary…

PA Elder, Estate & Fiduciary Law Blog

Covers Elder Law, long-term care, "End-of-Life" and health care surrogate decision-making, estate & personal planning, fiduciary administrations, elders' dispute resolution, and Orphans' Court litigation. By Neil E. Hendershot.

http://paelderestatefiduciary.blogspot.com/
  • Apr 16

    PA Model Local Rule for Mediation

    PA Model Local Rule for Mediation
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  • Apr 16

    Expanding Access to Mediation in PA

    Expanding Access to Mediation in PA
    <!--[if !mso]> v\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} o\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} w\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} .shape {behavior:url(#default#VML);} <![endif]-->Following is a document for use in a presentation to the…
  • Nov 23

    PA Bar Assn approves Orphans' Court Mediation Project

    PA Bar Assn approves Orphans' Court Mediation Project
    <!--[if gte mso 9]> <![endif]-->On Friday, November 21, 2014, the Pennsylvania Bar Association formally approved, by unanimous vote, a Report and Recommendation presented by its Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee…
Rank this Week: 2736

Sanders Law Firm Blog

Sanders Law Firm Blog

Covers North Carolina law.

http://www.kirksanderslaw.com/blog
  • Apr 15

    Using a Charging Order against LLC Interest

    Using a Charging Order against LLC Interest
    Tags: Charging Order LLC NCA short discussion about using Charging Orders after the creditor has a judgment against the debtor. In NC the court can issue a charging order so that any disbursements from the LLC for the debtor have to be…
  • Apr 4

    Post Judgment Collection Attorney North Carolina

    Post Judgment Collection Attorney North Carolina
    Tags: post judgment collection attorney north carolina; NC post judgment collection processA lot of times so much energy is spent getting a judgment at court whether by motion or by trial. But how do you collect on that judgment if the…
  • Apr 4

    Post Judgment Collection Attorney North Carolina

    Post Judgment Collection Attorney North Carolina
    Tags: post judgment collection attorney north carolina; NC post judgment collection processA lot of times so much energy is spent getting a judgment at court whether by motion or by trial. But how do you collect on that judgment if the…
Rank this Week: 3216

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 15

    Learn the facts about passive index fund

    Learn the facts about passive index fund
    When making investment decisions, people often consider whether they should use an active or passive strategy. Passive investing attempts to duplicate the returns of the market as a whole. This strategy does not involve the selection of…
  • Apr 15

    Learn the facts about passive index fund

    Learn the facts about passive index fund
    When making investment decisions, people often consider whether they should use an active or passive strategy. Passive investing attempts to duplicate the returns of the market as a whole. This strategy does not involve the selection of…
  • Mar 30

    What you should know if you inherit your parent’s home

    What you should know if you inherit your parent’s home
    Many people will inherit the house in which their parents lived. Deciding what steps to take with respect to the house can cause you to confront some financial and emotional concerns, and matters can become even more complicated if you have…
Rank this Week: 2555

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 14

    Natasha Roggi of Hartford Sweat on Yoga For Stress Relief

    Natasha Roggi of Hartford Sweat on Yoga For Stress Relief
    We talked to former clients about their top tips on how to take care of yourself during a divorce.  Their excellent advice, which you can read here, inspired us to do a series of blog posts expanding on their suggestions.  …
  • Apr 11

    Our Clients’ Top Five Tips For Taking Care of Yourself During Divorce

    Our Clients’ Top Five Tips For Taking Care of Yourself During Divorce
    At Freed Marcroft, we understand that divorce and child custody aren’t legal issues alone.  For many people, these types of transitions are the most difficult experiences of their lives.  Though it is easier said than…
  • Mar 29

    Telling the Children About Divorce, and How Collaboration and Mediation May Help

    Telling the Children About Divorce, and How Collaboration and Mediation May Help
    One of the hardest conversations we have with divorcing parents surrounds their fears about telling the children that a marriage is over. As their lawyers, the very best advice that we have for them is 1) to seek out a mental health…
Rank this Week: 2761

Nevada Trust Reporter

Nevada Trust Reporter

Features commentary on trust law and asset protection. By Provident Trust Group, LLC.

http://blog.trustprovident.com/
  • Apr 13

    Contribution Deadline, April 15th

    Contribution Deadline, April 15th
    April 15th is the IRS deadline for making contributions to your IRA for the prior yea
  • Mar 30

    First RMD

    First RMD
    April first is the IRS Deadline for those who turned 70½ in the prior year to take their first RMD. #notanaprilfoolsjoke
  • Mar 30

    First RMD

    First RMD
    April first is the IRS Deadline for those who turned 70½ in the prior year to take their first RMD. #notanaprilfoolsjoke
Rank this Week: 2894

KYEstates.com

KYEstates.com

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

http://kyestates.com
  • Apr 10

    “Emerging Adulthood” and Life Cycle Planning

    “Emerging Adulthood” and Life Cycle Planning
    It was exciting and gratifying last weekend when the New York Times published a really excellent article by Jeffrey J. Selingo in its “Education Life” section that wove together several themes we’ve written on…
  • Apr 3

    Fun, Not Friction: LLC Planning for Family Vacation or Farm Property

    Fun, Not Friction: LLC Planning for Family Vacation or Farm Property
    Many of my clients own second homes at the beach, or the lake.  Less frequently, clients own large properties (often farms) that have deep family and historic significance.  In either instance, clients often want to keep these…
  • Mar 25

    Ruml PLC is Proud to Sponsor Derby Divas 2016

    Ruml PLC is Proud to Sponsor Derby Divas 2016
    Support, engagement, and partnership from clients and friends of Ruml PLC has been nothing short of extraordinary during the firm’s first 6 months – thank you! We’re very pleased to be in a position to give back by…
Rank this Week: 4883

Gay & Lesbian Legal Update

Gay & Lesbian Legal Update

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

http://gaybilesbian.blogspot.com/
Rank this Week: 4313

Asset Protection Law Journal

Asset Protection Law Journal

Covers asset protection laws. By Kenneth J. Laino.

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

    Successful Asset Protection Comes from Protecting Assets — Not Hiding Them

    Successful Asset Protection Comes from Protecting Assets — Not Hiding Them
    A front page article that appeared on the Wednesday, April 6, 2016 New York Times provides yet another example of the dangers of hiding assets. Successful asset protection makes use of laws that allow you to protect your assets…
  • Mar 29

    Business Succession Planning Is Critical For Company Founder

    Business Succession Planning Is Critical For Company Founder
    An article in the New York Times on March 24, 2016, emphasizes the critical need for succession planning in closely held companies. While business succession planning is important at various levels, the fall–out for companies that lose…
  • Feb 23

    Trust Protector

    Trust Protector
    For hundreds of years, trusts have had three key players. The settlor is the person who establishes the trust. The trustee is the person responsible for the operation of the trust. And the beneficiary is the person (or persons) who the trust…
Rank this Week: 3842

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 7

    Palm Desert Trust Attorney Highlights the Importance of Financial Dialogues Between Parents and Children

    Palm Desert Trust Attorney Highlights the Importance of Financial Dialogues Between Parents and Children
    It is common that a married couple in their late sixties creates an estate plan which names their child or children as Trustees and/or Agents. This is a great first step in setting up a plan that can help when the parents are no longer able…
  • Nov 5

    Importance of Changing Beneficiary Designations after Divorce

    Importance of Changing Beneficiary Designations after Divorce
    A surprising number of families learn the painful lesson that divorce doesn’t fully resolve beneficial ownership issues with certain retirement accounts. Any plans governed under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974…
  • Oct 9

    Right to Die in California

    Right to Die in California
    On October 5, 2015, Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation allowing terminally ill patients in California the option to end their lives. The so-called Option to Die Act will not come into effect until sometime in 2016. California joins…
Rank this Week: 3268

Arkansas Legal Issues

Arkansas Legal Issues

By Wilson & Haubert, PLLC.

http://whlawoffices.com/little-rock-lawyer-arkansas-law-blog/
  • Apr 5

    How Can I Terminate Parental Rights?

    How Can I Terminate Parental Rights?
    I have discussed it before, but it’s worth repeating: Family Law has a strange mythology. One of those myths is the myth of terminating your parental rights (or “signing your rights away”). I don’t know where it comes…
  • Mar 15

    Do I Have to Take the Standard Field Sobriety Tests?

    Do I Have to Take the Standard Field Sobriety Tests?
    One of the most common questions I get is whether one should take the Standard Field Sobriety Tests given by police officers. The answer is no. We can all agree, I think, that drunk driving is bad. Buzzed driving is bad. What we don’t…
  • Mar 9

    SCOTUS: Have Same-Sex Adoption, Can Travel

    SCOTUS: Have Same-Sex Adoption, Can Travel
    As I have discussed before, same-sex relationships, particularly same-sex marriage and same-sex adoption, pose many, many questions to a family lawyer, for which there (usually) is no answer. I tend to overstate things as a rule, but I…
Rank this Week: 2587

NFA Gun Trust Lawyer Blog

NFA Gun Trust Lawyer Blog

Covers Class III weapons topics for all of the 50 states. By Law Office of David M. Goldman PLLC.

http://www.guntrustlawyer.com/
  • Apr 4

    Building an SBR in Washington State

    Building an SBR in Washington State
    Building an SBR in Washington State The Governor of Washington has signed a bill which clarifies that it is both legal to buy an SBR and build an SBR.  Senate bill 6165 was created to address the uncertainty as to whether it was legal to…
  • Mar 31

    Iowa Gun Trust and Suppressor

    Iowa Gun Trust and Suppressor
    An Iowa Gun Trust has many benefits including multiple authorized users, contact us to receive information on the many benefits of owning suppressors with an Iowa Gun Trust or Multi Generational Asset Protection Gun Trust.  Gun Trusts…
  • Feb 15

    MICHIGAN: Hunting with Suppressor is now Legal

    MICHIGAN: Hunting with Suppressor is now Legal
    On the 11th of February, Michigan became the 38th state to permit the use a suppressor while hunting. The change became effective on the 11th.  The restrictions related to the amount of noise reduction and use with subsonic ammo were…
Rank this Week: 1942

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/
  • Apr 1

    Don’t Sabatage Your Estate Plan

    Don’t Sabatage Your Estate Plan
    When I was a child my parents told me to always read a document before I signed it. Recently I have had a few clients come into my office with estate plan documents drafted by other attorneys. When I reviewed the documents it was…
  • Mar 23

    How Does the Medicaid Look-Back Period Work?

    How Does the Medicaid Look-Back Period Work?
    One area that causes a lot of confusion with regard to Medicaid is the look-back period. What exactly does the look-back period mean for Medicaid applicants? The post How Does the Medicaid Look-Back Period Work? appeared first on Boydstun.
  • Mar 18

    Hybrid Policies Allow You to Have Your Long-Term Care Insurance Cake and Eat It, Too

    Hybrid Policies Allow You to Have Your Long-Term Care Insurance Cake and Eat It, Too
    An increasingly popular hybrid product combines life insurance with long-term care coverage and offers buyers solutions to a number of problems that have kept people from buying traditional long-term care policies.   The post Hybrid…
Rank this Week: 2044

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
  • Apr 1

    Lessons from mom on estate planning

    Lessons from mom on estate planning
    It’s only been three weeks, to the day, since my mom died and I have a few thoughts on what I have learned in regard to her estate planning matters. Some things done right and things not done right. VICTORY: My mom named me as…
  • Mar 29

    Losing a loved one

    Losing a loved one
    We have all lost a loved one… or will eventually lose a loved one. Losing a loved one is hard there is no question. It is a sad reality of life though.  I lost my dad when I was 14. I remember it well of course.  My mom was a…
  • Feb 18

    Billable Hours – be careful!

    Billable Hours – be careful!
    I was talking to one of my probate clients yesterday and he told me a story about a bill he received from the attorney who drafted his mom’s will and trust which include some scary billable hours.  My client, who we will call Bob…
Rank this Week: 3046

Law Offices of Richard B.…

Law Offices of Richard B. Schneider, LLC Blog

Covers elder law and estate planning.

http://www.rbsllc.com/blog/
  • Mar 31

    The Surrogate Parent Contract

    The Surrogate Parent Contract
    The Surrogate Parent Contract A Surrogate Parent Contract is an agreement, usually between a married couple (the intended parents) and a woman (the gestational or Surrogate mother), in which the woman agrees to be the birth mother of a child…
  • Jan 28

    Who is Your Child? Frozen Sperm and the Afterborn Child

    Who is Your Child? Frozen Sperm and the Afterborn Child
    Under Oregon law a child conceived prior to death and born to the surviving spouse after the death, has the same right to inherit as any other natural child of the decedent. (ORS 112.075) But suppose the child was conceived after death. Does…
  • Dec 30

    Who is Your Child? Child of Artificial Insemination

    Who is Your Child? Child of Artificial Insemination
    Who is Your Child? Child of Artificial Insemination Under Oregon law, a physician may not use artificial insemination to impregnate a woman unless she signs a written request and consent for the procedure.  If she is married, her spouse…
Rank this Week: 2023

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/
Rank this Week: 1852

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/
  • Mar 28

    Need Help for Bank “Zombie Foreclosures” in Homeowner & Condominium Associations?

    Need Help for Bank &ldquo;Zombie Foreclosures&rdquo; in Homeowner &amp; Condominium Associations?
    A huge problem for HOA and condo associations over the past 5 years has been “zombie foreclosures.” That’s where a bank starts the foreclosure process on a property and the owner moves out, but then the bank doesn’t…
  • Mar 15

    NC-CAI Chapter Update

    NC-CAI Chapter Update
    As 2016 President of the NC Chapter of the Community Associations Institute, I provide an update in each issue of “Serving NC,” the state CAI Chapter newsletter. Look for the new issue, which should arrive this…
  • Mar 4

    Trash Pickup Changes Harmful to Homeowners in Association

    Trash Pickup Changes Harmful to Homeowners in Association
    The City of Charlotte’s next fiscal year draft budget proposes to stop trash service for multifamily units. Such a move would be exceptionally unfair to owners of townhomes and condominium, who pay property taxes like…
Rank this Week: 2470

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/
  • Mar 23

    Jax Utilities v. Hancock Bank: Equitable Remedies No More?

    Jax Utilities v. Hancock Bank: Equitable Remedies No More?
    Click Here to read a recent article titled  Jax Utilities v. Hancock Bank: Equitable Remedies No More? published in the Florida Bar’s Winter 2015 ActionLine publication authored by GCF’s attorney Sean Mickley. The article…
  • Dec 1

    Department of Labor Set to Expand Overtime Coverage

    Department of Labor Set to Expand Overtime Coverage
    In July 2016, the United States Department of Labor (“DOL”) plans to implement proposed rules and regulations to extend overtime pay to an additional 5 million employees. Earlier this year, the DOL announced a plan to essentially…
  • Nov 10

    IRS Releases 2016 Estate and Gift Tax Figure

    IRS Releases 2016 Estate and Gift Tax Figure
    On November 2, 2015 the IRS published updated estate, gift and generation-skipping transfer tax figures.  These amounts will be effective beginning on January 1, 2016. 2016 Basic Exclusion Amount for Estate and Gift Tax: $5,450,000 2016…
Rank this Week: 1599

Tennessee Wills and Estates

Tennessee Wills and Estates

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

http://www.tennesseewillsandestates.com
Rank this Week: 2270

Iowa Estate Plan

Iowa Estate Plan

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

http://www.iowaestateplan.com/
  • Mar 20

    Gaining--Not Losing Power--With Immediate Power of Attorney Authority in Iowa

    Gaining--Not Losing Power--With Immediate Power of Attorney Authority in Iowa
    A financial advisor recently reached out to me regarding the impact of a Power of Attorney document concerning financial matters.  In particular, the question was whether the person signing the document (the "principal") loses any power…
  • Nov 29

    Estates in Iowa: Do I Really Need to Go Through Probate?

    Estates in Iowa: Do I Really Need to Go Through Probate?
    A common issue that pops up with family members after someone dies is "do we need to go through probate?"   To answer that question, there are series of follow-up questions to be answered first.  To start the process, you should…
  • Oct 21

    Break Out the Balloons - It is National Estate Planning Awareness Week!

    Break Out the Balloons - It is National Estate Planning Awareness Week!
    Every year I count the days down to this week.  Well, not really.  But it does serve as a regular reminder about the need to address the basics of estate planning.  Despite my best intentions, there continues to be a large…
Rank this Week: 2732

Probate Litigation Attorney Blog

Probate Litigation Attorney Blog

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

http://www.losangelesprobatelitigationattorneyblog.com/
  • Mar 19

    Lunch with The Probate Judges – 2016

    Lunch with The Probate Judges – 2016
    On March 15, 2016, Judges of the Probate Court for Los Angeles County discussed the current state of the Probate Court and addressed issues and concerns affecting the Court, the courtroom transitions, modernizing the system to benefit…
  • Mar 5

    The Game Changer in the Legal World of Trustees, Beneficiaries and Incapacitated Settlor

    The Game Changer in the Legal World of Trustees, Beneficiaries and Incapacitated Settlor
    To discuss your needs and discover your options, consult the Los Angeles incapacity and estate planning attorneys at Ginzburg & Bronshteyn, LLP.  We serve clients in Orange County, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Ventura County, and…
  • Feb 19

    LOS ANGELES- CENTRAL PROBATE DIVISION ANNOUNCES CHANGES TO COURTROOM OPERATIONS

    LOS ANGELES- CENTRAL PROBATE DIVISION ANNOUNCES CHANGES TO COURTROOM OPERATIONS
    Effective February 1, 2016, Judge William Barry will be assigned to Dept. 67 of the Los Angeles Superior Court Central Probate Division at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse, 111 N. Hill St., Los Angeles California, 90012. All cases currently…
Rank this Week: 3377

New York Trusts & Estates…

New York Trusts & Estates Litigation Blog

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

http://www.nyestatelitigationblog.com/
  • Mar 17

    Contingency Fees – Size Matter

    Contingency Fees – Size Matter
    While the Court of Appeals last year upheld the validity of contingency fee agreements in estate matters, particularly in litigation, where it approved contingency fees of over forty million dollars when the actual time spent was a fraction…
  • Dec 24

    A Real-Life Final Exam Fact Pattern: That Pesky Per Stirpes Statute

    A Real-Life Final Exam Fact Pattern: That Pesky Per Stirpes Statute
    As the year draws to a close, I sometimes recall the stresses of final exam season from my law school days. In the spirit of reminiscence, I’ll pose a quick final-exam-like fact pattern: Jane owned a parcel of real property in New Hyde…
  • Nov 30

    The Essentials of a Discovery Proceeding

    The Essentials of a Discovery Proceeding
    This month’s blog post will address a recent decision by the Appellate Division, First Department, entered in In re Perelman, that helps reiterate and define the parameters of discovery proceedings. The case is interesting not only for…
Rank this Week: 4365

Rhode Island Estate Planning and…

Rhode Island Estate Planning and Elder Law Blawg

Covers elder law, medicaid planning, disability planning, tax planning, guardianship, wills, trusts, asset protection, and probate. By Matthew Fabisch.

http://riestateplanning.blogspot.com/
  • Mar 12

    What is Medicaid and why would my parents need it for nursing home coverage?

    What is Medicaid and why would my parents need it for nursing home coverage?
    Medicaid (called "MassHealth" in Massachusetts, and "Ritecare" in Rhode Island) is a joint federal-state program that provides health insurance coverage to low-income children, seniors, and people with disabilities. Importantly, unlike almost…
  • Aug 26

    What rights do I have as a trust beneficiary?

    What rights do I have as a trust beneficiary?
    As a trust beneficiary, you may feel like you are at the mercy of the trustee, but depending on the type of trust, trust beneficiaries may have rights to ensure the trust is properly managed.A trust is a legal arrangement through which one…
  • Feb 22

    Forbes.com Article Highlights Family Feuds in the Probate Proce

    Forbes.com Article Highlights Family Feuds in the Probate Proce
    While I work with my clients to eliminate many of these challenges during the estate planning process, I saw the issues highlighted by this forbes.com article on probate and family feuds pop up all too often in my time as a probate judge,…
Rank this Week: 3595

Ask Liza: Nolo's Estate Planning…

Ask Liza: Nolo's Estate Planning Blog

Covers estate planning and wills. By Liza Weiman Hanks.

http://blog.nolo.com/estateplanning/
  • Mar 11

    Will or Trust, Which is Better?

    Will or Trust, Which is Better?
    Dear Liza: My husband and I have one adult daughter – 20 years old.  We are in our 60’s and want to set up a will or a trust to ensure that 100% of our property and investments goes to our daughter, and that she inherits the…
  • Mar 5

    Who Can Order Death/Birth Certificates?

    Who Can Order Death/Birth Certificates?
    Dear Liza: My uncle just died and I and a cousin are co-executors and equal co-heirs. A will is known to exist in a safe deposit box, but we have neither keys nor legal permission to open the box. There are no disputes and the…
  • Feb 28

    Who Pays Taxes on an IRA?

    Who Pays Taxes on an IRA?
    Dear Liza,  I am the personal representative for my mother’s estate in Maryland.  My mother, who is deceased, was the beneficiary of a small IRA. My mother’s estate is to be divided among her three grown daughters,…
Rank this Week: 1891

Texas Probate Litigation

Texas Probate Litigation

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

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

    In re Estate of Parrimore: Court of appeals upholds factual findings regarding capacity and undue influence

    In re Estate of Parrimore: Court of appeals upholds factual findings regarding capacity and undue influence
    Texas appellate courts are generally reluctant to overturn trial court factual findings regarding testamentary capacity and undue influence. In re Estate of Parrimore, from the Houston 14th Court of Appeals, is an example. Parrimore involved…
  • Dec 10

    Determining if a life insurance policy is governed by ERISA

    Determining if a life insurance policy is governed by ERISA
    One of the first questions I ask a potential client with a life insurance dispute is whether or not the insured obtained the policy through their employer. This helps me determine whether state or federal law applies to the dispute....
  • Nov 19

    When offering a will can lead to criminal charge

    When offering a will can lead to criminal charge
    The Mary Ellen Bendtsen estate has been the subject of much media coverage in the Dallas area. The short version of events is that she owned a historic mansion on Swiss Avenue in Dallas. Several years before her 2005 death,...
Rank this Week: 4959

John R. Vermillion & Associates,…

John R. Vermillion & Associates, LLC Blog

Covers elder law and estate planning.

http://www.vermillionlawfirm.com/blog/
  • Feb 20

    Does My Spouse Get Everything If I Die Without a Will?

    Does My Spouse Get Everything If I Die Without a Will?
    There are people who fail to act from an estate planning perspective because they harbor certain misconceptions. If you are under the impression that the government will take care of everything in the ideal manner if you pass away without a…
  • Feb 15

    Will My Executor Be Required to File an Estate Tax Return?

    Will My Executor Be Required to File an Estate Tax Return?
    If you utilize a last will as your asset transfer vehicle, the person who would handle the estate administration tasks after you are gone is called the executor or personal representative. When you create the will, you can nominate the person…
  • Feb 12

    Incapacity Planning FAQ: What Is the Correct Power of Attorney?

    Incapacity Planning FAQ: What Is the Correct Power of Attorney?
    A comprehensive, properly constructed estate plan will account for end-of-life issues. While incapacity planning can seem like something that happens to a limited number of people, when you examine the facts, see that a very significant…
Rank this Week: 2046

Fiduciary Folio

Fiduciary Folio

Covers fiduciary (wills, estates, entity representations) law, particularly as applied in the State of Georgia. By Tanner Pittman.

http://www.tannerpittmanlaw.com/blog-fiduciary-folio.html
  • Feb 19

    Avvo Q&A: "Can dad put me on the deed?"

    Avvo Q&amp;A: "Can dad put me on the deed?"
    I will begin syndicating the responses I give to certain estate and probate questions posted on the advice website Avvo. We begin with a question regarding estate planning. I'll place the question here and then my answer after the "read…
  • Feb 17

    A "power of appointment" - what is that?

    A "power of appointment" - what is that?
    The Georgia Supreme Court recently handed down the case of Smith v. Ashford (full text below the break), in which it dealt with a testator's use of a "power of appointment."What is a power of appointment? In estate-planning parlance, a…
  • Jul 6

    Myers v. Myers: Executor may not run estate as his personal busine

    Myers v. Myers: Executor may not run estate as his personal busine
    The Georgia Supreme Court handed down the probate case of Myers, Executor v. Myers, today. In some ways, the case is an unremarkable example of an executor using an estate as a cash cow for his personal expenditures and, among other…
Rank this Week: 3049

Michigan Asset Protection Lawyer…

Michigan Asset Protection Lawyer Blog

Covers asseet protection planning and issues. By Weisman, Young & Ruemenapp.

http://www.michiganassetprotectionlawyerblog.com/
  • Feb 19

    Availability of Injunction Remedy Against Recalcitrant Debtor

    Availability of Injunction Remedy Against Recalcitrant Debtor
    Asset protection attorneys who are involved in defending against post judgment discovery and related collection activity have long been aware that debtors are required to submit to creditor examinations and provide information. Nonetheless,…
  • Jan 19

    Irrevocable Spendthrift Trusts — Outside the Reach of a Beneficiary’s Creditors — Not True in the Case of a Divorce

    Irrevocable Spendthrift Trusts — Outside the Reach of a Beneficiary’s Creditors — Not True in the Case of a Divorce
    Asset protection lawyers are almost universally in agreement that assets in an irrevocable spendthrift trust established by a third party (often a parent) for the benefit of a beneficiary (typically a child) are not available to satisfy the…
  • Oct 21

    Issues for Single Member LLC’s as Asset Protection Vehicle

    Issues for Single Member LLC’s as Asset Protection Vehicle
    For a period of time, asset protection planners were quite concerned (and rightly so) about whether single member limited liability companies would be treated the same as multi-member LLC’s if a member’s creditor sought to…
Rank this Week: 4176

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/
  • Feb 19

    What Is a POLST and Do I Need One Instead of a Medical Power of Attorney?

    What Is a POLST and Do I Need One Instead of a Medical Power of Attorney?
    POLST stands for “Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment.” It differs from an Advance Healthcare Directive (aka medical power of attorney or power of attorney for healthcare) in several ways and is NOT intended to replace…
  • Feb 19

    What Is a POLST and Do I Need One Instead of a Medical Power of Attorney?

    What Is a POLST and Do I Need One Instead of a Medical Power of Attorney?
    POLST stands for “Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment.” It differs from an Advance Healthcare Directive (aka medical power of attorney or power of attorney for healthcare) in several ways and is NOT intended to replace…
  • Oct 6

    California Passes Right to Die Law

    California Passes Right to Die Law
    New Law Permits Terminally Ill Patients to End Their Lives. Known as the End of Life Option Act, California’s newest law decriminalizes self-end to one’s life and allows terminally ill people to end their lives humanely.  The…
Rank this Week: 2221

Walker Lambe

Walker Lambe

Covers North Carolina elder law and estate planning.

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

    When Might I Need an Elder Law Attorney?

    When Might I Need an Elder Law Attorney?
    Elder law is a relatively new area of the law, having only recently evolved as an answer to the growing legal needs of the elderly population in the United States.  Because it is a relatively new area of the law, many people are unsure…
  • Feb 16

    I Was Appointed Executor of a Will of a Decedent. Now What?

    I Was Appointed Executor of a Will of a Decedent. Now What?
    Did you recently find out you were appointed the Executor of a Last Will and Testament of someone who recently died? If so, and the appointment comes as a surprise, you are undoubtedly wondering what you are supposed to do now. Unfortunately,…
  • Feb 11

    Can’t I Just Save Money by Using a DIY Will?

    Can’t I Just Save Money by Using a DIY Will?
    Like most people, you probably understand how important it is to have a comprehensive estate plan in place; however, you may not have gotten around to creating one despite knowing how important it is to have one. Is so, you are hardly alone.…
Rank this Week: 3556

The Estate Planning and Wealth…

The Estate Planning and Wealth Preservation Blog for Trusted Advisors

Covers asset protection, estate and gift tax, and wills and trusts. By Fox Rothschild LLP.

http://estateplanning.foxrothschild.com/
  • Feb 4

    Form 8971 and Instructions Issued – How do they Apply to Portability-Only 706 Filings?

    Form 8971 and Instructions Issued – How do they Apply to Portability-Only 706 Filings?
    Earlier this week, the IRS issued final Form 8971 and the related Instructions.  The form is used to report the final estate tax value of property distributed from an estate.  The purpose of the form is to help the IRS enforce…
  • Dec 14

    An Alternative to Estate Tax Closing Letter

    An Alternative to Estate Tax Closing Letter
    As detailed in our two previous posts in early July and a week ago, the IRS will no longer automatically be issuing estate tax closing letters.  The Executor can either call the IRS to request a closing letter (once 4 months have…
  • Dec 1

    Update on IRS Procedure for Estate Tax Closing Letter

    Update on IRS Procedure for Estate Tax Closing Letter
    As we reported in early July, the IRS will no longer be automatically issuing estate tax closing letters.  The burden is on the Executor to request one once 4 months have passed since the filing of the estate tax return.  The IRS…
Rank this Week: 1325

Your Texas Estate Plan

Your Texas Estate Plan

Covers tax and estate planning. By Jacob Pelley.

http://www.yourtexasestateplan.com/
  • Jan 29

    Gun Trusts, ATF 41P update

    Gun Trusts, ATF 41P update
    Finally, at long last, we have some clarity on what and how the ATF will be regulating the use of "gun trusts" for purchase of National Firearms Act items.On January 15, the final rules were published in the Federal Register, so we have 6…
  • Dec 15

    Probate options when its been more than 4 years...

    Probate options when its been more than 4 years...
    Time flies. The usual scenario is parent 1 passed away, parent 2 passed away 5 years later, and now the kids are stuck with a mess.Today we will talk about what happens if the decedent had a will. In Texas, you have 4 years to…
  • 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…
Rank this Week: 2974

Northern California Center for…

Northern California Center for Estate Planning and Elder Law

Covers estate planning.

http://www.norcalplanners.com/blog/
  • Jan 24

    Sacramento Nursing Home Costs Are Among the Highest in the Country

    Sacramento Nursing Home Costs Are Among the Highest in the Country
    Our firm practices law in Sacramento, California, and we also have an office in Roseville. Anyone who lives in our area knows that there are countless advantages, and it is truly a great place to live. We have everything that big cities have…
  • Jan 21

    A Probate Attorney Can Help With Estate Administration

    A Probate Attorney Can Help With Estate Administration
    You should be aware of the multifaceted nature of a properly constructed estate plan.  It is wise to take a 360 degree approach so that you can leave behind a workable situation for your loved ones after you are gone. A last will is a…
  • Jan 21

    Free Report: Is Incapacity Planning in Northern California Really Important

    Free Report: Is Incapacity Planning in Northern California Really Important
    When you are going through life as a relatively healthy adult, the prospect of incapacity can seem alien to you. Of course we all recognize the fact that elders sometimes become unable to handle all their own affairs, but it can seem like…
Rank this Week: 2333

Michigan Estate Planning, Probate…

Michigan Estate Planning, Probate and Elder Law

Covers Michigan estate planning, wills, living trusts, powers of attorney, elder law, caregiving, family matters and growing older . By Glenn Matecun.

http://matecunlaw.wordpress.com
  • Jan 19

    Do you see the real person, or just what you want to see?

    Do you see the real person, or just what you want to see?
    This is a preview of this month’s legal corner article which will be published on January 27, 2016. “Uniqueness is what makes you the most beautiful.”  ~ Lea Michele I was re-reading one of the late Stephen…
  • Mar 31

    What is a Lady Bird Deed?

    What is a Lady Bird Deed?
    Check this out if you want to learn more about how a Michigan Lady Bird Deed works and how it can help with your Will, Trust or other estate planning.
  • Mar 31

    What is a Lady Bird Deed?

    What is a Lady Bird Deed?
    Check this out if you want to learn more about how a Michigan Lady Bird Deed works and how it can help with your Will, Trust or other estate planning.
Rank this Week: 4966

The Virtual Attorney Blog

The Virtual Attorney Blog

Covers estate planning and business law. By Michael Brennan.

http://thevirtualattorney.com/blog
  • Jan 18

    Give Your Estate Plan a New Year Check Up

    Give Your Estate Plan a New Year Check Up
    Welcome to 2016! If you’re like me, you’ve spent the first few weeks of the New Year trying to get organized and set some goals for the year to come.  Whether it’s a new workout regimen, quitting smoking, spending more…
  • Jan 8

    Benefits of Incorporating a Revocable Living Trust into Your Estate Plan

    Benefits of Incorporating a Revocable Living Trust into Your Estate Plan
    A revocable trust is one that is created during the life of the grantor, and its primary uses are to manage property during the grantor’s life and reduce the cost and time associated with probate upon the grantor’s death while…
  • Oct 8

    Estate Planning for Alzheimer'

    Estate Planning for Alzheimer'
    In 2015 it is estimated that 5.3 million Americans have Alzheimer's, most of those over the age of 65. Surprisingly though, a few hundred thousand of those cases occur in individuals younger than 65. As everyone knows, Alzheimer’s is a…
Rank this Week: 3525

Nirenstein, Horowitz & Associates,…

Nirenstein, Horowitz & Associates, P.C. Blog

Covers Connecticut estate planning, probate and elder law.

http://www.preserveyourestate.net/blog/
  • Jan 6

    What Is Nursing Home Asset Protection?

    What Is Nursing Home Asset Protection?
    If you are planning ahead for your retirement years and the twilight years that will follow, you should certainly consider the matter of nursing home asset protection. Nursing homes are extremely expensive around the country, but here in…
  • Jan 6

    What Is Nursing Home Asset Protection?

    What Is Nursing Home Asset Protection?
    If you are planning ahead for your retirement years and the twilight years that will follow, you should certainly consider the matter of nursing home asset protection. Nursing homes are extremely expensive around the country, but here in…
  • Jan 4

    How Can You Minimize Your Estate Tax Exposure?

    How Can You Minimize Your Estate Tax Exposure?
    People in most areas of the country have just one estate tax to concern themselves with. The federal estate tax is applicable everywhere, but the good news is that there is a relatively large estate tax exclusion. The credit or exclusion is…
Rank this Week: 2362

Minko Law Office Blog

Minko Law Office Blog

Covers estate planning and elder law.

http://www.minkolaw.com/blog/
  • Dec 30

    Your Estate Plan and Digital Assets in the New Year

    Your Estate Plan and Digital Assets in the New Year
    If during the holiday season you received a new cell phone, tablet computer, laptop, or any other digital device, you may want to take some time to review your digital asset estate planning efforts. As technology continues to be more easily…
  • Dec 28

    Be Cautious About DIY Estate Planning

    Be Cautious About DIY Estate Planning
    As we approach the New Year, some people who have yet to begin the estate planning process might consider turning to DIY estate planning tools to create. While there is nothing wrong with wanting to create a DIY estate plan, you save money,…
  • Dec 25

    Essential Estate Planning Knowledge – What is a Trustee?

    Essential Estate Planning Knowledge – What is a Trustee?
    In our last blog post in our ongoing series on the essential estate planning knowledge, we looked at trusts, but didn’t ask a lot of questions about trustees. This week we’re going to focus on trustees to better understand who…
Rank this Week: 2037

Philadelphia Estate and Tax…

Philadelphia Estate and Tax Attorney Blog

Focuses on income, estate and gift tax matters, estate planning and probate administration. By Steven J. Fromm.

http://frommtaxes.wordpress.com/
  • Dec 18

    2016 Standard Mileage Rates for Business, Medical and Moving

    2016 Standard Mileage Rates for Business, Medical and Moving
    The Internal Revenue Service on December 18, 2015 issued the 2016 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes. Beginning on Jan. 1,…
  • Dec 1

    Tax Positions of Presidential Candidate

    Tax Positions of Presidential Candidate
    Here is a neat info-graphic on the tax positions of the Presidential Candidates. Special thanks to MBACentral.org Filed under: Business Planning, Estate and Gift Tax Planning, Estate Planning, income tax planning, Income Taxes, Taxes Tagged:…
  • Aug 9

    New 2015 Tax Law Changes Tax and FBAR Filing Deadlines & Other Noteworthy Compliance Provisions: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

    New 2015 Tax Law Changes Tax and FBAR Filing Deadlines &amp; Other Noteworthy Compliance Provisions: The Good, The Bad &amp; The Ugly
    On Friday, July 31, 2015, President Barack Obama signed HR 3236, the “Surface Transportation and Veterans Health Care Choice Improvement Act of 2015″ (the “Act”). Not sure how this name relates to taxes but in any…
Rank this Week: 3609