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The Zimmer Law Firm

The Zimmer Law Firm

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

http://www.zimmerlawfirm.com/blog/
  • Jul 24

    Should I Create a Joint Tenancy With My Child?

    Should I Create a Joint Tenancy With My Child?
    Joint tenancy is a subject that is often discussed when people are asking questions about asset transfers. Joint tenancy is a rather fancy term for describing co-ownership of property. You could make someone a joint tenant, and this person…
  • Jul 22

    What Is a Qualified Personal Residence Trust?

    What Is a Qualified Personal Residence Trust?
    The federal estate tax looms large if you are a person of significant financial means. At the present time, the amount of the federal estate tax exclusion is $5.34 million. This is the amount that could be transferred before the federal…
  • Jul 17

    The Forgotten Part of Your Estate Plan: Your Digital Asset

    The Forgotten Part of Your Estate Plan: Your Digital Asset
    Until about a decade or so ago, the estate settling process typically followed a very routine process. Once a person died, family members would notify that person’s estate planning attorney so they could begin a state settling process.…
Rank this Week: 3357

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/
  • Jul 24

    How to Leave Your Estate to Your Spouse Tax Free

    How to Leave Your Estate to Your Spouse Tax Free
    One of the primary concerns in estate planning is taxes.  Your estate plan should be created with the goal of decreasing or eliminating taxes, to every extent possible.  The federal estate tax rate is currently at a hefty 40%. …
  • Jul 21

    How do you Nominate a Guardian?

    How do you Nominate a Guardian?
    Regrettably, we cannot predict when an illness or injury will strike.  Nor are we able to anticipate that a loved-one may be left incapacitated.  If this ever happens, it helps to have a general understanding of the many options…
  • Jul 17

    How Are Elder Law Attorneys’ Fees Charged?

    How Are Elder Law Attorneys’ Fees Charged?
    Considering having a will drafted?  Need to discuss the creation of a power of attorney?  An Elder Law attorney in Fayetteville can assist you with those, and many other, elder law and estate planning issues.  Elder law…
Rank this Week: 3350

Duffy Law Office

Duffy Law Office

Covers estate planning and elder law in Iowa.

http://www.duffylawoffice.com/blog/
  • Jul 24

    Can I Just Plan My Own Estate?

    Can I Just Plan My Own Estate?
    They say that you should not answer a question with another question. However, this is irresistible when you are talking about do-it-yourself estate planning. Can you just plan your own estate? Technically, anyone can try to execute estate…
  • Jul 22

    What Is a Grantor Retained Annuity Trust?

    What Is a Grantor Retained Annuity Trust?
    One of the most important estate planning considerations for high net worth individuals is the potential impact of the federal estate tax. The tax carries a top rate of 40 percent, so we are talking about a very significant bite. At the…
  • Jul 17

    What Is a Living Trust Successor Trustee?

    What Is a Living Trust Successor Trustee?
    In this post we will look at the role of the revocable living trust successor trustee, but we should first explain the value of these trusts. A Few Words About Wills and Probate If you are not extraordinarily wealthy, you may assume that you…
Rank this Week: 3330

The Law Office of Michael…

The Law Office of Michael Robinson, P.C.

Covers elder law and estate planning.

http://www.mrobinsonlaw.com/blog/
  • Jul 24

    5 Essential Estate Planning Rule

    5 Essential Estate Planning Rule
    While estate planning can seem like an incredibly complicated and difficult subject, it’s easier to understand it if you keep a few simple rules in mind. When you create an estate plan you won’t be required to have a vast and…
  • Jul 21

    What You Should Know About Rochester Estate Planning and the Statute of Limitation

    What You Should Know About Rochester Estate Planning and the Statute of Limitation
    As someone visiting a Rochester estate planning lawyer for the first time, there are a lot of legal ideas, such as the statute of limitations, that you might’ve heard about but aren’t exactly sure how they work. When it comes to…
  • Jul 17

    What Is the Annual Gift Tax Exclusion?

    What Is the Annual Gift Tax Exclusion?
    Before we explain the annual gift tax exclusion, we should provide a bit of background information. The estate tax was established in 1916. At first, there was no gift tax. As a result, high net worth individuals gave gifts while they were…
Rank this Week: 3349

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/
  • Jul 23

    Durable Power of Attorney in Reno: What Are Its Advantages?

    Durable Power of Attorney in Reno: What Are Its Advantages?
    One of the most important estate planning tools in Reno, Nevada is the durable power of attorney.  This tool makes it possible for you to choose someone you trust to handle your affairs in the event you become incapable of doing it…
  • Jul 17

    Living Trust vs Power of Attorney

    Living Trust vs Power of Attorney
    Living Trust vs Power of Attorney?  The answer may surprise you.  In order to create a comprehensive estate plan, you actually need both.  Estate planning is much more than simply transferring your assets to your loved…
  • Jul 9

    Do Heirs Pay Taxes on Inheritance?

    Do Heirs Pay Taxes on Inheritance?
    So, you just received a notice that you will inherit from your great aunt’s estate.  A wonderful surprise, no doubt.  Of course, an estate may be required to pay taxes to the government, but do heirs pay taxes on the…
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Estateography

Estateography

By Alvi Aggarwal.

http://www.estateography.com/
  • Jul 23

    Resigning as Trustee

    Resigning as Trustee
    Many people seem to think of being a trustee as being like having a job. But, in many ways, being a trustee is nothing like a job. The difference is particularly important when it comes to resigning. Quitting a job is often a matter of…
  • Jun 27

    About Alvi Aggarwal

    About Alvi Aggarwal
    Specific Things I Do Create wills, trusts (all kinds), powers of attorney, and medical directives Assist with probate of wills and the carring out the instructions in wills Help trustees administer trusts properly Advise beneficiaries about…
  • Jun 27

    What's an Independent Trustee?

    What's an Independent Trustee?
    Depending of the terms you've selected for your trust, your attorney might tell you that you need to choose an "independent trustee." Who can you choose? It depends on the provisions of your trust. You should check with your lawyer before…
Rank this Week: 3382

Law Offices of Cheryl David

Law Offices of Cheryl David

Covers estate planning and elder law in North Carolina.

http://www.cheryldavid.com/blog/
  • Jul 21

    Updating Your Estate Plan is Essential

    Updating Your Estate Plan is Essential
    If you are new to the estate planning process, you should understand that updating your estate plan is absolutely essential if you want to get the most out of it. Once you speak to an estate planning lawyer, decide on the type of plan you…
  • Jul 9

    Free Report: Power of Attorney in North Carolina

    Free Report: Power of Attorney in North Carolina
    A closer look at some of the specific types of decisions and issues you will have to face when you make an estate plan. Topics covered in this report include: Powers of Attorney Attorneys and Powers of Attorney Agents and Attorneys-in-Fact…
  • Jul 8

    Basic Estate Planning Questions 6 – How Do Powers of Attorney Work?

    Basic Estate Planning Questions 6 – How Do Powers of Attorney Work?
    In this week’s blog post in our ongoing series on basic estate planning questions, we are going to look at powers of attorney, what they do, and how they work. Powers of attorney are some of the most important tools your estate plan…
Rank this Week: 3356

Murphy's Law Blog

Murphy's Law Blog

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

http://www.noreenmurphylaw.com/blog/
  • Jul 16

    Boomers Should Be Saving

    Boomers Should Be Saving
    I recently came across an article on AARP.com that I thought would be important for baby boomers to read. The message: keep saving for retirement. The article noted that many people who could be saving are not doing so. One … Continue…
  • Jul 9

    Tips On Getting A Good Night’s Sleep

    Tips On Getting A Good Night’s Sleep
    If you have trouble sleeping, you might want to think about what—and when—you eat. One rule of thumb is to avoid eating anything 30 minutes before bedtime. Another is to make sure your after-dinner snacks are on the lighter side.…
  • Jul 2

    Some Thoughts About The Purchase Of Long-Term Care Insurance

    Some Thoughts About The Purchase Of Long-Term Care Insurance
    The United States Department of Health and Human Services estimates that approximately 70 percent of Americans over the age of 65 will need some type of long-term care. Contrary to what many people believe, Medicare does not cover long-term…
Rank this Week: 3388

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/
Rank this Week: 3307

The Thorpe Law Firm, P.A.

The Thorpe Law Firm, P.A.

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

http://www.thorpelawfirm.com/blog/
  • Jul 14

    Mt. Gox Files for Chapter 15 Bankruptcy

    Mt. Gox Files for Chapter 15 Bankruptcy
    Mt. Gox, a well-known bitcoin exchange based in Tokyo, filed for Chapter 15 bankruptcy protection in the US on June 17. The filing comes more than one week after the company filed bankruptcy in Japan. Mt. Gox’s trustee for the ……
  • Jun 30

    From Bankrupt to Owning a Home

    From Bankrupt to Owning a Home
    There aren’t many things that can turn your life upside down like filing for bankruptcy. Over a million Americans last year had to make the gut-wrenching decision to file and start all over again. Bankruptcy, if at all possible, should…
  • Jun 16

    Sbarro: Cheese Pizza with a Side of Bankruptcy

    Sbarro: Cheese Pizza with a Side of Bankruptcy
    “I could really go for a lukewarm piece of food court pizza right now,” said no one ever. Unfortunately, Sbarro pizza does not rank high in the foods people flock to the malls to eat, and it shows in the … Continue reading…
Rank this Week: 3342

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: 3274

Wealth Wars: Arkansas Estate,…

Wealth Wars: Arkansas Estate, Trust & Probate Litigation Blog

Covers estate and trust conflicts, inheritance battles, and will contests.By Matt House.

http://arkansaswealthwars.com
  • Jul 12

    Demographic Trends Suggest More Estate, Trust And Probate Litigation In The Decades To Come

    Demographic Trends Suggest More Estate, Trust And Probate Litigation In The Decades To Come
                   I have long been interested in demographic trends, emerging technologies, cultural changes, and shifting societal patterns.  For example, about 20 years ago when I was in college I…
  • Mar 4

    Amendments To Wills And Trusts Can Result In As Many Or More Disputes As The Original Documents Themselve

    Amendments To Wills And Trusts Can Result In As Many Or More Disputes As The Original Documents Themselve
    Often estate and trust litigation revolves not around the will or trust itself, but rather changes to those instruments (a codicil to the will, an amendment to the trust, etc.).  That was the case in the recent appeal of Harbur v.…
  • Nov 5

    Managing Someone Else’s Money

    Managing Someone Else’s Money
              Estate, trust, power of attorney and probate disputes often develop due to disagreements over the manner in which someone managed another person’s money. For example, the beneficiaries of a will might…
Rank this Week: 3481

Palo Alto Estate Planning Blog

Palo Alto Estate Planning Blog

Covers tax planning, estate planning, trusts, wills and charitable giving. By Finch Montgomery Wright LLP.

http://www.paloaltoestateplanninglawyerblog.com/
  • Jul 11

    Summer Time Is Here: Estate Planning on the Run

    Summer Time Is Here: Estate Planning on the Run
    Inevitably, in the summer months, I get phone calls from people who are about to take a trip somewhere, often within just a few days. Sometimes they have a Will or a trust that’s out of date; sometimes they have no estate planning…
  • Jul 9

    What Not to Leave Behind: Massive Piles of Paper

    What Not to Leave Behind: Massive Piles of Paper
    Recently, a client of mine described having to go through about 30 years of their father’s financial records after he had passed away. Needless to say, that’s not an easy task, especially when you’re not entirely sure what…
  • May 30

    Building Up Your Own Credit Score After Your Spouse Die

    Building Up Your Own Credit Score After Your Spouse Die
    Learn how to establish an independent credit history to avoid losing your credit cards after the death of a spouse.
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Wills and Estate Administration…

Wills and Estate Administration Articles

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

http://njwills.blogspot.com/
Rank this Week: 3576

Sanders Law Firm Blog

Sanders Law Firm Blog

Covers North Carolina law.

http://www.kirksanderslaw.com/blog
  • Jun 25

    The Importance of an Umbrella Insurance Policy

    The Importance of an Umbrella Insurance Policy
    Tags: umbrella policy ncPersonal injury attorney referral NCI’ve had several clients in the past who have benefited from an umbrella policy as well as a couple who wished they had one. An umbrella policy protects the insured (you)…
  • Jun 17

    Partition Sale of Leased Property in North Carolina

    Partition Sale of Leased Property in North Carolina
    Tags: partition actionpartition sale north carolinaA recent N.C. Court of Appeals decision highlights the sale of personal property. In the case of Whitesale v. Barnwell, the parties owned a leased interest in real property and a mobile…
  • Jun 16

    Partition Sale (upset bid) in Stokes County NC (Minnie Price)

    Partition Sale (upset bid) in Stokes County NC (Minnie Price)
    Tags: partition sale NC; partition sale attorney stokes county ncOn Saturday, June 14, 2014, two properties were sold (Subject to 10day upset bid) in Stokes County, North Carolina. The House with 1.44 acres had a high bid of…
Rank this Week: 3595

Florida Estate Planning and…

Florida Estate Planning and Probate Law

Covers changes in Florida law in the area of estate planning, tax law and probate law. By Marc J. Soss.

http://blog.fl-estateplanning.com
  • Jun 6

    CAN MY FLORIDA IRREVOCABLE TRUST BE TERMINATED

    CAN MY FLORIDA IRREVOCABLE TRUST BE TERMINATED
    In February 2014, the Florida Second District Court of Appeal in the case of Peck v. Peck (Case no. 2D13-113. Fla. 2d DCA Feb. 26, 2014) affirmed a trial court ruling that, if the settlor and all beneficiaries of an irrevocable trust…
  • Jun 5

    IOWA COURT UPHOLDS FLORIDA POSTNUP AGREEMENT

    IOWA COURT UPHOLDS FLORIDA POSTNUP AGREEMENT
    The Iowa Supreme Court has ruled that a Florida postnuptial agreement, executed two decades earlier when the couple were living in Florida, waiving rights to each other's property was valid.  The court ruled that the surviving…
  • Jun 5

    ARE CUSTODIAL ACCOUNTS THE BEST SAVINGS OPTION FOR A CHILD

    ARE CUSTODIAL ACCOUNTS THE BEST SAVINGS OPTION FOR A CHILD
    Family members (parents, grand-parents and relatives) are constantly looking for the best way to gift and save money for their relatives (usually children).  One commonly used option is a "custodial account" (established…
Rank this Week: 3264

Davidov Law Group

Davidov Law Group

Covers new York elder law and estate planning.

http://www.davidovlaw.com/blog/
  • May 29

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

    What Is the Difference Between a Guardianship and a Power of Attorney?
    A comprehensive estate plan will include an incapacity planning component. A significant percentage of senior citizens become incapacitated to one extent or another. While there are other causes of incapacity, around 45 percent of those who…
  • May 28

    Do I Control Assets Placed Into a Revocable Living Trust?

    Do I Control Assets Placed Into a Revocable Living Trust?
    It is important to understand all of your options when you are planning your estate. You may automatically assume that you should use a last will. While you can certainly go this route, you may also want to consider the creation of a…
  • May 27

    What Is the Five-Year Medicaid Look-Back?

    What Is the Five-Year Medicaid Look-Back?
    As you get older, you may begin to think long and hard about the eventualities of aging. When you look at the statistics, you will find that most American senior citizens will need help with their day-to-day needs eventually. Long-term care…
Rank this Week: 3333

Musings of a Massachusetts Estate…

Musings of a Massachusetts Estate Lawyer

Focuses on estate planning, probate and corporation law in Massachusetts. By David E. Peterson.

http://blog.deplawfirm.com/
  • Jan 6

    How Wealthy People Avoid Estate Taxe

    How Wealthy People Avoid Estate Taxe
    The Basics The estate and gift tax is a tax on the transfer of wealth from one generation to the next. The tax is levied when a transfer occurs, which by lifetime gift, or upon death. The estate and gift tax rates start low. The Massachusetts…
  • Dec 26

    Your New Year’s Resolution Starts with a Phone Call (or email).

    Your New Year’s Resolution Starts with a Phone Call (or email).
    The holiday season is a time of great religious and economic significance. And even in our busy lives, it is a time for reflection. For many of us, the fruits of our reflection are our annual resolutions: to become healthier, to spend more…
  • Sep 17

    Top Five Methods of Charitable Giving

    Top Five Methods of Charitable Giving
    A colleague and I have recently devoted some time to developing a new facet of estate planning that we call “Zero Tax Planning.” The idea is simple. First, we use traditional estate planning techniques to reduce estate taxes as…
Rank this Week: 3670

The Elder Firm, LLC

The Elder Firm, LLC

Covers elder law, estate planning, and Missouri Medicaid eligibility.

http://www.columbiaelderlaw.blogspot.com/
Rank this Week: 3643

The Blog

The Blog

Features estate planning and elder law news. By Moynihan Lyons PC.

http://moynihanlyons.com/estate-administration/trust-administration/blog/
Rank this Week: 3546

Mogren Glessner & Roti

Mogren Glessner & Roti

Covers Washington state family law, estate planning, and probate.

http://mgrlaw.blogspot.com/
  • Oct 30

    Passport For Child After Divorce

    Passport For Child After Divorce
    What do you do when you hear your ex-spouse plans to take your children on a vacation out of the country? What do you do? Knowing your legal rights will help put you at east and protect your relationship with your children. To take your…
  • Apr 4

    Compassion and Conviction

    Compassion and Conviction
    The following is a quote I came across from Rick Warren that I find insightful in this age of political correctness:“Our culture has accepted two huge lies. The first is that if you disagree with someone’s lifestyle, you must fear…
  • Oct 3

    Power of Attorney for Adult Children

    Power of Attorney for Adult Children
    Do you have a Power of Attorney for your adult
Rank this Week: 3502

Swinton Elder Law & Family…

Swinton Elder Law & Family Protection Blog

Covers New Jersey estate planning and elder law issues. By Daniel S. Swinton.

http://swintonlaw.blogspot.com/
  • Oct 7

    Policy Experts Agree: The U.S. System for…

    Policy Experts Agree: The U.S. System for Financing Long-Term Care is CrumblingAccording to Forbes.com:  "America’s system for financing long-term care is failing, and the window for creating a payment system that works is rapidly…
  • Jul 12

    Bankruptcy Trustee Is Entitled to Funds…

    Bankruptcy Trustee Is Entitled to Funds Transferred in Order to Qualify for MedicaidThe following article serves as a warning about do-it-yourself estate planning.  An effective technique of protecting assets from nursing homes and long…
  • Sep 27

    How Gifts Can Affect Medicaid Eligibility

    How Gifts Can Affect Medicaid Eligibility
    . We’ve all heard that it’s better to give than to receive, but if you think you might someday want to apply for Medicaid long-term care benefits, you need to be careful because giving away money or property can interfere with your…
Rank this Week: 3537

Florida Special Needs Law Blog

Florida Special Needs Law Blog

Providing insight and commentary on SSI, special needs trusts, and Medicaid. By David Lillesand.

http://www.floridaspecialneedslaw.com/
  • Aug 24

    Doctors quitting Medicare?

    Doctors quitting Medicare?
    DOCTORS QUIT? Is the Wall Street Journal becoming Faux News? As Judy Lieberman of the Columbia Journalism Review reported on August 12th, the Wall Street Journal had printed a story called "More Doctors Steer Clear of Medicare: Some Doctors…
  • Aug 13

    ObamaCare and Special Needs Trust

    ObamaCare and Special Needs Trust
    The Supreme Court decision on the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) has tremendous implications for our practice, primarily negative, but is a huge boon to planning for persons with disabilities who have been shut out of the private insurance…
  • Apr 26

    Spell-check anyone?

    Spell-check anyone?
    We're working on an appeal of another attorney's client's case that was lost at a Social Security Adminsitration Administrative Law Judge hearing.  In reviewing the twelve page decision, we find the judge wrote the following (the typos are…
Rank this Week: 3589

New York Guardian Law

New York Guardian Law

Covers the guardianship process and life as a guardian. By the Law Office of Daniel A. Jimenez P.C.

http://nyguardian.blogspot.com/
  • Jan 9

    Estate Planning Essentials for New Parents (or Responsibility in Six Not So Difficult Steps)

    Estate Planning Essentials for New Parents (or Responsibility in Six Not So Difficult Steps)
    I have had the opportunity to meet with many new parents to discuss what steps they need to take in order to make sure their loved ones are provided for should the unexpected occur.  The trust that these individuals have placed in my…
  • Dec 3

    Calls for increased monitoring of Article 81 guardian

    Calls for increased monitoring of Article 81 guardian
    Today the New York Law Journal has an article relating to a clinic run by the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and the recommendations it has put forward regarding monitoring and standardization of Article 81 guardianship practice. I am…
  • Sep 19

    Who inherits the intangible iTunes library? or my World of Warcraft avatar?

    Who inherits the intangible iTunes library? or my World of Warcraft avatar?
    A friend of mine just pointed out a very interesting article on Marketwatch, who inherits your itunes library, which deals with the new reality of music and book ownership. 
Rank this Week: 3635

Anthony M. Snyder & Associates,…

Anthony M. Snyder & Associates, PLLC

Covers life, the law and Michigan politics.

http://tonysnyder.com/law/
  • May 4

    Got A Little Charlie Sheen On Your Hands?

    Got A Little Charlie Sheen On Your Hands?
    The title to this article is both humorous, and yet more appropriate to your life than you might realize. When I was a kid, my mother used to always say to me, “The way you like to spend money, you’d better grow up to be a brain surgeon…
  • Apr 30

    Hit The Lottery, Let Everyone Know!

    Hit The Lottery, Let Everyone Know!
    For those of us that live in Michigan, there may be a “nice problem to have” in your future. Ever play Mega Millions or Powerball and dream of what a life with an extra $300+ million would be like? We all had Mega Millions fever last…
  • Feb 22

    Tea For Two

    Tea For Two
    Have you seen this article yet? Here’s the quick and dirty: Two high school boys were in a fight on school property. A female teacher sees the fight, verbally attempts to break up the fight, when she’s unsuccessful she pours her hot tea…
Rank this Week: 3396

Bay Area Wills, Trusts & Probate…

Bay Area Wills, Trusts & Probate Report

Covers planned giving, estate planning, taxes and wills and trusts. By Karen Meckstroth.

http://www.bayareawillsandtrustslawblog.com
Rank this Week: 3453

Estates of Mind

Estates of Mind

Covers estate planning and wealth preservation. By Mark A. Ziebold.

http://estatesofmind.blogspot.com/
  • Jul 27

    Uncertainty and what it means for you

    Uncertainty and what it means for you
    I have been receiving the same type of question from many clients lately. In each instance, the question centers around the activities of the government in spending more money than we have (and printing what it doesn't have!) and what that…
  • Jul 27

    Teaching in the Fall

    Teaching in the Fall
    I'll be teaching Federal Income Taxation in the Fall Semester at Trinity law School. For any students reading this, we'll be going through many of the fundamental code sections that are important in this practice area and focusing on…
  • Jul 27

    Teaching in the Fall

    Teaching in the Fall
    I'll be teaching Federal Income Taxation in the Fall Semester at Trinity law School. For any students reading this, we'll be going through many of the fundamental code sections that are important in this practice area and focusing on…
Rank this Week: 3573

Charting The Course

Charting The Course

Covers business and estate plnning in the Ocean State. By Ullucci Law Associates.

http://ulluccilaw.wordpress.com
  • Jan 14

    The Estate Tax Deal

    The Estate Tax Deal
    After more than a year’s worth of wrangling (and our yapping about it here and here), our elected officials in Washington finally made a deal to settle the uncertainty surrounding the estate tax.  Naturally, they could not come to a long…
  • Jul 29

    Does Hourly Billing Hurt Your Bottom Line?

    Does Hourly Billing Hurt Your Bottom Line?
    While it’s an article of faith for most lawyers, we are not fans of billing our clients by the hour.  We come right out and say it on our firm website: billing by the hour makes clients worried about calling their lawyer and makes lawyers…
  • Apr 20

    Rhode Island’s Internet Infrastructure

    Rhode Island’s Internet Infrastructure
    The Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation is up and running its part of a new federal program to detail and enhance Rhode Island’s internet infrastructure.  The EDC believes, as do we, that expanding the availability and speed of…
Rank this Week: 3671

My Road Ahead

My Road Ahead

Provide stories and resources to those trying to settle an estate. By Knowtification.com.

http://knowtification.wordpress.com/
  • Oct 12

    An Estate Tool to Make Life Easier…read!

    An Estate Tool to Make Life Easier…read!
    Losing a loved one is one of the most traumatic experiences a family will endure. It’s tough enough to handle the onslaught of emotions it ignites, let alone negotiate the complex maze of practical, legal and financial issues that families…
  • Sep 29

    Using Legal Services to Prevent Blisters…Not to Cure Them

    Using Legal Services to Prevent Blisters…Not to Cure Them
    Before taking a few long runs along South Florida’s coastline a few weeks ago, I went shopping for products that would enhance my running experiences.  I considered purchasing energy gels, new shoes, and mp3s for my iPod. While shopping at…
  • Sep 14

    Because some people just don’t plan

    Because some people just don’t plan
    One common theme that I frequently come across is that people are just plain busy all the time.  They have so many things pulling them in so many different directions. The mere thought of spending ANY money involves a long decision process…
Rank this Week: 3552

Purcell & Amen, L.L.C. Blog

Purcell & Amen, L.L.C. Blog

Covers elder law and estate planning.

http://yourestatematters.com/blog/
  • Jul 27

    What Is a GRAT (Grantor Retained Annuity Trust)?

    What Is a GRAT (Grantor Retained Annuity Trust)?
    A Grantor Retained Annuity Trust, or GRAT, is a trust that allows someone to transfer assets at a severely reduced tax rate. The trust is short-term and sends annuity payments that are funded by the interest gained on the assets to the…
  • Jul 25

    Why Should I Have A Living Trust?

    Why Should I Have A Living Trust?
    During the creation of your estate plan you will need to make numerous choices, starting with what tools and strategies you plan to incorporate into your plan. One common addition to a comprehensive estate plan is a living trust. You may be…
  • Jul 24

    What Is a QTIP Trust?

    What Is a QTIP Trust?
    The most common goal of an estate plan is to provide for loved ones in the event of the death of the plan creator. Providing for loved ones is not as simple as gifting assets to them in a Last Will and Testament through. Considerable thought…
Rank this Week: 3849

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/
  • Jul 23

    Bill would fund Hampton Roads veteran care center

    Bill would fund Hampton Roads veteran care center
    A bill has been introduced in the Virginia state legislature to provide state funding for a new health care center for veterans in Hampton Roads, The facility would supplement the care provided by the Hampton VA Medical Center. The new center…
  • Jun 30

    Advance Medical Directives Need Easy Accessibility

    Advance Medical Directives Need Easy Accessibility
    Many people are aware of the importance of advance medical directives. In the event that you become incapacitated, these directives detail what procedures you do or do not want and who should make decisions for you. Because these are…
  • Jun 18

    Continuing Care Retirement Communities Offer One Option for Retiree

    Continuing Care Retirement Communities Offer One Option for Retiree
    There are many living options available for seniors, and continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs) have become one of the most attractive. Many retirees consider such communities because they typically provide a range of services in one…
Rank this Week: 4164

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/
  • Jul 23

    What is Legacy Planning?

    What is Legacy Planning?
    Each person leaves behind a legacy of some sort upon his or her death. You have the ability to decide, now, what legacy you wish to leave behind when you die. The wealth you have accumulated during your lifetime is, certainly, part of your…
  • Jul 22

    The Tragic and Controversial Life of Menachem Stark

    The Tragic and Controversial Life of Menachem Stark
    Earlier this year, a real estate developer was found murdered in New York. Since then, a number of events have only added to the tragedy for his family. This week, we take a look at the case and how one crucial decision will likely affect his…
  • Jul 21

    The Power of a Power of Attorney

    The Power of a Power of Attorney
    When meeting with clients, the question of whether a power of attorney is worth the effort. Our answer, without fail, is yes. If you don’t know the many reasons why it’s important, then we’ve not served our purpose. This…
Rank this Week: 3945

Michigan Asset Protection Lawyer…

Michigan Asset Protection Lawyer Blog

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

http://www.michiganassetprotectionlawyerblog.com/
Rank this Week: 3817

Florida Probate Blog -…

Florida Probate Blog - WeProbateFlorida.com

Covers Florida probate administration. By Long H. Duong.

http://weprobateflorida.com
  • Jul 17

    Small Estate Affidavits: Where to find them?

    Small Estate Affidavits: Where to find them?
    The short answer is that you can’t.  They don’t really exist. You may have heard a bank or some other financial institution ask you for a small estate affidavit if you don’t want to go through probate. Unfortunately,…
  • Nov 5

    Letters of Administration – Do you really need them?!

    Letters of Administration – Do you really need them?!
    I can’t say this enough: There are many situations where you do not need letters of administration. Many. Yes, the bank or customer service agent you are talking to says you do…but they are just reading from a policy manual or a…
  • Sep 6

    How long does probate take in Florida?

    How long does probate take in Florida?
    One of the last few questions I always address at the end of a probate consultation is: “How long does probate take?” Generally: Summary administration typically takes a few weeks from the date of filing to get orders distributing…
Rank this Week: 4066

Estate Planning and Elder Law Blog

Estate Planning and Elder Law Blog

Covers estate planning, elder law, and probate topics in New York. By the Law Offices of Roman Aminov.

http://www.aminovlaw.com
  • Jul 8

    What’s So Bad About Writing Your Own Will?

    What’s So Bad About Writing Your Own Will?
    Almost everyone can draft their own will – just like most people can give themselves a haircut – but the question is should they. There are many websites and form books offering a do-it-yourself service, but should you use them?…
  • May 7

    New York Small Estates and Voluntary Administration

    New York Small Estates and Voluntary Administration
    When a person passes away leaving assets in their own name, their heirs generally have to go through probate or an administration proceeding to transfer those assets. Sometimes, however, the value of the assets is so small that it is not cost…
  • Apr 10

    Intestacy Laws: Dying Without a Will in NY

    Intestacy Laws: Dying Without a Will in NY
    A person who dies without a will in New York is said to have died intestate. If a person owned assets, they either pass automatically, such a joint accounts and accounts with beneficiary designations, or through a court process known as…
Rank this Week: 3715

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/
  • Jul 8

    Legislative Update: Transfer of Special Declarant Rights Bill Adopted

    Legislative Update: Transfer of Special Declarant Rights Bill Adopted
    The N.C. General Assembly is about to wrap up its two-year legislative session, so bills are flying around.  In my legislative update of 2013 activity (www.lawfirmrbs.com/blog/nc-community-association-2013-legislative-roundup/), I noted…
  • Jul 1

    Declaration Amendments, Reasonableness & Original Intent: Wallach v. Linville Owners Association

    Declaration Amendments, Reasonableness & Original Intent: Wallach v. Linville Owners Association
    A case issued by the North Carolina Court of Appeals today suggests there are instances when an amendment to a Declaration (also known as Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions) has to pass an “original intent” test.   …
  • Jun 22

    RBS Expansion Complete

    RBS Expansion Complete
    Exciting news—the expansion to our Greensboro office is finished and our large meeting room/training center is now open!  (See photo.)   Our newest conference room has a flexible arrangement and can be used for training, board…
Rank this Week: 3761

Asset Protection Law Journal

Asset Protection Law Journal

Covers asset protection laws. By Kenneth J. Laino.

http://www.assetprotectionlawjournal.com
  • Jul 3

    Ohio is Currently One of the Best States for Asset Protection

    Ohio is Currently One of the Best States for Asset Protection
    Some states offer better asset protection alternatives than others.  There are numerous factors to consider in deciding how good (or bad) a state is from an asset protection standpoint.  These factors…
  • Jul 1

    Mississippi is Latest State to Enact DAPT Statute

    Mississippi is Latest State to Enact DAPT Statute
    The Mississippi “Qualified Disposition in Trust Act” takes effect today.  Mississippi has now become one of about fifteen states that have a domestic asset protection trust statute. Each of these state statutes is…
  • Jun 19

    Ohio and Several Other States Protect Inherited IRA

    Ohio and Several Other States Protect Inherited IRA
    As I noted in a blog post a couple days ago - -    On June 12, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled that inherited IRAs are not exempt from creditor claims in bankruptcy.  So in general, inherited IRAs do not have as…
Rank this Week: 3736

Law Offices of Richard B.…

Law Offices of Richard B. Schneider, LLC Blog

Covers elder law and estate planning.

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

    Trustee Duties and Responsibilities : Choosing a Trustee

    Trustee Duties and Responsibilities : Choosing a Trustee
    Trustee Duties and Responsibilities from Richard Schneider Trusts are often used by a wide variety of people to accomplish a wide variety of estate planning goals.The right trustee can add to the overall success of your trust. Learn more…
  • Jun 5

    Estate Planning for the LGBT Community in Oregon

    Estate Planning for the LGBT Community in Oregon
    Until very recently, same-sex couples were denied over 1,000 federal benefits as a result of the definition of marriage found in the Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, passed in 1996. Learn how LGBT couples in Oregon should properly approach…
  • May 29

    Free Report: Choosing a Trustee in Oregon

    Free Report: Choosing a Trustee in Oregon
    A comprehensive estate plan usually includes a variety of estate planning tools, strategies and documents. While a well-written last will and testament should serve as the foundation of your estate plan, a will can only accomplish so much.…
Rank this Week: 3842

Los Angeles Probate Litigation…

Los Angeles Probate Litigation Attorney Blog

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

http://www.losangelesprobatelitigationattorneyblog.com/
  • Jun 13

    2014 Probate Court Reception

    2014 Probate Court Reception
    Ginzburg & Bronshteyn, LLP, firm partners are looking forward to attending the Los Angeles County Bar -Trusts and Estates Section reception honoring the Probate Department of the Los Angeles Superior Court on the evening of June 17, 2014,…
  • Mar 28

    Update-Casey Kasem Children Settle Conservatorship Matter

    Update-Casey Kasem Children Settle Conservatorship Matter
    Los Angeles Superior Court Case Number BP 145805 concerning the Appointment of the Conservatorship over the Person and Temporary Appointment of the Conservatorship over the Person of Casey Kasem had been filed on October 7, 2013. Casey Kasem…
  • Mar 19

    Trust and Estates Section: Lunch with The Probate Judge

    Trust and Estates Section: Lunch with The Probate Judge
    On March 18, 2014, the panel of Probate Judges discussed the current state of Probate Court in Los Angeles County and addressed questions and concerns submitted by members of the Beverly Hills Bar Association. Fortunately seven of the nine…
Rank this Week: 3902

Walker Lambe

Walker Lambe

Covers North Carolina elder law and estate planning.

http://www.organizeyourassets.com/blog/
  • Mar 13

    Four Reasons Estate Planning Matters More than Ever for Women

    Four Reasons Estate Planning Matters More than Ever for Women
    Today, women exercise more financial power than ever before. The number of women in the workplace has tripled in the last fifty years. Meanwhile, the real median income of women has increased by sixty-three percent, while that of men has…
  • Mar 13

    Four Reasons Estate Planning Matters More than Ever for Women

    Four Reasons Estate Planning Matters More than Ever for Women
    Today, women exercise more financial power than ever before. The number of women in the workplace has tripled in the last fifty years. Meanwhile, the real median income of women has increased by sixty-three percent, while that of men has…
  • Feb 4

    Estate Planning: What about my pet?

    Estate Planning: What about my pet?
    You may have an aging relative who is showing signs of loneliness, or you may yourself be a senior in need of companionship. In these situations, many people consider adopting or purchasing a dog or a cat. Animals can provide love, comfort…
Rank this Week: 4087

Probate Thoughts From The…

Probate Thoughts From The Villages, Florida

Covers wills, probate, asset protection, and real estate. By Ronald Jones.

http://flawyer.us/ProbateThoughts/
  • Feb 10

    Florida does not recognize “No Contest” clauses in wills.

    Florida does not recognize “No Contest” clauses in wills.
    Florida does not recognize “No Contest” clauses in wills. Sometimes people want to put in a “no contest” or “in terrorem” clause in a Florida will. A no contest clause says that if someone who is a…
  • Jan 13

    Planning for a second (or later) marriage

    Planning for a second (or later) marriage
    Very frequently, retirees moving to Florida are either single, or at some point, wind up single, whether through divorce or widowhood. And then they meet someone new. And sometimes the other person is formerly married as well; having been…
  • Jan 9

    Selling the Collection

    Selling the Collection
    A recurring situation in probate is where the parent had some sort of “collection” and the children want to sell the items. A lot of times, the parent would talk about the collection and raise the children’s expectation of…
Rank this Week: 3936

Ohio Estate Planning, Trust &…

Ohio Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law

Covers Ohio estate planning, trust and probate law. By Bradley B. Wrightsel.

http://wrightsel.blogspot.com/
  • Jan 28

    Quick Overview of 2014 Federal Estate and Gift Tax Amount

    Quick Overview of 2014 Federal Estate and Gift Tax Amount
    The federal estate tax exemption amount is $5,000,000 and is adjusted annually for inflation. This year the exemption amount increases to $5.34 million. This means that a married couple can protect up to $10.68 million. The estate tax rate is…
  • Jan 2

    Avoiding the Fiscal Cliff – Estate Taxe

    Avoiding the Fiscal Cliff – Estate Taxe
    With the Senate tax bill passing the House, it is expected that it will be signed into law. It does not appear that there was a lot of focus on the estate tax. Considering that most tax revenue is generated by the income tax, it is not…
  • Jun 13

    Columbus Bar Association 2012 Annual Meeting

    Columbus Bar Association 2012 Annual Meeting
    This Friday, June 15, at noon is the Annual Meeting of the Columbus Bar Association (CBA). Current CBA President, David Bloomfield will preside and be sworn in as Immediate-Past President. Brad Wrightsel will be sworn in as President, and…
Rank this Week: 3754

Wills, Trusts and Estates Blog

Wills, Trusts and Estates Blog

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

http://www.jbmartinlaw.com/blogs/wills-trusts-and-estates/
  • Nov 20

    James Gandolfini's $30 Million Dollar Mistake

    James Gandolfini's $30 Million Dollar Mistake
    Following James Gandolfini's death on June 19, 2013, his estate is now forced to pay approximately $30 million to the government in taxes due to an inadequate Will and incomplete estate plan.  It is unclear who originally drafted…
  • Aug 28

    Legal Same-Sex Marriage in Montgomery County, PA?

    Legal Same-Sex Marriage in Montgomery County, PA?
    In June, in U.S. v. Windsor, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Section 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act ("DOMA"), which defined marriage as between a man and a woman only.  Subsequently, the elected Register of Wills of…
  • Jul 29

    Leaving Your Spouse Out of Your Will? Think Again.

    Leaving Your Spouse Out of Your Will? Think Again.
    Through Pennsylvania estate planning and by creating a Last Will and Testament, you can dictate who receives your property after death.  Many people believe that this gives you free reign to decide who gets property and who is left out;…
Rank this Week: 3789

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/
  • Oct 29

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

    Oops, They Did It Again! Make Sure That You Don’t Also
    Last week a client came in and asked me to review her “Estate Planning Portfolio” which had been drafted by another attorney a few years ago. The client was proud that she had a Revocable Living Trust in her portfolio because a…
  • Aug 18

    Even Aging in Place Requires a Plan

    Even Aging in Place Requires a Plan
    If you expect to age in place in your own home, you need to plan how that will be accomplished.  Baby Boomers are now caring for their parents.  Because there are so many Baby Boomers there is a large pool of people who can be…
  • Aug 18

    Even Aging in Place Requires a Plan

    Even Aging in Place Requires a Plan
    If you expect to age in place in your own home, you need to plan how that will be accomplished.  Baby Boomers are now caring for their parents.  Because there are so many Baby Boomers there is a large pool of people who can be…
Rank this Week: 3845

Law for the Long Haul

Law for the Long Haul

Covers estate planning, disability, Medicare, Medicaid, retirement, and long-term care. By Nancy Dollar.

http://www.lawforthelonghaul.com
  • Aug 26

    Medicare and the New Insurance Marketplace

    Medicare and the New Insurance Marketplace
    Every week, "Medicare Monday" features a Medicare question or issue. If there is a Medicare-related topic you would like to be addressed here, please write in to ask@lawforthelonghaul.com. Please, do not send any information that…
  • Aug 23

    End of the Week Review

    End of the Week Review
    This week on Law for the Long Haul:who is eligible for Medicare what is a living trustVeteran retires after more than 50 years of serviceThis week, elsewhere: The Washington Post discussed a study on "super-agers." For the Huffington…
  • Aug 22

    Veteran Retires at 71, After Over 50 Years of Service

    Veteran Retires at 71, After Over 50 Years of Service
    "Thankful Thursday" is a time for us to share a heartwarming story, express our gratitude, and reflect on the week. If you have something you would like to see featured here, please write to: tips@lawforthelonghaul.com.Major Bill Ray has…
Rank this Week: 3870