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Purcell & Amen, L.L.C. Blog

Purcell & Amen, L.L.C. Blog

Covers elder law and estate planning.

http://yourestatematters.com/blog/
  • Apr 6

    How Does a Power of Attorney Terminate?

    How Does a Power of Attorney Terminate?
    A power of attorney is an incredibly flexible and potentially useful estate planning tool. Understanding what one is, how it works, and how one terminates may help you decide whether including a power of attorney in your estate plan…
  • Mar 11

    Early Signs of Dementia – Is It Too Late for Medicaid Planning?

    Early Signs of Dementia – Is It Too Late for Medicaid Planning?
    Though we are all living longer, on average, in the United States, the increased life expectancy often comes at a high cost. Studies tell us that once you reach the age of 65 your chance of needing long-term care is about 50 percent. By age…
  • Mar 2

    When Do I Need a Special Needs Trust?

    When Do I Need a Special Needs Trust?
    If you are the parent of a special needs child you undoubtedly worry about how your child will be cared for and provided for in the future. The day will come when you will no longer be here to see to your child’s daily needs or…
Rank this Week: 3100

Gay & Lesbian Legal Update

Gay & Lesbian Legal Update

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

http://gaybilesbian.blogspot.com/
  • Apr 5

    Nuts & Bolts of Elder Law & Estate Administration Seminar

    Nuts & Bolts of Elder Law & Estate Administration Seminar
    Nuts &  Bolts of Elder Law & Estate Administration Seminar          Wed, May 7  5:00 PM - 9:00 PM New Jersey Law Center One Constitution Square New Brunswick, NJ 08901 …
  • Jan 25

    New law Protects minors by prohibiting counseling attempts to change sexual orientation.

    New law Protects minors by prohibiting counseling attempts to change sexual orientation.
    New law  Protects minors by prohibiting counseling attempts to change sexual orientation.CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT     As reported by the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee on March 18,…
  • Jan 11

    Gay Lesbian partners- Problems if No estate planning

    Gay Lesbian partners- Problems if No estate planning
    Gay Lesbian partners- Problems if No estate planningIn the absence of a marriage, Will or other legal arrangement to distribute property at death, your partner does not receive your assets and cannot administer your estate. The result can be…
Rank this Week: 4382

Arkansas Legal Issues

Arkansas Legal Issues

By Wilson & Haubert, PLLC.

http://whlawoffices.com/little-rock-lawyer-arkansas-law-blog/
  • Apr 4

    After You Get Your Bar Exam Score

    After You Get Your Bar Exam Score
    Today is the day when Bar exam scores are released. If the website crashes at 4:00 p.m., come on back here to the blog; we’re gonna try to post the scores here. If you passed . . . If your name ends up being on the big list of those who…
  • Apr 4

    February 2014 Arkansas Bar Exam Result

    February 2014 Arkansas Bar Exam Result
    We are posting the February 2014 Arkansas Bar Exam results here just in case the court website crashes. It has crashed in the past. Best of luck to everyone—friends & family included, who often suffer the worst—waiting on…
  • Apr 3

    Too many lawyers – maybe not.

    Too many lawyers – maybe not.
    The post Too many lawyers – maybe not. appeared first on Wilson & Haubert, PLLC.
Rank this Week: 2594

California Trust, Estate & Probate…

California Trust, Estate & Probate Litigation

Covers estate planning, probate, trusts and wills. By Albertson & Davidson LLP.

http://www.californiatrustestateandprobatelitigation.com
  • Apr 3

    Oops--The Unintended Will Revocation

    Oops--The Unintended Will Revocation
    Did you know that there are situations where you could revoke your Will without meaning to do so?  In this video I discuss the unintened Will revocation:     For our email subscribers: please click the title to view this video…
  • Apr 3

    Oops–The Unintended Will Revocation

    Oops–The Unintended Will Revocation
    Did you know that there are situations where you could revoke your Will without meaning to do so?  In this video I discuss the unintened Will revocation:     For our email subscribers: please click the title to view this video…
  • Mar 26

    A Better Standard for Undue Influence in California Trust and Will Cases: Part 4--Unfair Distribution from Will or Trust

    A Better Standard for Undue Influence in California Trust and Will Cases: Part 4--Unfair Distribution from Will or Trust
    This is part four of a four part post discussing the newly created standard for proving undue influence directly in California Trust and Will contests. Effective January 1, 2014, the California Legislature has introduced a new standard for…
Rank this Week: 3913

The Law Office of Alexis B. Levitt…

The Law Office of Alexis B. Levitt Blog

Covers caregiver issues, estate planning, living at home and special needs trusts.

http://www.alexislevitt.com/blog/
  • Apr 1

    My Dad Died Owning Stocks – What a Pain That Was!

    My Dad Died Owning Stocks – What a Pain That Was!
    If you have ever had to deal with stocks that you inherited, then you know what a pain it can be to change ownership over to your name. You probably had to: Figure out which stock transfer agent was managing those shares (ex. Computershare),…
  • Mar 27

    Senator Elizabeth Warren Files a Bill to Raise the SSI Resource Limit

    Senator Elizabeth Warren Files a Bill to Raise the SSI Resource Limit
    Another reason to love Senator Warren.  As you likely know, an SSI recipient can have only $2,000 in her bank account.  It’s an absurdly small amount to keep on hand.  It can barely cover any emergencies (like car…
  • Feb 27

    Veterans: Are You Getting Older, Need Care, and Want to Stay at Home?

    Veterans: Are You Getting Older, Need Care, and Want to Stay at Home?
    Good news! The VA has several programs designed to assist elderly and/or disabled veterans who want to stay at home for as long as possible. Listed below are some of these programs. They each have different eligibility tests regarding income…
Rank this Week: 4739

Pennsylvania Fiduciary Litigation

Pennsylvania Fiduciary Litigation

Insights and and commentary from a trusts and estates lawyer and expert witness. By Patti Spencer of Spencer Law Firm.

http://www.pennsylvaniafiduciarylitigation.com/
  • Mar 31

    Enforcement of Arbitration Clauses in Trust

    Enforcement of Arbitration Clauses in Trust
    Ever since George Washington included arbitration provisions in his will, this idea has kicked around.  Washington's will contained this language: "That all disputes (if unhappily they should arise) shall be decided by three impartial…
  • Sep 16

    Why not mediate trust and estate disputes?

    Why not mediate trust and estate disputes?
    "Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can. Point out to them how the nominal winner is often a real loser – in fees, expenses and waste of…
  • Aug 5

    Decanting News - Decant Without a Statute

    Decanting News - Decant Without a Statute
    On July 29, 2013, in the case of Morse v. Kraft the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts held that the Trustee of an irrevocable trust in which the Trustees had full discretion to distribute trust principal "for the benefit…
Rank this Week: 4457

Los Angeles Probate Litigation…

Los Angeles Probate Litigation Attorney Blog

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

http://www.losangelesprobatelitigationattorneyblog.com/
  • 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…
  • Feb 26

    Judges Panel: Avoiding the Most Common Evidentiary Mistake

    Judges Panel: Avoiding the Most Common Evidentiary Mistake
    On February 25, 2014, firm partner and probate practitioner, Yasha Bronshteyn attended the Judges Panel presented by the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles. Speakers included Hon. Amy Hogue, Hon. Michael Johnson, Hon. Mary Ann…
Rank this Week: 3779

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
  • Mar 26

    We fix $499 Trust

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

    Ten characteristics of a good trustee

    Ten characteristics of a good trustee
    When I go through the estate planning questionnaire with a client I suggest they think long and hard before selecting their trustee. In fact, if they hesitate for a split second when naming someone I ask about it. For example, ……
  • Mar 5

    Starting probate as a creditor

    Starting probate as a creditor
    I have a new case where the decedent’s son contacted me about starting a probate. He wasn’t quite ready as he had other things going on in life. Well, last week he called, in a panic, because one of his … Continue reading…
Rank this Week: 3278

Trust Matters Most

Trust Matters Most

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

http://www.trustmattersmost.com/blog
  • Mar 21

    Why Does Divorce Skyrocket from January to March?

    Why Does Divorce Skyrocket from January to March?
    All over the U.S., lawyers are talking about the increased number of divorce cases they see in January. While December is usually the year’s low, January numbers shoot up and remain that way through March. What’s behind this…
  • Mar 14

    Schools Required to Bus Children to Both Divorced Parents’ House

    Schools Required to Bus Children to Both Divorced Parents’ House
    Another follow-up to two of our recent blogs (“Another One Rides the Bus with apologies to the Queen” and “Update to Another One Rides the Bus”) regarding bus transportation for children of divorced parents who…
  • Mar 11

    5 Ways to Hurt Your Divorce with Social Media

    5 Ways to Hurt Your Divorce with Social Media
    “It’s better to be safe than sorry,” the adage goes. It’s especially true when it comes to legal issues like divorce – particularly in contentious cases.  Studies over the past 5 years have tied social media…
Rank this Week: 2394

Sykes Elder Blawg

Sykes Elder Blawg

Covers medicaid planning, special needs trusts and estate planning topics for Pennsylvania seniors and their families. By Andrew G. Sykes.

http://www.elderlawofpgh.com/blog/
Rank this Week: 3302

Allegedly A Blog of Michigan law…

Allegedly A Blog of Michigan law and other legal miscellany

Covers, employment law, estate planning and Michigan legal news.

http://www.tdafoe.com/
Rank this Week: 2514

Kevin A. Pollock BLAWG

Kevin A. Pollock BLAWG

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

http://willstrustsestates.blogspot.com/
  • Mar 14

    Excellent Guide on International Estate and Inheritance Taxe

    Excellent Guide on International Estate and Inheritance Taxe
    While I have not had a chance to review it thoroughly to confirm its accuracy, I note that the accounting firm, Ernst & Young, has posted a detailed analysis of the estate and inheritance tax laws of almost every country in this…
  • Mar 10

    Calculating NJ Executor Commission

    Calculating NJ Executor Commission
    From time to time, people ask me about executor's commissions and trustee's commissions in New Jersey.  Because it is a bit complex, I have broken it down into two posts and I will focus on commissions for executors and administrators…
  • Mar 10

    Calculating Trustee Commissions in NJ

    Calculating Trustee Commissions in NJ
    From time to time, people ask me how executor's commissions and trustee's commissions should be calculated.  I have already written a post on calculating executor and administrator commissions, so this post will focus on Trustee…
Rank this Week: 2910

Michigan Asset Protection Lawyer…

Michigan Asset Protection Lawyer Blog

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

http://www.michiganassetprotectionlawyerblog.com/
  • Mar 14

    Trustee in Bankruptcy Shot Down on Attempt to Reach Traditionally Protected Individual Retirement Annuity

    Trustee in Bankruptcy Shot Down on Attempt to Reach Traditionally Protected Individual Retirement Annuity
    The bankruptcy case of Running v. Miller (In re Miller) is one of those cases where the Trustee in bankruptcy, in a zealous effort to grab the debtor's assets, ignores the Internal Revenue Code ("Tax Code"), common practice and common sense.…
  • Jan 31

    Creditors Can Reach Profit Sharing Plan Assets After All ..... But Only in Certain Situation

    Creditors Can Reach Profit Sharing Plan Assets After All ..... But Only in Certain Situation
    Asset protection planning attorneys are often asked about protections that are available for qualified retirement plans and whether retirement plan assets are subject to claims of creditors. As a general rule the account of a participant in a…
  • May 28

    Asset Protection Planning Developments and Reminder

    Asset Protection Planning Developments and Reminder
    As an asset protection planning attorney who practices in Michigan and Ohio, I am well aware that this area of the law is very fluid. Recent cases remind us that the law changes from time to time and that there are frequent exceptions to the…
Rank this Week: 4326

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: 3833

John Rogers Burk

John Rogers Burk

Covers estate planning and elder law in California.

http://www.roseville-estate-planning.com/blog/
  • Mar 11

    Your Child’s Inheritance

    Your Child’s Inheritance
      Many people give little thought to the details of leaving behind their estate.  They figure if they’ve drawn up a Will, the matter is settled and requires no more thought.  If you have children, however, there is more…
  • Mar 6

    Portability–Using Your Deceased Spouse’s Estate Tax Exemption

    Portability–Using Your Deceased Spouse’s Estate Tax Exemption
      I recently appreciated being able to use this IRS Revenue Procedure to help a client.  However, it does have one important requirement that is time-sensitive. In amendments to the Internal Revenue Code in December 2010…
  • Feb 25

    What You Need to Know About Being a Trustee

    What You Need to Know About Being a Trustee
    It can be intimidating to be named a Trustee.  It is a big responsibility to be entrusted with a person’s assets.  Likely you’ve been named a successor Trustee, meaning your responsibilities don’t begin until the…
Rank this Week: 3835

Florida Probate Lawyer Blog

Florida Probate Lawyer Blog

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

http://www.florida-probate-lawyer.com/probate
  • Mar 11

    Probate and Prenuptial Agreement

    Probate and Prenuptial Agreement
    What impact does a prenuptial agreement have upon title to the assets of a trust and the rights of trust beneficiaries? The importance of that question was highlighted by a recent Second District Court of Appeals case, Shakespeare v. Prince,…
  • Feb 20

    FLORIDA PRENEED GUARDIAN

    FLORIDA PRENEED GUARDIAN
    FLORIDA PRENEED GUARDIAN AS PART OF YOUR ESTATE PLAN Everyone’s estate plan is different.  Some people are content with having only a will and trust to manage and distribute their financial assets after death.  However, others…
  • Feb 10

    How Long Does a Beneficiary Have to Challenge the Actions (or Inaction) of a Trustee?

    How Long Does a Beneficiary Have to Challenge the Actions (or Inaction) of a Trustee?
    Typically, a trustee serves its accounting on beneficiaries which discloses all matters involving the trusts.  Under normal circumstances, a beneficiary then has four years from receipt of the accounting to bring an action for breach of…
Rank this Week: 4284

Michigan Estate Planning

Michigan Estate Planning

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

http://michiganestateplanning.blogspot.com/
  • Mar 9

    Should You have a “Ladybird” Deed?

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

    New Michigan Law Avoids “Uncapping” in Family Transfer

    New Michigan Law Avoids “Uncapping” in Family Transfer
    Two years ago in March, I reported here on the Klooster v City of Charlevoix case, which addressed the issue of "uncapping" in a real estate transaction between family members. 1994 amendments to the Michigan Real Property Tax, placed a…
  • Jan 4

    Congress Finally Gives us Answers on Estate and Gift Tax

    Congress Finally Gives us Answers on Estate and Gift Tax
    To quote former President Gerald Ford, with respect to the Federal Estate and Gift Tax: "our long, national nightmare is over." Late on January 1, Congress enacted "The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012." I won't go into great detail…
Rank this Week: 4187

Vandrew Law Blog

Vandrew Law Blog

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

http://vandrew.com/
  • Mar 8

    Trust Protectors: Keeping Things Flexible

    Trust Protectors: Keeping Things Flexible
    As mentioned in a prior post, nowadays many of my clients choose to leave assets to their loved ones in a Bloodline (a/k/a Dynasty) Trust. As mentioned in that prior post, leaving an inheritance this way has tax benefits and also protects the…
  • Jan 6

    Dynasty Trusts & Bloodline Trusts: Getting a Basis Step-Up

    Dynasty Trusts & Bloodline Trusts: Getting a Basis Step-Up
    In a prior post, I spoke about many of the benefits of establishing a Dynasty Trust (also called a Bloodline Trust) for your children’s inheritances. You can reread the original post to learn of the major benefits, but in summary they…
  • Dec 21

    Happy Holiday

    Happy Holiday
    This is just a short post to say Happy Holidays to all friends and clients of the firm. We look forward to serving you in the New Year!
Rank this Week: 3616

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: 4911

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
  • 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…
  • Sep 24

    Apparent End To The Huguette Clark $300 Million Estate Battle

    Apparent End To The Huguette Clark $300 Million Estate Battle
    In a middle-of-the-night deal during jury selection of a New York trial, it appears that a settlement has been reached in the infamous Huguette Clark estate dispute.  You can read all about it at this link.  I had written about this…
Rank this Week: 4982

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/
  • Feb 27

    NPR Broadcasts "Managing Your Elderly Parents' Finances"

    NPR Broadcasts "Managing Your Elderly Parents' Finances"
    On Thursday morning (11:06 AM to Noon), February 27, 2014, The Diane Rehm Show, as broadcast from WAMU through the National Public Radio network, focused on the topic Managing Your Elderly Parents' Finances, with guest host Elise Labott. The…
  • Jan 16

    Enact Mandatory Financial Elder Abuse Reporting in PA

    Enact Mandatory Financial Elder Abuse Reporting in PA
    On December 11, 2013, Professor Katherine C. Pearson, of Penn State Law (The Dickinson School of Law, Carlisle, PA Campus), posted a four-page article entitled Law Financial Abuse and Exploitation in Pennsylvania: The Importance of Early…
  • Sep 6

    PA Small Estate & Deposit Payment Thresholds Increased

    PA Small Estate & Deposit Payment Thresholds Increased
    The Pennsylvania Probate, Estates & Fiduciaries Code (Title 20 of PA Consolidated Statutes) was amended in minor, but helpful, ways by Act 35 of 2013, which became effective on August 31, 2013. The changes in affected sections of Title…
Rank this Week: 2889

Fisher Law Blog

Fisher Law Blog

Covers estate planning and business succession. By Randall Fisher.

http://thefisherlawoffice.wordpress.com
  • Feb 24

    Maryland’s House of Cards may crumble under (state) taxe

    Maryland’s House of Cards may crumble under (state) taxe
    House of Cards, Season 2, premiered February 14, 2014 with tremendous anticipation on the East Coast because it was filmed in and around Baltimore, Annapolis and Washington, D.C. It flooded the area with a fervor of Greed, Politics and…
  • Dec 6

    Plan your New Year’s resolutions while planning your holiday

    Plan your New Year’s resolutions while planning your holiday
    The issue is how do you grow your business. There is an old adage–if you aren’t moving forward, you are falling behind. It doesn’t matter what race you are running in, growing your business is a necessity for your…
  • Mar 22

    Legacy Lost: The Dwindling Family Inheritance

    Legacy Lost: The Dwindling Family Inheritance
    Ninety percent of family inheritance is often lost within just three generations, according to the Wall Street Journal (Lost Inheritance).  By the end of the second generation — to be clear, that’s after your children have…
Rank this Week: 4244

King Law Offices Blog

King Law Offices Blog

Discusses traffic matters, family law, criminal law, wills and estate planning and personal injury law as it relates to North Carolina and South Carolina.

http://kinglawoffices.com/blog/
  • Feb 14

    Unavoidable Accident

    Unavoidable Accident
    The law of negligence makes a defendant not liable for unavoidable or inevitable accident even when he/she has used less than due care.  An unavoidable accident is an incident that was not intended and which, under all the circumstances,…
  • Feb 1

    Gaining Custody From Biological Parents Who Don’t Want to Relinquish Their Parental Right

    Gaining Custody From Biological Parents Who Don’t Want to Relinquish Their Parental Right
    When “fit” biological parents do not want to relinquish their parental rights, it may be almost impossible to force them to.  “Under our statute G.S. 48-7, except as provided in G.S. 48-5 and G.S. 48-6, before a child…
  • Jan 31

    Employees’ Traveling and Workers’ Compensation

    Employees’ Traveling and Workers’ Compensation
    If an injury is an accident that arises out of and in the course of employment, it is compensable under the North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Act. The worker/claimant has the burden of proving the requirements. The injuries suffered…
Rank this Week: 2983

Wills and Estate Administration…

Wills and Estate Administration Articles

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

http://njwills.blogspot.com/
  • Feb 13

    Nuts & Bolts of Elder Law & Estate Administration Seminar Wed, May 7

    Nuts & Bolts of Elder Law & Estate Administration Seminar Wed, May 7
    Nuts & Bolts of Elder Law & Estate Administration Seminar          Wed, May 7  5:00 PM - 9:00 PM New Jersey Law Center One Constitution Square New Brunswick, NJ 08901  Includes a…
  • Feb 9

    Ken Vercammen joined the AARP Legal Services Network in 2013

    Ken Vercammen joined the AARP Legal Services Network in 2013
    Ken Vercammen Esq. of Edison joined the AARP Legal Services Network in 2013The AARP Legal Services Network was established by the AARP in response to membership needs. The AARP recognized that many people over the age of 50 have legal matters…
  • Jan 25

    Removing the Executor of a Probate Estate in Somerset County

    Removing the Executor of a Probate Estate in Somerset County
    Removing the Executor of a Probate Estate in Somerset CountyBy Kenneth A. Vercammen, Esq.         In New Jersey, the court and surrogate do not supervise how an executor or administrator handles the…
Rank this Week: 4390

Minko Law Office Blog

Minko Law Office Blog

Covers estate planning and elder law.

http://www.minkolaw.com/blog/
  • Feb 12

    Elder Law in Brooklyn NY: Understanding Elder Law Terminology and Language

    Elder Law in Brooklyn NY: Understanding Elder Law Terminology and Language
    When people first come to see an elder law or estate planning attorney, they usually do so without much experience. Because they are unfamiliar with the topic, they often come across terminology with which they are unfamiliar. Elder Law in…
  • Feb 10

    Take Time to Pay Attention to Elderly Parent Needs This Holiday Season

    Take Time to Pay Attention to Elderly Parent Needs This Holiday Season
    For adult children in the Brooklyn, New York area who plan on visiting their elderly parents this holiday season, it is always a good idea to try to keep an eye out for any potential problems. Though it is an uncomfortable realization to come…
  • Feb 7

    What is Estate Litigation?

    What is Estate Litigation?
    Sometimes, even the best estate plan can result in legal battles or estate litigation. The term “estate litigation” is a broad term that encompasses many issues and disputes. In general, estate litigation is any lawsuit or legal…
Rank this Week: 3105

Northern California Center for…

Northern California Center for Estate Planning and Elder Law

Covers estate planning.

http://www.norcalplanners.com/blog/
  • Feb 12

    Divorce and Estate Planning – 3 Issue

    Divorce and Estate Planning – 3 Issue
    Divorces are hard, and the process can easily overwhelm anyone getting divorced. But it’s important to remember during this difficult time that you will definitely need to speak to your estate planning lawyer about how you will need to…
  • Feb 11

    Simple Estate Litigation Prevention Measure

    Simple Estate Litigation Prevention Measure
    Estate litigation is something every estate plan should try to prevent whenever possible. Litigation can deplete your estate of money, lead to unnecessary delays in transferring inheritances, and involve disagreements that destroy…
  • Feb 10

    Should You Have a Durable Power of Attorney? 3 Question

    Should You Have a Durable Power of Attorney? 3 Question
    Question 1. What is a durable power of attorney? A durable power of attorney is a document that allows capable adults the ability to choose a representative who will have the legal authority to make decisions on their behalf. Through your…
Rank this Week: 3036

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: 3895

Texas Probate Litigation

Texas Probate Litigation

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

http://www.txprobatelitigation.com/
  • Feb 7

    It is difficult to obtain summary judgment dismissal of a will contest

    It is difficult to obtain summary judgment dismissal of a will contest
    A standard tactic in defending a will contest is for the proponent of the will to seek dismissal by a summary judgment motion. Under Texas law, a summary judgment dismisses a case before trial. It is designed to dispose of...
  • Feb 3

    The attorney-client privilege and estate disputes in Texa

    The attorney-client privilege and estate disputes in Texa
    Typically, communications between a client and their attorney are considered privileged. With a few exceptions, an attorney can not be compelled to disclose the details of the communications. The purpose of the privilege is to encourage…
  • Jan 2

    Smith v. McDaniel: Liability for suspicious transactions with elderly man

    Smith v. McDaniel: Liability for suspicious transactions with elderly man
    In Smith v. McDaniel, the Tyler Court of Appeals upheld a judgment against Thomas Smith for defrauding an elderly gentleman, Bruce Greer. The case was brought by a beneficiary of Greer's estate who claimed that Smith defrauded Greer in…
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California Estate Lawyer Blog

California Estate Lawyer Blog

Covers topics such as accounting, breach of fiduciary duty, breach of trust, elder abuse, intestacy, trust litigation, and undue influence. By Theodore M. Hankin.

http://www.californiaestatelawyerblog.com/
  • Feb 1

    When Litigating a Will or Trust Contest in California, What Evidence do I look for?

    When Litigating a Will or Trust Contest in California, What Evidence do I look for?
    A typical case will involve a family member contacting me to complain about the dispositions in a will or trust of a deceased relative, with allegations that another family member or a caregiver "got" to the deceased relative to unduly…
  • Feb 1

    Undue Influence in California Will and Trust Contest

    Undue Influence in California Will and Trust Contest
    California defines undue influence in the Civil Code. Specifically, Civil Code Section 1575 states: "Undue influence consists: 1. In the use, by one in whom a confidence is reposed by another, or who holds a real or apparent authority over…
  • Nov 12

    How to Contest a Will In California

    How to Contest a Will In California
    There are times when a will is challenged in California. There are many reason why this happens and the law sets forth the procedures to follow in making a challenge. Some reasons a will may be challenged include: The will is…
Rank this Week: 2429

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…
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Law Offices of Saul Kobrick, P.C.…

Law Offices of Saul Kobrick, P.C. Blog

Covers New York estate planning and elder law.

http://www.kobricklaw.com/blog/
  • Jan 27

    Do You Need a Living Trust?

    Do You Need a Living Trust?
    Many clients are confused about the role a living trust can play in their estate planning efforts. A trust is created so that assets or property can be moved to the trustee who’s named in the living trust. Many don’t like the idea…
  • Jan 24

    What is Probate in New York and is it Necessary?

    What is Probate in New York and is it Necessary?
    It’s not uncommon for there to be a bit of confusion when it comes to the legalities associated with probates, wills and estate planning. It can be overwhelming, especially when you’re either trying to deal with overload due to…
  • Jan 22

    The Intimacy of Estate Planning

    The Intimacy of Estate Planning
    The last thing many people would equate to intimacy is estate planning. Just ask anyone who’s ever had to face reality after a terminal illness or devastating accident, they will tell you that things become very personal faster than you…
Rank this Week: 3088

Byrd Garrett PLLC Blog

Byrd Garrett PLLC Blog

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

http://www.byrdgarrett.com/blog/
  • Jan 27

    A Family History is Often the Most Valuable Part of Your Legacy

    A Family History is Often the Most Valuable Part of Your Legacy
    In survey after survey, people report that the most important thing they can receive from their parents or grandparents as an inheritance is a legacy of family stories and personal histories. While many people think that inheritance and…
  • Jan 27

    Differences in Advance Directive Laws Highlighted by Recent Texas Case

    Differences in Advance Directive Laws Highlighted by Recent Texas Case
    A Texas case involving a pregnant woman is drawing renewed attention to state laws about advance directives, incapacitated people, pregnancy, and the ability to make medical choices. In late 2013, Dallas-Fort Worth area paramedic Eric Munoz…
  • Jan 27

    What You Think You Know About Elder Law Could Hurt You

    What You Think You Know About Elder Law Could Hurt You
    Elder law attorneys commonly hear a lot of myths about this area of the law. Whether you get your advice from someone who is well intended but uninformed, hear something from a friend, or see something on television, relying on bad…
Rank this Week: 3828

South Florida Estate Planning Law

South Florida Estate Planning Law

Covers South Florida estate planning, probate and tax law issues. By David Shulman.

http://www.sofloridaestateplanning.com/
  • Jan 9

    Who gets paid if an Alleged Incapacitated Person dies before the hearing? Nobody?

    Who gets paid if an Alleged Incapacitated Person dies before the hearing? Nobody?
    The Guardianship of Mary Klatthaar I’m sure there are some independently wealthy attorneys out there who take all of their cases pro bono. Most of us though are hard-working schlubs like everyone else who while we love what we do,…
  • Jun 3

    I’ve been named a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers magazine

    I’ve been named a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers magazine
    I’m pleased to announce that I’ve been named a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers magazine in the area of Estate Planning & Probate. http://digital.superlawyers.com/superlawyers/flslrs13#pg101
  • May 1

    My Interview on the Shalom Show

    My Interview on the Shalom Show
    Below is my interview with the Shalom Show, a Jewish public affairs cable show that is on tv nationwide.        
Rank this Week: 4185

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: 3464

WisconsinTrustsandWills.com

WisconsinTrustsandWills.com

Covers elder law and estate planning. By Swendson/Fey Law Ltd.

http://wisconsintrustsandwills.com/family/
  • Dec 13

    Charitable Remainder Trust Planning Opportunity to Deal with the Medicare Surtax

    Charitable Remainder Trust Planning Opportunity to Deal with the Medicare Surtax
    On December 2nd, 2013, the Treasury issued final regulations addressing IRC § 1411, the 3.8% Medicare Surtax. § 1.1411-3 of the regulations addresses estates and trusts, including Charitable Remainder Trusts, CRTs.  The final…
  • Aug 8

    Incorporating Faith and Values in Estate Planning

    Incorporating Faith and Values in Estate Planning
    For many, passing along religious beliefs and values to the next generation is just as important as passing along financial wealth and tangible assets. Estate planning creates many opportunities to do this, including: * End-of-Life Care. A…
  • Jul 30

    8 Things to Do Before You Travel

    8 Things to Do Before You Travel
    Before any trip, most of us create a “to-do list” of things we have put off and want to take care of before we leave. Here is a checklist of estate planning things to do before you take your next trip. Taking care of these will…
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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: 3323

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: 3545

PrivateCounsel Blog

PrivateCounsel Blog

Covers estate planning and asset protection.

http://privatecounsel.com/blog/
  • Nov 27

    The Four Stages of Business Growth

    The Four Stages of Business Growth
    As businesses grow, they go through several distinct stages – from startup through maturity. There are several different models used to describe these states. One of the most popular systems, originally published in the Harvard Business…
  • Nov 7

    The Truth About Personal Risk Management Part 2: Using Trusts in Estate Planning

    The Truth About Personal Risk Management Part 2: Using Trusts in Estate Planning
    Paying insurance premiums to protect against potential losses frees us mentally to enjoy driving a car, leave our house empty while on vacation and receive medical treatment for an injury or illness. In the same way, the use of trusts acts…
  • Oct 20

    The Truth About Personal Risk Management, Part 1: Insurance

    The Truth About Personal Risk Management, Part 1: Insurance
    Personal risk management is being aware of the risks in your home and in your life, and then planning how to handle those risks. Insurance plays a big part in managing risk. Most people don’t like paying insurance premiums, but when…
Rank this Week: 3314

PrivateCounsel Blog

PrivateCounsel Blog

Covers estate planning and business law. By David Hiersekorn.

http://privatecounsel.wpengine.com/blog/
  • Nov 27

    The Four Stages of Business Growth

    The Four Stages of Business Growth
    As businesses grow, they go through several distinct stages – from startup through maturity. There are several different models used to describe these states. One of the most popular systems, originally published in the Harvard Business…
  • Nov 11

    teelers v patriot

    teelers v patriot
  • Nov 7

    The Truth About Personal Risk Management Part 2: Using Trusts in Estate Planning

    The Truth About Personal Risk Management Part 2: Using Trusts in Estate Planning
    Paying insurance premiums to protect against potential losses frees us mentally to enjoy driving a car, leave our house empty while on vacation and receive medical treatment for an injury or illness. In the same way, the use of trusts acts…
Rank this Week: 4586

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: 2434

Georgia Wills and Probate Law Blog

Georgia Wills and Probate Law Blog

Features news and thoughts on issues in Georgia regarding wills, advance directives, living wills, healthcare powers of attorney, guardianship, and probate. By Stephen Worrall.

http://www.georgiawillslaw.com/
  • Nov 18

    We're Moving!

    We're Moving!
    I am consolidating the content of all of our blogs at our Georgia Family Law website. Please join us there for new posts and to find all of our old posts.
  • Aug 9

    Atlanta Attorney Says Prepare Now For Year-End Changes to Estate Tax Law

    Atlanta Attorney Says Prepare Now For Year-End Changes to Estate Tax Law
    The expiration of key laws in Congress may expose more local individuals to estate or “Death Taxes” after their passing.  Atlanta attorney, Steve Worrall explains these anticipated changes, as well as steps Georgia residents can take now…
  • Aug 9

    Atlanta Attorney Says Prepare Now For Year-End Changes to Estate Tax Law

    Atlanta Attorney Says Prepare Now For Year-End Changes to Estate Tax Law
    The expiration of key laws in Congress may expose more local individuals to estate or “Death Taxes” after their passing.  Atlanta attorney, Steve Worrall explains these anticipated changes, as well as steps Georgia residents can take now…
Rank this Week: 3204

The O'Brien Law Firm LLC Blog

The O'Brien Law Firm LLC Blog

Covers estate planning.

http://www.obrienlaw.net/blog/
  • Nov 13

    Be Aware Of Long-Term Care Cost

    Be Aware Of Long-Term Care Cost
    As you are doing the math and projecting a budget for the latter stages of your life you would do well to be aware of the high and rising costs associated with long-term care. First off, if you are under the impression that it is unlikely…
  • Nov 11

    What Are POD Accounts?

    What Are POD Accounts?
    When you are opening an account at a bank you may be offered the opportunity to select a payable on death (POD) option. This can also be done at some financial services companies that you may use when you buy and sell securities. With these…
  • Nov 8

    Social Security & Medicare: When Will I Be Eligible?

    Social Security & Medicare: When Will I Be Eligible?
    While you may have to prioritize things that are taking place in the present it is also important to keep an eye on the future. The baseball manager Dusty Baker is credited with saying “The measure of intelligence is the ability to hold…
Rank this Week: 3038

John R. Vermillion & Associates,…

John R. Vermillion & Associates, LLC Blog

Covers elder law and estate planning.

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

    Common Questions About Estate Litigation in Dallas Texa

    Common Questions About Estate Litigation in Dallas Texa
    Some people seek out an estate planning lawyer not because they want to create an estate plan, but because they want to challenge an estate planning tool or decision by beginning litigation. The litigation process in estate planning is very…
  • Nov 8

    New Numbers Examine Elder Care

    New Numbers Examine Elder Care
    The number of Americans who provide elder care to a friend, family member, or loved one continues to grow, according to new figures released by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. As a part of its American Time Use Survey, an ongoing survey…
  • Nov 4

    Estate Litigation in Dallas Texas: When Estate Planning Goes Wrong

    Estate Litigation in Dallas Texas: When Estate Planning Goes Wrong
    Hiring an estate planning attorney in Dallas, Texas to get your affairs in order is always a good thing, but even the best plan can sometimes result in litigation. Whether you have to file a lawsuit or are being sued by someone else,…
Rank this Week: 3080

Florida Probate Blog -…

Florida Probate Blog - WeProbateFlorida.com

Covers Florida probate administration. By Long H. Duong.

http://weprobateflorida.com
  • 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…
  • Aug 4

    Introducing Florida Probate Questions (and Answers)!

    Introducing Florida Probate Questions (and Answers)!
    We are pleased to announce the new Florida Probate Questions section. The purpose of this process is to create a “live” FAQ (frequently asked questions). Among other things you can: Post Questions Search (with lightning speed)…
Rank this Week: 2587

Christy's Tax Attorney Blog

Christy's Tax Attorney Blog

Covers tax, IRS, estate planning, and litigation. By Christy Lee.

http://www.christyleelaw.com/Blogs/Christy.aspx
  • Nov 3

    A Belated Horrifying Halloween Tale, or . . . The Basic Steps Involved in a Tax Audit

    A Belated Horrifying Halloween Tale, or . . . The Basic Steps Involved in a Tax Audit
    Bored with the everyday work routine of your life?  Feeling humdrum and in need of a little excitement because there’s no challenge to maintaining your financial status quo?  Want to experience earth-shattering monetary…
  • Sep 3

    Uncle Sam Values Himself: The Increase in Fees Related to Resolving Tax Debt

    Uncle Sam Values Himself: The Increase in Fees Related to Resolving Tax Debt
    If you plan to make an offer in compromise or get on an installment agreement with the IRS, better do it by December 31, 2013.  On January 1 of next year, Uncle Sam proposes to increase fees for those 2 services.  This marks the…
  • Jul 23

    When Uncle Sam Steps into Muddy, Taxing Politics: The Bonus of Close Kinship

    When Uncle Sam Steps into Muddy, Taxing Politics: The Bonus of Close Kinship
    The saddest part of the IRS Scandal of 2013 involves the revelation that certain IRS employees receive performance bonuses.  Nice ones, averaging roughly $5,500 each.  Between 2009 and 2012, Uncle Sam paid out $92 million in cash…
Rank this Week: 2540