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Tennessee Estate Law Blog

Tennessee Estate Law Blog

Covers estate planing law. By The Higgins Firm.

http://www.tennesseeestatelawblog.com/
  • Aug 14

    Why the Sofia Vergara embryo lawsuit is so important

    Why the Sofia Vergara embryo lawsuit is so important
    There has been a lot of news about the Sofia Vergara embryo case. However, beyond the public’s desire to look into the life a celebrity, the reason a case like this so important is because it may affect laws, policies and regulations…
  • Jul 27

    So what counts towards a taxable estate?

    So what counts towards a taxable estate?
    Many people may believe that they do not have to be worried about federal estate tax if they do not make a large amount of money, but if you have a substantial amount of life insurance, own a home or have a good retirement account or plan,…
  • Jul 16

    Tennessee Will Declared Invalid Because of Improper Witness Signature

    Tennessee Will Declared Invalid Because of Improper Witness Signature
    When someone you love passes away, you may inherit property, money, or other possession if that person names you in a will. If there is no will, then a court may decide who gets to have what and you may get little to no say. It is not only…
Rank this Week: 2960

Kentucky Estate, Probate and Tax…

Kentucky Estate, Probate and Tax Law Blog

Covers estate planning and tax law. By English, Lucas, Priest & Owsley LLP.

http://www.mykentuckyestateattorney.com/
  • Aug 14

    Moving South doesn’t mean you outrun high estate taxe

    Moving South doesn’t mean you outrun high estate taxe
    By Nathan Vinson, Attorney English, Lucas, Priest and Owsley Ah, Florida. It calls to retirees like the mythical siren calls to sailors. Warm weather, year-round golf, palm trees on every corner, not a flake of snow and the promise of lower…
  • Aug 4

    A couple’s marital status determines who gets the estate

    A couple’s marital status determines who gets the estate
    By Nathan Vinson, Attorney English, Lucas, Priest & Owsley, LLP Facebook has a neat little box that you can check to indicate your relationship status. There are some options that are clear cut – or at least seem to be: married,…
  • Jul 21

    Same Sex Marriage and Tax Law

    Same Sex Marriage and Tax Law
    By Nathan Vinson, Attorney  English, Lucas, Priest and Owsley, LLP As early as 2000, states began grappling with the issue of same sex marriage. Some states allowed unions. Some allowed marriage. Some didn’t allow either. Now, with…
Rank this Week: 2518

The Virtual Attorney Blog

The Virtual Attorney Blog

Covers estate planning and business law. By Michael Brennan.

http://thevirtualattorney.com/blog
  • Aug 13

    Acting as a Trustee in Illinois is About to Get Easier

    Acting as a Trustee in Illinois is About to Get Easier
    An update is likely coming to the Illinois Trusts and Trustees Act which will make it more efficient for the trustee of an Illinois trust to deal with third parties and trust property. Illinois SB1877 will write into the Act (760 ILCS 5) a…
  • Jul 10

    Piercing the LLC Veil in Illinoi

    Piercing the LLC Veil in Illinoi
    I often receive questions from small business owners or folks thinking about starting a new business about how best to protect themselves from liability. Not surprisingly, from a legal standpoint, it’s usually the primary concern of new…
  • Jun 5

    Estate Planning Challenges with Digital Asset

    Estate Planning Challenges with Digital Asset
    Law is a slow moving animal. More often than not, changes to laws or adoption of new laws are not so much of a function of foreseeing future issues for which they may be applicable, as they are reactionary- adopted in light of societal…
Rank this Week: 3927

Davidov Law Group

Davidov Law Group

Covers new York elder law and estate planning.

http://www.davidovlaw.com/blog/
  • Aug 13

    Attend an Upcoming Estate Planning Workshop

    Attend an Upcoming Estate Planning Workshop
    People often procrastinate when it comes to estate planning. Just about all responsible people know that they should have a plan in place, but it can be complicated, and many individuals simply put the matter on the back burner. To some…
  • 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 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…
Rank this Week: 3961

Kevin A. Pollock BLAWG

Kevin A. Pollock BLAWG

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

http://willstrustsestates.blogspot.com/
  • Aug 10

    New York Reserves Right to Subject Real Estate Owned By Single Member LLC to Estate Tax

    New York Reserves Right to Subject Real Estate Owned By Single Member LLC to Estate Tax
    In a recent New York tax advisory opinion, TSB-A-15(1)M, the Commissioner of Tax and Finance stated that if a single member LLC owns an interest in New York real property, that property can be subject to the New York estate tax upon the death…
  • Aug 9

    Moving Office Location and Adding Franklyn Z. Aronson as Of Counsel

    Moving Office Location and Adding Franklyn Z. Aronson as Of Counsel
    We are pleased to announce that Franklyn Z. Aronson, Esq. has joined our firm as Of Counsel.  Mr. Aronson's practices in the area of Wills, Trusts and Estates and Small Business Law.Additionally, we have moved our New Jersey offices from…
  • May 26

    Japan Institutes Exit Tax

    Japan Institutes Exit Tax
    Effective July 1, 2015, Japan will institute an "Exit Tax" on Japanese residents.  If a Japanese resident has lived in Japan for 5 of the last 10 years and then moves to another country (or gives up residence), the Exit Tax will create a…
Rank this Week: 2987

The Edwards Law Firm Blog

The Edwards Law Firm Blog

Covers Florida estate planning.

http://www.edwardslawfirm.com/blog/
  • Aug 10

    Free Report: Florida Estate Planning for Newlyweds After 50 and The Blended Family

    Free Report: Florida Estate Planning for Newlyweds After 50 and The Blended Family
    Once you have your estate plan updated and all of the new issues properly addressed, you can move forward with the confidence that this new chapter will indeed have a happy ending.  Did you know that more than one in three people ages 50…
  • Jul 13

    Latest Updates for Florida’s Medicaid Program

    Latest Updates for Florida’s Medicaid Program
    Latest Updates For Florida's Medicaid Program from William T Edwards, Jr. If you or an elderly loved one receive Medicaid in Florida, finding the most current information can be challenging. Learn more about Florida’s medicaid program…
  • Jun 27

    Covering the Transfer of Assets for Medicaid

    Covering the Transfer of Assets for Medicaid
    One of the most confusing aspects of eldercare law is qualifying for Medicaid coverage. The laws change often and each state has its own guidelines. Make the wrong decision, and you could pay high penalties. The five year look back period is…
Rank this Week: 3100

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: 3859

Long Island Estate Planning…

Long Island Estate Planning Questions & Answers

Covers estate planning, probate, wills, trusts, and guardianships. By Albert Gurevich.

http://longislandestatesattorney.com/faqs/
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/
  • Aug 4

    Strategies to make sure your retirement savings last

    Strategies to make sure your retirement savings last
    Americans are living longer than ever before, and for many people, Social Security retirement benefits represent only part of the income they wish to have in retirement. The average American life expectancy is about 79 years, and millions…
  • Jul 30

    How divorce affects retirement planning

    How divorce affects retirement planning
    Older people are getting divorced more frequently than ever before. Divorce can be a significant roadblock for retirement planning and financial security. Although divorcing earlier in life can have a minimal impact on retirement, divorcing…
  • Jul 29

    Choosing between Original Medicare and Medicare Advantage

    Choosing between Original Medicare and Medicare Advantage
    Deciding what type of health insurance to get can be a daunting task for seniors. Medicare is highly regarded and very popular, but Medicare Advantage differs in ways that could be advantageous to some. Original Medicare includes Medicare…
Rank this Week: 2575

Arkansas Legal Issues

Arkansas Legal Issues

By Wilson & Haubert, PLLC.

http://whlawoffices.com/little-rock-lawyer-arkansas-law-blog/
  • Aug 3

    Should I get DHS involved in my Arkansas Child Custody case?

    Should I get DHS involved in my Arkansas Child Custody case?
    This blog may sound like I’m bashing Arkansas DHS or suggesting that they don’t do their best to help in child custody emergencies. It’s not. DHS is very important; it just may not be the right fit for your own case. We live…
  • Jul 2

    Family law for same-sex marriage

    Family law for same-sex marriage
    Two issues have pervaded the internet over the last week or so: gay marriage and the Confederate flag. This blog’s about legal stuff; if I am the one doing the writing, it’s about family-law stuff. Because I am not aware of any…
  • May 18

    What is an Arkansas Probate?

    What is an Arkansas Probate?
    The word “probate” comes from the Latin verb probare, which means “to try, test, prove, or examine.” (H/T to Wikipedia.) This is important for two reasons. First, it illustrates that probate, much like Latin, is…
Rank this Week: 3238

Walker Lambe

Walker Lambe

Covers North Carolina elder law and estate planning.

http://www.organizeyourassets.com/blog/
  • Aug 3

    What Is A North Carolina Qualified Domestic Trust?

    What Is A North Carolina Qualified Domestic Trust?
    What Is A North Carolina Qualified Domestic Trust? from Mark Costley This type of trust can provide estate tax efficiency if you are married to a citizen of another country. After your passing, the earnings from the assets in the…
  • Jul 28

    What Is The North Carolina Cost of Probate?

    What Is The North Carolina Cost of Probate?
    What Is The North Carolina Cost of Probate? from Mark Costley There are various different options available to you if you want to implement a probate avoidance strategy. Learn more about North Carolina cost of probate in this…
  • Jul 27

    What Is The North Carolina Five-Year Medicaid Look-Back?

    What Is The North Carolina Five-Year Medicaid Look-Back?
    What Is The North Carolina Five-Year Medicaid Look-Back? from Mark Costley Medicaid is a government program that will pay for long-term custodial care. This involves divesting yourself of assets in advance of applying for Medicaid so you meet…
Rank this Week: 3962

Florida Probate, Trust & Estate…

Florida Probate, Trust & Estate Blog

Covers recent developments in Florida probate, trust, estate and guardianship. By Clark Skatoff PA.

http://www.clarkskatoff.com/news-resources/blog/
  • Jul 31

    Florida’s Slayer Statute and Undue Influence Statute Strictly Construed

    Florida’s Slayer Statute and Undue Influence Statute Strictly Construed
    In Fiel v. Hoffman, the Florida appellate court decided that the Florida Slayer Statute and the Florida probate code statute regarding the effect of undue influence on the validity of a will mean what they say.  This Florida probate…
  • Jul 24

    Florida Probate Court Has No Jurisdiction Over Out-Of-State Real Property

    Florida Probate Court Has No Jurisdiction Over Out-Of-State Real Property
    It is not uncommon for a resident of Florida to own real property in another state.  In Brown v. Brown, the Florida appellate court reminds us that a Florida probate court does not have jurisdiction over real property in another state,…
  • Jul 20

    Interested Persons In Florida Guardianship Entitled to Due Proce

    Interested Persons In Florida Guardianship Entitled to Due Proce
    Due process is a common issue that comes up in cases concerning all areas of Florida law.  In Flegal v. Guardianship of Peter R. Swistock, Sr., due process rights were at issue in the context of a Florida guardianship involving the joint…
Rank this Week: 2798

Iowa Estate Plan

Iowa Estate Plan

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

http://www.iowaestateplan.com/
  • Jul 27

    Changes to the 2015 Iowa Probate Code - Authority of Representative to Get Financial Detail

    Changes to the 2015 Iowa Probate Code - Authority of Representative to Get Financial Detail
    One of the convenient & powerful changes to the Iowa Probate Code from the 2015 legislative session involved the authority of a court-appointed representative to get information or access to financial information or assets.  Iowa…
  • Apr 5

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

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

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

    The Trusted Trustee: Who Gets to Have All the Fun?
    When you are putting together your estate plan (and shame on you if you haven't done so yet) one of the decisions you may face is 'who should be the trustee?'This question assumes that you are using a trust.  Whether it is due to young…
Rank this Week: 3105

Walden & Pfannenstiel Blog

Walden & Pfannenstiel Blog

Covers bankruptcy and estate planning.

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

    Walden & Pfannenstiel, LLC receives Certificate of Appreciation from KWAA

    Walden & Pfannenstiel, LLC receives Certificate of Appreciation from KWAA
    April 18, 2011 marked the Kick Off of the first ever Food From the Bar Campaign, a statewide food drive, organized by the Kansas Women Attorneys Association to get the legal community to fight hunger in Kansas. Our office has been…
  • Apr 14

    Friends of JCDS Volunteer Day

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

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

    April 1, 2015 Median Income Levels for Kansas and Missouri Bankruptcy Filer
    April 1, 2015 Median Income Levels for Kansas and Missouri Bankruptcy Filers The Means Test looks at your Median Income to determine for which Chapter of Bankruptcy you qualify: Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 As of April 1, 2015 the Median Income…
Rank this Week: 3446

New Jersey Lawyers Blog

New Jersey Lawyers Blog

Covers New Jersey business, labor and employment, estate planning and consumer law. By McLaughlin & Nardi, LLC.

http://www.newjerseylawyersblog.com/
  • Jul 24

    Why Civil Service Matter

    Why Civil Service Matter
    Our employment attorneys represent New Jersey public employees, such as police officers, firefighters, public works workers, professionals and others, who are covered by the civil service system. We hear many complaints about civil service:…
  • Jul 23

    Property Taxes & Appeal

    Property Taxes & Appeal
    It is no secret that New Jersey citizens pay the highest property taxes in the nation. Property taxes are assessed by local governments and used to pay for local programs and services. Therefore, things that may affect a homeowner's property…
  • Mar 19

    Effect of Teachers' Termination or Early Resignation

    Effect of Teachers' Termination or Early Resignation
    Effect of Teachers' Termination or Early Resignation Our employment attorneys represent New Jersey teachers and other public employees. One issue that commonly arises is the suspension or revocation of a teacher's license when she leaves…
Rank this Week: 4107

California Legal Blog

California Legal Blog

Covers business, real estate, estate planning, probate, trusts, wills, intellectual property and civil litigation. By Anker Hymes & Schreiber LLP.

http://ankerhymesschreiberllp.com/
  • Jul 22

    Elder Law and Medicaid Planning: Everything You Need to Know

    Elder Law and Medicaid Planning: Everything You Need to Know
    Attorney KC Marie Knox of Law Firm Anker, Hymes & Schreiber, LLP will be teaching a 2-day Practical Course hosted by the National Business Institute (NBI) on the subject of Elder Law and Medicaid Planning. KC Marie Knox is a Los Angeles…
  • Mar 24

    Walking Away Equally Unhappy

    Walking Away Equally Unhappy
    Event: ProVisors Panel on Negotiation Venue: Calabasas Country Club Location: Calabasas, Los Angeles, Ca Speaker: Attorney Douglas Schreiber of Anker, Hymes & Schreiber, LLP Transcription: There is something that I constantly heard over…
  • Feb 19

    Business Disputes and Succession Planning

    Business Disputes and Succession Planning
    Event: ProVisors Panel on Negotiation Venue: Calabasas Country Club Location: Calabasas, Los Angeles, Ca Speaker: Attorney Douglas Schreiber of Anker, Hymes & Schreiber, LLP Transcription: I come into the negotiation process typically in…
Rank this Week: 3781

Byrd Garrett PLLC Blog

Byrd Garrett PLLC Blog

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

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

    Washington State’s retirees compare well

    Washington State’s retirees compare well
    Here is a link to a website 24/7 Wall Street that categorized statistical data for retirees across the country and it was determined that Washington State is the 9th best in the country for retirees.  As we work and raise our…
  • Jul 15

    10 Surprising Stats about Older American

    10 Surprising Stats about Older American
    Here is a link to a recent story that lists some statistics and projections from the US Census.  If you or a loved one are facing changes as you grow older please don’t hesitate to contact Byrd Garrett about your financial…
  • Jun 1

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

    Basic Questions About Estate Planning in Washington – What is a QTIP Trust?
    The qualified terminable interest property trust, commonly referred to as the QTIP trust, is an advanced estate planning device that is often included in the estate plans of people with blended families. The QTIP trust is, like other trusts,…
Rank this Week: 3958

EstateAware

EstateAware

Covers personal legal and financial planning. By Griffin Bridgers.

http://www.estateaware.com
  • Jul 16

    How Do I Build an Estate?

    How Do I Build an Estate?
    There are painful truths that many people, and professionals, sometimes have to face before becoming successful. First, before proceeding any further in this post, I must give credit to Ramit Sethi.  If you are not familiar with…
  • Apr 15

    Exciting Announcements from EstateAware.com!

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

    Estate Planning Objectives: Who versus How?

    Estate Planning Objectives: Who versus How?
    If you were to ask the average consumer what estate planning entails, chances are their answer would contain some variant of determining “who” gets your stuff when you die. The problem with this assumption is that it completely…
Rank this Week: 2773

Gould Cooksey Fennell Blog

Gould Cooksey Fennell Blog

Covers estate planning, real property acquisition, personal injury, will disputes, commercial litigation, business and corporate law, and institutional lending.

http://gouldcooksey.com/blog/
  • Jul 15

    Business Succession Planning

    Business Succession Planning
    Inadvertent Gift Consequences of Transfer to Family in a Business Succession Plan If you are planning a business succession and the transfer of interest in a closely held business, you should be certain that you don’t run…
  • Jun 16

    Congratulations to our 2015 Super Lawyer Award Recipient

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

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

    GCF’S Brian Connelly Earns Board Certification in Civil Trial Law
    Brian Connelly recently earned his board certification in Civil Trial Law from The Florida Bar. Mr. Connelly has been with GCF since 2000 and focuses his practice in the areas of personal injury, wrongful death, product liability and medical…
Rank this Week: 2833

Estate Planning Attorney Blog

Estate Planning Attorney Blog

Covers probate, estate planning, business formation and business law. By Deemer Law Group, P.C.

http://www.estateplanningattorney-blog.com/
  • Jul 13

    Maintaining Your Busine

    Maintaining Your Busine
    It is very important to maintain your business, and it is often something that is forgotten about while you focus on building your business and taking care of clients. Often life changes impact your business that you may not expect.  We…
  • Jul 6

    Asset Protection (Part 3)

    Asset Protection (Part 3)
    In Part 2, we discussed insurance protections for you.  Now we will explore some less common methods for asset protection. As many (or some) are already familiar, there are revocable living trusts for estate planning.  There are…
  • Jun 29

    Asset Protection (Part 2)

    Asset Protection (Part 2)
    In Part 1, we started discussing automobile insurance to protect your assets from an accident vehicles.  Now we will flip the coin and explore how higher limits on your automobile policy also provides better protection for you and your…
Rank this Week: 2736

Vandrew Law Blog

Vandrew Law Blog

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

http://vandrew.com/
  • Jul 12

    Estate Planning Traps & Bitcoin: 5 Things Bitcoin Holders Must Do Today

    Estate Planning Traps & Bitcoin: 5 Things Bitcoin Holders Must Do Today
    When it comes to estate planning, very little has been mentioned about bitcoin. While bitcoin is subject to wills and revocable living trusts like any other asset, there are some special considerations. Most seasoned holders of bitcoin are…
  • Jun 3

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

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

    NJ Estate Planning Update for 2015

    NJ Estate Planning Update for 2015
    The outlook for estate planning, revocable living trusts, and wills in New Jersey may be about to change. Over the past couple of months, the Obama Administration has proposed sweeping changes to estate and gift taxation. The two most notable…
Rank this Week: 3762

PVW Estate Planning, Business…

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

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

http://www.pvwestateplanning.wordpress.com/
  • Jul 8

    Alimony Award Greater than Monthly Income

    Alimony Award Greater than Monthly Income
    The Nebraska Supreme Court has upheld a district court’s determination that a 95 year old man should pay $3,302.60 a month in alimony; an amount greater than his monthly income. Of note is that the wife required special nursing home…
  • Jun 29

    Supreme Court Finds Constitutional Right for Same Sex Marriage

    Supreme Court Finds Constitutional Right for Same Sex Marriage
    The United States Supreme Court ruled, in a 5-4 decision, that a state does not have the right to ban gay marriage. This, in essence, means that Nebraska’s ban on gay marriage, passed in 2000, no longer is the law. The holding of the…
  • Jun 22

    Probate Code Amended To Re-Allocate Costs Associated With Being Appointed To Care For a Minor

    Probate Code Amended To Re-Allocate Costs Associated With Being Appointed To Care For a Minor
    In May, the Nebraska Legislature amended the probate code to allow a court to provide reasonable fees and costs associated with being appointed to care for a minor. Legislative Bill 422 covers the fees and costs of an attorney, guardian ad…
Rank this Week: 3136

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: 4877

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: 4389

Estateography

Estateography

By Alvi Aggarwal.

http://www.estateography.com/
  • Jul 7

    What's a Credit Shelter Trust? Portability?

    What's a Credit Shelter Trust? Portability?
    The estate tax exemption amount is the amount that the federal government allows you to leave to your kids, grandkids, and people other than your spouse and charity without paying estate tax. In 2015, that amount is $5.43 million. The amount…
  • Jun 28

    Legacy Letters And Ethical Will

    Legacy Letters And Ethical Will
    Across history and cultures, people have been writing letters to descendants to share wisdom, preserve traditions, record family history, explain, and inspire. These letters have been called different things, but today they're most commonly…
  • Jun 21

    Who Should I Name As My Executor?

    Who Should I Name As My Executor?
    Your executor will be responsible for dealing with your probate estate (i.e., the assets passing under your will) after your death. An executor’s responsibilities include things like finding and inventorying your assets (including the…
Rank this Week: 4105

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 6

    Do You Need A New Power of Attorney?

    Do You Need A New Power of Attorney?
    As we had discussed in a prior article, a statutory short form durable power of attorney (“POA”) is an important document which every New Yorker should consider. To recap, a POA allows any agents you select, typically your spouse…
  • Jun 15

    Medicaid’s Five Year Look-Back Period

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

    Opening a Safe Deposit Box After Death in NY

    Opening a Safe Deposit Box After Death in NY
    I often receive phone calls from clients who had recently lost a loved one and, among other things, are confused about how to access the decedent’s safe deposit box. A common concern is that the loved one kept their last will in the…
Rank this Week: 3220

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/
  • Jul 5

    Why use an elder law attorney to help you qualify for Medicaid?

    Why use an elder law attorney to help you qualify for Medicaid?
    Imagine that your husband recently suffered a stroke. After a stay in the hospital, he now resides in a nursing home. His doctor tells you your husband will not likely improve and will need to stay at the home indefinitely. You worry how you…
  • Jun 24

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

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

    How to save $8,000 qualifying for Medicaid

    How to save $8,000 qualifying for Medicaid
    According to USA Today, about two-thirds of nursing home residents spend down to qualify for Medicaid. Many of them could spend down less, and save more in assets, if they would do just one thing differently. To understand my point, you need…
Rank this Week: 3474

Potter Law Firm Blog

Potter Law Firm Blog

Covers estate planning and elder law.

http://www.potterestateplanning.com/blog/
  • Jul 2

    Can I Change My Living Trust Beneficiaries?

    Can I Change My Living Trust Beneficiaries?
    Many people become hardwired to the idea that a last will is the only logical estate planning document to use if you are not extraordinarily wealthy. In reality, this is not the case at all. Yes, there are trusts that are used by high net…
  • Jun 22

    How Soon Can I Receive a Social Security Benefit?

    How Soon Can I Receive a Social Security Benefit?
    To be comprehensively prepared for the future, you should carefully consider the different stages of life that you will pass through as you get older. Your retirement plan will certainly address the active years that you have always looked…
  • Jun 16

    What is a Medicaid Trust?

    What is a Medicaid Trust?
    A Medicaid trust is a type of trust that you could use if you want to qualify for Medicaid to pay for long-term care. Though most seniors will qualify for Medicare, the program does not pay for living assistance. Since 70 percent of seniors…
Rank this Week: 2905

Arizona Senior Law Blog

Arizona Senior Law Blog

Covers topics like Arizona Medicaid, ALTCS, and estate planning. By Jackson White.

http://www.arizonaseniorlaw.com/news/
  • Jul 1

    How to Prepare for Long-term Care

    How to Prepare for Long-term Care
    Question: I am 55 years old and I have spent the past year helping my father transition into an assisted living community. The process has been difficult, not to mention expensive. Along the way, I learned about the Arizona Long Term Care…
  • Jun 3

    Staying In-network for Long-term Care

    Staying In-network for Long-term Care
    Question: I filed an Arizona Long Term Care System application for my wife nearly a year ago, and I have had a horrible time trying to manage and understand the process on my own. After many months of working on this process, I am now being…
  • May 20

    State Pension Can Trim Security Pay

    State Pension Can Trim Security Pay
    Question: What are the rules that regulate when your Social Security check will be reduced because you also receive a state pension? The post State Pension Can Trim Security Pay appeared first on JacksonWhite Elder Law Attorneys.
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Freed Marcroft Blog

Freed Marcroft Blog

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

http://freedmarcroft.com/category/blog/
Rank this Week: 3178

The Estate Planning and Wealth…

The Estate Planning and Wealth Preservation Blog for Trusted Advisors

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

http://estateplanning.foxrothschild.com/
  • Jul 1

    New IRS Procedure for Estate Tax Closing Letter

    New IRS Procedure for Estate Tax Closing Letter
    The IRS has established a new procedure for issuing estate tax closing letters.  For all federal estate tax returns filed on or after June 1, 2015, estate tax closing letters will be issued only upon request by the taxpayer.  They…
  • Jun 30

    Israel Tax Authority Extends Deadline for Registration of U.S. Trusts with Israeli Beneficiarie

    Israel Tax Authority Extends Deadline for Registration of U.S. Trusts with Israeli Beneficiarie
    The Israel Tax Authority announced yesterday that the deadline for registration of Family Trusts (sometimes referred to as Relatives Trusts), which are trusts created by a living U.S. grantor for the benefit of at least one Israeli resident…
  • May 6

    Mikel: The Tax Court’s Latest Word on Crummey Power

    Mikel: The Tax Court’s Latest Word on Crummey Power
    The Tax Court recently issued a memorandum decision in the case of Israel and Erna Mikel providing guidance on the efficacy of Crummey withdrawal rights in a unique fact pattern. In 2007, Israel and Erna Mikel each made gifts valued at…
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Estate Planning & Probate 411

Estate Planning & Probate 411

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

http://indianwellsestateplanningattorney.com/
  • Jun 26

    Supreme Court Upholds Same Sex Marriage

    Supreme Court Upholds Same Sex Marriage
    In a landmark decision issued June 26, 2015, the United States Supreme Court has upheld the right of same sex couples to marry in the United States. My fellow members at Wealth Counsel issued a succinct summary of this ruling ……
  • Jan 15

    Remember: Update Insurance Policies When You Put Property In Your Trust

    Remember: Update Insurance Policies When You Put Property In Your Trust
    Keep Your Real Estate Titled to Your Trust. Good planning includes having a Trust and keeping your major assets titled to yourselves as Trustees of the Trust.  (This does not apply to retirement account assets.)  Failing to maintain…
  • Apr 10

    Dangers of Do It Yourself Wills and Trust

    Dangers of Do It Yourself Wills and Trust
    In a previous post, I discussed An Example of What Can Go Wrong When You Make Your Own Will, as well as an article, Consumer Reports: Write Your Own Will? We tested 3 software products that claim to help you … Continue reading →
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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/
Rank this Week: 4557

Law Offices of Saul Kobrick, P.C.…

Law Offices of Saul Kobrick, P.C. Blog

Covers New York estate planning and elder law.

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

    World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2015

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

    When Do You Need to Update Your Estate Plan?

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

    What Is Pet Planning?

    What Is Pet Planning?
    If you have a pet that you consider part of the family you may wish to include pet planning in your overall estate plan. Contrary to what many people think, pet planning is not just for the rich and famous who leave small fortunes to a…
Rank this Week: 2934

Your Texas Estate Plan

Your Texas Estate Plan

Covers tax and estate planning. By Jacob Pelley.

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

    Caselaw Updates: Tortious Interference with Inheritance Right

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

    Life Insurance: Change your Beneficiary Designations..or else

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

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

    Efiling: Tips, Tricks, and Conspiracy, and a primer on creating (free-ish) Text-Searchable PDFS
    I really don't like efiling.  I do not think I am alone. I laud the clerks and technicians who have spend countless hours getting trained, working out the bugs, and helping me when my document was not "text searchable" or "submitted…
Rank this Week: 3560

Wills, Trusts and Estates Blog

Wills, Trusts and Estates Blog

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

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

    House of Representatives Vote to Repeal Federal Estate Tax

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

    Naming a Facebook Executor isn’t All You Need

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

    Pennsylvania Estate Planning: Its Never Too Early to Start

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

Palm Springs Estate Planning Lawyer Blog

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

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

    Palm Springs Estate Attorney Discusses the Estate Tax

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

    Palm Desert Trust Attorney Explains the Pitfalls of Bankruptcy on Trust

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

    Palm Springs Estate Planning Attorney Discusses New California Laws 2015

    Palm Springs Estate Planning Attorney Discusses New California Laws 2015
    California has roughly 900 new laws that will go into effect in 2015. Some of the highlights are: Immigrant Driver's Licenses The DMV will now issue driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants if they meet every qualification including…
Rank this Week: 3778

Iowa Law Blog

Iowa Law Blog

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

http://www.iowa-lawblog.com/
  • Apr 14

    The Implementation of Electronic Filing in the Court

    The Implementation of Electronic Filing in the Court
    In this day of technology, it is no surprise that the court systems are moving to using an Electronic Document Management System (EDMS for short) for parties to file documents with the Court, without even setting foot in the Courthouse. The…
  • Apr 14

    Service by Facebook?

    Service by Facebook?
    A New York judge recently entered an Order allowing a woman to serve her husband divorce papers via Facebook.  In Iowa, generally, a competent adult must accept service or be served in-person in order accomplish proper…
  • Mar 19

    Interactive Process in Action

    Interactive Process in Action
    If you’re not sure what the interactive process is supposed to look like under the ADA, peruse the facts of the 8th Circuit’s decision in Minnihan v. Mediacom.  I’m also going to summarize the facts below, but if you…
Rank this Week: 4639

The Law Office of Alexis B. Levitt…

The Law Office of Alexis B. Levitt Blog

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

http://www.alexislevitt.com/blog/
  • Apr 14

    Alzheimer’s 10th Annual Educational Conference and Caregiver Day

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

    National Grid Warns Customers to Guard Themselves & Sensitive Account Information

    National Grid Warns Customers to Guard Themselves & Sensitive Account Information
    Apparently scammers are getting better at their craft – received this from my local police department: During this holiday season National Grid and local police departments received an increasing number of calls from customers…
  • Jan 12

    Ice Sledding & Skating at Local Rink

    Ice Sledding & Skating at Local Rink
    In this weekend’s Boston Globe South section, there is an announcement for gear and ice time availability at local rinks.  Several rinks will have ice sleds and skate walkers.  Some rinks will have time slots set aside for…
Rank this Week: 4865

Probate, Trusts and Estate Law…

Probate, Trusts and Estate Law Blog

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

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

    QTIP Trust Frequently Asked Question

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

    California Estate Planning Myths & Misconceptions (Part 2)

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

    California Estate Planning Myths & Misconceptions (Part 1)

    California Estate Planning Myths & Misconceptions (Part 1)
    One of the reasons that far too many people don’t take care of their basic estate planning needs is that they hold common misconceptions about what estate planning is, how it works, and whether they need to worry about it. Below, we…
Rank this Week: 5014

New York Probate Blog

New York Probate Blog

Covers New York probate and estate laws, estate planning and taxation. By Rudolf J. Karvay.

http://www.nycprobate.com/probate-blog/
  • Mar 26

    Taking Care of Your Pets After You Die

    Taking Care of Your Pets After You Die
    Non-animal lovers may find it hard to believe, but more and more pet owners are leaving their fortune to their pets. Joan Rivers made sure her dogs were taken care of after she passed away by including them in her estate planning. Leona…
  • Mar 11

    Protecting Publicity Rights in Estate Planning

    Protecting Publicity Rights in Estate Planning
    The use of the names, images, and likenesses of famous celebrities has value long after they die. Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson, Marilyn Monroe, and Babe Ruth all come to mind. However, it is not just the famous, or infamous, that have…
  • Mar 11

    Separating Estate Plans after a Divorce

    Separating Estate Plans after a Divorce
    There are many things that you must sort out and put back together after a divorce, but you should not put off separating your estate planning documents. It is vitally important that you update all of your relevant estate planning materials…
Rank this Week: 2691

Augulis Law Firm

Augulis Law Firm

Covers New Jersey estate planning.

http://www.augulislawfirm.com/blog/
  • Feb 11

    New Member of AVVO.com

    New Member of AVVO.com
    Find out more about Alan Augulis by following the link below.   You will be directed to his profile on A VVO.com. http://www.avvo.com/assets/badges-v2.js”></script><div data-type=”rating”…
  • Feb 11

    New Member of AVVO.com

    New Member of AVVO.com
    Find out more about Alan Augulis by following the link below.   You will be directed to his profile on A VVO.com. http://www.avvo.com/assets/badges-v2.js”></script><div data-type=”rating”…
  • Jan 31

    Longevity Statistics Can Help You Plan Ahead

    Longevity Statistics Can Help You Plan Ahead
    The length of your life is going to be a big factor to consider when you are planning ahead with your elder years in mind. While no one has a clear view into the future you can examine longevity statistics to get some general ideas about the…
Rank this Week: 3960

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
  • Feb 7

    Brief Thoughts On Claims Of Undue Influence

    Brief Thoughts On Claims Of Undue Influence
    As stated in my previous post regarding the capacity of a testator to execute a will or trust, the two concepts are closely related.  For example, incapacity relates to invalidation of a will, trust, deed, etc. because of the…
  • Feb 5

    Brief Thoughts On Claims Of Undue Influence

    Brief Thoughts On Claims Of Undue Influence
    As stated in my previous post regarding the capacity of a testator to execute a will or trust, the two concepts are closely related.  For example, incapacity relates to invalidation of a will, trust, deed, etc. because of the…
  • Aug 9

    Brief Thoughts On Claims Of Incapacity

    Brief Thoughts On Claims Of Incapacity
                People often question whether a deceased person was mentally capable of executing or changing a will or trust.  Perhaps the person was suffering from dementia at the time.  The legal…
Rank this Week: 5066

Massachusetts Prenuptial…

Massachusetts Prenuptial Agreements

By Gabriel Cheong.

http://www.massachusetts-prenuptial-agreements.com/
  • Feb 1

    Prenup Struck Down by “Second Look” Test

    Prenup Struck Down by “Second Look” Test
    Prenuptial Agreements are a very special type of contract between two people.  Unlike other contracts which are valid if there is a “meeting of the minds” at the time of the execution of the contract, prenups afford the…
  • Sep 26

    Alimony and Prenuptial Agreement

    Alimony and Prenuptial Agreement
    One of the most typical reasons that couples want to get a prenup done before marriage has to do with everyone’s fear of Alimony.  Alimony is money that one spouse pays to another spouse during or after a divorce to maintain the…
  • May 17

    Why do we both need attorneys when drafting a prenuptial agreement? (Part III)

    Why do we both need attorneys when drafting a prenuptial agreement? (Part III)
    Previously, I had discussed why both person must have his or her own attorney when signing a prenuptial agreement, as well as what the job of a drafting attorney is.  Now, I will discuss what exactly the reviewing attorney does. …
Rank this Week: 3336

Fisher Law Blog

Fisher Law Blog

Covers estate planning and business succession. By Randall Fisher.

http://thefisherlawoffice.wordpress.com
  • Jan 28

    We are moving ………..

    We are moving &hellip;&hellip;&hellip;..
    Just a quick note– To let you know we are moving. We needed a little more room, so at the end of this week, we are moving to a larger office nearby, on Bestgate Road, on the other side of … Continue reading →
  • Nov 21

    West County Chamber: Working for You

    West County Chamber: Working for You
    I have made no secret that I am a member of the West Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce. If you look on Facebook, you’ll see me photo-bombing good friends Lisa Ennis and Dave Wheeler at our recent new member … Continue…
  • Nov 21

    West County Chamber: Working for You

    West County Chamber: Working for You
    I have made no secret that I am a member of the West Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce. If you look on Facebook, you’ll see me photo-bombing good friends Lisa Ennis and Dave Wheeler at our recent new member … Continue…
Rank this Week: 4950