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Hauptman and Hauptman, P.C. Blog

Hauptman and Hauptman, P.C. Blog

Covers guardianship, Medicaid, probate and estate administration.

http://www.hauptmanlaw.com/blog
  • Mar 1

    Are We in Danger of Losing the Step Up in Basis?

    Are We in Danger of Losing the Step Up in Basis?
               A few weeks back, President Obama proposed, in his State of the Union address, that the “step up in basis” provision of the capital gains tax be eliminated.  While Obama claims that he…
  • Feb 22

    How to Lower New Jersey’s Estate Tax

    How to Lower New Jersey’s Estate Tax
                New Jersey has one of the worst, if not the absolute worst, estate taxes in the country.  It is one of two states that has an estate tax and an inheritance tax.  Over the past 15 years the…
  • Feb 15

    Medicaid Isn’t Just About the Finance

    Medicaid Isn’t Just About the Finance
                It’s something I always remind clients when we talk about Medicaid eligibility.  Meeting the income and asset limits are not the only requirements.   An…
Rank this Week: 4259

KYEstates.com

KYEstates.com

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

http://kyestates.com
  • Feb 28

    Life Cycle Estate and Financial Planning for Early Adulthood

    Life Cycle Estate and Financial Planning for Early Adulthood
    I believe effective life cycle estate and financial planning is anchored in the Quadrant of Facts, Forecasts, Life Stages, and Unexpected Events. Over the past several weeks, ten posts covered a lot of territory about Facts and…
  • Feb 22

    Protecting Your Personal Pension From Volatile Equity Market

    Protecting Your Personal Pension From Volatile Equity Market
    Our previous post explored a model of the cost of the promise you make to yourself to fund your retirement, but that model omitted a very important real-world risk: volatile equity markets. Most recently, the 2008 stock market crash…
  • Feb 17

    What Is the Funding Status of Your Personal Pension?

    What Is the Funding Status of Your Personal Pension?
    Pause and reflect on what a pension is: income for life after you retire, intended to replace part of all of your employment income. For retirees in the “Greatest Generation,” pensions were common. For a host of reasons…
Rank this Week: 4509

Asset Protection Law Journal

Asset Protection Law Journal

Covers asset protection laws. By Kenneth J. Laino.

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

    Keep Bankruptcy Code §548(e) in Mind if You Have a DAPT

    Keep Bankruptcy Code §548(e) in Mind if You Have a DAPT
    About 16 states now have laws that allow a Domestic Asset Protection Trust (DAPT). These trusts can be very useful to protect assets in many situations. But keep in mind that a DAPT (like other asset protection strategies) is designed to…
  • Feb 5

    Thorough Estate Planning Can Help Protect Assets - and Provide More Privacy

    Thorough Estate Planning Can Help Protect Assets - and Provide More Privacy
    Much of my work is centered on helping clients protect their assets during their lifetimes.  But most people also want to make sure that their assets are protected after their deaths. A recent article in the New York Times describes a…
  • Jan 27

    Correcting Your Credit Report May Be Harder Than You Think

    Correcting Your Credit Report May Be Harder Than You Think
    Many people assume it is relatively easy to correct an error in their credit report.  That is simply not the case.  In one of my recent blog posts I explain that debtors often face an uphill battle when they try to remedy a creditor…
Rank this Week: 4999

Connecticut Estate Planning…

Connecticut Estate Planning Attorneys Blog

Covers estate planning. By CzepigaDalyPope LLC.

http://www.connecticutestateplanningattorneysblog.com/
  • Feb 26

    Why Pay Gift Tax Early?

    Why Pay Gift Tax Early?
    By Paul T. Czepiga Who would ever want to pay a gift tax if they did not have to? The answer: Your children! Let’s take a closer look at this and let me give you some background. The IRS has a gift tax. If you are a very generous person…
  • Feb 20

    What is a Conservatorship?

    What is a Conservatorship?
    By Carmine Perri When we help clients develop their estate plans, one of the advance directives we encourage them to create is a Designation of Conservator. You decide ahead of time who will manage your affairs – and under what certain…
  • Feb 6

    How to Choose the Right Nursing Home

    How to Choose the Right Nursing Home
    Let’s face it, placing your loved in a nursing home is no easy task – for anyone. So you want to make sure that the facility you choose is the right one. But how do you go about choosing a nursing home? And how do you know if…
Rank this Week: 4264

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/
  • Feb 26

    How Can I Use a Supplemental Needs Trust To Get Medicaid on Long Island

    How Can I Use a Supplemental Needs Trust To Get Medicaid on Long Island
    Allowing for Payment for Expenses While on Government Assistance When dealing with a seriously disabled person, how you handle that person’s finances can be essential when it comes to dealing with government benefits. Too many assets,…
  • Feb 13

    What Happens if There Aren’t Enough Assets in a Long Island Estate?

    What Happens if There Aren’t Enough Assets in a Long Island Estate?
    Who Gets Paid First When There Isn’t Enough Money To Pay Everyone It is not uncommon when someone dies that the estate ends up owing more than the estate actually has in assets. Many times, people end up wracking up large medical bills…
  • Feb 2

    Do I Need An Attorney To Make A Will On Long Island?

    Do I Need An Attorney To Make A Will On Long Island?
    Could Doing Your Own Will Cost Your Beneficiaries? If you look up estate planning online, you can find almost countless resources on all of the ways that you can write your own will in order to save yourself some legal fees. The parties…
Rank this Week: 4720

Rossabi Black Slaughter, PA Blog

Rossabi Black Slaughter, PA Blog

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

http://www.lawfirmrbs.com/blog/
  • Feb 25

    Does the Chair Vote in the Event of a Tie?

    Does the Chair Vote in the Event of a Tie?
    In board and membership meetings you’ll sometimes hear the phrase that the chair gets to vote “in case of a tie vote.”  But is that accurate?  In short, no.  The chair only being permitted to vote in the event…
  • Feb 23

    ANNUAL REPORTS DUE TO NORTH CAROLINA SECRETARY OF STATE

    ANNUAL REPORTS DUE TO NORTH CAROLINA SECRETARY OF STATE
    With only a few exceptions (for instance, non-profit corporations), entities are required to file an Annual Report with the North Carolina Secretary of State by April 15th and to pay the accompanying fee with their submission.  Some…
  • Feb 23

    CORPORATE VEIL OR CORPORATE FAIL?

    CORPORATE VEIL OR CORPORATE FAIL?
    By creating a corporate entity (whether it is an S-Corporation, C-Corporation or a limited liability company), many smart business owners seek to create an additional layer of protection between their personal assets or that of their family…
Rank this Week: 4237

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/
  • Feb 23

    VA Proposes Asset-Transfer Penalty

    VA Proposes Asset-Transfer Penalty
    Our latest Arizona Republic article in the weekly Aging and the Law column can be found below. Our column runs every Friday in select Arizona cities. Question: In a previous article, you indicated that in determining Veterans Administration…
  • Feb 13

    Handling Probate Without Stre

    Handling Probate Without Stre
    Our latest Arizona Republic article in the weekly Aging and the Law column can be found below. Our column runs every Friday in select Arizona cities. Question: My father recently passed away. He was a widower with a small house and a meager…
  • Feb 3

    Veterans’ Benefits Under Review

    Veterans’ Benefits Under Review
    Our latest Arizona Republic article in the weekly Aging and the Law column can be found below. Our column runs every Friday in select Arizona cities. Question: I understand that, as a veteran, I might be eligible for Veteran’s Pension…
Rank this Week: 4191

Tennessee Wills and Estates

Tennessee Wills and Estates

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

http://www.tennesseewillsandestates.com
  • Feb 22

    Facebook Changes Policy for Handling Account After Death

    Facebook Changes Policy for Handling Account After Death
    One thing that has become more complex in this changing world of technology is how to handle digital assets after you die.  As we continue forward in time, more and more individuals who die will have a substantial online…
  • Jan 25

    How Should you Respond to a Request to Waive Bond, Inventory and Accounting in a Tennessee Estate?

    How Should you Respond to a Request to Waive Bond, Inventory and Accounting in a Tennessee Estate?
    Sometimes when a Tennessee probate estate is opened up, the attorney handling the estate will provide a request to the beneficiaries to waive bond, inventory and accounting [“Bond” is basically an insurance bond to protect the…
  • Jan 1

    Tennessee and Federal Estate Tax Exemptions Raised Today for 2015.

    Tennessee and Federal Estate Tax Exemptions Raised Today for 2015.
    Today the Tennessee Inheritance Tax exemption (for 2015) is raised to $5,000,000.00.  Next year the Tennessee Inheritance Tax will be abolished.  Starting January 1, 2016 (for those who die on or after that date) there will no…
Rank this Week: 3885

Wills and Estate Administration…

Wills and Estate Administration Articles

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

http://njwills.blogspot.com/
Rank this Week: 4474

Rhode Island Estate Planning and…

Rhode Island Estate Planning and Elder Law Blawg

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

http://riestateplanning.blogspot.com/
  • Feb 22

    Forbes.com Article Highlights Family Feuds in the Probate Proce

    Forbes.com Article Highlights Family Feuds in the Probate Proce
    While I work with my clients to eliminate many of these challenges during the estate planning process, I saw the issues highlighted by this forbes.com article on probate and family feuds pop up all too often in my time as a probate judge,…
  • Feb 4

    Why a will is not enough (or why your estate plan should include a revocable trust)

    Why a will is not enough (or why your estate plan should include a revocable trust)
    Your will is a legally binding statement directing who will receive your property upon your death. It also appoints a legal representative, often called an “executor” or “personal representative,” to carry out your…
  • Feb 2

    Medicaid's Rules on Giving Away Your Assets and Qualifying for Nursing Home Long Term Care

    Medicaid's Rules on Giving Away Your Assets and Qualifying for Nursing Home Long Term Care
    In order to be eligible for Medicaid, you cannot have recently transferred assets. Congress does not want you to find out you need nursing home care on Monday, give all your money to your children (or anyone else) on Tuesday, and qualify for…
Rank this Week: 4719

Potter Law Firm Blog

Potter Law Firm Blog

Covers estate planning and elder law.

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

    Who Is Competent to Create a Last Will?

    Who Is Competent to Create a Last Will?
    When you think about the legal document called a last will, you may assume that it is a very simple document. You jot down your final wishes regarding the desired distribution of your property, you set aside the document for safe keeping, and…
  • Jan 23

    What Is the Difference Between a Living Trust and a Living Will?

    What Is the Difference Between a Living Trust and a Living Will?
    There are various different legal devices that are used in the field of estate planning. Sometimes people are confused because the terms sound similar. With this in mind, we will look at the differences between living trusts and living wills…
  • Jan 21

    How Will My Property Be Distributed If There is No Last Will?

    How Will My Property Be Distributed If There is No Last Will?
    Some people take a wait-and-see approach. They procrastinate because they think that they can act later on. And they reason that things will probably take care of themselves if they never take action.  This enters the realm of estate…
Rank this Week: 3870

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: 4291

Vandrew Law Blog

Vandrew Law Blog

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

http://vandrew.com/
  • 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…
  • Feb 14

    NJ Estate Planning Update for 2015

    NJ Estate Planning Update for 2015
    The estate planning landscape for New Jersey residents 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 proposals are to reduce…
  • Jan 2

    S-Corporations and Health Insurance under the Affordable Care Act

    S-Corporations and Health Insurance under the Affordable Care Act
    Before the Affordable Care Act, rather than obtain a group health plan for employees, many small businesses would simply reimburse their employees for the individual health plans that they obtained on their own. Under this old system, the…
Rank this Week: 4468

Palo Alto Estate Planning Blog

Palo Alto Estate Planning Blog

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

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

    Sometimes It is the Little Things: Arguing About Stuff

    Sometimes It is the Little Things: Arguing About Stuff
    Estate planning is often motivated by the big things. I’m not getting philosophical here. Forget about life and death. On a practical level, what brings families into my office are often the big financial assets–the house,…
  • Jan 23

    Right to Die Law Proposed for California

    Right to Die Law Proposed for California
    For the first time since 2007, legislation has been introduced in this year’s State Senate that would legalize physician-assisted suicide in California. The bill, SB 128,  The End of Life Option Act, is modeled on Oregon’s…
  • Dec 31

    Happy New Year!

    Happy New Year!
     I am wishing a lovely New Year to all of our    clients and readers! May 2015 bring love, wisdom, and compassion to you all. Here’s to keeping all of our eyes firmly fixed on what truly matters in the year ahead, in…
Rank this Week: 4878

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: 3998

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/
  • Feb 5

    What Are the Disadvantages to a Medicaid Trust?

    What Are the Disadvantages to a Medicaid Trust?
    If you are wise, you will likely include Medicaid planning within your overall estate plan early on in life. Medicaid planning ensure that your assets are protected later in life and that you will qualify for Medicaid benefits should you need…
  • Feb 3

    Do You Need a Business Succession Plan?

    Do You Need a Business Succession Plan?
    When it comes time to create your comprehensive estate plan you will need to decide which components to add to your plan above and beyond the basics. If you are the owner of a small business or family enterprise, incorporating a business…
  • Sep 22

    Trusts Basics in New York: What You Need to Know

    Trusts Basics in New York: What You Need to Know
    Trusts Basics in New York: What You Need To Know from Saul Kobrick An important factor in the success or failure of a trust is the trustee. Learn more about Trusts Basics in New York  in this presentation.
Rank this Week: 3825

EstateAware

EstateAware

Covers personal legal and financial planning. By Griffin Bridgers.

http://www.estateaware.com
  • Feb 2

    Digital Estate Planning: The Role of the Attorney

    Digital Estate Planning: The Role of the Attorney
    The duty of an estate planning attorney, at its core, is to allow a client to create a plan which is legally enforceable, which minimizes conflict,  and which maximizes benefits available under law.  An attorney costs money, and the…
  • Jan 28

    Digital Estate Planning: Profiteering or Legitimate Concern?

    Digital Estate Planning: Profiteering or Legitimate Concern?
    If you haven’t figured out by now, one of my biggest issues with estate planning is the incessant fear-mongering used to scare people into getting their estate planning done.  As I have previously mentioned, fear is not a motivator…
  • Jan 22

    Planning Issues with the Entitlement Generation – An Introduction

    Planning Issues with the Entitlement Generation – An Introduction
    It seems that every generation is lambasted by the previous generation.  Older generations often view younger generations as selfish, lazy, and entitled.  However, the younger generation also paints the older generation with this…
Rank this Week: 4209

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: 4145

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/
  • Jan 27

    Portability and Tenancy by the Entireties Combine for Asset Protection without Sacrificing Estate Tax Planning

    Portability and Tenancy by the Entireties Combine for Asset Protection without Sacrificing Estate Tax Planning
    Before portability became part of our estate planning vocabulary, planners seeking asset protection from tenancy by the entirety (TBE) property ownership and federal estate tax minimization usually needed to choose between the…
  • Jan 6

    Important Update to the 2014 Israeli Trust Income Tax Law

    Important Update to the 2014 Israeli Trust Income Tax Law
    Those affected by the new Israeli income tax law, which became effective on January 1, 2014 and subjected many previously tax-exempt trusts to significant Israeli income tax liability (See our previous blog post), now have until June 30, 2015…
  • Nov 24

    Recent Changes to Pennsylvania’s Power of Attorney Law May Impact You

    Recent Changes to Pennsylvania’s Power of Attorney Law May Impact You
    Pennsylvania has passed new legislation, known as Act 95 of 2014 (the “Act”), which has made significant changes to Pennsylvania’s Power of Attorney statute.  Most of the provisions take effect January 1, 2015, but…
Rank this Week: 4027

Law Offices of Cheryl David

Law Offices of Cheryl David

Covers estate planning and elder law in North Carolina.

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

    Pet Planning in North Carolina: Crafting an Effective Pet Trust

    Pet Planning in North Carolina: Crafting an Effective Pet Trust
    Pet Planning in North Carolina: Crafting An Effective Pet Trust from Cheryl David A trust cannot operate without having property it can use to pay the pet’s expenses. The property you choose to transfer to the trust is known as the…
  • Jan 19

    Pet Planning in North Carolina: Your Pet’s Future Without You

    Pet Planning in North Carolina: Your Pet’s Future Without You
    Pet Planning in North Carolina: Your Pet's Future Without You from Cheryl David A pet plan is a part of an estate plan that provides for the needs of your pets in the event you die or become incapacitated. Learn more about pet planning in…
  • Jan 13

    Debunking Some Common Living Trusts Myth

    Debunking Some Common Living Trusts Myth
    If you are a regular reader of our blog you already know that living trusts are a common element in many modern estate plans. However, you might also be under the influence of some common living trust myths that circulate in the general…
Rank this Week: 4821

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/
  • Jan 23

    Study supports doctor-led approach to end-of-life care planning

    Study supports doctor-led approach to end-of-life care planning
    The end of a person’s life is a time of intense transition and difficult choices. Although nothing can fully prepare an individual or a family for the gravity of the decisions that need to be made, end-of-life care planning can help…
  • Jan 15

    The effect of procrastination and debt on retirement planning

    The effect of procrastination and debt on retirement planning
    The desire to create a comfortable, secure retirement is almost universal. Unfortunately, procrastination and debt can have a devastating, though not irreversible, effect on these efforts. While Americans can now anticipate longer-than-ever…
  • Dec 29

    Reducing caregiver stress helps prevent elder abuse

    Reducing caregiver stress helps prevent elder abuse
    Elder abuse has long been associated with the stress caregivers experience when providing care for older loved ones. Reducing caregiver stress is a key factor in preventing the abuse and neglect of elders. As much of health care moves out of…
Rank this Week: 3967

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/
  • Jan 22

    IRS Private Letter Ruling on Testamentary Powers of Appointment of Trust Property

    IRS Private Letter Ruling on Testamentary Powers of Appointment of Trust Property
    In late 2014, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued two Private Letter Rulings (PLR) regarding testamentary powers of appointment. In the PLRs, the IRS evaluated whether a grandchild’s power of appointment over a grandparent’s…
  • Jan 16

    Longevity Annuity Contracts in Retirement Plan

    Longevity Annuity Contracts in Retirement Plan
    By Mary E. Vandenack. Owners of IRAs or participants in certain retirement plans can use up to $125,000 or 25% of their account balance to purchase a qualified longevity annuity contract (“QLAC”). A QLAC is an annuity that begins…
  • Sep 25

    What Is the Difference Between a Private Foundation and a Public Charity?

    What Is the Difference Between a Private Foundation and a Public Charity?
    An Estate Planning FAQ with Mary E. Vandenack. Private foundations and public charities are both tax exempt entities under section 501c3 of the Internal Revenue Code. The differences are that a public charity qualifies for a little more in…
Rank this Week: 3866

The Helpful Lawyer

The Helpful Lawyer

A Texas sole practioner's blog on issues that face my clients.

http://www.jackrobinson.com/blog/
  • Jan 20

    Assault and family violence arrests in Texas are serious charge

    Assault and family violence arrests in Texas are serious charge
    Assault and family violence arrests in Texas are serious charges Assault and family violence arrests in Texas are serious charges. Many Texans don’t realize that calling the police in the heat of a domestic dispute will probably result…
  • Oct 13

    Learn How To Effectively Co-Parent – Part 3

    Learn How To Effectively Co-Parent – Part 3
    Learn How To Effectively Co-Parent It is important to learn how to effectively co-parent because it will prevent children from being “Caught In The Middle” when parents get divorced. Research suggests both difficult and promising…
  • Oct 8

    Learn How To Effectively Co-Parent – Part 2

    Learn How To Effectively Co-Parent – Part 2
    Learn How To Effectively Co-Parent It is important to learn how to effectively co-parent because it will prevent children from being “Caught In The Middle” when parents get divorced. Research suggests both difficult and promising…
Rank this Week: 4105

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: 4736

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 20

    Four Reasons to Own Life Insurance

    Four Reasons to Own Life Insurance
      Let’s face it: most people are averse to life insurance. For permanent policies, the premiums are high, and the payouts typically don’t happen until you die. Couple that with the fact that many life insurance agents are…
  • 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…
Rank this Week: 4471

Minko Law Office Blog

Minko Law Office Blog

Covers estate planning and elder law.

http://www.minkolaw.com/blog/
  • Jan 18

    Free Report: Estate Planning For Seniors in New York – Part1

    Free Report: Estate Planning For Seniors in New York – Part1
    What makes estate planning for seniors so important, however, is the very real possibility that you or your family might have to utilize the tools in your plan sooner rather than later. Topics covered in this whitepaper include: Estate…
  • Jan 17

    Estate Planning for Seniors in New York: Frequently Asked Question

    Estate Planning for Seniors in New York: Frequently Asked Question
    Estate Planning for Seniors in New York: Frequently Asked Questions from Anthony Minko Your estate is a collection of property you leave behind after you die, or after you lose the ability to make decisions. Estate plans, therefore, are tools…
  • Nov 19

    Essential Estate Planning Knowledge – Basic Estate Plan

    Essential Estate Planning Knowledge – Basic Estate Plan
    In this week’s entry in our ongoing series on essential estate planning knowledge, we are going to focus on what basic estate plans in New York look like. We previously discussed the important elements of what goes into crafting an…
Rank this Week: 3846

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/
  • 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 →
  • Jan 20

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

    An Example of What Can Go Wrong When You Make Your Own Will.
    Do-it-yourself Wills: a sad story of planning gone wrong.  Here is a case study by Janet L. Brewer, detailing some of the bad things that can happen when you make your own Will. Read about John, widow and father, faced … Continue…
Rank this Week: 3820

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/
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • Dec 15

    Palm Desert Estate Planning Attorney Discusses the A/B Trust

    Palm Desert Estate Planning Attorney Discusses the A/B Trust
    We have previously discussed the importance of keeping your estate plan up-to-date. It's a good rule of thumb to have an experienced estate planning attorney review your documents at least every five years. Out dated documents may have…
Rank this Week: 4380

North Carolina Trusts and Estates…

North Carolina Trusts and Estates Litigation

A discussion of trusts and estates litigation in North Carolina. By Evan Lohr.

https://ncestatelitigation.wordpress.com/
  • Jan 5

    An Interview With North Carolina’s Senior Administrative Law Judge

    An Interview With North Carolina’s Senior Administrative Law Judge
    Following is an interview I conducted recently with North Carolina’s Senior Administrative Law Judge, Fred G. Morrison, Jr., for the Administrative Lawyer newsletter: A Year of Recognition For more than five decades, Fred Gilbert…
  • Jan 5

    A Recent Interview With North Carolina’s Senior Administrative Law Judge

    A Recent Interview With North Carolina’s Senior Administrative Law Judge
    Following is an interview I conducted recently with North Carolina’s Senior Administrative Law Judge Fred G. Morrison, Jr. for the Administrative Lawyer newsletter: A Year of Recognition For more than five decades, Fred Gilbert…
  • Dec 1

    Pitfalls to Avoid in Estate Planning

    Pitfalls to Avoid in Estate Planning
    Several online web sites provide forms for people to create their own wills for a fee less than that of hiring a typical attorney.  Earlier this year, a member of the Florida Supreme Court called that approach “penny-wise and…
Rank this Week: 4198

The Law Office of Michael…

The Law Office of Michael Robinson, P.C.

Covers elder law and estate planning.

http://www.mrobinsonlaw.com/blog/
  • Dec 25

    Free Report: Revocable Living Trusts in New York: Benefits and Importance

    Free Report: Revocable Living Trusts in New York: Benefits and Importance
    The main benefit of a revocable living trust comes after you die and it’s time to pass your property on to inheritors. The property you pass through your living trust will give you a chance to ensure that your inheritors receive…
  • Dec 17

    Free Report: What Questions Should I Ask a New York Elder Law Attorney

    Free Report: What Questions Should I Ask a New York Elder Law Attorney
    There are a number of different pressing elder law issues at the present time and you should be aware of the facts so that you can plan ahead in an intelligent and informed manner. Topics covered in this whitepaper include: Are There Any…
  • Dec 17

    Free Report: What is Estate Planning in New York

    Free Report: What is Estate Planning in New York
    A look at some basic information about estate planning as well as the the components that would comprise a comprehensive estate plan. Learn more about estate planning in New York in this presentation. Topics covered in this report include:…
Rank this Week: 3869

Shober & Rock Blog

Shober & Rock Blog

Covers elder law in Pennsylvania.

http://shober-rock.com/the-blog/
  • Dec 19

    Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014 – Individual

    Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014 – Individual
    Congress has extended many popular tax provisions that significantly impact individuals and businesses. Late on December 16, 2014, the Senate, following earlier action in the House of Representatives, voted 76 to 16 to pass an identical…
  • Dec 19

    Elder Law Attorneys Specialize in Helping the Elderly

    Elder Law Attorneys Specialize in Helping the Elderly
    Many elderly persons rely entirely on their children, family members or other individuals to help them. This dependence upon caregivers or family members makes an older person more vulnerable to abuse and financial exploitation. Legal…
  • Nov 16

    IRS Cost of Living Limitations for 2015

    IRS Cost of Living Limitations for 2015
    IRS Cost of Living 2015 IRS Cost-of-Living Limitations 2014 2015 Deferral Limit for 401(k), 403(b), Salary Reduction SEPs $17,500.00 $18,000.00 SIMPLE Plan Deferral Limit $12,000.00 $12,500.00 Catch-up Limit 401(k), 403(b) (Ages 50+)…
Rank this Week: 4165

Massachusetts Wills, Trusts, and…

Massachusetts Wills, Trusts, and Estates

Informational advice and musings on Massachusetts wills, trusts and estates. By Danielle G. Van Ess.

http://dgvelaw.blogspot.com/
  • Oct 22

    Astrid Is Doing Remarkably Well!

    Astrid Is Doing Remarkably Well!
    As most of you know by now, DGVE law's Client Liaison and Paralegal, Astrid A. Muhammad, had brain surgery at the end of August to remove a benign but invasive brain tumor.  Within days she was texting me to check on…
  • Oct 19

    October 20-26, 2014 is National…

    October 20-26, 2014 is National Estate Planning Awareness Week Attorney Danielle G. Van Ess of the family-friendly, Hingham, Massachusetts law firm DGVE law, LLC wants to help you “protect your family, yourself, and your…
  • Apr 25

    Listen to Your Mother, Boston

    Listen to Your Mother, Boston
    As a mother of 4 little girls ranging in age from baby to elementary school, Attorney-Mama Danielle G. Van Ess will be the first to tell it like it is:  Motherhood is NOT for the faint of heart.That's why DGVE law®  is…
Rank this Week: 4637

Duffy Law Office

Duffy Law Office

Covers estate planning and elder law in Iowa.

http://www.duffylawoffice.com/blog/
  • Aug 21

    Why Is Incapacity Planning Important?

    Why Is Incapacity Planning Important?
    Everyone should have an incapacity component embedded within a broader estate plan. In this post we will look at the importance of incapacity planning. Aging of the Population People are living longer and longer lives. The average life span…
  • Aug 19

    Can Medicaid Take My Home?

    Can Medicaid Take My Home?
    When you plan your estate, you work with an estate planning attorney to devise a strategy for transferring your assets after you pass away. However, if you want to be comprehensively prepared for the future, you should consider the…
  • Aug 14

    Can a Trust Be Used to Complete a Medicaid Spend Down?

    Can a Trust Be Used to Complete a Medicaid Spend Down?
    Medicare will help with your medical expenses when you reach the age of eligibility if you qualify, but the program will not pay for long-term care. This is a problem for most people, because long-term care is quite expensive. The average…
Rank this Week: 4006

The Edwards Law Firm Blog

The Edwards Law Firm Blog

Covers Florida estate planning.

http://www.edwardslawfirm.com/blog/
  • 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…
  • Jun 25

    The Line Between Medical Privacy and Legal Disclosure

    The Line Between Medical Privacy and Legal Disclosure
    In recent years, we’ve seen a big push towards better consumer protections. Whether it’s the rigid HIPAA law or parts of the ACA that allows patients/consumers to request their doctors to not report diagnoses to insurance…
  • Jun 13

    The Tampa Bay Franchise Without Malcolm Glazer

    The Tampa Bay Franchise Without Malcolm Glazer
    While many of us were following the Donald Sterling brouhaha and waiting to see what, if anything, the NBA will be able to legally force him to do, the Glazer family patriarch passed away. For those who don’t know, the Glazer family has…
Rank this Week: 3902

Florida Estate Planning and…

Florida Estate Planning and Probate Law

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

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

    CAN MY FLORIDA IRREVOCABLE TRUST BE TERMINATED

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

    IOWA COURT UPHOLDS FLORIDA POSTNUP AGREEMENT

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

    ARE CUSTODIAL ACCOUNTS THE BEST SAVINGS OPTION FOR A CHILD

    ARE CUSTODIAL ACCOUNTS THE BEST SAVINGS OPTION FOR A CHILD
    Family members (parents, grand-parents and relatives) are constantly looking for the best way to gift and save money for their relatives (usually children).  One commonly used option is a "custodial account" (established…
Rank this Week: 4815

Davidov Law Group

Davidov Law Group

Covers new York elder law and estate planning.

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

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

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

    Do I Control Assets Placed Into a Revocable Living Trust?

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

    What Is the Five-Year Medicaid Look-Back?

    What Is the Five-Year Medicaid Look-Back?
    As you get older, you may begin to think long and hard about the eventualities of aging. When you look at the statistics, you will find that most American senior citizens will need help with their day-to-day needs eventually. Long-term care…
Rank this Week: 4062

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: 3980

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: 3950

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: 4881

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

    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…
Rank this Week: 4169

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: 4457

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

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    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: 4567

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: 3899

Sabin & Associates, PLLC Blog

Sabin & Associates, PLLC Blog

Covers elder law and estate planning in Tennessee.

http://www.sabinestateplanning.com/blog/
  • Oct 30

    Estate Planning is for Everyone

    Estate Planning is for Everyone
    What’s your excuse for lack of planning? Think you’re too young? You may not be ready for an enhanced estate plan like your parents/grandparents have, but you need to start somewhere Accidents happen, all the time.  If you…
  • Apr 12

    Intestacy in Tennessee – 3 Question

    Intestacy in Tennessee – 3 Question
    Question 1: What is intestacy? When you die, someone else will have to become the new owner of your property.  If you die without having prepared an estate plan, the court determines you have died intestate.   In this case, the…
  • Apr 12

    Intestacy in Tennessee – 3 Question

    Intestacy in Tennessee – 3 Question
    Question 1: What is intestacy? When you die, someone else will have to become the new owner of your property.  If you die without having prepared an estate plan, the court determines you have died intestate.   In this case, the…
Rank this Week: 4152

Florida Probate and Estate…

Florida Probate and Estate Planning Blog

Answers probate and estate law questions. By Fortenberry Legal.

http://www.floridaprobatesolutions.com/blog/
  • Oct 29

    Rights of Stepchildren to Assets of a Deceased Parent in Probate

    Rights of Stepchildren to Assets of a Deceased Parent in Probate
    Here’s a scenario that I get so often that it deserves its own blog post:  Dad dies. Stepchildren claim that stepmother is taking dad’s assets and not communicating with them. Stepmother claims that all of the marital assets…
  • Oct 22

    Formal Florida Probate Administration in 10 Step

    Formal Florida Probate Administration in 10 Step
    Of the various types of Florida probate proceedings, formal administration is the most common.  Like any probate matter, Florida probate administration can vary depending on the size of the estate, the decedent’s asset…
  • Oct 29

    Proposed Amendments to Florida Constitution Would Extend Homestead Benefit

    Proposed Amendments to Florida Constitution Would Extend Homestead Benefit
    For Florida voters, November 6 is about more than the presidential election.  The ballot includes 11 proposed changes to Florida’s constitution. These changes, which would require 60 percent of the vote to pass, deal with some…
Rank this Week: 4273