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Law for the Long Haul

Law for the Long Haul

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

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

    Medicare and the New Insurance Marketplace

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

    End of the Week Review

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

    Veteran Retires at 71, After Over 50 Years of Service

    Veteran Retires at 71, After Over 50 Years of Service
    "Thankful Thursday" is a time for us to share a heartwarming story, express our gratitude, and reflect on the week. If you have something you would like to see featured here, please write to: tips@lawforthelonghaul.com.Major Bill Ray has…
Rank this Week: 3985

Bonfrisco Law Firm Blog

Bonfrisco Law Firm Blog

Covers New Jersey estate planning.

http://www.njtrustlawyer.com/blog/
  • Aug 23

    Important Estate Planning Changes to Make after the Birth of a Baby

    Important Estate Planning Changes to Make after the Birth of a Baby
    The birth of a baby is typically the most joyous, and emotional, event of your life. A baby also brings with him or her numerous changes to a parent’s life. In the midst of all these changes, don’t forget to make important estate…
  • Aug 23

    Blended Family Estate Plan Consideration

    Blended Family Estate Plan Consideration
    The latest statistics tell us that over half of all first marriages end in divorce. More than half of those divorces result in a remarriage. Many of those second, or subsequent, marriages result in the creation of a blended family. If you are…
  • Mar 26

    What Estate Planning Document Ultimately Controls?

    What Estate Planning Document Ultimately Controls?
    A comprehensive estate plan typically includes more than one document. Although a Last Will and Testament is usually the foundation for any estate plan, most include secondary documents such as trusts, insurance policies, and financial…
Rank this Week: 3773

Crabtree Law Blawg

Crabtree Law Blawg

Covers bankruptcy and estate planning.

http://crabtree-law.com/blog
  • Jul 23

    Student Loan Victorie

    Student Loan Victorie
    I'm very honored and thankful to say that I've been thus far consistently able to reduce student loan debts, both public and private, by 50% or more. I just saved one client more than $20,000 by settling two student loans of his-- one from…
  • Mar 1

    Student Loan Bankruptcy, the True Goal

    Student Loan Bankruptcy, the True Goal
    Perhaps you've looked at my earlier student loan debt articles here and here, and you're discouraged. You're thinking to yourself that it's too much of a risk, that too many things could go against your favor in the case, the "totality of the…
  • Feb 22

    Your First DWI in Jefferson County, Missouri, Part 1: Getting Your License Back

    Your First DWI in Jefferson County, Missouri, Part 1: Getting Your License Back
    Getting a DWI in Jefferson County is, frankly, easy to do. We've got a slew of "DWI recognition experts" who patrol the bars and restaurants at target times, to swoop down upon unfortunate people who may have misjudged their blood-alcohol…
Rank this Week: 4044

The Law Office of Raymond A.…

The Law Office of Raymond A. Harris PLLC Blog

Covers estate planning, medicaid and medicare.

http://www.raymondaharris.com/blog/
Rank this Week: 3848

Missouri Estate Planning Blog

Missouri Estate Planning Blog

Features postings on estate planning and related topics, with a particular emphasis on Missouri law. By Richard J. Herndon.

http://www.kctrustlaw.com/missouri-estate-planning-blog/
  • Oct 12

    Estate Tax Update for Missouri Residents – Fall 2012

    Estate Tax Update for Missouri Residents – Fall 2012
    Congress and the President have created quite a mess insofar as the Estate Tax is concerned.  A little history may be helpful: In 2001, President George W. Bush signed the Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001…
  • Sep 4

    Missouri Real Estate Titles – Adding a Family Member’s Name

    Missouri Real Estate Titles – Adding a Family Member’s Name
    George called my office this afternoon.  His sister, Billie had been appointed as the Personal Representative of his mother’s estate a week ago.  According to him Mom had a “simple will” leaving everything to her…
  • May 15

    Another Missouri Beneficiary Deed Failure

    Another Missouri Beneficiary Deed Failure
    We’ve written and posted several times about the inherent dangers in relying on Beneficiary Deeds (also known as “Transfer on Death Deeds”) to transfer title in Missouri. Beneficiary Deeds, in the proper circumstances,…
Rank this Week: 4154

Washington Estate Planning Blog

Washington Estate Planning Blog

Covers wills, trusts and estate planning. By Insight Law.

http://insightlawfirm.blogspot.com/
Rank this Week: 3782

Wachbrit Estate Planning &…

Wachbrit Estate Planning & Asset Protection Blog

Covers estate planning and asset protection. By Diedre Wachbrit.

http://epblog.wachbrit.com
  • Sep 6

    Breaking Down the Probate Proce

    Breaking Down the Probate Proce
    Probate, quite simply, is the process by which the court determines the legal property of a person who has died, and decides to whom those assets will be distributed. It sounds like it should be simple, but somehow, unfortunately, probate is…
  • Sep 4

    How to Begin the Process of Choosing a Guardian for Your Child

    How to Begin the Process of Choosing a Guardian for Your Child
    Choosing a guardian for a child is one of the most difficult things a parent may ever have to do. From parenting style to living situation to your gut feeling about this or that person’s ability to love your children as well as you…
  • Sep 2

    One-of-a-Kind Families Need One-of-a-Kind Plan

    One-of-a-Kind Families Need One-of-a-Kind Plan
    According to statistics the average U.S. family size is 3.2 members. The median age of a man upon his first marriage is 28.1, 47% of women aged 75 or older live alone. Also according to statistics, approximately 60% of couples own their home,…
Rank this Week: 3811

Mari Law

Mari Law

Discusses family law and estate planning issues in Georgia. By Antonio B. Mari.

http://marilaw.wordpress.com
  • Aug 8

    Can I keep my house if I file bankruptcy in Georgia?

    Can I keep my house if I file bankruptcy in Georgia?
    Can I keep my house when filing bankruptcy in Cartersville? Cartersville Bankruptcy Attorney Answer
  • Jun 5

    Pricing Legal Service

    Pricing Legal Service
    Pricing Legal Services Have you ever hesitated to call a lawyer because you thought it would be too expensive? Often the perceived cost of hiring an attorney acts as a barrier to prevent people from fully protecting all their legal rights. In…
  • Oct 17

    How you can afford a lawyer… payment plans for every budget.

    How you can afford a lawyer… payment plans for every budget.
    Paying for a lawyer can be a major expense. Often a person will delay or simply not hire a lawyer because of this expense. This delay or lack of counsel can have severe negative consequences as many matters are time sensitive. If you are…
Rank this Week: 4159

Engel Law Offices

Engel Law Offices

Covers estate planning. By Todd Engel.

http://engelatty.wordpress.com
  • Jul 20

    Ways to make, earn or get money on the Internet

    Ways to make, earn or get money on the Internet
    Earn Great Income Work At Home ^^visit website^^
  • Sep 22

    Plan now before 2011: Why you need to call your estate planning attorney

    Plan now before 2011: Why you need to call your estate planning attorney
    Need for Estate Planning I do not intend to be Chicken Little with this post.  However  in 2011 unless Congress acts to extend the estate tax credit all estates over $1,000,000 in value will be taxed at 55% of the entire value. This means…
  • Jul 1

    New York May Finally Have No Fault Divorce

    New York May Finally Have No Fault Divorce
    It appears that the New York Legislature in its final days may have acted positively towards one subject: divorce. New York was the last state that required fault in order to grant a divorce. This meant that a divorce could only be granted if…
Rank this Week: 3775

Cut Your Tax

Cut Your Tax

Provides tax tips and tax planning advice. By Hedeker & Perrelli, Ltd.

http://www.cutyourtax.com/news-and-blog/
  • May 30

    Facing a Tax Levy on a Single Member LLC

    Facing a Tax Levy on a Single Member LLC
    If you own a single member LLC and owe personal back taxes, there are certain ways the IRS can and cannot leverage your business assets to secure the money.
  • May 15

    Inherited IRAs Demystified

    Inherited IRAs Demystified
    Since IRAs have become a popular retirement tool, it was only a matter of time before inherited IRAs become a common place. When the owner of an IRA passes away, the named beneficiary inherits the account. Inherited IRAs have restrictions and…
  • May 1

    Using Roth IRA Income to Fund Retirement

    Using Roth IRA Income to Fund Retirement
    If you're in or near retirement, chances are you've already heard that you can use Roth IRA income as a key tool in funding your retirement. That’s because, while money going into a Roth IRA is taxed, all earnings are tax-free, as long as…
Rank this Week: 3803

Trust and Estate Attorney Blog

Trust and Estate Attorney Blog

Provides estate planning advice. By Kenneth R. Haas.

http://kennethhaas.wordpress.com
  • Jan 11

    HERE, HERE, THE ESTATE TAX IS DEAD, OR IS IT?

    HERE, HERE, THE ESTATE TAX IS DEAD, OR IS IT?
    Well Congress has done it this time. By failing to do anything at the end of the 2009 session, it has allowed the Federal Estate Tax to lapse. At first glance this seems like wonderful news, however, as with most Congressional acts (or…
  • Apr 12

    ESTATE TAXES DURING THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION

    ESTATE TAXES DURING THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION
    As you may not be aware, unless you are trying to keep up with Federal estate tax law for reasons that I cannot fathom, due to a quirk in the law, the Federal estate tax is due to be repealed next year. However, this may not seem to be as…
  • Jan 28

    PROBATE: TRUTHS AND MYTHS

    PROBATE: TRUTHS AND MYTHS
    Many estate planning practitioners, financial planners and television personalities discuss the virtues of having a “living trust” in the place of a Will in order to avoid the big bad process of probate.   The calls that I get, as often…
Rank this Week: 3874

Retire Happy

Retire Happy

Covers Estate Planning Law and news. Published by Nolo

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

    The 4 Simple Steps to a Healthy Retirement

    The 4 Simple Steps to a Healthy Retirement
    Like most Americans, you probably believe that exercise is a good thing for other people. But then, after months of sloth, you look in the mirror, get re-motivated, and reach for your jogging shoes, swimsuit, or the dusty barbells in the…
  • Jul 17

    How to Cut Health Care Spending by 50%

    How to Cut Health Care Spending by 50%
    The majority of America's health care dollars are spent on people over 50 -- and most of the medical conditions that suck it up are avoidable. For example, the majority of diabetes cases, 100% of osteoporosis, much of heart disease, stroke,…
  • Jun 16

    Friends Are More Important Than Money

    Friends Are More Important Than Money
    For years I've been making the point that a strong friendship network is key to leading a successful life after retirement. After years of having this subject largely ignored as a huge element of successful aging, it was great to read the New…
Rank this Week: 4106

Hauptman and Hauptman, P.C. Blog

Hauptman and Hauptman, P.C. Blog

Covers guardianship, Medicaid, probate and estate administration.

http://www.hauptmanlaw.com/blog
  • Jul 27

    Your Digital Assets – Are You Covered? Part 2

    Your Digital Assets – Are You Covered? Part 2
                    Last week I raised the legal issues faced by digital assets – specifically property rights.  Who owns my Facebook account after I die? …
  • Jul 20

    Your Digital Assets – Are You Covered?

    Your Digital Assets – Are You Covered?
                    Technology has allowed us as a society to go places and do things never before imagined.  But, it has created issues and problems that, likewise,…
  • Jul 13

    Turning Life Insurance into Long Term Care Insurance (Part 2)

    Turning Life Insurance into Long Term Care Insurance (Part 2)
                    So your parent has an insurance policy that they can no longer afford and they are in spend down mode to qualify for Medicaid.  Cashing in the…
Rank this Week: 4464

Illinois Estate Planning &…

Illinois Estate Planning & Elder Law Blog

Covers Illinois estate planning, real estate and trusts. By Wilson & Wilson.

http://www.illinoisestateplanningandelderlawblog.com/
  • Jul 26

    Illinois Law & Giving Assets to Children

    Illinois Law & Giving Assets to Children
    When you give anyone a gift valued at more than $14,000 in any one year, you have to file a gift tax form. This is so that the government can keep track of gifts you make during your lifetime. You can give a total of $5,340,000 over your…
  • Jul 19

    Components of a Good Estate Plan in Illinoi

    Components of a Good Estate Plan in Illinoi
    Many people believe that if they have a Will, their estate planning is complete, but there is much more to a solid estate plan. A good plan should be designed to avoid probate, save on estate taxes, protect assets if you move into a nursing…
  • Jul 12

    Illinois Estate Planning & Letters of Instruction

    Illinois Estate Planning & Letters of Instruction
    There is a lot of information your heirs should know that does not necessarily fit into a Will, Trust or other components of an estate plan. The solution is a letter of instruction, which can provide your heirs with guidance if you die or…
Rank this Week: 4947

Nash Nash Bean & Ford, LLP Blog

Nash Nash Bean & Ford, LLP Blog

Covers elder law and estate planning.

http://www.nashbeanford.com/blog/
  • Jul 25

    How Can You Provide for Your Pets in Your Estate Plan?

    How Can You Provide for Your Pets in Your Estate Plan?
    Whether your family includes a “Fido”, a “fluffy”, or a more unique pet, the odds are favorable that some type of animal is part of your family. As part of your family, you likely worry about how you can provide for…
  • Jul 18

    Should My Parents Give Me Their Home?

    Should My Parents Give Me Their Home?
    As people age they start to consider transferring wealth to the next generation. There are both sentimental and practical reasons for making transfers prior to death. If your parents have started to discuss asset transfers with you it is…
  • Jul 16

    Stretching Your IRA in Illinoi

    Stretching Your IRA in Illinoi
    Have you ever heard the phrase “stretching your IRA”? Here’s the not-so-little trick it refers to: If you inherit an IRA, it’s not only possible for you to “stretch your payments out” over the course of…
Rank this Week: 4818

Tennessee Estate Law Blog

Tennessee Estate Law Blog

Covers estate planing law. By The Higgins Firm.

http://www.tennesseeestatelawblog.com/
  • Jul 25

    Understanding the Implications of Using a Power of Attorney

    Understanding the Implications of Using a Power of Attorney
    As a Tennessee probate attorney, I receive a number of calls regarding Power of Attorney and the ability or inability to perform certain tasks on behalf of someone else. Many people want to know what can or cannot be done with this legal…
  • Jul 18

    Administering an Estate in Tennessee

    Administering an Estate in Tennessee
    Recently, attorney Jim Higgins appeared on Nashville’s WSMV News and More at Midday to discuss the task of administering an estate. After someone passes away, often the estate will have to go through the probate process to ensure that…
  • Jul 2

    The Dangers of Drafting and Executing a Will on Your Own

    The Dangers of Drafting and Executing a Will on Your Own
    With the influx of information on the internet today, you can find just about anything on the web. There are all sorts of do-it-yourself websites and instructional videos that allow you to shoulder the work while cutting the extra costs of…
Rank this Week: 4292

Minko Law Office Blog

Minko Law Office Blog

Covers estate planning and elder law.

http://www.minkolaw.com/blog/
  • Jul 25

    Married Couples – Estate Planning Goal

    Married Couples – Estate Planning Goal
    A recent Forbes article does a great job of going over some common estate planning goals that married people should consider as they make their plans. Even though all plans need to be individualized to meet your specific goals and…
  • Jul 23

    Essential Estate Planning Rule

    Essential Estate Planning Rule
    For people in the Brooklyn, New York area who begin estate planning, there are some rules you might want to keep in mind as you go through the process. Estate planning is often a complicated area of the law, and getting overwhelmed by all the…
  • Jul 21

    3 Tips For Revocable Living Trust

    3 Tips For Revocable Living Trust
    If you are considering creating a revocable living trust, you might want to consider a few tips. A revocable living trust is one of the more popular estate planning tools available today. Many, if not most, people who create an estate plan in…
Rank this Week: 4810

Mendel Law Firm Blog

Mendel Law Firm Blog

Covers estate planning.

http://www.mendellawfirm.com/blog/
  • Jul 25

    Famous Estates – Legacy Champ or Chump?

    Famous Estates – Legacy Champ or Chump?
    John F. Kennedy, Jr. (1960-1999) – Lawyer & Magazine Publisher John F. Kennedy, Jr. was an American socialite, magazine publisher, and lawyer. He was the only surviving son of U.S. President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline…
  • Jul 24

    Thought for the Day:

    Thought for the Day:
    Either you run the day, or the day runs you. Jim Rohn
  • Jul 23

    Hitting a Fastball

    Hitting a Fastball
    Many things in life seem like they are easy to do until you actually try to do them. This is one of the reasons that people enjoy watching sports so much. They seem so easy, but anyone who has ever tried to play a sport knows that it is…
Rank this Week: 4844

Parman & Easterday Blog

Parman & Easterday Blog

Covers elder law and estate planning.

http://www.parmanlaw.com/blog/
  • Jul 25

    Free Estate Planning and Education Seminar

    Free Estate Planning and Education Seminar
    We’re hosting a free Education Program next week! Watch as Jerry Shiles, an attorney with Parman & Easterday, shares the top issues we will cover, including how to best protect your hard-earned money and belongings; avoid the…
  • Jul 23

    Care Management for the Elderly

    Care Management for the Elderly
    As we get older, thinking about retirement and aging can raise many questions, both for the person getting older and their adult children. Most start with, “how am I going to pay for…” How are you going to pay for all the…
  • Jul 21

    Stretching Your IRA for the Next Generation

    Stretching Your IRA for the Next Generation
    As traditional pension plans have largely been eliminated in recent decades, it is very common for people to have a large portion of their financial wealth held in an Individual Retirement Plan (IRA).  Naming a trust as the beneficiary…
Rank this Week: 4500

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 24

    CSMIA- New Eligibility limit for 2014

    CSMIA- New Eligibility limit for 2014
    Conceptually speaking, ALTCS members must pay what they are able towards their cost of care. This amount is referred to as the “share of cost.” For single ALTCS members residing in a facility, the share of cost typically amounts…
  • Jul 22

    Breaking Down the Affordable Care Act

    Breaking Down the Affordable Care Act
    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. Q: I keep reading about how Governor Brewer is at odds with state legislators because she…
  • Jul 15

    When to start planning for ALTCS

    When to start planning for ALTCS
    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. Q: A couple of weeks ago, my father suffered a fairly severe stroke.  After a brief…
Rank this Week: 4237

Connecticut Estate Planning…

Connecticut Estate Planning Attorneys Blog

Covers estate planning. By CzepigaDalyPope LLC.

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

    How to Qualify for Medicaid Benefits by Planning Now

    How to Qualify for Medicaid Benefits by Planning Now
    You can see the writing on the wall as your care needs escalate. It’s expensive to pay for home care. At least for now, you have enough savings, but the money won’t last forever. Are you wondering how Medicaid works? Is there a…
  • Jul 17

    Compassionate Allowances: Fast Track to Social Security Disability Benefit

    Compassionate Allowances: Fast Track to Social Security Disability Benefit
    You may be able to get financial help sooner than you think. If you become permanently disabled before your retirement age and are no longer able to work, Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is a program that allows you to apply for…
  • Jul 9

    Family Caregivers – Yes You Can Take a Vacation!

    Family Caregivers – Yes You Can Take a Vacation!
    Everyone yearns for time to relax and refresh during the summer months – especially sun-starved New Englanders. But if you’re a family caregiver, a ‘carefree’ vacation may be hard to come by.…
Rank this Week: 4427

King Law Offices Blog

King Law Offices Blog

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

http://kinglawoffices.com/blog/
  • Jul 24

    Grandparent Custody and Visitation Right

    Grandparent Custody and Visitation Right
    In general, a parent has a fundamental and constitutional right to raise and nurture their child.  We often get questions from grandparents who wish to obtain visitation or custody right of their grandchild or children and often do not…
  • Jul 18

    Getting Sued?

    Getting Sued?
    If you are served with papers, remember that this triggers important deadlines for the attorney that you should hire. This is the first and foremost thing. Do not wait around! The worst thing to do is ignore the papers that were served on…
  • Jul 11

    What to Do If You’ve Been Involved in an Auto Accident in North Carolina?

    What to Do If You’ve Been Involved in an Auto Accident in North Carolina?
    An auto accident can be one of the most frightening events you will encounter.  It is important to attempt to remain calm and make sure that the situation is handled in a way that ensures you receive the medical treatment that is vital…
Rank this Week: 4838

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/
  • Jul 23

    Is Real Estate Included When Calculating Executor Commissions on Long Island?

    Is Real Estate Included When Calculating Executor Commissions on Long Island?
    Serving as executor is a huge responsibility. It is for that reason that it is written into the law in New York that when a person serves as executor, they are entitled to a commission that equals a percentage of the estate based on the total…
  • Jul 23

    Totten Trusts on Long Island

    Totten Trusts on Long Island
    Totten trusts stem from a 1904 New York case where the Court of Appeals held that someone could open up a financial account, such as a bank account or securities account, and make someone the beneficiary of that account, giving the…
  • Jun 10

    How Do I Find Assets That are Hidden From an Estate?

    How Do I Find Assets That are Hidden From an Estate?
    When a Long Island decedent passes away, the executor or personal representative of the estate must located all of the decedent’s assets. This may entail finding hidden assets that the family may not have been aware of which the…
Rank this Week: 4885

Law Offices of Robert H. Glorch…

Law Offices of Robert H. Glorch Blog

Illinois attorney blog for estate planning, wills, trusts and probate.

http://www.illinoisestateplan.com/blog
  • Jul 23

    The New ‘Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets’ (UFADA) Act

    The New ‘Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets’ (UFADA) Act
    Last year I wrote an Introduction to Estate Planning for Digital Assets. One of the issues I highlighted is the lack of legal guidance addressing a fiduciary’s ability to access to digital assets. I noted that the Uniform Law Commission…
  • Jul 14

    How to Prepare for Meeting with an Estate Planning Attorney

    How to Prepare for Meeting with an Estate Planning Attorney
    You’ve decided that you want to create your estate plan. It’s a wise choice, and committing to the process is the first step. You want an effective and comprehensive estate plan that accomplishes your goals, but you’re busy…
  • Jul 1

    Illinois Emergency Contact Database

    Illinois Emergency Contact Database
    In July 2009, the Illinois Secretary of State’s Office created an Emergency Contact Database. The program is free and voluntary and allows any Illinois ID cardholder (e.g. driver’s license, instruction permit or ID card) to…
Rank this Week: 4235

Law Office of Andrew M. Lamkin,…

Law Office of Andrew M. Lamkin, P.C. Blog

Covers elder law.

http://lamkinelderlaw.com/articles/
  • Jul 21

    Healthcare Inconsistencies Among State

    Healthcare Inconsistencies Among State
    Every citizen deserves access to high-quality healthcare, but unfortunately the quality of long-term healthcare and healthcare services varies greatly from state to state. A recent study published by the AARP, The Commonwealth Fund, and the…
  • Jul 17

    The Right Way to Leave an Inheritance

    The Right Way to Leave an Inheritance
    Most people want to leave a legacy for their children. While an inheritance is never meant to cause conflict, sometimes personal or financial issues can cause tension and complicate the process. By leaving an inheritance the right way, you…
  • Jul 10

    What to do When You Inherit Your Parent’s Debt

    What to do When You Inherit Your Parent’s Debt
    Losing a parent is always a stressful experience. The loss of someone you love is devastating and emotions run high. That is why inheriting a parent’s debt can be even more stressful. Most people do not know what laws apply to the…
Rank this Week: 4369

German Law Group Blog

German Law Group Blog

Covers estate planning.

http://www.germanlawgroup.com/
  • Jul 17

    What Is Joint Tenancy With Right of Survivorship?

    What Is Joint Tenancy With Right of Survivorship?
    There are some complicated ways of explaining relatively simple processes. This comes into play when you look at joint tenancy with right of survivorship. Joint tenancy is one way to add a co-owner to property that you own, and the person…
  • Jul 15

    What Is a Living Will?

    What Is a Living Will?
    There are a few different types of wills that are used in the field of estate planning. Everyone is aware of the existence of the last will or last will and testament. This is a document that can be used to facilitate the future transfer of…
  • Jul 10

    Should I Use My Gift and Estate Tax Exclusion While I’m Living?

    Should I Use My Gift and Estate Tax Exclusion While I’m Living?
    You must be aware of the potential for taxation when you are planning your estate. There is a federal estate tax in place, and it can significantly erode the financial legacy that you are leaving behind. At the present time, the maximum rate…
Rank this Week: 4824

Redlands Veterans' Affairs…

Redlands Veterans' Affairs Attorney Blog

Covers estate planning and elder law. By Esther Wang.

http://www.california-elder-law.com/blog/
  • Jul 16

    Estate Planning: Retain a True Expert

    Estate Planning: Retain a True Expert
    Your family is unique from every other, and this is something to keep in mind when you are considering the future. There are websites out there that will sell you generic legal documents. They say that anyone can plan his...
  • Jul 14

    Small Business Owners: Intelligent Advance Planning Is A Must

    Small Business Owners: Intelligent Advance Planning Is A Must
    You will often hear retirement and estate planning attorneys emphasizing the fact that everything is connected. This is why holistic planning is recommended. What you would like to be able to do in the future is going to impact what...
  • Jun 18

    Elder Financial Abuse In The Internet Age

    Elder Financial Abuse In The Internet Age
    It is good to remain positive and avoid fear-based thinking when you are planning ahead for the latter stages of your life. But at the same time, being aware of the various perils that exist is important if you want...
Rank this Week: 4830

The Virtual Attorney Blog

The Virtual Attorney Blog

Covers estate planning and business law. By Michael Brennan.

http://thevirtualattorney.com/blog
  • Jul 16

    The New Illinois Power of Attorney for Health Care

    The New Illinois Power of Attorney for Health Care
    An amendment to the Illinois Power of Attorney Act is headed to the Governor’s desk to be signed into law. It contains some important modifications for both estate planning attorneys and those executing powers of attorney enabling their…
  • Jul 3

    Lawyers and the Declaration of Independence

    Lawyers and the Declaration of Independence
    “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” As the nation…
  • Jun 26

    Data Security When Using An Online Lawyer

    Data Security When Using An Online Lawyer
    Cloud Computing is on the rise as a way for companies- specifically, law firms to manage data.  Like any new technology, cloud computing doesn’t come without risks, and a recent surge in data breaches at some of the country’s…
Rank this Week: 4941

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 16

    How Can a Lawyer Help Me With Artificial Reproduction?

    How Can a Lawyer Help Me With Artificial Reproduction?
    A Video FAQ with Mary E. Vandenack. The technical term is assisted reproduction, at least from a legal perspective, and a lawyer can help in a variety of ways. One thing that is really important is that each state’s laws…Read…
  • Jul 15

    What Are the Important Laws Related to Artificial Reproduction?

    What Are the Important Laws Related to Artificial Reproduction?
    A Video FAQ with Mary E. Vandenack. There are a variety of laws that relate to what is actually called assisted reproduction. Most states have some version of a Uniform Parentage Act or some type of law like that. What…Read more…
  • Jul 8

    Inherited IRAs Are Not Protected From Creditor

    Inherited IRAs Are Not Protected From Creditor
    By Mary E. Vandenack. On June 12, 2014, the Supreme Court ruled that inherited IRAs are not “retirement funds” within the meaning of the federal bankruptcy exemption for retirement funds. In making its decision, the Court…
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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/
  • Jul 10

    What is Probate?

    What is Probate?
    Probate is a legal process where a court overseas the distribution of assets left by a deceased person. Assets are anything of value, like real estate, investments, collections, household goods and furnishings, or any other item of value that…
  • Aug 27

    When Should You Purchase a Long Term Care Insurance Product

    When Should You Purchase a Long Term Care Insurance Product
    The younger you purchase a policy, the lower the premiums will be. But if you are in your 40s, do you want to purchase insurance that you are unlikely to need for 40 years? Given the changes in the long-term care market place and in…
  • Aug 21

    The Tax Deductibility of Long-Term Care Insurance Premium

    The Tax Deductibility of Long-Term Care Insurance Premium
    Qualified long-term care insurance policies receive special tax treatment. To be "qualified," policies must adhere to regulations established by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners.
Rank this Week: 4887

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…
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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/
  • Jun 18

    Training, Tax Credits and Loans for Connecticut Small Businesse

    Training, Tax Credits and Loans for Connecticut Small Businesse
    The Connecticut Department of Labor has announced that it is holding three Step Up Employers Conferences, all free of charge, to provide information to Connecticut employers interested in learning more about subsidized training and…
  • May 14

    Removal Proceedings Can Be Reopened In Same-Sex Marriage Case

    Removal Proceedings Can Be Reopened In Same-Sex Marriage Case
    Immigrants with a removal order are now eligible for relief based on their same-sex marriage to a U.S. citizen. At the April 10, 2014 American Immigration Lawyer’s Association/Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) liaison meeting,…
  • Apr 11

    Divorce and Marriage-Based Green Card

    Divorce and Marriage-Based Green Card
    What happens when two of Freed Marcroft’s practice areas, family law and immigration, intersect? We assist binational couple clients in obtaining permanent residence status (commonly referred to as “green cards”) based on…
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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/
  • Jun 11

    Art of Negotiation: Starting and Pressure Point

    Art of Negotiation: Starting and Pressure Point
    Event: ProVisors Panel on Negotiation Venue: Calabasas Country Club Location: Calabasas, Los Angeles, Ca Speaker: Attorney Douglas Schreiber of Anker, Hymes & Schreiber, LLP Transcription: Before you go into a negotiation you need to be…
  • Aug 6

    Attorney Larry Hymes Recognized as a Martindale-Hubbell Top Rated Lawyer

    Attorney Larry Hymes Recognized as a Martindale-Hubbell Top Rated Lawyer
    Martindale-Hubbell®  has designated our Estate Planning Attorney in Woodland Hills, Larry Hymes with an AV Preeminent® rating which serves as an objective indicator that a lawyer has demonstrated ethical standards and…
  • Feb 25

    Is Your Agreement Worth the Paper it is Written On?

    Is Your Agreement Worth the Paper it is Written On?
    The California Supreme Court recently answered that question with a resounding “No”. In one of its early decisions in 2013, Riverisland Cold Storage vs. Fresno-Madera Production Credit Association, the Court rejected what had…
Rank this Week: 4704

Shober & Rock Blog

Shober & Rock Blog

Covers elder law in Pennsylvania.

http://shober-rock.com/the-blog/
  • May 27

    WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOUR SPOUSE GOES INTO A NURSING HOME?

    WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOUR SPOUSE GOES INTO A NURSING HOME?
    Sometimes it is sudden and sometimes inevitable, a spouse is admitted to a nursing home. Although no one ever wants to see this happen, it is often a medical necessity and not a choice. More often or not, the hospital or rehab will determine…
  • May 27

    It’s a Beautiful Thing?

    It’s a Beautiful Thing?
    We recently accompanied an elderly client and her family through assisted living, nursing and then hospice care. When I first met Mary (not the real name of our 80-something client), I thought her an attractive and vibrant woman, full of fun…
  • Aug 25

    What is Power of Attorney?

    What is Power of Attorney?
    Many people have heard the phrase “power of attorney” but are not exactly sure what it means. While this may not be something you have to concern yourself with at the present time, there may come a point in your life when you need…
Rank this Week: 4245

Trust Matters Most

Trust Matters Most

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

http://www.trustmattersmost.com/blog
  • May 15

    Why Schedule A Consultation?

    Why Schedule A Consultation?
    Many initial calls by potential clients to attorneys’ offices result with a question “do I have a case or not”.  While it may seem like a very basic question, a majority of wisdom and advice you may receive from an…
  • May 15

    Divorce in Pennsylvania

    Divorce in Pennsylvania
    There are a myriad of considerations when it comes to the divorce process.  Depending upon the circumstances of your situation, the process can range from relatively simple and inexpensive to very complex and unfortunately, very…
  • Mar 21

    Why Does Divorce Skyrocket from January to March?

    Why Does Divorce Skyrocket from January to March?
    All over the U.S., lawyers are talking about the increased number of divorce cases they see in January. While December is usually the year’s low, January numbers shoot up and remain that way through March. What’s behind this…
Rank this Week: 4335

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/
  • 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…
  • Nov 24

    What to Do with Your Business When You Die or Retire

    What to Do with Your Business When You Die or Retire
    Business Succession Planning Business succession planning is the process of providing for the passage of ownership and control of your business to others when you decide to retire, or if you should die or become incapacitated. Planning for…
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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: 4493

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…
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Michigan Estate Planning

Michigan Estate Planning

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

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

    Should You have a “Ladybird” Deed?

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

    New Michigan Law Avoids “Uncapping” in Family Transfer

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

    Congress Finally Gives us Answers on Estate and Gift Tax

    Congress Finally Gives us Answers on Estate and Gift Tax
    To quote former President Gerald Ford, with respect to the Federal Estate and Gift Tax: "our long, national nightmare is over." Late on January 1, Congress enacted "The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012." I won't go into great detail…
Rank this Week: 4549

Law Offices of Saul Kobrick, P.C.…

Law Offices of Saul Kobrick, P.C. Blog

Covers New York estate planning and elder law.

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

    Do You Need a Living Trust?

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

    What is Probate in New York and is it Necessary?

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

    The Intimacy of Estate Planning

    The Intimacy of Estate Planning
    The last thing many people would equate to intimacy is estate planning. Just ask anyone who’s ever had to face reality after a terminal illness or devastating accident, they will tell you that things become very personal faster than you…
Rank this Week: 4832

Byrd Garrett PLLC Blog

Byrd Garrett PLLC Blog

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

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

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

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

    Differences in Advance Directive Laws Highlighted by Recent Texas Case

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

    What You Think You Know About Elder Law Could Hurt You

    What You Think You Know About Elder Law Could Hurt You
    Elder law attorneys commonly hear a lot of myths about this area of the law. Whether you get your advice from someone who is well intended but uninformed, hear something from a friend, or see something on television, relying on bad…
Rank this Week: 4420

The O'Brien Law Firm LLC Blog

The O'Brien Law Firm LLC Blog

Covers estate planning.

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

    Be Aware Of Long-Term Care Cost

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

    What Are POD Accounts?

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

    Social Security & Medicare: When Will I Be Eligible?

    Social Security & Medicare: When Will I Be Eligible?
    While you may have to prioritize things that are taking place in the present it is also important to keep an eye on the future. The baseball manager Dusty Baker is credited with saying “The measure of intelligence is the ability to hold…
Rank this Week: 4840

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: 4829

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: 4521

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: 4459