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Massachusetts Elder Law Blog

Massachusetts Elder Law Blog

Thoughts about law, aging, estate planning and special needs issues and related public policy concerns. By Sasha Golden.

http://massachusettselderlaw.blogspot.com/
  • May 3

    We've moved!!

    We've moved!!
    As of May 1, I've moved the blog over to my new on-line home, and this location is being deactivated. Please look for me at www.massachusetts-elder-law.com
  • Mar 16

    Alzheimer's knows no class --- not even one-time potential Supreme Court candidate

    Alzheimer's knows no class --- not even one-time potential Supreme Court candidate
    From today's edition of the American Bar Association's e-journal:Karen Williams was chief judge of a federal appeals court and a potential Supreme Court nominee when her family noticed some changes in her personality.
  • Mar 12

    Substituted Judgment, Part 3

    Substituted Judgment, Part 3
    In a prior entry, I discussed how Massachusetts probate courts are supposed to make decisions on behalf of incapacitated persons when a guardian asks the court for authorization to obtain an abortion or sterilization surgery, using the…
Rank this Week: 3811

Michigan Estate Planning, Probate…

Michigan Estate Planning, Probate and Elder Law

Covers Michigan estate planning, wills, living trusts, powers of attorney, elder law, caregiving, family matters and growing older . By Glenn Matecun.

http://matecunlaw.wordpress.com
  • Mar 31

    What is a Lady Bird Deed?

    What is a Lady Bird Deed?
    Check this out if you want to learn more about how a Michigan Lady Bird Deed works and how it can help with your Will, Trust or other estate planning.
  • Mar 8

    Beware! Estate Planning for Second Marriages Can Be Tricky.

    Beware! Estate Planning for Second Marriages Can Be Tricky.
    The following was recently published in my “Ask the Lawyer” column: Question:   I just got remarried and both my husband and I have children from previous marriages. I am worried that my son and daughter won’t get anything if I die…
  • Oct 23

    IRS Issues Long-Term Care Premium Deductibility Limits for 2012

    IRS Issues Long-Term Care Premium Deductibility Limits for 2012
    The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is increasing the amount taxpayers can deduct from their 2012 taxes as a result of buying long-term care insurance.  Premiums for “qualified” long-term care insurance policies (see explanation below)…
Rank this Week: 3389

Patrick D. Newton's Estate…

Patrick D. Newton's Estate Planning Blog

Musings on estate planning and links to articles on estate planning.

http://blog.attorneynewton.com/
  • Sep 2

    Do I have to file Gift Tax returns for the gifts to my Insurance Trust?

    Do I have to file Gift Tax returns for the gifts to my Insurance Trust?
    Filing a gift tax return for an ILIT, even if not technically required because all gifts are below the annual exclusion, is a good idea. It starts the statute of limitations for an audit of the gift. It allows you to decide affirmatively…
  • May 18

    WLOS ABC 13 News :: Top Stories - Attorney Sam Neill Admits Guilt

    WLOS ABC 13 News :: Top Stories - Attorney Sam Neill Admits Guilt
    WLOS ABC 13 News :: Top Stories - Attorney Sam Neill Admits Guilt
  • Mar 22

    Trust Protectors / Trust Advisor

    Trust Protectors / Trust Advisor
    Yesterday/s Advisor's Forum presentation discussed Trust Protectors and how their use in a trust can help the trust accomplish its goals.  The concept of a Trust Protector is to grant someone who is not a trustee or beneficiary certain…
Rank this Week: 3397

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: 3534

Minnesota Estate Law

Minnesota Estate Law

Covers Minnesota estate planning and probate. By Vest & Johnson.

http://mnestatelaw.com
  • May 4

    Use Tax Refunds to Get New Busine

    Use Tax Refunds to Get New Busine
    Many clients delay estate planning because they lack liquid funds to pay for it. Yet, right now, millions of Americans are receiving their tax refunds. There is a marketing opportunity  here for the savvy estate planning attorney. Consider…
  • Aug 9

    New Hennepin County probate referees announced

    New Hennepin County probate referees announced
    Hennepin County has announced the addition of two part-time probate referees to replace Bruce Kruger, who has retired. Rumors of these appointments have circulated for a while now, but the official announcement came last week (see text…
  • Jul 15

    Referee Kruger is retiring from Hennepin County’s probate court

    Referee Kruger is retiring from Hennepin County’s probate court
    After 20 years on the bench as one of Hennepin County’s probate referees, Bruce Kruger is retiring. Today, the court sent an announcement of his upcoming retirement party for attorneys and colleagues. The party is scheduled for July 30th…
Rank this Week: 3840

Atlanta Estate Planning Lawyer

Atlanta Estate Planning Lawyer

Covers taxation of income, estates, gifts and trusts. By Gary L. Britt.

http://www.atlantaestateplanninglawyer.info/
  • Feb 4

    Lawyers And Business Appraisal Service

    Lawyers And Business Appraisal Service
    Lawyers involved in estate planning, businesses litigation, asset protection, and family law often find themselves in need of expert advice and expert testimony regarding the value of various types of property and business ownership…
  • Nov 24

    Even The Undead Vampires Of Twilight, Vampire Diaries, And True Blood Need Estate Planning

    Even The Undead Vampires Of Twilight, Vampire Diaries, And True Blood Need Estate Planning
    With Twilight New Moon and all the other vampire movies and TV shows like Vampire Diaries and True Blood so popular these days a question naturally arises:Do vampires need to do estate planning (assuming they are undead in the USA)??One could…
  • Nov 17

    Valuation Discounts For Estate And Gift Taxe

    Valuation Discounts For Estate And Gift Taxe
    Recent court decisions offer guidance on interests in closely held businesses. One purpo
Rank this Week: 3853

Integra Law Group Attorneys Blog

Integra Law Group Attorneys Blog

Covers debt relief, bankruptcy, estate planning and elder law in Idaho.

http://www.integralawblog.com
  • Jun 16

    Credit Card Companies Cut Deal

    Credit Card Companies Cut Deal
    Credit card companies are increasingly doing something they have historically refused to do -  cutting deals on delinquent accounts for substantially less than the amount owed, according to a recent article in the New York Times. …
  • Jun 5

    Medical Bills A Factor in 62% of Bankruptcie

    Medical Bills A Factor in 62% of Bankruptcie
    According to a recent study by Harvard Medical School, 62% of all personal bankruptcies filed in 2007 were related to a significant extent to medical bills.  Further, the really shocking statistic is that of those bankruptcies where medical…
  • May 6

    Court Halts Foreclosure Sale

    Court Halts Foreclosure Sale
    A court in South California has issued an order halting certain home foreclosure sales.  The injunction – which I believe to be the first of its kind for a broad class of borrowers — prevents stops foreclosure sales on properties…
Rank this Week: 3484

Texas Estate Planning and Probate…

Texas Estate Planning and Probate Law

By Gary Howell.

http://texaslawyer.blogspot.com/
  • Nov 21

    The End of the Blog

    The End of the Blog
    This is the last post for the Texas Estate Planning and Probate Law blog. I did my best to try and keep it up, but just found it too difficult to update on a regular basis. In addition, I am leaving the practice of law as of the end of…
  • Nov 1

    Unlimited Charitable Gifts Through the End of 2005

    Unlimited Charitable Gifts Through the End of 2005
    The Hurricane Katrina Emergency Tax Relief Act (KETRA) allows unlimited gifts to charity up to a donor's total income until the end of 2005. This provision also permits unlimited IRA withdrawals and gifts to charity. Under Sec. 301(b)(1)(A),…
  • Oct 2

    Is Repeal of the Estate Tax a Dead Issue?

    Is Repeal of the Estate Tax a Dead Issue?
    Sometime shortly, the Senate is expected to vote on the fate of the estate tax. The House has already voted to repeal the tax; however, several Senators have found it difficult to vote for total repeal. One Senator, Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), who…
Rank this Week: 3332

Nash Nash Bean & Ford, LLP Blog

Nash Nash Bean & Ford, LLP Blog

Covers elder law and estate planning.

http://www.nashbeanford.com/blog/
  • Sep 17

    How Soon Can I Get Medicaid in Illinois?

    How Soon Can I Get Medicaid in Illinois?
    Though you may not realize it, there is a very good chance that you will someday need to qualify for benefits offered by the Medicaid program. The reason for this is that unlike most other health insurance plans or policies, Medicaid covers…
  • Sep 10

    Estate Planning Lessons from the Late Robin William

    Estate Planning Lessons from the Late Robin William
    In the United States we are fascinated, sometimes obsessed, with celebrities. When a celebrity dies, we often turn that interest toward the estate left behind by the celebrity. How much money was left behind? What gets his/her money? It…
  • Sep 8

    Medicaid Planning: What Can the Healthy Spouse Keep?

    Medicaid Planning: What Can the Healthy Spouse Keep?
    Medicaid is very important to a significant percentage of senior citizens, because Medicare will not pay for long-term care. Because Medicaid is a need-based program, there are income and asset limits. People who were never financially needy…
Rank this Week: 3944

Nirenstein, Horowitz & Associates,…

Nirenstein, Horowitz & Associates, P.C. Blog

Covers Connecticut estate planning, probate and elder law.

http://www.preserveyourestate.net/blog/
  • Sep 17

    The Legacy of Jerry Bu

    The Legacy of Jerry Bu
    Legacy planning is something to consider when you are thinking about the future. It is important to take care of the practical side of things and properly arrange for the transfer of your assets to your loved ones of course. However, many…
  • Sep 15

    Inheritance Assumptions May Not Be Wise

    Inheritance Assumptions May Not Be Wise
    Of course nobody wants to see their parents or grandparents pass away, and when this takes place it can be emotionally devastating. That being stated, everyone does pass away. As a result it would be disingenuous to suggest that people do not…
  • Sep 12

    Three Things a Revocable Living Trust Won’t Accomplish

    Three Things a Revocable Living Trust Won’t Accomplish
    Revocable living trusts are largely utilized to enable probate avoidance. Probate is a legal process, and it takes place under the auspices of the probate court. People often times try to avoid this process because it is time-consuming, it…
Rank this Week: 3936

Murphy's Law Blog

Murphy's Law Blog

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

http://www.noreenmurphylaw.com/blog/
  • Sep 17

    Don’t Give Away Money Until You Know You Won’t Need It

    Don’t Give Away Money Until You Know You Won’t Need It
    Many in their 50s and older are thinking about gifting money to their adult children. Many are unsure if they can afford to do so. That’s because the real question they are asking is whether they have saved enough for … Continue…
  • Sep 10

    Estate Planning Nightmares To Avoid

    Estate Planning Nightmares To Avoid
    When it comes to estate planning, there are some big mistakes that you should take pains to avoid. Problems can begin when parents and their offspring haven’t talked about the subject. And even when they do, they often don’t get…
  • Sep 5

    Consider a MOLST form

    Consider a MOLST form
    Many of us have signed a health care proxy form — a legal document in which we appoint someone to make medical decisions for us if we become incapacitated. But in Massachusetts, and in many other states, there is another ……
Rank this Week: 4797

Mendel Law Firm Blog

Mendel Law Firm Blog

Covers estate planning.

http://www.mendellawfirm.com/blog/
  • Sep 17

    A Strange Historical Fact

    A Strange Historical Fact
    American history is full of strange and mostly forgotten facts that we cannot believe to be true when we first hear about them. Yet, they are true. One such fact is that it was a mistake to designate money in a Will to be used to free slaves…
  • Sep 16

    Texas History – Do You Know Which Texas Town was Nicknamed “The Town Without a Toothache?”

    Texas History – Do You Know Which Texas Town was Nicknamed “The Town Without a Toothache?”
    The town of Hereford in Deaf Smith County won this title when it was discovered that the children there had far fewer cavities and other tooth defects than in any other region. A scientific study revealed that the town’s water and soil…
  • Sep 16

    Texas History – Do You Know Which Texas Town was Nicknamed “The Town Without a Toothache?”

    Texas History – Do You Know Which Texas Town was Nicknamed “The Town Without a Toothache?”
    The town of Hereford in Deaf Smith County won this title when it was discovered that the children there had far fewer cavities and other tooth defects than in any other region. A scientific study revealed that the town’s water and soil…
Rank this Week: 4030

Law Office of Andrew M. Lamkin,…

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

Covers elder law.

http://lamkinelderlaw.com/articles/
  • Sep 16

    What to Know Before You Withdraw Your Retirement Fund

    What to Know Before You Withdraw Your Retirement Fund
    The longer you live, the more situations you will encounter where cash would certainly come in handy. Whether you face significant medical expenses, incur debt in an upside-down mortgage, or simply could use more liquidity in terms of assets…
  • Sep 2

    Elder Scam Artists – How to Beat Them at Their Own Game – Part 2

    Elder Scam Artists – How to Beat Them at Their Own Game – Part 2
    According to the FBI, senior citizens are one of the most vulnerable groups of people targeted by scam artists. Over the past year, there have been thousands of cases of fraud against elderly adults. Some of these schemes include healthcare…
  • Aug 26

    Elder Scam Artists – How to Beat Them at Their Own Game – Part 1

    Elder Scam Artists – How to Beat Them at Their Own Game – Part 1
    No matter what age, all people are somewhat vulnerable to expert scam artists. They prey on desires and fears, and try to trick people into giving them personal information. Most people, however, have a healthy enough dose of skepticism to…
Rank this Week: 4125

The Virtual Attorney Blog

The Virtual Attorney Blog

Covers estate planning and business law. By Michael Brennan.

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

    Pet Prenups | Planning for Pets if You Break Up

    Pet Prenups | Planning for Pets if You Break Up
    Couples are living together before marriage more than ever before. Perhaps unsurprisingly, for many of those lovebirds, a long-term future together is not always in the cards. When breakups happen, it’s challenging enough splitting up…
  • Sep 3

    New Handout | Estate Planning for Same Sex Couple

    New Handout | Estate Planning for Same Sex Couple
    Estate Planning for Same Sex Couples presents some challenges not otherwise seen when planning for married couples. In states like Illinois, where same-sex marriage is legal, the challenges are now much easier to conquer than they were even a…
  • Aug 28

    Different Ways to Title Real Estate

    Different Ways to Title Real Estate
    Did you know that there are multiple ways in which you can hold title to real estate? For first time homebuyers, especially couples- both married and unmarried, deciding how to take title to their new home can be confusing. Not only that, but…
Rank this Week: 4196

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
  • Sep 12

    Unmarried Couples Have Acute Need for Estate Planning

    Unmarried Couples Have Acute Need for Estate Planning
    I sometimes review and answer basic questions in online legal forums. Some questions are truly “off the wall”, while others are thought-provoking. The following question was recently posed in an online Q&A forum: QUESTION: A…
  • Sep 2

    New Illinois Law Questions Bequests to Non-Family Caregiver

    New Illinois Law Questions Bequests to Non-Family Caregiver
    On August 26, 2014, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed into law a brand new section in the Illinois Probate Act, at 755 ILCS 5/4-a, entitled “Presumptively Void Transfers.” While the intent of the new law is aimed squarely at…
  • Aug 26

    5 Ways to Wreck a Good Estate Plan

    5 Ways to Wreck a Good Estate Plan
    You’ve taken the important step of working with an estate planning to attorney to create an estate plan tailored to your needs. Maybe you’ve created a trust, a will and powers of attorney. You feel a sense of peace of mind. And…
Rank this Week: 4009

Anderson, Dorn & Rader, Ltd. Blog

Anderson, Dorn & Rader, Ltd. Blog

Covers estate planning, probate and living trusts in Nevada.

http://www.wealth-counselors.com/blog/
  • Sep 10

    How Important is Estate Liquidity?

    How Important is Estate Liquidity?
    One of the primary goals of estate planning is to help your loved ones after your death, both financially and emotionally. Adequate planning can help minimize the financial burden and stress on those you leave behind. Building liquidity into…
  • Sep 3

    Should I Amend my Trust If I Buy or Sell Assets?

    Should I Amend my Trust If I Buy or Sell Assets?
    A revocable living trust can be amended whenever necessary, during your lifetime.  When clients buy a new house or car, they may ask, “should I amend my trust?”  If you are simply purchasing an asset, it is not necessary…
  • Aug 28

    What is a Self-Proving Will in Reno?

    What is a Self-Proving Will in Reno?
    Wills are very common estate planning tools with great value when it comes to having the freedom of determining to whom your estate will be distributed after your death.  Without one, you die “intestate,” which means how your…
Rank this Week: 4144

Estate Planning and Elder Law Blog

Estate Planning and Elder Law Blog

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

http://www.aminovlaw.com
  • Sep 2

    Joint Ownership of Asset

    Joint Ownership of Asset
    A significant portion of the assets we own are held jointly with another person. Almost anything, including real property, bank accounts, and investment accounts, can be, and often is, owned jointly. Therefore, it is of utmost importance to…
  • Jul 8

    What’s So Bad About Writing Your Own Will?

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

    New York Small Estates and Voluntary Administration

    New York Small Estates and Voluntary Administration
    When a person passes away leaving assets in their own name, their heirs generally have to go through probate or an administration proceeding to transfer those assets. Sometimes, however, the value of the assets is so small that it is not cost…
Rank this Week: 4325

Estate Planning Blog

Estate Planning Blog

Covering estate planning, elder law, special needs planning, and veteran's benefits in Virginia. By Hook Law Center.

http://www.hooklawcenter.com/blog/
  • Aug 31

    Eye and smell tests may make early detection of Alzheimer’s possible

    Eye and smell tests may make early detection of Alzheimer’s possible
    Results of four new research trials suggest that changes to the eyes and ability to smell may be valuable in the early detection of Alzheimer’s.  Reports presented at the 2014 Alzheimer’s Association International Conference…
  • Aug 27

    Seniors may qualify for Medicaid by spending down assets safely

    Seniors may qualify for Medicaid by spending down assets safely
    Federal law dictates that only someone below a benchmark level of assets can qualify for Medicaid, beyond which it is determined that the individual does not have the assets to pay for his or her own care. Many seniors who apply do not…
  • Jul 29

    Facts to know about Medicare and retirement

    Facts to know about Medicare and retirement
    If your 65th birthday is approaching, you should make sure you are aware of your Medicare options and are prepared to enroll in Medicare if necessary. Here are a few things you should know. First, if you are receiving Social Security benefits…
Rank this Week: 4107

Death Care Law Blog

Death Care Law Blog

Covers laws relating to pre-need and death care compliance, serving banks, funeral homes, crematories, and cemetaries. By William Stalter.

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

    Trust Administrative Hurdles: Tax Allocation

    Trust Administrative Hurdles: Tax Allocation
    A few weeks ago, we discussed the need to offer to consumers new preneed funding options, and outlined the various administrative hurdles faced by funeral homes that rely upon trust funding. (Preneed Trust Options: Administrative Limitations)…
  • Aug 21

    Father Knows Best: the Cassity Clan

    Father Knows Best: the Cassity Clan
    The remaining members of the Cassity clan have filed motions in opposition to the dismissal of Doug Cassity from the NPS civil lawsuit.  Rhonda Cassity and Tyler Cassity argue that they too are the victims of Doug’s scheming…
  • Aug 17

    Establishing a Red Flag System: Massachusetts Preneed Oversight

    Establishing a Red Flag System: Massachusetts Preneed Oversight
    The Massachusetts Division of Professional Licensure and the state Board of Registration of Funeral Directors and Embalmers are taking flak over the one and half million dollars of preneed funds that may been diverted by the owner of the…
Rank this Week: 4593

Gay & Lesbian Legal Update

Gay & Lesbian Legal Update

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

http://gaybilesbian.blogspot.com/
  • Aug 14

    Defense to Assault

    Defense to Assault
    Defense to AssaultKenneth Vercammen's Law office represents individuals charged with criminal and serious traffic violations throughout New Jersey.2C:12-1 Assault.     2C:12-1. Assault. a. Simple assault. A person is…
  • Jul 16

    Professionals, Attorneys, Business owners invited to Happy Hour & Networking Social

    Professionals, Attorneys, Business owners invited to Happy Hour & Networking Social
    Professionals, Attorneys, Business owners invited to Happy Hour & Networking SocialFriday, July 18, 2014 5:00PM - 7:00PM   at Bar Anticipation 703 16th AvenueLake Como/ Belmar, NJ…
  • Jun 13

    Gay and Lesbian Partners- Problems if No Estate Planning

    Gay and Lesbian Partners- Problems if No Estate Planning
    In the absence of a marriage, Will or other legal arrangement to distribute property at death, your partner does not receive your assets and cannot administer your estate. The result can be lengthy delays and other problems. Individuals in…
Rank this Week: 4548

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/
  • Aug 13

    Back to School: Health Care Directives and Powers of Attorney for College Student

    Back to School: Health Care Directives and Powers of Attorney for College Student
    As summer draws to a close, millions of young adults will head off to college in the next few weeks.  If one of these is your son or daughter (or you have clients with children in college), do yourself a favor and…
  • Jun 19

    Supreme Court: “Inherited IRAs Not Protected From Creditors in Bankruptcy”

    Supreme Court: “Inherited IRAs Not Protected From Creditors in Bankruptcy”
    Last week, in Clark et ux v. Rameker, Trustee, et al., the United States Supreme Court ruled that funds held in inherited IRAs do not fall within the meaning of the bankruptcy code’s exemption for  ”retirement…
  • May 30

    Another Cautionary Tale About “Do it Yourself” Estate Planning

    Another Cautionary Tale About “Do it Yourself” Estate Planning
    Many people who are cost conscious, or don’t think that preparing a Will is difficult, use legal form services like LegalZoom or LawDepot.  Unfortunately, in many cases, errors are made and, as a result,…
Rank this Week: 4152

New Jersey Estate Planning Center…

New Jersey Estate Planning Center Blog

Covers New Jersey estate planning. By Media Law Group.

http://www.jerseyestateplanning.com/blog/
  • Aug 12

    Caregivers of the Future

    Caregivers of the Future
    When A.I. was released, the movie was met with generally favorable reviews. I liked it, but the movie seemed to be two different films in one. The middle part was an adventure story about a robot seeking to be a human … Continue…
  • May 6

    What Do Nursing Homes Actually Cost?

    What Do Nursing Homes Actually Cost?
    What Do Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facilities Actually Cost? Most of the planning we do in the elder law area is to help seniors afford the care they need so they don’t run out of money or options before … Continue reading…
  • Apr 24

    The Risks Of Giving Your Home To Your Children

    The Risks Of Giving Your Home To Your Children
    Some parents consider transferring ownership of their homes to their children. Why? Many believe that it is a classic win-win situation. They can continue to live in the house, while at the same time reduce the value of their estate ……
Rank this Week: 4882

Asset Protection Law Journal

Asset Protection Law Journal

Covers asset protection laws. By Kenneth J. Laino.

http://www.assetprotectionlawjournal.com
  • Aug 12

    Debtors Can Face Uphill Battle to Remedy Creditor Mistake

    Debtors Can Face Uphill Battle to Remedy Creditor Mistake
    So many Americans today are facing debt collection efforts that the system often appears to be overwhelmed.  Mistakes seem to be getting more and more common. A recent article by Teresa Dixon Murray in the Cleveland Plain Dealer…
  • Aug 11

    Majority of the World's Companies are Family Businesse

    Majority of the World's Companies are Family Businesse
    The majority of the world’s enterprises today are family firms.  That is according to David S. Landes, Professor Emeritus of History and Economics at Harvard and author of Dynasties - - Fortunes and Misfortunes of the World’s…
  • Jul 3

    Ohio is Currently One of the Best States for Asset Protection

    Ohio is Currently One of the Best States for Asset Protection
    Some states offer better asset protection alternatives than others.  There are numerous factors to consider in deciding how good (or bad) a state is from an asset protection standpoint.  These factors…
Rank this Week: 3958

California Estate Lawyer Blog

California Estate Lawyer Blog

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

http://www.californiaestatelawyerblog.com/
  • Aug 11

    Why is There a Bypass Trust in Most Estate Plans? To Save Federal Estate Taxes on the Second Death.

    Why is There a Bypass Trust in Most Estate Plans? To Save Federal Estate Taxes on the Second Death.
    1. Each US citizen has a lifetime exclusion amount from estate taxes of $5,340,000 (this amount adjusts for inflation each year). 2. There is an unlimited marital deduction for gifts from a deceased spouse to a surviving spouse who is a…
  • Feb 1

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

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

    Undue Influence in California Will and Trust Contest

    Undue Influence in California Will and Trust Contest
    California defines undue influence in the Civil Code. Specifically, Civil Code Section 1575 states: "Undue influence consists: 1. In the use, by one in whom a confidence is reposed by another, or who holds a real or apparent authority over…
Rank this Week: 4580

Wealth Wars: Arkansas Estate,…

Wealth Wars: Arkansas Estate, Trust & Probate Litigation Blog

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

http://arkansaswealthwars.com
Rank this Week: 4406

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 29

    Who takes care of my estate if there is no will?

    Who takes care of my estate if there is no will?
    Continuing with our recent theme of Rhode island probate basics, today's post explains who takes care of (administers) your estate if you don't have a will.If there is no will, then the decedent has not properly named someone…
  • 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…
Rank this Week: 4303

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: 3937

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

    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…
Rank this Week: 3928

Sykes Elder Blawg

Sykes Elder Blawg

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

http://www.elderlawofpgh.com/blog/
  • May 23

    PA same-sex marriage decision means inheritance tax saving

    PA same-sex marriage decision means inheritance tax saving
    Same-sex marriage has come to Pennsylvania due to this week’s court ruling and Governor Corbett’s decision not to appeal the ruling. This new development has wide-spread implications for estate planning and elder law, affecting…
  • Mar 20

    “Observation” status for Medicare patients: what to do about it

    “Observation” status for Medicare patients: what to do about it
    Here is an issue that comes up again and again with Medicare patients who go to the hospital. You think you have been admitted, only to  find out that the hospital has classified you under “observation” status. It makes an…
  • Mar 6

    Savings bonds and Medicaid – what should I do when Dad applies for benefits?

    Savings bonds and Medicaid – what should I do when Dad applies for benefits?
    For generations, savings bonds have been purchased for newborns and retirees alike as an investment in the future. While savings bonds aren’t a complex investment vehicle, bonds that aren’t properly handled can cause Medicaid…
Rank this Week: 4721

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: 4075

Edwards Elder Law, P.A. Blog

Edwards Elder Law, P.A. Blog

Covers assisted living, elder law, estate planning, and long term care.

http://www.edwardselderlaw.com/blog/
  • May 12

    An Assisted Living Community Is Not The Same Thing As A Nursing Home

    An Assisted Living Community Is Not The Same Thing As A Nursing Home
    Many of my clients are unfamiliar with the concept of assisted living communities.  In their minds the choices if they can no longer live independently at home are to move in with one of their adult children or to be … Continue…
  • Apr 28

    The Cottage Is Another Option For Aging in Place

    The Cottage Is Another Option For Aging in Place
    Many times when it becomes apparent that mom or dad can’t safely live along any longer, the first reaction is for the family to consider having mom or dad move in with an adult child.  This is a supportive and … Continue…
  • Apr 14

    Technology Is Becoming A Crucial Resource For Aging In Place

    Technology Is Becoming A Crucial Resource For Aging In Place
    As more and more of us express a desire to remain in our homes as we age, technology is responding with a variety of new ways to keep us safe. For instance, sensors can be placed on appliances such as … Continue reading →
Rank this Week: 4724

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/
  • 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…
  • Feb 11

    Time for "The Talk"    The…

    Time for "The Talk"    The idea of confronting our parents’ mortality is indeed difficult, but this is a conversation (or series of conversations) that is crucial to you and your family’s well-being.  We are…
  • Apr 22

    Busy Since Birth - Having It All Project

    Busy Since Birth - Having It All Project
    I am grateful for the opportunity Cheryl Stober recently gave me, via Twitter, to contribute my 2 cents to her Having It all Project on her blog, Busy Since Birth.  My interview question answers appeared here, and I am sharing them…
Rank this Week: 4628

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…
Rank this Week: 3988

Palm Springs Estate Planning…

Palm Springs Estate Planning Lawyer Blog

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

http://www.palmspringsestateplanninglawyerblog.com/
  • Apr 8

    401(k) Beneficiary Problems for Palm Springs Resident

    401(k) Beneficiary Problems for Palm Springs Resident
    As Palm Desert estate planning attorneys, we frequently see clients with beneficiary designation issues. A recent article in the Wall Street Journal highlights this integral part of estate planning. A Will or Trust is very important but will…
  • Mar 10

    Estate Planning Lessons from the Rich and Famou

    Estate Planning Lessons from the Rich and Famou
    Some celebrity estates are embroiled in the media and legal battles while others remain private and relatively peaceful. Here are some lessons learned from the estates of the rich and famous. Fund Your Revocable Trust Recently deceased Paul…
  • Mar 7

    Bankruptcy Can Spoil Your Estate Plan if You Deed Property to Children

    Bankruptcy Can Spoil Your Estate Plan if You Deed Property to Children
    As estate planning lawyers in Palm Springs, we frequently get asked by clients to prepare deeds transferring property to children. As we have previously discussed, using deeds as an estate plan is very risky and not recommended. A recent…
Rank this Week: 4919

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: 4082

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: 3966

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: 4163

PrivateCounsel Blog

PrivateCounsel Blog

Covers estate planning and business law. By David Hiersekorn.

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

    The Four Stages of Business Growth

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

    teelers v patriot

    teelers v patriot
  • Nov 7

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

    The Truth About Personal Risk Management Part 2: Using Trusts in Estate Planning
    Paying insurance premiums to protect against potential losses frees us mentally to enjoy driving a car, leave our house empty while on vacation and receive medical treatment for an injury or illness. In the same way, the use of trusts acts…
Rank this Week: 4455

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: 3948

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: 4162

Mogren Glessner & Roti

Mogren Glessner & Roti

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

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

    Passport For Child After Divorce

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

    Compassion and Conviction

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

    Power of Attorney for Adult Children

    Power of Attorney for Adult Children
    Do you have a Power of Attorney for your adult
Rank this Week: 4607

Northern Kentucky Lawyer Blog

Northern Kentucky Lawyer Blog

Covers personal injury and accidents, DUI, criminal defense, bank side bankruptcy cases, creditors' rights, divorce and family custody, and estate planning. By Fessler Schneider & Grimme.

http://www.fsgattorneys.com/blog
  • Sep 2

    Northern Kentucky Welcomes Oktoberfest to Mainstrasse Village

    Northern Kentucky Welcomes Oktoberfest to Mainstrasse Village
    Northern Kentucky welcomes back Oktoberfest to Mainstrasse Village this weekend, September 6-8. Covington, KY will host the 35th annual celebration of German history and heritage in the Midwest. The fun begins at 5pm on Friday! Local Music,…
  • Mar 19

    Northern KY Law Firm Welcomes Return of Cincinnati Baseball

    Northern KY Law Firm Welcomes Return of Cincinnati Baseball
    March is almost over and in Cincinnati and northern Kentucky that means only one thing: Reds baseball! The northern KY law firm of Fessler, Schneider and Grimme is happy and proud to welcome back our hometown Cincinnati Reds! Northern KY Law…
  • Jan 4

    DUI Attorney in Northern Kentucky

    DUI Attorney in Northern Kentucky
    NKY DUI Attorney It’s no secret that cops are on the lookout for drunk drivers. Now more than ever people are being arrested and jailed for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. However, there are varying levels and…
Rank this Week: 3976

Special Needs, Elder Law, Wills,…

Special Needs, Elder Law, Wills, Trusts, Estates & Tax Blog

By Friedman Law.

http://specialneedsnj.com/blog/
  • Aug 29

    IRS Resolves the “Key West Dilemma” by Recognizing Same Sex Marriages Throughout the U.S.

    IRS Resolves the “Key West Dilemma” by Recognizing Same Sex Marriages Throughout the U.S.
    by attorney Mark R. Friedman, FriedmanLaw The IRS announced today that they would treat same-sex couples as legally married based upon the couple’s state of ceremony, not their state of residence. In June, the Supreme Court struck down…
  • Aug 3

    Plan Your Estate to Benefit Your Loved Ones– Not the Taxman

    Plan Your Estate to Benefit Your Loved Ones– Not the Taxman
    [The following article is by guest blogger Julie Donald, a freelance writer with a strong background is finance.  Julie obviously knows her stuff and FriedmanLaw/SpecialNeedsNJ.com are proud to feature her work.] While…
  • May 17

    Social Security Amends POMS Governing Special/Supplemental Needs Trust Expenditure

    Social Security Amends POMS Governing Special/Supplemental Needs Trust Expenditure
    People with serious disabilities often qualify for government benefits like Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Medicaid that limit eligibility based on finances.  Thus personal injury recoveries attributable to a disabled person…
Rank this Week: 4272

Hippo Fleming & Pertile Blog

Hippo Fleming & Pertile Blog

Covers estate planning in Pennsylvania.

http://www.hippofleming-ep.com/blog/
  • Jun 3

    The Fiscal Cliff Compromise and Your Estate

    The Fiscal Cliff Compromise and Your Estate
    Estate planning can involve the implementation of tax efficiency strategies if the value of your estate exceeds the estate tax exclusion. For this reason understanding exactly where you stand with regard to the existing exclusion is very…
  • Jun 3

    The Fiscal Cliff Compromise and Your Estate

    The Fiscal Cliff Compromise and Your Estate
    Estate planning can involve the implementation of tax efficiency strategies if the value of your estate exceeds the estate tax exclusion. For this reason understanding exactly where you stand with regard to the existing exclusion is very…
  • May 30

    Pennsylvania court holds son liable for mother’s unpaid nursing home expense

    Pennsylvania court holds son liable for mother’s unpaid nursing home expense
    In Health Care & Retirement Corporation of America v. Pittas, the Pennsylvania Superior Court has held a patient’s son liable for over $92,000 in nursing home expenses under the “filial support” or…
Rank this Week: 4612

Goldstein, Rosen & Rassos LLP Blog

Goldstein, Rosen & Rassos LLP Blog

Covers wills & estates, real estate and corporate law.

http://www.grrlaw.ca/law-blog.html
Rank this Week: 4032