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The Helpful Lawyer

The Helpful Lawyer

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

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

    Assault and family violence arrests in Texas are serious charge

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

    Learn How To Effectively Co-Parent – Part 3

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

    Learn How To Effectively Co-Parent – Part 2

    Learn How To Effectively Co-Parent – Part 2
    Learn How To Effectively Co-Parent It is important to learn how to effectively co-parent because it will prevent children from being “Caught In The Middle” when parents get divorced. Research suggests both difficult and promising…
Rank this Week: 3042

Musings of a Massachusetts Estate…

Musings of a Massachusetts Estate Lawyer

Focuses on estate planning, probate and corporation law in Massachusetts. By David E. Peterson.

http://blog.deplawfirm.com/
  • Jan 20

    Four Reasons to Own Life Insurance

    Four Reasons to Own Life Insurance
      Let’s face it: most people are averse to life insurance. For permanent policies, the premiums are high, and the payouts typically don’t happen until you die. Couple that with the fact that many life insurance agents are…
  • Jan 6

    How Wealthy People Avoid Estate Taxe

    How Wealthy People Avoid Estate Taxe
    The Basics The estate and gift tax is a tax on the transfer of wealth from one generation to the next. The tax is levied when a transfer occurs, which by lifetime gift, or upon death. The estate and gift tax rates start low. The Massachusetts…
  • Dec 26

    Your New Year’s Resolution Starts with a Phone Call (or email).

    Your New Year’s Resolution Starts with a Phone Call (or email).
    The holiday season is a time of great religious and economic significance. And even in our busy lives, it is a time for reflection. For many of us, the fruits of our reflection are our annual resolutions: to become healthier, to spend more…
Rank this Week: 3467

Minko Law Office Blog

Minko Law Office Blog

Covers estate planning and elder law.

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

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

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

    Estate Planning for Seniors in New York: Frequently Asked Question

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

    Essential Estate Planning Knowledge – Basic Estate Plan

    Essential Estate Planning Knowledge – Basic Estate Plan
    In this week’s entry in our ongoing series on essential estate planning knowledge, we are going to focus on what basic estate plans in New York look like. We previously discussed the important elements of what goes into crafting an…
Rank this Week: 2735

Estate Planning & Probate 411

Estate Planning & Probate 411

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

http://indianwellsestateplanningattorney.com/
  • Jan 15

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

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

    Dangers of Do It Yourself Wills and Trust

    Dangers of Do It Yourself Wills and Trust
    In a previous post, I discussed An Example of What Can Go Wrong When You Make Your Own Will, as well as an article, Consumer Reports: Write Your Own Will? We tested 3 software products that claim to help you … Continue reading →
  • Jan 20

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

    An Example of What Can Go Wrong When You Make Your Own Will.
    Do-it-yourself Wills: a sad story of planning gone wrong.  Here is a case study by Janet L. Brewer, detailing some of the bad things that can happen when you make your own Will. Read about John, widow and father, faced … Continue…
Rank this Week: 2723

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/
  • Jan 15

    Small Business Seminar for Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce Member

    Small Business Seminar for Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce Member
    As a business owner or a person wanting to start a business; you may face a lot of legal red tape questions that left unanswered can adversely affect your business. Brian King will be conducting a Business Talk seminar exploring the following…
  • Nov 4

    Our Shelby Office Has Moved!

    Our Shelby Office Has Moved!
    King Law Offices, known locally as King, Crotts, Duncan & Jaynes, has moved it’s Shelby office from 221 South Lafayette Street,  #4,  to 131 West Marion Street., directly across from the upcoming Farmer’s Market.…
  • Oct 14

    Brian King Teaching Small Biz Law Basic

    Brian King Teaching Small Biz Law Basic
    King, Crotts, Duncan & Jaynes would like to thank Bobbie Young and the team at REAL in Marion for providing an opportunity for Brian W. King to teach the fundamental business law practices for new businesses here in McDowell County and…
Rank this Week: 3333

North Carolina Trusts and Estates…

North Carolina Trusts and Estates Litigation

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

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

    An Interview With North Carolina’s Senior Administrative Law Judge

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

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

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

    Pitfalls to Avoid in Estate Planning

    Pitfalls to Avoid in Estate Planning
    Several online web sites provide forms for people to create their own wills for a fee less than that of hiring a typical attorney.  Earlier this year, a member of the Florida Supreme Court called that approach “penny-wise and…
Rank this Week: 2524

North Carolina Trusts and Estates…

North Carolina Trusts and Estates Litigation

Covers will, trust, and estate disputes in North Carolina. By Evan Lohr.

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

    An Interview With North Carolina’s Senior Administrative Law Judge

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

    Pitfalls to Avoid in Estate Planning

    Pitfalls to Avoid in Estate Planning
    Several online web sites provide forms for people to create their own wills for a fee less than that of hiring a typical attorney.  Earlier this year, a member of the Florida Supreme Court called that approach “penny-wise and…
  • Nov 17

    Undue Influence as a Ground for Will Contests in North Carolina

    Undue Influence as a Ground for Will Contests in North Carolina
    A will caveat is a challenge to the validity of a will that has been submitted for probate. The purpose of a caveat is to determine whether the writing purporting to be a will is in fact the will  of … Continue reading →
Rank this Week: 2461

Orange County Estate Planning…

Orange County Estate Planning Lawyer Blog

Covers estate planning, real estate and property law. By Crockett Law Corp.

http://www.orangecountyestateplanninglawyer-blog.com/
  • Dec 31

    Estate Planning Where Lack of Mental Capacity

    Estate Planning Where Lack of Mental Capacity
    California has certain standards as to people’s capacity to make wills and trusts. If those standards are not met, then the will and are trust could be declared invalid. When a person becomes incompetent such that they lack mental…
  • Dec 29

    Guardianships For Children

    Guardianships For Children
    Who Will Take Care of My Children and Their Inheritance if the Worst Happens? The parent of a minor child has the legal power to nominate a Guardian of the person. The nomination will typically appoint the surviving spouse if there is one and…
  • Dec 22

    Probate Counting of Pre-Death Transfer

    Probate Counting of Pre-Death Transfer
    In many family situations money is passed from parents to children with no documentation and with only verbal understandings. To prevent discord or even litigation among heirs, it would be better to document if any Pre-Death Transfers of…
Rank this Week: 2566

Towson Tax Attorney

Towson Tax Attorney

Covers taxes, business law, and estate planning. By Jeffrey Rogyom.

http://towsontax.com
  • Dec 29

    Forming An Irrevocable Life Insurance Trust (ILIT)

    Forming An Irrevocable Life Insurance Trust (ILIT)
    An Irrevocable Life Insurance Trust, or ILIT, should be of interest to any person buying life insurance. The ILIT is not just for people with estate tax issues. The ILIT can allow you to control how and when insurance proceeds are distributed…
  • Dec 29

    Forming An Irrevocable Life Insurance Trust (ILIT)

    Forming An Irrevocable Life Insurance Trust (ILIT)
    An Irrevocable Life Insurance Trust, or ILIT, should be of interest to any person buying life insurance. The ILIT is not just for people with estate tax issues. The ILIT can allow you to control how and when insurance proceeds are distributed…
  • Jan 16

    Commercial Leases – Drafting and Review

    Commercial Leases – Drafting and Review
    Locating a property or a tenant for leasing can be a very time-consuming process, so it’s understandable that parties often rush to get the lease signed; however, having a good lease agreement that’s been drafted and reviewed by…
Rank this Week: 4379

The Law Office of Michael…

The Law Office of Michael Robinson, P.C.

Covers elder law and estate planning.

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

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

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

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

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

    Free Report: What is Estate Planning in New York

    Free Report: What is Estate Planning in New York
    A look at some basic information about estate planning as well as the the components that would comprise a comprehensive estate plan. Learn more about estate planning in New York in this presentation. Topics covered in this report include:…
Rank this Week: 2729

Shober & Rock Blog

Shober & Rock Blog

Covers elder law in Pennsylvania.

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

    Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014 – Individual

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

    Elder Law Attorneys Specialize in Helping the Elderly

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

    IRS Cost of Living Limitations for 2015

    IRS Cost of Living Limitations for 2015
    IRS Cost of Living 2015 IRS Cost-of-Living Limitations 2014 2015 Deferral Limit for 401(k), 403(b), Salary Reduction SEPs $17,500.00 $18,000.00 SIMPLE Plan Deferral Limit $12,000.00 $12,500.00 Catch-up Limit 401(k), 403(b) (Ages 50+)…
Rank this Week: 2803

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/
  • Nov 17

    Welcome Clarification on Family Transfers of Residential Real Property and “Uncapping”

    Welcome Clarification on Family Transfers of Residential Real Property and “Uncapping”
    The new law now provides that transfers of property into and out of a trust, and via an estate, to these family members, are exempt, in addition to direct transfers.Beginning December 31, there is yet another beneficial new exception to…
  • 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…
Rank this Week: 4461

Massachusetts Wills, Trusts, and…

Massachusetts Wills, Trusts, and Estates

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

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

    Astrid Is Doing Remarkably Well!

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

    October 20-26, 2014 is National…

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

    Listen to Your Mother, Boston

    Listen to Your Mother, Boston
    As a mother of 4 little girls ranging in age from baby to elementary school, Attorney-Mama Danielle G. Van Ess will be the first to tell it like it is:  Motherhood is NOT for the faint of heart.That's why DGVE law®  is…
Rank this Week: 4911

Back in the Black Hills

Back in the Black Hills

Covers South Dakota criminal law, family law and estate planning issues. By Tana Fye.

http://backintheblackhills.blogspot.com/
  • Oct 7

    Rural Areas Need More Lawyer

    Rural Areas Need More Lawyer
    I live and work primarily in rural Nebraska, but am from the Rapid City area of South Dakota.  And I hear about and see first hand that there is a shortage of lawyers able to handle the caseload that exists.  The American Bar…
  • Jan 4

    ICWA and the SCOTUS

    ICWA and the SCOTUS
    For only the second time, the Supreme Court of the United States will hear a case involving the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA).  This Reuters article describes the situation as a "human tragedy," which pretty much can describe any case…
  • Oct 9

    First Amendment, Pastors, and the IRS

    First Amendment, Pastors, and the IRS
    I thought that this story (here and here) was fascinating.  Currently churches can lose their 501(c)(3) status if the pastor endorses candidates, as the church is no longer purely a religious organization.
Rank this Week: 3719

Law Matters Blog

Law Matters Blog

Covers Vermont family law and estate planning. By the Law Offices of Bucknam Black Brazil PC.

http://vtlegalhelp.com/our-blog/
  • Sep 18

    Vermont’s Star Chamber Blacklists The Poor

    Vermont’s Star Chamber Blacklists The Poor
    Imagine living in a Vermont where you, without any notice, are put on a secret government blacklist so that you are prohibited for life from earning a livelihood in hundreds of occupations. Imagine the only way to be removed from the…
  • Mar 20

    What you should know about employment discrimination

    What you should know about employment discrimination
    What you should know about employment discrimination Employers and employees are usually aware that discrimination in the work place is illegal. The definition of illegal discrimination, however, can be difficult to understand. As I have…
  • Mar 20

    What you should know about employment discrimination

    What you should know about employment discrimination
    What you should know about employment discrimination Employers and employees are usually aware that discrimination in the work place is illegal. The definition of illegal discrimination, however, can be difficult to understand. As I have…
Rank this Week: 3621

Duffy Law Office

Duffy Law Office

Covers estate planning and elder law in Iowa.

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

    Why Is Incapacity Planning Important?

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

    Can Medicaid Take My Home?

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

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

    Can a Trust Be Used to Complete a Medicaid Spend Down?
    Medicare will help with your medical expenses when you reach the age of eligibility if you qualify, but the program will not pay for long-term care. This is a problem for most people, because long-term care is quite expensive. The average…
Rank this Week: 3994

Pennsylvania Fiduciary Litigation

Pennsylvania Fiduciary Litigation

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

http://www.pennsylvaniafiduciarylitigation.com/
  • Jul 21

    Wells Fargo Terminated as Trustee

    Wells Fargo Terminated as Trustee
    Thank you Gary Beyer for your post entitled "Wells Fargo Terminated as Trustee." Beyer writes: "On Thursday, a Circuit Judge in Wisconsin terminated Wells Fargo Bank as trustee of the Chester Bible scholarship trust, furnishing control to…
  • Jul 16

    New Rule of Civil Procedure - Discovery of Expert Testimony

    New Rule of Civil Procedure - Discovery of Expert Testimony
    On July 10, 2014 the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania ordered the adoption of new Rule 4003.5 of the Pennsylvania Rules of Civil Procedure. The rule has been modified and the following clause (4) is added: (4) A party may not discover the…
  • Mar 31

    Enforcement of Arbitration Clauses in Trust

    Enforcement of Arbitration Clauses in Trust
    Ever since George Washington included arbitration provisions in his will, this idea has kicked around.  Washington's will contained this language: "That all disputes (if unhappily they should arise) shall be decided by three impartial…
Rank this Week: 4593

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: 3309

Florida Estate Planning and…

Florida Estate Planning and Probate Law

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

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

    CAN MY FLORIDA IRREVOCABLE TRUST BE TERMINATED

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

    IOWA COURT UPHOLDS FLORIDA POSTNUP AGREEMENT

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

    ARE CUSTODIAL ACCOUNTS THE BEST SAVINGS OPTION FOR A CHILD

    ARE CUSTODIAL ACCOUNTS THE BEST SAVINGS OPTION FOR A CHILD
    Family members (parents, grand-parents and relatives) are constantly looking for the best way to gift and save money for their relatives (usually children).  One commonly used option is a "custodial account" (established…
Rank this Week: 3435

Davidov Law Group

Davidov Law Group

Covers new York elder law and estate planning.

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

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

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

    Do I Control Assets Placed Into a Revocable Living Trust?

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

    What Is the Five-Year Medicaid Look-Back?

    What Is the Five-Year Medicaid Look-Back?
    As you get older, you may begin to think long and hard about the eventualities of aging. When you look at the statistics, you will find that most American senior citizens will need help with their day-to-day needs eventually. Long-term care…
Rank this Week: 3995

Pet Trust Law Blog

Pet Trust Law Blog

Provides information for pet owners on legal topics concerning their well being and future, such as pet euthanasia and medical care, pet sitting, pet caretakers, and pet trusts. By Danny E. Meek, Esq.

http://www.pettrustlawblog.com/
  • May 29

    Thanks for Great Article by Attorney Tami Kamin Meyer

    Thanks for Great Article by Attorney Tami Kamin Meyer
     Recently, Tami Kamin Meyer, an Ohio attorney, writer and regular freelance contributor to many legal blogs and periodicals, was kind enough to contact me to discuss some thoughts on various pet trust issues. As a result of our…
  • May 28

    Thanks for Great Article by Attorney Tami Kamin Meyerr

    Thanks for Great Article by Attorney Tami Kamin Meyerr
     Recently, Tami Kamin Meyer, an Ohio attorney, writer and regular freelance contributor to many legal blogs and periodicals, was kind enough to contact me to discuss some thoughts on various pet trust issues. As a result of our…
  • Oct 9

    Another Pet Owner Leaves Millions for Her Dog and Other Animal

    Another Pet Owner Leaves Millions for Her Dog and Other Animal
    Muriel Siebert was the first woman to hold a seat on the New York Stock Exchange. She recently died and left a gift in her will of $100,000 to a friend, to care for her Chihuahua. In addition, she devised many millions of dollars for the…
Rank this Week: 4665

Los Angeles Probate and Trust…

Los Angeles Probate and Trust Lawyer Blog

Covers estates, probate and trust administration in California. By Jan Morrison.

http://www.losangelesprobateandtrustlawyer.com/
  • May 10

    Using Joint Tenancy with Real Property as a Probate Avoidance Device, Part 2

    Using Joint Tenancy with Real Property as a Probate Avoidance Device, Part 2
    Although, joint tenancy will avoid probate, holding property as joint tenants may also have adverse and unexpected consequences. First, a little primer on basis to understand what is meant when we speak about your basis in property.…
  • Apr 19

    Using Joint Tenancy with Real Property as a Probate Avoidance Device, Part 1

    Using Joint Tenancy with Real Property as a Probate Avoidance Device, Part 1
    Many couples in California, married or not, hold title of their real property as joint tenants. I find this is mainly the result of not consulting a legal professional when purchasing the property. The property sales paperwork they receive…
  • Apr 7

    Are you Expecting an Inheritance? Are You Depending on an Inheritance?

    Are you Expecting an Inheritance? Are You Depending on an Inheritance?
    I was out to dinner the other night and overheard a brother and sister discussing their father and his new young bride and her pregnancy. The conversation started in muted whispers however, it didn't take long until their voices got...
Rank this Week: 4376

Legacy Planner Blog

Legacy Planner Blog

Covers estate planning, business planning, asset protection and business succession. By Karen Brady.

http://legacyplannerblog.com
  • Apr 21

    Special Needs Trusts for Disabled Beneficiarie

    Special Needs Trusts for Disabled Beneficiarie
    As we see the greying demographics take shape, more older parents are coming in to our office to make arrangements for their adult disabled children. Last week's couple were a joy to work with, but I was a little anxious that they had waited…
  • Jan 6

    Kudos and thoughts on keeping an estate open

    Kudos and thoughts on keeping an estate open
    Today's mail brought a pleasant testimonial from a client who wrote: "Karen has me for more than ten years on my mother's will and related matters. As issues have arisen she has always been there to help and provide the sound advice I…
  • Oct 28

    Business Lawyers Should be Risk Reducers Not Deal Killer

    Business Lawyers Should be Risk Reducers Not Deal Killer
    Mike Moore over at legalproductivity.com usually writes for lawyers. But this post on how a <a href="http://www.legalproductivity.com/practice-management/the-worst-business-lawyer/" target="" …
Rank this Week: 4699

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: 3005

John Rogers Burk

John Rogers Burk

Covers estate planning and elder law in California.

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

    Your Child’s Inheritance

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

    Portability–Using Your Deceased Spouse’s Estate Tax Exemption

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

    What You Need to Know About Being a Trustee

    What You Need to Know About Being a Trustee
    It can be intimidating to be named a Trustee.  It is a big responsibility to be entrusted with a person’s assets.  Likely you’ve been named a successor Trustee, meaning your responsibilities don’t begin until the…
Rank this Week: 3997

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: 4021

Ohio Estate Planning, Trust &…

Ohio Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law

Covers Ohio estate planning, trust and probate law. By Bradley B. Wrightsel.

http://wrightsel.blogspot.com/
  • Jan 28

    Quick Overview of 2014 Federal Estate and Gift Tax Amount

    Quick Overview of 2014 Federal Estate and Gift Tax Amount
    The federal estate tax exemption amount is $5,000,000 and is adjusted annually for inflation. This year the exemption amount increases to $5.34 million. This means that a married couple can protect up to $10.68 million. The estate tax rate is…
  • Jan 2

    Avoiding the Fiscal Cliff – Estate Taxe

    Avoiding the Fiscal Cliff – Estate Taxe
    With the Senate tax bill passing the House, it is expected that it will be signed into law. It does not appear that there was a lot of focus on the estate tax. Considering that most tax revenue is generated by the income tax, it is not…
  • Jun 13

    Columbus Bar Association 2012 Annual Meeting

    Columbus Bar Association 2012 Annual Meeting
    This Friday, June 15, at noon is the Annual Meeting of the Columbus Bar Association (CBA). Current CBA President, David Bloomfield will preside and be sworn in as Immediate-Past President. Brad Wrightsel will be sworn in as President, and…
Rank this Week: 4448

The Blog

The Blog

Features estate planning and elder law news. By Moynihan Lyons PC.

http://moynihanlyons.com/estate-administration/trust-administration/blog/
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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: 4807

Georgia Wills and Probate Law Blog

Georgia Wills and Probate Law Blog

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

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

    We're Moving!

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

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

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

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

    Atlanta Attorney Says Prepare Now For Year-End Changes to Estate Tax Law
    The expiration of key laws in Congress may expose more local individuals to estate or “Death Taxes” after their passing.  Atlanta attorney, Steve Worrall explains these anticipated changes, as well as steps Georgia residents can take now…
Rank this Week: 4545

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 &amp; 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: 3310

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: 2739

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: 3991

FLG Trusts & Estates Reporter

FLG Trusts & Estates Reporter

Covers trusts, estate planning, asset protection, and probate, with particular focus on Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida. By Fortenberry Law Group PLLC.

http://www.fortenberrylaw.com
  • 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…
  • Jul 31

    Louisiana Successions and Inheritance Taxe

    Louisiana Successions and Inheritance Taxe
    Executors of Louisiana successions need to know whether or not inheritance taxes are owed.  If so, failure to pay the inheritance taxes could open the executor up to personal liability. The application of the Louisiana inheritance tax…
Rank this Week: 4857

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: 2685

Swinton Elder Law & Family…

Swinton Elder Law & Family Protection Blog

Covers New Jersey estate planning and elder law issues. By Daniel S. Swinton.

http://swintonlaw.blogspot.com/
  • Oct 7

    Policy Experts Agree: The U.S. System for…

    Policy Experts Agree: The U.S. System for Financing Long-Term Care is CrumblingAccording to Forbes.com:  "America’s system for financing long-term care is failing, and the window for creating a payment system that works is rapidly…
  • Jul 12

    Bankruptcy Trustee Is Entitled to Funds…

    Bankruptcy Trustee Is Entitled to Funds Transferred in Order to Qualify for MedicaidThe following article serves as a warning about do-it-yourself estate planning.  An effective technique of protecting assets from nursing homes and long…
  • Sep 27

    How Gifts Can Affect Medicaid Eligibility

    How Gifts Can Affect Medicaid Eligibility
    . We’ve all heard that it’s better to give than to receive, but if you think you might someday want to apply for Medicaid long-term care benefits, you need to be careful because giving away money or property can interfere with your…
Rank this Week: 4774

Derek's Tax blog

Derek's Tax blog

Covers taxes and estate planning. By the Jensen Law Office.

http://www.jensenestatelaw.com/blogs
Rank this Week: 3617

California Tax Attorney Blog

California Tax Attorney Blog

Covers tax controversies involving the IRS and California Franchise Tax Board, as well as California probate, estate planning matters and business transactions. By Mitchell A. Port.

http://www.californiataxattorneyblog.com/
  • Sep 2

    Test Entry

    Test Entry
    Testing schedule feature
  • Aug 30

    For Federal Tax Purposes, All Legal Same-Sex Marriages Will Be Recognized

    For Federal Tax Purposes, All Legal Same-Sex Marriages Will Be Recognized
    The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) ruled yesterday that same-sex couples, legally married in jurisdictions that recognize their marriages, will be treated as married for federal tax purposes. The ruling…
  • Dec 29

    Gifts Made By Personal Check

    Gifts Made By Personal Check
    A check written in 2012 that does not clear until 2013 is at risk of being a 2013 gift, not a 2012 gift, since the donor could have stopped payment in 2013 before it cleared. The issue with using checks to make gifts is that until the check…
Rank this Week: 2567

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: 3934

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: 2752

Florida Special Needs Law Blog

Florida Special Needs Law Blog

Providing insight and commentary on SSI, special needs trusts, and Medicaid. By David Lillesand.

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

    Doctors quitting Medicare?

    Doctors quitting Medicare?
    DOCTORS QUIT? Is the Wall Street Journal becoming Faux News? As Judy Lieberman of the Columbia Journalism Review reported on August 12th, the Wall Street Journal had printed a story called "More Doctors Steer Clear of Medicare: Some Doctors…
  • Aug 13

    ObamaCare and Special Needs Trust

    ObamaCare and Special Needs Trust
    The Supreme Court decision on the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) has tremendous implications for our practice, primarily negative, but is a huge boon to planning for persons with disabilities who have been shut out of the private insurance…
  • Apr 26

    Spell-check anyone?

    Spell-check anyone?
    We're working on an appeal of another attorney's client's case that was lost at a Social Security Adminsitration Administrative Law Judge hearing.  In reviewing the twelve page decision, we find the judge wrote the following (the typos are…
Rank this Week: 4603

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: 3993

Knight & Moskow, P.C. Blog

Knight & Moskow, P.C. Blog

Covers Pennsylvania family law and estate planning.

http://www.knightandmoskow.com/blog/
  • Jul 31

    Estate Planning For The Rich And The Not So Rich

    Estate Planning For The Rich And The Not So Rich
    There are very few of us that have the wealth of Gates or Buffet, so our estate planning will probably be vastly different from theirs. In fact Bill Gates is giving most of his fortune away to charity. However, just … Continue reading…
  • Jul 30

    Do I Need A Will?

    Do I Need A Will?
    Estate planning is important to everyone. None of us really know how long we will live. At every stage of life, past the age of 18, your will you should be either created, if you don’t have one, or it … Continue reading →
  • May 31

    Collaborative Family Law FAQ

    Collaborative Family Law FAQ
    In many cases collaborative law is very desirable for all parties involved. You might not have even realized that you could settle legal matters outside of a litigious court room, but it can be. The Basic Collaborative Law Process You…
Rank this Week: 2724

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: 3632

Attorney Brandi

Attorney Brandi

Provides general information and Ohio specific information relating to small business law, real estate, landlord/tenant law, civil, probate and estate planning. By Brandi N. Buchenau.

http://attorneybrandi.wordpress.com/
  • Jun 25

    We are moving!

    We are moving!
    We have moved this blog to lorenceandbuchenau. Look forward to a redesign and many new posts in the future! Filed under: Uncategorized
  • Jun 25

    We are moving!

    We are moving!
    We have moved this blog to lorenceandbuchenau. Look forward to a redesign and many new posts in the future! Filed under: Uncategorized
  • Aug 14

    Rental Collection

    Rental Collection
      Collections can be handled in one of two ways. First, when someone is evicted, you can pursue past due rent and damages through a “Second Cause Hearing” (the first cause being the eviction). If no eviction took place, you can sue for…
Rank this Week: 3596