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Hauptman and Hauptman, P.C. Blog

Hauptman and Hauptman, P.C. Blog

Covers guardianship, Medicaid, probate and estate administration.

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

    Your Digital Assets – Are You Covered? Part 2

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

    Your Digital Assets – Are You Covered?

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

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

    Turning Life Insurance into Long Term Care Insurance (Part 2)
                    So your parent has an insurance policy that they can no longer afford and they are in spend down mode to qualify for Medicaid.  Cashing in the…
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Purcell & Amen, L.L.C. Blog

Purcell & Amen, L.L.C. Blog

Covers elder law and estate planning.

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

    What Is a GRAT (Grantor Retained Annuity Trust)?

    What Is a GRAT (Grantor Retained Annuity Trust)?
    A Grantor Retained Annuity Trust, or GRAT, is a trust that allows someone to transfer assets at a severely reduced tax rate. The trust is short-term and sends annuity payments that are funded by the interest gained on the assets to the…
  • Jul 25

    Why Should I Have A Living Trust?

    Why Should I Have A Living Trust?
    During the creation of your estate plan you will need to make numerous choices, starting with what tools and strategies you plan to incorporate into your plan. One common addition to a comprehensive estate plan is a living trust. You may be…
  • Jul 24

    What Is a QTIP Trust?

    What Is a QTIP Trust?
    The most common goal of an estate plan is to provide for loved ones in the event of the death of the plan creator. Providing for loved ones is not as simple as gifting assets to them in a Last Will and Testament through. Considerable thought…
Rank this Week: 3283

New York Probate & Estate…

New York Probate & Estate Litigation Blog

Covers probate news, procedures and resources. By Philip M. Bernstein.

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

    Keep The Peace In The Family Or Your Heirs Will Reap The Whirlwind

    Keep The Peace In The Family Or Your Heirs Will Reap The Whirlwind
    In her last public interview in 1994, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis stated that her most important accomplishment in life was to insure that her children loved each other. Your lawblogger has taken her words to heart over the years. As a…
  • Jul 21

    Philip Seymour Hoffman Did Not Leave His Estate To His Children

    Philip Seymour Hoffman Did Not Leave His Estate To His Children
    Your lawblogger truly believes that  Philip Seymour Hoffman was the best actor of his time. Too bad this does not extend to his ability at estate planning. As reported by the New York Post and by extra tv.com here , Hoffman did not want…
  • Jul 21

    Philip Seymour Hoffman Did Not Leave His Estate To His Childrfen

    Philip Seymour Hoffman Did Not Leave His Estate To His Childrfen
    Your lawblogger truly believes that  Philip Seymour Hoffman was the best actor of his time. Too bad this does not extend to his ability at estate planning. As reported by the New York Post and by extra tv.com here , Hoffman did not want…
Rank this Week: 418

Cooper Elder Law

Cooper Elder Law

Covers Ohio estate planning, nursing home protection and qualifying for veterans benefits. By Thom L. Cooper Company, LPA.

http://cooperelderlaw.com/our-blog/
  • Jul 27

    What is a Medallion Signature Guarantee?

    What is a Medallion Signature Guarantee?
    By Jon Stevenson The Medallion Signature Guarantee is used to verify the identity of an owner when selling or transferring traded assets such as stocks or bonds.This reduces the risk of the company processing the transfer by sharing the…
  • Jul 25

    What Is the Role of the Case Worker in my Medicaid Application?

    What Is the Role of the Case Worker in my Medicaid Application?
    By Jess LoPiccolo Your case worker is an employee of the county Department of Job and Family Services. Their job is to collect and enter the information needed to determine whether you are eligible for Medicaid benefits. Each county has their…
  • Jul 24

    What’s the Best Way to Give My Stuff Away When I Die?

    What’s the Best Way to Give My Stuff Away When I Die?
    By Attorney Ted Brown There is no doubt about it: Americans have a lot of stuff. Surveys consistently show that of all the Americans that have a garage, the majority of them cannot fit a vehicle inside it due to the fact that it is dedicated…
Rank this Week: 978

Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof…

Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof Blog

By Gerry W. Beyer.

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/trusts_estates_prof/
  • Jul 27

    eLearning Program on Pre-Mortem Planning

    eLearning Program on Pre-Mortem Planning
    The American Bar Association is holding a Paralegal eLearning Program entitled, Immediate Pre-Mortem Planning, on August 14, 2014 from 12:30 – 1:30 PM CT via webinar. Here is why you should attend: The ABA Section of Real Property, Trust…
  • Jul 27

    Article on Physician Aid in Dying

    Article on Physician Aid in Dying
    David Orentlicher (Indiana University, Robert H. McKinney School of Law), Thaddeus Mason Pope (Hamline University School of Law) and Ben A. Rich (University of California, Davis) recently published an article entitled, The Changing Legal…
  • Jul 27

    Financial Elder Abuse Often Difficult to Catch

    Financial Elder Abuse Often Difficult to Catch
    Elder abuse is a problem that has many legal and financial professionals concerned. When the abuse is in the form of physical abuse or neglect, then Adult Protective Services may step in. Unfortunately, when financial abuse is occurring it…
Rank this Week: 49

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/
  • Jul 27

    Plaintiff’s Star Witness: Doug Cassity

    Plaintiff’s Star Witness: Doug Cassity
    The NPS civil trial is scheduled for trial in February 2015, and the SDR’s strategy took a twist when her litigation team filed a motion to dismiss Doug Cassity as a defendant in the lawsuit.  The dismissal probably signals the…
  • Jul 23

    Talk of a Lifetime: Restarting the Prearrangment Proce

    Talk of a Lifetime: Restarting the Prearrangment Proce
    One message that can be taken from the FAMIC’s Talk of a Lifetime campaign is that funeral directors need to re-think their prearrangement procedures.  Perhaps too much emphasis has been given to preneed, and not enough to the…
  • Jul 13

    Preneed Contract Holders: the lonely 5%

    Preneed Contract Holders: the lonely 5%
    The Memorial Business Journal recently reported on findings from the NFDA’s 2014 Consumer Awareness and Preferences Study.   Some of the findings may not come as much of a surprise to funeral directors, such as consumer…
Rank this Week: 1089

Northern California Center for…

Northern California Center for Estate Planning and Elder Law

Covers estate planning.

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

    Don’t Count on Medi-Cal For Long-Term Care

    Don’t Count on Medi-Cal For Long-Term Care
    The growing number of baby boomers reaching retirement age has caused many people to re-examine their retirement plans in light of long-term care costs. As people age and their needs change, many of them have to go into a nursing home or…
  • Jul 26

    Multiple, Alternate, and Co-Agents in Powers of Attorney

    Multiple, Alternate, and Co-Agents in Powers of Attorney
    A lot of estate plans include different types of powers of attorney. While these documents are very useful, there are some practical limitations you should know about before you make a decision about the agent you choose through your power of…
  • Jul 25

    Practical Steps to Take When Dealing With Tangible Personal Property in an Estate

    Practical Steps to Take When Dealing With Tangible Personal Property in an Estate
    Part of an executor’s job is to account for everything the decedent leaves behind. Many of the items you have to account for, such as investment accounts, real estate, and bank accounts, are very easy to identify and value. One of the…
Rank this Week: 3953

Simmons & Schiavo Blog

Simmons & Schiavo Blog

Covers estate planning and real estate law.

http://www.sslawoffices.com/category/all-posts/
  • Jul 26

    New rules for reverse mortgage

    New rules for reverse mortgage
    The federal government has tightened the rules for reverse mortgages, making it harder for some seniors to get these types of mortgages and reducing the amount of a home’s value that can be tapped. Reverse mortgages allow elders who are…
  • Jul 18

    Tenants with children can’t be limited to lower floor

    Tenants with children can’t be limited to lower floor
    Managers of apartment buildings sometimes want to require tenants who have small children to live on a lower floor, in order to prevent complaints from other tenants about noise in the apartment above them. But the U.S. Department of Justice…
  • Jul 12

    How to leave items of sentimental value to your heir

    How to leave items of sentimental value to your heir
    Often, the issue that causes the most hard feelings among family members after a death isn’t how much money everyone received in the will, but who should get the plate on which Grandma served her famous Thanksgiving pie year after year.…
Rank this Week: 2425

Estate Law Canada

Estate Law Canada

Covers estate planning topics, trusts, probate, Enduring Powers of Attorney, health care directives, incapacity issues and elder law. By Lynne Butler.

http://estatelawcanada.blogspot.com/
  • Jul 26

    She told me I'd inherit the house but didn't say so in her will. Now what?

    She told me I'd inherit the house but didn't say so in her will. Now what?
    What if someone in your family promised that you would inherit her house, but then doesn't say so in her will? Is there anything that can be done? Does it make a difference that the other beneficiaries agree that you can have the house? This…
  • Jul 25

    Can an executor back away without personal liability if the job is too much?

    Can an executor back away without personal liability if the job is too much?
    If a person takes on the job of executor and finds that she can't handle it, can she back out? And if she does, will she incur personal liability? A reader asked me about this recently. As this situation is one that I hear about frequently, I…
  • Jul 22

    Estate planning for disabled beneficiarie

    Estate planning for disabled beneficiarie
    One of the estate-planning goals often stated by the parents of disabled children is to provide for the children without causing them to be cut off from provincial government benefits. Achieving that goal may involve pulling together several…
Rank this Week: 524

Illinois Estate Planning &…

Illinois Estate Planning & Elder Law Blog

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

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

    Illinois Law & Giving Assets to Children

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

    Components of a Good Estate Plan in Illinoi

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

    Illinois Estate Planning & Letters of Instruction

    Illinois Estate Planning & Letters of Instruction
    There is a lot of information your heirs should know that does not necessarily fit into a Will, Trust or other components of an estate plan. The solution is a letter of instruction, which can provide your heirs with guidance if you die or…
Rank this Week: 4429

Florida Probate Litigation Lawyer…

Florida Probate Litigation Lawyer Blog

Cover Florida probate litigation. By Chepenik & Trushin LLP.

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

    Giving Art

    Giving Art
    Hippocrates wrote, “vita brevis, ars longa.” Translated, this means “life is short, art is long.” It is a common reference to how time limits life and how art may prolong those limits. In an article that explores…
  • Jul 7

    CONTESTING A WILL

    CONTESTING A WILL
    Often times, people are displeased by the terms of a family member’s will and would like to have a court set aside the will. This frequently occurs when relatives are left out of a will, and there is concern that the will does not…
  • Jun 29

    Insuring Your Final Wishes Through Proper Estate Planning

    Insuring Your Final Wishes Through Proper Estate Planning
    The consequences of will disputes range from the goals of the individual who created the will being greatly frustrated to failing completely, which is a shame because a will represents a person taking the time and energy to memorialize his or…
Rank this Week: 796

Nash Nash Bean & Ford, LLP Blog

Nash Nash Bean & Ford, LLP Blog

Covers elder law and estate planning.

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

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

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

    Should My Parents Give Me Their Home?

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

    Stretching Your IRA in Illinoi

    Stretching Your IRA in Illinoi
    Have you ever heard the phrase “stretching your IRA”? Here’s the not-so-little trick it refers to: If you inherit an IRA, it’s not only possible for you to “stretch your payments out” over the course of…
Rank this Week: 3946

Nirenstein, Horowitz & Associates,…

Nirenstein, Horowitz & Associates, P.C. Blog

Covers Connecticut estate planning, probate and elder law.

http://www.preserveyourestate.net/blog/
  • Jul 25

    What’s the Difference Between a Guardianship and a Power of Attorney?

    What’s the Difference Between a Guardianship and a Power of Attorney?
    Incapacity is quite common among elder Americans. This may not be the most pleasant thing to contemplate, but it is a fact of life nonetheless. Who would act on your behalf in the event of your incapacitation? You can actually answer this…
  • Jul 23

    What Questions Should I Ask an Elder Law Attorney in Hartford CT?

    What Questions Should I Ask an Elder Law Attorney in Hartford CT?
    You should certainly make preparations for the latter stages of your life. There are various contingencies that you may face, and you want to be in a position to address them. To gain an understanding of exactly how to proceed, you would do…
  • Jul 21

    Durable Financial Power of Attorney in Hartford CT: What Are Its Advantages?

    Durable Financial Power of Attorney in Hartford CT: What Are Its Advantages?
    Estate planning is not exclusively confined to monetary matters. When you talk to an estate planning attorney about the realities that we all face, you will be reminded about the period of time that may precede your passing. Think about it…
Rank this Week: 3971

Wisconsin Estate Planning

Wisconsin Estate Planning

Covers Wisconsin estate planning, elder law, probate and trust administration, real estate law, business organization, and individual income tax preparation. By Tesar Law Group, S.C.

http://blog.tesarlaw.com/
  • Jul 25

    Passing On A Prized Collection To Your Heir

    Passing On A Prized Collection To Your Heir
    Estate planning can be daunting to think about, but it can be even more so when collections and collectibles are involved as they often create sentimental and emotional issues among family members.
  • Jul 23

    A Strategic Plan For Gifting

    A Strategic Plan For Gifting
    Gifting with a purpose and a plan can help strategically move family wealth from one generation to another.
  • Jul 21

    Will Your Wealth Continue On?

    Will Your Wealth Continue On?
    Passing a successful family inheritance from generation to generation takes planning and communication.
Rank this Week: 677

Iowa Law Blog

Iowa Law Blog

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

http://www.iowa-lawblog.com/
  • Jul 25

    U.S. Supreme Court to Decide Pregnancy Discrimination Case

    U.S. Supreme Court to Decide Pregnancy Discrimination Case
     On July 1, 2014, the United States Supreme Court granted certiorari in Young v. UPS, Inc. to decide “whether and in what circumstances, an employer that provides work accommodations to nonpregnant employees with work limitations…
  • Jul 1

    Amanda James Joins Sullivan & Ward, P.C.

    Amanda James Joins Sullivan & Ward, P.C.
    Amanda James has joined Sullivan & Ward, P.C. as an associate attorney.  Amanda graduated from Drake University Law School in 2008.  Since that time, she has focused her practice on public utility and regulatory work.  She…
  • Jun 30

    John T. Ward and Richard R. Chabot Honored

    John T. Ward and Richard R. Chabot Honored
    Sullivan & Ward, P.C.'s President and CEO, John T. Ward, was recently honored by the Iowa State Bar Association as a member of the "50 Year" class of 2014.  John graduated from Drake University Law School in 1964 and has been…
Rank this Week: 1716

Estate Planning Blog

Estate Planning Blog

Covers asset protection, estate planning, probate and income tax planning. By Sheppard, Brett, Stewart, Hersch, Kinsey & Hill P.A.

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

    Back-Up Your Noggin

    Back-Up Your Noggin
    Like many professional offices, ours has gone electronic and mostly paperless – at least as much as an attorneys’ office can actually go paperless. So from time to time, a client will ask me whether and how we back-up our ……
  • Jul 18

    How to Use Annuities to Benefit Spouse/Step-Child Relationship within an Estate Plan

    How to Use Annuities to Benefit Spouse/Step-Child Relationship within an Estate Plan
    The estate planning complexities surrounding second marriages with blended families are largely under-estimated, not only by clients, but by their attorneys. Since second (and even third) marriages are becoming more common, it is not unusual…
  • Jul 11

    The Challenge of Annuities with Trust Planning

    The Challenge of Annuities with Trust Planning
    For the past several years, investors have experienced low yields both in bonds and in dividend declaring stocks. For those who mainly rely upon their investment income for retirement needs, it has been a tough environment. Financial firms…
Rank this Week: 2102

Tennessee Estate Law Blog

Tennessee Estate Law Blog

Covers estate planing law. By The Higgins Firm.

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

    Understanding the Implications of Using a Power of Attorney

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

    Administering an Estate in Tennessee

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

    The Dangers of Drafting and Executing a Will on Your Own

    The Dangers of Drafting and Executing a Will on Your Own
    With the influx of information on the internet today, you can find just about anything on the web. There are all sorts of do-it-yourself websites and instructional videos that allow you to shoulder the work while cutting the extra costs of…
Rank this Week: 3806

CEB blog

CEB blog

Covers practice tips and new legal developments of particular interest to California legal professionals. The CEB blog covers a wide range of practice areas from estate planning to civil litigation, along with posts relating to the practice of law generally.

http://blog.ceb.com
  • Jul 25

    Should You Take on a Client Who’s Forming a Nonprofit?

    Should You Take on a Client Who’s Forming a Nonprofit?
    You get a call from a potential client who wants to set up a new nonprofit organization. Here are some questions to ask before you commit to the task. The first thing to do when asked to set up a nonprofit is to gather enough information to…
  • Jul 23

    Getting Your Fees Along the Way

    Getting Your Fees Along the Way
    Can’t wait until you win the case to get your attorney fees? Consider seeking an interim fee award based on your success along the way. Awarding interim fees (i.e., a fee award made before the case is completed) is an accepted procedure…
  • Jul 21

    Estate Planning Is Not Just for the Rich and Famou

    Estate Planning Is Not Just for the Rich and Famou
    The following is a guest blog post by April E. Frisby of Frisby Law. April is a lawyer in Orange County who practices business and securities transactional law, as well as estate planning. April is also an adjunct law professor at Whittier…
Rank this Week: 3978

Idaho Estate Planning

Idaho Estate Planning

Covers estate planning, elder law, veterans benefits and special needs trusts. By Mark E. Wight.

http://idahoestateplanning.typepad.com/idaho_estate_planning/
  • Jul 25

    Idaho Elder Law - Even Rhinestone Cowboys Need Care Planning

    Idaho Elder Law - Even Rhinestone Cowboys Need Care Planning
    [Glen Campbell's wife] Kim Campbell told The Associated Press in an email Thursday that the 78-year-old's Alzheimer's disease has progressed to the point that he needs access to medical care 24 hours a day.
  • Jul 24

    Idaho Estate Planning - Powers of Attorney

    Idaho Estate Planning - Powers of Attorney
    Generally, there are four types of powers of attorney, or POA.
  • Jul 23

    Idaho Estate Planning - A Few Things You May Not Know About Will

    Idaho Estate Planning - A Few Things You May Not Know About Will
    Your will is an essential tool in making sure that your property goes to the people you want to receive it after your death. By keeping these simple facts in mind, you can use this tool more effectively and avoid the mistakes that can cause…
Rank this Week: 607

New York Estate Planning Lawyer…

New York Estate Planning Lawyer Blog

Covers estate planning, estate administration and estate taxes. By Ettinger Law Firm.

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

    The Surge of Charitable Remainder Trust

    The Surge of Charitable Remainder Trust
    America currently has 72 million people from the Baby Boomer generation, the oldest of which are turning sixty-eight this year. That is also the average age when people decide to create charitable remainder trusts. Estate planning attorneys…
  • Jul 24

    New Reports - Phillip Seymour Hoffman Leaves All to Girlfriend

    New Reports - Phillip Seymour Hoffman Leaves All to Girlfriend
    In an interesting twist of events this week, court documents show that the late Phillip Seymour Hoffman left his entire estate to his girlfriend, Mimi O'Donnell. Hoffman died earlier this year at the age of forty-six of a heroin overdose at…
  • Jul 18

    Updating Your Estate Plan: Excuses Why People Don't & Reasons Why You Should

    Updating Your Estate Plan: Excuses Why People Don't & Reasons Why You Should
    Most people feel a sense of accomplishment after drafting and executing an estate plan. Afterwards, it is commonplace to file away the paperwork and promptly forget about the documents. The issue in this is that most people's lives change…
Rank this Week: 2040

Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning

Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning

Covers estate planning, elder law, asset protection, charitable giving, and business law. By Kyle E. Krull.

http://blog.kylekrull.com/kansas-missouri-estate-planning/
  • Jul 25

    Financial Advisors - How To Choose The Right One For You

    Financial Advisors - How To Choose The Right One For You
    Almost all of us can agree that we receive a lot of free advice, to include in the financial and estate planning area. It can get complicated quickly and there can be too much information on the internet alone. Consequently, many people do…
  • Jul 24

    Your Estate Plan - Sign It And Forget It?

    Your Estate Plan - Sign It And Forget It?
    Is your estate plan up-to-date? In my experience, the average age of the estate plans brought in for my review are about as old as the eldest child of those seeking the review. So, again, is your plan good to go, if you are suddenly gone?
  • Jul 23

    A Power Of Attorney Primer

    A Power Of Attorney Primer
    Quick. What is a "power of attorney"? Is there more than one "flavor"? What are the differences?
Rank this Week: 971

Minko Law Office Blog

Minko Law Office Blog

Covers estate planning and elder law.

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

    Married Couples – Estate Planning Goal

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

    Essential Estate Planning Rule

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

    3 Tips For Revocable Living Trust

    3 Tips For Revocable Living Trust
    If you are considering creating a revocable living trust, you might want to consider a few tips. A revocable living trust is one of the more popular estate planning tools available today. Many, if not most, people who create an estate plan in…
Rank this Week: 3943

American Academy of Estate…

American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys Blog

Provides legal marketing and estate planning legal updates.

http://www.aaepa.com/articles/
  • Jul 25

    Adventures Outside the Comfort Zone

    Adventures Outside the Comfort Zone
    Recently, my associates and I agreed to take a significant leap out of the carefully constructed comfort zone of our work environment. After many years together in an informal, small office space, we have joined the consulting division of a…
  • Jul 23

    Is A/B Planning Still the Gold Standard?

    Is A/B Planning Still the Gold Standard?
    For decades, estate planners have used a trust to hold the estate tax exclusion of the first spouse to die of a married couple. That trust had various different names: “B Trust,” “Credit Shelter Trust,” “Bypass…
  • Jul 21

    A Funeral for a King or Queen

    A Funeral for a King or Queen
    The 2006 film The Queen, starring Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth II, brilliantly illustrates the complications of funeral planning for a notable person. Estate planning clients may not be royalty, but perhaps you treat them like kings and…
Rank this Week: 3002

Parman & Easterday Blog

Parman & Easterday Blog

Covers elder law and estate planning.

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

    Free Estate Planning and Education Seminar

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

    Care Management for the Elderly

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

    Stretching Your IRA for the Next Generation

    Stretching Your IRA for the Next Generation
    As traditional pension plans have largely been eliminated in recent decades, it is very common for people to have a large portion of their financial wealth held in an Individual Retirement Plan (IRA).  Naming a trust as the beneficiary…
Rank this Week: 4760

Mendel Law Firm Blog

Mendel Law Firm Blog

Covers estate planning.

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

    Famous Estates – Legacy Champ or Chump?

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

    Thought for the Day:

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

    Hitting a Fastball

    Hitting a Fastball
    Many things in life seem like they are easy to do until you actually try to do them. This is one of the reasons that people enjoy watching sports so much. They seem so easy, but anyone who has ever tried to play a sport knows that it is…
Rank this Week: 3949

Toronto Estate Law Blog

Toronto Estate Law Blog

Covers estate litigation, ethics, executors & trustees, succession planning and wills. Includes podcasts on estate and succession planning. By Hull & Hull.

http://estatelaw.hullandhull.com/
  • Jul 25

    Late actor’s whiskey brand the subject of litigation

    Late actor’s whiskey brand the subject of litigation
    John Wayne was known by many of his fans as “the Duke”.  Now, thirty-five years after the late actor’s death, his estate is involved in litigation with respect to the use of Wayne’s iconic nickname and image. The…
  • Jul 24

    Choosing the Wrong Attorney for Property

    Choosing the Wrong Attorney for Property
    Several recent matters before British courts highlight the damage that can be done when one appoints the wrong person as a continuing attorney for property. One article tells the story of a World War II veteran and successful entrepreneur who…
  • Jul 23

    Parents are not having Financial Planning Discussions with their Children Early Enough

    Parents are not having Financial Planning Discussions with their Children Early Enough
    A recent study from an American investment firm notes some surprising revelations about the conversations parents are having with their adult children about financial planning. Approximately 40% of parents have not discussed issues such as…
Rank this Week: 363

Arizona Senior Law Blog

Arizona Senior Law Blog

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

http://www.arizonaseniorlaw.com/news/
  • Jul 24

    CSMIA- New Eligibility limit for 2014

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

    Breaking Down the Affordable Care Act

    Breaking Down the Affordable Care Act
    Our latest Arizona Republic article in the weekly Aging and the Law column can be found below. Our column runs every Friday in select Arizona cities. Q: I keep reading about how Governor Brewer is at odds with state legislators because she…
  • Jul 15

    When to start planning for ALTCS

    When to start planning for ALTCS
    Our latest Arizona Republic article in the weekly Aging and the Law column can be found below. Our column runs every Friday in select Arizona cities. Q: A couple of weeks ago, my father suffered a fairly severe stroke.  After a brief…
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Connecticut Estate Planning…

Connecticut Estate Planning Attorneys Blog

Covers estate planning. By CzepigaDalyPope LLC.

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

    How to Qualify for Medicaid Benefits by Planning Now

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

    Compassionate Allowances: Fast Track to Social Security Disability Benefit

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

    Family Caregivers – Yes You Can Take a Vacation!

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

King Law Offices Blog

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

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

    Grandparent Custody and Visitation Right

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

    Getting Sued?

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

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

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

Givner & Kaye Blog

Covers estate and tax planning.

http://www.givnerkaye.com/blog/
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Crider Law P.C. Blog

Crider Law P.C. Blog

Covers elder law, estate planning and family law.

http://www.criderlaw.net/blog/
  • Jul 24

    Proper Estate Planning Can Ease Everyone’s Mind

    Proper Estate Planning Can Ease Everyone’s Mind
    While death is just as inevitable as taxes, dying without being properly prepared is not. Proper estate planning, one that delves into as many contingencies as possible, can provide great comfort to not only the person reaching the end of the…
  • Jul 17

    Planning For Death, Like Estate Planning, Is A Last Gift To Loved One

    Planning For Death, Like Estate Planning, Is A Last Gift To Loved One
    Proper estate planning is like a gift people give to their loved ones and possibly to organizations they wish to include in the disbursement of their holdings. Another gift, one that is much more emotionally charged but equally important, is…
  • Jul 10

    Celebrity Estate Planning Foul-Ups Provide Lessons To Learn From

    Celebrity Estate Planning Foul-Ups Provide Lessons To Learn From
    An article in Forbes magazine a while back points out that there are lessons to be learned in estate planning from some celebrities. For the most part that lesson is: Don’t do what these people did. “Like many Americans, you may…
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Florida Elder Law and Estate Blog

Florida Elder Law and Estate Blog

Covers Florida estate planning, probate, and construction law issues. By the Law Office of R. Kellen Bryant., P.L.

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

    Difference Between Living Trust and Durable Power of Attorney

    Difference Between Living Trust and Durable Power of Attorney
    The purpose of this article is to explain the difference between a revocable living trust and durable power of attorney. There’s going to be three main things I’m going to address. Definition of Both a Revocable Living Trust and a…
  • Jul 23

    3 Critical Components of an Estate Planning Checklist

    3 Critical Components of an Estate Planning Checklist
    Your Primary Estate Planning Checklist Components The purpose of this article is to explain what kind of estate planning checklist you need to have before you meet with me or another estate planning attorney. Three important three keys you…
  • Jul 3

    How to Start Estate Planning Conversations with Your Aging Parent

    How to Start Estate Planning Conversations with Your Aging Parent
    There are several aspects of estate planning in Florida that are less than fun, and that means that a lot of people choose to put the process off indefinitely.  There’s the need to gather a lot of documentation together, pay for an estate…
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The Zimmer Law Firm

The Zimmer Law Firm

Covers elder law, estate planning, Medicaid, probate, wills and trusts.

http://www.zimmerlawfirm.com/blog/
  • Jul 24

    Should I Create a Joint Tenancy With My Child?

    Should I Create a Joint Tenancy With My Child?
    Joint tenancy is a subject that is often discussed when people are asking questions about asset transfers. Joint tenancy is a rather fancy term for describing co-ownership of property. You could make someone a joint tenant, and this person…
  • Jul 22

    What Is a Qualified Personal Residence Trust?

    What Is a Qualified Personal Residence Trust?
    The federal estate tax looms large if you are a person of significant financial means. At the present time, the amount of the federal estate tax exclusion is $5.34 million. This is the amount that could be transferred before the federal…
  • Jul 17

    The Forgotten Part of Your Estate Plan: Your Digital Asset

    The Forgotten Part of Your Estate Plan: Your Digital Asset
    Until about a decade or so ago, the estate settling process typically followed a very routine process. Once a person died, family members would notify that person’s estate planning attorney so they could begin a state settling process.…
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Duffy Law Office

Duffy Law Office

Covers estate planning and elder law in Iowa.

http://www.duffylawoffice.com/blog/
  • Jul 24

    Can I Just Plan My Own Estate?

    Can I Just Plan My Own Estate?
    They say that you should not answer a question with another question. However, this is irresistible when you are talking about do-it-yourself estate planning. Can you just plan your own estate? Technically, anyone can try to execute estate…
  • Jul 22

    What Is a Grantor Retained Annuity Trust?

    What Is a Grantor Retained Annuity Trust?
    One of the most important estate planning considerations for high net worth individuals is the potential impact of the federal estate tax. The tax carries a top rate of 40 percent, so we are talking about a very significant bite. At the…
  • Jul 17

    What Is a Living Trust Successor Trustee?

    What Is a Living Trust Successor Trustee?
    In this post we will look at the role of the revocable living trust successor trustee, but we should first explain the value of these trusts. A Few Words About Wills and Probate If you are not extraordinarily wealthy, you may assume that you…
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Deborah Sexton Law Office, P. A.…

Deborah Sexton Law Office, P. A. Blog

Covers estate planning and elder law.

http://www.arkansas-estateplanning.com/blog/
  • Jul 24

    How to Leave Your Estate to Your Spouse Tax Free

    How to Leave Your Estate to Your Spouse Tax Free
    One of the primary concerns in estate planning is taxes.  Your estate plan should be created with the goal of decreasing or eliminating taxes, to every extent possible.  The federal estate tax rate is currently at a hefty 40%. …
  • Jul 21

    How do you Nominate a Guardian?

    How do you Nominate a Guardian?
    Regrettably, we cannot predict when an illness or injury will strike.  Nor are we able to anticipate that a loved-one may be left incapacitated.  If this ever happens, it helps to have a general understanding of the many options…
  • Jul 17

    How Are Elder Law Attorneys’ Fees Charged?

    How Are Elder Law Attorneys’ Fees Charged?
    Considering having a will drafted?  Need to discuss the creation of a power of attorney?  An Elder Law attorney in Fayetteville can assist you with those, and many other, elder law and estate planning issues.  Elder law…
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The Law Office of Michael…

The Law Office of Michael Robinson, P.C.

Covers elder law and estate planning.

http://www.mrobinsonlaw.com/blog/
  • Jul 24

    5 Essential Estate Planning Rule

    5 Essential Estate Planning Rule
    While estate planning can seem like an incredibly complicated and difficult subject, it’s easier to understand it if you keep a few simple rules in mind. When you create an estate plan you won’t be required to have a vast and…
  • Jul 21

    What You Should Know About Rochester Estate Planning and the Statute of Limitation

    What You Should Know About Rochester Estate Planning and the Statute of Limitation
    As someone visiting a Rochester estate planning lawyer for the first time, there are a lot of legal ideas, such as the statute of limitations, that you might’ve heard about but aren’t exactly sure how they work. When it comes to…
  • Jul 17

    What Is the Annual Gift Tax Exclusion?

    What Is the Annual Gift Tax Exclusion?
    Before we explain the annual gift tax exclusion, we should provide a bit of background information. The estate tax was established in 1916. At first, there was no gift tax. As a result, high net worth individuals gave gifts while they were…
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Buffalo NY Attorneys Blog

Buffalo NY Attorneys Blog

Covers New York elder law, estate law, and real estate legal issues. By Robert Friedman.

http://www.wny-lawyers.com/blog/
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Law Office of Roy W. Litherland…

Law Office of Roy W. Litherland Blog

Covers estate planning, probate and living trusts.

http://www.attorneyoffice.com/blog/
  • Jul 24

    What Is Estate Tax Exclusion Portability?

    What Is Estate Tax Exclusion Portability?
    High net worth individuals must be very aware of the potential impact of the federal estate tax. This tax carries a maximum rate of 40 percent, so it can take a heavy toll on the financial legacy that you are leaving behind to your loved…
  • Jul 22

    When Is a Federal Estate Tax Return Due?

    When Is a Federal Estate Tax Return Due?
    The estate tax is a factor if the value of your estate exceeds the amount of the federal estate tax credit or exclusion. For the rest of 2014, the federal estate tax exclusion is $5.34 million. If your assets do not exceed this amount, you…
  • Jul 17

    Who Can Act as an Agent Under a Power of Attorney?

    Who Can Act as an Agent Under a Power of Attorney?
    Your estate plan should ideally be looked upon as the culmination of a long-term financial plan. It is important to prepare for your active retirement years so that you can enjoy that stage of life, and there are also the twilight years that…
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New York Probate and Estate…

New York Probate and Estate Administration Blog

Published by Stephen Bilkis & Associates

http://www.newyorkprobateestateadministration.com/
  • Jul 23

    The Issue in this Case is Whether Attorneys Fees Should be Granted

    The Issue in this Case is Whether Attorneys Fees Should be Granted
    A New York Probate Lawyer said that, before the court is the first and final account of the Public Administrator for the estate of the decedent, who died intestate, a resident of Hempstead, on June 21, 1993, leaving one daughter, surviving.…
  • Jul 10

    Court Decides a Case Regarding Kinship Issue

    Court Decides a Case Regarding Kinship Issue
    A New York Probate Lawyer said this is a case of accounting of the Public Administrator, where the issue of kinship was referred to a court attorney/referee pursuant to SCPA 506. All parties stipulated to waive the report of the referee and…
  • Jul 9

    Court Determines Legal Fees in Probate Case

    Court Determines Legal Fees in Probate Case
    A New York Probate Lawyer said that, before the court is the first and final account of the Public Administrator for the estate of the decedent, who died intestate, a resident of Hempstead, on June 21, 1993, leaving one daughter, surviving.…
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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/
  • Jul 23

    Bill would fund Hampton Roads veteran care center

    Bill would fund Hampton Roads veteran care center
    A bill has been introduced in the Virginia state legislature to provide state funding for a new health care center for veterans in Hampton Roads, The facility would supplement the care provided by the Hampton VA Medical Center. The new center…
  • Jun 30

    Advance Medical Directives Need Easy Accessibility

    Advance Medical Directives Need Easy Accessibility
    Many people are aware of the importance of advance medical directives. In the event that you become incapacitated, these directives detail what procedures you do or do not want and who should make decisions for you. Because these are…
  • Jun 18

    Continuing Care Retirement Communities Offer One Option for Retiree

    Continuing Care Retirement Communities Offer One Option for Retiree
    There are many living options available for seniors, and continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs) have become one of the most attractive. Many retirees consider such communities because they typically provide a range of services in one…
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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/
  • Jul 23

    Durable Power of Attorney in Reno: What Are Its Advantages?

    Durable Power of Attorney in Reno: What Are Its Advantages?
    One of the most important estate planning tools in Reno, Nevada is the durable power of attorney.  This tool makes it possible for you to choose someone you trust to handle your affairs in the event you become incapable of doing it…
  • Jul 17

    Living Trust vs Power of Attorney

    Living Trust vs Power of Attorney
    Living Trust vs Power of Attorney?  The answer may surprise you.  In order to create a comprehensive estate plan, you actually need both.  Estate planning is much more than simply transferring your assets to your loved…
  • Jul 9

    Do Heirs Pay Taxes on Inheritance?

    Do Heirs Pay Taxes on Inheritance?
    So, you just received a notice that you will inherit from your great aunt’s estate.  A wonderful surprise, no doubt.  Of course, an estate may be required to pay taxes to the government, but do heirs pay taxes on the…
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Long Island Estate Planning…

Long Island Estate Planning Questions & Answers

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

http://longislandestatesattorney.com/faqs/
  • Jul 23

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

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

    Totten Trusts on Long Island

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

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

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

Your Texas Estate Plan

Covers tax and estate planning. By Jacob Pelley.

http://www.yourtexasestateplan.com/
  • Jul 23

    Estate tax Repeal Musing

    Estate tax Repeal Musing
    Relevant in 2011, but still funnyEvery couple years when the election cycles roll around, someone brings up the estate tax again. It is usually when we are not at war, arguing about when a fetus is viable, if universal healthcare is a good…
  • May 23

    All in the Family: Disputes between relative

    All in the Family: Disputes between relative
    "Family quarrels are bitter things. They don't go according to any rules. They're not like aches or wounds, they're more like splits in the skin that won't heal because there's not enough material."~F. Scott FitzgeraldBackground:In the Texas…
  • May 12

    Intestate Distribution in Texas, Again

    Intestate Distribution in Texas, Again
    I've done this once before, but I almost like Judge Steve King's chart even better. Also, this is more aligned to how the probate judges want the respective shares of beneficiaries listed on an application.So, if you die without a will in…
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Wealth Law Blog

Wealth Law Blog

Covers building, protecting and distributing wealth. By Samuels Yoelin Kantor LLP.

http://samuelslaw.com/blog/
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Andrew Flusche, Virginia Lawyer

Andrew Flusche, Virginia Lawyer

Covers Virginia drunk driving, reckless driving and speeding offenses.

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

    Not Many Texting While Driving Ticket

    Not Many Texting While Driving Ticket
    Last year Virginia law was changed to make texting while driving a primary offense, which means an officer can pull you over solely because thinks you’re texting. But are tickets being written for texting? Not really. According to the…
  • Jul 18

    Virginia Speeding Ticket When Out of State

    Virginia Speeding Ticket When Out of State
    If you’ve received a Virginia speeding ticket when you’re out of state, you’re in the right place to learn how to handle it. This video gives you a quick overview of the situation. I’m a local attorney who focuses on…
  • Jul 18

    Virginia Reckless Driving Penaltie

    Virginia Reckless Driving Penaltie
    There are a wide variety of Virginia reckless driving penalties that a judge can impose. I explain a few of them in this video, so you can begin to learn about your case. Virginia Reckless Driving Penalties Video Transcription Hi, my name is…
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