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Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof…

Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof Blog

By Gerry W. Beyer.

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/trusts_estates_prof/
  • Sep 22

    Getting the Most Out of Your 401(k)

    Getting the Most Out of Your 401(k)
    The 401(k) market has undergone major changes within the past few years. New investment options have been added, the rules have changed for contributions, and Roth contributions have become another option for your plan. Yet not everyone is…
  • Sep 22

    The Fault in Inheritance

    The Fault in Inheritance
    Although many children have no expectation of receiving an inheritance, the vast majority of retirees cling to the intention that they must leave something behind. While these parents may seem loving and devoted, it is also somewhat foolish.…
  • Sep 22

    Power of Attorney Basic

    Power of Attorney Basic
    The power of attorney (POA) is one of the most important documents in an estate plan, and can often be overlooked by many. A POA authorizes someone, the attorney-in fact (AIF), to act on behalf of the person executing the...
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Nash Nash Bean & Ford, LLP Blog

Nash Nash Bean & Ford, LLP Blog

Covers elder law and estate planning.

http://www.nashbeanford.com/blog/
  • Sep 22

    How Long Does It Take to Set Up a Trust?

    How Long Does It Take to Set Up a Trust?
    A comprehensive estate plan can be as simple or as complex as your needs warrant. For most people, the foundation of any estate plan is a Last Will and Testament. If you are young, single, and without significant assets you may not need more…
  • Sep 17

    How Soon Can I Get Medicaid in Illinois?

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

    Estate Planning Lessons from the Late Robin William

    Estate Planning Lessons from the Late Robin William
    In the United States we are fascinated, sometimes obsessed, with celebrities. When a celebrity dies, we often turn that interest toward the estate left behind by the celebrity. How much money was left behind? What gets his/her money? It…
Rank this Week: 2917

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/
  • Sep 22

    Understanding the Probate Proce

    Understanding the Probate Proce
    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:  My father passed away more than 15 years ago, leaving everything to my mother, who…
  • Sep 16

    How to Secure Disabled Child’s Future

    How to Secure Disabled Child’s Future
    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 have an adult son with a disability.  He lives on his own, but I have supported…
  • Aug 26

    ALTCS Enforces Travel Limitation

    ALTCS Enforces Travel Limitation
    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: My husband and I live in Arizona, but most of our family lives out-of-state.  Like…
Rank this Week: 1667

Nirenstein, Horowitz & Associates,…

Nirenstein, Horowitz & Associates, P.C. Blog

Covers Connecticut estate planning, probate and elder law.

http://www.preserveyourestate.net/blog/
  • Sep 22

    How Long Do Large Inheritances Typically Last?

    How Long Do Large Inheritances Typically Last?
    Wealth preservation is an important consideration for people who have been very successful throughout their lives. You have to understand the fact that the federal estate tax is sitting poised to consume 40% of the taxable portion of your…
  • Sep 19

    Two Wills You May Overlook

    Two Wills You May Overlook
    There are a number of estate planning documents that the typical layperson may not have ever heard of, but the last will is certainly not among them. This document is the most frequently used estate planning tool and we all know that it can…
  • Sep 17

    The Legacy of Jerry Bu

    The Legacy of Jerry Bu
    Legacy planning is something to consider when you are thinking about the future. It is important to take care of the practical side of things and properly arrange for the transfer of your assets to your loved ones of course. However, many…
Rank this Week: 3116

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/
  • Sep 22

    Disinheritance is a Sticky Situation

    Disinheritance is a Sticky Situation
    One should take steps to avoid fighting among family members by properly planning in advance especially if they plan to do something unusual.
  • Sep 19

    Financial Tips from a State Treasurer

    Financial Tips from a State Treasurer
    There are many simple things that each of us can do at any time to manage our money and plan for our financial future.
  • Sep 17

    Leaving an Inheritance vs. Giving to Charity

    Leaving an Inheritance vs. Giving to Charity
    Whether you wish to leave you estate to a charity or your family, you should take steps to create a plan that accomplishes what you want.
Rank this Week: 3505

California Trust, Estate & Probate…

California Trust, Estate & Probate Litigation

Covers estate planning, probate, trusts and wills. By Albertson & Davidson LLP.

http://www.californiatrustestateandprobatelitigation.com
  • Sep 22

    The Most Important Question for Your California Trust and Will Lawsuit

    The Most Important Question for Your California Trust and Will Lawsuit
    California’s Form Interrogatory 15.1 is probably the most important question you will ever ask in your Trust or Will lawsuit.  Why?  Because it requires the opposing party to tell you all facts, witnesses and documents they…
  • Sep 18

    What Are You Waiting For? Don’t sit on your rights to contest a California Trust or Will

    What Are You Waiting For? Don’t sit on your rights to contest a California Trust or Will
    If you think you have been wrongly disinherited from an estate, please do me a favor and act quickly.  I cannot tell you how many people I have talked to who have great claims, or rather HAD great claims, only to find out that they…
  • Sep 10

    How to Use a Financial Elder Abuse Claim in Your California Trust or Will Contest

    How to Use a Financial Elder Abuse Claim in Your California Trust or Will Contest
    When you bring a Will or Trust contest the facts you use to overturn an unfair Will or Trust may also apply to support a Financial Elder Abuse claim.  It is important to know how to use a Financial Elder Abuse claim properly. For our…
Rank this Week: 3865

Florida Probate Litigation

Florida Probate Litigation

Covers corporate trustees, compensation disputes, contested guardianship proceedings, creditors' claims, homestead litigation, will construction litigation, and trust and estates litigation. By Juan C. Antunez.

http://www.flprobatelitigation.com/
Rank this Week: 345

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/
  • Sep 22

    Idaho Estate Planning - Will His Heirs Inherit Andrew Madoff's Estate?

    Idaho Estate Planning - Will His Heirs Inherit Andrew Madoff's Estate?
    Bernard Madoff is serving a 150-year term in federal prison in North Carolina. Though sued for millions of dollars, his sons were never charged with complicity in the fraud, or with any other wrongdoing, although they never shed public…
  • Sep 19

    Idaho Elder Law - Never Assume a Will is All You Need

    Idaho Elder Law - Never Assume a Will is All You Need
    The information family and friends will need when a loved one dies goes far beyond those much-talked-about documents, and having them can make the end of life just a little less painful for those who remain behind.
  • Sep 18

    Idaho Estate Planning "Can We Talk?" Joan Rivers Funeral Cost Could Reduce Estate Tax

    Idaho Estate Planning "Can We Talk?" Joan Rivers Funeral Cost Could Reduce Estate Tax
    Rivers would have probably gotten a kick out of the fact that the expenses associated with her funeral are tax deductible for federal estate tax purposes – though as a smart business woman, I suspect she already knew that.
Rank this Week: 1449

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
  • Sep 22

    Be Ready to Oppose Motions in Limine

    Be Ready to Oppose Motions in Limine
    In limine motions are a great litigation tool—they get evidence admitted or excluded before it’s even offered. You’ve probably been advised to use them whenever appropriate. But opposing counsel also will have received this…
  • Sep 19

    7 Facts Every Judge and Attorney Should Know When Domestic Violence Involves Strangulation

    7 Facts Every Judge and Attorney Should Know When Domestic Violence Involves Strangulation
    The following is a guest blog post by Hon. Alan Pendleton, Tenth Judicial District Court Judge in Anoka, Minnesota and Gael B. Strack, JD, CEO and Co-Founder of the Family Justice Center Alliance in San Diego. The arrests of Ravens…
  • Sep 17

    Ever Heard of Implied Hearsay?

    Ever Heard of Implied Hearsay?
    Most of us think about hearsay in connection with facts that are expressly stated. But an out-of-court statement that’s offered to prove the truth of the facts implied by the statement is also hearsay and inadmissible unless an…
Rank this Week: 2075

Northern California Center for…

Northern California Center for Estate Planning and Elder Law

Covers estate planning.

http://www.norcalplanners.com/blog/
  • Sep 22

    Commonly Asked Questions About Your Rights in a Power of Attorney

    Commonly Asked Questions About Your Rights in a Power of Attorney
    You might know that a power of attorney will play a key role in any estate plan you choose to create. What you might not realize, however, is that by creating a power of attorney, you give decision-making authority to other people. Those…
  • Sep 17

    3 Tips for Incapacity Planning

    3 Tips for Incapacity Planning
    Regardless of your age or circumstances, everyone  should have an incapacity plan. The law allows capable adults to make decisions about what they want to happen to them should they lose their ability to communicate or make choices. This…
  • Sep 16

    Serving Under a Power of Attorney: Commonly Asked Question

    Serving Under a Power of Attorney: Commonly Asked Question
    If you are ever asked to serve as an agent under a power of attorney, there are several issues you will need to consider before you accept. Serving as an agent comes with both responsibilities and privileges. The person asking you to serve as…
Rank this Week: 2478

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/
  • Sep 22

    Estate Planning - A DIY Project?

    Estate Planning - A DIY Project?
    Americans are by nature, get it done people. In fact, we can figure out and do almost anything. [Perhaps major surgery excepted.] But what about estate planning? Should you give that a go on your own?
  • Sep 19

    Lessons Learned - The Anna Nicole Smith Estate

    Lessons Learned - The Anna Nicole Smith Estate
    Some stories just seem to keep resurfacing in the news, even though they are long-forgotten by most. Such is the case of the Anna Nicole Smith estate and its lawsuit against the heirs of her billionaire husband J. Howard Marshall. The stories…
  • Sep 18

    New Reverse Mortgage Loan Protection

    New Reverse Mortgage Loan Protection
    What sounds too good to be true, just might be. So it is (or has been) when it comes to getting the equity out of your home while you continue to live there. Enter an unpleasant and unintended consequence of reverse mortgages.
Rank this Week: 1368

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/
  • Sep 22

    How to Fund a Living Trust

    How to Fund a Living Trust
    There are many benefits to be gained from creating a living trust.  Some of these benefits include being able to protect certain property for your beneficiaries, reducing estate taxes, planning for your incapacity and avoiding will…
  • Sep 18

    What is an ILIT?

    What is an ILIT?
    You may have heard the term, or seen the acronym, “ILIT” and wondered what is an ILIT?  It refers to an Irrevocable Life Insurance Trust, and it can be a very valuable estate planning tool.  An irrevocable trust…
  • Sep 15

    What is the Medicaid Monthly Maintenance Needs Allowance?

    What is the Medicaid Monthly Maintenance Needs Allowance?
    Most of us know that, in order to qualify for Medicaid, you have to have pretty limited income and assets.  The assets you do have, with a few exceptions, must be used to help pay for your medical expenses in certain situations. …
Rank this Week: 2810

American Academy of Estate…

American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys Blog

Provides legal marketing and estate planning legal updates.

http://www.aaepa.com/articles/
  • Sep 22

    Remain Top of Mind & Earn More Business With These 5 Email

    Remain Top of Mind & Earn More Business With These 5 Email
    Emails are a cost-effective way to nurture clients and leads and remain top of mind. But simply sending out a slew of mass emails won’t help you gain credibility, build trust and earn more business. Marketing estate planning services…
  • Sep 19

    School’s Back in Session! How Kids Can Teach Us Something About Organization

    School’s Back in Session! How Kids Can Teach Us Something About Organization
    Early September is back to school time. Like so many families this time of year, my husband and I set out to get our kids ready for their first day of school. Part of me was disappointed that summer had flown by so quickly. However, it was…
  • Sep 17

    End-of-Life Planning: Estate Planning at its Core

    End-of-Life Planning: Estate Planning at its Core
    As estate planning attorneys, we do many things for clients: We help clients plan for their own disability; We help clients decide who will manage their assets and care for them when they are sick; We help clients decide what will happen with…
Rank this Week: 2685

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/
  • Sep 22

    How to make homes safer for senior

    How to make homes safer for senior
    Older adults who continue to live independently at home will need a safe space in which to live. Making the home safe is essential for preventing injuries. Each year, around 7,000 elderly people die in accidents at home, while millions more…
  • Aug 31

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

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

    Seniors may qualify for Medicaid by spending down assets safely

    Seniors may qualify for Medicaid by spending down assets safely
    Federal law dictates that only someone below a benchmark level of assets can qualify for Medicaid, beyond which it is determined that the individual does not have the assets to pay for his or her own care. Many seniors who apply do not…
Rank this Week: 2464

Potter Law Firm Blog

Potter Law Firm Blog

Covers estate planning and elder law.

http://www.potterestateplanning.com/blog/
  • Sep 22

    What Is the Capital Gains Tax?

    What Is the Capital Gains Tax?
    People have questions about how taxation affects estate planning, and rightfully so. There are multiple different taxes that can come into play, including the capital gains tax. In this post we will look at these taxes and provide some…
  • Sep 19

    Can an Executor Distribute Property Immediately?

    Can an Executor Distribute Property Immediately?
    The last will or last will and testament is the most commonly used vehicle of asset transfer in the field of estate planning. Years ago, the testament portion was used to distribute personal property, and the will was utilized to distribute…
  • Sep 10

    Is There More Than One Type of Will?

    Is There More Than One Type of Will?
    When you think about estate planning, the document called a last will or last will and testament might come to mind. You can use a last will to state your final wishes regarding the transfer of your monetary assets. If you are the parent of a…
Rank this Week: 2875

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/
  • Sep 21

    Even celebrities make estate planning mistake

    Even celebrities make estate planning mistake
    We’ve previously blogged about the importance of having a will here (and updating your estate plan here). Too often, however, individuals fail to take the steps necessary to draft a will or set up a proper estate plan; this is…
  • Sep 19

    “Death Row Dinners” – Bad Taste?

    “Death Row Dinners” – Bad Taste?
    A London “pop-up” restaurant planned to recreate and sell dinners requested by death row prisoners as their last meal.  However, criticism lead to the event’s possible cancellation before it was even held. According to…
  • Sep 18

    UPDATE: Cowderoy v. Sorkos Estate Revisited Revisited

    UPDATE: Cowderoy v. Sorkos Estate Revisited Revisited
    On September 7, 2012, we blogged on the trial decision of Cowderoy v. Sorkos Estate.  At trial, the court found that the deceased had repeatedly promised his step-grandchildren his farm and two cottage properties.  Applying the…
Rank this Week: 859

Elder Counsel Blog

Elder Counsel Blog

Provides education and tools for Elder Law and Special Needs Attorneys.

http://www.eldercounsel.com/blog/
Rank this Week: 2128

Estateography

Estateography

By Alvi Aggarwal.

http://www.estateography.com/
  • Sep 21

    Transferring Mortgaged Real Estate to Your Revocable Trust

    Transferring Mortgaged Real Estate to Your Revocable Trust
    (or: why we have to ask the mortgage company for permission to transfer the rental property but not the house) People usually establish revocable trusts to facilitate the management of their assets if they become incapacitated and to avoid…
  • Aug 14

    Organ Donation--Not Just a Yes or No Choice

    Organ Donation--Not Just a Yes or No Choice
    When you go the DMV for a drivers license, you might check a box regarding organ donation. At the DMV in Virginia, organ donation is a yes or no question. You either check the box to become a donor or leave to box blank to not to become a…
  • Jul 23

    Resigning as Trustee

    Resigning as Trustee
    Many people seem to think of being a trustee as being like having a job. But, in many ways, being a trustee is nothing like a job. The difference is particularly important when it comes to resigning. Quitting a job is often a matter of…
Rank this Week: 1784

Hauptman and Hauptman, P.C. Blog

Hauptman and Hauptman, P.C. Blog

Covers guardianship, Medicaid, probate and estate administration.

http://www.hauptmanlaw.com/blog
  • Sep 21

    A $500,000 Estate Planning Mistake

    A $500,000 Estate Planning Mistake
                    Mary called after her husband, John had died.   She had questions about his will and his 401k.   Mary was John’s second wife…
  • Sep 14

    Can I Leave the House to my Children and not my Spouse? (Part 2)

    Can I Leave the House to my Children and not my Spouse? (Part 2)
                    Last week I was telling you about Sara, who called about her Mom.  Dad left the house to Sara and her sisters but because of something called the…
  • Sep 7

    Can I Leave the House to my Children instead of my Spouse?

    Can I Leave the House to my Children instead of my Spouse?
                    Sara called because her mom, living at home, needed nursing home care and would need Medicaid after spending down her remaining $20,000 of…
Rank this Week: 2808

Tennessee Wills and Estates

Tennessee Wills and Estates

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

http://www.tennesseewillsandestates.com
Rank this Week: 2624

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/
  • Sep 21

    Estate planning mistakes women make

    Estate planning mistakes women make
    Not long ago, I was asked by a reporter to describe some estate planning mistakes women make. As a rule, I don't find a huge difference between the mistakes made by men and those made by women in terms of estate planning when both partners…
  • Sep 14

    How the rich die - bizarre celebrity last wills and testament

    How the rich die - bizarre celebrity last wills and testament
    Here's a bit of light reading for the weekend. Click here to read an article from www.fad-nation.com that gives a short list of what they consider bizarre wills and estates. The attached picture accompanied the article mentioned.
  • Sep 11

    Doctors impose DNR order, ignore family's pleas, leading to patient's death

    Doctors impose DNR order, ignore family's pleas, leading to patient's death
    You might be aware that recently doctors in Toronto did not assist Douglas DeGuerre, an elderly man who was having a heart attack, with the result that Mr. DeGuerre died. He was very sick with heart disease, diabetes, and other conditions,…
Rank this Week: 828

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/
  • Sep 21

    Free Report: Estate Planning Demystified

    Free Report: Estate Planning Demystified
    Because so many people are uninformed, a high percentage of Americans are going through life without an estate plan. When you understand the facts, you invariably take action because you know why estate planning is important. With the above…
  • Sep 18

    Can I Be Held Responsible for a Parent’s Nursing Home Expenses?

    Can I Be Held Responsible for a Parent’s Nursing Home Expenses?
    Nursing home expenses are a very big cause of concern within the elder care community. The post Can I Be Held Responsible for a Parent’s Nursing Home Expenses? appeared first on Law Office of Roy W. Litherland.
  • Sep 17

    Gifting Money to Your Children AFTER You’ve Entered a Nursing Home (An Elder Law Today Blog)

    Gifting Money to Your Children AFTER You’ve Entered a Nursing Home (An Elder Law Today Blog)
    There are so many misconceptions surrounding Medi-Cal with respect to financial gifts, that we thought we would address some of the more frequently asked questions The post Gifting Money to Your Children AFTER You’ve Entered a Nursing…
Rank this Week: 2481

The Thorpe Law Firm, P.A.

The Thorpe Law Firm, P.A.

Covers Florida real estate law, foreclosure defense, bankruptcy, estate planning and family law.

http://www.thorpelawfirm.com/blog/
  • Sep 20

    Trump Entertainment Resort Files for Bankruptcy

    Trump Entertainment Resort Files for Bankruptcy
    Trump Entertainment Resorts has filed bankruptcy for the third time. The action represents yet another blow to Atlantic City’s struggling casino gaming industry. The company runs two casinos in the city. With an ever-increasing level of…
  • Aug 25

    Parliament House Files Bankruptcy

    Parliament House Files Bankruptcy
    Parliament House, an iconic gay destination entertainment complex and resort in Orlando, Florida, has filed for bankruptcy. The parent company is currently $15.5 million in debt. Set on 4.5-acres along Orange Blossom Trail, just about one and…
  • Aug 25

    Parliament House Files Bankruptcy

    Parliament House Files Bankruptcy
    Parliament House, an iconic gay destination entertainment complex and resort in Orlando, Florida, has filed for bankruptcy. The parent company is currently $15.5 million in debt. Set on 4.5-acres along Orange Blossom Trail, just about one and…
Rank this Week: 3056

Rule of Law

Rule of Law

Covers British Columbia wills, trusts and estates law, elder law and estate litigation. By Stan Rule.

http://rulelaw.blogspot.com/
  • Sep 20

    Termination of Statutory Property Guardianship

    Termination of Statutory Property Guardianship
    I have written two previous posts on British Columbia’s new statutory property guardianship legislation and regulation coming into effect on December 1, 2014, the first dealing with the procedures for issuing a certificate of incapacity…
  • Sep 14

    Kimberly Wallis Speaking About Rectification at Okanagan Wills and Trusts CBA Section Meeting

    Kimberly Wallis Speaking About Rectification at Okanagan Wills and Trusts CBA Section Meeting
    My partner Kim Wallis will be speaking this Wednesday, September 17, 2014, on the topic of rectification including the new provision, section 59, in the Wills, Estates and Succession Act on rectification of wills, to the Okanagan Wills and…
  • Sep 10

    Test of Incapability in New Statutory Property Guardianship Regulation

    Test of Incapability in New Statutory Property Guardianship Regulation
    In my post last week, I wrote about the new statutory property guardianship legislation and regulation coming into effect on December 1, 2014, under which the Public Guardian and Trustee may be appointed a statutory property guardian for a…
Rank this Week: 988

Law Offices of Cheryl David

Law Offices of Cheryl David

Covers estate planning and elder law in North Carolina.

http://www.cheryldavid.com/blog/
  • Sep 20

    Thinking About Moving for Retirement? Think of Estate Planning Too.

    Thinking About Moving for Retirement? Think of Estate Planning Too.
    When people in the Greensboro, North Carolina area reach retirement age and think about moving, they should also take time to think of estate planning as well. Even though moving to a new state won’t necessarily mean that you’ll…
  • Sep 15

    Your Estate Plan Will Change as You Age – Part 2

    Your Estate Plan Will Change as You Age – Part 2
    Last week we looked at how the average North Carolina estate plan will change over time. This week we are going to continue our exploration of the common changes that take place with your plan as you age by looking at additional issues that…
  • Sep 7

    Probate Terms in North Carolina

    Probate Terms in North Carolina
    A lot of clients come to our office because they have questions or concerns about probate terms in North Carolina. Though many of the horror stories people have heard about probate are wildly overblown, there are serious issues with which you…
Rank this Week: 1285

Purcell & Amen, L.L.C. Blog

Purcell & Amen, L.L.C. Blog

Covers elder law and estate planning.

http://yourestatematters.com/blog/
  • Sep 20

    How Property Is Distributed without a Will in Missouri

    How Property Is Distributed without a Will in Missouri
    While most people know how important it is to execute a Last Will and Testament, many fail to do so. People offer a variety of reasons as to why they have yet to execute a Will such as the belief that they don’t need one. The truth is…
  • Sep 19

    Free Report: Missouri Estate Planning – Getting Started

    Free Report: Missouri Estate Planning – Getting Started
    Before sitting down to work on your plan, you should give some thought to what your priorities are and what goals and objectives you want to focus on in your plan. Topics covered in this report include: Deciding on Goals, Priorities and…
  • Sep 19

    What Should Be Included in Your Estate Plan?

    What Should Be Included in Your Estate Plan?
    You are likely aware that creating a comprehensive estate plan is important. What should be included in your estate plan though? One reason so many Americans lack a workable, complete estate plan is because they simply don’t know what…
Rank this Week: 2115

San Diego Estate Planning Lawyer…

San Diego Estate Planning Lawyer Blog

Covers estate planning topics such as conservatorship, guardianship, health care and advanced directive, living trusts, and probate. By Law Office of Scott D. Soady, A Professional Corporation

http://www.sandiegoestateplanninglawyerblog.com/
  • Sep 19

    Making Your Intentions Clear in a Will

    Making Your Intentions Clear in a Will
    A successful estate plan makes the final distribution of a person's property plain and clear. Ambiguity in a will or trust may lead to costly litigation over conflicting interpretations of a person's intent. But even the best executed estate…
  • Sep 18

    Naming Backup Beneficiaries In Your Will or Trust

    Naming Backup Beneficiaries In Your Will or Trust
    In creating a will or trust, a person may make specific bequests of property to a chosen beneficiary. But what happens if that beneficiary does not survive the person making the bequest? A well-drafted will or trust must anticipate such…
  • Sep 5

    California May Adopt Uniform Law on Conservatorship

    California May Adopt Uniform Law on Conservatorship
    California is poised to join the majority of its sister states in adopting a uniform law designed to promote interstate cooperation on the subject of adult conservatorship proceedings. In May, the California Senate passed SB-940, a bill that…
Rank this Week: 4414

Freed Marcroft Blog

Freed Marcroft Blog

Covers Connecticut estate planning, family, real estate, litigation, business and non-profit planning, and LGBT immigration law.

http://freedmarcroft.com/category/blog/
  • Sep 19

    Freed Marcroft Hosts Judges from the Strong Cities, Strong Communities (SC2) Challenge

    Freed Marcroft Hosts Judges from the Strong Cities, Strong Communities (SC2) Challenge
    On Thursday evening, Freed Marcroft was honored to host Hartford city officials, representatives of the federal Economic Development Administration (EDA), and judges from both the Evaluation Panel and Selection Committee of the Strong Cities,…
  • Sep 11

    Special Needs Trusts Are Not Only For Wealthy Familie

    Special Needs Trusts Are Not Only For Wealthy Familie
    We were recently invited to attend the Connecticut Department of Development Services Resource Fair Family Forum Open House at the Channel 3 Kids Camp. The goal of the open house was to help families secure resources related to developmental…
  • Aug 13

    Supplemental Needs Trusts for Special Family Member

    Supplemental Needs Trusts for Special Family Member
    One major concern for families who have a family member with special needs is what happens to that person when his or her primary caregiver or advocate, often a parent or family member, passes away or is unable to continue as the primary…
Rank this Week: 3259

Illinois Estate Planning &…

Illinois Estate Planning & Elder Law Blog

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

http://www.illinoisestateplanningandelderlawblog.com/
  • Sep 19

    Making a Will in Illinoi

    Making a Will in Illinoi
    The ability to make a will involves the issue of mental capacity. In Illinois, there is a presumption that every man is sane until the contrary is proven and the burden is upon him who asserts the lack of testamentary capacity. In other…
  • Sep 12

    Illinois Long-Term-Care Estate Planning

    Illinois Long-Term-Care Estate Planning
    Like all insurance policies, Long-Term-Care insurance policies require a good deal of research before they are entered into. Often different insurance companies offer coverages that at first glance appear similar, but upon closer examination…
  • Sep 6

    The Role of Representative in Illinois Probate

    The Role of Representative in Illinois Probate
    A personal representative is the individual who handles the matters of an estate as it makes its way through the probate process. If there is a will, the personal representative is the executor. If there is no will, the personal…
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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/
  • Sep 19

    Elder Justice Initiative

    Elder Justice Initiative
    The United States Department of Justice just launched the Elder Justice Initiative.  Enter your zip code and it provides nationwide resources for victims of elder abuse and financial exploitation, their families, and practitioners who…
  • Sep 11

    The Art is Not in Making Money, But In Keeping It

    The Art is Not in Making Money, But In Keeping It
    Earlier this week I received an interesting email from Allen Trust with a short Wall Street Journal article and video. It is a vivid illustration of how quickly finances can run amok when there is no plan for protection and preservation…
  • Aug 21

    SYK Attorneys to Teach Lewis & Clark Law School Seminar

    SYK Attorneys to Teach Lewis & Clark Law School Seminar
    SYK Partner Eric Wieland and Associate Valerie Sasaki are teaching a seminar to Lewis & Clark Law School students this spring.  The seminar seeks to apply the knowledge acquired in prerequisite courses (Income Tax I, Estate and Gift…
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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/
  • Sep 19

    The Difference Between Medicare and Medicaid

    The Difference Between Medicare and Medicaid
    In this article, I am going to explain the difference between Medicaid and Medicare. I’m going to give you a brief discussion of both, and then hopefully the differences will be clear, especially as it applies to coverage in a nursing…
  • Sep 19

    What is a Lady Bird Deed? (or Enhanced Life Estate Deed)

    What is a Lady Bird Deed? (or Enhanced Life Estate Deed)
    What is a Lady Bird Deed? Also known as an Enhanced Life Estate. So let us first start on the discussion of what’s a life estate. Then we will go one step further to explain what is an Enhanced Life Estate or Lady Bird Deed. So…
  • Sep 12

    Does Medicare Pay for the Nursing Home?

    Does Medicare Pay for the Nursing Home?
    In this article, I’m going to answer the question, “Does Medicare pay for a Nursing Home?” First, you need to have Medicare coverage.  That mean’s you’re over 65 or you have been on social security…
Rank this Week: 2250

Texas Wills and Trusts Law Online

Texas Wills and Trusts Law Online

Covers issues relating to wills, trusts, estate planning, and probate in Texas. By Rania Combs.

http://www.texaswillsandtrustslaw.com
  • Sep 19

    Tips for Designating IRA Beneficiarie

    Tips for Designating IRA Beneficiarie
    Wendy S. Goffe wrote a great guest article on Forbes.com last week that offered tips to avoid problems that can result from incomplete or inaccurate IRA beneficiary designations. Below are her recommendations Name a primary beneficiary (or…
  • Sep 10

    Can The Beneficiary Of My Estate Also Be My Executor?

    Can The Beneficiary Of My Estate Also Be My Executor?
    I’ve received several emails the past few weeks asking whether it is possible for a beneficiary of an estate to also serve as executor. Naming someone as the executor of your estate does not preclude him or her from inheriting from you.…
  • Sep 5

    If You Are A Part of A Blended Family, You Need A Will

    If You Are A Part of A Blended Family, You Need A Will
    I got an email from someone this week whose husband did not have a Will. She and her husband had been married for 17 years. He had three children from a prior marriage, and they had one child together. Before they got married, he bought a…
Rank this Week: 4619

Cramer Law Center

Cramer Law Center

Covers estate planning, probate, guardianship and elder law issues.

http://cramerlawcenter.com/blog/
  • Sep 19

    WAITING TOO LATE (OR ALMOST TOO LATE) TO PLAN – OUR LATEST REAL WORLD LESSONS

    WAITING TOO LATE (OR ALMOST TOO LATE) TO PLAN – OUR LATEST REAL WORLD LESSONS
    Unfortunately, we deal with death on a fairly regular basis as part of our practice, so it usually does not take us by surprise. However, we recently have had a couple of shocking deaths which illustrate why it is never too soon to plan. The…
  • Sep 17

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  • Sep 8

    ADOPTION SERIES-PART 4: “VIRTUAL” ADOPTION-NO COURT REQUIRED!

    ADOPTION SERIES-PART 4: “VIRTUAL” ADOPTION-NO COURT REQUIRED!
    Did you know that, in Florida, you can adopt someone without ever going to court and making it official?  For the finale of our Adoption Series (click to read part one, two, or three), we will highlight an unusual way that people…
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Cramer Law Center

Cramer Law Center

Covers Florida estate planning.

http://cramerlawcenter.com
  • Sep 19

    WAITING TOO LATE (OR ALMOST TOO LATE) TO PLAN – OUR LATEST REAL WORLD LESSONS

    WAITING TOO LATE (OR ALMOST TOO LATE) TO PLAN – OUR LATEST REAL WORLD LESSONS
    Unfortunately, we deal with death on a fairly regular basis as part of our practice, so it usually does not take us by surprise. However, we recently have had a couple of shocking deaths which illustrate why it is never too soon to plan. The…
  • Sep 17

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  • Sep 8

    ADOPTION SERIES-PART 4: “VIRTUAL” ADOPTION-NO COURT REQUIRED!

    ADOPTION SERIES-PART 4: “VIRTUAL” ADOPTION-NO COURT REQUIRED!
    Did you know that, in Florida, you can adopt someone without ever going to court and making it official?  For the finale of our Adoption Series (click to read part one, two, or three), we will highlight an unusual way that people…
Rank this Week: 4875

Mendel Law Firm Blog

Mendel Law Firm Blog

Covers estate planning.

http://www.mendellawfirm.com/blog/
  • Sep 19

    Famous Estates – Legacy Champ or Chump?

    Famous Estates – Legacy Champ or Chump?
    Selena Quintanilla-Perez (1971-1995) – Singer, Songwriter & Dancer Selena Quintanilla-Perez, known as Selena, was an American singer, songwriter, fashion designer, and entrepreneur. At the age of twelve she released her first record…
  • Sep 17

    Thought for the Day:

    Thought for the Day:
    Limitations live only in our minds.  But if we use our imaginations, our possibilities become limitless. Jamie Paolinetti
  • Sep 17

    A Strange Historical Fact

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

Connecticut Estate Planning Attorneys Blog

Covers estate planning. By CzepigaDalyPope LLC.

http://www.connecticutestateplanningattorneysblog.com/
  • Sep 18

    Want Your Medicaid Application Approved? Don’t Go Online

    Want Your Medicaid Application Approved? Don’t Go Online
    By Paul T. Czepiga The old adage “You get what you pay for” exists for a reason—it is true much more often than not. And it is certainly true for those non-attorney based Internet businesses that spring up promising to do,…
  • Sep 17

    5 Ways to Prepare for the Death of a Spouse

    5 Ways to Prepare for the Death of a Spouse
    The prospect of losing your spouse may be the hardest thing you’ll ever face. Taking the time to put things in order before he or she passes will give both of you peace of mind. When the time comes, the last thing you need is surprises.…
  • Sep 12

    Are You Liable for Your Spouse’s Debt?

    Are You Liable for Your Spouse’s Debt?
    By Carmine Perri About once a week the topic of spousal liability creeps its way into a client meeting or a telephone conference.  Despite the question being posed to me in various different ways, the issue simply boils down to whether…
Rank this Week: 2825

Parman & Easterday Blog

Parman & Easterday Blog

Covers elder law and estate planning.

http://www.parmanlaw.com/blog/
  • Sep 18

    What Are the Components of a Basic Estate Plan?

    What Are the Components of a Basic Estate Plan?
    If you are going through life without an estate plan, you are shirking a basic responsibility. It can seem as though the matter is only relevant to senior citizens, but people of all ages do pass away unexpectedly each and every day. When you…
  • Sep 16

    What Happens to a Living Trust When One Spouse Dies?

    What Happens to a Living Trust When One Spouse Dies?
    You should explore all of your options when you are planning your estate. Some people make assumptions about trusts, and as a result, they overlook viable solutions. Revocable living trusts are actually quite useful for a wide range of…
  • Sep 11

    Can I Plan My Own Estate?

    Can I Plan My Own Estate?
    You can do a lot of things on your own by obtaining information online. DIY efforts can be useful, but you should understand your limitations. This is something to take into consideration when you hear about downloads or worksheets that you…
Rank this Week: 2713

Florida Elder Law and Estate…

Florida Elder Law and Estate Planning

Provides news and views on current topics in elder law, estate planning, wills and trusts, caregiver issues, probate and estate administration, Medicaid and Veterans benefits, other issues of importance to seniors and their families. By Joseph S. Karp.

http://karplaw.blogspot.com/
  • Sep 18

    New reverse mortgage rule to protect non-borrower spouse

    New reverse mortgage rule to protect non-borrower spouse
    The Department of Housing and Urban Development has issued a new rule to protect spouses of of reverse mortgage holders from eviction after the borrower passes away.  To qualify for a Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM), the most…
  • Sep 13

    Karp Law Firm at Alzheimer's Association Lunch of Laughter

    Karp Law Firm at Alzheimer's Association Lunch of Laughter
    The Karp Law Firm helped sponsor the recent Alzheimer's Association "Lunch of Laughter" at the West Palm Beach Improv. All proceeds from the fundraiser benefited the Walk to End Alzheimer's. The Karp Law Firm will also…
  • Sep 12

    Retirees with student debt a growing problem

    Retirees with student debt a growing problem
    It's no secret: There's a student debt crisis in this country. But who imagined that student debt is a growing problem for the senior population? While few households headed by individuals 65 or older carry student loans, there has been a…
Rank this Week: 2231

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: 4147

Anderson, Dorn & Rader, Ltd. Blog

Anderson, Dorn & Rader, Ltd. Blog

Covers estate planning, probate and living trusts in Nevada.

http://www.wealth-counselors.com/blog/
  • Sep 18

    Who Should be the Successor Trustee of a Family Trust?

    Who Should be the Successor Trustee of a Family Trust?
    Choosing who should be the successor trustee of a family trust can be a very difficult decision.  The successor trustee will be the person who administers the trust assets after you become incapacitated or die. The successor trustee…
  • Sep 10

    How Important is Estate Liquidity?

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

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

    Should I Amend my Trust If I Buy or Sell Assets?
    A revocable living trust can be amended whenever necessary, during your lifetime.  When clients buy a new house or car, they may ask, “should I amend my trust?”  If you are simply purchasing an asset, it is not necessary…
Rank this Week: 2349

Givner & Kaye Blog

Givner & Kaye Blog

Covers estate and tax planning.

http://www.givnerkaye.com/blog/
Rank this Week: 1005

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/
  • Sep 18

    Should You Establish a Trust?

    Should You Establish a Trust?
    There are a lot of benefits to establishing a trust in your estate plan. It can eliminate the need for probate, keep your affairs private, and reduce the chances of issues arising among your heirs regarding their inherited share. However,…
  • Sep 16

    New Estate Planning Ruling: Trustee Needs Standing to Appeal Court Order

    New Estate Planning Ruling: Trustee Needs Standing to Appeal Court Order
    In a recent ruling, a state Supreme Court ruled that a bank, operating as a trustee for two trusts, lacked the standing to appeal a court order when it failed to maintain its status as trustee and only afterwards tried to appeal as an…
  • Sep 14

    Estate Planning Mistakes in Beneficiary Designation

    Estate Planning Mistakes in Beneficiary Designation
    One of the most common estate planning mistakes comes in the handling of beneficiary designations. Many people do not understand that inheriting retirement accounts, life insurance, and other assets that involve a beneficiary designation are…
Rank this Week: 2135

The Zimmer Law Firm

The Zimmer Law Firm

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

http://www.zimmerlawfirm.com/blog/
  • Sep 18

    Estate Planning Gone Wrong

    Estate Planning Gone Wrong
    Good for you–you have decided to invest some time into engaging in proper estate planning to make sure that all of your wishes are carried out upon your death or incapacitation. But what could possibly go wrong? Here are a few things…
  • Sep 16

    Cincinnati Gift Tax: Can I Give Tax-Free Gifts to My Children?

    Cincinnati Gift Tax: Can I Give Tax-Free Gifts to My Children?
    When you hear about the existence of the federal gift tax, you may wonder if you can give tax-free gifts to your children. Have you been breaking the law all these years by failing to pay taxes on holiday gifts? Let’s look at the answer…
  • Sep 11

    Medicaid in Cincinnati: Is It Only for the Poor?

    Medicaid in Cincinnati: Is It Only for the Poor?
    It would be logical to tune out the subject of Medicaid if you are a working person who will be qualified for Medicare someday. After all, Medicaid is a health insurance program for the poor, right? You have never been poor. Why would you…
Rank this Week: 2360

The Probate Lawyer Family Feud…

The Probate Lawyer Family Feud Blog

Covers celebrity and true case stories on probate litigation. By Andrew Mayoras.

http://www.probatelawyerblog.com/
  • Sep 18

    As Prince Harry Inherits From Diana's Estate, Troubling Questions Remain

    As Prince Harry Inherits From Diana's Estate, Troubling Questions Remain
    Prince Harry celebrated his 30th birthday earlier this week. His mother, the iconic Princess Diana, passed away over 17 years ago, following the tragic crash as Diana and Dodi Fayed sped away from paparazzi in France. What was so special…
  • Sep 10

    Joan Rivers Teaches Lesson About Termination Of Life Support

    Joan Rivers Teaches Lesson About Termination Of Life Support
    “I ain’t afraid of death.” Joan Rivers once told Time Magazine, “I’m in show business. I died a million times.” Aging. Dying. Death. Concepts no one likes to think about, much less talk about. Of the many…
  • Sep 10

    Celebrity Legacies: The Fleecing Of The Elvis Presley Estate

    Celebrity Legacies: The Fleecing Of The Elvis Presley Estate
    Elvis Presley earned more than one billion dollars during his career … so why was his estate worth only about ten million dollars when he died? How did things get even worse for his heirs afterwards? And what would Elvis Presley say…
Rank this Week: 1916

German Law Group Blog

German Law Group Blog

Covers estate planning.

http://www.germanlawgroup.com/
  • Sep 18

    Take Time When Choosing an Agent

    Take Time When Choosing an Agent
    When you make a power of attorney you will select an agent, also called an attorney-in-fact who will represent your interests or make decisions on your behalf. Through the power of attorney document you create you will grant your attorney…
  • Sep 16

    3 Big Mistakes in Special Needs Planning

    3 Big Mistakes in Special Needs Planning
    A special needs plan is an essential piece of any estate plan for people who have special needs family members. Whether you have a child with disabilities, or an adult child or relative who is unable to care for his or her personal or…
  • Sep 11

    When I Write a Will, What Does it Cover?

    When I Write a Will, What Does it Cover?
    When people in Minnesota create an estate plan, those plans will rely on several different tools, such as a last will and testament. It’s important for you to understand what each of these tools does if you want to get the most out of…
Rank this Week: 2971