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Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof…

Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof Blog

By Gerry W. Beyer.

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/trusts_estates_prof/
  • Aug 26

    Seven Cardinal Rules of Retirement Planning

    Seven Cardinal Rules of Retirement Planning
    Financial planning for retirement has always been an overwhelming prospect; the existing economic landscape makes preparation that much more important in utilizing assets appropriately. There are seven important points everyone should know…
  • Aug 26

    California's Earthquake Spikes Outreach for Insurance

    California's Earthquake Spikes Outreach for Insurance
    Last weekend’s earthquake in California has spiked an interest in homeowners to get, or improve, their existing insurance coverage. There is much room for improvement in California when it comes to earthquake insurance as some of the…
  • Aug 26

    The Medicare Star System

    The Medicare Star System
    For the last five years, Medicare has been assigning hotel-style ratings to nearly every nursing home in the country. An examination of this rating system has found that many top-ranked nursing homes have been given a seal of approval that...
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Texas Probate Litigation

Texas Probate Litigation

Covers Texas will contests, trust and inheritance disputes. By J. Michael Young.

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

    Court finds designated executor unsuitable

    Court finds designated executor unsuitable
    In Gossett v. Beck, the Dallas Court of Appeals upheld the probate court's determination that an indepedent executrix designated in a will was unsuitable and therefore disqualified to serve. The basis of the probate court's decision was a…
  • Jul 22

    Court imposes constructive trust for mother's benefit

    Court imposes constructive trust for mother's benefit
    A heartbreaking part of my practice is seeing a child take advantage of an elderly parent. A common scenario is the adult child whose "job" becomes taking care of a parent. The arrangement can benefit both, as the parent receives...
  • May 26

    A claim for tortious interference with inheritance is not necessarily a "probate proceeding"

    A claim for tortious interference with inheritance is not necessarily a "probate proceeding"
    In In re Hannah, the Houston Forteenth Court of Appeals considered the Texas Estates Code definitions of a "probate proceeding" and a "matter related to a probate proceeding." The case involved a claim by the beneficiary of prior wills…
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Rossabi Black Slaughter, PA Blog

Rossabi Black Slaughter, PA Blog

Covers estate planning, HOA & condo associations and family law in North Carolina.

http://www.lawfirmrbs.com/blog/
  • Aug 26

    Law Seminar Best Manuscript Award: Community Association Voting

    Law Seminar Best Manuscript Award: Community Association Voting
    Following this year’s national CAI Community Association (HOA and condo) Law Seminar, the College of Community Association Lawyers presented a “Best Manuscript Award” for the presentation with the best accompanying…
  • Aug 19

    Help, Our HOA (or Condo) Needs Money!

    Help, Our HOA (or Condo) Needs Money!
    Community associations can become cash-strapped for a variety of reasons—unexpected large repairs, increased utility expenses, weather related emergencies, or simply years of poor planning.  Often the current board members are not…
  • Jul 8

    Legislative Update: Transfer of Special Declarant Rights Bill Adopted

    Legislative Update: Transfer of Special Declarant Rights Bill Adopted
    The N.C. General Assembly is about to wrap up its two-year legislative session, so bills are flying around.  In my legislative update of 2013 activity (www.lawfirmrbs.com/blog/nc-community-association-2013-legislative-roundup/), I noted…
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German Law Group Blog

German Law Group Blog

Covers estate planning.

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

    Can You Contest a Living Trust?

    Can You Contest a Living Trust?
    There are misconceptions that circulate about certain aspects of estate planning. One of them is the notion that you can prevent an estate challenge if you create a revocable living trust. People recognize the fact that wills can be…
  • Aug 21

    Why Would I Need a Pour-Over Will?

    Why Would I Need a Pour-Over Will?
    Everyone has heard of the estate planning document called a last will, and many people are well aware of the existence of trusts. You could use a will or a trust to facilitate the transfer of your monetary assets after you pass away.…
  • Aug 19

    What Is a Qualified Personal Residence Trust?

    What Is a Qualified Personal Residence Trust?
    The federal estate tax is a source of concern for high net worth individuals. This tax can take a hefty bite out of the wealth that you are leaving behind to those that you love. At the present time, the maximum rate of the federal estate tax…
Rank this Week: 3051

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/
  • Aug 26

    Great review of my book in the Toronto Sun.

    Great review of my book in the Toronto Sun.
    Alan Shanoff of the Toronto Sun recently reviewed my book, "How Executors Avoid Personal Liability". Check it out here if you have been wondering if this book is for you. The article didn't appear in the online version of the paper,…
  • Aug 22

    Caring for our loved ones who cannot look after themselves: RDSP

    Caring for our loved ones who cannot look after themselves: RDSP
    I came across this article by Paul Fawcett that is a great primer on who can use Registered Disability Savings Plans (RDSPs) and the advantages of having one of these plans. Click here to read Paul's article. I find RDSPs to a wonderful…
  • Aug 21

    As co-executor, am I responsible for the acts of a dishonest co-executor?

    As co-executor, am I responsible for the acts of a dishonest co-executor?
    If you think being an executor is tough, try being a co-executor with someone you don't like, or don't trust, or simply can't agree with. On top of the work and stress of the estate, you end up carrying the stress of dealing with that other…
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About Florida Law

About Florida Law

Covers Florida estate planning and condo laws. By Sackrin & Tolchinsky.

http://aboutfloridalaw.com
  • Aug 26

    Home Inspectors and Real Estate Agents in Florida: Buyer Beware

    Home Inspectors and Real Estate Agents in Florida: Buyer Beware
    For many home buyers in South Florida, finding that right house or condo to buy is an exciting moment. Some houses sound great on paper or look fabulous on online, but when you do a walk-through, the place just isn’t right. You keep…
  • Aug 19

    Disclosure Statements: Duty to Reveal Hazards in Florida Must Be Disclosed to Home Buyer

    Disclosure Statements: Duty to Reveal Hazards in Florida Must Be Disclosed to Home Buyer
    Most sellers and buyers of residential real estate here in Florida depend upon their real estate agents to help them through the process. For buyers, it’s making sure that they have all the information that they need to make an informed…
  • Aug 10

    Is a Dyck O’Neal Lawsuit Valid if it is Served After July 1, 2014?

    Is a Dyck O’Neal Lawsuit Valid if it is Served After July 1, 2014?
    An Update to The Most Frequently Asked Questions We Receive About Deficiency Collection Lawsuits. We have posted before about some of the most popular questions we are asked about deficiency lawsuits.  Recently, the most often asked…
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Bingham Greenebaum Doll Blog

Bingham Greenebaum Doll Blog

Covers Indiana law.

http://www.bgdlegal.com/blog/
  • Aug 26

    Wellness Program Targeted By EEOC

    Wellness Program Targeted By EEOC
    On August 20, 2014, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin against Orion Energy Systems, Inc. (“Orion”) alleging…
  • Aug 26

    An Outline of Proposed Federal Tax Change

    An Outline of Proposed Federal Tax Change
    Many of the difficulties of the tax code arise from distinctions which may be confusing and possibly counterproductive. For instance, why is it necessary to have one income item taxed as a capital gain and then another as ordinary income? Why…
  • Aug 11

    Best of Bingham: Two Firm Attorneys Selected for the Bar Leaders Series Class XII

    Best of Bingham: Two Firm Attorneys Selected for the Bar Leaders Series Class XII
    Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP and the Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP Women’s Forum are proud to announce that both Roxana S. Bell and Katherine G. Erdel have been selected for Class XII of the Indianapolis Bar Association’s Bar Leader…
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Parman & Easterday Blog

Parman & Easterday Blog

Covers elder law and estate planning.

http://www.parmanlaw.com/blog/
  • Aug 26

    Does Medicaid Count the Value of My Home?

    Does Medicaid Count the Value of My Home?
    Nursing homes and assisted living communities are very expensive, and most people cannot comfortably absorb these costs out-of-pocket. Medicare does not pay for long-term care, but Medicaid will assist with these costs. This is why many…
  • Aug 21

    What Is a Grantor Retained Annuity Trust?

    What Is a Grantor Retained Annuity Trust?
    The federal estate tax is an important factor to consider when you are facilitating future asset transfers. This tax carries a 40% maximum rate, so it can take a heavy toll on your estate. There are various different estate tax efficiency…
  • Aug 19

    What Is a Living Trust Successor Trustee?

    What Is a Living Trust Successor Trustee?
    Before we talk about the specific role of the successor trustee, we should explain the value of living trusts from an overview, because there are misconceptions out there. Some people don’t consider trusts because they are not wealthy.…
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Arkansas Legal Issues

Arkansas Legal Issues

By Wilson & Haubert, PLLC.

http://whlawoffices.com/little-rock-lawyer-arkansas-law-blog/
  • Aug 26

    What Does It Mean to be “Driving”?

    What Does It Mean to be “Driving”?
    This is the second post in our “Arkansas DWI Answers” series. (For the first post, go here.) Our goal with this series is simple: We want you to understand Arkansas DWI and DUI laws so that you can make informed decisions. (For…
  • Aug 23

    Estate Planning for a Patriarch

    Estate Planning for a Patriarch
    The concept of stewardship is at the heart of our estate planning practice here at Wilson & Haubert. When someone works hard for their stuff, we like for them to be able to keep it for as long as possible. And when they can’t keep…
  • Aug 21

    What Does it Mean to be “Intoxicated”?

    What Does it Mean to be “Intoxicated”?
    This is the first post in what we hope to be an ongoing (and informative!) series: Arkansas DWI Answers. As Arkansas DWI attorneys, our goal is simply to answer the most common questions about Arkansas DWI and DUI in plain English so you can…
Rank this Week: 2198

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/
  • 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…
  • Aug 12

    Intersection on VA and ALTCS Planning

    Intersection on VA and ALTCS Planning
    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: About two years ago, a financial advisor helped my parents devise a plan by which my dad,…
  • Aug 5

    ALTCS Qualification With Business Asset

    ALTCS Qualification With Business Asset
    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 operated a family business for most of my life.  While things have slowed…
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Givner & Kaye Blog

Givner & Kaye Blog

Covers estate and tax planning.

http://www.givnerkaye.com/blog/
Rank this Week: 1613

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/
  • Aug 26

    Idaho Elder Law - Can You Trust Your Trustee?

    Idaho Elder Law - Can You Trust Your Trustee?
    JPMorgan Chase and Co. is being sued by a historical local church after the congregation reportedly lost millions. Christ Church Cathedral claims the investment banker’s mismanagement of two trust funds and self-dealing resulted in a $13…
  • Aug 25

    Idaho Estate Planning - Add Legal Documents to College Student's List

    Idaho Estate Planning - Add Legal Documents to College Student's List
    If you are about to send a child off to college or to a gap-year program, you’re probably busy with last-minute shopping, packing and worrying about roommates. Here’s one more thing you should do as you prepare for the big separation: Ask…
  • Aug 22

    Idaho Elder Law - Abusive Heir Case Sheds Light on Issue

    Idaho Elder Law - Abusive Heir Case Sheds Light on Issue
    In a recent case out of Washington State, the Court of Appeals held that the state’s anti-lapse statute applies to constructive death of beneficiary.
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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/
  • Aug 26

    Life Insurance Planning Priorities For New Parent

    Life Insurance Planning Priorities For New Parent
    Are you a new parent ... or do you know someone who is? Along with middle-of-the-night feedings and diaper changes, new parents need to review their life insurance gameplan sooner rather than later.
  • Aug 25

    Every 18-Year-Old Has An "Estate"

    Every 18-Year-Old Has An "Estate"
    No, you did not misread the title.
  • Aug 22

    Appointing "Back-Up Parents" For Your Minor Children

    Appointing "Back-Up Parents" For Your Minor Children
    If your minor children were orphaned tonight, would they be okay tomorrow? In other words, have you legally appointed back-up parents (i.e., guardians) to take your place?
Rank this Week: 2695

The Zimmer Law Firm

The Zimmer Law Firm

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

http://www.zimmerlawfirm.com/blog/
  • Aug 26

    Can an Irrevocable Trust Preserve Family Wealth?

    Can an Irrevocable Trust Preserve Family Wealth?
    Accumulating wealth may be your first objective as a businessperson. After this has been accomplished, you must take steps to preserve your hard-earned wealth. Indeed, there are various different forces at work that could erode your financial…
  • Aug 21

    Does the Probate Process in Cincinnati Present Any Drawbacks?

    Does the Probate Process in Cincinnati Present Any Drawbacks?
    Probate is a legal process that you should understand when you are planning your estate. Most people express their final wishes in a Last Will. If you do this, the Will must be admitted to probate. During this process the probate court will…
  • Aug 19

    Reports: Al Davis Estate Plan Keeps Raiders In Family

    Reports: Al Davis Estate Plan Keeps Raiders In Family
    Keeping Assets in the Family In 2011, the sporting community suffered a devastating blow when the news circulated about the death of longtime Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis. Davis, a member of the Professional Football Hall of Fame,…
Rank this Week: 2052

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/
  • Aug 26

    Spendthrift Trusts for the Advantage of Beneficiarie

    Spendthrift Trusts for the Advantage of Beneficiarie
    A recent WealthManagement.com article focused on the writings of Sheena Iyengar when it comes to choice. Ms. Iyengar is a Canadian-born Columbia Business School Professor who has written and presented on the topic of “choice” and…
  • Aug 25

    Hull on Estates #387 – Limitation period

    Hull on Estates #387 – Limitation period
    Listen to Hull on Estates #387 – Limitation periods Today on Hull on Estates, David Morgan Smith and Josh Eisen discuss limitation periods on will challenges. If you have any questions, please email us at hull.lawyers@gmail.com, or…
  • Aug 23

    Legal Fees of Estate Trustee Denied

    Legal Fees of Estate Trustee Denied
    An estate is not an entity that can sue or be sued directly. The estate trustee must be named as the proper party. As a result, the estate trustee’s burden and responsibility, can sometimes involve not only time and effort, but also…
Rank this Week: 252

Northern California Center for…

Northern California Center for Estate Planning and Elder Law

Covers estate planning.

http://www.norcalplanners.com/blog/
  • Aug 26

    Why You Need a Will and a Living Trust

    Why You Need a Will and a Living Trust
    Both a revocable living trust and a last will and testament are important pieces of every estate plan. Though estate plans also include other tools, living trusts and wills are essential because they both cover different areas. When people in…
  • Aug 25

    What Questions Should I Ask an Elder Law Attorney?

    What Questions Should I Ask an Elder Law Attorney?
    You should certainly discuss the future with an experienced and qualified elder law attorney if you want to be comprehensively prepared. There are legal matters that are very relevant to senior citizens, and you should be aware of the…
  • Aug 24

    What is Asset Protection, and Why Might You Need it?

    What is Asset Protection, and Why Might You Need it?
    When the estate planning lawyers talk about asset protection, they are talking about tools and strategies that can help you keep as much of your money as possible in the face of those who are seeking to take it. Essentially, in one…
Rank this Week: 1544

Law Offices of Robert H. Glorch…

Law Offices of Robert H. Glorch Blog

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

http://www.illinoisestateplan.com/blog
  • Aug 26

    5 Ways to Wreck a Good Estate Plan

    5 Ways to Wreck a Good Estate Plan
    You’ve taken the important step of working with an estate planning to attorney to create an estate plan tailored to your needs. Maybe you’ve created a trust, a will and powers of attorney. You feel a sense of peace of mind. And…
  • Jul 29

    Like Our Blog? Please Nominate for ABA Blawg 100

    Like Our Blog? Please Nominate for ABA Blawg 100
    Do you like our blog? If so, please consider nominating our blog for the annual ABA Blawg 100. “Friend-of-the-blog” nominations are due by 4 p.m. CST on August 8, 2014. The nomination form can be filled out at the following link:…
  • Jul 23

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

    The New ‘Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets’ (UFADA) Act
    Last year I wrote an Introduction to Estate Planning for Digital Assets. One of the issues I highlighted is the lack of legal guidance addressing a fiduciary’s ability to access to digital assets. I noted that the Uniform Law Commission…
Rank this Week: 3158

Law Office of Andrew M. Lamkin,…

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

Covers elder law.

http://lamkinelderlaw.com/articles/
  • Aug 26

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

    Elder Scam Artists – How to Beat Them at Their Own Game – Part 1
    No matter what age, all people are somewhat vulnerable to expert scam artists. They prey on desires and fears, and try to trick people into giving them personal information. Most people, however, have a healthy enough dose of skepticism to…
  • Aug 19

    Deciding on a Retirement Plan

    Deciding on a Retirement Plan
    For those who are beginning to think about their financial futures, researching retirement plans can be a stressful and confusing process. However, with just a little research and the guidance of an advisor, starting a retirement plan can be…
  • Aug 12

    Why You Should Talk to Your Aging Parents about Money

    Why You Should Talk to Your Aging Parents about Money
    While the popular adage “silence is golden” often rings true, does it apply to the topic of parents’ elder care expenses, living costs, and healthcare? The Fidelity Intra-family Generational Finance Study has recently found…
Rank this Week: 2932

Mendel Law Firm Blog

Mendel Law Firm Blog

Covers estate planning.

http://www.mendellawfirm.com/blog/
  • Aug 26

    Texas History – Do You Know When the First Public Demonstration of an Airplane Occurred in Texas?

    Texas History – Do You Know When the First Public Demonstration of an Airplane Occurred in Texas?
    The first public demonstration of an airplane in Texas took place February 8, 1910, near Houston, when Frenchman Louis Paulhan showed off his French-made fabric-and-wood biplane.
  • Aug 22

    Famous Estates – Legacy Champ or Chump?

    Famous Estates – Legacy Champ or Chump?
    Kenneth Arnold Chesney (1968- ) – Singer & Songwriter Kenneth “Kenny” Chesney is an American country music singer/songwriter. Chesney has recorded 15 albums, 14 of which have been certified gold or higher by the…
  • Aug 21

    Thought for the Day:

    Thought for the Day:
    First, have a definite, clear practical ideal; a goal, an objective, Second, have the necessary means to achieve your ends; wisdom, money, materials, and methods.  Third, adjust all your means to that end. Aristotle
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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/
  • Aug 26

    How Does Medicaid/Medi-Cal Apply to Married Couples?

    How Does Medicaid/Medi-Cal Apply to Married Couples?
    Medicaid is a jointly administered federal/state government health insurance program. It is designed as a safety net that provides health care insurance for people who can demonstrate significant financial need. In the state of California,…
  • Aug 21

    What Is a Letter of Final Instruction?

    What Is a Letter of Final Instruction?
    Estate planning is going to involve the execution of legally binding documents. In some of these documents you are communicating your wishes regarding the transfer of your assets. Communication is the operative word here. When you plan your…
  • Aug 19

    What Is an Irrevocable Trust?

    What Is an Irrevocable Trust?
    They say that you should use the right tool for the right job, and there are many different tools that can be used when you are planning your estate. The optimal course of action will vary depending on the circumstances. Trusts can be used to…
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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: 303

The Virtual Attorney Blog

The Virtual Attorney Blog

Covers estate planning and business law. By Michael Brennan.

http://thevirtualattorney.com/blog
  • Aug 25

    Exactly What is a "Virtual" Law Office?

    Exactly What is a "Virtual" Law Office?
    I often speak to other attorneys about virtual law offices and how to incorporate some of the benefits of this model of legal service delivery into their own practice. Perhaps not surprisingly, I am frequently asked by friends, colleagues and…
  • Aug 14

    Do You Need Licenses For Your Business?

    Do You Need Licenses For Your Business?
    The licenses and permits you will need to operate your business vary widely depending on your location and type of business. However, there are a few items that will be necessary for nearly all new businesses. Federal EIN FEIN stands for…
  • Aug 5

    Take Care of Your Pets When You Die With a Pet Trust

    Take Care of Your Pets When You Die With a Pet Trust
    It was not too long ago that pet owners were faced with a challenging dilemma- what happens if they die and there is no one willing to take care of their pet? Far too often, the potential monetary burden of paying to take care of a deceased…
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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/
  • Aug 25

    Special Needs Planning with Trust

    Special Needs Planning with Trust
    Special needs trusts offer an opportunity to leave funds for the benefit of a disabled loved one without actually leaving it in the hands of the disabled beneficiary which they may not be able to handle properly themselves, and which could…
  • Aug 22

    Financial Planning Before Dementia Strike

    Financial Planning Before Dementia Strike
    Dementia afflicts many adults, therefore it is important to properly plan and do so sooner rather than later.
  • Aug 20

    Wealth Distribution Options for the Single or Childle

    Wealth Distribution Options for the Single or Childle
    No matter what your family situation, but especially for single individuals with no children, you need to properly plan to ensure your assets transfer to those you wish otherwise the state will make the decision for you.
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Florida Probate Litigation Lawyer…

Florida Probate Litigation Lawyer Blog

Cover Florida probate litigation. By Chepenik & Trushin LLP.

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

    The Reasons We Give

    The Reasons We Give
    Estate planners often focus on the tax benefits of making a gift, as smart planning can help reduce or eliminate a wide array of taxes on the estate and individual. But if you thought the primary motivation for donor gift-giving was related…
  • Aug 19

    Do You Have a Claim for Tortious Interference With an Expected Inheritance?

    Do You Have a Claim for Tortious Interference With an Expected Inheritance?
    Tortious interference with an expected inheritance occurs when someone intentionally prevents, through fraud, duress, or other tortious means, another person from receiving an inheritance or gift that other person otherwise would have…
  • Aug 12

    Do Not Forget Your Digital Assets in the Cloud

    Do Not Forget Your Digital Assets in the Cloud
    When you think of your “assets,” what are the first things that come to mind? Likely, your tangible assets: your home, car, cash, furniture, documents, clothes, etc. Not surprisingly, people often forget or do not realize that…
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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/
  • Aug 25

    Does Medicaid Pay for In-Home Care?

    Does Medicaid Pay for In-Home Care?
    Although science and medicine have come a long way in the last 100 years or so, none of the advances have found a way to halt the natural aging process. Therefore, the time will come, eventually, when you require assistance to get through the…
  • Aug 13

    What Is a Medicaid Waiver?

    What Is a Medicaid Waiver?
    Most people know very little about the Medicaid program – and what they think they know may be incorrect. For instance, did you know that although Medicaid does provide health insurance for low income individuals and families, it also…
  • Aug 11

    What Assets Are Left Outside of My Trust?

    What Assets Are Left Outside of My Trust?
    Not too long ago trusts were used primarily by wealthy families as a mechanism by which the family wealth could be transferred to future generations without losing complete control over how the assets were used. In the 21st century, however,…
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Potter Law Firm Blog

Potter Law Firm Blog

Covers estate planning and elder law.

http://www.potterestateplanning.com/blog/
  • Aug 25

    Can I Plan My Own Estate Using Template Documents?

    Can I Plan My Own Estate Using Template Documents?
    Estate planning involves the execution of legally binding documents. There are websites on the Internet that sell generic template legal documents, including estate planning devices. They contend that you can plan your estate simply and…
  • Aug 21

    When Is an Estate Tax Return Due?

    When Is an Estate Tax Return Due?
    You should understand your financial position relative to the federal estate tax exclusion when you are planning your estate. This tax can have a serious impact on your family’s future, because it carries a very significant rate. The…
  • Aug 19

    What Is the Most Important Estate Planning Document?

    What Is the Most Important Estate Planning Document?
    Estate planning involves the execution of legally binding documents. There is really no one document that is inherently more important than every other. We have all heard people refer to the “right tool for the right job.” This…
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Florida Estate Planning Lawyer…

Florida Estate Planning Lawyer Blog

Covers estate planning, probate, taxes, elder law, business law and employment law issues. By Law Office of David M. Goldman PLLC.

http://www.floridaestateplanninglawyerblog.com/
  • Aug 25

    Estate Planning: Dealing with your digital death instead of before

    Estate Planning: Dealing with your digital death instead of before
    Portland company WebCease is making waves in the probate and estate-planning community by helping attorneys and grieving families locate the deceased's digital accounts. CEO Glenn Williamson aims to be the first to provide this service to…
  • Aug 18

    Three Documents Every 18-Year-Old Should Sign

    Three Documents Every 18-Year-Old Should Sign
    As most young adults are about to return to college, most parents do not think about the fact that not that their child is 18 they are an adult in the eyes of the law. Deborah Jacobs has written an article on this in Forbes outlining two…
  • Aug 14

    Do I need to go through a lawyer to make a will in Florida or can I use a website like legalzoom?

    Do I need to go through a lawyer to make a will in Florida or can I use a website like legalzoom?
    You can use a website or create your own will in Florida, but we find that some people do not create valid wills, or create wills that do things other than what they want. We only charge $200 for a will so an online will does not save very…
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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
  • Aug 25

    What to Do about an Incompetent Interpreter

    What to Do about an Incompetent Interpreter
    A witness who would otherwise be incompetent because he or she can’t understand or speak English can be made effectively competent by using an interpreter. But what happens when the interpreter is accused of being incompetent? Dealing…
  • Aug 22

    Plaintiffs: Reject §998 Settlement Offers at Your Peril

    Plaintiffs: Reject §998 Settlement Offers at Your Peril
    Last week on CEBblog™, we discussed the consequences of a defendant rejecting a settlement offer under CCP §998 and then getting creamed at trial. But §998 is an equal opportunity statute with consequences for plaintiffs too.…
  • Aug 20

    How to Get Business Records into Evidence

    How to Get Business Records into Evidence
    Need to get business records into evidence? There’s a hearsay exception for that! The business records exception to the hearsay rule makes it easier for businesses to provide records during litigation without undue disruption.…
Rank this Week: 3280

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/
  • 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 11

    Argentina Looking at Bankruptcy after Another Default

    Argentina Looking at Bankruptcy after Another Default
    On July 30, 2014, a court-appointed mediator representing Argentina told the press that the country would be defaulting on debts for a second time. “Imminently…in default” on nearly $20 billion of obligations. This happened…
  • Jul 28

    Energy Future Holdings Files Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

    Energy Future Holdings Files Chapter 11 Bankruptcy
    Dallas-based Energy Future Holdings, a Dallas-Based company, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy after coming to a deal with its creditors. The petition was filed in Delaware. The deal calls for the company to dissolve its retail arms and…
Rank this Week: 3061

Marshall Elder & Estate Planning…

Marshall Elder & Estate Planning Blog

Covers Pennsylvania and national elder law and estate planning issues. By Jeffrey A. Marshall.

http://marshallelder.blogspot.com/
Rank this Week: 4693

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/
  • Aug 25

    Alternatives for Dealing with Incapacity in Fayetteville

    Alternatives for Dealing with Incapacity in Fayetteville
    It is unfortunate that some of us have to deal with mental incapacity; whether directly or in helping a loved one with an illness or injury.  If this becomes an issue for you, it helps to be aware of the options available to you and your…
  • Aug 21

    When is an Estate Tax Return Due?

    When is an Estate Tax Return Due?
    One of the most common concerns in estate planning is estate taxes.  Indeed, one of the primary goals of estate planning is decreasing or eliminating taxes, as much as possible.  With the current federal estate tax rate at 40%, it…
  • Aug 18

    Can Trusts be Contested?

    Can Trusts be Contested?
    Wills and trusts both require the person executing the legal document to have the mental capacity to do so.  So, can trusts be contested?  Sure, just like a will.  The most common reasons for contesting trusts are lack of…
Rank this Week: 3115

American Academy of Estate…

American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys Blog

Provides legal marketing and estate planning legal updates.

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

    Run the Client Experience Marathon with Email Marketing

    Run the Client Experience Marathon with Email Marketing
    You’ve surely heard the adage that attorneys make the worst defendants (the same way that doctors make the worst patients). It seems service professionals often have a difficult time putting themselves in their clients’ shoes.…
  • Aug 22

    No Complaints Thursday

    No Complaints Thursday
    As some of you may be aware, at the Academy we geared up all week for the rollout of “No Complaints Thursday.” It was a very interesting and revealing experience. We even had some blog subscribers and Academy Member offices join…
  • Aug 22

    Utilizing Google To Its Full Potential

    Utilizing Google To Its Full Potential
    These days our access to information is so efficient we’ve started to take it for granted. I read one blog mention that if they could describe to a person from the 1950’s something telling about our generation, they would say,…
Rank this Week: 3967

Minko Law Office Blog

Minko Law Office Blog

Covers estate planning and elder law.

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

    Essential Estate Planning Knowledge – Powers of Attorney

    Essential Estate Planning Knowledge – Powers of Attorney
    In today’s blog post in our ongoing series on building essential estate planning knowledge, we will take a look at powers of attorney and the role they play in any estate plan. As with any estate planning tool or device, always talk to…
  • Aug 22

    Power of Attorney for Child Care and Summer Vacation

    Power of Attorney for Child Care and Summer Vacation
    With summer in full swing, a lot of families are looking forward to a time when they can take their summer vacations by relaxing on a beach, visiting an exotic land, or spending time with friends and family. For many families, taking a summer…
  • Aug 20

    Why Married Couples Need to Discuss Their Estate Planning Goal

    Why Married Couples Need to Discuss Their Estate Planning Goal
    Married couples in Brooklyn, New York who want to create an estate plan should be prepared to discuss some difficult decisions with one another. Estate planning is all about looking ahead to the future and deciding what you want to happen…
Rank this Week: 2431

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/
  • Aug 25

    Lessons Learned: Robin Williams and His Estate

    Lessons Learned: Robin Williams and His Estate
    The tragic death and apparent suicide of master comedian Robin Williams has left millions of family, friends, and fans grieving for his loss. Reflecting on his legacy and memory, many people now wonder what is next for his family. He is…
  • Aug 22

    Two Estate Planning Documents Every 18-Year Old Should Sign

    Two Estate Planning Documents Every 18-Year Old Should Sign
    Many people believe that estate planning is only for the elderly or those at retirement age. However, there are some documents and tools within estate planning that should be considered at a much earlier age. If you have a child that is about…
  • Aug 22

    Three Important Estate Planning Questions to Ask Your Spouse

    Three Important Estate Planning Questions to Ask Your Spouse
    Estate planning is not many couples' idea of fun, but it is necessary to ensure that your loved ones are cared for after you are gone. An experienced estate planning attorney can handle drafting the proper documents and explaining the law…
Rank this Week: 2429

North Carolina Estate Planning…

North Carolina Estate Planning Blog

Covers legal issues relating to wealth transfer, asset preservation, probate, and taxation. By Greg Herman-Giddens of Trust Counsel, P.A.

http://www.ncestateplanningblog.com/
  • Aug 25

    Asset Protection in Second Marriage

    Asset Protection in Second Marriage
    What asset protection strategies should an individual consider after divorce if they play to re-marry? Whether a marriage is a first or fifth, some planning tools always offer a degree of protection. Every couple’s goals, life stage,…
  • Aug 22

    Estate Plan Update: New Life Insurance Option

    Estate Plan Update: New Life Insurance Option
    Life insurance can be a great estate planning tool. Payments generally do not go through probate, loved ones may not need to struggle financially after one’s death, and proceeds can be protected from creditors. A new option called a…
  • Aug 19

    Increasing Trust Income Distribution

    Increasing Trust Income Distribution
    Many trusts provide for lifetime income, but no principal, to the first generation of beneficiaries. In these days of low interest rates, income payments have suffered. However, income distributions from trusts do not have to be permanently…
Rank this Week: 976

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: 2995

Hauptman and Hauptman, P.C. Blog

Hauptman and Hauptman, P.C. Blog

Covers guardianship, Medicaid, probate and estate administration.

http://www.hauptmanlaw.com/blog
  • Aug 24

    Little Known Law May Help Seniors Needing Long Term Care

    Little Known Law May Help Seniors Needing Long Term Care
                    On August 17, 2006, President George W. Bush signed into law the Pension Protection Act of 2006.  The average American probably never heard of the…
  • Aug 18

    Uneven Inheritance – To Tell or Not to Tell

    Uneven Inheritance – To Tell or Not to Tell
    “I want to leave more to one child than another”, the client will tell me.  In some cases one child is more financially established than another.   Or maybe one child has special needs, whether diagnosed or not.…
  • Aug 10

    Using Your Own Money to Pay for Long Term Care – the Better Way? Part 2

    Using Your Own Money to Pay for Long Term Care – the Better Way? Part 2
                    Last week I was talking about the difficulties in funding long term care through long term care insurance or Medicaid.  Insurance companies are…
Rank this Week: 1961

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/
  • Aug 24

    Can You Revoke a Quebec Notarial Will by Destroying a True Copy?

    Can You Revoke a Quebec Notarial Will by Destroying a True Copy?
    A notary in Quebecalways retains the original of a notarial will and registers it under the Quebec Civil Code. Despite the usual rule in British Columbia that an executor must probate the original will, an exception is made for…
  • Aug 6

    Changes to Canadian Charitable Donation Tax Credits for Charitable Gifts on Death

    Changes to Canadian Charitable Donation Tax Credits for Charitable Gifts on Death
    In the 2014 Budget, the Federal Government has proposed changes to the treatment of charitable gifts in wills or beneficiary designations. Essentially, if you include a gift to a charity in your will, under the new tax law, the gift will…
  • Aug 4

    Should Professional Trustees be Held to a Higher Standard?

    Should Professional Trustees be Held to a Higher Standard?
    In view of the complexity and time that may be required to administer an estate or act as trustee of a trust, it sometimes makes good sense to appoint a professional trustee to act as executor of a will or as a trustee in a trust (for…
Rank this Week: 843

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/
  • Aug 24

    Do I Really Need to do a Title Search?

    Do I Really Need to do a Title Search?
    When someone buys a new home or new property, a title search needs to be conducted to make sure there are no problems with the title of the house or property. For example, if you purchase land that has a lien attached to it, you, as the new…
  • Aug 21

    Local Attorney Brittany Waters Joins Our Firm

    Local Attorney Brittany Waters Joins Our Firm
    Lifelong Cleveland County resident and local attorney Brittany Waters joined King, Crotts, Duncan & Jaynes with a new position in their Shelby office.  Ms. Waters has concentrated her practice around family law, criminal law, and…
  • Aug 19

    How Facebook and Social Media Can Affect your Child Custody Case

    How Facebook and Social Media Can Affect your Child Custody Case
    The majority of people today are, in some way, linked in to social media. This allows families to keep in contact with each other like never before. However, in some child custody situations social media can pose a huge problem. Most child…
Rank this Week: 3268

Death Care Law Blog

Death Care Law Blog

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

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

    Trust Administrative Hurdles: Tax Allocation

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

    Father Knows Best: the Cassity Clan

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

    Establishing a Red Flag System: Massachusetts Preneed Oversight

    Establishing a Red Flag System: Massachusetts Preneed Oversight
    The Massachusetts Division of Professional Licensure and the state Board of Registration of Funeral Directors and Embalmers are taking flak over the one and half million dollars of preneed funds that may been diverted by the owner of the…
Rank this Week: 4444

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/
  • Aug 24

    Florida Medicaid managed care workshops hosted by Karp Law Firm for local professional

    Florida Medicaid managed care workshops hosted by Karp Law Firm for local professional
    The Karp Law Firm presented three breakfast workshops in August for social work and health care professionals. Over 150 attended the events in Jupiter, Boynton Beach and Port St. Lucie to learn about the statewide Florida Medicaid managed…
  • Aug 21

    No peace for Casey Kasem or his family

    No peace for Casey Kasem or his family
    Where is the body of Casey Kasem? It was in Washington State. Apparently, it's now in Montreal. But Norway might be next.  This is like asking Where's Waldo? Only this is no game.  In my prior post, I discussed the battle between…
  • Aug 16

    New legislation would help families of children with autism, other disabilitie

    New legislation would help families of children with autism, other disabilitie
    Parents and grandparents of disabled children often ask us to create estate plans that will provide for their child. Over the years, we have seen the incidence of autism climb in our clients' families. The CDC's statistics bear out our…
Rank this Week: 2633

New York Probate & Estate…

New York Probate & Estate Litigation Blog

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

http://www.nyprobatelitigation.com/
  • Aug 23

    Power Of Attorney Not Always Easy To Use

    Power Of Attorney Not Always Easy To Use
    An article in today's New York Times sheds some interesting light on powers of attorney and their sometimes unforeseen drawbacks. Your lawblogger thinks it is well worth a look.
  • Aug 21

    Anna Nicole Smith Estate (Finally) Out Of Court

    Anna Nicole Smith Estate (Finally) Out Of Court
    The ABA Journal reports on the final failure of the Estate of Anna Nicole Smith to recover  hundreds of millions of dollars from the estate of her late husband J. Howard Marshall. Marshall, a Texas oil billionaire died at 89, a year…
  • Aug 14

    Do Not Try This At Home --The Do It Yourself Will

    Do Not Try This At Home --The Do It Yourself Will
    The Do It Yourself  legal industry is flourishing with claims that you do not need a lawyer to get your affairs in order with a low-cost DIY will. Just input your credit card information, download the easy to use form, fill in the blank…
Rank this Week: 695

Illinois Estate Planning &…

Illinois Estate Planning & Elder Law Blog

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

http://www.illinoisestateplanningandelderlawblog.com/
  • Aug 23

    Probate Law Regarding Beneficiarie

    Probate Law Regarding Beneficiarie
    A holding by the U.S. Supreme Court in Kennedy, executrix of the estate of Kennedy, deceased v. Plan Administrator for DuPont Savings and Investment Plan, et al. makes clear the importance of keeping on top of estate planning matters. In…
  • Aug 16

    Chicago Estate Planning and Individual Retirement Account

    Chicago Estate Planning and Individual Retirement Account
    Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) need to be taken into account when doing estate planning. The most important thing to remember with an IRA for estate planning purposes is to name a beneficiary. While a spouse is usually the logical…
  • Aug 9

    Chicago Estate Planning and Trustee Issue

    Chicago Estate Planning and Trustee Issue
    An individual takes on legal responsibilities when he agrees to be a trustee. If the trustee does not perform his duties properly, he could be personally liable. A trust is a legal arrangement through which one person (or an institution,…
Rank this Week: 2391

Purcell & Amen, L.L.C. Blog

Purcell & Amen, L.L.C. Blog

Covers elder law and estate planning.

http://yourestatematters.com/blog/
  • Aug 23

    Should I Execute a Durable Power of Attorney in Missouri?

    Should I Execute a Durable Power of Attorney in Missouri?
    If you are like most people, you have a general understanding of what a power of attorney is; however, if you are considering executing a durable power of attorney in Missouri you should have a very precise understanding and spend a…
  • Aug 21

    How Much Does Guardianship Cost in Missouri?

    How Much Does Guardianship Cost in Missouri?
    At some point in your life you may be faced with making the tough decision to seek guardianship over a parent or other elderly relative or loved one. Along with the emotional turmoil caused by deciding to pursue guardianship, there are also a…
  • Aug 20

    Can You Be the Trustee of My Family Wealth Trust?

    Can You Be the Trustee of My Family Wealth Trust?
    A comprehensive estate plan often includes far more than a simple Last Will and Testament. In recent decades, trusts have become a popular addition to even the most simple estate plans. If you are planning to include a family wealth trust in…
Rank this Week: 3388

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/
Rank this Week: 1693