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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 15

    Income Inequality Hinders State Revenue Growth

    Income Inequality Hinders State Revenue Growth
    According to a report by Standard $ Poor’s, income inequality and the widening gap between the wealthiest Americans and the rest of the population has been matched by a decrease in state tax revenue. Although income for the affluent has...
  • Sep 15

    Andrew Madoff Leaves Behind $15 Million to Family

    Andrew Madoff Leaves Behind $15 Million to Family
    Andrew Madoff, the son of convicted Ponzi schemer Bernard Madoff, left more than $15 million in property to his children, wife and fiancée in his will following his death from lymphoma. According to his will, Madoff left all of his...
  • Sep 15

    Having the ‘Death Talk’ With Client

    Having the ‘Death Talk’ With Client
    There are many tools that individuals may use to make sure their wishes are followed when they are nearing death, or the decision arises whether to end life-prolonging measures through the use of modern medical technology. While planning…
Rank this Week: 61

Cooper Elder Law

Cooper Elder Law

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

http://cooperelderlaw.com/our-blog/
  • Sep 15

    Cooper certified as elder law specialist

    Cooper certified as elder law specialist
    COLUMBUS — The Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA) announced that 19 attorneys have been certified as legal specialists in elder law. The Supreme Court Commission on Certification of Attorneys as Specialists accredited the OSBA to certify…
  • Aug 12

    How a Trust Affects Your Ohio Homestead Exemption

    How a Trust Affects Your Ohio Homestead Exemption
    By Tricia Applegate Do I still qualify for the Homestead Exemption if my home is in a Trust? The short answer is yes, with a few provisions. The State of Ohio states: You are eligible for the homestead exemption if all of the following are…
  • Aug 11

    What is HIPAA?

    What is HIPAA?
    By: JM Megail Gaumer HIPAA stands for “Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act”. The law was adopted in 1996 to, among many other complicated provisions, protect patients' personal information (a.k.a. protected…
Rank this Week: 1363

Nirenstein, Horowitz & Associates,…

Nirenstein, Horowitz & Associates, P.C. Blog

Covers Connecticut estate planning, probate and elder law.

http://www.preserveyourestate.net/blog/
  • Sep 15

    Inheritance Assumptions May Not Be Wise

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

    Three Things a Revocable Living Trust Won’t Accomplish

    Three Things a Revocable Living Trust Won’t Accomplish
    Revocable living trusts are largely utilized to enable probate avoidance. Probate is a legal process, and it takes place under the auspices of the probate court. People often times try to avoid this process because it is time-consuming, it…
  • Sep 10

    Preparing for an Initial Estate Planning Consultation

    Preparing for an Initial Estate Planning Consultation
    Okay, so you have finally taken the plunge. You have put the procrastination behind you, picked up the phone, and set up an initial consultation with an estate planning attorney to put an estate plan in place reflecting your current wishes.…
Rank this Week: 3160

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 15

    Doctors Need to Know: Who is the Decision-Maker?

    Doctors Need to Know: Who is the Decision-Maker?
    Not only is it important to properly plan and have Power of Attorney documents in place, but it is just as important to make sure all the right parties know of their existence.
  • Sep 12

    Estate Tax Liabilities and Life Insurance

    Estate Tax Liabilities and Life Insurance
    Life Insurance can be a useful tool to deal with estate tax liabilities or balancing ones estate among beneficiaries if properly utilized.
  • Sep 10

    Short-Term and Long-Term Plans for Business Succession

    Short-Term and Long-Term Plans for Business Succession
    Business succession planning requires planning a person to think about and implement a plan for the present and the future.
Rank this Week: 3613

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 15

    Turn Legalese into Plain English

    Turn Legalese into Plain English
    A contract shouldn’t require a Latin-English dictionary to understand it! In fact, there’s generally no reason to use Latin terms or formal legal language (legalese) at all. Use plain English to be sure the contracts and other…
  • Sep 12

    5 Tips to Make the Most of Requests for Admission

    5 Tips to Make the Most of Requests for Admission
    Requests for admission are very valuable yet underutilized tools. They’re one of the best techniques to create admissible evidence for summary judgment and trial—make good use of them! With requests for admission, you can take an…
  • Sep 10

    You Don’t Own Me—Is it Employer or Employee Social Media Content?

    You Don’t Own Me—Is it Employer or Employee Social Media Content?
    The following is a guest blog post by Olga Savage of Hartnett, Smith & Paetkau in Redwood City. Olga primarily represents employers in labor and employment law matters. Many employers have implemented employment contracts and policies…
Rank this Week: 1400

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 15

    Idaho Elder Law - Advice For Grandparents On Gifting

    Idaho Elder Law - Advice For Grandparents On Gifting
    Helping out family members is to be encouraged, but can raise a number of legal issues involving taxes and eligibility for public benefits, as well as questions of fairness among family members. Here are six issues grandparents should…
  • Sep 12

    Idaho Elder Law - Paying For Assisted Living

    Idaho Elder Law - Paying For Assisted Living
    The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has assistance programs that can help to pay for care for older veterans who served during wartime (but not necessarily actual combat). Assistance is also available to widowed spouses of wartime…
  • Sep 11

    Idaho Estate Planning - Distribute An Inheritance or Create a Trust?

    Idaho Estate Planning - Distribute An Inheritance or Create a Trust?
    Inheriting in trust can mean a lot of different things, but usually comes with benefits that are not available otherwise. Consider establishing an estate plan so your beneficiaries can inherit in trust.
Rank this Week: 3285

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: 261

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 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…
  • Sep 3

    Basic Estate Planning Questions – What is a Revocable Living Trust?

    Basic Estate Planning Questions – What is a Revocable Living Trust?
    In today’s entry in our ongoing series on basic estate planning questions, we are going to ask what is a revocable living trust. A common part of many estate plans, revocable living trusts have become increasingly popular in recent…
Rank this Week: 3815

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 15

    Are Your Papers in Order for Your Last "Out-Process"?

    Are Your Papers in Order for Your Last "Out-Process"?
    If you are a veteran (or know a veteran), then you know what "out-processing" means. It means you are transitioning from the current duty station to the next. On thing for sure, every veteran knows that all of your…
  • Sep 12

    Estate Planning - Baby Boomer Challenge

    Estate Planning - Baby Boomer Challenge
    If you owned or listened to an 8-track player, then you are old enough to plan your estate. Question: Have you made arrangements for your estate if you die early in retirement or if you linger ... and linger ... and linger, running out of…
  • Sep 11

    Estate Planning Scams? Beware!

    Estate Planning Scams? Beware!
    As unbelievable as it may sound, estate planning scams are becoming more and more common. Everyday folks are falling victim to unscrupulous and unqualified salesmen of dubious estate planning documents.
Rank this Week: 4789

Northern California Center for…

Northern California Center for Estate Planning and Elder Law

Covers estate planning.

http://www.norcalplanners.com/blog/
  • Sep 15

    Approaching Estate Planning When You’re Married

    Approaching Estate Planning When You’re Married
    Beginning the estate planning process is not always something people like to consider, but it is something that everyone, and especially married couples, needs to do. For married couples, the basic issues that your estate plan will have to…
  • Sep 14

    What Is a Conservatorship?

    What Is a Conservatorship?
    It is important to consider the eventualities of aging when you are planning your estate. A comprehensive estate plan will address the period of time that will precede your passing. While it may not be the most pleasant thing in the world…
  • Sep 13

    What Is an Elder Law Attorney?

    What Is an Elder Law Attorney?
    Elder law is the legal specialization that focuses on matters that are of particular interest to senior citizens. At the present time, the baby boomer generation is reaching retirement age. The population is going to be aging for quite some…
Rank this Week: 2839

Law Office of Barton P. Levine

Law Office of Barton P. Levine

Covers New York estate planning, probate and wills.

http://www.new-york-estate-planning.com/blog/
  • Sep 15

    Controversial, though Effective Dynasty Trust

    Controversial, though Effective Dynasty Trust
    Oh, the dynasty trust. It’s had a bad rep for years, but is it possible to put into place an effective dynasty trust without playing favorites to great, great grandchildren you’ll never meet? Better still, can you do it without…
  • Sep 13

    Why myRA is Right for Right Now

    Why myRA is Right for Right Now
    There’s no denying the recession was tough – and for countless Americans, it still is. Consider these facts: In 2012, the Census Bureau reported that the total number of Americans in poverty was the highest in the 51 years that…
  • Sep 11

    Another Look at the New York Estate Tax Exemption Amount

    Another Look at the New York Estate Tax Exemption Amount
    As most New Yorkers are aware, the new estate tax has meant many more now have fewer worries when it comes to estate taxes. New York doubled its exemption in April, with automatic increases slated through 2019. It was a big deal then, and…
Rank this Week: 3806

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 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. …
  • Sep 11

    Why Should I Create a Living Trust?

    Why Should I Create a Living Trust?
    There are several good reasons for creating a living trust, in addition to simply avoiding probate.  Some of the most important benefits of a living trust are being able to protect property for your beneficiary, reducing estate taxes,…
  • Sep 8

    Can an Agent Under a Power of Attorney Give Gifts?

    Can an Agent Under a Power of Attorney Give Gifts?
    A Power of Attorney is an easily customizable estate planning tool, commonly used by clients to fit their specific needs.  The general purpose of a power of attorney is to give someone else the authority to handle your legal, financial…
Rank this Week: 941

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: 1322

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 15

    Denial of Death Influences Estate Planning

    Denial of Death Influences Estate Planning
    Why is it so hard to get folks to do estate planning? The tendency to put off this important part of life can be attributed to the Terror Management Theory proposed by Dr. Ernest Becker in his Pulitzer Prize-winning book, The Denial of Death.…
  • Sep 12

    How to WOW

    How to WOW
    At the Academy we occasionally notice attorneys feel that because a document wasn’t particularly difficult to produce, or (in the attorney’s mind) because the client can’t afford the fee quoted in the last meeting, or even…
  • Sep 10

    Amending or Restating: Which is Better?

    Amending or Restating: Which is Better?
    I am often asked whether it is better to amend or restate a client’s trust. It is almost always better to restate. I explain the reasons why in today’s video blog. Stephen C. Hartnett, J.D., LL.M. Associate Director of Education…
Rank this Week: 1227

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 14

    Should you discuss the contents of your Will?

    Should you discuss the contents of your Will?
    A study published by Fidelity Investments, Fidelity’s Intra-Family Generational Finance Study, reveals that many adult children and their parents avoid having family discussions about estate planning. The study surveyed parents who were…
  • Sep 11

    End of Life Battles Continue

    End of Life Battles Continue
    A recent article in the National Post discusses the case of Douglas DeGuerre who died from cardiac arrest in 2008 at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. Mr. DeGuerre’s daughter, Ms. Joy Wawrzyniak, had requested a “full code”…
  • Sep 10

    Cost of Future Care Report

    Cost of Future Care Report
      When a dependant of a deceased person brings a support claim against the deceased’s estate under the Succession Law Reform Act, one of the factors that a court will consider in determining the quantum of support to be awarded is…
Rank this Week: 934

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: 1925

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 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…
  • Sep 1

    Little Known Law May Help Seniors Needing Long Term Care (Part 2)

    Little Known Law May Help Seniors Needing Long Term Care (Part 2)
                    Last week we were discussing a little known law that can be a boon to seniors.  The Pension Protection Act of 2006 contains provisions that allow…
Rank this Week: 2492

Long Island Estate Planning…

Long Island Estate Planning Questions & Answers

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

http://longislandestatesattorney.com/faqs/
  • Sep 14

    Defending a Will Contest on Long Island

    Defending a Will Contest on Long Island
    Strategies for the Executor When Someone Objects There are numerous reasons why a party may want to object to either part or all of a will in Long Island, New York. In some cases, a will objection may just be the result of family…
  • Sep 2

    How do I Bring Forgery Charges Against Somebody in Long Island?

    How do I Bring Forgery Charges Against Somebody in Long Island?
    How to Handle a Fake or Tampered Will While not common, wills do get tampered with, and even faked all together, from time to time. Will forgery is not only immoral and no only leads to disputes in Surrogate’s Court, but it is also…
  • Aug 19

    How do I Fight Allegations of Mismanagement of a Long Island Estate?

    How do I Fight Allegations of Mismanagement of a Long Island Estate?
    Make Sure to Protect Yourself as Executor When the testator dies and you are appointed executor, you are facing a responsibility that is akin to having a job. From the date of the death, you have specific things that need to be done to…
Rank this Week: 3703

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 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,…
  • Sep 8

    How an executor should handle life insurance proceed

    How an executor should handle life insurance proceed
    Here is a brief but very useful article from James Dolan at advisor.ca that talks about how an executor handles life insurance policies in an estate administration. It has realistic tips and information, and even touches on whether or not an…
Rank this Week: 998

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/
Rank this Week: 922

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 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…
  • Sep 12

    Do I Really Need a Will? Yes, You Do

    Do I Really Need a Will? Yes, You Do
    A lot of people who have not started estate planning often ask if they really need a will, or if any estate planning is really necessary? Usually, it is followed with a statement about how the children will take care of it, or that the…
  • Sep 10

    Joan Rivers: Big Funeral, Big Tax Break

    Joan Rivers: Big Funeral, Big Tax Break
    Comedian and trailblazer Joan Rivers passed away this week, with friends and family saying goodbye at a memorial service in Manhattan. Details about her estate and funeral have not been made public, but it was no secret that Joan Rivers…
Rank this Week: 1514

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 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…
  • Sep 9

    Take HIPAA seriously - your doctors do

    Take HIPAA seriously - your doctors do
    Just how serious is the medical community about HIPAA, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act? According to an article in The New York Times of August 10, privacy concerns are responsible for the disappearance of the…
Rank this Week: 2334

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 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…
  • Aug 28

    Illinois Children's Trust

    Illinois Children's Trust
    Children under the age of 18 cannot directly inherit more than a small amount of money. If you make no provisions in your Will, a court will appoint a property guardian to manage your child’s assets until he reaches 18. That property…
Rank this Week: 4361

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 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…
  • Sep 12

    Florida Medicaid Application: Why am I Being Asked for Bank Statement

    Florida Medicaid Application: Why am I Being Asked for Bank Statement
    Today I am going to answer the question, “Why am I being asked to Submit Proof and Financial Information After Filing my Medicaid Application for a Nursing Home Coverage in Florida?” I’m currently a practicing elder law…
  • Sep 12

    What is the Residency Requirement for Florida Nursing Home Medicaid?

    What is the Residency Requirement for Florida Nursing Home Medicaid?
    The purpose of this article is to explain the residency requirement for Florida nursing homes and Medicaid.  I will also show you how you get nursing home coverage for a parent who’s out of the state of Florida, and into the state…
Rank this Week: 4943

Simmons & Schiavo Blog

Simmons & Schiavo Blog

Covers estate planning and real estate law.

http://www.sslawoffices.com/category/all-posts/
  • Sep 12

    ‘No down payment’ mortgages are back

    ‘No down payment’ mortgages are back
    Remember “no down payment” mortgages? These were the kinds of loans that often led to foreclosures during the real estate bust a few years ago. They’re making a comeback – but in a different form. In their new…
  • Aug 22

    Rents for apartments and businesses are continuing to climb

    Rents for apartments and businesses are continuing to climb
    Apartment rents rose 3.2% in the first quarter of 2014 compared to the same period of last year, according to a study by research firm Reis Inc. Rents are up 13% across the country on average since 2009. And there’s reason to think that…
  • Aug 12

    Want to build a second home next to your current one?

    Want to build a second home next to your current one?
    Many cities have liberalized their zoning laws in recent years to allow people who live in single-family homes to add a second home on their property. They can do this by creating a basement apartment, building an “add-on”…
Rank this Week: 3253

NFA Gun Trust Lawyer Blog

NFA Gun Trust Lawyer Blog

Covers Class III weapons topics for all of the 50 states. By Law Office of David M. Goldman PLLC.

http://www.guntrustlawyer.com/
  • Sep 12

    What to do if the ATF rejects your Gun Trust Application to build a Machine Gun

    What to do if the ATF rejects your Gun Trust Application to build a Machine Gun
    You need to timely dispute the ATF denial. ATF is denying these applications under 922 (O) (1) Except as provided in paragraph (2), it shall be unlawful for any person to transfer or possess a machinegun. But if you read...
  • Sep 11

    ATF Approves some Form 1 to Make Machine Guns by a Gun Trust and then Rescinds the Approval

    ATF Approves some Form 1 to Make Machine Guns by a Gun Trust and then Rescinds the Approval
    We understand that ATF has approved a number of applications to permit Gun Trusts to manufacture machine guns and then rescinded the tax stamp to make the machine gun. Many others have reported to us today that their Form 1...
  • Aug 28

    ATF form 5 and Form 9 returning in September 2014

    ATF form 5 and Form 9 returning in September 2014
    ATF is pleased to announce the return of the following eForms to active service: ATF Form 5 on 8/27/2014, ATF Form 9 on 9/2/2014, and ATF Form 5300.11 (AFMER) on 9/5/2014. Please note that at this time no date has...
Rank this Week: 4389

Connecticut Estate Planning…

Connecticut Estate Planning Attorneys Blog

Covers estate planning. By CzepigaDalyPope LLC.

http://www.connecticutestateplanningattorneysblog.com/
  • 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…
  • Sep 4

    2 Ways to Prepay Your Funeral Expenses and Qualify for Medicaid Faster

    2 Ways to Prepay Your Funeral Expenses and Qualify for Medicaid Faster
    Assets count when it comes to qualifying for Medicaid as we discussed in a previous post, “How to Qualify for Medicaid Benefits by Planning Now.” However, some assets related to your funeral expenses are excluded, and prepaying…
  • Aug 27

    Why Disclaiming an Inheritance Could be a Good Idea

    Why Disclaiming an Inheritance Could be a Good Idea
    I inherited what from Uncle George? What if I don’t want it? You barely knew your uncle. When he dies, you learn that he named you his sole beneficiary in his Will and your children as his contingent beneficiaries. Sounds like good…
Rank this Week: 2172

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 12

    What Is a Charitable Remainder Trust?

    What Is a Charitable Remainder Trust?
    If you want to give to a charitable cause as you simultaneously reduce your tax burden, a charitable remainder trust can be a good choice. The post What Is a Charitable Remainder Trust? appeared first on Law Office of Roy W. Litherland.
  • Sep 4

    What Is the Most Important Estate Planning Document?

    What Is the Most Important Estate Planning Document?
    Estate planning is a comprehensive, ongoing process. People sometimes look for easy answers, but there is really no shortcut that you can take if you want to create a truly effective estate plan. There is no one-size-fits-all estate planning…
  • Sep 2

    Is Incapacity Planning Really Important?

    Is Incapacity Planning Really Important?
    People sometimes overlook incapacity planning because they feel as though it is not really important. They know that some elders become unable to make their own decisions, but they take the “this will never happen to me” approach.…
Rank this Week: 1906

Your Texas Estate Plan

Your Texas Estate Plan

Covers tax and estate planning. By Jacob Pelley.

http://www.yourtexasestateplan.com/
  • Sep 12

    How to prevent the messy estate: the fight over pots and pan

    How to prevent the messy estate: the fight over pots and pan
    More and more, I have clients who come to me and simply ask for "help." The scenario usually is something like this:Scenario:Older (parent/relative) passes away. You and another (sibling/family member) are the sole beneficiaries of their…
  • Jul 23

    Estate tax Repeal Musing

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

    All in the Family: Disputes between relative

    All in the Family: Disputes between relative
    "Family quarrels are bitter things. They don't go according to any rules. They're not like aches or wounds, they're more like splits in the skin that won't heal because there's not enough material."~F. Scott FitzgeraldBackground:In the Texas…
Rank this Week: 1968

Law Offices of Robert H. Glorch…

Law Offices of Robert H. Glorch Blog

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

http://www.illinoisestateplan.com/blog
  • Sep 12

    Unmarried Couples Have Acute Need for Estate Planning

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

    New Illinois Law Questions Bequests to Non-Family Caregiver

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

    5 Ways to Wreck a Good Estate Plan

    5 Ways to Wreck a Good Estate Plan
    You’ve taken the important step of working with an estate planning to attorney to create an estate plan tailored to your needs. Maybe you’ve created a trust, a will and powers of attorney. You feel a sense of peace of mind. And…
Rank this Week: 3025

Mendel Law Firm Blog

Mendel Law Firm Blog

Covers estate planning.

http://www.mendellawfirm.com/blog/
  • Sep 12

    Famous Estates – Legacy Champ or Chump?

    Famous Estates – Legacy Champ or Chump?
    Sammy Davis, Jr. (1925-1990) – Singer, Tap Dancer, Actor & Musician Sammy Davis, Jr. was an American entertainer, primarily a dancer and singer, who was also known for his impersonations of actors and other celebrities. At the age…
  • Sep 11

    Thought for the Day:

    Thought for the Day:
    I have been impressed with the urgency of doing.  Knowing is not enough; we must apply.  Being willing is not enough; we must do. Leonardo da Vinci
  • Sep 10

    Lincoln and the Lack of a Will

    Lincoln and the Lack of a Will
    We have told you several different stories about the things that have gone wrong with celebrities’ estates when they passed away without having a Will. It is a common theme as most Americans do not have Wills and things tend to go wrong…
Rank this Week: 2838

Buffalo NY Attorneys Blog

Buffalo NY Attorneys Blog

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

http://www.wny-lawyers.com/blog/
  • Sep 11

    What Does The Court Consider When Deciding To Issue A Hardship License?

    What Does The Court Consider When Deciding To Issue A Hardship License?
    A Buffalo driver who is arrested for DWI and took a breath test will, in almost all cases, have his or her driver’s license suspended at the first court appearance. While the defendant is eligible for a conditional license after thirty…
  • Sep 11

    When Is It Legal To Stop Someone At A DWI Checkpoint?

    When Is It Legal To Stop Someone At A DWI Checkpoint?
    Both the U.S. Supreme Court and the New York Court of Appeals – the highest court in the state – both determined many years ago that the use of checkpoints or roadblocks by the police to randomly screen drivers is not necessarily…
  • Sep 11

    What Are The Penalties For Circumvention Of An Interlock Device?

    What Are The Penalties For Circumvention Of An Interlock Device?
    A Buffalo DWI defendant who is required to use an ignition interlock device and attempts to damage it or avoid its use is subject to serious criminal penalties. Circumvention of an Interlock Device is a Class A Misdemeanor, which is a crime…
Rank this Week: 773

Wealth Law Blog

Wealth Law Blog

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

http://samuelslaw.com/blog/
  • 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…
  • Aug 18

    Victoria Blachly’s Work with VoteERA.org Featured in Business Journal

    Victoria Blachly’s Work with VoteERA.org Featured in Business Journal
    In May, SYK partner Victoria Blachly was appointed to the Board of Advisors for VoteERA.org, which seeks to add an Oregon Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) that provides express equality and protects women against sex discrimination. …
Rank this Week: 788

Parman & Easterday Blog

Parman & Easterday Blog

Covers elder law and estate planning.

http://www.parmanlaw.com/blog/
  • 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…
  • Sep 10

    What Is the Veterans Aid and Attendance Special Pension?

    What Is the Veterans Aid and Attendance Special Pension?
    Long-term care is one of the most pressing elder law issues of our day. The majority of senior citizens are going to need help with their day-to-day needs eventually, and Medicare will not pay for long-term care. It is not easy to pay for a…
  • Sep 4

    Do I Lose Control of Assets in a Revocable Living Trust?

    Do I Lose Control of Assets in a Revocable Living Trust?
    It is important to understand the facts when you are planning your estate. There are websites on the Internet that sell do-it-yourself estate planning notions. They contend that estate planning is so simple, you can easily do it for yourself.…
Rank this Week: 3803

Redlands Veterans' Affairs…

Redlands Veterans' Affairs Attorney Blog

Covers estate planning and elder law. By Esther Wang.

http://www.california-elder-law.com/blog/
  • Sep 11

    Veterans Benefit Alert

    Veterans Benefit Alert
    The Veterans Aid & Attendance special pension is in place to help former service members cover their assisted living and home caregiver costs. Unlike the retirement pension the length of service requirement is minimal. One must have…
  • Sep 9

    Tortoise Approach Can Yield Positive Result

    Tortoise Approach Can Yield Positive Result
    As the story of the tortoise and the hare demonstrates, if you are consistent over a long period of time as you aim toward reaching your desired destination you should have success. This is something to keep in mind when...
  • Sep 4

    How do you Provide for People with Disabilities?

    How do you Provide for People with Disabilities?
    Family members can come in all shapes and sizes and have different needs. As a result, when you are planning your estate there is more to it than simply looking at a pie and slicing it up into pieces of...
Rank this Week: 3213

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 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…
  • Jun 18

    Training, Tax Credits and Loans for Connecticut Small Businesse

    Training, Tax Credits and Loans for Connecticut Small Businesse
    The Connecticut Department of Labor has announced that it is holding three Step Up Employers Conferences, all free of charge, to provide information to Connecticut employers interested in learning more about subsidized training and…
Rank this Week: 2485

The Zimmer Law Firm

The Zimmer Law Firm

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

http://www.zimmerlawfirm.com/blog/
  • 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…
  • Sep 9

    Unwanted Inheritance – Giving It Back

    Unwanted Inheritance – Giving It Back
    No one likes getting a gift that they do not want, but it happens fairly often. We have all received Christmas or birthday presents that we would rather not have. We always say that we will exchange them, but rarely do. Closets and attics all…
  • Sep 4

    Estate Planning and Secret

    Estate Planning and Secret
    One of the tricky things about estate planning are items which are in many people’s lives that they do not want other people to know about even after they pass away. These things do not have to be anything major. They can be slightly…
Rank this Week: 2102

Bingham Greenebaum Doll Blog

Bingham Greenebaum Doll Blog

Covers Indiana law.

http://www.bgdlegal.com/blog/
  • Sep 11

    The Beer Battle Continues: Challenge to Indiana?s Restrictions on the Sale of Cold Beer Goes to the Next Level

    The Beer Battle Continues: Challenge to Indiana?s Restrictions on the Sale of Cold Beer Goes to the Next Level
    Earlier this year, I wrote an article discussing how both consumers and business owners often have to deal with confusing laws and regulations in Indiana regarding the sale of cold beer. Having its genesis in the era of Prohibition,…
  • Sep 8

    Preserving Attorney-Client Privilege for Internal Investigation

    Preserving Attorney-Client Privilege for Internal Investigation
    The U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia recently clarified the formulation of the “primary purpose” test for determining whether the attorney-client privilege applies to communications made to in-house…
  • Sep 5

    7th Circuit Upholds Indiana Right-to-Work Law

    7th Circuit Upholds Indiana Right-to-Work Law
    Soon after Indiana’s right-to-work law took effect on March 14, 2012, the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 150, AFL-CIO challenged the law in federal and state court. The Union’s suit challenged the law’s…
Rank this Week: 2449

The Law Office of Michael…

The Law Office of Michael Robinson, P.C.

Covers elder law and estate planning.

http://www.mrobinsonlaw.com/blog/
  • Sep 11

    What Is a Family Limited Partnership?

    What Is a Family Limited Partnership?
    A family limited partnership can be useful if you are interested in asset protection, and there can also be estate tax benefits. Let’s look at the details. Asset Protection Anyone can be the target of a lawsuit, but there are people who…
  • Sep 9

    What Are the Drawbacks of Probate?

    What Are the Drawbacks of Probate?
    Everyone has heard of the estate planning device called a last will. Because this document is synonymous with estate planning, you may assume that a last will can facilitate fast and efficient asset transfers. You are keeping it simple when…
  • Sep 8

    Should I Create a Joint Tenancy With My Child?

    Should I Create a Joint Tenancy With My Child?
    There are numerous different ways that you can arrange for assets to fall into the hands of your loved ones after you pass away. You should certainly explore your options and make intelligent, informed decisions. The optimal course of action…
Rank this Week: 1935

epilawg

epilawg

Provides insight for planning the resolution of your own story through thoughtful estate planning.

http://epilawg.com/
  • Sep 11

    What are a surviving spouse’s debt obligations?

    What are a surviving spouse’s debt obligations?
    Awhile back, an article in the Star Tribune discussed the egregious practices used by some credit card companies and banks to collect debts owed by deceased persons, often targeting surviving family members who may or […]What are a…
  • Sep 9

    Dividing Up Your Estate at Your Death

    Dividing Up Your Estate at Your Death
    For some, as they prepare their Wills, it is a pretty clear cut decision on who will receive what and how much. For example, most married couples with children will first leave everything to each […]Dividing Up Your Estate at Your…
  • Sep 3

    After Hours with Diana Ringuette

    After Hours with Diana Ringuette
    Name: Diana (Marianetti) Ringuette Employer: Maslon Edelman Borman & Brand, LLP Position: Attorney Location: Minneapolis Education: Hamline University School of Law (J.D., cum laude), Macalester College (B.A.) How long have you been…
Rank this Week: 2218

German Law Group Blog

German Law Group Blog

Covers estate planning.

http://www.germanlawgroup.com/
  • 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…
  • Sep 9

    You Need Both a Will and Power of Attorney

    You Need Both a Will and Power of Attorney
    Sometimes people come to an estate planning lawyer with questions about powers of attorney and wills that reveal a misunderstanding of how these important documents function. For example, some people ask why they need both. After all, since a…
  • Aug 28

    Probate in Grand Forks: Is It Always Required?

    Probate in Grand Forks: Is It Always Required?
    If you use a last will to express your final wishes, you name an executor or personal representative. This is the person who will handle the business of the estate after you pass away. The executor is not going to be able to immediately…
Rank this Week: 2148

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 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…
  • Sep 5

    California Trustees Must Provide Beneficiaries and Heirs with Copies of Trusts, Last Wills, and Amendment

    California Trustees Must Provide Beneficiaries and Heirs with Copies of Trusts, Last Wills, and Amendment
    I get calls every week from California Trust, Last Will, and Estate beneficiaries complaining that they can’t get their brother or sister, who is the Trustee and Executor of their parents’ estate plan, to provide true copies of…
  • Sep 4

    Can Your Ex-Spouse Inherit Your Property in California?

    Can Your Ex-Spouse Inherit Your Property in California?
    Under California law ex-spouses are entitled to receive your life insurance benefits if you fail to change your beneficiary form after dissolution of your marriage.  But there are other assets where an ex-spouses rights are automatically…
Rank this Week: 858

Estate Planning in California

Estate Planning in California

By the Law Offices of Shahram Miri, Inc.

http://calestateplanning.blogspot.com/
  • Sep 10

    Undue Influence involving a California Trust

    Undue Influence involving a California Trust
    One method in which a testamentary instrument can be voided is if it is the product of "undue influence." California case law says that undue influence is dependent upon the facts and circumstances of the situation. Sparks v. Sparks (1950)…
  • Sep 3

    Business Transactions with a Client

    Business Transactions with a Client
    State Capitol, SacramentoWhen a client hires an attorney, a appreciable level of trust and respect is generally established. The client can expect the attorney to act in their best interest at all times. Similarly, the client can expect the…
  • Aug 27

    Ancillary Probate in California

    Ancillary Probate in California
    The ease in which people and capital can move from one place to another has naturally caused the accumulation of assets in multiple locations. It is relatively common for a California resident to re-locate to New York for a new job. While…
Rank this Week: 3491

Arkansas Legal Issues

Arkansas Legal Issues

By Wilson & Haubert, PLLC.

http://whlawoffices.com/little-rock-lawyer-arkansas-law-blog/
  • Sep 10

    My First Day in Court

    My First Day in Court
    This is the first in what I hope to be a series of posts on new-lawyer “firsts.” I’ve been doing this lawyering thing a year now, and I haven’t had a chance to do any formal introspection. Today, then, is the first…
  • Sep 5

    July 2014 Arkansas Bar Exam Result

    July 2014 Arkansas Bar Exam Result
    Congratulations to all those who passed the July 2014 Arkansas Bar Exam! It has already been an entire year, but I vividly remember the visceral feeling of relief after getting those results. What a day it was! If you worked to pass, you…
  • Sep 2

    Lou Reed: No Estate Planning Idol

    Lou Reed: No Estate Planning Idol
    This recent short article identifies one of the lesser-cited advantages of using trusts for estate planning: privacy. In it, we are told all the finer points about the distribution of Lou Reed’s estate. Had the rocker instead used…
Rank this Week: 1434

Nash Nash Bean & Ford, LLP Blog

Nash Nash Bean & Ford, LLP Blog

Covers elder law and estate planning.

http://www.nashbeanford.com/blog/
  • Sep 10

    Estate Planning Lessons from the Late Robin William

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

    Medicaid Planning: What Can the Healthy Spouse Keep?

    Medicaid Planning: What Can the Healthy Spouse Keep?
    Medicaid is very important to a significant percentage of senior citizens, because Medicare will not pay for long-term care. Because Medicaid is a need-based program, there are income and asset limits. People who were never financially needy…
  • Sep 1

    What Is a Qualified Personal Residence Trust?

    What Is a Qualified Personal Residence Trust?
    A qualified personal residence trust is a type of irrevocable trust that can be useful if you are exposed to the federal estate tax. Before we examine the details, we should explain the federal transfer tax parameters so that you can…
Rank this Week: 3198