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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 29

    Officials Scrutinize Andrew Madoff's $16 Million Estate

    Officials Scrutinize Andrew Madoff's $16 Million Estate
    Until he passed away earlier this month, Bernard Madoff’s last surviving son was under investigation for possible involvement in his father’s multibillion-dollar Ponzi scheme. Despite his passing, scrutiny over his $16 million estate…
  • Sep 29

    Article on the Elective Share

    Article on the Elective Share
    Martin D. Begleiter (Drake University School of Law) recently published an article entitled, Grim Fairy Tales: Studies of Wicked Stepmothers, Poisoned Apples and the Elective Share (July 15, 2014), Albany Law Review, Forthcoming. Provided…
  • Sep 29

    Undertaking Student Debt

    Undertaking Student Debt
    If you think college savings years flew by fast, just wait until school begins. One minute, parents are helping their children move into their freshmen dorm, and before they know it, their kids are walking down the isle at graduation...
Rank this Week: 59

Potter Law Firm Blog

Potter Law Firm Blog

Covers estate planning and elder law.

http://www.potterestateplanning.com/blog/
  • Sep 29

    Should I Use a Corporate Trustee?

    Should I Use a Corporate Trustee?
    Trusts can be very useful for a wide variety of people. Some trusts are used by high net worth individuals who are exposed to the federal estate tax. These would be irrevocable trusts. This type of trust could also be used by people who want…
  • Sep 26

    Is Estate Planning Strictly for Senior Citizens?

    Is Estate Planning Strictly for Senior Citizens?
    People often procrastinate when it comes to estate planning. Studies show that most Americans are not fully prepared, and as you may imagine, younger people are particularly remiss. If you are a younger adult, you may feel as though you will…
  • Sep 24

    Will Medicare Pay for All of My Medical Expenses?

    Will Medicare Pay for All of My Medical Expenses?
    When you are planning ahead for retirement, you should be aware of what you can expect from the Medicare program. Sometimes people overestimate the capabilities of the program, and this can lead to difficulties late in your life. To qualify…
Rank this Week: 3546

Nash Nash Bean & Ford, LLP Blog

Nash Nash Bean & Ford, LLP Blog

Covers elder law and estate planning.

http://www.nashbeanford.com/blog/
  • Sep 29

    How Do I Know If I Have a Bare-Bones Trust or Will?

    How Do I Know If I Have a Bare-Bones Trust or Will?
    You may have heard the terms “bare-bones trust” or “bare-bones Will” before used in a negative context, prompting you to ask yourself “ How do I know if I have a bare-bones trust or Will? ” The answer to…
  • Sep 24

    Medicaid Is Only for the Poor Correct?

    Medicaid Is Only for the Poor Correct?
    Unless you have been a Medicaid recipient in the past, chances are good that you have a number of misconceptions where the program is concerned. For example, you may believe that Medicaid is only for the poor or only covers children. While it…
  • Sep 22

    How Long Does It Take to Set Up a Trust?

    How Long Does It Take to Set Up a Trust?
    A comprehensive estate plan can be as simple or as complex as your needs warrant. For most people, the foundation of any estate plan is a Last Will and Testament. If you are young, single, and without significant assets you may not need more…
Rank this Week: 3538

Nirenstein, Horowitz & Associates,…

Nirenstein, Horowitz & Associates, P.C. Blog

Covers Connecticut estate planning, probate and elder law.

http://www.preserveyourestate.net/blog/
  • Sep 29

    Three Common Estate Planning Misconception

    Three Common Estate Planning Misconception
    There are a number of misconceptions that people sometimes harbor about estate planning, and we would like to take a look at three of them here. 1. Estate planning is not important yet because I’m still relatively young. There is a lot…
  • Sep 26

    Unequal Inheritances: Communicate With Loved One

    Unequal Inheritances: Communicate With Loved One
    In many ways estate planning is a delicate subject, and this is one of the reasons why so many people go through life without an estate plan. Though it is true that some difficult decisions must be made, the sooner you make them the better…
  • Sep 24

    Inheritance Planning After Death of Spouse

    Inheritance Planning After Death of Spouse
    Estate planning is something that is typically done in stages. When you first put a plan in place as a single young adult your income level, your savings and insurance, and your level of responsibility to family members will dictate some of…
Rank this Week: 3557

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 29

    Keeping Your Estate Plan Up-To-Date

    Keeping Your Estate Plan Up-To-Date
    You should review and possibly update your estate plan any time your life changes significantly.
  • Sep 26

    The Digital Afterlife

    The Digital Afterlife
    In this digital age, it is important to make sure you digital assets are part of your overall estate plan.
  • Sep 24

    Rising Costs of Special Needs Care

    Rising Costs of Special Needs Care
    It is important to take a long term view of caregiving when families are planning for a special needs child.
Rank this Week: 2142

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 29

    Idaho Estate Planning - There's No iPhone or Android APP For That

    Idaho Estate Planning - There's No iPhone or Android APP For That
    Smartphones sure make lives a lot easier (and, arguably, busier). With a few taps of a screen, individuals can do everything from checking the weather to buying stock to engaging in FaceTime across the world. One individual in Australia…
  • Sep 26

    Idaho Estate Planning - Understanding Your Digital Afterlife

    Idaho Estate Planning - Understanding Your Digital Afterlife
    Facebook, Google, Twitter and other sites have different policies on dealing with dead users. Some states are also considering laws that would automatically give loved ones access to, though not control of, their dead relative's digital…
  • Sep 25

    Idaho Elder Law - Veterans Pension Benefit

    Idaho Elder Law - Veterans Pension Benefit
    A veteran must first meet certain wartime service and discharge requirements before being considered for any type of pension benefit. Additionally, a surviving spouse must meet certain marriage requirements to the qualified veteran.
Rank this Week: 1998

California Probate and Estate…

California Probate and Estate Planning Blog

Covers California probate and estate planning including law changes, legal strategies, and detailed descriptions of the options available. By Meissner, Joseph & Palley, Inc.

http://www.californiaprobate.info/blog
  • Sep 29

    Dying on your terms and POLST

    Dying on your terms and POLST
    My grandma is 98 years old…. or should I say 98 years YOUNG!?  She called last week to tell me about a great article in the LA Times.  It’s about dying on YOUR TERMS. In fact, the headline in the … Continue…
  • Aug 20

    Robin Williams estate in the new

    Robin Williams estate in the new
    I was reading this article about Robin Williams’ estate. It is written by a Minnesota lawyer.  I am not saying the story is “wrong” but it is a little misleading. Now that makes for better reading than a 100% accurate…
  • Aug 12

    California Insurance Code Section 10113.71 Form

    California Insurance Code Section 10113.71 Form
    Have you gotten forms from your life insurance companies giving you the option of providing them an alternate person to receive your lapse notices? I love this! It all stems from California Assembly Bill 1747 which became effective January 1,…
Rank this Week: 2232

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 29

    Avoiding Family Fights Over Aging Parent Issue

    Avoiding Family Fights Over Aging Parent Issue
    Recent estimates predict that Americans age 65 and older will make up nearly 20 percent of the population by 2030. With nearly one in five Americans eventually needing help with their daily activities, let alone developing health issues like…
  • Sep 26

    Have You Thought About 529 Plans ... as Part of Your Estate Plan?

    Have You Thought About 529 Plans ... as Part of Your Estate Plan?
    Assuming you and your financial advisor have determined that you will not outlive your assets, have you considered investing in the higher education of your grandchildren? If yes, what do you know about 529 Plans?
  • Sep 25

    Be Mindful Where You Die - State Death Taxe

    Be Mindful Where You Die - State Death Taxe
    The current number of states with death taxes (independent of the federal death tax) is 19 states. Okay, add D.C. to make it 20 "jurisdictions" at present. However, there are several states making changes for 2015. And, this is good…
Rank this Week: 709

Asset Protection Law Journal

Asset Protection Law Journal

Covers asset protection laws. By Kenneth J. Laino.

http://www.assetprotectionlawjournal.com
  • Sep 29

    Ohio Legacy Trust Not Likely To Affect Your Income Taxe

    Ohio Legacy Trust Not Likely To Affect Your Income Taxe
    Clients frequently ask about potential income tax aspects of an Ohio Legacy Trust.  An Ohio Legacy Trust will likely have no effect at all on your income tax situation.  The trust will be structured so that it is a grantor trust…
  • Aug 12

    Debtors Can Face Uphill Battle to Remedy Creditor Mistake

    Debtors Can Face Uphill Battle to Remedy Creditor Mistake
    So many Americans today are facing debt collection efforts that the system often appears to be overwhelmed.  Mistakes seem to be getting more and more common. A recent article by Teresa Dixon Murray in the Cleveland Plain Dealer…
  • Aug 11

    Majority of the World's Companies are Family Businesse

    Majority of the World's Companies are Family Businesse
    The majority of the world’s enterprises today are family firms.  That is according to David S. Landes, Professor Emeritus of History and Economics at Harvard and author of Dynasties - - Fortunes and Misfortunes of the World’s…
Rank this Week: 2289

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 29

    Using Social Media? Beware of Ethical Pitfalls (Part 1)

    Using Social Media? Beware of Ethical Pitfalls (Part 1)
    The following is a guest blog post by Jonathan Rubens, a principal at Javid Rubens LLP in San Francisco, which represents clients in business transactions and advises them on data security, privacy, trademark and copyright issues. Attorneys…
  • Sep 26

    Coordinate Your Discovery Method

    Coordinate Your Discovery Method
    Often you can use more than one discovery method to get the same facts or evidence. You can take a pick-and-choose approach to your methodology, or better yet, use a coordinated approach that aims multiple discovery methods at the same…
  • Sep 24

    10 Tips for Drafting a Parenting Plan

    10 Tips for Drafting a Parenting Plan
    When parents don’t agree on a child custody issue, the parenting plan is the tiebreaker. Given this power, family law attorneys need to draft parenting plans with the utmost care to make sure that uncertainty and ambiguity don’t…
Rank this Week: 539

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/
  • Sep 29

    If a person dies intestate what proof must their children show the court to prove they are the heirs to the estate?

    If a person dies intestate what proof must their children show the court to prove they are the heirs to the estate?
    Most Florida probate courts simply accept the information contained in the pleadings that are filed with the court. These pleadings are usually signed "under penalties of perjury". Some courts (such as Citrus Count and Miami-Dade County)…
  • 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…
Rank this Week: 918

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 29

    Is the Trustee Required to Provide a Copy of the Trust or Financial Record

    Is the Trustee Required to Provide a Copy of the Trust or Financial Record
    Knowing Your Rights as a Long Island Trust Beneficiary While the majority of trusts on Long Island are handled without any issues between the beneficiary and the trustee, there are times where tensions may arise. A big source of tension can…
  • Sep 17

    Is Ingratiating Oneself with an Elderly Person Undue Influence?

    Is Ingratiating Oneself with an Elderly Person Undue Influence?
    When is Friendliness with an Elderly Person Crossing the Line One of the more common themes that people argue when they are contesting a will is that someone who has suddenly become a major beneficiary in the will somehow used undue influence…
  • 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…
Rank this Week: 2054

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 29

    Free Report: Incapacity Planning in North Carolina: Using Specific Tool

    Free Report: Incapacity Planning in North Carolina: Using Specific Tool
    When creating a financial power of attorney, the agent you select must be a capable adult. Alternatively, you can choose an organization to serve as your agent. For example, you might choose your bank, a law firm, or some other capable…
  • Sep 28

    Power of Attorney in North Carolina: More Details and Option

    Power of Attorney in North Carolina: More Details and Option
    Power of Attorney in North Carolina: More Details and Options from Cheryl David Powers of Attorney are not a cure-all, and need to be created as a part of broader, and more comprehensive estate plan. Learn more about power of attorney in…
  • Sep 27

    New Law Allows Executors Digital Estate Planning Asset Acce

    New Law Allows Executors Digital Estate Planning Asset Acce
    In what is perhaps a sign of things to come, lawmakers in Delaware recently passed a law that made the state the first to grant executors broad digital estate planning rights. The law gives those appointed to oversee the estates left behind…
Rank this Week: 3154

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: 249

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 29

    What if My Estate Does Not Have Enough Money?

    What if My Estate Does Not Have Enough Money?
    The main goal of any estate plan is to provide for your loved ones, both financially and emotionally, after you die.  However, if your estate does not have enough money, or liquidity, your family may be left with much less than you…
  • Sep 25

    What Is a Family Wealth Trust?

    What Is a Family Wealth Trust?
    Trusts can be very valuable wealth planning instruments, to be used for asset protection as well as safeguarding family wealth.  Trusts can also be used to regulate a younger family member access to property if necessary, while providing…
  • Sep 22

    How to Fund a Living Trust

    How to Fund a Living Trust
    There are many benefits to be gained from creating a living trust.  Some of these benefits include being able to protect certain property for your beneficiaries, reducing estate taxes, planning for your incapacity and avoiding will…
Rank this Week: 1630

Northern California Center for…

Northern California Center for Estate Planning and Elder Law

Covers estate planning.

http://www.norcalplanners.com/blog/
  • Sep 29

    Estate Planning Tip Sheet

    Estate Planning Tip Sheet
    When you set out to create an estate plan , you and your attorney will work closely to develop an array of tools that will help you accomplish each of your goals. While no two estate plans are identical, the tools you create will have to meet…
  • Sep 28

    What Role Does a Judge Play in Estate Planning?

    What Role Does a Judge Play in Estate Planning?
    It isn’t uncommon for people to come to an estate planning attorney with little idea of what a judge does, what the legal process involves, or what goes on when you create an estate plan. While estate planning is not a single event or…
  • Sep 27

    Simple Tips To Keep in Mind When Writing a Last Will

    Simple Tips To Keep in Mind When Writing a Last Will
    People who create an estate plan in Northern California will almost invariably draft a last will and testament as a key part of their plan. When creating your will, you will be called upon to make some very important decisions that will…
Rank this Week: 810

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 29

    Estate Planning for Artist

    Estate Planning for Artist
                                   “[A]rtists leave two bodies, their own, and a body of…
  • Sep 25

    The Death of a Celebrity… Groundhog

    The Death of a Celebrity… Groundhog
    This blog has covered many celebrity deaths over the years such as Ian’s recent blog on the various celebrities who have made estate planning mistakes. But what about the celebrity death of a beloved groundhog?  Stranger things…
  • Sep 25

    Hull on Estates #389 – Appointing a custodian or guardian

    Hull on Estates #389 – Appointing a custodian or guardian
    Listen to Hull on Estates #389 – Appointing a custodian or guardian Today on Hull on Estates, Andrea Buncic and Paul Trudelle discuss the nuances of appointing a custodian and/or guardian of a child in one’s Will. Should you have…
Rank this Week: 956

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 29

    The Art of Estate Planning: What to Do With the Client’s Tangible Wealth

    The Art of Estate Planning: What to Do With the Client’s Tangible Wealth
    Art, Antiques, Jewelry, Sports Memorabilia, Books, Wine Collections, Classic Cars, etc… These are all unique assets with unique laws that impact tax planning, estate planning and decision making. You don’t want to let your…
  • Sep 26

    Does Your Company Need A Transfusion?

    Does Your Company Need A Transfusion?
    Wouldn’t it be nice if we had a crystal ball when we hired salespeople? We could gaze past the haze to see into the future determining if the candidate can prospect, cold call, close, self -start and work as part of a team.…
  • Sep 24

    Planning Takes the Edge Off

    Planning Takes the Edge Off
    In my last blog, I focused on how health care powers of attorney can be useful. Today, I’d like to focus on planning in general. Clients often think that estate planning is for other people: It’s for people on their death bed; or…
Rank this Week: 3029

The Estate Planning and Wealth…

The Estate Planning and Wealth Preservation Blog for Trusted Advisors

Covers asset protection, estate and gift tax, and wills and trusts. By Fox Rothschild LLP.

http://estateplanning.foxrothschild.com/
  • Sep 29

    What Happens to My ITunes Account When I Die?

    What Happens to My ITunes Account When I Die?
    In today’s digital world, many clients are beginning to ask questions like, “What happens to my accounts on the Cloud, like my iTunes and Instagram accounts, when I die?” and “Will the executor of my estate have…
  • Aug 13

    Back to School: Health Care Directives and Powers of Attorney for College Student

    Back to School: Health Care Directives and Powers of Attorney for College Student
    As summer draws to a close, millions of young adults will head off to college in the next few weeks.  If one of these is your son or daughter (or you have clients with children in college), do yourself a favor and…
  • Jun 19

    Supreme Court: “Inherited IRAs Not Protected From Creditors in Bankruptcy”

    Supreme Court: “Inherited IRAs Not Protected From Creditors in Bankruptcy”
    Last week, in Clark et ux v. Rameker, Trustee, et al., the United States Supreme Court ruled that funds held in inherited IRAs do not fall within the meaning of the bankruptcy code’s exemption for  ”retirement…
Rank this Week: 3072

epilawg

epilawg

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

http://epilawg.com/
  • Sep 29

    Cyber Attacks: It’s no longer “if” it will happen, but “when” it will happen

    Cyber Attacks: It’s no longer “if” it will happen, but “when” it will happen
    The vast majority of us are not running international, Fortune 500 operations. We are leading, or working with, small to mid-sized businesses. With that comes the false sense of security that cyber thieves aren’t targeting…
  • Sep 25

    Cabin LLCs: The Basic

    Cabin LLCs: The Basic
    For many, cabins provide an opportunity to get away from it all, to spend time with family and friends (maybe beside a body of water) and decompress from daily life. Unfortunately, cabins can also cause […]Cabin LLCs: The Basics is a…
  • Sep 17

    Have you reported your offshore funds?

    Have you reported your offshore funds?
    If you are a U.S. citizen, resident alien, or certain nonresident alien, you are required to report any foreign financial assets that meet the reporting threshold to the IRS. There are different filing requirements and […]Have you…
Rank this Week: 1003

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 28

    Will My Heirs Be Forced to Pay Inheritance Taxes in San Jose California?

    Will My Heirs Be Forced to Pay Inheritance Taxes in San Jose California?
    Will My Heirs be Forced to Pay Inheritance Taxes from Roy W. Litherland An inheritance tax is a levied on transfers to each individual non-exempt heir. Learn more about inheritance taxes in San Jose California in this presentation. The post…
  • Sep 25

    When Would a Conservatorship Become Necessary?

    When Would a Conservatorship Become Necessary?
    A conservatorship could become necessary if you were to become unable to handle your own affairs due to incapacitation. Interested parties could petition the state to appoint a conservator to act on your behalf. The post When Would a…
  • Sep 23

    What Are the Drawbacks of Probate?

    What Are the Drawbacks of Probate?
    What are the Drawbacks of Probate? from Roy W. Litherland If you are in direct personal possession of property when you die, the probate court will supervise the administration of your estate. The post What Are the Drawbacks of Probate?…
Rank this Week: 1663

Iowa Estate Plan

Iowa Estate Plan

Covers information and news on estate planning and probate. By Matthew Gardner.

http://www.iowaestateplan.com/
  • Sep 28

    New Law in Iowa Involving Joint Ownership Designation and Deed

    New Law in Iowa Involving Joint Ownership Designation and Deed
    Effective January 1, 2015, a new law will go into effect that can be effective and useful in several situations.Deeds with married couple, joint tenants or survivor language - As I've written before, there can be issues (and have been…
  • Jun 22

    Post-Marital Agreements in Iowa - Inching Closer?

    Post-Marital Agreements in Iowa - Inching Closer?
    Iowa remains one of the few (if not last) hold-out state that doesn't permit post-marital agreements.  (Agreements that allow a married couple to plan the division of their assets by their own agreement and separate from some default…
  • Apr 10

    Governor Branstad Signs New Uniform Power of Attorney Bill in Iowa

    Governor Branstad Signs New Uniform Power of Attorney Bill in Iowa
    Well, it was a long time coming, but following unanimous passage in the Iowa House and Iowa Senate, today Governor Branstad signed the Uniform Power of Attorney bill into law.  The Uniform POA is a substantial and long-overdue…
Rank this Week: 1504

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 28

    What is Probate in New York?

    What is Probate in New York?
    What is Probate in New York? from Michael Robinson When you are planning your estate, you should understand a bit about probate. Learn more about New York probate in this presentation.
  • Sep 23

    What is Estate Planning?

    What is Estate Planning?
    What is Estate Planning? from Michael Robinson When you are planning your estate, you should also prepare for the end of your life. Learn more about New York estate planning in this presentation.
  • Sep 16

    What Is a Payable on Death Account?

    What Is a Payable on Death Account?
    There are many different ways to facilitate future asset transfers, and some of them are more effective than others. Before you make any decisions, you would do well to discuss your options with a licensed estate planning attorney. People…
Rank this Week: 3543

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 28

    A $500,000 Estate Planning Mistake (Part 2)

    A $500,000 Estate Planning Mistake (Part 2)
                    Last week we were talking about Mary, who is losing out on a $500,000 401k her husband left to her in his will.  So, why is the 401k custodian…
  • Sep 21

    A $500,000 Estate Planning Mistake

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

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

    Can I Leave the House to my Children and not my Spouse? (Part 2)
                    Last week I was telling you about Sara, who called about her Mom.  Dad left the house to Sara and her sisters but because of something called the…
Rank this Week: 2984

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: 3253

Rule of Law

Rule of Law

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

http://rulelaw.blogspot.com/
  • Sep 28

    B.C. Court of Appeal Overturns Trial Judgement in Sabey v. Rommel

    B.C. Court of Appeal Overturns Trial Judgement in Sabey v. Rommel
    The British Columbia Court of Appeal overturned the trial judge’s decision to award the plaintiff, Jesse Sabey, the horse farm that had been owned by his friends Kim and Dietrich von Hopffgarten, in Sabey v. Rommel, 2014 BCCA 360.Jesse…
  • Sep 20

    Termination of Statutory Property Guardianship

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

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

    Kimberly Wallis Speaking About Rectification at Okanagan Wills and Trusts CBA Section Meeting
    My partner Kim Wallis will be speaking this Wednesday, September 17, 2014, on the topic of rectification including the new provision, section 59, in the Wills, Estates and Succession Act on rectification of wills, to the Okanagan Wills and…
Rank this Week: 423

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 28

    Joan Rivers teaches lesson about termination of life support

    Joan Rivers teaches lesson about termination of life support
    Lawyers and other advisors who work in estate planning will always urge their clients to set up three main planning documents. Those are the will, the Power of Attorney (dealing with property and finances) and a Health Care Directive. Some…
  • Sep 28

    How much can the trustee of a Henson Trust be paid?

    How much can the trustee of a Henson Trust be paid?
    Thousands of Canadians have been named as the trustee of wills and by extension, the trusts set up in those wills. For many, this may include a Henson Trust. This is a type of trust that is created to set aside funds for a disabled person to…
  • Sep 21

    Estate planning mistakes women make

    Estate planning mistakes women make
    Not long ago, I was asked by a reporter to describe some estate planning mistakes women make. As a rule, I don't find a huge difference between the mistakes made by men and those made by women in terms of estate planning when both partners…
Rank this Week: 2198

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/
  • Sep 28

    Consumer Options and Administrative Hurdles: Market Value Allocation

    Consumer Options and Administrative Hurdles: Market Value Allocation
    The conventional guaranteed preneed transaction is premised upon investment returns offsetting performance cost increases to the funeral home.  Many funeral homes restrict consumers to single payment preneed contracts to limit their…
  • 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…
Rank this Week: 1298

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: 3729

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 27

    New Law Allows Owners to be Buried with Pet

    New Law Allows Owners to be Buried with Pet
    All across the country there are cemeteries for people and cemeteries for pets. Virginia has become the third state in the nation to pass a law allowing pet owners to be buried with man's best friend. Joining New York and Pennsylvania,…
  • Sep 25

    More Estate Planning Lessons from Celebritie

    More Estate Planning Lessons from Celebritie
    Celebrity estate plans often come with extraordinary wealth and considerable resources. However, celebrities are still not immune to estate planning issues and the consequences of poor planning. Several recent celebrity estate planning issues…
  • Sep 22

    Estate Planning Errors to Avoid

    Estate Planning Errors to Avoid
    According to estate planning professionals, almost 65% of Americans do not have a basic will or estate documents drafted. Although it is nice to think that your family will be able to take care of your estate and know your wishes, the truth…
Rank this Week: 2273

San Diego Estate Planning Lawyer…

San Diego Estate Planning Lawyer Blog

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

http://www.sandiegoestateplanninglawyerblog.com/
  • Sep 26

    Collecting Payments After Your Death

    Collecting Payments After Your Death
    Although you might think of an estate plan simply as a way to dispose of your existing assets, in fact your future estate might also be responsible for collecting additional income generated after your death. If you work in the entertainment…
  • Sep 25

    Establishing Paternity for Probate Purpose

    Establishing Paternity for Probate Purpose
    When the law speaks of “heirs,” it refers to those individuals entitled to inherit a person's estate in the absence of a valid last will and testament. For example, if you live in California and die without a will or a spouse, but…
  • Sep 19

    Making Your Intentions Clear in a Will

    Making Your Intentions Clear in a Will
    A successful estate plan makes the final distribution of a person's property plain and clear. Ambiguity in a will or trust may lead to costly litigation over conflicting interpretations of a person's intent. But even the best executed estate…
Rank this Week: 1237

Florida Probate Litigation Lawyer…

Florida Probate Litigation Lawyer Blog

Cover Florida probate litigation. By Chepenik & Trushin LLP.

http://www.floridaprobatelitigationlawyer.com/
  • Sep 26

    2014 LEGISLATIVE SESSION – ALIGNMENT OF THE ANTILAPSE PROVISIONS OF THE FLORIDA TRUST AND PROBATE CODES

    2014 LEGISLATIVE SESSION – ALIGNMENT OF THE ANTILAPSE PROVISIONS OF THE FLORIDA TRUST AND PROBATE CODES
    The 2014 State of Florida legislative session brought about several changes in the area of trusts and estates. Among those passing into law was the amendment to the antilapse provisions of the Florida Trust Code (Florida Statutes Chapter…
  • Sep 2

    LONG TERM CHARITABLE GIVING: The Charitable Lead Trust

    LONG TERM CHARITABLE GIVING: The Charitable Lead Trust
    Charitable donors are frequently in pursuit of a means for establishing a lifetime philanthropic legacy and effective estate planning. The utilization of a charitable trust provides a strategic option. The donor may choose to set up a trust…
  • 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…
Rank this Week: 1734

Lancaster Law Blog

Lancaster Law Blog

Covers business law, employment law, estate planning, family law, and nonprofit law information for Lancaster County and Pennsylvania residents. From Russell, Krafft & Gruber.

http://www.lancasterlawblog.com/
  • Sep 26

    Understanding the Changes for Powers of Attorney in Pennsylvania

    Understanding the Changes for Powers of Attorney in Pennsylvania
    You may have heard about the new power of attorney legislation that became the law in Pennsylvania in July.  If you have executed a power of attorney or are thinking about executing a power of attorney, you may be wondering how that…
  • Aug 4

    Pipelines and Eminent Domain

    Pipelines and Eminent Domain
    Last Wednesday, I attended an excellent program sponsored by the Penn State Cooperative Extension, “Making Sense of Natural Gas Pipelines and Right-of-Way Agreements”.  Over the years, I have represented both condemnors and…
  • Aug 1

    Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board Lowers Fee for Gaming License

    Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board Lowers Fee for Gaming License
    The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board announced yesterday that it was lowering the license fee for a tavern gaming license from $2,000 to $500.  It’s safe to assume that the PLCB has had to take a long hard look at its tavern…
Rank this Week: 1466

Texas Wills and Trusts Law Online

Texas Wills and Trusts Law Online

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

http://www.texaswillsandtrustslaw.com
  • Sep 26

    The Blessing of Planning Ahead

    The Blessing of Planning Ahead
    Most of my clients are healthy when they contact me. Estate planning is something in which they are engaging as a precautionary measure rather than because they expect to die within a short amount of time. But not always. Occasionally,…
  • Sep 19

    Tips for Designating IRA Beneficiarie

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

    Can The Beneficiary Of My Estate Also Be My Executor?

    Can The Beneficiary Of My Estate Also Be My Executor?
    I’ve received several emails the past few weeks asking whether it is possible for a beneficiary of an estate to also serve as executor. Naming someone as the executor of your estate does not preclude him or her from inheriting from you.…
Rank this Week: 3930

Mendel Law Firm Blog

Mendel Law Firm Blog

Covers estate planning.

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

    Famous Estates – Legacy Champ or Chump?

    Famous Estates – Legacy Champ or Chump?
    George Orson Welles (1915-1985) – Actor, Director, Producer & Writer Orson Welles was an American actor, director, writer, and producer who worked extensively in theater, radio, and film. Welles most notable theater production was…
  • Sep 24

    Thought for the Day:

    Thought for the Day:
    I didn’t fail the test. I just found 100 ways to do it wrong. Benjamin Franklin
  • Sep 24

    Married Guardian

    Married Guardian
    Nominating a guardian for your minor children is not an easy task. You have to decide who you know that will be the best person to raise your children in your absence. Most people choose a married family member with a family of his or her…
Rank this Week: 3485

Parman & Easterday Blog

Parman & Easterday Blog

Covers elder law and estate planning.

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

    What Is a QTIP Trust?

    What Is a QTIP Trust?
    There is an ideal estate planning solution for every scenario that may exist. Life is not a cookie-cutter affair. People go through life changes, and these changes can require estate plan updates. Various different strategies can be…
  • Sep 23

    What Is an Irrevocable Life Insurance Trust?

    What Is an Irrevocable Life Insurance Trust?
    If you have reached your financial goals, your work is not done. You may have accumulated wealth, but you have to protect that wealth for the benefit of succeeding generations. The federal estate tax looms large as a source of asset erosion.…
  • Sep 18

    What Are the Components of a Basic Estate Plan?

    What Are the Components of a Basic Estate Plan?
    If you are going through life without an estate plan, you are shirking a basic responsibility. It can seem as though the matter is only relevant to senior citizens, but people of all ages do pass away unexpectedly each and every day. When you…
Rank this Week: 1271

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 25

    Getting Married Again? Talk to a Lawyer

    Getting Married Again? Talk to a Lawyer
    Blended families have become quite typical during our current era, and estate planning for blended families requires certain steps if you want to make sure that everyone's interests are served. When you decide to remarry as a person with…
  • 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...
Rank this Week: 3478

Givner & Kaye Blog

Givner & Kaye Blog

Covers estate and tax planning.

http://www.givnerkaye.com/blog/
Rank this Week: 1318

PVW Estate Planning, Business…

PVW Estate Planning, Business Succession Planning & Asset Protection Planning Blog

Covers current issues affecting and strategies regarding estate, business succession, and asset protection planning. By Parsonage Vandenack Williams LLC.

http://www.pvwestateplanning.wordpress.com/
  • Sep 25

    What Is the Difference Between a Private Foundation and a Public Charity?

    What Is the Difference Between a Private Foundation and a Public Charity?
    An Estate Planning FAQ with Mary E. Vandenack. Private foundations and public charities are both tax exempt entities under section 501c3 of the Internal Revenue Code. The differences are that a public charity qualifies for a little more in…
  • Sep 24

    How Do I Form a 501c3 Public Charity?

    How Do I Form a 501c3 Public Charity?
    An Estate Planning FAQ with M. Thomas Langan II. A 501(c)(3) public charity is a non-profit organization that is exempt from federal income tax. These organizations must be organized and carried out for certain exempt purposes, which include…
  • Sep 23

    What Is a 501c3?

    What Is a 501c3?
    An Estate Planning FAQ with Mary E. Vandenack. 501(c)(3) is actually a section of the tax code that provides for the ability of an entity to fit into certain parameters and claim tax exempt status. In the section 501(c)(3) there…Read…
Rank this Week: 3490

Florida Probate Lawyer Blog

Florida Probate Lawyer Blog

Covers estate, guardianship, probate and trust litigation. By Law Offices of Adrian Philip Thomas.

http://www.florida-probate-lawyer.com/probate
  • Sep 25

    Undue Influence under Florida’s Trust Code

    Undue Influence under Florida’s Trust Code
    Florida Statute § 736.0406 Effect of fraud, duress, mistake, or undue influence.— If the creation, amendment, or restatement of a trust is procured by fraud, duress, mistake, or undue influence, the trust or any part so…
  • Aug 12

    Florida Trust Termination

    Florida Trust Termination
    People create trusts for a variety of reasons.  Some create them for creditor protection.  Others create them because they are concerned about providing the beneficiaries with large sums of money all at once.  Although these…
  • Jul 2

    Spousal Inheritance after Divorce

    Spousal Inheritance after Divorce
    What rights does a divorced spouse have to inherit from a former spouse’s estate? Fla. Stat. § 732.703 became effective in 2012 and concerns beneficiary designations on life insurance policies, annuities, IRAs, 401ks and other…
Rank this Week: 1433

The Zimmer Law Firm

The Zimmer Law Firm

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

http://www.zimmerlawfirm.com/blog/
  • Sep 25

    A Different Type Of Will

    A Different Type Of Will
    When you are making preparations for the future financial considerations may be foremost in your mind. Making sure that your family members are provided for after you pass away is extraordinarily important, and the best way of doing so is…
  • Sep 23

    Estate Planning And Pay On Death Account

    Estate Planning And Pay On Death Account
    Probate avoidance is an important part of estate planning, and the term is foreign to a lot of people who are first exposed to it. You have to understand that your Will is not something that is just passed around between family members around…
  • Sep 18

    Estate Planning Gone Wrong

    Estate Planning Gone Wrong
    Good for you–you have decided to invest some time into engaging in proper estate planning to make sure that all of your wishes are carried out upon your death or incapacitation. But what could possibly go wrong? Here are a few things…
Rank this Week: 3167

NJ Family Issues

NJ Family Issues

Focuses on New Jersey divorce and estate planning. By Paul G. Kostro.

http://www.kostrolaw.com/NJFamilyIssues
Rank this Week: 115

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 25

    Are you (and your Estate Plan) Ready for Some (Bears) Football?

    Are you (and your Estate Plan) Ready for Some (Bears) Football?
    Over 60,000 Chicago Bears fans (and hopefully very few Packers fans) will converge on Soldier Field this Sunday to watch the Bears beat the Packers (the power of positive thinking, right?). Around half of them will be there by virtue of a…
  • 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…
Rank this Week: 3407

Purcell & Amen, L.L.C. Blog

Purcell & Amen, L.L.C. Blog

Covers elder law and estate planning.

http://yourestatematters.com/blog/
  • Sep 25

    When Should I Update or Revise My Estate Plan?

    When Should I Update or Revise My Estate Plan?
    If you have already created a comprehensive estate plan then you know the importance and value in having an estate plan in place which puts you ahead of over half of all Americans. Don’t make the mistake, however, of thinking you are…
  • Sep 24

    Can Your Agent under a Power of Attorney Make a Gift on Your Behalf?

    Can Your Agent under a Power of Attorney Make a Gift on Your Behalf?
    People often include at least one power of attorney among their estate planning documents. When drafted and used properly, a power of attorney, or POA, can be an extremely useful estate planning tool. Unfortunately, people often execute a POA…
  • Sep 23

    How to Find an Elder Law Attorney

    How to Find an Elder Law Attorney
                Whether for yourself or for an elderly loved one you may one day find yourself in need of the services of an elder law attorney. As such, you may need to know how to find an elder law attorney in…
Rank this Week: 3547

German Law Group Blog

German Law Group Blog

Covers estate planning.

http://www.germanlawgroup.com/
  • Sep 25

    When Does a Power of Attorney Become Effective?

    When Does a Power of Attorney Become Effective?
    A power of attorney is a legally binding device that is used to empower someone else to act on your behalf. When you create a power of attorney, you are called the grantor or principal. The individual that you name to act as your…
  • Sep 23

    What Is a Supplemental Needs Trust?

    What Is a Supplemental Needs Trust?
    There are numerous ways to provide for your loved ones when you are planning your estate. To be optimally prepared, you should carefully consider the life situation of each person that will be receiving an inheritance. Sometimes, a mistake…
  • Sep 18

    Take Time When Choosing an Agent

    Take Time When Choosing an Agent
    When you make a power of attorney you will select an agent, also called an attorney-in-fact who will represent your interests or make decisions on your behalf. Through the power of attorney document you create you will grant your attorney…
Rank this Week: 3421