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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/
  • Jan 25

    Changes to Taxation of Alter Ego and Joint Partner Trust

    Changes to Taxation of Alter Ego and Joint Partner Trust
    There are a number of significant changes to Canadian tax law that will have a significant impact on estate planning. I have written about the elimination of graduation income rates for testamentary trusts, including a post here. That change,…
  • Jan 17

    It’s Time for the Court of Appeal to Revisit its Formulation of "Rational and Valid Reasons" in Wills Variation Case

    It’s Time for the Court of Appeal to Revisit its Formulation of "Rational and Valid Reasons" in Wills Variation Case
    The Wills, Estates and Succession Act allows a will maker’s spouse or child to apply to court to vary a will if adequate provision has not been made for the spouse or child, in which case if the court finds that adequate provision has…
  • Jan 10

    Zeligs v. Jane

    Zeligs v. Jane
    Contests between siblings following the death of a parent over houses and bank accounts that were held jointly between the parent and one of the parent’s children are all too common. What happens is that a parent who was the sole owner…
Rank this Week: 350

KYEstates.com

KYEstates.com

A Kentucky-based conversation on trust & estates law. By Carter Ruml.

http://kyestates.com
  • Jan 25

    Retirement Dates: Expectations and Reality

    Retirement Dates: Expectations and Reality
    Spy Game (2001) is all about retirement: Nathan Muir’s last day at work at the CIA. Muir (Robert Redford) has a protege, Bishop (Brad Pitt), who’s been thrown into a very unpleasant prison in coastal China. Muir calls his…
  • Jan 21

    Chuck Yeager, The Right Stuff, and Your Income Growth Trajectory

    Chuck Yeager, The Right Stuff, and Your Income Growth Trajectory
    The Right Stuff (1983) is a movie that’s begun to be fully appreciated only recently. One of its best scenes is when the iconic test pilot Chuck Yeager (played by Sam Shepard) takes a very dangerous flight in an NF-104…
  • Jan 19

    A Sherlock Holmes Approach to Your Income Statement

    A Sherlock Holmes Approach to Your Income Statement
     I think “budgets” are the reason many more people don’t have a sensible strategy for reaching their financial goals. The word “budget” creates obstacles in two ways. First, budgets imply…
Rank this Week: 4970

Hauptman and Hauptman, P.C. Blog

Hauptman and Hauptman, P.C. Blog

Covers guardianship, Medicaid, probate and estate administration.

http://www.hauptmanlaw.com/blog
  • Jan 25

    Retitling Assets to Healthy Spouse to Qualify for Medicaid

    Retitling Assets to Healthy Spouse to Qualify for Medicaid
                It’s something I have written about in past blog posts but just last week we received a call from Mary on this exact issue.  Her husband, George, has…
  • Jan 18

    The ABLE Act – The Drawback

    The ABLE Act – The Drawback
                Last week I told you about the ABLE Act that was passed by Congress and signed by President Obama just before the Christmas holiday.  It sounds great, allowing disabled…
  • Jan 11

    The ABLE Act Passe

    The ABLE Act Passe
                Just before the Christmas holiday break, Congress passed, and then President Obama signed into law, the Achieving a Better Life Experience Act (“the ABLE”…
Rank this Week: 2885

The Zimmer Law Firm

The Zimmer Law Firm

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

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

    Free Report: Federal Estate Tax – How Much Passes Tax Free in Ohio?

    Free Report: Federal Estate Tax – How Much Passes Tax Free in Ohio?
    In the State of Ohio, we no longer have a state level estate tax, though there are States that still do have death taxes on the state level. You can transfer as much as $5.25 million to people other than your spouse free of transfer taxes.…
  • Jan 22

    Sane Mind and Estate Planning

    Sane Mind and Estate Planning
    You’ve likely heard of the importance of early planning when it comes to writing your will, putting into place various powers of attorneys and other general estate planning tasks. The reason many elder law and estate planning lawyers…
  • Jan 20

    The Elder Care Polypharmacy Crisi

    The Elder Care Polypharmacy Crisi
    If you’ve never heard of polypharmacy, it’s likely not because you don’t know someone who is taking too many medications in the wrong dosages, but you just may have never heard the proper term for it. Specifically,…
Rank this Week: 1872

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/
Rank this Week: 1480

New York Personal Injury Lawyer…

New York Personal Injury Lawyer Blog

Covers personal injury law. By the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates.

http://www.newyorkinjurylawyer247blog.com/
  • Jan 25

    Officer DS's memo book were marked for identification

    Officer DS's memo book were marked for identification
    The fact that a common carrier is operated by a governmental entity does not mean it has a lesser responsibility toward the public than one which is under private ownership. In that connection, there is simply no legal basis for imposing the…
  • Jan 24

    Officer DS's memo book were marked for identification

    Officer DS's memo book were marked for identification
    The first questions for you to determine are whether the condition of the bus steps at the point where plaintiff fell were such that the common carrier, through its employer, the bus driver, should have reasonably anticipated unusual danger…
  • Jan 18

    After the examination, the patient was put to bed...cont

    After the examination, the patient was put to bed...cont
    On the trial of the issue joined the jury returned a special finding that in 1862 the insured fell from a tree, was injured, but not seriously, and that its effects passed away without subsequently affecting her health. The fact that the…
Rank this Week: 427

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
  • Jan 25

    How Should you Respond to a Request to Waive Bond, Inventory and Accounting in a Tennessee Estate?

    How Should you Respond to a Request to Waive Bond, Inventory and Accounting in a Tennessee Estate?
    Sometimes when a Tennessee probate estate is opened up, the attorney handling the estate will provide a request to the beneficiaries to waive bond, inventory and accounting [“Bond” is basically an insurance bond to protect the…
  • Jan 1

    Tennessee and Federal Estate Tax Exemptions Raised Today for 2015.

    Tennessee and Federal Estate Tax Exemptions Raised Today for 2015.
    Today the Tennessee Inheritance Tax exemption (for 2015) is raised to $5,000,000.00.  Next year the Tennessee Inheritance Tax will be abolished.  Starting January 1, 2016 (for those who die on or after that date) there will no…
  • Dec 6

    IRS Recently Announced 2015 Limits for Estate and Gift Tax Exemption

    IRS Recently Announced 2015 Limits for Estate and Gift Tax Exemption
    The IRS recently introduced certain cost of living adjustments to the consolidated federal estate and gift tax exemption.  The new federal estate and gift tax exemption will be $5.43 million dollars in 2015.  This is an…
Rank this Week: 2565

Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof…

Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof Blog

By Gerry W. Beyer.

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/trusts_estates_prof/
  • Jan 25

    Trusts That Are Trimming Taxe

    Trusts That Are Trimming Taxe
    Despite the funny-sounding names, incomplete grantor trusts are serious tax-minimization tools. These trusts are often formed in Delaware, Nevada and sometimes Wyoming (hence the acronym, “DING,” “NING” and “WING”) because these…
  • Jan 25

    Battle Continues Over Louisiana's Largest Fortune

    Battle Continues Over Louisiana's Largest Fortune
    Two days after Tom Benson announced a drastic shift in his succession plan, experts say that a newly launched court battle could come down to the trusts that Benson has created over the years. This includes a key document, which...
  • Jan 25

    Proposed Elimination of Step-Up Basis May Increase Trust Popularity

    Proposed Elimination of Step-Up Basis May Increase Trust Popularity
    Included in President Obama's proposed tax law changes during his State of the Union Address was the elimination of "step-up" basis. The purpose of the proposal is to close the "trust fund loophole." However, the end of…
Rank this Week: 35

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/
  • Jan 25

    Free Report: Is Probate Always Required in California?

    Free Report: Is Probate Always Required in California?
    If you are in direct personal possession of property at the time of your passing, even if you have a last will, the property would become probate property initially. Topics covered in this whitepaper include: Insurance Policy Records Property…
  • Jan 22

    Free Report: What is a Special Needs Trust in California?

    Free Report: What is a Special Needs Trust in California?
    Now that we have provided the necessary background information, we can look at the value of special needs trusts. These trusts are alternately called supplemental needs trusts. Topics covered in this report include: People With Disabilities…
  • Jan 21

    Should I Change My Living Trust When I Acquire Assets?

    Should I Change My Living Trust When I Acquire Assets?
    A revocable living trust can provide you with a number of different benefits. One of them is the ability to make changes to the trust after it has been established. If you were to establish a living trust, you would create a trust…
Rank this Week: 701

Northern California Center for…

Northern California Center for Estate Planning and Elder Law

Covers estate planning.

http://www.norcalplanners.com/blog/
  • Jan 24

    Free Report: What is the Annual Gift Tax Exclusion in California

    Free Report: What is the Annual Gift Tax Exclusion in California
    You have to be aware of federal transfer taxes when you are planning your estate. If you are exposed, there are steps that you can take to reduce the burden. Topics covered in this whitepaper include: Federal Gift Tax Unlimited Marital…
  • Jan 22

    How Much Can You Transfer Free of Estate Tax?

    How Much Can You Transfer Free of Estate Tax?
    How Much Can You Transfer Free of the Estate Tax? from Timothy Murphy Earning a significant store of wealth is only half the battle. Once you have achieved your financial goals, you have to address your legacy.
  • Jan 19

    What Is a Conservator?

    What Is a Conservator?
    A conservator is someone who is appointed by a court to act on behalf of an adult individual who is incapable of handling his or her own affairs. Each state has different rules regarding  conservatorship, and the terms are used…
Rank this Week: 1642

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/
  • Jan 24

    Free Report: IRAs in Retirement Planning in Arkansa

    Free Report: IRAs in Retirement Planning in Arkansa
    There are different types of IRAs you can establish, depending on your needs and your circumstances. Using IRAs in Retirement Planning is a smart choice. Topics covered in this whitepaper include: What is an IRA? Types of IRAs Tax Advantages…
  • Jan 22

    Understanding the IRA Contribution Limit

    Understanding the IRA Contribution Limit
    Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) are essentially tax-deferred savings plans.  Their purpose is to help working people prepare for future retirement.  The IRS has very specific guidelines governing these types of savings plans,…
  • Jan 20

    Critter Corner: Helping Seniors with Winter Hazard

    Critter Corner: Helping Seniors with Winter Hazard
    This is an article from The Law Firm of Evan H. Farr, P.C. in Fairfax Virginia that we thought others may find helpful Dear Commander Bun Bun, My 80-year-old mother is having a rough time with this winter weather. Do you have any suggestions…
Rank this Week: 2993

Anderson, Dorn & Rader, Ltd. Blog

Anderson, Dorn & Rader, Ltd. Blog

Covers estate planning, probate and living trusts in Nevada.

http://www.wealth-counselors.com/blog/
  • Jan 24

    The Probate Process in Nevada

    The Probate Process in Nevada
    The Probate Process in Nevada from Brad Anderson Probate is a court proceeding required for most estates in order to transfer property and settle the affairs of the deceased. Learn more about probate process in Nevada in this presentation
  • Jan 23

    Why do I Need a Retirement Plan?

    Why do I Need a Retirement Plan?
    It is not uncommon for clients to ask, “why do I need a retirement plan?”  Many clients believe that, with social security and a 401K, they have nothing to worry about, when it comes time to retire.  The reality is, we…
  • Jan 17

    Retirement Planning in Nevada

    Retirement Planning in Nevada
    Retirement Planning in Nevada from Brad Anderson It is time to start planning your retirement. It is better not to rely on your Social Security retirement benefits to be enough to secure a comfortable retirement. Learn more about retirement…
Rank this Week: 3784

Law Offices of Cheryl David

Law Offices of Cheryl David

Covers estate planning and elder law in North Carolina.

http://www.cheryldavid.com/blog/
  • Jan 24

    Pet Planning in North Carolina: Crafting an Effective Pet Trust

    Pet Planning in North Carolina: Crafting an Effective Pet Trust
    Pet Planning in North Carolina: Crafting An Effective Pet Trust from Cheryl David A trust cannot operate without having property it can use to pay the pet’s expenses. The property you choose to transfer to the trust is known as the…
  • Jan 19

    Pet Planning in North Carolina: Your Pet’s Future Without You

    Pet Planning in North Carolina: Your Pet’s Future Without You
    Pet Planning in North Carolina: Your Pet's Future Without You from Cheryl David A pet plan is a part of an estate plan that provides for the needs of your pets in the event you die or become incapacitated. Learn more about pet planning in…
  • Jan 13

    Debunking Some Common Living Trusts Myth

    Debunking Some Common Living Trusts Myth
    If you are a regular reader of our blog you already know that living trusts are a common element in many modern estate plans. However, you might also be under the influence of some common living trust myths that circulate in the general…
Rank this Week: 3783

Purcell & Amen, L.L.C. Blog

Purcell & Amen, L.L.C. Blog

Covers elder law and estate planning.

http://yourestatematters.com/blog/
  • Jan 24

    Why You Should Include Funeral Planning in Missouri in Your Estate Plan

    Why You Should Include Funeral Planning in Missouri in Your Estate Plan
    Why You Should Include Funeral Planning in Missouri in Your Estate Plan from Charlie Amen Consider just a few of the problems that commonly occur when funeral planning is done after death instead of ahead of time. Learn more about funeral…
  • Jan 24

    Free Report: Why You Should Include Funeral Planning in Missouri in Your Estate Plan

    Free Report: Why You Should Include Funeral Planning in Missouri in Your Estate Plan
    Like most people, you likely prefer not to dwell on the fact that you will not live forever. Consequently, the thought of planning your funeral and burial may not sound very attractive to you. At the same time, however, like many people you…
  • Jan 23

    How Do I Know When My Parent Needs A Guardianship?

    How Do I Know When My Parent Needs A Guardianship?
    One of the most difficult things for an adult child to do is to decide that a parent is no longer able to safely care for himself/herself. No matter how old you are, you still view your parent as precisely that – your parent – and…
Rank this Week: 2977

Rhode Island Estate Planning and…

Rhode Island Estate Planning and Elder Law Blawg

Covers elder law, medicaid planning, disability planning, tax planning, guardianship, wills, trusts, asset protection, and probate. By Matthew Fabisch.

http://riestateplanning.blogspot.com/
  • Jan 24

    Can I Give My Kids $14,000 a Year?

    Can I Give My Kids $14,000 a Year?
    If you have it to give, you certainly can, but there may be consequences should you apply for Medicaid long-term care coverage within five years after each gift.The $14,000 figure is the amount of the current gift tax exclusion (for…
  • Jan 21

    The Top 10 Elder Law Decisions of 2014

    The Top 10 Elder Law Decisions of 2014
    Below, in chronological order, is our annual roundup of the top 10 elder law decisions for the year just ended. Number three in the list, M.W., was a decision not of a court but of the Director of the New Jersey's Division…
  • Jan 4

    Review Your Estate Plan for a Secure New Year

    Review Your Estate Plan for a Secure New Year
    As we bask in the afterglow of a joyous holiday season and turn our thoughts to the new year a review of our estate plans is an essential step to make sure our assets are protected from creditors, taxing authorities, nursing homes, and others…
Rank this Week: 3728

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/
  • Jan 24

    Moving your Medicare Appeal to the Front of the Line

    Moving your Medicare Appeal to the Front of the Line
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  • Jan 19

    A Best Law Firm

    A Best Law Firm
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  • Jan 17

    Pennsylvania Aging Related Leaders Named

    Pennsylvania Aging Related Leaders Named
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Rank this Week: 4798

Illinois Estate Planning &…

Illinois Estate Planning & Elder Law Blog

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

http://www.illinoisestateplanningandelderlawblog.com/
  • Jan 24

    Illinois Law Regarding Being a Guardian

    Illinois Law Regarding Being a Guardian
    In its pamphlet about Being a Guardian, the Illinois State Bar Association outlines key issues regarding the duties of Guardians. There are several types of Guardians: Guardian of the Person, Guardian of the Estate, Limited Guardian,…
  • Jan 17

    Illinois Joint Tenancy and Income Taxe

    Illinois Joint Tenancy and Income Taxe
    When real estate is held by two individuals as joint tenants with rights of survivorship, the surviving joint tenant will not receive the full step-up in cost basis he would have received if he had inherited the real estate. For example, Sue…
  • Jan 10

    Illinois Law and Joint Tenancy with Rights of Survivorship

    Illinois Law and Joint Tenancy with Rights of Survivorship
    Joint tenancy with rights of survivorship is a type of ownership by two or more individuals, called joint tenants, who share equal ownership of the property and have the equal right to keep or get rid of the property. When one individual…
Rank this Week: 4370

Palo Alto Estate Planning Blog

Palo Alto Estate Planning Blog

Covers tax planning, estate planning, trusts, wills and charitable giving. By Finch Montgomery Wright LLP.

http://www.paloaltoestateplanninglawyerblog.com/
  • Jan 23

    Right to Die Law Proposed for California

    Right to Die Law Proposed for California
    For the first time since 2007, legislation has been introduced in this year’s State Senate that would legalize physician-assisted suicide in California. The bill, SB 128,  The End of Life Option Act, is modeled on Oregon’s…
  • Dec 31

    Happy New Year!

    Happy New Year!
     I am wishing a lovely New Year to all of our    clients and readers! May 2015 bring love, wisdom, and compassion to you all. Here’s to keeping all of our eyes firmly fixed on what truly matters in the year ahead, in…
  • Dec 22

    IRA Charitable Rollover Extended for 2014

    IRA Charitable Rollover Extended for 2014
    Congress extends direct charitable rollover for 2014 until December 31, 2014
Rank this Week: 3839

Nash Nash Bean & Ford, LLP Blog

Nash Nash Bean & Ford, LLP Blog

Covers elder law and estate planning.

http://www.nashbeanford.com/blog/
  • Jan 23

    Don’t Lose Your Assets to Long-Term Care Costs! Plan Ahead Now!

    Don’t Lose Your Assets to Long-Term Care Costs! Plan Ahead Now!
    Imagine working hard for 40 or 50 years, saving prudently, and investing wisely to amass a decent nest egg for your Golden Years – only to see it all wiped out in a matter of month because of long-term care costs. The reality is that…
  • Jan 19

    What Are the Advantages for Me of Keeping Assets in a Trust?

    What Are the Advantages for Me of Keeping Assets in a Trust?
    When it comes time for you to sit down and create your estate plan you will need to make a number of important decisions, many of which relate to your assets and how you wish them to be handled now and after your death. Like many people, you…
  • Jan 16

    Are There Other Documents that Should Be Prepared with a Last Will and Testament?

    Are There Other Documents that Should Be Prepared with a Last Will and Testament?
    Creating a comprehensive estate plan is one of the most important gifts you will ever give to yourself and to your loved ones. A Last Will and Testament will likely serve as the foundation for your plan; however, there are other documents…
Rank this Week: 2966

Nirenstein, Horowitz & Associates,…

Nirenstein, Horowitz & Associates, P.C. Blog

Covers Connecticut estate planning, probate and elder law.

http://www.preserveyourestate.net/blog/
  • Jan 23

    Make Educational Opportunities Possible With 529 Plan

    Make Educational Opportunities Possible With 529 Plan
    The value of education cannot be overstated, and when you are contemplating your legacy you may ask yourself how you can help your younger family members with college expenses. There are various options, and the one that we would like to…
  • Jan 21

    QPRT For Asset Protection

    QPRT For Asset Protection
    Making sure that your assets are out of harm’s way is something to take seriously when you are making preparations for the future. A single instance of inaction where action was required could have disastrous results. This is why it is…
  • Jan 19

    Long Term Planning Aided By Military Benefit

    Long Term Planning Aided By Military Benefit
    Individuals who make the sacrifices necessary to serve their country in the armed forces are entitled to certain benefits for their service. When you are creating a comprehensive long-term plan for the future these military benefits can be of…
Rank this Week: 3005

Walden & Pfannenstiel Blog

Walden & Pfannenstiel Blog

Covers bankruptcy and estate planning.

http://wplawpractice.com/blog/
  • Jan 23

    Can I Use My Tax Refund to File Bankruptcy?

    Can I Use My Tax Refund to File Bankruptcy?
    A New Year is a time to look at the next 12 months with hope and possibility, let our bankruptcy attorneys assist you and have a Happy New Year in 2015.  Every day we see debtors and their households struggling with debt.  The debt…
  • Dec 11

    Meet Our Attorney

    Meet Our Attorney
  • Oct 30

    November 1, 2014 Median Income Levels for Kansas and Missouri Bankruptcy Filer

    November 1, 2014 Median Income Levels for Kansas and Missouri Bankruptcy Filer
    The Means Test looks at your Median Income to determine for which Chapter of Bankruptcy you qualify: Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 As of November 1, 2014 the Median Income Levels will change once again. Median income levels in Kansas are up for the…
Rank this Week: 3322

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/
  • Jan 23

    Do Digital Assets Die With You?

    Do Digital Assets Die With You?
    It is important not to forget to include a plan on how your digital assets should be handled at your death.
  • Jan 21

    Plan Now for the "What Ifs" of Life

    Plan Now for the &quot;What Ifs&quot; of Life
    It is never too early to get your estate planning done to plan for the “what ifs” in life as these unknowns can affect us at any age.
  • Jan 19

    Boomers - Beware of These Estate Planning Blunder

    Boomers - Beware of These Estate Planning Blunder
    Proper estate planning and long term care planning requires careful consideration. It is fraught with pitfalls therefore you are best served obtaining competent legal advice from attorney who practices in Elder Law and Estate Planning.
Rank this Week: 3560

Redlands Veterans' Affairs…

Redlands Veterans' Affairs Attorney Blog

Covers estate planning and elder law. By Esther Wang.

http://www.california-elder-law.com/blog/
  • Jan 23

    Will Your Resources Last Long Enough?

    Will Your Resources Last Long Enough?
    Estate planning and retirement planning are naturally connected. If you have particular ideas in mind with regard to what you want to be able to do for your family after you pass away these intentions could impact your retirement budget....
  • Jan 14

    Promising Alzheimer's Research Reported

    Promising Alzheimer's Research Reported
    Alzheimer's disease is more common than a lot of people may think. The Alzheimer's Association does a lot of great work with regard to research and education, and they tell us that somewhere in the vicinity of 40% of the...
  • Jan 5

    Kinkade May Have Penned Wills While Intoxicated

    Kinkade May Have Penned Wills While Intoxicated
    Acute intoxication was listed as the cause of death when the artist Thomas Kinkade passed away recently at the age of 54. Kinkade was very successful financially and it is estimated that the value of his estate when he died...
Rank this Week: 2995

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
  • Jan 23

    New 529A Accounts for Severely Disabled Individual

    New 529A Accounts for Severely Disabled Individual
    Many are familiar with section 529 college savings accounts, from which tax-free distributions must be used for qualified higher education expenses. The “Achieving a Better Life Experience Act of 2014” or the “ABLE Act of…
  • Jan 21

    Time Records Are Not Just for Hourly Billing

    Time Records Are Not Just for Hourly Billing
    Many attorneys, especially those in small offices, limit their timekeeping efforts to cases billed on an hourly basis. This can be a big mistake! Here’s why. Keeping time records for most cases is useful because You can justify attorney…
  • Jan 16

    10 Steps to Hiring Without Violating Disability Discrimination Law

    10 Steps to Hiring Without Violating Disability Discrimination Law
    Regardless of whether a job applicant has an apparent disability, employers should always follow these 10 steps to reduce the risk of liability for running afoul of the anti-discrimination provisions of the ADA or the FEHA. Both the Americans…
Rank this Week: 3031

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/
  • Jan 23

    How to Care for Your Aging Parents Without Going Broke

    How to Care for Your Aging Parents Without Going Broke
    Are you a caregiver for your aging parents? What you are doing out of love and a sense of moral responsibility comes at a price, yes? The price is paid in emotional, physical and financial capital.
  • Jan 22

    Could You Use a Financial Facelift in 2015?

    Could You Use a Financial Facelift in 2015?
    Did you make any New Year's Resolutions for 2015? Were any of your resolutions related to your finances? If yes, then you are in good company. Some 54% of your fellow Americans did, too.
  • Jan 21

    Estate Tax Basic

    Estate Tax Basic
    Taxes related to your estate are some of the most complex in the entire tax code. Why are they so complex? According to "Sutton's Law," named after famous bank robber Willie Sutton, "That's where the money is."
Rank this Week: 5015

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/
  • Jan 23

    Hull on Estates #403 – Costs in litigation

    Hull on Estates #403 – Costs in litigation
    Listen to Hull on Estates #403 – Costs in litigation Today on Hull on Estates, Noah Weisberg and Paul Trudelle discuss the recent Court of Appeal decision of Heston-Cook v. Schneider and the effects this has on cost awards in estate…
  • Jan 23

    Blended Cost

    Blended Cost
    “Blended costs” were endorsed last year by the Court of Appeal for Ontario in Sawdon Estate v. Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Canada. The policy underling such costs orders is that there are situations in which a…
  • Jan 22

    A Different Breed of Estate Planning

    A Different Breed of Estate Planning
    A recent article in the Daily Mail tells the story of Bella Mia Bolasny.  Bella Mia lives a life of luxury.  She travels around the world, eating at five star restaurants.  Her specially designed walk-in closets hold more than…
Rank this Week: 573

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/
  • Jan 23

    5 Ways Estate Planning Serves You Now

    5 Ways Estate Planning Serves You Now
    Think about it – estate planning is what we do to plan for our loved ones after we die, right? That’s true, but it also has many benefits that serve you while you’re living. It’s about far more than writing a will and…
  • Jan 8

    What a Revocable Living Trust Can’t Do

    What a Revocable Living Trust Can’t Do
    A revocable living trust is a great estate planning tool. Many people prefer these because it helps determine who receives what after your death, much the way a traditional will does. It also helps bypass probate, which means your financial…
  • Jan 6

    Whatever Happened to Charitable Giving?

    Whatever Happened to Charitable Giving?
    For some reason, our modern society has not given much thought to charitable giving unless we’re reminded by the bell ringers who selflessly work for the Salvation Army during the holidays. That’s a shame because there are few…
Rank this Week: 3774

Mendel Law Firm Blog

Mendel Law Firm Blog

Covers estate planning.

http://www.mendellawfirm.com/blog/
  • Jan 23

    Famous Estates – Legacy Champ or Chump?

    Famous Estates – Legacy Champ or Chump?
    Lyndon B. Johnson (1908-1973) – 37TH President of the United States, 1963-1969 Lyndon B. Johnson was born in a small farmhouse in Stonewall, Texas. In 1926, Johnson attended Southwest Texas State Teachers’ College, participating…
  • Jan 21

    Thought for the Day:

    Thought for the Day:
    Always do what you are afraid to do. Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Jan 21

    Digital Assets in Texa

    Digital Assets in Texa
    Administering an estate today has many challenges that were not present even a decade ago. The world has changed a lot with the popularity of personal computers and the Internet. Today, estate administrators have to worry about the…
Rank this Week: 2589

American Academy of Estate…

American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys Blog

Provides legal marketing and estate planning legal updates.

http://www.aaepa.com/articles/
  • Jan 23

    Top 8 FAQ About the Academy’s Strategic Planning Webinar: Is It Right for You?

    Top 8 FAQ About the Academy’s Strategic Planning Webinar: Is It Right for You?
    As we get closer to the Academy’s Strategic Planning webinar on February 11 at 2pm PT (5pm ET), I have received quite a few questions about what you can expect from this webinar. Your Girl Friday is here to answer all your questions!…
  • Jan 21

    Same-Sex Marriage Update

    Same-Sex Marriage Update
    Late last week, the U.S. Supreme Court granted a writ of certiorari in Bourke v. Beshear, DeBoer v. Snyder, Obergefell v. Hodges, and Tanco v. Haslam. In each of these cases, the 6th Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals had upheld state bans…
  • Jan 19

    Benjamin Franklin’s Words of Wisdom on Life and Death

    Benjamin Franklin’s Words of Wisdom on Life and Death
    Benjamin Franklin is well known for his quote, “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” Franklin wrote and spoke many witty sayings relating to mortality issues, some humorous, some serious. His…
Rank this Week: 3761

Estate Planning Blog

Estate Planning Blog

Covering estate planning, elder law, special needs planning, and veteran's benefits in Virginia. By Hook Law Center.

http://www.hooklawcenter.com/blog/
  • Jan 23

    Study supports doctor-led approach to end-of-life care planning

    Study supports doctor-led approach to end-of-life care planning
    The end of a person’s life is a time of intense transition and difficult choices. Although nothing can fully prepare an individual or a family for the gravity of the decisions that need to be made, end-of-life care planning can help…
  • Jan 15

    The effect of procrastination and debt on retirement planning

    The effect of procrastination and debt on retirement planning
    The desire to create a comfortable, secure retirement is almost universal. Unfortunately, procrastination and debt can have a devastating, though not irreversible, effect on these efforts. While Americans can now anticipate longer-than-ever…
  • Dec 29

    Reducing caregiver stress helps prevent elder abuse

    Reducing caregiver stress helps prevent elder abuse
    Elder abuse has long been associated with the stress caregivers experience when providing care for older loved ones. Reducing caregiver stress is a key factor in preventing the abuse and neglect of elders. As much of health care moves out of…
Rank this Week: 2064

Potter Law Firm Blog

Potter Law Firm Blog

Covers estate planning and elder law.

http://www.potterestateplanning.com/blog/
  • Jan 23

    What Is the Difference Between a Living Trust and a Living Will?

    What Is the Difference Between a Living Trust and a Living Will?
    There are various different legal devices that are used in the field of estate planning. Sometimes people are confused because the terms sound similar. With this in mind, we will look at the differences between living trusts and living wills…
  • Jan 21

    How Will My Property Be Distributed If There is No Last Will?

    How Will My Property Be Distributed If There is No Last Will?
    Some people take a wait-and-see approach. They procrastinate because they think that they can act later on. And they reason that things will probably take care of themselves if they never take action.  This enters the realm of estate…
  • Jan 18

    Can I Give Gifts to Avoid the Estate Tax?

    Can I Give Gifts to Avoid the Estate Tax?
    The federal estate tax has always been controversial. There are those who look at the death tax as an instance of double taxation. After all, the assets that are being taxed are the resources that you were able to retain after paying taxes…
Rank this Week: 1711

Law Offices of Richard B.…

Law Offices of Richard B. Schneider, LLC Blog

Covers elder law and estate planning.

http://www.rbsllc.com/blog/
  • Jan 22

    Should I Let the Nursing Home Prepare a Living Will for Me?

    Should I Let the Nursing Home Prepare a Living Will for Me?
    Statistically speaking, most people will spend an extended period of time in a long-term care facility at some point in their life. If you are currently living in a nursing home, you are likely dependent on the staff and caregivers at the…
  • Jan 21

    What Is Per Stirpes and Per Capita?

    What Is Per Stirpes and Per Capita?
    When you sit down to create your estate plan with your attorney you will undoubtedly run across a variety of legal terms and jargon with which you are unfamiliar. The law uses a number of antiquated words and Latin phrases that have been…
  • Jan 20

    What Is a QTIP Trust?

    What Is a QTIP Trust?
    Estate planning in the 21 century can be complex and downright confusing. One reason for this is that an estate plan can accomplish so much more now than it once could. The other reason is that family structures are more complex now, often…
Rank this Week: 1085

Sanders Law Firm Blog

Sanders Law Firm Blog

Covers North Carolina law.

http://www.kirksanderslaw.com/blog
  • Jan 22

    Attachment Proceedings in North Carolina (Attorney)

    Attachment Proceedings in North Carolina (Attorney)
    Tags: Attachment Proceeding in NCcommercial litigation attorney NCWhat is an attachment proceeding? It’s used when a defendant (or defendant to be) is in breach of an agreement AND is going to leave the State of North Carolina with…
  • Dec 30

    Sanders Law Firm PLLC merges with Hendrick Bryant Nerhood & Oti

    Sanders Law Firm PLLC merges with Hendrick Bryant Nerhood &amp; Oti
    Tags: merger lawyerKirk SandersKirk Sanders of Sanders Law Firm PLLC & Hendrick Bryant Nerhood Sanders & Otis are pleased to announce that W. Kirk Sanders has joined the firm Hendrick Bryant Nerhood Sanders & Otis effective…
  • Dec 30

    One of the Top Stories Lawyers Weekly: Northern Beltway Condemnation Attorney in NC

    One of the Top Stories Lawyers Weekly: Northern Beltway Condemnation Attorney in NC
    Tags: northern beltwayCondemnation Attorney NCMatthew Bryant, the chair for the condemnation committee of Hendrick Bryant Nerhood Sanders & Otis, made the "Most Notable Stories" in NC Lawyers Weekly for the lawsuit on behalf of…
Rank this Week: 3430

EstateAware

EstateAware

Covers personal legal and financial planning. By Griffin Bridgers.

http://www.estateaware.com
  • Jan 22

    Planning Issues with the Entitlement Generation – An Introduction

    Planning Issues with the Entitlement Generation – An Introduction
    It seems that every generation is lambasted by the previous generation.  Older generations often view younger generations as selfish, lazy, and entitled.  However, the younger generation also paints the older generation with this…
  • Jan 16

    Marketing of Estate Planning: The Scourge of the CRM

    Marketing of Estate Planning: The Scourge of the CRM
    As promised in my article on numbered lists, this installment in my series on marketing for estate planning focuses on the proliferation of attorney marketing services and CRM’s.  However, while researching for this article, I…
  • Jan 12

    Can Robo Planners and Professionals Co-Exist? Part 1

    Can Robo Planners and Professionals Co-Exist? Part 1
    In reviewing literature on marketing, one thing I have noticed is that the estate planning field is not the only area threatened by technology.  For example, financial advisors have also started to be wary of newer software platforms…
Rank this Week: 2132

Estate Planning Attorney Blog

Estate Planning Attorney Blog

Covers probate, estate planning, business formation and business law. By Deemer Law.

http://www.estateplanningattorney-blog.com/
  • Jan 22

    Do I need to update my estate plan if I am moving?

    Do I need to update my estate plan if I am moving?
    There are many things that can cause someone to move, and depending to the reasons, the method, or other decisions, it may be appropriate to update a trust or a will.  Some of the reasons for moving, may be a reason to review, for…
  • Jan 14

    How much does it cost for Probate?

    How much does it cost for Probate?
    Probate Expenses Proper estate planning can help save time, save money, and protect the privacy of an estate.  Probate expenses can have a wide variance depending on where you live and how much you have in assets.  Some states, like…
  • Jan 6

    What do I need to know to start a business? (Part 3)

    What do I need to know to start a business? (Part 3)
    In part 2, we explored some methods to limit liability for your business with limited partnerships and limited liability companies.  In Part 3, we will explore Corporations and tax considerations in business formation. Corporation The…
Rank this Week: 1837

Parman & Easterday Blog

Parman & Easterday Blog

Covers elder law and estate planning.

http://www.parmanlaw.com/blog/
  • Jan 22

    Should You Use a Will or a Power of Attorney?

    Should You Use a Will or a Power of Attorney?
    When people hear that you are an estate planning lawyer, they often have a lot of questions, such as whether they need to use a will or a power of attorney when they create an estate plan. Many of the questions people have reflect a basic…
  • Jan 20

    Common Questions About Insolvent Estates and Who Has to Pay For Them

    Common Questions About Insolvent Estates and Who Has to Pay For Them
    Sometimes when a person dies in Kansas or Oklahoma, that person leaves behind an insolvent estate. In this situation, the deceased person’s family members often have a lot of questions about the debts left behind. Many people want to…
  • Jan 15

    Understanding Estate Planning – Protecting Children With Your Estate Plan

    Understanding Estate Planning – Protecting Children With Your Estate Plan
    When parents of young children come talk to us about creating an estate plan, we walk them through the various ways that creating a plan can protect their children. Whether you are a new parent, an expecting parent, or already have one or…
Rank this Week: 3765

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/
  • Jan 22

    Idaho Elder Law - Helping Our Parents Downsize & Simplify

    Idaho Elder Law - Helping Our Parents Downsize &amp; Simplify
    A mother who just turned 75 wants to downsize from her four-bedroom house. Her husband passed away six years ago, and she owns her home outright. At the time of her husband's death the value of the house was estimated at $1.2 million. Right…
  • Jan 21

    Idaho Estate Planning - Estate Tax Basic

    Idaho Estate Planning - Estate Tax Basic
    The estate tax is one of the most complex parts of the tax laws, drawing a lot of controversy among Americans. Even as opponents label it an unfair death tax on already-taxed money, proponents believe it's one of the only ways of addressing…
  • Jan 20

    Idaho Elder Law - Simple Advice for Adult Caregiving

    Idaho Elder Law - Simple Advice for Adult Caregiving
    Adult children who become caregivers often pay a steep price. According to a 2011 MetLife study, women older than 50 who leave the workforce early to fulfill this role forfeit about $324,000 in wages, Social Security payments and retirement…
Rank this Week: 867

Givner & Kaye Blog

Givner & Kaye Blog

Covers estate and tax planning.

http://www.givnerkaye.com/blog/
  • Jan 22

    How to Make Your Irrevocable Trust Flexible

    How to Make Your Irrevocable Trust Flexible
    The following post was taken from our January newsletter. Click here to subscribe to our newsletter. Irrevocable trusts are sometimes intimidating.  Why would I want to set up a trust that I can't revoke?  Even though you cannot…
  • Jan 20

    Chicago Company Gets $2M Fine for Tax Fraud

    Chicago Company Gets $2M Fine for Tax Fraud
    This goes under the category of the more people you involve in your tax fraud, the more likely you are to come to the attention of the government.   On January 15, 2015, a federal judge imposed a $2.1 million fine against a Chicago-based…
  • Jan 13

    Incompetent Attorney Not Reasonable Cause for Late Filing

    Incompetent Attorney Not Reasonable Cause for Late Filing
    In the case of Specht v. United States, the District Court for the Southern District of Ohio found that the Executor of an estate could not recover penalties and interest accrued for failing to timely file or make tax payments because of his…
Rank this Week: 686

Law Office of Andrew M. Lamkin,…

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

Covers elder law.

http://lamkinelderlaw.com/articles/
  • Jan 22

    What Exactly is Elder Law?

    What Exactly is Elder Law?
    Elder law is focused primarily on the needs and laws governing the treatment of the elderly. Unique legal issues can plague older adults as well as their families, and elder law attorneys are well versed in the protections available for the…
  • Dec 28

    Handling Elderly Loved Ones with Deteriorating Driving Skill

    Handling Elderly Loved Ones with Deteriorating Driving Skill
    The ability to drive is more than a skill. It is a symbol of a person’s independence. Thus, when people get to an age that driving may no longer be advisable, the situation needs to be approached with care. Though this type of…
  • Dec 21

    Reporting Elder Abuse in New York

    Reporting Elder Abuse in New York
    The extent to which older Americans are victims of elder abuse is difficult to accurately pinpoint. Estimates range between one million and two million for the number of people 65 years of age or older who have been abused or exploited, but…
Rank this Week: 2438

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/
  • Jan 22

    IRS Private Letter Ruling on Testamentary Powers of Appointment of Trust Property

    IRS Private Letter Ruling on Testamentary Powers of Appointment of Trust Property
    In late 2014, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued two Private Letter Rulings (PLR) regarding testamentary powers of appointment. In the PLRs, the IRS evaluated whether a grandchild’s power of appointment over a grandparent’s…
  • Jan 16

    Longevity Annuity Contracts in Retirement Plan

    Longevity Annuity Contracts in Retirement Plan
    By Mary E. Vandenack. Owners of IRAs or participants in certain retirement plans can use up to $125,000 or 25% of their account balance to purchase a qualified longevity annuity contract (“QLAC”). A QLAC is an annuity that begins…
  • 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…
Rank this Week: 2801

Crider Law P.C. Blog

Crider Law P.C. Blog

Covers elder law, estate planning and family law.

http://www.criderlaw.net/blog/
  • Jan 22

    Tom Clancy’s Estate Plans: Not as Tight as His Novel

    Tom Clancy’s Estate Plans: Not as Tight as His Novel
    In recent months, we’ve had occasion to tell you about a few late celebrities’ apparently airtight estate plans, Robin Williams and Joan Rivers among them. View image | gettyimages.com Celebrities don’t always leave their…
  • Jan 15

    Failing at Retirement

    Failing at Retirement
    Retiring isn’t easy, at least not for everybody. A few weeks ago, The New York Times looked at restlessness among senior citizens who are the right age for retirement but not of the right spirit. A series of seniors confessed to the…
  • Jan 8

    A New Year, A New Increase in the Estate Tax Exemption

    A New Year, A New Increase in the Estate Tax Exemption
    A new year always brings a number of new changes to the state and federal tax rules. Right off the bat, one of 2015’s more notable changes involves the federal estate tax exemption. View image | gettyimages.com In 2014, estates worth…
Rank this Week: 1850

New Jersey Estate Planning Center…

New Jersey Estate Planning Center Blog

Covers New Jersey estate planning. By Media Law Group.

http://www.jerseyestateplanning.com/blog/
  • Jan 22

    Silicon Valley and the Sandwich Generation: Apps for the Elderly

    Silicon Valley and the Sandwich Generation: Apps for the Elderly
    They call them the sandwich generation: adults who are simultaneously caring for their children and their aging parents. You find “sandwichers” everywhere, from factories to firms, and that includes Silicon Valley — home to…
  • Jan 19

    Lost in the Water

    Lost in the Water
    Swim meets are best summed up as sitting on a hard concrete bench for 4.5 hours for a total of two-ish minutes of excitement watching your child. The only other time to reap any rewards as a parent at a … Continue reading →
  • Jan 15

    Old Age Is Something to Look Forward To

    Old Age Is Something to Look Forward To
    Barbra Streisand famously sang about memories of “the way we were.” But what if our best memories are still to come? View image | gettyimages.com An interesting debate recently played out on the op/ed page of The New York Times.…
Rank this Week: 4777

epilawg

epilawg

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

http://epilawg.com/
  • Jan 22

    Tax Season Considerations: 1099 and Tangible Property

    Tax Season Considerations: 1099 and Tangible Property
    The month of January, of course, brings the start of the tax filing season.  As such, there are a couple of items to think about. These two particular items are mainly directed at businesses, however, […]Tax Season Considerations:…
  • Jan 19

    Privacy and your estate plan

    Privacy and your estate plan
    The British government announced recently that 4 million historical wills have been digitized and are now available for download by the public. As in the United States, these documents were previously available by traveling to…
  • Jan 15

    Becoming an Organ Donor

    Becoming an Organ Donor
    Becoming an organ donor is easy. You can indicate that you want to be a donor in the following ways: Register with your state’s donor registry. Most states have registries. Check the list at OrganDonor.gov. […]Becoming an Organ…
Rank this Week: 4747

German Law Group Blog

German Law Group Blog

Covers estate planning.

http://www.germanlawgroup.com/
  • Jan 22

    What Is a Stretch IRA?

    What Is a Stretch IRA?
    You may have an individual retirement account, and these accounts can certainly help you accumulate a nest egg that you can draw from during your retirement years. There are two different types of individual retirement accounts that are…
  • Jan 15

    Clearing Up Some Common Trust Myth

    Clearing Up Some Common Trust Myth
    If you have recently begun the estate planning process, you may have heard about revocable living trusts. For many people, living trusts are essential pieces of an estate plan and something that can provide significant benefit to you and your…
  • Jan 13

    Will a Living Trust Reduce My Income Tax Exposure?

    Will a Living Trust Reduce My Income Tax Exposure?
    People sometimes make assumptions about trusts that are not entirely accurate. There are those who assume that you surrender ownership of assets that you convey into any type of trust. This is not entirely true when it comes to revocable…
Rank this Week: 3090

Kuhn and Kuhn Law Firm Blog

Kuhn and Kuhn Law Firm Blog

Covers estate planning.

http://www.kuhnandkuhn.com/blog/
  • Jan 22

    What Is the Difference between a General and Limited Power of Attorney?

    What Is the Difference between a General and Limited Power of Attorney?
    Most people, at some point in their life, execute a power of attorney. A power of attorney is an extremely useful, and flexible, legal document that can be used to accomplish a variety of estate planning objectives. While a power of attorney…
  • Jan 20

    What Is a POD or TOD Account?

    What Is a POD or TOD Account?
    A well drafted and comprehensive estate plan typically incorporates a number of strategies into the plan and makes use of various different tools and techniques in an effort to accomplish the numerous estate planning goals the plan creator…
  • Jan 15

    How Is Child Support Calculated in South Carolina?

    How Is Child Support Calculated in South Carolina?
    If you are the parent of a minor child in South Carolina and you are going through a divorce or are establishing paternity child support for the child will likely be an issue during the proceedings. Whether you are expecting to receive…
Rank this Week: 2602