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Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof…

Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof Blog

By Gerry W. Beyer.

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

    Estate Planning Under New York's Tax Law

    Estate Planning Under New York's Tax Law
    Previously in New York, estates worth one million or less were exempt for New York tax. Presently, the exemption is $2,062,500. It increases to $3.125 million in 2015, $4,187,500 in 2016 and $5.250 million in 2017. If you die leaving...
  • Aug 22

    New Law Urges Samsung to Spend

    New Law Urges Samsung to Spend
    Samsung Electronics Co. is sitting on a cash pile that is 58 percent larger than Apple Inc.’s treasure chest. The message to South Korea’s biggest company is “use it or lose it.” The government of President Park Geun Hye published...
  • Aug 22

    Understanding FATCA

    Understanding FATCA
    Enacted in 2010, the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) is America’s global tax law. Not only does FATCA effect Americans, but its impact on the world is most astounding. FATCA requires foreign banks to reveal Americans with…
Rank this Week: 55

San Diego Estate Planning Lawyer…

San Diego Estate Planning Lawyer Blog

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

http://www.sandiegoestateplanninglawyerblog.com/
Rank this Week: 2050

New York Estate Planning Lawyer…

New York Estate Planning Lawyer Blog

Covers estate planning, estate administration and estate taxes. By Ettinger Law Firm.

http://www.newyorkestateplanninglawyerblog.com/
  • Aug 22

    Two Estate Planning Documents Every 18-Year Old Should Sign

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

    Three Important Estate Planning Questions to Ask Your Spouse

    Three Important Estate Planning Questions to Ask Your Spouse
    Estate planning is not many couples' idea of fun, but it is necessary to ensure that your loved ones are cared for after you are gone. An experienced estate planning attorney can handle drafting the proper documents and explaining the law…
  • Aug 18

    Celebrity Legacies Teaching Lessons About Estate Planning

    Celebrity Legacies Teaching Lessons About Estate Planning
    A new show premiered on the Reelz Channel this week called Celebrity Legacies, a documentary series highlighting the estates of famous deceased celebrities. The show explores a different celebrity's estate plan every week, discussing their…
Rank this Week: 4881

Simmons & Schiavo Blog

Simmons & Schiavo Blog

Covers estate planning and real estate law.

http://www.sslawoffices.com/category/all-posts/
  • Aug 22

    Rents for apartments and businesses are continuing to climb

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

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

    Want to build a second home next to your current one?
    Many cities have liberalized their zoning laws in recent years to allow people who live in single-family homes to add a second home on their property. They can do this by creating a basement apartment, building an “add-on”…
  • Jul 26

    New rules for reverse mortgage

    New rules for reverse mortgage
    The federal government has tightened the rules for reverse mortgages, making it harder for some seniors to get these types of mortgages and reducing the amount of a home’s value that can be tapped. Reverse mortgages allow elders who are…
Rank this Week: 1971

North Carolina Estate Planning…

North Carolina Estate Planning Blog

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

http://www.ncestateplanningblog.com/
  • Aug 22

    Estate Plan Update: New Life Insurance Option

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

    Increasing Trust Income Distribution

    Increasing Trust Income Distribution
    Many trusts provide for lifetime income, but no principal, to the first generation of beneficiaries. In these days of low interest rates, income payments have suffered. However, income distributions from trusts do not have to be permanently…
  • Aug 8

    North Carolina Durable Powers of Attorney

    North Carolina Durable Powers of Attorney
    A Durable Power of Attorney (“DPOA”) is an essential estate planning tool for most of our clients, allowing them to name an individual to handle their financial affairs in the event of incapacity. Typically, we draft DPOA’s…
Rank this Week: 622

Florida Elder Law and Estate Blog

Florida Elder Law and Estate Blog

Covers Florida estate planning, probate, and construction law issues. By the Law Office of R. Kellen Bryant., P.L.

http://www.eldercarelawjacksonville.com/
  • Aug 22

    4 Requirements to Qualify for VA Improved Pension

    4 Requirements to Qualify for VA Improved Pension
    This article is going to visit the four requirements to qualify for VA improved pension with aid and attendance benefits.  Do not proceed with any application without double checking these four requirement in detail and having…
  • Aug 8

    Medicaid Look Back Period: How to Protect Your Money

    Medicaid Look Back Period: How to Protect Your Money
    This article will teach you how to protect your assets against the nursing home Medicaid look back period.  Taking action now, while you’re well, may keep you and your family spending all your money on nursing care.  Nursing…
  • Aug 5

    3 Critical Steps Required to Create a Trust Fund

    3 Critical Steps Required to Create a Trust Fund
    In this article, we are going to review the 3 steps to create a trust fund for a family member. A trust agreement must be created or in place. The trust must be funded. The trust needs to be settled. Watch Video on Youtube about How to Create…
Rank this Week: 1799

Andrew Flusche, Virginia Lawyer

Andrew Flusche, Virginia Lawyer

Covers Virginia drunk driving, reckless driving and speeding offenses.

http://www.andrewflusche.com/blog/
  • Aug 22

    Virginia Hit and Run is a Serious Charge

    Virginia Hit and Run is a Serious Charge
    Virginia has a very complex set of laws that govern your duties if you’re involved in an accident while in a motor vehicle. Altogether they’re referred to in the slang term of “hit and run”; however, by law, it is…
  • Aug 13

    What is a Dry Gas Standard?

    What is a Dry Gas Standard?
    Find out what a dry gas cylinder is and why it matters. For more information about your case or to schedule a free case strategy session, call me at 540-318-5824. Originally published at AndrewFlusche.com. © 2014 Andrew Flusche. What is…
  • Aug 12

    Employer Verification Letter for DWI Restricted License

    Employer Verification Letter for DWI Restricted License
    In some of the courts where I regularly defend DWI clients, the clerk’s office requires an employer verification letter in order to issue a restricted driver’s license. In general, a work verification letter needs to be on…
Rank this Week: 711

Wisconsin Estate Planning

Wisconsin Estate Planning

Covers Wisconsin estate planning, elder law, probate and trust administration, real estate law, business organization, and individual income tax preparation. By Tesar Law Group, S.C.

http://blog.tesarlaw.com/
  • Aug 22

    Financial Planning Before Dementia Strike

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

    Wealth Distribution Options for the Single or Childle

    Wealth Distribution Options for the Single or Childle
    No matter what your family situation, but especially for single individuals with no children, you need to properly plan to ensure your assets transfer to those you wish otherwise the state will make the decision for you.
  • Aug 18

    End-Of-Life Decisions - What Would The Doc Do?

    End-Of-Life Decisions - What Would The Doc Do?
    There is a great deal to think about and consider when it comes to end of life planning. Be sure to make sure your desires are in writing and that you have communicated them with your loved ones.
Rank this Week: 2477

American Academy of Estate…

American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys Blog

Provides legal marketing and estate planning legal updates.

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

    No Complaints Thursday

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

    Utilizing Google To Its Full Potential

    Utilizing Google To Its Full Potential
    These days our access to information is so efficient we’ve started to take it for granted. I read one blog mention that if they could describe to a person from the 1950’s something telling about our generation, they would say,…
  • Aug 20

    Planning for Student

    Planning for Student
    It is back-to-school time in America. As Labor Day approaches, schools are starting back up. From an estate planning perspective, this is important in that many young adult students are heading away from home. Here’s a link to an…
Rank this Week: 3866

Estate Law Canada

Estate Law Canada

Covers estate planning topics, trusts, probate, Enduring Powers of Attorney, health care directives, incapacity issues and elder law. By Lynne Butler.

http://estatelawcanada.blogspot.com/
  • Aug 22

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

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

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

    As co-executor, am I responsible for the acts of a dishonest co-executor?
    If you think being an executor is tough, try being a co-executor with someone you don't like, or don't trust, or simply can't agree with. On top of the work and stress of the estate, you end up carrying the stress of dealing with that other…
  • Aug 20

    Kenny Chesney - While He Still Knows Who I Am - An Alzheimer's Tribute

    Kenny Chesney - While He Still Knows Who I Am - An Alzheimer's Tribute
    I don't usually post music videos, and I'm not a country music fan, but everyone should hear this song about a son whose father has Alzheimer's disease.
Rank this Week: 1169

Nirenstein, Horowitz & Associates,…

Nirenstein, Horowitz & Associates, P.C. Blog

Covers Connecticut estate planning, probate and elder law.

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

    Why Should I Have a Revocable Living Trust?

    Why Should I Have a Revocable Living Trust?
    People sometimes make assumptions without knowing all the facts. There are those who do not consider the creation of a revocable living trust because they are under the impression that all trusts are only useful for very wealthy individuals.…
  • Aug 20

    What Is the Five Year Medicaid Look Back?

    What Is the Five Year Medicaid Look Back?
    The Medicaid program is very important to a significant percentage of senior citizens. This is because of the fact that Medicare will not pay for long-term care. If you need assistance with your activities of daily living, you would be…
  • Aug 18

    What Are the Advantages and Disadvantages of a Guardianship?

    What Are the Advantages and Disadvantages of a Guardianship?
    It is important to plan ahead for the eventualities of aging in a pragmatic manner. It may not be the most pleasant thing to consider, but many people become incapacitated late in their lives. Who would handle your affairs in the event of…
Rank this Week: 3171

Tax Problem Attorney Blog

Tax Problem Attorney Blog

Covers topics such as sales and payroll tax problems, offers in compromise, tax audits, tax debt, tax disputes, tax fraud, tax litigation and tax controversy, and tax preparer penalties. By Brager Tax Law Group.

http://www.taxproblemattorneyblog.com/
Rank this Week: 1119

Estate Planning Blog

Estate Planning Blog

Covers asset protection, estate planning, probate and income tax planning. By Sheppard, Brett, Stewart, Hersch, Kinsey & Hill P.A.

http://www.sbshlaw.com/blog
  • Aug 22

    Conditional Inheritance?

    Conditional Inheritance?
    This just in from the “reaching out from the grave” department: Can you impose conditions on your grandchildren’s inheritance, such as requiring them to marry someone within your faith or else they lose the trust funds? The…
  • Aug 15

    Beneficiaries of Trust

    Beneficiaries of Trust
    When a person passes away, he or she oftentimes will leave a trust that names a spouse, child or other loved one as a beneficiary. It might be a lifetime income trust, or sometimes it includes principal distributions as well … Continue…
  • Aug 8

    Too Many Choice

    Too Many Choice
    About twenty years ago, when my wife and I had our first daughter, we hired an au pair from Sweden named Sara. Patti was still working, and we didn’t have family nearby to help with our new infant. You should … Continue reading…
Rank this Week: 464

CEB blog

CEB blog

Covers practice tips and new legal developments of particular interest to California legal professionals. The CEB blog covers a wide range of practice areas from estate planning to civil litigation, along with posts relating to the practice of law generally.

http://blog.ceb.com
  • Aug 22

    Plaintiffs: Reject §998 Settlement Offers at Your Peril

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

    How to Get Business Records into Evidence

    How to Get Business Records into Evidence
    Need to get business records into evidence? There’s a hearsay exception for that! The business records exception to the hearsay rule makes it easier for businesses to provide records during litigation without undue disruption.…
  • Aug 18

    Lessons on Social Media in the Workplace

    Lessons on Social Media in the Workplace
    The following is a guest blog post by Tyler M. Paetkau, a partner with Hartnett, Smith & Paetkau in Redwood City. Tyler represents employers in all aspects of labor and employment law. He’s a frequent author and speaker on labor and…
Rank this Week: 3170

Toronto Estate Law Blog

Toronto Estate Law Blog

Covers estate litigation, ethics, executors & trustees, succession planning and wills. Includes podcasts on estate and succession planning. By Hull & Hull.

http://estatelaw.hullandhull.com/
  • Aug 22

    Some Considerations When Deciding How to Pass on Wealth to Children

    Some Considerations When Deciding How to Pass on Wealth to Children
    Going back to our recently posted blog on preventing “Affluenza” (the perilous situation in which children receive a massive inheritance all at one time), this morning the Globe and Mail published an interesting article entitled…
  • Aug 21

    Knock this Challenge Off Your (Ice) Bucket List and Support a Great Cause

    Knock this Challenge Off Your (Ice) Bucket List and Support a Great Cause
    As Estate lawyers, we sadly deal with Estates where individuals have been diagnosed with devastating illnesses such as Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Parkinson’s or Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).  On the other hand, we also have…
  • Aug 20

    Lessons from the Rich and Famou

    Lessons from the Rich and Famou
    In the aftermath of the death of beloved comedian Robin Williams, minds will at some point consider the actor’s legacy. Recent celebrity deaths, such as James Gandolfini or Philip Seymour Hoffman, have brought light to public interest…
Rank this Week: 457

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/
Rank this Week: 2430

Mendel Law Firm Blog

Mendel Law Firm Blog

Covers estate planning.

http://www.mendellawfirm.com/blog/
  • Aug 22

    Famous Estates – Legacy Champ or Chump?

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

    Thought for the Day:

    Thought for the Day:
    First, have a definite, clear practical ideal; a goal, an objective, Second, have the necessary means to achieve your ends; wisdom, money, materials, and methods.  Third, adjust all your means to that end. Aristotle
  • Aug 20

    Destroy Old Will

    Destroy Old Will
    We have previously told you a couple of very basic, but important, estate planning tips. We have told you that when you make a new Will, you need to be sure that you destroy any old Wills. We have also told you that you need to make sure that…
Rank this Week: 3222

Cramer Law Center

Cramer Law Center

Covers Florida estate planning.

http://cramerlawcenter.com
  • Aug 22

    ADOPTION SERIES – PART 3: HOW DOES AN ADOPTED PERSON INHERIT?

    ADOPTION SERIES – PART 3: HOW DOES AN ADOPTED PERSON INHERIT?
    We recently have written about how adopting an adult can allow an unrelated person to share in an inheritance (unless it is done with improper motives).  But how, and from whom, do adopted persons (whether they are adults or children)…
  • Aug 11

    PRECATORY LANGUAGE: THE DANGER OF UNLIMITED DISCRETION

    PRECATORY LANGUAGE: THE DANGER OF UNLIMITED DISCRETION
    Wording in a will or trust which allows a named person to decide where your property and money should go after your death (instead of you making that decision ahead of time) is called “precatory” language.  An example is the…
  • Jul 29

    UTMA AND UGMA ACCOUNTS: SMART SAVINGS PLAN OR TRAP FOR THE UNWARY?

    UTMA AND UGMA ACCOUNTS: SMART SAVINGS PLAN OR TRAP FOR THE UNWARY?
    When working with clients who have minor children, we spend a lot of time discussing the kids: their individual personalities, the values the clients are trying to instill, and concerns for their future. We do our best to craft an estate plan…
Rank this Week: 1751

Cramer Law Center

Cramer Law Center

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

http://cramerlawcenter.com/blog/
  • Aug 22

    ADOPTION SERIES – PART 3: HOW DOES AN ADOPTED PERSON INHERIT?

    ADOPTION SERIES – PART 3: HOW DOES AN ADOPTED PERSON INHERIT?
    We recently have written about how adopting an adult can allow an unrelated person to share in an inheritance (unless it is done with improper motives).  But how, and from whom, do adopted persons (whether they are adults or children)…
  • Aug 11

    PRECATORY LANGUAGE: THE DANGER OF UNLIMITED DISCRETION

    PRECATORY LANGUAGE: THE DANGER OF UNLIMITED DISCRETION
    Wording in a will or trust which allows a named person to decide where your property and money should go after your death (instead of you making that decision ahead of time) is called “precatory” language.  An example is the…
  • Jul 29

    UTMA AND UGMA ACCOUNTS: SMART SAVINGS PLAN OR TRAP FOR THE UNWARY?

    UTMA AND UGMA ACCOUNTS: SMART SAVINGS PLAN OR TRAP FOR THE UNWARY?
    When working with clients who have minor children, we spend a lot of time discussing the kids: their individual personalities, the values the clients are trying to instill, and concerns for their future. We do our best to craft an estate plan…
Rank this Week: 3637

Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning

Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning

Covers estate planning, elder law, asset protection, charitable giving, and business law. By Kyle E. Krull.

http://blog.kylekrull.com/kansas-missouri-estate-planning/
  • Aug 22

    Appointing "Back-Up Parents" For Your Minor Children

    Appointing "Back-Up Parents" For Your Minor Children
    If your minor children were orphaned tonight, would they be okay tomorrow? In other words, have you legally appointed back-up parents (i.e., guardians) to take your place?
  • Aug 21

    Have You Talked To Your Folks About Their Finances?

    Have You Talked To Your Folks About Their Finances?
    It seems Americans are willing to talk about nearly every manner of personal concerns ... except money. If you have aging parents, then having a conversation about their finances is a chat you (and they) need to have sooner rather than later.
  • Aug 20

    The Hoffman Estate And Oliver Wendell Holme

    The Hoffman Estate And Oliver Wendell Holme
    Philip Seymour Hoffman is not the first star who has had poor estate planning. Unfortunately, Mr. Hoffman may not be the last. That noted, there is some wisdom we can glean from a sage in our past.
Rank this Week: 1797

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/
  • Aug 22

    Is Your Medicaid Eligibility at Risk?…

    Is Your Medicaid Eligibility at Risk? Learn how Medicaid Planning can help you protect your assets and preserve your legacy. Download Our Free Report Today…
  • Aug 21

    Living Well While Not Outliving Your Retirement Fund

    Living Well While Not Outliving Your Retirement Fund
    The year was 1945. Billy Wilder’s tragic tale of alcoholism and unrequited love had just won four Oscars. The Lost Weekend is one of those tales that stand the test of time and remind us of how imperfect human nature really is. Also in…
  • Aug 20

    Sealing Estate Documents — The Davy Jones Story

    Sealing Estate Documents — The Davy Jones Story
    Davy Jones, the frontman for the famous 60s band the Monkees died earlier this year. What he left behind and to whom he left it remains a mystery. After his death, his family sought and received permission to have his Last Will and Testament…
Rank this Week: 2077

Northern California Center for…

Northern California Center for Estate Planning and Elder Law

Covers estate planning.

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

    Your Children and Your Will

    Your Children and Your Will
    When people write a will, there are a lot of questions they will have to answer about inheritances, spouses, children, and a number of other issues. If you ask most people who write a will, they’ll probably say that they do so in order…
  • Aug 21

    California Probate: Can I Start Probate if I Can’t Find The Will?

    California Probate: Can I Start Probate if I Can’t Find The Will?
    California probate is often viewed as a difficult process. There is, in fact, a lot of truth to the idea that it can be difficult to manage probate simply because most people are so unfamiliar with. This is especially true when, for example,…
  • Aug 20

    Commonly Believed Myths About Powers of Attorney

    Commonly Believed Myths About Powers of Attorney
    Like other estate planning tools, powers of attorney must meet the legal standards imposed by state law. Though these documents are flexible and powerful, a lot of people don’t really know much about them. To help you better understand…
Rank this Week: 1099

Minko Law Office Blog

Minko Law Office Blog

Covers estate planning and elder law.

http://www.minkolaw.com/blog/
  • Aug 22

    Power of Attorney for Child Care and Summer Vacation

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

    Why Married Couples Need to Discuss Their Estate Planning Goal

    Why Married Couples Need to Discuss Their Estate Planning Goal
    Married couples in Brooklyn, New York who want to create an estate plan should be prepared to discuss some difficult decisions with one another. Estate planning is all about looking ahead to the future and deciding what you want to happen…
  • Aug 18

    Your Pet Plan and Your Life Insurance Policy

    Your Pet Plan and Your Life Insurance Policy
    A lot of people who create estate plans in Brooklyn, New York want to make sure that their pets are properly cared for in the future. While pet planning is something that we at the Minko Law Office have a lot of experience doing, we also know…
Rank this Week: 1381

epilawg

epilawg

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

http://epilawg.com/
  • Aug 22

    Godparents & Guardians: Two Different Role

    Godparents & Guardians: Two Different Role
    I often hear in conversation (and I once believed this too!) that if a minor child has godparents, then the same people will be legal guardians of the child if something happens to the child’s […]Godparents & Guardians: Two…
  • Aug 19

    Robin Williams’ Estate: Subject to California Probate?

    Robin Williams’ Estate: Subject to California Probate?
    As everyone mourns the death of Robin Williams and reflects on his tremendous talents, we estate planning attorneys can’t help but wonder, did Robin Williams do any estate planning? It is apparent that Robin Williams […]Robin…
  • Aug 12

    Designating Authority for Business Owner

    Designating Authority for Business Owner
    I know, I know… you have read it over and over again here on Epilawg that it is important to have documents in place for times of incapacity. Yet, as Jayne Sykora and I just […]Designating Authority for Business Owners is a post…
Rank this Week: 1554

Potter Law Firm Blog

Potter Law Firm Blog

Covers estate planning and elder law.

http://www.potterestateplanning.com/blog/
  • Aug 21

    When Is an Estate Tax Return Due?

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

    What Is the Most Important Estate Planning Document?

    What Is the Most Important Estate Planning Document?
    Estate planning involves the execution of legally binding documents. There is really no one document that is inherently more important than every other. We have all heard people refer to the “right tool for the right job.” This…
  • Aug 17

    Why Would I Need a Pour-Over Will?

    Why Would I Need a Pour-Over Will?
    Estate planning involves using an asset transfer vehicle (or vehicles). You could use a last will to facilitate future asset transfers, but you have other options. There are various different trusts that are used in the field of estate…
Rank this Week: 2012

Estate Planning in California

Estate Planning in California

By the Law Offices of Shahram Miri, Inc.

http://calestateplanning.blogspot.com/
  • Aug 21

    Fiduciary Duty Owed to a Creditor?

    Fiduciary Duty Owed to a Creditor?
    In a fiduciary relationship, the fiduciary is legally obligated to act in the bests interests of the principal. This relationship can arise in various situations. For example, a lawyer owes a fiduciary duty to a client just as an executor…
  • Aug 15

    Is avoiding probate always positive?

    Is avoiding probate always positive?
    One of the main reasons why a person writes a revocable trust is to avoid probate. The rationale is that once the person dies, the administration of their trust estate is typically a more expedient and economical method to administer than a…
  • Aug 7

    Probate Fees - Apportionment

    Probate Fees - Apportionment
    Occasionally a probate client becomes disenchanted with his or her attorney, e.g. lack of responsiveness with the client or failure to file documents in a timely manner, and decides to switch attorneys mid-stream. A simple substitution of…
Rank this Week: 845

Arkansas Legal Issues

Arkansas Legal Issues

By Wilson & Haubert, PLLC.

http://whlawoffices.com/little-rock-lawyer-arkansas-law-blog/
  • Aug 21

    What Does it Mean to be “Intoxicated”?

    What Does it Mean to be “Intoxicated”?
    This is the first post in what we hope to be an ongoing (and informative!) series: Arkansas DWI Answers. As Arkansas DWI attorneys, our goal is simply to answer the most common questions about Arkansas DWI and DUI in plain English so you can…
  • Aug 8

    Entertaining Criminals of July 2014

    Entertaining Criminals of July 2014
    Robs the place; returns for lunch A man suspected of burglarizing an El Pollo Loco in Costa Mesa, California, has been arrested after he returned to the restaurant for a meal a few hours after the robbery. Daniel Lee Warn, 28, was…
  • Jul 21

    The Quick, Easy, and Cheap Arkansas Divorce

    The Quick, Easy, and Cheap Arkansas Divorce
    Quick, Easy, and Cheap Arkansas Divorce I talk to a lot of people who need divorces. Everyone wants them to be quick and easy, and most want them to be cheap. To that end, many of these people don’t have much money and want advice about…
Rank this Week: 2177

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: 262

Parman & Easterday Blog

Parman & Easterday Blog

Covers elder law and estate planning.

http://www.parmanlaw.com/blog/
  • Aug 21

    What Is a Grantor Retained Annuity Trust?

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

    What Is a Living Trust Successor Trustee?

    What Is a Living Trust Successor Trustee?
    Before we talk about the specific role of the successor trustee, we should explain the value of living trusts from an overview, because there are misconceptions out there. Some people don’t consider trusts because they are not wealthy.…
  • Aug 14

    What Is a Qualified Domestic Trust?

    What Is a Qualified Domestic Trust?
    If you have been able to accumulate a significant store of wealth, the work is not done. There is a federal estate tax in place that can erode your financial legacy. Because of the existence of this death levy, you must implement tax…
Rank this Week: 1117

Death Care Law Blog

Death Care Law Blog

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

http://www.deathcarelaw.com/
  • Aug 21

    Father Knows Best: the Cassity Clan

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

    Establishing a Red Flag System: Massachusetts Preneed Oversight

    Establishing a Red Flag System: Massachusetts Preneed Oversight
    The Massachusetts Division of Professional Licensure and the state Board of Registration of Funeral Directors and Embalmers are taking flak over the one and half million dollars of preneed funds that may been diverted by the owner of the…
  • Aug 9

    Taking Liberties with the Law: Where is my due process?

    Taking Liberties with the Law: Where is my due process?
    Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt. Abraham Lincoln Pleading by pleading, the Cassitys are speaking out against injustice.  Brent Cassity followed his father’s lead, and filed…
Rank this Week: 4357

Redlands Veterans' Affairs…

Redlands Veterans' Affairs Attorney Blog

Covers estate planning and elder law. By Esther Wang.

http://www.california-elder-law.com/blog/
  • Aug 21

    Medicare Contains Multiple Part

    Medicare Contains Multiple Part
    Some people are under the impression that things just take care of themselves when you achieve senior citizen status. Social Security will surely be enough to satisfy all of your financial needs and Medicare will cover your health care…
  • Aug 14

    Rate of Estate Tax May Shock You

    Rate of Estate Tax May Shock You
    While it is indeed important to look ahead toward the future, the fact is that as a young adult you may not be that interested in the details of tax laws that are applicable to the field of estate planning....
  • Aug 7

    Evaluate Heirlooms and Other Sentimental Item

    Evaluate Heirlooms and Other Sentimental Item
    Inheritance planning is often reduced to a somewhat overly simplistic analogy. You inventory your assets to determine the size of the "pie" as it were. You then decide who will be receiving slices of the pie. The last step is...
Rank this Week: 1981

Buffalo NY Attorneys Blog

Buffalo NY Attorneys Blog

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

http://www.wny-lawyers.com/blog/
  • Aug 21

    How Does A DWI Conviction Impact A Commercial Driver’s License?

    How Does A DWI Conviction Impact A Commercial Driver’s License?
    There are many Buffalo workers who rely upon a Commercial Driver’s License to perform their jobs. Unfortunately for such drivers, a conviction for any offense involving drinking and driving or driving under the influence of drugs will,…
  • Aug 21

    What Is A Suspension Pending Prosecution?

    What Is A Suspension Pending Prosecution?
    Most Buffalo drivers are aware that a conviction for drinking and driving will result in a loss of the defendant’s driving privileges. Many drivers may not be aware, however, that New York law authorizes the Court to suspend a…
  • Aug 21

    What Are The Penalties For Driving While Ability Impaired By Drugs As A Class D Felony?

    What Are The Penalties For Driving While Ability Impaired By Drugs As A Class D Felony?
    A Buffalo driver charged with Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs as a Class D Felony faces very serious criminal penalties. These include a permanent criminal record, the possibility of extensive jail time, and a very high fine. If…
Rank this Week: 1530

Wealth Law Blog

Wealth Law Blog

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

http://samuelslaw.com/blog/
  • Aug 21

    SYK Attorneys to Teach Lewis & Clark Law School Seminar

    SYK Attorneys to Teach Lewis & Clark Law School Seminar
    SYK Partner Eric Wieland and Associate Valerie Sasaki are teaching a seminar to Lewis & Clark Law School students this spring.  The seminar seeks to apply the knowledge acquired in prerequisite courses (Income Tax I, Estate and Gift…
  • Aug 18

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

    Victoria Blachly’s Work with VoteERA.org Featured in Business Journal
    In May, SYK partner Victoria Blachly was appointed to the Board of Advisors for VoteERA.org, which seeks to add an Oregon Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) that provides express equality and protects women against sex discrimination. …
  • Aug 15

    What Shark Would You Be?

    What Shark Would You Be?
    As the child of a marine biologist, I find the Discovery Channel’s shark week especially entertaining. As this year’s shark week winds to a close, I wanted to leave you with this funny post from another funny legal blog. We were…
Rank this Week: 4786

Purcell & Amen, L.L.C. Blog

Purcell & Amen, L.L.C. Blog

Covers elder law and estate planning.

http://yourestatematters.com/blog/
  • Aug 21

    How Much Does Guardianship Cost in Missouri?

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

    Can You Be the Trustee of My Family Wealth Trust?

    Can You Be the Trustee of My Family Wealth Trust?
    A comprehensive estate plan often includes far more than a simple Last Will and Testament. In recent decades, trusts have become a popular addition to even the most simple estate plans. If you are planning to include a family wealth trust in…
  • Aug 19

    Where Do I Begin the Estate Proce

    Where Do I Begin the Estate Proce
    You are in no position to make any big decisions. You are mourning the loss of a beloved spouse and your heart is heavy. You are very likely at the beginning of the estate process following their passing. Words come more slowly, and you…
Rank this Week: 3207

Florida Elder Law and Estate…

Florida Elder Law and Estate Planning

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

http://karplaw.blogspot.com/
  • Aug 21

    No peace for Casey Kasem or his family

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

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

    New legislation would help families of children with autism, other disabilitie
    Parents and grandparents of disabled children often ask us to create estate plans that will provide for their child. Over the years, we have seen the incidence of autism climb in our clients' families. The CDC's statistics bear out our…
  • Aug 10

    New Veterans Bill to begin system overhaul

    New Veterans Bill to begin system overhaul
    The Veterans' Access to Care Through Choice, Accountability and Transparency Act of 2014 was signed into law by President Obama on August 7.  A recent and rare example of bipartisan cooperation, the law provides $16 billion to address the…
Rank this Week: 4569

California Trust, Estate & Probate…

California Trust, Estate & Probate Litigation

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

http://www.californiatrustestateandprobatelitigation.com
  • Aug 21

    Cinderella Story: Problems Caused by Step-Parents in California Trust and Will Case

    Cinderella Story: Problems Caused by Step-Parents in California Trust and Will Case
    Step-parents, second marriages, children from prior marriages, these all cause problems in California Trust and Will matters.  Step-parent relationships are already primed for conflict and disagreements in most cases.  And when…
  • Aug 18

    Will 1 vs. Will 2: How do you bring a competing California Will to the attention of the Court?

    Will 1 vs. Will 2: How do you bring a competing California Will to the attention of the Court?
    Competing Wills are at the heart of nearly every Will contest.  A parent creates one Will a long time ago and then a second Will just a few weeks before death, which Will is going to win?  that ultimately depends on the facts,…
  • Jul 30

    Abused Trust Beneficiaries in California Trusts and Will

    Abused Trust Beneficiaries in California Trusts and Will
    Abusive Trustees and Executors is an ever increasing problem in California Trust and Will matters.  Despite the many fiduciary duties a Trustee or Executor owes to his or her beneficiaries, abuse occurs.  And when it does occur,…
Rank this Week: 1917

Givner & Kaye Blog

Givner & Kaye Blog

Covers estate and tax planning.

http://www.givnerkaye.com/blog/
Rank this Week: 1187

New York Probate & Estate…

New York Probate & Estate Litigation Blog

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

http://www.nyprobatelitigation.com/
  • Aug 21

    Anna Nicole Smith Estate (Finally) Out Of Court

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

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

    Do Not Try This At Home --The Do It Yourself Will
    The Do It Yourself  legal industry is flourishing with claims that you do not need a lawyer to get your affairs in order with a low-cost DIY will. Just input your credit card information, download the easy to use form, fill in the blank…
  • Jul 30

    Sometimes A Trust Works Best

    Sometimes A Trust Works Best
    One of the major features of the Surrogate's Court is that it is a court of public record. Unfortunately, that can be one of its major drawbacks. Every document filed in every estate is available to anyone. If your grandfather (great…
Rank this Week: 552

NFA Gun Trust Lawyer Blog

NFA Gun Trust Lawyer Blog

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

http://www.guntrustlawyer.com/
  • Aug 21

    Nolo Says Don't Create A Gun Trust With Their Product

    Nolo Says Don't Create A Gun Trust With Their Product
    Today I ran across an entry on Nolo's website addressing the appropriateness of using their living trust software, commonly referred to as Quicken, or Will Maker, to make a Gun Trust. The same issues would exist for Legal Zoom or...
  • Aug 3

    Gun Trust and ATF 5320.1 Form 1 Approval in 35 day

    Gun Trust and ATF 5320.1 Form 1 Approval in 35 day
    I recently published an article on Gun Trusts and an amazing 1 day approval. I felt that this was an unusual circumstance and decided to submit an electronic ATF Form 1 back on July 26th using my personal Gun Trust...
  • Jul 29

    Federal court upholds Florida Law limiting Doctor's gun inquiries with patient

    Federal court upholds Florida Law limiting Doctor's gun inquiries with patient
    The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta has ruled a Florida law restricting what doctors can tell patients about gun ownership to be constitutional on Friday. The court ruled this law legitimately regulates professional conduct and…
Rank this Week: 2049

The Law Office of Michael…

The Law Office of Michael Robinson, P.C.

Covers elder law and estate planning.

http://www.mrobinsonlaw.com/blog/
  • Aug 21

    Is Probate Always Required?

    Is Probate Always Required?
    It is important to understand some things about probate when you are planning your estate. You may assume that a last will can facilitate immediate asset transfers after your passing, but this is not the case. When you use a last will to…
  • Jul 24

    5 Essential Estate Planning Rule

    5 Essential Estate Planning Rule
    While estate planning can seem like an incredibly complicated and difficult subject, it’s easier to understand it if you keep a few simple rules in mind. When you create an estate plan you won’t be required to have a vast and…
  • Jul 21

    What You Should Know About Rochester Estate Planning and the Statute of Limitation

    What You Should Know About Rochester Estate Planning and the Statute of Limitation
    As someone visiting a Rochester estate planning lawyer for the first time, there are a lot of legal ideas, such as the statute of limitations, that you might’ve heard about but aren’t exactly sure how they work. When it comes to…
Rank this Week: 3206

The Zimmer Law Firm

The Zimmer Law Firm

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

http://www.zimmerlawfirm.com/blog/
  • Aug 21

    Does the Probate Process in Cincinnati Present Any Drawbacks?

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

    Reports: Al Davis Estate Plan Keeps Raiders In Family

    Reports: Al Davis Estate Plan Keeps Raiders In Family
    Keeping Assets in the Family In 2011, the sporting community suffered a devastating blow when the news circulated about the death of longtime Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis. Davis, a member of the Professional Football Hall of Fame,…
  • Aug 14

    NFL’s McNair Had No Estate Plan

    NFL’s McNair Had No Estate Plan
    Just in Time for Football Season Dying without an estate plan  – a condition known as intestacy – can result in many difficulties for those who are left behind. Many people fail to plan ahead because they expect to live for…
Rank this Week: 2070

Duffy Law Office

Duffy Law Office

Covers estate planning and elder law in Iowa.

http://www.duffylawoffice.com/blog/
  • Aug 21

    Why Is Incapacity Planning Important?

    Why Is Incapacity Planning Important?
    Everyone should have an incapacity component embedded within a broader estate plan. In this post we will look at the importance of incapacity planning. Aging of the Population People are living longer and longer lives. The average life span…
  • Aug 19

    Can Medicaid Take My Home?

    Can Medicaid Take My Home?
    When you plan your estate, you work with an estate planning attorney to devise a strategy for transferring your assets after you pass away. However, if you want to be comprehensively prepared for the future, you should consider the…
  • Aug 14

    Can a Trust Be Used to Complete a Medicaid Spend Down?

    Can a Trust Be Used to Complete a Medicaid Spend Down?
    Medicare will help with your medical expenses when you reach the age of eligibility if you qualify, but the program will not pay for long-term care. This is a problem for most people, because long-term care is quite expensive. The average…
Rank this Week: 3867

Deborah Sexton Law Office, P. A.…

Deborah Sexton Law Office, P. A. Blog

Covers estate planning and elder law.

http://www.arkansas-estateplanning.com/blog/
  • Aug 21

    When is an Estate Tax Return Due?

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

    Can Trusts be Contested?

    Can Trusts be Contested?
    Wills and trusts both require the person executing the legal document to have the mental capacity to do so.  So, can trusts be contested?  Sure, just like a will.  The most common reasons for contesting trusts are lack of…
  • Aug 14

    Is There a Maximum Asset Threshold for Receiving Medicaid?

    Is There a Maximum Asset Threshold for Receiving Medicaid?
    Eligibility for many government benefits programs is based on the applicant’s need or income.  These income-based programs have established income or asset limits that apply, when determining whether you are qualified to receive…
Rank this Week: 3205

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/
  • Aug 21

    Down Syndrome Education Act Becomes Law

    Down Syndrome Education Act Becomes Law
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  • Aug 18

    Adding Elder Care to Elder Law

    Adding Elder Care to Elder Law
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  • Aug 12

    FTC Warns Older Veterans about Pension Poacher

    FTC Warns Older Veterans about Pension Poacher
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Rank this Week: 4766

German Law Group Blog

German Law Group Blog

Covers estate planning.

http://www.germanlawgroup.com/
  • Aug 21

    Why Would I Need a Pour-Over Will?

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

    What Is a Qualified Personal Residence Trust?

    What Is a Qualified Personal Residence Trust?
    The federal estate tax is a source of concern for high net worth individuals. This tax can take a hefty bite out of the wealth that you are leaving behind to those that you love. At the present time, the maximum rate of the federal estate tax…
  • Aug 7

    What Is the Generation-Skipping Transfer Tax?

    What Is the Generation-Skipping Transfer Tax?
    There are taxes on large asset transfers in the United States. This is something to take into consideration when you are planning your estate. There is a federal estate tax, a federal gift tax, and there is also the generation-skipping…
Rank this Week: 1988