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Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof…

Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof Blog

By Gerry W. Beyer.

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/trusts_estates_prof/
  • Apr 24

    Book on Long-Term Care

    Book on Long-Term Care
    Chris Orestis (senior health-care advocate and CEO of Life Care Funding) recently published a new free e-book entitled, Help on the Way: The BIG Insurance Secret Seniors Aren’t Supposed to Know. Provided below is a description: The costs of…
  • Apr 24

    CLE on NFA Gun Trust

    CLE on NFA Gun Trust
    The American Bar Association is presenting a live webinar entitled, NFA Gun Trusts: Protecting Your Client’s Firearms for the Future Under New and Pending Regulations, on Wednesday, May 21, 2014. Provided below is a description of the…
  • Apr 24

    New Orleans Socialite Goes Out As She Wanted

    New Orleans Socialite Goes Out As She Wanted
    Mickey Easterling’s last party turned out to be a memorable one. The New Orleans socialite attended her own wake at the Saenger Theater on Canal Street. Easterling took in the whole scene wearing a feather boa, holding a champagne flute,...
Rank this Week: 97

Potter Law Firm Blog

Potter Law Firm Blog

Covers estate planning and elder law.

http://www.potterestateplanning.com/blog/
  • Apr 24

    Does a Revocable Living Trust Protect Family Wealth?

    Does a Revocable Living Trust Protect Family Wealth?
    People often harbor certain misconceptions about trusts. They paint with a broad brush without recognizing that there are a number of different types of trusts that serve different purposes. With this in mind, let’s look at what a…
  • Apr 22

    What Assets Can I Keep When My Spouse Qualifies for Medicaid?

    What Assets Can I Keep When My Spouse Qualifies for Medicaid?
    Medicaid is important to many senior citizens, because Medicare will not pay for custodial care. This is the type of care that you would receive in a nursing home or assisted living community. These facilities are cost prohibitive for many…
  • Apr 20

    What Is the Asset Maximum That Medicaid Will Allow?

    What Is the Asset Maximum That Medicaid Will Allow?
    The Medicaid program is relied upon by a high percentage of senior citizens who require long-term care. This is because of the fact that Medicare does not pay for custodial care. Medicare will pay for convalescent care for up to 100 days, but…
Rank this Week: 2663

Wealth Law Blog

Wealth Law Blog

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

http://samuelslaw.com/blog/
  • Apr 24

    “E-Z Legal Form” at Center of Dispute in Florida’s Highest Court

    “E-Z Legal Form” at Center of Dispute in Florida’s Highest Court
    A family in Florida recently took their dirty laundry to the State Supreme Court, after Ann Aldrich died with a poorly-drafted Last Will that she had prepared online. The Last Will included a list of specific gifts of property, including…
  • Mar 26

    Linden Dollars, Bitcoins, and the brave new (taxable) asset

    Linden Dollars, Bitcoins, and the brave new (taxable) asset
    It is a truism in the world of tax planning that dollars are fungible. That is, if I have two dollars in my wallet, there isn’t much between the dollar that I took out of the bank yesterday and a dollar that I took out of the bank…
  • Mar 10

    From Entrepreneur to Investor: Successfully Navigating the Transition

    From Entrepreneur to Investor: Successfully Navigating the Transition
    Owning and running a thriving business requires energy, passion and commitment. Its ultimate  success, however, may be measured by the extent to which an exit strategy is thoughtfully planned and executed. Firm partner Steve Kantor will…
Rank this Week: 418

The Law Office of Alexis B. Levitt…

The Law Office of Alexis B. Levitt Blog

Covers caregiver issues, estate planning, living at home and special needs trusts.

http://www.alexislevitt.com/blog/
  • Apr 24

    Nursing Home Care & MassHealth – Eligibility Rules for the Single Person

    Nursing Home Care & MassHealth – Eligibility Rules for the Single Person
    As you well know, privately paying a nursing home bill is a very costly undertaking.  Should you need nursing home care someday, typically Medicare and your supplemental insurance cover up to 100 days.  After that, you either…
  • Apr 24

    Couples: Protect Your Assets from the Cost of Nursing Home Care

    Couples: Protect Your Assets from the Cost of Nursing Home Care
    As you well know, privately paying a nursing home bill is a very costly undertaking.  Should you need nursing home care, typically Medicare and your supplemental insurance cover up to 100 days.  After that, you either privately pay…
  • Apr 24

    The Single Person: Protecting Your Assets from the Cost of Nursing Home Care

    The Single Person: Protecting Your Assets from the Cost of Nursing Home Care
    If your loved one is single and would like MassHealth to pay her nursing home bill, then the basic rules are these: (1) She medically requires nursing home level care, (2) she has no more than $2,000 in “countable” assets…
Rank this Week: 4701

German Law Group Blog

German Law Group Blog

Covers estate planning.

http://www.germanlawgroup.com/
  • Apr 24

    3 Estate Planning Tips to Keep in Mind

    3 Estate Planning Tips to Keep in Mind
    When people in North Dakota and Minnesota start estate planning, they can count on their estate planning lawyer to guide them through the entire process. The choices you make with your plan will have to be protected by creating the…
  • Apr 22

    Portability and Your Estate Taxe

    Portability and Your Estate Taxe
    A lot of people are concerned that the government will take some or all of the property they leave behind because of estate taxes. Sometimes referred to as a “death taxes,” the estate tax is a federal tax that applies to property…
  • Apr 15

    3 Tips for Incapacity Planning

    3 Tips for Incapacity Planning
    If you live in North Dakota or Minnesota and have considered what might happen if you one day become ill or injured, you need to develop an incapacity plan. Incapacity planning involves making a number of decisions that will take a fact…
Rank this Week: 1981

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/
  • Apr 24

    The Risks Of Giving Your Home To Your Children

    The Risks Of Giving Your Home To Your Children
    Some parents consider transferring ownership of their homes to their children. Why? Many believe that it is a classic win-win situation. They can continue to live in the house, while at the same time reduce the value of their estate ……
  • Apr 19

    The Bravery of Living With Parkinson’s Disease

    The Bravery of Living With Parkinson’s Disease
    The Bravery of Those Living With Parkinson’s Disease I am spectacularly unqualified to discuss Parkinson’s disease. I don’t have it myself, and there are no close family members of mine living with it. Even so, I’ve…
  • Apr 17

    Do You Need A Lawyer To Create A Will?

    Do You Need A Lawyer To Create A Will?
    Sure, you can create a will without a lawyer. There are even a number of downloadable documents online, and software programs available from your nearest electronics store, to help you do it. However, a recent article in the ABA Journal…
Rank this Week: 4702

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/
  • Apr 24

    Reverse Mortgages and Inheritance

    Reverse Mortgages and Inheritance
    Should beneficiaries of a potential inheritance be concerned if their elderly relative decides to get a reverse mortgage? Reverse mortgages are not the right choice for everyone. The New York Times recently reported how adult children are…
  • Apr 23

    Retirement Plans in Same-Sex Marriage

    Retirement Plans in Same-Sex Marriage
    Some retirement benefits only apply to spouses in a legal marriage. Since legal marriages are not recognized in every jurisdiction and the Windsor ruling granted federal recognition of same-sex marriages, how should retirement benefits be…
  • Apr 22

    5 Proposed Rules for Retirement Account

    5 Proposed Rules for Retirement Account
    Our tax attorneys covered several pending federal revisions in our Tax Changes for 2015, one of which affects retirement accounts. Retirement contributions and distributions may face new limits: Deduction and contribution caps. Under the…
Rank this Week: 336

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/
  • Apr 24

    For How Long Will My Former Spouse Be Required To Pay Child Support?

    For How Long Will My Former Spouse Be Required To Pay Child Support?
    In most instances, the non-custodial spouse is required to pay child support until the child reaches the age of 21. That’s the requirement though, and doesn’t speak to common situations that families with young adult children deal…
  • Apr 24

    How Do We Cancel The Divorce If We’ve Decided To Reconcile?

    How Do We Cancel The Divorce If We’ve Decided To Reconcile?
    We see it all the time: Couples on the edge of divorce who, as they finally sit down and talk openly about their problems, realize that their marriage can be saved after all. The good news is that even if you’ve already filed and begun…
  • Apr 24

    Do I Have To Make My Child Attend Visitation If She Doesn’t Want To?

    Do I Have To Make My Child Attend Visitation If She Doesn’t Want To?
    The courts require that you not interfere in any way with your former spouse’s visitation, so it’s important that you encourage your child to attend. If your ex believes you are trying to keep your child away from them, it can…
Rank this Week: 2446

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/
  • Apr 24

    Idaho Estate Planning - Ostrich Approach is Unwise

    Idaho Estate Planning - Ostrich Approach is Unwise
    When you blog about personal finance for people over 50, every so often you need to write a scold post. This is one of those times. Please stop taking an ostrich approach to estate planning.
  • Apr 23

    Idaho Estate Planning - Deciding to Disinherit!

    Idaho Estate Planning - Deciding to Disinherit!
    Disinheritance is a profound element of an estate plan. It can be triggered by a single, specific event, or result from the lifelong flaws of a relationship. For example, a parent may decide to remove one child as a residuary beneficiary…
  • Apr 22

    Idaho Estate Planning - Traditional or Roth IRA?

    Idaho Estate Planning - Traditional or Roth IRA?
    Enlisting the help of a qualified wealth management professional to determine which type of IRA will best support a person's retirement goals.
Rank this Week: 3384

Givner & Kaye Blog

Givner & Kaye Blog

Covers estate and tax planning.

http://www.givnerkaye.com/blog/
Rank this Week: 3567

Crider Law P.C. Blog

Crider Law P.C. Blog

Covers elder law, estate planning and family law.

http://www.criderlaw.net/blog/
  • Apr 24

    Biggest Mistake And Benefits Of Estate Planning

    Biggest Mistake And Benefits Of Estate Planning
    Estate planning involves organizing your personal and financial affairs in case of mental incapacity or death. An article on foxbusiness.com, says the the biggest mistake you can make is to plan improperly or not plan at all. But with the…
  • Apr 17

    Planning Investments Designed To Outlive You

    Planning Investments Designed To Outlive You
    What if you die unexpectedly? Will your spouse know what to do with your investments? Because many don’t, some investors are setting up what are known as income producing “survivor portfolios” to take care of their spouses…
  • Apr 10

    Stop Inheritance Feuds Before They Start

    Stop Inheritance Feuds Before They Start
    Family members routinely fight over cash, stocks and other large assets after a relative dies. But some of the most bitter fights are over trinkets. More than half of lawsuits over inheritances involve items worth less than 10 percent of a…
Rank this Week: 1585

Florida Probate Litigation Lawyer…

Florida Probate Litigation Lawyer Blog

Cover Florida probate litigation. By Chepenik & Trushin LLP.

http://www.floridaprobatelitigationlawyer.com/
  • Apr 24

    Estate Planning: Don’t Do It Alone

    Estate Planning: Don’t Do It Alone
    “Nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” – Benjamin Franklin This quote by Benjamin Franklin is probably the most succinct and accurate statement as to why estate planning is best carried out with the…
  • Apr 10

    CREATIVE CHARITABLE GIVING – BEYOND CASH DONATIONS

    CREATIVE CHARITABLE GIVING – BEYOND CASH DONATIONS
    Charitable giving is an American tradition, and Americans give to charitable organizations at high levels. Gifts in the form of donations of cash remain the favorite vehicle for positively impacting charities of personal significance. …
  • Apr 3

    The Blind Side: Former South Carolina Gamecock Coach’s Children Claim Undue Influence in Probate

    The Blind Side: Former South Carolina Gamecock Coach’s Children Claim Undue Influence in Probate
    SEC football is known for its national championships, sensational athletes, and jaw-dropping hits. With this in mind, it is no surprise that the children of Jim Carlen, former coach of the South Carolina Gamecocks, are fighting back after…
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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/
  • Apr 24

    Hull on Estates #375 – Estate trustees during litigation

    Hull on Estates #375 – Estate trustees during litigation
    Listen to Hull on Estates #375 – Estate trustees during litigation Today on Hull on Estates, Josh Eisen and Jonathon Kappy discuss the authorities and duties of estate trustees during litigation. If you have any questions, please email…
  • Apr 23

    Over-Medication of Long-Term Care Resident

    Over-Medication of Long-Term Care Resident
    According to a study released earlier this month by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, up to one third of residents at Ontario long-term care facilities are being prescribed dangerous antipsychotics and sedatives.  The study…
  • Apr 21

    The Importance of a Power of Attorney – OBA’s Power of Attorney Month

    The Importance of a Power of Attorney – OBA’s Power of Attorney Month
    Who will make decisions for you when you are unable to make decisions for yourself? It is almost inevitable that a point will come in your life when you can no longer make important decisions regarding your finances and personal care. By…
Rank this Week: 309

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/
  • Apr 24

    How Can I Leave My Estate to My Spouse Free of Estate Taxes?

    How Can I Leave My Estate to My Spouse Free of Estate Taxes?
    The federal government permits an unlimited marital deduction so you can transfer all of your assets, if you wish, to your spouse. Sometimes in planning it is better to use a marital deduction trust in part and use the equivalent…Read…
  • Apr 23

    Should I Have a Power of Attorney for Health Care?

    Should I Have a Power of Attorney for Health Care?
    In general, what a power of attorney for healthcare does is to create an agent that will be between you and the health care system at such a time that you become incapable of making your health care decisions. There…Read more ›
  • Apr 22

    Tax Court Rules Trusts Can Be Real Estate Professional

    Tax Court Rules Trusts Can Be Real Estate Professional
    The United States Tax Court has recently released a decision in Frank Aragona Trust v. Commissioner that will affect tax planning for many trusts that own businesses or hold real estate. In that case, a trust operated rental real…
Rank this Week: 2810

Mendel Law Firm Blog

Mendel Law Firm Blog

Covers estate planning.

http://www.mendellawfirm.com/blog/
  • Apr 24

    Thought for the Day:

    Thought for the Day:
    You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. Wayne Gretzsky
  • Apr 23

    The Basics: What an Estate Plan i

    The Basics: What an Estate Plan i
    Recently, it struck me that as an estate planning attorney I often do a poor job of adequately explaining the fundamentals of estate planning on this blog. I try to explain the basics for people here, but I often make the mistake of assuming…
  • Apr 22

    Texas History – Did You Know that the Texas Navy was Rented to Another Country?

    Texas History – Did You Know that the Texas Navy was Rented to Another Country?
    In 1841, Mirabeau B. Lamar, president of the Republic of Texas, made an alliance with Yucatan, which was then in revolt, to rent out the Texas navy (all three ships) for $8,000 a month. When Sam Houston was inaugurated, he promptly ordered…
Rank this Week: 2794

New Jersey Lawyers Blog

New Jersey Lawyers Blog

Covers New Jersey business, labor and employment, estate planning and consumer law. By McLaughlin & Nardi, LLC.

http://www.newjerseylawyersblog.com/
  • Apr 24

    When is "Time of the Essence" in a New Jersey Residential Real Estate Contract

    When is "Time of the Essence" in a New Jersey Residential Real Estate Contract
    Buyers and sellers often think that they will be closing on the purchase or sale of a house on the closing date written in the contract for sale. However, in New Jersey, the closing date is not an "essential" term of the contract. Either…
  • Apr 22

    New Jersey Home Purchase Closing

    New Jersey Home Purchase Closing
    Finding a home you want to buy and making an offer which is accepted by the seller is only the beginning of the process to purchase a home in New Jersey. The next step is signing a contract to purchase the home. The contract is a written…
  • Apr 17

    New Jersey's Sales Tax Exceptions and Anomalie

    New Jersey's Sales Tax Exceptions and Anomalie
    Sales taxes are an inevitable part of life in New Jersey, and indeed, across the country. Sales taxes make it possible for the state to fund important government programs and operations such as transportation infrastructures, aid to schools…
Rank this Week: 2178

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/
  • Apr 24

    Charitable Foundations Closing Down For "Good" / Overland Park, KS

    Charitable Foundations Closing Down For "Good" / Overland Park, KS
    Sometimes good things are built to last, and sometimes you decide it has runs its course. This seems to be the growing attitude amongst philanthropists tending to the family foundation.
  • Apr 22

    Invaluable Easement Valuations / Overland Park, KS

    Invaluable Easement Valuations / Overland Park, KS
    Knowing something is of value is one thing. However, being able to prove the value is another kettle of fish.
  • Apr 21

    Reverse Mortgage Realities / Overland Park, KS

    Reverse Mortgage Realities / Overland Park, KS
    The reverse mortgage has its benefits, especially for many retirees needing some additional cash to make ends meet in the current interest rate environment. However, as the financial community has been quick to point out, there are also some…
Rank this Week: 4922

The Zimmer Law Firm

The Zimmer Law Firm

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

http://www.zimmerlawfirm.com/blog/
  • Apr 24

    Who Is Your Probate Attorney?

    Who Is Your Probate Attorney?
    The ideal estate plan is going to be constructed in a way that leaves behind a turnkey situation for your loved ones. You should first execute all of the appropriate estate planning documents to express your wishes. At the same time, you…
  • Apr 22

    Cincinnati Legacy Planning: What Steps Can I Take to Preserve My Legacy?

    Cincinnati Legacy Planning: What Steps Can I Take to Preserve My Legacy?
    Your legacy will live on after you pass away if you take the right steps to preserve it. There are many different things that you can do to have an influence even after you are gone. In this post, we will take a look at three steps you can…
  • Apr 21

    Autism Expo

    Autism Expo
    The Zimmer Law Firm participated in the Autism Expo this weekend.  What did you do?
Rank this Week: 3928

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/
  • Apr 24

    Within One Will, Lessons on What not to Do

    Within One Will, Lessons on What not to Do
    For those with considerable wealth, they’re seemingly always surrounded by financial and legal people, all with sound advice. When you’re a celebrity, multiply it by ten. That’s why it’s difficult to understand…
  • Apr 24

    The Complexity of New York’s New Estate Tax Exemption

    The Complexity of New York’s New Estate Tax Exemption
    Initially, when news broke that New York was doubling its estate tax exemption, many breathed a sigh of relief. For some, though, it was a short lived sigh of relief. Here’s a breakdown of the pros and cons that many who are planning…
  • Apr 23

    Former Marine Fights for Her Partner — A German Shepherd Named Rex

    Former Marine Fights for Her Partner — A German Shepherd Named Rex
    Dogs have long been referred to as “man’s best friend.” A service dog can be more than a friend — it can be your partner and protector. Take, for example, the case of Marine Cpl. Megan Leavey and her canine partner…
Rank this Week: 3920

epilawg

epilawg

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

http://epilawg.com/
  • Apr 24

    Estate Planning Myth #6: I must avoid probate

    Estate Planning Myth #6: I must avoid probate
    This issue varies significantly based upon where you live. In Minnesota, unlike some other jurisdictions, the probate avoidance opportunity doesn’t always rise to the level of necessity. The benefits of avoiding probate include: not…
  • Apr 22

    Estate Planning Myth #5: Equal is Fair

    Estate Planning Myth #5: Equal is Fair
    I have noticed that many clients use the words “equal” and “fair” interchangeably in the discussion around leaving assets (especially to children and grandchildren). Unfortunately, when thinking through the…
  • Apr 16

    Estate Planning Myth #4: Anyone can write a simple will

    Estate Planning Myth #4: Anyone can write a simple will
    This is somewhat correct: I clearly remember reading anomalous cases in law school about concepts like Holographic Wills and whether something as simple as “I leave everything to my wife” is a Will. A gentle […]Estate…
Rank this Week: 2495

All About Estates

All About Estates

Covers estates, trusts, tax, litigation, guardianship and elder care.

http://www.allaboutestates.ca/
  • Apr 24

    $99 Dollar Will

    $99 Dollar Will
    This week it hit the news that you can now get a will done for $99 if you go to Walmart.
  • Apr 23

    More Estate Planning statistic

    More Estate Planning statistic
    a recent Scotiabank study conducted by Nielson (formerly Harris/Decima) found that only 33% of Canadians have a Power of Attorney for property
  • Apr 22

    Court of Appeal: Promise to Gift House to Son Unenforceable

    Court of Appeal: Promise to Gift House to Son Unenforceable
    The recent Ontario Court of Appeal decision in Kavanagh v. Lajoie serves as a reminder to folks on the receiving end of a promise not to count their chickens before they are hatched. In 2005, Mark Lajoie’s father promised to gift him a…
Rank this Week: 1599

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/
  • Apr 23

    What Are the Differences Between a Revocable Living Trust and a Medicaid/Medi-Cal Trust?

    What Are the Differences Between a Revocable Living Trust and a Medicaid/Medi-Cal Trust?
    There are different types of trusts that are used for different purposes. One of the major distinctions between trusts is that some of them are revocable, and some of them are irrevocable. First, we will look at a common type of revocable…
  • Apr 16

    Free Living Trust Seminars Coming In May

    Free Living Trust Seminars Coming In May
    We make an effort to get out into the community on an ongoing basis to bring good information to people here in the greater San Jose area. To this end, we present an ongoing series of informational sessions that cover various different elder…
  • Apr 10

    When Does a Power of Attorney Become Effective?

    When Does a Power of Attorney Become Effective?
    You can prepare for the possibility of incapacity late in your life by executing a document called a durable power of attorney. With a power of attorney, you name someone else to act on your behalf in a legally binding manner. Durable powers…
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Florida Probate Lawyer Blog

Florida Probate Lawyer Blog

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

http://www.florida-probate-lawyer.com/probate
  • Apr 23

    Pretermitted Child: Paternity vs. Adoption

    Pretermitted Child: Paternity vs. Adoption
    The Florida legislature enacted a statute to protect the inheritance rights of children born after a decedent executed his or her Last Will & Testament.  The statute, known as a “Pretermitted Children” and found at Fla.…
  • Mar 11

    Probate and Prenuptial Agreement

    Probate and Prenuptial Agreement
    What impact does a prenuptial agreement have upon title to the assets of a trust and the rights of trust beneficiaries? The importance of that question was highlighted by a recent Second District Court of Appeals case, Shakespeare v. Prince,…
  • Feb 20

    FLORIDA PRENEED GUARDIAN

    FLORIDA PRENEED GUARDIAN
    FLORIDA PRENEED GUARDIAN AS PART OF YOUR ESTATE PLAN Everyone’s estate plan is different.  Some people are content with having only a will and trust to manage and distribute their financial assets after death.  However, others…
Rank this Week: 1916

Nirenstein, Horowitz & Associates,…

Nirenstein, Horowitz & Associates, P.C. Blog

Covers Connecticut estate planning, probate and elder law.

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

    IRS Sets Adjusted Exclusion Amount

    IRS Sets Adjusted Exclusion Amount
    We recently reported on the fact that the budget agreement that was reached to stop the United States from going over the so-called “fiscal cliff” had some impact on the federal estate tax. The maximum rate of the tax went up from…
  • Apr 18

    President Proposes Estate Tax Increase

    President Proposes Estate Tax Increase
    We currently have a $5.25 million unified exclusion that applies to your estate and the taxable gifts that you have given throughout your life. The maximum rate of the estate tax and the gift tax at the present time is 40%. These parameters…
  • Apr 16

    Inheritance Tax Vs. Estate Tax

    Inheritance Tax Vs. Estate Tax
    A lot of people think that an estate tax and an inheritance tax are one and the same, but in fact they are two different things and we would like to clear up the distinctions here. The estate tax is levied on the entirety of the estate before…
Rank this Week: 572

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/
  • Apr 23

    Don't Let Long-Term Care Lapse!

    Don't Let Long-Term Care Lapse!
    Once you have determined the importance of long term care insurance and went through the effort of obtaining it, make sure you follow through with paying the premiums or risk losing the benefits altogether.
  • Apr 21

    Life Estate: One Way To Pass On The Family Home

    Life Estate: One Way To Pass On The Family Home
    Life estates can be a useful transfer tool to avoid the probate process.
  • Apr 18

    Consider Gifting Your IRA To Your Grandchildren

    Consider Gifting Your IRA To Your Grandchildren
    IRAs can be a very powerful estate planning tool that can pass to generations with deferred tax implications, however be sure to carefully evaluate all the options, advantages and disadvantages before simply naming a beneficiary.
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Texas Wills and Trusts Law Online

Texas Wills and Trusts Law Online

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

http://www.texaswillsandtrustslaw.com
  • Apr 23

    What is an Affidavit of Heirship?

    What is an Affidavit of Heirship?
    When someone dies owning real estate, that property cannot be sold or transferred until the dededent’s name is removed from the title. Probate records become a link in the chain of title, demonstrating that the decedent’s property…
  • Apr 16

    The Importance of Estate Planning in Non-Traditional Familie

    The Importance of Estate Planning in Non-Traditional Familie
    I got a heartbreaking call this week from a woman whose fiancé had recently died. They had been a couple for many years, and were the parents of an infant son, but they had never gotten around to getting married. Her fiancé had…
  • Apr 9

    The Cost of a Do-It-Yourself Will

    The Cost of a Do-It-Yourself Will
    I have written before about the risks of do-it-yourself estate planning and explained how people who use do-it-yourself solutions end up with a false sense of security. They create documents that they believe will address their needs but wind…
Rank this Week: 1205

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
  • Apr 23

    Can Grandma Still Drive?

    Can Grandma Still Drive?
    One of the most difficult concepts to accept for those with some form of “incapacity” is a restriction on their ability to drive. And taking away the car keys from someone else is one of the hardest things to do. Here’s an…
  • Apr 21

    Sometimes You’re Legally Right and Legally Wrong

    Sometimes You’re Legally Right and Legally Wrong
    The following is a guest blog by Alan M. Goldberg of the Law Office of Alan Goldberg. Alan’s practice includes Appeals, Civil Trials, and Family Law. You can follow Alan on Twitter @AlanMGoldberg. The law can have some seemingly unfair…
  • Apr 18

    Refreshing Recollection in Court

    Refreshing Recollection in Court
    It’s common for witnesses forget facts while testifying—often due to nerves and sometimes due to selective memory. The good news is that you can use almost any item to refresh a witness’s recollection. A common way to…
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California Probate and Estate…

California Probate and Estate Planning Blog

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

http://www.californiaprobate.info/blog
  • Apr 23

    The Dangers of Do-it-Yourself Will

    The Dangers of Do-it-Yourself Will
    I often tell people that it MIGHT work out fine if they do their own will. Of course it might not. I like to tell people that we’ll find out after they die! Well, a recent Florida case emphasizes this … Continue reading…
  • Mar 26

    We fix $499 Trust

    We fix $499 Trust
    I was reading the paper the other day and I saw an ad for a $499 trust. This blog post is not specifically saying that trust company is bad because I have no idea. That $499 trust may be the … Continue reading →The post We fix…
  • Mar 17

    Ten characteristics of a good trustee

    Ten characteristics of a good trustee
    When I go through the estate planning questionnaire with a client I suggest they think long and hard before selecting their trustee. In fact, if they hesitate for a split second when naming someone I ask about it. For example, ……
Rank this Week: 1953

Murphy's Law Blog

Murphy's Law Blog

Covers elder law, estate planning and probate. By Noreen Murphy.

http://www.noreenmurphylaw.com/blog/
  • Apr 23

    How Reverse Mortgages Can Lead To Problems For Your Children

    How Reverse Mortgages Can Lead To Problems For Your Children
    According to a recent New York Times article, children of parents who took out reverse mortgages to cover the cost of long-term care are increasingly faced with a difficult choice—watching helplessly as the family home goes into…
  • Apr 16

    The Dangers Of Using Cookie-Cutter, Downloadable Legal Form

    The Dangers Of Using Cookie-Cutter, Downloadable Legal Form
    When people learn that I am an estate planning and elder law attorney, some of them ask what I think about “do it yourself” wills, trusts, and other estate planning forms that can be found online. Of course, when I ……
  • Apr 9

    Senior Dating—Tips To Help You “Get Your Groove” Back

    Senior Dating—Tips To Help You “Get Your Groove” Back
    One of the most rewarding aspects of being an elder law and estate planning attorney is that I get to develop strong relationships with my clients. To create a sound plan, I need to know my clients well. Many clients … Continue reading…
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Western New York Elder Law Blog

Western New York Elder Law Blog

Covers New York estate planning, probate, elder law and health care issues. By Dutcher & Zatkowsky.

http://www.dutcher-zatkowsky.com
  • Apr 23

    New York Estate Tax Changes Have Unintended Outcome

    New York Estate Tax Changes Have Unintended Outcome
    Changes in estate tax rules approved in New York this month were supposed to help those with estates valued up to $5 million and keep things the same for those worth more, with the top rate remaining at 16 percent. But an article in…
  • Apr 16

    Nip Inheritance Feuds In The Bud

    Nip Inheritance Feuds In The Bud
    Fighting over money, stocks or other valuable assets is common among family members after a relative dies. But the most heated, knock down, drag out fights are often over worthless trinkets. Go figure. At least half of lawsuits over…
  • Apr 9

    Long Term Care Insurance Pitfall

    Long Term Care Insurance Pitfall
    Watch out when shopping for long term care insurance. Long term care costs are out of sight and can fast erase one’s savings, so many boomers are now seeking to buy long term care insurance. But what are they buying? It can be…
Rank this Week: 873

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: 297

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/
  • Apr 22

    Most Canadians are not aware of the tax benefits of charitable giving in their will

    Most Canadians are not aware of the tax benefits of charitable giving in their will
    I saw a Scotiabank news release today that contains some interesting facts. One in five people with a written will plan to leave some portion of their estate to charity. I find that number to be higher than I experienced in my own law…
  • Apr 18

    Eyes wide open - should you accept that executor appointment?

    Eyes wide open - should you accept that executor appointment?
    I'm attaching a link to a post by Ontario lawyer Corina Weigl, who blogs at www.allaboutestates.ca. In her article, Ms. Weigl talks about the fact that many executors and court-appointed administrators take on the assigned role without even…
  • Apr 18

    Beneficiaries got nothing when executor used the house for security - and lost it

    Beneficiaries got nothing when executor used the house for security - and lost it
    There is a new case from the Ontario Court of Appeal this month that I believe holds a really valuable lesson for beneficiaries. It's the case of DiMichele v. DiMichele. The facts, briefly, are that Mrs. DiMichele died in 1996, leaving her…
Rank this Week: 2356

About Florida Law

About Florida Law

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

http://aboutfloridalaw.com
Rank this Week: 583

Tennessee Estate Law Blog

Tennessee Estate Law Blog

Covers estate planing law. By The Higgins Firm.

http://www.tennesseeestatelawblog.com/
  • Apr 22

    How Long Does it Take to Probate an Estate in Tennessee?

    How Long Does it Take to Probate an Estate in Tennessee?
    One of the questions that I often get is, “How long does probate take in Tennessee?” Although many times it is very simple, the probate process can become very complicated depending on what type of assets or debts are within the…
  • Apr 15

    Is Your Out of State Will Valid in Tennessee?

    Is Your Out of State Will Valid in Tennessee?
    Recently, I have received several inquiries regarding the validity of an out of state will or a will that was drafted outside of Tennessee. Many people want to know whether their will that was drafted in another state like Colorado or Florida…
  • Apr 8

    Attorney Jim Higgins Discusses Dying without a Will

    Attorney Jim Higgins Discusses Dying without a Will
    Recently, attorney Jim Higgins appeared on Nashville’s WSMV to talk about what happens when someone passes away without a will. Although there are a number of benefits to having a will in place, it is not the end of the world if you do…
Rank this Week: 2715

Arizona Senior Law Blog

Arizona Senior Law Blog

Covers topics like Arizona Medicaid, ALTCS, and estate planning. By Jackson White.

http://www.arizonaseniorlaw.com/news/
  • Apr 22

    Arizona Health Care Tool-Kit

    Arizona Health Care Tool-Kit
    The Arizona Health Care Association has released a helpful toolkit for health care administrators. The goal of the toolkit is to “empower the administrator for success,” by providing tools and resources to build an excellent…
  • Apr 22

    Parsing will, living will, living trust

    Parsing will, living will, living trust
    Our latest Arizona Republic article in the weekly Aging and the Law column can be found below. Our column runs every Friday in select Arizona cities. Q: I have never been one to plan for the future and I do not particularly like thinking…
  • Apr 15

    April 10, 2014 Social Work Monthly Conference Call Note

    April 10, 2014 Social Work Monthly Conference Call Note
    Social Work Monthly Conference Call April 10, 2014  Facilitator: Paige Hector, LMSW – Paige Ahead Healthcare Education & Consulting, LLC www.paigeahead.com, email address paigehector@gmail.com, 520-955-3387. Conference calls…
Rank this Week: 1505

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/
  • Apr 22

    What is "Donor Intent" & How Does It Affect a NY Estate Plan

    What is "Donor Intent" & How Does It Affect a NY Estate Plan
    Charity is an important part of an estate plan for New York families. Many residents have important causes that symbolize their own values and morals, including social, political, economic and religious non-profit groups. Donating funds via a…
  • Apr 21

    Undue Influence in NY & Pressuring Vulnerable Senior

    Undue Influence in NY & Pressuring Vulnerable Senior
    Family feuding is all too common, and finances are often at the root. One argument often made in legal cases involves these matters is that an adult child or other close relative is abusing a position of trust and confidence with a parent to…
  • Apr 18

    Back to the Basics: First vs. Third Party Special Needs Trusts in NY

    Back to the Basics: First vs. Third Party Special Needs Trusts in NY
    Families throughout New York who have children with disabilities are frequently questioning how to best provide for their children's needs--both now and in the future. It can be a complex issue, because relatives must balance their ability to…
Rank this Week: 853

Law Offices of Robert H. Glorch…

Law Offices of Robert H. Glorch Blog

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

http://www.illinoisestateplan.com/blog
  • Apr 22

    Gift by Poetry: Followup Exclusive — The Poem

    Gift by Poetry: Followup Exclusive — The Poem
    On April Fools Day I wrote Gift by Poetry: Dogged Unfairness or Poetic Justice? about a recent appellate decision involving a poetic gift of a pet dog. I received a lot of good feedback on the piece and the story was picked up by the popular…
  • Apr 16

    Illinois Probate: Heirs vs. Legatee

    Illinois Probate: Heirs vs. Legatee
    Last year I wrote about the importance of distinguishing between ‘Heirs vs. Descendants’ in the estate planning context. Today’s post will highlight the difference between ‘heirs’ and ‘legatees’ in…
  • Apr 9

    The 3 Habits of Highly Effective Trustees and Executor

    The 3 Habits of Highly Effective Trustees and Executor
    Estate disputes can be triggered by the lack of effective estate planning. I recently wrote about 10 estate planning steps to help avoid family inheritance disputes. Conflict can also be caused by problems that arise during administration of…
Rank this Week: 2711

Cooper Elder Law

Cooper Elder Law

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

http://cooperelderlaw.com/our-blog/
  • Apr 22

    Earth Day 2014

    Earth Day 2014
    Going green is good for the planet and good for your wallet. Here are some changes that can make a big impact.   $23-38 If the average household lowers the thermostat by two degrees, from 70 degrees to 68, they could save $23-$38 a…
  • Apr 15

    Is divorce a good solution if my spouse goes into a nursing home?

    Is divorce a good solution if my spouse goes into a nursing home?
    By Attorney Nathan Simpson Many clients come into the office asking if their only option when faced with a catastrophic medical situation is divorce. They have heard that this is the only way to not be required to spend everything in the…
  • Apr 14

    Your Estate Plan Should Reduce Your Legislative Risk, Not Increase It

    Your Estate Plan Should Reduce Your Legislative Risk, Not Increase It
    By Senior Associate Attorney, Dan Vu Too often estate planners do not consider their client's legislative risk. In other words, they plan without consideration to the very high probability that the current rules will change. In Washington and…
Rank this Week: 3644

The Probate Lawyer Family Feud…

The Probate Lawyer Family Feud Blog

Covers celebrity and true case stories on probate litigation. By Andrew Mayoras.

http://www.probatelawyerblog.com/
  • Apr 22

    Mickey Rooney's Estate Finds Peace, But Will It Last?

    Mickey Rooney's Estate Finds Peace, But Will It Last?
    A mere five days after the Hollywood acting legend passed away in his sleep at the age of 93, the family of Mickey Rooney was set to appear in a Los Angeles courtroom to fight over where he should be buried. Just hours before the court…
  • Apr 2

    Whitney Houston's Family Is Fighting - Is Estate Money To Blame?

    Whitney Houston's Family Is Fighting - Is Estate Money To Blame?
    Whitney Houston’s family has been through its share of disagreements since the pop diva passed away on February 11, 2012. Early on, there was trouble at the funeral, sparking concerns of a feud with Bobby Brown. Recently, however, the…
  • Mar 5

    Philip Seymour Hoffman's Will Highlights Four Planning Pitfall

    Philip Seymour Hoffman's Will Highlights Four Planning Pitfall
    Oscar-winning actor, Philip Seymour Hoffman, died on February 2nd from a drug overdose. Recently, his long-time girlfriend and mother of his three children, Marianne O’Donnell, filed to open Philip Seymour Hoffman’s estate and to…
Rank this Week: 982

The Law Office of Michael…

The Law Office of Michael Robinson, P.C.

Covers elder law and estate planning.

http://www.mrobinsonlaw.com/blog/
  • Apr 22

    Celebrate Earth Day Today!

    Celebrate Earth Day Today!
    Earth Day is celebrated on April 22. Events are held all over the world to demonstrate support for environmental protection.   There are so many ways that each and every one of us can help protect our earth.  Here’s a link to…
  • Apr 14

    Today is International Moment of Laughter Day

    Today is International Moment of Laughter Day
    International Moment of Laughter Day is celebrated on April 14.   It is said that laughter is the best medicine; it can reduce stress and improve the quality of life.  It is also said that laughter is contagious.  So,…
  • Apr 11

    New York Estate Planning Tip Sheet

    New York Estate Planning Tip Sheet
    For people in the Finger Lakes region and Rochester, New York, the process of creating an estate plan can seem daunting when first approached. Fortunately, your estate planning attorney will be there to help guide you through the…
Rank this Week: 1052

Elder Counsel Blog

Elder Counsel Blog

Provides education and tools for Elder Law and Special Needs Attorneys.

http://www.eldercounsel.com/blog/
Rank this Week: 1261

Julie's Wills & Estate Planning…

Julie's Wills & Estate Planning Blog

Covers estate planning and probate. By Julie Garber.

http://wills.about.com/
Rank this Week: 4686

Legacy Planner Blog

Legacy Planner Blog

Covers estate planning, business planning, asset protection and business succession. By Karen Brady.

http://legacyplannerblog.com
  • Apr 21

    Special Needs Trusts for Disabled Beneficiarie

    Special Needs Trusts for Disabled Beneficiarie
    As we see the greying demographics take shape, more older parents are coming in to our office to make arrangements for their adult disabled children. Last week's couple were a joy to work with, but I was a little anxious that they had waited…
  • Jan 6

    Kudos and thoughts on keeping an estate open

    Kudos and thoughts on keeping an estate open
    Today's mail brought a pleasant testimonial from a client who wrote: "Karen has me for more than ten years on my mother's will and related matters. As issues have arisen she has always been there to help and provide the sound advice I…
  • Oct 28

    Business Lawyers Should be Risk Reducers Not Deal Killer

    Business Lawyers Should be Risk Reducers Not Deal Killer
    Mike Moore over at legalproductivity.com usually writes for lawyers. But this post on how a <a href="http://www.legalproductivity.com/practice-management/the-worst-business-lawyer/" target="" …
Rank this Week: 4666

Illinois Estate Planning &…

Illinois Estate Planning & Elder Law Blog

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

http://www.illinoisestateplanningandelderlawblog.com/
  • Apr 21

    Chicago Estate Planning & Long Term Care Expense

    Chicago Estate Planning &amp; Long Term Care Expense
    Long-tern care can be very expensive, but many long-term care expenses can be deducted from your taxes. In a decision by the U.S. Tax Court, it ruled that payments to non-medical caregivers are still deductible as medical expenses. In…
  • Apr 12

    Illinois Estate Planning and Hiring a Caregiver

    Illinois Estate Planning and Hiring a Caregiver
    Most seniors prefer to stay at home as long as possible before moving into a nursing home. For many families, this means eventually hiring a caregiver to look after an aging relative. Caregivers can be hired directly or through a home health…
  • Apr 3

    Illinois Estate Planning & Trustee's Dutie

    Illinois Estate Planning &amp; Trustee's Dutie
    A trust is a legal arrangement where one person (or an institution, such as a bank or law firm), called a “trustee”, holds legal title to property for another person, called a “beneficiary”. If you have been appointed…
Rank this Week: 4589

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/
  • Apr 21

    Your Florida will: Avoid the "do it yourself" approach

    Your Florida will: Avoid the &quot;do it yourself&quot; approach
    Considering creating a do-it-yourself will to save a few bucks? Please reconsider. You may cause your family unnecessary anguish and conflict. And the few dollars you "save" could be gobbled up at the end of the day by lawyer's…
  • Apr 16

    New hybrid policies may be good alternative to traditional long-term care insurance

    New hybrid policies may be good alternative to traditional long-term care insurance
    In March I gave tips for preventing or resolving the difficulties that may arise when trying to collect benefits from older, traditional long-term care insurance policies. In this post I describe the new "hybrid" long-term care…
  • Apr 15

    V.A. Aid and Attendance lookback fails in Senate

    V.A. Aid and Attendance lookback fails in Senate
    Senate Bill 1982, which among other measures would have created a three-year asset look-back for veterans applying for Veterans Aid and Attendance benefits, has failed in the Senate.   Veterans Aid and Attendance is a type of improved…
Rank this Week: 4752