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Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof…

Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof Blog

By Gerry W. Beyer.

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

    Drafting a Bulletproof Will

    Drafting a Bulletproof Will
    With the potential of dissatisfied heirs and will contests, it is important to make your will bulletproof. One thing you can draft in your will is a no-contest clause, which discourages people from disputing your will, especially…
  • Sep 25

    Hillary Clinton's Proposed 65% Estate Tax Rate

    Hillary Clinton's Proposed 65% Estate Tax Rate
    Hillary Clinton is proposing a 65% tax on the richest estates, making it harder for the wealthy to pass appreciated assets on to their heirs without paying taxes. This increase will generate $260 billion over the next decade, allowing her...
  • Sep 24

    Article on Generation-Inflation Index for Taxation

    Article on Generation-Inflation Index for Taxation
    Alyssa A. DiRusso recently published an Article entitled, The Generation-Skipping Transfer Tax and Sociological Shifts in Generational Length: Proposing a Generation-Inflation Index for Taxation, 41 Am. C. Tr. & Est. Couns. L.J. 307 (Fall…
Rank this Week: 42

New York Probate & Estate…

New York Probate & Estate Litigation Blog

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

http://www.nyprobatelitigation.com/
  • Feb 1

    Executors Should Beware Of Serious Pitfall

    Executors Should Beware Of Serious Pitfall
    Today’s Wall Street Journal contains a worthwhile but cautionary article about the pitfalls that can face even the most well-meaning executor. As you will see, a lot of the decisions an executor must make need to be made…
  • Jan 31

    David Bowie’s Will Filed In Manhattan Surrogate’s Court — His Estate Valued At 100 Million Dollar

    David Bowie’s Will Filed In Manhattan Surrogate’s Court — His Estate Valued At 100 Million Dollar
    The Will of David Robert Jones was filed earlier this month in New York County Surrogate’s Court giving the value of his estate at 100 million dollars. Not familiar with David Robert Jones? As the New York Times reported, He was far…
  • Jul 20

    Application To Withdraw Waiver Consenting To Probate Denied By Brooklyn Surrogate

    Application To Withdraw Waiver Consenting To Probate Denied By Brooklyn Surrogate
    Prior to the commencement of a probate proceeding or an administration proceeding, the attorney for the estate will normally send a waiver consenting to the admission of the will to probate or to the appointment of an administrator to all…
Rank this Week: 59

Estate Street

Estate Street

Covers probate and estate and tax planning. By Craig Hughes.

http://estatestreet.blogspot.com/
  • Jan 30

    Grantor vs Non-Grantor Trust

    Grantor vs Non-Grantor Trust
    I received a call a couple of days ago from previous clients who asked whether or not they needed to get a tax number for their trust.  They did not understand that as their trust was a revocable trust (also known as a grantor…
  • Jan 23

    The Cost of Death on the Rise

    The Cost of Death on the Rise
    It can be expensive to die, and I am not talking medical bills at the end of life.  The cost to purchase burial items are expensive.  An article written by Michael De Groote in the Deseret News by Michael De Groote dated…
  • Jan 21

    Gifts To Grandchildren

    Gifts To Grandchildren
    Gifts given to grandchildren by grandparents can be a great blessing.  Kelly Greene wrote an article in the Wall Street Journal September 14, 2012, titled "Are You Coddling Your Grandkids?"  In her article, Ms. Greene indicates five…
Rank this Week: 91

JOTWELL - The Journal of Things We…

JOTWELL - The Journal of Things We Like (Lots)

Edited by University of Miami School of Law Professor Michael Froomkin, The Journal of Things We Like (Lots)–JOTWELL–invites law professors to join us in filling a telling gap in legal scholarship by creating a space where legal academics will go to identify, celebrate, and discuss the best new legal scholarship.

http://jotwell.com/
  • Sep 23

    Common Law in the Age of Arbitration

    Common Law in the Age of Arbitration
    Myriam Gilles, The Day Doctrine Died: Private Arbitration and the End of Law, 2016 U. Ill. L. Rev. 371 (2016).Allan ErbsenJudge-made law is dynamic. Rules adapt to innovations in technology, trends in human behavior and markets, and nascent…
  • Sep 22

    Law, Legend, and Forgotten Histories of Survivance

    Law, Legend, and Forgotten Histories of Survivance
    Katrina Jagodinsky, Legal Codes and Talking Trees: Indigenous Women’s Sovereignty in the Sonoran and Puget Sound Borderlands, 1854-1946 (2016).Karen TaniIn 2016, legal history is a capacious field – one with a catholic view of…
  • Sep 21

    Whistling for the Dog in Affirmative Action

    Whistling for the Dog in Affirmative Action
    Reviewing Khiara Bridges, The Deserving Poor, The Undeserving Poor and Class-Based Affirmative Action, 66 Emory L.J. (forthcoming 2017), available at SSRN.Daria RoithmayrThe link between race and class inequality is a hot topic. The top two…
Rank this Week: 153

Texas Wills and Trusts Law Online

Texas Wills and Trusts Law Online

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

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

    Can a Bank Reject a Valid Power of Attorney?

    Can a Bank Reject a Valid Power of Attorney?
    Every adult should have a durable power of attorney. A durable power of attorney allows you to appoint someone you trust to engage is specified business, financial and legal transactions on your behalf. It’s called durable because it…
  • Sep 21

    Can I Fight the Intestacy Laws?

    Can I Fight the Intestacy Laws?
    I received a note recently from someone asking if it was possible for her to fight the intestacy laws. She and her husband had been married for 31 years and he had died without a Will. Her husband bad been married previously and had three…
  • Sep 14

    Will Jointly Owned Property Automatically Pass to My Spouse When I Die?

    Will Jointly Owned Property Automatically Pass to My Spouse When I Die?
    A lot of people mistakenly assume that all jointly-held property automatically passes to a surviving spouse when one spouse dies. That is not necessarily the case. Jointly-held property can be held as tenants in common or as joint tenants…
Rank this Week: 183

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/
  • Sep 15

    Gene Wilder And His Struggle With Alzheimer's Highlight Estate Planning Lesson

    Gene Wilder And His Struggle With Alzheimer's Highlight Estate Planning Lesson
    The death of Gene Wilder saddened Willa Wonka fans across the globe — not to mention fans of Blazin’ Saddles, Young Frankenstein, and many others. When his family issued a statement saying that Alzheimer’s disease claimed…
  • Aug 30

    Tom Clancy Estate Battle Ends, But Valuable Lesson Remain

    Tom Clancy Estate Battle Ends, But Valuable Lesson Remain
    While the final Tom Clancy estate battle may not have been as exciting as the climactic scenes in The Hunt for Red October or Patriot Games, the struggle between author Tom Clancy’s widow and four adult children over his $86 million…
  • Jun 21

    Battles Coming For Muhammad Ali Estatee

    Battles Coming For Muhammad Ali Estatee
    Muhammad Ali was never one to shy away from battles. From heavyweight champions in the boxing ring, to the United States Government, and to the ravaging effects of Parkinson's disease, Ali continued to fight. Now there are growing fears that…
Rank this Week: 172

Florida Estate Planning Lawyer…

Florida Estate Planning Lawyer Blog

Covers estate planning, probate, taxes, elder law, business law and employment law issues. By Law Office of David M. Goldman PLLC.

http://www.floridaestateplanninglawyerblog.com/
  • Sep 23

    Promise To Establish A Trust In The Future

    Promise To Establish A Trust In The Future
    The general rule in estate planning is that if something is not in writing it usually will not be legally valid.  For instance, Florida law requires a Will or trust must be in writing to be effective.  However, one question we often…
  • Sep 12

    Florida Homes Titled A Certain Way Not Qualify As A Homestead.

    Florida Homes Titled A Certain Way Not Qualify As A Homestead.
    Florida offers some of the strongest homestead protection laws in all of the United States.  When a resident of Florida dies, the law protects the surviving spouse and minor children from becoming homeless by preventing the decedent from…
  • Sep 9

    Jurisdiction of Florida Trust Case

    Jurisdiction of Florida Trust Case
    Florida Trust Code & the Florida Long Arm Statute There are many estate planning benefits for creating a revocable or irrevocable trust in Florida. Trusts can help our Jacksonville clients avoid probate, efficiently manage assets, save…
Rank this Week: 363

San Diego Estate Planning Lawyer…

San Diego Estate Planning Lawyer Blog

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

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

    How Much Discretion Does My Successor Trustee Have?

    How Much Discretion Does My Successor Trustee Have?
    A revocable living trust allows you to maintain control over your property during your lifetime. Although you transfer the title of your property to a trustee, that trustee can be you, and more importantly, you are free to add or remove…
  • Sep 11

    How Does Probate Work in California?

    How Does Probate Work in California?
    When a person dies, some or all of their property is disposed of through a legal process known as probate. If the deceased left a valid last will and testament, that document appoints a person to oversee the probate estate—a personal…
  • Sep 10

    How Does a “Transfer on Death” Work for Securities?

    How Does a “Transfer on Death” Work for Securities?
    There are a number of estate planning methods to transfer assets outside of the normal probate process. For instance, the California Uniform TOD Security Registration Act allows the owner of securities, such as corporate stocks, to designate…
Rank this Week: 358

Probate Litigation Attorney Blog

Probate Litigation Attorney Blog

Covers wills & trusts, probate and conservatorships. By Ginzburg & Bronshteyn LLP.

http://www.losangelesprobatelitigationattorneyblog.com/
  • Sep 8

    San Diego Superior Probate Court Judge Julia C. Kelety Restored Conservatee’s Right to Vote

    San Diego Superior Probate Court Judge Julia C. Kelety Restored Conservatee’s Right to Vote
    Citing a new California law that strengthened the voting rights of people with developmental disabilities, the Judge Kelety, of the San Diego Superior Court, said the injured man, David Rector, may not be barred from the voting booth.…
  • Jul 9

    Role of Probate PVP Counsel

    Role of Probate PVP Counsel
    On June 21, 2016, Trust and Wills Attorney Yasha Bronshteyn attended the Beverly Hills Bar Association -Trust and Wills Section Presentation at Lawry’s of Beverly Hills to address the role of Probate Volunteer Panel counsel in…
  • May 29

    Estate Planning & Probate luncheon with Judge Glen Reiser, Ventura County Probate Judge

    Estate Planning & Probate luncheon with Judge Glen Reiser, Ventura County Probate Judge
    On May 26, 2016, the Estate Planning and Probate Section of the Ventura County Bar Association was fortunate to have Judge Glen M. Reiser, presiding probate judge, present a State of the Probate Court address at the Wedgewood Ventura. …
Rank this Week: 417

Palm Springs Estate Planning…

Palm Springs Estate Planning Lawyer Blog

Covers estate taxes, probate, trusts, wills and estate planning. By Julia Burt Law and El Paseo Law Group.

http://www.palmspringsestateplanninglawyerblog.com/
  • Sep 23

    Make a Better Charitable Gift

    Make a Better Charitable Gift
    Making charitable bequests in Wills or Trusts is a common practice. However, many individuals merely name a charity and do not specify for what purpose such a gift should be earmarked. Recently, an extremely generous, if not equally frugal,…
  • Sep 9

    What is a Transfer on Death Deed in California?

    What is a Transfer on Death Deed in California?
    A new development in probate law involves the use of transfer on death deeds for real property located in California. Other states have authorized the use of such deeds but it has only been available in California since January 1, 2016.…
  • Sep 1

    Do You Need a Will in Palm Springs?

    Do You Need a Will in Palm Springs?
    Forbes magazine just asked this controversial question in a recent article. The answer is almost always yes with relatively few exceptions. In California, everyone has an estate plan. Either you’ve created one yourself with a Will or a…
Rank this Week: 544

Murphy's Law Blog

Murphy's Law Blog

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

http://www.noreenmurphylaw.com/blog/
  • Sep 21

    Estate Planning Documents You Need to Get Familiar With

    Estate Planning Documents You Need to Get Familiar With
    Estate planning can be as complex or as simple as you need it to be. The best way to protect yourself and to ensure that all your bases are covered is to set up a consultation with an estate planning attorney and to meet with him or her…
  • Sep 14

    Why Communication Matters with the Right Estate Planning Attorney

    Why Communication Matters with the Right Estate Planning Attorney
    Setting up an initial meeting with an estate planning attorney is a valuable exercise that can help you uncover where there are gaps in your current estate plan. There are many different considerations when it comes to thinking about how…
  • Sep 7

    What to Expect in Your First Meeting with an Estate Planning Attorney

    What to Expect in Your First Meeting with an Estate Planning Attorney
    If you’re new to the concept of estate planning, you are not alone. In fact, far too many people have gone without even the most basic of estate planning documents. However, being unprepared for your first meeting with an estate…
Rank this Week: 741

California Probate and Estate…

California Probate and Estate Planning Blog

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

http://www.californiaprobate.info/blog
  • Sep 16

    Medallion Guarantees and Stock Transfer agent

    Medallion Guarantees and Stock Transfer agent
    I have posted a few times on the importance of funding your trust. I have also posted about my inclination toward consolidation of assets. As stated you have to consider FDIC insurance, other insurance, taxes, etc… but in general I am…
  • Sep 1

    The Most Practical Estate Planning Blog Post EVER

    The Most Practical Estate Planning Blog Post EVER
    After over 20 years as an estate planning attorney I feel pretty well qualified in giving people advice on estate planning matters. I have helped plan for death and I have helped clean up after death; hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of…
  • Aug 15

    Heggstad petition v. full probate after death of first spouse

    Heggstad petition v. full probate after death of first spouse
    I spoke to a potential new client recently who has a very common scenario. For this blog we will call them Mr. and Mrs. Smith.  He and his wife have a trust from the early 1980’s.  It appears to be a fairly standard trust.…
Rank this Week: 542

New York Probate Blog

New York Probate Blog

Covers New York probate and estate laws, estate planning and taxation. By Rudolf J. Karvay.

http://www.nycprobate.com/probate-blog/
  • May 23

    Common and Costly Estate Planning Error

    Common and Costly Estate Planning Error
    It is not uncommon for even the very wealthy or public figures to miss the boat when it comes to proper estate planning. While you might think that you are too young, too poor, or too healthy to have to think about estate planning, it is…
  • Oct 23

    Inheritance Rights of Posthumously Conceived Children

    Inheritance Rights of Posthumously Conceived Children
    Thanks to the advancement of technology, couples who are suffering through infertility now have a chance to get pregnant. The most widely known treatment is in vitro fertilization. Through this method, there is a chance for children to be…
  • Oct 23

    Disinheriting Your Spouse

    Disinheriting Your Spouse
    While it is more common to hear of people disinheriting their adult children, disinheriting a spouse is rare. That is because in the State of New York, you cannot disinherit your spouse. You cannot leave the surviving spouse with nothing nor…
Rank this Week: 956

Liberty Law Blog

Liberty Law Blog

Covers estate planning, estate taxes, probate and trusts.

http://www.libertylawapc.com/blog
  • Aug 6

    Successfully Passing the Family Business to Children

    Successfully Passing the Family Business to Children
    Some good reminders from www.estateplanning.com on the importance of being prepared to pass the family business to your kids: If you own and operate a business, you need to have a plan for the future of the business in the event you become…
  • Jun 28

    The Importance of Reviewing Beneficiary Designation

    The Importance of Reviewing Beneficiary Designation
    Did you know that if you do not properly designate beneficiaries on assets like life insurance & retirement accounts – those assets may be distributed to your “estate” instead of your intended beneficiary? This can increase the…
  • Jun 13

    Even young adults should plan their Estate

    Even young adults should plan their Estate
    Good summary article here on why its important for young adults to think about getting some basic documents in place. Tweet
Rank this Week: 557

New Jersey Estate Planning &…

New Jersey Estate Planning & Elder Law Blog

Covers business law and planning, elder law, estate planning, and probate and estate administration. By Deirdre Wheatley-Liss.

http://www.njelderlawestateplanning.com/
  • Apr 2

    Love is Lost - And So is Your Inheritance - Divorce Really Ends Thing

    Love is Lost - And So is Your Inheritance - Divorce Really Ends Thing
    A common plan among our married clients is to leave their property to their spouse, either outright or in trust - oft-referred to as the “I Love You” Will. Sometimes, love is lost and the couple divorces. We recommend our clients…
  • Mar 25

    Personal Injury Damages and Medicaid Liens - SCOTUS Decide

    Personal Injury Damages and Medicaid Liens - SCOTUS Decide
    You have a horrific accident and are looking at a life of extreme medical care.  The accident was caused by another person (drunk truck driver). You get a multi-million dollar award.  Does the state that you live in get a…
  • Mar 25

    Personal Injury Damages and Medicaid Leins - SCOTUS Decide

    Personal Injury Damages and Medicaid Leins - SCOTUS Decide
    You have a horrific accident and are looking a life of extreme medical care.  The accident was caused by another person (drunk truck driver). You get a multi-million dollar award.  Does the state that you live in get a share? First,…
Rank this Week: 949

Hauptman and Hauptman, P.C. Blog

Hauptman and Hauptman, P.C. Blog

Covers guardianship, Medicaid, probate and estate administration.

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

    Yet Another Scam (Part 2)

    Yet Another Scam (Part 2)
                Last week I was telling you how Joe got scammed.  He paid money to increase his odds of winning a Publisher’s Clearinghouse prize.  It was all a lie and he…
  • Sep 18

    Yet Another Scam

    Yet Another Scam
          6 months ago I wrote about some common scams that target seniors. Here’s another one that doesn’t just prey on seniors but really on anyone who is struggling financially.…
  • Sep 11

    A Simple Estate Matter? Not so Fast (Part 2)

    A Simple Estate Matter? Not so Fast (Part 2)
                 Last week I was telling you about Mark’s call regarding the administration of his sister, Melanie’s estate.   He had gone to the Surrogate to get…
Rank this Week: 1938

Florida Probate, Trust & Estate…

Florida Probate, Trust & Estate Blog

Covers recent developments in Florida probate, trust, estate and guardianship. By Clark Skatoff PA.

http://www.clarkskatoff.com/news-resources/blog/
  • Sep 24

    My Son's New Soccer Website

    My Son's New Soccer Website
    My son Jonathan Skatoff has a new website devoted to soccer - cornerkicker.com.  I recommend all youthful fans of soccer check it out. 
  • Sep 23

    Florida Conservatorships For Property of Missing Persons and Absentee

    Florida Conservatorships For Property of Missing Persons and Absentee
    In practice, we routinely deal with probates (concerning a decedent’s assets) and guardianships (concerning a ward unable to care for his person and/or property).  A conservatorship is a lesser-known proceeding available to deal…
  • Sep 22

    Stranger Originated Life Insurance Survives Challenge in Florida

    Stranger Originated Life Insurance Survives Challenge in Florida
    Stranger-originated life insurance (STOLI) is a scheme pursuant to which someone purchases life insurance on the life of another for whom the purchaser does not have an insurable interest on the life of the insured. 
Rank this Week: 2038

New York Probate and Estate…

New York Probate and Estate Administration Blog

Published by Stephen Bilkis & Associates

http://www.newyorkprobateestateadministration.com/
  • Sep 23

    Appellate Court Decides Validity of Duplicate Will

    Appellate Court Decides Validity of Duplicate Will
    In re: Lewis NY Slip Op 04674 In this case, the decedent RL, left no will. Letters of Administration were issued to her parents. The parents had renounced their interest in the estate in favor of the decedent’s brothers, RL and JL.…
  • Aug 15

    Petitioner Seeks Limited Letters of Estate Administration

    Petitioner Seeks Limited Letters of Estate Administration
    A Kings County Estate Administration Lawyer said that, this is an application for limited letters of temporary estate administration. Decedent executed a will in Ireland which was witnessed by the manager for the United States Lines in…
  • Aug 14

    Executrix Petitions for the Construction of a Will

    Executrix Petitions for the Construction of a Will
    An estate administration lawyer said that, on December 2, 1999 a will was admitted to probate on August 16, 2001, reads as follows: “All the rest, residue and remainder of the property which I may own at the time of my death, real and…
Rank this Week: 3049

Mendel Law Firm Blog

Mendel Law Firm Blog

Covers estate planning.

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

    Famous Estates – Legacy Champ or Chump?

    Famous Estates – Legacy Champ or Chump?
    Kemal Amen “Casey” Kasem (1932-2014) – Disc Jockey, Radio Celebrity & Voice Actor Casey Kasem was an American disc jockey, music historian, radio celebrity, voice actor, and actor known for being the host of several…
  • Sep 20

    What Is a Pour Over Will and Do I Need One?

    What Is a Pour Over Will and Do I Need One?
    When discussing estate planning you may have heard the term “pour over Will” used at some point and wondered “What is a pour over Will and do I need one?” The simple answer to that is that if you are relying on a…
  • Sep 16

    Famous Estates – Legacy Champ or Chump?

    Famous Estates – Legacy Champ or Chump?
    Mary Pickford (1892-1979) – Actress, Producer & Screenwriter Mary Pickford was a Canadian-American motion picture actress, cofounder of the film studio United Artists and one of the original 36 founders of the Academy of Motion…
Rank this Week: 2780

German Law Group Blog

German Law Group Blog

Covers estate planning.

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

    What Is the Veterans Aid and Attendance Special Pension?

    What Is the Veterans Aid and Attendance Special Pension?
    People who have served our country in the military can be eligible for certain benefits that can help them out during their retirement years. This is a small reward considering the extent of the sacrifices that are made by our veterans, but…
  • Sep 20

    Can North Dakota Medicaid Planning Help at the Last Minute?

    Can North Dakota Medicaid Planning Help at the Last Minute?
    Do you suddenly need to qualify for Medicaid as a senior because you cannot afford the high cost of long-term care? If so, you are hardly alone. Over half of all seniors eventually turn to the Medicaid program for help paying for long-term…
  • Sep 15

    Tips for Keeping Seniors Safe behind the Wheel

    Tips for Keeping Seniors Safe behind the Wheel
    Think back to when you got your driver’s license for the first time. Remember the anticipation as you waited to be old enough to get behind the wheel and finally gain some freedom and independence? Now imagine someone taking that…
Rank this Week: 2623

Utah Estate Planning

Utah Estate Planning

Covers estate planning, probate, trusts and wills in Utah. By Jason C. Hunter.

http://www.utahestateplanning.typepad.com/
  • Sep 20

    How you can benefit from elder law services - Video | KRIV

    How you can benefit from elder law services - Video | KRIV
    via www.fox26houston.com How you can benefit from elder law services? ElderCounsel CEO, Valerie Peterson, J.D., was live on Fox 26 Houston on Thursday, September 15. She talked about common elder law planning misconceptions, long term care in…
  • Aug 22

    The Joy Of Inheriting Appreciated Property

    The Joy Of Inheriting Appreciated Property
    When you inherit property, such as a house or stocks, the property is usually worth more than it was when the original owner purchased it. If you were to sell the property, there could be huge capital gains taxes. Fortunately, when you…
  • Aug 21

    When PODs Go BAD

    When PODs Go BAD
    Are payable on death accounts a simple way to pass assets to heirs or are they a mistake? It sure sounds simple. With a payable on death account or paid on death account, you name a beneficiary who gets the account when you die—no probate,…
Rank this Week: 3256

Law Office of Andrew M. Lamkin,…

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

Covers elder law.

http://lamkinelderlaw.com/articles/
  • Sep 20

    What Happens When There Are Two Wills – Which Takes Precedence?

    What Happens When There Are Two Wills – Which Takes Precedence?
    Throughout a person’s life, one goes through many stages. A person may draft a will in his or her early 20’s, but as one acquires more assets, gets married, and even has children, his or her estate planning needs will change. This…
  • Sep 13

    Steps to Take to Ensure That Your Will is Valid

    Steps to Take to Ensure That Your Will is Valid
    A will is a formal legal document that allows you to dictate how you want your estate to be managed and distributed upon your death. The state of New York has clear laws as to how your will is validated and executed in the manner in which you…
  • Sep 6

    Palliative Care: Will the New Law Affect Your Plans?

    Palliative Care: Will the New Law Affect Your Plans?
    In February 2011, the Palliative Care Information Act was amended by the state of New York. This Act requires that doctors and nurse practitioners inform terminally ill patients about their end-of-life options – and offer counseling…
Rank this Week: 1892

Florida Estate Planning and…

Florida Estate Planning and Probate Law Blog

By Marc Soss.

http://floridaestateplanningandprobatelaw.blogspot.com/
  • Sep 15

    IRS DENIES RETROACTIVE STATE COURT REFORMATION OF RETIREMENT ACCOUNT BENEFICIARY

    IRS DENIES RETROACTIVE STATE COURT REFORMATION OF RETIREMENT ACCOUNT BENEFICIARY
    The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) can easily take away what any state court giveth. Under the case facts, the decedent maintained 2 IRAs prior to his death. The IRAs listed his revocable trust as the death beneficiary. The trust qualified as…
  • Sep 15

    THE NEW 2016 IRS DEFINIATION OF HUSBAND AND WIFE

    THE NEW 2016 IRS DEFINIATION OF HUSBAND AND WIFE
    The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has formally put into place, effective September 2, 2016, amendments to the regulations that define “who is married for tax purposes.” The new regulations state that it will interpret the term…
  • Sep 8

    IRS TAX RELIEF FOR LOUISIANA STORM VICTIMS

    IRS TAX RELIEF FOR LOUISIANA STORM VICTIMS
    IRS Announcement 2016-30 provides relief to Louisiana taxpayers suffering hardships as a result of the storms and flooding which that began August 11, 2016. The relief comes in the form of impacted residents being able to obtain a loan or…
Rank this Week: 2260

California Trust, Estate & Probate…

California Trust, Estate & Probate Litigation

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

http://www.californiatrustestateandprobatelitigation.com
  • Sep 15

    Make your point: How to write a winning brief

    Make your point: How to write a winning brief
    How do you write a winning brief? Say what you are going to say, say it, and then say what you said. That is an old rule in writing and it applies to well written legal briefs also. The biggest problem with most written legal arguments is the…
  • Aug 30

    Not too much…and not too few: Reciting the facts of your California Trust or Will lawsuit

    Not too much…and not too few: Reciting the facts of your California Trust or Will lawsuit
      When you are faced with a California Trust or Will lawsuit, you have to respond. But what does a response look like? How much do you have to say and what effect does your response have on your case? Responses are funny things. Sometime…
  • Aug 16

    Great California Trust and Will lawyers need great judgment

    Great California Trust and Will lawyers need great judgment
      Law is a subjective pursuit. Only after everything is said and done can you look back and diagnose the good and the bad. But when you are in the heat of battle on a lawsuit, there rarely are any clearly right answers…or clearly…
Rank this Week: 3540

Florida Probate Litigation Lawyer…

Florida Probate Litigation Lawyer Blog

Cover Florida probate litigation. By Chepenik & Trushin LLP.

http://www.floridaprobatelitigationlawyer.com/
  • Sep 15

    Probate, Creditors and Technology – Are you Aware?

    Probate, Creditors and Technology – Are you Aware?
    E-Filing in Probate Court – It’s Mandatory! As a Creditor to an estate, you must be wary of your time limits to file a statement of claim against an estate. Section 733.702(1), Florida Statutes (2012) states that creditors must…
  • Aug 29

    Guardianship Law in Florida – What’s Current? Very Important Update

    Guardianship Law in Florida – What’s Current? Very Important Update
    The Shifting Landscape of Guardianship Law: Three Consecutive Years of Changes Co – Written by Stacy B. Rubel, Esq. (Published in The Florida Bar Journal, September 2016)  Members of The Florida Bar Real Property, Probate and…
  • Aug 15

    What is your plan for the “What if” in life?

    What is your plan for the “What if” in life?
    Estate Planning for Young Professionals: Don’t Wait to Start Planning Discussing one’s death can be an awkward and uncomfortable experience at any age. It is a topic that most individuals avoid at all costs, especially young…
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Law Office of Roy W. Litherland…

Law Office of Roy W. Litherland Blog

Covers estate planning, probate and living trusts.

http://www.attorneyoffice.com/blog/
  • Sep 14

    Hospice Care —Benefits for Those with Life-Limiting Illnesses (An Elder Law Today Blog)

    Hospice Care —Benefits for Those with Life-Limiting Illnesses (An Elder Law Today Blog)
    Hospice care is a team-oriented approach to medical care, designed to enhance the quality of life as it nears its end. It is designed to aid in pain management and offer emotional and spiritual support through palliative therapy, education…
  • Aug 31

    Electing Portability

    Electing Portability
    Every person is entitled to give away a certain amount of money tax-free, either during life or at death. Under the current federal estate tax law, all US citizens are each allowed an estate tax exemption of $5,000,000 (this amount is…
  • Aug 15

    Long Term Care Insurance—Is It Right For You? (An Elder Law Today Blog)

    Long Term Care Insurance—Is It Right For You? (An Elder Law Today Blog)
    Long term care insurance (LTC insurance), unlike most health insurance plans, pays for the cost of your care when you need permanent help with activities of daily living (bathing, dressing, eating, etc.). Depending on the LTC policy, covered…
Rank this Week: 2779

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: 2326

New York Trusts & Estates…

New York Trusts & Estates Litigation Blog

Discusses recent cases and developments pertaining to New York trusts and estates law. By Farrell Fritz.

http://www.nyestatelitigationblog.com/
Rank this Week: 3918

New York Probate Lawyer Blog

New York Probate Lawyer Blog

By Jules Martin Haas.

http://www.newyorkprobatelawyerblog.com/
  • Sep 7

    New York Estate Planning Always Needs to be Updated

    New York Estate Planning Always Needs to be Updated
    The planning of an estate in New York involves a number of basic considerations. Many recent articles in the news have drawn attention to the need for creating an effective plan. The New York Probate Lawyer Blog has also published numerous…
  • Aug 31

    The New York Surrogate’s Court May Appoint An Alternate Estate Fiduciary When Necessary

    The New York Surrogate’s Court May Appoint An Alternate Estate Fiduciary When Necessary
    Estate Planning Attorneys in New York are familiar with the creation of Last Wills and Trusts in which primary and alternate Executors and Trustees are named. One of the main advantages to creating a Will or Trust is that the creator can…
  • Aug 24

    A New York Court May Amend Or Reform A Will Or Trust If Appropriate Circumstances Exist

    A New York Court May Amend Or Reform A Will Or Trust If Appropriate Circumstances Exist
    New York Estate Planning requires that the creator of a Will or Trust clearly set forth his intentions. It is very important that a Last Will or a Trust clearly state the manner in which a person wants his assets to be distributed. Serious…
Rank this Week: 3155

All About Estates

All About Estates

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

http://www.allaboutestates.ca/
  • Sep 7

    Family feuds, horse-drawn carriages, vintage automobiles, and brotherly love gone stale

    Family feuds, horse-drawn carriages, vintage automobiles, and brotherly love gone stale
    Family feuds are routinely unpleasant and usually ugly. Unfortunately, estate disputes prove the rule. Passions and emotions are inflamed and sound judgment is often in short supply. However, warring litigants who look to the court for…
  • Sep 6

    CAPITAL DIVIDEND ACCOUNT ELECTIONS AND THE DATE GONE WRONG?

    CAPITAL DIVIDEND ACCOUNT ELECTIONS AND THE DATE GONE WRONG?
    As I mentioned in a previous blog, the capital dividend account (“CDA”) is often a central feature of tax planning for individuals with private corporations with the opportunity to make tax-free distributions to shareholders on…
  • Sep 2

    JOINT ASSETS: APPRECIATING COMPLEXITY

    JOINT ASSETS: APPRECIATING COMPLEXITY
    The potential pitfalls of using joint ownership of property between parent and adult child as a means of reducing exposure to estate administration tax has received increased attention in recent years, in particular since the Pecore decision.…
Rank this Week: 2875

Wills and Estate Administration…

Wills and Estate Administration Articles

Covers probate, elder law and litigation topics. By Kenneth Vercammen.

http://njwills.blogspot.com/
Rank this Week: 4214

South Florida Estate Planning Law

South Florida Estate Planning Law

Covers South Florida estate planning, probate and tax law issues. By David Shulman.

http://www.sofloridaestateplanning.com/
  • Sep 2

    Florida Supreme Court Adopts Amendments to Guardianship Accounting Rule

    Florida Supreme Court Adopts Amendments to Guardianship Accounting Rule
    On September 1, 2016, the Florida Supreme Court approved changes to the Probate Rules. The Probate Rules include both Probate and Guardianship. While there were multiple changes to throughout (many being minor), in this post I am going to…
  • May 19

    David Shulman’s Appearance on the Ask the Experts Radio Show – May 2016

    David Shulman’s Appearance on the Ask the Experts Radio Show – May 2016
    Here is my monthly appearance on the Ask the Experts Radio Show, where we discuss estate planning, probate, guardianship, powers of attorney, and related matters. The post David Shulman’s Appearance on the Ask the Experts Radio Show…
  • May 19

    David Shulman’s Appearance on the Ask the Experts Radio Show – May 2016

    David Shulman’s Appearance on the Ask the Experts Radio Show – May 2016
    Here is my monthly appearance on the Ask the Experts Radio Show, where we discuss estate planning, probate, guardianship, powers of attorney, and related matters. The post David Shulman’s Appearance on the Ask the Experts Radio Show…
Rank this Week: 3938

Planning Notes

Planning Notes

Covers fundamental concepts relevant to estate planning, business law, real estate law, and tax law. By Cook & Cook.

http://cooklaw.co/blog
  • Sep 1

    ALTCS Eligibility in 2016

    ALTCS Eligibility in 2016
    The Arizona Long-Term Care System (ALTCS) is Arizona's implementation of the Medicaid program, which can pay nursing home costs for people that meet certain medical, income, and resource requirements. Income Eligibility For 2016, the income…
  • Aug 3

    Treasury Issues Proposed Regulations to Restrict Minority Discount

    Treasury Issues Proposed Regulations to Restrict Minority Discount
    Jonathan G. Blattmachr and Mitchell M. Gans for WealthManagement.com regarding proposed regulations promulgated by the U.S. Department of the Treasury, which could substantially reduce or eliminate minority discounts often associated with…
  • Jul 18

    Prince Estate: The Importance Of Having A Will

    Prince Estate: The Importance Of Having A Will
    Gary Borofsky in Forbes about Prince's estate plan, err, lack thereof: The untimely death of the music icon is exposing the role tax planning plays in an overall estate plan. By creating a comprehensive plan, a high net worth individual…
Rank this Week: 3247

Estate Planning and Elder Law Blog

Estate Planning and Elder Law Blog

Covers estate planning, elder law, and probate topics in New York. By the Law Offices of Roman Aminov.

http://www.aminovlaw.com
  • Aug 29

    Probating a Copy of a Lost Will in New York

    Probating a Copy of a Lost Will in New York
    In order to probate a will, i.e. to have it accepted by the Court as the decedent’s Last Will and Testament, New York States Surrogate’s Courts require the original Will to be turned over to the Court. What happens, however, if…
  • Jul 6

    Estate Planning for Young Familie

    Estate Planning for Young Familie
    Young people, including the author, tend to think they are invincible. They don’t plan on getting sick or even worse, dying. Why, then, do they need an estate plan? For the same reason that older people create them: we are all mortals…
  • Jun 16

    Removing 805 Bond Restrictions in Brooklyn Surrogate’s Court

    Removing 805 Bond Restrictions in Brooklyn Surrogate’s Court
    As an Estate Lawyer, I often get phone calls from clients who have successfully obtained letters of administration for the estate of a loved one, but can’t sell the real property or even transfer it to themselves. The reason is that…
Rank this Week: 2033

Berk & Moskowitz P.C. Blog

Berk & Moskowitz P.C. Blog

Features articles, news, tips and other information about Arizona probate law.

http://berkmoskowitz.com/blog/
  • Aug 23

    Kent Berk to Teach Financial Exploitation Seminar

    Kent Berk to Teach Financial Exploitation Seminar
    Scottsdale, Arizona probate attorney Kent S. Berk will teach a seminar regarding financial exploitation claims under Arizona’s adult protective service act.  The seminar will be held at the Maricopa County Bar Association in…
  • Jun 29

    23 Mile Buckskin Gulch Hike

    23 Mile Buckskin Gulch Hike
    Lest any of our friends or clients think that all we do is go to court, take depositions and sit in the office talking on the phone or doing research and writing, we decided to share the video of our epic hike of Wire Pass, Buckskin Gulch and…
  • Mar 10

    Keeping a Healthy Brain

    Keeping a Healthy Brain
    Most people are concerned about keeping their brains healthy and active as they age. With high anticipated rates of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia projected for the future, this should be important for everyone. Indeed, the…
Rank this Week: 3323

North Carolina Trusts and Estates…

North Carolina Trusts and Estates Litigation

A discussion of trusts and estates litigation in North Carolina. By Evan Lohr.

https://ncestatelitigation.wordpress.com/
Rank this Week: 2299

Florida Probate Blog -…

Florida Probate Blog - WeProbateFlorida.com

Covers Florida probate administration. By Long H. Duong.

http://weprobateflorida.com
  • Aug 5

    Real Estate Agents: A Primer on Florida Probate property

    Real Estate Agents: A Primer on Florida Probate property
    Off the top of my head, real estate assets make up about 75% of the estates we handle. With over 600 probate cases under our belt, that’s roughly 450 real estate transfers throughout the State of Florida. Many of these properties are…
  • Jul 26

    ALERT: Confirm Designated Beneficiary on Your Bank Account!

    ALERT: Confirm Designated Beneficiary on Your Bank Account!
    In the past year, we’ve had at least 5 calls requesting our Florida probate representation for just a regular checking account. If the deceased owner of the account had simply confirmed the designated beneficiary, probate could have…
  • Jul 15

    5 Common Myths about Florida Probate Law

    5 Common Myths about Florida Probate Law
    Let’s explore some common (popular?) myths about Florida probate law shall we? 1. Mom had a Will so we don’t have to go through probate. Unfortunately, dying with a Will (Testate) has no bearing on whether or not probate is…
Rank this Week: 1257

Tennessee Wills and Estates

Tennessee Wills and Estates

Provides commentary on wills, probate law and estate planning. By Jason A. Lee

http://www.tennesseewillsandestates.com
Rank this Week: 2777

Law Office of Robert L. Boydstun…

Law Office of Robert L. Boydstun Blog

Covers estate planning, probate, guardianships, disability and elder law.

http://www.boydstunlaw.com/blog/
  • Jul 14

    What Is Undue Influence?

    What Is Undue Influence?
    Saying that there has been "undue influence" is often used as a reason to contest a will or estate plan, but what does it mean? The post What Is Undue Influence? appeared first on Boydstun.
  • Jun 27

    Most Caregivers Are Now Entitled to Minimum Wage and Overtime Pay

    Most Caregivers Are Now Entitled to Minimum Wage and Overtime Pay
    Become familiar with the federal government's rules regarding minimum wage and overtime protections for home health care workers. The post Most Caregivers Are Now Entitled to Minimum Wage and Overtime Pay appeared first on Boydstun.
  • Jun 21

    Beware of Non-Lawyers Offering Medicaid Planning Advice

    Beware of Non-Lawyers Offering Medicaid Planning Advice
    In recent years a number of non-lawyers have started businesses offering Medicaid planning services to seniors. While using one of these services may be cheaper than hiring a lawyer, the overall costs may be far greater. The post Beware of…
Rank this Week: 2796

Estate Planning & Probate 411

Estate Planning & Probate 411

Covers California probate, wills, trusts, powers of attorney, incapacity and related topics. By Helene P. Dreyer Koch.

http://indianwellsestateplanningattorney.com/
  • Jul 14

    What Is a Discretionary Trust?

    What Is a Discretionary Trust?
    A “discretionary trust” gives the trustee discretion over how, when, and if the beneficiaries may access trust assets. Certain uses of the money might be deemed acceptable, whereas other uses will be restricted. For instance, the…
  • Jun 25

    How Can You Help with Their College Expenses?

    How Can You Help with Their College Expenses?
    If you have children or grandchildren who have not yet completed their college education, you may be wondering how to help them achieve that goal. Two popular choices are the 529 College Education Plan and an Education Trust. A 529 ……
  • Feb 19

    What Is a POLST and Do I Need One Instead of a Medical Power of Attorney?

    What Is a POLST and Do I Need One Instead of a Medical Power of Attorney?
    POLST stands for “Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment.” It differs from an Advance Healthcare Directive (aka medical power of attorney or power of attorney for healthcare) in several ways and is NOT intended to replace…
Rank this Week: 2640

Philadelphia Estate and Tax…

Philadelphia Estate and Tax Attorney Blog

Focuses on income, estate and gift tax matters, estate planning and probate administration. By Steven J. Fromm.

http://frommtaxes.wordpress.com/
  • Jul 12

    City of Philadelphia Department of Revenue Announces Wage Tax Reduction for July 1, 2016

    City of Philadelphia Department of Revenue Announces Wage Tax Reduction for July 1, 2016
    Philadelphia Landmark: The Famous and Quirky 45 Foot Steel Clothes Pin Created by Sculptor Claes Oldenburg Across from City Hall   The City of Philadelphia has reduced the City Wage Tax rate effective July 1, 2016. The new Wage Tax…
  • Jun 2

    Did You Get a Letter in the Mail from the IRS? Here is What You Need to Do

    Did You Get a Letter in the Mail from the IRS? Here is What You Need to Do
    Each year, the IRS mails millions of notices and letters to taxpayers for a variety of reasons. This can be extremely upsetting when receiving this form of communication, whether it is from the IRS or any other taxing authority.  The…
  • Dec 18

    2016 Standard Mileage Rates for Business, Medical and Moving

    2016 Standard Mileage Rates for Business, Medical and Moving
    The Internal Revenue Service on December 18, 2015 issued the 2016 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes. Beginning on Jan. 1,…
Rank this Week: 1767

Texas Probate Litigation

Texas Probate Litigation

Covers Texas will contests, trust and inheritance disputes. By J. Michael Young.

http://www.txprobatelitigation.com/
  • Jul 5

    Estoppel does not prevent beneficiary from pre-suit discovery

    Estoppel does not prevent beneficiary from pre-suit discovery
    The Fort Worth Court of Appeals decision in In Re Meeker involves two important issues for probate litigators: entitlement to pre-suit discovery and estoppel based on acceptance of benefits. Both issues arise fairly regularly in will…
  • Jun 20

    Garrett v. First State Bank of Central Texas: No informal fiduciary relationship

    Garrett v. First State Bank of Central Texas: No informal fiduciary relationship
    In Garrett v. First State Bank of Central Texas, the Waco Court of Appeals considered a dispute over the ownership of a decedent's account. The bank filed an interpleader when faced with competing claims to the account proceeds, between…
  • May 11

    Mind your QDRO

    Mind your QDRO
    I routinely handle life insurance beneficiary disputes. As I mentioned in a previous post, the first issue I analyze is whether the life insurance policy is governed by state law or by a federal law known as ERISA. Many ERISA...
Rank this Week: 4468

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
  • Jun 27

    Ernie Banks Estate, Part 10: Settlement Talks and More

    Ernie Banks Estate, Part 10: Settlement Talks and More
    This is the ninth installment in my series on various legal aspects of the Estate of Ernie Banks. You can read my first nine pieces here. I’m back! It’s been a couple months since my last blog post and over six months since my…
  • Apr 5

    A Brief Introduction to Premarital Agreement

    A Brief Introduction to Premarital Agreement
    Premarital (aka prenuptial) agreements are sometimes a touchy subject (and often fodder for celebrity gossip). OK, maybe more than sometimes. I think that’s because they are often viewed as nothing more than pre-planning for divorce.…
  • Mar 16

    Trust Funding: Top 5 Overlooked Asset

    Trust Funding: Top 5 Overlooked Asset
    The cornerstone of the vast majority of estate plans that I create for our clients is the revocable living trust. They help clients achieve a wide array of estate planning goals by providing a comprehensive set of instructions for managing,…
Rank this Week: 2643

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
  • Jun 24

    Corya and Woodward

    Corya and Woodward
    LIMITATIONS ON PROCEEDINGS AGAINST TRUSTEES:  CORYA, WOODWARD AND FLA. STAT. §736.1008 The Florida Trust Code contains a section titled “limitations on proceedings against trustees” that is a limitation of actions and…
  • Jun 14

    Can I fire my trustee

    Can I fire my trustee
    Over nearly 20 years, my law firm has received hundreds of phone calls asking – How can I fire my Trustee? or How can I remove my Trustee?  In Florida, getting rid of a Trustee is called a trustee removal action where a beneficiary…
  • May 14

    Convicted Felons Cannot Serve as Personal Representative

    Convicted Felons Cannot Serve as Personal Representative
    In Florida, a person is not qualified to act as personal representative of a decedent’s estate if the person has been convicted of a felony.  See, Fla.Stat. 733.303.  In a recent opinion, the Fourth District Court of…
Rank this Week: 4717

Wealth Wars: Arkansas Estate,…

Wealth Wars: Arkansas Estate, Trust & Probate Litigation Blog

Covers estate and trust conflicts, inheritance battles, and will contests.By Matt House.

http://arkansaswealthwars.com
  • Jun 16

    Presentation At The 2016 Arkansas Bar Association Annual Meeting

    Presentation At The 2016 Arkansas Bar Association Annual Meeting
              Today one of my law partners, Pat James, and I will be privileged to make a presentation at the Arkansas Bar Association Annual Meeting in Hot Springs, Arkansas, where over 1,200 lawyers and…
  • Feb 7

    Brief Thoughts On Claims Of Undue Influence

    Brief Thoughts On Claims Of Undue Influence
    As stated in my previous post regarding the capacity of a testator to execute a will or trust, the two concepts are closely related.  For example, incapacity relates to invalidation of a will, trust, deed, etc. because of the…
  • Feb 7

    Brief Thoughts On Claims Of Undue Influence

    Brief Thoughts On Claims Of Undue Influence
    As stated in my previous post regarding the capacity of a testator to execute a will or trust, the two concepts are closely related.  For example, incapacity relates to invalidation of a will, trust, deed, etc. because of the…
Rank this Week: 4475