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Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof…

Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof Blog

By Gerry W. Beyer.

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

    Thief Steals Hearse

    Thief Steals Hearse
    This past Friday, Bryan police officers found themselves handling a macabre case. At a local McDonald’s on Friday morning, a funeral home employee parked a loaded hearse and left it unattended. Taking advantage of the abandoned vehicle, a…
  • May 22

    Problems for the First-generation Affluent Family

    Problems for the First-generation Affluent Family
    Rob Weiner remembers his first attempt at sitting down with his two daughters to discuss their inheritance. The oldest was then in college and the youngest in high school. He recalls their total lack of receptivity to the conversation. He...
  • May 22

    Judge's Estate Circumvents Husband

    Judge's Estate Circumvents Husband
    Trailblazing judge Sheila Abdus-Shaalam’s current husband will receive nothing from her estate. Judge Abdus-Shaalam died with an outdated will that left the entirety of her $2.05 million estate to her mother and siblings. The distribution…
Rank this Week: 72

Florida Estate Planning and…

Florida Estate Planning and Probate Law Blog

By Marc Soss.

http://floridaestateplanningandprobatelaw.blogspot.com/
  • May 22

    FLORIDA HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION INCREASE ON THE BALLOT IN 2018

    FLORIDA HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION INCREASE ON THE BALLOT IN 2018
    In 2018, Florida voters will have the opportunity to vote on a constitutional amendment to raise the Florida homestead exemption from $50,000 to $75,000, on homes worth $100,000 or more. If 60% of voters approve, the new rate will take effect…
  • May 11

    IRS RELEASES 2018 HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNT RATES

    IRS RELEASES 2018 HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNT RATES
    The IRS has issued Revenue Procedure 2017-37 which contains the annual inflation-adjusted contribution, deductible and out-of-pocket expense limits for health savings accounts (HSAs) in 2018. Annual contribution limitations, deductibles and…
  • May 8

    NEW FINRA RULE TO PROTECT EXPLOITATION OF THE ELDERLY

    NEW FINRA RULE TO PROTECT EXPLOITATION OF THE ELDERLY
    In an effort to help protect the elderly U.S. population the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) has announced that the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has approved a new rule and an amendment that are specific to…
Rank this Week: 932

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/
  • May 22

    Fair and Equal Estate Planning

    Fair and Equal Estate Planning
    Is Equal Fair with Estate Planning? Most of our clients want to treat their children fairly and equally.  Splitting assets equally among the children may be easy, but is it fair? When dividing assets, it is often important to determine…
  • May 19

    Online wills may cause trouble and additional cost

    Online wills may cause trouble and additional cost
    There have been many reports of unintended consequences related to the use of online wills over the past few years.  In fact, I have written about many of these issues on this blog. It is important for individuals to understand that…
  • May 19

    Financial Planners and The Florida Asset Protection Trust

    Financial Planners and The Florida Asset Protection Trust
    The Florida Asset Protection Trust. Most financial planners are unfamiliar with some of the modern twists available with Florida Asset Protection Trusts.  This is a special type of irrevocable trusts.  They tend to be familiar with…
Rank this Week: 440

Utah Estate Planning

Utah Estate Planning

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

http://www.utahestateplanning.typepad.com/
  • May 22

    No Joke: You Can’t Ad Lib Your Retirement Planning

    No Joke: You Can’t Ad Lib Your Retirement Planning
    “If you want your nest egg to be robust when you're ready to retire, you have to take care of it now. That means careful investing and saving. You can't just go out there and wing it.”
  • May 19

    The Perils of Giving Children or Grandchildren an Inheritance

    The Perils of Giving Children or Grandchildren an Inheritance
    “There are many “what ifs” to consider when giving your children or grandchildren an inheritance—from when and how to let them know they are receiving an inheritance, to protecting your gift from becoming the property of a future…
  • May 18

    Who Polices the Executor of a Will?

    Who Polices the Executor of a Will?
    “Executors can be paid for their duties, but in this case, you could have a fight on your hands.”
Rank this Week: 2404

Florida Probate Litigation Lawyer…

Florida Probate Litigation Lawyer Blog

Cover Florida probate litigation. By Chepenik & Trushin LLP.

http://www.floridaprobatelitigationlawyer.com/
  • May 22

    Capacity and Wills: How to avoid litigation from family members, beneficiaries and creditor

    Capacity and Wills: How to avoid litigation from family members, beneficiaries and creditor
    Legal Capacity and Estate Planning- How to Help Safeguard a Will from Future Litigation When a loved one grows older, their caretakers’ ever growing to-do list can become overwhelming. After dealing with the basic, everyday needs of an…
  • May 8

    Use of Homestead Property and its’ impact on estate administration

    Use of Homestead Property and its’ impact on estate administration
    The importance of a Semicolon – Does property partially used as primary residence and partially for business purposes qualify as Homestead? Does property partially used as primary residence and partially for business purposes qualify as…
  • Apr 21

    Homestead sale profits in Florida, a recent court decision

    Homestead sale profits in Florida, a recent court decision
    Is Investing Homestead Sale Proceeds Okay? Florida Constitution provides protection from forced sale to homestead property from most creditors. Art. X, § 4, Fla. Const. The protection covers not only the physical homestead property but…
Rank this Week: 1322

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/
  • May 22

    Using Equity To Aid The Exercise Of A Power Of Appointment that Fails To Specifically Refer To The Power

    Using Equity To Aid The Exercise Of A Power Of Appointment that Fails To Specifically Refer To The Power
    Powers of appointment are the Swiss Army knife of modern estate planning. They’re deceptively simple yet adaptable to almost any planning contingency. And they’re ubiquitous, often getting incorporated into even the simplest…
  • May 17

    STEP’s 2017 Caribbean Conference

    STEP’s 2017 Caribbean Conference
    I recently had the pleasure of speaking at the STEP Caribbean Conference. I co-presented with Cayman Islands trust litigator Rachael Reynolds. We had fun going through the practical “what ifs” a Caribbean trustee should consider…
  • May 15

    The future is now! Florida passes groundbreaking legislation authorizing electronic will

    The future is now! Florida passes groundbreaking legislation authorizing electronic will
    Silicon Valley entrepreneurs and venture capitalists have deployed digital tech to change the way we live, eat, and shop. And they’ve aggressively moved into crucial professional services industries like healthcare and finance. But…
Rank this Week: 379

Law Office of Andrew M. Lamkin,…

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

Covers elder law.

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

    Can Your House be Saved with a Trust?

    Can Your House be Saved with a Trust?
    Elder Law Lawyer Assisting Long Island Residents and Families with Trusts and Will Planning No one enjoys thinking about the end of his or her life. But, doing so could protect your biggest investments – including your family home.…
  • May 15

    Who Has the “Capacity” to Make a Will?

    Who Has the “Capacity” to Make a Will?
    When you start the process of estate planning, you will hear various terms. One that is important is that of “capacity.” When it comes to creating a will, one must have the proper capacity to do so. As the testator (the person…
  • May 8

    A Healthcare Power of Attorney Versus a Living Will

    A Healthcare Power of Attorney Versus a Living Will
    Your estate planning process starts with the draft of your living will. However, there are more documents needed to create a solid estate plan than just the will itself. In fact, you might include documents that offer protection in the event…
Rank this Week: 1654

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/
  • May 22

    What Judges Can Do About Implicit Bia

    What Judges Can Do About Implicit Bia
    Andrew J. Wistrich & Jeffrey J. Rachlinski, Implicit Bias in Judicial Decision Making: How It Affects Judgment and What Judges Can Do About It, in Ensuring Justice: Reducing Bias 87 (Sarah Redfield ed., forthcoming 2017), available at…
  • May 19

    Starting with Consent

    Starting with Consent
    James Grimmelmann, Consenting to Computer Use, 84 Geo. Wash. L. Rev. 1500 (2016), available at SSRN.Andrea MatwyshynThe Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (“CFAA”), enacted in 1986, has long been a source of consternation for jurists…
  • May 18

    The Baby and the Bath

    The Baby and the Bath
    Joel Friedlander, Vindicating the Duty of Loyalty: Using Data Points of Successful Stockholder Litigation as a Tool for Reform, Bus. Lawyer (forthcoming 2017), available at SSRN.Ezra MitchellAt least since Karl Llewellyn crossed back over the…
Rank this Week: 316

DeWitt Law Firm, PLLC Blog

DeWitt Law Firm, PLLC Blog

Covers estate planning, elder law, and probate.

http://www.dewittlawar.com/blog
  • May 21

    5 Reasons to Plan Starting Today

    5 Reasons to Plan Starting Today
    Because You Deserve the Peace of Mind I know it is an overused cliche, but almost everybody that goes through the Estate Planning process says either “peace of mind,” “that’s a load off, ” “I can rest…
  • May 15

    Case Study

    Case Study
    Client’s Immediate Need – Client recently lost his wife and needed a plan that would protect and take care of his children in the future. His greatest concern was who would carry the responsibility of caring and raising his…
  • May 15

    How to Spend Too Much Money

    How to Spend Too Much Money
    How Spending $595.97 For a Cheap, Online Estate Plan Cost Joe’s Family More Than $4,385 And Almost Tore Them Apart   Online vs. Local:  Which Really Has the Best Value? Joe got a local price on an estate plan, then after…
Rank this Week: 3392

Hauptman and Hauptman, P.C. Blog

Hauptman and Hauptman, P.C. Blog

Covers guardianship, Medicaid, probate and estate administration.

http://www.hauptmanlaw.com/blog
  • May 21

    New Jersey Issues Updated Medicaid Penalty Divisor

    New Jersey Issues Updated Medicaid Penalty Divisor
                    The last time New Jersey updated it’s Medicaid penalty divisor was two years ago.  The divisor is the State’s determination of what…
  • May 14

    A Word About Family Caregiver Contracts (Part 2)

    A Word About Family Caregiver Contracts (Part 2)
                    Last week I was telling you about Mary’s question to me.  Her mom is in a Florida nursing home but she wants to bring her up north closer to…
  • May 7

    A Word About Caregiver Contract

    A Word About Caregiver Contract
                    Mary called because her mom is currently in a nursing facility in Florida.  She wants to bring her up north to be closer to Mary.  She then…
Rank this Week: 1700

New York Probate & Estate…

New York Probate & Estate Litigation Blog

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

http://www.nyprobatelitigation.com/
  • May 20

    New Surrogate Breathes New Life Into The Dead Man’s Statute

    New Surrogate Breathes New Life Into The Dead Man’s Statute
    The New York Law Journal has reported that newly appointed Kings County Surrogate John Ingram has barred the testimony of a widow in an action about whether or not she may exercise her spousal right of election in the matter of her late…
  • Apr 7

    The Public Administrator Can Be A Complex Web Of Costly Patronage

    The Public Administrator Can Be A Complex Web Of Costly Patronage
    A recent article in New York’s Daily News reports on the Queens County political machine and  its incredible control over proceedings in that county’s Surrogate’s  Court. It is a primer  on  the…
  • Jan 4

    Computer Generated Images Open Uncharted Territory For The Estates Of Deceased Actor

    Computer Generated Images Open Uncharted Territory For The Estates Of Deceased Actor
    Over the past holiday I treated my 15 year old grandson to a movie. Rogue One was not my choice but he enjoyed it immensely. At the close of the movie, a computer generated image of Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia  appeared on the screen.…
Rank this Week: 209

Probate Litigation Attorney Blog

Probate Litigation Attorney Blog

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

http://www.losangelesprobatelitigationattorneyblog.com/
Rank this Week: 2068

Probate in Nevada

Probate in Nevada

By Thomas R. Grover. Covers Nevada probate issues, news and common questions.

http://www.probate-in-nevada.com/
  • May 19

    Funeral Expenses: What’s Reasonable?

    Funeral Expenses: What’s Reasonable?
    Nevada probate law provides a provision for reimbursement of funeral expenses. Funerals usually occur within a few days of death. Often, a family member will personally incur funeral expenses weeks prior to the beginning of&hellip The…
  • Apr 27

    Nevada Probate Sales Presentation

    Nevada Probate Sales Presentation
    These slides are from a presentation that I gave to a group of real estate agents on April 27, 2017.   The post Nevada Probate Sales Presentation appeared first on Probate in Nevada .
  • Mar 7

    Nevada Intestacy Law

    Nevada Intestacy Law
    Nevada Intestacy laws address the problem which arises when a person dies without a Last Will & Testament. Many people die without a Will.  Thus, there are no instructions as to how the person wanted&hellip The post Nevada…
Rank this Week: 3398

All About Estates

All About Estates

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

http://www.allaboutestates.ca/
  • May 19

    Separation and Divorce: Implication

    Separation and Divorce: Implication
    In Ontario, there are significant implications when a couple (both common-law and married) separates and when a couple divorces. As more and more couples live in common-law relationships as well as the rate of divorce in this day and age, it…
  • May 17

    A Statue in the Wrong Square

    A Statue in the Wrong Square
    Regular readers of the All About Estates blog may recall that each spring I write on legacy and how we honour the dead.  This usually involves a trip to a cemetery.  My cemetery visit this year was thwarted by a seagull attack…
  • May 17

    When is a Minor a Major or Super Minor and What Does it Mean?

    When is a Minor a Major or Super Minor and What Does it Mean?
    At law, a child under the age of 18 is considered a party under disability (i.e. a “minor”).  As a result, a minor is treated somewhat differently by the courts.  For example, a minor must be represented by a court…
Rank this Week: 476

German Law Group Blog

German Law Group Blog

Covers estate planning.

http://www.germanlawgroup.com/
  • May 18

    Life Saving Benefit of a DocuBank Emergency Card

    Life Saving Benefit of a DocuBank Emergency Card
    A DocuBank emergency card lets your doctors instantly obtain your advance directives. Every client of German Law Group receives their first year of DocuBank membership for free. The more your doctors know about you, the better treatment they…
  • May 18

    Tips for Getting through the Probate Proce

    Tips for Getting through the Probate Proce
    The time period following the loss of a loved one is typically an emotional, and often stressful, one. If you also learned that the decedent appointed you as the Executor of his /her estate, the stress level will likely increase for you,…
  • May 16

    How to Handle a Spendthrift Beneficiary

    How to Handle a Spendthrift Beneficiary
    For most people, one of the primary objectives in creating an estate plan is to decide how assets are divided up when they are gone. That can be problematic if one of your beneficiaries is a spendthrift – and the reality is that most…
Rank this Week: 462

Littman Krooks LLP Blog

Littman Krooks LLP Blog

Covers corporate, elder law, estate planning and special needs planning.

http://www.littmankrooks.com/blog/
  • May 17

    Special Needs Planning and SNTs: What Should a Trust Not Pay For?

    Special Needs Planning and SNTs: What Should a Trust Not Pay For?
    A supplemental needs trust is an important tool that can be used to make sure a child with special needs has access to the services and care he or she requires. Establishing a supplemental needs trust as a part of an overall financial plan is…
  • May 10

    How To Ensure Your Medical Wishes Win Out

    How To Ensure Your Medical Wishes Win Out
    By: Alexis Gruttadauria, Esq., Littman Krooks LLP You have your advance directives in place; you’ve designated in your Health Care Proxy and Living Will who you want making your medical decisions once you are no longer able to make them…
  • May 5

    How The AHCA Could Impact Special Education

    How The AHCA Could Impact Special Education
    By Marion M. Walsh, Esq. The proposed American Health Care Act Law, which just passed on May 4th by the House of Representatives, if approved by the Senate, will have a significant impact on school services for students with disabilities. The…
Rank this Week: 1074

Murphy's Law Blog

Murphy's Law Blog

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

http://www.noreenmurphylaw.com/blog/
  • May 17

    Top Tips for Helping You Identify Your Retirement Age

    Top Tips for Helping You Identify Your Retirement Age
    Looking ahead to retirement can help you figure out whether you have saved enough to support your lifestyle and how you intend to pass on some of your assets to others. The typical worker in the United States retires at age 63, but a growing…
  • May 10

    How Will You Spend Your Time in Retirement: Tips for Planning

    How Will You Spend Your Time in Retirement: Tips for Planning
    The answer to when is the appropriate age to retire is not easy for anyone to answer, but one of the most important things to consider as you evaluate this question is how you intend to spend your days. This will have a significant impact on…
  • May 3

    Four Basics Steps to Your Estate Planning Proce

    Four Basics Steps to Your Estate Planning Proce
    Unfortunately, far too many people believe that estate planning begins and ends with a simple will but this can be a catastrophic mistake as wills are exposed to potential mistakes as well. This is particularly true if you attempt to engage…
Rank this Week: 1409

Hook Law Center Blog

Hook Law Center Blog

Covers elder law and estate planning in Virginia.

https://www.hooklawcenter.com/blog/
  • May 15

    The Role of an Elder Law Attorney in Personal Injury Action

    The Role of an Elder Law Attorney in Personal Injury Action
    People are often surprised when they hear that elder law attorneys assist personal injury attorneys with public benefits issues associated with their case. Our working knowledge of the intricately woven issues associated with medical…
  • May 8

    The New Elective Share Law Adds a Layer of Complexity for Planning for Long-Term Care

    The New Elective Share Law Adds a Layer of Complexity for Planning for Long-Term Care
    As of January 1, 2017, the Virginia Legislature amended our state’s formula for determining the surviving spouse’s elective share rights in the augmented estate. Under prior law, a surviving spouse was entitled to one-third of the…
  • May 1

    Are the New Proposed Tax Cuts Something You Should Be Concerned About?

    Are the New Proposed Tax Cuts Something You Should Be Concerned About?
    The Trump Administration recently announced proposed tax cuts, which received many headlines for reducing corporate tax rates and generally being unclear on how the cuts would be absorbed in the national budget. What do the proposed income…
Rank this Week: 2178

New York Probate and Estate…

New York Probate and Estate Administration Blog

Published by Stephen Bilkis & Associates

http://www.newyorkprobateestateadministration.com/
  • May 14

    Court Appoints Temporary Administrator

    Court Appoints Temporary Administrator
    In this estate proceeding, an Order and decree, Surrogate’s Court, New York County, entered on or about May 22, 1995, which removed the preliminary coexecutors, and appointed the lawyer and a Trust Company as temporary administrators,…
  • May 14

    Court Discusses Sufficiency of Evidence

    Court Discusses Sufficiency of Evidence
    This is an estate case where Defendant moves this court to inspect the Grand Jury minutes and to dismiss various counts of an Indictment on several grounds including legal insufficiency. Defendant also claims that certain counts are…
  • May 7

    Case Raises Issue of an Unborn Contingent Remaindermen

    Case Raises Issue of an Unborn Contingent Remaindermen
    This is an estate case where the proceeding raises an issue of virtual representation of unborn contingent remaindermen. The purpose of the virtual representation statute (SCPA 315) is to dispense with the necessity of service of process on…
Rank this Week: 1421

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
  • May 14

    3 Estate Planning Steps for New Parent

    3 Estate Planning Steps for New Parent
    Few joys in life match that of being a new parent. The moment your child is born, a tectonic shift takes place which makes even the most easygoing person lose sleep over their child’s future. The sense of optimism and hope parents feel…
  • Mar 23

    Preliminary Letters Testamentary in Probate Court

    Preliminary Letters Testamentary in Probate Court
    If you have been named as the executor of a decedent’s last will, you don’t have authority to sell or distribute their assets until you have been appointed by the Surrogate’s court. That process, called probate, can take…
  • Feb 14

    New York Estate Accountings: An Overview

    New York Estate Accountings: An Overview
    Being an executor or administrator of an estate come with many responsibilities. Collecting and insuring the estate’s assets, paying valid debts and expenses, filing income taxes, and list goes on. That’s why most clients look…
Rank this Week: 2989

Pharos Law Group Blog

Pharos Law Group Blog

Covers estate planning and business planning topics.

http://pharoslaw.com/blog/
Rank this Week: 2243

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
  • May 10

    Will Having a Will Help me Avoid Probate?

    Will Having a Will Help me Avoid Probate?
    I received a note this week from someone who was confused. A friend’s husband had died leaving a Will that gave his wife a house he owned before they were married. She had presented a copy of the warranty deed, marriage license, and…
  • May 3

    How Do I Revoke A Texas Transfer On Death Deed?

    How Do I Revoke A Texas Transfer On Death Deed?
    One of the benefits of a Transfer on Death Deed is that it is completely revocable during the grantor (the homeowner making the deed). According to the Transfer on Death Deed Statute, a Transfer on Death Deed can be revoked in one of the…
  • Apr 21

    Will Signed Before Marriage Doesn’t Make Provision for Spouse

    Will Signed Before Marriage Doesn’t Make Provision for Spouse
    A widow contacted me this week. Her husband of 19 years had recently passed away. She found a Will he had signed before they met leaving everything to his mother. He didn’t sign a new Will after they were married. She wondered what her…
Rank this Week: 4319

New York Probate Lawyer Blog

New York Probate Lawyer Blog

By Jules Martin Haas.

http://www.newyorkprobatelawyerblog.com/
  • May 3

    New York Executors and Administrators Can Be Removed For A Conflict of Interest

    New York Executors and Administrators Can Be Removed For A Conflict of Interest
    An estate executor or administrator has many obligations with regard to an estate.  The New York Probate Lawyer Blog has discussed in many posts the various powers that an estate fiduciary can exercise.  These powers include the…
  • Apr 26

    New York Will Contests Require The Discovery of Information

    New York Will Contests Require The Discovery of Information
    A Will Contest in New York has been the subject of numerous articles in the New York Probate Lawyer Blog. After a petition for the probate of a Will is filed, notice of the petition must be given to the decedent’s distributees.…
  • Apr 19

    A New York Estate Plan Should Include Alternate Beneficiary Designation

    A New York Estate Plan Should Include Alternate Beneficiary Designation
    The creation and implementation of an estate plan requires the consideration of many factors. Reference is made to the New York Probate Lawyer Blog which contains many articles regarding the planning of an estate. One of the essential…
Rank this Week: 1130

Estate Planning Blog

Estate Planning Blog

Provides estate planning thoughts, news and planning ideas. By Gilfix & La Poll Associates LLP.

http://www.gilfix.com/blog/
  • May 1

    Gilfix and La Poll invites families to attend 13th Annual Special Needs Trust Seminar

    Gilfix and La Poll invites families to attend 13th Annual Special Needs Trust Seminar
    Let’s face it, everyone is worried about the future of government benefits and how individuals with special needs will be cared for. To address this attorneys Michael Gilfix and Mark Gilfix of Gilfix and La Poll Associates are offering…
  • Apr 19

    Autism costs rise dramatically with age: study

    Autism costs rise dramatically with age: study
    Caring for individuals with autism and other special needs tends to involve a lifetime of expenses, whether it is paying for caregivers, accommodation or daily necessities. A study from the University of California, Davis (UCD), shows…
  • Mar 30

    Military retirees can now use special needs trusts for SBP payment

    Military retirees can now use special needs trusts for SBP payment
    Military families with special needs children face a number of difficulties when planning for their future financial security. However, a new law now allows military retirees more flexibility and peace of mind with the way their Survivor…
Rank this Week: 2714

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: 3422

Wills and Estate Administration…

Wills and Estate Administration Articles

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

http://njwills.blogspot.com/
  • Apr 28

    SELF PROVING WILLS TO SPEED UP PROBATE

    SELF PROVING WILLS TO SPEED UP PROBATE
    SELF PROVING WILLS TO SPEED UP PROBATE                  Under the old New Jersey Probate Rules required one of the two witnesses to a will to travel and…
  • Apr 27

    Spotswood LibraryWills, Estate Planning…

    Spotswood LibraryWills, Estate Planning & Probate SeminarMay 23 at 12:30 Free community program Spotswood Library548 Main StreetSpotswood, NJ 08884            WILLS & ESTATE…
  • Apr 27

    Woodbridge Library Wills, Estate Planning & Probate Seminar May 15

    Woodbridge Library Wills, Estate Planning & Probate Seminar May 15
     Woodbridge LibraryWills, Estate Planning & Probate SeminarMay 15 at 7pm       May is Older Americans MonthAt Woodbridge Public Library1 George Frederick Plaza Woodbridge NJ 07095  WILLS &…
Rank this Week: 1584

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/
  • Apr 28

    Speculation, Estate Planning, and Legal Malpractice

    Speculation, Estate Planning, and Legal Malpractice
    In Gersh v. Nixon Peabody, LLP, the court addressed a legal malpractice claim brought by a decedent's surviving spouse in connection with the couple's estate planning. After settling a claim with the decedent's children from a prior marriage…
  • Mar 31

    Sometimes It’s Just a Question of Standing

    Sometimes It’s Just a Question of Standing
    To object to the probate of a will, party must have a pecuniary interest that would be adversely affected by the admission of the instrument to probate. In Estate of Saunders, the Kings County Surrogate’s Court recently issued two…
  • Mar 3

    Jury Trials in Surrogate’s Court Removal Proceeding

    Jury Trials in Surrogate’s Court Removal Proceeding
    As parties prepare for trial before the Surrogate’s Court, a question that oftentimes arises is whether there is a right to a trial by jury. In this entry, Robert Harper explains why no such right exists in the case of proceedings…
Rank this Week: 1752

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 26

    Bad deed

    Bad deed
    I have had multiple cases recently where title companies have refused to honor deeds recorded around the time of death. That is, the person just before death signed a deed to transfer the property to another. In each case the facts are…
  • Mar 13

    Estate planning lessons from other’s mistake

    Estate planning lessons from other’s mistake
    On March 11, 2016 I got the call of a lifetime… and I do not mean that in a good way. I got the call from the police, in Logan, Utah, that my mother had been shot to death by her husband. This is not a post about domestic abuse, gun…
  • Mar 2

    Carne v. Worthington (2016) 246 Cal.App.4th 548 – Heggstad petitions with trust

    Carne v. Worthington (2016) 246 Cal.App.4th 548 – Heggstad petitions with trust
    You likely know that CaliforniaProbate.info tries to stay up on all “Heggstad” related news. As the owner of www.heggstadpetition.com it is imperative that I keep up-to-date on these cases. We advise clients, and potential…
Rank this Week: 904

McDevitt Law Office

McDevitt Law Office

Covers estate planning and family law in Virginia.

http://www.mcdevittlaw.net/blog-index/
  • Apr 25

    The perils of social media in divorce

    The perils of social media in divorce
    The prevalence of social media has made divorce proceedings far more complicated than they once were. The arrival of the Cloud and other comparable wireless storage implies that your “private” data may not be as concealed as you…
  • Apr 18

    Probate in a state other then your domicile

    Probate in a state other then your domicile
    If you own property located in a state other than your domicile, you should not have to create another will in that state. The reason is that most states recognize a will that was legally executed in another jurisdiction. However, it may be…
  • Mar 29

    Special-needs trusts and other estate planning options for disabled adult

    Special-needs trusts and other estate planning options for disabled adult
    The life expectancy of disabled adults has been steadily increasing to the point where it has served to complicate the issue of retirement planning for their aging parents. A special-needs child brings another aspect to retirement planning.…
Rank this Week: 2781

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/
  • Apr 21

    Is a Contract to Make a Will Legally Binding?

    Is a Contract to Make a Will Legally Binding?
    A person is free to dispose of property as he or she wishes by making a will. There are cases in which a person may enter into a written contract to make certain provisions in their will in exchange for certain considerations. For example, a…
  • Apr 20

    How Does a Reverse Mortgage Affect My Will or Trust?

    How Does a Reverse Mortgage Affect My Will or Trust?
    Living in southern California gets more expensive every year. For many elderly San Diego residents on a fixed income, just paying monthly bills can be a struggle. This is one reason “reverse mortgages” have become popular in…
  • Apr 19

    Have You Talked to Your Family About Estate Planning?

    Have You Talked to Your Family About Estate Planning?
    Estate planning is a process that affects your entire family. The decisions you make today regarding your will and trust can affect your spouse, children, and other relatives years down the line. This is why it is important to make sure your…
Rank this Week: 965

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 14

    Trouble Brewing Between George Michael Estate And His Former Lover

    Trouble Brewing Between George Michael Estate And His Former Lover
    When British pop star George Michael, 53, whose full name was Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou, died on Christmas Day, 2016, he was discovered by his lover, Fadi Fawaz. Tensions have been building between Fawaz and Michael's surviving family…
  • Dec 1

    Embryo Feud Between Sofia Vergara And Nick Loeb Grows Nastier

    Embryo Feud Between Sofia Vergara And Nick Loeb Grows Nastier
    The moment the lawsuit started, it was ugly. Sofia Vergara and Nick Loeb have moved well past ugly into uncharted territory in their courtroom battle that addresses views about life itself. As we wrote after the case began, Vergara and Loeb's…
  • Nov 3

    Prince Estate Enters New Fight Over Who Will Inherit His Million

    Prince Estate Enters New Fight Over Who Will Inherit His Million
    So much trouble caused by such a simple concept. When you create a will, you decide who receives your assets after you die. If you don’t, the laws of the state you live in determine it. What happens when those laws aren’t too…
Rank this Week: 1500

Phoenix Probate Lawyers Blog

Phoenix Probate Lawyers Blog

Covers probate and estate planning. By Platt & Westby, P.C.

http://www.phoenixprobatelawyersblog.com/
  • Mar 31

    Undue Influence – Signs and Symptoms of Abuse

    Undue Influence – Signs and Symptoms of Abuse
    Learn about Undue Influence and how to spot financial abuse. The post Undue Influence – Signs and Symptoms of Abuse appeared first on Phoenix Probate Lawyers Blog.
  • Mar 16

    FAQ’s on Trust

    FAQ’s on Trust
    Frequently asked questions on Trusts. The post FAQ’s on Trusts appeared first on Phoenix Probate Lawyers Blog.
  • Feb 2

    Common Questions About Will

    Common Questions About Will
    What people want to know about a will. The post Common Questions About Wills appeared first on Phoenix Probate Lawyers Blog.
Rank this Week: 2673

Wade Law Offices Blog

Wade Law Offices Blog

Coves estate planning.

http://wadelawcorp.com/blog/
  • Mar 28

    Estate planning to prepare for the death of a spouse

    Estate planning to prepare for the death of a spouse
    Whether couples are newly married or advanced in age, it is important that they try to engage in end-of-life planning, including keeping their wills current, creating powers of attorney and establishing advance directives for health care.…
  • Mar 24

    Picking the Right Successor Trustee

    Picking the Right Successor Trustee
    Few people take the time to arrange in advance for someone else to handle their financial issues when they can no longer fully care for themselves. It’s an easy decision to put off, partly because it’s emotionally stressful to…
  • Mar 23

    The advantages of establishing a quiet trust

    The advantages of establishing a quiet trust
    Many families are concerned about transferring wealth to their children because they feel the children are unprepared to manage their inheritance. In fact, just one-third of affluent parents have revealed their wealth to their heirs.…
Rank this Week: 2748

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
  • Mar 6

    New Illinois Laws for 2017, Part 3: Real Property, Disability & More

    New Illinois Laws for 2017, Part 3: Real Property, Disability & More
    This is the third and final post in a series about new Illinois probate and estate laws taking effect in late 2016 or the beginning of 2017.  Read Part 1 and Part 2. In all, last year the Illinois legislature passed 192 new laws. To…
  • Feb 21

    New Illinois Laws for 2017, Part 2: Unclaimed and Abandoned Property

    New Illinois Laws for 2017, Part 2: Unclaimed and Abandoned Property
    This is the second in a series of posts about new Illinois probate and estate laws taking effect in late 2016 or the beginning of 2017. A primary of the task of an executor or successor trustee is to ascertain and marshal the decedent’s…
  • Feb 7

    New Illinois Laws for 2017, Part 1: Fiduciary Access to Digital Asset

    New Illinois Laws for 2017, Part 1: Fiduciary Access to Digital Asset
    This post will be the first in a series of posts about new Illinois probate and estate laws taking effect in late 2016 or the beginning of 2017. I have been writing about the emerging issues surrounding estate planning for digital assets for…
Rank this Week: 3593

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/
Rank this Week: 2089

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/
  • Feb 26

    Preventing a Will Contest

    Preventing a Will Contest
    It may be impossible to prevent relatives from fighting over your will entirely, but there are steps you can take to try to minimize squabbles and ensure your intentions are carried out. The post Preventing a Will Contest appeared first on…
  • Feb 26

    New Medicare Rule Encourages Doctors to Test for Alzheimer's Disease and Offer Care Planning

    New Medicare Rule Encourages Doctors to Test for Alzheimer's Disease and Offer Care Planning
    A new Medicare rule will promote earlier diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease. Medicare will now reimburse primary care doctors who conduct an Alzheimer's evaluation and offer information about care planning to elderly patients with cognitive…
  • Feb 26

    Watch Out for Mistakes in the List of Doctors Covered by Your Medicare Advantage Plan

    Watch Out for Mistakes in the List of Doctors Covered by Your Medicare Advantage Plan
    Medicare Advantage plans are a popular alternative to regular Medicare because the plans often offer lower out-of-pocket costs, but buyers need to make sure they know what they are paying for. The post Watch Out for Mistakes in the List of…
Rank this Week: 1539

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
  • Feb 16

    LLC, Corporation, Trade Name, Trademark: Which Do I Need?

    LLC, Corporation, Trade Name, Trademark: Which Do I Need?
    You want to protect your business, but what legal strategy will help you to protect it best? This might sound a little like something Yoda would say, but the particular strategy or strategies will depend upon what you are most interested in…
  • Feb 9

    Fraudulent Conveyances & Asset Protection

    Fraudulent Conveyances & Asset Protection
    Although the idea of asset protection, i.e. protecting assets from creditors of the a person who owns them, may seem simple at first glance, it's not. In reality, implicit in asset protection is a rather nuanced process of dealing with the…
  • Feb 7

    Adopted Children & Arizona’s Intestacy Statute

    Adopted Children & Arizona’s Intestacy Statute
    If a person dies without a will in Arizona, can that person's children who were adopted by another person or persons still inherit from the decedent's probate estate? It depends. Arizona's Intestacy statue provides the following, in part: B.…
Rank this Week: 2425

Estate Planning and Asset…

Estate Planning and Asset Protection

By Winblad Law PLLC. Addresses estate plans for Oklahoma residents.

http://winbladlaw.com/blog/
  • Feb 15

    How to Apply for Medicaid Nursing Home or Nursing Care Benefit

    How to Apply for Medicaid Nursing Home or Nursing Care Benefit
    Applying for Medicaid can be confusing. Worse, doing it wrong or at the wrong time may result in the delay or denial of benefits.
  • Feb 9

    Is a Tithe or Giving to the Church a Medicaid No No?

    Is a Tithe or Giving to the Church a Medicaid No No?
    Medicaid coverage was denied a woman who faithfully gave to the Church for years. DHS issued a notice that she would be penalized in the form of a delay in coverage due to her giving. However, on appeal she prevailed. Her tithing was not a…
  • Dec 27

    Protecting Special Needs Children from Predator

    Protecting Special Needs Children from Predator
    Failing to provide for an individual with a special need may render them vulnerable to predators. A recent case describes how a boyfriend took part in drug use that left a daughter with severe brain damage. Later after her mom died, he…
Rank this Week: 2834

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/
  • Feb 15

    Limits to Medi-Cal Recovery (An Elder Law Today Blog)

    Limits to Medi-Cal Recovery (An Elder Law Today Blog)
    By:  Matthew M. Shafae, Attorney Law Office of Roy W. Litherland The future of Medi-Cal eligibility has been the subject of speculation for a little over a decade now. Will the California implementation of the federal Medicaid system,…
  • Jan 26

    Special Needs Trusts: Two Words to Say Fairne

    Special Needs Trusts: Two Words to Say Fairne
    Special Needs Trusts (also called Supplemental Needs Trusts) are specific types of trusts that allow a disabled person to be the beneficiary of a trust while not interrupting his/her eligibility to receive government assistance. Without a…
  • Jan 26

    Special Needs Trusts: Two Words to Say Fairne

    Special Needs Trusts: Two Words to Say Fairne
    Special Needs Trusts (also called Supplemental Needs Trusts) are specific types of trusts that allow a disabled person to be the beneficiary of a trust while not interrupting his/her eligibility to receive government assistance. Without a…
Rank this Week: 481

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/
  • Jan 31

    The Jose Fernandez Estate: Questions, Uncertainty

    The Jose Fernandez Estate: Questions, Uncertainty
    Jose Fernandez, a once promising young starting pitcher for the Miami Marlins, was killed when the boat he was aboard crashed into a jetty off the Miami Beach coast. Authorities and initial reports stated that Fernandez was accompanied by two…
  • Jan 24

    Bad Faith Claim against Decedent’s Insurer not Subject to Creditor Claim Period

    Bad Faith Claim against Decedent’s Insurer not Subject to Creditor Claim Period
    Can a claim for bad faith be maintained against a decedent’s insurance company, where the claimant failed to file a timely creditor claim against the estate?  A new Florida case says yes, the bad faith claim against the insurance…
  • Jan 23

    Can You Serve a Lawsuit By Facebook?

    Can You Serve a Lawsuit By Facebook?
    In the modern age, where communication can be done by way of text, tweet, email, or swipe, the ancient requirement to hand-serve a summons and complaint on a defendant seems quite anachronistic.  Courts and legislatures have been moving…
Rank this Week: 3186

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
  • Jan 24

    Ownership of Safe Deposit Box Content

    Ownership of Safe Deposit Box Content
    Who owns the contents of a safe-deposit box when two people are on the box and one dies? The answer may depend on what is specifically provided in the lease or rental agreement with the bank.  In other words, does the bank have a written…
  • Jan 9

    Due Process, Death and Taxe

    Due Process, Death and Taxe
    I have written extensively about the application of the due process requirements under both the Florida and United States Constitutions in previous blogs and cannot resist touching upon a recent opinion in a state court case applying federal…
  • Dec 27

    Trust Revocation: No Magic Art is Necessary

    Trust Revocation: No Magic Art is Necessary
    The Uniform Trust Code §602(c) provides that a settlor may revoke or amend a revocable trust by substantial compliance with a method provided in the terms of the trust or by any method manifesting clear and convincing evidence of the…
Rank this Week: 889

Texas Probate Litigation

Texas Probate Litigation

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

http://www.txprobatelitigation.com/
  • Jan 17

    Court may construe a will before it is admitted to probate

    Court may construe a will before it is admitted to probate
    Many will contests involve a challenge to the validity of a will, such as claims it did not meet formality requirements or that the testator lacked capacity or was subjected to undue influence. However, sometimes the primary dispute is how...
  • Dec 21

    Challenging non-testamentary designation

    Challenging non-testamentary designation
    Much of the "action" in probate litigation these days does not involve challenges to testamentary dispositions. Instead, I see more of a trend in my practice of challenges to beneficiary designations. Those include designations for: life…
  • Nov 17

    Estate of Koontz: Another summary judgment overturned

    Estate of Koontz: Another summary judgment overturned
    Estate of Koontz is a very recent decision from the San Antonio Court of Appeals. The trial court in Bandera County had granted summary judgment against a will contestant's claims of lack of testamentary capacity and undue influence. The…
Rank this Week: 2322

Olivero Law Blog

Olivero Law Blog

Covers Florida bankruptcy, family law, estate planning and real estate law.

http://www.brandonlawoffice.com/blog/
  • Dec 30

    Why you may need a parental power of attorney

    Why you may need a parental power of attorney
    If you are the parent of young children, you may occasionally need to leave them in the care of a close friend during a quick business trip, or perhaps with the grandparents while you take a kid-free holiday. Or, you may routinely leave your…
  • Jul 27

    Special Limits on Wage Garnishment

    Special Limits on Wage Garnishment
    In a previous blog post, http://www.brandonlawoffice.com/2016/06/heres-how-much-of-your-wages-can-be-garnished-to-pay-your-debts, we covered the broad limitations that federal and state laws place on wage garnishment. Wage garnishment is when…
  • Jun 15

    Here’s how much of your wages can be garnished to pay your debt

    Here’s how much of your wages can be garnished to pay your debt
    If you do not pay your debts, your creditors may try to take a portion of your income directly from your employer. This is called wage garnishment. Fortunately, there are limits to how much of your income may be garnished so that you can…
Rank this Week: 2701

Mendel Law Firm Blog

Mendel Law Firm Blog

Covers estate planning.

http://www.mendellawfirm.com/blog/
  • Dec 20

    Why A Successor Trustee Is Important

    Why A Successor Trustee Is Important
    If you are considering the addition of a trust agreement to your estate plan you will need to make a number of important decisions should you decide to create a trust. Deciding who to appoint as the Trustee of your trust is one of those…
  • Dec 13

    Why Should Incapacity Planning Be Included in Your Estate Plan?

    Why Should Incapacity Planning Be Included in Your Estate Plan?
    A comprehensive estate plan should do far more than simply provide a roadmap for the distribution of your estate assets after your death. Components such as tax and probate avoidance, special needs planning, or retirement planning can easily…
  • Dec 6

    Under a Power of Attorney Can an Agent Make Gifts on Your Behalf?

    Under a Power of Attorney Can an Agent Make Gifts on Your Behalf?
    A power of attorney is a commonly used legal document, often included in a comprehensive estate plan. When used properly, a power of attorney, or POA, can be a beneficial addition to your estate plan. Unfortunately, people often execute a POA…
Rank this Week: 3462

Los Angeles Estate, Probate And…

Los Angeles Estate, Probate And Tax Law Blog

Covers estate planning, tax and probate law. Published by Moravecs, a Professional Law Corporation.

http://losangelesestateprobatelawyer.blogspot.com/
Rank this Week: 1741