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Michigan Estate Planning Lawyer…

Michigan Estate Planning Lawyer Blog

Covers trusts, probate, elder law, and estate planning. By Witzke Berry Carter & Wander PLLC.

http://www.michiganestateplanninglawyerblog.com/
  • May 2

    Why You Must Never Ever Micromanage Your Search Engine Optimization Company

    Why You Must Never Ever Micromanage Your Search Engine Optimization Company
    You’re not obtaining the outcomes you desire from your Search Engine Optimization firm, but you’re not sure exactly just what the trouble is. You even question if it could be you, as well as not the Search Engine Optimization…
  • Sep 24

    Tax Filing Tips for Same-Sex Couples in Oakland County

    Tax Filing Tips for Same-Sex Couples in Oakland County
    Tax filing tips as a result of the Windsor ruling on same-sex couples By Marc Wander Cincinnati residents James Obergefell and John Arthur lived together and were in a committed and intimate relationship for more than 20 years. When John…
  • Sep 24

    Obamacare: GOP’s NEW plan to repeal and replace

    Obamacare: GOP’s NEW plan to repeal and replace
    Obamacare proposed to be repealed and replaced in GOP’s new bill By Mike Witzke A health-care bill will be unveiled by the Republican Study Committee in the House of Representatives to replace Obamacare. (Related: Gifts for…
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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 2

    Removal of Executor Upheld by Court

    Removal of Executor Upheld by Court
    The San Antonio Court of Appeals recently considered a challenge to the probate court’s removal of an independent executor in Estate of Montemayor. The probate court removed the executor after finding that, after three years, he had not…
  • May 2

    Less May Be More

    Less May Be More
    A new report from Merrill Lynch Wealth Management shows that about half of wealthy families feel that giving their children too large of an inheritance could prove injurious. Advisors have the opportunity to lead discussions with wealthy…
  • May 2

    Builder Wins Inheritance Over Family's Challenge

    Builder Wins Inheritance Over Family's Challenge
    As I have previously discussed, Ronald Butcher's will left £500,000 to Danny Sharp who provided the service of cleaning out Butcher's gutters free of charge, which led to a six year friendship according to Sharp. Butcher's family challenged…
Rank this Week: 156

New York Probate and Estate…

New York Probate and Estate Administration Blog

Published by Stephen Bilkis & Associates

http://www.newyorkprobateestateadministration.com/
  • May 1

    Petitioners Seek Determination as to Disposition of Property

    Petitioners Seek Determination as to Disposition of Property
    A Probate Lawyer said that in this proceeding the executors seek a determination as to the validity and effect of the disposition of property described in testator's will and authorization to sell the real property of which testator died…
  • Apr 30

    Petitioner Seeks Clarity on Disposition of Property

    Petitioner Seeks Clarity on Disposition of Property
    A New York Probate Lawyer said that in this proceeding the executors seek a determination as to the validity and effect of the disposition of property described in testator's will and authorization to sell the real property of which testator…
  • Mar 31

    petitioner Seeks Interpretation of Tax Clause in Will

    petitioner Seeks Interpretation of Tax Clause in Will
    The executors have requested construction of several provisions of Mrs. VK’s will admitted to probate in 1969. IProbate Lawyers said the principal problem concerns the meaning of the tax clause. Since the bulk of the estate consists of…
Rank this Week: 703

Florida Estate Planning and…

Florida Estate Planning and Probate Law Blog

By Marc Soss.

http://floridaestateplanningandprobatelaw.blogspot.com/
  • May 1

    A FLORIDA TRUSTEES OBLIGATIONS TO TRUST BENEFICIARIES

    A FLORIDA TRUSTEES OBLIGATIONS TO TRUST BENEFICIARIES
    In the case of Bain v. McIntosh (U.S. Ct. App., 11th Cir., No. 14-13836, March 2, 2015) the U.S. Court of Appeals held that a Florida attorney, hired to represent a trustee does not owe a fiduciary duty to the trust…
  • May 1

    THE REASONABLENESS OF FLORIDA PROBATE LEGAL FEES

    THE REASONABLENESS OF FLORIDA PROBATE LEGAL FEES
    The Florida 2nd District Court of Appeals, in Faulkner v. Woodruff (Fla. Ct. App., 2nd Dist., No. 2D13-2165, March 6, 2015) recently held that a Florida Personal Representative may petition a probate court to review the…
  • Apr 28

    STEP-CHILDREN'S RIGHTS IN FLORIDA PROBATE PROCEEDINGS

    STEP-CHILDREN'S RIGHTS IN FLORIDA PROBATE PROCEEDINGS
    One of the most common scenarios, when dealing with Florida probate matters in the second marriage situation, is that upon the death of the first spouse his or her children claim that the surviving spouse is taking…
Rank this Week: 2739

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 1

    Is Gift to Stepchildren Void if Testator is Divorced After Signing a Will?

    Is Gift to Stepchildren Void if Testator is Divorced After Signing a Will?
    I received a note yesterday from someone whose mother had recently passed away. His mother’s Will, which was made before she divorced, identified her stepchildren as beneficiaries. The note’s author asked: “Do the…
  • Apr 20

    Who Are Your Beneficiaries?

    Who Are Your Beneficiaries?
    Who are your beneficiaries? When was the last time you updated your beneficiary designations? If you’re like most Americans, it’s probably been a really long time! Unfortunately that can lead to disastrous results. For example, I…
  • Apr 10

    Can I Rewrite a Deceased Person’s Will?

    Can I Rewrite a Deceased Person’s Will?
    I received a message from someone this week whose husband had passed away seven years earlier leaving a Will that gave all his worldly possessions her. However, she never had the Will probated. I’m not sure what circumstances caused her…
Rank this Week: 1184

Nirenstein, Horowitz & Associates,…

Nirenstein, Horowitz & Associates, P.C. Blog

Covers Connecticut estate planning, probate and elder law.

http://www.preserveyourestate.net/blog/
  • May 1

    Look Ahead as a Small Business Owner

    Look Ahead as a Small Business Owner
    When you are working for a company you have a lot of planning to do if you want to be ready to address all the eventualities of aging and ultimately leave behind a significant inheritance to your family members. However, your objectives with…
  • Apr 29

    What Living Trusts Do & Do Not Accomplish

    What Living Trusts Do & Do Not Accomplish
    Revocable living trusts are a good estate planning solution for many people, and this includes those who would not consider themselves to be wealthy. However, there are things they can and cannot accomplish and we would like to provide some…
  • Apr 27

    Download Your Free Estate Planning Report

    Download Your Free Estate Planning Report
    People often procrastinate when it comes to estate planning, and the root cause of this failure to act in many instances is the simple fact that they don’t know where to begin. This is understandable to a certain extent, but each day…
Rank this Week: 2209

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 1

    The Symbiotic Relationship Between Privacy Law and Anti-Discrimination Law

    The Symbiotic Relationship Between Privacy Law and Anti-Discrimination Law
    Jessica L. Roberts, Protecting Privacy to Prevent Discrimination, 56 Wm. & Mary L. Rev. (forthcoming, 2015), available at SSRN.Alex B. LongJessica Roberts’ upcoming article, Protecting Privacy to Prevent Discrimination, explores the…
  • Apr 29

    Do Corporate Managers Have a Duty to Avoid Taxes?

    Do Corporate Managers Have a Duty to Avoid Taxes?
    Reuven S. Avi-Yonah, Just Say No: Corporate Taxation and Corporate Social Responsibility __ NYU J. Law & Bus. __ (forthcoming), available at SSRN.Kathleen DeLaney ThomasThe recent wave of corporate inversion transactions, in which…
  • Apr 28

    Do Voluntary Compliance Programs Really Improve Environmental Law?

    Do Voluntary Compliance Programs Really Improve Environmental Law?
    Cary Coglianese & Jennifer Nash, Performance Track’s Postmortem: Lessons from the Rise and Fall of EPA’s ‘Flagship’ Voluntary Program, 38 Harv. Envtl. L. Rev. 1 (2014).Eric BiberCary Coglianese and Jennifer Nash…
Rank this Week: 91

Northern California Center for…

Northern California Center for Estate Planning and Elder Law

Covers estate planning.

http://www.norcalplanners.com/blog/
  • Apr 30

    What Is a Family Wealth Trust?

    What Is a Family Wealth Trust?
    You have to preserve your family wealth for the benefit of succeeding generations if you are planning your estate as a very successful individual. The estate tax presents a looming threat to your financial legacy. There is no state-level…
  • Apr 29

    What Is the Nomination of a Guardian?

    What Is the Nomination of a Guardian?
    Some people look at estate planning as something that is only relevant to senior citizens. In fact, it could be argued that estate planning is more important for younger adults, especially parents with dependent children. If you are a young…
  • Apr 28

    What Is a Northern California Living Will

    What Is a Northern California Living Will
    What Is a Northern California Living Will from Timothy Murphy If you don’t have a living will, your closest relative would be forced to make this life or death decision on your behalf. Learn more about Northern California Living…
Rank this Week: 3219

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: 4248

Law Office of Roy W. Litherland…

Law Office of Roy W. Litherland Blog

Covers estate planning, probate and living trusts.

http://www.attorneyoffice.com/blog/
  • Apr 30

    How Can I Avoid Probate?

    How Can I Avoid Probate?
    There is an estate administration process that takes place after you pass away. When a will is used as a vehicle of asset transfer, property becomes probate property at first. This property cannot be transferred until the estate is probated…
  • Apr 28

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

    What Is the Difference Between a Living Will and a Living Trust?
    The one estate planning document that most people have definitely heard of is the last will or last will and testament. This is a legally binding document that you can use to direct the way that your assets will be transferred after you die.…
  • Apr 23

    Estate Planning & Elder Care Seminar

    Estate Planning & Elder Care Seminar
    We do everything possible to provide educational opportunities to people in the greater San Jose area, because many people fail to plan ahead due to a lack of information. From an electronic perspective, we publish an ongoing stream of…
Rank this Week: 2231

California Trust, Estate & Probate…

California Trust, Estate & Probate Litigation

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

http://www.californiatrustestateandprobatelitigation.com
  • Apr 30

    Step Into the Boxing Ring: Trust and Will Lawsuits can be a real FIGHT!

    Step Into the Boxing Ring: Trust and Will Lawsuits can be a real FIGHT!
    Make no mistake, litigation is a fight.  If you are going to try to set aside a Trust or Will document, you have a fight coming your way.  And in most cases, it can be a long, tough, expensive fight.  Unfortunately, there is no…
  • Apr 28

    Can You Text Your California Will?

    Can You Text Your California Will?
    You are on a plane and hit a good bit a turbulence, or the plane drops in altitude suddenly, and you think to yourself that you never did prepare your Will, so you send a quick text to a family member or friend setting out your desires should…
  • Apr 23

    Can You Escape a California No-Contest Clause?…Probably…

    Can You Escape a California No-Contest Clause?…Probably…
    Under California law, no-cotest clauses in California Trust and Wills have been substantially limited in their applicability.  In most cases they simply will not apply.  But even when a no-contest clause does apply, it may still be…
Rank this Week: 907

Law Office of Andrew M. Lamkin,…

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

Covers elder law.

http://lamkinelderlaw.com/articles/
  • Apr 30

    When Should You Review Your Will?

    When Should You Review Your Will?
    Creating a will is one of the most important steps in planning your estate to ensure your assets are distributed according to your wishes. Anyone over the age of 18 who has belongings they want to leave to someone should take the time to…
  • Apr 20

    Having the Tough “Talk” with Your Aging Parent

    Having the Tough “Talk” with Your Aging Parent
    Having the difficult “talk” with your aging parents about elderly living arrangements, end-of-life care, and finances during retirement is one discussion most people would rather put off as long as possible. Putting off this talk…
  • Apr 10

    Estate Planning 101

    Estate Planning 101
    Deciding how to divide your assets and making sure your loved ones receive what you want them to have can be a simple matter. However, this is only possible if you understand the process of estate planning and where to begin. On the other…
Rank this Week: 2807

German Law Group Blog

German Law Group Blog

Covers estate planning.

http://www.germanlawgroup.com/
  • Apr 30

    Why Is a Living Trust Better Than a Power of Attorney?

    Why Is a Living Trust Better Than a Power of Attorney?
    One legal document is not necessarily “better” than another, in much the same way that one golf club is not better than another. One club would be appropriate under certain circumstances, and you would use another club when…
  • Apr 29

    Free Report: What is the North Dakota Estate Marital Tax Deduction

    Free Report: What is the North Dakota Estate Marital Tax Deduction
    This citizenship requirement tells you something about the value of the marital deduction as an estate planning strategy. The tax man does not extend the marital deduction to non-citizens because a surviving spouse who is a citizen of another…
  • Apr 28

    Is Incapacity Planning Really Important?

    Is Incapacity Planning Really Important?
    When you hear someone talking about incapacity planning, you may tune out. Of course we are all aware of the fact that some people become incapacitated, but it can seem like something that only happens to “someone else.” In…
Rank this Week: 3292

Mendel Law Firm Blog

Mendel Law Firm Blog

Covers estate planning.

http://www.mendellawfirm.com/blog/
  • Apr 29

    Thought for the Day:

    Thought for the Day:
    Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship. Buddha
  • Apr 29

    What Will Happen to Your Cat When You Die?

    What Will Happen to Your Cat When You Die?
    According to the Humane Society of the United States, there are just over 86 million owned cats in the United States. One in three households in America includes at least one or more cats as part of the family. Unlike dog owners who are more…
  • Apr 28

    Texas History – Do You Know Who Established the First Large Ranch in the Panhandle?

    Texas History – Do You Know Who Established the First Large Ranch in the Panhandle?
    Probably the best known rancher in Texas, Colonel Charles Goodnight established the first large Panhandle ranch in 1876. At the outbreak of the Civil War he joined the Confederate States Army. After the war he became involved in the herding…
Rank this Week: 3217

Texas Probate Litigation

Texas Probate Litigation

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

http://www.txprobatelitigation.com/
  • Apr 29

    Court of appeals upholds removal of executor

    Court of appeals upholds removal of executor
    In Estate of Montemayor, the San Antonio Court of Appeals considered a challenge to the probate court's removal of an independent executor. Such removals have become more difficult since the Texas Supreme Court's opinion in Kappus v. Kappus.…
  • Jan 28

    Does the holder of a POA owe a general fiduciary duty to the principal?

    Does the holder of a POA owe a general fiduciary duty to the principal?
    Under Texas law the holder of a power of attorney, as an agent, owes the principal a fiduciary duty. In situations involving a transaction between the agent and the principal, Texas law closely scrutinizes the transaction and places the…
  • Nov 14

    Estate of Hemsley

    Estate of Hemsley
    Sherman Hemsley was a popular actor, known for playing George Jefferson in "All in the Family" and the "The Jeffersons." He was never married and had no children. He died in El Paso in 2012 after a battle with lung...
Rank this Week: 5078

New York Probate Lawyer Blog

New York Probate Lawyer Blog

By Jules Martin Haas.

http://www.newyorkprobatelawyerblog.com/
  • Apr 29

    New York Guardianship Cases Often Involve Conflicts Between Family Member

    New York Guardianship Cases Often Involve Conflicts Between Family Member
    Article 81 of the Mental Hygiene Law (MHL) contains the provisions regarding the appointment of a Guardian for property management and personal needs for a person who is found to be incapacitated.  The New York Probate Lawyer Blog has…
  • Apr 22

    New York Estate Debts Must Be Paid By a Fiduciary

    New York Estate Debts Must Be Paid By a Fiduciary
    Executors and Administrators appointed by the Surrogate’s Court have many duties and responsibilities. New York Estate Lawyers who represent fiduciaries typically assist their clients in connection with determining and paying estate…
  • Apr 15

    New York Kinship Proceedings Require Adequate Proof of Family Relationship

    New York Kinship Proceedings Require Adequate Proof of Family Relationship
    Estate attorneys in New York are familiar with statutes that provide for the distribution of estate assets to a person’s next of kin. These persons are known as distributees.  Estates, Powers and Trusts Law Section 4-1.1 entitled…
Rank this Week: 2172

Wills and Estate Administration…

Wills and Estate Administration Articles

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

http://njwills.blogspot.com/
  • Apr 29

    Remove & Expungement of Criminal Arrests and Convictions- Free Seminar- Edison, NJ- May 6

    Remove & Expungement of Criminal Arrests and Convictions- Free Seminar- Edison, NJ- May 6
    Remove & Expungement of Criminal Arrests and Convictions- Free SeminarMay 6, 2015 from 5:00pm-5:45Location: Law Office of Kenneth Vercammen, 2053 Woodbridge Ave, Edison, NJ 08817Cost: Free if you pre-register. Complimentary materials…
  • Apr 20

    SECTION 3-901. SUCCESSORS’ RIGHTS IF NO ADMINISTRATION.

    SECTION 3-901. SUCCESSORS’ RIGHTS IF NO ADMINISTRATION.
    SECTION 3-901. SUCCESSORS’ RIGHTS IF NO ADMINISTRATION. In the absence of administration, the heirs and devisees are entitled to the estate in accordance with the terms of a probated will or the laws of intestate succession. Devisees…
  • Apr 20

    SECTION 3-101. DEVOLUTION OF ESTATE AT DEATH; RESTRICTIONS.

    SECTION 3-101. DEVOLUTION OF ESTATE AT DEATH; RESTRICTIONS.
    SECTION 3-101. DEVOLUTION OF ESTATE AT DEATH; RESTRICTIONS. The power of a person to leave property by will, and the rights of creditors, devisees, and heirs to his property are subject to the restrictions and limitations contained…
Rank this Week: 4564

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/
  • Apr 28

    Florida Family Trust Companies: Tax and Nontax Consideration

    Florida Family Trust Companies: Tax and Nontax Consideration
    As reported here by the WSJ, increasingly the über wealthy are setting up their own privately-held family trust companies or “FTCs” to handle their trust assets. Here’s an excerpt: It isn’t enough to have a…
  • Apr 20

    Tax Court: Will a faith-based arbitration clause disqualify your trust for tax purposes?

    Tax Court: Will a faith-based arbitration clause disqualify your trust for tax purposes?
    Mikel v. Comm’r, T.C. Memo. 2015-64, 2015 WL 1518063 (U.S.Tax Ct. April 6, 2015) We aren’t doing our jobs as estate planners if we don’t anticipate — and plan accordingly for — the structural…
  • Apr 6

    4th DCA: Is a spousal undue influence claim impossible under Florida law?

    4th DCA: Is a spousal undue influence claim impossible under Florida law?
    Blinn v. Carlman, — So.3d —-, 2015 WL 1223665 (Fla. 4th DCA March 18, 2015) (trial-court order) Who bears the burden of proof is often a decisive factor in will contests. Why? Because your single most important witness…
Rank this Week: 426

Kuhn and Kuhn Law Firm Blog

Kuhn and Kuhn Law Firm Blog

Covers estate planning.

http://www.kuhnandkuhn.com/blog/
  • Apr 28

    Why It Is Important to Decide Who Gets the Sentimental Assets in Your Estate Plan

    Why It Is Important to Decide Who Gets the Sentimental Assets in Your Estate Plan
    Like most people, when you  think about estate planning you think about deciding who will receive the most valuable assets you own – your home, a retirement account, an investment account, or maybe a family business. Without a…
  • Apr 23

    What Is the Marital Deduction?

    What Is the Marital Deduction?
    Estate planning typically requires a consideration of a number of factors that will ultimately impact the plan, including the tax implications of a proposed estate plan. Federal gift and estate taxes, for example, can diminish the value of an…
  • Apr 21

    Can Someone Contest a Trust Like They Do a Will?

    Can Someone Contest a Trust Like They Do a Will?
    Ideally, when you die your estate plan will kick in and provide a roadmap for the disposition of all your estate assets during the probate process that follows your death. Sometimes, however, the probate process does not run as smoothly as…
Rank this Week: 3218

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/
  • Apr 27

    Palm Springs Estate Attorney Discusses the Estate Tax

    Palm Springs Estate Attorney Discusses the Estate Tax
    The U.S. House of Representatives voted earlier this month to repeal the Federal Estate Tax. Republicans have long voiced their opposition over this tax but a vote to repeal hasn’t occurred in over a decade. The measure passed with 240…
  • Mar 16

    Palm Desert Trust Attorney Explains the Pitfalls of Bankruptcy on Trust

    Palm Desert Trust Attorney Explains the Pitfalls of Bankruptcy on Trust
    Bankruptcy can disrupt your estate plan. We previously discussed here the problem bankruptcy creates if you have assets in joint tenancy with a bankruptcy debtor. However, bankruptcy can also effect your estate plan for your beneficiaries if…
  • Jan 5

    Palm Springs Estate Planning Attorney Discusses New California Laws 2015

    Palm Springs Estate Planning Attorney Discusses New California Laws 2015
    California has roughly 900 new laws that will go into effect in 2015. Some of the highlights are: Immigrant Driver's Licenses The DMV will now issue driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants if they meet every qualification including…
Rank this Week: 2125

Hauptman and Hauptman, P.C. Blog

Hauptman and Hauptman, P.C. Blog

Covers guardianship, Medicaid, probate and estate administration.

http://www.hauptmanlaw.com/blog
  • Apr 26

    More Than Just Power of Attorney

    More Than Just Power of Attorney
                More often than not, the calls we receive in our office concerning a long term care crisis are made by one or more of the adult children of the senior in failing health. …
  • Apr 19

    Second Marriage – Happily Ever After? (Part 2)

    Second Marriage – Happily Ever After? (Part 2)
                    Last week I was telling you about George and Mary.  Mary has dementia and may soon need nursing home care.   George had gone to an elder…
  • Apr 12

    Second Marriage – Happily Ever After?

    Second Marriage – Happily Ever After?
                    George called me because his wife, Mary wasn’t doing well.  She has dementia and he is facing the prospect of needing long term care for…
Rank this Week: 2529

Law Offices of Robert H. Glorch…

Law Offices of Robert H. Glorch Blog

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

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

    Estate Planning Jokes for April’s National Humor Month

    Estate Planning Jokes for April’s National Humor Month
    It can’t be an accident that National Humor Month coincides with income tax month. Who doesn’t need a little laughter after trying to decipher over 4 million words in the tax code. Last April I linked to a few humorous videos.…
  • Apr 16

    April 16 is National Healthcare Decisions Day

    April 16 is National Healthcare Decisions Day
    Did you know that April 16 (every year) is National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD)? Just what is NHDD? It’s a “50-state annual initiative to provide clear, concise, and consistent information on healthcare decision-making to both…
  • Apr 7

    Ernie Banks Estate, Part 3: Creditor Claims Against the Estate

    Ernie Banks Estate, Part 3: Creditor Claims Against the Estate
    Mr. Cub’s estate battle has now entered roughly the top of the second inning. To recap, you can read my first two installments on this case here and here. What’s happened since my last installment on March 3rd? Quite a bit (you…
Rank this Week: 3151

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 23

    Sofia Vergara Lawsuit Teaches Lesson For Couples Using IVF

    Sofia Vergara Lawsuit Teaches Lesson For Couples Using IVF
    It began with an anonymous court filing pitting “John Doe” against “Jane Doe.” It didn’t take long for Jane and John to be identified publicly as Modern Family‘s Sofia Vergara and creator of the Onion…
  • Apr 8

    Celebrity Legacies: Blurred Lines Surround Marvin Gaye Estate

    Celebrity Legacies: Blurred Lines Surround Marvin Gaye Estate
    There's nothing like a hit song to keep heirs dancing down the road to the bank -- even when that song wasn't written, composed, or sung by the celebrity singer who died. The heirs of Marvin Gaye hit it big with a judgment against Robin…
  • Mar 30

    "Was He A Hero?" And Other Questions Surround Chris Kyle's Estate - The American Sniper

    "Was He A Hero?" And Other Questions Surround Chris Kyle's Estate - The American Sniper
    As the movie, American Sniper, enjoys box office success, questions and controversies surround the estate of Chris Kyle. One of his biggest critics is Jesse Ventura, the always-outspoken former professional wrestler and potential presidential…
Rank this Week: 653

Long Island Estate Planning…

Long Island Estate Planning Questions & Answers

Covers estate planning, probate, wills, trusts, and guardianships. By Albert Gurevich.

http://longislandestatesattorney.com/faqs/
  • Apr 22

    What is Mental Incompetence for a Long Island Will Contest?

    What is Mental Incompetence for a Long Island Will Contest?
    Understanding Testamentary Capacity Many people assume that because their loved one has mental issues that it meant that they would not have the capability to sign a will. This would be a reasonable assumption considering that one must have a…
  • Apr 15

    What is Considered Undue Influence in a Long Island Will?

    What is Considered Undue Influence in a Long Island Will?
    A common objection to a will is that someone used undue influence to get the person who died on Long Island to change their will so that it no longer reflected how they wanted their estate be divided after their death. Undue influence, while…
  • Apr 2

    Can a Trust on Long Island be Terminated or Changed?

    Can a Trust on Long Island be Terminated or Changed?
    Are the Terms of a Long Island Trust Permanent? If you are setting up a trust, are a trustee or are a beneficiary of a trust, you may need to know if the trust that you have set up can be modified in some way or cancelled. The answer is not a…
Rank this Week: 3814

Florida Probate Litigation Lawyer…

Florida Probate Litigation Lawyer Blog

Cover Florida probate litigation. By Chepenik & Trushin LLP.

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

    Protecting Your Online Accounts After Death

    Protecting Your Online Accounts After Death
    It is no secret that we are living in a digital world. Our daily lives are spent online paying bills, browsing social media, checking bank accounts, and the list goes on. When you signed up for all of these accounts, you likely did not think…
  • Apr 1

    Why Would You Need a Revocable Living Trust in Florida?

    Why Would You Need a Revocable Living Trust in Florida?
    A will cannot always handle the wide range of issues that arise when planning your estate. A revocable living trust, commonly called a living trust (or “inter vivos trust”), is created during your lifetime and allows you to…
  • Mar 17

    Tips to Avoid Common Pitfalls in Estate Planning

    Tips to Avoid Common Pitfalls in Estate Planning
    You take the time to create an estate plan with the hopes that upon passing, your assets are distributed as you had indicated in your estate plan. Unfortunately, not all estate plans are created equal and consequently, a poorly created…
Rank this Week: 4414

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/
  • Apr 22

    Trust Can Be Reformed to Add Beneficiarie

    Trust Can Be Reformed to Add Beneficiarie
    Can a trust be reformed to add beneficiaries where the trust as originally drafted fails to include any beneficiaries?  According to a recent Florida trust case, yes, the trust can be reformed to add a residual beneficiary clause. 
  • Apr 10

    Waiver and Consent in Estate and Probate Administration

    Waiver and Consent in Estate and Probate Administration
    Probate—the process by which an estate is administered—is fraught with obscure and complex rules which must be followed in a precise manner in order to ultimately distribute assets to the intended beneficiaries.
  • Mar 22

    Partition Actions in Florida

    Partition Actions in Florida
    Partition actions are often used to force the sale of jointly owned property when the owners cannot agree amongst themselves what to do with the property.  Florida law provides a general framework on how a partition action is to proceed,…
Rank this Week: 2851

Murphy's Law Blog

Murphy's Law Blog

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

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

    What Senior Care Looked Like Sixty Years Ago

    What Senior Care Looked Like Sixty Years Ago
    Nearly 60 years ago, in 1959, LIFE magazine ran a four-part photo essay that spawned national outrage and spurred the country toward change. Billed as a real-life kind of horror show, the magazine captured in stunning detail the harrowing…
  • Apr 15

    For Some Families, Estate Planning Is People Planning

    For Some Families, Estate Planning Is People Planning
    Some of the best sitcom episodes are those in which the protagonist family goes on vacation. Invariably, they mess up. Tickets are left, bags are lost, plans derail, and tempers fly off the handle. View image | gettyimages.com That’s…
  • Apr 8

    Artist Ages a Woman from Baby to Old Age in Mere Minute

    Artist Ages a Woman from Baby to Old Age in Mere Minute
    It’s often said that life goes by in the blink of an eye. Now, an artist has created an incredible video that shows it happening almost that quickly, and the effect is deeply moving. Korean artist Seok Jeong Hyeon, better ……
Rank this Week: 1625

New York Probate & Estate…

New York Probate & Estate Litigation Blog

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

http://www.nyprobatelitigation.com/
  • Apr 19

    Digital Life After Death, A Question For The Future

    Digital Life After Death, A Question For The Future
    Your lawblogger recently attended a seminar given by Evan Carroll, the author of  “Your Digital Afterlife”,  a book speaking to the growing issues that have arisen as our activities on line have continued to branch out…
  • Mar 31

    Cubs Star Ernie Banks Will Leaving Estate To Caregiver Ruled Valid

    Cubs Star Ernie Banks Will Leaving Estate To Caregiver Ruled Valid
    The Star Tribune has reported today that Ernie Banks, all star shortstop of the Chicago Cubs who died January 23rd at the age of 83 has left his estate to his caregiver Regina Rice. Banks made his will last October and the witnesses reported…
  • Mar 2

    Court of Appeals to Hear Missing Will Case

    Court of Appeals to Hear Missing Will Case
    The Estate of Robyn Lewis reported in the Watertown Daily Times  presents a state of facts perfect for a bar examination question.  When Robyn Lewis and her husband James Simmons divorced in Texas in 1966, Robyn retained ownership…
Rank this Week: 508

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
  • Apr 16

    Opening a Safe Deposit Box After Death in NY

    Opening a Safe Deposit Box After Death in NY
    I often receive phone calls from clients who had recently lost a loved one and, among other things, are confused about how to access the decedent’s safe deposit box. A common concern is that the loved one kept their last will in the…
  • Mar 9

    Frequently Asked Probate Question

    Frequently Asked Probate Question
    As a probate lawyer, I am often asked many important questions about the probate process. I have decided to make a list of some of the most frequent questions in an effort to help people understand the process better. What is Probate? Probate…
  • Jan 27

    Spending Down Assets to Qualify for Medicaid Nursing Home Care

    Spending Down Assets to Qualify for Medicaid Nursing Home Care
    Medicaid nursing home care is a means-based program, which means that the government looks at your income and assets to determine eligibility. Since you can’t gift away your assets and qualify for nursing home care for up to 5 years,…
Rank this Week: 2602

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 16

    NEW Heggstad Petition Case

    NEW Heggstad Petition Case
    I got notice a couple weeks ago of a new case to help get Heggstad petitions approved. That is, petitions brought under California probate code section 850. The case is: Ukkestad v. RBS Asset Finance Filed  March 16, 2015, Fourth…
  • Apr 16

    NEW Heggstad Petition Case

    NEW Heggstad Petition Case
    I got notice a couple weeks ago of a new case to help get Heggstad petitions approved. That is, petitions brought under California probate code section 850. The case is: Ukkestad v. RBS Asset Finance Filed  March 16, 2015, Fourth…
  • Mar 26

    Coach Dean Smith leaves a small legacy… what will you do?

    Coach Dean Smith leaves a small legacy… what will you do?
    As an estate planning attorney I help clients plan the legacy they will leave. Often it’s simple such as “I leave everything to my children….”  Other times it’s a gift to an old friend, a church, or other…
Rank this Week: 3360

Florida Probate Lawyer Blog

Florida Probate Lawyer Blog

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

http://www.florida-probate-lawyer.com/probate
  • Apr 14

    BUT YOU AGREED TO MAKE ME THE BENEFICIARY!

    BUT YOU AGREED TO MAKE ME THE BENEFICIARY!
    Whether in the context of a divorce proceeding or when a couple is preparing their estate planning together, some people agree to a contract to subsequently make a Will or Trust that names another as the primary beneficiary.  This…
  • Apr 6

    Probate Creditor Claims in Florida

    Probate Creditor Claims in Florida
    ADDRESSING THE ISSUE OF CREDITOR CLAIMS FROM THE VIEWPOINT OF THE PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE One of the significant issues a Personal Representative of an Estate needs to address is that of the claims against the Estate by creditors. To…
  • Mar 18

    Exploitation of the Elderly

    Exploitation of the Elderly
    Fla. Stat. § 732.518 provides that “[a]n action to contest the validity of all or part of a will or the revocation of all or part of a will may not be commenced before the death of the testator.”  Essentially
Rank this Week: 1110

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/
  • Apr 13

    Retirement Planning With Special Needs Child

    Retirement Planning With Special Needs Child
    Parents with special needs children have a set of added concerns when planning for their retirement.  In addition to planning where they will live and how much income they will have, they also need to plan where there special needs child…
  • Feb 8

    Nursing Homes Abuse

    Nursing Homes Abuse
    The New York Times has reported that New York nursing homes are now bringing guardianship proceedings in order to collect on the bills owed to them. In order to protect yourself from such abuse, it is vital that you have a valid Power of…
  • Jan 19

    Don’t Have An Unsettled Legacy

    Don’t Have An Unsettled Legacy
    The children of Dr. Martin Luther King. Jr. are involved in litigation in Atlanta over control of his bible and his Nobel Prize medal. One group wants them to be sold. Another group wants them donated to Morehouse College. It is sad that this…
Rank this Week: 3276

Estateography

Estateography

By Alvi Aggarwal.

http://www.estateography.com/
  • Apr 12

    Whether to Qualify as Executor or Administrator of a Virginia Estate

    Whether to Qualify as Executor or Administrator of a Virginia Estate
    When a person dies and has an estate that needs administration, a person has to qualify before the clerk of the court before he/she can do that administering. Being named in the will is not enough. Qualification is the process that gives a…
  • Apr 4

    What Is Probate? What Should I Do about It?

    What Is Probate? What Should I Do about It?
    Probate, Qualification, and Estate Administration Probate, technically, is the process by which a will is accepted as valid by a court (or the clerk of the court). The term is often used more loosely (as I will use it) to also encompass the…
  • Mar 1

    Resigning as Administrator or Executor of a Virginia Estate

    Resigning as Administrator or Executor of a Virginia Estate
    Question: I qualified as an administrator of my aunt's estate. I don't want to be an administrator any more. What can I do? Answer: An administrator (or executor) can resign; however, resigning isn't as easy as qualifying. To resign, a…
Rank this Week: 4063

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 10

    “Undue Influence” Can Undo Your Estate Planning Intention

    “Undue Influence” Can Undo Your Estate Planning Intention
    Your deathbed is not the right place to make a will or begin the estate planning process. Individuals who are hospitalized or dying are often subject to the undue influence of others. California courts may invalidate a will or other estate…
  • Mar 22

    The Importance of Managing Trust Asset

    The Importance of Managing Trust Asset
    A living trust can help provide for both you and your children. Married couples often establish a joint trust to manage their assets during their lifetimes, and when one spouse dies, the other spouse may continue to benefit from the trust. A…
  • Mar 20

    Addressing “Joint” and “Community” Property in Your Estate Plan

    Addressing “Joint” and “Community” Property in Your Estate Plan
    California is a “community property” state. This means any property acquired during a marriage belongs to the spouses equally. In the event of divorce, any community property must be divided between the spouses. Of course, a…
Rank this Week: 4456

North Carolina Estate Planning…

North Carolina Estate Planning Blog

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

http://www.ncestateplanningblog.com/
  • Apr 9

    Last-Minute Estate Planning in North Carolina

    Last-Minute Estate Planning in North Carolina
    Forbes cited a survey in 2014 that revealed 51% of Americans aged 55 to 64 do not have an estate plan. Sometimes a health crisis prompts an individual to create a plan for bequeathing their assets. However, hastily making changes to an estate…
  • Apr 7

    Tax Planning for North Carolina Business Succession

    Tax Planning for North Carolina Business Succession
    While transferring business interests can have tax consequences, structuring a business succession plan with regard to tax law can help minimize tax burdens associated with business transfers to surviving family members when a business owner…
  • Mar 30

    10 Things to Ask Your Accountant: Small Biz Webinar

    10 Things to Ask Your Accountant: Small Biz Webinar
    Our tax attorneys in Chapel Hill recently reviewed the advantages and disadvantages of investing or gifting your tax refund, tax issues when settling an estate, and ways to protect yourself from tax preparer fraud. As the tax season filing…
Rank this Week: 543

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
  • Apr 1

    Estate Plan Privacy

    Estate Plan Privacy
    Perhaps one of the most overlooked aspects of a revocable "living" trust is the privacy that it can provide. If you're not familiar the concept of  a living trust, it is a legal document often used in estate planning, either in…
  • Mar 25

    The Achieving A Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act

    The Achieving A Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act
    Late last year President Obama signed the Achieving A Better Life Experience ("ABLE") Act into law. In essence, the ABLE Act can allow individuals with qualifying disabilities or their families to set aside funds for education, housing and…
  • Feb 13

    Facebook & Estate Planning

    Facebook & Estate Planning
    Facebook recently announced a limited digital estate planning functionality, called Facebook Legacy Contacts, associated with Facebook accounts: Today we’re introducing a new feature that lets people choose a legacy contact—a…
Rank this Week: 1073

Florida Probate Blog -…

Florida Probate Blog - WeProbateFlorida.com

Covers Florida probate administration. By Long H. Duong.

http://weprobateflorida.com
  • Mar 30

    Why You Need Probate to Sell Real Estate

    Why You Need Probate to Sell Real Estate
    Here’s a frequently asked question that deserves a slightly more intricate answer: “I’m clearly a child of (the decedent). Why can’t I just sign a quit claim deed over to myself so I can sell this property?”…
  • Mar 25

    Caution: “Probate Paralegals” on Craigslist

    Caution: “Probate Paralegals” on Craigslist
    Yesterday, I received what was otherwise a routine call about a potential probate case: The caller told me she had hired a “probate paralegal” to prepare the paperwork that she, the caller, would then file the case herself. She…
  • Mar 3

    Got Letters of Administration! What now?

    Got Letters of Administration! What now?
    This is a followup to my previous post on starting Probate in Florida, specifically Formal Administration. The initial push in probate is dedicated to convincing the judge to appoint you as the personal representative (PR) and then issuing…
Rank this Week: 4521

Probate Litigation Attorney Blog

Probate Litigation Attorney Blog

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

http://www.losangelesprobatelitigationattorneyblog.com/
  • Mar 27

    Lunch With the Probate Judges – 2015

    Lunch With the Probate Judges – 2015
    On March 24, 2015, the panel of Probate Judges discussed the current state of Probate Court in Los Angeles County and addressed questions and concerns submitted by members of the Beverly Hills Bar Association. Fortunately six probate judges…
  • Feb 20

    Conservators Can Petition the Court to Stop the Abuse of Elder or Dependent Adult

    Conservators Can Petition the Court to Stop the Abuse of Elder or Dependent Adult
    Firm partners, Alexander R. Ginzburg and Yasha Bronshteyn, attended the Elder Abuse Restraining Orders: Nuts, Bolts and Other Miscellany program which was presented on February 19, 2014, by the Los Angeles Bar Association-Trust…
  • Feb 2

    New California Conservatorship Jurisdiction Act

    New California Conservatorship Jurisdiction Act
      On January 20, 2015, Ginzburg & Bronshteyn, LLP partner, Yasha Bronshteyn, attended the New California Conservatorship Jurisdiction Act: Protecting Conservatees from Multi-State Elder and Dependent Adult Abuse,  presented by…
Rank this Week: 3869

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/
  • Mar 26

    Taking Care of Your Pets After You Die

    Taking Care of Your Pets After You Die
    Non-animal lovers may find it hard to believe, but more and more pet owners are leaving their fortune to their pets. Joan Rivers made sure her dogs were taken care of after she passed away by including them in her estate planning. Leona…
  • Mar 11

    Protecting Publicity Rights in Estate Planning

    Protecting Publicity Rights in Estate Planning
    The use of the names, images, and likenesses of famous celebrities has value long after they die. Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson, Marilyn Monroe, and Babe Ruth all come to mind. However, it is not just the famous, or infamous, that have…
  • Mar 11

    Separating Estate Plans after a Divorce

    Separating Estate Plans after a Divorce
    There are many things that you must sort out and put back together after a divorce, but you should not put off separating your estate planning documents. It is vitally important that you update all of your relevant estate planning materials…
Rank this Week: 2729

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: 2945

Wills, Trusts and Estates Blog

Wills, Trusts and Estates Blog

Covers estate planning, estate administration, probate, trusts and wills. By the Martin Law Firm.

http://www.jbmartinlaw.com/blogs/wills-trusts-and-estates/
  • Mar 19

    Naming a Facebook Executor isn’t All You Need

    Naming a Facebook Executor isn’t All You Need
    As a follow up to a recent blog regarding how your online accounts are handled upon your death and how you can use your Last Will and Testament to prepare for this, a related topic has been getting attention in the media. Facebook has now…
  • Feb 25

    Pennsylvania Estate Planning: Its Never Too Early to Start

    Pennsylvania Estate Planning: Its Never Too Early to Start
    Pennsylvania estate planning, a concept which you may think only applies to older individuals or those with a lot of money, in reality, is a very important way for even young families to prepare for difficult and emotionally scenarios. In…
  • Feb 9

    Pennsylvania Estate Planning and Your Online Account

    Pennsylvania Estate Planning and Your Online Account
    A recent article in Philly.com discussed the importance of Facebook and social media as part of an estate plan, specifically login information. In addition to social media accounts, you should also include banking and financial information.…
Rank this Week: 3196

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: 3825

Fiduciary Folio

Fiduciary Folio

Covers fiduciary (wills, estates, entity representations) law, particularly as applied in the State of Georgia. By Tanner Pittman.

http://www.tannerpittmanlaw.com/blog-fiduciary-folio.html
  • Mar 6

    Clarke County Superior Court totally reversed on appeal in trust matter

    Clarke County Superior Court totally reversed on appeal in trust matter
    The superior court judge of Athens-Clarke County apparently totally botched a trust litigation matter, according to the Georgia Court of Appeals. The lower court had determined that a trust's maker (the "settlor") had improperly amended…
  • Feb 25

    Facebook at vanguard of digital inheritance

    Facebook at vanguard of digital inheritance
    Facebook users (of which this firm is not one) have long since realized that their accounts are digital journals of their lives. These records are valuable, not only to users, but to their posterity.  Responding to…
  • Dec 9

    Special Juvenile Immigrant Statu

    Special Juvenile Immigrant Statu
    Our law office regularly helps clients with family legal transactions, including child custody, prenuptial agreements, family partnerships, and - lately - guardianships based upon a child's dependent status. Today, we are launching our…
Rank this Week: 1714

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/
  • Feb 26

    Arizona Supreme Court Clarifies Anti-Deficiency Statute

    Arizona Supreme Court Clarifies Anti-Deficiency Statute
    Since the downturn in the Arizona real estate market and increase in the number of loan defaults and foreclosures, lenders and borrowers have fought over the interpretation of Arizona’s so-called anti-deficiency statutes. Disputes…
  • Feb 24

    Lessons from Robin Williams’ Trust Dispute

    Lessons from Robin Williams’ Trust Dispute
    After the passing of a loved one, family members and friends normally gather to find solace or to celebrate the person’s life. Or at least that is the order and manner in which most people would wish to be remembered. To this end of…
  • Feb 11

    Beneficiaries Disinherited for Filing Trust Contest in Violation of Forfeiture Clause

    Beneficiaries Disinherited for Filing Trust Contest in Violation of Forfeiture Clause
    Beneficiaries beware!  The Arizona Court of Appeals has concluded that someone who challenges a trust may be disinherited for violating a “no-contest” clause. A no-contest or forfeiture clause is a provision included in a…
Rank this Week: 4840

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/
Rank this Week: 2085