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Texas Wills and Trusts Law Online

Texas Wills and Trusts Law Online

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

http://www.texaswillsandtrustslaw.com
  • Jul 1

    Estate Planning for Alzheimer’

    Estate Planning for Alzheimer’
      I was recently reminded that incapacity is something that can happen at any age. Someone I know was diagnosed with early onset of Alzheimer’s disease at just 47 years of age. A new client has also been diagnosed with…
  • Jun 23

    Can Stepchildren Force a Surviving Spouse to Sell Homestead Property?

    Can Stepchildren Force a Surviving Spouse to Sell Homestead Property?
    The death of a spouse can be complicated in blended families, especially if the deceased spouse’s children are not bonded with their stepparent. Problems often arise in cases of intestacy, when Texas statutes dictate how property will…
  • Jun 17

    Is an Executor Required to be a US Citizen?

    Is an Executor Required to be a US Citizen?
    I recently received a phone call from someone whose wife was not a US Citizen. The caller wondered whether his wife could nevertheless serve as an executor of his Will. There is no statutory restriction in Texas that prevents a non-citizen…
Rank this Week: 4873

Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof…

Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof Blog

By Gerry W. Beyer.

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/trusts_estates_prof/
  • Jul 1

    Legal Secretary Pleads Guilty To Stealing From Estate

    Legal Secretary Pleads Guilty To Stealing From Estate
    An Ohio legal secretary has pled guilty to stealing over $100,000 from several estates who's cases were being handled by her employer. The prosecution has recommended a two year sentence but the judge has not yet issued the penalties to...
  • Jul 1

    9th Circuit Rules On Bob Marley False Endorsement Case

    9th Circuit Rules On Bob Marley False Endorsement Case
    The estate of legendary singer Bob Marley formed a company, after his death, with the intent to license his image for apparel and other merchandise. The estate issued a license for a company to have the exclusive right to use...
  • Jul 1

    Long-Term Care In The Digital Age

    Long-Term Care In The Digital Age
    Senior citizens are the fastest growing age group in the United States and will place a tremendous burden on the long-term care sector as the Baby Boomers reach retirement age. The problems that will be encountered cannot fully be…
Rank this Week: 75

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/
  • Jul 1

    What is a GRAT?

    What is a GRAT?
    A GRAT is a Grantor Retained Annuity Trust and is a special type of irrevocable trust that allows the settlor, or trust maker, to transfer assets to this trust and receive an annual annuity payment for a certain amount of years. When the term…
  • Jun 30

    How to terminate a rental agreement in Florida

    How to terminate a rental agreement in Florida
    If a tenant does not pay rent in Florida, a landlord can evict the tenant if he or she follows the correct procedures as defined in the Florida statutes. Florida law no longer allows “self-help” evictions, which few states…
  • Jun 30

    Funding a trust with out of state property

    Funding a trust with out of state property
        A living trust, revocable trust, or asset protection trust can be a great estate planning tool that offers a number of benefits, such as allowing assets to pass to beneficiaries without going through probate and avoid the claims…
Rank this Week: 1190

Florida Probate Litigation Lawyer…

Florida Probate Litigation Lawyer Blog

Cover Florida probate litigation. By Chepenik & Trushin LLP.

http://www.floridaprobatelitigationlawyer.com/
  • Jul 1

    What Same-Sex Couples Should Know About Estate Planning in Florida

    What Same-Sex Couples Should Know About Estate Planning in Florida
    Earlier this year, Florida became the 36th state to legalize same-sex marriage, which was undoubtedly a monumental event for many South Florida residents. Up until then, gay and lesbian couples who wanted the benefit of marriage, but were…
  • Jun 30

    What Same-Sex Couples Should Know About Estate Planning in Florida

    What Same-Sex Couples Should Know About Estate Planning in Florida
    Earlier this year, Florida became the 36th state to legalize same-sex marriage, which was undoubtedly a monumental event for many South Florida residents. Up until then, gay and lesbian couples who wanted the benefit of marriage, but were…
  • Jun 21

    May I disinherit my spouse?

    May I disinherit my spouse?
    “For better or for worse.” These are the traditional words that our society associates with wedding vows, indicating that the two individuals marrying each other are making a commitment to each other in good times and in bad…
Rank this Week: 4104

Mendel Law Firm Blog

Mendel Law Firm Blog

Covers estate planning.

http://www.mendellawfirm.com/blog/
  • Jul 1

    Celebrity Estate Planning Mistakes – Not Planning

    Celebrity Estate Planning Mistakes – Not Planning
    One would assume that celebrities who, typically, have valuable estates would have a well thought out estate plan in place. Of course, we all know what they say about making assumptions as well. Consider these celebrities whose estate…
  • Jun 30

    Texas History – Do You Know Who Drew the First Topographical Map of Texas?

    Texas History – Do You Know Who Drew the First Topographical Map of Texas?
    Gail Borden, Jr. received his only formal schooling in Indiana during 1816 and 1817, learning the art of surveying. In 1822, Borden set out with his brother, Thomas, originally intending to move to New Orleans but instead, somehow ended up in…
  • Jun 24

    Thought for the Day:

    Thought for the Day:
    Accept the things to which fate binds you, and love the people with whom fate brings you together, but do so with all your heart. Marcus Aureliu
Rank this Week: 2691

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/
  • Jul 1

    What’s Missing in New Zealand?

    What’s Missing in New Zealand?
    David Enoch, Tort Liability and Taking Responsibility in Philosophical Foundations of the Law of Torts (John Oberdiek ed., 2014).Scott Hershovitz“What’s missing in New Zealand?” That’s the question David Enoch poses in…
  • Jun 30

    Exploring the Expressive Dimension of Inheritance Law

    Exploring the Expressive Dimension of Inheritance Law
    Deborah S. Gordon, Letters Non-Testamentary, 62 U. Kan. L. Rev. 585 (2014).Paula MonopoliWe often get so caught up in the nooks and crannies of small corners of the doctrinal universe, examining tiny subsections of the Uniform Probate Code or…
  • Jun 29

    Equity and Efficiency in Rule Design

    Equity and Efficiency in Rule Design
    Zachary D. Liscow, Reducing Inequality on the Cheap: When Legal Rule Design Should Incorporate Equity as Well as Efficiency, 127 Yale L.J. 2478 (2014).Andrew HayashiGreat arguments aren’t always right, but they should be bold,…
Rank this Week: 4678

Northern California Center for…

Northern California Center for Estate Planning and Elder Law

Covers estate planning.

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

    Medi-Cal FAQs: Will the Government Take My Home?

    Medi-Cal FAQs: Will the Government Take My Home?
    Medi-Cal is California’s version of the Medicaid program that is in place around the country. The program is jointly administered by the federal government along with the state of California. Most people are aware of the fact that…
  • Jun 28

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

    Why Is a Living Trust Better Than a Power of Attorney?
    Everyone is aware of the fact that you have to take care of things that will happen after you pass away when you plan your estate. At the same time, you should also think about the period of time that would logically precede your passing.…
  • Jun 26

    What Is the Difference Between an Inheritance Tax and an Estate Tax?

    What Is the Difference Between an Inheritance Tax and an Estate Tax?
    You should educate yourself about taxation when you are devising your estate plan. People sometimes have misconceptions, and we will provide clarity in this blog post. Federal Estate Tax There is an estate tax on the federal level. We…
Rank this Week: 2692

Probate Litigation Attorney Blog

Probate Litigation Attorney Blog

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

http://www.losangelesprobatelitigationattorneyblog.com/
  • Jun 30

    California Law Provides Ways to Amend or Revoke an Irrevocable Trust

    California Law Provides Ways to Amend or Revoke an Irrevocable Trust
    At Ginzburg & Bronshteyn, LLP we are dedicated to providing efficient, effective, and affordable solutions to clients involved in conservatorship cases, trust and estate disputes, as well as other types of family law issues. We are here…
  • Jun 3

    Trusts and Estates Section Presents A View From the Bench

    Trusts and Estates Section Presents A View From the Bench
    We are looking forward to attending the annual Los Angeles County Bar Association View From the Bench lunch. This year’s program will include a “State of the Court” address by the Hon. Maria E. Stratton and “Top…
  • May 29

    Yasha Bronshteyn Receives Peer Review Rating™ from Martindale-Hubbell®

    Yasha Bronshteyn Receives Peer Review Rating™ from Martindale-Hubbell®
    Just this month Ginzburg & Bronshteyn, LLP partner Yasha Bronshteyn, was given an “AV” rating from his peers, which means that he was deemed to have very high professional ethics and preeminent legal ability. Only lawyers with…
Rank this Week: 3452

Wills and Estate Administration…

Wills and Estate Administration Articles

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

http://njwills.blogspot.com/
  • Jun 30

    Probate of a Will in NJ

    Probate of a Will in NJ
  • Jun 22

    NJSA 3B:13-19. Direction of court for expenditure required; investment

    NJSA 3B:13-19. Direction of court for expenditure required; investment
    3B:13-19.  Direction of court for expenditure required;  investment     The guardian shall not expend any portion of the personal property received  from any source other than the United States Government, except…
  • Jun 22

    NJSA 3B:13-17. Compensation of guardian

    NJSA 3B:13-17. Compensation of guardian
    3B:13-17.  Compensation of guardian    Compensation payable to a guardian shall not exceed 5% of the income of the  ward during any year.    For extraordinary services rendered by the guardian, the…
Rank this Week: 4351

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: 3676

German Law Group Blog

German Law Group Blog

Covers estate planning.

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

    Estate Planning FAQs: What Happens if I’m Single When I Die?

    Estate Planning FAQs: What Happens if I’m Single When I Die?
    When it comes to estate planning, exactly what happens after you die is entirely up to you, and this is true if you are single or if you are married. If you are proactive about the implementation of a custom crafted estate plan, things will…
  • Jun 29

    What Is The Minnesota Annual Gift Tax Exclusion

    What Is The Minnesota Annual Gift Tax Exclusion
    What Is The Minnesota Annual Gift Tax Exclusion from Raymond German If your estate is going to be exposed to taxation, you could use your annual gift tax exclusion to transfer assets tax-free each year. Learn more about Minnesota annual…
  • Jun 25

    How Does a Power of Attorney End or Terminate?

    How Does a Power of Attorney End or Terminate?
    A power of attorney is a document that you utilize to name another individual who would be able to make legally binding decisions on your behalf. We practice in the elder law realm, and in our area of the law, durable powers of attorney are…
Rank this Week: 2738

Estate Planning Attorney Blog

Estate Planning Attorney Blog

Covers probate, estate planning, business formation and business law. By Deemer Law Group, P.C.

http://www.estateplanningattorney-blog.com/
  • Jun 29

    Asset Protection (Part 2)

    Asset Protection (Part 2)
    In Part 1, we started discussing automobile insurance to protect your assets from an accident vehicles.  Now we will flip the coin and explore how higher limits on your automobile policy also provides better protection for you and your…
  • Jun 22

    Asset Protection (Part 1)

    Asset Protection (Part 1)
    People try not to think about the risks and dangers in life, and their risk of losing their assets.  There are many things that can happen that would put your assets at risk, many of which can be caused by others through no fault of your…
  • May 31

    Power of Attorney / Certificate of Trust

    Power of Attorney / Certificate of Trust
    After you establish an estate plan, you will likely have two documents that others may need to rely on.  The first is the Power of Attorney and the second is a Certificate of Trust.  Both of these documents need to be relied upon by…
Rank this Week: 2210

Florida Probate Litigation

Florida Probate Litigation

Covers corporate trustees, compensation disputes, contested guardianship proceedings, creditors' claims, homestead litigation, will construction litigation, and trust and estates litigation. By Juan C. Antunez.

http://www.flprobatelitigation.com/
Rank this Week: 557

Hauptman and Hauptman, P.C. Blog

Hauptman and Hauptman, P.C. Blog

Covers guardianship, Medicaid, probate and estate administration.

http://www.hauptmanlaw.com/blog
  • Jun 28

    The Problem with IRA

    The Problem with IRA
                IRAs, or any retirement accounts really, have always been a problem when it comes to long term care.  They are a great vehicle for accumulating wealth.  You can put…
  • Jun 22

    How to Self Insure for Long Term Care (Part 2)

    How to Self Insure for Long Term Care (Part 2)
                Last week I was telling you about using your own money, what we call legacy assets, to self-insure for long term care.  This week I’ll walk you through an example…
  • Jun 14

    How to Self-Insure for Long Term Care (Part 1)

    How to Self-Insure for Long Term Care (Part 1)
                It seems that every year we receive more calls from our clients who have long term care insurance but are struggling with the decision about whether to keep it in the face of…
Rank this Week: 2037

Estateography

Estateography

By Alvi Aggarwal.

http://www.estateography.com/
  • Jun 28

    Legacy Letters And Ethical Will

    Legacy Letters And Ethical Will
    Across history and cultures, people have been writing letters to descendants to share wisdom, preserve traditions, record family history, explain, and inspire. These letters have been called different things, but today they're most commonly…
  • Jun 21

    Who Should I Name As My Executor?

    Who Should I Name As My Executor?
    Your executor will be responsible for dealing with your probate estate (i.e., the assets passing under your will) after your death. An executor’s responsibilities include things like finding and inventorying your assets (including the…
  • 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…
Rank this Week: 3747

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/
  • Jun 26

    Is a Promise to Leave Your Estate to Someone Legally Enforceable?

    Is a Promise to Leave Your Estate to Someone Legally Enforceable?
    A probate court in New York recently addressed an unusual will contest. An 82-year-old Roman Catholic nun died in 2012, leaving a surprisingly large estate worth over $2 million, the product of a 1982 personal injury settlement. The sister…
  • Jun 25

    Dealing With Break Ups in Your Estate Plan

    Dealing With Break Ups in Your Estate Plan
    Estate planning is often a snapshot of your life at a particular moment. The beneficiaries or agents named in your will and other estate planning documents reflects your relationships at that point in time. And as those relationships change,…
  • Jun 17

    Distinguishing Marital and Separate Assets in Estate Planning

    Distinguishing Marital and Separate Assets in Estate Planning
    In making an estate plan, it is important to make a complete list of all assets you own. This is especially helpful to your future executor or trustee, who will be responsible for marshaling your assets after your death and distributing them…
Rank this Week: 1600

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/
Rank this Week: 2313

Estate Planning & Probate 411

Estate Planning & Probate 411

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

http://indianwellsestateplanningattorney.com/
  • Jun 26

    Supreme Court Upholds Same Sex Marriage

    Supreme Court Upholds Same Sex Marriage
    In a landmark decision issued June 26, 2015, the United States Supreme Court has upheld the right of same sex couples to marry in the United States. My fellow members at Wealth Counsel issued a succinct summary of this ruling ……
  • Jan 15

    Remember: Update Insurance Policies When You Put Property In Your Trust

    Remember: Update Insurance Policies When You Put Property In Your Trust
    Keep Your Real Estate Titled to Your Trust. Good planning includes having a Trust and keeping your major assets titled to yourselves as Trustees of the Trust.  (This does not apply to retirement account assets.)  Failing to maintain…
  • Apr 10

    Dangers of Do It Yourself Wills and Trust

    Dangers of Do It Yourself Wills and Trust
    In a previous post, I discussed An Example of What Can Go Wrong When You Make Your Own Will, as well as an article, Consumer Reports: Write Your Own Will? We tested 3 software products that claim to help you … Continue reading →
Rank this Week: 2721

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/
Rank this Week: 3686

California Trust, Estate & Probate…

California Trust, Estate & Probate Litigation

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

http://www.californiatrustestateandprobatelitigation.com
  • Jun 25

    Top 6 Must Know Facts: How Assets are Titled in California

    Top 6 Must Know Facts: How Assets are Titled in California
    1. Surviving Joint Tenants Don’t Have to Share I have seen it a thousand times, a parent puts one child on title to a bank account or a house to “help manage” that asset.  Well, the law presumes automatically that you…
  • Jun 18

    The Growing Threat: California Financial Elder Abuse

    The Growing Threat: California Financial Elder Abuse
    The growing area of California Financial Abuse; a lot can be learned from real life examples. In this video we describe California Financial Elder Abuse.… Continue Reading
  • Jun 11

    How Do I Get What’s Rightfully Mine? California Trust and Will Lawsuits Can be a Real MESS

    How Do I Get What’s Rightfully Mine? California Trust and Will Lawsuits Can be a Real MESS
    That’s a loaded question.  It all depends on how the asset you are seeking to recover was titled.  Even though you, and probably your parent, thought that all assets were in one basket and you can simply file one document to…
Rank this Week: 987

Law Office of Andrew M. Lamkin,…

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

Covers elder law.

http://lamkinelderlaw.com/articles/
  • Jun 25

    Cities Consider Restructuring Due to Increased Elderly Population

    Cities Consider Restructuring Due to Increased Elderly Population
      While the nation’s senior citizen population has increased at a rapid pace over the past ten years, many elder issues have come to the forefront, including increased medical needs, social security discussion and nursing home…
  • Jun 18

    Important Facts to Know About Nursing Homes and Guardianship

    Important Facts to Know About Nursing Homes and Guardianship
    It is less than common knowledge that nursing homes can file for guardianship of their residents to collect debts. However, this practice has increased ten-fold in recent years. In fact, studies show that up to two thirds of all guardianship…
  • Jun 11

    Flexibility is Needed For Long-Term Planning

    Flexibility is Needed For Long-Term Planning
      The Greek philosopher, Heraclitus, wisely said, “change is the only constant in life.” In terms of long-term planning this is especially true. It is challenging enough to plan for next year, but when your plans involve the…
Rank this Week: 2257

Law Offices of Robert H. Glorch…

Law Offices of Robert H. Glorch Blog

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

http://www.illinoisestateplan.com/blog
  • Jun 25

    IRS Issues Final Regulations for Estate Tax Portability Election

    IRS Issues Final Regulations for Estate Tax Portability Election
    On June 12, 2015 — nearly 3 years after issuing temporary regulations — the IRS issued spousal portability election final regulations (read TD 9725 at the Federal Register here). The final regs don’t vary significantly from…
  • Jun 17

    Ernie Banks Estate, Part 5: Rights of Publicity

    Ernie Banks Estate, Part 5: Rights of Publicity
    The Ernie Banks Estate is not becoming any less contentious as time passes. His widow and his caretaker/executor continue to do battle over information in probate court. Today’s post will first bring you up-to-date on the citation…
  • Jun 9

    The Best Time To Create an Estate Plan Is When You Don’t Need It

    The Best Time To Create an Estate Plan Is When You Don’t Need It
    I recently had a few different people ask me the following: “Jeff, when is the best time to create an estate plan?” My inclination was to explain common triggers for creating (or updating) an estate plan — things like…
Rank this Week: 2736

New York Probate Lawyer Blog

New York Probate Lawyer Blog

By Jules Martin Haas.

http://www.newyorkprobatelawyerblog.com/
  • Jun 24

    New York Estate Planning Requires That Specific Language Be Used to Describe Disposition

    New York Estate Planning Requires That Specific Language Be Used to Describe Disposition
    Planning an estate and advance directives involves a considerable amount of time and review so that the desired result is achieved.  The New York Probate Lawyer Blog has discussed the importance of the many considerations when preparing…
  • Jun 17

    New York Asset Transfers Prior to Death May Be Recovered by an Estate

    New York Asset Transfers Prior to Death May Be Recovered by an Estate
    A very common issue that arises during the course of estate administration concerns assets that a decedent transfers close to the time of death. These transfers can be in the form of outright gifts or the creation of ownership rights such as…
  • Jun 10

    New York Estate Planning and the Probate Process are Interconnected

    New York Estate Planning and the Probate Process are Interconnected
    Estate planning in New York is essential to the proper administration of a decedent’s estate.  Creating an estate plan that includes a Last Will, Living Will, Health Care Proxy, Power of Attorney and possibly a Living Trust can…
Rank this Week: 4552

Murphy's Law Blog

Murphy's Law Blog

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

http://www.noreenmurphylaw.com/blog/
  • Jun 24

    10 Ways Technology Will Change Your Old-Age Experience

    10 Ways Technology Will Change Your Old-Age Experience
    The future never quits changing. I’ve written a lot in recent months about technology’s exciting entry into the fields of elder law and senior care. Each week seems to bring about a brand-new and truly intriguing story. View image…
  • Jun 17

    Lessons Learned From A Multi-Millionaire Janitor

    Lessons Learned From A Multi-Millionaire Janitor
    We don’t often hear about the passing of unassuming, elderly janitors… but when they leave secret multi-million dollar fortunes behind, that tends to get newspapers’ attention. Ronald Read lived in Vermont his whole life.…
  • Jun 10

    How An Adam Sandler Movie Is Changing Dementia Care

    How An Adam Sandler Movie Is Changing Dementia Care
    Well, nobody saw this one coming. An Adam Sandler movie, of all things, has inspired an effective new trend in healthcare and therapy for dementia patients. And it only took 11 years for it to catch on 50 First Dates made its way to theaters…
Rank this Week: 3855

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/
  • Jun 24

    What Are the Gift Tax Exclusions?

    What Are the Gift Tax Exclusions?
    There is a tax on gift giving in the United States, but many people do not pay the gift tax because there are exclusions. You should understand the lay of the land when you are planning your estate, because the gift tax is unified with the…
  • Jun 17

    Genworth Financial Releases 2015 Long-Term Care Cost Survey

    Genworth Financial Releases 2015 Long-Term Care Cost Survey
    If you have not looked into the subject, you may be unpleasantly surprised when you hear about the current state of long-term care costs. Medicare does not pay for long-term care, so this is a subject that you should take quite seriously when…
  • Jun 12

    What is Independence to Seniors? (An Elder Law Today Blog)

    What is Independence to Seniors? (An Elder Law Today Blog)
    What is Independence to Seniors? by Dedra Jize, OT, CSA Geriatric Care Manager, Law Offices of Roy W. Litherland Independence is defined by Webster’s Dictionary as “not requiring or relying on something else”…and that…
Rank this Week: 2688

New York Probate and Estate…

New York Probate and Estate Administration Blog

Published by Stephen Bilkis & Associates

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

    Court Discusses Validity of Will

    Court Discusses Validity of Will
    A New York Probate Lawyer said his controversy involves the validity and effect of certain portions of the will of Mr. X, late of the city of Brooklyn, deceased, and the correctness of the directions contained in a decree of the surrogate of…
  • Jun 22

    Court Decides the Disposition of Real Property

    Court Decides the Disposition of Real Property
    A Probate Lawyer said that, this is an application for a construction of the will of testatrix with respect to the intended disposition of certain real property. Testatrix' holographic will dated October 28, 1931, was admitted to probate on…
  • May 26

    Court Listens to Proceeding to Establish a Lost Will

    Court Listens to Proceeding to Establish a Lost Will
    A New York Probate Lawyer said this is a proceeding to establish a lost will pursuant to the provisions of Section 143, Surrogate's Court Act. The decedent died February 11, 1958. The Court is satisfied on the testimony of the subscribing…
Rank this Week: 3232

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/
  • Jun 22

    What's Driving The B.B. King Estate Feud?

    What's Driving The B.B. King Estate Feud?
    The late Riley B. King — better known as blues legend B.B. King — often said that the only woman in his life was his guitar, Lucille. But that wasn’t exactly true. King estimated that he had 15 children by 15 different…
  • Jun 19

    Casey Kasem's Daughter Fights For New Guardianship Visitation Law

    Casey Kasem's Daughter Fights For New Guardianship Visitation Law
    Kerri Kasem, the daughter of the late American Top 40 DJ, Casey Kasem, has been on a mission to make sure what happened to her and her siblings does not happen to others. When her father’s health deteri orated from Parkinson’s…
  • Jun 18

    Celebrity Legacies: Aaron Spelling Left Behind Massive Fortune & A Broken Family

    Celebrity Legacies: Aaron Spelling Left Behind Massive Fortune & A Broken Family
    What would it be like to grow up in a 123-room mansion in a swanky Los Angeles suburb, rubbing elbows with celebrities, and buying anything you want? Sounds pretty great -- unless it was all taken away from you as an adult. As Tori Spelling…
Rank this Week: 1364

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
  • Jun 20

    New Law Firm - Burrow Lee, PLLC

    New Law Firm - Burrow Lee, PLLC
    I am really excited to let everyone know that my partner Brett Burrow and I have formed a new law firm.  It is Burrow Lee, PLLC.  We are located in downtown Nashville, Tennessee.  Our website is www.burrowlee.com.  We…
  • May 17

    Confusion on When a Tennessee Probate Estate Should be Opened

    Confusion on When a Tennessee Probate Estate Should be Opened
    I get a lot of interesting questions when I tell people that I practice Probate law in Tennessee.  One of the things that is most confusing to people is how to know when an actual estate needs to be opened for their loved one.  As a…
  • Mar 22

    Signatures of Witnesses to Will on Affidavit, but Not on Actual Will Does Not Comply with Tennessee Law

    Signatures of Witnesses to Will on Affidavit, but Not on Actual Will Does Not Comply with Tennessee Law
    A recent Tennessee Court of Appeals’ decision of In re Estate of Bill Morris, No. M2014-00874-COA-R3-CV, 2015 WL 557970 (Tenn. Ct. App. 2015) discussed the requirements for witness signatures on a Tennessee will.  T.C.A. §…
Rank this Week: 2855

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
  • Jun 15

    Medicaid’s Five Year Look-Back Period

    Medicaid’s Five Year Look-Back Period
    Anyone who has researched Medicaid planning has almost certainly heard of Medicaid’s dreaded five year look-back rule. I am not exactly sure why out of all the idiosyncrasies of New York’s Medicaid laws, the five year look-back is…
  • 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…
Rank this Week: 1846

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
  • Jun 15

    LLC Agreement Provisions Create Non-Probate Interest

    LLC Agreement Provisions Create Non-Probate Interest
    In Blechman v. Estate of Blechman, a Florida District Court of Appeal recently held that the provisions of a particular limited liability company’s (LLC) operating agreement restricted the transfer of a decedent’s ownership…
  • Jun 15

    LLC Agreement Provisions Create Non-Probate Interest

    LLC Agreement Provisions Create Non-Probate Interest
    In Blechman v. Estate of Blechman, a Florida District Court of Appeal recently held that the provisions of a particular limited liability company’s (LLC) operating agreement restricted the transfer of a decedent’s ownership…
  • May 13

    Proposed 1031 Exchange Change

    Proposed 1031 Exchange Change
    WealthManagement.com: The Fiscal Year 2016 Budget proposes a modification of like-kind exchange transactions. As in the Fiscal Year 2015 Budget, the Administration proposes to limit the amount of capital gain deferred under Section 1031 of…
Rank this Week: 852

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
  • Jun 11

    Digital Assets after death

    Digital Assets after death
    The world of “digital assets” is growing by leaps and bounds each day. The issues they present are growing just as fast. That is, what happens to the money left in your Itunes account after death? Or what about your photos on…
  • May 14

    The Pragmatic lawyer

    The Pragmatic lawyer
    I have always considered myself to be reasonable or a good sense of rough justice. A quick opinion of how things should end up. People have called me pragmatic many times during my 20 years as a lawyer. I will admit I didn’t know…
  • May 14

    The Pragmatic lawyer

    The Pragmatic lawyer
    I have always considered myself to be reasonable or a good sense of rough justice. A quick opinion of how things should end up. People have called me pragmatic many times during my 20 years as a lawyer. I will admit I didn’t know…
Rank this Week: 3116

Nirenstein, Horowitz & Associates,…

Nirenstein, Horowitz & Associates, P.C. Blog

Covers Connecticut estate planning, probate and elder law.

http://www.preserveyourestate.net/blog/
  • Jun 9

    What Is a Third Party Special Needs Trust?

    What Is a Third Party Special Needs Trust?
    You should consider the life situation of the people on your inheritance list when you are planning your estate. If you take the right steps, you can provide for each person in the optimal manner. With this in mind, we will look at…
  • Jun 1

    Who Can Act as Trustee of My Revocable Living Trust?

    Who Can Act as Trustee of My Revocable Living Trust?
    Revocable living trusts are very useful for a wide range of people. You do not have to be rich to benefit from the creation of a revocable living trust. In fact, these trusts do not satisfy the objectives of very wealthy people. One of the…
  • Jun 1

    Who Is Competent to Create a Will?

    Who Is Competent to Create a Will?
    There are a laws on the books that enter the picture when you are planning your estate. A last will is not something that is just read in a vacuum among family members. A will must be admitted to probate after the passing of the decedent, and…
Rank this Week: 2642

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/
  • Jun 8

    Do It Yourselfers Beware! – Holographic Will Held Invalid

    Do It Yourselfers Beware! – Holographic Will Held Invalid
    When a loved one dies, it is a time of grieving, pain and sorrow.  The grief and sorrow can turn to frustration and even anger when the deceased’s wishes for his estate are not followed.  Sometimes the person’s…
  • May 6

    UNC Basketball Coach Dean Smith Leaves Behind a Special Gift

    UNC Basketball Coach Dean Smith Leaves Behind a Special Gift
    Dean Smith, the great basketball coach for the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, died recently at the age of 83. His reputation among the UNC alumni and athletic department would go so far as lauding him as revered. One of…
  • 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…
Rank this Week: 4587

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/
  • Jun 8

    Wills 101

    Wills 101
    Many people ask me whether a Will is the proper way to pass on their assets to others when they die.  The answer depends of the individual circumstances of each person. This blog entry provides some basic information about estate…
  • May 11

    Considerations For Your Health Care Proxy

    Considerations For Your Health Care Proxy
    I regularly sit with clients helping them prepare their Long Term Care tool boxes.  One very important Tool is the Health Care Proxy, a document that designates who has authority to make medical choices for them when they are unable to…
  • 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…
Rank this Week: 2755

Kuhn and Kuhn Law Firm Blog

Kuhn and Kuhn Law Firm Blog

Covers estate planning.

http://www.kuhnandkuhn.com/blog/
  • Jun 3

    What Is Probate?

    What Is Probate?
    When a person dies, the individual leaves behind an estate. The estate is comprised of everything in which the decedent had an ownership interest in at the time of the death of the decedent. Some estates are very large, being comprised of…
  • Jun 3

    Funeral Planning in South Carolina: Why It Should be Part of Your Comprehensive Estate Plan

    Funeral Planning in South Carolina: Why It Should be Part of Your Comprehensive Estate Plan
    Funeral Planning in South Carolina: Why It Should be Part of Your Comprehensive Estate Plan from John Kuhn People often overpay for funeral and burial services when they are forced to make decisions while grieving. Learn more about…
  • Jun 1

    Can My Estate Avoid Probate?

    Can My Estate Avoid Probate?
    A well-drafted estate plan should accomplish far more than simple designing a roadmap to be followed in the event of your death. Most estate plans, in fact, attempt to achieve several goals and objectives within the plan. One of those is…
Rank this Week: 2689

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/
  • May 29

    New Birth Certificate Guidelines in North Carolina for Same-Sex Couples’ Children

    New Birth Certificate Guidelines in North Carolina for Same-Sex Couples’ Children
    Same-sex couples who have a child in North Carolina could previously only list one parent on the child’s birth certificate. This made administration of additional documentation for the child (Social Security card, school registrations,…
  • May 27

    Covering Retirement v. Leaving Inheritance

    Covering Retirement v. Leaving Inheritance
    Expenses in senior years continue to be a concern for many Americans. As multiple studies show, most individuals do not maintain adequate retirement contributions. As the costs of long-term care (LTC) insurance policies and LTC costs rise,…
  • May 26

    Avoid a Will Dispute

    Avoid a Will Dispute
    An individual’s last will and testament might clearly reflect one’s wishes, but it does not prevent an estate dispute. Successfully contesting a will in North Carolina (and similarly in other states) requires evidence of certain…
Rank this Week: 801

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/
  • May 28

    House of Representatives Vote to Repeal Federal Estate Tax

    House of Representatives Vote to Repeal Federal Estate Tax
    As reported in a recent article on syracuse.com,  in a 240 to 179 decision, the House of Representatives voted on April 16, 2015 to repeal the Federal Estate Tax.  While the bill to repeal this tax has passed, President Obama has…
  • 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…
Rank this Week: 2023

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
  • May 26

    Can a contract defeat testamentary intent?

    Can a contract defeat testamentary intent?
    In a word, yes. In a blow to the unwed in the State of Florida, the Fourth District Court of Appeal recently held that an operating agreement entered into by a deceased business owner (the “Decedent”) trumped his stated…
  • May 18

    Tortious Interference with an Expectancy: DeWitt 101

    Tortious Interference with an Expectancy: DeWitt 101
    When is “failure to exhaust probate remedies” properly asserted as an affirmative defense to a tortious interference with an expectancy action?  The answer is almost never.  (Click here for information about the tort…
  • May 8

    Florida Court Determines Wife Unduly Influenced Husband

    Florida Court Determines Wife Unduly Influenced Husband
    Florida law is well established that when a will is challenged on the grounds of undue influence, the influence must amount to over persuasion, duress, force, coercion, or artful or fraudulent contrivances to such an extent that there is a
Rank this Week: 4237

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 16

    Court Makes it Easier for DMV to Suspend License After a California DUI

    Court Makes it Easier for DMV to Suspend License After a California DUI
    As if it wasn’t very easy enough for the DMV to suspend a vehicle driver’s certificate following a California DUI arrest. Remember my countless publishing on the uphill and one-sided procedure that is the DMV’s management…
  • May 9

    Why You Need To Work With A Criminal Attorney

    Why You Need To Work With A Criminal Attorney
    To make sure that you get the finest treatment possible, it is crucial that you work with the right criminal protection lawyer to represent you. No matter what you are being asked for with, the appropriate legal representative could make a…
  • 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…
Rank this Week: 296

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 14

    Surrogate Court Delays Getting Worse-Maybe It’s Time To Consider Trust

    Surrogate Court Delays Getting Worse-Maybe It’s Time To Consider Trust
    Nassau County Surrogate Edward McCarty III likes to begin his weekly Wednesday calendar call with a folksy chat to the usually packed courtroom. This week, the judge lamented the recent decision of the state to make new staff cuts of court…
  • 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…
Rank this Week: 495

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: 2167

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: 4469

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: 4854

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: 3333

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: 1488