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Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof…

Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof Blog

By Gerry W. Beyer.

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/trusts_estates_prof/
  • Jan 27

    Ad Seeks Daughter to Inherit Fortune

    Ad Seeks Daughter to Inherit Fortune
    After a wealthy elderly woman in Zhengzhou, Henan Province posted a classified ad in hopes of finding an adult daughter to keep her company and possibly inherit her fortune, social media started buzzing. “I am a 68-year-old doctor who…
  • Jan 27

    Rivers' Daughter Files Suit in Mother's Death

    Rivers' Daughter Files Suit in Mother's Death
    According to a multimillion dollar lawsuit filed by Melissa Rivers, Joan Rivers’ doctors were so busy taking cell phone pictures of their famous patient that they missed the moment her vital signs plummeted and ignored pleas form the…
  • Jan 27

    Avoiding Financial Ruin The Second Time Around

    Avoiding Financial Ruin The Second Time Around
    While love may be lovelier the second time around, it may be much more complicated if it does not last. Second marriages already struggle, as they have a divorce rate exceeding 60 percent. Most of these divorces will not result...
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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
  • 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,…
  • Dec 31

    Effects of a Divorce on Estate Planning

    Effects of a Divorce on Estate Planning
    In addition to the emotional and financial ramifications of a divorce, there are important estate planning implications for clients contemplating divorce or separation. Along with selling, dividing, and re-titling assets comes the necessity…
  • Nov 9

    Consenting to the Probate of a Will

    Consenting to the Probate of a Will
    Have you lost a family member and received a document called a “Waiver of Process; Consent to Probate”? If you are like most people, you may be confused about what this means, and more importantly, if you should sign it. This…
Rank this Week: 2427

California Trust, Estate & Probate…

California Trust, Estate & Probate Litigation

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

http://www.californiatrustestateandprobatelitigation.com
  • Jan 27

    How do you Hire a California Lawyer?

    How do you Hire a California Lawyer?
    What should you consider when hiring a lawyer?  Hiring a lawyer can be a scary experience, and how can you trust someone you hardly even know with one of the most important matters you may deal with in your lifetime?  In this video,…
  • Jan 15

    How a $2 Billion Deal Turned on a Little Known California Trust Provision.

    How a $2 Billion Deal Turned on a Little Known California Trust Provision.
      Ever wonder how Donald Sterling’s wife was able to sell the L.A. Clippers without her husband’s consent?  It all comes down to a little known Trust provision that allows the removal of a California Co-Trustee……
  • Jan 6

    Let’s Make a Deal: How California Trust and Will Mediations Work

    Let’s Make a Deal: How California Trust and Will Mediations Work
      If you have never mediated a legal case before, you may be in for a surprise in attending your mediation.  In this video, Stewart Albertson describes some basics of Trust and Will mediation… Continue Reading
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German Law Group Blog

German Law Group Blog

Covers estate planning.

http://www.germanlawgroup.com/
  • Jan 27

    Voice of the Woman: Fight Like a Girl

    Voice of the Woman: Fight Like a Girl
    “Fight Like A Girl” Bomshel-Fight Like a Girl Little girl alone on the playground Tired of gettin’ teased and gettin’ pushed around Wishin’ she was invisible to them She ran home cryin’, why do they hate…
  • Jan 22

    What Is a Stretch IRA?

    What Is a Stretch IRA?
    You may have an individual retirement account, and these accounts can certainly help you accumulate a nest egg that you can draw from during your retirement years. There are two different types of individual retirement accounts that are…
  • Jan 15

    Clearing Up Some Common Trust Myth

    Clearing Up Some Common Trust Myth
    If you have recently begun the estate planning process, you may have heard about revocable living trusts. For many people, living trusts are essential pieces of an estate plan and something that can provide significant benefit to you and your…
Rank this Week: 2904

Mendel Law Firm Blog

Mendel Law Firm Blog

Covers estate planning.

http://www.mendellawfirm.com/blog/
  • Jan 27

    Texas History – Do You Know What Texas Store Was the First in the State to Install Escalators?

    Texas History – Do You Know What Texas Store Was the First in the State to Install Escalators?
    In 1909 the Sanger Brothers store became the first store in the state to install escalators. Philip, Isaac, Lehman, Jacob, David, Sam, and Alexander Sanger established their wholesale and retail dry goods firm in 1857. Isaac opened the first…
  • Jan 23

    Famous Estates – Legacy Champ or Chump?

    Famous Estates – Legacy Champ or Chump?
    Lyndon B. Johnson (1908-1973) – 37TH President of the United States, 1963-1969 Lyndon B. Johnson was born in a small farmhouse in Stonewall, Texas. In 1926, Johnson attended Southwest Texas State Teachers’ College, participating…
  • Jan 21

    Thought for the Day:

    Thought for the Day:
    Always do what you are afraid to do. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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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/
  • Jan 27

    The Open Access Advantage in Legal Education’s Age of Assessment

    The Open Access Advantage in Legal Education’s Age of Assessment
    James M. Donovan et al., The Open Access Advantage for American Law Reviews (October 7, 2014), available at SSRN.Elizabeth AdelmanOpen access (OA) scholarship is available online, without fees, and free of restrictive copyright and…
  • Jan 26

    Racialized Violence and American Liberalism

    Racialized Violence and American Liberalism
    Daniel Kato, Constitutionalizing Anarchy: Liberalism, Lynching, and the Law, 10 J. of Hate Stud. 143 (2012).Aziz RanaFor nearly a century in the American South, lynching as a practice of racialized violence persisted openly and with minimal…
  • Jan 23

    The Federalism Argument for Judicial Diversity

    The Federalism Argument for Judicial Diversity
    Sharon E. Rush, Federalism, Diversity, Equality, and Article III Judges: Geography, Identity, and Bias, 79 Mo. L. Rev. 119 (2014).Nancy LeongFor the past several years, commentators have discussed the importance of diversity in the federal…
Rank this Week: 621

Kuhn and Kuhn Law Firm Blog

Kuhn and Kuhn Law Firm Blog

Covers estate planning.

http://www.kuhnandkuhn.com/blog/
  • Jan 27

    What Is a Living Will in South Carolina?

    What Is a Living Will in South Carolina?
    Like many people, you may have very strong opinions about medical treatment, particularly as it pertains to end of life treatment decisions. After all, we all make thousands of seemingly unimportant decisions on a daily basis so it only seems…
  • Jan 22

    What Is the Difference between a General and Limited Power of Attorney?

    What Is the Difference between a General and Limited Power of Attorney?
    Most people, at some point in their life, execute a power of attorney. A power of attorney is an extremely useful, and flexible, legal document that can be used to accomplish a variety of estate planning objectives. While a power of attorney…
  • Jan 20

    What Is a POD or TOD Account?

    What Is a POD or TOD Account?
    A well drafted and comprehensive estate plan typically incorporates a number of strategies into the plan and makes use of various different tools and techniques in an effort to accomplish the numerous estate planning goals the plan creator…
Rank this Week: 2867

Nirenstein, Horowitz & Associates,…

Nirenstein, Horowitz & Associates, P.C. Blog

Covers Connecticut estate planning, probate and elder law.

http://www.preserveyourestate.net/blog/
  • Jan 26

    Medicaid Can Fill Gap

    Medicaid Can Fill Gap
    You may feel as though you will have a safety net when you achieve senior citizen status in the form of Medicare. A lot of people are under the impression that this entitlement program will pay for just about everything when they become…
  • Jan 23

    Make Educational Opportunities Possible With 529 Plan

    Make Educational Opportunities Possible With 529 Plan
    The value of education cannot be overstated, and when you are contemplating your legacy you may ask yourself how you can help your younger family members with college expenses. There are various options, and the one that we would like to…
  • Jan 21

    QPRT For Asset Protection

    QPRT For Asset Protection
    Making sure that your assets are out of harm’s way is something to take seriously when you are making preparations for the future. A single instance of inaction where action was required could have disastrous results. This is why it is…
Rank this Week: 2825

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/
  • Jan 26

    Delay Filing: North Carolina Tax Changes Pending

    Delay Filing: North Carolina Tax Changes Pending
    The North Carolina General Assembly will review potential changes to North Carolina income tax laws on January 28, 2015. Filers should wait until after this date to submit their tax returns to prevent potentially refiling returns if tax…
  • Jan 19

    How Asset Protection is Different in 2015

    How Asset Protection is Different in 2015
    Wealth preservation is an ongoing process. How, when, and where assets are transferred or acquired affect protections. As the New Year begins, individuals can take a step back and review legislation changes that affect our year ahead and…
  • Jan 16

    3 Things to Know About Perpetual Trust

    3 Things to Know About Perpetual Trust
    Perpetual trusts, also known as dynasty trusts, protect assets for the benefit of future generations. Some perpetual trusts are common trusts that allow multiple generations to benefit at the same time. Others distribute income and principal…
Rank this Week: 973

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/
  • Jan 26

    What Is an Elder Care Attorney in Campbell California

    What Is an Elder Care Attorney in Campbell California
    What Is an Elder Care Attorney in Campbell California from Roy W. Litherland An elder care attorney can help you create a long-term financial framework that leads to a comfortable retirement. Learn more about elder care attorney in Campbell…
  • Jan 25

    Free Report: Is Probate Always Required in California?

    Free Report: Is Probate Always Required in California?
    If you are in direct personal possession of property at the time of your passing, even if you have a last will, the property would become probate property initially. Topics covered in this whitepaper include: Insurance Policy Records Property…
  • Jan 22

    Free Report: What is a Special Needs Trust in California?

    Free Report: What is a Special Needs Trust in California?
    Now that we have provided the necessary background information, we can look at the value of special needs trusts. These trusts are alternately called supplemental needs trusts. Topics covered in this report include: People With Disabilities…
Rank this Week: 686

Northern California Center for…

Northern California Center for Estate Planning and Elder Law

Covers estate planning.

http://www.norcalplanners.com/blog/
  • Jan 25

    Free Report: What Is a Revocable Living Trust in California?

    Free Report: What Is a Revocable Living Trust in California?
    A revocable living trust is an asset transfer vehicle that can facilitate efficient asset distributions outside of the legal process of probate. This type of trust can be useful for people of relatively ordinary means. If you use a will…
  • Jan 25

    What Is the Difference Between a Revocable Living Trust and a Medicaid (Medi-Cal) Trust?

    What Is the Difference Between a Revocable Living Trust and a Medicaid (Medi-Cal) Trust?
    Medicaid is a need-based government health insurance program that will pay for long-term care. In California, the program is called Medi-Cal. Medicare will not pay for custodial care, so many people who were never financially needy ultimately…
  • Jan 24

    Free Report: What is the Annual Gift Tax Exclusion in California

    Free Report: What is the Annual Gift Tax Exclusion in California
    You have to be aware of federal transfer taxes when you are planning your estate. If you are exposed, there are steps that you can take to reduce the burden. Topics covered in this whitepaper include: Federal Gift Tax Unlimited Marital…
Rank this Week: 2868

Hauptman and Hauptman, P.C. Blog

Hauptman and Hauptman, P.C. Blog

Covers guardianship, Medicaid, probate and estate administration.

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

    Retitling Assets to Healthy Spouse to Qualify for Medicaid

    Retitling Assets to Healthy Spouse to Qualify for Medicaid
                It’s something I have written about in past blog posts but just last week we received a call from Mary on this exact issue.  Her husband, George, has…
  • Jan 18

    The ABLE Act – The Drawback

    The ABLE Act – The Drawback
                Last week I told you about the ABLE Act that was passed by Congress and signed by President Obama just before the Christmas holiday.  It sounds great, allowing disabled…
  • Jan 11

    The ABLE Act Passe

    The ABLE Act Passe
                Just before the Christmas holiday break, Congress passed, and then President Obama signed into law, the Achieving a Better Life Experience Act (“the ABLE”…
Rank this Week: 2011

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
  • Jan 25

    How Should you Respond to a Request to Waive Bond, Inventory and Accounting in a Tennessee Estate?

    How Should you Respond to a Request to Waive Bond, Inventory and Accounting in a Tennessee Estate?
    Sometimes when a Tennessee probate estate is opened up, the attorney handling the estate will provide a request to the beneficiaries to waive bond, inventory and accounting [“Bond” is basically an insurance bond to protect the…
  • Jan 1

    Tennessee and Federal Estate Tax Exemptions Raised Today for 2015.

    Tennessee and Federal Estate Tax Exemptions Raised Today for 2015.
    Today the Tennessee Inheritance Tax exemption (for 2015) is raised to $5,000,000.00.  Next year the Tennessee Inheritance Tax will be abolished.  Starting January 1, 2016 (for those who die on or after that date) there will no…
  • Dec 6

    IRS Recently Announced 2015 Limits for Estate and Gift Tax Exemption

    IRS Recently Announced 2015 Limits for Estate and Gift Tax Exemption
    The IRS recently introduced certain cost of living adjustments to the consolidated federal estate and gift tax exemption.  The new federal estate and gift tax exemption will be $5.43 million dollars in 2015.  This is an…
Rank this Week: 3094

Estate Planning Attorney Blog

Estate Planning Attorney Blog

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

http://www.estateplanningattorney-blog.com/
  • Jan 22

    Do I need to update my estate plan if I am moving?

    Do I need to update my estate plan if I am moving?
    There are many things that can cause someone to move, and depending to the reasons, the method, or other decisions, it may be appropriate to update a trust or a will.  Some of the reasons for moving, may be a reason to review, for…
  • Jan 14

    How much does it cost for Probate?

    How much does it cost for Probate?
    Probate Expenses Proper estate planning can help save time, save money, and protect the privacy of an estate.  Probate expenses can have a wide variance depending on where you live and how much you have in assets.  Some states, like…
  • Jan 6

    What do I need to know to start a business? (Part 3)

    What do I need to know to start a business? (Part 3)
    In part 2, we explored some methods to limit liability for your business with limited partnerships and limited liability companies.  In Part 3, we will explore Corporations and tax considerations in business formation. Corporation The…
Rank this Week: 809

Law Office of Andrew M. Lamkin,…

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

Covers elder law.

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

    What Exactly is Elder Law?

    What Exactly is Elder Law?
    Elder law is focused primarily on the needs and laws governing the treatment of the elderly. Unique legal issues can plague older adults as well as their families, and elder law attorneys are well versed in the protections available for the…
  • Dec 28

    Handling Elderly Loved Ones with Deteriorating Driving Skill

    Handling Elderly Loved Ones with Deteriorating Driving Skill
    The ability to drive is more than a skill. It is a symbol of a person’s independence. Thus, when people get to an age that driving may no longer be advisable, the situation needs to be approached with care. Though this type of…
  • Dec 21

    Reporting Elder Abuse in New York

    Reporting Elder Abuse in New York
    The extent to which older Americans are victims of elder abuse is difficult to accurately pinpoint. Estimates range between one million and two million for the number of people 65 years of age or older who have been abused or exploited, but…
Rank this Week: 2580

New York Probate Lawyer Blog

New York Probate Lawyer Blog

By Jules Martin Haas.

http://www.newyorkprobatelawyerblog.com/
Rank this Week: 4635

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
  • Jan 21

    Can a Convicted Felon be an Executor in Texas?

    Can a Convicted Felon be an Executor in Texas?
    I received a email recently from someone asking whether a convicted felon can serve as an executor in Texas. The individual who contacted me had two daughters and one son, but didn’t trust his daughters to be fair and honest.…
  • Jan 14

    Do I Have to be an Adult to Make a Will in Texas?

    Do I Have to be an Adult to Make a Will in Texas?
    The Texas Estates Code provides that in order for a Will to be valid, the person making the Will must not only be of sound mind, but also have attained the age of eighteen years; be or have been married; or be a member of the armed forces of…
  • Jan 9

    Celebrating Five Years!

    Celebrating Five Years!
    When I started my law firm years ago, I was nervous. Petrified, actually. I had always worked for other attorneys before, so I never had to be a rainmaker or run a business. Naturally, I worried about the possibility that all my efforts would…
Rank this Week: 4951

Murphy's Law Blog

Murphy's Law Blog

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

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

    Happy Days Come with Age

    Happy Days Come with Age
    Ezekiel Emanuel, the famous bioethicist and Ivy League professor, recently wrote an essay explaining why he’d like to die around age 75. For many, he reasons, it’s all downhill from there. Better to leave life in good shape and on…
  • Jan 14

    Not Your Grandmother’s Long-Term Care

    Not Your Grandmother’s Long-Term Care
    I always love to see major media outlets shine a light on elder care. Not long ago, “The Today Show” aired a wonderful segment about long-term care, encouraging young people to take it seriously and start learning about it now.…
  • Jan 7

    A Real-Life Neverland for the Elderly

    A Real-Life Neverland for the Elderly
    Loma Linda, CA: Where Older People Stay Young View image | gettyimages.com We’ve all read stories about places where people never grow up. They stay young, strong, healthy, and always alive. Just last month, NBC raked in millions of…
Rank this Week: 3944

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
  • Jan 21

    2015 Estate Tax Summary

    2015 Estate Tax Summary
    Previously I wrote summaries of estate and gift taxes for 2013 and 2014. As with last year, the changes this year are primarily inflation adjustments. The unified federal estate, gift and GST tax exemption rose from $5.34 million in 2014 to…
  • Jan 13

    Article by Jeffrey R. Gottlieb Published in Illinois Bar Journal

    Article by Jeffrey R. Gottlieb Published in Illinois Bar Journal
    The January 2015 edition of the Illinois Bar Journal features a lead article written and published by yours truly, entitled “A New Weapon Against Elder Abuse: Presumptively Void Transfers to Caregivers.” CLICK HERE FOR A PDF OF…
  • Jan 5

    20 New Illinois Laws to Know for 2015

    20 New Illinois Laws to Know for 2015
    Happy New Year! As the new year rings in, so do new Illinois laws taking effect. Roughly 220 new Illinois laws went into effect on January 1, 2015. Most are mundane and relatively uninteresting. But there are quite a few noteworthy new laws…
Rank this Week: 1907

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: 3659

Musings of a Massachusetts Estate…

Musings of a Massachusetts Estate Lawyer

Focuses on estate planning, probate and corporation law in Massachusetts. By David E. Peterson.

http://blog.deplawfirm.com/
  • Jan 20

    Four Reasons to Own Life Insurance

    Four Reasons to Own Life Insurance
      Let’s face it: most people are averse to life insurance. For permanent policies, the premiums are high, and the payouts typically don’t happen until you die. Couple that with the fact that many life insurance agents are…
  • Jan 6

    How Wealthy People Avoid Estate Taxe

    How Wealthy People Avoid Estate Taxe
    The Basics The estate and gift tax is a tax on the transfer of wealth from one generation to the next. The tax is levied when a transfer occurs, which by lifetime gift, or upon death. The estate and gift tax rates start low. The Massachusetts…
  • Dec 26

    Your New Year’s Resolution Starts with a Phone Call (or email).

    Your New Year’s Resolution Starts with a Phone Call (or email).
    The holiday season is a time of great religious and economic significance. And even in our busy lives, it is a time for reflection. For many of us, the fruits of our reflection are our annual resolutions: to become healthier, to spend more…
Rank this Week: 1752

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: 121

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/
  • Jan 20

    Appealing a Surrogate’s Court Judgment on Long Island

    Appealing a Surrogate’s Court Judgment on Long Island
    How to Move Forward When You Disagree With the Court’s Decision Appeals are relatively common in all areas of the law because they offer a party to a legal matter to have another court review a decision to make sure that it is proper.…
  • Jan 9

    When Does a Long Island Attorney Charge a Contingency Fee?

    When Does a Long Island Attorney Charge a Contingency Fee?
    Understanding Fees in Estate Cases Contingency fees are they type of legal fee where the attorney agrees to take a percentage of the total amount won in a legal claim. If the case isn’t won, the attorney would not collect any fee at…
  • Jan 2

    What Are The Duties of a Long Island Guardian?

    What Are The Duties of a Long Island Guardian?
    Know What the Guardian’s Obligations are on Long Island Having to petition the court in either Nassau or Suffolk County to be appointed Guardian over an adult loved one can be emotionally taxing. The legal procedure itself can be…
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Estateography

Estateography

By Alvi Aggarwal.

http://www.estateography.com/
  • Jan 19

    Funding: How to Get Things into a Trust

    Funding: How to Get Things into a Trust
    Let’s start with some jargon. "Funding" a trust is what estate planning lawyers call the process of getting assets into a trust. When we say something is in a trust, owned by a trust, or funded to a trust, we're being a bit imprecise.…
  • Nov 10

    The Durable Power of Attorney for Financial Affair

    The Durable Power of Attorney for Financial Affair
    A “power of attorney” is a legal document that appoints another person to act for you in a specified capacity. Often, a power of attorney is "general," giving your agent broad powers to manage your financial affairs (your…
  • Oct 13

    Transferring Real Estate to A Revocable Trust by Deed

    Transferring Real Estate to A Revocable Trust by Deed
    Real estate includes your house, condo, vacation home, commercial building, and similar properties. Generally, a person who has a revocable trust will want that trust to be the owner and/or beneficiary of most of his/her assets: the…
Rank this Week: 1736

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/
  • 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…
  • Oct 29

    Oops, They Did It Again! Make Sure That You Don’t Also

    Oops, They Did It Again! Make Sure That You Don’t Also
    Last week a client came in and asked me to review her “Estate Planning Portfolio” which had been drafted by another attorney a few years ago. The client was proud that she had a Revocable Living Trust in her portfolio because a…
  • Aug 18

    Even Aging in Place Requires a Plan

    Even Aging in Place Requires a Plan
    If you expect to age in place in your own home, you need to plan how that will be accomplished.  Baby Boomers are now caring for their parents.  Because there are so many Baby Boomers there is a large pool of people who can be…
Rank this Week: 2933

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/
  • Jan 16

    The Tragic Life and Death of The Daughter of Zsa Zsa Gabor and Conrad Hilton, Francesca Hilton

    The Tragic Life and Death of The Daughter of Zsa Zsa Gabor and Conrad Hilton, Francesca Hilton
    Everyone loves a good rags-to-riches tale. But Francesca Gabor Hilton’s life followed a dramatically different path. Born to Hollywood star Zsa Zsa Gabor, and founder of the famed Hilton hotel dynasty, Conrad Hilton, Francesca was…
  • Dec 17

    Joan Rivers' Estate Planning Was No Laughing Matter

    Joan Rivers' Estate Planning Was No Laughing Matter
    Joan Rivers was widely respected for her sense of humor, work ethic, and willingness to say almost anything for a laugh. When it came to planning her estate, however, the late comedienne and host of Fashion Police treated the matter very…
  • Dec 10

    Top 10 Celebrity Stories To Spark Holiday Estate Planning Conversation

    Top 10 Celebrity Stories To Spark Holiday Estate Planning Conversation
    Sure the holidays are a fun time for families to sit around talking about what happened on the latest episode of The Walking Dead or how granddaughter Mary is doing in dance class. But they are also a great time to have the important -- yet…
Rank this Week: 424

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/
  • 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 →
  • Jan 20

    An Example of What Can Go Wrong When You Make Your Own Will.

    An Example of What Can Go Wrong When You Make Your Own Will.
    Do-it-yourself Wills: a sad story of planning gone wrong.  Here is a case study by Janet L. Brewer, detailing some of the bad things that can happen when you make your own Will. Read about John, widow and father, faced … Continue…
Rank this Week: 2918

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/
  • Jan 15

    Understanding a Successor Trustee's Potential Liability

    Understanding a Successor Trustee's Potential Liability
    A person who makes a living trust usually names himself or herself as the initial trustee. The trust instrument should also name successor trustees to act in the event the trust's maker dies or becomes incapable of managing their own affairs.…
  • Jan 14

    Dealing With People to Whom You Owe Money – After You Die

    Dealing With People to Whom You Owe Money – After You Die
    The administration of an estate includes not just distributing a person's property, but collecting any debts owed to the deceased. This is why it is important to make a will naming an executor who can act in your name after you are gone. The…
  • Dec 14

    Dealing With Real Property During Probate

    Dealing With Real Property During Probate
    It is common practice in estate planning for an individual to make specific gifts of property. Perhaps you wish to leave your house to your children or a particular family heirloom to a sibling. But what happens if the property described in…
Rank this Week: 714

New York Probate and Estate…

New York Probate and Estate Administration Blog

Published by Stephen Bilkis & Associates

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

    Petitioner Moves to Amend Final Accounting

    Petitioner Moves to Amend Final Accounting
    Probate Lawyers said that in this contested accounting proceeding, the petitioner moves for an order permitting him to amend the final accounting to include trustee's commissions to which he alleges he is entitled. Respondent opposes the…
  • Jan 13

    Court Reviews Previous Account with Regard to Double Commission

    Court Reviews Previous Account with Regard to Double Commission
    A Probate Lawyer said the deceased died May 24, 1905, leaving a last will and testament which was duly admitted to probate in June, 1905. The testator left a widow and one child. The provisions of the will called the attention of the Court by…
  • Jan 12

    Court Appoints Temporary Administrator in Probate Proceeding

    Court Appoints Temporary Administrator in Probate Proceeding
    A Probate Lawyer said the plaintiffs motion pursuant to CPLR § 1015 seeking to substitute the law firm of K&K as temporary Administrator for the Estate of Mrs. C is denied. Instead the Public Administrator of Richmond County is…
Rank this Week: 1668

Florida Probate, Trust & Estate…

Florida Probate, Trust & Estate Blog

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

http://www.clarkskatoff.com/news-resources/blog/
  • Jan 13

    How to File a Lawsuit Against an Estate

    How to File a Lawsuit Against an Estate
    Clients often ask how to file a lawsuit against an estate.  The answer depends on what type of lawsuit is being contemplated to be filed.  The following answers pertain to Florida probate estates, but the answers can be similar in…
  • Jan 12

    Best Guardianship Lawyer in Florida

    Best Guardianship Lawyer in Florida
    We are often asked who the best guardianship lawyer in Florida is.  There are many factors that should go into choosing a guardianship lawyer, and we present the following for your consideration.
  • Jan 7

    Membership Interest in LLC Passes Outside of Probate Estate

    Membership Interest in LLC Passes Outside of Probate Estate
    Beneficiary designations and pay on death designations are often used as convenient mechanisms to avoid probate or trust administration.  Most banks and financial institutions allow their customers to name beneficiaries on their accounts…
Rank this Week: 1900

Florida Probate Litigation Lawyer…

Florida Probate Litigation Lawyer Blog

Cover Florida probate litigation. By Chepenik & Trushin LLP.

http://www.floridaprobatelitigationlawyer.com/
  • Jan 12

    Removing a Personal Representative in Florida

    Removing a Personal Representative in Florida
    When a Florida resident passes away, regardless of whether he or she had a valid will, a person will be appointed to act as personal representative to administer the estate of the deceased. If the deceased executed a valid will, he or she…
  • Dec 5

    Minimizing the Private Information Revealed in Probate Documents and Probate Proceeding

    Minimizing the Private Information Revealed in Probate Documents and Probate Proceeding
    Personal and financial records are among the few things people generally prefer to keep private. In the past, people may have gone so far as to bury the documents. Nowadays, people might keep them under lock and key in their homes. Some…
  • Nov 10

    ESTATE PLANNING FOR FOREIGN EMPLOYEES: Smoothing the Transition

    ESTATE PLANNING FOR FOREIGN EMPLOYEES: Smoothing the Transition
    The rapid expansion of international public and private companies has brought about an exponential increase in the establishment of subsidiaries far from global headquarters. Such growth has meant that companies are often requiring employees…
Rank this Week: 4149

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/
  • Jan 8

    Big Changes to the Pennsylvania Power of Attorney Laws in 2015

    Big Changes to the Pennsylvania Power of Attorney Laws in 2015
    On January 1, 2015, significant revisions and amendments made to the laws surrounding Pennsylvania power of attorney laws became effective. House Bill 1429 revises and amends 20 Pa.C.S. 5601 et al. (the law which governs powers of attorney…
  • Nov 20

    James Gandolfini's $30 Million Dollar Mistake

    James Gandolfini's $30 Million Dollar Mistake
    Following James Gandolfini's death on June 19, 2013, his estate is now forced to pay approximately $30 million to the government in taxes due to an inadequate Will and incomplete estate plan.  It is unclear who originally drafted…
  • Aug 28

    Legal Same-Sex Marriage in Montgomery County, PA?

    Legal Same-Sex Marriage in Montgomery County, PA?
    In June, in U.S. v. Windsor, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Section 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act ("DOMA"), which defined marriage as between a man and a woman only.  Subsequently, the elected Register of Wills of…
Rank this Week: 2120

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/
  • 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…
  • Dec 15

    Palm Desert Estate Planning Attorney Discusses the A/B Trust

    Palm Desert Estate Planning Attorney Discusses the A/B Trust
    We have previously discussed the importance of keeping your estate plan up-to-date. It's a good rule of thumb to have an experienced estate planning attorney review your documents at least every five years. Out dated documents may have…
  • Apr 8

    401(k) Beneficiary Problems for Palm Springs Resident

    401(k) Beneficiary Problems for Palm Springs Resident
    As Palm Desert estate planning attorneys, we frequently see clients with beneficiary designation issues. A recent article in the Wall Street Journal highlights this integral part of estate planning. A Will or Trust is very important but will…
Rank this Week: 3610

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
  • Jan 5

    Selling a Business: Stock Sale v. Asset Sale

    Selling a Business: Stock Sale v. Asset Sale
    When a business is sold, the actual sale often occurs via one of two forms, either as a stock sale or as an asset sale. In general, sellers often prefer stock sales while buyers often prefer asset sales. Although the considerations associated…
  • Dec 17

    2014 Tax Extender Bill Passed By Congre

    2014 Tax Extender Bill Passed By Congre
    Kelly Phillips Erb, writing for Forbes: With just over two weeks left in the 2014 calendar year, the Senate finally made up its mind about the tax extenders bill. The bill, which extends the life of a number of tax breaks through 2014,…
  • Nov 20

    What Is A Business Plan?

    What Is A Business Plan?
    Although a proper legal structure is very important for a startup business, there are many other considerations that are very likely much more important if the business is to be successful. In particular, developing a business plan is often…
Rank this Week: 730

North Carolina Trusts and Estates…

North Carolina Trusts and Estates Litigation

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

https://ncestatelitigation.wordpress.com/
  • Jan 5

    An Interview With North Carolina’s Senior Administrative Law Judge

    An Interview With North Carolina’s Senior Administrative Law Judge
    Following is an interview I conducted recently with North Carolina’s Senior Administrative Law Judge, Fred G. Morrison, Jr., for the Administrative Lawyer newsletter: A Year of Recognition For more than five decades, Fred Gilbert…
  • Jan 5

    A Recent Interview With North Carolina’s Senior Administrative Law Judge

    A Recent Interview With North Carolina’s Senior Administrative Law Judge
    Following is an interview I conducted recently with North Carolina’s Senior Administrative Law Judge Fred G. Morrison, Jr. for the Administrative Lawyer newsletter: A Year of Recognition For more than five decades, Fred Gilbert…
  • Dec 1

    Pitfalls to Avoid in Estate Planning

    Pitfalls to Avoid in Estate Planning
    Several online web sites provide forms for people to create their own wills for a fee less than that of hiring a typical attorney.  Earlier this year, a member of the Florida Supreme Court called that approach “penny-wise and…
Rank this Week: 2490

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
  • Jan 1

    IRS Gift and Estate Tax Exemptions for 2015

    IRS Gift and Estate Tax Exemptions for 2015
    The IRS released their gift and estate tax exemption numbers for 2015 a few months back. In case you missed it they are: GIFT TAX: It remains at $14,000 per donor per donee.  So a husband and wife can do … Continue reading…
  • Dec 9

    International Will

    International Will
    I have been practicing law since 1994. I have been extremely focused on the areas of estate and probate law during that time.  Through those years I have a number of clients who have property in other countries. Usually we ……
  • Nov 10

    California Heggstad Petitions and Kucker v. Kucker

    California Heggstad Petitions and Kucker v. Kucker
    I recently had the following calendar note in a probate case in Alameda County. We had filed a Heggstad petition, pursuant to California probate code 850, to get two properties into a trust after death. I should clarify our firm ……
Rank this Week: 1848

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/
  • Dec 29

    Scottsdale Trust Litigation

    Scottsdale Trust Litigation
    Trusts are often sold to seniors as a device allowing them to pass their property to their children and other loved ones with the least possible expense, time and hassle. That may be true where there are no complications and everyone in the…
  • Dec 10

    Scottsdale, AZ Elder Law Litigation and the Greatest Generation

    Scottsdale, AZ Elder Law Litigation and the Greatest Generation
    The survivors and veterans of World War II have been called the Greatest Generation for several decades now, a title earned by their enormous contributions during a period of global and cultural strife. The nation’s prosperity depends…
  • Oct 23

    Elder Abuse Is Everyone’s Concern

    Elder Abuse Is Everyone’s Concern
    Abuse of the most vulnerable of society is a concern for everyone. And when an elderly loved one is the victim, you may be left confused about the steps you should take to extract the elder from the abusive situation and make sure that he or…
Rank this Week: 1917

Probate Litigation Attorney Blog

Probate Litigation Attorney Blog

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

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

    Update on Probate Courtrooms at Stanley Mosk / Los Angeles Superior Court

    Update on Probate Courtrooms at Stanley Mosk / Los Angeles Superior Court
    Fortunately we will see two more probate courtrooms at the Los Angeles Superior Court.  The additional two courts will give us a total of six at the Central Courthouse. The six courts will be allocated as follows: Dept. 5 (2nd floor):…
  • Nov 18

    Probate Court Program at Stanley Mosk Courthouse

    Probate Court Program at Stanley Mosk Courthouse
    Firm partner, Yasha Bronshteyn, attended the Ex-Parte Probate Court Program Presented by Trusts and Estates Section of the Los Angeles Bar Association at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse 111 N. Hill Street, Los Angeles, California. Speakers…
  • Sep 7

    Los Angeles Bar Association Trust and Wills Symposium

    Los Angeles Bar Association Trust and Wills Symposium
    Firm partner, Yasha Bronshteyn, is looking forward to attending the People Behaving Badly: Trustees and Beneficiaries Abusing Each Other and Settlors program being presented on September 19, 2014, at the Millennium Biltmore Grand,…
Rank this Week: 3635

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
  • Dec 18

    Trust Modification under Florida’s Trust Code

    Trust Modification under Florida’s Trust Code
    Can a court consider extrinsic evidence when asked to modify a trust under the judicial modification statutes even if the trust instrument is unambiguous?  YES! Historically, common law rules of construction provided that the intent of a…
  • Sep 25

    Undue Influence under Florida’s Trust Code

    Undue Influence under Florida’s Trust Code
    Florida Statute § 736.0406 Effect of fraud, duress, mistake, or undue influence.— If the creation, amendment, or restatement of a trust is procured by fraud, duress, mistake, or undue influence, the trust or any part so…
  • Aug 12

    Florida Trust Termination

    Florida Trust Termination
    People create trusts for a variety of reasons.  Some create them for creditor protection.  Others create them because they are concerned about providing the beneficiaries with large sums of money all at once.  Although these…
Rank this Week: 540

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
  • 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…
  • Dec 5

    Another reason for a living trust: you have 79 heir

    Another reason for a living trust: you have 79 heir
    In Georgia, most estate attorneys recommend use of a will rather than a living trust. Probate in this state is a simple affair, if the will is properly drafted, and living trusts are expensive to manage and administer during life. The…
  • Jul 17

    Probate court deadlines - In re Estate of Loyd

    Probate court deadlines - In re Estate of Loyd
    On Tuesday, the Court of Appeals of Georgia handed down its opinion in In re Estate of Loyd.The details of that case are fairly mundane in the world of probate litigation. A will was challenged on grounds of undue influence by a disinherited…
Rank this Week: 3168

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/
  • Nov 25

    In Terrorem Provisions That Violate Public Policy

    In Terrorem Provisions That Violate Public Policy
    In terrorem clauses generally provide that, where a beneficiary under a testamentary instrument unsuccessfully challenges the instrument’s validity, the beneficiary will forfeit any interests obtained under the instrument. Testators…
  • Oct 3

    Appellate Division Upholds Equitable Extension of Slayer Rule

    Appellate Division Upholds Equitable Extension of Slayer Rule
    New York’s “slayer rule” essentially provides that if an individual kills another person, he has automatically forfeited any interest he may have had in his victim’s estate. The rationale is simple – no one…
  • Aug 8

    “Easy” Cases Make Bad Law Too

    “Easy” Cases Make Bad Law Too
    In a decision that could well cause even the most casual trusts and estates practitioners to scratch their proverbial heads in wonder, the Appellate Division, Third Department, in Matter of Buchting, 111 AD3d 1114, 975 NYS2d 794 (3d Dept…
Rank this Week: 1329

Missouri Probate Information

Missouri Probate Information

Covers probate procedures and law in Missouri. By Richard J. Herndon.

http://missouriprobate.info/missouri-probate-blog/
  • Nov 20

    Missouri Probate – Consents and Waiver

    Missouri Probate – Consents and Waiver
    Many probate administrations in Missouri involve families who generally get along, and are in agreement as to the settling of their loved one’s estate.  When this is the case the administration of the estate in many aspects can be…
  • Jun 20

    What is a Statement of Account in a Missouri Probate Matter?

    What is a Statement of Account in a Missouri Probate Matter?
    A Statement of Account is the Final Accounting submitted in an Independently Administered Missouri Probate Estate.  it contains Four sections.  The first simply summarizes the initial Inventory filed in the case – in other…
  • Jun 20

    What is a Statement of Account in a Missouri Probate Matter?

    What is a Statement of Account in a Missouri Probate Matter?
    A Statement of Account is the Final Accounting submitted in an Independently Administered Missouri Probate Estate.  it contains Four sections.  The first simply summarizes the initial Inventory filed in the case – in other…
Rank this Week: 2889

Texas Probate Litigation

Texas Probate Litigation

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

http://www.txprobatelitigation.com/
  • 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...
  • Nov 6

    In re Estate of Fisher

    In re Estate of Fisher
    In Fisher, the Texarkana Court of Appeals upheld the Harrison County Court at Law's summary judgment dismissal of a will contest. The contestants, the surviving lineal descendants of the decedent, challenged a will made five months before…
  • Aug 26

    Court finds designated executor unsuitable

    Court finds designated executor unsuitable
    In Gossett v. Beck, the Dallas Court of Appeals upheld the probate court's determination that an indepedent executrix designated in a will was unsuitable and therefore disqualified to serve. The basis of the probate court's decision was a…
Rank this Week: 5027

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/
  • Nov 10

    Estate Planning for Out-of-State Property

    Estate Planning for Out-of-State Property
    If you live in Florida and own property in another state an ancillary administration will be necessary upon the death of the owner(s) of that property. This special probate administration will be in addition to the administration you have…
  • Oct 29

    Revocable Trusts and Asset Protection

    Revocable Trusts and Asset Protection
    Many times we get questions from clients asking if their revocable trust provides asset protection from creditors. The answer to this is the typical legal answer "It Depends". That is it depends on who owes the money. In Florida a…
  • Oct 28

    Florida Probate Intake form

    Florida Probate Intake form
    Many of our clients have asked us to put our Florida Probate Intake form online so that they can easily download it. You can download the Florida Probate Intake form with the following link: Probate Intake Form.pdf
Rank this Week: 530

Florida Elder Law and Estate Blog

Florida Elder Law and Estate Blog

Covers Florida estate planning, probate, and construction law issues. By the Law Office of R. Kellen Bryant., P.L.

http://www.eldercarelawjacksonville.com/
Rank this Week: 5016