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Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof…

Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof Blog

By Gerry W. Beyer.

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/trusts_estates_prof/
  • Dec 17

    Judge Forces Woman Out of Home

    Judge Forces Woman Out of Home
    A 79-year-old woman will be forced out of her £1.2 million home after a judge ruled that she cannot share it with the grown-up son she despises. Elizabeth Ashley had changed the locks on her home in Wandsworth in order...
  • Dec 17

    New Case: Ferguson v. Critopoulo

    New Case: Ferguson v. Critopoulo
    In Ferguson v. Critopoulos, the Alabama Supreme Court held that a will beneficiary met the burden to show that the decedent provided for spouse outside the will. The decedent’s will, executed nine years before his second marriage, gave his…
  • Dec 17

    German Business Owners Threatened by Tax Ruling

    German Business Owners Threatened by Tax Ruling
    German business owners were warned they might be forced to slash investments and possibly sell holdings if they lose a privilege that has saved them billions in taxes. Germany’s constitutional court will decide whether families can continue…
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New York Probate Lawyer Blog

New York Probate Lawyer Blog

By Jules Martin Haas.

http://www.newyorkprobatelawyerblog.com/
  • Dec 17

    New York Undue Influence Can Be An Issue of Fact To Be Determined at a Trial

    New York Undue Influence Can Be An Issue of Fact To Be Determined at a Trial
    A common issue that is found in many contested Guardianship cases and Estate matters is whether a person’s beneficiary designations or asset plan has been the subject of undue influence.    New York  City Estate Lawyers,…
  • Dec 10

    New York Guardianship Cases Involve Careful Scrutiny By The Guardianship Court

    New York Guardianship Cases Involve Careful Scrutiny By The Guardianship Court
    The New York Probate Lawyer Blog contains numerous posts regarding Article 81 Guardianship proceedings. These cases are started when a person files a petition with the Court alleging that an individual is incapacitated and needs the…
  • Dec 3

    New York Breach of Fiduciary Duty or Misconduct Can Result in Removal of a Fiduciary

    New York Breach of Fiduciary Duty or Misconduct Can Result in Removal of a Fiduciary
    Estates and Trusts are administered by fiduciaries. The Surrogate’s Court Procedure Act (SCPA) section 103 (21) identifies persons that are fiduciaries and includes such office holders as Executors, Administrators and Trustees. Such…
Rank this Week: 4124

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/
  • 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…
  • Nov 25

    Mick Jagger Can't Get No Satisfaction; Ugly Lawsuit Settle

    Mick Jagger Can't Get No Satisfaction; Ugly Lawsuit Settle
    It's rough being Mick Jagger sometimes. Even as the front man for the famed Rolling Stones, he Can't Always Get What he Wants. But when he tries, at least sometimes, he just might find ... that he gets what he needs. These days, what Sir Mick…
Rank this Week: 672

Nirenstein, Horowitz & Associates,…

Nirenstein, Horowitz & Associates, P.C. Blog

Covers Connecticut estate planning, probate and elder law.

http://www.preserveyourestate.net/blog/
  • Dec 17

    Senior Financial Abuse: Don’t Be A Victim

    Senior Financial Abuse: Don’t Be A Victim
    We are facing a big problem in the United States with senior financial abuse, and it is estimated that our elders are bilked and scammed out of billions of dollars annually. The true extent of the problem is hidden to a large extent. As…
  • Dec 15

    Keep Things Simple As Retirement Beckon

    Keep Things Simple As Retirement Beckon
    Sometimes simple addition by subtraction is the best course of action, and this is something to keep in mind as retirement beckons. What we are referring to by suggesting addition by subtraction is a concerted effort to reduce debt as part of…
  • Dec 14

    Free Report: What is the Marital Estate Tax Deduction in Connecticut

    Free Report: What is the Marital Estate Tax Deduction in Connecticut
    Accumulating wealth is the first order of business, but you must also preserve your wealth for the benefit of the next generation and beyond. Topics covered in this whitepaper include: Federal Estate Tax Federal Gift Tax Unlimited Marital…
Rank this Week: 3271

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
  • 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…
  • Nov 5

    Business Structures: The Facts & Figure

    Business Structures: The Facts & Figure
    Although there a lots of very important questions that a business owner, or owners, must ask when starting a business, perhaps of one of the most important is: How should I legally structure my business? In general, there are three principal…
Rank this Week: 4207

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
  • Dec 17

    Do I Need an Attorney to Probate a Will in Texas?

    Do I Need an Attorney to Probate a Will in Texas?
    I get phone calls and emails each week from Texans who have lost friends and family members. Often, they have been named as independent executors and need information about probating a Will. The first question they ask is whether it will…
  • Dec 5

    The Obituary of the Amazing Spider-Man

    The Obituary of the Amazing Spider-Man
    Most obituaries are sterile. They provide basic information about the deceased person’s birth, death, and those they left behind, but are short on capturing the personality of the person who has died. Aaron Joseph Purmort’s…
  • Nov 26

    How To Support Someone Who’s Grieving During The Holiday

    How To Support Someone Who’s Grieving During The Holiday
    A friend of mine who volunteers for hospice wondered out loud a couple of weeks ago: “Why is it that more people die around the holidays?” “Really?”  I asked. “Is there actually data to support that?”…
Rank this Week: 1356

Murphy's Law Blog

Murphy's Law Blog

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

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

    Art Is In The Trust Of Fhe Beholder… Or Is It?

    Art Is In The Trust Of Fhe Beholder… Or Is It?
    The Wall Street Journal is shining the light on a different kind of estate planner: the diehard collector. View image | gettyimages.com Whether it’s comic books, baseball cards, home video libraries, music memorabilia, Disneyana, or…
  • Dec 10

    How to Talk About Finances and the Future During the Holiday

    How to Talk About Finances and the Future During the Holiday
    Turkey, tinsel, and… taxes? #88749768 / gettyimages.com Believe it or not, holiday gatherings are widely recommended as ideal times to talk about important, future-focused concerns with your loved ones. Sound too awkward? You’re…
  • Dec 3

    Wreaths Across America Looking to Honor More Veteran

    Wreaths Across America Looking to Honor More Veteran
    Every year, Wreaths Across America (WAA) places a wreath on the grave of veterans throughout all fifty states. The organization, based in Maine, spends the whole year raising funds and rallying volunteers, culminating in a weeklong…
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Mendel Law Firm Blog

Mendel Law Firm Blog

Covers estate planning.

http://www.mendellawfirm.com/blog/
  • Dec 17

    What if an Heir Predeceases You?

    What if an Heir Predeceases You?
    If the person named in your Will as the person to receive the majority of your estate has you and your mother murdered, would you want that person’s heirs to receive the inheritance instead? It sounds like an odd question to ask, but…
  • Dec 16

    Texas History – What Kind of Dome Was Instrumental in Changing the Economy of Texas?

    Texas History – What Kind of Dome Was Instrumental in Changing the Economy of Texas?
    Created eons ago, the geological formations called salt domes, found particularly along the Gulf Coast plains, were the basis for Texas’ petroleum industry. The domes trapped and housed the oil and natural gas that gave Texas some of…
  • Dec 12

    Famous Estates – Legacy Champ or Chump?

    Famous Estates – Legacy Champ or Chump?
    Kurt Cobain (1967-1994) – Musician & Songwriter Kurt Cobain was an American musician and artist, best known as the lead singer, guitarist, and primary songwriter of the grunge band Nirvana. Cobain formed Nirvana with Krist Novoselic…
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Law Office of Andrew M. Lamkin,…

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

Covers elder law.

http://lamkinelderlaw.com/articles/
  • Dec 17

    Tips for Naming an Executor

    Tips for Naming an Executor
    When you consider who to name as an executor of your will, keep in mind that the job of executor is very time-consuming and requires many difficult decisions in order to faithfully carry out the wishes of the deceased. The executor’s…
  • Dec 10

    Five Retirement Mistakes You Should Avoid

    Five Retirement Mistakes You Should Avoid
    When preparing to retire, the last thing you want is to face financial difficulties. While there is no one formula that can guarantee a happy, secure retirement, there are some common mistakes you should avoid so you don’t place your…
  • Dec 3

    Estate Planning Documents You Should Have

    Estate Planning Documents You Should Have
    Planning for death is an uncomfortable but necessary part of life. By planning ahead, family members and loved ones can move on after your death without worrying about financial issues. The purpose of estate planning is to decide what happens…
Rank this Week: 3182

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/
  • Dec 17

    The IRS as Tax Law Nonenforcer

    The IRS as Tax Law Nonenforcer
    Lawrence Zelenak, Custom and the Rule of Law in the Administration of the Income Tax, 62 Duke L.J. 829 (2012).Leigh OsofskyIn a recent essay, Custom and the Rule of Law in the Administration of the Income Tax, Larry Zelenak examines…
  • Dec 16

    Breaking the Deadlock in Bipartisan Election Administration

    Breaking the Deadlock in Bipartisan Election Administration
    Jennifer Nou, Sub-Regulating Elections, Sup Ct. Rev. (forthcoming 2014), available at SSRN.Bertrall RossWhat should courts do when bipartisan agencies deadlock on an interpretation of a statute? That conundrum recently…
  • Dec 15

    The Past and Future of Copyright Politic

    The Past and Future of Copyright Politic
    Bill Herman, The Fight Over Digital Rights: The Politics of Copyright and Technology (2013).Jessica SilbeyIn The Fight Over Digital Rights, Bill Herman, a professor in the Department of Film and Media Studies at Hunter College, explores the…
Rank this Week: 332

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/
  • Dec 17

    Successor Trustee Responsibilitie

    Successor Trustee Responsibilitie
    When a trustee passes away or becomes incapacitated, a successor trustee must step forward. In addition to the trustee’s duties, a successor trustee is responsible for presenting an affidavit or certificate of trust that provides proof…
  • Dec 15

    Year-End Gifting to Charitie

    Year-End Gifting to Charitie
    The spirit of the holiday season is a generous one. According to the National Center for Charitable Statistics, “The last few months of the year make up what is commonly called the Giving Season for the nonprofit community.” A…
  • Dec 12

    North Carolina 2014 Tax Year Changes to Note

    North Carolina 2014 Tax Year Changes to Note
    Individuals and businesses across North Carolina are approaching the end of the 2014 tax year. Our tax attorneys in Chapel Hill review below a few income tax legislation amendments for the 2014 tax year. Some affect tax rates and deductions…
Rank this Week: 620

Northern California Center for…

Northern California Center for Estate Planning and Elder Law

Covers estate planning.

http://www.norcalplanners.com/blog/
  • Dec 16

    What Happens To A Living Trust When One Spouse Dies?

    What Happens To A Living Trust When One Spouse Dies?
    One reason for a living trust for a married couple is the opportunity to pass on their estates to their children in the most tax-efficient manner.  When the first spouse dies, the surviving spouse is allowed to make use of all…
  • Dec 15

    What Is the Uniform Probate Code?

    What Is the Uniform Probate Code?
    Estate matters are handled by the probate court. This court is charged with the responsibility of supervising the administration of an estate when certain circumstances exist. Probate laws vary state-by-state, and back in the 1960s, the…
  • Dec 15

    Free Report: Why Elder Law Matter

    Free Report: Why Elder Law Matter
    Because elder law can affect almost anyone at any time, you never know when you might need to contact an elder law attorney. In the best possible scenario, you will only need an elder law lawyer to help prepare you for what might, and will,…
Rank this Week: 1422

New York Probate and Estate…

New York Probate and Estate Administration Blog

Published by Stephen Bilkis & Associates

http://www.newyorkprobateestateadministration.com/
  • Dec 16

    Court Considers Case Reqarding Law of Perpetuitie

    Court Considers Case Reqarding Law of Perpetuitie
    A Probate Lawyer said the question presented on this record is whether the trusts created by the will of CMR, dated June 27, 1867, are valid within the law of perpetuities, or are void for remoteness. There can be no doubt that if the…
  • Dec 15

    Court Decides Case Reqarding Distribution of Retirement Fund

    Court Decides Case Reqarding Distribution of Retirement Fund
    An Executrix in a purported will dated June 29, 1964, has petitioned for its probate. Decedent's brother has filed objections. The other eight distributees have appeared in the proceeding but have not filed objections. A Probate lawyer said…
  • Dec 14

    Court Hears Appeal for the Issuance of a Set Off

    Court Hears Appeal for the Issuance of a Set Off
    A Probate Lawyer said in an action to foreclose a materialman's lien, the appeal is from a judgment of the Supreme Court, Richmond County, dated November 2, 1981, which confirmed the Referee's decision of July 7, 1981, in favor of the…
Rank this Week: 2114

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/
  • Dec 16

    Am I required to provide insurance for my employees?

    Am I required to provide insurance for my employees?
    The Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as ObamaCare places requirements on some businesses to offer health insurance for their employees. The Affordable Care Act has become a highly debated topic and this article is not addressing the…
  • Dec 10

    Should I hire an attorney? (Part 2)

    Should I hire an attorney? (Part 2)
    In Part 1, we started exploring do-it-yourself (DIY) legal products compared to hiring an attorney.  DIY legal products can be appealing because they can be far less expensive than hiring an attorney, but it may not meet your needs. In a…
  • Dec 3

    Should I hire at attorney? (Part 1)

    Should I hire at attorney? (Part 1)
    Do-it-yourself (DIY) options have become a lot more common in the world of legal services. You can now go on-line to prepare your taxes, write your own estate plan, and open your own business, among numerous other options. While these DIY…
Rank this Week: 3053

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: 268

German Law Group Blog

German Law Group Blog

Covers estate planning.

http://www.germanlawgroup.com/
  • Dec 16

    Voice of the Woman: Ray’s Story

    Voice of the Woman: Ray’s Story
    Ray’s Story When I was young my grandparents built a successful farm. They owned 5+ quarters of land and a beautiful herd of Hereford cattle. They built this while raising 11 children. Business was always handled by the husband. Grandma…
  • Dec 11

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

    What Is the Difference Between a General and a Limited Power of Attorney?
    A power of attorney is a legally binding device, and these documents are used for various different purposes in the legal field. If you execute a power of attorney, you are referred to as the principal or grantor. You name an agent or…
  • Dec 9

    Voice of the Woman: Changes at German Law Group

    Voice of the Woman: Changes at German Law Group
    EVERY WOMAN HAS A VOICE, AND WE HEAR THEM! You may have heard through the grapevine that we’ve changed our focus. 2015 will be The Year of the Woman at German Law Group. We are going to be launching a program in 2015 placing focus on…
Rank this Week: 3481

Kuhn and Kuhn Law Firm Blog

Kuhn and Kuhn Law Firm Blog

Covers estate planning.

http://www.kuhnandkuhn.com/blog/
  • Dec 16

    What Will Happen to Your Property If You Die without A Will or Trust in South Carolina?

    What Will Happen to Your Property If You Die without A Will or Trust in South Carolina?
    You have probably been told how important it is to create an estate plan, or at least to execute a Last Will and Testament. If, despite being told how important it is, you have yet to create and estate plan it may be because you don’t…
  • Dec 11

    Updating Your Estate Plan – Why the End of the Year Is the Perfect Time

    Updating Your Estate Plan – Why the End of the Year Is the Perfect Time
    Do you already have a comprehensive estate plan in place? If so, you are in a better position than the majority of adults in the United States. That does not, however, mean you should get complacent. On the contrary, the success of your…
  • Dec 9

    What Is Guardianship/Conservatorship in South Carolina?

    What Is Guardianship/Conservatorship in South Carolina?
    At some point in your life you may be faced with the difficult decision to pursue guardianship/conservatorship in South Carolina over a family member or loved one. Like most people, you may struggle with the decision; however, failing to…
Rank this Week: 1495

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/
  • Dec 15

    Does the State Take My Assets If I Apply for the Medi-Cal Program?

    Does the State Take My Assets If I Apply for the Medi-Cal Program?
    Medi-Cal is California’s version of the Medicaid program that provides health care insurance for people with very limited financial resources. If you are going to qualify for Medicare when you reach the age of 65, and you will be…
  • Dec 10

    When Will I Receive Social Security?

    When Will I Receive Social Security?
    There is a lot to take into consideration if you are preparing for your retirement years. You should understand what to expect from government benefits, and what you cannot expect. With this in mind, we will look at Social Security in this…
  • Dec 8

    How Do You Fund a Living Trust?

    How Do You Fund a Living Trust?
    If you take the right steps, you can secure your own financial future as you simultaneously craft a suitable legacy to leave behind to your loved ones. There are various different legal devices that you can use to facilitate future asset…
Rank this Week: 1378

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/
  • 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…
  • Mar 10

    Estate Planning Lessons from the Rich and Famou

    Estate Planning Lessons from the Rich and Famou
    Some celebrity estates are embroiled in the media and legal battles while others remain private and relatively peaceful. Here are some lessons learned from the estates of the rich and famous. Fund Your Revocable Trust Recently deceased Paul…
Rank this Week: 4989

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/
  • Dec 15

    Do I Need An Attorney To Make A Will On Long Island?

    Do I Need An Attorney To Make A Will On Long Island?
    Could Doing Your Own Will Cost Your Beneficiaries? If you look up estate planning online, you can find almost countless resources on all of the ways that you can write your own will in order to save yourself some legal fees. The parties…
  • Dec 5

    How Can I Use a Supplemental Needs Trust To Get Medicaid on Long Island?

    How Can I Use a Supplemental Needs Trust To Get Medicaid on Long Island?
    Allowing for Payments for Expenses While on Government Assistance When dealing with a seriously disabled person how you handle that person’s finances can be essential when it comes to dealing with government benefits. Too many assets,…
  • Nov 17

    How to Win a Will Contest in Long Island

    How to Win a Will Contest in Long Island
    What to do When Something is Wrong With the Will Losing a loved one can be emotionally devastating no matter who you are. Unfortunately, many times the sadness that comes with having a loved one die quickly turns to anger, when it is…
Rank this Week: 2146

California Trust, Estate & Probate…

California Trust, Estate & Probate Litigation

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

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

    Mommy Dearest…Can She Disinherit Me Under California Law?

    Mommy Dearest…Can She Disinherit Me Under California Law?
    Can your mom or dad disinherit you under California law?  Do they have to notify you if they change their Trust or Will provisions?  Do you really have to be nice to your parents?  In this video, Keith Davidson describes the…
  • Dec 11

    Time to Account: How do you get a California Trust accounting? And what should it look like?

    Time to Account: How do you get a California Trust accounting? And what should it look like?
    Trustees are required to account for their actions, and yet it can be difficult to obtain a proper Trust accounting when one is desired.   Even if you do get a Trust accounting, what should it look like and how do you know you got a…
  • Dec 2

    California Trustee: It’s Time to Go!

    California Trustee: It’s Time to Go!
    In this video, Stewart R. Albertson describes some of the bases you can use to remove a Trustee from a California Trust.  Not always an easy thing to do, but it can be made easier if you know the legal basis you need to reference for…
Rank this Week: 1906

Hauptman and Hauptman, P.C. Blog

Hauptman and Hauptman, P.C. Blog

Covers guardianship, Medicaid, probate and estate administration.

http://www.hauptmanlaw.com/blog
  • Dec 14

    New Medicaid and VA Figures for 2015

    New Medicaid and VA Figures for 2015
    Each year, many of the programs that, as elder law attorneys, we deal with daily, such as VA Aid and Attendance and Medicaid, are adjusted for inflation through a cost of living adjustment. In the past month the Social Security Administration…
  • Dec 12

    Google Hangout – Miller Trust

    Google Hangout – Miller Trust
  • Dec 7

    Changes to New Jersey Medicaid Have Finally Arrived!

    Changes to New Jersey Medicaid Have Finally Arrived!
                    So it has finally happened.  Effective last Monday, December 1, New Jersey no longer is offering its Medically Needy program to individuals in…
Rank this Week: 2924

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/
  • 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…
  • Dec 12

    Winding Down Your Business Through Estate Planning

    Winding Down Your Business Through Estate Planning
    A comprehensive estate plan can address the disposal of your personal assets, such as your home or retirement accounts, and any business interests you may hold. Many Americans are self-employed or participate in a business partnership.…
  • Dec 7

    Delaware Sparks National Debate Over New Probate Laws for “Digital Assets”

    Delaware Sparks National Debate Over New Probate Laws for “Digital Assets”
    “Digital assets” remain an unsettled area of estate planning law. While it is long-established that a person may leave physical assets, such as books or photo albums, to someone else via a will or trust, that is not necessarily…
Rank this Week: 4402

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/
  • Dec 10

    Qualified Personal Residence Trusts in Florida (QPRT)

    Qualified Personal Residence Trusts in Florida (QPRT)
    A qualified personal residence trust (QPRT) is an estate planning technique that can help reduce the size of the client’s taxable estate for estate tax purposes.  The technique was far more popular when the estate tax…
  • Dec 10

    Homestead Rights Waived By Deed Boilerplate Language

    Homestead Rights Waived By Deed Boilerplate Language
    In the most recent Florida homestead case, the appellate court rules that boilerplate language in a deed operates as a waiver of the spouse's homestead rights.
  • Dec 9

    How To Contest Life Insurance Beneficiary

    How To Contest Life Insurance Beneficiary
    It is possible to contest the beneficiary of a life insurance policy after the death of the insured in a variety of situations.  Here are some ways in which the beneficiary can be challenged.
Rank this Week: 1369

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
  • 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 ……
  • Oct 1

    Bank of America mortgage trust certification form

    Bank of America mortgage trust certification form
    For some time now I have advised clients to contact their mortgage holder to see about linking their trust to their mortgage. Without that you can leave your trustee with a problem. The house might be owned by the trust … Continue…
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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: 1950

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
  • 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…
  • Nov 20

    Statute of Limitations to Contest a Tennessee Probated Will is 2 Years From Date of Order Probating Will

    Statute of Limitations to Contest a Tennessee Probated Will is 2 Years From Date of Order Probating Will
    In Tennessee we have a two year statute of limitations to set aside the probate of a will.  This two year statute of limitations is calculated from the date the order is entered admitting the will to probate.  If you wait beyond…
  • Nov 9

    I Am a Beneficiary In a Tennessee Estate, Do I Need an Attorney?

    I Am a Beneficiary In a Tennessee Estate, Do I Need an Attorney?
    The answer to this question is not easy.  It really depends on the circumstances of your situation.  If there is a good trustworthy executor who hires a good competent attorney to handle a Tennessee estate, then the answer may be…
Rank this Week: 3346

Florida Probate Litigation Lawyer…

Florida Probate Litigation Lawyer Blog

Cover Florida probate litigation. By Chepenik & Trushin LLP.

http://www.floridaprobatelitigationlawyer.com/
Rank this Week: 3625

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
  • Dec 2

    Illinois Power of Attorney for Health Care Gets Makeover in 2015

    Illinois Power of Attorney for Health Care Gets Makeover in 2015
    It seems like just yesterday that I was revising our forms and explaining the brand-new ‘Illinois Statutory Short Form Power of Attorney for Health Care’ (“PAH”). Three years goes by quickly. Apparently, the…
  • Nov 21

    Guest Blog: Relational Estate Planning

    Guest Blog: Relational Estate Planning
    Today’s post is a guest blog written by Stephanie Heavey about Relational Estate Planning. For more information, contact Stephanie at r.estplanner@gmail.com You just breathed a sigh of relief. The “t’s” have been…
  • Nov 12

    WBEZ Tech Shift Podcasts on Death in the Digital Age

    WBEZ Tech Shift Podcasts on Death in the Digital Age
    A couple weeks ago, Chicago’s public radio station WBEZ 91.5 FM, ran a series of four short podcasts on its ‘Tech Shift’ channel on the subject of death in the digital age and how technology is changing the way we handle…
Rank this Week: 3549

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: 3310

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: 3899

Probate Litigation Attorney Blog

Probate Litigation Attorney Blog

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

http://www.losangelesprobatelitigationattorneyblog.com/
  • 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,…
  • Sep 7

    Probate Schedule at the San Farncisco Superior Court

    Probate Schedule at the San Farncisco Superior Court
    Hearing dates for probate matters at the San Francisco Superior Court located at  400 McAllister St., Department 204, San Francisco, CA 94102-4514 are assigned by the filing clerk at the time the petition is filed. The typical schedule…
Rank this Week: 2180

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: 4096

Estateography

Estateography

By Alvi Aggarwal.

http://www.estateography.com/
  • 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…
  • Sep 21

    Transferring Mortgaged Real Estate to Your Revocable Trust

    Transferring Mortgaged Real Estate to Your Revocable Trust
    (or: why we have to ask the mortgage company for permission to transfer the rental property but not the house) People usually establish revocable trusts to facilitate the management of their assets if they become incapacitated and to avoid…
Rank this Week: 2168

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: 575

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: 4080

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
  • 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…
  • Oct 19

    How To Avoid Probate

    How To Avoid Probate
    There is hardly a week that goes by that I don’t receive a call from a potential client asking me to help them “avoid probate”. Unfortunately, most of the time, the client only has a vague understanding of the probate…
  • Sep 2

    Joint Ownership of Asset

    Joint Ownership of Asset
    A significant portion of the assets we own are held jointly with another person. Almost anything, including real property, bank accounts, and investment accounts, can be, and often is, owned jointly. Therefore, it is of utmost importance to…
Rank this Week: 2959

New York Probate & Estate…

New York Probate & Estate Litigation Blog

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

http://www.nyprobatelitigation.com/
  • Nov 3

    Make Sure Your Vital Information Doesn’t Die When You Do

    Make Sure Your Vital Information Doesn’t Die When You Do
    Twenty years ago, we always told our clients to make an inventory of their important information, give a copy to a child or trusted family member and leave a copy in a secure place for safekeeping. It’s amazing how much has changed in…
  • Sep 15

    Not Everybody Needs A Trust

    Not Everybody Needs A Trust
    Every Spring, when the snowbirds have returned to New York, your lawblogger gets a rash of inquiries about trusts. Some folks are absolutely insistent but don't really have a good explanation for this. I usually ask at this point which…
  • Sep 15

    Not Everybody Needs A Trust

    Not Everybody Needs A Trust
    Every Spring, when the snowbirds have returned to New York, your lawblogger gets a rash of inquiries about trusts. Some folks are absolutely insistent but don’t really have a good explanation for this. I usually ask at this point which…
Rank this Week: 539

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/
  • 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…
  • Oct 9

    Nursing Home Abuse Warning Sign

    Nursing Home Abuse Warning Sign
    The unfortunate truth is that the nursing facilities that are supposed to serve and protect some of the most vulnerable members of society are sometimes the perpetrators of that abuse. Sometimes profit motive drives the abuse: short staffing…
  • Sep 23

    Learn about the First North American Urban Civilization at the Deer Valley Rock Art Center

    Learn about the First North American Urban Civilization at the Deer Valley Rock Art Center
    For a fascinating exhibit about the city of Teotihuacán, North America’s first urban civilization, visit Phoenix’s Deer Valley Rock Art Center. Predating the Aztecs, Teotihuacán was a city in central Mexico that…
Rank this Week: 3692

Florida Probate Blog -…

Florida Probate Blog - WeProbateFlorida.com

Covers Florida probate administration. By Long H. Duong.

http://weprobateflorida.com
  • Oct 6

    Thoughts about Estate Assist, a “digital safe deposit box”

    Thoughts about Estate Assist, a “digital safe deposit box”
    Does Estate Assist solve probate and estate problems for Florida residents? A brief look at Estate Assist and lingering questions. The post Thoughts about Estate Assist, a “digital safe deposit box” appeared first on…
  • Oct 6

    Thoughts about Estate Assist, a “digital safe deposit box”

    Thoughts about Estate Assist, a “digital safe deposit box”
    Does Estate Assist solve probate and estate problems for Florida residents? A brief look at Estate Assist and lingering questions.
  • Aug 4

    Who has priority to act as personal representative in Florida?

    Who has priority to act as personal representative in Florida?
    If there is NO Last Will and Testament, the Florida Statutes indicate who has priority to act as personal representative (PR) and the law aligns with common sense. Florida Statute 733.301 733.301 Preference in appointment of personal…
Rank this Week: 4481

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
  • 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…
  • Jul 2

    Spousal Inheritance after Divorce

    Spousal Inheritance after Divorce
    What rights does a divorced spouse have to inherit from a former spouse’s estate? Fla. Stat. § 732.703 became effective in 2012 and concerns beneficiary designations on life insurance policies, annuities, IRAs, 401ks and other…
Rank this Week: 830

Wills and Estate Administration…

Wills and Estate Administration Articles

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

http://njwills.blogspot.com/
Rank this Week: 4754

South Florida Estate Planning Law

South Florida Estate Planning Law

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

http://www.sofloridaestateplanning.com/
  • Aug 19

    Gizmodo Gets Everything About the Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act Wrong

    Gizmodo Gets Everything About the Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act Wrong
    As I’ve written recently, the Uniform Law Commission approved the Uniform Fidicuary Access to Digital Assets Act. The act can be found on the Committee’s website, along with supplmenetal material, such as prior drafts, comments,…
  • Aug 3

    I am now Board Certified by the Florida Bar in Wills, Trusts, and Estate

    I am now Board Certified by the Florida Bar in Wills, Trusts, and Estate
    Forgive me if you will, a bragging post. As of August 1, I am Board Certified by the Florida Bar in Wills, Trusts, and Estates. Most of what is below comes from the Florida Bar website and materials. Board certification recognizes…
  • Jul 17

    Uniform Law Commission Approves Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act

    Uniform Law Commission Approves Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act
    I’ve written before about finding and having access to your “digital assets” and online accounts after death. Well there is a development that will hopefully make this process a bit easier. The Uniform Law…
Rank this Week: 3846

Wealth Wars: Arkansas Estate,…

Wealth Wars: Arkansas Estate, Trust & Probate Litigation Blog

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

http://arkansaswealthwars.com
Rank this Week: 1450

All About Estates

All About Estates

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

http://www.allaboutestates.ca/
  • Jun 11

    A medical perspective on Estate matters – a chastened viewpoint

    A medical perspective on Estate matters – a chastened viewpoint
    I am very pleased to join the Allaboutestates blog to add a perspective on the role of the physician in estate matters. I recall vividly the first time I was asked in court: “Dr. Shulman, in your opinion did Mr. X have testamentary…
  • Jun 10

    Who is Your Daddy?

    Who is Your Daddy?
    I think it is safe to say that the concept of “family” is a foundational principle in estate planning. I think it is also safe to say that, when asked, all of us would have a very clear understanding of what is meant by the term…
  • Jun 9

    POA- Personal Care: Part 1/2

    POA- Personal Care: Part 1/2
    My work is with the living. POA’s are critical documents that are designed to support your wishes, while you are alive. Wills deal with your wishes, after you are dead.
Rank this Week: 3766