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Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof…

Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof Blog

By Gerry W. Beyer.

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

    Judge Retroactively Recognizes 2001 Common Law Same-Sex Marriage

    Judge Retroactively Recognizes 2001 Common Law Same-Sex Marriage
    A Pennsylvania Judge has recently recognized a common law same-sex marriage even though one of the spouses died before the State legalized same-sex marriage. Thanks to Judge C. Theodore Fritsch Jr.’s decision Sabrina Maurer will be able to…
  • Aug 1

    Lawsuit Seeks To Bar Man Convicted Of Murdering Mother From Receiving Life Insurance

    Lawsuit Seeks To Bar Man Convicted Of Murdering Mother From Receiving Life Insurance
    In Chesapeake Virginia, a man has filed a lawsuit to prevent his half-brother to be able to collect on their deceased mother’s life insurance. Ryan Martinez and his girlfriend Airika Liljegren were both convicted in 2013 of killing…
  • Aug 1

    Article On New Statutes Concerning Gifts To Caretaker

    Article On New Statutes Concerning Gifts To Caretaker
    Robert Barton (Holland & Knight), Lisa M. Lukaszewski (Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg), & Stacie W. Lau (Holland & Knight) recently published an article entitled, Gifts to Caretakers: Acts of Gratitude or Disguised Malfeasance? New…
Rank this Week: 41

New York Probate & Estate…

New York Probate & Estate Litigation Blog

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

http://www.nyprobatelitigation.com/
Rank this Week: 151

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/
  • Jul 31

    Answering Questions About Whitney Houston's Millions And Bobbi Kristina's Death

    Answering Questions About Whitney Houston's Millions And Bobbi Kristina's Death
    After a six-month coma, the life of Whitney Houston's daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown, has tragically ended. Just how tragic her short life really was may not be known for some time. But the details that have emerged are nothing short of…
  • Jul 13

    How The Supreme Court Gay Marriage Ruling Impacts Estate Planning

    How The Supreme Court Gay Marriage Ruling Impacts Estate Planning
    As gay, lesbian, and other proponents of same-sex marriages celebrate the United States Supreme Court's landmark ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, millions of Americans will now be eligible for dramatically different legal rights upon the death…
  • Jul 6

    Lessons Learned From The Tom Benson Competency Battle

    Lessons Learned From The Tom Benson Competency Battle
    As owner of the New Orleans Saints and Pelicans, Tom Benson, is used to being in control. He worked his way up from humble beginnings, starting as a used-car salesman, to owner of multiple car dealerships, banks, real estate, and a television…
Rank this Week: 453

JOTWELL - The Journal of Things We…

JOTWELL - The Journal of Things We Like (Lots)

Edited by University of Miami School of Law Professor Michael Froomkin, The Journal of Things We Like (Lots)–JOTWELL–invites law professors to join us in filling a telling gap in legal scholarship by creating a space where legal academics will go to identify, celebrate, and discuss the best new legal scholarship.

http://jotwell.com/
  • Jul 31

    Untangling the Relationship between Rights, Federal Power, and Inequality: The Legal Legacy of Reconstruction

    Untangling the Relationship between Rights, Federal Power, and Inequality: The Legal Legacy of Reconstruction
    Laura Edwards, A Legal History of the Civil War and Reconstruction: A Nation of Rights (2015).Karen Tani“Black lives matter.” When spoken in law schools, these words have had a particular subtext. They expressed outrage at…
  • Jul 29

    Theorizing Damage Through Reproductive Tort

    Theorizing Damage Through Reproductive Tort
    Nicky Priaulx, Injuries That Matter: Manufacturing Damage in Negligence, available at BePress.Martha ChamallasOf the five basic elements of the negligence cause of action (duty, breach, cause-in-fact, proximate cause, damage), the concept of…
  • Jul 28

    Who Should be Invited to the Tax Dinner?: Another Perspective on the Role of Tax Professional

    Who Should be Invited to the Tax Dinner?: Another Perspective on the Role of Tax Professional
    Gillian Brock & Hamish Russell, Abusive Tax Avoidance and Institutional Corruption: The Responsibilities of Tax Professionals, 56 Edmond J. Safra Working Paper, available at SSRN.Diane RingAs I began reading Gillian Brock and…
Rank this Week: 446

Florida Estate Planning Lawyer…

Florida Estate Planning Lawyer Blog

Covers estate planning, probate, taxes, elder law, business law and employment law issues. By Law Office of David M. Goldman PLLC.

http://www.floridaestateplanninglawyerblog.com/
  • Jul 30

    Florida Guardian Advocacy

    Florida Guardian Advocacy
    Many parents who have children with physical and/or mental developmental disabilities need to know what to do when their child comes of age. On a child’s 18th Birthday, regardless of any physical or mental disability, their parents…
  • Jul 30

    Recent Florida case invalidates the will of a husband killed by his wife

    Recent Florida case invalidates the will of a husband killed by his wife
    Florida’s 4th District Court of Appeals recently decided the case of what to do with a will that left the murder’s children the victim’s estate. The trial court held the “slayer statute” did not affect the will,…
  • Jul 29

    How a trust can allow a parent to influence loved ones lives after death.

    How a trust can allow a parent to influence loved ones lives after death.
    A trust is one of the most important estate planning tools available and can be used to achieve almost any estate plan’s purpose. A trust can even be drafted with provisions to allow the settlor, or the person who creates the trust, to…
Rank this Week: 423

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: 410

North Carolina Estate Planning…

North Carolina Estate Planning Blog

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

http://www.ncestateplanningblog.com/
  • May 29

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

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

    Covering Retirement v. Leaving Inheritance

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

    Avoid a Will Dispute

    Avoid a Will Dispute
    An individual’s last will and testament might clearly reflect one’s wishes, but it does not prevent an estate dispute. Successfully contesting a will in North Carolina (and similarly in other states) requires evidence of certain…
Rank this Week: 403

New York Probate and Estate…

New York Probate and Estate Administration Blog

Published by Stephen Bilkis & Associates

http://www.newyorkprobateestateadministration.com/
  • Jul 21

    Court Listens to Hearing For Bank to Recover Monies Via Default Judgment

    Court Listens to Hearing For Bank to Recover Monies Via Default Judgment
    A New York Probate Lawyer said in this action by plaintiff JP Bank, to recover monies based upon the default of defendants S.I. Wood Furniture Corp. (Wood), Ikram Said, and Amal Said, a/k/a Amal E. Said, defendants, under a commercial line of…
  • Jul 19

    This Case Involves the Enforcement of a Sister State Divorce Judgement

    This Case Involves the Enforcement of a Sister State Divorce Judgement
    A New York Probate Lawyer said this case involves the enforcement of a sister-state divorce judgment, with respect to arrears in alimony and support payments, pursuant to the Uniform Enforcement of Foreign Judgments Act (article 54 of the…
  • Jul 18

    Court Hears Motion by Executrix Requesting Surrogate to Fix Estate Tax

    Court Hears Motion by Executrix Requesting Surrogate to Fix Estate Tax
    New York Probate Lawyers said this is a motion by the executrix requesting the Surrogate to fix the New York estate tax (Tax Law § 249--w). The papers allege that the executrix made a motion to fix the tax returnable on March 16, 1972.…
Rank this Week: 476

Smarter Will Blog

Smarter Will Blog

Provides estate planning and probate news.

http://www.smarterwill.com/estate-planning-news/
  • May 23

    Holographic Wills: Legal in Illinois?

    Holographic Wills: Legal in Illinois?
    Holographic wills (wills that are entirely handwritten) are not generally recognized as valid wills in the state of Illinois. Why? It's not because they're handwritten, but because holographic wills are usually not 'witnessed' properly (the…
  • May 9

    Organ Donation Process in Illinoi

    Organ Donation Process in Illinoi
    Did you know that Illinois has a fairly new organ donation process, and that even if you've registered before to be an organ donor, you may need to re-register under the new system? In 2006 (only 5 years ago), a new Illinois organ donation…
  • Apr 25

    Pulling the Plug: Illinois Law That Make it Possible

    Pulling the Plug: Illinois Law That Make it Possible
    Everyone has the right to live. But does everyone have the right to die? Dying on your own terms (or “pulling the plug”) is a privilege granted at the state level. But it requires advance planning. Every state has different rules on how…
Rank this Week: 563

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/
  • Jul 31

    Florida’s Slayer Statute and Undue Influence Statute Strictly Construed

    Florida’s Slayer Statute and Undue Influence Statute Strictly Construed
    In Fiel v. Hoffman, the Florida appellate court decided that the Florida Slayer Statute and the Florida probate code statute regarding the effect of undue influence on the validity of a will mean what they say.  This Florida probate…
  • Jul 24

    Florida Probate Court Has No Jurisdiction Over Out-Of-State Real Property

    Florida Probate Court Has No Jurisdiction Over Out-Of-State Real Property
    It is not uncommon for a resident of Florida to own real property in another state.  In Brown v. Brown, the Florida appellate court reminds us that a Florida probate court does not have jurisdiction over real property in another state,…
  • Jul 20

    Interested Persons In Florida Guardianship Entitled to Due Proce

    Interested Persons In Florida Guardianship Entitled to Due Proce
    Due process is a common issue that comes up in cases concerning all areas of Florida law.  In Flegal v. Guardianship of Peter R. Swistock, Sr., due process rights were at issue in the context of a Florida guardianship involving the joint…
Rank this Week: 744

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
  • Jul 6

    Myers v. Myers: Executor may not run estate as his personal busine

    Myers v. Myers: Executor may not run estate as his personal busine
    The Georgia Supreme Court handed down the probate case of Myers, Executor v. Myers, today. In some ways, the case is an unremarkable example of an executor using an estate as a cash cow for his personal expenditures and, among other…
  • Mar 6

    Clarke County Superior Court totally reversed on appeal in trust matter

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

    Facebook at vanguard of digital inheritance

    Facebook at vanguard of digital inheritance
    Facebook users (of which this firm is not one) have long since realized that their accounts are digital journals of their lives. These records are valuable, not only to users, but to their posterity.  Responding to…
Rank this Week: 723

New York Trusts & Estates…

New York Trusts & Estates Litigation Blog

Discusses recent cases and developments pertaining to New York trusts and estates law. By Farrell Fritz.

http://www.nyestatelitigationblog.com/
Rank this Week: 777

Georgia Wills and Probate Law Blog

Georgia Wills and Probate Law Blog

Features news and thoughts on issues in Georgia regarding wills, advance directives, living wills, healthcare powers of attorney, guardianship, and probate. By Stephen Worrall.

http://www.georgiawillslaw.com/
  • Nov 18

    We're Moving!

    We're Moving!
    I am consolidating the content of all of our blogs at our Georgia Family Law website. Please join us there for new posts and to find all of our old posts.
  • Aug 9

    Atlanta Attorney Says Prepare Now For Year-End Changes to Estate Tax Law

    Atlanta Attorney Says Prepare Now For Year-End Changes to Estate Tax Law
    The expiration of key laws in Congress may expose more local individuals to estate or “Death Taxes” after their passing.  Atlanta attorney, Steve Worrall explains these anticipated changes, as well as steps Georgia residents can take now…
  • Aug 9

    Atlanta Attorney Says Prepare Now For Year-End Changes to Estate Tax Law

    Atlanta Attorney Says Prepare Now For Year-End Changes to Estate Tax Law
    The expiration of key laws in Congress may expose more local individuals to estate or “Death Taxes” after their passing.  Atlanta attorney, Steve Worrall explains these anticipated changes, as well as steps Georgia residents can take now…
Rank this Week: 943

Liberty Law Blog

Liberty Law Blog

Covers estate planning, estate taxes, probate and trusts.

http://www.libertylawapc.com/blog
  • Aug 6

    Successfully Passing the Family Business to Children

    Successfully Passing the Family Business to Children
    Some good reminders from www.estateplanning.com on the importance of being prepared to pass the family business to your kids: If you own and operate a business, you need to have a plan for the future of the business in the event you become…
  • Jun 28

    The Importance of Reviewing Beneficiary Designation

    The Importance of Reviewing Beneficiary Designation
    Did you know that if you do not properly designate beneficiaries on assets like life insurance & retirement accounts – those assets may be distributed to your “estate” instead of your intended beneficiary? This can increase the…
  • Jun 13

    Even young adults should plan their Estate

    Even young adults should plan their Estate
    Good summary article here on why its important for young adults to think about getting some basic documents in place. Tweet
Rank this Week: 654

The Ohio Trust & Estate Blog

The Ohio Trust & Estate Blog

Covers estate tax, marriage, medicaid and probate. By Michael D. Bonasera.

http://www.bonasera.org
  • Dec 18

    TOMMY!

    TOMMY!
    So I’ve not posted for a while.  In fact, you’ll note that I mention in the below post that my son was about a month from arriving…  Well, arrive he did.  On 6/18/2012 Tommy arrived and, smiling almost ever…
  • May 8

    Sad Update

    Sad Update
    Its been a while since I’ve written anything here and, though I fully intend to get back to it in the coming months, a couple sad events required mentioning: MCA died last Friday.  The number of tributes available on the web make this…
  • Aug 16

    So Many Great Blogs, So Little Time

    So Many Great Blogs, So Little Time
    My Google Reader account is getting pretty full-up.  There’s so many great resources out there for estate planning that it’s getting hard to keep up!  It’s a nice problem to have I guess…
Rank this Week: 895

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
  • Jul 31

    State Death Tax Is a Killer?

    State Death Tax Is a Killer?
    Stephen Moore & Joel Griffith via The Heritage Foundation: Over the past five years, a handful of states — Indiana, Kansas, Ohio, Oklahoma, North Carolina, and Tennessee — have repealed their death taxes mostly in response to…
  • Jun 15

    LLC Agreement Provisions Create Non-Probate Interest

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

    LLC Agreement Provisions Create Non-Probate Interest

    LLC Agreement Provisions Create Non-Probate Interest
    In Blechman v. Estate of Blechman, a Florida District Court of Appeal recently held that the provisions of a particular limited liability company’s (LLC) operating agreement restricted the transfer of a decedent’s ownership…
Rank this Week: 1002

Texas Wills and Trusts Law Online

Texas Wills and Trusts Law Online

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

http://www.texaswillsandtrustslaw.com
  • Jul 29

    The Complexity of Estate Planning in Blended Familie

    The Complexity of Estate Planning in Blended Familie
    According to a Pew Research Study, more than 4 in 10 Americans are part of a blended family.  And while 7 in 10 are satisfied with their step-family relationships, the study revealed that people typically feel a stronger sense of…
  • Jul 13

    Estate Planning for Same-Sex Couple

    Estate Planning for Same-Sex Couple
    For many years, the Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”) prevented the federal government from recognizing marriages of same-sex couples. As a result, same-sex couples could not take advantage of federal laws, which barred them from…
  • Jul 1

    Estate Planning for Alzheimer’

    Estate Planning for Alzheimer’
      I was recently reminded that incapacity is something that can happen at any age. Someone I know was diagnosed with early onset of Alzheimer’s disease at just 47 years of age. A new client has also been diagnosed with…
Rank this Week: 1257

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
  • Jul 28

    Ernie Banks Estate, Part 6: Surviving Spouse’s Award

    Ernie Banks Estate, Part 6: Surviving Spouse’s Award
    This is the sixth in my series on various legal aspects of the Estate of Ernie Banks. You can read my first five installments here. First, and before I completely bury the lead, news broke just yesterday that Elizabeth Banks filed the…
  • Jul 20

    ULC Rewrites ‘Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act’

    ULC Rewrites ‘Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act’
    Almost exactly one year ago I wrote a blog post about the ‘Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act’ (UFADAA) that was adopted in July 2014 by the Uniform Law Commission (ULC). My post provided an overview about how the…
  • Jul 7

    How (not) to Revoke a Will

    How (not) to Revoke a Will
    The act of revoking a Will seems like it ought to be fairly straightforward and noncontroversial. In most cases, (and ideally) a person revokes a current Will by simply executing a new Will that expressly revokes all prior wills and codicils.…
Rank this Week: 1669

Kuhn and Kuhn Law Firm Blog

Kuhn and Kuhn Law Firm Blog

Covers estate planning.

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

    Free Report: South Carolina Duties and Responsibilities Of An Executor

    Free Report: South Carolina Duties and Responsibilities Of An Executor
      The terms “Executor” and “Personal Representative” are often used interchangeably. Essentially they serve the same function. The difference is how they are appointed. An Executor is appointed in a Last Will and…
  • Jun 3

    What Is Probate?

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

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

    Funeral Planning in South Carolina: Why It Should be Part of Your Comprehensive Estate Plan
    Funeral Planning in South Carolina: Why It Should be Part of Your Comprehensive Estate Plan from John Kuhn People often overpay for funeral and burial services when they are forced to make decisions while grieving. Learn more about…
Rank this Week: 1677

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/
  • Jul 11

    B.B. King’s Estate Dispute

    B.B. King’s Estate Dispute
    The recent death and loss of blues legend B.B. King was saddening. Shocking, however, are the allegations that King was murdered by his longtime business manager and executor of his estate, Louise LaVerne Toney. A dispute regarding the estate…
  • Jun 8

    Do It Yourselfers Beware! – Holographic Will Held Invalid

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

    UNC Basketball Coach Dean Smith Leaves Behind a Special Gift

    UNC Basketball Coach Dean Smith Leaves Behind a Special Gift
    Dean Smith, the great basketball coach for the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, died recently at the age of 83. His reputation among the UNC alumni and athletic department would go so far as lauding him as revered. One of…
Rank this Week: 997

Michigan Estate Planning Lawyer…

Michigan Estate Planning Lawyer Blog

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

http://www.michiganestateplanninglawyerblog.com/
  • Jul 6

    Understanding Criminal Laws In Orange County

    Understanding Criminal Laws In Orange County
    For first time of criminal transgressors, discovering lawful aid can be challenging. In case one has been found guilty of a criminal offense, researches have revealed that it can be challenging to get lawful assistance specifically for a…
  • May 16

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

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

    Why You Need To Work With A Criminal Attorney

    Why You Need To Work With A Criminal Attorney
    To make sure that you get the finest treatment possible, it is crucial that you work with the right criminal protection lawyer to represent you. No matter what you are being asked for with, the appropriate legal representative could make a…
Rank this Week: 1188

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
  • Feb 7

    Brief Thoughts On Claims Of Undue Influence

    Brief Thoughts On Claims Of Undue Influence
    As stated in my previous post regarding the capacity of a testator to execute a will or trust, the two concepts are closely related.  For example, incapacity relates to invalidation of a will, trust, deed, etc. because of the…
  • Feb 5

    Brief Thoughts On Claims Of Undue Influence

    Brief Thoughts On Claims Of Undue Influence
    As stated in my previous post regarding the capacity of a testator to execute a will or trust, the two concepts are closely related.  For example, incapacity relates to invalidation of a will, trust, deed, etc. because of the…
  • Aug 9

    Brief Thoughts On Claims Of Incapacity

    Brief Thoughts On Claims Of Incapacity
                People often question whether a deceased person was mentally capable of executing or changing a will or trust.  Perhaps the person was suffering from dementia at the time.  The legal…
Rank this Week: 1220

Estate Street

Estate Street

Covers probate and estate and tax planning. By Craig Hughes.

http://estatestreet.blogspot.com/
  • Jan 30

    Grantor vs Non-Grantor Trust

    Grantor vs Non-Grantor Trust
    I received a call a couple of days ago from previous clients who asked whether or not they needed to get a tax number for their trust.  They did not understand that as their trust was a revocable trust (also known as a grantor…
  • Jan 23

    The Cost of Death on the Rise

    The Cost of Death on the Rise
    It can be expensive to die, and I am not talking medical bills at the end of life.  The cost to purchase burial items are expensive.  An article written by Michael De Groote in the Deseret News by Michael De Groote dated…
  • Jan 21

    Gifts To Grandchildren

    Gifts To Grandchildren
    Gifts given to grandchildren by grandparents can be a great blessing.  Kelly Greene wrote an article in the Wall Street Journal September 14, 2012, titled "Are You Coddling Your Grandkids?"  In her article, Ms. Greene indicates five…
Rank this Week: 1074

Toronto Estates & Trusts Monitor

Toronto Estates & Trusts Monitor

Discusses the complications, pitfalls, and the overall state of affairs of trusts and estates in Canada. By Megan F. Connolly.

http://www.torontoestatemonitor.com/
  • Mar 7

    A Faulty Settlement and Some Buyer's Remorse

    A Faulty Settlement and Some Buyer's Remorse
    The recent decision of the Superior Court of Justice in the Murphy Estate considers what happens when parties to a proceeding settle a matter on the basis of faulty facts and one of the parties suffers from “buyer’s remorse”. 
  • Mar 5

    Some Tips on Paying Estate Debt

    Some Tips on Paying Estate Debt
    One of an estate trustee’s duties is to pay the debts that a deceased individual owed when he or she died.  As I have previously discussed, the estate trustee is generally not personally liable for the deceased’s debts – they are paid…
  • Feb 29

    Expecting An Inheritance? You Might Not Be Getting One

    Expecting An Inheritance? You Might Not Be Getting One
    Investor’s Group, a financial services company in Canada, recently released the results of a survey regarding people’s expectations when it comes to receiving an inheritance or leaving one to others. 
Rank this Week: 1005

Her-Law Firm

Her-Law Firm

Features an experienced attorney's adventures as a relatively new sole practitioner, including marketing successes and failures, client handling, website stuff and some frivolities. By Christine C. Karr.

http://her-law-firm.typepad.com/her-law-firm/
  • Feb 24

    On pro bono cases.............

    On pro bono cases.............
    In my former life, as an attorney who represented plaintiffs in medical negligence cases, I was a very busy associate.  I never lacked for files that needed attention, and rarely had the time, or inclination to take on pro bono cases.  I…
  • Feb 19

    On stepping out of your usual routine...

    On stepping out of your usual routine...
    It's slightly funny to think that I have a usual routine, being in month five of my new practice as a sole practitioner, but I do somewhat have a "usual."  I usually practice in the Circuit Court of Cook County, where the courthouse is…
  • Feb 17

    On building a niche law practice......

    On building a niche law practice......
    A niche law practice is a creature of the new economy affecting small and mid-size law firms.  In this new economy, I believe that you need to distinguish yourself - you need to offer specialized legal services to a specific niche of the…
Rank this Week: 1434

The Hershey Law Firm Blog

The Hershey Law Firm Blog

Covers Florida estate planning and probate law.

http://www.hersheylegal.com/blog/
Rank this Week: 1660

Nirenstein, Horowitz & Associates,…

Nirenstein, Horowitz & Associates, P.C. Blog

Covers Connecticut estate planning, probate and elder law.

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

    Can a Trust Provide Estate Tax Efficiency?

    Can a Trust Provide Estate Tax Efficiency?
    Estate tax efficiency is very important for some people. There is an estate tax on the federal level, and it can have a significant impact on your financial legacy. This tax carries a 40 percent maximum rate, so we are talking about a…
  • Jul 28

    Can a Trust Provide Medicaid Asset Protection?

    Can a Trust Provide Medicaid Asset Protection?
    Estate planning is a diverse endeavor. What is ideal for one person may not suit the next, and this is something that you should understand when you are planning your estate. You have many different options, and the ideal course of action…
  • Jul 25

    Will Medicare Pay for All of My Health Care Expenses?

    Will Medicare Pay for All of My Health Care Expenses?
    When you are planning for retirement, you should be aware of what you can expect from the Medicare program. Medicare is a government health insurance program that is intended to provide coverage for senior citizens. You gain eligibility for…
Rank this Week: 2471

Northern California Center for…

Northern California Center for Estate Planning and Elder Law

Covers estate planning.

http://www.norcalplanners.com/blog/
  • Jul 31

    A Look at Asset Protection for Landlord

    A Look at Asset Protection for Landlord
    When you have been able to accumulate resources, you have to protect what you have earned. Without question, we live in a litigious society, and there are always those who are willing to sue. For this reason, asset protection is a top…
  • Jul 28

    Estate Planning: Explore Your Option

    Estate Planning: Explore Your Option
    Estate planning is a responsibility that many people place on the back burner. Clearly, contemplating your own mortality may not be the most pleasant pastime in the world, but you should confront this reality head-on and take steps to protect…
  • Jul 26

    Should I Buy Long-Term Care Insurance?

    Should I Buy Long-Term Care Insurance?
    When you look into the statistics, you find that many American senior citizens will need long-term care at some point in time. If you have always been healthy, you should not be overconfident, because healthy people typically live…
Rank this Week: 2457

California Trust, Estate & Probate…

California Trust, Estate & Probate Litigation

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

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

    Trustee Notice: Know When to Give and What to Do With It!

    Trustee Notice: Know When to Give and What to Do With It!
    In California, Trustees are required to give notice when a Trust becomes irrevocable or there is a change of Trustee. But few Trustees know they have to do this, and many beneficiaries do not fully understand what action must be taken once…
  • Jul 23

    How Fast Can My California Lawsuit be Filed???

    How Fast Can My California Lawsuit be Filed???
    Whoa, slow down, that’s a loaded question.  Filing a lawsuit is easy, right?  You just draw up a few papers, file them with the Court, and get what you want in a few days…actually, no.  It’s not like that AT…
  • Jul 16

    Promise to Leave You Property: You may be able to enforce your rights to an inheritance in Court

    Promise to Leave You Property: You may be able to enforce your rights to an inheritance in Court
    If a person promises to leave you assets in exchange for you taking care of them, you may have an enforceable contract to make a Will a California. Find out more about your right to enforce an agreement to give property in this video.……
Rank this Week: 3805

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/
  • Jul 30

    Google Updates Page Regarding a Deceased User’s Account

    Google Updates Page Regarding a Deceased User’s Account
    It looks like Google recently updated the support page in which a person can request information regarding a deceased user’s account. Now the options are: Close the Account of a deceased user Submit a request for funds from a deceased…
  • Feb 12

    Facebook Allows Users to designate a “Legacy Contact” to manage their account after death

    Facebook Allows Users to designate a “Legacy Contact” to manage their account after death
    Finally. For those who have been following, the issue of “digital assets” is a fast developing problem in the estate planning world. Putting aside for a moment who has the right to “inherit” your assets, the…
  • Feb 5

    Robin Williams’s Wife and Kids are Fighting Over his Stuff

    Robin Williams’s Wife and Kids are Fighting Over his Stuff
    As an estate planning attorney, I know how important what is known as “tangible personal property” is to people. Generally there are two types of property: real property and personal property. Real property is land and buildings,…
Rank this Week: 4144

German Law Group Blog

German Law Group Blog

Covers estate planning.

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

    Will a Trust Provide Nursing Home Asset Protection?

    Will a Trust Provide Nursing Home Asset Protection?
    Nursing home asset protection is something everyone should take seriously. Most seniors in the United States will need custodial care eventually, and Medicare will not pay for this type of care. Medicare will pay for costs associated with…
  • Jul 30

    Retirement Planning FAQs: How Much Can I Expect From Social Security?

    Retirement Planning FAQs: How Much Can I Expect From Social Security?
    Retirement planning is the first step when you are making preparations for the eventualities of aging. These days, retirement is not a given. For most people, it takes careful planning to accumulate the necessary resources. Social Security…
  • Jul 23

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

    What Is the Difference Between an Inheritance Tax and an Estate Tax?
    The taxes on asset transfers can sometimes be confusing. There are taxes on the federal level, and in some cases, there are taxes on the state level. Plus, there are inheritance taxes, and there are estate taxes. These are two different forms…
Rank this Week: 2888

Mendel Law Firm Blog

Mendel Law Firm Blog

Covers estate planning.

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

    Thought for the Day:

    Thought for the Day:
    Your present circumstances don’t determine where you can go, they merely determine where you start. Nido Qubein
  • Jul 29

    Dying Thoughts—What Do We Regret the Most?

    Dying Thoughts—What Do We Regret the Most?
    Not surprisingly, most people start to ponder and analyze their life as they approach death. People start to think about regrets and what they would change if they had the opportunity. Of course people’s regrets are as individual as…
  • Jul 28

    Texas History – Do You Know Who Was the First Woman to Receive the Distinguished Service Medal?

    Texas History – Do You Know Who Was the First Woman to Receive the Distinguished Service Medal?
    Houstonian Oveta Culp Hobby was the first woman to receive the distinguished service medal on December 31, 1944. During World War II Hobby headed the War Department’s Women’s Interest Section for a short time and then became the…
Rank this Week: 2464

New York Probate Lawyer Blog

New York Probate Lawyer Blog

By Jules Martin Haas.

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

    A New York Power of Attorney May Result in Estate and Guardianship Dispute

    A New York Power of Attorney May Result in Estate and Guardianship Dispute
    Many court cases and commentaries have focused on the use and problems associated with a Power of Attorney. In New York Article 5, title 15 of the General Obligations Law contains the statutes regarding a Power of Attorney (GOL Section 5-1501…
  • Jul 22

    New York Probate Procedures Must Be Followed to Avoid Waiver of Objection

    New York Probate Procedures Must Be Followed to Avoid Waiver of Objection
    When a person dies and leaves a Last Will and Testament, the typical course to follow is to probate the Will.  This Blog has published many posts concerning the probate process.  The Will is filed with the Surrogate’s Court in…
  • Jul 15

    A New York Resident Must Properly Provide Beneficiary Designations To Avoid Unwanted Result

    A New York Resident Must Properly Provide Beneficiary Designations To Avoid Unwanted Result
    Estate Planning for New Yorkers can be a very complex process.  When considering a testamentary plan, it is common to immediately think about estate taxes.  While such taxes are imposed in the form of New York State estate tax and…
Rank this Week: 4624

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/
  • Jul 29

    Can I Protect My Injury Settlement With a Special Needs Trust?

    Can I Protect My Injury Settlement With a Special Needs Trust?
    Supplemental Security Income or SSI is a government program that is in place to provide disabled people with a basic source of ongoing financial support. However, it is not automatically afforded to you if you are disabled. To qualify for…
  • Jul 15

    Can My Living Trust Protect a Spendthrift Heir?

    Can My Living Trust Protect a Spendthrift Heir?
    Revocable living trusts provide a number of different benefits. In this blog post, we will emphasize the ability for a living trust to allow you to protect a spendthrift heir (a spendthrift is a person who spends money in an…
  • Jul 13

    Beware of Prescription Discount Card Scam

    Beware of Prescription Discount Card Scam
    One of our office team members recently received a notice by National Prescription Savings Network and we felt it was important to share these consumer alerts regarding Prescription Card Scams and tips on saving money on prescriptions The…
Rank this Week: 2465

Law Office of Andrew M. Lamkin,…

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

Covers elder law.

http://lamkinelderlaw.com/articles/
  • Jul 29

    Does Retirement Mean You Are Old?

    Does Retirement Mean You Are Old?
      Retirement is meant to be a pivotal time in a person’s life. They have the opportunity to enjoy life, stop working an 8-to-5 job, and possibly even see friends and family more. However, another thing retirement may mean for some…
  • Jul 22

    How Much Will It Cost to Financially Support Your Aging Parents?

    How Much Will It Cost to Financially Support Your Aging Parents?
      Caring and supporting aging parents can be rewarding, but it can also be a highly frustrating and exhausting experience. When financially supporting your loved ones, it may be much more expensive than you realize. If your parent has…
  • Jul 15

    How to Avoid Court with Your Aging Parent

    How to Avoid Court with Your Aging Parent
      It is not uncommon for children and their aging parents to have issues. Conflicts often arise (including old, once-settled conflicts) when aging parents begin to slowly decline in health and start needing emotional and financial…
Rank this Week: 2190

Murphy's Law Blog

Murphy's Law Blog

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

http://www.noreenmurphylaw.com/blog/
  • Jul 29

    Driverless Cars Are Likely to Liberate the Elderly

    Driverless Cars Are Likely to Liberate the Elderly
    In the UK alone, some 1.5 million senior citizens are largely confined to their own homes due to incapacity or lack of transportation, reports The Telegraph. That’s an astounding number, and the statistics are undoubtedly even more…
  • Jul 22

    Wine & Dine at Age 89? Why Not?

    Wine & Dine at Age 89? Why Not?
    The assisted living industry is out to make a new name for itself, or at least certain parts of it are. As seniors live longer lives, they’re increasingly interested in finding better places to enjoy their time. For many, the…
  • Jul 15

    CNBC Is Shocked You Don’t Have an Estate Plan

    CNBC Is Shocked You Don’t Have an Estate Plan
    Some headlines get right to the point. “No estate plan? Wow, BIG Mistake.” That was the original headline in this CNBC article about the shocking lack of estate planning among average Americans. It’s a frank title, but not…
Rank this Week: 3866

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
  • Jul 28

    Another On-line Will Form Problem

    Another On-line Will Form Problem
    Ouch. Of course attorneys can make mistakes too but in this case it was the use of an online document service (unnamed to protect the guilty) that messed up. Decedent, we will call Betty, signed a will a few months before dying. Betty asked…
  • Jun 11

    Digital Assets after death

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

    The Pragmatic lawyer

    The Pragmatic lawyer
    I have always considered myself to be reasonable or a good sense of rough justice. A quick opinion of how things should end up. People have called me pragmatic many times during my 20 years as a lawyer. I will admit I didn’t know…
Rank this Week: 3237

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
  • Jul 27

    Can a guardian change the trustee of a ward’s trust?

    Can a guardian change the trustee of a ward’s trust?
    Choosing someone to act as your successor trustee upon your death or incapacity is not a decision that you should take lightly. Not only does that nominated successor trustee have a duty and obligation to carry out your wishes, but
  • Jul 14

    Best Legal Blog

    Best Legal Blog
    If you enjoy this probate and estate litigation blog, please nominate it for inclusion on the Best Legal Blog by The Expert Institute.  Thank
  • May 26

    Can a contract defeat testamentary intent?

    Can a contract defeat testamentary intent?
    In a word, yes. In a blow to the unwed in the State of Florida, the Fourth District Court of Appeal recently held that an operating agreement entered into by a deceased business owner (the “Decedent”) trumped his stated…
Rank this Week: 4202

Hauptman and Hauptman, P.C. Blog

Hauptman and Hauptman, P.C. Blog

Covers guardianship, Medicaid, probate and estate administration.

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

    Planning Before the First Spouse Dies (Part 2)

    Planning Before the First Spouse Dies (Part 2)
                Last week I was telling you about Mary’s call.  Her mom is in a nursing home paying $11,000 per month and her sister, Terry is in a group home.  Mary…
  • Jul 19

    Planning Before the First Spouse Die

    Planning Before the First Spouse Die
                Mary called because her mom was in a nursing home paying $11,000 per month. Her sister, Terry, disabled and living with Mom for many years, had her own health problems and was…
  • Jul 12

    The Problem with IRAs – The Solution

    The Problem with IRAs – The Solution
                So, what is the solution to Bill’s IRA problem from last week?  He has $1.2 million in IRA money and doesn’t want to risk losing it all to long term care if…
Rank this Week: 2802

Florida Probate Litigation Lawyer…

Florida Probate Litigation Lawyer Blog

Cover Florida probate litigation. By Chepenik & Trushin LLP.

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

    Create a GRAT Before Interest Rates Rise

    Create a GRAT Before Interest Rates Rise
    Interest rates are currently at an all-time low, making it an imperative time to consider all the potential estate planning options that you may have.  Low interest rates provide an advantageous opportunity to utilize grantor-retained…
  • Jul 9

    Estate Planning Tips for Same-Sex Couples in the Wake of Obergefell

    Estate Planning Tips for Same-Sex Couples in the Wake of Obergefell
    As was recently decided by the United States Supreme Court, same-sex couples can legally wed in every state in the country.  Not only will same-sex couples be able to marry in any state of their choosing, but they are also now afforded…
  • Jul 1

    May I disinherit my spouse?

    May I disinherit my spouse?
    “For better or for worse.” These are the traditional words that our society associates with wedding vows, indicating that the two individuals marrying each other are making a commitment to each other in good times and in bad…
Rank this Week: 4060

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/
  • Jul 19

    Small Businesses Can Get IRS Penalty Relief for Unfiled Retirement Plan Return

    Small Businesses Can Get IRS Penalty Relief for Unfiled Retirement Plan Return
    Have you failed to file your retirement plan reporting form for your retirement plan? If you have failed to do so, the Internal Revenue Service on July 14, 2015 provides eligible small businesses a low-cost penalty relief program enabling…
  • Jul 9

    Philadelphia Use & Occupancy Tax Rate Change Effective July 1, 2015

    Philadelphia Use & Occupancy Tax Rate Change Effective July 1, 2015
    Philadelphia has just increased its Use and Occupancy Tax as of July 1, 2015. The new Use & Occupancy Tax rate will be 1.21%. This is an increase from the prior rate of 1.13%. This new rate will be effective … Continue reading…
  • Jun 30

    The City of Philadelphia Department of Revenue Announces Wage Tax Reduction for July 1, 2015.

    The City of Philadelphia Department of Revenue Announces Wage Tax Reduction for July 1, 2015.
    Philadelphia business owners and those that withhold taxes on employees that live in Philadelphia should take notice that the City of Philadelphia has reduced the City Wage Tax rate effective July 1, 2015. • The new Wage Tax rate for…
Rank this Week: 3584

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: 4341

Estate Planning Attorney Blog

Estate Planning Attorney Blog

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

http://www.estateplanningattorney-blog.com/
  • Jul 13

    Maintaining Your Busine

    Maintaining Your Busine
    It is very important to maintain your business, and it is often something that is forgotten about while you focus on building your business and taking care of clients. Often life changes impact your business that you may not expect.  We…
  • Jul 6

    Asset Protection (Part 3)

    Asset Protection (Part 3)
    In Part 2, we discussed insurance protections for you.  Now we will explore some less common methods for asset protection. As many (or some) are already familiar, there are revocable living trusts for estate planning.  There are…
  • Jun 29

    Asset Protection (Part 2)

    Asset Protection (Part 2)
    In Part 1, we started discussing automobile insurance to protect your assets from an accident vehicles.  Now we will flip the coin and explore how higher limits on your automobile policy also provides better protection for you and your…
Rank this Week: 2027

Estateography

Estateography

By Alvi Aggarwal.

http://www.estateography.com/
  • Jul 7

    What's a Credit Shelter Trust? Portability?

    What's a Credit Shelter Trust? Portability?
    The estate tax exemption amount is the amount that the federal government allows you to leave to your kids, grandkids, and people other than your spouse and charity without paying estate tax. In 2015, that amount is $5.43 million. The amount…
  • Jun 28

    Legacy Letters And Ethical Will

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

    Who Should I Name As My Executor?

    Who Should I Name As My Executor?
    Your executor will be responsible for dealing with your probate estate (i.e., the assets passing under your will) after your death. An executor’s responsibilities include things like finding and inventorying your assets (including the…
Rank this Week: 3923

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
  • Jul 6

    Do You Need A New Power of Attorney?

    Do You Need A New Power of Attorney?
    As we had discussed in a prior article, a statutory short form durable power of attorney (“POA”) is an important document which every New Yorker should consider. To recap, a POA allows any agents you select, typically your spouse…
  • Jun 15

    Medicaid’s Five Year Look-Back Period

    Medicaid’s Five Year Look-Back Period
    Anyone who has researched Medicaid planning has almost certainly heard of Medicaid’s dreaded five year look-back rule. I am not exactly sure why out of all the idiosyncrasies of New York’s Medicaid laws, the five year look-back is…
  • Apr 16

    Opening a Safe Deposit Box After Death in NY

    Opening a Safe Deposit Box After Death in NY
    I often receive phone calls from clients who had recently lost a loved one and, among other things, are confused about how to access the decedent’s safe deposit box. A common concern is that the loved one kept their last will in the…
Rank this Week: 1844