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JOTWELL - The Journal of Things We…

JOTWELL - The Journal of Things We Like (Lots)

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

http://jotwell.com/
  • May 6

    The PTO Is Not the Only Patent Agency

    The PTO Is Not the Only Patent Agency
    Tejas N. Narechania, Patent Conflicts, 103 Geo. L. Rev. (forthcoming 2015), available at SSRN. Jacob S. Sherkow, Administrating Patent Litigation, 90 Wash. L. Rev. (forthcoming 2015), available at SSRN. Lisa Larrimore OuelletteIn these new…
  • May 5

    Getting from “May We?” to “Should We?” at the NSA

    Getting from “May We?” to “Should We?” at the NSA
    Margo Schlanger, Intelligence Legalism and the National Security Agency's Civil Liberties Gap, 6 Harv. Nat’l Sec. J. 112 (2015).Peter ShaneMargo Schlanger’s article, Intelligence Legalism and the National Security Agency’s…
  • May 4

    Organ-izing Your Estate

    Organ-izing Your Estate
    Reid Kress Weisbord, Anatomical Intent, 124 Yale L.J.F. 117 (2014).Gerry W. BeyerProfessor Reid Kress Weisbord’s article astutely addresses the growing problem of demand outpacing supply for organ donations needed for lifesaving medical…
Rank this Week: 90

Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof…

Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof Blog

By Gerry W. Beyer.

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/trusts_estates_prof/
  • May 6

    Blog Suggestion: Dean Mead Trusts & Estates Blog

    Blog Suggestion: Dean Mead Trusts & Estates Blog
    The Trusts & Estates blog from Dean Mead is an excellent resource for trusts and estates news, developments, and commentary. The blog has a Florida focus, and also covers national news that effect trusts and estates practice in Florida.
  • May 6

    GRATs Targeted by Budget Proposal

    GRATs Targeted by Budget Proposal
    The benefits of limiting gift tax and historically low IRS rates create favorable circumstances for the popularity of grantor retained annuity trusts (GRATs). However, the Obama administration's 2016 budget proposal could limit GRATs as…
  • May 6

    New York Estate Tax Change

    New York Estate Tax Change
    Changes to New York's 2015-2016 Executive Budget change and clarify the changes made by last year's budget. The new budget takes away the window of time for the state's estate tax to apply to the estates of deceased individuals, and...
Rank this Week: 114

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: 279

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: 255

Michigan Estate Planning Lawyer…

Michigan Estate Planning Lawyer Blog

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

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

    Why You Must Never Ever Micromanage Your Search Engine Optimization Company

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

    Tax Filing Tips for Same-Sex Couples in Oakland County

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

    Obamacare: GOP’s NEW plan to repeal and replace

    Obamacare: GOP’s NEW plan to repeal and replace
    Obamacare proposed to be repealed and replaced in GOP’s new bill By Mike Witzke A health-care bill will be unveiled by the Republican Study Committee in the House of Representatives to replace Obamacare. (Related: Gifts for…
Rank this Week: 338

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: 353

Nirenstein, Horowitz & Associates,…

Nirenstein, Horowitz & Associates, P.C. Blog

Covers Connecticut estate planning, probate and elder law.

http://www.preserveyourestate.net/blog/
  • May 6

    Download Our Report on Trust Administration

    Download Our Report on Trust Administration
    Trust administration is something to take into account when you are making preparations for the future. Creating a revocable living trust can indeed be a very useful alternative to a last will as a vehicle of asset transfer. One of the major…
  • May 5

    Is Connecticut Medicaid Only for the Poor

    Is Connecticut Medicaid Only for the Poor
    Is Connecticut Medicaid Only for the Poor from Barry D Horowitz Medicaid is the solution for a significant percentage of seniors who need living assistance. Learn more about Connecticut Medicaid Only for the Poor in this presentation.
  • May 4

    Estate Planning for Parents With Young Children

    Estate Planning for Parents With Young Children
    When you procrastinate with regard to any given responsibility you may recognize the fact that you are taking a risk. Taking risks when you will be the person suffering the consequences should they arise is one thing. But when you gamble with…
Rank this Week: 407

The Probate Lawyer Family Feud…

The Probate Lawyer Family Feud Blog

Covers celebrity and true case stories on probate litigation. By Andrew Mayoras.

http://www.probatelawyerblog.com/
  • Apr 23

    Sofia Vergara Lawsuit Teaches Lesson For Couples Using IVF

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

    Celebrity Legacies: Blurred Lines Surround Marvin Gaye Estate

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

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

    "Was He A Hero?" And Other Questions Surround Chris Kyle's Estate - The American Sniper
    As the movie, American Sniper, enjoys box office success, questions and controversies surround the estate of Chris Kyle. One of his biggest critics is Jesse Ventura, the always-outspoken former professional wrestler and potential presidential…
Rank this Week: 483

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: 430

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: 566

New York Probate & Estate…

New York Probate & Estate Litigation Blog

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

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

    Digital Life After Death, A Question For The Future

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

    Cubs Star Ernie Banks Will Leaving Estate To Caregiver Ruled Valid

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

    Court of Appeals to Hear Missing Will Case

    Court of Appeals to Hear Missing Will Case
    The Estate of Robyn Lewis reported in the Watertown Daily Times  presents a state of facts perfect for a bar examination question.  When Robyn Lewis and her husband James Simmons divorced in Texas in 1966, Robyn retained ownership…
Rank this Week: 572

North Carolina Estate Planning…

North Carolina Estate Planning Blog

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

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

    Last-Minute Estate Planning in North Carolina

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

    Tax Planning for North Carolina Business Succession

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

    10 Things to Ask Your Accountant: Small Biz Webinar

    10 Things to Ask Your Accountant: Small Biz Webinar
    Our tax attorneys in Chapel Hill recently reviewed the advantages and disadvantages of investing or gifting your tax refund, tax issues when settling an estate, and ways to protect yourself from tax preparer fraud. As the tax season filing…
Rank this Week: 742

Planning Notes

Planning Notes

Covers fundamental concepts relevant to estate planning, business law, real estate law, and tax law. By Cook & Cook.

http://cooklaw.co/blog
  • Apr 1

    Estate Plan Privacy

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

    The Achieving A Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act

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

    Facebook & Estate Planning

    Facebook & Estate Planning
    Facebook recently announced a limited digital estate planning functionality, called Facebook Legacy Contacts, associated with Facebook accounts: Today we’re introducing a new feature that lets people choose a legacy contact—a…
Rank this Week: 680

Florida Probate Lawyer Blog

Florida Probate Lawyer Blog

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

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

    BUT YOU AGREED TO MAKE ME THE BENEFICIARY!

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

    Probate Creditor Claims in Florida

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

    Exploitation of the Elderly

    Exploitation of the Elderly
    Fla. Stat. § 732.518 provides that “[a]n action to contest the validity of all or part of a will or the revocation of all or part of a will may not be commenced before the death of the testator.”  Essentially
Rank this Week: 1060

New York Guardian Law

New York Guardian Law

Covers the guardianship process and life as a guardian. By the Law Office of Daniel A. Jimenez P.C.

http://nyguardian.blogspot.com/
  • Jan 9

    Estate Planning Essentials for New Parents (or Responsibility in Six Not So Difficult Steps)

    Estate Planning Essentials for New Parents (or Responsibility in Six Not So Difficult Steps)
    I have had the opportunity to meet with many new parents to discuss what steps they need to take in order to make sure their loved ones are provided for should the unexpected occur.  The trust that these individuals have placed in my…
  • Dec 3

    Calls for increased monitoring of Article 81 guardian

    Calls for increased monitoring of Article 81 guardian
    Today the New York Law Journal has an article relating to a clinic run by the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and the recommendations it has put forward regarding monitoring and standardization of Article 81 guardianship practice. I am…
  • Sep 19

    Who inherits the intangible iTunes library? or my World of Warcraft avatar?

    Who inherits the intangible iTunes library? or my World of Warcraft avatar?
    A friend of mine just pointed out a very interesting article on Marketwatch, who inherits your itunes library, which deals with the new reality of music and book ownership. 
Rank this Week: 951

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: 1159

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/
  • May 6

    UNC Basketball Coach Dean Smith Leaves Behind a Special Gift

    UNC Basketball Coach Dean Smith Leaves Behind a Special Gift
    Dean Smith, the great basketball coach for the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, died recently at the age of 83. His reputation among the UNC alumni and athletic department would go so far as lauding him as revered. One of…
  • Feb 26

    Arizona Supreme Court Clarifies Anti-Deficiency Statute

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

    Lessons from Robin Williams’ Trust Dispute

    Lessons from Robin Williams’ Trust Dispute
    After the passing of a loved one, family members and friends normally gather to find solace or to celebrate the person’s life. Or at least that is the order and manner in which most people would wish to be remembered. To this end of…
Rank this Week: 1926

Murphy's Law Blog

Murphy's Law Blog

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

http://www.noreenmurphylaw.com/blog/
  • May 6

    Apple and the Tech Giants Want to Revolutionize Elder Care

    Apple and the Tech Giants Want to Revolutionize Elder Care
    Giants are on the loose, and they have their eyes set on seniors… in a good way. View image | gettyimages.com The titans of the tech industry, Apple and Google among them, have decided to make elder care one of their next big targets…
  • Apr 22

    What Senior Care Looked Like Sixty Years Ago

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

    For Some Families, Estate Planning Is People Planning

    For Some Families, Estate Planning Is People Planning
    Some of the best sitcom episodes are those in which the protagonist family goes on vacation. Invariably, they mess up. Tickets are left, bags are lost, plans derail, and tempers fly off the handle. View image | gettyimages.com That’s…
Rank this Week: 1965

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/
  • May 5

    What Do I Need to Know About Elder Care?

    What Do I Need to Know About Elder Care?
    When you are looking ahead toward the future as a mature adult, you are naturally going to start to think about your active retirement years. If you plan ahead effectively from a financial standpoint, you should have the resources that you…
  • Apr 30

    How Can I Avoid Probate?

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

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

    What Is the Difference Between a Living Will and a Living Trust?
    The one estate planning document that most people have definitely heard of is the last will or last will and testament. This is a legally binding document that you can use to direct the way that your assets will be transferred after you die.…
Rank this Week: 1864

New York Probate and Estate…

New York Probate and Estate Administration Blog

Published by Stephen Bilkis & Associates

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

    Court Discusses Contruction of a Residuary Trust

    Court Discusses Contruction of a Residuary Trust
    A New York Probate Lawyer said the petitioner, the surviving trustee of a trust created on January 21, 1932, by and for the benefit of one Mrs. W, makes application for settlement of its account and asks for a construction whether the whole…
  • May 1

    Petitioners Seek Determination as to Disposition of Property

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

    Petitioner Seeks Clarity on Disposition of Property

    Petitioner Seeks Clarity on Disposition of Property
    A New York Probate Lawyer said that in this proceeding the executors seek a determination as to the validity and effect of the disposition of property described in testator's will and authorization to sell the real property of which testator…
Rank this Week: 1734

Texas Wills and Trusts Law Online

Texas Wills and Trusts Law Online

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

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

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

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

    Who Are Your Beneficiaries?

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

    Can I Rewrite a Deceased Person’s Will?

    Can I Rewrite a Deceased Person’s Will?
    I received a message from someone this week whose husband had passed away seven years earlier leaving a Will that gave all his worldly possessions her. However, she never had the Will probated. I’m not sure what circumstances caused her…
Rank this Week: 1636

California Trust, Estate & Probate…

California Trust, Estate & Probate Litigation

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

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

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

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

    Can You Text Your California Will?

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

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

    Can You Escape a California No-Contest Clause?…Probably…
    Under California law, no-cotest clauses in California Trust and Wills have been substantially limited in their applicability.  In most cases they simply will not apply.  But even when a no-contest clause does apply, it may still be…
Rank this Week: 1908

Wills, Trusts and Estates Blog

Wills, Trusts and Estates Blog

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

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

    Naming a Facebook Executor isn’t All You Need

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

    Pennsylvania Estate Planning: Its Never Too Early to Start

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

    Pennsylvania Estate Planning and Your Online Account

    Pennsylvania Estate Planning and Your Online Account
    A recent article in Philly.com discussed the importance of Facebook and social media as part of an estate plan, specifically login information. In addition to social media accounts, you should also include banking and financial information.…
Rank this Week: 1837

Fiduciary Folio

Fiduciary Folio

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

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

    Clarke County Superior Court totally reversed on appeal in trust matter

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

    Facebook at vanguard of digital inheritance

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

    Special Juvenile Immigrant Statu

    Special Juvenile Immigrant Statu
    Our law office regularly helps clients with family legal transactions, including child custody, prenuptial agreements, family partnerships, and - lately - guardianships based upon a child's dependent status. Today, we are launching our…
Rank this Week: 1818

South Florida Estate Planning Law

South Florida Estate Planning Law

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

http://www.sofloridaestateplanning.com/
Rank this Week: 1602

Spencer Law Firm Blog

Spencer Law Firm Blog

Covers probate and estate planning in Pennsylvania.

http://www.pennsylvaniatrustsandestates.com/
  • May 12

    Estate Planning and Portability

    Estate Planning and Portability
    The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (ATRA), which tried to keep us from going over the "fiscal cliff," raised the federal estate tax exemption to $5.25 million and made permanent an estate tax concept called…
  • Apr 25

    Seminar: How to Prepare Fiduciary Accounts and Avoid Common Trap

    Seminar: How to Prepare Fiduciary Accounts and Avoid Common Trap
    Don't miss the PBI seminar on How to Prepare Fiduciary Accounts and Avoid Common Traps next Thursday May 1, 2014 at the CLE Conference Center, Wanamaker Building, Philadelphia. Register here:…
  • Dec 22

    It's Not Too Late - Get Your 2013 Deductions for Charitable Giving

    It's Not Too Late - Get Your 2013 Deductions for Charitable Giving
    It's Not Too Late - Get Your Deductions for Charitable Giving I resolved to stop accumulating and begin the infinitely more serious and difficult task of wise distribution. - Andrew Carnegie At the end of the calendar year, many people...
Rank this Week: 1664

Scott Law Group

Scott Law Group

Covers bankruptcy, probate estates, and general litigation.

http://scottlawgroup.com/
  • Feb 27

    Alimony Reduced Because 18 Year Old Son Lived with Mother. NO WAY says Appellate Court

    Alimony Reduced Because 18 Year Old Son Lived with Mother. NO WAY says Appellate Court
    Transitional Alimony reduced by trial court because mother didn't kick her 18 year old son out of the house. Tennessee Court of Appeals says NO. Reverses decision, reinstates alimony.
  • Dec 12

    Child Pornography Charges Filed Against Sen. Lamar Alexander’s Chief of Staff

    Child Pornography Charges Filed Against Sen. Lamar Alexander’s Chief of Staff
    US Postal Inspection Service arrested Senator Lamar Alexander’s Chief of Staff Ryan Loskarn on charges of possession and distribution of child pornography charges. He has been fired from his job as Chief of Staff.
  • Jun 19

    Arizona Voter Case May Seriously Impact Tennessee Election

    Arizona Voter Case May Seriously Impact Tennessee Election
    The US Supreme Court decision on the Arizona voter case may impact Tennessee election authority by prohibiting enforcement of the requirement to be a US citizen before voting in Tennessee. On June 17, 2013 the US Supreme Court decided the…
Rank this Week: 1719

California Tax Attorney Blog

California Tax Attorney Blog

Covers tax controversies involving the IRS and California Franchise Tax Board, as well as California probate, estate planning matters and business transactions. By Mitchell A. Port.

http://www.californiataxattorneyblog.com/
  • Sep 2

    Test Entry

    Test Entry
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  • Aug 30

    For Federal Tax Purposes, All Legal Same-Sex Marriages Will Be Recognized

    For Federal Tax Purposes, All Legal Same-Sex Marriages Will Be Recognized
    The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) ruled yesterday that same-sex couples, legally married in jurisdictions that recognize their marriages, will be treated as married for federal tax purposes. The ruling…
  • Dec 29

    Gifts Made By Personal Check

    Gifts Made By Personal Check
    A check written in 2012 that does not clear until 2013 is at risk of being a 2013 gift, not a 2012 gift, since the donor could have stopped payment in 2013 before it cleared. The issue with using checks to make gifts is that until the check…
Rank this Week: 1347

Utah Estate Planning

Utah Estate Planning

Covers estate planning, probate, trusts and wills in Utah. By Jason C. Hunter.

http://www.utahestateplanning.typepad.com/
  • Aug 22

    The Joy Of Inheriting Appreciated Property

    The Joy Of Inheriting Appreciated Property
    When you inherit property, such as a house or stocks, the property is usually worth more than it was when the original owner purchased it. If you were to sell the property, there could be huge capital gains taxes. Fortunately, when you…
  • Aug 21

    When PODs Go BAD

    When PODs Go BAD
    Are payable on death accounts a simple way to pass assets to heirs or are they a mistake? It sure sounds simple. With a payable on death account or paid on death account, you name a beneficiary who gets the account when you die—no probate,…
  • Aug 20

    QPRT Consideration

    QPRT Consideration
    Among those with wealth primarily concentrated in their home or investment portfolio, there are two types of trusts designed to transfer wealth to heirs and save taxes by removing the assets from the estate. In effect, this reduces the amount…
Rank this Week: 1914

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: 1297

New Jersey Estate Planning &…

New Jersey Estate Planning & Elder Law Blog

Covers business law and planning, elder law, estate planning, and probate and estate administration. By Deirdre Wheatley-Liss.

http://www.njelderlawestateplanning.com/
  • Apr 2

    Love is Lost - And So is Your Inheritance - Divorce Really Ends Thing

    Love is Lost - And So is Your Inheritance - Divorce Really Ends Thing
    A common plan among our married clients is to leave their property to their spouse, either outright or in trust - oft-referred to as the “I Love You” Will. Sometimes, love is lost and the couple divorces. We recommend our clients…
  • Mar 25

    Personal Injury Damages and Medicaid Liens - SCOTUS Decide

    Personal Injury Damages and Medicaid Liens - SCOTUS Decide
    You have a horrific accident and are looking at a life of extreme medical care.  The accident was caused by another person (drunk truck driver). You get a multi-million dollar award.  Does the state that you live in get a…
  • Mar 25

    Personal Injury Damages and Medicaid Leins - SCOTUS Decide

    Personal Injury Damages and Medicaid Leins - SCOTUS Decide
    You have a horrific accident and are looking a life of extreme medical care.  The accident was caused by another person (drunk truck driver). You get a multi-million dollar award.  Does the state that you live in get a share? First,…
Rank this Week: 1468

Mendel Law Firm Blog

Mendel Law Firm Blog

Covers estate planning.

http://www.mendellawfirm.com/blog/
  • May 6

    What a Succession Plan Can Do for You

    What a Succession Plan Can Do for You
    If you own a business, you need a succession plan. Whether your business is just a small side business that earns a little extra spending money or your business is a complex partnership that provides for your family, the bottom line is that…
  • May 5

    Texas History – Do You Know What the Fence Cutting War Was?

    Texas History – Do You Know What the Fence Cutting War Was?
    The Fence Cutting War occurred at the end of the 19THcentury and was a dispute between advocates of the open range and ranchers who wished to fence off their property in Texas. The first real incidents of the war started in 1883, when open…
  • Apr 29

    Thought for the Day:

    Thought for the Day:
    Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship. Buddha
Rank this Week: 2673

Northern California Center for…

Northern California Center for Estate Planning and Elder Law

Covers estate planning.

http://www.norcalplanners.com/blog/
  • May 5

    What Is a QDOT Trust?

    What Is a QDOT Trust?
    A QDOT trust can be utilized if you are exposed to the estate tax as someone who is married to a citizen of another country. Before we look at the specifics, we should explain the estate tax parameters so that you can determine whether or not…
  • May 5

    Free Report: Estate Planning in California: Specific Issue

    Free Report: Estate Planning in California: Specific Issue
    Incapacity planning includes specific tools such as durable powers of attorney. A durable power of attorney gives you the ability to mange someone, an agent, who will have the legal ability to begin managing your affairs immediately upon your…
  • May 4

    Can I Give Tax-Free Gifts to My Children?

    Can I Give Tax-Free Gifts to My Children?
    The concept of “tax-free gifts” can sound counterintuitive.  Of course you have to pay sales tax when you buy a gift, and you paid taxes on the income that you used to purchase the gift, but beyond that, why would there be a…
Rank this Week: 2672

Florida Probate Litigation Lawyer…

Florida Probate Litigation Lawyer Blog

Cover Florida probate litigation. By Chepenik & Trushin LLP.

http://www.floridaprobatelitigationlawyer.com/
  • May 5

    STEPCHILDREN & INHERITANCE RIGHTS

    STEPCHILDREN & INHERITANCE RIGHTS
    The number of blended families in America is increasing and with it, so is the need for competent estate planning. As the modern blended family replaces the “traditional” family, tension arises from traditional intestacy laws.…
  • Apr 22

    Protecting Your Online Accounts After Death

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

    Why Would You Need a Revocable Living Trust in Florida?

    Why Would You Need a Revocable Living Trust in Florida?
    A will cannot always handle the wide range of issues that arise when planning your estate. A revocable living trust, commonly called a living trust (or “inter vivos trust”), is created during your lifetime and allows you to…
Rank this Week: 4346

Law Office of Andrew M. Lamkin,…

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

Covers elder law.

http://lamkinelderlaw.com/articles/
  • May 5

    May is Older Americans Month

    May is Older Americans Month
    You may have never heard of Older Americans Month, but this month-of-awareness has been around for over 50 years. Occurring every year during the month of May, Older Americans Month serves as a time to acknowledge the significance and…
  • Apr 30

    When Should You Review Your Will?

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

    Having the Tough “Talk” with Your Aging Parent

    Having the Tough “Talk” with Your Aging Parent
    Having the difficult “talk” with your aging parents about elderly living arrangements, end-of-life care, and finances during retirement is one discussion most people would rather put off as long as possible. Putting off this talk…
Rank this Week: 2411

German Law Group Blog

German Law Group Blog

Covers estate planning.

http://www.germanlawgroup.com/
  • May 5

    When Will My Heirs Receive Their Inheritances?

    When Will My Heirs Receive Their Inheritances?
    Many people think that some things are out of their control, but to a large extent, you can make sure that your objectives are accomplished when you are putting an estate plan in place. When you are engaged in your estate planning efforts,…
  • May 3

    What Is a Minnesota Revocable Living Trust

    What Is a Minnesota Revocable Living Trust
    What Is a Minnesota Revocable Living Trust from Raymond German Assets in a revocable living trust can be transferred to the beneficiaries outside of probate. Learn more about Minnesota Revocable Living Trust in this presentation.
  • Apr 30

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

    Why Is a Living Trust Better Than a Power of Attorney?
    One legal document is not necessarily “better” than another, in much the same way that one golf club is not better than another. One club would be appropriate under certain circumstances, and you would use another club when…
Rank this Week: 3079

Kuhn and Kuhn Law Firm Blog

Kuhn and Kuhn Law Firm Blog

Covers estate planning.

http://www.kuhnandkuhn.com/blog/
  • May 5

    What Are the Advantages of a Durable Power of Attorney for Property?

    What Are the Advantages of a Durable Power of Attorney for Property?
    Incapacity planning is one of the most common secondary goals of a comprehensive estate plan, as well it should be. Protecting your assets and your loved ones in the event of your death is certainly an important goal; however, the same basic…
  • Apr 28

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

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

    What Is the Marital Deduction?

    What Is the Marital Deduction?
    Estate planning typically requires a consideration of a number of factors that will ultimately impact the plan, including the tax implications of a proposed estate plan. Federal gift and estate taxes, for example, can diminish the value of an…
Rank this Week: 2666

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
  • May 4

    The Four Phases of a Revocable Living Trust

    The Four Phases of a Revocable Living Trust
    Sometimes the best way to understand a concept is to break it down into different phases over time. I think this construct works well for understanding estate planning with a revocable living trust, which serves varying goals and purposes at…
  • Apr 24

    Estate Planning Jokes for April’s National Humor Month

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

    April 16 is National Healthcare Decisions Day

    April 16 is National Healthcare Decisions Day
    Did you know that April 16 (every year) is National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD)? Just what is NHDD? It’s a “50-state annual initiative to provide clear, concise, and consistent information on healthcare decision-making to both…
Rank this Week: 3200

Hauptman and Hauptman, P.C. Blog

Hauptman and Hauptman, P.C. Blog

Covers guardianship, Medicaid, probate and estate administration.

http://www.hauptmanlaw.com/blog
  • May 3

    Thinking About Transferring Your Home to Your Children?

    Thinking About Transferring Your Home to Your Children?
                Jamie called because her dad was in need of Medicaid.  He was now in a nursing home and Mom was living at home.  They had about $120,000 of countable assets.  I…
  • Apr 26

    More Than Just Power of Attorney

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

    Second Marriage – Happily Ever After? (Part 2)

    Second Marriage – Happily Ever After? (Part 2)
                    Last week I was telling you about George and Mary.  Mary has dementia and may soon need nursing home care.   George had gone to an elder…
Rank this Week: 3033

Florida Estate Planning and…

Florida Estate Planning and Probate Law Blog

By Marc Soss.

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

    A FLORIDA TRUSTEES OBLIGATIONS TO TRUST BENEFICIARIES

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

    THE REASONABLENESS OF FLORIDA PROBATE LEGAL FEES

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

    STEP-CHILDREN'S RIGHTS IN FLORIDA PROBATE PROCEEDINGS

    STEP-CHILDREN'S RIGHTS IN FLORIDA PROBATE PROCEEDINGS
    One of the most common scenarios, when dealing with Florida probate matters in the second marriage situation, is that upon the death of the first spouse his or her children claim that the surviving spouse is taking…
Rank this Week: 2337

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: 4168

Texas Probate Litigation

Texas Probate Litigation

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

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

    Court of appeals upholds removal of executor

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

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

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

    Estate of Hemsley

    Estate of Hemsley
    Sherman Hemsley was a popular actor, known for playing George Jefferson in "All in the Family" and the "The Jeffersons." He was never married and had no children. He died in El Paso in 2012 after a battle with lung...
Rank this Week: 5055

New York Probate Lawyer Blog

New York Probate Lawyer Blog

By Jules Martin Haas.

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

    New York Guardianship Cases Often Involve Conflicts Between Family Member

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

    New York Estate Debts Must Be Paid By a Fiduciary

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

    New York Kinship Proceedings Require Adequate Proof of Family Relationship

    New York Kinship Proceedings Require Adequate Proof of Family Relationship
    Estate attorneys in New York are familiar with statutes that provide for the distribution of estate assets to a person’s next of kin. These persons are known as distributees.  Estates, Powers and Trusts Law Section 4-1.1 entitled…
Rank this Week: 4651

Wills and Estate Administration…

Wills and Estate Administration Articles

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    SECTION 3-101. DEVOLUTION OF ESTATE AT DEATH; RESTRICTIONS.
    SECTION 3-101. DEVOLUTION OF ESTATE AT DEATH; RESTRICTIONS. The power of a person to leave property by will, and the rights of creditors, devisees, and heirs to his property are subject to the restrictions and limitations contained…
Rank this Week: 4611

Palm Springs Estate Planning…

Palm Springs Estate Planning Lawyer Blog

Covers estate taxes, probate, trusts, wills and estate planning. By Julia Burt Law and El Paseo Law Group.

http://www.palmspringsestateplanninglawyerblog.com/
  • Apr 27

    Palm Springs Estate Attorney Discusses the Estate Tax

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

    Palm Desert Trust Attorney Explains the Pitfalls of Bankruptcy on Trust

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

    Palm Springs Estate Planning Attorney Discusses New California Laws 2015

    Palm Springs Estate Planning Attorney Discusses New California Laws 2015
    California has roughly 900 new laws that will go into effect in 2015. Some of the highlights are: Immigrant Driver's Licenses The DMV will now issue driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants if they meet every qualification including…
Rank this Week: 3674