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Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof…

Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof Blog

By Gerry W. Beyer.

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/trusts_estates_prof/
  • Sep 22

    Getting the Most Out of Your 401(k)

    Getting the Most Out of Your 401(k)
    The 401(k) market has undergone major changes within the past few years. New investment options have been added, the rules have changed for contributions, and Roth contributions have become another option for your plan. Yet not everyone is…
  • Sep 22

    The Fault in Inheritance

    The Fault in Inheritance
    Although many children have no expectation of receiving an inheritance, the vast majority of retirees cling to the intention that they must leave something behind. While these parents may seem loving and devoted, it is also somewhat foolish.…
  • Sep 22

    Power of Attorney Basic

    Power of Attorney Basic
    The power of attorney (POA) is one of the most important documents in an estate plan, and can often be overlooked by many. A POA authorizes someone, the attorney-in fact (AIF), to act on behalf of the person executing the...
Rank this Week: 21

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/
  • Aug 25

    Estate Planning: Dealing with your digital death instead of before

    Estate Planning: Dealing with your digital death instead of before
    Portland company WebCease is making waves in the probate and estate-planning community by helping attorneys and grieving families locate the deceased's digital accounts. CEO Glenn Williamson aims to be the first to provide this service to…
  • Aug 18

    Three Documents Every 18-Year-Old Should Sign

    Three Documents Every 18-Year-Old Should Sign
    As most young adults are about to return to college, most parents do not think about the fact that not that their child is 18 they are an adult in the eyes of the law. Deborah Jacobs has written an article on this in Forbes outlining two…
  • Aug 14

    Do I need to go through a lawyer to make a will in Florida or can I use a website like legalzoom?

    Do I need to go through a lawyer to make a will in Florida or can I use a website like legalzoom?
    You can use a website or create your own will in Florida, but we find that some people do not create valid wills, or create wills that do things other than what they want. We only charge $200 for a will so an online will does not save very…
Rank this Week: 211

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/
  • Sep 22

    Descendibility: The Neglected Stick in the Bundle

    Descendibility: The Neglected Stick in the Bundle
    David Horton, Indescendibility, 102 Calif. L. Rev. __ (forthcoming, 2014), available at SSRN.Alexander Boni-SaenzShould the right to transfer an asset after death extend to kidneys, personal injury claims, or frequent flier miles? In…
  • Sep 19

    A Map Through the Punitive Damages Forest

    A Map Through the Punitive Damages Forest
    Yehuda Adar, Touring the Punitive Damages Forest: A Proposed Roadmap, 1 Osservatorio Del Diritto Civile E Commerciale [The Civ. & Com. L. Observer] 275 (2012), available at SSRN.Sheila ScheuermanThe questions raised by punitive damages…
  • Sep 17

    Next Up, Incest

    Next Up, Incest
    Anthony C. Infanti, Big (Gay) Love: Has the IRS Legalized Polygamy?, N.C.L. Rev. Addendum (forthcoming, 2014), available at SSRN.Lily KahngGay marriage opponents love to fear monger about the slippery slope of extending marriage beyond…
Rank this Week: 269

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: 338

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: 486

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/
  • Sep 18

    As Prince Harry Inherits From Diana's Estate, Troubling Questions Remain

    As Prince Harry Inherits From Diana's Estate, Troubling Questions Remain
    Prince Harry celebrated his 30th birthday earlier this week. His mother, the iconic Princess Diana, passed away over 17 years ago, following the tragic crash as Diana and Dodi Fayed sped away from paparazzi in France. What was so special…
  • Sep 10

    Joan Rivers Teaches Lesson About Termination Of Life Support

    Joan Rivers Teaches Lesson About Termination Of Life Support
    “I ain’t afraid of death.” Joan Rivers once told Time Magazine, “I’m in show business. I died a million times.” Aging. Dying. Death. Concepts no one likes to think about, much less talk about. Of the many…
  • Sep 10

    Celebrity Legacies: The Fleecing Of The Elvis Presley Estate

    Celebrity Legacies: The Fleecing Of The Elvis Presley Estate
    Elvis Presley earned more than one billion dollars during his career … so why was his estate worth only about ten million dollars when he died? How did things get even worse for his heirs afterwards? And what would Elvis Presley say…
Rank this Week: 518

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/
  • Sep 8

    Protect Parents’ Asset

    Protect Parents’ Asset
    As parents age, the risk of health problems grows. The Sandwich Generation—those caring for both their children and their parents, may experience the stresses and expenses of elder care, and then more issues later with probate of a…
  • Sep 5

    Asset Protection and Marriage

    Asset Protection and Marriage
    In the process of legally dissolving a marriage, the fate of assets may not match a spouse’s intentions. What should couples know about spousal claims and providing for children? Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements The terms of…
  • Sep 2

    3 Problems With Life Estate Title of Real Property

    3 Problems With Life Estate Title of Real Property
    Real estate laws in North Carolina allow property owners to create and convey remainder interests in real property, while retaining lifetime rights to the property (a life estate). This is one way to transfer parents’ real property to…
Rank this Week: 596

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: 702

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: 735

San Diego Estate Planning Lawyer…

San Diego Estate Planning Lawyer Blog

Covers estate planning topics such as conservatorship, guardianship, health care and advanced directive, living trusts, and probate. By Law Office of Scott D. Soady, A Professional Corporation

http://www.sandiegoestateplanninglawyerblog.com/
  • Sep 19

    Making Your Intentions Clear in a Will

    Making Your Intentions Clear in a Will
    A successful estate plan makes the final distribution of a person's property plain and clear. Ambiguity in a will or trust may lead to costly litigation over conflicting interpretations of a person's intent. But even the best executed estate…
  • Sep 18

    Naming Backup Beneficiaries In Your Will or Trust

    Naming Backup Beneficiaries In Your Will or Trust
    In creating a will or trust, a person may make specific bequests of property to a chosen beneficiary. But what happens if that beneficiary does not survive the person making the bequest? A well-drafted will or trust must anticipate such…
  • Sep 5

    California May Adopt Uniform Law on Conservatorship

    California May Adopt Uniform Law on Conservatorship
    California is poised to join the majority of its sister states in adopting a uniform law designed to promote interstate cooperation on the subject of adult conservatorship proceedings. In May, the California Senate passed SB-940, a bill that…
Rank this Week: 917

New York Probate & Estate…

New York Probate & Estate Litigation Blog

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

http://www.nyprobatelitigation.com/
  • Sep 15

    Not Everybody Needs A Trust

    Not Everybody Needs A Trust
    Every Spring, when the snowbirds have returned to New York, your lawblogger gets a rash of inquiries about trusts. Some folks are absolutely insistent but don't really have a good explanation for this. I usually ask at this point which…
  • Aug 23

    Power Of Attorney Not Always Easy To Use

    Power Of Attorney Not Always Easy To Use
    An article in today's New York Times sheds some interesting light on powers of attorney and their sometimes unforeseen drawbacks. Your lawblogger thinks it is well worth a look.
  • Aug 21

    Anna Nicole Smith Estate (Finally) Out Of Court

    Anna Nicole Smith Estate (Finally) Out Of Court
    The ABA Journal reports on the final failure of the Estate of Anna Nicole Smith to recover  hundreds of millions of dollars from the estate of her late husband J. Howard Marshall. Marshall, a Texas oil billionaire died at 89, a year…
Rank this Week: 1030

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: 1097

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: 1125

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/
  • 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…
  • Sep 24

    Gifts for Caregivers: Music, Magazines and Informative Video

    Gifts for Caregivers: Music, Magazines and Informative Video
    Gifts for caregivers are a great way to show your appreciation of their hard work! By Chris Berry Music is another one of the many wonderful gifts for caregivers. It has been show to help heal, reduce stress, and enhance … Continue…
Rank this Week: 1196

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: 1204

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
  • Sep 19

    Tips for Designating IRA Beneficiarie

    Tips for Designating IRA Beneficiarie
    Wendy S. Goffe wrote a great guest article on Forbes.com last week that offered tips to avoid problems that can result from incomplete or inaccurate IRA beneficiary designations. Below are her recommendations Name a primary beneficiary (or…
  • Sep 10

    Can The Beneficiary Of My Estate Also Be My Executor?

    Can The Beneficiary Of My Estate Also Be My Executor?
    I’ve received several emails the past few weeks asking whether it is possible for a beneficiary of an estate to also serve as executor. Naming someone as the executor of your estate does not preclude him or her from inheriting from you.…
  • Sep 5

    If You Are A Part of A Blended Family, You Need A Will

    If You Are A Part of A Blended Family, You Need A Will
    I got an email from someone this week whose husband did not have a Will. She and her husband had been married for 17 years. He had three children from a prior marriage, and they had one child together. Before they got married, he bought a…
Rank this Week: 1437

South Florida Estate Planning Law

South Florida Estate Planning Law

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Uniform Law Commission Approves Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act

    Uniform Law Commission Approves Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act
    I’ve written before about finding and having access to your “digital assets” and online accounts after death. Well there is a development that will hopefully make this process a bit easier. The Uniform Law…
Rank this Week: 1449

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
  • Aug 20

    Robin Williams estate in the new

    Robin Williams estate in the new
    I was reading this article about Robin Williams’ estate. It is written by a Minnesota lawyer.  I am not saying the story is “wrong” but it is a little misleading. Now that makes for better reading than a 100% accurate…
  • Aug 12

    California Insurance Code Section 10113.71 Form

    California Insurance Code Section 10113.71 Form
    Have you gotten forms from your life insurance companies giving you the option of providing them an alternate person to receive your lapse notices? I love this! It all stems from California Assembly Bill 1747 which became effective January 1,…
  • Aug 7

    Ask your parents some tough questions to help everybody

    Ask your parents some tough questions to help everybody
    Back in 2012 I posted a blog about talking to your parents about their estate plan. I called it “5 Questions to ask YOUR parents about their estate plan.”  I encourage you to read it before reading on…. The key…
Rank this Week: 1530

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
  • Aug 12

    Florida Trust Termination

    Florida Trust Termination
    People create trusts for a variety of reasons.  Some create them for creditor protection.  Others create them because they are concerned about providing the beneficiaries with large sums of money all at once.  Although these…
  • Jul 2

    Spousal Inheritance after Divorce

    Spousal Inheritance after Divorce
    What rights does a divorced spouse have to inherit from a former spouse’s estate? Fla. Stat. § 732.703 became effective in 2012 and concerns beneficiary designations on life insurance policies, annuities, IRAs, 401ks and other…
  • Jul 2

    Elective Share for the Surviving Spouse

    Elective Share for the Surviving Spouse
    Can we agree to something else? The law in Florida is clear in its intentions to protect a surviving spouse from being disinherited.  Fla. Stat. 732.201-732.2155 specifies the applicable rules for a surviving spouse to claim the elective…
Rank this Week: 1600

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: 1633

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: 1651

New York Probate and Estate…

New York Probate and Estate Administration Blog

Published by Stephen Bilkis & Associates

http://www.newyorkprobateestateadministration.com/
  • Sep 17

    court Decides if Will Should be Held Invalid Due to Statute of Limitation

    court Decides if Will Should be Held Invalid Due to Statute of Limitation
    A New York Probate Lawyer said that, this is a proceeding to vacate a decree of probate and to allow the petitioners to withdraw the waivers of process, consents to probate they executed on May 17, 1999. The petitioners are the decedent's…
  • Sep 16

    Court Finds Issues with Preprinted Trust

    Court Finds Issues with Preprinted Trust
    A New York Probate Lawyer said that, this case, and an analogous matter decided on the same day, raise troubling questions about the use of pre-printed or form living trusts, which are now being heavily marketed in New York State. The instant…
  • Sep 16

    Court Decides if Decedent Meant to Name Petitioner as Sole Fiduciary

    Court Decides if Decedent Meant to Name Petitioner as Sole Fiduciary
    A New York Probate Lawyer said that, this case, and an analogous matter decided on the same day, raise troubling questions about the use of pre-printed or form living trusts, which are now being heavily marketed in New York State. The instant…
Rank this Week: 1730

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: 1739

Texas Estate Planning and Probate…

Texas Estate Planning and Probate Law

By Gary Howell.

http://texaslawyer.blogspot.com/
  • Nov 21

    The End of the Blog

    The End of the Blog
    This is the last post for the Texas Estate Planning and Probate Law blog. I did my best to try and keep it up, but just found it too difficult to update on a regular basis. In addition, I am leaving the practice of law as of the end of…
  • Nov 1

    Unlimited Charitable Gifts Through the End of 2005

    Unlimited Charitable Gifts Through the End of 2005
    The Hurricane Katrina Emergency Tax Relief Act (KETRA) allows unlimited gifts to charity up to a donor's total income until the end of 2005. This provision also permits unlimited IRA withdrawals and gifts to charity. Under Sec. 301(b)(1)(A),…
  • Oct 2

    Is Repeal of the Estate Tax a Dead Issue?

    Is Repeal of the Estate Tax a Dead Issue?
    Sometime shortly, the Senate is expected to vote on the fate of the estate tax. The House has already voted to repeal the tax; however, several Senators have found it difficult to vote for total repeal. One Senator, Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), who…
Rank this Week: 1852

Los Angeles Estate, Probate And…

Los Angeles Estate, Probate And Tax Law Blog

Covers estate planning, tax and probate law. Published by Moravecs, a Professional Law Corporation.

http://losangelesestateprobatelawyer.blogspot.com/
Rank this Week: 1856

Estate of Confusion

Estate of Confusion

Covers developments in estate planning and wealth transfer taxes. By Hani Sarji.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/hanisarji/
Rank this Week: 1909

California Trust, Estate & Probate…

California Trust, Estate & Probate Litigation

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

http://www.californiatrustestateandprobatelitigation.com
  • Sep 22

    The Most Important Question for Your California Trust and Will Lawsuit

    The Most Important Question for Your California Trust and Will Lawsuit
    California’s Form Interrogatory 15.1 is probably the most important question you will ever ask in your Trust or Will lawsuit.  Why?  Because it requires the opposing party to tell you all facts, witnesses and documents they…
  • Sep 18

    What Are You Waiting For? Don’t sit on your rights to contest a California Trust or Will

    What Are You Waiting For? Don’t sit on your rights to contest a California Trust or Will
    If you think you have been wrongly disinherited from an estate, please do me a favor and act quickly.  I cannot tell you how many people I have talked to who have great claims, or rather HAD great claims, only to find out that they…
  • Sep 10

    How to Use a Financial Elder Abuse Claim in Your California Trust or Will Contest

    How to Use a Financial Elder Abuse Claim in Your California Trust or Will Contest
    When you bring a Will or Trust contest the facts you use to overturn an unfair Will or Trust may also apply to support a Financial Elder Abuse claim.  It is important to know how to use a Financial Elder Abuse claim properly. For our…
Rank this Week: 2001

Mogren Glessner & Roti

Mogren Glessner & Roti

Covers Washington state family law, estate planning, and probate.

http://mgrlaw.blogspot.com/
  • Oct 30

    Passport For Child After Divorce

    Passport For Child After Divorce
    What do you do when you hear your ex-spouse plans to take your children on a vacation out of the country? What do you do? Knowing your legal rights will help put you at east and protect your relationship with your children. To take your…
  • Apr 4

    Compassion and Conviction

    Compassion and Conviction
    The following is a quote I came across from Rick Warren that I find insightful in this age of political correctness:“Our culture has accepted two huge lies. The first is that if you disagree with someone’s lifestyle, you must fear…
  • Oct 3

    Power of Attorney for Adult Children

    Power of Attorney for Adult Children
    Do you have a Power of Attorney for your adult
Rank this Week: 2095

Florida Probate Litigation Lawyer…

Florida Probate Litigation Lawyer Blog

Cover Florida probate litigation. By Chepenik & Trushin LLP.

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

    LONG TERM CHARITABLE GIVING: The Charitable Lead Trust

    LONG TERM CHARITABLE GIVING: The Charitable Lead Trust
    Charitable donors are frequently in pursuit of a means for establishing a lifetime philanthropic legacy and effective estate planning. The utilization of a charitable trust provides a strategic option. The donor may choose to set up a trust…
  • Aug 25

    The Reasons We Give

    The Reasons We Give
    Estate planners often focus on the tax benefits of making a gift, as smart planning can help reduce or eliminate a wide array of taxes on the estate and individual. But if you thought the primary motivation for donor gift-giving was related…
  • Aug 19

    Do You Have a Claim for Tortious Interference With an Expected Inheritance?

    Do You Have a Claim for Tortious Interference With an Expected Inheritance?
    Tortious interference with an expected inheritance occurs when someone intentionally prevents, through fraud, duress, or other tortious means, another person from receiving an inheritance or gift that other person otherwise would have…
Rank this Week: 2140

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/
  • Aug 8

    “Easy” Cases Make Bad Law Too

    “Easy” Cases Make Bad Law Too
    In a decision that could well cause even the most casual trusts and estates practitioners to scratch their proverbial heads in wonder, the Appellate Division, Third Department, in Matter of Buchting, 111 AD3d 1114, 975 NYS2d 794 (3d Dept…
  • Jul 11

    Testamentary Capacity, Summary Judgment and a Testator’s Diagnosis of Dementia

    Testamentary Capacity, Summary Judgment and a Testator’s Diagnosis of Dementia
    Although summary judgment in a contested probate proceeding historically has been rare, the recent trend has been for Surrogate’s Courts to grant such relief with increasing frequency. Consistent with that recent trend,…
  • May 30

    To be Family or Not to be Family? That is the Question

    To be Family or Not to be Family? That is the Question
    Two recent decisions from the New York County Surrogate’s Court attempt to answer this question. In Estate of Weisberg, decided on April 8, 2014, the court addressed the issue of marriage. Faced with competing petitions for letters of…
Rank this Week: 2169

Texas Probate Litigation

Texas Probate Litigation

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

http://www.txprobatelitigation.com/
  • Aug 26

    Court finds designated executor unsuitable

    Court finds designated executor unsuitable
    In Gossett v. Beck, the Dallas Court of Appeals upheld the probate court's determination that an indepedent executrix designated in a will was unsuitable and therefore disqualified to serve. The basis of the probate court's decision was a…
  • Jul 22

    Court imposes constructive trust for mother's benefit

    Court imposes constructive trust for mother's benefit
    A heartbreaking part of my practice is seeing a child take advantage of an elderly parent. A common scenario is the adult child whose "job" becomes taking care of a parent. The arrangement can benefit both, as the parent receives...
  • May 26

    A claim for tortious interference with inheritance is not necessarily a "probate proceeding"

    A claim for tortious interference with inheritance is not necessarily a "probate proceeding"
    In In re Hannah, the Houston Forteenth Court of Appeals considered the Texas Estates Code definitions of a "probate proceeding" and a "matter related to a probate proceeding." The case involved a claim by the beneficiary of prior wills…
Rank this Week: 2190

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: 2422

Florida Elder Law and Estate Blog

Florida Elder Law and Estate Blog

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

http://www.eldercarelawjacksonville.com/
  • Sep 19

    The Difference Between Medicare and Medicaid

    The Difference Between Medicare and Medicaid
    In this article, I am going to explain the difference between Medicaid and Medicare. I’m going to give you a brief discussion of both, and then hopefully the differences will be clear, especially as it applies to coverage in a nursing…
  • Sep 19

    What is a Lady Bird Deed? (or Enhanced Life Estate Deed)

    What is a Lady Bird Deed? (or Enhanced Life Estate Deed)
    What is a Lady Bird Deed? Also known as an Enhanced Life Estate. So let us first start on the discussion of what’s a life estate. Then we will go one step further to explain what is an Enhanced Life Estate or Lady Bird Deed. So…
  • Sep 12

    Does Medicare Pay for the Nursing Home?

    Does Medicare Pay for the Nursing Home?
    In this article, I’m going to answer the question, “Does Medicare pay for a Nursing Home?” First, you need to have Medicare coverage.  That mean’s you’re over 65 or you have been on social security…
Rank this Week: 2427

Minnesota Estate Law

Minnesota Estate Law

Covers Minnesota estate planning and probate. By Vest & Johnson.

http://mnestatelaw.com
  • May 4

    Use Tax Refunds to Get New Busine

    Use Tax Refunds to Get New Busine
    Many clients delay estate planning because they lack liquid funds to pay for it. Yet, right now, millions of Americans are receiving their tax refunds. There is a marketing opportunity  here for the savvy estate planning attorney. Consider…
  • Aug 9

    New Hennepin County probate referees announced

    New Hennepin County probate referees announced
    Hennepin County has announced the addition of two part-time probate referees to replace Bruce Kruger, who has retired. Rumors of these appointments have circulated for a while now, but the official announcement came last week (see text…
  • Jul 15

    Referee Kruger is retiring from Hennepin County’s probate court

    Referee Kruger is retiring from Hennepin County’s probate court
    After 20 years on the bench as one of Hennepin County’s probate referees, Bruce Kruger is retiring. Today, the court sent an announcement of his upcoming retirement party for attorneys and colleagues. The party is scheduled for July 30th…
Rank this Week: 2507

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
  • Sep 16

    U.S. Federal Trademark Filing

    U.S. Federal Trademark Filing
    In 2013, more than 300,000 trademarks and service marks were filed across 45 different classes of goods and services with the United States Patent & Trademark ("USPTO"); however, less than 200,000 trademarks were registered by the USPTO…
  • Aug 29

    ALS Association Ice Bucket Challenge Trademark Filing

    ALS Association Ice Bucket Challenge Trademark Filing
    The ALS Association has filed an application to register a federal trademark for "Ice Bucket Challenge", the viral sensation that has swept the nation this summer. Although most Americans likely associate "Ice Bucket Challenge" with the ALS…
  • Jul 30

    What is a Family Limited Partnership?

    What is a Family Limited Partnership?
    A family limited partnership, or FLP, can allow a taxpayer to leverage two federal tax devices in conjunction with a technique known as “discounting” in order to reduce the amount of federal tax imposed at the time of that…
Rank this Week: 2583

Ohio Estate Planning, Trust &…

Ohio Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law

Covers Ohio estate planning, trust and probate law. By Bradley B. Wrightsel.

http://wrightsel.blogspot.com/
  • Jan 28

    Quick Overview of 2014 Federal Estate and Gift Tax Amount

    Quick Overview of 2014 Federal Estate and Gift Tax Amount
    The federal estate tax exemption amount is $5,000,000 and is adjusted annually for inflation. This year the exemption amount increases to $5.34 million. This means that a married couple can protect up to $10.68 million. The estate tax rate is…
  • Jan 2

    Avoiding the Fiscal Cliff – Estate Taxe

    Avoiding the Fiscal Cliff – Estate Taxe
    With the Senate tax bill passing the House, it is expected that it will be signed into law. It does not appear that there was a lot of focus on the estate tax. Considering that most tax revenue is generated by the income tax, it is not…
  • Jun 13

    Columbus Bar Association 2012 Annual Meeting

    Columbus Bar Association 2012 Annual Meeting
    This Friday, June 15, at noon is the Annual Meeting of the Columbus Bar Association (CBA). Current CBA President, David Bloomfield will preside and be sworn in as Immediate-Past President. Brad Wrightsel will be sworn in as President, and…
Rank this Week: 2589

Wealth Wars: Arkansas Estate,…

Wealth Wars: Arkansas Estate, Trust & Probate Litigation Blog

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

http://arkansaswealthwars.com
Rank this Week: 2710

Long Island Estate Planning…

Long Island Estate Planning Questions & Answers

Covers estate planning, probate, wills, trusts, and guardianships. By Albert Gurevich.

http://longislandestatesattorney.com/faqs/
  • Sep 17

    Is Ingratiating Oneself with an Elderly Person Undue Influence?

    Is Ingratiating Oneself with an Elderly Person Undue Influence?
    When is Friendliness with an Elderly Person Crossing the Line One of the more common themes that people argue when they are contesting a will is that someone who has suddenly become a major beneficiary in the will somehow used undue influence…
  • Sep 14

    Defending a Will Contest on Long Island

    Defending a Will Contest on Long Island
    Strategies for the Executor When Someone Objects There are numerous reasons why a party may want to object to either part or all of a will in Long Island, New York. In some cases, a will objection may just be the result of family…
  • Sep 2

    How do I Bring Forgery Charges Against Somebody in Long Island?

    How do I Bring Forgery Charges Against Somebody in Long Island?
    How to Handle a Fake or Tampered Will While not common, wills do get tampered with, and even faked all together, from time to time. Will forgery is not only immoral and no only leads to disputes in Surrogate’s Court, but it is also…
Rank this Week: 2713

Florida Probate Blog -…

Florida Probate Blog - WeProbateFlorida.com

Covers Florida probate administration. By Long H. Duong.

http://weprobateflorida.com
  • Aug 4

    Who has priority to act as personal representative in Florida?

    Who has priority to act as personal representative in Florida?
    If there is NO Last Will and Testament, the Florida Statutes indicate who has priority to act as personal representative (PR) and the law aligns with common sense. Florida Statute 733.301 733.301 Preference in appointment of personal…
  • Jul 17

    Small Estate Affidavits: Where to find them?

    Small Estate Affidavits: Where to find them?
    The short answer is that you can’t.  They don’t really exist. You may have heard a bank or some other financial institution ask you for a small estate affidavit if you don’t want to go through probate. Unfortunately,…
  • Nov 5

    Letters of Administration – Do you really need them?!

    Letters of Administration – Do you really need them?!
    I can’t say this enough: There are many situations where you do not need letters of administration. Many. Yes, the bank or customer service agent you are talking to says you do…but they are just reading from a policy manual or a…
Rank this Week: 2719

New York Probate Lawyer Blog

New York Probate Lawyer Blog

By Jules Martin Haas.

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

    New York Surrogate’s Courts Require Proper Venue for Estate Proceeding

    New York Surrogate’s Courts Require Proper Venue for Estate Proceeding
    The Surrogate’s Courts in New York are located in the various counties.  There is a Manhattan (New York County) Surrogate’s Court, Queens County Surrogate’s Court, Kings County Surrogate’s Court and so on. …
  • Sep 10

    New York Undue Influence Can Be Difficult to Prove

    New York Undue Influence Can Be Difficult to Prove
    A New York Estate Attorney is familiar with cases where a family member claims that a lifetime transfer of assets or a disposition in a Last Will is the subject of undue influence. Such claims when they arise during the life of a person who…
  • Sep 3

    New York Will Consents Can Delay Estate Settlement

    New York Will Consents Can Delay Estate Settlement
    Following a person’s death, a petition may be filed with the Surrogate’s Court for the probate of the decedent’s Last Will. Usually, the person nominated as the Executor in the Will engages a New York Estate Lawyer for…
Rank this Week: 2829

Atlanta Probate Lawyer Blog

Atlanta Probate Lawyer Blog

Published by Adams Libby, LLC.

http://www.atlantaprobatelawyerblog.com/
Rank this Week: 2997

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: 3129

Estateography

Estateography

By Alvi Aggarwal.

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

    Transferring Mortgaged Real Estate to Your Revocable Trust

    Transferring Mortgaged Real Estate to Your Revocable Trust
    (or: why we have to ask the mortgage company for permission to transfer the rental property but not the house) People usually establish revocable trusts to facilitate the management of their assets if they become incapacitated and to avoid…
  • Aug 14

    Organ Donation--Not Just a Yes or No Choice

    Organ Donation--Not Just a Yes or No Choice
    When you go the DMV for a drivers license, you might check a box regarding organ donation. At the DMV in Virginia, organ donation is a yes or no question. You either check the box to become a donor or leave to box blank to not to become a…
  • Jul 23

    Resigning as Trustee

    Resigning as Trustee
    Many people seem to think of being a trustee as being like having a job. But, in many ways, being a trustee is nothing like a job. The difference is particularly important when it comes to resigning. Quitting a job is often a matter of…
Rank this Week: 3217

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: 3273

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 17

    Probate court deadlines - In re Estate of Loyd

    Probate court deadlines - In re Estate of Loyd
    On Tuesday, the Court of Appeals of Georgia handed down its opinion in In re Estate of Loyd.The details of that case are fairly mundane in the world of probate litigation. A will was challenged on grounds of undue influence by a disinherited…
  • Jul 12

    In re Estate of Helms - Executor's discretion does not extend to hypothetical claim

    In re Estate of Helms - Executor's discretion does not extend to hypothetical claim
    The Georgia Court of Appeals just handed down the case of In re Estate of Helms.  In it, the all-too-familiar facts of an heir acting well outside his powers. In this estate, one of the heirs - one Rowell - was named Executor in the…
  • Jun 12

    Opelika, Alabama "Wills for Heroes" Event

    Opelika, Alabama "Wills for Heroes" Event
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Rank this Week: 3287