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Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof…

Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof Blog

By Gerry W. Beyer.

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/trusts_estates_prof/
  • Feb 11

    What Happens When Medicare Stops Covering A Person’s Drugs?

    What Happens When Medicare Stops Covering A Person’s Drugs?
    When a Medicare prescription drug plan changes the drugs that it covers, or if a person switches into a different plan that does not cover their medication, it could leave someone without the coverage for the drug that they need....
  • Feb 11

    Some Of The Issues With Payable-On-Death (POD) Agreement

    Some Of The Issues With Payable-On-Death (POD) Agreement
    This column discusses some of the problems that can come up with payable-on-death (POD) agreements that are being increasingly used by brokerage firms and banks. “These agreements are a form of beneficiary designation that transfers the…
  • Feb 11

    Increasing Scrutiny Placed On Private Museum

    Increasing Scrutiny Placed On Private Museum
    Art has often been viewed as a good investment opportunity by many investors. “In recent years, many wealthy individuals have sought to convert their personal art collections into private museums as a way of reducing taxes while retaining…
Rank this Week: 43

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: 61

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: 159

New York Probate & Estate…

New York Probate & Estate Litigation Blog

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

http://www.nyprobatelitigation.com/
  • Feb 1

    Executors Should Beware Of Serious Pitfall

    Executors Should Beware Of Serious Pitfall
    Today’s Wall Street Journal contains a worthwhile but cautionary article about the pitfalls that can face even the most well-meaning executor. As you will see, a lot of the decisions an executor must make need to be made…
  • Jan 31

    David Bowie’s Will Filed In Manhattan Surrogate’s Court — His Estate Valued At 100 Million Dollar

    David Bowie’s Will Filed In Manhattan Surrogate’s Court — His Estate Valued At 100 Million Dollar
    The Will of David Robert Jones was filed earlier this month in New York County Surrogate’s Court giving the value of his estate at 100 million dollars. Not familiar with David Robert Jones? As the New York Times reported, He was far…
  • Jul 20

    Application To Withdraw Waiver Consenting To Probate Denied By Brooklyn Surrogate

    Application To Withdraw Waiver Consenting To Probate Denied By Brooklyn Surrogate
    Prior to the commencement of a probate proceeding or an administration proceeding, the attorney for the estate will normally send a waiver consenting to the admission of the will to probate or to the appointment of an administrator to all…
Rank this Week: 100

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/
  • Feb 6

    How a California Power of Attorney Work

    How a California Power of Attorney Work
    A power of attorney is a document authorizing someone to act on your behalf with respect to financial and contractual matters. Among other acts, a person holding your power of attorney may sell your house, write checks from your bank account,…
  • Feb 5

    How the Estate Tax Will Work in 2016

    How the Estate Tax Will Work in 2016
    The new year is a good opportunity to reconsider your estate planning needs. You should periodically review, and if necessary revise, your will, trust, and other estate planning documents such as a durable power of attorney, to keep your…
  • Feb 3

    What Happens if My Estate is Insolvent?

    What Happens if My Estate is Insolvent?
    Normally when we talk about estate planning, we assume there will be an estate with sufficient assets to provide for a person’s heirs. What happens if you die with more debts than assets? In legal terms, this is known as an…
Rank this Week: 417

North Carolina Estate Planning…

North Carolina Estate Planning Blog

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

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

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

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

    Covering Retirement v. Leaving Inheritance

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

    Avoid a Will Dispute

    Avoid a Will Dispute
    An individual’s last will and testament might clearly reflect one’s wishes, but it does not prevent an estate dispute. Successfully contesting a will in North Carolina (and similarly in other states) requires evidence of certain…
Rank this Week: 232

Musings of a Massachusetts Estate…

Musings of a Massachusetts Estate Lawyer

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

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

    Four Reasons to Own Life Insurance

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

    How Wealthy People Avoid Estate Taxe

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

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

    Your New Year’s Resolution Starts with a Phone Call (or email).
    The holiday season is a time of great religious and economic significance. And even in our busy lives, it is a time for reflection. For many of us, the fruits of our reflection are our annual resolutions: to become healthier, to spend more…
Rank this Week: 180

North Carolina Trusts and Estates…

North Carolina Trusts and Estates Litigation

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

https://ncestatelitigation.wordpress.com/
  • Jan 16

    Guardianship of Adults in North Carolina

    Guardianship of Adults in North Carolina
    An overview of guardianship and incompetency in North Carolina. Continue reading →
  • Jan 5

    An Interview With North Carolina’s Senior Administrative Law Judge

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

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

    A Recent Interview With North Carolina’s Senior Administrative Law Judge
    Following is an interview I conducted recently with North Carolina’s Senior Administrative Law Judge Fred G. Morrison, Jr. for the Administrative Lawyer newsletter: A Year of Recognition For more than five decades, Fred Gilbert…
Rank this Week: 337

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: 204

Wills and Estate Administration…

Wills and Estate Administration Articles

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

http://njwills.blogspot.com/
  • Feb 11

    Gay and Lesbians - Living Will in NJ

    Gay and Lesbians - Living Will in NJ
    Gay and Lesbians - Living Will in NJCompiled by Kenneth VercammenGay & Lesbian clients- additional items to discuss at estate planning interview      In the absence of a Will or other legal arrangement to…
  • Feb 11

    Gay and Lesbian Partners - Problems if No Estate Planning in NJ

    Gay and Lesbian Partners - Problems if No Estate Planning in NJ
    Gay and Lesbian Partners - Problems if No Estate Planning in NJ Gay & Lesbian clients- additional items to discuss at estate planning interview      In the absence of a Will or other legal arrangement to…
  • Feb 11

    Funding the Bequests in NJ

    Funding the Bequests in NJ
    Funding the Bequests in NJWills and trusts often provide for specific gifts of cash ("I give my niece $50,000 if she survives me") or property ("My grandfather clock to my granddaughter Nina") before the balance, or residue, is distributed.…
Rank this Week: 867

California Trust, Estate & Probate…

California Trust, Estate & Probate Litigation

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

http://www.californiatrustestateandprobatelitigation.com
  • Feb 11

    Controlling your California Trust or Will mediation–Part 2

    Controlling your California Trust or Will mediation–Part 2
    The process of mediation. There is NO such thing as a short mediation. Mediations work because of the time it takes to conduct the negotiations. The longer the process takes, the more likely you are to settle. It is a bit like percolating…
  • Feb 4

    Controlling your California Trust or Will mediation–Part 1

    Controlling your California Trust or Will mediation–Part 1
    The process of mediation. Mediation is a process, a process you can use to reach a successful resolution in your case, but only if you understand how the process works. So many people fail to maximize what they can get out of their case by…
  • Jan 28

    How to Handle Bad Trustees: Damages for Breach of Trust

    How to Handle Bad Trustees: Damages for Breach of Trust
    When a California Trustee breaches his duties of Trust, there can be damages that must be repaid by the Trustee.  However, not every type of damage is available.  For example, there are no “pain and suffering” type…
Rank this Week: 3554

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/
  • Feb 11

    What We Do With Substantive Due Proce

    What We Do With Substantive Due Proce
    Jamal Greene, The Meming of Substantive Due Process,  31 Constitutional Commentary -- (forthcoming 2016), available at SSRN.Cary C. FranklinIn 1980, John Hart Ely pronounced substantive due process “a contradiction in…
  • Feb 10

    The Low Road

    The Low Road
    Serena Mayeri, Marital Supremacy and the Constitution of the Nonmarital Family, 103 Calif. L. Rev. 1277 (2015).Katharine BartlettA concern about the marriage equality movement is that it has reinforced the supremacy of marriage and detracted…
  • Feb 9

    Thinking for the Future

    Thinking for the Future
    Katherine Gibson, Deborah Bird Rose, & Ruth Fincher, Manifesto for Living in the Anthropocene (2015).Margaret DaviesManifesto for Living in the Anthropocene is notable for two reasons – it is published under a creative commons…
Rank this Week: 4395

German Law Group Blog

German Law Group Blog

Covers estate planning.

http://www.germanlawgroup.com/
  • Feb 10

    Have You Considered Child Guardianship?

    Have You Considered Child Guardianship?
    When you are in high school, clearly, you are growing up, and you are not necessarily going to be extraordinarily mature. Some people grow up more quickly than others, but there are different stages of life that are inevitable. Once you enter…
  • Feb 8

    A Look at Three Advanced Estate Planning Technique

    A Look at Three Advanced Estate Planning Technique
    To many people, the whole process of estate planning boils down to the statement of your final wishes in a last will. In reality, a will could suffice under very simple circumstances, but in many cases, more advanced estate planning…
  • Jan 28

    Can Assets in a Living Trust Impact Medicaid Eligibility?

    Can Assets in a Living Trust Impact Medicaid Eligibility?
    There are a number of very useful things that can be accomplished through the creation of a revocable living trust. Assets in this type of trust can be distributed outside of probate, and this is one advantage. Secondly, you can include…
Rank this Week: 2398

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
  • Feb 10

    New IRS Form 8971: Basis Reporting for Taxable Estate

    New IRS Form 8971: Basis Reporting for Taxable Estate
    When an individual dies leaving a gross estate (plus past taxable gifts) that exceeds the federal exclusion amount in the year of death ($5.45 million in 2016), a Form 706 Federal Estate Tax Return must be filed. This has long been the law.…
  • Feb 2

    District 211 Class Announcement for March 2016

    District 211 Class Announcement for March 2016
    I will be teaching an adult continuing education class for District 211 covering a broad range of estate planning and estate administration topics. Topics include asset ownership, wills, trusts, probate, trust administration, estate and gift…
  • Jan 21

    New Illinois Laws for 2016, Part 2: Guardianship & Health

    New Illinois Laws for 2016, Part 2: Guardianship & Health
    Last week I introduced six new Illinois laws for 2016 related to probate, trusts and estate planning. This week I will provide short summaries of eight new Illinois laws that relate to guardianship, health care and elder law matters. In all,…
Rank this Week: 2421

Florida Estate Planning and…

Florida Estate Planning and Probate Law Blog

By Marc Soss.

http://floridaestateplanningandprobatelaw.blogspot.com/
  • Feb 9

    PREPARING FOR YOUR ESTATE PLANNING MEETING

    PREPARING FOR YOUR ESTATE PLANNING MEETING
    Many individuals become overwhelmed with the decisions that they need to make when preparing or updating their estate planning documents. The purpose of this list is to help you analytically consider all the questions and issues that must be…
  • Feb 4

    FLORIDA CLOSER TO GUARDIANSHIP REFORM

    FLORIDA CLOSER TO GUARDIANSHIP REFORM
     Guardianship reform has been an issue growing in prominence due to the many abuses found in systems across the nation. Florida is in the process the guardianship reform movement and a step in the right direction as the state Senate is…
  • Dec 22

    IS THIS THE YEAR TO MAKE A ROTH IRA CONVERSION

    IS THIS THE YEAR TO MAKE A ROTH IRA CONVERSION
    The crazy 2015 stock market offers some excellent planning opportunities, if you qualify.  While year-end has not brought the stock market back to where it started the year, it opens the door to those interested in making a Roth IRA…
Rank this Week: 1687

Florida Probate Litigation Lawyer…

Florida Probate Litigation Lawyer Blog

Cover Florida probate litigation. By Chepenik & Trushin LLP.

http://www.floridaprobatelitigationlawyer.com/
  • Feb 8

    What All Realtors Should Know When Representing a Foreign Buyer

    What All Realtors Should Know When Representing a Foreign Buyer
    Recently, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”) promulgated new rules which require certain U.S. title insurance companies to identify the natural persons behind companies used to pay “all cash” for…
  • Jan 21

    David Bowie’s Estate Planning Guarantees Empire is Left to His Family

    David Bowie’s Estate Planning Guarantees Empire is Left to His Family
    Legendary rocker David Bowie was as brilliant in his estate planning as he was talented in his artistic ventures. Bowie’s colorful 50-year career encompassed both, a successful musical career and an acting career, which ultimately ended…
  • Jan 4

    New Year, New Estate Planning Tip

    New Year, New Estate Planning Tip
    The New Year is here, but some things may never change. The gym membership is already beginning to look old and your other resolutions have fallen by the wayside. However, one resolution that should be kept is the resolution to keep your…
Rank this Week: 4361

Florida Probate, Trust & Estate…

Florida Probate, Trust & Estate Blog

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

http://www.clarkskatoff.com/news-resources/blog/
  • Feb 8

    Federal Interpleader Case Involving Slayer Statute Dismissed

    Federal Interpleader Case Involving Slayer Statute Dismissed
    Normally, a federal court is required to proceed with a case in which it has jurisdiction.  Actions for declaratory relief, however, are treated differently, and the federal court has wide discretion to accept the controversy.…
  • Feb 5

    Florida Guardianship Can Be Dismissed Prior to Adjudicatory Hearing On Capacity

    Florida Guardianship Can Be Dismissed Prior to Adjudicatory Hearing On Capacity
    Voluntary dismissal or settlement of a guardianship proceeding has been a hotly debated issue in Florida guardianship practice.  In Forman v. Gort, recently decided by the Florida Fourth District Court of Appeal, a settlement agreement…
  • Jan 22

    Florida Surviving Spouse’s Elective Share Earns Interest, Not Charged Fee

    Florida Surviving Spouse’s Elective Share Earns Interest, Not Charged Fee
    A surviving spouse’s elective share in Florida is often the subject of litigation in the Florida Probate Court.  Under Florida statutes, a Florida surviving spouse has the right to a share of the elective estate of the…
Rank this Week: 1866

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/
  • Feb 8

    2016 Arizona Probate and Elder Law Legislation Update

    2016 Arizona Probate and Elder Law Legislation Update
    During the 2016 State of Arizona Fifty-second Legislature Second Regular Session, the House of Representatives has proposed three bills and the Senate has proposed one bill with proposed amendments to Arizona’s elder…
  • Feb 4

    Attorney Kent Berk Featured on Money Radio 1510

    Attorney Kent Berk Featured on Money Radio 1510
    Last week one of our very own was featured on Money Radio 1510AM – Phoenix to discuss several topics, including elder abuse and financial exploitation. Click here to listen to the full interview.   The post Attorney Kent Berk…
  • Jan 12

    Kent Berk to be Interviewed on Money Radio

    Kent Berk to be Interviewed on Money Radio
    Join Kent for a discussion regarding elder law on Friday, January 29, 2016 from noon to 1:00 PM on Money Radio 1510 AM or 99.3 FM.  The show can be heard live on www.moneyradio1510.com.  Kent will discuss claims and remedies…
Rank this Week: 4399

Hauptman and Hauptman, P.C. Blog

Hauptman and Hauptman, P.C. Blog

Covers guardianship, Medicaid, probate and estate administration.

http://www.hauptmanlaw.com/blog
Rank this Week: 1650

New York Probate Lawyer Blog

New York Probate Lawyer Blog

By Jules Martin Haas.

http://www.newyorkprobatelawyerblog.com/
  • Feb 3

    New York Estate Planning Is Essential to Avoid Estate Settlement Dispute

    New York Estate Planning Is Essential to Avoid Estate Settlement Dispute
    New York Estate Settlement can be complicated by many different factors.  After a person dies a fiduciary such as an Executor or Administrator will be appointed to handle estate affairs.  The New York Probate Lawyer Blog has…
  • Jan 27

    New York Estates May Involve The Possession of Residential Apartment

    New York Estates May Involve The Possession of Residential Apartment
    When a person dies, one of the first tasks that a family and fiduciary face is to take control over the decedent’s residence. New York estate lawyers are aware that accessing and securing a decedent’s home can often be difficult…
  • Jan 20

    A New York Supplemental Needs Trust Must Be Clearly Stated In Estate Planning Document

    A New York Supplemental Needs Trust Must Be Clearly Stated In Estate Planning Document
    A Supplemental Needs Trust (SNT) is an important mechanism to provide financial security for persons with disabilities. The New York Probate Lawyer Blog has posted a number of articles regarding the requirements and benefits of a SNT.…
Rank this Week: 4505

New York Probate and Estate…

New York Probate and Estate Administration Blog

Published by Stephen Bilkis & Associates

http://www.newyorkprobateestateadministration.com/
  • Feb 1

    Court Hears Petition for Summary Judgment

    Court Hears Petition for Summary Judgment
    A New York Estate Lawyer said that, in this probate proceeding, the proponent, one of the decedent's daughters and the sole residuary legatee under the propounded instrument dated March 8, 1983, seeks leave to move for summary judgment more…
  • Jan 30

    Petitioner Brings Motion Compelling Appearance of Proponent

    Petitioner Brings Motion Compelling Appearance of Proponent
    A New York Estate Lawyer said that, this is a motion for an order directing the proponent, who is decedent's widow, to appear for an examination before trial to enable petitioner to frame objections to the propounded instrument bearing date…
  • Jan 28

    Court Decides Status of Unwitnessed Holographic Will

    Court Decides Status of Unwitnessed Holographic Will
    A New York Estate Lawyer said that, the petitioner, a sister of the testator, presents an unwitnessed holographic instrument executed January 9, 1968 ('January instrument') and also a duly executed instrument (which has been proved as a will)…
Rank this Week: 2901

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/
  • Feb 1

    Florida Firearms Law

    Florida Firearms Law
    Florida Firearms Law 101: Real issues taught by  Florida attorneys   Please help spread the word about or new Florida Firearms Law Class.   Below is a description of the class This class is designed for those who have…
  • Jan 30

    Protect Your IRA

    Protect Your IRA
    I just finished my new book Protect your IRA : Avoid the 5 Common Mistakes! Here is the Table of Contents The 3 Reasons Most People Experience Confusion with Their IRAs Don’t Just Focus on the Taxes Avoid the 5 Common Mistakes Common…
  • Jan 26

    Non Citizens and Florida Homestead

    Non Citizens and Florida Homestead
    Florida Homestead for Non U.S. Citizens is possible for two types of Florida Homestead exemptions. The first homestead exemption is tax based. If you live in your home  and you or your spouse or dependent child is a permanent resident of…
Rank this Week: 1174

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
  • Feb 1

    The Dangers of DIY Estate Planning

    The Dangers of DIY Estate Planning
    We are a nation of do-it-yourselfers. Nowhere is that fact more evident than in our local Home Depot or Lowe’s stores. If we need new flooring, we take a class to learn how to install tile or hardwoods. If we need a room painted, there…
  • Jan 22

    Can I Make a Will if I am Physically Incapable of Signing a Document?

    Can I Make a Will if I am Physically Incapable of Signing a Document?
    A Will is an important document. It allows you to specify how and to whom you property is distributed when you die. To be valid, certain formalities must be followed. For example, if you want to create a holographic Will, it should be…
  • Jan 13

    Is There a Way to Find a Deceased Person Missing Life Insurance Policy?

    Is There a Way to Find a Deceased Person Missing Life Insurance Policy?
    The sudden death of a spouse is devastating, and the devastation can be magnified when financial pressures abound. In families which rely on the deceased spouse’s income for meeting financial obligations, having one income suddenly…
Rank this Week: 4775

Law Office of Andrew M. Lamkin,…

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

Covers elder law.

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

    Who is Responsible for Protecting Your Rights as a Shareholder?

    Who is Responsible for Protecting Your Rights as a Shareholder?
    Becoming a shareholder in a corporation is a weighty decision. You are deciding that you trust a company enough to invest. Sometimes, it’s hard to be certain that the company is holding up its end of the deal. As a shareholder, you have…
  • Jan 22

    Exactly How Does Power of Attorney Work?

    Exactly How Does Power of Attorney Work?
    Some people think that establishing power of attorney is only for the very wealthy, or those with pressing health concerns. In fact, it’s a good idea for every person to have this important safeguard in place. With the help of a good…
  • Jan 15

    Why a Nonprofit Nursing Home May Be the Best Option for Your Loved One

    Why a Nonprofit Nursing Home May Be the Best Option for Your Loved One
    Choosing a nursing home facility for an elderly loved one is a difficult decision for a family to make. There are so many factors at play: quality of care, distance from home, and a pleasant environment, among others. Many options may be…
Rank this Week: 1902

Murphy's Law Blog

Murphy's Law Blog

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

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

    A Warning for Long-Term Care Patients: Monitor Your B12 Level

    A Warning for Long-Term Care Patients: Monitor Your B12 Level
    Today’s entry is a little different from my usual blogs, and it’s written especially for my clients who are currently receiving some form of long-term care. A brand-new study out of Canada, reported in U.S. News & World…
  • Jan 20

    You Can’t Paint Long-Term Care Insurance with a Broad Brush

    You Can’t Paint Long-Term Care Insurance with a Broad Brush
    Forbes has an interesting new article that traces the history of long-term care insurance in America. It’s a topic I suspect many college history courses fail to touch upon, and not many more law school classes either. Essentially, the…
  • Jan 13

    A New Year, A New Hope for Dementia

    A New Year, A New Hope for Dementia
    Star Wars is all anyone is talking about these days, so I supposed it’s appropriate to be blogging about “a new hope.” (For those who’ve been hiding under an asteroid for the last forty years, A New Hope is the…
Rank this Week: 3626

Northern California Center for…

Northern California Center for Estate Planning and Elder Law

Covers estate planning.

http://www.norcalplanners.com/blog/
  • Jan 24

    Sacramento Nursing Home Costs Are Among the Highest in the Country

    Sacramento Nursing Home Costs Are Among the Highest in the Country
    Our firm practices law in Sacramento, California, and we also have an office in Roseville. Anyone who lives in our area knows that there are countless advantages, and it is truly a great place to live. We have everything that big cities have…
  • Jan 21

    A Probate Attorney Can Help With Estate Administration

    A Probate Attorney Can Help With Estate Administration
    You should be aware of the multifaceted nature of a properly constructed estate plan.  It is wise to take a 360 degree approach so that you can leave behind a workable situation for your loved ones after you are gone. A last will is a…
  • Jan 21

    Free Report: Is Incapacity Planning in Northern California Really Important

    Free Report: Is Incapacity Planning in Northern California Really Important
    When you are going through life as a relatively healthy adult, the prospect of incapacity can seem alien to you. Of course we all recognize the fact that elders sometimes become unable to handle all their own affairs, but it can seem like…
Rank this Week: 2323

Tennessee Wills and Estates

Tennessee Wills and Estates

Provides commentary on wills, probate law and estate planning. By Jason A. Lee

http://www.tennesseewillsandestates.com
Rank this Week: 2544

California Probate and Estate…

California Probate and Estate Planning Blog

Covers California probate and estate planning including law changes, legal strategies, and detailed descriptions of the options available. By Meissner, Joseph & Palley, Inc.

http://www.californiaprobate.info/blog
  • Jan 22

    Forgotten Assets Commonly Omitted from Trust funding

    Forgotten Assets Commonly Omitted from Trust funding
    Having been an estate planning attorney for over 20 years I have come up with a short list of the forgotten assets that are most commonly omitted from trust funding.  That is, these assets are frequently found after death titled in…
  • Dec 29

    PATH – Protecting Americans From Tax Hikes Act of 2015

    PATH – Protecting Americans From Tax Hikes Act of 2015
    We in the tax and estate planning world love acronyms so no surprise the governments newest tax law is called “PATH” which stands for Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes act of 2015.   I like to blog about estate taxes…
  • Dec 26

    NEW IRS Form 8971 – BASIS reporting

    NEW IRS Form 8971 – BASIS reporting
    HOT OFF THE PRESSES:  The Internal Revenue Service has released a draft of a new Form 8971 for reporting basis information in accordance with new IRC section 6035 for assets held by a decedent and reported on a federal estate…
Rank this Week: 2841

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
  • Jan 20

    RETROACTIVE DUE PROCESS IN PROBATE

    RETROACTIVE DUE PROCESS IN PROBATE
    Typically, when the Supreme Court of the United States announces a new Rule of Federal Constitutional Law dealing with due process, the new Rules are applied retroactively.  However, Florida probate courts are left with the power and…
  • Jan 5

    Will Substitutes in Florida

    Will Substitutes in Florida
    THE CONFUSING LAW OF WILL SUBSTITUTES “Many legal doctrines today appear jarringly, carelessly, almost randomly out of harmony with one another.  The chaos has gone largely undetected and hence, has continued to swirl…
  • Dec 15

    Pay-on-Death Accounts can be invalidated for undue influence

    Pay-on-Death Accounts can be invalidated for undue influence
    A POD designation can be invalidated for undue influence and recipient of the funds ordered to return the funds. Many Estate plans involve what are commonly referred to as “pay-on-death” or “POD” accounts.  These…
Rank this Week: 3812

The Probate Lawyer Family Feud…

The Probate Lawyer Family Feud Blog

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

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

    The David Bowie Estate Shows His Genius Extended Beyond Music

    The David Bowie Estate Shows His Genius Extended Beyond Music
    Only a very few pop artists enjoyed lasting careers as diverse, colorful, and successful as David Bowie. He remained fascinating and on the cutting-edge, up until the very end, in ways that extended far beyond making music. Bowie, whose real…
  • Jan 14

    Celebrity Legacies: Conflicts Plagued Tupac Shakur Before And After Death

    Celebrity Legacies: Conflicts Plagued Tupac Shakur Before And After Death
    Tupac Shakur was well-known for his "Thug" image, his rap prowess, and his many Tupac Shakur's estateconflicts -- leading up to the tragic shooting that took his life at age 25. So should anyone be surprised at the high number of legal…
  • Jan 8

    Bill Cosby Headlines The Top Ten Celebrity Legal Battles Of 2015

    Bill Cosby Headlines The Top Ten Celebrity Legal Battles Of 2015
    What better way to start the new year than by counting down Trial & Heirs Top Ten Celebrity Legal Battles of 2015, complete with lessons? 1. Bill Cosby vs. many woman - Andrea Constad is one of dozens of women who have sued Cosby for…
Rank this Week: 1082

Estate Planning and Elder Law Blog

Estate Planning and Elder Law Blog

Covers estate planning, elder law, and probate topics in New York. By the Law Offices of Roman Aminov.

http://www.aminovlaw.com
  • Jan 18

    Ethical Wills: A Legacy With Love

    Ethical Wills: A Legacy With Love
    My dream to build an estate planning practice was born early in my law school career. My first trusts and estates class introduced me to a legal world where the most important and sensitive parts of our lives, our mortality, were front and…
  • Dec 17

    Where Should I Keep My Will

    Where Should I Keep My Will
    So you’ve done the responsible thing. You’ve prepared a last will to protect your family when you die. Great – now where do you keep it? For starters, somewhere your loved ones can find it. But which place is most safe yet…
  • Oct 27

    Seven Questions to Ask an Estate and Probate Attorney

    Seven Questions to Ask an Estate and Probate Attorney
    Nobody wants to call a probate lawyer. People only call us when they are dealing with the loss of a family member and need help through the process. Over the years, I have been privileged to speak with hundreds of clients and helped address…
Rank this Week: 1448

Probate Litigation Attorney Blog

Probate Litigation Attorney Blog

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

http://www.losangelesprobatelitigationattorneyblog.com/
  • Jan 16

    Beverly Hills Bar Association Program – Wills, Evidence and Henry VIII: A Discussion of Estate of Duke

    Beverly Hills Bar Association Program – Wills, Evidence and Henry VIII: A Discussion of Estate of Duke
    Firm partner, Yasha Bronshteyn, is looking forward to attending the A Discussion of Estate of Duke which will be presented on January 19, 2016, at Lawry’s in Beverly Hills, by the Beverly Hills Bar Association-Trust & Wills…
  • Dec 3

    Mental Competence/Conservatorship

    Mental Competence/Conservatorship
    Looks like an attempt at a potential conservatorship of Sumner Redstone the 92-year-old executive chairman of Viacom Inc. and CBS Corp.  However, at this juncture Mr. Redstone will not have to submit to a battery of medical tests to…
  • Oct 10

    Probate Lawyers’ Breakfast Club – with Judge Daniel S. Murphy

    Probate Lawyers’ Breakfast Club – with Judge Daniel S. Murphy
    Ginzburg & Bronhteyn, LLP, Trust Litigator and firm partner, Yasha Bronshteyn, will attend the Probate Lawyers Event presented by ADR Services on October 27, 2015, where Judge Daniel S. Murphy, most recently sitting in Department 29…
Rank this Week: 3183

Planning Notes

Planning Notes

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

http://cooklaw.co/blog
  • Jan 10

    4 Federal Trademark Benefit

    4 Federal Trademark Benefit
    One of the most common questions people ask trademark attorneys is: Why should I apply for federal trademark registration — what benefits does it provide? Well, there are actually lots of benefits, but there are four (4) principal…
  • Nov 2

    Passing Values, Not Just Money, via Incentive Trust

    Passing Values, Not Just Money, via Incentive Trust
    It's one of the deepest felt concerns. How can you pass your values onto your children and grandchildren even if you pass away earlier than you expect? Letters, family trips and treasured memories are one way to leave a legacy, but what about…
  • Sep 28

    Kids Off to College? It Might Be Time for an Estate Plan Update

    Kids Off to College? It Might Be Time for an Estate Plan Update
    You're finally an empty nester. After sending the youngest of your kids off to college, you are a mixed bag of emotions. On one hand, you're happy to see your kids fly the coup and spread their wings. On the other, you're wondering where time…
Rank this Week: 4403

Nirenstein, Horowitz & Associates,…

Nirenstein, Horowitz & Associates, P.C. Blog

Covers Connecticut estate planning, probate and elder law.

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

    What Is Nursing Home Asset Protection?

    What Is Nursing Home Asset Protection?
    If you are planning ahead for your retirement years and the twilight years that will follow, you should certainly consider the matter of nursing home asset protection. Nursing homes are extremely expensive around the country, but here in…
  • Jan 6

    What Is Nursing Home Asset Protection?

    What Is Nursing Home Asset Protection?
    If you are planning ahead for your retirement years and the twilight years that will follow, you should certainly consider the matter of nursing home asset protection. Nursing homes are extremely expensive around the country, but here in…
  • Jan 4

    How Can You Minimize Your Estate Tax Exposure?

    How Can You Minimize Your Estate Tax Exposure?
    People in most areas of the country have just one estate tax to concern themselves with. The federal estate tax is applicable everywhere, but the good news is that there is a relatively large estate tax exclusion. The credit or exclusion is…
Rank this Week: 2342

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/
  • Dec 24

    A Real-Life Final Exam Fact Pattern: That Pesky Per Stirpes Statute

    A Real-Life Final Exam Fact Pattern: That Pesky Per Stirpes Statute
    As the year draws to a close, I sometimes recall the stresses of final exam season from my law school days. In the spirit of reminiscence, I’ll pose a quick final-exam-like fact pattern: Jane owned a parcel of real property in New Hyde…
  • Nov 30

    The Essentials of a Discovery Proceeding

    The Essentials of a Discovery Proceeding
    This month’s blog post will address a recent decision by the Appellate Division, First Department, entered in In re Perelman, that helps reiterate and define the parameters of discovery proceedings. The case is interesting not only for…
  • Aug 14

    Dishonesty and Improvidence as Grounds for Disqualification of a Fiduciary

    Dishonesty and Improvidence as Grounds for Disqualification of a Fiduciary
    A recent decision of the Richmond County Surrogate’s Court addressed a frequently litigated issue in Surrogate’s Court litigation – – whether the proposed or nominated fiduciary should be disqualified from serving in a…
Rank this Week: 4147

Law Office of Robert L. Boydstun…

Law Office of Robert L. Boydstun Blog

Covers estate planning, probate, guardianships, disability and elder law.

http://www.boydstunlaw.com/blog/
  • Dec 22

    The Hardship Exception to the Medicaid Penalty Period: Rare But Possible

    The Hardship Exception to the Medicaid Penalty Period: Rare But Possible
    If you transfer assets within five years of applying for Medicaid, you will likely be subject to a period of ineligibility. There is an exception, however, if enforcing the penalty period would cause the applicant an "undue hardship." The…
  • Dec 22

    How Your IRA Can Benefit Both Your Heirs and Charity

    How Your IRA Can Benefit Both Your Heirs and Charity
    Do you want to use your IRA to help a charity, but also benefit your heirs? Instead of leaving your IRA directly to your children, you can leave it to a charitable remainder unitrust (CRUT) while still benefiting your children. The post How…
  • Dec 4

    Should an Annuity Be Part of Your Retirement Planning?

    Should an Annuity Be Part of Your Retirement Planning?
    Annuities can be valuable retirement and longevity planning tools, but they are complex financial products that can be misused.  The post Should an Annuity Be Part of Your Retirement Planning? appeared first on Boydstun.
Rank this Week: 2303

Philadelphia Estate and Tax…

Philadelphia Estate and Tax Attorney Blog

Focuses on income, estate and gift tax matters, estate planning and probate administration. By Steven J. Fromm.

http://frommtaxes.wordpress.com/
  • Dec 18

    2016 Standard Mileage Rates for Business, Medical and Moving

    2016 Standard Mileage Rates for Business, Medical and Moving
    The Internal Revenue Service on December 18, 2015 issued the 2016 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes. Beginning on Jan. 1,…
  • Dec 1

    Tax Positions of Presidential Candidate

    Tax Positions of Presidential Candidate
    Here is a neat info-graphic on the tax positions of the Presidential Candidates. Special thanks to MBACentral.org Filed under: Business Planning, Estate and Gift Tax Planning, Estate Planning, income tax planning, Income Taxes, Taxes Tagged:…
  • Aug 9

    New 2015 Tax Law Changes Tax and FBAR Filing Deadlines & Other Noteworthy Compliance Provisions: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

    New 2015 Tax Law Changes Tax and FBAR Filing Deadlines & Other Noteworthy Compliance Provisions: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly
    On Friday, July 31, 2015, President Barack Obama signed HR 3236, the “Surface Transportation and Veterans Health Care Choice Improvement Act of 2015″ (the “Act”). Not sure how this name relates to taxes but in any…
Rank this Week: 3436

Mendel Law Firm Blog

Mendel Law Firm Blog

Covers estate planning.

http://www.mendellawfirm.com/blog/
  • Dec 15

    Texas History – Do You Know Who, on Behalf of the Federal Government, Declared the Freedom of All Slaves?

    Texas History – Do You Know Who, on Behalf of the Federal Government, Declared the Freedom of All Slaves?
    On behalf of the Federal government, Union General Gordon Granger declared the freedom of all slaves and the nullification of Confederate laws at Galveston, Texas, on June 19, 1865. This declaration set off joyous demonstrations by freedmen…
  • Dec 14

    Free Report: Texas Estate Liquidity – What It Is, Why It’s Important and How to Plan For It

    Free Report: Texas Estate Liquidity – What It Is, Why It’s Important and How to Plan For It
    Estate liquidity refers to the amount of cash available to your loved ones from your estate when you die. The concept of liquidity is something you are undoubtedly familiar with even if you don’t use the term “liquidity”.…
  • Dec 11

    Famous Estates – Legacy Champ or Chump?

    Famous Estates – Legacy Champ or Chump?
    James Gandolfini (1961-2013) – Actor & Producer James Gandolfini was an American actor best known for his role as Tony Soprano in The Sopranos as Tony Soprano, a troubled crime boss struggling to balance his family life and career…
Rank this Week: 2329

Texas Probate Litigation

Texas Probate Litigation

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

http://www.txprobatelitigation.com/
  • Dec 10

    Determining if a life insurance policy is governed by ERISA

    Determining if a life insurance policy is governed by ERISA
    One of the first questions I ask a potential client with a life insurance dispute is whether or not the insured obtained the policy through their employer. This helps me determine whether state or federal law applies to the dispute....
  • Nov 19

    When offering a will can lead to criminal charge

    When offering a will can lead to criminal charge
    The Mary Ellen Bendtsen estate has been the subject of much media coverage in the Dallas area. The short version of events is that she owned a historic mansion on Swiss Avenue in Dallas. Several years before her 2005 death,...
  • 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.…
Rank this Week: 4823

Law Office of Roy W. Litherland…

Law Office of Roy W. Litherland Blog

Covers estate planning, probate and living trusts.

http://www.attorneyoffice.com/blog/
  • Dec 8

    Adult Day Care—An Alternative to Nursing Home Placement (An Elder Law Today Blog)

    Adult Day Care—An Alternative to Nursing Home Placement (An Elder Law Today Blog)
    Isolation is often a great danger to elders living independently and, as an alternative to moving into a nursing facility or assisted living facility, many elders have been able to remain living at home with the assistance of adult day care…
  • Dec 3

    Do You Need to Speak with an Elder Care Law Firm?

    Do You Need to Speak with an Elder Care Law Firm?
    The question of when you might need to speak to an elder care law firm can be a difficult one to answer. What is an elder care law firm? How can they help you? What if it is a loved one who needs help? This blog article will address these…
  • Nov 18

    Home Safety – Reducing the Risk of Falls (An Elder Law Today Blog)

    Home Safety – Reducing the Risk of Falls (An Elder Law Today Blog)
    Every 13 seconds, an older adult is treated in the emergency room for a fall, and an older adult dies from a fall every 20 minutes. Falls can occur anywhere, but most occur in the home. Falls can be prevented and the home made safer for…
Rank this Week: 2330

Spencer Law Firm Blog

Spencer Law Firm Blog

Covers probate and estate planning in Pennsylvania.

http://www.pennsylvaniatrustsandestates.com/
  • Nov 16

    The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015

    The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015
    President Obama, Nov. 2, signed into law the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, a two-year budget deal. The legislation raises the federal debt limit and is paid for in part by provisions eliminating two Social Security retirement benefit…
  • 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:…
Rank this Week: 2804

Florida Probate Blog -…

Florida Probate Blog - WeProbateFlorida.com

Covers Florida probate administration. By Long H. Duong.

http://weprobateflorida.com
  • Nov 9

    The Problem with Florida Probate Form

    The Problem with Florida Probate Form
    Every now and again, we are asked where forms can be downloaded. I honestly don’t know the answer because our forms are from a repository that caters only to attorneys. The problem with Florida probate forms is that they are designed…
  • Mar 30

    Why You Need Probate to Sell Real Estate

    Why You Need Probate to Sell Real Estate
    Here’s a frequently asked question that deserves a slightly more intricate answer: “I’m clearly a child of (the decedent). Why can’t I just sign a quit claim deed over to myself so I can sell this property?”…
  • Mar 25

    Caution: “Probate Paralegals” on Craigslist

    Caution: “Probate Paralegals” on Craigslist
    Yesterday, I received what was otherwise a routine call about a potential probate case: The caller told me she had hired a “probate paralegal” to prepare the paperwork that she, the caller, would then file the case herself. She…
Rank this Week: 1337

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/
  • Nov 5

    Importance of Changing Beneficiary Designations after Divorce

    Importance of Changing Beneficiary Designations after Divorce
    A surprising number of families learn the painful lesson that divorce doesn’t fully resolve beneficial ownership issues with certain retirement accounts. Any plans governed under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974…
  • Oct 9

    Right to Die in California

    Right to Die in California
    On October 5, 2015, Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation allowing terminally ill patients in California the option to end their lives. The so-called Option to Die Act will not come into effect until sometime in 2016. California joins…
  • Sep 25

    Ancillary Probate in California

    Ancillary Probate in California
    We frequently get calls from beneficiaries wanting to change the title to California vacation homes. They already have a probate process in another state and merely need help “transferring title.” However, transferring title to…
Rank this Week: 3151

Florida Probate and Estate…

Florida Probate and Estate Planning Blog

Answers probate and estate law questions. By Fortenberry Legal.

http://www.floridaprobatesolutions.com/blog/
  • Nov 4

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  • Oct 29

    Rights of Stepchildren to Assets of a Deceased Parent in Probate

    Rights of Stepchildren to Assets of a Deceased Parent in Probate
    Here’s a scenario that I get so often that it deserves its own blog post:  Dad dies. Stepchildren claim that stepmother is taking dad’s assets and not communicating with them. Stepmother claims that all of the marital assets…
  • Oct 22

    Formal Florida Probate Administration in 10 Step

    Formal Florida Probate Administration in 10 Step
    Of the various types of Florida probate proceedings, formal administration is the most common.  Like any probate matter, Florida probate administration can vary depending on the size of the estate, the decedent’s asset…
Rank this Week: 1655

New York Probate Blog

New York Probate Blog

Covers New York probate and estate laws, estate planning and taxation. By Rudolf J. Karvay.

http://www.nycprobate.com/probate-blog/
  • Oct 23

    Inheritance Rights of Posthumously Conceived Children

    Inheritance Rights of Posthumously Conceived Children
    Thanks to the advancement of technology, couples who are suffering through infertility now have a chance to get pregnant. The most widely known treatment is in vitro fertilization. Through this method, there is a chance for children to be…
  • Oct 23

    Disinheriting Your Spouse

    Disinheriting Your Spouse
    While it is more common to hear of people disinheriting their adult children, disinheriting a spouse is rare. That is because in the State of New York, you cannot disinherit your spouse. You cannot leave the surviving spouse with nothing nor…
  • Mar 26

    Taking Care of Your Pets After You Die

    Taking Care of Your Pets After You Die
    Non-animal lovers may find it hard to believe, but more and more pet owners are leaving their fortune to their pets. Joan Rivers made sure her dogs were taken care of after she passed away by including them in her estate planning. Leona…
Rank this Week: 1692