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Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof…

Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof Blog

By Gerry W. Beyer.

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/trusts_estates_prof/
  • Aug 19

    Rising Costs of Raising a Child

    Rising Costs of Raising a Child
    New parents should be warned that it could cost almost a quarter of a million dollars to raise a child—not including the cost of college. According to newly released estimates from the U.S Department of Agriculture, raising a child born...
  • Aug 19

    New Case: In re Indenture of Trust Dated January 13, 1964

    New Case: In re Indenture of Trust Dated January 13, 1964
    Improper assignment is not a basis for trustee liability. A trust beneficiary assigned his interest in the trust for the benefit of other beneficiaries, even though the trust terms contained a valid spendthrift provision prohibiting voluntary…
  • Aug 19

    Health and Financial Planning for Student

    Health and Financial Planning for Student
    Advanced health care directives and financial power of attorney are helpful planning tools to ensure that in the later years of life, one’s health care and financial needs are provided for. However, they can also be helpful during other…
Rank this Week: 79

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: 202

New York Probate & Estate…

New York Probate & Estate Litigation Blog

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

http://www.nyprobatelitigation.com/
  • Aug 14

    Do Not Try This At Home --The Do It Yourself Will

    Do Not Try This At Home --The Do It Yourself Will
    The Do It Yourself  legal industry is flourishing with claims that you do not need a lawyer to get your affairs in order with a low-cost DIY will. Just input your credit card information, download the easy to use form, fill in the blank…
  • Jul 30

    Sometimes A Trust Works Best

    Sometimes A Trust Works Best
    One of the major features of the Surrogate's Court is that it is a court of public record. Unfortunately, that can be one of its major drawbacks. Every document filed in every estate is available to anyone. If your grandfather (great…
  • Jul 27

    Keep The Peace In The Family Or Your Heirs Will Reap The Whirlwind

    Keep The Peace In The Family Or Your Heirs Will Reap The Whirlwind
    In her last public interview in 1994, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis stated that her most important accomplishment in life was to insure that her children loved each other. Your lawblogger has taken her words to heart over the years. As a…
Rank this Week: 283

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/
  • Aug 19

    Increasing Trust Income Distribution

    Increasing Trust Income Distribution
    Many trusts provide for lifetime income, but no principal, to the first generation of beneficiaries. In these days of low interest rates, income payments have suffered. However, income distributions from trusts do not have to be permanently…
  • Aug 8

    North Carolina Durable Powers of Attorney

    North Carolina Durable Powers of Attorney
    A Durable Power of Attorney (“DPOA”) is an essential estate planning tool for most of our clients, allowing them to name an individual to handle their financial affairs in the event of incapacity. Typically, we draft DPOA’s…
  • Jul 23

    When Beneficiary Designations are Void

    When Beneficiary Designations are Void
    As a general rule, beneficiary designations supersede instructions for transferring assets that may appear in a Will. This is one of the reasons why regular reviews of one’s estate plan are critical. A Last Will and Testament may be…
Rank this Week: 354

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: 396

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
  • Aug 13

    Growing Number of Americans Choosing Cremation

    Growing Number of Americans Choosing Cremation
    If you have decided to be cremated when you die, you’re one of a growing number of Americans making that choice. I came across an interesting infographic today titled Ashes to Ashes, which illustrates how cremation has increased in…
  • Aug 6

    Don’t Keep Your Heirs in the Dark

    Don’t Keep Your Heirs in the Dark
    If you or someone you know has been a beneficiary of an estate, you may have have been exposed to the frustration and disagreements that can occur when details of an estate plan are kept secret until a parent dies. The frustration may have…
  • Jul 30

    Wacky Will Wednesday: Wills That Make You Go “Hmmm…” — Rona Scroratow

    Wacky Will Wednesday: Wills That Make You Go “Hmmm…” — Rona Scroratow
    NB: This post is part of a series highlighting wills that contain some interesting, and sometimes bizarre, bequests and stipulations. You can see all these posts here. The great thing about having a Will is that it gives you the power to…
Rank this Week: 427

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/
  • Aug 19

    What We Talk About When We Talk About Crime

    What We Talk About When We Talk About Crime
    John S. Stinneford, Punishment Without Culpability, 102 J. Crim. L. & Criminology 653 (2012).Angela HarrisJohn Stinneford begins his article by asking the reader to imagine herself a UPS delivery truck driver in Tampa, Florida. He…
  • Aug 18

    What if you woke up one day in a place where there was no Courts Law?: The Impact of Teaching Procedure on the Legal Academy

    What if you woke up one day in a place where there was no Courts Law?: The Impact of Teaching Procedure on the Legal Academy
    Elizabeth G. Thornburg, Erik S. Knutsen, Carla Crifò, Camille Cameron, & David Bamford, A Community of Procedure Scholars: Teaching Procedure and the Legal Academy, 51 Osgoode Hall L.J. 93 (2013), available at SSRN.Janet WalkerIn…
  • Aug 15

    The Market For “Charlatans”

    The Market For “Charlatans”
    Alvaro Sandroni, At Least Do No Harm: The Use of Scarce Data, 6 Am. Econ. J.: Microecon. 1 (2014).Joshua C. TeitelbaumCorporate lawyers and their clients routinely hire experts to deliver probabilistic forecasts. For instance, they hire…
Rank this Week: 547

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 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…
  • Jul 29

    Dangers of Relying on Joint Accounts for Estate Planning in Florida

    Dangers of Relying on Joint Accounts for Estate Planning in Florida
    Many people see joint accounts as a cheap and easy way to avoid probate, since joint property passes to the join owner at death, but these accounts can actually be quite risky when it comes to estate planning. Joint ownership of accounts can…
Rank this Week: 486

New York Probate and Estate…

New York Probate and Estate Administration Blog

Published by Stephen Bilkis & Associates

http://www.newyorkprobateestateadministration.com/
  • Jul 23

    The Issue in this Case is Whether Attorneys Fees Should be Granted

    The Issue in this Case is Whether Attorneys Fees Should be Granted
    A New York Probate Lawyer said that, before the court is the first and final account of the Public Administrator for the estate of the decedent, who died intestate, a resident of Hempstead, on June 21, 1993, leaving one daughter, surviving.…
  • Jul 10

    Court Decides a Case Regarding Kinship Issue

    Court Decides a Case Regarding Kinship Issue
    A New York Probate Lawyer said this is a case of accounting of the Public Administrator, where the issue of kinship was referred to a court attorney/referee pursuant to SCPA 506. All parties stipulated to waive the report of the referee and…
  • Jul 9

    Court Determines Legal Fees in Probate Case

    Court Determines Legal Fees in Probate Case
    A New York Probate Lawyer said that, before the court is the first and final account of the Public Administrator for the estate of the decedent, who died intestate, a resident of Hempstead, on June 21, 1993, leaving one daughter, surviving.…
Rank this Week: 500

Texas Probate Litigation

Texas Probate Litigation

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

http://www.txprobatelitigation.com/
  • 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…
  • Feb 7

    It is difficult to obtain summary judgment dismissal of a will contest

    It is difficult to obtain summary judgment dismissal of a will contest
    A standard tactic in defending a will contest is for the proponent of the will to seek dismissal by a summary judgment motion. Under Texas law, a summary judgment dismisses a case before trial. It is designed to dispose of...
Rank this Week: 538

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/
  • Aug 15

    Will Robin Williams' Estate Be Broke?

    Will Robin Williams' Estate Be Broke?
    The initial shock of Robin Williams’ tragic death, apparently from hanging himself, is giving way to reflections of his memory and legacy. Another question many people are asking is what happens next for his family and his estate. He…
  • Aug 13

    Jim Morrison's Estate And Legacy Marred By Probate Fight

    Jim Morrison's Estate And Legacy Marred By Probate Fight
    Who opened the door to battles over the Jim Morrison Estate? Who won ... and what did they win when the dust settled? And does drinking your loved one's blood constitute a valid marriage ceremony? This is installment #2 of our weekly Estate…
  • Aug 11

    Celebrity Legacies TV Show Premieres With James Gandolfini

    Celebrity Legacies TV Show Premieres With James Gandolfini
    We all know about the estates of Michael Jackson and Anna Nicole Smith, right? But what about Elizabeth Taylor, John Lennon, Marilyn Monroe, Heath Ledger, Elvis Presley, and John F. Kennedy, Jr.? Last week, the Reelz Channel premiered a new…
Rank this Week: 573

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: 793

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: 754

New York Probate Lawyer Blog

New York Probate Lawyer Blog

By Jules Martin Haas.

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

    New York Non-Marital Children May Lose Their Inheritance

    New York Non-Marital Children May Lose Their Inheritance
    New York Estate Lawyers are aware of the importance of proper estate planning. Such planning may include the preparation of a Last Will, Living Will, Health Care Proxy, Power of Attorney and Living Trust. By creating the above papers a person…
  • Aug 13

    New York Advance Directives Can Avoid The Appointment of a Guardian

    New York Advance Directives Can Avoid The Appointment of a Guardian
    The New York Guardianship Law is contained in Article 81 of the Mental Hygiene Law (“MHL”). As discussed in numerous posts in the New York Probate Lawyer Blog, a Court will appoint a Guardian for an individual’s property…
  • Aug 6

    A New York Will Should Contain Clear Language to Create A Supplemental Needs Trust

    A New York Will Should Contain Clear Language to Create A Supplemental Needs Trust
    A New York Estate Lawyer is familiar with the manner in which a Last Will should be prepared.  Among the fundamental rules when drafting a Will is to make certain that the provisions clearly set forth the manner in which the…
Rank this Week: 898

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: 930

Northern California Center for…

Northern California Center for Estate Planning and Elder Law

Covers estate planning.

http://www.norcalplanners.com/blog/
  • Aug 19

    Pregnant Woman Kept on Life Support Against Husband’s Wishe

    Pregnant Woman Kept on Life Support Against Husband’s Wishe
    Not long ago, the case of a pregnant Texas woman made headlines after her doctors refused to withdraw her from life support even though her husband had specifically stated that was her wish. In late November, Dallas, Ft. Worth area paramedic…
  • Aug 18

    Why Your Default Estate Plan Has Already Been Chosen For You

    Why Your Default Estate Plan Has Already Been Chosen For You
    When some people first meet an estate planning lawyer, one of the common questions they have is why they need an estate plan at all. After all, if estate planning is all about making choices that apply after you are dead, you won’t be…
  • Aug 17

    More Aging Drivers as Boomers Become Senior

    More Aging Drivers as Boomers Become Senior
    Seniors often have a more difficult time driving safely because of the natural decline in abilities that occur as we age. As 10,000 baby boomers reach retirement age every day, more and more of them are discovering that their abilities to…
Rank this Week: 1290

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: 1381

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/
  • Oct 29

    Oops, They Did It Again! Make Sure That You Don’t Also

    Oops, They Did It Again! Make Sure That You Don’t Also
    Last week a client came in and asked me to review her “Estate Planning Portfolio” which had been drafted by another attorney a few years ago. The client was proud that she had a Revocable Living Trust in her portfolio because a…
  • Aug 18

    Even Aging in Place Requires a Plan

    Even Aging in Place Requires a Plan
    If you expect to age in place in your own home, you need to plan how that will be accomplished.  Baby Boomers are now caring for their parents.  Because there are so many Baby Boomers there is a large pool of people who can be…
  • Aug 18

    Even Aging in Place Requires a Plan

    Even Aging in Place Requires a Plan
    If you expect to age in place in your own home, you need to plan how that will be accomplished.  Baby Boomers are now caring for their parents.  Because there are so many Baby Boomers there is a large pool of people who can be…
Rank this Week: 1288

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: 1189

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: 1107

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: 1143

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/
  • Aug 19

    What Is an Irrevocable Trust?

    What Is an Irrevocable Trust?
    They say that you should use the right tool for the right job, and there are many different tools that can be used when you are planning your estate. The optimal course of action will vary depending on the circumstances. Trusts can be used to…
  • Aug 14

    What Is a Buy-Sell Agreement?

    What Is a Buy-Sell Agreement?
    In the field of estate planning, buy-sell agreements can sometimes be used as a reaction to a rather challenging situation. You may want to consider using a buy-sell agreement if you are a partner in a small business. This is a form of…
  • Aug 12

    How Does Medi-Cal Treat My Home?

    How Does Medi-Cal Treat My Home?
    Before we look at the matter of Medi-Cal eligibility and home ownership, we should briefly explain why Medi-Cal is important to many seniors who were never financially needy. Medi-Cal is a need-based health insurance program that is intended…
Rank this Week: 1668

California Trust, Estate & Probate…

California Trust, Estate & Probate Litigation

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

http://www.californiatrustestateandprobatelitigation.com
  • Aug 18

    Will 1 vs. Will 2: How do you bring a competing California Will to the attention of the Court?

    Will 1 vs. Will 2: How do you bring a competing California Will to the attention of the Court?
    Competing Wills are at the heart of nearly every Will contest.  A parent creates one Will a long time ago and then a second Will just a few weeks before death, which Will is going to win?  that ultimately depends on the facts,…
  • Jul 30

    Abused Trust Beneficiaries in California Trusts and Will

    Abused Trust Beneficiaries in California Trusts and Will
    Abusive Trustees and Executors is an ever increasing problem in California Trust and Will matters.  Despite the many fiduciary duties a Trustee or Executor owes to his or her beneficiaries, abuse occurs.  And when it does occur,…
  • Jul 29

    Broken Promises: Are Oral Promises to Make a California Trust or Will Enforceable?

    Broken Promises: Are Oral Promises to Make a California Trust or Will Enforceable?
    Is an oral promise to make a will or trust enforceable under California law? Contrary to what many believe, California law provides for the enforcement of oral promises to make a will or trust. How does the promise to make a will or trust…
Rank this Week: 2325

Hauptman and Hauptman, P.C. Blog

Hauptman and Hauptman, P.C. Blog

Covers guardianship, Medicaid, probate and estate administration.

http://www.hauptmanlaw.com/blog
  • Aug 18

    Uneven Inheritance – To Tell or Not to Tell

    Uneven Inheritance – To Tell or Not to Tell
    “I want to leave more to one child than another”, the client will tell me.  In some cases one child is more financially established than another.   Or maybe one child has special needs, whether diagnosed or not.…
  • Aug 10

    Using Your Own Money to Pay for Long Term Care – the Better Way? Part 2

    Using Your Own Money to Pay for Long Term Care – the Better Way? Part 2
                    Last week I was talking about the difficulties in funding long term care through long term care insurance or Medicaid.  Insurance companies are…
  • Aug 3

    Using Your Own Money to Pay for Long Term Care – the Better Way?

    Using Your Own Money to Pay for Long Term Care – the Better Way?
                    As I always explain to people, there are 3 ways to pay for long term care.  One way is to use your own money.  A second source is long term…
Rank this Week: 1598

Murphy's Law Blog

Murphy's Law Blog

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

http://www.noreenmurphylaw.com/blog/
  • Aug 13

    Estate Planning With A Second Family In Mind

    Estate Planning With A Second Family In Mind
    More and more people are getting married a second time and find themselves with two families. Estate planning for one family is hard enough, but it can be quite complex if you have a second one to provide for. That’s … Continue…
  • Aug 6

    Get Your Estate Plan Right

    Get Your Estate Plan Right
    A column I came across in the Wall Street Journal the other day got right to the point when it comes to estate planning. Start out by making a will. The column quotes a financial advisor from Illinois who says … Continue reading →
  • Jul 31

    Actor Hoffman Made Mistakes With His Will

    Actor Hoffman Made Mistakes With His Will
    I came across an interesting article recently about the actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman and how he made numerous mistakes in his estate planning that are going to impact his partner and kids. I thought his story could serve as a ……
Rank this Week: 2198

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: 1574

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 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…
  • Jun 20

    Notifying the California Department of Health Services of a death

    Notifying the California Department of Health Services of a death
    How does one go about notifying the California Department of Health Care Services (aka: “Medi-Cal”) of the death of a friend or loved one? You can have an attorney help you or just go to this handy link on their … Continue…
Rank this Week: 2232

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: 1587

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: 1573

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/
  • Aug 8

    Medicaid Look Back Period: How to Protect Your Money

    Medicaid Look Back Period: How to Protect Your Money
    This article will teach you how to protect your assets against the nursing home Medicaid look back period.  Taking action now, while you’re well, may keep you and your family spending all your money on nursing care.  Nursing…
  • Aug 5

    3 Critical Steps Required to Create a Trust Fund

    3 Critical Steps Required to Create a Trust Fund
    In this article, we are going to review the 3 steps to create a trust fund for a family member. A trust agreement must be created or in place. The trust must be funded. The trust needs to be settled. Watch Video on Youtube about How to Create…
  • Jul 30

    Does a Durable Power of Attorney End at Death?

    Does a Durable Power of Attorney End at Death?
    Before we answer the question, we first need to address three points: What is a durable power of attorney; How a durable power of attorney works; and Then we can answer the question: does a durable power of attorney stop working after the…
Rank this Week: 1543

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 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…
  • Jul 10

    Finding Your Digital Assets After Death

    Finding Your Digital Assets After Death
    I’ve written before about estate planning for your digital assets and online accounts. Well this article isn’t necessarily about planning, but what happens after you die – especially if you don’t plan (or even if…
Rank this Week: 1730

Planning Notes

Planning Notes

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

http://cooklaw.co/blog
  • Jul 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…
  • Jun 27

    The Aereo Decision & Cloud Computing

    The Aereo Decision & Cloud Computing
    In American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. v. Aereo, Inc. the U.S. Supreme Court recently held that Aereo's service, which converts and subsequently (re)transmits over-the-air television broadcasts in near real time to Aereo's customers via the…
  • May 30

    Congressional Committee Approves Permanent Bonus Depreciation & Charity Bill

    Congressional Committee Approves Permanent Bonus Depreciation & Charity Bill
    Bloomberg BNA on proposed permanent extension of bonus depreciation: The House Ways and Means Committee approved legislation to make bonus depreciation permanent, as well as a number of tax measures related to charitable giving. The…
Rank this Week: 2102

Wills, Trusts and Estates Blog

Wills, Trusts and Estates Blog

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

http://www.jbmartinlaw.com/blogs/wills-trusts-and-estates/
  • Nov 20

    James Gandolfini's $30 Million Dollar Mistake

    James Gandolfini's $30 Million Dollar Mistake
    Following James Gandolfini's death on June 19, 2013, his estate is now forced to pay approximately $30 million to the government in taxes due to an inadequate Will and incomplete estate plan.  It is unclear who originally drafted…
  • Aug 28

    Legal Same-Sex Marriage in Montgomery County, PA?

    Legal Same-Sex Marriage in Montgomery County, PA?
    In June, in U.S. v. Windsor, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Section 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act ("DOMA"), which defined marriage as between a man and a woman only.  Subsequently, the elected Register of Wills of…
  • Jul 29

    Leaving Your Spouse Out of Your Will? Think Again.

    Leaving Your Spouse Out of Your Will? Think Again.
    Through Pennsylvania estate planning and by creating a Last Will and Testament, you can dictate who receives your property after death.  Many people believe that this gives you free reign to decide who gets property and who is left out;…
Rank this Week: 1666

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: 1969

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
    Testing schedule feature
  • 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: 1971

Knight & Moskow, P.C. Blog

Knight & Moskow, P.C. Blog

Covers Pennsylvania family law and estate planning.

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

    Estate Planning For The Rich And The Not So Rich

    Estate Planning For The Rich And The Not So Rich
    There are very few of us that have the wealth of Gates or Buffet, so our estate planning will probably be vastly different from theirs. In fact Bill Gates is giving most of his fortune away to charity. However, just … Continue reading…
  • Jul 30

    Do I Need A Will?

    Do I Need A Will?
    Estate planning is important to everyone. None of us really know how long we will live. At every stage of life, past the age of 18, your will you should be either created, if you don’t have one, or it … Continue reading →
  • May 31

    Collaborative Family Law FAQ

    Collaborative Family Law FAQ
    In many cases collaborative law is very desirable for all parties involved. You might not have even realized that you could settle legal matters outside of a litigious court room, but it can be. The Basic Collaborative Law Process You…
Rank this Week: 1531

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: 2087

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/
  • Aug 19

    Lou Reed Leaves $30 million—and Only a Will

    Lou Reed Leaves $30 million—and Only a Will
    Lou Reed, famous for 70’s hits like “Walk on the Wild Side,” died on October 27, 2013, leaving behind an estate worth at least $30 million that generated around $20 million in income since he died. Wealth like that is often…
  • Aug 11

    Rising Elder Abuse in Arizona

    Rising Elder Abuse in Arizona
    The numbers of elder abuse cases in Arizona are increasing as the state’s retired population grows. Scams targeting the elderly may be the focus of news reports, but the reality of the situation is even sadder. The elderly are…
  • Aug 6

    Granting Relief to Caregivers: Hospice of the Valley wins Grant Money

    Granting Relief to Caregivers: Hospice of the Valley wins Grant Money
    As elder law practitioners, the staff and attorneys of Berk & Moskowitz understand the toll that caregivers may experience taking care of patients with dementia or Alzheimer’s. Many caregivers are willing family members with no…
Rank this Week: 3776

Florida Probate Litigation Lawyer…

Florida Probate Litigation Lawyer Blog

Cover Florida probate litigation. By Chepenik & Trushin LLP.

http://www.floridaprobatelitigationlawyer.com/
  • 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…
  • Aug 12

    Do Not Forget Your Digital Assets in the Cloud

    Do Not Forget Your Digital Assets in the Cloud
    When you think of your “assets,” what are the first things that come to mind? Likely, your tangible assets: your home, car, cash, furniture, documents, clothes, etc. Not surprisingly, people often forget or do not realize that…
  • Jul 25

    Giving Art

    Giving Art
    Hippocrates wrote, “vita brevis, ars longa.” Translated, this means “life is short, art is long.” It is a common reference to how time limits life and how art may prolong those limits. In an article that explores…
Rank this Week: 3637

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/
  • Aug 19

    How do I Fight Allegations of Mismanagement of a Long Island Estate?

    How do I Fight Allegations of Mismanagement of a Long Island Estate?
    Make Sure to Protect Yourself as Executor When the testator dies and you are appointed executor, you are facing a responsibility that is akin to having a job. From the date of the death, you have specific things that need to be done to…
  • Aug 8

    Persons Excluded from Serving as a Long Island Executor or Administrator

    Persons Excluded from Serving as a Long Island Executor or Administrator
    An executor or personal representative of a Long Island estate has a fiduciary duty to the beneficiaries and heirs to act in a responsible and legal manner. Under the New York Probate laws, specific persons are excluded from serving as…
  • Aug 4

    What are Normal Attorneys’ Fees on Long Island?

    What are Normal Attorneys’ Fees on Long Island?
    How to Avoid Paying too Much One of the first things that most people want to know when they are looking to litigate and estate or probate a will is how much the entire procedure will cost. In fact, when it comes to attorneys’ fees,…
Rank this Week: 3478

Law Office of Andrew M. Lamkin,…

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

Covers elder law.

http://lamkinelderlaw.com/articles/
  • Aug 19

    Deciding on a Retirement Plan

    Deciding on a Retirement Plan
    For those who are beginning to think about their financial futures, researching retirement plans can be a stressful and confusing process. However, with just a little research and the guidance of an advisor, starting a retirement plan can be…
  • Aug 12

    Why You Should Talk to Your Aging Parents about Money

    Why You Should Talk to Your Aging Parents about Money
    While the popular adage “silence is golden” often rings true, does it apply to the topic of parents’ elder care expenses, living costs, and healthcare? The Fidelity Intra-family Generational Finance Study has recently found…
  • Jul 30

    Andrew M. Lamkin Is Named 2014 Small Business Person of the Year

    Andrew M. Lamkin Is Named 2014 Small Business Person of the Year
    The Chamber Board is proud to announce that one of its Board members, Andrew M. Lamkin, has been named Plainview-Old Bethpage Chamber of Commerce Small Business Person of the Year for 2014. Andrew is Principal of the Law Office of Andrew M.…
Rank this Week: 2757

Mendel Law Firm Blog

Mendel Law Firm Blog

Covers estate planning.

http://www.mendellawfirm.com/blog/
  • Aug 19

    Texas History – Do You Know How the Town of Weslaco Got Its Name?

    Texas History – Do You Know How the Town of Weslaco Got Its Name?
    The town of Weslaco in the Rio Grande Valley was named for W.E. Stewart Land Company (WESLaCo), which promoted the land development when the Missouri-Pacific Railroad came through Hidalgo County.
  • Aug 15

    Famous Estates – Legacy Champ or Chump?

    Famous Estates – Legacy Champ or Chump?
    John Seward Johnson, Sr. (1895-1983) – Businessman John Seward Johnson, also known as Seward Johnson, was one of the sons of Robert Wood Johnson, Sr. (co-founder of Johnson & Johnson). He founded the Harbor Branch Oceanographic…
  • Aug 14

    Thought for the Day:

    Thought for the Day:
    How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. Anne Frank  
Rank this Week: 3081

German Law Group Blog

German Law Group Blog

Covers estate planning.

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

    What Is a Qualified Personal Residence Trust?

    What Is a Qualified Personal Residence Trust?
    The federal estate tax is a source of concern for high net worth individuals. This tax can take a hefty bite out of the wealth that you are leaving behind to those that you love. At the present time, the maximum rate of the federal estate tax…
  • Aug 7

    What Is the Generation-Skipping Transfer Tax?

    What Is the Generation-Skipping Transfer Tax?
    There are taxes on large asset transfers in the United States. This is something to take into consideration when you are planning your estate. There is a federal estate tax, a federal gift tax, and there is also the generation-skipping…
  • Aug 5

    Why Would I Want a Revocable Living Trust?

    Why Would I Want a Revocable Living Trust?
    There are different vehicles of asset transfer used in the field of estate planning. When you discuss everything with an estate planning attorney, your attorney will gain an understanding of your unique personal situation and make the…
Rank this Week: 3050

Nirenstein, Horowitz & Associates,…

Nirenstein, Horowitz & Associates, P.C. Blog

Covers Connecticut estate planning, probate and elder law.

http://www.preserveyourestate.net/blog/
  • Aug 18

    What Are the Advantages and Disadvantages of a Guardianship?

    What Are the Advantages and Disadvantages of a Guardianship?
    It is important to plan ahead for the eventualities of aging in a pragmatic manner. It may not be the most pleasant thing to consider, but many people become incapacitated late in their lives. Who would handle your affairs in the event of…
  • Aug 6

    Is Probate Always Required?

    Is Probate Always Required?
    Probate is a factor when you are leaving behind final instructions in a last will. If you maintain direct personal possession of your property through to the time of your death, it will become probate property at first. It will not be…
  • Aug 1

    What Is an Executor?

    What Is an Executor?
    It is important to consider all of the details when you are planning your estate. Some people think that the execution of a last will is the simplest way to arrange for asset transfers. This is debatable, because the estate must be probated…
Rank this Week: 3112

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/
Rank this Week: 4860