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Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof…

Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof Blog

By Gerry W. Beyer.

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/trusts_estates_prof/
  • Mar 25

    2015 RPTE Law Student Writing Contest

    2015 RPTE Law Student Writing Contest
    The American Bar Association Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law is holding the annual RPTE Law Student Writing Contest. The goal of the contest is to encourage and reward law student writing on the subjects o real property...
  • Mar 25

    CLE on Using Lifetime QTIP

    CLE on Using Lifetime QTIP
    The American Bar Association Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law is holding a CLE entitled, Creative Estate Planning Strategies for Using Lifetime QTIPs, on April 7th from 12:00 – 1:30 PM CT via webinar. Here is why you...
  • Mar 25

    Kidney Catastrophe

    Kidney Catastrophe
    In 2013, Christine Clark underwent months of testing so that she could donate her kidney to a longtime friend with end-stage renal disease. On July 2, 2013, almost an hour after doctors removed Clark’s kidney, they put her friend under...
Rank this Week: 61

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/
  • Mar 25

    Internet Payment Blockades: SOPA and PIPA in Disguise? Or Worse?

    Internet Payment Blockades: SOPA and PIPA in Disguise? Or Worse?
    Annemarie Bridy, Internet Payment Blockades, Fla. L. Rev (forthcoming), available at SSRN.Stacey DoganThe law of intermediary liability in intellectual property reflects a constant struggle for balance. On the one hand, rights owners…
  • Mar 24

    Can the Supportive State be Non-intrusive?

    Can the Supportive State be Non-intrusive?
    Wendy A. Bach, The Hyperregulatory State: Women, Race, Poverty, and Support, 25 Yale J.L. & Feminism 317 (2014).Katharine BartlettTwo truths that feminists hold to be self-evident are: (1) that this society requires a more pro-active,…
  • Mar 23

    Interdependent Legalitie

    Interdependent Legalitie
    Kirsten Anker, Declarations of Interdependence: A Legal Pluralist Approach to Indigenous Rights (2014).Margaret DaviesThe first thing I liked about Kirsten Anker’s book was its title.1 The idea of a declaration of interdependence…
Rank this Week: 255

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: 454

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/
  • Mar 20

    Interview with a Probate Lawyer: Richard L. Pearse, Jr.

    Interview with a Probate Lawyer: Richard L. Pearse, Jr.
    Richard L. Pearse, Jr. of Pearse & Stinson, P.A. in Clearwater, Florida, was on the winning side of Kemp & Associates, Inc. v. Chisholm, an interesting 5th DCA opinion I wrote about here involving a woman’s failed attempt to…
  • Mar 18

    From the Humor File

    From the Humor File
    There’s nothing like a good cartoon to add some much-needed levity to our professional lives. I recently posted here some of the cartoons I’ve collected over the years. Lansing R. Palmer of Akerman LLP in West Palm Beach was kind…
  • Mar 17

    Must read for Florida guardianship lawyers: Sarasota Herald-Tribune’s special investigative series: “Elder guardianship: A well-oiled machine”

    Must read for Florida guardianship lawyers: Sarasota Herald-Tribune’s special investigative series: “Elder guardianship: A well-oiled machine”
    A special multi-part investigative series published by the Sarasota Herald-Tribune entitled Elder guardianship: A well-oiled machine, reported that while Florida has an efficient system of identifying and caring for fragile elders,…
Rank this Week: 568

California Trust, Estate & Probate…

California Trust, Estate & Probate Litigation

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

http://www.californiatrustestateandprobatelitigation.com
  • Mar 26

    Promises, Promises…Can You Enforce a Promise to Leave You Property in a California Will?

    Promises, Promises…Can You Enforce a Promise to Leave You Property in a California Will?
    Ever have someone make you a promise?  How about a promise to leave you property after they die, if only you take care of them while they are alive?  That can be a good deal, or a terrible deal when the person making the promise…
  • Mar 19

    Top 10 Things Every Will Beneficiary Must Know!

    Top 10 Things Every Will Beneficiary Must Know!
    If you are the beneficiary of a California Will, there’s a few things you need to know in order to understand and protect your rights.  Here’s  the Top 10 things you must know as a Will Beneficiary: 1.  The Last…
  • Mar 12

    The Four Factors For California Financial Elder Abuse

    The Four Factors For California Financial Elder Abuse
    Financial elder abuse in California is become more commonplace with our aging population.  In California, there are laws that are meant to protect the physical and financial wellbeing of seniors.  In this video, Stewart Albertson…
Rank this Week: 711

New York Probate & Estate…

New York Probate & Estate Litigation Blog

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

http://www.nyprobatelitigation.com/
  • Mar 2

    Court of Appeals to Hear Missing Will Case

    Court of Appeals to Hear Missing Will Case
    The Estate of Robyn Lewis reported in the Watertown Daily Times  presents a state of facts perfect for a bar examination question.  When Robyn Lewis and her husband James Simmons divorced in Texas in 1966, Robyn retained ownership…
  • Mar 2

    Court of Appeals to Hear Missing Will Case

    Court of Appeals to Hear Missing Will Case
    The Estate of Robyn Lewis reported in the Watertown Daily News presents a state of facts perfect for a bar examination question.  When Robyn Lewis and her husband James Simmons divorced in Texas in 1966, Robyn retained ownership of a…
  • Feb 21

    Surrogate Denies Attempt To Renounce Infant’s Legacy In Order To Avoid Estate Tax

    Surrogate Denies Attempt To Renounce Infant’s Legacy In Order To Avoid Estate Tax
    The Brooklyn Eagle has reported that Kings County Surrogate  Diana Johnson  has denied a petition to renounce a  bequest to a grandchild of a decedent in the six million dollar estate of Sharon Lindsay. The total bequest to the…
Rank this Week: 716

California Tax Attorney Blog

California Tax Attorney Blog

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

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

    Test Entry

    Test Entry
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  • Aug 30

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

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

    Gifts Made By Personal Check

    Gifts Made By Personal Check
    A check written in 2012 that does not clear until 2013 is at risk of being a 2013 gift, not a 2012 gift, since the donor could have stopped payment in 2013 before it cleared. The issue with using checks to make gifts is that until the check…
Rank this Week: 663

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/
  • Mar 25

    Beneficiary Designation Reminder

    Beneficiary Designation Reminder
    Beneficiary designation forms are an important way for account and asset owners to ensure the respective assets pass to the individuals of their choosing. Mistakes with beneficiary designations could result in serious loss – the…
  • Mar 23

    Creditor Claims Against Decedents in North Carolina

    Creditor Claims Against Decedents in North Carolina
    One of the many responsibilities executors have is ensuring that the decedent’s debts are satisfied. Creditor claims against estates in North Carolina generally fall into categories of priority. The North Carolina Administrative Office…
  • Mar 16

    Invest or Gift This Year’s Tax Refunds?

    Invest or Gift This Year’s Tax Refunds?
    During tax season, filers try to maximize their deductions. Proper tax planning helps minimize tax due, and could result in a sizable refund. Taxpayers who receive refunds can spend them however they choose, but what strategy offers the most…
Rank this Week: 743

Fiduciary Folio

Fiduciary Folio

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

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

    Clarke County Superior Court totally reversed on appeal in trust matter

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

    Facebook at vanguard of digital inheritance

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

    Special Juvenile Immigrant Statu

    Special Juvenile Immigrant Statu
    Our law office regularly helps clients with family legal transactions, including child custody, prenuptial agreements, family partnerships, and - lately - guardianships based upon a child's dependent status. Today, we are launching our…
Rank this Week: 949

Florida Estate Planning Lawyer…

Florida Estate Planning Lawyer Blog

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

http://www.floridaestateplanninglawyerblog.com/
  • Nov 10

    Estate Planning for Out-of-State Property

    Estate Planning for Out-of-State Property
    If you live in Florida and own property in another state an ancillary administration will be necessary upon the death of the owner(s) of that property. This special probate administration will be in addition to the administration you have…
  • Oct 29

    Revocable Trusts and Asset Protection

    Revocable Trusts and Asset Protection
    Many times we get questions from clients asking if their revocable trust provides asset protection from creditors. The answer to this is the typical legal answer "It Depends". That is it depends on who owes the money. In Florida a…
  • Oct 28

    Florida Probate Intake form

    Florida Probate Intake form
    Many of our clients have asked us to put our Florida Probate Intake form online so that they can easily download it. You can download the Florida Probate Intake form with the following link: Probate Intake Form.pdf
Rank this Week: 932

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/
  • Mar 26

    What Qualities Should I Look for in an Executor?

    What Qualities Should I Look for in an Executor?
    When you think about the process of estate planning, the execution of documents will probably come to mind. This is a large part of the endeavor to be sure, but someone must follow the instructions that you leave behind in these documents. If…
  • Mar 24

    Elder Care FAQS: How Common is Alzheimer’s Disease?

    Elder Care FAQS: How Common is Alzheimer’s Disease?
    Elder care law firms help people who are serious about preparing for the eventualities of aging. Pragmatism is key, and you have to confront some circumstances that can be quite challenging if you want to be optimally prepared.…
  • Mar 19

    Can I Take Back Assets in Medi-cal Trust?

    Can I Take Back Assets in Medi-cal Trust?
    Can I Take Back Assets in Medi-cal Trust? from Roy W. Litherland As a result, many seniors who were never financially needy seek Medi-Cal eligibility.  Learn more about Assets in Medi-cal Trust in this presentation. The post Can I Take…
Rank this Week: 1298

Mendel Law Firm Blog

Mendel Law Firm Blog

Covers estate planning.

http://www.mendellawfirm.com/blog/
  • Mar 25

    Thought for the Day:

    Thought for the Day:
    You never know how strong you are until being strong is your only choice. Bob Marley
  • Mar 25

    What Happens to Your Digital Assets When You Die?

    What Happens to Your Digital Assets When You Die?
    Your first question may actually be “What digital assets?” You probably have more than you realize. Do you bank over the internet? Do you send e-mails? Do you have a website or blog? Do you chat with friends and family over…
  • Mar 24

    Texas History – Do You Know the Spanish Explorer Who Mapped the Coastline of Texas?

    Texas History – Do You Know the Spanish Explorer Who Mapped the Coastline of Texas?
    Alonso Alvarez de Pineda was the Spanish explorer who first mapped the coastline of Texas. Alvarez de Pineda left Jamaica in early 1519 and sailed west to follow the northern coastline of the Gulf. He sailed west from the Florida Keys to hug…
Rank this Week: 1302

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
  • Mar 25

    The Achieving A Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act

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

    Facebook & Estate Planning

    Facebook & Estate Planning
    Facebook recently announced a limited digital estate planning functionality, called Facebook Legacy Contacts, associated with Facebook accounts: Today we’re introducing a new feature that lets people choose a legacy contact—a…
  • Jan 5

    Selling a Business: Stock Sale v. Asset Sale

    Selling a Business: Stock Sale v. Asset Sale
    When a business is sold, the actual sale often occurs via one of two forms, either as a stock sale or as an asset sale. In general, sellers often prefer stock sales while buyers often prefer asset sales. Although the considerations associated…
Rank this Week: 1009

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/
  • Mar 22

    Partition Actions in Florida

    Partition Actions in Florida
    Partition actions are often used to force the sale of jointly owned property when the owners cannot agree amongst themselves what to do with the property.  Florida law provides a general framework on how a partition action is to proceed,…
  • Mar 19

    Florida Will Overturned On Finding of Undue Influence By Surviving Spouse

    Florida Will Overturned On Finding of Undue Influence By Surviving Spouse
    In Blinn v. Carlman, the Fourth District Court of Appeal upheld a Florida probate court’s invalidation of a will based upon undue influence by a surviving spouse.  Overturning a will on the grounds of undue influence by a…
  • Mar 17

    Virtual Adoption Not Undone By Developing Relationship With Natural Father

    Virtual Adoption Not Undone By Developing Relationship With Natural Father
    The Georgia Supreme Court recently held that once a child has been virtually adopted by an adopted father, the subsequent relation between the adopted child and the natural father does not sever the previous virtual adoption.
Rank this Week: 1258

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/
  • Feb 23

    Should Caregiver of Mr. Cub, Ernie Banks, Inherit His Fortune?

    Should Caregiver of Mr. Cub, Ernie Banks, Inherit His Fortune?
    Widely beloved throughout the world of baseball, especially in Chicago, Ernie Banks -- a/k/a Mr. Cub -- rose from humble beginnings. He began his career earning seven dollars a day in the Negro Leagues, before crossing the color barrier and…
  • Feb 19

    Celebrity Legacies: Marlon Brando's Estate Marred by Dozens of Lawsuit

    Celebrity Legacies: Marlon Brando's Estate Marred by Dozens of Lawsuit
    Unquestionably, Marlon Brando was one of the leading actors of the 20th century. The well-known Godfather was always in firm control ... until it came to his estate that is. This is installment #12 of our Estate Planning Lessons From The…
  • Feb 16

    Celebrity Legacies: Elizabeth Taylor's Estate Sets Gold Standard

    Celebrity Legacies: Elizabeth Taylor's Estate Sets Gold Standard
    Elizabeth Taylor is known for many things: her successful acting career, recognition as perhaps the ultimate icon of Hollywood glitz and glamour, standing up as a champion for AIDS research, her popular perfume, and, of course, her string of…
Rank this Week: 961

South Florida Estate Planning Law

South Florida Estate Planning Law

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

http://www.sofloridaestateplanning.com/
Rank this Week: 1074

Liberty Law Blog

Liberty Law Blog

Covers estate planning, estate taxes, probate and trusts.

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

    Successfully Passing the Family Business to Children

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

    The Importance of Reviewing Beneficiary Designation

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

    Even young adults should plan their Estate

    Even young adults should plan their Estate
    Good summary article here on why its important for young adults to think about getting some basic documents in place. Tweet
Rank this Week: 1033

Kershisnik Law

Kershisnik Law

Covers Idaho family, criminal, probate and personal injury legal issues. By Patrick Kershisnik.

http://kershisniklaw.blogspot.com/
  • Apr 20

    Boise Divorce Attorney - Boise Family Law Lawyers - Boise Custody Attorneys Lawyer

    Boise Divorce Attorney - Boise Family Law Lawyers - Boise Custody Attorneys Lawyer
    Kershisnik Law, (208) 472-2383, Boise Divorce Attorney, Idaho Family Law Lawyers, divorce, custody, modification, child support, family law.As a Boise Divorce Attorney I often get calls concerning child support. There are many issues…
  • Apr 18

    Boise Probate Attorneys - Idaho Estate Planning Lawyer

    Boise Probate Attorneys - Idaho Estate Planning Lawyer
    To speak with a Boise Probate Attorney or an Idaho Estate Planning Lawyer, please call (208) 472-2383, for probate and estate planning in Idaho.As a Boise Probate Attorney one of the most frequent questions I get is how long does it take to…
  • Apr 4

    Boise Divorce Attorney - Divorce Attorneys, Family Law Lawyers, Probate Attorneys, Boise, Idaho

    Boise Divorce Attorney - Divorce Attorneys, Family Law Lawyers, Probate Attorneys, Boise, Idaho
    Boise Divorce Attorneys - Boise Probate Attorneys - Family Law Lawyers, (208)472-2383Today I am going to discuss probate and divorce. What do probate and divorce have to do with each other? A lot, especially when you get divorced and forget…
Rank this Week: 1065

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
  • Mar 26

    Coach Dean Smith leaves a small legacy… what will you do?

    Coach Dean Smith leaves a small legacy… what will you do?
    As an estate planning attorney I help clients plan the legacy they will leave. Often it’s simple such as “I leave everything to my children….”  Other times it’s a gift to an old friend, a church, or other…
  • Mar 11

    Best nursing homes in Sacramento

    Best nursing homes in Sacramento
    I just saw this article at US News rating the best nursing homes in Sacramento. Good list to consider for your loved ones. Here’s the link.
  • Mar 11

    Best nursing homes in Sacramento

    Best nursing homes in Sacramento
    I just saw this article at US News rating the best nursing homes in Sacramento. Good list to consider for your loved ones. Here’s the link. The post Best nursing homes in Sacramento appeared first on California Probate Attorney.
Rank this Week: 1931

Nirenstein, Horowitz & Associates,…

Nirenstein, Horowitz & Associates, P.C. Blog

Covers Connecticut estate planning, probate and elder law.

http://www.preserveyourestate.net/blog/
  • Mar 25

    Consumer Reports Advises Against DIY Estate Planning

    Consumer Reports Advises Against DIY Estate Planning
    Can you simply draw up your Last Will with the assistance of some type of do-it-yourself download or fill-in-the-blanks worksheet? The answer is that you can do it if you want to but the result may not be a very positive one. This is not just…
  • Mar 24

    Medicaid Planning FAQs: Should I Give My Child My Home?

    Medicaid Planning FAQs: Should I Give My Child My Home?
    Medicaid planning may well enter the picture when you are making plans for the eventualities of aging. When you hear the above statement, you may scratch her head at first. Medicaid is a health insurance program for people with virtually no…
  • Mar 23

    Is Confidentiality Important to You?

    Is Confidentiality Important to You?
    Many individuals would like to keep their final affairs confidential for one reason or another. If you were to utilize a last Will to express your wishes and arrange for the transfer of your assets confidentiality would not be assured. This…
Rank this Week: 1413

Northern California Center for…

Northern California Center for Estate Planning and Elder Law

Covers estate planning.

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

    How Do Elder Law Attorneys Charge?

    How Do Elder Law Attorneys Charge?
    Sometimes you make a relatively small investment in the present so that you can save a great deal of money in the future. This is a dynamic that enters the picture when you are looking at the value of a consultation with an elder law…
  • Mar 23

    Why Would Someone Avoid Probate?

    Why Would Someone Avoid Probate?
    There is a legal process called probate that will often enter the picture when an estate is being administered. Generally speaking, property that is in your direct personal possession when you pass away would be looked upon as probate…
  • Mar 19

    When Will I Qualify for Social Security?

    When Will I Qualify for Social Security?
    When you are looking ahead toward your retirement years, you probably view Social Security as a future financial foundation. Without question, most people are going to rely upon Social Security to one extent or another, so you should know all…
Rank this Week: 1450

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/
  • Mar 22

    The Importance of Managing Trust Asset

    The Importance of Managing Trust Asset
    A living trust can help provide for both you and your children. Married couples often establish a joint trust to manage their assets during their lifetimes, and when one spouse dies, the other spouse may continue to benefit from the trust. A…
  • Mar 20

    Addressing “Joint” and “Community” Property in Your Estate Plan

    Addressing “Joint” and “Community” Property in Your Estate Plan
    California is a “community property” state. This means any property acquired during a marriage belongs to the spouses equally. In the event of divorce, any community property must be divided between the spouses. Of course, a…
  • Mar 15

    Understanding Reverse Mortgage

    Understanding Reverse Mortgage
    Many elderly persons wish to remain in their own homes, but lack the financial means to do so. One option for such individuals is to take out what is known as a “home equity conversion mortgage,” commonly referred to as a…
Rank this Week: 1581

Wills, Trusts and Estates Blog

Wills, Trusts and Estates Blog

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

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

    Naming a Facebook Executor isn’t All You Need

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

    Pennsylvania Estate Planning: Its Never Too Early to Start

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

    Pennsylvania Estate Planning and Your Online Account

    Pennsylvania Estate Planning and Your Online Account
    A recent article in Philly.com discussed the importance of Facebook and social media as part of an estate plan, specifically login information. In addition to social media accounts, you should also include banking and financial information.…
Rank this Week: 1496

New York Probate Lawyer Blog

New York Probate Lawyer Blog

By Jules Martin Haas.

http://www.newyorkprobatelawyerblog.com/
Rank this Week: 1905

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
  • Mar 18

    What is the Difference between a First-Party Special Needs Trust and a Third-Party Special Needs Trust

    What is the Difference between a First-Party Special Needs Trust and a Third-Party Special Needs Trust
    I received an email this week from someone who had a special needs trust for a sibling. She wondered if her sibling could put some of his own assets into a special needs trust that a family member created for him. Special needs trusts are not…
  • Mar 11

    Who May File an Application to Determine Heirship in Texas?

    Who May File an Application to Determine Heirship in Texas?
    When an individual dies without a Will, a procedure called a Determination of Heirship proceeding can be filed establish the deceased individual’s rightful heirs. An application to determine heirship may be filed by any of the following…
  • Mar 2

    To Spring or Not to Spring a Durable Power of Attorney

    To Spring or Not to Spring a Durable Power of Attorney
    Every adult should have a durable power of attorney. What is a Durable Power of Attorney? A durable power of attorney is a document that will allow you to appoint someone you trust to engage in specified business, financial and legal…
Rank this Week: 1429

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/
Rank this Week: 2032

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/
  • Mar 16

    Palm Desert Trust Attorney Explains the Pitfalls of Bankruptcy on Trust

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

    Palm Springs Estate Planning Attorney Discusses New California Laws 2015

    Palm Springs Estate Planning Attorney Discusses New California Laws 2015
    California has roughly 900 new laws that will go into effect in 2015. Some of the highlights are: Immigrant Driver's Licenses The DMV will now issue driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants if they meet every qualification including…
  • Jan 5

    Palm Springs Estate Planning Attorney Discusses New California Laws 2015

    Palm Springs Estate Planning Attorney Discusses New California Laws 2015
    California has roughly 900 new laws that will go into effect in 2015. Some of the highlights are: Immigrant Driver’s Licenses The DMV will now issue driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants if they meet every qualification…
Rank this Week: 1873

All About Estates

All About Estates

Covers estates, trusts, tax, litigation, guardianship and elder care.

http://www.allaboutestates.ca/
  • Jun 11

    A medical perspective on Estate matters – a chastened viewpoint

    A medical perspective on Estate matters – a chastened viewpoint
    I am very pleased to join the Allaboutestates blog to add a perspective on the role of the physician in estate matters. I recall vividly the first time I was asked in court: “Dr. Shulman, in your opinion did Mr. X have testamentary…
  • Jun 10

    Who is Your Daddy?

    Who is Your Daddy?
    I think it is safe to say that the concept of “family” is a foundational principle in estate planning. I think it is also safe to say that, when asked, all of us would have a very clear understanding of what is meant by the term…
  • Jun 9

    POA- Personal Care: Part 1/2

    POA- Personal Care: Part 1/2
    My work is with the living. POA’s are critical documents that are designed to support your wishes, while you are alive. Wills deal with your wishes, after you are dead.
Rank this Week: 1935

Spencer Law Firm Blog

Spencer Law Firm Blog

Covers probate and estate planning in Pennsylvania.

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

    Estate Planning and Portability

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

    Seminar: How to Prepare Fiduciary Accounts and Avoid Common Trap

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

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

    It's Not Too Late - Get Your 2013 Deductions for Charitable Giving
    It's Not Too Late - Get Your Deductions for Charitable Giving I resolved to stop accumulating and begin the infinitely more serious and difficult task of wise distribution. - Andrew Carnegie At the end of the calendar year, many people...
Rank this Week: 2047

Scott Law Group

Scott Law Group

Covers bankruptcy, probate estates, and general litigation.

http://scottlawgroup.com/
  • Feb 27

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

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

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

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

    Arizona Voter Case May Seriously Impact Tennessee Election

    Arizona Voter Case May Seriously Impact Tennessee Election
    The US Supreme Court decision on the Arizona voter case may impact Tennessee election authority by prohibiting enforcement of the requirement to be a US citizen before voting in Tennessee. On June 17, 2013 the US Supreme Court decided the…
Rank this Week: 1920

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: 1637

Georgia Wills and Probate Law Blog

Georgia Wills and Probate Law Blog

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

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

    We're Moving!

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

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

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

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

    Atlanta Attorney Says Prepare Now For Year-End Changes to Estate Tax Law
    The expiration of key laws in Congress may expose more local individuals to estate or “Death Taxes” after their passing.  Atlanta attorney, Steve Worrall explains these anticipated changes, as well as steps Georgia residents can take now…
Rank this Week: 1788

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: 1601

Utah Estate Planning

Utah Estate Planning

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

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

    The Joy Of Inheriting Appreciated Property

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

    When PODs Go BAD

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

    QPRT Consideration

    QPRT Consideration
    Among those with wealth primarily concentrated in their home or investment portfolio, there are two types of trusts designed to transfer wealth to heirs and save taxes by removing the assets from the estate. In effect, this reduces the amount…
Rank this Week: 1850

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: 1722

New York Probate and Estate…

New York Probate and Estate Administration Blog

Published by Stephen Bilkis & Associates

http://www.newyorkprobateestateadministration.com/
  • Mar 26

    Petitioner Brings Suit for Breach of Fiduciary Duty and Legal Malpractice

    Petitioner Brings Suit for Breach of Fiduciary Duty and Legal Malpractice
    A Probate Lawyer said that, in an action, inter alia, to recover damages for breach of fiduciary duty and legal malpractice, the defendant appeals from an order of the Supreme Court, Kings County, dated June 21, 2005, which denied his motion…
  • Mar 25

    Executors Seek to Enforce Notice of Election

    Executors Seek to Enforce Notice of Election
    A Probate Lawyer said that, the executors seek a determination as to the validity and effect of the notice of election served and filed by the surviving spouse to take against testator's will. The will, dated August 1, 1960, was admitted to…
  • Mar 24

    Court Hears Attorney Malpractice Action Regarding Probate Case

    Court Hears Attorney Malpractice Action Regarding Probate Case
    A Probate Lawyer said that, in a malpractice action brought against an attorney-at-law by a named devisee, who was allegedly deprived of his devise as a result of defendant's negligence in causing plaintiff to act as an attesting witness to…
Rank this Week: 4813

German Law Group Blog

German Law Group Blog

Covers estate planning.

http://www.germanlawgroup.com/
  • Mar 26

    Why Would Someone Avoid Probate?

    Why Would Someone Avoid Probate?
    Before we explain why someone may want to avoid probate, we should provide a basic explanation of the process itself. Probate by definition is official proving of a will or determining it’s validity. The probate court will supervise the…
  • Mar 24

    Free Report: Should I Have a Durable Power of Attorney in North Dakota

    Free Report: Should I Have a Durable Power of Attorney in North Dakota
    The “durable” designation is significant. A standard power of attorney that is not durable would not remain in effect if the grantor of the power was to become incapacitated at some point in time. Topics covered in this report…
  • Mar 24

    What Is the Difference Between Estate Planning and Legacy Planning?

    What Is the Difference Between Estate Planning and Legacy Planning?
    Legacy planning is a more complete and comprehensive form of estate planning. In this post we will look at some of the differences between basic estate planning and legacy planning. However, for a start, we will point out some of the main…
Rank this Week: 3209

Kuhn and Kuhn Law Firm Blog

Kuhn and Kuhn Law Firm Blog

Covers estate planning.

http://www.kuhnandkuhn.com/blog/
  • Mar 26

    What Is an Executor?

    What Is an Executor?
    Whether because you are creating your own estate or because someone else has named you as one, you will undoubtedly need to know what an Executor is and what the duties and responsibilities that go along with the position are. All too often…
  • Mar 24

    What Are the Grounds for Divorce in South Carolina?

    What Are the Grounds for Divorce in South Carolina?
    If you have made the difficult decision to end your marriage and you are a resident of the State of South Carolina you will need to decide on what grounds you plan to petition for divorce. Although many states allow a couple to obtain a…
  • Mar 19

    What Is A Confidential Intermediary?

    What Is A Confidential Intermediary?
    In a traditional adoption the identity of other members of the triad is not known to members of the triad. This has come to be known as a “closed adoption”. In more recent times, open adoptions, where members of the triad do know…
Rank this Week: 3180

Florida Probate Blog -…

Florida Probate Blog - WeProbateFlorida.com

Covers Florida probate administration. By Long H. Duong.

http://weprobateflorida.com
  • 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…
  • Mar 3

    Got Letters of Administration! What now?

    Got Letters of Administration! What now?
    This is a followup to my previous post on starting Probate in Florida, specifically Formal Administration. The initial push in probate is dedicated to convincing the judge to appoint you as the personal representative (PR) and then issuing…
  • Feb 19

    How to Start Probate in Florida

    How to Start Probate in Florida
    Florida Probate administration can be relatively hassle-free with the right guidance and representation. It’s easy enough to say “hire an attorney” and frankly, it’s almost always your only choice. But, there’s…
Rank this Week: 4473

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/
  • Mar 25

    2015 Long Island Update on Changes to New York Estate Tax Law

    2015 Long Island Update on Changes to New York Estate Tax Law
    New York is one of the few states with an estate tax system that is stricter than the Federal system and, last year, new laws were passed to try and change this. There are some parts of the law that work better for the majority of those who…
  • Feb 26

    How Can I Use a Supplemental Needs Trust To Get Medicaid on Long Island

    How Can I Use a Supplemental Needs Trust To Get Medicaid on Long Island
    Allowing for Payment for Expenses While on Government Assistance When dealing with a seriously disabled person, how you handle that person’s finances can be essential when it comes to dealing with government benefits. Too many assets,…
  • Feb 13

    What Happens if There Aren’t Enough Assets in a Long Island Estate?

    What Happens if There Aren’t Enough Assets in a Long Island Estate?
    Who Gets Paid First When There Isn’t Enough Money To Pay Everyone It is not uncommon when someone dies that the estate ends up owing more than the estate actually has in assets. Many times, people end up wracking up large medical bills…
Rank this Week: 2242

Murphy's Law Blog

Murphy's Law Blog

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

http://www.noreenmurphylaw.com/blog/
  • Mar 25

    Elderly Entrepreneurs: Small Business & Old Age Go Hand in Hand

    Elderly Entrepreneurs: Small Business & Old Age Go Hand in Hand
    We sometimes tend to think of upstarts and entrepreneurialism as a young person’s game. Not so! The truth is that American businesses span the whole age spectrum, and the aging-and-elderly populations make up a bigger portion than you…
  • Mar 18

    Who Takes Care of You If You Don’t Have Kids?

    Who Takes Care of You If You Don’t Have Kids?
    When it comes to growing older, there is one great insurance plan that you simply can’t buy from an agent: your children. View image | gettyimages.com Family members provide the majority of senior care in this country. They do it…
  • Mar 11

    Estate Planning Disasters!

    Estate Planning Disasters!
    A solid estate plan is a great disaster-avoidance tool. The majority of Americans don’t have so much as a Last Will and Testament in place, and that’s a recipe for family feuds and assorted complications. View image |…
Rank this Week: 2532

Law Office of Andrew M. Lamkin,…

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

Covers elder law.

http://lamkinelderlaw.com/articles/
  • Mar 24

    10 Easy Ways to Help Protect Your Aging Parent

    10 Easy Ways to Help Protect Your Aging Parent
    Many adult children feel helpless as their parents age. Caring for an elderly parent can be both time-consuming and expensive. However, there are a few simple and cheap things that people can do to keep aging parents safe. 1. Keep floors and…
  • Mar 17

    5 Steps to Finding Happiness in Retirement

    5 Steps to Finding Happiness in Retirement
    Retirement is a major step in life. You switch from a life of routine to doing whatever you want, while depending only on yourself. Fortunately, the right moves can make this time liberating rather than scary. Here are five steps to finding…
  • Mar 10

    Keeping Seniors Safe While Driving

    Keeping Seniors Safe While Driving
    With more people living longer lives, there are now more seniors on the road who continue to use their vehicle for transportation. Approximately 35 million licensed drivers are over the age of 65, which is a 20% increase from the last decade.…
Rank this Week: 3067

Wills and Estate Administration…

Wills and Estate Administration Articles

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

http://njwills.blogspot.com/
  • Mar 23

    Nuts & Bolts of Elder Law & Estate Administration Seminar 2015 April 20 5:00 PM- 9:00 PM NJ Law Center

    Nuts & Bolts of Elder Law & Estate Administration Seminar 2015 April 20 5:00 PM- 9:00 PM NJ Law Center
    Nuts & Bolts of Elder Law & Estate Administration Seminar  2015 April 20  5:00 PM- 9:00 PM NJ Law Center      Includes a 240 + page book, plus CD with sample forms, documents & checklists! and…
  • Mar 17

    SECTION 2-701. SCOPE UNIFORM PROBATE CODE

    SECTION 2-701. SCOPE UNIFORM PROBATE CODE
    SECTION 2-701. SCOPE UNIFORM PROBATE CODE In the absence of a finding of a contrary intention, the rules of construction in this [part] control the construction of a governing instrument. The rules of construction in this [part] apply to…
  • Mar 17

    SECTION 2-609. ADEMPTION BY SATISFACTION UNIFORM PROBATE CODE

    SECTION 2-609. ADEMPTION BY SATISFACTION UNIFORM PROBATE CODE
    SECTION 2-609. ADEMPTION BY SATISFACTION UNIFORM PROBATE CODE(a) Property a testator gave in his [or her] lifetime to a person is treated as a satisfaction of a devise in whole or in part, only if (i) the will provides for deduction of the…
Rank this Week: 5023

Hauptman and Hauptman, P.C. Blog

Hauptman and Hauptman, P.C. Blog

Covers guardianship, Medicaid, probate and estate administration.

http://www.hauptmanlaw.com/blog
  • Mar 22

    A Personal Story

    A Personal Story
                    About a month ago, my parents’ health took a sudden turn and it led me down the path that many of our clients and their families face, tackling…
  • Mar 15

    VA Pension not Income for Medicaid Purposes (An Update)

    VA Pension not Income for Medicaid Purposes (An Update)
                    Last year I wrote about an important court ruling in a case that impacts Medicaid and VA Aid and Attendance benefits.  Several elder law attorneys…
  • Mar 8

    Are We in Danger of Losing the Step Up in Basis (Part 2)

    Are We in Danger of Losing the Step Up in Basis (Part 2)
         Last week we were discussing potential changes to the tax laws proposed by President Obama that would eliminate the step up in basis.  Obama claims the target is wealthy Americans but the change could have a much…
Rank this Week: 3434

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: 3301