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Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof…

Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof Blog

By Gerry W. Beyer.

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

    Article on the Non-Identity Problem

    Article on the Non-Identity Problem
    David Heyd (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Israel) recently published an article entitled, Parfit on the Non-Identity Problem, Again, Law & Ethics of Human Rights Vol. 8 Issue 1, 1-20 (May 2014). Provided below is the…
  • Jul 22

    Paying vs. Playing

    Paying vs. Playing
    Texas A&M recently paid Cedric Ogbuehi more than $50,000. The star offensive tackle said that he would have fled to the NFL had the school not come through with the money to pay for the costly insurance premium. Ogbeuehi said...
  • Jul 22

    The Reasoning Behind Hoffman’s Surprising Estate Planning Decision

    The Reasoning Behind Hoffman’s Surprising Estate Planning Decision
    As I have previously discussed, Philip Seymour Hoffman’s will included a request that his son, Cooper, be raised in cities other than Los Angeles. Through reports by Hoffman’s accountant, the will provision and other surprising estate…
Rank this Week: 121

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: 256

Florida Probate Litigation Lawyer…

Florida Probate Litigation Lawyer Blog

Cover Florida probate litigation. By Chepenik & Trushin LLP.

http://www.floridaprobatelitigationlawyer.com/
  • Jul 7

    CONTESTING A WILL

    CONTESTING A WILL
    Often times, people are displeased by the terms of a family member’s will and would like to have a court set aside the will. This frequently occurs when relatives are left out of a will, and there is concern that the will does not…
  • Jun 29

    Insuring Your Final Wishes Through Proper Estate Planning

    Insuring Your Final Wishes Through Proper Estate Planning
    The consequences of will disputes range from the goals of the individual who created the will being greatly frustrated to failing completely, which is a shame because a will represents a person taking the time and energy to memorialize his or…
  • Jun 23

    Planning for Old Age

    Planning for Old Age
    In a recent article titled, “Look Who’s Moving In With Your Aging Parent,” author and mediator Carolyn Rosenblatt addressed concerns relating to the care of aging parents’ finances. In the article, Rosenblatt told the…
Rank this Week: 300

New York Probate & Estate…

New York Probate & Estate Litigation Blog

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

http://www.nyprobatelitigation.com/
  • Jul 21

    Philip Seymour Hoffman Did Not Leave His Estate To His Childrfen

    Philip Seymour Hoffman Did Not Leave His Estate To His Childrfen
    Your lawblogger truly believes that  Philip Seymour Hoffman was the best actor of his time. Too bad this does not extend to his ability at estate planning. As reported by the New York Post and by extra tv.com here , Hoffman did not want…
  • Jul 20

    Appellate Division Rules On Application To Revoke Letters Testamentary

    Appellate Division Rules On Application To Revoke Letters Testamentary
    The Appellate Division of the Second Department has recently denied a motion to immediately suspend Letters Testamentary in the Matter of Mercer (2014 NY Slip Op 05186). SCPA 711 and 719 provide that the Surrogate may suspend or revoke…
  • Jul 17

    Be Careful With Mom's Power Of Attorney

    Be Careful With Mom's Power Of Attorney
    A power of attorney is a powerful document posing some danger to the holder. It is common to receive a power of attorney from an aging parent or relative in order to help them handle their personal affairs. In effect, it allows the holder to…
Rank this Week: 386

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: 384

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/
  • Jul 22

    Empiricism and Equality: Studying Fathers’ Right

    Empiricism and Equality: Studying Fathers’ Right
    Kelly A. Behre, Digging Beneath the Equality Language: The Influence of the Fathers’ Rights Movement on Intimate Partner Violence Public Policy Debates and Family Law Reform, 21 Wm. & Mary J.  Women &…
  • Jul 21

    Don’t Restrict My E-book

    Don’t Restrict My E-book
    Angela Daly, E-Book Monopolies and the Law, 18 Media & Arts L. Rev. 350 (2013), available at SSRN.Daithí Mac SíthighIt’s still fashionable to point to the “cloud” as the solution to all sorts of…
  • Jul 18

    What Can Be Learned From the Wrongfully Accused?

    What Can Be Learned From the Wrongfully Accused?
    Daniel Gilveber & Amy Farrell, Not Guilty: Are the Acquitted Innocent (2012).Margareth EtienneOne of the most frequently asked questions of criminal defense lawyers is some variation of “How can you represent someone you know…
Rank this Week: 476

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/
  • Jul 22

    Consequences of No Digital Asset Protection

    Consequences of No Digital Asset Protection
      Digital asset protection is more than leaving behind one’s passwords. In an increasingly paperless world, failing to create instructions for accessing digital accounts could create problems for surviving family members. Email and…
  • Jul 15

    Chatham County, NC Estate Administration Change

    Chatham County, NC Estate Administration Change
    The Chatham County Clerk of Superior Court recently released updates to estate administration rules. We provide a link to the official changes to Estate Administration – General Rules Practices 2014. One example of the revised…
  • Jul 14

    Debt Inheritance: Credit Cards, Tax, and Other Liabilitie

    Debt Inheritance: Credit Cards, Tax, and Other Liabilitie
    An individual may accumulate assets during his or her lifetime, but debt may reduce or eliminate an inheritance family members expected to receive. Loved ones may “inherit” debt if a decedent lacked effective estate planning,…
Rank this Week: 753

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/
  • Jul 20

    Can a Tenant Object to the Probate of a Landlord's Estate?

    Can a Tenant Object to the Probate of a Landlord's Estate?
    In preparing a last will and testament, you need to be conscious of the location of any property you own. In the United States, wills and estates are handled on a state-by-state basis. If, for instance, you live in California but own a second…
  • Jul 18

    How to Self-Prove a Will

    How to Self-Prove a Will
    A last will and testament is a legal document that must be filed with a probate court after your death. California law normally requires a will must be signed by the maker (testator) and at least two other persons as witnesses. The witnesses…
  • Jul 16

    What Is a “Small Estate”?

    What Is a “Small Estate”?
    Not every estate requires a formal probate process. Most states, including California, have simplified procedures for administering “small” estates. The actual definition of a small estate varies from state to state. California…
Rank this Week: 784

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/
  • Jul 18

    Probate: Is it a good idea to give your heirs their inheritance while you are still alive?

    Probate: Is it a good idea to give your heirs their inheritance while you are still alive?
    Planning an estate can be a difficult process, but also a rewarding one because it helps to ensure that a person's heirs will be provided for after he or she dies. Many assume they should wait until after death to convey assets to their…
  • Jul 17

    Can a surviving spouse claim loss of consortium after the other spouse dies?

    Can a surviving spouse claim loss of consortium after the other spouse dies?
    A recent ruling by the Fifth Florida Appellate Court on Friday allows surviving spouses to claim loss of consortium separately from others claims after the spouse dies. The surviving spouse Margaret Randall filed the case, Randall v. Walt…
  • Jul 16

    The Benefits of Creating a TAP Trust for Protecting Retirement Asset

    The Benefits of Creating a TAP Trust for Protecting Retirement Asset
    A TAP trust is an extremely versatile trust designed to hold a variety of assets. This type of trust helps the grantor avoid needless estate taxes without the restrictions of other trusts. The TAP trust can hold a variety of assets that…
Rank this Week: 707

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
  • 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…
  • Jun 4

    Special Letters of Administration and Mortgage Companie

    Special Letters of Administration and Mortgage Companie
    “My husband died and the mortgage company won’t talk to me.” This is becoming a common statement that I hear. Mortgages and the actual deed to real estate are NOT connected. They are separate.  So, for example, if a…
  • May 29

    Could Donald Sterling use a blind trust?

    Could Donald Sterling use a blind trust?
    Donald Sterling has a pretty large net worth.  I don’t know if it’s $2 billion or $3 billion or what exactly it is.  I think most of us estate planning attorneys would call him “high net worth.”  I…
Rank this Week: 701

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: 801

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
  • 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…
  • Apr 28

    Substantial Presence Test & Closer Connection Exception

    Substantial Presence Test & Closer Connection Exception
    Many inhabitants of the northern United States or Canada seek respite from colder climates by living part of the year in warmer climates of states in the southern United States, particularly Florida and Arizona. While these people are…
Rank this Week: 949

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: 1041

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
  • Jul 21

    How Can I Protect an Inherited IRA from Creditors?

    How Can I Protect an Inherited IRA from Creditors?
    If you’re like most Americans, one of your largest assets is your Individual Retirement Account (“IRA”). Your IRA is considered a “retirement fund” and the money it contains is  protected from creditors…
  • Jul 11

    Living Trust Scam

    Living Trust Scam
    Many of us have seen advertisements touting the benefits of a living trust. Salespersons who promote living trusts claim they can reduce taxes, protect assets from creditors, and reduce the time and expense of probate, seemingly…
  • Jul 4

    Going Out With A Bang

    Going Out With A Bang
    Cremation is increasing in popularity. Currently more than 40 percent of people who die choose cremation, and the numbers are rising. According to recent reports more than 50 percent of Americans will chose cremation by the end of this…
Rank this Week: 1351

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/
  • Jul 17

    Lou Reed's Estate Teaches A Lesson In Trust Planning

    Lou Reed's Estate Teaches A Lesson In Trust Planning
    I guess we shouldn't be surprised. After all, Lou Reed was the man who famously crooned, “Hey babe, take a walk on the wild side.” The late lead singer and guitarist of The Velvet Underground -- and of course, a musician and…
  • Jun 15

    Casey Kasem Teaches Lessons In End of Life Planning and Elder Abuse

    Casey Kasem Teaches Lessons In End of Life Planning and Elder Abuse
    It appears that the life of famed Top 40 Countdown host Casey Kasem is nearly at an end. Last Wednesday, a Los Angeles Judge ruled that Casey Kasem’s daughter, Kerri Kasem, could suspend the artificial delivery of food and water to…
  • Jun 3

    Wife of Donald Sterling Used Family Trust To Cut Him Out

    Wife of Donald Sterling Used Family Trust To Cut Him Out
    It seems that everyone wanted Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling to sell the team, after his racist remarks about Magic Johnson and African Americans became public knowledge. The NBA Commissioner, owners, players, Clipper fans, and…
Rank this Week: 1194

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: 1349

New York Probate and Estate…

New York Probate and Estate Administration Blog

Published by Stephen Bilkis & Associates

http://www.newyorkprobateestateadministration.com/
  • 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.…
  • Jun 22

    Heirs Bring Action Because they were Left Out of Mother's Will

    Heirs Bring Action Because they were Left Out of Mother's Will
    A New York Probate Lawyer said a woman died survived by one sister and thirteen descendants of pre-deceased siblings. The deceased woman’s nephew, the Executor filed a Verified Petition to Probate a Last Will and Testament, dated April…
Rank this Week: 1521

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
  • 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…
  • Jul 1

    Qualified Renunciation

    Qualified Renunciation
    In Florida, one of the pleading requirements for a Will Contest or Trust Contest is a general allegation in the complaint that the contestant renounces any benefit he or she receives under the challenged document. The “renunciation…
Rank this Week: 1494

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: 1190

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: 1526

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/
  • Jul 22

    When Is a Federal Estate Tax Return Due?

    When Is a Federal Estate Tax Return Due?
    The estate tax is a factor if the value of your estate exceeds the amount of the federal estate tax credit or exclusion. For the rest of 2014, the federal estate tax exclusion is $5.34 million. If your assets do not exceed this amount, you…
  • Jul 17

    Who Can Act as an Agent Under a Power of Attorney?

    Who Can Act as an Agent Under a Power of Attorney?
    Your estate plan should ideally be looked upon as the culmination of a long-term financial plan. It is important to prepare for your active retirement years so that you can enjoy that stage of life, and there are also the twilight years that…
  • Jul 15

    How Much Does a Special Needs Trust Cost?

    How Much Does a Special Needs Trust Cost?
    There are various different ways to facilitate asset transfers to your heirs. When you are making decisions, you should evaluate the life situation of each person on your inheritance list. You can provide for each person optimally if you act…
Rank this Week: 1836

Northern California Center for…

Northern California Center for Estate Planning and Elder Law

Covers estate planning.

http://www.norcalplanners.com/blog/
  • Jul 22

    What Is the Difference Between Medicare and Medi-Cal?

    What Is the Difference Between Medicare and Medi-Cal?
    Medicare and Medi-Cal are two government programs that have similar sounding names. In this post we will look at the differences between these two programs, and we will highlight the elder law implications. Medicare Medicare is a health…
  • Jul 21

    Summer Vacation Plans Should Include Powers of Attorney

    Summer Vacation Plans Should Include Powers of Attorney
    If you are planning on a summer vacation, you might want to incorporate creating powers of attorney as an important step. When you go on vacation you want to be sure that the affairs you leave behind will not cause you any problems. You…
  • Jul 20

    Communities Largely Unprepared for Coming Surge of Elder Abuse

    Communities Largely Unprepared for Coming Surge of Elder Abuse
    Elder abuse is often an underreported and widely ignored topic that will likely become far more prominent in the coming years. As baby boomers reach retirement age and more of them become reliant on others for daily tasks, the number of elder…
Rank this Week: 1837

California Trust, Estate & Probate…

California Trust, Estate & Probate Litigation

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

http://www.californiatrustestateandprobatelitigation.com
Rank this Week: 2130

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/
  • Jul 15

    A Not-So-Happy Place on Earth: Walt Disney Family Trust Dispute

    A Not-So-Happy Place on Earth: Walt Disney Family Trust Dispute
    No one wishes for the kinds of trust dispute and family trouble that one group of siblings from the Disney clan has experienced in recent years. The trust beneficiaries of one of Walt Disney’s daughters have become embroiled in a trust…
  • Jul 10

    Anti-Deficiency Statute Changes Speculative Homebuilder Shield

    Anti-Deficiency Statute Changes Speculative Homebuilder Shield
    The Southwest real estate and home construction industries continue to undergo fundamental changes. Some observers of the past year may perceive the altered landscape (no pun intended) as being more reactionary and overly cautious than…
  • Jul 3

    Scottsdale, AZ Fourth of July 2014 at WestWorld

    Scottsdale, AZ Fourth of July 2014 at WestWorld
    WestWorld in Scottsdale will host a Fourth of July 2014 extravaganza, on Friday, July 4, 2014. Take a break from the Arizona sun and step into the air-conditioned hall, which will be full of indoor theme park games, entertainment zones, live…
Rank this Week: 2250

Texas Probate Litigation

Texas Probate Litigation

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

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

    The attorney-client privilege and estate disputes in Texa

    The attorney-client privilege and estate disputes in Texa
    Typically, communications between a client and their attorney are considered privileged. With a few exceptions, an attorney can not be compelled to disclose the details of the communications. The purpose of the privilege is to encourage…
Rank this Week: 2412

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: 2088

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: 2101

Minnesota Estate Law

Minnesota Estate Law

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

http://mnestatelaw.com
  • May 4

    Use Tax Refunds to Get New Busine

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

    New Hennepin County probate referees announced

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

    Referee Kruger is retiring from Hennepin County’s probate court

    Referee Kruger is retiring from Hennepin County’s probate court
    After 20 years on the bench as one of Hennepin County’s probate referees, Bruce Kruger is retiring. Today, the court sent an announcement of his upcoming retirement party for attorneys and colleagues. The party is scheduled for July 30th…
Rank this Week: 1925

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: 1686

Mendel Law Firm Blog

Mendel Law Firm Blog

Covers estate planning.

http://www.mendellawfirm.com/blog/
  • Jul 22

    Texas History – Do You Know Who Saved the Alamo From Being Torn Down?

    Texas History – Do You Know Who Saved the Alamo From Being Torn Down?
    In 1903 Clara Driscoll bought the Alamo to keep it from being torn down and she went on to fund extensive restorations. This earned her the title, “Savior of the Alamo.”
  • Jul 18

    Famous Estates – Legacy Champ or Chump?

    Famous Estates – Legacy Champ or Chump?
    Philip K. Wrigley (1894-1977) – Businessman Philip Wrigley, sometimes called P.K., was an American chewing gum manufacturer and executive in Major League Baseball, inheriting both those roles as the quiet son of his much more flamboyant…
  • Jul 16

    Do You Need a Social Media Will?

    Do You Need a Social Media Will?
    In estate planning many different ideas come and go as laws and ideas change. The latest fads revolve around what to do with your social media accounts after you pass away. The idea is to give someone the ability to access your accounts and…
Rank this Week: 3621

Nirenstein, Horowitz & Associates,…

Nirenstein, Horowitz & Associates, P.C. Blog

Covers Connecticut estate planning, probate and elder law.

http://www.preserveyourestate.net/blog/
  • Jul 21

    Durable Financial Power of Attorney in Hartford CT: What Are Its Advantages?

    Durable Financial Power of Attorney in Hartford CT: What Are Its Advantages?
    Estate planning is not exclusively confined to monetary matters. When you talk to an estate planning attorney about the realities that we all face, you will be reminded about the period of time that may precede your passing. Think about it…
  • Jul 18

    Retirement Planning Concern

    Retirement Planning Concern
    Retirement planning involves making projections regarding your anticipated expenses, and to do this intelligently you have to understand what your health care costs are likely to be during the latter stages of your life. Of course this is an…
  • Jul 14

    On What Grounds Can a Will Be Challenged?

    On What Grounds Can a Will Be Challenged?
    When you utilize a last will to express your final wishes the estate will pass through the legal process of probate. During this interim anyone who wanted to challenge the will could present his or her argument before the court. If you are…
Rank this Week: 3591

Law Office of Andrew M. Lamkin,…

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

Covers elder law.

http://lamkinelderlaw.com/articles/
  • Jul 21

    Healthcare Inconsistencies Among State

    Healthcare Inconsistencies Among State
    Every citizen deserves access to high-quality healthcare, but unfortunately the quality of long-term healthcare and healthcare services varies greatly from state to state. A recent study published by the AARP, The Commonwealth Fund, and the…
  • Jul 17

    The Right Way to Leave an Inheritance

    The Right Way to Leave an Inheritance
    Most people want to leave a legacy for their children. While an inheritance is never meant to cause conflict, sometimes personal or financial issues can cause tension and complicate the process. By leaving an inheritance the right way, you…
  • Jul 10

    What to do When You Inherit Your Parent’s Debt

    What to do When You Inherit Your Parent’s Debt
    Losing a parent is always a stressful experience. The loss of someone you love is devastating and emotions run high. That is why inheriting a parent’s debt can be even more stressful. Most people do not know what laws apply to the…
Rank this Week: 3187

Hauptman and Hauptman, P.C. Blog

Hauptman and Hauptman, P.C. Blog

Covers guardianship, Medicaid, probate and estate administration.

http://www.hauptmanlaw.com/blog
  • Jul 20

    Your Digital Assets – Are You Covered?

    Your Digital Assets – Are You Covered?
                    Technology has allowed us as a society to go places and do things never before imagined.  But, it has created issues and problems that, likewise,…
  • Jul 13

    Turning Life Insurance into Long Term Care Insurance (Part 2)

    Turning Life Insurance into Long Term Care Insurance (Part 2)
                    So your parent has an insurance policy that they can no longer afford and they are in spend down mode to qualify for Medicaid.  Cashing in the…
  • Jul 6

    Turning Life Insurance into Long Term Care Insurance (Part 1)

    Turning Life Insurance into Long Term Care Insurance (Part 1)
    For 20 years now, I’ve been guiding clients and their families on the spend down of assets before applying for Medicaid.  Successful applicants must spend down just about everything before getting Medicaid approval, including any…
Rank this Week: 3117

Florida Probate Blog -…

Florida Probate Blog - WeProbateFlorida.com

Covers Florida probate administration. By Long H. Duong.

http://weprobateflorida.com
  • Jul 17

    Small Estate Affidavits: Where to find them?

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

    Letters of Administration – Do you really need them?!

    Letters of Administration – Do you really need them?!
    I can’t say this enough: There are many situations where you do not need letters of administration. Many. Yes, the bank or customer service agent you are talking to says you do…but they are just reading from a policy manual or a…
  • Sep 6

    How long does probate take in Florida?

    How long does probate take in Florida?
    One of the last few questions I always address at the end of a probate consultation is: “How long does probate take?” Generally: Summary administration typically takes a few weeks from the date of filing to get orders distributing…
Rank this Week: 4868

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/
  • 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…
  • Jan 9

    Who gets paid if an Alleged Incapacitated Person dies before the hearing? Nobody?

    Who gets paid if an Alleged Incapacitated Person dies before the hearing? Nobody?
    The Guardianship of Mary Klatthaar I’m sure there are some independently wealthy attorneys out there who take all of their cases pro bono. Most of us though are hard-working schlubs like everyone else who while we love what we do,…
Rank this Week: 3715

Fiduciary Folio

Fiduciary Folio

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

http://www.tannerpittmanlaw.com/blog-fiduciary-folio.html
  • Jul 17

    Probate court deadlines - In re Estate of Loyd

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

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

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

    Opelika, Alabama "Wills for Heroes" Event

    Opelika, Alabama "Wills for Heroes" Event
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Rank this Week: 4632

German Law Group Blog

German Law Group Blog

Covers estate planning.

http://www.germanlawgroup.com/
  • Jul 17

    What Is Joint Tenancy With Right of Survivorship?

    What Is Joint Tenancy With Right of Survivorship?
    There are some complicated ways of explaining relatively simple processes. This comes into play when you look at joint tenancy with right of survivorship. Joint tenancy is one way to add a co-owner to property that you own, and the person…
  • Jul 15

    What Is a Living Will?

    What Is a Living Will?
    There are a few different types of wills that are used in the field of estate planning. Everyone is aware of the existence of the last will or last will and testament. This is a document that can be used to facilitate the future transfer of…
  • Jul 10

    Should I Use My Gift and Estate Tax Exclusion While I’m Living?

    Should I Use My Gift and Estate Tax Exclusion While I’m Living?
    You must be aware of the potential for taxation when you are planning your estate. There is a federal estate tax in place, and it can significantly erode the financial legacy that you are leaving behind. At the present time, the maximum rate…
Rank this Week: 3523

New York Probate Lawyer Blog

New York Probate Lawyer Blog

By Jules Martin Haas.

http://www.newyorkprobatelawyerblog.com/
  • Jul 16

    Estate Asset Rights Need to be Protected

    Estate Asset Rights Need to be Protected
    The New York Probate Lawyer Blog has provided numerous posts discussing the need to identify, protect and collect estate assets.  One of the fundamental obligations of an estate fiduciary such as an Executor or Administrator is to make…
  • Jul 9

    New York Guardianships Can Involve Other State Proceeding

    New York Guardianships Can Involve Other State Proceeding
    New York Guardianship cases, like those in other states, control issues regarding persons who are incapacitated within the jurisdiction of the local State Court. Mental Hygiene Law (“MHL”) 81.05 provides that a Guardianship…
  • Jul 2

    New York Estates Often Involve Issues Concerning Condominium and Cooperative Apartment

    New York Estates Often Involve Issues Concerning Condominium and Cooperative Apartment
    In New York it is very common that a person will own a cooperative or condominium apartment. The rights to the apartment may be part of a decedent’s administration estate where the decedent was the sole owner of the unit. In cases where…
Rank this Week: 3706

Murphy's Law Blog

Murphy's Law Blog

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

http://www.noreenmurphylaw.com/blog/
  • Jul 16

    Boomers Should Be Saving

    Boomers Should Be Saving
    I recently came across an article on AARP.com that I thought would be important for baby boomers to read. The message: keep saving for retirement. The article noted that many people who could be saving are not doing so. One … Continue…
  • Jul 9

    Tips On Getting A Good Night’s Sleep

    Tips On Getting A Good Night’s Sleep
    If you have trouble sleeping, you might want to think about what—and when—you eat. One rule of thumb is to avoid eating anything 30 minutes before bedtime. Another is to make sure your after-dinner snacks are on the lighter side.…
  • Jul 2

    Some Thoughts About The Purchase Of Long-Term Care Insurance

    Some Thoughts About The Purchase Of Long-Term Care Insurance
    The United States Department of Health and Human Services estimates that approximately 70 percent of Americans over the age of 65 will need some type of long-term care. Contrary to what many people believe, Medicare does not cover long-term…
Rank this Week: 2699

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: 3473

Law Offices of Robert H. Glorch…

Law Offices of Robert H. Glorch Blog

Illinois attorney blog for estate planning, wills, trusts and probate.

http://www.illinoisestateplan.com/blog
  • Jul 14

    How to Prepare for Meeting with an Estate Planning Attorney

    How to Prepare for Meeting with an Estate Planning Attorney
    You’ve decided that you want to create your estate plan. It’s a wise choice, and committing to the process is the first step. You want an effective and comprehensive estate plan that accomplishes your goals, but you’re busy…
  • Jul 1

    Illinois Emergency Contact Database

    Illinois Emergency Contact Database
    In July 2009, the Illinois Secretary of State’s Office created an Emergency Contact Database. The program is free and voluntary and allows any Illinois ID cardholder (e.g. driver’s license, instruction permit or ID card) to…
  • Jun 20

    Short Answers to Long-Tail Google Search Question

    Short Answers to Long-Tail Google Search Question
    Every once in awhile I check out our website’s Google Analytics page. It details things like how people find our website, what page they land on and where they are located. In the past, I would see almost all of the search queries. Over…
Rank this Week: 3494

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
  • Jul 12

    Demographic Trends Suggest More Estate, Trust And Probate Litigation In The Decades To Come

    Demographic Trends Suggest More Estate, Trust And Probate Litigation In The Decades To Come
                   I have long been interested in demographic trends, emerging technologies, cultural changes, and shifting societal patterns.  For example, about 20 years ago when I was in college I…
  • Mar 4

    Amendments To Wills And Trusts Can Result In As Many Or More Disputes As The Original Documents Themselve

    Amendments To Wills And Trusts Can Result In As Many Or More Disputes As The Original Documents Themselve
    Often estate and trust litigation revolves not around the will or trust itself, but rather changes to those instruments (a codicil to the will, an amendment to the trust, etc.).  That was the case in the recent appeal of Harbur v.…
  • Nov 5

    Managing Someone Else’s Money

    Managing Someone Else’s Money
              Estate, trust, power of attorney and probate disputes often develop due to disagreements over the manner in which someone managed another person’s money. For example, the beneficiaries of a will might…
Rank this Week: 4152

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: 4787

New York Trusts & Estates…

New York Trusts & Estates Litigation Blog

Discusses recent cases and developments pertaining to New York trusts and estates law. By Farrell Fritz.

http://www.nyestatelitigationblog.com/
  • Jul 11

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

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

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

    To be Family or Not to be Family? That is the Question
    Two recent decisions from the New York County Surrogate’s Court attempt to answer this question. In Estate of Weisberg, decided on April 8, 2014, the court addressed the issue of marriage. Faced with competing petitions for letters of…
  • Apr 30

    Charitable Pledges: Not Found Money, You Have to Earn Them

    Charitable Pledges: Not Found Money, You Have to Earn Them
    A donor writes in a pledge amount, signs the pledge card, hands it over to the charity, and is absolutely committed to that amount; end of story, right? Not necessarily. A recent case emanating from Kings County Surrogate’s Court,…
Rank this Week: 3736

Estate Planning and Elder Law Blog

Estate Planning and Elder Law Blog

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

http://www.aminovlaw.com
  • Jul 8

    What’s So Bad About Writing Your Own Will?

    What’s So Bad About Writing Your Own Will?
    Almost everyone can draft their own will – just like most people can give themselves a haircut – but the question is should they. There are many websites and form books offering a do-it-yourself service, but should you use them?…
  • May 7

    New York Small Estates and Voluntary Administration

    New York Small Estates and Voluntary Administration
    When a person passes away leaving assets in their own name, their heirs generally have to go through probate or an administration proceeding to transfer those assets. Sometimes, however, the value of the assets is so small that it is not cost…
  • Apr 10

    Intestacy Laws: Dying Without a Will in NY

    Intestacy Laws: Dying Without a Will in NY
    A person who dies without a will in New York is said to have died intestate. If a person owned assets, they either pass automatically, such a joint accounts and accounts with beneficiary designations, or through a court process known as…
Rank this Week: 3027