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Murphy's Law Blog

Murphy's Law Blog

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

http://www.noreenmurphylaw.com/blog/
  • Aug 26

    One Hundred and Happier Than Ever

    One Hundred and Happier Than Ever
    She’s never been in a nursing home. She lives alone, takes care of herself, and appears to be in perfect health. She’s the envy of many — thriving, highly respected, and seemingly happy as can be. View image |…
  • Aug 19

    Blended Families Have Unique Estate Planning Need

    Blended Families Have Unique Estate Planning Need
    There is no such thing as one-size-fits-all estate planning, and that’s especially true when it comes to blended families in Massachusetts. View image | gettyimages.com When you think about it, even “nuclear families” (a…
  • Aug 12

    New Saliva Test Could Offer Early Alzheimer’s Detection

    New Saliva Test Could Offer Early Alzheimer’s Detection
    When it comes to fighting chronic and terminal illnesses, early detection means everything. Once upon a time, that was a real challenge. We simply lacked affordable, accessible, and accurate diagnostic tools. View image | gettyimages.com…
Rank this Week: 2206

Musings of a Massachusetts Estate…

Musings of a Massachusetts Estate Lawyer

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

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

    Four Reasons to Own Life Insurance

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

    How Wealthy People Avoid Estate Taxe

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

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

    Your New Year’s Resolution Starts with a Phone Call (or email).
    The holiday season is a time of great religious and economic significance. And even in our busy lives, it is a time for reflection. For many of us, the fruits of our reflection are our annual resolutions: to become healthier, to spend more…
Rank this Week: 5079

My Road Ahead

My Road Ahead

Provide stories and resources to those trying to settle an estate. By Knowtification.com.

http://knowtification.wordpress.com/
  • Oct 12

    An Estate Tool to Make Life Easier…read!

    An Estate Tool to Make Life Easier…read!
    Losing a loved one is one of the most traumatic experiences a family will endure. It’s tough enough to handle the onslaught of emotions it ignites, let alone negotiate the complex maze of practical, legal and financial issues that families…
  • Oct 12

    An Estate Tool to Make Life Easier…read!

    An Estate Tool to Make Life Easier…read!
    “I was left in the dark,” said Sarah from Boulder, Colorado. “MyEstateManager.com walked me through..."
  • Sep 29

    Using Legal Services to Prevent Blisters…Not to Cure Them

    Using Legal Services to Prevent Blisters…Not to Cure Them
    Before taking a few long runs along South Florida’s coastline a few weeks ago, I went shopping for products that would enhance my running experiences.  I considered purchasing energy gels, new shoes, and mp3s for my iPod. While shopping at…
Rank this Week: 4036

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: 3718

New York Guardian Law

New York Guardian Law

Covers the guardianship process and life as a guardian. By the Law Office of Daniel A. Jimenez P.C.

http://nyguardian.blogspot.com/
  • Jan 9

    Estate Planning Essentials for New Parents (or Responsibility in Six Not So Difficult Steps)

    Estate Planning Essentials for New Parents (or Responsibility in Six Not So Difficult Steps)
    I have had the opportunity to meet with many new parents to discuss what steps they need to take in order to make sure their loved ones are provided for should the unexpected occur.  The trust that these individuals have placed in my…
  • Dec 3

    Calls for increased monitoring of Article 81 guardian

    Calls for increased monitoring of Article 81 guardian
    Today the New York Law Journal has an article relating to a clinic run by the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and the recommendations it has put forward regarding monitoring and standardization of Article 81 guardianship practice. I am…
  • Sep 19

    Who inherits the intangible iTunes library? or my World of Warcraft avatar?

    Who inherits the intangible iTunes library? or my World of Warcraft avatar?
    A friend of mine just pointed out a very interesting article on Marketwatch, who inherits your itunes library, which deals with the new reality of music and book ownership. 
Rank this Week: 4659

New York Probate & Estate…

New York Probate & Estate Litigation Blog

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

http://www.nyprobatelitigation.com/
Rank this Week: 431

New York Probate and Estate…

New York Probate and Estate Administration Blog

Published by Stephen Bilkis & Associates

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

    Court Looks at Will Construction

    Court Looks at Will Construction
    A New York Probate Lawyer said the two subscribing witnesses testified to the due execution of decedent's holographic will and to her testamentary capacity at the time of the execution; that the last page of the instrument, the only one they…
  • Aug 31

    Court Discusses Outcome of Contested Probate Proceeding

    Court Discusses Outcome of Contested Probate Proceeding
    A New York Probate Lawyer in a contested probate proceeding, the objectant appeals, as limited by her brief, from so much of a decree of the Surrogate's Court, Kings County, dated April 11, 1986, as, upon a ruling made after close of all the…
  • Aug 30

    Contestant Files Applilcation for Order Vacating Demand for Bill of Particular

    Contestant Files Applilcation for Order Vacating Demand for Bill of Particular
    A New York Estate Lawyer said that the contestant has made application to the Court for an order vacating and setting aside the proponent's demand for a bill of particulars, or in the alternative, modifying said demand, and for such other,…
Rank this Week: 1522

New York Probate Blog

New York Probate Blog

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

http://www.nycprobate.com/probate-blog/
  • Mar 26

    Taking Care of Your Pets After You Die

    Taking Care of Your Pets After You Die
    Non-animal lovers may find it hard to believe, but more and more pet owners are leaving their fortune to their pets. Joan Rivers made sure her dogs were taken care of after she passed away by including them in her estate planning. Leona…
  • Mar 11

    Protecting Publicity Rights in Estate Planning

    Protecting Publicity Rights in Estate Planning
    The use of the names, images, and likenesses of famous celebrities has value long after they die. Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson, Marilyn Monroe, and Babe Ruth all come to mind. However, it is not just the famous, or infamous, that have…
  • Mar 11

    Separating Estate Plans after a Divorce

    Separating Estate Plans after a Divorce
    There are many things that you must sort out and put back together after a divorce, but you should not put off separating your estate planning documents. It is vitally important that you update all of your relevant estate planning materials…
Rank this Week: 2692

New York Probate Lawyer Blog

New York Probate Lawyer Blog

By Jules Martin Haas.

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

    New York Estate Rights Can be Revoked by a Divorce

    New York Estate Rights Can be Revoked by a Divorce
    The estate of a decedent can be affected by many different pre-death and post death events. For example, the decedent may be involved in a lawsuit during life that is still ongoing at the time of death. It will then be up to the estate…
  • Aug 26

    New York Guardianship Cases Can Be Contested

    New York Guardianship Cases Can Be Contested
    Article 81 of the Mental Hygiene Law (“MHL”) is entitled “Proceedings for Appointment of a Guardian for Personal Needs or Property Management”. The New York Probate Lawyer Blog has posted many discussions regarding the…
  • Aug 19

    New York Real Estate Ownership Can Complicate Estate Settlement

    New York Real Estate Ownership Can Complicate Estate Settlement
    The estate of a New York decedent contains many different types of assets. One of the most important items of ownership in an estate is real estate. These interests commonly constitute one of the estate’s most valuable assets. Since…
Rank this Week: 719

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/
Rank this Week: 4831

Nirenstein, Horowitz & Associates,…

Nirenstein, Horowitz & Associates, P.C. Blog

Covers Connecticut estate planning, probate and elder law.

http://www.preserveyourestate.net/blog/
  • Sep 4

    Retirement Planning FAQs: How Much Can I Expect From Social Security?

    Retirement Planning FAQs: How Much Can I Expect From Social Security?
    When you are engaged in your retirement planning efforts, you probably recognize the fact that Social Security will be a big piece to the puzzle. You should certainly understand what you can expect from this program when you are looking ahead…
  • Sep 2

    What Are Advance Directives for Health Care?

    What Are Advance Directives for Health Care?
    You address events that will take place after you pass away when you plan your estate. This is rather self-evident, but a holistic estate plan will take things a step further. Preparing for the things that may occur before you pass away is…
  • Aug 31

    Do I Need More That Just a Will?

    Do I Need More That Just a Will?
    Some people think about estate planning, and they automatically flash upon a last will. You draw up a last will stating the way that you want your assets to be distributed after you pass away, and you have an estate plan in place. Having a…
Rank this Week: 665

North Carolina Estate Planning…

North Carolina Estate Planning Blog

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

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

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

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

    Covering Retirement v. Leaving Inheritance

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

    Avoid a Will Dispute

    Avoid a Will Dispute
    An individual’s last will and testament might clearly reflect one’s wishes, but it does not prevent an estate dispute. Successfully contesting a will in North Carolina (and similarly in other states) requires evidence of certain…
Rank this Week: 1380

North Carolina Trusts and Estates…

North Carolina Trusts and Estates Litigation

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

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

    Guardianship of Adults in North Carolina

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

    An Interview With North Carolina’s Senior Administrative Law Judge

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

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

    A Recent Interview With North Carolina’s Senior Administrative Law Judge
    Following is an interview I conducted recently with North Carolina’s Senior Administrative Law Judge Fred G. Morrison, Jr. for the Administrative Lawyer newsletter: A Year of Recognition For more than five decades, Fred Gilbert…
Rank this Week: 2723

Northern California Center for…

Northern California Center for Estate Planning and Elder Law

Covers estate planning.

http://www.norcalplanners.com/blog/
  • Sep 1

    A Legacy of Giving

    A Legacy of Giving
    You may want to consider your broader legacy when you are planning your estate. There are things that you could do to cast a meaningful shadow even after you are gone, and your impact can be felt in a positive manner on various different…
  • Aug 25

    Californians Can Take Advantage of Added Nursing Home Asset Protection

    Californians Can Take Advantage of Added Nursing Home Asset Protection
    Nursing home asset protection is a very big deal when you understand all of the facts. It would be natural to assume that Medicare will pay for nursing home care if you ever need it, but in reality, the program does not pay for custodial. The…
  • Aug 20

    Is There a One-Size-Fits-All Estate Plan?

    Is There a One-Size-Fits-All Estate Plan?
    Instant gratification has become the expectation in many cases during our current era, and this is largely due to the emergence of the Internet. Without question, the fact that you can obtain information about anything with the click of a…
Rank this Week: 2913

Ohio Estate Planning, Trust &…

Ohio Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law

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

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

    Quick Overview of 2014 Federal Estate and Gift Tax Amount

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

    Avoiding the Fiscal Cliff – Estate Taxe

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

    Columbus Bar Association 2012 Annual Meeting

    Columbus Bar Association 2012 Annual Meeting
    This Friday, June 15, at noon is the Annual Meeting of the Columbus Bar Association (CBA). Current CBA President, David Bloomfield will preside and be sworn in as Immediate-Past President. Brad Wrightsel will be sworn in as President, and…
Rank this Week: 4706

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/
  • Apr 27

    Palm Springs Estate Attorney Discusses the Estate Tax

    Palm Springs Estate Attorney Discusses the Estate Tax
    The U.S. House of Representatives voted earlier this month to repeal the Federal Estate Tax. Republicans have long voiced their opposition over this tax but a vote to repeal hasn’t occurred in over a decade. The measure passed with 240…
  • 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…
Rank this Week: 3642

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: 2338

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
  • Aug 31

    What Happens If You Die Without A Will?

    What Happens If You Die Without A Will?
    When it comes to our to do lists, most people have penciled in "make a will" or "make an estate plan" right at the very bottom. For heaven's sake, who wants to think about dying? Not me, and I'm an estate planning attorney. The trouble is…
  • Jul 31

    State Death Tax Is a Killer?

    State Death Tax Is a Killer?
    Stephen Moore & Joel Griffith via The Heritage Foundation: Over the past five years, a handful of states — Indiana, Kansas, Ohio, Oklahoma, North Carolina, and Tennessee — have repealed their death taxes mostly in response to…
  • Jun 15

    LLC Agreement Provisions Create Non-Probate Interest

    LLC Agreement Provisions Create Non-Probate Interest
    In Blechman v. Estate of Blechman, a Florida District Court of Appeal recently held that the provisions of a particular limited liability company’s (LLC) operating agreement restricted the transfer of a decedent’s ownership…
Rank this Week: 311

Probate Litigation Attorney Blog

Probate Litigation Attorney Blog

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

http://www.losangelesprobatelitigationattorneyblog.com/
  • Aug 24

    Taking and Winning an Appeal in a Conservatorship Proceeding

    Taking and Winning an Appeal in a Conservatorship Proceeding
    Firm partner Yasha Bronshteyn, a practitioner who handles conservatorships, is looking forward to attending program presented by the Elder Law Committee of the Trusts & Estates Section of the Beverly Hills Bar Association.…
  • Jun 30

    California Law Provides Ways to Amend or Revoke an Irrevocable Trust

    California Law Provides Ways to Amend or Revoke an Irrevocable Trust
    At Ginzburg & Bronshteyn, LLP we are dedicated to providing efficient, effective, and affordable solutions to clients involved in conservatorship cases, trust and estate disputes, as well as other types of family law issues. We are here…
  • Jun 3

    Trusts and Estates Section Presents A View From the Bench

    Trusts and Estates Section Presents A View From the Bench
    We are looking forward to attending the annual Los Angeles County Bar Association View From the Bench lunch. This year’s program will include a “State of the Court” address by the Hon. Maria E. Stratton and “Top…
Rank this Week: 1858

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/
  • Aug 19

    Is an Adopted Adult Child a Person's Legal “Issue”?

    Is an Adopted Adult Child a Person's Legal “Issue”?
    Words matter when making a will or trust. Any ambiguity in the meaning of your estate planning documents may lead to protracted litigation among your family members or other designated beneficiaries. And even in cases where you think you are…
  • Aug 17

    Confusion Over Mother's Estate Plan Leads to Siblings' Court Battle

    Confusion Over Mother's Estate Plan Leads to Siblings' Court Battle
    A mother of six adult children owned a home in San Luis Obispo County. She lived in the house with one of her sons and his wife. The couple, together with two of the other children, gave their mother money each month to help pay her…
  • Aug 14

    Late Actor's Estate Prompts Litigation Between Sister, Biological Daughter

    Late Actor's Estate Prompts Litigation Between Sister, Biological Daughter
    Many people avoid making a will because they assume they will die without leaving a probate estate. And while estate planning can help keep many assets out of probate, you should always prepare for unexpected claims that may arise after your…
Rank this Week: 1465

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: 4098

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: 728

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 30

    Google Updates Page Regarding a Deceased User’s Account

    Google Updates Page Regarding a Deceased User’s Account
    It looks like Google recently updated the support page in which a person can request information regarding a deceased user’s account. Now the options are: Close the Account of a deceased user Submit a request for funds from a deceased…
  • Feb 12

    Facebook Allows Users to designate a “Legacy Contact” to manage their account after death

    Facebook Allows Users to designate a “Legacy Contact” to manage their account after death
    Finally. For those who have been following, the issue of “digital assets” is a fast developing problem in the estate planning world. Putting aside for a moment who has the right to “inherit” your assets, the…
  • Feb 5

    Robin Williams’s Wife and Kids are Fighting Over his Stuff

    Robin Williams’s Wife and Kids are Fighting Over his Stuff
    As an estate planning attorney, I know how important what is known as “tangible personal property” is to people. Generally there are two types of property: real property and personal property. Real property is land and buildings,…
Rank this Week: 4694

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: 4436

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
  • Aug 15

    Who Has Standing to Contest a Will in Tennessee?

    Who Has Standing to Contest a Will in Tennessee?
    In Tennessee, a party who is going to contest a will must have proper “standing” to actually contest the will.  This basically means that the individual must have the authority under Tennessee Law to contest the will before…
  • Jul 5

    In Tennessee Can you Force an Estate to Distribute Assets to the Heirs?

    In Tennessee Can you Force an Estate to Distribute Assets to the Heirs?
    I am often asked to become involved in Tennessee probate estates as the attorney for the beneficiaries of the estate.  Often this is done to make sure the estate is running appropriately and sometimes this is done because my clients…
  • Jun 20

    New Law Firm - Burrow Lee, PLLC

    New Law Firm - Burrow Lee, PLLC
    I am really excited to let everyone know that my partner Brett Burrow and I have formed a new law firm.  It is Burrow Lee, PLLC.  We are located in downtown Nashville, Tennessee.  Our website is www.burrowlee.com.  We…
Rank this Week: 3088

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: 1944

Texas Probate Litigation

Texas Probate Litigation

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

http://www.txprobatelitigation.com/
  • Apr 29

    Court of appeals upholds removal of executor

    Court of appeals upholds removal of executor
    In Estate of Montemayor, the San Antonio Court of Appeals considered a challenge to the probate court's removal of an independent executor. Such removals have become more difficult since the Texas Supreme Court's opinion in Kappus v. Kappus.…
  • Jan 28

    Does the holder of a POA owe a general fiduciary duty to the principal?

    Does the holder of a POA owe a general fiduciary duty to the principal?
    Under Texas law the holder of a power of attorney, as an agent, owes the principal a fiduciary duty. In situations involving a transaction between the agent and the principal, Texas law closely scrutinizes the transaction and places the…
  • Nov 14

    Estate of Hemsley

    Estate of Hemsley
    Sherman Hemsley was a popular actor, known for playing George Jefferson in "All in the Family" and the "The Jeffersons." He was never married and had no children. He died in El Paso in 2012 after a battle with lung...
Rank this Week: 997

Texas Wills and Trusts Law Online

Texas Wills and Trusts Law Online

Covers issues relating to wills, trusts, estate planning, and probate in Texas. By Rania Combs.

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

    Do I Have To Accept An Inheritance?

    Do I Have To Accept An Inheritance?
    I have written about a deadbeat dad who claimed part of his deceased son’s estate, even though he had not been part of his son’s life for more than thirty years. The potential of inheriting money often brings distant and estranged…
  • Aug 26

    Frequently Asked Questions About Estate Planning

    Frequently Asked Questions About Estate Planning
    What happens if I die without a will in Texas? If you die intestate (without a valid will), the Texas statutes will determine how your property will be divided. In other your property will be distributed in a manner set by the Texas statutes,…
  • Aug 7

    The Texas Transfer on Death Deed

    The Texas Transfer on Death Deed
    Effective September 1, 2015, Texas will join the growing number of states that allow owners of real estate to transfer property to their heirs outside the probate process using a Transfer on Death Deed. The deed works like a beneficiary…
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The Hershey Law Firm Blog

The Hershey Law Firm Blog

Covers Florida estate planning and probate law.

http://www.hersheylegal.com/blog/
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The Law Office of Raymond A.…

The Law Office of Raymond A. Harris PLLC Blog

Covers estate planning, medicaid and medicare.

http://www.raymondaharris.com/blog/
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The O'Brien Law Firm LLC Blog

The O'Brien Law Firm LLC Blog

Covers estate planning.

http://www.obrienlaw.net/blog/
  • Nov 13

    Be Aware Of Long-Term Care Cost

    Be Aware Of Long-Term Care Cost
    As you are doing the math and projecting a budget for the latter stages of your life you would do well to be aware of the high and rising costs associated with long-term care. First off, if you are under the impression that it is unlikely…
  • Nov 11

    What Are POD Accounts?

    What Are POD Accounts?
    When you are opening an account at a bank you may be offered the opportunity to select a payable on death (POD) option. This can also be done at some financial services companies that you may use when you buy and sell securities. With these…
  • Nov 8

    Social Security & Medicare: When Will I Be Eligible?

    Social Security & Medicare: When Will I Be Eligible?
    While you may have to prioritize things that are taking place in the present it is also important to keep an eye on the future. The baseball manager Dusty Baker is credited with saying “The measure of intelligence is the ability to hold…
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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…
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The Probate Lawyer Family Feud…

The Probate Lawyer Family Feud Blog

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

http://www.probatelawyerblog.com/
  • Aug 10

    Celebrity Legacies: James Dean Estate Has A Cause

    Celebrity Legacies: James Dean Estate Has A Cause
    James Dean was the iconic rebel without a cause. The James Dean Estate, on the other hand, has been driven by a cause -- maximizing the value of his image and likeness. But was it taken too far when his heirs sued Twitter? This is installment…
  • Aug 4

    Celebrity Legacies: No Easy Ride For Dennis Hopper's Estate

    Celebrity Legacies: No Easy Ride For Dennis Hopper's Estate
    When is a divorce more than just a divorce? When famed actor Dennis Hopper battled through an ugly divorce against his fifth wife, Victoria Duffy-Hopper, the battle was more about Dennis Hopper's estate than anything else. So perhaps no one…
  • Jul 31

    Answering Questions About Whitney Houston's Millions And Bobbi Kristina's Death

    Answering Questions About Whitney Houston's Millions And Bobbi Kristina's Death
    After a six-month coma, the life of Whitney Houston's daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown, has tragically ended. Just how tragic her short life really was may not be known for some time. But the details that have emerged are nothing short of…
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Toronto Estates & Trusts Monitor

Toronto Estates & Trusts Monitor

Discusses the complications, pitfalls, and the overall state of affairs of trusts and estates in Canada. By Megan F. Connolly.

http://www.torontoestatemonitor.com/
  • Mar 7

    A Faulty Settlement and Some Buyer's Remorse

    A Faulty Settlement and Some Buyer's Remorse
    The recent decision of the Superior Court of Justice in the Murphy Estate considers what happens when parties to a proceeding settle a matter on the basis of faulty facts and one of the parties suffers from “buyer’s remorse”. 
  • Mar 5

    Some Tips on Paying Estate Debt

    Some Tips on Paying Estate Debt
    One of an estate trustee’s duties is to pay the debts that a deceased individual owed when he or she died.  As I have previously discussed, the estate trustee is generally not personally liable for the deceased’s debts – they are paid…
  • Feb 29

    Expecting An Inheritance? You Might Not Be Getting One

    Expecting An Inheritance? You Might Not Be Getting One
    Investor’s Group, a financial services company in Canada, recently released the results of a survey regarding people’s expectations when it comes to receiving an inheritance or leaving one to others. 
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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…
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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
  • Feb 7

    Brief Thoughts On Claims Of Undue Influence

    Brief Thoughts On Claims Of Undue Influence
    As stated in my previous post regarding the capacity of a testator to execute a will or trust, the two concepts are closely related.  For example, incapacity relates to invalidation of a will, trust, deed, etc. because of the…
  • Feb 5

    Brief Thoughts On Claims Of Undue Influence

    Brief Thoughts On Claims Of Undue Influence
    As stated in my previous post regarding the capacity of a testator to execute a will or trust, the two concepts are closely related.  For example, incapacity relates to invalidation of a will, trust, deed, etc. because of the…
  • Aug 9

    Brief Thoughts On Claims Of Incapacity

    Brief Thoughts On Claims Of Incapacity
                People often question whether a deceased person was mentally capable of executing or changing a will or trust.  Perhaps the person was suffering from dementia at the time.  The legal…
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Wills and Estate Administration…

Wills and Estate Administration Articles

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

http://njwills.blogspot.com/
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Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof…

Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof Blog

By Gerry W. Beyer.

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/trusts_estates_prof/
  • Sep 4

    Article On The Law of Will-Execution

    Article On The Law of Will-Execution
    Mark Glover (Professor of Law, University of Wyoming College of Law) recently published an article entitled, Decoupling the Law of Will-Execution, 88 St. John's L. Rev. 597-652 (2014). Provided below is an abstract of the article: The law of…
  • Sep 4

    Inherited Wealth Tends Not To Last Very Long For Many American

    Inherited Wealth Tends Not To Last Very Long For Many American
    The Baby Boomers as a whole are rich and many of them will leave significant wealth to the succeeding generations. However, the windfall does not last for long as one in three people will have spent the entire devise within...
  • Sep 4

    CLE On Exculpatory Clause

    CLE On Exculpatory Clause
    The American Bar Association is presenting a CLE entitled, Exculpatory Clauses, Tuesday October 20, 2015, 12:00-1:30pm Central, online. Here are some details about the event: JOIN THE SECTION & SAVE! ABA Members join RPTE for $70 to save…
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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/
  • May 28

    House of Representatives Vote to Repeal Federal Estate Tax

    House of Representatives Vote to Repeal Federal Estate Tax
    As reported in a recent article on syracuse.com,  in a 240 to 179 decision, the House of Representatives voted on April 16, 2015 to repeal the Federal Estate Tax.  While the bill to repeal this tax has passed, President Obama has…
  • 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…
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