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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: 4969

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: 4868

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: 1587

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: 1216

New York Probate & Estate…

New York Probate & Estate Litigation Blog

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

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

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

    Surrogate Denies Attempt To Renounce Infant’s Legacy In Order To Avoid Estate Tax
    The Brooklyn Eagle has reported that Kings County Surrogate  Diana Johnson  has denied a petition to renounce a  bequest to a grandchild of a decedent in the six million dollar estate of Sharon Lindsay. The total bequest to the…
  • Nov 3

    Make Sure Your Vital Information Doesn’t Die When You Do

    Make Sure Your Vital Information Doesn’t Die When You Do
    Twenty years ago, we always told our clients to make an inventory of their important information, give a copy to a child or trusted family member and leave a copy in a secure place for safekeeping. It’s amazing how much has changed in…
  • Sep 15

    Not Everybody Needs A Trust

    Not Everybody Needs A Trust
    Every Spring, when the snowbirds have returned to New York, your lawblogger gets a rash of inquiries about trusts. Some folks are absolutely insistent but don't really have a good explanation for this. I usually ask at this point which…
Rank this Week: 573

New York Probate and Estate…

New York Probate and Estate Administration Blog

Published by Stephen Bilkis & Associates

http://www.newyorkprobateestateadministration.com/
  • Feb 27

    Petitioner Brings Action for Judicial Settlement of Trustee Account

    Petitioner Brings Action for Judicial Settlement of Trustee Account
    Probate Lawyers said that in this action for a judicial settlement of a trustee's account and for a construction of the will and codicils of the testator, the trustee moves for summary judgment. The testator died in September 1918, leaving a…
  • Feb 23

    Court Decides Action for Partition of Real Property

    Court Decides Action for Partition of Real Property
    Probate Lawyers said that an action for partition of real property, plaintiff appeals, as limited by his brief, from so much of a judgment of the Supreme Court, Kings County, dated December 5, 1983, as, after a nonjury trial, declared that…
  • Feb 22

    Widow Questions Will Construction

    Widow Questions Will Construction
    In rendering her account for judicial settlement, the executrix-widow has presented a number of questions for adjudication, including construction of the will. Objections were filed by the decedent's daughter (a devisee and residuary…
Rank this Week: 1642

New York Probate Lawyer Blog

New York Probate Lawyer Blog

By Jules Martin Haas.

http://www.newyorkprobatelawyerblog.com/
  • Feb 25

    New York Surrogate’s Courts Have Jurisdiction Over Many Different Issues Related to a Decedent’s Estate

    New York Surrogate’s Courts Have Jurisdiction Over Many Different Issues Related to a Decedent’s Estate
    The Surrogate’s Courts in New York are familiar to most persons as the Court where Wills can be probated and Executors and Administrators appointed to handle estate affairs. While it is accurate that the primary issues presented to the…
  • Feb 18

    New York Estate Litigation Can Involve The Transfer of a Decedent’s Apartment

    New York Estate Litigation Can Involve The Transfer of a Decedent’s Apartment
    The New York Probate Lawyer Blog has discussed in earlier posts the variety of issues concerning the transfer of a decedent’s assets. One of the most common and valuable estate assets is the decedent’s home. A person’s home…
  • Feb 11

    Estate Litigation Can Complicate and Delay Estate Settlement

    Estate Litigation Can Complicate and Delay Estate Settlement
    A New York estate lawyer is familiar with the numerous problems that can arise regarding the administration of a decedent’s estate. Sometimes these matters are the result of actions or relationships that the decedent was involved with…
Rank this Week: 3859

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/
  • Feb 19

    In re Lawrence: What the Court of Appeals Says About Gifts from Client to Lawyer

    In re Lawrence: What the Court of Appeals Says About Gifts from Client to Lawyer
    On October 28, 2014, the Court of Appeals rendered its long awaited decision in In re Lawrence, reversing the decision by the Appellate Division in which it was held that (1) a revised retainer agreement, under which the law firm received 40%…
  • Nov 25

    In Terrorem Provisions That Violate Public Policy

    In Terrorem Provisions That Violate Public Policy
    In terrorem clauses generally provide that, where a beneficiary under a testamentary instrument unsuccessfully challenges the instrument’s validity, the beneficiary will forfeit any interests obtained under the instrument. Testators…
  • Oct 3

    Appellate Division Upholds Equitable Extension of Slayer Rule

    Appellate Division Upholds Equitable Extension of Slayer Rule
    New York’s “slayer rule” essentially provides that if an individual kills another person, he has automatically forfeited any interest he may have had in his victim’s estate. The rationale is simple – no one…
Rank this Week: 4344

Nirenstein, Horowitz & Associates,…

Nirenstein, Horowitz & Associates, P.C. Blog

Covers Connecticut estate planning, probate and elder law.

http://www.preserveyourestate.net/blog/
  • Feb 27

    ILIT Three Year Rule

    ILIT Three Year Rule
    The Federal estate tax is something to be aware of when you are planning ahead for the inevitable. There is an exemption, but once you exceed it you are looking at an extraordinary rate of taxation. As of this writing the exclusion is $5.12…
  • Feb 26

    What Is a First Party Special Needs Trust?

    What Is a First Party Special Needs Trust?
    A special needs trust can be a very useful estate planning device when certain circumstances exist. Many people who have disabilities rely on government benefit programs like Medicaid and Supplemental Security Income. These programs are only…
  • Feb 23

    Veterans A & A: Wartime Veterans May Be Eligible

    Veterans A & A: Wartime Veterans May Be Eligible
    When it comes to retirement planning, people who are serving or have served in the United States armed forces have some very attractive options. Individuals who have served for at least 20 years are entitled to a retirement pension that they…
Rank this Week: 3768

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/
  • Feb 26

    Creating a North Carolina Succession Plan

    Creating a North Carolina Succession Plan
    Failing to create a succession plan for a North Carolina business results in a few possible outcomes that might not match an owner’s wishes. Depending on how the company is structured, upon a business owner’s death, other partners…
  • Feb 24

    How to Plan for Growing LTC Insurance Cost

    How to Plan for Growing LTC Insurance Cost
    Annual inflation increases all citizens’ costs of living; however, long-term care (LTC) insurance costs rose considerably more than average in the past year. Premiums for LTC insurance in 2015 are 8.6% higher than rates in 2014,…
  • Feb 18

    When To Omit Beneficiaries From a Trust

    When To Omit Beneficiaries From a Trust
    Depending on the goals of the individual, trusts might name family, friends, or charities as beneficiaries. However, certain types of trusts may be structured with no human or organizational beneficiaries at all. Why would someone structure a…
Rank this Week: 1684

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 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…
  • Dec 1

    Pitfalls to Avoid in Estate Planning

    Pitfalls to Avoid in Estate Planning
    Several online web sites provide forms for people to create their own wills for a fee less than that of hiring a typical attorney.  Earlier this year, a member of the Florida Supreme Court called that approach “penny-wise and…
Rank this Week: 3048

Northern California Center for…

Northern California Center for Estate Planning and Elder Law

Covers estate planning.

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

    When Is an Estate Tax Return Due?

    When Is an Estate Tax Return Due?
    Accumulating wealth is one thing, but preserving it is another. Though you pay taxes throughout your life, there is also a federal estate tax that can impact the future of your family if you have enjoyed a considerable level of financial…
  • Feb 22

    How Do You Find an Elder Law Attorney?

    How Do You Find an Elder Law Attorney?
    The aging of the baby boomer generation is having a significant impact on the country’s demographic makeup. A lot of people are approaching senior citizen status at the same time, and as a result, people are asking questions about legal…
  • Feb 19

    What Is the Difference Between SSI and SSDI?

    What Is the Difference Between SSI and SSDI?
    You hear various different acronyms when you are looking into government programs, and it can sometimes be confusing, especially when they are similar. In an effort to clear things up, we will look at the difference between SSI and SSDI in…
Rank this Week: 2142

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: 2015

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/
  • Jan 5

    Palm Springs Estate Planning Attorney Discusses New California Laws 2015

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

    Palm Springs Estate Planning Attorney Discusses New California Laws 2015

    Palm Springs Estate Planning Attorney Discusses New California Laws 2015
    California has roughly 900 new laws that will go into effect in 2015. Some of the highlights are: Immigrant Driver’s Licenses The DMV will now issue driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants if they meet every qualification…
  • Dec 15

    Palm Desert Estate Planning Attorney Discusses the A/B Trust

    Palm Desert Estate Planning Attorney Discusses the A/B Trust
    We have previously discussed the importance of keeping your estate plan up-to-date. It's a good rule of thumb to have an experienced estate planning attorney review your documents at least every five years. Out dated documents may have…
Rank this Week: 5067

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: 2816

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
  • Feb 13

    Facebook & Estate Planning

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

    Selling a Business: Stock Sale v. Asset Sale

    Selling a Business: Stock Sale v. Asset Sale
    When a business is sold, the actual sale often occurs via one of two forms, either as a stock sale or as an asset sale. In general, sellers often prefer stock sales while buyers often prefer asset sales. Although the considerations associated…
  • Dec 17

    2014 Tax Extender Bill Passed By Congre

    2014 Tax Extender Bill Passed By Congre
    Kelly Phillips Erb, writing for Forbes: With just over two weeks left in the 2014 calendar year, the Senate finally made up its mind about the tax extenders bill. The bill, which extends the life of a number of tax breaks through 2014,…
Rank this Week: 1382

Probate Litigation Attorney Blog

Probate Litigation Attorney Blog

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

http://www.losangelesprobatelitigationattorneyblog.com/
  • Feb 20

    Conservators Can Petition the Court to Stop the Abuse of Elder or Dependent Adult

    Conservators Can Petition the Court to Stop the Abuse of Elder or Dependent Adult
    Firm partners, Alexander R. Ginzburg and Yasha Bronshteyn, attended the Elder Abuse Restraining Orders: Nuts, Bolts and Other Miscellany program which was presented on February 19, 2014, by the Los Angeles Bar Association-Trust…
  • Feb 2

    New California Conservatorship Jurisdiction Act

    New California Conservatorship Jurisdiction Act
      On January 20, 2015, Ginzburg & Bronshteyn, LLP partner, Yasha Bronshteyn, attended the New California Conservatorship Jurisdiction Act: Protecting Conservatees from Multi-State Elder and Dependent Adult Abuse,  presented by…
  • Dec 27

    Update on Probate Courtrooms at Stanley Mosk / Los Angeles Superior Court

    Update on Probate Courtrooms at Stanley Mosk / Los Angeles Superior Court
    Fortunately we will see two more probate courtrooms at the Los Angeles Superior Court.  The additional two courts will give us a total of six at the Central Courthouse. The six courts will be allocated as follows: Dept. 5 (2nd floor):…
Rank this Week: 2501

San Diego Estate Planning Lawyer…

San Diego Estate Planning Lawyer Blog

Covers estate planning topics such as conservatorship, guardianship, health care and advanced directive, living trusts, and probate. By Law Office of Scott D. Soady, A Professional Corporation

http://www.sandiegoestateplanninglawyerblog.com/
  • Feb 13

    Using Age Provisions in a Will or Trust

    Using Age Provisions in a Will or Trust
    Prince Harry, the younger son of Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, and his former wife, the late Diana Spencer, turned 30 last year. This milestone means Prince Harry will receive more than $17 million from his late mother's estate,…
  • Jan 31

    How a Conservatorship Can Protect You (and Your Assets)

    How a Conservatorship Can Protect You (and Your Assets)
    During your lifetime, it may be necessary for a court to appoint a conservator to oversee your affairs when you are no longer able to do so. A conservatorship can apply to both a person—i.e., someone to make healthcare decisions for…
  • Jan 30

    California Appeals Court Expands Protections Against Elder Financial Abuse

    California Appeals Court Expands Protections Against Elder Financial Abuse
    On September 3, a California appeals court issued a landmark decision on the subject of financial abuse of the elderly. California maintains strict laws designed to protect persons aged 65 and above, who are more susceptible to fraud. In this…
Rank this Week: 4826

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: 2217

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: 2314

South Florida Estate Planning Law

South Florida Estate Planning Law

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

http://www.sofloridaestateplanning.com/
Rank this Week: 2071

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: 4687

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
  • Feb 22

    Facebook Changes Policy for Handling Account After Death

    Facebook Changes Policy for Handling Account After Death
    One thing that has become more complex in this changing world of technology is how to handle digital assets after you die.  As we continue forward in time, more and more individuals who die will have a substantial online…
  • Jan 25

    How Should you Respond to a Request to Waive Bond, Inventory and Accounting in a Tennessee Estate?

    How Should you Respond to a Request to Waive Bond, Inventory and Accounting in a Tennessee Estate?
    Sometimes when a Tennessee probate estate is opened up, the attorney handling the estate will provide a request to the beneficiaries to waive bond, inventory and accounting [“Bond” is basically an insurance bond to protect the…
  • Jan 1

    Tennessee and Federal Estate Tax Exemptions Raised Today for 2015.

    Tennessee and Federal Estate Tax Exemptions Raised Today for 2015.
    Today the Tennessee Inheritance Tax exemption (for 2015) is raised to $5,000,000.00.  Next year the Tennessee Inheritance Tax will be abolished.  Starting January 1, 2016 (for those who die on or after that date) there will no…
Rank this Week: 3640

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: 3108

Texas Probate Litigation

Texas Probate Litigation

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

http://www.txprobatelitigation.com/
  • 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...
  • Nov 6

    In re Estate of Fisher

    In re Estate of Fisher
    In Fisher, the Texarkana Court of Appeals upheld the Harrison County Court at Law's summary judgment dismissal of a will contest. The contestants, the surviving lineal descendants of the decedent, challenged a will made five months before…
Rank this Week: 4190

Texas Wills and Trusts Law Online

Texas Wills and Trusts Law Online

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

http://www.texaswillsandtrustslaw.com
  • Feb 18

    What Will Happen To Your Facebook Account When You Die?

    What Will Happen To Your Facebook Account When You Die?
    A friend from college died suddenly a couple of years ago. She was a healthy person, but contracted the flu and died from complications from it. A couple of months later, I received Facebook reminder that it was her birthday. Had I not been…
  • Feb 11

    Is A Will Signed By One Witness Valid If It Is Also Signed by a Notary?

    Is A Will Signed By One Witness Valid If It Is Also Signed by a Notary?
    I have written before about the requirements of a valid will in Texas. To be valid, a Will must be signed by the testator, or another person at the testator’s direction and in his presence, and attested in the presence of the…
  • Feb 4

    The Complexities of Intestacy in Non-Traditional Familie

    The Complexities of Intestacy in Non-Traditional Familie
    I received a note last week that highlights the heartbreaking consequences of dying without a Will in non-traditional families. The couple had lived together for twenty-one years in a home the deceased partner had purchased before their…
Rank this Week: 4210

The Hershey Law Firm Blog

The Hershey Law Firm Blog

Covers Florida estate planning and probate law.

http://www.hersheylegal.com/blog/
Rank this Week: 3104

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/
Rank this Week: 3691

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…
Rank this Week: 1072

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: 428

The Probate Lawyer Family Feud…

The Probate Lawyer Family Feud Blog

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

http://www.probatelawyerblog.com/
  • Feb 23

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

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

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

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

    Celebrity Legacies: Elizabeth Taylor's Estate Sets Gold Standard

    Celebrity Legacies: Elizabeth Taylor's Estate Sets Gold Standard
    Elizabeth Taylor is known for many things: her successful acting career, recognition as perhaps the ultimate icon of Hollywood glitz and glamour, standing up as a champion for AIDS research, her popular perfume, and, of course, her string of…
Rank this Week: 615

Toronto Estates & Trusts Monitor

Toronto Estates & Trusts Monitor

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

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

    A Faulty Settlement and Some Buyer's Remorse

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

    Some Tips on Paying Estate Debt

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

    Expecting An Inheritance? You Might Not Be Getting One

    Expecting An Inheritance? You Might Not Be Getting One
    Investor’s Group, a financial services company in Canada, recently released the results of a survey regarding people’s expectations when it comes to receiving an inheritance or leaving one to others. 
Rank this Week: 2347

Utah Estate Planning

Utah Estate Planning

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

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

    The Joy Of Inheriting Appreciated Property

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

    When PODs Go BAD

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

    QPRT Consideration

    QPRT Consideration
    Among those with wealth primarily concentrated in their home or investment portfolio, there are two types of trusts designed to transfer wealth to heirs and save taxes by removing the assets from the estate. In effect, this reduces the amount…
Rank this Week: 4105

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…
Rank this Week: 4291

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: 4007

Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof…

Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof Blog

By Gerry W. Beyer.

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/trusts_estates_prof/
  • Feb 28

    Court Halts Proceedings in James Brown Estate

    Court Halts Proceedings in James Brown Estate
    I have previously discussed the ongoing estate battle between soul singer James Brown, and his alleged wife Tommie Rae Hynie. The South Carolina Supreme Court has now ordered Aiken County court officials to stop all proceedings in the cases…
  • Feb 28

    IRA Match Program

    IRA Match Program
    In an attempt to entice new customers, Fidelity has begun offering contribution matching for customers that transfer an existing IRA to Fidelity. The incentive program works by matching a percentage of the account contributions made for the…
  • Feb 28

    Rights and Obligations of Sperm Donors for Same-Sex Couple

    Rights and Obligations of Sperm Donors for Same-Sex Couple
    Recent case involving sperm donors for lesbian couples gaining visitation rights and being ordered by courts to pay child support raises important legal questions on the current law involving rights of donors and paternity presumptions. It…
Rank this Week: 46

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/
  • Feb 25

    Pennsylvania Estate Planning: Its Never Too Early to Start

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

    Pennsylvania Estate Planning and Your Online Account

    Pennsylvania Estate Planning and Your Online Account
    A recent article in Philly.com discussed the importance of Facebook and social media as part of an estate plan, specifically login information. In addition to social media accounts, you should also include banking and financial information.…
  • Jan 8

    Big Changes to the Pennsylvania Power of Attorney Laws in 2015

    Big Changes to the Pennsylvania Power of Attorney Laws in 2015
    On January 1, 2015, significant revisions and amendments made to the laws surrounding Pennsylvania power of attorney laws became effective. House Bill 1429 revises and amends 20 Pa.C.S. 5601 et al. (the law which governs powers of attorney…
Rank this Week: 3297