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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/
  • Apr 28

    The Dusty Binder: When Good Estate Plans Go Bad

    The Dusty Binder: When Good Estate Plans Go Bad
    Jim and Sally did everything right… or so they thought. They grew up in strong, middle class families, did well in school, and had many friends. Jim had a successful career with a local company, while Sally raised four responsible,…
  • 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…
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Kershisnik Law

Kershisnik Law

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

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

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

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

    Boise Probate Attorneys - Idaho Estate Planning Lawyer

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

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

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

Los Angeles Probate and Trust Lawyer Blog

Covers estates, probate and trust administration in California. By Jan Morrison.

http://www.losangelesprobateandtrustlawyer.com/
  • May 10

    Using Joint Tenancy with Real Property as a Probate Avoidance Device, Part 2

    Using Joint Tenancy with Real Property as a Probate Avoidance Device, Part 2
    Although, joint tenancy will avoid probate, holding property as joint tenants may also have adverse and unexpected consequences. First, a little primer on basis to understand what is meant when we speak about your basis in property.…
  • May 10

    Using Joint Tenancy with Real Property as a Probate Avoidance Device, Part 2

    Using Joint Tenancy with Real Property as a Probate Avoidance Device, Part 2
    Although, joint tenancy will avoid probate, holding property as joint tenants may also have adverse and unexpected consequences. First, a little primer on basis to understand what is meant when we speak about your basis in property.…
  • Apr 19

    Using Joint Tenancy with Real Property as a Probate Avoidance Device, Part 1

    Using Joint Tenancy with Real Property as a Probate Avoidance Device, Part 1
    Many couples in California, married or not, hold title of their real property as joint tenants. I find this is mainly the result of not consulting a legal professional when purchasing the property. The property sales paperwork they receive…
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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/
  • Sep 23

    Make a Better Charitable Gift

    Make a Better Charitable Gift
    Making charitable bequests in Wills or Trusts is a common practice. However, many individuals merely name a charity and do not specify for what purpose such a gift should be earmarked. Recently, an extremely generous, if not equally frugal,…
  • Sep 9

    What is a Transfer on Death Deed in California?

    What is a Transfer on Death Deed in California?
    A new development in probate law involves the use of transfer on death deeds for real property located in California. Other states have authorized the use of such deeds but it has only been available in California since January 1, 2016.…
  • Sep 1

    Do You Need a Will in Palm Springs?

    Do You Need a Will in Palm Springs?
    Forbes magazine just asked this controversial question in a recent article. The answer is almost always yes with relatively few exceptions. In California, everyone has an estate plan. Either you’ve created one yourself with a Will or a…
Rank this Week: 3385

California Probate Lawyer Blog

California Probate Lawyer Blog

Covers estate planning and probate. By Mitchell A. Port.

http://www.californiaprobatelawyerblog.com/
  • Nov 20

    Peer Review

    Peer Review
    Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings recently came out with it's rating of me. The Ratings are an objective indicator of a lawyer's high ethical standards and professional ability. Attorneys receive a Peer Review Ratings based on…
  • Nov 20

    Peer Review

    Peer Review
    Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings recently came out with it’s rating of me. The Ratings are an objective indicator of a lawyer’s high ethical standards and professional ability. Attorneys receive a Peer Review Ratings based…
  • Nov 20

    Peer Review

    Peer Review
    Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings recently came out with it’s rating of me. The Ratings are an objective indicator of a lawyer’s high ethical standards and professional ability. Attorneys receive a Peer Review Ratings based…
Rank this Week: 3434

Nirenstein, Horowitz & Associates,…

Nirenstein, Horowitz & Associates, P.C. Blog

Covers Connecticut estate planning, probate and elder law.

http://www.preserveyourestate.net/blog/
  • Jan 6

    What Is Nursing Home Asset Protection?

    What Is Nursing Home Asset Protection?
    If you are planning ahead for your retirement years and the twilight years that will follow, you should certainly consider the matter of nursing home asset protection. Nursing homes are extremely expensive around the country, but here in…
  • Jan 6

    What Is Nursing Home Asset Protection?

    What Is Nursing Home Asset Protection?
    If you are planning ahead for your retirement years and the twilight years that will follow, you should certainly consider the matter of nursing home asset protection. Nursing homes are extremely expensive around the country, but here in…
  • Jan 4

    How Can You Minimize Your Estate Tax Exposure?

    How Can You Minimize Your Estate Tax Exposure?
    People in most areas of the country have just one estate tax to concern themselves with. The federal estate tax is applicable everywhere, but the good news is that there is a relatively large estate tax exclusion. The credit or exclusion is…
Rank this Week: 3453

Spencer Law Firm Blog

Spencer Law Firm Blog

Covers probate and estate planning in Pennsylvania.

http://www.pennsylvaniatrustsandestates.com/
  • Nov 16

    The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015

    The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015
    President Obama, Nov. 2, signed into law the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, a two-year budget deal. The legislation raises the federal debt limit and is paid for in part by provisions eliminating two Social Security retirement benefit…
  • 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:…
Rank this Week: 3586

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/
  • Jul 12

    City of Philadelphia Department of Revenue Announces Wage Tax Reduction for July 1, 2016

    City of Philadelphia Department of Revenue Announces Wage Tax Reduction for July 1, 2016
    Philadelphia Landmark: The Famous and Quirky 45 Foot Steel Clothes Pin Created by Sculptor Claes Oldenburg Across from City Hall   The City of Philadelphia has reduced the City Wage Tax rate effective July 1, 2016. The new Wage Tax…
  • Jun 2

    Did You Get a Letter in the Mail from the IRS? Here is What You Need to Do

    Did You Get a Letter in the Mail from the IRS? Here is What You Need to Do
    Each year, the IRS mails millions of notices and letters to taxpayers for a variety of reasons. This can be extremely upsetting when receiving this form of communication, whether it is from the IRS or any other taxing authority.  The…
  • Dec 18

    2016 Standard Mileage Rates for Business, Medical and Moving

    2016 Standard Mileage Rates for Business, Medical and Moving
    The Internal Revenue Service on December 18, 2015 issued the 2016 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes. Beginning on Jan. 1,…
Rank this Week: 3592

Her-Law Firm

Her-Law Firm

Features an experienced attorney's adventures as a relatively new sole practitioner, including marketing successes and failures, client handling, website stuff and some frivolities. By Christine C. Karr.

http://her-law-firm.typepad.com/her-law-firm/
  • Feb 24

    On pro bono cases.............

    On pro bono cases.............
    In my former life, as an attorney who represented plaintiffs in medical negligence cases, I was a very busy associate.  I never lacked for files that needed attention, and rarely had the time, or inclination to take on pro bono cases.  I…
  • Feb 19

    On stepping out of your usual routine...

    On stepping out of your usual routine...
    It's slightly funny to think that I have a usual routine, being in month five of my new practice as a sole practitioner, but I do somewhat have a "usual."  I usually practice in the Circuit Court of Cook County, where the courthouse is…
  • Feb 17

    On building a niche law practice......

    On building a niche law practice......
    A niche law practice is a creature of the new economy affecting small and mid-size law firms.  In this new economy, I believe that you need to distinguish yourself - you need to offer specialized legal services to a specific niche of the…
Rank this Week: 3696

Murphy's Law Blog

Murphy's Law Blog

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

http://www.noreenmurphylaw.com/blog/
  • Sep 28

    Where Flexibility Plays a Role in Your Estate Plan

    Where Flexibility Plays a Role in Your Estate Plan
    There are many different reasons why it’s imperative to consider flexibility in the estate planning process. First of all, life changes are more common now than ever before. With many people entering in second or even third marriages,…
  • Sep 21

    Estate Planning Documents You Need to Get Familiar With

    Estate Planning Documents You Need to Get Familiar With
    Estate planning can be as complex or as simple as you need it to be. The best way to protect yourself and to ensure that all your bases are covered is to set up a consultation with an estate planning attorney and to meet with him or her…
  • Sep 14

    Why Communication Matters with the Right Estate Planning Attorney

    Why Communication Matters with the Right Estate Planning Attorney
    Setting up an initial meeting with an estate planning attorney is a valuable exercise that can help you uncover where there are gaps in your current estate plan. There are many different considerations when it comes to thinking about how…
Rank this Week: 3702

Berk & Moskowitz P.C. Blog

Berk & Moskowitz P.C. Blog

Features articles, news, tips and other information about Arizona probate law.

http://berkmoskowitz.com/blog/
  • Aug 23

    Kent Berk to Teach Financial Exploitation Seminar

    Kent Berk to Teach Financial Exploitation Seminar
    Scottsdale, Arizona probate attorney Kent S. Berk will teach a seminar regarding financial exploitation claims under Arizona’s adult protective service act.  The seminar will be held at the Maricopa County Bar Association in…
  • Jun 29

    23 Mile Buckskin Gulch Hike

    23 Mile Buckskin Gulch Hike
    Lest any of our friends or clients think that all we do is go to court, take depositions and sit in the office talking on the phone or doing research and writing, we decided to share the video of our epic hike of Wire Pass, Buckskin Gulch and…
  • Mar 10

    Keeping a Healthy Brain

    Keeping a Healthy Brain
    Most people are concerned about keeping their brains healthy and active as they age. With high anticipated rates of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia projected for the future, this should be important for everyone. Indeed, the…
Rank this Week: 3713

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: 3778

Northern California Center for…

Northern California Center for Estate Planning and Elder Law

Covers estate planning.

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

    Sacramento Nursing Home Costs Are Among the Highest in the Country

    Sacramento Nursing Home Costs Are Among the Highest in the Country
    Our firm practices law in Sacramento, California, and we also have an office in Roseville. Anyone who lives in our area knows that there are countless advantages, and it is truly a great place to live. We have everything that big cities have…
  • Jan 21

    A Probate Attorney Can Help With Estate Administration

    A Probate Attorney Can Help With Estate Administration
    You should be aware of the multifaceted nature of a properly constructed estate plan.  It is wise to take a 360 degree approach so that you can leave behind a workable situation for your loved ones after you are gone. A last will is a…
  • Jan 21

    Free Report: Is Incapacity Planning in Northern California Really Important

    Free Report: Is Incapacity Planning in Northern California Really Important
    When you are going through life as a relatively healthy adult, the prospect of incapacity can seem alien to you. Of course we all recognize the fact that elders sometimes become unable to handle all their own affairs, but it can seem like…
Rank this Week: 3941

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/
  • Sep 14

    Hospice Care —Benefits for Those with Life-Limiting Illnesses (An Elder Law Today Blog)

    Hospice Care —Benefits for Those with Life-Limiting Illnesses (An Elder Law Today Blog)
    Hospice care is a team-oriented approach to medical care, designed to enhance the quality of life as it nears its end. It is designed to aid in pain management and offer emotional and spiritual support through palliative therapy, education…
  • Aug 31

    Electing Portability

    Electing Portability
    Every person is entitled to give away a certain amount of money tax-free, either during life or at death. Under the current federal estate tax law, all US citizens are each allowed an estate tax exemption of $5,000,000 (this amount is…
  • Aug 15

    Long Term Care Insurance—Is It Right For You? (An Elder Law Today Blog)

    Long Term Care Insurance—Is It Right For You? (An Elder Law Today Blog)
    Long term care insurance (LTC insurance), unlike most health insurance plans, pays for the cost of your care when you need permanent help with activities of daily living (bathing, dressing, eating, etc.). Depending on the LTC policy, covered…
Rank this Week: 3956

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: 3971

Law Office of Robert L. Boydstun…

Law Office of Robert L. Boydstun Blog

Covers estate planning, probate, guardianships, disability and elder law.

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

    What Is Undue Influence?

    What Is Undue Influence?
    Saying that there has been "undue influence" is often used as a reason to contest a will or estate plan, but what does it mean? The post What Is Undue Influence? appeared first on Boydstun.
  • Jun 27

    Most Caregivers Are Now Entitled to Minimum Wage and Overtime Pay

    Most Caregivers Are Now Entitled to Minimum Wage and Overtime Pay
    Become familiar with the federal government's rules regarding minimum wage and overtime protections for home health care workers. The post Most Caregivers Are Now Entitled to Minimum Wage and Overtime Pay appeared first on Boydstun.
  • Jun 21

    Beware of Non-Lawyers Offering Medicaid Planning Advice

    Beware of Non-Lawyers Offering Medicaid Planning Advice
    In recent years a number of non-lawyers have started businesses offering Medicaid planning services to seniors. While using one of these services may be cheaper than hiring a lawyer, the overall costs may be far greater. The post Beware of…
Rank this Week: 4017

Mendel Law Firm Blog

Mendel Law Firm Blog

Covers estate planning.

http://www.mendellawfirm.com/blog/
  • Sep 27

    Can You Be the Trustee of My Living Trust?

    Can You Be the Trustee of My Living Trust?
    Trusts have become an increasing popular addition to any estate plan. The reasons for this are varied and numerous. Trusts allow for flexibility when creating an estate plan as well as help your estate avoid probate. In addition, trusts may…
  • Sep 23

    Famous Estates – Legacy Champ or Chump?

    Famous Estates – Legacy Champ or Chump?
    Kemal Amen “Casey” Kasem (1932-2014) – Disc Jockey, Radio Celebrity & Voice Actor Casey Kasem was an American disc jockey, music historian, radio celebrity, voice actor, and actor known for being the host of several…
  • Sep 20

    What Is a Pour Over Will and Do I Need One?

    What Is a Pour Over Will and Do I Need One?
    When discussing estate planning you may have heard the term “pour over Will” used at some point and wondered “What is a pour over Will and do I need one?” The simple answer to that is that if you are relying on a…
Rank this Week: 4131

Florida Probate, Trust & Estate…

Florida Probate, Trust & Estate Blog

Covers recent developments in Florida probate, trust, estate and guardianship. By Clark Skatoff PA.

http://www.clarkskatoff.com/news-resources/blog/
  • Sep 24

    My Son's New Soccer Website

    My Son's New Soccer Website
    My son Jonathan Skatoff has a new website devoted to soccer - cornerkicker.com.  I recommend all youthful fans of soccer check it out. 
  • Sep 23

    Florida Conservatorships For Property of Missing Persons and Absentee

    Florida Conservatorships For Property of Missing Persons and Absentee
    In practice, we routinely deal with probates (concerning a decedent’s assets) and guardianships (concerning a ward unable to care for his person and/or property).  A conservatorship is a lesser-known proceeding available to deal…
  • Sep 22

    Stranger Originated Life Insurance Survives Challenge in Florida

    Stranger Originated Life Insurance Survives Challenge in Florida
    Stranger-originated life insurance (STOLI) is a scheme pursuant to which someone purchases life insurance on the life of another for whom the purchaser does not have an insurable interest on the life of the insured. 
Rank this Week: 4184

German Law Group Blog

German Law Group Blog

Covers estate planning.

http://www.germanlawgroup.com/
  • Sep 27

    What Can I Do to Ensure My North Dakota Medicaid Eligibility?

    What Can I Do to Ensure My North Dakota Medicaid Eligibility?
    Estate planning encompasses much more than simply deciding who will receive your estate assets when you are gone. One additional component of many estate plans, for example, is Medicaid planning. Medicaid planning is an important part of many…
  • Sep 22

    What Is the Veterans Aid and Attendance Special Pension?

    What Is the Veterans Aid and Attendance Special Pension?
    People who have served our country in the military can be eligible for certain benefits that can help them out during their retirement years. This is a small reward considering the extent of the sacrifices that are made by our veterans, but…
  • Sep 20

    Can North Dakota Medicaid Planning Help at the Last Minute?

    Can North Dakota Medicaid Planning Help at the Last Minute?
    Do you suddenly need to qualify for Medicaid as a senior because you cannot afford the high cost of long-term care? If so, you are hardly alone. Over half of all seniors eventually turn to the Medicaid program for help paying for long-term…
Rank this Week: 4193

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
  • Aug 29

    Probating a Copy of a Lost Will in New York

    Probating a Copy of a Lost Will in New York
    In order to probate a will, i.e. to have it accepted by the Court as the decedent’s Last Will and Testament, New York States Surrogate’s Courts require the original Will to be turned over to the Court. What happens, however, if…
  • Jul 6

    Estate Planning for Young Familie

    Estate Planning for Young Familie
    Young people, including the author, tend to think they are invincible. They don’t plan on getting sick or even worse, dying. Why, then, do they need an estate plan? For the same reason that older people create them: we are all mortals…
  • Jun 16

    Removing 805 Bond Restrictions in Brooklyn Surrogate’s Court

    Removing 805 Bond Restrictions in Brooklyn Surrogate’s Court
    As an Estate Lawyer, I often get phone calls from clients who have successfully obtained letters of administration for the estate of a loved one, but can’t sell the real property or even transfer it to themselves. The reason is that…
Rank this Week: 4268

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…
Rank this Week: 4270

Florida Estate Planning and…

Florida Estate Planning and Probate Law Blog

By Marc Soss.

http://floridaestateplanningandprobatelaw.blogspot.com/
  • Sep 28

    WHERE THE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES STAND ON THE ESTATE TAX!

    WHERE THE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES STAND ON THE ESTATE TAX!
    Both presidential candidates have proposed changes to the estate tax regime. Mr. Trump calls for a total repeal of the Federal estate tax. No matter how much wealth you accumulate during your life, under Mr. Trump’s plan, there will…
  • Sep 26

    HILLARY CLINTON PROPOSES 65% TOP RATE FOR ESTATE TAX

    HILLARY CLINTON PROPOSES 65% TOP RATE FOR ESTATE TAX
    Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton would levy a 65% tax on the largest estates and make it harder for wealthy people to pass appreciated assets to their heirs without paying taxes, expanding the list of tax increases she would…
  • Sep 15

    IRS DENIES RETROACTIVE STATE COURT REFORMATION OF RETIREMENT ACCOUNT BENEFICIARY

    IRS DENIES RETROACTIVE STATE COURT REFORMATION OF RETIREMENT ACCOUNT BENEFICIARY
    The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) can easily take away what any state court giveth. Under the case facts, the decedent maintained 2 IRAs prior to his death. The IRAs listed his revocable trust as the death beneficiary. The trust qualified as…
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Hauptman and Hauptman, P.C. Blog

Hauptman and Hauptman, P.C. Blog

Covers guardianship, Medicaid, probate and estate administration.

http://www.hauptmanlaw.com/blog
  • Sep 25

    Yet Another Scam (Part 2)

    Yet Another Scam (Part 2)
                Last week I was telling you how Joe got scammed.  He paid money to increase his odds of winning a Publisher’s Clearinghouse prize.  It was all a lie and he…
  • Sep 18

    Yet Another Scam

    Yet Another Scam
          6 months ago I wrote about some common scams that target seniors. Here’s another one that doesn’t just prey on seniors but really on anyone who is struggling financially.…
  • Sep 11

    A Simple Estate Matter? Not so Fast (Part 2)

    A Simple Estate Matter? Not so Fast (Part 2)
                 Last week I was telling you about Mark’s call regarding the administration of his sister, Melanie’s estate.   He had gone to the Surrogate to get…
Rank this Week: 4319

Law Office of Andrew M. Lamkin,…

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

Covers elder law.

http://lamkinelderlaw.com/articles/
  • Sep 20

    What Happens When There Are Two Wills – Which Takes Precedence?

    What Happens When There Are Two Wills – Which Takes Precedence?
    Throughout a person’s life, one goes through many stages. A person may draft a will in his or her early 20’s, but as one acquires more assets, gets married, and even has children, his or her estate planning needs will change. This…
  • Sep 13

    Steps to Take to Ensure That Your Will is Valid

    Steps to Take to Ensure That Your Will is Valid
    A will is a formal legal document that allows you to dictate how you want your estate to be managed and distributed upon your death. The state of New York has clear laws as to how your will is validated and executed in the manner in which you…
  • Sep 6

    Palliative Care: Will the New Law Affect Your Plans?

    Palliative Care: Will the New Law Affect Your Plans?
    In February 2011, the Palliative Care Information Act was amended by the state of New York. This Act requires that doctors and nurse practitioners inform terminally ill patients about their end-of-life options – and offer counseling…
Rank this Week: 4366

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
  • Jun 27

    Ernie Banks Estate, Part 10: Settlement Talks and More

    Ernie Banks Estate, Part 10: Settlement Talks and More
    This is the ninth installment in my series on various legal aspects of the Estate of Ernie Banks. You can read my first nine pieces here. I’m back! It’s been a couple months since my last blog post and over six months since my…
  • Apr 5

    A Brief Introduction to Premarital Agreement

    A Brief Introduction to Premarital Agreement
    Premarital (aka prenuptial) agreements are sometimes a touchy subject (and often fodder for celebrity gossip). OK, maybe more than sometimes. I think that’s because they are often viewed as nothing more than pre-planning for divorce.…
  • Mar 16

    Trust Funding: Top 5 Overlooked Asset

    Trust Funding: Top 5 Overlooked Asset
    The cornerstone of the vast majority of estate plans that I create for our clients is the revocable living trust. They help clients achieve a wide array of estate planning goals by providing a comprehensive set of instructions for managing,…
Rank this Week: 4372

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: 4439

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/
  • May 23

    Common and Costly Estate Planning Error

    Common and Costly Estate Planning Error
    It is not uncommon for even the very wealthy or public figures to miss the boat when it comes to proper estate planning. While you might think that you are too young, too poor, or too healthy to have to think about estate planning, it is…
  • Oct 23

    Inheritance Rights of Posthumously Conceived Children

    Inheritance Rights of Posthumously Conceived Children
    Thanks to the advancement of technology, couples who are suffering through infertility now have a chance to get pregnant. The most widely known treatment is in vitro fertilization. Through this method, there is a chance for children to be…
  • Oct 23

    Disinheriting Your Spouse

    Disinheriting Your Spouse
    While it is more common to hear of people disinheriting their adult children, disinheriting a spouse is rare. That is because in the State of New York, you cannot disinherit your spouse. You cannot leave the surviving spouse with nothing nor…
Rank this Week: 4446

Florida Probate and Estate…

Florida Probate and Estate Planning Blog

Answers probate and estate law questions. By Fortenberry Legal.

http://www.floridaprobatesolutions.com/blog/
  • Nov 4

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    Hello world!
    Welcome to WordPress. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start writing!
  • Oct 29

    Rights of Stepchildren to Assets of a Deceased Parent in Probate

    Rights of Stepchildren to Assets of a Deceased Parent in Probate
    Here’s a scenario that I get so often that it deserves its own blog post:  Dad dies. Stepchildren claim that stepmother is taking dad’s assets and not communicating with them. Stepmother claims that all of the marital assets…
  • Oct 22

    Formal Florida Probate Administration in 10 Step

    Formal Florida Probate Administration in 10 Step
    Of the various types of Florida probate proceedings, formal administration is the most common.  Like any probate matter, Florida probate administration can vary depending on the size of the estate, the decedent’s asset…
Rank this Week: 4465

Kuhn and Kuhn Law Firm Blog

Kuhn and Kuhn Law Firm Blog

Covers estate planning.

http://www.kuhnandkuhn.com/blog/
  • Sep 28

    Incapacity Planning In Your South Carolina Estate Plan

    Incapacity Planning In Your South Carolina Estate Plan
    Incapacity Planning in Your South Carolina Estate Plan from John Kuhn Though you may not want to think about the possibility of becoming incapacitated, you should because your loved ones may suffer if the worst does happen and you failed to…
  • Sep 28

    Incapacity Planning In Your South Carolina Estate Plan

    Incapacity Planning In Your South Carolina Estate Plan
    Incapacity Planning in Your South Carolina Estate Plan from John Kuhn Though you may not want to think about the possibility of becoming incapacitated, you should because your loved ones may suffer if the worst does happen and you failed to…
  • Sep 9

    Why Is a Living Trust Better than a Power of Attorney?

    Why Is a Living Trust Better than a Power of Attorney?
    A comprehensive estate plan should do more than just provide a roadmap for the distribution of your estate assets when you die. In fact, your estate plan can help further a number of related goals and objectives. The additional components you…
Rank this Week: 4510

Estate Planning & Probate 411

Estate Planning & Probate 411

Covers California probate, wills, trusts, powers of attorney, incapacity and related topics. By Helene P. Dreyer Koch.

http://indianwellsestateplanningattorney.com/
  • Jul 14

    What Is a Discretionary Trust?

    What Is a Discretionary Trust?
    A “discretionary trust” gives the trustee discretion over how, when, and if the beneficiaries may access trust assets. Certain uses of the money might be deemed acceptable, whereas other uses will be restricted. For instance, the…
  • Jun 25

    How Can You Help with Their College Expenses?

    How Can You Help with Their College Expenses?
    If you have children or grandchildren who have not yet completed their college education, you may be wondering how to help them achieve that goal. Two popular choices are the 529 College Education Plan and an Education Trust. A 529 ……
  • Feb 19

    What Is a POLST and Do I Need One Instead of a Medical Power of Attorney?

    What Is a POLST and Do I Need One Instead of a Medical Power of Attorney?
    POLST stands for “Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment.” It differs from an Advance Healthcare Directive (aka medical power of attorney or power of attorney for healthcare) in several ways and is NOT intended to replace…
Rank this Week: 4535

Goldstein, Rosen & Rassos LLP Blog

Goldstein, Rosen & Rassos LLP Blog

Covers wills & estates, real estate and corporate law.

http://www.grrlaw.ca/law-blog.html
Rank this Week: 4533

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/
Rank this Week: 4704

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 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…
Rank this Week: 4691

Missouri Probate Information

Missouri Probate Information

Covers probate procedures and law in Missouri. By Richard J. Herndon.

http://missouriprobate.info/missouri-probate-blog/
  • Nov 20

    Missouri Probate – Consents and Waiver

    Missouri Probate – Consents and Waiver
    Many probate administrations in Missouri involve families who generally get along, and are in agreement as to the settling of their loved one’s estate.  When this is the case the administration of the estate in many aspects can be…
  • Jun 20

    What is a Statement of Account in a Missouri Probate Matter?

    What is a Statement of Account in a Missouri Probate Matter?
    A Statement of Account is the Final Accounting submitted in an Independently Administered Missouri Probate Estate.  it contains Four sections.  The first simply summarizes the initial Inventory filed in the case – in other…
  • Jun 20

    What is a Statement of Account in a Missouri Probate Matter?

    What is a Statement of Account in a Missouri Probate Matter?
    A Statement of Account is the Final Accounting submitted in an Independently Administered Missouri Probate Estate.  it contains Four sections.  The first simply summarizes the initial Inventory filed in the case – in other…
Rank this Week: 4773

Knight & Moskow, P.C. Blog

Knight & Moskow, P.C. Blog

Covers Pennsylvania family law and estate planning.

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

    Estate Planning For The Rich And The Not So Rich

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

    Do I Need A Will?

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

    Collaborative Family Law FAQ

    Collaborative Family Law FAQ
    In many cases collaborative law is very desirable for all parties involved. You might not have even realized that you could settle legal matters outside of a litigious court room, but it can be. The Basic Collaborative Law Process You…
Rank this Week: 4774

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: 4826

Estate Planning Blog

Estate Planning Blog

Provides estate planning thoughts, news and planning ideas. By Gilfix & La Poll Associates LLP.

http://www.gilfix.com/blog/
  • May 27

    How fear of death can present a hurdle to retirement planning

    How fear of death can present a hurdle to retirement planning
    A new study has found that many people fail to make necessary decisions about the future because they are too scared to think about death. According to researchers from Boston College in Massachusetts, fear of death causes individuals to…
  • May 13

    The difference between conservatorship and guardianship in California

    The difference between conservatorship and guardianship in California
    Every individual hopes to live an independent life in which they are able manage their own affairs. However, mental or physical incapacity may leave a person unable to make informed decisions for themselves. In such cases, conservatorship and…
  • Apr 8

    Choosing Wisely: avoiding bad care and maximizing the chance of getting good care

    Choosing Wisely: avoiding bad care and maximizing the chance of getting good care
    By Myra Gerson Gilfix The Choosing Wisely campaign, an initiative by the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation in partnership with Consumer Reports (begun in 2012), is an attempt to alert both doctors and patients to problematic and…
Rank this Week: 4836