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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: 3324

Kershisnik Law

Kershisnik Law

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

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

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

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

    Boise Probate Attorneys - Idaho Estate Planning Lawyer

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

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

    Boise Divorce Attorney - Divorce Attorneys, Family Law Lawyers, Probate Attorneys, Boise, Idaho
    Boise Divorce Attorneys - Boise Probate Attorneys - Family Law Lawyers, (208)472-2383Today I am going to discuss probate and divorce. What do probate and divorce have to do with each other? A lot, especially when you get divorced and forget…
Rank this Week: 3334

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: 3391

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: 3414

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.…
  • 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…
  • Apr 7

    Are you Expecting an Inheritance? Are You Depending on an Inheritance?

    Are you Expecting an Inheritance? Are You Depending on an Inheritance?
    I was out to dinner the other night and overheard a brother and sister discussing their father and his new young bride and her pregnancy. The conversation started in muted whispers however, it didn't take long until their voices got...
Rank this Week: 3467

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: 3484

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 13

    Estate and Gift Tax Change

    Estate and Gift Tax Change
    On November 9, 2012 the Joint Committee on Taxation released a report which, among other issues, examines the potential impact to the Treasury from potential changes to the estate tax, including the Obama administration’s proposals. …
Rank this Week: 3522

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: 3685

Nirenstein, Horowitz & Associates,…

Nirenstein, Horowitz & Associates, P.C. Blog

Covers Connecticut estate planning, probate and elder law.

http://www.preserveyourestate.net/blog/
  • 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…
  • Aug 28

    Is There an Estate Planning Solution for Small Business Partners?

    Is There an Estate Planning Solution for Small Business Partners?
    Many people drag their feet when it comes to estate planning, because they do not know where to start. They recognize the need for a plan, but they have questions, and the matter seems complicated. This can be true for anyone, but it is…
Rank this Week: 3697

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: 3694

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: 3791

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: 3865

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: 3864

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 27

    New Protections for Vulnerable Adult

    New Protections for Vulnerable Adult
    Financial exploitation of vulnerable elderly adults is a serious problem.  Many seniors suffer from dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, which limits their ability to protect themselves from abuse, neglect or financial…
  • Jul 11

    B.B. King’s Estate Dispute

    B.B. King’s Estate Dispute
    The recent death and loss of blues legend B.B. King was saddening. Shocking, however, are the allegations that King was murdered by his longtime business manager and executor of his estate, Louise LaVerne Toney. A dispute regarding the estate…
  • Jun 8

    Do It Yourselfers Beware! – Holographic Will Held Invalid

    Do It Yourselfers Beware! – Holographic Will Held Invalid
    When a loved one dies, it is a time of grieving, pain and sorrow.  The grief and sorrow can turn to frustration and even anger when the deceased’s wishes for his estate are not followed.  Sometimes the person’s…
Rank this Week: 3880

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: 4072

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/
  • Aug 21

    An Elder Lawyer’s Pet Peeve

    An Elder Lawyer’s Pet Peeve
    View image | gettyimages.com Here is a short list of dangers that I regularly see in my Elder Law practice. These hazards can frustrate a client’s estate plan or asset protection plan : 1) The Do It Yourself Last Will and…
  • Aug 13

    10 Reasons To Choose A Revocable Living Trust

    10 Reasons To Choose A Revocable Living Trust
    Your Last Will and Testament and the details of your estate holdings and its distribution will not be an open public record in the clerk’s office of the Surrogates Court. The trustee of your Revocable Living Trust will not need to…
  • Jun 8

    Wills 101

    Wills 101
    Many people ask me whether a Will is the proper way to pass on their assets to others when they die.  The answer depends of the individual circumstances of each person. This blog entry provides some basic information about estate…
Rank this Week: 4165

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 2

    Free Living Trust Seminars in September

    Free Living Trust Seminars in September
    During the month of September, we will be offering free seminars that focus on the subject of living trusts. The post Free Living Trust Seminars in September appeared first on Law Office of Roy W. Litherland.
  • Aug 26

    Who Is Competent to Make a Will?

    Who Is Competent to Make a Will?
    Your estate plan should be tailor-made to suit your specific needs, because your family is unique from every other. You should consider the life situation and personal proclivities of every person on your inheritance list. Slicing up a pie…
  • Aug 20

    What is Division of Assets? (An Elder Law Today Blog)

    What is Division of Assets? (An Elder Law Today Blog)
    Division of Assets is the name commonly used for the Spousal Impoverishment provisions of the Medicare Catastrophic Act of 1988. It applies only to married couples. The intent of the law was to change the eligibility requirements for Medi-Cal…
Rank this Week: 4211

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: 4301

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/
  • Aug 31

    Florida Guardianships and Less Restrictive Alternatives to Guardianship

    Florida Guardianships and Less Restrictive Alternatives to Guardianship
    Florida guardianship statutes, the Florida probate rules, and the general rules of Florida civil procedure often operate together to dictate the rights and deadlines that a party has in a given proceeding. In Adelman v. Elfenbein, the Florida…
  • Jul 31

    Florida’s Slayer Statute and Undue Influence Statute Strictly Construed

    Florida’s Slayer Statute and Undue Influence Statute Strictly Construed
    In Fiel v. Hoffman, the Florida appellate court decided that the Florida Slayer Statute and the Florida probate code statute regarding the effect of undue influence on the validity of a will mean what they say.  This Florida probate…
  • Jul 24

    Florida Probate Court Has No Jurisdiction Over Out-Of-State Real Property

    Florida Probate Court Has No Jurisdiction Over Out-Of-State Real Property
    It is not uncommon for a resident of Florida to own real property in another state.  In Brown v. Brown, the Florida appellate court reminds us that a Florida probate court does not have jurisdiction over real property in another state,…
Rank this Week: 4390

Mendel Law Firm Blog

Mendel Law Firm Blog

Covers estate planning.

http://www.mendellawfirm.com/blog/
  • Sep 2

    Thought for the Day:

    Thought for the Day:
    The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go. Dr. Seu
  • Sep 2

    Disinheriting a Grandchild in Your Estate Plan

    Disinheriting a Grandchild in Your Estate Plan
    Estate planning decisions can be difficult to make, particularly if you have a potential heir whom you feel does not deserve to be included, or who will squander the inheritance. If you have a grandchild (or child) who falls into this…
  • Sep 1

    Texas History – Do You Know What San Antonian Served with Neil Armstrong on the First U.S. Space Docking?

    Texas History – Do You Know What San Antonian Served with Neil Armstrong on the First U.S. Space Docking?
    On March 16, 1996, command pilot Neil Armstrong and San Antonian David Scott were launched into space on the Gemini 8 mission. The flight was originally scheduled to last three days but terminated early due to a malfunctioning thruster. The…
Rank this Week: 4422

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: 4436

Hauptman and Hauptman, P.C. Blog

Hauptman and Hauptman, P.C. Blog

Covers guardianship, Medicaid, probate and estate administration.

http://www.hauptmanlaw.com/blog
  • Aug 30

    Why Won’t the Government Cover My Care?

    Why Won’t the Government Cover My Care?
                It’s a comment we get frequently when someone calls our office just after getting sticker shock at the cost of their loved one’s long term care. Some get angry…
  • Aug 23

    Family Caregiver Agreements – Acceptable? (Part 2)

    Family Caregiver Agreements – Acceptable? (Part 2)
                Last week we were discussing family caregiver agreements in light of a recent New Jersey Appellate court decision, E.R. v. DMAHS.  In that case, Mom and Daughter entered…
  • Aug 16

    Family Caregiver Agreements – Acceptable?

    Family Caregiver Agreements – Acceptable?
                When having a conversation about long term care and qualifying for Medicaid, every so often the topic turns to paying a family member to care for Mom or Dad. Is it a permitted…
Rank this Week: 4477

German Law Group Blog

German Law Group Blog

Covers estate planning.

http://www.germanlawgroup.com/
  • Sep 3

    Can I Create My Own Estate Plan?

    Can I Create My Own Estate Plan?
    Back in 2012, the highly respected magazine Consumer Reports decided to embark on a mission. The consumer resource wanted to find out about the efficacy of do-it-yourself estate planning. They decided to conduct an experiment. Magazine…
  • Sep 1

    Is Probate Always a Problem?

    Is Probate Always a Problem?
    The probate process can get a bad rap. This is the legal process of estate administration, and it comes into play if you die while you are in direct possession of your personal property. If you pass away with no estate planning documents at…
  • Aug 30

    What Is The Difference Between North Dakota Medicare and Medicaid?

    What Is The Difference Between North Dakota Medicare and Medicaid?
    What Is The Difference Between North Dakota Medicare and Medicaid? from Raymond German When it comes to countable assets, you could give gifts to your loved ones before you apply for Medicaid You would essentially be giving your family…
Rank this Week: 4479

Estate Planning Attorney Blog

Estate Planning Attorney Blog

Covers probate, estate planning, business formation and business law. By Deemer Law Group, P.C.

http://www.estateplanningattorney-blog.com/
  • Jul 13

    Maintaining Your Busine

    Maintaining Your Busine
    It is very important to maintain your business, and it is often something that is forgotten about while you focus on building your business and taking care of clients. Often life changes impact your business that you may not expect.  We…
  • Jul 6

    Asset Protection (Part 3)

    Asset Protection (Part 3)
    In Part 2, we discussed insurance protections for you.  Now we will explore some less common methods for asset protection. As many (or some) are already familiar, there are revocable living trusts for estate planning.  There are…
  • Jun 29

    Asset Protection (Part 2)

    Asset Protection (Part 2)
    In Part 1, we started discussing automobile insurance to protect your assets from an accident vehicles.  Now we will flip the coin and explore how higher limits on your automobile policy also provides better protection for you and your…
Rank this Week: 4505

Estate Planning and Elder Law Blog

Estate Planning and Elder Law Blog

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

http://www.aminovlaw.com
  • Jul 6

    Do You Need A New Power of Attorney?

    Do You Need A New Power of Attorney?
    As we had discussed in a prior article, a statutory short form durable power of attorney (“POA”) is an important document which every New Yorker should consider. To recap, a POA allows any agents you select, typically your spouse…
  • Jun 15

    Medicaid’s Five Year Look-Back Period

    Medicaid’s Five Year Look-Back Period
    Anyone who has researched Medicaid planning has almost certainly heard of Medicaid’s dreaded five year look-back rule. I am not exactly sure why out of all the idiosyncrasies of New York’s Medicaid laws, the five year look-back is…
  • Apr 16

    Opening a Safe Deposit Box After Death in NY

    Opening a Safe Deposit Box After Death in NY
    I often receive phone calls from clients who had recently lost a loved one and, among other things, are confused about how to access the decedent’s safe deposit box. A common concern is that the loved one kept their last will in the…
Rank this Week: 4502

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: 4521

Florida Probate and Estate…

Florida Probate and Estate Planning Blog

Answers probate and estate law questions. By Fortenberry Legal.

http://www.floridaprobatesolutions.com/blog/
  • 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…
  • Oct 29

    Proposed Amendments to Florida Constitution Would Extend Homestead Benefit

    Proposed Amendments to Florida Constitution Would Extend Homestead Benefit
    For Florida voters, November 6 is about more than the presidential election.  The ballot includes 11 proposed changes to Florida’s constitution. These changes, which would require 60 percent of the vote to pass, deal with some…
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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
  • Sep 1

    Ernie Banks Estate, Part 7: Intro to Will and Trust Contest

    Ernie Banks Estate, Part 7: Intro to Will and Trust Contest
    This is the seventh in my series on various legal aspects of the Estate of Ernie Banks. You can read my first six installments here. Before I get into today’s main topic, I want to update regular readers on developments since my last…
  • Aug 25

    District 211 Trusts & Estates Class Announcement for Fall 2015

    District 211 Trusts & Estates Class Announcement for Fall 2015
    I will be teaching an adult continuing education class for District 211 covering a broad range of estate planning and estate administration topics. Topics include asset ownership, wills, trusts, probate, trust administration, estate and gift…
  • Aug 12

    Blended Families and the Accidental Disinheritance

    Blended Families and the Accidental Disinheritance
    Robin Williams, Casey Kasem, Dennis Hopper, Tom Clancy, Gene Roddenberry and Audrey Hepburn. What do they all have in common? They all left blended families that found themselves in court battling each other over estate issues. These types of…
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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/
  • Jun 26

    Supreme Court Upholds Same Sex Marriage

    Supreme Court Upholds Same Sex Marriage
    In a landmark decision issued June 26, 2015, the United States Supreme Court has upheld the right of same sex couples to marry in the United States. My fellow members at Wealth Counsel issued a succinct summary of this ruling ……
  • Jan 15

    Remember: Update Insurance Policies When You Put Property In Your Trust

    Remember: Update Insurance Policies When You Put Property In Your Trust
    Keep Your Real Estate Titled to Your Trust. Good planning includes having a Trust and keeping your major assets titled to yourselves as Trustees of the Trust.  (This does not apply to retirement account assets.)  Failing to maintain…
  • Apr 10

    Dangers of Do It Yourself Wills and Trust

    Dangers of Do It Yourself Wills and Trust
    In a previous post, I discussed An Example of What Can Go Wrong When You Make Your Own Will, as well as an article, Consumer Reports: Write Your Own Will? We tested 3 software products that claim to help you … Continue reading →
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Law Office of Andrew M. Lamkin,…

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

Covers elder law.

http://lamkinelderlaw.com/articles/
  • Sep 3

    When There Is Not Enough Money to Pay Estate Debt

    When There Is Not Enough Money to Pay Estate Debt
    After an individual passes, their debts do not cease. Instead, their estate survives and is then obligated to pay any existing debts that the deceased incurred during their lifetime. But what if the deceased’s estate does not have…
  • Aug 26

    Valid Reasons to Remove a Trustee

    Valid Reasons to Remove a Trustee
    Fiduciaries that misappropriate trust assets or fail to comply with trust terms can create significant problems for an estate, as well as its beneficiaries. Because a trustee holds all assets of the estate, it is imperative that an inadequate…
  • Aug 19

    Things You Didn’t Know About Estate Planning – But Should

    Things You Didn’t Know About Estate Planning – But Should
    Most Americans are aware they should complete an estate plan, but little have done so. An estate plan does not only distribute assets, but it can also protect an individual and their loved ones from creditors, conflict, and much more.…
Rank this Week: 4685

Florida Estate Planning and…

Florida Estate Planning and Probate Law Blog

By Marc Soss.

http://floridaestateplanningandprobatelaw.blogspot.com/
  • Sep 1

    2015 CHANGES TO FLORIDA'S HEALTH CARE SURROGATE STATUTES

    2015 CHANGES TO FLORIDA'S HEALTH CARE SURROGATE STATUTES
     A “Designation of Health Care Surrogate” (“Designation”) is typically prepared in connection with one’s basic estate planning documents. A Designation is a written document naming someone to make health…
  • Aug 26

    FLORIDA PROBATE LAW - WHO OWNS A DECEDENT'S ASHES?

    FLORIDA PROBATE LAW - WHO OWNS A DECEDENT'S ASHES?
    The parents of a deceased child were the sole heirs of the child’s estate. The child’s remains were cremated, and the parents could not agree on the final disposition of his assets. The father petitioned the probate court to…
  • Aug 25

    CHANGES TO FLORIDA LAW IMPACTING YOU

    CHANGES TO FLORIDA LAW IMPACTING YOU
    FLORIDA'S HEALTH CARE SURROGATE STATUTES: Effective October 1st, an individual may assign the power to a surrogate to make health care decisions for that person even if the person is not incapacitated. If there is ever a conflict between the…
Rank this Week: 4684

Kuhn and Kuhn Law Firm Blog

Kuhn and Kuhn Law Firm Blog

Covers estate planning.

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

    Free Report: South Carolina Pet Planning: How You Canrotect Your Pet Plan in Your Estate Plan

    Free Report: South Carolina Pet Planning: How You Canrotect Your Pet Plan in Your Estate Plan
      If you are an animal lover you likely include at least one pet as part of your family. You likely go out of your way to ensure that your family pet eats well, is seen by the veterinarian on a regular basis, and generally feels like…
  • Aug 31

    Free Report: South Carolina Trust Agreements: Why You Should Consider One of Your Estate Plan

    Free Report: South Carolina Trust Agreements: Why You Should Consider One of Your Estate Plan
      Once upon a time trusts were used almost exclusively by wealthy families as a way to guard and control the family wealth and ultimately pass is down to future generations. Today, thanks to the evolution of trust agreements over the…
  • Aug 24

    Choosing Your South Carolina Executor

    Choosing Your South Carolina Executor
    Choosing Your South Carolina Executor from John Kuhn Among the many decisions you must make when creating your Will is who to appoint as the Executor Don’t make the mistake of making that decision without giving it considerable thought…
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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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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: 4757

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: 4770

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: 4837

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: 4855

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: 4953

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: 4935