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Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof…

Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof Blog

By Gerry W. Beyer.

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/trusts_estates_prof/
  • Nov 21

    Estate Planning For The Ultra Wealthy - The Role Of A Family Wealth Advisor

    Estate Planning For The Ultra Wealthy - The Role Of A Family Wealth Advisor
    Affluent families often hire and employ various specialists to help them better manage their wealth. These individuals are often attorneys, CPAs, brokers, investment managers, etc. With so many highly specialized employees overseeing a…
  • Nov 21

    Article on A Colonial History of the River Murray Dispute

    Article on A Colonial History of the River Murray Dispute
    Adam Webster recently posted an Article entitled, A Colonial History of the River Murray Dispute, Legal History eJournal (2017). Provided below is an abstract of the Article: This article examines the history of the dispute over the sharing…
  • Nov 21

    Charles Manson’s Grandson Wants to Give the Cult Leader a Proper Burial

    Charles Manson’s Grandson Wants to Give the Cult Leader a Proper Burial
    Charles Manson’s grandson, Jason Freeman, is interested in providing the cult leader with a proper burial. Freeman’s father was Charles Manson Jr., who was the product of Manson’s first marriage to wife, Rosalie. Freeman believes that…
Rank this Week: 48

Estate Street

Estate Street

Covers probate and estate and tax planning. By Craig Hughes.

http://estatestreet.blogspot.com/
  • Jan 30

    Grantor vs Non-Grantor Trust

    Grantor vs Non-Grantor Trust
    I received a call a couple of days ago from previous clients who asked whether or not they needed to get a tax number for their trust.  They did not understand that as their trust was a revocable trust (also known as a grantor…
  • Jan 23

    The Cost of Death on the Rise

    The Cost of Death on the Rise
    It can be expensive to die, and I am not talking medical bills at the end of life.  The cost to purchase burial items are expensive.  An article written by Michael De Groote in the Deseret News by Michael De Groote dated…
  • Jan 21

    Gifts To Grandchildren

    Gifts To Grandchildren
    Gifts given to grandchildren by grandparents can be a great blessing.  Kelly Greene wrote an article in the Wall Street Journal September 14, 2012, titled "Are You Coddling Your Grandkids?"  In her article, Ms. Greene indicates five…
Rank this Week: 65

New York Probate & Estate…

New York Probate & Estate Litigation Blog

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

http://www.nyprobatelitigation.com/
  • Jun 19

    Administrators Have To Behave

    Administrators Have To Behave
    Today’s New York Daily News reports the tale of a brawl with potentially  wide-reaching implications for the Administrator of a New York County Estate. The administrator of the 3.1 million dollar estate was arrested for a brawl…
  • Jun 19

    Administrators Have To Behave

    Administrators Have To Behave
    Today’s New York Daily News reports the tale of a brawl with potentially  wide-reaching implications for the Administrator of a New York County Estate. The administrator of the 3.1 million dollar estate was arrested for a brawl…
  • Jun 8

    Surrogate Upholds Trustee’s Discretion In Making Distribution

    Surrogate Upholds Trustee’s Discretion In Making Distribution
    In the Matter of Reuben Hoppenstein, No. 2015-2918/A (N.Y. Sur. Mar. 31, 2017) the New York County Surrogate ruled as appropriate the distribution of a life insurance policy to a new trust which eliminated certain beneficiaries of the…
Rank this Week: 158

NJ Family Issues

NJ Family Issues

Focuses on New Jersey divorce and estate planning. By Paul G. Kostro.

http://www.kostrolaw.com/NJFamilyIssues
Rank this Week: 217

All About Estates

All About Estates

Covers estates, trusts, tax, litigation, guardianship and elder care.

http://www.allaboutestates.ca/
  • Nov 20

    Estate and Trusts with Foreign Properties and/or Transactions: Update on Reporting Implication

    Estate and Trusts with Foreign Properties and/or Transactions: Update on Reporting Implication
    Sometime ago, I wrote that the Income Tax Act requires persons and partnerships to file information returns in respect of foreign property ownership (specified foreign property in excess $100,000) and transactions with non-residents . This…
  • Nov 19

    November is Make A Will & Power of Attorney Month

    November is Make A Will & Power of Attorney Month
    My fellow bloggers and I write frequently about Powers of Attorney, however my concerns are often focused on the lack of planning when it comes to making Powers of Attorney for both Personal Care and Property. More specifically, although I do…
  • Nov 17

    Another Sibling Rivalry Gone Awry

    Another Sibling Rivalry Gone Awry
    In my last few blogs I’ve focused my comments on succession planning topics for business owners. I’d like to continue with that theme by reminding business owners and their advisors about the need to ensure contractual…
Rank this Week: 423

Probate, Trusts and Estate Law…

Probate, Trusts and Estate Law Blog

Cover international estate planning considerations, sophisticated estate planning techniques, answers to common estate planning questions, and probate, estate and gift tax law By Janet Brewer.

http://blog.calprobate.com/
  • Nov 17

    Estate Plans Need Updating or Problems Can Arise

    Estate Plans Need Updating or Problems Can Arise
    The distribution of your assets as you want them, relies on an up-to-date plan.
  • Nov 16

    Digital Is Changing Legal Definition of ‘Will’

    Digital Is Changing Legal Definition of ‘Will’
    Courts are taking a fresh look at what is accepted as a will. An Australian court recently accepted an unsent text message as a valid will, according to Fox News in "Unsent text message OK as valid will, says Australian court."…
  • Nov 15

    What Do Your Heirs Want and What Is Just Clutter?

    What Do Your Heirs Want and What Is Just Clutter?
    Many in Sweden follow a process, known as death cleaning, to get rid of possessions before they become part of an estate.
Rank this Week: 476

Roscich & Martel Law Firm LLC Blog

Roscich & Martel Law Firm LLC Blog

Covers Illinois family law and estate planning needs.

http://www.randrattys.com/napervilledivorceattorney
  • Nov 15

    Emergency And Temporary Orders in An Illinois Divorce

    Emergency And Temporary Orders in An Illinois Divorce
    Emergency orders and temporary orders serve different purposes under the law. Depending on the circumstances of a divorce, a divorcing spouse may need to file for an emergency order and a temporary order. Some orders are automatic upon…
  • Nov 8

    The Use of Imputed Income in Illinoi

    The Use of Imputed Income in Illinoi
    Child support payments are usually set in accordance with several factors, one of which is the income of the parents. This is why parents are required to provide pay stubs and other proof of income when a judge considers the issue of child…
  • Oct 26

    Coming Together to Produce a Mutually Agreeable Parenting Plan

    Coming Together to Produce a Mutually Agreeable Parenting Plan
    In Illinois, parents who are going through a divorce or a child custody dispute can come to an agreement about how parenting time and parental responsibility for their children will be handled between them. This agreement is referred to as a…
Rank this Week: 378

Bingham Greenebaum Doll Blog

Bingham Greenebaum Doll Blog

Covers Indiana law.

http://www.bgdlegal.com/blog/
  • Nov 15

    Court Rejects Trust Modification to Add a Removal Provision

    Court Rejects Trust Modification to Add a Removal Provision
    It is becoming increasingly common for beneficiaries to want to create a power to remove trustees of their trusts, when the trust agreement does not grant them this power.  In states which have adopted it, the Uniform Trust Code does…
  • Nov 15

    Modification of Trust Power of Appointment Given Retroactive Effect by IRS

    Modification of Trust Power of Appointment Given Retroactive Effect by IRS
    In Private Letter Ruling 201737008, issued by the IRS on September 15, 2017, the Service gave retroactive tax effect to a court modification of the power of appointment held by the donor’s spouse over the donor’s trust. …
  • Nov 3

    Website Owners Must Act to Maintain Their Protection Under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act

    Website Owners Must Act to Maintain Their Protection Under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act
    The U.S. Copyright Office replaced its paper-based system for designating agents for receipt of claims of copyright infringement under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) with a new electronic system.  As part of…
Rank this Week: 373

Estate Planning Blog

Estate Planning Blog

Covers asset protection, estate planning, probate and income tax planning. By Sheppard, Brett, Stewart, Hersch, Kinsey & Hill P.A.

http://www.sbshlaw.com/blog
  • Nov 6

    When an IRA Distribution Causes a Probate

    When an IRA Distribution Causes a Probate
    Most clients who have revocable trusts believe that there won’t be a probate opened upon their passing. I’ve written in the past how your trust won’t avoid the probate process if all of the assets that would have otherwise…
  • Nov 6

    Where Are You From?

    Where Are You From?
    So where are you from? And if you own a residence in Florida and haven’t declared Florida residency yet, why haven’t you yet?!  In case you haven’t heard, living here can substantially decrease your tax bill. In…
  • Sep 22

    Income Tax Deductions for Hurricane Related Casualty Losse

    Income Tax Deductions for Hurricane Related Casualty Losse
    Many Florida residents, particularly those in Southwest Florida, suffered casualty losses from Hurricane Irma recently. My thoughts are with those families and individuals at this challenging time, as many of us recover from a loss of…
Rank this Week: 446

Kentucky Estate, Probate and Tax…

Kentucky Estate, Probate and Tax Law Blog

Covers estate planning and tax law. By English, Lucas, Priest & Owsley LLP.

http://www.mykentuckyestateattorney.com/
  • Oct 26

    Treasury Department announces new limitations for pension and retirement plans, other changes for 2018

    Treasury Department announces new limitations for pension and retirement plans, other changes for 2018
    Each year, the Treasury Department examines the cost of living in the U.S. and adjusts limitations for retirement plans and many other similar items that affect taxpayers throughout the U.S. As has happened previously, the Treasury raised the…
  • Aug 22

    Tax reforms could threaten some popular tax cut

    Tax reforms could threaten some popular tax cut
    By Nathan Vinson, Attorney English, Lucas, Priest and Owsley, LLP Improvements to tax law and reducing taxes are a very popular item on most politicians’ platforms. You won’t find anyone who openly says people should pay more. At…
  • Jun 1

    Dying without a will causes legal disputes for Prince

    Dying without a will causes legal disputes for Prince
    By Nathan Vinson, Attorney English, Lucas, Priest and Owsley, LLP Prince performing in concert in Louisville, Kentucky. Photo by Bob Young. It’s been more than a year since music legend Prince died unexpectedly at his home in Minnesota.…
Rank this Week: 483

Florida Estate Planning Lawyer…

Florida Estate Planning Lawyer Blog

Covers estate planning, probate, taxes, elder law, business law and employment law issues. By Law Office of David M. Goldman PLLC.

http://www.floridaestateplanninglawyerblog.com/
  • Sep 29

    5 Estate Planning Tips for Your Retirement

    5 Estate Planning Tips for Your Retirement
    Are you getting close to retirement? Do you want to develop an effective estate plan but you are not sure how to start? If your answer to one of these two questions is affirmative, you have come to the right resource. We are all aware how…
  • Jul 10

    Probate and Long Term Health Care

    Probate and Long Term Health Care
    Most seniors do their best to prepare for the unfortunate, inevitable, outcome that one day they will pass away.  They create their will, and with painstaking detail allocate their hard-earned money and assets to spouses, children,…
  • May 25

    Alzheimer’s disease: Facts versus fiction

    Alzheimer’s disease: Facts versus fiction
    The number of people living with Alzheimer’s disease in the United States is growing rapidly. So, too, are the number of myths surrounding the disease and other forms of dementia. Let’s begin by looking at what we do know about…
Rank this Week: 382

Florida Probate Lawyer Blog

Florida Probate Lawyer Blog

Covers estate, guardianship, probate and trust litigation. By Law Offices of Adrian Philip Thomas.

http://www.florida-probate-lawyer.com/probate
  • Jan 24

    Ownership of Safe Deposit Box Content

    Ownership of Safe Deposit Box Content
    Who owns the contents of a safe-deposit box when two people are on the box and one dies? The answer may depend on what is specifically provided in the lease or rental agreement with the bank.  In other words, does the bank have a written…
  • Jan 9

    Due Process, Death and Taxe

    Due Process, Death and Taxe
    I have written extensively about the application of the due process requirements under both the Florida and United States Constitutions in previous blogs and cannot resist touching upon a recent opinion in a state court case applying federal…
  • Dec 27

    Trust Revocation: No Magic Art is Necessary

    Trust Revocation: No Magic Art is Necessary
    The Uniform Trust Code §602(c) provides that a settlor may revoke or amend a revocable trust by substantial compliance with a method provided in the terms of the trust or by any method manifesting clear and convincing evidence of the…
Rank this Week: 375

Long Island Special Needs Law Blog

Long Island Special Needs Law Blog

Covers estate planning and special needs trusts. By Ellen A. Victor.

http://longislandspecialneedslawyer.com
  • Dec 9

    Special Needs Trust Fairness Act passes!

    Special Needs Trust Fairness Act passes!
    Forming a first party Special Needs Trust has, up until now, required a parent, grandparent or a guardian to establish the trust. When the original law allowing First Party Special Needs Trusts was passed, it did not contemplate that many…
  • Sep 30

    Conference on Housing for the Mentally Ill October 7, 2016

    Conference on Housing for the Mentally Ill October 7, 2016
    Housing is one of the most difficult problems for any person with special needs, whether developmentally disabled or suffering with mental illness. A conference addressing the housing crisis for those with psychiatric disabilities is being…
  • Jun 12

    Feeling Guilty Over Causing My Child’s Disability

    Feeling Guilty Over Causing My Child’s Disability
    Recently, I was reading this review of Toni Braxton’s new memoir, and the reviewer appeared shocked that Ms. Braxton attributed her son’s autism to God’s payback for a prior abortion. I don’t want to get into a…
Rank this Week: 457

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: 469

Cramer Law Center

Cramer Law Center

Covers estate planning, probate, guardianship and elder law issues.

http://cramerlawcenter.com/blog/
  • Nov 21

    Married or Not Married? That is the Question, Part 2

    Married or Not Married? That is the Question, Part 2
    In the recent case of Smith v. Smith, our Florida Supreme Court addressed the question of what happens to a person found to be legally incapacitated, who had a guardian appointed for them, and had the right to contract removed.  Can that…
  • Nov 7

    Oh! Those Dangerous Instrumentalities: The Estate Owned Automobile

    Oh! Those Dangerous Instrumentalities: The Estate Owned Automobile
    One of our first admonitions to clients seeking to become appointed personal representative of a decedent’s estate and is to secure all automobiles and not let anyone drive them.  Under Florida’s Dangerous Instrumentality…
  • Oct 23

    Florida Electronic Wills Act

    Florida Electronic Wills Act
    Following up on other potentially problematic legislation which has not been codified into law, we have the Florida Electronic Wills Act. The bad news is this potentially disastrous law actually passed both houses of the Florida…
Rank this Week: 971

Tax Problem Attorney Blog

Tax Problem Attorney Blog

Covers topics such as sales and payroll tax problems, offers in compromise, tax audits, tax debt, tax disputes, tax fraud, tax litigation and tax controversy, and tax preparer penalties. By Brager Tax Law Group.

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

    Exceptions to The Three-Year Statute of Limitations for IRS Tax Audit

    Exceptions to The Three-Year Statute of Limitations for IRS Tax Audit
    The general rule of the IRS is to audit returns that have been filed in the last three years. Because of this, some taxpayers may breathe a sigh of relief once the three-year period has expired, but the rules regarding the statute of…
  • Nov 17

    How to Respond When the IRS Makes a Mistake

    How to Respond When the IRS Makes a Mistake
    Charged with administering, enforcing, and collecting taxes from millions of Americans, the IRS understandably makes mistakes. If the IRS is trying to charge you penalties or assess taxes incorrectly, or is attempting to seize your bank…
  • Nov 15

    South Carolina Bank Involved in Employment Tax Fraud Scheme

    South Carolina Bank Involved in Employment Tax Fraud Scheme
    The former Vice President of a South Carolina-based bank has pleaded guilty to conspiring to defraud the United States by participating in an employment tax fraud scheme that resulted in over $1 million in unpaid payroll taxes. This case…
Rank this Week: 809

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
  • Nov 20

    Can An Adopted Child Inherit From His Biological Parents?

    Can An Adopted Child Inherit From His Biological Parents?
    Section 201.054 of the Texas Estates Code provides that an adopted child “inherits from and through the child’s natural parent or parents.” This section of the Estates Code should be read in conjunction with Section 161.206…
  • Nov 9

    Can a Minor Child Witness a Medical Power of Attorney?

    Can a Minor Child Witness a Medical Power of Attorney?
    “My mom has a power of attorney that was witnessed by someone under 18,” she said. “Is it valid?” The Texas statutes specify that a medical power of attorney must be signed by the principal in the presence of two…
  • Oct 27

    DIY Planning Can Be a Nightmare!

    DIY Planning Can Be a Nightmare!
    A couple of weeks ago, I received a phone call from a woman whose ex-boyfriend had died, naming her as the sole beneficiary and executor of his multimillion dollar estate. Despite her ex-boyfriend’s substantial wealth, he had forgone…
Rank this Week: 552

CEB blog

CEB blog

Covers practice tips and new legal developments of particular interest to California legal professionals. The CEB blog covers a wide range of practice areas from estate planning to civil litigation, along with posts relating to the practice of law generally.

http://blog.ceb.com
  • Nov 20

    What Expert Attorneys Do During Direct Examination

    What Expert Attorneys Do During Direct Examination
    How the attorney and witness appear to the jury can be as important as the words that are spoken. Here are four tips from expert trial attorneys that will make your direct examination more effective regardless of what you ask the witness. Be…
  • Nov 17

    Do’s and Don’ts of Tenant Screening

    Do’s and Don’ts of Tenant Screening
    Residential landlords have the right to choose the best tenant they can find. That probably means a tenant who seems most able to comply with the lease terms, pay the rent on time, avoid damaging the premises, and refrain from disturbing…
  • Nov 15

    How to Shorten or Extend Time for Your Motion

    How to Shorten or Extend Time for Your Motion
    The timing on making motions is both a procedural and a tactical matter. Sometimes you’ll need a hearing date that’s sooner than would be normally possible, and other times you’ll want to file a notice of motion or get a…
Rank this Week: 784

Wills and Estate Administration…

Wills and Estate Administration Articles

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

http://njwills.blogspot.com/
  • Nov 16

    CAUSATION AND TRANSFERRED INTENT Model Jury charge 2C:2-3

    CAUSATION AND TRANSFERRED INTENT Model Jury charge 2C:2-3
    CAUSATION AND TRANSFERRED INTENT Model Jury charge(N.J.S.A. 2C:2-3)[CHARGE IN ALL CASES]Causation has a special meaning under the law. To establish causation, the State must prove two elements, each beyond a reasonable doubt:First, but…
  • Nov 16

    Catholic Lawyers Guild - Wills and Power of Attorney Seminars for Senior Group

    Catholic Lawyers Guild - Wills and Power of Attorney Seminars for Senior Group
     Churches and senior groups in Middlesex County can schedule a free daytime Wills or Power of Attorney seminars for the benefit of seniors and individuals who help seniors. The benefits of making gifts to churches and charitable groups…
  • Nov 16

    Casino Injurie

    Casino Injurie
    Kenneth Vercammen & Associates Law Office helps people injured due to the negligence of others. We provide representation throughout New Jersey. The insurance companies will not help. Don't give up! Our Law Office can provide experienced…
Rank this Week: 856

Murphy's Law Blog

Murphy's Law Blog

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

http://www.noreenmurphylaw.com/blog/
  • Nov 15

    Americans’ Most Common Retirement Fears in 2017

    Americans’ Most Common Retirement Fears in 2017
    Retirement is supposed to be exciting and the conclusion to your working career, however, it can also lead to some fears if you are not appropriately prepared. A new TransAmerica study indicates that American workers are dealing with fears…
  • Nov 8

    Retirees Spending a Large Amount of Their Federal Benefits on Medical Cost

    Retirees Spending a Large Amount of Their Federal Benefits on Medical Cost
    A recent study found that retirees are spending more than one-third of total Social Security benefits on out of pocket medical expenses in 2014. Even when considering other sources of income for retirees, medical spending took at least an 18%…
  • Nov 1

    University of Missouri Research Shows Benefits of Volunteering

    University of Missouri Research Shows Benefits of Volunteering
    Older adults who are concerned about protecting their cognitive functions and benefiting from social interaction could consider volunteering as one boost. A University of Missouri researcher found that although the associations with physical…
Rank this Week: 963

Estate Law Canada

Estate Law Canada

Covers estate planning topics, trusts, probate, Enduring Powers of Attorney, health care directives, incapacity issues and elder law. By Lynne Butler.

http://estatelawcanada.blogspot.com/
  • Nov 14

    Blended families and the passage of time both complicate estate claim

    Blended families and the passage of time both complicate estate claim
    Real life is messy. That's just a fact. It's not always possible to give "yes or no" answers to questions because there are so many intertwined rules tangled up with complicated facts. A reader wrote to me with a really interesting…
  • Nov 12

    The most hilarious obituaries of all time

    The most hilarious obituaries of all time
    As regular readers of this blog know, I'm a fan of unusual, funny, or thought-provoking obituaries. I often share them here when I find them. If you share this enthusiasm or you're just in the mood for a chuckle, click this link to read an…
  • Nov 10

    Access to Justice project (St. John') - free appointments with wills lawyers now available for clinic on Nov 18

    Access to Justice project (St. John') - free appointments with wills lawyers now available for clinic on Nov 18
    Next weekend I'll be volunteering at the Access to Justice clinic at the Law Library in St. John's. This is a project of the The Newfoundland and Labrador Access to Justice Steering Committee. It provides individuals with a free 30-minute…
Rank this Week: 593

About Florida Law

About Florida Law

Covers Florida estate planning and condo laws. By Sackrin & Tolchinsky.

http://aboutfloridalaw.com
  • Nov 14

    Does a Landlord Have a Duty to Inspect and Make Repairs Before Leasing to a Tenant in Florida?

    Does a Landlord Have a Duty to Inspect and Make Repairs Before Leasing to a Tenant in Florida?
    Know your rights before you waive your right to have your landlord make repairs. Renting a home is very popular here in South Florida.  In fact, so many people are renting rather than buying a home, that the cost to rent has risen…
  • Oct 31

    Florida Real Estate Closings Don’t End At The Closing Table

    Florida Real Estate Closings Don’t End At The Closing Table
    Real estate closings in Florida can be complicated and overwhelming to some sellers and buyers. With all of the effort that goes into buying a home, including reviewing the contract and addendum, negotiations, inspections, the loan…
  • Oct 17

    Can A Bank Lose The Right To Collect Taxes And Insurance From A Homeowner?

    Can A Bank Lose The Right To Collect Taxes And Insurance From A Homeowner?
    In Florida, banks are governed by federal regulation as well as state law. This means that any Florida homeowner involved in a controversy with their mortgage lender needs to understand their rights and protections provided both by…
Rank this Week: 509

Krueger & Hernandez SC Blog

Krueger & Hernandez SC Blog

Covers personal injury and estate planning.

http://www.kh-law.net/blog/
  • Nov 13

    Vaccine Compensation: Statute of Limitation

    Vaccine Compensation: Statute of Limitation
    In 1986, the VICP (National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program) was established to help compensate vaccine recipients and their families who have been severely injured as a result of adverse reactions to certain vaccines. When an individual…
  • Nov 9

    Three Estate Planning Questions that will Alter your Decision

    Three Estate Planning Questions that will Alter your Decision
    It doesn’t matter if you are in your 20’s and creating an estate plan for the first time or have reached retirement age and realize that a few changes here and there would be in your best interest. The fact of the matter remains…
  • Oct 19

    Which Estate Planning Attorney is Right for you?

    Which Estate Planning Attorney is Right for you?
    It is a topic that is discussed time and time again: estate planning. Regardless of your age, it is likely that you will eventually need to focus on this important subject matter. While it is possible to create an estate plan on your own, it…
Rank this Week: 731

Florida Probate Litigation

Florida Probate Litigation

Covers corporate trustees, compensation disputes, contested guardianship proceedings, creditors' claims, homestead litigation, will construction litigation, and trust and estates litigation. By Juan C. Antunez.

http://www.flprobatelitigation.com/
Rank this Week: 670

Unique Estate Law Blog

Unique Estate Law Blog

Covers elder law and estate planning.

http://uniqueestatelaw.com/lawyer/blog/Unique_Estate_Law_Blog.htm
  • Nov 7

    Why Second-Parent Adoption is Still Important for Same-Sex Couple

    Why Second-Parent Adoption is Still Important for Same-Sex Couple
    Should I adopt my child even if my name is on the birth certificate?The landmark Supreme Court case of Obergefell v. Hodge recognized for the first time same-sex marriage at the state and federal level.  Passage of this monumental ruling…
  • Oct 1

    What Happens If You Die Without a Will?

    What Happens If You Die Without a Will?
    A will sets out whom you would like to get your property when you pass away. It also appoints someone who will settle your estate on your behalf. While you can certainly plan your estate without a will, a will is often considered one of the…
  • Sep 26

    The Will Names You As A Minnesota Personal Representative (Executor), Now What?

    The Will Names You As A Minnesota Personal Representative (Executor), Now What?
    A Minneapolis Probate Lawyer Helps You Understand the Responsibilities of Being a Personal Representative (Executor) for an EstateYou remember so clearly how proud you were when you received the telephone call from your Aunt Emma! She…
Rank this Week: 970

California Trust, Estate & Probate…

California Trust, Estate & Probate Litigation

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

http://www.californiatrustestateandprobatelitigation.com
Rank this Week: 1007

Estate Planning in California

Estate Planning in California

By the Law Offices of Shahram Miri, Inc.

http://calestateplanning.blogspot.com/
  • Oct 26

    Joint Bank Account

    Joint Bank Account
    A typical financial arrangement between an elderly parent and a child is for parent and child to be joint bank account holders. This allows the child to pay various bills for their parent. When the parent passes away, an inevitable legal…
  • Sep 29

    Breach of Fiduciary Duty

    Breach of Fiduciary Duty
    A typical arrangement involving a marital trust is for a child to serve as the successor trustee and be a beneficiary. That is, once both parents have passed away, the child steps into the role of trustee and their beneficial interest vests.…
  • Aug 24

    Probate Fee

    Probate Fee
    An attorney's ordinary compensation, or statutory fee, for representing a personal representative in a probate case is determined by the estate's value. Estate of Hilton (1996) 44 Cal.App.4th 890, 894-915. For example, if the estate is valued…
Rank this Week: 958

KEYTLaw

KEYTLaw

Covers Arizona and federal laws.

http://www.keytlaw.com/blog
  • Jun 17

    0.3% of 11,944 Peer-reviewed Climate Articles Said Warming is Man-made

    0.3% of 11,944 Peer-reviewed Climate Articles Said Warming is Man-made
    This article called "To Put America First Is to Put Our Planet’s Climate First" was written by Istvan Marko, J. Scott Armstrong, William M. Briggs, Kesten Green, Hermann Harde, David R. Legates, Christopher Monckton of Brenchley, and…
  • Jun 17

    0.3% of 11,944 Peer-reviewed Climate Articles Said Warming is Man-made

    0.3% of 11,944 Peer-reviewed Climate Articles Said Warming is Man-made
    This article called "To Put America First Is to Put Our Planet’s Climate First" was written by Istvan Marko, J. Scott Armstrong, William M. Briggs, Kesten Green, Hermann Harde, David R. Legates, Christopher Monckton of Brenchley, and…
  • Jun 17

    Environmental Effects of Increased Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide

    Environmental Effects of Increased Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide
    This scientific research paper was written by Arthur B. Robinson, Noah E. Robinson and Willie Soon and published by the Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine.  The following is from the abstract: "Review of the research literature…
Rank this Week: 628

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/
Rank this Week: 801

German Law Group Blog

German Law Group Blog

Covers estate planning.

http://www.germanlawgroup.com/
  • May 30

    Which Type of IRA is Right for You?

    Which Type of IRA is Right for You?
    Previously, retirement planning focused on an employer sponsored pension and Social Security retirement benefits. The concept of lifetime employment, however, is largely a thing of the past, which also makes pensions a thing of the past.…
  • May 25

    The Need for Medicaid Planning

    The Need for Medicaid Planning
    Estate planning should involve more than simply deciding how your estate assets will be distributed upon your death. In fact, a well thought out estate plan should also protect, and help grow, those assets while you are alive and ensure that…
  • May 23

    The Guardianship Proce

    The Guardianship Proce
    If you are an adult child, one of the most painful moments in your lifetime will be when you realize your mother or father is no longer able to safely care for himself/herself. Whether the cause is physical injury, Alzheimer’s, or the…
Rank this Week: 773

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/
  • Feb 15

    Limits to Medi-Cal Recovery (An Elder Law Today Blog)

    Limits to Medi-Cal Recovery (An Elder Law Today Blog)
    By:  Matthew M. Shafae, Attorney Law Office of Roy W. Litherland The future of Medi-Cal eligibility has been the subject of speculation for a little over a decade now. Will the California implementation of the federal Medicaid system,…
  • Jan 26

    Special Needs Trusts: Two Words to Say Fairne

    Special Needs Trusts: Two Words to Say Fairne
    Special Needs Trusts (also called Supplemental Needs Trusts) are specific types of trusts that allow a disabled person to be the beneficiary of a trust while not interrupting his/her eligibility to receive government assistance. Without a…
  • Jan 26

    Special Needs Trusts: Two Words to Say Fairne

    Special Needs Trusts: Two Words to Say Fairne
    Special Needs Trusts (also called Supplemental Needs Trusts) are specific types of trusts that allow a disabled person to be the beneficiary of a trust while not interrupting his/her eligibility to receive government assistance. Without a…
Rank this Week: 785

Rhode Island Estate Planning and…

Rhode Island Estate Planning and Elder Law Blawg

Covers elder law, medicaid planning, disability planning, tax planning, guardianship, wills, trusts, asset protection, and probate. By Matthew Fabisch.

http://riestateplanning.blogspot.com/
  • Nov 20

    Federal Estate Exclusion Up Slightly to $5.49M in 2017

    Federal Estate Exclusion Up Slightly to $5.49M in 2017
    The Internal Revenue Service has announced that the basic federal estate tax exclusion for the estates of decedents dying during calendar year 2017 will be $5.49 million, up from $5.45 million for calendar year 2016.  In addition,…
  • Mar 12

    What is Medicaid and why would my parents need it for nursing home coverage?

    What is Medicaid and why would my parents need it for nursing home coverage?
    Medicaid (called "MassHealth" in Massachusetts, and "Ritecare" in Rhode Island) is a joint federal-state program that provides health insurance coverage to low-income children, seniors, and people with disabilities. Importantly, unlike almost…
  • Aug 26

    What rights do I have as a trust beneficiary?

    What rights do I have as a trust beneficiary?
    As a trust beneficiary, you may feel like you are at the mercy of the trustee, but depending on the type of trust, trust beneficiaries may have rights to ensure the trust is properly managed.A trust is a legal arrangement through which one…
Rank this Week: 997

Florida Elder Law and Estate Blog

Florida Elder Law and Estate Blog

Covers Florida estate planning, probate, and construction law issues. By the Law Office of R. Kellen Bryant., P.L.

http://www.eldercarelawjacksonville.com/
Rank this Week: 586

Deborah Sexton Law Office, P. A.…

Deborah Sexton Law Office, P. A. Blog

Covers estate planning and elder law.

http://www.arkansas-estateplanning.com/blog/
  • Nov 21

    Why Unmarried Couples Need Estate Planning

    Why Unmarried Couples Need Estate Planning
    This is an article from Hunter Law Office (www.hunterlawoffice.net) in Fishers, Indiana, that we thought others may find helpful. Ward and June Cleaver are no longer the symbol of the American family. More adults are deciding to not marry at…
  • Nov 20

    Basics of Estate Planning: Portability

    Basics of Estate Planning: Portability
    What is “portability” and how is it elected? This article discusses these topics and explains some shortcuts that can be taken when filing a return only for portability.
  • Nov 15

    Characteristics to Look for When Choosing an Executor of a Will

    Characteristics to Look for When Choosing an Executor of a Will
    This is an article from Parman & Easterday (www.parmanlaw.com) in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, that we thought others may find helpful. When choosing the executor of a will, it is important to understand what an executor (sometimes called a…
Rank this Week: 1366

Shober & Rock Blog

Shober & Rock Blog

Covers elder law in Pennsylvania.

http://shober-rock.com/the-blog/
  • Nov 21

    Elder Law Survival Kit – Part 2

    Elder Law Survival Kit – Part 2
    Here is the current information regarding the scope and cost of long term care: According to the Department of Human Services (HHS), eight out of every ten people in this country will require some type of long term care. The average cost of…
  • Nov 14

    It’s a Beautiful Thing?

    It’s a Beautiful Thing?
    Beautiful! A few years back we accompanied an elderly client and her family through assisted living, nursing and then hospice care. When I first met Mary (not the real name of our 80-something client), I thought her an attractive and vibrant…
  • Nov 8

    Power of Attorney – Essential for Elder Law Survival – Part 1

    Power of Attorney – Essential for Elder Law Survival – Part 1
    With so many television shows devoted to survival and doomsday preparation, I thought it appropriate to discuss what families should do to prepare for a long term care event.   Given that three out of four people will either receive…
Rank this Week: 1421

Wealth Law Blog

Wealth Law Blog

Covers building, protecting and distributing wealth. By Samuels Yoelin Kantor LLP.

http://samuelslaw.com/blog/
  • Nov 21

    FINRA Expels New York Stockbroker Hank Mark Werner

    FINRA Expels New York Stockbroker Hank Mark Werner
    On November 8, 2017, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) announced that a broker named Hank Mark Werner of upstate New York had been barred from the securities industry. The headline: “FINRA Hearing Panel Bars Broker for…
  • Nov 17

    Pasieczny Elected to PIABA Board of Directors & Recognized for Outstanding Service

    Pasieczny Elected to PIABA Board of Directors & Recognized for Outstanding Service
    Congratulations to SYK litigator Darlene Pasieczny. Darlene was recently awarded an Outstanding Service Award from the Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association (PIABA) for 2017, as co-chair of the PIABA Self-Regulatory Organization (SRO)…
  • Nov 10

    Play it Forward for Houston!

    Play it Forward for Houston!
    Play it Forward received a call for help from Kelly Wells, former Portlander and current Houston resident, when Kingwood High was flooded by Hurricane Harvey and their music program was completely destroyed. Join us as we answer the call to…
Rank this Week: 2914

Sabin & Associates, PLLC Blog

Sabin & Associates, PLLC Blog

Covers elder law and estate planning in Tennessee.

http://blog.epctn.com/
  • Nov 21

    State Cutbacks Limit Funeral Home Inspection

    State Cutbacks Limit Funeral Home Inspection
    Reduction in state budgets prevent proper inspection of funeral homes. The inspection of a Flint, MI funeral home that led to finding 10 decomposing bodies may not be an insolated case, according to ABC News in "Funeral home horrors put…
  • Nov 20

    Which Is Better for Seniors: ER vs. Urgent Care

    Which Is Better for Seniors: ER vs. Urgent Care
    Most seniors are paying hand over fist in medical expenses. Monthly prescriptions, regular trips to the doctor, and senior living expenses such as home care and assisted living, quickly amount to thin saving accounts and depleted retirement…
  • Nov 17

    ‘Daughter’ Not Included in Jerry Lewis' Estate

    ‘Daughter’ Not Included in Jerry Lewis' Estate
    Woman was never acknowledged by Lewis, but she feels entitled to a share of his estate. A woman who claimed she was the daughter of Jerry Lewis was never acknowledged by him. He never made an effort to see her, despite her attempt to do so in…
Rank this Week: 2162

Utah Estate Planning

Utah Estate Planning

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

http://www.utahestateplanning.typepad.com/
Rank this Week: 3345

New Jersey Lawyers Blog

New Jersey Lawyers Blog

Covers New Jersey business, labor and employment, estate planning and consumer law. By McLaughlin & Nardi, LLC.

http://www.newjerseylawyersblog.com/
  • Nov 21

    New Jersey Supreme Court Issues Landmark Decision on Statute of Limitation in Construction Defect Case

    New Jersey Supreme Court Issues Landmark Decision on Statute of Limitation in Construction Defect Case
    The New Jersey Supreme Court recently issued an important decision in the case of Palisades At Fort Lee Condominium Association, Inc. v. 100 Old Palisade, LLC, defining when the statute of limitation will begin to run  in construction…
  • Nov 17

    McLaughlin & Nardi Pledges to Fight for the Victims of Harassment and Discrimination

    McLaughlin & Nardi Pledges to Fight for the Victims of Harassment and Discrimination
    Where We Stand Given the reports of sexual harassment and sexual assault which have been flooding the news lately, such as those involving Harvey Weinstein, Megyn Kelly and the situation at Fox News, Kevin Spacey, Bill Cosby, and Ray Moore,…
  • Nov 17

    Third Circuit Issues Important Wage & Hour Decision

    Third Circuit Issues Important Wage & Hour Decision
    Wage and Hour Laws Governing New Jersey Workplaces The Fair Labor Standards Act is the federal law which, along with the Wage and Hour Division of the United States Department of Labor’s regulations found in the Code of Federal…
Rank this Week: 4043

Moynihan Lyons PC BLog

Moynihan Lyons PC BLog

Features estate planning and elder law news. By Moynihan Lyons PC.

http://blog.moynihanlyons.com/
  • Nov 21

    Belgrade Residents Create Hidden Pet Cemeterie

    Belgrade Residents Create Hidden Pet Cemeterie
    Residents take the law into their own hands and create hidden pet cemeteries in city. Many people today treat their pets as if they were members of their families and frequently leave their pets inheritances and trusts. These same people…
  • Nov 20

    Fending Off False Claims against Estate

    Fending Off False Claims against Estate
    Someone may not be related to the deceased. However, that doesn’t always stop an expense to the estate. Pilar Abel may have had a good incentive to claiming to be Salvador Dali’s daughter such as an honest belief she was related or even…
  • Nov 17

    'Daughter' Not Included in Jerry Lewis' Estate

    'Daughter' Not Included in Jerry Lewis' Estate
    Woman was never acknowledged by Lewis, but she feels entitled to a share of his estate. A woman who claimed she was the daughter of Jerry Lewis was never acknowledged by him. He never made an effort to see her, despite her attempt to do so in…
Rank this Week: 3462

Law Offices of Lauren E. Jackson

Law Offices of Lauren E. Jackson

An Illinois legal blog covering all things relating to estate planning, real estate, and probate issues.

http://laurenjacksonlaw.com/blog/
  • Nov 21

    Trouble selling your home? Make sure your realtor is working for you!

    Trouble selling your home? Make sure your realtor is working for you!
    If your home has been on the market for some time (and you are using a realtor) you better make sure your realtor is working for you. Do you know the common ways that realtors and property owners use to market their property listings? Below…
  • Oct 9

    What to ask your Estate Planning Attorney before hiring them

    What to ask your Estate Planning Attorney before hiring them
    One question that should take top priority when interviewing a potential estate-planning attorney is: What is the amount of experience they have accumulated in the field? The reason this should take such precedence is not only because you…
  • Oct 4

    Podcast Interview with Steve Sleeper – Ask the Expert

    Podcast Interview with Steve Sleeper – Ask the Expert
    I am pleased to announce that I was recently featured on an informational podcast to generally discuss common estate planning and real estate issues.  I hope you enjoy listening to it as much as I enjoyed giving it! Ask the Expert…
Rank this Week: 2674

The Zimmer Law Firm

The Zimmer Law Firm

Covers elder law, estate planning, Medicaid, probate, wills and trusts.

http://www.zimmerlawfirm.com/blog/
  • Nov 21

    Is Contesting a Trust Harder Than Contesting a Will During Probate?

    Is Contesting a Trust Harder Than Contesting a Will During Probate?
    Trust attorneys at Zimmer Law Firm will help you to determine if you should make a trust as part of your estate plan. There are many significant advantages to the creation of a trust, and trusts are both a versatile and a powerful estate…
  • Nov 16

    Basics of Estate Planning: Asset Protection

    Basics of Estate Planning: Asset Protection
    This examines the basics of asset protection. It includes some specific strategies to reduce asset protection risk. The post Basics of Estate Planning: Asset Protection appeared first on Estate Planning and Medicaid Planning Attorneys in…
  • Nov 14

    Estate Planning Advice for Grandparent

    Estate Planning Advice for Grandparent
    Estate planning lawyers at Zimmer Law Firm provide advice with the creation of an estate plan that is right for your particular family situation. We help people of all ages and we understand how your life circumstances change as you get…
Rank this Week: 2342

Cramer Law Center

Cramer Law Center

Covers Florida estate planning.

http://cramerlawcenter.com
  • Nov 21

    Married or Not Married? That is the Question, Part 2

    Married or Not Married? That is the Question, Part 2
    In the recent case of Smith v. Smith, our Florida Supreme Court addressed the question of what happens to a person found to be legally incapacitated, who had a guardian appointed for them, and had the right to contract removed.  Can that…
  • Nov 7

    Oh! Those Dangerous Instrumentalities: The Estate Owned Automobile

    Oh! Those Dangerous Instrumentalities: The Estate Owned Automobile
    One of our first admonitions to clients seeking to become appointed personal representative of a decedent’s estate and is to secure all automobiles and not let anyone drive them.  Under Florida’s Dangerous Instrumentality…
  • Oct 23

    Florida Electronic Wills Act

    Florida Electronic Wills Act
    Following up on other potentially problematic legislation which has not been codified into law, we have the Florida Electronic Wills Act. The bad news is this potentially disastrous law actually passed both houses of the Florida…
Rank this Week: 4422

King Law Offices Blog

King Law Offices Blog

Discusses traffic matters, family law, criminal law, wills and estate planning and personal injury law as it relates to North Carolina and South Carolina.

https://kinglawoffices.com/blog/
  • Nov 21

    How Marital Reconciliation Can Affect Your Divorce

    How Marital Reconciliation Can Affect Your Divorce
    Sometimes spouses decide to separate, only to later move back in together and continue their marriage. This is known as marital reconciliation or resumption of marriage. While it may result in a happy ending if the resumption of marriage is…
  • Nov 20

    Why You Should Get a Separation Agreement

    Why You Should Get a Separation Agreement
    North Carolina law requires married couples to live separate and apart for one year before they can file for divorce. While you cannot file for a divorce until this time period has elapsed, there are many issues you can resolve while…
  • Nov 19

    Changed Circumstances Could Require a Child Support Modification

    Changed Circumstances Could Require a Child Support Modification
    Once you’ve been ordered to pay child support, that obligation generally continues every month until the child turns 18 or graduates from high school. However, sometimes your financial circumstances might suddenly change, making it…
Rank this Week: 1074

Hull & Hull LLP Blog

Hull & Hull LLP Blog

Covers trusts and estate planning.

https://hullandhull.com/feed/
  • Nov 21

    Simplifying the Search for a Deceased’s Life Insurance Policy

    Simplifying the Search for a Deceased’s Life Insurance Policy
    Beneficiary designations for life insurance policies can be an integral part of one’s estate plan. As designated policy proceeds typically pass outside of an estate, and are not subject to costly probate fees, policy holders often use…
  • Nov 20

    Lost Wills and Rebutting the Presumption of Revocation

    Lost Wills and Rebutting the Presumption of Revocation
    When a testator’s Last Will and Testament cannot be located upon death, there is a presumption that the Will was destroyed by the testator with the intention to revoke it. The recent decision of Honourable Justice Robyn M. Ryan Bell in…
  • Nov 17

    Appointing an Alternate Trustee

    Appointing an Alternate Trustee
    When drafting a Will, solicitors and testators should be aware of issues that may arise where the appointed estate trustee refuses or is unable to act.  Consideration should be given to appointing alternate trustees. The issue is…
Rank this Week: 2371