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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/
  • Jan 18

    IRS to Begin Revoking Passports in January for Seriously Delinquent Tax Debt

    IRS to Begin Revoking Passports in January for Seriously Delinquent Tax Debt
    The IRS has issued a notice stating it will begin the process of revoking passports of individuals with “seriously delinquent tax debts.” Seriously delinquent tax debts are those totaling more than $50,000 indexed for inflation.…
  • Dec 14

    What Should I Do If I Have an Unreported Offshore Account at a “Bad Bank”?

    What Should I Do If I Have an Unreported Offshore Account at a “Bad Bank”?
    If you have an account at one of the IRS “bad banks” and you used the Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (OVDP), you will face a 50 percent offshore penalty on the highest aggregate account balance during the disclosure period,…
  • Dec 11

    I Don’t Agree With the Findings of My IRS Examiner. Should I Appeal?

    I Don’t Agree With the Findings of My IRS Examiner. Should I Appeal?
    Appealing the results of an IRS examination is usually beneficial to a taxpayer if there is a basis for disputing the findings. The process doesn’t cost anything (although it’s highly recommended that you retain a tax audit…
Rank this Week: 88

Florida Probate Litigation Lawyer…

Florida Probate Litigation Lawyer Blog

Cover Florida probate litigation. By Chepenik & Trushin LLP.

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

    2018, Moving forward with the new Tax Bill

    2018, Moving forward with the new Tax Bill
    The New Tax Bill At the end of last year, Congress passed the most significant tax reform since 1986 and unsurprisingly, it aroused many controversies. Its supporters are convinced that the bill is a big success for workers, pointing out…
  • Feb 7

    Guardianship, FL law explanation

    Guardianship, FL law explanation
    Guardianship:  When No Less Restrictive Alternative is Available What is guardianship? The simple answer: court intervention to safeguard the property and care of an individual unable to make such decisions themselves. Continue…
  • Jan 24

    Irrevocable Trusts, one tool in an estate planning tool box

    Irrevocable Trusts, one tool in an estate planning tool box
    IRREVOCABLE SPENDTHRIFT TRUSTS Trusts are popular estate planning instruments that may bring many benefits both during lifetime and in the case of death. Some common reasons for setting up a trust include the avoidance of costs and time…
Rank this Week: 163

Andrew Flusche, Virginia Lawyer

Andrew Flusche, Virginia Lawyer

Covers Virginia drunk driving, reckless driving and speeding offenses.

http://www.andrewflusche.com/blog/
  • Feb 10

    How much does a VA reckless driving lawyer cost?

    How much does a VA reckless driving lawyer cost?
    If you received a reckless driving ticket, you are probably wondering what to do about it and how much does it even cost to hire a VA reckless driving lawyer? Many of my clients have never needed a lawyer before, so it’s not unusual to…
  • Jan 19

    Can a cop pull you over for no reason?

    Can a cop pull you over for no reason?
    One big question that many motorists have is how the officers can pull you over. Do they need a reason to do so? In other words, can a cop pull you over for no reason? The answer to this question is kind of complicated, but it starts with a…
  • Jan 16

    What is a capias warrant?

    What is a capias warrant?
    In Virginia there are certain options the judge has if you miss court when you’re summons to be there as a witness or as a defendant. One of those options is to issue what’s called a capias. A capias is a bench warrant for your…
Rank this Week: 137

Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof…

Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof Blog

By Gerry W. Beyer.

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/trusts_estates_prof/
Rank this Week: 181

About Florida Law

About Florida Law

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

http://aboutfloridalaw.com
  • Feb 20

    6 Tips For First Time Home Buyers In Florida

    6 Tips For First Time Home Buyers In Florida
    First time home buyers are often anxious because the purchase of their single family home or condominium will likely be the largest transaction of their lifetime. For this reason, a new home buyer may find this process less overwhelming when…
  • Feb 6

    When Is A Landlord Liable For A Tenant Slip and Fall?

    When Is A Landlord Liable For A Tenant Slip and Fall?
    Many apartment complex slip and fall accidents occur as a result of the landlord’s negligence. Often times, it is the landlord’s failure to maintain their property and address conditions that they knew about or should have known…
  • Jan 1

    Quitclaim Deed Lawsuit

    Quitclaim Deed Lawsuit
    In Florida, quitclaim deeds are one of the most common deeds to transfer real estate.  (Other common deeds include general warranty deeds, special warranty deeds and personal representative deeds.) This is because a large number of…
Rank this Week: 238

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
  • Dec 29

    Gifting as the Year End

    Gifting as the Year End
    Another year is almost over! While 2017 was diverse and full of interesting happenings, can you believe another year end is almost here? Are you relieved? Scared about what 2018 is going to bring? Me too! But with the New Year inevitably come…
  • Dec 29

    Assisted Suicide Machine Lets You Kill Yourself Anywhere

    Assisted Suicide Machine Lets You Kill Yourself Anywhere
    As an estate planning attorney, end of life decisions are part of the process of creating legal documents such as the living will. But the living will only goes so far, as it legally allows the process of dying to take place uninhibited by…
  • Dec 22

    When You Don’t Avoid Probate with a Trust

    When You Don’t Avoid Probate with a Trust
    A couple of years ago, a very nice couple visited with me in my office. They had moved from Wisconsin, where their attorney was also licensed in Florida and had just completed a revision of their revocable trusts and related pour-over will,…
Rank this Week: 211

All About Estates

All About Estates

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

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

    Consent to Medical Assistance in Dying vs. Withdrawal of Life-Sustaining Treatment

    Consent to Medical Assistance in Dying vs. Withdrawal of Life-Sustaining Treatment
    The cases before the court of Shalom Ouanounou and Taquisha McKitty[i] focus on the declaration of brain death and the withdrawal of life-sustaining treatment without consent. I will not address the issue of declaration of brain death as that…
  • Feb 19

    What to do when a loved one dies?

    What to do when a loved one dies?
    Believe it or not, this is the title of a recent release from the Canada Revenue Agency (“CRA”). Is there really a softer side to the CRA? Let’s face there is a lot to do after a loved one dies, and a lot of it not related…
  • Feb 16

    Death and TOSI Part 2: Spouse

    Death and TOSI Part 2: Spouse
    My past two blogs have looked at the December 13, 2017 draft legislation that amends and expands the tax on split income (“TOSI”) rules. In my last blog I outlined some of the special rules that apply (in the context of TOSI) to…
Rank this Week: 275

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/
  • Feb 20

    What happens to my Moms bank account since she did not have beneficiaries listed?

    What happens to my Moms bank account since she did not have beneficiaries listed?
    If your mom had a trust and the bank account was properly transferred to be owned by the trust, then the trust should be able to distribute it. The bank should not give you any problems. If the bank account was not owned by the trust, but the…
  • Feb 7

    The Legacy Challenge… Can you pass it?

    The Legacy Challenge… Can you pass it?
    When you die will your family have an easy time dealing with all of your financial affairs? We understand that talking about your death or even planning for your death is hard to discuss. Below are a few helpful guidelines to remind you what…
  • Jan 23

    Are you responsible for your parents’ debt?

    Are you responsible for your parents’ debt?
    A question I often get asked when discussing the consequences of the death of a parent is: Am I responsible for my parents’ debt when they die? The quick answer to that question is…..no. Whether your parents have an estate plan…
Rank this Week: 357

Rule of Law

Rule of Law

Covers British Columbia wills, trusts and estates law, elder law and estate litigation. By Stan Rule.

http://rulelaw.blogspot.com/
  • Feb 17

    Downey Courthouse, Downey California

    Downey Courthouse, Downey California
    I took this photograph last October, when I was, perhaps not surprisingly given the photo, in Downey, California.
  • Feb 11

    Kimberly Rule Presenting at "Death is Not the End" Continuing Legal Education Course

    Kimberly Rule Presenting at "Death is Not the End" Continuing Legal Education Course
    Kimberly Rule of our firm will be one of the group leaders at the two-day estate-administration workshop, "Death is Not the End." The course will be held on March 8th and 9th at the Pan Pacific Hotel, 999 Canada Place, Vancouver, B.C. For…
  • Jan 28

    MacKinnon v. Donauer

    MacKinnon v. Donauer
    There is no shortage of court cases in British Columbia of informal family arrangements going awry. A parent may assist a child and the child’s spouse in purchasing a home with the expectation of sharing the home. The idea may make good…
Rank this Week: 276

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: 292

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: 343

New York Trusts & Estates…

New York Trusts & Estates Litigation Blog

Discusses recent cases and developments pertaining to New York trusts and estates law. By Farrell Fritz.

http://www.nyestatelitigationblog.com/
Rank this Week: 294

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: 311

Law Office of Barton P. Levine

Law Office of Barton P. Levine

Covers New York estate planning, probate and wills.

http://blog.bartonlevine.com/
  • May 6

    Making Charitable Contributions Work

    Making Charitable Contributions Work
    While you're alive and have philanthropic goals, give appreciated assets held in a taxable account to charity. For charitable bequests, designate your IRA or tax-deferred employer retirement plan. Why? Suppose a hypothetical Al Cole wants to…
  • May 5

    What to Do to Reduce Estate Taxe

    What to Do to Reduce Estate Taxe
    o Reduce Estate Taxes If you plan on leaving a sizable amount of money to your heirs, it's understandable to be concerned about estate taxes. After all, the top Federal estate tax rate of 40% could take a nasty bite out of a multi-million…
  • May 5

    What to Do to Reduce Estate Taxe

    What to Do to Reduce Estate Taxe
    o Reduce Estate Taxes If you plan on leaving a sizable amount of money to your heirs, it's understandable to be concerned about estate taxes. After all, the top Federal estate tax rate of 40% could take a nasty bite out of a multi-million…
Rank this Week: 304

PA Elder, Estate & Fiduciary…

PA Elder, Estate & Fiduciary Law Blog

Covers Elder Law, long-term care, "End-of-Life" and health care surrogate decision-making, estate & personal planning, fiduciary administrations, elders' dispute resolution, and Orphans' Court litigation. By Neil E. Hendershot.

http://paelderestatefiduciary.blogspot.com/
  • Apr 16

    PA Model Local Rule for Mediation

    PA Model Local Rule for Mediation
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  • Apr 16

    Expanding Access to Mediation in PA

    Expanding Access to Mediation in PA
    <!--[if !mso]> v\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} o\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} w\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} .shape {behavior:url(#default#VML);} <![endif]-->Following is a document for use in a presentation to the…
  • Nov 23

    PA Bar Assn approves Orphans' Court Mediation Project

    PA Bar Assn approves Orphans' Court Mediation Project
    <!--[if gte mso 9]> <![endif]-->On Friday, November 21, 2014, the Pennsylvania Bar Association formally approved, by unanimous vote, a Report and Recommendation presented by its Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee…
Rank this Week: 263

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: 297

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/
  • Feb 21

    Tenure Rights of Part-Time New Jersey Teacher

    Tenure Rights of Part-Time New Jersey Teacher
    One of the areas which counterintuitively generates among the most questions in New Jersey employment law is teachers’ tenure.  Although teacher tenure dates  back over a century, tenure is still an area of the law which…
  • Feb 13

    Restrictive Covenants in Employment Agreements and Business Law

    Restrictive Covenants in Employment Agreements and Business Law
    What is a Restrictive Covenant? A restrictive covenant is a contractual agreement in which one party receives something of value in exchange for a promise not to engage in a particular type of behavior.  Restrictive covenants can bind…
  • Feb 6

    Mandatory Pay for Breaks Under the Fair Labor Standard Act

    Mandatory Pay for Breaks Under the Fair Labor Standard Act
    The Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) is a federal statute enacted in 1938 with the goal of setting national minimum requirements for employee compensation.  It covers areas such as minimum wage and overtime, among other…
Rank this Week: 476

Lancaster Law Blog

Lancaster Law Blog

Covers business law, employment law, estate planning, family law, and nonprofit law information for Lancaster County and Pennsylvania residents. From Russell, Krafft & Gruber.

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

    When to Call the Snow Plow

    When to Call the Snow Plow
    Even though winter is (hopefully) almost over, it is a good time to talk about snow and plan ahead for next year.  Every winter, condominium and homeowner association boards all over Pennsylvania face the same question:  When do we…
  • Feb 16

    What Would Barbra Do? A Business Lesson from Barbra Streisand

    What Would Barbra Do? A Business Lesson from Barbra Streisand
    When you think of Barbra Streisand, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Is it a career spanning six decades, including ten Grammy Awards, five Emmy Awards, a Special Tony Award, and more? The unique spelling of her first name? Is…
  • Feb 9

    Your Website and the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act – Part II – Compliance Overview

    Your Website and the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act – Part II – Compliance Overview
    In Part I, we discussed what the Children’s Online Privacy and Protection Act (COPPA) is, when it applies, and the consequences of failure to comply with the law. Below, we’ll discuss further questions and answers regarding an…
Rank this Week: 454

Texas Wills and Trusts Law Online

Texas Wills and Trusts Law Online

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

http://www.texaswillsandtrustslaw.com
  • Feb 16

    How Much Money Can I Give Without Paying Gift Tax?

    How Much Money Can I Give Without Paying Gift Tax?
    Under our country’s tax laws, it is the person making a gift (the donor) who is responsible for any federal gift tax that is due. The gift’s recipient (the donee) is not required to pay any income taxes on the value of the gift…
  • Jan 31

    Did the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Preserve the Step-Up in Basis?

    Did the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Preserve the Step-Up in Basis?
    Under our country’s tax laws, it is the person making a gift (the donor) who is responsible for any gift tax that is due. The gift’s recipient (the donee) is not required to pay any income taxes on the value of the gift received.…
  • Jan 24

    The State of the Estate Tax After Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

    The State of the Estate Tax After Tax Cuts and Jobs Act
    The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was signed into law on December 22, 2017. It represents the most significant tax overhaul in decades. Although efforts by the House of Representatives to completely repeal the federal estate tax were unsuccessful,…
Rank this Week: 369

Lucas Law Blog

Lucas Law Blog

Covers personal injury and family law. By Joseph M. Lucas & Associates, L.L.C.

http://www.lucaslaw.com/barrington-lawyer
  • Feb 13

    Avoid Talking to Insurance Companies Before Your Personal Injury Attorney

    Avoid Talking to Insurance Companies Before Your Personal Injury Attorney
    The initial conversations you have with an insurance company after an injury can determine how much the company will cover your health expenses. The goal of an insurance adjuster is to get you to admit fault or downplay your injuries so…
  • Jan 16

    Understanding Trends in Divorce Rate

    Understanding Trends in Divorce Rate
    It is too early to have complete statistics related to marriage and divorce in the U.S. for 2017. Researchers have had enough time to compile their 2016 data and get a snapshot of what the 2017 data may be. For decades, people in the…
  • Dec 15

    Watching for Child Injuries After Car Accident

    Watching for Child Injuries After Car Accident
    Being involved in a car accident can become a nightmare if you have a child with you in the vehicle. Your immediate concern will be to check for any visible injuries on your child, followed by medical attention. As with adults, some injuries…
Rank this Week: 734

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
  • Feb 13

    Discovery of Trust Document

    Discovery of Trust Document
    Boren v. Rogers, et al, 43 Fla. L. Weekly D274c In 2014, Ann Boren filed a complaint seeking to invalidate two trusts, one executed in 2013 and the other executed in 2014, on the grounds of undue influence.  The allegations in the…
  • Jan 12

    Delayed Discovery Doctrine Applies to Undue Influence Claim

    Delayed Discovery Doctrine Applies to Undue Influence Claim
    Flanzer v. Kaplan, — So.3d — (2017 Wl 5759041) – Gloria and Louis Flanzer created a philanthropic trust in December 2005. By its terms, the trust became irrevocable at its creation. Louis died in June 2013 and…
  • Jan 11

    Premature Discharge of Personal Representative

    Premature Discharge of Personal Representative
    In re: Estate of Lillian L. Unanue (43 Fla.L.Weekly D70a) – On November 17, 2016, the co-personal representatives of the Estate of Lillian Unanue (“Estate”) filed a final accounting and petition for discharge.  The…
Rank this Week: 562

Virginia Disability Law Blog

Virginia Disability Law Blog

Covers Social Security disability law and special needs trusts. By Sheri R. Abrams.

http://sheriabrams.com/blog
  • Feb 13

    How Can Our Family Spend Money That’s in a Special Needs Trust?

    How Can Our Family Spend Money That&rsquo;s in a Special Needs Trust?
    A Special Needs Trust can hold money or title to property for the benefit of a disabled individual. The funds need to be used to supplement benefits received from government programs such as Medicaid and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).…
  • Feb 8

    Special Needs Planning: Don’t Leave Your Child’s Future in the Hands of an Unpredictable Congre

    Special Needs Planning: Don&rsquo;t Leave Your Child&rsquo;s Future in the Hands of an Unpredictable Congre
    Government programs are meant to provide assistance to our citizens. However, even programs that can mean the difference between life and death, such as Medicaid and Supplemental Security Income (SSI), can have their budgets cut, benefits…
  • Jan 31

    Virginia Special Needs Planning Lawyer: Guardianship and the Autistic Adult

    Virginia Special Needs Planning Lawyer: Guardianship and the Autistic Adult
    As a Virginia special needs planning lawyer, I know that everyone who falls on the Autism spectrum is unique. Some will grow to be adults who can generally function in the world, make decisions on their own behalf, and effectively communicate…
Rank this Week: 889

Spencer Law Firm Trust, Estate and…

Spencer Law Firm Trust, Estate and Tax Law Blog

Covers probate and estate planning in Pennsylvania.

http://www.spencerlawfirm.com/blog/
  • Feb 11

    How Does the New Tax Law Affect You?

    How Does the New Tax Law Affect You?
    The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act 2017 ("TCJA") changes are effective for 2018. The 500 page law makes lots of changes but the net effect across the board is a very small benefit to low and middle income taxpayers,...
  • Sep 17

    Spousal Consent or Who Owns your Retirement Plan?

    Spousal Consent or Who Owns your Retirement Plan?
    In general, property law is state law. There are a few exceptions and one of them is Spousal Consent to change a beneficiary on qualified plans. Many employees are surprised to find out that they must name their spouse as...
  • Jun 27

    Snowbirds and Taxe

    Snowbirds and Taxe
    Where you live and where you are taxed.&nbsp; Many folks like to spend the cold winter months in Florida, or some other warm state, and return to northern climates for the summer. Many of these folks think that their...
Rank this Week: 936

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/
  • Feb 9

    Florida Elective Share Statute Change

    Florida Elective Share Statute Change
    The Florida Elective Share statutes has made it almost impossible to disinherit a spouse from your estate outside of a premarital, prenuptial, or post-nuptial agreement. In 1999, the Florida Legislature enacted what we now call the Florida…
  • Jan 3

    Tortious interference of a testamentary expectancy

    Tortious interference of a testamentary expectancy
    Tortious interference of a testamentary expectancy is a “tort” or a wrongful act that causes economic harm to another person, and allows for compensatory and punitive damages. The plaintiff must prove the following elements…
  • 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…
Rank this Week: 687

Law Office of Andrew M. Lamkin,…

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

Covers elder law.

http://lamkinelderlaw.com/articles/
  • Jan 24

    A Quick Primer on Elder Law

    A Quick Primer on Elder Law
    As you age, you face critical decisions that not only impact your quality of life but the life of your loved ones. Some decisions you might make include how you receive medical care, where you live, and what you want when you pass away. Many…
  • Jan 10

    10 Things to Know about Probate Court in New York

    10 Things to Know about Probate Court in New York
    When a loved one dies leaving a will, you must go through the legal process known as probate. Probate is only required in the state of New York when your loved one’s assets total more than $30,000 in value. If the assets total over…
  • Dec 27

    Exploring the Probate Process of New York

    Exploring the Probate Process of New York
    Probate is a process that settles an estate under the supervision of the court. First, a person (usually a spouse or adult child) is appointed in the deceased’s will or by the court to oversee the process and take all necessary steps to…
Rank this Week: 644

Florida Asset Protection &…

Florida Asset Protection & Estate Planning

Covers asset protection and estate planning. By C. Randolph Coleman.

https://www.thecolemanlawfirm.com/blog/
  • Jan 21

    Four Reasons Why Estate Planning Isn’t Just for the Top 1 Percent

    Four Reasons Why Estate Planning Isn’t Just for the Top 1 Percent
    The Tax Cut and Jobs Act (TCJA) is now officially law. Both the House and Senate passed the new tax reform bill in December with straight party-line votes and no support from Democrats. President Trump signed it into law right before…
  • Nov 3

    Helpful Tips for Family Caregivers of Loved Ones with Alzheimer’s Disease

    Helpful Tips for Family Caregivers of Loved Ones with Alzheimer’s Disease
    November is National Family Caregivers Month. More than 15 million American family members care for loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease. Here are some tips provided by the Alzheimer’s Association to help those providing care for…
  • Nov 1

    What To Do When a Loved One Passes Away

    What To Do When a Loved One Passes Away
    Whether your spouse has just passed away or you have lost your mom or dad, the emotional trauma of losing a loved one often comes with a bewildering array of financial and legal issues surrounding probate & trust administration demanding…
Rank this Week: 852

Pharos Law Group Blog

Pharos Law Group Blog

Covers estate planning and business planning topics.

http://pharoslaw.com/blog/
  • Jan 19

    Deadlock among business owners: Part 2

    Deadlock among business owners: Part 2
    Deadlock among business owners can be an awful thing for the individuals involved and for the company. In the prior post, we began this discussion by noting this reality and how deadlocks can come about in unintended ways.  In this post,…
  • Jan 17

    Deadlock among business owners: things to consider and avoid

    Deadlock among business owners: things to consider and avoid
    dead·lock ˈdedˌläk/ noun noun: deadlock; plural noun: deadlocks a situation, typically one involving opposing parties, in which no progress can be made. “an attempt to break the deadlock”…
  • Jan 3

    Estate planning mistakes to avoid (U.S. News article)

    Estate planning mistakes to avoid (U.S. News article)
    It is always better to learn from the mistakes of others than to make the same mistakes yourself. This is certainly true when it comes to estate planning–wise folks will learn from and avoid very common mistakes made by far too many…
Rank this Week: 595

Estateography

Estateography

By Alvi Aggarwal.

http://www.estateography.com/
  • Jan 17

    Irving v. DiVito: Clear Wishes, but Not A Codicil

    Irving v. DiVito: Clear Wishes, but Not A Codicil
    In Irving v. DiVito, the Virginia Supreme Court determined the circuit court did not err in refusing to admit to probate a writing offered as a holographic codicil. The writing at issue in Irving is clear about the intended dispositive…
  • Jun 23

    Reineck v. Lemen and Virginia Powers of Attorney

    Reineck v. Lemen and Virginia Powers of Attorney
    In Reineck v. Lemen, the Virginia Supreme Court tells us something about granting hot powers and certain duties of an agent under a power of attorney.
  • Jun 23

    Changing Direction

    Changing Direction
    I have decided to change the direction of Estateography a bit. Future posts will involve more analysis of Virginia law. The first post in this new direction is here: http://ychlaw.com/thorsen-v-rspca-comments/.
Rank this Week: 917

Cramer Law Center

Cramer Law Center

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

http://cramerlawcenter.com/blog/
  • Dec 12

    Don’t Let Concerns About Proposed Changes to the Estate Tax Law Spoil your Holidays!

    Don’t Let Concerns About Proposed Changes to the Estate Tax Law Spoil your Holidays!
    There is a lot of talk currently going on in Washington about the estate tax. Remember; however, the estate tax currently affects a very small and very wealthy number of Americans, with only the estates of about 2 out of every 1,000 Americans…
  • 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…
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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: 896

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: 877

KYEstates.com

KYEstates.com

A Kentucky-based conversation on trust & estates law. By Carter Ruml.

http://kyestates.com
  • Apr 10

    “Emerging Adulthood” and Life Cycle Planning

    “Emerging Adulthood” and Life Cycle Planning
    It was exciting and gratifying last weekend when the New York Times published a really excellent article by Jeffrey J. Selingo in its “Education Life” section that wove together several themes we’ve written on…
  • Apr 3

    Fun, Not Friction: LLC Planning for Family Vacation or Farm Property

    Fun, Not Friction: LLC Planning for Family Vacation or Farm Property
    Many of my clients own second homes at the beach, or the lake.  Less frequently, clients own large properties (often farms) that have deep family and historic significance.  In either instance, clients often want to keep these…
  • Mar 25

    Ruml PLC is Proud to Sponsor Derby Divas 2016

    Ruml PLC is Proud to Sponsor Derby Divas 2016
    Support, engagement, and partnership from clients and friends of Ruml PLC has been nothing short of extraordinary during the firm’s first 6 months – thank you! We’re very pleased to be in a position to give back by…
Rank this Week: 632

FLG Trusts & Estates Reporter

FLG Trusts & Estates Reporter

Covers trusts, estate planning, asset protection, and probate, with particular focus on Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida. By Fortenberry Law Group PLLC.

http://www.fortenberrylaw.com
  • Nov 17

    U.S. States With Series LLC Act

    U.S. States With Series LLC Act
    A series LLC is a form of limited liability company that is authorized by state law to hold assets in separate “containers” known as series.  These containers function much like holding companies. They are used to segregate…
  • Nov 17

    U.S. States With Series LLC Act

    U.S. States With Series LLC Act
    A series LLC is a form of limited liability company that is authorized by state law to hold assets in separate “containers” known as series.  These containers function much like holding companies. They are used to segregate…
  • 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…
Rank this Week: 619

Cooper Elder Law

Cooper Elder Law

Covers Ohio estate planning, nursing home protection and qualifying for veterans benefits. By Thom L. Cooper Company, LPA.

http://cooperelderlaw.com/our-blog/
  • Jun 8

    Cooper, Adel & Associates Names Daniel H. Vu Partner

    Cooper, Adel &amp; Associates Names Daniel H. Vu Partner
    Founder Thom L. Cooper and Managing Partner Mitchell J. Adel are pleased to announce the appointment of Daniel Vu as partner in the law firm of Cooper, Adel and Associates. Vu will lead the development of the firm’s advance estate…
  • Apr 22

    Earth Day is a good opportunity to fertilize your estate plan.

    Earth Day is a good opportunity to fertilize your estate plan.
    By Attorney Ted Brown Earth Day is one of my favorite times of the year as it marks the dawn of spring and reminds us of the natural wonder of seasonal renewal. It gives us the opportunity to pause and reflect on not only the pristine beauty…
  • Apr 7

    Ohio Under Fire Over Medicaid Regulation

    Ohio Under Fire Over Medicaid Regulation
    By Attorney Nathan Simpson In a recent opinion in the case Wagner v. McCarthy, a judge from the Federal District Court for Southern Ohio issued a preliminary injunction against the Ohio Department of Medicaid for its interpretation of federal…
Rank this Week: 540

Toronto Estates & Trusts Monitor

Toronto Estates & Trusts Monitor

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

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

    A Faulty Settlement and Some Buyer's Remorse

    A Faulty Settlement and Some Buyer's Remorse
    The recent decision of the Superior Court of Justice in the Murphy Estate considers what happens when parties to a proceeding settle a matter on the basis of faulty facts and one of the parties suffers from “buyer’s remorse”. 
  • Mar 7

    A Faulty Settlement and Some Buyer's Remorse

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

    Some Tips on Paying Estate Debt

    Some Tips on Paying Estate Debt
    One of an estate trustee’s duties is to pay the debts that a deceased individual owed when he or she died.  As I have previously discussed, the estate trustee is generally not personally liable for the deceased’s debts – they are paid…
Rank this Week: 635

Nordhaus Walpole, PLLC Blog

Nordhaus Walpole, PLLC Blog

Covers family law, estate planning and probate.

https://www.collincountyattorney.com/blog/
  • Dec 28

    What the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Means for Alimony

    What the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Means for Alimony
    When President Trump signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act into law on December 22, several aspects of the federal tax code changed significantly. For spouses contemplating divorce, one of the most sweeping changes is a reversal of the tax…
  • Dec 14

    7 Reasons (Besides Distributing Your Estate) to Have an Estate Plan

    7 Reasons (Besides Distributing Your Estate) to Have an Estate Plan
    Why should you have an estate plan? While having an estate plan is crucial to ensuring that your assets will be distributed according to your final wishes, this is only part of the equation. A comprehensive estate plan will serve a number of…
  • Jan 31

    5 Changes that May Require You to Modify Your Estate Plan

    5 Changes that May Require You to Modify Your Estate Plan
    While many estate planning tools offer the flexibility to automatically address certain changes in your life (such as the accumulation of wealth or the death of a family member), there are a variety of circumstances under which it may still…
Rank this Week: 2127

Law Office of Donald D. Vanarelli…

Law Office of Donald D. Vanarelli Blog

Covers New Jersey elder law and estate planning.

https://vanarellilaw.com/blog/
Rank this Week: 3512

Illinois Estate Planning &…

Illinois Estate Planning & Elder Law Blog

Covers Illinois estate planning, real estate and trusts. By Wilson & Wilson.

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

    Estate Planning and Retirement Considerations for Late-In-Life Parent

    Estate Planning and Retirement Considerations for Late-In-Life Parent
    Older parents are becoming more common, driven in part by changing mores and surrogate motherhood.  Comedian and author Steve Martin had his first child at age 67.  Singer Billy Joel just welcomed his third daughter. Janet Jackson…
  • Feb 1

    What exactly is a bond anyway?

    What exactly is a bond anyway?
    When a non-lawyer ventures into the world of probate or guardianship, one item that usually causes confusion is the requirement for the representative to post a bond. Under Illinois law, a court-appointed representative is required to post a…
  • Jan 26

    Where should you keep your original will?

    Where should you keep your original will?
    One of the most common questions we receive from clients is where to keep original wills and other estate planning documents. Generally, there are two main options as to where these documents should be kept. The first option is to keep them…
Rank this Week: 4660

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/
  • Feb 21

    Mistakes to Avoid in Your Retirement Plan

    Mistakes to Avoid in Your Retirement Plan
    This is an article from Northern California Center for Estate Planning and Elder Law (www.norcalplanners.com/) in Sacramento, California, that we thought others may find helpful. A major concern for most people, when it comes to retirement is…
  • Feb 19

    Planning for Retirement Plans and IRAs: Beneficiary Designation

    Planning for Retirement Plans and IRAs: Beneficiary Designation
    Perhaps the largest part of most Americans’ wealth is in their qualified plan or IRA. Planning for these assets is one of the most important parts of the estate plan, for many reasons. This article will discuss the importance of…
  • Feb 14

    4 Tips for Creating an Estate Plan that Works!

    4 Tips for Creating an Estate Plan that Works!
    This is an article from the Law Office of Russell M. Blood (http://www.russbloodlaw.com) in South Jordan, Utah, that we thought others may find helpful. In a study conducted by caring.com in 2015, only 56% of American households had a will or…
Rank this Week: 1050

Utah Estate Planning

Utah Estate Planning

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

http://www.utahestateplanning.typepad.com/
  • Feb 21

    Widow/Widower Preparation 101

    Widow/Widower Preparation 101
    “Among the risks that married couples face in retirement, this one is unavoidable. It’s the risk of becoming a widow or widower.”
  • Feb 20

    Remember Your Heirs in Estate Planning

    Remember Your Heirs in Estate Planning
    “Estate planning can feel overwhelming for individuals without an ‘heir apparent.’”
  • Feb 19

    Selecting the Right Medicare Plan

    Selecting the Right Medicare Plan
    “The plan that was best for you over the past year, may not be the best one next year.”
Rank this Week: 3321

Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning

Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning

Covers estate planning, elder law, asset protection, charitable giving, and business law. By Kyle E. Krull.

http://blog.kylekrull.com/kansas-missouri-estate-planning/
Rank this Week: 3049

Wisconsin Estate Planning

Wisconsin Estate Planning

Covers Wisconsin estate planning, elder law, probate and trust administration, real estate law, business organization, and individual income tax preparation. By Tesar Law Group, S.C.

http://blog.tesarlaw.com/
  • Feb 21

    How Does an IRA Fit into Your Retirement Savings Plan?

    How Does an IRA Fit into Your Retirement Savings Plan?
    IRA's are a great way to save money for retirement and at the same time, they provide tax advantages. Make sure beneficiary designations are updated regularly.
  • Feb 19

    Home Health Care Services: Funding Source

    Home Health Care Services: Funding Source
    There are several options for senior caregiving. Learning about each option is important since their funding is from different sources. 
  • Feb 16

    Funeral Fundamentals: You Can Trim Expense

    Funeral Fundamentals: You Can Trim Expense
    Planning your own funeral will keep your family from being at the mercy of funeral homes and their price structures.
Rank this Week: 3584

Moynihan Lyons PC BLog

Moynihan Lyons PC BLog

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

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

    Preparing to Be the Surviving Spouse

    Preparing to Be the Surviving Spouse
    It is important that preparations are made to support the survivor. It is unlikely that both members of a couple will pass away at the same time and the surviving spouse will be attempting to cope with the situation. They probably should not…
  • Feb 20

    Perhaps Your IRA Should Go into a Trust

    Perhaps Your IRA Should Go into a Trust
    It is important to choose the right beneficiary for your retirement account, but it is also important to protect it. If you have a lot of money in your retirement accounts and are unlikely to spend it all in your lifetime, leftover funds will…
  • Feb 19

    New Directive Considers Stages of Dementia

    New Directive Considers Stages of Dementia
    Previous documents do not take into account the slow loss of cognitive abilities. The usual forms filed when someone looks at possible dementia or other disabilities only become effective when someone has reached the stage of being completely…
Rank this Week: 3436

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
  • Feb 21

    Just Passing Through: New Deduction for Business Income Expires in 2026

    Just Passing Through: New Deduction for Business Income Expires in 2026
    Under new IRC §199A, business entity owners may be able to deduct 20 percent of passthrough income. This tax boon, which is set to sunset after December 31, 2025, has many lawyers wondering whether they might personally benefit. Almost…
  • Feb 16

    Revisiting the Dying Declaration Exception

    Revisiting the Dying Declaration Exception
    The “dying declaration” exception to the hearsay rule just jumped from law school textbooks onto California newspapers: A young woman who was stabbed and bleeding told officers who had assaulted her shortly before she died,…
  • Feb 14

    When Marriage Is Not About Love

    When Marriage Is Not About Love
    Valentine’s Day is about romance and love—and a lot of marriage proposals are made on that day. But sometimes there’s fraud lurking among the roses and chocolates. Marriage fraud under immigration law is a big issue for…
Rank this Week: 1054

Sabin & Associates, PLLC Blog

Sabin & Associates, PLLC Blog

Covers elder law and estate planning in Tennessee.

http://blog.epctn.com/
  • Feb 21

    Preparing to Be the Surviving Spouse

    Preparing to Be the Surviving Spouse
    It is important that preparations are made to support the survivor. It is unlikely that both members of a couple will pass away at the same time and the surviving spouse will be attempting to cope with the situation. They probably should not…
  • Feb 20

    Perhaps Your IRA Should Distribute to a Trust upon Death

    Perhaps Your IRA Should Distribute to a Trust upon Death
    It is important to choose the right beneficiary for your retirement account, but it is also important to protect it. If you have a lot of money in your retirement accounts and are unlikely to spend it all in your lifetime, leftover funds will…
  • Feb 19

    New Directive Considers Stages of Dementia

    New Directive Considers Stages of Dementia
    Previous documents do not take into account the slow loss of cognitive abilities. The usual forms filed when someone looks at possible dementia or other disabilities only become effective when someone has reached the stage of being completely…
Rank this Week: 2175