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Pennsylvania Fiduciary Litigation

Pennsylvania Fiduciary Litigation

Insights and and commentary from a trusts and estates lawyer and expert witness. By Patti Spencer of Spencer Law Firm.

http://www.pennsylvaniafiduciarylitigation.com/
  • Sep 14

    Inadequate Remedie

    Inadequate Remedie
    I'm working on some materials for a CLE presentation entitled Remedies in Fiduciary Litigation. I'll be giving it October 18, 2017 at the Lancaster Bar Association. Its also on the program for PBI's Estate Law Institute in Philadelphia…
  • Jun 21

    Thouron Estates - READ ALL ABOUT IT!

    Thouron Estates - READ ALL ABOUT IT!
    This blockbuster Adjudication, written by Judge Mark L. Tunnell is 212 pages long, and deals with many issues, but very significantly, with the issue of the appropriateness of attorney, accountant and executor’s fees.  Judge…
  • Jun 4

    Tax Court Slams FLP Planning

    Tax Court Slams FLP Planning
    Estate of Powell v. Commissioner, 148 T.C. No. 18 (May 18, 2017). Hold on to your seat!  This case has a huge impact on Family Limited Partnership (FLP) planning.  And yes, it creates a new “doughnut hole.” For the very…
Rank this Week: 717

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: 2161

Philadelphia Estate and Tax…

Philadelphia Estate and Tax Attorney Blog

Focuses on income, estate and gift tax matters, estate planning and probate administration. By Steven J. Fromm.

http://frommtaxes.wordpress.com/
  • Jun 20

    Here Are The IRS 2017 Standard Business, Medical and Moving Mileage Rate

    Here Are The IRS 2017 Standard Business, Medical and Moving Mileage Rate
      The Internal Revenue Service has recently issued the 2017 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes. Beginning on Jan. 1,…
  • May 25

    2017 PENNSYLVANIA TAX AMNESTY PROGRAM

    2017 PENNSYLVANIA TAX AMNESTY PROGRAM
    What Is The Pennsylvania Tax Amnesty Program? The PA Tax Amnesty program creates an incentive for taxpayers to pay there tax liabilities during a narrow time period that ends on June 19, 2017.  While this program is open, the PA ……
  • Feb 28

    IRS Installment Agreements: 2017 User Fee Schedule and Option

    IRS Installment Agreements: 2017 User Fee Schedule and Option
    Starting in 2017, the IRS has revised its user fee schedule for installment agreements. The new fee schedule applies to installment agreements entered into, restructured or reinstated on or after January 2, 2017. The final regulations…
Rank this Week: 3408

Planning Notes

Planning Notes

Covers fundamental concepts relevant to estate planning, business law, real estate law, and tax law. By Cook & Cook.

http://cooklaw.co/blog
  • Feb 16

    LLC, Corporation, Trade Name, Trademark: Which Do I Need?

    LLC, Corporation, Trade Name, Trademark: Which Do I Need?
    You want to protect your business, but what legal strategy will help you to protect it best? This might sound a little like something Yoda would say, but the particular strategy or strategies will depend upon what you are most interested in…
  • Feb 9

    Fraudulent Conveyances & Asset Protection

    Fraudulent Conveyances & Asset Protection
    Although the idea of asset protection, i.e. protecting assets from creditors of the a person who owns them, may seem simple at first glance, it's not. In reality, implicit in asset protection is a rather nuanced process of dealing with the…
  • Feb 7

    Adopted Children & Arizona’s Intestacy Statute

    Adopted Children & Arizona’s Intestacy Statute
    If a person dies without a will in Arizona, can that person's children who were adopted by another person or persons still inherit from the decedent's probate estate? It depends. Arizona's Intestacy statue provides the following, in part: B.…
Rank this Week: 3071

Potter Law Firm Blog

Potter Law Firm Blog

Covers estate planning and elder law.

http://www.potterestateplanning.com/blog/
  • Jun 30

    Using Medicaid Planning to Prepare for the High Cost of Nursing Home

    Using Medicaid Planning to Prepare for the High Cost of Nursing Home
    Do you have a plan in place to deal with the high costs of any future nursing home care? If not, then you need to discover how a Medicaid lawyer can help you protect yourself and your interests. We often hear about how important it is that we…
  • Jun 28

    How Long Does Probate Take, and Why?

    How Long Does Probate Take, and Why?
    Most people give little thought to probate until they end up having to deal with the process as an executor or find themselves waiting to receive an inheritance. As a rule, probate is usually simple to avoid – just as long as you have…
  • Jun 26

    Recognizing the Benefits of a Durable Power of Attorney

    Recognizing the Benefits of a Durable Power of Attorney
    Many individuals will create a living trust to ensure that an individual they trust has the ability to manage their finances if they are unable.  If an individual does not have a living trust as part of his estate plan, or even if he…
Rank this Week: 2319

PrivateCounsel Blog

PrivateCounsel Blog

Covers estate planning and business law. By David Hiersekorn.

http://privatecounsel.wpengine.com/blog/
  • Nov 27

    The Four Stages of Business Growth

    The Four Stages of Business Growth
    As businesses grow, they go through several distinct stages – from startup through maturity. There are several different models used to describe these states. One of the most popular systems, originally published in the Harvard Business…
  • Nov 11

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  • Nov 7

    The Truth About Personal Risk Management Part 2: Using Trusts in Estate Planning

    The Truth About Personal Risk Management Part 2: Using Trusts in Estate Planning
    Paying insurance premiums to protect against potential losses frees us mentally to enjoy driving a car, leave our house empty while on vacation and receive medical treatment for an injury or illness. In the same way, the use of trusts acts…
Rank this Week: 3046

Probate Legal Blog

Probate Legal Blog

By Clear Counsel.

http://www.clearcounsel.com/category/probate/
  • Apr 11

    Can I Sue My Sibling for Exploiting Our Elderly Mother? Standing Up Against Elder Abuse.

    Can I Sue My Sibling for Exploiting Our Elderly Mother? Standing Up Against Elder Abuse.
    Southern Nevada is a welcome retirement location for many elderly individuals. Census data shows that an estimated 12-15% of Clark County, Nevada, residents are 60 years old or older. Being aware of this significant elderly population, the…
  • Dec 21

    ClearCast #14: In Response to the Rob Graham Matter

    ClearCast #14: In Response to the Rob Graham Matter
    [Editor’s note] Welcome to today’s ClearCast! A quick word about today’s video. If you are unfamiliar with what is being alleged, you can read more here about one of the victims. This is a horrible story about a local…
  • Dec 21

    ClearCast #14: In Response to the Rob Graham Matter

    ClearCast #14: In Response to the Rob Graham Matter
    [Editor’s note] Welcome to today’s ClearCast! A quick word about today’s video. If you are unfamiliar with what is being alleged, you can read more here about one of the victims. This is a horrible story about a local…
Rank this Week: 2185

Probate Litigation Attorney Blog

Probate Litigation Attorney Blog

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

http://www.losangelesprobatelitigationattorneyblog.com/
  • Mar 3

    Conservatorship and Probate Bar Section Program Updates – new Estate Case Decision

    Conservatorship and Probate Bar Section Program Updates – new Estate Case Decision
    Firm partner, Yasha Bronshteyn, litigating Conservatorship and Trust Matters, is looking forward to the Los Angeles County Bar Association Presentation on March 16, 2018, by Judge Klein and Judge Johnson of the Los Angeles Superior Court…
  • Jan 11

    Updates in Probate and Conservatorship Matter

    Updates in Probate and Conservatorship Matter
    Alexander R. Ginzburg, Partner at Ginzburg & Bronshteyn, LLP and Edward Babakhani, Associate Attorney, at Ginzburg & Bronshteyn, LLP enjoyed the program scheduled by the Los Angeles County Bar Association -Trust and Estates Section…
  • Dec 27

    Updates in Probate and Conservatorship Matter

    Updates in Probate and Conservatorship Matter
    Attorneys at Ginzburg & Bronshteyn, LLP are looking forward to the program scheduled by the Los Angeles County Bar Association -Trust and Estates Section scheduled for January 9, 2018, concerning summaries of 2017 cases that affect…
Rank this Week: 3251

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/
Rank this Week: 526

Purcell & Amen, L.L.C. Blog

Purcell & Amen, L.L.C. Blog

Covers elder law and estate planning.

http://yourestatematters.com/blog/
  • Dec 16

    Financial Abuse of the Elderly Is Among the Fastest Growing Crimes in America

    Financial Abuse of the Elderly Is Among the Fastest Growing Crimes in America
    Over the last several decades the elderly population in the United States has grown considerably, and it shows no signs of slowing down. In fact, experts predict that by the year 2050 the number of older Americans (65 and older) will…
  • Dec 15

    Why Co-Habitating Couples Need an Estate Plan

    Why Co-Habitating Couples Need an Estate Plan
    Not all that long ago in the United States society frowned on couples who lived together outside of the bonds of matrimony. In the 21st century though, more and more couples are choosing to put off marriage until later in life, or forego the…
  • Dec 14

    Life Events that Should Trigger an Estate Plan Update

    Life Events that Should Trigger an Estate Plan Update
    In the United States it is estimated that less than half of all adults have an estate plan in place. If you are among that minority you are to be commended; however, do not make the mistake that people so often make of forgetting about your…
Rank this Week: 2314

PVW Estate Planning, Business…

PVW Estate Planning, Business Succession Planning & Asset Protection Planning Blog

Covers current issues affecting and strategies regarding estate, business succession, and asset protection planning. By Parsonage Vandenack Williams LLC.

http://www.pvwestateplanning.wordpress.com/
  • Nov 29

    SSA Updates Social Security Taxable Wage Base for 2018

    SSA Updates Social Security Taxable Wage Base for 2018
    By Joshua A. Diveley In October, the Social Security Administration (SSA) announced an adjustment to the Social Security taxable wage base to take effect in January based on an increase in average wages. Based on the wage data Social Security…
  • Nov 3

    Court Ruling Sheds Light on Estate’s Ability to Access Digital Information

    Court Ruling Sheds Light on Estate’s Ability to Access Digital Information
    By Monte L. Schatz The Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts issued a ruling on October 16, 2017 that empowers administrators of estates to access digital content of deceased persons. Federal statutes 18 U.S.C. §§ 2701 through…
  • Oct 27

    Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Treasury Withdraw Estate Valuation Regulation

    Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Treasury Withdraw Estate Valuation Regulation
    by Monte L. Schatz Historically, valuation discounts have been used as an estate planning tool to minimize estate, gift and generation-skipping taxation.  The ability to minimize taxation of ownership interests in closely held…
Rank this Week: 2460

Redlands Veterans' Affairs…

Redlands Veterans' Affairs Attorney Blog

Covers estate planning and elder law. By Esther Wang.

http://www.california-elder-law.com/blog/
  • Apr 19

    Timeline for disability benefit payments after approval

    Timeline for disability benefit payments after approval
    When people apply for Social Security disability benefits in California, they are often very eager to receive their necessary, long-awaited payments. In general, people who are approved for benefits on their initial application or…
  • Apr 17

    How to help children with special need

    How to help children with special need
    California parents who have children with special needs face unique challenges in trying to raise their kids. In some cases, the parent of a special needs child must face the prospect of a son or daughter who needs care for...
  • Apr 13

    How to get through probate

    How to get through probate
    California requires that certain property go through the probate process. This process ensures that any will a person has is valid and that a personal representative for the estate is appointed. If an individual did not have a will, he...
Rank this Week: 829

Retire Happy

Retire Happy

Covers Estate Planning Law and news. Published by Nolo

http://www.retirehappyblog.com/
  • Jul 24

    The 4 Simple Steps to a Healthy Retirement

    The 4 Simple Steps to a Healthy Retirement
    Like most Americans, you probably believe that exercise is a good thing for other people. But then, after months of sloth, you look in the mirror, get re-motivated, and reach for your jogging shoes, swimsuit, or the dusty barbells in the…
  • Jul 17

    How to Cut Health Care Spending by 50%

    How to Cut Health Care Spending by 50%
    The majority of America's health care dollars are spent on people over 50 -- and most of the medical conditions that suck it up are avoidable. For example, the majority of diabetes cases, 100% of osteoporosis, much of heart disease, stroke,…
  • Jun 16

    Friends Are More Important Than Money

    Friends Are More Important Than Money
    For years I've been making the point that a strong friendship network is key to leading a successful life after retirement. After years of having this subject largely ignored as a huge element of successful aging, it was great to read the New…
Rank this Week: 2814

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/
  • Jan 14

    New Post on Estate Planning for New Children

    New Post on Estate Planning for New Children
    A new post on Estate Planning for new babies is up on our firm's website here. Among the topics addressed are how to nominate a guardian for your child, why you should obtain life insurance, how to pay for college, and how to make sure your…
  • Nov 22

    New articles available on Fabischlaw.com

    New articles available on Fabischlaw.com
    It's been a while since I've posted any new content on this blog and wanted to make sure that readers were aware that my firm and I are still actively creating new content, but instead of post here, most of the time we post our new material…
  • 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,…
Rank this Week: 3446

Rogers, Sheffield & Campbell, LLP…

Rogers, Sheffield & Campbell, LLP News & Commentary

Covers estate planning, tax law, and real estate law.

http://rogerssheffield.com/news-and-commentary
Rank this Week: 1200

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
  • Apr 19

    Understanding Marital and Nonmarital Property

    Understanding Marital and Nonmarital Property
    In 1992, an Illinois jury convicted a man of raping and murdering an 11-year-old girl. But 20 years later, DNA evidence cleared the man of these charges and he was released from jail. He filed a lawsuit against various government entities and…
  • Apr 12

    Can You Reconcile the Differences with Your Spouse?

    Can You Reconcile the Differences with Your Spouse?
    Married couples can file for divorce in Illinois regardless of fault. Traditional “at fault” grounds include adultery, physical or mental cruelty, alcohol abuse, and impotence. But as of 2016, Illinois divorces can be based on…
  • Apr 5

    How to Get an Annulment in Illinoi

    How to Get an Annulment in Illinoi
    An annulment, which Illinois calls “declaration of invalidity of marriage,” is another way to end a marriage. Annulment is not the same thing as divorce. When your marriage is declared invalid, legally it is like the marriage…
Rank this Week: 962

Rossabi Black Slaughter, PA Blog

Rossabi Black Slaughter, PA Blog

Covers estate planning, HOA & condo associations and family law in North Carolina.

http://lawfirmcarolinas.com/blog/
  • Apr 4

    Dispute Resolution Committee Comment

    Dispute Resolution Committee Comment
    Last week I was invited to address the Legislative Research Commission’s Committee on Dispute Resolution Options for Homeowners, Associations and Governing Entities. The committee’s charge is to explore the “creation of a…
  • Mar 9

    Can we just enforce the rules we like?

    Can we just enforce the rules we like?
    Most board members don’t relish the idea of fining their friends and neighbors for minor infractions of their community’s restrictive covenants. Boards are typically willing to issue fines and citations when an owner has piles of…
  • Mar 9

    Transgender Issues in Community Association

    Transgender Issues in Community Association
    Recently, I had the opportunity to attend the annual Community Association Institute Law Seminar. One of the topics covered at the seminar was transgender issues in community associations.  We all know that community associations are…
Rank this Week: 2683

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/
  • Mar 14

    Quinn Estate

    Quinn Estate
    Estate planning for people with assets and connections to both the United States and British Columbia is fraught with potential legal and tax pitfalls. It is important to get tax and legal advice with respect to the implications on both sides…
  • Mar 8

    Estate Litigation Basics Course, April 13, 2018

    Estate Litigation Basics Course, April 13, 2018
    I have the honour of speaking at the Continuing Legal Education Course on Estate Litigation Basics, at the Pan Pacific in Vancouver on April 13, 2018. I am speaking about evidence in estate litigation. My paper is co-authored (or will be when…
  • 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.
Rank this Week: 207

Sabin & Associates, PLLC Blog

Sabin & Associates, PLLC Blog

Covers elder law and estate planning in Tennessee.

http://blog.epctn.com/
  • Apr 20

    Scammers May Find the Elderly Easy Target

    Scammers May Find the Elderly Easy Target
    Anyone can be guilty of a scam, but senior citizens are often considered easy targets. Unscrupulous people try to scam others with criminal intent and they prefer to take the path of least resistance to make their schemes successful. That…
  • Apr 19

    John Mahoney Left Behind $5 Million and Many Heir

    John Mahoney Left Behind $5 Million and Many Heir
    Court lists 38 friends and relatives as potential beneficiaries to actor’s estate. A friend of John Mahoney, who passed away recently, leaving an estate estimated at $5 million, has petitioned a court to open a probate case to settle…
  • Apr 18

    More Lawsuits Loom over Harper Lee's Estate

    More Lawsuits Loom over Harper Lee's Estate
    Harper Lee’s life was private, but her estate is drawing a lot of interest as well as lawsuits. The estate of Harper Lee, who is most famous for her novel To Kill a Mockingbird, has found itself involved in multiple legal disputes. The…
Rank this Week: 3376

San Diego Estate Planning Lawyer…

San Diego Estate Planning Lawyer Blog

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

http://www.sandiegoestateplanninglawyerblog.com/
  • Aug 8

    Is an Arbitration Agreement Enforceable After I Die?

    Is an Arbitration Agreement Enforceable After I Die?
    Legal agreements governing medical and nursing home care are an often overlooked estate planning issue. If you have a relative that requires 24-hour nursing care, you need to be aware of how certain actions may affect his or her legal rights.…
  • Jul 14

    How Different Powers of Attorney Can Affect Your Legal Right

    How Different Powers of Attorney Can Affect Your Legal Right
    There is an important distinction in estate planning between a power of attorney for financial affairs and an advance directive, also known as a power of attorney for health care. Both documents fulfill a similar purpose – appointing an…
  • Jul 13

    How California’s New “Digital Estate Planning” Law Affects You

    How California’s New “Digital Estate Planning” Law Affects You
    For previous generations, disposing of your property at death meant dealing with physical assets and intangible wealth such as cash or stocks. Today we also need to think about digital assets as part of our estate planning. Just think about…
Rank this Week: 1258

Sanders Law Firm Blog

Sanders Law Firm Blog

Covers North Carolina law.

http://www.kirksanderslaw.com/blog
  • Mar 21

    NC Court of Appeals Eminent Domain Opinion

    NC Court of Appeals Eminent Domain Opinion
    Tags: NC Eminent Domain AttorneysMap Act Corridor CasesNCDOTMarch 20, 2018 Court of Appeals victory for property owners reported in Carolina…
  • Jan 30

    $5,057,000 judgment, appeal, collection

    $5,057,000 judgment, appeal, collection
    Tags: breach of contract attorney north carolinapost judgment collection north carolinaCo-counsel, Matthew Bryant and Henry Parr Jr. obtained a judgment for plaintiff in a breach of contract lawsuit in Forsyth County, North Carolina. The…
  • Dec 18

    NC Estate & Trust Litigation Attorney

    NC Estate & Trust Litigation Attorney
    Tags: NC Estate & Trust Litigation AttorneyFor a NC Estate & Trust Litigation Attorney, contact Kirk Sanders at Hendrick Bryant. 336-723-7200. Mr. Sanders has handled numerous highly contested estate litigation matters,…
Rank this Week: 3102

Shober & Rock Blog

Shober & Rock Blog

Covers elder law in Pennsylvania.

http://shober-rock.com/the-blog/
  • Nov 28

    Medicare Launches Hospice Compare Website

    Medicare Launches Hospice Compare Website
    Patients looking for hospice care can now get help from Medicare’s website. The agency’s new Hospice Compare site allows patients to evaluate hospice providers according to several criteria. The post Medicare Launches Hospice…
  • Nov 27

    ELDER LAW TOOLKIT PART III

    ELDER LAW TOOLKIT PART III
    The Commission on Long Term Care’s Final Report issued in Sept 2013 revealed some interesting and rather worrisome facts: 1. More than 12 million Americans rely on long term care services and supports (LTSS), either in their home,…
  • Nov 24

    You Can Give Away More Tax Free in 2018

    You Can Give Away More Tax Free in 2018
    After staying the same for five years, the amount you can give away to any one individual in a particular year without reporting the gift will increase in 2018. Very few taxpayers will have to pay a gift tax in any case. The…
Rank this Week: 2382

Simmons & Schiavo, LLP Blog

Simmons & Schiavo, LLP Blog

Covers estate planning and elder law.

http://blog.sslawoffices.com
  • Oct 31

    Using a prepaid funeral contract to spend down assets for Medicaid

    Using a prepaid funeral contract to spend down assets for Medicaid
    One benefit of a prepaid funeral contract is that you are paying now for a service that may increase in price — possibly saving your family money. No one wants to think about his or her death, but a little preparation in the form of a…
  • Oct 30

    IRS now allows private debt collectors to dun taxpayer

    IRS now allows private debt collectors to dun taxpayer
    In a move that could be confusing to seniors who are vulnerable to scams, the IRS is using private debt collec­tion agencies to collect past-due taxes. The new program began in April 2017. Pursuant to a law Congress passed in December 2015,…
  • Oct 27

    Five things to know to reduce your tax on capital gain

    Five things to know to reduce your tax on capital gain
    Although it is often said that nothing is certain except death and taxes, the one tax you may be able to avoid or minimize the most through planning is the tax on capital gains. Here’s what you need to know to do such planning: What is…
Rank this Week: 1523

Southern Oregon Estate Planning

Southern Oregon Estate Planning

Covers trusts, wills and estate planning. By Jim Eagar.

http://sourthernoregonestateplanning.wordpress.com
  • Jan 16

    New Blog Location – New Web Site

    New Blog Location – New Web Site
    Southern Oregon Estate Planning & Elder Law blog has moved to a new location at http://legacyplanningllc.com/blog/.  It is now a part of our larger web site.  A new format, new layout, and new info.  Visit today!…
  • Jan 16

    New Blog Location – New Web Site

    New Blog Location – New Web Site
    Southern Oregon Estate Planning & Elder Law blog has moved to a new location at http://legacyplanningllc.com/blog/.  It is now a part of our larger web site.  A new format, new layout, and new info.  Visit today!…
  • Dec 12

    Fall 2012 Elder Law Update Available

    Fall 2012 Elder Law Update Available
     In This Issue: • Tax Law Allows Married Couples to Reduce Their Estate Taxes • How to Protect Your Partner Even if You Choose Not to Marry • Low Interest Rates Good for Borrowers, Bad for Retired Seniors • Affordable…
Rank this Week: 4259

Special Needs, Elder Law, Wills,…

Special Needs, Elder Law, Wills, Trusts, Estates & Tax Blog

By Friedman Law.

http://specialneedsnj.com/blog/
  • Aug 29

    IRS Resolves the “Key West Dilemma” by Recognizing Same Sex Marriages Throughout the U.S.

    IRS Resolves the “Key West Dilemma” by Recognizing Same Sex Marriages Throughout the U.S.
    by attorney Mark R. Friedman, FriedmanLaw The IRS announced today that they would treat same-sex couples as legally married based upon the couple’s state of ceremony, not their state of residence. In June, the Supreme Court struck down…
  • Aug 3

    Plan Your Estate to Benefit Your Loved Ones– Not the Taxman

    Plan Your Estate to Benefit Your Loved Ones– Not the Taxman
    [The following article is by guest blogger Julie Donald, a freelance writer with a strong background is finance.  Julie obviously knows her stuff and FriedmanLaw/SpecialNeedsNJ.com are proud to feature her work.] While…
  • May 17

    Social Security Amends POMS Governing Special/Supplemental Needs Trust Expenditure

    Social Security Amends POMS Governing Special/Supplemental Needs Trust Expenditure
    People with serious disabilities often qualify for government benefits like Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Medicaid that limit eligibility based on finances.  Thus personal injury recoveries attributable to a disabled person…
Rank this Week: 3271

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.  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: 3478

Sweatman Law Estate Litigation…

Sweatman Law Estate Litigation Blog

Covers estates and estate litigation.

http://www.sweatmanlaw.com/blog/
  • Feb 22

    Motions of Abandoned Application

    Motions of Abandoned Application
    A New Direction on Setting Aside Motions of Abandoned Applications – Rule 38.08 In Eldridge […] The post Motions of Abandoned Applications appeared first on Sweatman Law Firm.
  • Feb 12

    Challenging a Will because of “Undue Influence”

    Challenging a Will because of “Undue Influence”
    The basic purpose of a Will is to allow individuals to set out their final […] The post Challenging a Will because of “Undue Influence” appeared first on Sweatman Law Firm.
  • Feb 2

    Over half of Canadians Still Do Not Have a Will

    Over half of Canadians Still Do Not Have a Will
    A recent poll by the Angus Reid Institute confirmed half of us Canadians (51%) still do […] The post Over half of Canadians Still Do Not Have a Will appeared first on Sweatman Law Firm.
Rank this Week: 2712

Swendson Fey Law Blog

Swendson Fey Law Blog

Covers elder law and estate planning.

https://smll.wordpress.com/
  • Jun 23

    Who said the law is intuitive?

    Who said the law is intuitive?
    You should not trust your instincts, but check things out with an attorney before acting.  Sometimes, it just takes a phone call.   A recent Wisconsin Law Journal article gives a good example.  A mother got a loan from a bank…
  • May 2

    Providing Flexibility by Adding Trust Protectors to Your Estate Planning

    Providing Flexibility by Adding Trust Protectors to Your Estate Planning
    Trust protectors (aka Trust Advisors) have long been used in British Commonwealth countries, originating with offshore asset protection trusts.  With these trusts, their role was limited mostly to overseeing the foreign trustee and to…
  • Dec 23

    A Unique Opportunity

    A Unique Opportunity
    The new tax law (2010 Tax Relief Act) creates an once-in-a-lifetime planning opportunity that ends at midnight, December 31, 2010.   Generally, transfers (greater than $13,000 per year) to generations younger than children are subject to…
Rank this Week: 3162

Swinton Elder Law & Family…

Swinton Elder Law & Family Protection Blog

Covers New Jersey estate planning and elder law issues. By Daniel S. Swinton.

http://swintonlaw.blogspot.com/
  • Oct 7

    Policy Experts Agree: The U.S. System for…

    Policy Experts Agree: The U.S. System for Financing Long-Term Care is CrumblingAccording to Forbes.com:  "America’s system for financing long-term care is failing, and the window for creating a payment system that works is rapidly…
  • Jul 12

    Bankruptcy Trustee Is Entitled to Funds…

    Bankruptcy Trustee Is Entitled to Funds Transferred in Order to Qualify for MedicaidThe following article serves as a warning about do-it-yourself estate planning.  An effective technique of protecting assets from nursing homes and long…
  • Sep 27

    How Gifts Can Affect Medicaid Eligibility

    How Gifts Can Affect Medicaid Eligibility
    . We’ve all heard that it’s better to give than to receive, but if you think you might someday want to apply for Medicaid long-term care benefits, you need to be careful because giving away money or property can interfere with your…
Rank this Week: 4369

Sykes Elder Blawg

Sykes Elder Blawg

Covers medicaid planning, special needs trusts and estate planning topics for Pennsylvania seniors and their families. By Andrew G. Sykes.

http://www.elderlawofpgh.com/blog/
  • May 11

    Will the bank honor your power of attorney?

    Will the bank honor your power of attorney?
    A recent article in the New York Times reported on the resistance of banks (and other financial institutions) to honor requests by someone holding power of attorney for an incapacitated person. In one case, the son of a woman with…
  • May 6

    Who can contest a will?

    Who can contest a will?
    Who can file a will contest under Pennsylvania law? Quick answer: only someone who would benefit financially from having the will declared invalid. Suppose John Doe signs his first and only Last Will and Testament on his death bed. It was…
  • Apr 26

    Pennsylvania authorizes ABLE Act accounts for the disabled

    Pennsylvania authorizes ABLE Act accounts for the disabled
    Many disabled individuals in the U.S. receive public benefits from programs that place restrictions on the dollar amount (typically $2,000) of assets a recipient can own. Medicaid and SSI are two examples. Federal and state law allow the…
Rank this Week: 2972

Tax Information for People with…

Tax Information for People with Disabilities by Paul Nidich, J.D., LL.M.

Covers tax matters affecting people with disabilities. By Paul Nidich.

http://paulnidich.blogspot.com/
Rank this Week: 3865

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/
  • Mar 20

    The IRS Cannot Use Extended Limitations Period to Reach Foreign Asset Income

    The IRS Cannot Use Extended Limitations Period to Reach Foreign Asset Income
    In a recent tax case, the U.S. Tax Court concluded that the IRS statutory Notice of Deficiency (a.k.a. “90-day letter”) issued more than three years after the tax return was filed was invalid, despite the omission of income…
  • 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,…
Rank this Week: 1070

Tennessee Attorneys Blog

Tennessee Attorneys Blog

Covers family and injury law, estate planning and medical malpractice. By Martin Heller Potempa & Sheppard, PLLC.

http://www.tennesseeattorneysblog.com/
Rank this Week: 1813

Tennessee Estate Law Blog

Tennessee Estate Law Blog

Covers estate planing law. By The Higgins Firm.

http://www.tennesseeestatelawblog.com/
  • Jan 26

    Glen Campbell Last Will and Testament Dispute Shows Importance of Transparent Estate Planning

    Glen Campbell Last Will and Testament Dispute Shows Importance of Transparent Estate Planning
    Music legend Glen Campbell, who passed away last year after a lengthy and public bout with Alzheimer’s Disease, has been nominated posthumously for a Grammy award for his song, “Arkansas Farmboy.” But sadly he is in the news…
  • Dec 18

    How Much Should it Cost to Prepare a Will Tennessee? Four Things to Consider…

    How Much Should it Cost to Prepare a Will Tennessee? Four Things to Consider…
    How much should you expect to pay to have your will or other estate planning documents put in place? As you might expect, that will depend on the nature of your estate planning needs, and the nature of the law firm you retain. Because the fee…
  • Sep 5

    Why the Best Time to Put a Power of Attorney (POA) in Place is Now

    Why the Best Time to Put a Power of Attorney (POA) in Place is Now
    A General Durable Power of Attorney is one of four basic estate planning documents I recommend for every client, along with a Last Will and Testament, a Living Will, and a Health Care Power of Attorney. They often ask, “Why do I need a…
Rank this Week: 2358

Tennessee Wills and Estates

Tennessee Wills and Estates

Provides commentary on wills, probate law and estate planning. By Jason A. Lee

http://www.tennesseewillsandestates.com
  • Mar 11

    Living Wills Under Tennessee Law Are Very Important

    Living Wills Under Tennessee Law Are Very Important
    Tennessee law provides the authority to execute a "Living Will" according to the "Tennessee Right to Natural Death Act" which has been law since the mid-1980’s.  A Living Will allows you to make decisions related to end of life…
  • Jan 13

    Methods to Gain Access to a Safety Deposit Box After a Person Dies in Tennessee

    Methods to Gain Access to a Safety Deposit Box After a Person Dies in Tennessee
    A frequent question that is raised following someone death is how someone can get access to their safety deposit box post death in Tennessee.  This includes questions about who is entitled to this access the box in this…
  • Nov 26

    2018 IRS Contribution Limits for 401k, 403(b) and IRA Retirement Accounts.

    2018 IRS Contribution Limits for 401k, 403(b) and IRA Retirement Accounts.
    The IRS recently announced the new cost of living adjustments to the annual limits on retirement contributions for 2018.  These are the limits that identify the amount of money you can contribute to certain tax benefited retirement…
Rank this Week: 2444

Texas Estate Planning and Probate…

Texas Estate Planning and Probate Law

By Gary Howell.

http://texaslawyer.blogspot.com/
  • Nov 21

    The End of the Blog

    The End of the Blog
    This is the last post for the Texas Estate Planning and Probate Law blog. I did my best to try and keep it up, but just found it too difficult to update on a regular basis. In addition, I am leaving the practice of law as of the end of…
  • Nov 1

    Unlimited Charitable Gifts Through the End of 2005

    Unlimited Charitable Gifts Through the End of 2005
    The Hurricane Katrina Emergency Tax Relief Act (KETRA) allows unlimited gifts to charity up to a donor's total income until the end of 2005. This provision also permits unlimited IRA withdrawals and gifts to charity. Under Sec. 301(b)(1)(A),…
  • Oct 2

    Is Repeal of the Estate Tax a Dead Issue?

    Is Repeal of the Estate Tax a Dead Issue?
    Sometime shortly, the Senate is expected to vote on the fate of the estate tax. The House has already voted to repeal the tax; however, several Senators have found it difficult to vote for total repeal. One Senator, Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), who…
Rank this Week: 1568

Texas Probate Litigation

Texas Probate Litigation

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

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

    Court may construe a will before it is admitted to probate

    Court may construe a will before it is admitted to probate
    Many will contests involve a challenge to the validity of a will, such as claims it did not meet formality requirements or that the testator lacked capacity or was subjected to undue influence. However, sometimes the primary dispute is how...
  • Dec 21

    Challenging non-testamentary designation

    Challenging non-testamentary designation
    Much of the "action" in probate litigation these days does not involve challenges to testamentary dispositions. Instead, I see more of a trend in my practice of challenges to beneficiary designations. Those include designations for: life…
  • Nov 17

    Estate of Koontz: Another summary judgment overturned

    Estate of Koontz: Another summary judgment overturned
    Estate of Koontz is a very recent decision from the San Antonio Court of Appeals. The trial court in Bandera County had granted summary judgment against a will contestant's claims of lack of testamentary capacity and undue influence. The…
Rank this Week: 4182

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
  • Apr 18

    If I Write My Own Will, Do I Need A Lawyer To File It For Me At The Courts?

    If I Write My Own Will, Do I Need A Lawyer To File It For Me At The Courts?
    The title of this post came from a question I received last week. It’s one of many questions I receive each week that show significant confusion about the state’s laws regarding Wills. It also illustrates why I generally…
  • Apr 5

    Who Can File An Application for Probate?

    Who Can File An Application for Probate?
    If an executor is named in a Will, then that person is generally the most logical person to file an application to probate the Will. The Texas Estates Code also provides that the applicant may be in “interested person.” An…
  • Mar 16

    Can a Relative Notarize My Estate Planning Documents?

    Can a Relative Notarize My Estate Planning Documents?
    According to the Texas Secretary of State, there is no rule that specifically prohibits a notary from notarizing documents for a relative; however, notaries should refrain from notarizing any documents if they are a party to the document or…
Rank this Week: 4195

The Edwards Law Firm Blog

The Edwards Law Firm Blog

Covers Florida estate planning.

http://www.edwardslawfirm.com/blog/
  • Dec 6

    Top Reasons To Consult an Elder Law Attorney

    Top Reasons To Consult an Elder Law Attorney
    Top Reasons To Consult an Elder Law Attorney from William T Edwards, Jr. If you have questions related to estate planning; if you are concerned about what you have done in the past, it’s best to see what an elder law attorney can do for…
  • Apr 29

    Top Estate Planning Tips for 2016

    Top Estate Planning Tips for 2016
    Top Estate Planning Tips for 2016 from William T Edwards, Jr. Let 2016 be the year that you finally tackle the task of ensuring your estate plan is in place.
  • Aug 10

    Free Report: Florida Estate Planning for Newlyweds After 50 and The Blended Family

    Free Report: Florida Estate Planning for Newlyweds After 50 and The Blended Family
    Once you have your estate plan updated and all of the new issues properly addressed, you can move forward with the confidence that this new chapter will indeed have a happy ending.  Did you know that more than one in three people ages 50…
Rank this Week: 2461

The Elder Firm, LLC

The Elder Firm, LLC

Covers elder law, estate planning, and Missouri Medicaid eligibility.

http://www.columbiaelderlaw.blogspot.com/
Rank this Week: 2930

The Hershey Law Firm Blog

The Hershey Law Firm Blog

Covers Florida estate planning and probate law.

http://www.hersheylegal.com/blog/
  • Sep 14

    WHY PLAN FOR THE UNPREDICTABLE?

    WHY PLAN FOR THE UNPREDICTABLE?
    People typically don't prepare for much.  They have this attitude of'I'll just wing it'. However, when there is an imminent threat, all those laid back people turn into the ultimate preppers.Fear placed inside of someone truly fuels the…
  • Jul 11

    HAPPY 3RD FIRMAVERSARY!

    HAPPY 3RD FIRMAVERSARY!
    Fairy tales can come true, it can happen to you...Don't ever let the fear of the unknown cause you not to follow your dreams.  If you work really hard and are kind, amazing things will happen! Make your own path and let others follow in…
  • May 22

    STEP RIGHT UP--FORM A STRAIGHT LINE--NO SKIPPING

    STEP RIGHT UP--FORM A STRAIGHT LINE--NO SKIPPING
    Estate planning simply allows you to decide who will or will not receive from your estate when you are gone. Of course there are more complex issues surrounding estate planning, but for this moment, we are just going to focus on this one…
Rank this Week: 2011

The Law Office of Alexis B. Levitt…

The Law Office of Alexis B. Levitt Blog

Covers caregiver issues, estate planning, living at home and special needs trusts.

http://www.alexislevitt.com/blog/
  • Apr 24

    Open House @ New England Village – attn Parents of Special Needs Adult

    Open House @ New England Village – attn Parents of Special Needs Adult
    Admissions Open House Saturday, April 29, 2017, 10:00am – 1:00pm Learn all about their residential, day services and community offerings. RSVP preferred Please contact Mary Stanley at 781-293-5461, ext. 113 or…
  • Mar 13

    Elder Care Workshop Series at Norwell Public Library

    Elder Care Workshop Series at Norwell Public Library
    Getting older? Taking care of someone who is? Come to this series to learn some helpful tips from local Elder Services professionals.   Wednesday, March 15: “Learn to Speak Alzheimereze” Discover tips to work with a person…
  • Mar 9

    Repeal & Replace of ObamaCare, a/k/a RyanCare

    Repeal & Replace of ObamaCare, a/k/a RyanCare
    There are so many articles coming out right now trying to summarize RyanCare.  I’ve gone straight to my favorite source for all things medical financing – the Kaiser Foundation.  Their reports are well researched,…
Rank this Week: 3029

The Law Office of Michael…

The Law Office of Michael Robinson, P.C.

Covers elder law and estate planning.

http://www.mrobinsonlaw.com/blog/
  • Jul 10

    How Much Do Seniors Need to Have Saved for Healthcare?

    How Much Do Seniors Need to Have Saved for Healthcare?
    Rochester Medicaid lawyers assist seniors in taking steps to make certain they can obtain healthcare services they need. Many older people have a mistaken belief [Read more...] The post How Much Do Seniors Need to Have Saved for Healthcare?…
  • May 27

    What is an Asset Protection Trust?

    What is an Asset Protection Trust?
    The term asset protection trust is generally used to describe a type of trust that is created for the purpose of providing protection for money, personal property, [Read more...] The post What is an Asset Protection Trust? appeared…
  • May 25

    What Do I Need to Apply for Medicaid?

    What Do I Need to Apply for Medicaid?
    What do I need to apply for Medicaid? This is a very important question, as you want to be prepared to submit your Medicaid application [Read more...] The post What Do I Need to Apply for Medicaid? appeared first on Estate Planning Services…
Rank this Week: 2316

The Legacy Lawyer

The Legacy Lawyer

Covers estate planning and probate for San Diego families and legal professionals. By Daniel Printz.

http://thelegacylawyer.wordpress.com
Rank this Week: 4499

The O'Brien Law Firm LLC Blog

The O'Brien Law Firm LLC Blog

Covers estate planning.

http://www.obrienlaw.net/blog/
  • Nov 13

    Be Aware Of Long-Term Care Cost

    Be Aware Of Long-Term Care Cost
    As you are doing the math and projecting a budget for the latter stages of your life you would do well to be aware of the high and rising costs associated with long-term care. First off, if you are under the impression that it is unlikely…
  • Nov 13

    Be Aware Of Long-Term Care Cost

    Be Aware Of Long-Term Care Cost
    As you are doing the math and projecting a budget for the latter stages of your life you would do well to be aware of the high and rising costs associated with long-term care. First off, if you are under the impression that it is unlikely…
  • Nov 13

    Be Aware Of Long-Term Care Cost

    Be Aware Of Long-Term Care Cost
    As you are doing the math and projecting a budget for the latter stages of your life you would do well to be aware of the high and rising costs associated with long-term care. First off, if you are under the impression that it is unlikely…
Rank this Week: 2451