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JOTWELL - The Journal of Things We…

JOTWELL - The Journal of Things We Like (Lots)

Edited by University of Miami School of Law Professor Michael Froomkin, The Journal of Things We Like (Lots)–JOTWELL–invites law professors to join us in filling a telling gap in legal scholarship by creating a space where legal academics will go to identify, celebrate, and discuss the best new legal scholarship.

http://jotwell.com/
  • Feb 22

    When Reading the Fine Print is Actually Worse for Consumers: The Case of Unenforceable Term

    When Reading the Fine Print is Actually Worse for Consumers: The Case of Unenforceable Term
    Meirav Furth-Matzkin, On the Unexpected Use of Unenforceable Contract Terms: Evidence From the Residential Rental Market, 9 J. Legal Analysis 1 (2017). Florencia Marotta-Wurgler While disclosure has been the preferred…
  • Feb 21

    Making Sense of Causation in Mixed Motives Case

    Making Sense of Causation in Mixed Motives Case
    Andrew Verstein, The Jurisprudence of Mixed Motives, 127 Yale L.J. (forthcoming), available at SSRN. Martin J. Katz To say that the law of causation in mixed motives cases is a mess would be an understatement, as Andrew Verstein highlights in…
  • Feb 20

    Expressivism, Corrective Justice, and Civil Recourse

    Expressivism, Corrective Justice, and Civil Recourse
    Scott Hershovitz, Treating Wrongs as Wrongs: An Expressive Argument for Tort Law, 10 J. Tort L. 1 (2017), available at SSRN. Benjamin C. Zipursky With clear examples, incisive and sweeping philosophical argumentation, and an engaging prosaic…
Rank this Week: 271

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: 200

Murphy's Law Blog

Murphy's Law Blog

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

http://www.noreenmurphylaw.com/blog/
  • Feb 20

    James Brown’s Estate Still in The Midst of Legal Dispute

    James Brown’s Estate Still in The Midst of Legal Dispute
    James Brown passed away on Christmas Day in 2006 and yet disputes surrounding the settlement of his estate are still winding their way through the courts. Numerous different individuals have come forward to file disputes ranging from whether…
  • Feb 14

    What You Need to Know About the Stretch-Out Approach for IRA

    What You Need to Know About the Stretch-Out Approach for IRA
    One of the ways to make the most of an inherited IRA is to use what’s known as a stretch-out approach. Some people make a common error of naming their own estate as the beneficiary of their individual retirement account. This means that…
  • Feb 7

    Understanding Special Needs Trusts and Qualifying for Government Assistance

    Understanding Special Needs Trusts and Qualifying for Government Assistance
    Taking care of a loved one who has special needs is a primary concern for all of the immediate family members. Trusts and especially special needs trusts may be a powerful strategy used to ensure that your family member has the support he or…
Rank this Week: 112

Estate Planning and Asset…

Estate Planning and Asset Protection

By Winblad Law PLLC. Addresses estate plans for Oklahoma residents.

http://winbladlaw.com/blog/
  • Feb 17

    Protected:

    Protected:
    There is no excerpt because this is a protected post. The post Protected: appeared first on Winblad Law PLLC Edmond Oklahoma.
  • Dec 18

    Advanced Healthcare Directives (Living Will) Form

    Advanced Healthcare Directives (Living Will) Form
    Advanced Health Care Directive (Living Will Form) The post Advanced Healthcare Directives (Living Will) Form appeared first on Winblad Law PLLC Edmond Oklahoma.
  • Nov 3

    How to get Title to Inherited Property in Oklahoma, Ancillary, Summary Probate or Affidavit of Heirship

    How to get Title to Inherited Property in Oklahoma, Ancillary, Summary Probate or Affidavit of Heirship
    A parent or spouse died but owned land or oil & gas mineral rights in Oklahoma: Has one of these happened to you? An investor wants to buy minerals owned by a family member who has died. A oil company wants to lease minerals that were in…
Rank this Week: 218

Estate Planning Blog

Estate Planning Blog

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

http://www.gilfix.com/blog/
  • Feb 16

    Can a smell test help identify dementia risk?

    Can a smell test help identify dementia risk?
    Dementia is a devastating, life-altering illness that leads to memory loss and decline of mental abilities over time. What makes dementia even more challenging to deal with is its difficulty to diagnose. However, researchers are now hopeful…
  • Feb 15

    One of Three Tax Seminars are Full

    One of Three Tax Seminars are Full
    We are excited about how many people have registered for our free Trump Tax Reform and Your Tax and Estate Planning Seminar. Please note that our Thursday, February 22, 2018 seminar at the Hotel Biltmore is full. We still have room at our…
  • Jan 26

    Gilfix & La Poll offers free estate planning seminars on Trump tax reform

    Gilfix & La Poll offers free estate planning seminars on Trump tax reform
    Uncertain about what the new tax law means for you and your family? Wondering how to proceed with your estate planning in light of President Trump’s tax reform? Gilfix and La Poll Associates is here to help. Attorneys Michael Gilfix and…
Rank this Week: 113

Mendel Law Firm Blog

Mendel Law Firm Blog

Covers estate planning.

http://www.mendellawfirm.com/blog/
  • Feb 15

    Greetings!

    Greetings!
    This is my first post.
  • May 16

    Advanced Directives – Do You Need One?

    Advanced Directives – Do You Need One?
    You are likely accustomed to making decisions for yourself, from small, seemingly insignificant decisions to major decisions. What happens, however, if you suffer from a terminal illness or a catastrophic accident that leaves you…
  • May 9

    Questions To Consider When Choosing a Guardian for Minor Children

    Questions To Consider When Choosing a Guardian for Minor Children
    When most people think of the purpose of a Last Will and Testament they envision the distribution of estate assets after death. While your Will does allow you to decide who will receive which assets after your death, it can also serve one…
Rank this Week: 300

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: 167

Wills and Estate Administration…

Wills and Estate Administration Articles

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

http://njwills.blogspot.com/
Rank this Week: 311

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: 115

Probate Legal Blog

Probate Legal Blog

By Clear Counsel.

http://www.clearcounsel.com/category/probate/
  • 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…
  • Oct 21

    ClearCast Episode 10: Parentage & The Prince Estate’s Tricky Probate Matter

    ClearCast Episode 10: Parentage & The Prince Estate’s Tricky Probate Matter
    [Editor’s Note] Welcome to today’s ClearCast! I don’t know about you, but thought the world of Prince and so saddened to see him pass away last April. You may not believe this, but the man worth between $100-300 million…
  • Sep 29

    Watch This Before Adding a ‘Pay on Death’ Provision to Your Estate Plan

    Watch This Before Adding a ‘Pay on Death’ Provision to Your Estate Plan
    Transcript: Hello, my name is Jonathan Barlow. I’m an estate planning and probate attorney here at Clear Counsel Law Group. Thank you for tuning for yet another riveting video about probate and estate planning tips and practices that…
Rank this Week: 165

Estate of Confusion

Estate of Confusion

Covers developments in estate planning and wealth transfer taxes. By Hani Sarji.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/hanisarji/
  • Jan 5

    More Estate Tax Changes Could Follow Fiscal Cliff Deal

    More Estate Tax Changes Could Follow Fiscal Cliff Deal
    News bites might leave you hungry for details about the estate tax and the other wealth transfer taxes. This post aims to answer your questions and serve as a useful resource.
  • Jan 5

    More Estate Tax Changes Could Follow Fiscal Cliff Deal

    More Estate Tax Changes Could Follow Fiscal Cliff Deal
    News bites might leave you hungry for details about the estate tax and the other wealth transfer taxes. This post aims to answer your questions and serve as a useful resource.
  • Jan 5

    More Estate Tax Changes Could Follow Fiscal Cliff Deal

    More Estate Tax Changes Could Follow Fiscal Cliff Deal
    News bites might leave you hungry for details about the estate tax and the other wealth transfer taxes. This post aims to answer your questions and serve as a useful resource.
Rank this Week: 132

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: 1592

Learn About Law

Learn About Law

Covers bankruptcy, business law, family law, elder law, criminal law and estate planning. By Kevin O'Flaherty.

https://www.oflaherty-law.com/our-law-blog
  • Feb 22

    Changes to Spousal Maintenance Under the 2018 Tax Law | Illinois Alimony Law

    Changes to Spousal Maintenance Under the 2018 Tax Law | Illinois Alimony Law
    In this article, we explain changes to Illinois spousal maintenance under the new federal tax law. Going into effect after December 31, 2018, the recently passed tax bill eliminates the tax deduction for alimony payments and makes the alimony…
  • Feb 20

    llinois Child Support 2018

    llinois Child Support 2018
    In this article we will provide a comprehensive overview of Illinois child support law in 2018. We answer many frequently asked questions including: how is Illinois child support calculated in 2018?, when can Illinois child support orders be…
  • Feb 20

    Employers' Vicarious Liability for Employee Conduct in Illinoi

    Employers' Vicarious Liability for Employee Conduct in Illinoi
    In this article we will explain the vicarious liability of an employer for the actions of an employee in Illinois. We will discuss both the doctrines of respondeat superior and negligent hiring.
Rank this Week: 1610

Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof…

Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof Blog

By Gerry W. Beyer.

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/trusts_estates_prof/
  • Feb 22

    Prince's Heirs Worried Estate's Burning Cash Will Leave Them with Nothing

    Prince's Heirs Worried Estate's Burning Cash Will Leave Them with Nothing
    Prince’s heirs are growing concerned that they will be left with nothing once the estate is finally settled. Comerica is currently handling the estate's disposition and charges $125,000 per month for their services. Comerica has also hired…
  • Feb 22

    Trusts in the Age of Trump: Time to Re-Engineer Your Estate Plan

    Trusts in the Age of Trump: Time to Re-Engineer Your Estate Plan
    The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act makes some exciting alterations to various parts of the tax code. For estate and tax planners, raking among the most notable changes are the increase to the estate tax exemption thresholds and tax breaks...
  • Feb 22

    Article on Fiduciary Principles in Family Law

    Article on Fiduciary Principles in Family Law
    Elizabeth S. Scott & Ben Chen recently posted an Article entitled, Fiduciary Principles in Family Law, Family Law eJournal (2018). Provided below is an abstract of the Article: Family members bear primary responsibility for the care of…
Rank this Week: 577

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 22

    Britney Spears’ Assets Still Controlled by Dad

    Britney Spears’ Assets Still Controlled by Dad
    “Ten years later, Britney Spears is still under conservatorship of her father Jamie—and her protective dad wants to keep fans out of her personal business!”
  • 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.’”
Rank this Week: 2773

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: 1755

Littman Krooks LLP Blog

Littman Krooks LLP Blog

Covers corporate, elder law, estate planning and special needs planning.

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

    Update on Endrew F.

    Update on Endrew F.
    By Arshi Pal. Esq., Littman Krooks LLP Almost a year ago, in a seminal ruling, on March 22, 2017, the Supreme Court of the United States  held that school districts must provide an education “reasonably calculated to enable a child…
  • Feb 14

    Lou Giampa – How Do I Talk To My Parents About Getting Help In Their Home

    Lou Giampa – How Do I Talk To My Parents About Getting Help In Their Home
    Our guest this week is Lou Giampa, President and Owner of Right at Home, a NYS Licensed Home Care Agency servicing Westchester County, NY.  Lou joins Bernie to discuss home health care, aging parents, and having the conversation with…
  • Feb 8

    Understand Basics of New FINRA Rules to Prevent Financial Exploitation of Vulnerable Loved One

    Understand Basics of New FINRA Rules to Prevent Financial Exploitation of Vulnerable Loved One
    By Stacy Sadove, Esq., Littman Krooks LLP In a positive development for seniors and individuals with disabilities, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) has just approved the adoption of the Financial Industry…
Rank this Week: 1336

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: 3710

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: 2889

Florida Estate Planning and…

Florida Estate Planning and Probate Law Blog

By Marc Soss.

http://floridaestateplanningandprobatelaw.blogspot.com/
  • Feb 20

    NEW 401-K RELAXED HARDSHIP RESTRICTIONS

    NEW 401-K RELAXED HARDSHIP RESTRICTIONS
    The Budget Act of 2018, signed into law on February 9, 2018, provides individuals with 401K retirement plans relaxed hardship restrictions. The new relaxed restrictions include: (i) Rescission of the IRS rule that prohibits a participant from…
  • Jan 25

    THE 2017 NEW TAX LAWS IMPACT ON HOME OWNERSHIP

    THE 2017 NEW TAX LAWS IMPACT ON HOME OWNERSHIP
    The federal income tax code has long favored home ownership over renting. A homeowner could claim an unlimited deduction for mortgage interest paid and state and local taxes incurred. The new tax law has turned this once advantageous…
  • Jan 19

    ESTATE PLANNING QUESTIONS FOR CONSIDERATION IN 2018

    ESTATE PLANNING QUESTIONS FOR CONSIDERATION IN 2018
    The new tax law makes significant changes to federal tax law and has implications for your existing estate plan. The following is a list of issues to consider when determining whether to update your estate planning documents. 1. Will the new…
Rank this Week: 2151

Hook Law Center Blog

Hook Law Center Blog

Covers elder law and estate planning in Virginia.

https://www.hooklawcenter.com/blog/
  • Feb 19

    Protecting an Inheritance from Divorce

    Protecting an Inheritance from Divorce
    One of the most common questions estate planning attorneys receive is the proverbial “should I have a will or a trust?” Although the answer to that question must be given in light of each client’s individual circumstances,…
  • Feb 9

    Dementia and Driving

    Dementia and Driving
    Currently, more than 5 million Americans are living with dementia, and that number is expected to increase to over 16 million by the year 2050.  While many aspects of dementia are still a mystery, the disease itself and many of its…
  • Feb 5

    Cold or Flu – How to Tell the Difference

    Cold or Flu – How to Tell the Difference
    Well, it’s that time of year again—cold and flu season! If you haven’t had either one, you’re extremely fortunate. Experts tell us that more than 60,000 people in the US have had the flu already this year. According to…
Rank this Week: 1328

Hauptman and Hauptman, P.C. Blog

Hauptman and Hauptman, P.C. Blog

Covers guardianship, Medicaid, probate and estate administration.

http://www.hauptmanlaw.com/blog
  • Feb 18

    The Right to Control Funeral and Burial Arrangements (Part 1)

    The Right to Control Funeral and Burial Arrangements (Part 1)
           Recently my client, Joe asked me how he could be sure his wishes with respect to his funeral arrangements would be honored.  Joe is not married. He has children but is not close with them.  He has no…
  • Feb 11

    Irrevocable Trusts and Medicaid (Part 3)

    Irrevocable Trusts and Medicaid (Part 3)
           I promised in last week’s blog post that I would explain another solution to Mary’s Medicaid dilemma.  Her uncle left assets in a trust for Mary but the terms provide that the funds can be used for…
  • Feb 4

    Irrevocable Trusts and Medicaid – Part 2

    Irrevocable Trusts and Medicaid – Part 2
         In last week’s blog post I was talking about a call I received about Mary, who is now in a nursing home.  She has spent her assets towards her care and the only source of payment left is money that was left in…
Rank this Week: 1995

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: 4219

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: 1715

Estate Planning and Elder Law Blog

Estate Planning and Elder Law Blog

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

http://www.aminovlaw.com
  • Feb 13

    How Long Does Probate Take in New York?

    How Long Does Probate Take in New York?
    I am often asked, Roman, How Long Does It Take For A Will To Go Through Probate in NY? The answer always depends on the particular circumstance of the case. Variables such as whether the will is being contested by an interested party, the…
  • Feb 13

    How Much Does Probate Cost in New York?

    How Much Does Probate Cost in New York?
    Many people think that probate is always a long and expensive process. In reality, most probate matters are handled quickly and efficiently. What’s The Cost Of Probate in NY? Assuming that no one is contesting the will or challenging…
  • Dec 25

    Funding Your Living Trust

    Funding Your Living Trust
    Imagine buying a beautiful new family car, taking it home, and leaving it parked in your garage. Then, instead of using your shiny new vehicle to transport your family, you use public transportation to get you and your family around. As silly…
Rank this Week: 1877

DeWitt Law Firm, PLLC Blog

DeWitt Law Firm, PLLC Blog

Covers estate planning, elder law, and probate.

http://www.dewittlawar.com/blog
  • Feb 12

    The Shocking Truth About Not Planning

    The Shocking Truth About Not Planning
    Estate planning is about more than who gets what when.  Estate planning is the way you give instructions and create a map for how you want to live out your life. This article is in 2 sections.  Section 1 describes what can happen…
  • Feb 9

    How Will the New Tax Law Affect Your Family?

    How Will the New Tax Law Affect Your Family?
    President Trump signed the new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act bill into law on December 22, 2017, and the law includes a number of historic changes to the federal tax code. However, the vast majority of the most dramatic changes are aimed at business…
  • Feb 3

    The Disastrous Dangers of Putting Your Children on Your Accounts and Deed

    The Disastrous Dangers of Putting Your Children on Your Accounts and Deed
    So many people think that they need to put their children’s names on their checking accounts, savings accounts, and deeds to their property so that the children can help them out and inherit without probate. This is such a dangerous,…
Rank this Week: 1481

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: 3285

California Probate and Estate…

California Probate and Estate Planning Blog

Covers California probate and estate planning including law changes, legal strategies, and detailed descriptions of the options available. By Meissner, Joseph & Palley, Inc.

http://www.californiaprobate.info/blog
  • Feb 11

    Why don’t attorneys return my call?

    Why don’t attorneys return my call?
    It has been said to me by many a client, “it is truly a breath of fresh air how fast you reply to emails and phone calls… thank you.” They often then say something like other attorneys don’t even call them back to…
  • Jan 31

    Heggstad for non-California assets part deux

    Heggstad for non-California assets part deux
    In homage to the great American movie starring Charlie Sheen and Lloyd Bridges among others, Hot Shots Part Deux, I bring you part deux on Heggstad petitions for non-California assets. This is a question I get asked about it a lot. …
  • Jan 26

    New California Probate Code Section 851

    New California Probate Code Section 851
    Attention probate attorneys and do-it-yourselfers: If you are utilizing California probate code 850 to do a Heggstad petition or other utilization of this broad code section be careful on your notice of hearing! As of January 1, 2018 there is…
Rank this Week: 3377

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: 933

Scott Law Group

Scott Law Group

Covers bankruptcy, probate estates, and general litigation.

http://scottlawgroup.com/
  • Feb 8

    WHAT YOU SHOULD NOT DO BEFORE FILING FOR BANKRUPTCY

    WHAT YOU SHOULD NOT DO BEFORE FILING FOR BANKRUPTCY
    “Is there anything that I should NOT do before filing bankruptcy?” The answer to that question is YES. There are at least 5 things you shouldn’t do immediately before filing a bankruptcy case. Don't make matters worse. …
  • Oct 23

    How Will Filing Bankruptcy Help Me?

    How Will Filing Bankruptcy Help Me?
    I’m often asked, “How will filing bankruptcy help me?” Can you make creditors quit calling? Can you stop foreclosure of my home?I can do both by filing a Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 case for you.
  • Sep 11

    Featured Image Blog Post Example

    Featured Image Blog Post Example
    Not only home variations or demos but fully created sites for you ready to publish on the net. More than 20+ ready to use sites created with research and dedication. Choose the right one and go online in 5 minutes. Specular is the last theme…
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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: 598

New York Probate Lawyer Blog

New York Probate Lawyer Blog

By Jules Martin Haas.

http://www.newyorkprobatelawyerblog.com/
  • Jan 31

    A New York Fiduciary Can Be Removed For Breach of Fiduciary Duty

    A New York Fiduciary Can Be Removed For Breach of Fiduciary Duty
    Did you know that a fiduciary in New York has certain duties and obligations. A fiduciary includes an Executor, Administrator and Trustee. These duties and obligations include the protection of estate assets and the payment of funds to the…
  • Jan 24

    Kinship In New York Is Required For Letters of Administration

    Kinship In New York Is Required For Letters of Administration
    It is important to know that when a person dies intestate (without a Last Will), his estate is distributed to his closest next of kin. Additionally, these persons, known under the statute as distributees, have the right to be appointed as the…
  • Jan 17

    A New York Guardianship Case May Require An Attorney For An Incapacitated Person

    A New York Guardianship Case May Require An Attorney For An Incapacitated Person
    Guardianship cases in New York are controlled by Article 81 of the Mental Hygiene Law (MHL). When a person wants to commence a Guardianship proceeding, there are a number of papers that must be filed with the Court. The two essential papers…
Rank this Week: 2791

The Probate Lawyer Family Feud…

The Probate Lawyer Family Feud Blog

Covers celebrity and true case stories on probate litigation. By Andrew Mayoras.

http://www.probatelawyerblog.com/
  • Jan 29

    Inside The Battle Raging Over The Estate of Charles Manson

    Inside The Battle Raging Over The Estate of Charles Manson
    Almost two months after his death, Charles Manson's body remains in limbo as an unusual legal battle heats up over control of — and the potential to profit from — his estate. This of course raises questions. Why would anyone…
  • Nov 20

    How Can Johnny Depp & Lisa Marie Presley Both Be Broke? New Court Fights Explore Who Is To Blame

    How Can Johnny Depp & Lisa Marie Presley Both Be Broke? New Court Fights Explore Who Is To Blame
    It's a growing Hollywood trend ... tens of millions of dollars gone? Sue the guy who handled your finances! But, legally, who should shoulder the blame -- and more critically, pay the price -- when a celebrity once worth hundreds of millions…
  • Oct 12

    Hugh Hefner Was A Role Model ... When It Came to Estate Planning

    Hugh Hefner Was A Role Model ... When It Came to Estate Planning
    Hugh Hefner was controversial, but not when it came to his estate planning. Despite difficult family and financial circumstances, he planned well to protect his family and his fortune.
Rank this Week: 4029

Berk & Moskowitz P.C. Blog

Berk & Moskowitz P.C. Blog

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

http://berkmoskowitz.com/blog/
  • Jan 27

    Maricopa County Bar Association – February Probate Fundamental Continuing Legal Education Serie

    Maricopa County Bar Association – February Probate Fundamental Continuing Legal Education Serie
    The Maricopa County Bar Association Estate Planning Probate and Trust (EPPT) Section announced its February estate planning probate and trust fundamental continuing legal education series. This four-part series is a great introduction to…
  • Jan 27

    Arizona Supreme Court Reverses Itself – Makes Elder Abuse Claims Easier

    Arizona Supreme Court Reverses Itself – Makes Elder Abuse Claims Easier
    Elder financial exploitation, abuse, neglect are growing concerns in society today, with baby boomers reaching an advanced age and requiring more medical care and financial assistance.  According to the National Council on Aging,…
  • Aug 23

    Kent Berk to Teach Financial Exploitation Seminar

    Kent Berk to Teach Financial Exploitation Seminar
    Scottsdale, Arizona probate attorney Kent S. Berk will teach a seminar regarding financial exploitation claims under Arizona’s adult protective service act.  The seminar will be held at the Maricopa County Bar Association in…
Rank this Week: 2824

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: 2303

Wade Law Offices Blog

Wade Law Offices Blog

Coves estate planning.

http://wadelawcorp.com/blog/
  • Jan 24

    Don’t Put Off Updating Your Estate Plan Document

    Don’t Put Off Updating Your Estate Plan Document
    We’ve said it before. We’ll say it again. And again. When people put off updating estate plans, they’re playing a very dangerous game. This sort of procrastination is downright irresponsible and often results in…
  • Jan 17

    5 Estate Planning Tips for Blended Familie

    5 Estate Planning Tips for Blended Familie
    Divorce and remarriage are common. Blended families bring an extra challenge to estate planning, and it’s important for people to have those difficult conversations with their loved ones if they’re contemplating another marriage.…
  • Jun 22

    The Basics of Estate Planning

    The Basics of Estate Planning
    Estate planning can be complex, but a well-informed and detailed plan can eliminate hassles for your family if you die or become incapacitated. Before you can develop a plan for your estate, however, you should learn some of the basics of of…
Rank this Week: 1337

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: 1476

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
  • 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…
  • Oct 12

    Non-Probate Assets in Tennessee

    Non-Probate Assets in Tennessee
    There is often confusion on what type of assets are not considered probate assets in Tennessee.  These types of assets do not require formal estate administration, most of the time.  When you are responsible for handling an estate…
Rank this Week: 643

Probate Litigation Attorney Blog

Probate Litigation Attorney Blog

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

http://www.losangelesprobatelitigationattorneyblog.com/
  • 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…
  • Oct 1

    Ginzburg & Bronshteyn, LLP wins at Probate Trial in Ventura County

    Ginzburg & Bronshteyn, LLP wins at Probate Trial in Ventura County
    Successfully fighting for our clients and no fear of taking matters to trial if necessary! Ginzbug & Bronshteyn, LLP, proud to share that firm partner Yasha Bronshteyn recently obtained a trial verdict in the Ventura County Superior Court…
Rank this Week: 3044

Law Offices of Robert H. Glorch…

Law Offices of Robert H. Glorch Blog

Illinois attorney blog for estate planning, wills, trusts and probate.

http://www.illinoisestateplan.com/blog
  • Jan 11

    Estate Tax Reform: Top 5 Takeaway

    Estate Tax Reform: Top 5 Takeaway
    Last week I summarized the 2018 rates and exemptions for gift, estates and trusts. Compared to the major tax code reforms to personal and business taxation, the estate tax changes appear relatively straightforward. The estate tax was not…
  • Jan 3

    2018 Estate Tax Summary

    2018 Estate Tax Summary
    I previously provided summaries of estate and gift taxes for 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. Unlike the minor changes of the prior few years, 2018 brings major federal tax law changes via the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” signed late…
  • Dec 20

    Wishing Bob Glorch a Happy Retirement!

    Wishing Bob Glorch a Happy Retirement!
    If you haven’t already heard, Bob Glorch is retiring from the practice of law next week, at the end of 2017.  Bob retires after a 50-year distinguished legal career focused on estate planning. I had the great fortune of being hired…
Rank this Week: 2008

Palm Springs Estate Planning…

Palm Springs Estate Planning Lawyer Blog

Covers estate taxes, probate, trusts, wills and estate planning. By Julia Burt Law and El Paseo Law Group.

http://www.palmspringsestateplanninglawyerblog.com/
  • Jan 10

    Palm Desert Probate Attorney Discusses New Laws for 2018

    Palm Desert Probate Attorney Discusses New Laws for 2018
    California has a number of new laws going into effect in 2018. Below are a few of interest and note. Concealed Carry No school employee can carry a concealed weapon onto campus. Continue reading →
  • May 24

    Burt & Associates Attorneys Named Top Lawyer

    Burt & Associates Attorneys Named Top Lawyer
    Congratulations to Julia E. Burt, Heidi Richert Clerc and Elaine E. Hill on being named Top Lawyers by Palm Springs Life. We pride ourselves on our excellent service to clients and our top-notch legal expertise.
  • Oct 14

    Heidi Richert Clerc becomes a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law

    Heidi Richert Clerc becomes a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law
    We are pleased to announce that the California Board of Legal Specialization has certified Heidi Richert Clerc in Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law. Heidi joins the ranks of the other Certified Specialists at Burt & Associates…
Rank this Week: 2434

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: 3795

Palmetto Probate Blog

Palmetto Probate Blog

About probate law and related things in South Carolina. By Mike Polk.

http://palmettoprobate.info
  • Dec 5

    In South Carolina, does the probate court keep the original will if I file it?

    In South Carolina, does the probate court keep the original will if I file it?
      Some clients would like to keep the original will as a memento and file a copy of it with the probate court instead. Unfortunately, if you have the original will, in South Carolina it needs to be filed, and the probate court keeps the…
  • Nov 13

    How do I find information about the probate courts and probate judges around South Carolina?

    How do I find information about the probate courts and probate judges around South Carolina?
    Check out the South Carolina Judicial Department website here for basic information about the courts and about the judges. Most of the forms you need are on the site as well.   Advertisement
  • Oct 2

    Do I need to leave anything in my will to my children?

    Do I need to leave anything in my will to my children?
    Recently, news broke that Jerry Lewis had disinherited several of his children. In South Carolina, there is no legal requirement to leave your children anything in your will.  Back in the day, many people would leave their children a…
Rank this Week: 1796

Kuhn and Kuhn Law Firm Blog

Kuhn and Kuhn Law Firm Blog

Covers estate planning.

http://www.kuhnandkuhn.com/blog/
  • Nov 9

    Basics of Estate Planning: Two Common Mistakes with Trust

    Basics of Estate Planning: Two Common Mistakes with Trust
    Trusts are incredibly useful tools. But, like other useful tools, they do not fit every circumstance. They must be used appropriately. For example, a hammer is an exceptional tool to use when looking to drive a nail into a wall. But, if you…
  • Nov 9

    Basics of Estate Planning: Privacy and Estate Planning

    Basics of Estate Planning: Privacy and Estate Planning
    From the dawn of time, humans have been concerned with privacy. In the biblical story of Adam and Eve, the couple sought the privacy provided by fig leaves as they left the Garden of Eden. When species Homo sapiens emerged, privacy was…
  • Nov 6

    Whom You Will Pay To Post An Essay To Have A Excellent Total price

    Whom You Will Pay To Post An Essay To Have A Excellent Total price
    Whom You Will Pay esay writers for hire To Post An Essay To Have A Excellent Total price Seeking options to building your own personal essays may have you concerned about about lots of different stuff.goodwriting2u.com/ At USEssayWriters.com,…
Rank this Week: 337

Olivero Law Blog

Olivero Law Blog

Covers Florida bankruptcy, family law, estate planning and real estate law.

https://www.oliverolaw.com/blog/
  • Nov 2

    Is Your Ex Going To File For Sole Custody?

    Is Your Ex Going To File For Sole Custody?
    Divorce can be an agreeable affair where both parents agree on what is best for their children, and both get through the proceedings without harming the parent-child relationship.  Let’s be serious; most divorces are not agreeable…
  • Oct 27

    Paternity Issues in Florida: How to Establish – or Disestablish – Paternity

    Paternity Issues in Florida: How to Establish – or Disestablish – Paternity
    In Florida, when a mother is married and gives birth, the law assumes the child’s father is the mother’s husband. But when the mother is unmarried at the time of the child’s birth, paternity must be established, either…
  • Jun 20

    But I wasn’t driving – how can I get a DUI?

    But I wasn’t driving – how can I get a DUI?
    But I wasn’t driving – how can I get a DUI? As a DUI defense attorney, I often hear from client’s facing a DUI charge say: “But, I wasn’t driving, how can I get a DUI?”   In Florida, you can be…
Rank this Week: 1323