Estate Planning

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  • Article on States and Their American Indian Citizens November 19, 2017 Matthew L. M. Fletcher recently posted an Article entitled, States and Their American Indian Citizens, Wills, Trusts, & Estate Law eJournal (2017). Provided below is an abstract of the Article: This article is intended to provide a theoretical…
  • Court: Kids of Divorced Stepparent Must Pay Inheritance Tax November 19, 2017 Paula Tyler and Mark Alcorn were raised by their mother, Connie Smith, and stepfather, Donald Hitzhusen. The couple later divorced, but Hitzhusen remained close to Tyler and Alcorn. Close enough, in fact, that he left them 77% of his $1.9...
  • Changed Circumstances Could Require a Child Support Modification November 19, 2017 Once you've been ordered to pay child support, that obligation generally continues every month until the child turns 18 or graduates from high school. However, sometimes your financial circumstances might suddenly change, making it difficult to…
  • Banton v. Banton (Part 3) November 18, 2017 In my two previous posts, I've written about Mr. Justice Cullity's decision in Bantonv. Banton,1998 CanLII 1496, case involving Muna Yassin who married George Banton when she was 31 and he, 88. The dispute was between Ms. Yassin in George…
  • Missouri's Funeral Board: Returning to the Scene of the Crime November 18, 2017 Two years ago, the Missouri State Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors met in Independence to discuss their staff's recommendations for seller record keeping requirements and the scope of preneed examinations. As the minutes somewhat reflect, the…
  • Glenn Frey Eagles Legend Left Everything to Wife November 18, 2017 Glenn Frey, former guitarist for the Eagles, died with a will that leaves everything to his wife of twenty-five years, Cindy Millican. The will only lists assets totaling $100,000, but makes reference to a family trust. It is likely the...
  • Seizing Family Homes from the Innocent: Can the Eighth Amendment Protect Minorities and the Poor from Excessive Punishment in Civil Forfeiture? November 18, 2017 Louis S. Rulli recently posted an Article entitled, Seizing Family Homes from the Innocent: Can the Eighth Amendment Protect Minorities and the Poor from Excessive Punishment in Civil Forfeiture?, Wills, Trusts, & Estate Law eJournal (2017).…
  • Northern Kentucky Family Attorneys November 18, 2017 Every now and then someone does something for you that is totally unexpected. Often that "thing" is small or at least seemingly small. When the car in front of me paid for my drink at the drive-thru, I was surprised and happy. At Fessler, Schneider,…
  • How is Child Support Calculated in North and South Carolina? November 18, 2017 Both North and South Carolina have general child support guidelines that are used to calculate how much child support a non-custodial parent must pay. These guidelines are generally followed unless there are special circumstances that warrant a…
  • Donald D. Vanarelli, Esq. to Present at the 2017 Elder Law College November 18, 2017 Donald D. Vanarelli, Esq. (http://VanarelliLaw.com/) will present at the 2017 Elder Law College given by the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education on December 14, 2016 at the Crowne Plaza, located at 690 Route 46 East, Fairfield, New…
  • Fate of Las Vegas Shooter Stephen Paddock's Millions to Be Decided in Court November 17, 2017 Stephen Paddock, the Las Vegas shooter who killed 58 and injured many more from his room at the Mandalay Bay, died with over $5 million in assets. This figure includes money Paddock earned from real estate investments and winnings from...
  • Squabbles Over the Family Summer Home? Don't Hire a Lawyer Just Yet November 17, 2017 For a fortunate few, the onset of summer elicits nostalgic recollections of time spent at the family's summer home, carefree days spent by crystalline azure waters, and raucous cookouts enjoyed with neighborhood children. But, as time trudges forward…
  • Personal Property and Jewelry Division Can Cause Irreconcilable Problems in an Estate November 17, 2017 Typical situation. An elderly mom with two adult children, Sally & John, passes away with a house full of nice personal belongings (furniture, antiques, crystal and jewelry). Sister Sally lives with mom or in the same town and brother John lives…
  • Shedding Light On Blind Trusts November 17, 2017 A blind trust is a legal entity wherein the individual establishing the trust, the settlor, transfers assets to a trustee to manage without the settlor's knowledge of how the assets are being managed. These trusts are typically used by politicians...
  • Myth #5- I need to avoid probate! November 17, 2017 "I need to avoid probate!" I can't tell you how many new estate planning consultations begin with questions relating to the belief that it is important to avoid the probate process. Clients desiring to avoid probate often ask for a complex and costly…
  • Will of Linkin Park Frontman Shows He Wanted Family Visits November 17, 2017 "To ensure they would remain like a family after he passed away, 41-year-old Chester made provisions in his will…"
  • Pasieczny Elected to PIABA Board of Directors & Recognized for Outstanding Service November 17, 2017 Congratulations to SYK litigator Darlene Pasieczny. Darlene was recently awarded an Outstanding Service Award from the Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association (PIABA) for 2017, as co-chair of the PIABA Self-Regulatory Organization (SRO)…
  • Orphan Endowments Of Dead Schools Bedevil U.S. States November 17, 2017 According to the U.S. Department of Education, 763 higher-education institutions closed in 2016. This is the highest recorded number of closures since 2012. While some remaining assets can be sold to satisfy creditors, orphaned endowment funds are…
  • Ready to Write Your Will? Consider This Before You Go It Alone or Online. November 17, 2017 Shakespeare's WillA last will and testament is the most commonly thought of document when it comes to an estate plan. But, really, it's a very small part of an integrated plan that ensures your family stays out of Court and out of conflict when…
  • Kinship Law in New York November 17, 2017 In New York, if someone passes away without a surviving close family member to inherit the estate, it becomes what is known as a kinship case. While most of us take the time to plan our estate by creating a last living will and testament or a trust…