Last Week in Estate Planning (June 10 to June 16, 2011)

June 20, 2011
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Here are links to the top estate planning stories and developments of last week.

By the way, I receive absolutely no financial remuneration from recommending any of the following choices.  I believe this enables me to give an unbiased view of what, IMHO, is the best in topical and quality work from estate planning colleagues across the land.

As always, instead of me giving any wry commentary, I will try to let the authors’ works speak for themselves.  Enjoy!

Top Stories of the Week

Individual State Developments

In Montana:  “Montana Supreme Court Gives Indian Trial Courts Exclusive Jurisdiction in Certain Probate Matters“, Julie Garber, Esq., about.com.

In Nevada: “Nevada’s Asset Protection Laws Strengthened“, Prof. Gerry W. Beyer, Wills, Trusts, and Estates Prof Blog.

In Ohio:  “State Senate Approves Budget that will Repeal Ohio State Tax“, Julie Garber, Esq., about.com.

In West Virginia:  “West Virginia Enacts Pet Trust Statute“, Prof. Gerry W. Beyer, Wills, Trusts, and Estates Prof Blog.

Federal Developments

Estate Tax Returns to Sink Sharply for 2011 Tax Policy Group“, Adam Fleischer, Wealth Strategies Journal 2.0 — citing “Estate Tax Returns to Shrink Sharply for 2011 — Tax Policy Group“, Arden Dale, The Wall Street Journal.

Entertainment and Human Interest

Grandmother’s Urn Left at Goodwill“, Prof. Gerry W. Beyer, Wills, Trusts, and Estates Prof Blog.

Michael Jackson Estate Faces $17.5 Million Insurance Fight“, Andy Mayoras, Esq. and Danielle Mayoras, Esq., The Probate Lawyer Blog.

Should the Godparents Always be the Guardian?“, Sabrina Winters, Esq., North Carolina Legacy Planning Information.

Scholarly

PLR 201123014: Court’s Orders Won’t Cause Trust to Lose GSTT Exempt Status“, Justin Trent, Wealth Strategies Journal 2.0.

Recent Developments in Asset Protection Law“, Jay D. Atkinson, Esq., Wealth Strategies Journal 2.0.

Honorable Mentions

Implant Denied as “Emergency” Distribution from Trust“, Pinnacle Trust, The Mississippi Fiduciary Blog.

Ruling From the Grave“, Matthew W. Gibson, Esq., willsandweath.com.

Unholy Matrimony:  How to Fight Back“, Kelly Greene, The Wall Street Journal.

Post of the Week

The Bush Tax Cuts On Their Tenth Anniversary: A Cause Célèbre“, Hani Sarji, Estate of Confusion, forbes.com (for a very thorough and interesting summary of the national reaction to the anniversary, be sure to either click on the very final link of Mr. Sarji’s post or click here:  “10th Anniversary of EGTRRA).

Please nominate any top estate planning posts or articles for the week June 17 to June 23, 2011 in the Comments section below.

 Last Week in Estate Planning (June 10 to June 16, 2011)
 Last Week in Estate Planning (June 10 to June 16, 2011)

Scott

Scott R. Zucker, Esq. is the owner of The Zucker Law Firm PLLC, located just outside the Capital Beltway in Annandale, within five miles of the City of Fairfax, the county seat of beautiful Fairfax County, Virginia. The firm focuses mainly on estate planning services for Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania clientele, and seeks to do so in an affordable and approachable way. People interested in learning more can contact Scott by phone or email.

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