Posts Tagged ‘ state laws ’

Last Week in Estate Planning (June 26 to July 2, 2011)

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A happy Independence Day to everyone!  I hope your extended weekend is enjoyable, satisfying, and cool.  Hopefully, the following list will help condense the amount of time you spend reading estate planning articles and posts during the holiday. Top Stories of the Week Individual State Developments In Florida:  “New Legislation, Part II”, Jeffrey A. Cramer, Esq.,…

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Abatement 101: Which Beneficiaries Bear the Brunt of a Reduced Gift?

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I asked my young kids today if they knew what “abatement” was.  They replied, “Yes, Daddy, it’s the bottom floor in our house where all our toys and boxes and other stuff is!” To avoid the stigma of negligent parenting, I explained to them that within the estate planning context, abatement is the forced decrease…

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The Repercussions of Drafting Estate Planning Documents Imprecisely

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You’ve probably heard the notion that one incorrectly drafted phrase or sentence can have great detrimental effects on your will or trust.  Later in this post, we will provide two examples of this consequence. But first, we provide essential background to help further underscore the main point that preparing a will takes precision, careful attention…

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A Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) Primer

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You may have heard reference to the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in the news lately.  In this post, we will briefly explain DOMA, recent Presidential and Congressional reaction, and the potential effects moving forward. The Current Law DOMA is essentially based on three provisions in Federal law:  Read more...

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Elder Abuse Law: Is Momentum Building for New Legislation?

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You may have read about 90-year-old actor Mickey Rooney’s recent testimony at the Senate Special Committee on Aging regarding how he personally suffered psychological abuse and financial exploitation due mainly to his advanced age.  Today, we will list some resources and links regarding the developing law regarding elder abuse. CATEGORIES OF ELDER ABUSE According to…

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Pennsylvania Estate Planning Differences: You Can Go Home Again

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I am pleased to announce that I have renewed active status as a Pennsylvania attorney.  While I have done so mainly due to a familial circumstance, I spent most of my first 21 years there, and also worked there as an attorney for an additional 5 years.  It is still home to me in many…

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