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The Texas Supreme Court recently had the opportunity to resolve a lower court split and determine whether or not a cause of action exists in Texas for tortious interference with inheritance rights. The court declined to do so. If someone improperly convinces another person to change his or her will,... Continue reading
Posted 9 hours ago at Washington Estate Planning
The debate around assisted suicide often centers on allowing people to pass away when they choose, so they can avoid living in pain. However, that might not be the real reason for assisted suicide. Physician assisted suicide is one of the most controversial issues in elder law. Many people believe... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Washington Estate Planning
By 2050 it is expected that there will be 13.8 million Alzheimer's patients in the U.S. Families need to be prepared, since increasingly it is families taking care of the patients at home, not medical facilities. It has long been expected that, as Americans continue to live longer, the number... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Washington Estate Planning
When the Baby Boomers start passing away in greater numbers, the single greatest transfer of wealth in world history will occur, but the benefit might not all go to their heirs. Generally speaking, throughout their lives, the Baby Boomer generation has amassed more wealth than any previous generation. Since they... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Washington Estate Planning
A new study suggests that an important factor in whether people reach retirement age with adequate resources, is how much wealth they receive from their older family members. Some people are able to retire comfortably while others are not. The difference between the two groups is often thought to be... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Washington Estate Planning
Whenever relevant tax laws change, it is important to update your will to reflect those changes, instead of relying on a court to make the changes for you. Wills are not necessarily set in stone after someone passes away. Under some circumstances, probate courts are able to change a deceased... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Washington Estate Planning
A couple of new movies about Michael Jackson's life are scheduled to be released soon. They might not contain any of his music. Michael Jackson was known for several things during his life. He was known for his unique style, dancing and his often bizarre personal life. For people who... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2017 at Washington Estate Planning
Farmers, more than most people, need to have carefully thought out succession and estate plans. Most farm operations in the U.S. are still classified as family-operated businesses. When some people think of "family farms", they think of small operations that can easily be handled by one or two people. However,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2017 at Washington Estate Planning
Farmers, more than most people, need to have carefully thought out succession and estate plans. Most farm operations in the U.S. are still classified as family-operated businesses. When some people think of "family farms", they think of small operations that can easily be handled by one or two people. However,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2017 at Washington Estate Planning
The former chairman of Fox News was facing sexual harassment lawsuits. Now, that he has passed away, his estate inherits them. It has not been the best year for Fox News. A series of allegations of sexual harassment have been made against some of the biggest names at the cable... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2017 at Washington Estate Planning
A New York judge who was recently found dead, made a large estate planning mistake. Fortunately, her family appears to have worked everything out amicably. Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam was the first African-American woman appointed to New York's highest court. She recently became a national figure not for any of her... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2017 at Washington Estate Planning
Wealthy people should talk to their children about their wealth and what inheritances the children will receive. That conversation should happen when the children are ready to hear it. Parents who plan on leaving large inheritances for their children are in a bind. If they do not talk to their... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2017 at Washington Estate Planning
At the moment, it is difficult to know exactly what is going on in Washington D.C. and what might come from Republicans' tax reform plans. That makes flexibility in estate planning more important than ever. It is not completely unfair to say that the political system in the U.S. is... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2017 at Washington Estate Planning
New inexpensive genetic testing has the potential to ruin the business model of long-term care insurers. Long-term care insurance works in a similar manner to other forms of insurance. Policy issuers are banking on the fact that not everyone who pays premiums will be as expensive to care for as... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2017 at Washington Estate Planning
An Italian doctor who plans to perform the first human head transplant, claims that within the next few years he will be able to transplant a frozen brain into another body and wake it up. Many people all over the world have put their hopes for eternal life on cryogenics.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2017 at Washington Estate Planning
The divorce rate for people over 50 years old is higher than it used to be. The reasons might not be what you think they are. Studies have shown that for the youngest demographics, the divorce rate in the U.S. has declined from what it was a couple of decades... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2017 at Washington Estate Planning
To bring a man back to life who had falsely been listed as legally dead for 29 years did not take magic, but it did take the intervention of a U.S. Senator. The U.S. government maintains a "Master Death File" of everyone who passes away in the U.S. When government... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2017 at Washington Estate Planning
Technological changes have made it possible for actors to continue working after they pass away. Celebrities need to plan for how that should be handled. In the old days, the families of deceased celebrities had limited options about how to continue earning money off the celebrities. The families could license... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2017 at Washington Estate Planning
A recent trend is wealthy people spending vast sums to fund research into cures for diseases that family members suffer or died from. That can be great, but it can also create problems. Getting funding to research and possibly cure rare diseases has never been the easiest thing for scientists... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2017 at Washington Estate Planning
A person who has spent a lifetime building a collection of anything and is working on an estate plan, often wants that collection to remain in the family. That can be difficult, if your children are not interested in the collection. It is not exactly a secret that children often... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2017 at Washington Estate Planning
If you are planning on getting remarried and have children from previous relationships, it is important for you to think about how to preserve an inheritance for your children. Although state laws have some variations, a general rule is that if you pass away without a will, then your closest... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2017 at Washington Estate Planning
An estate case in Louisiana has raised ethical concerns for the local executive director of the council on aging. A few months ago, a 95-year-old woman in Louisiana, Helen Plummer, passed away. Her family knew that she had about $300,000 in liquid assets and two homes. What they were not... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2017 at Washington Estate Planning
One of the worst nightmares for wealthy people is to lose all of their assets to creditors. They have some options to protect against that possibility. One potential creditor that wealthy people do not often think about is their spouse. In a divorce, a spouse can quickly turn from a... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2017 at Washington Estate Planning
A common point of contention between wealthy estates and the IRS is the value of artwork at the time the deceased passes away. The estate wants lower valuations for estate tax purposes, but the IRS does not always accept them. The value of artwork in an estate is difficult to... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2017 at Washington Estate Planning
The battle over the estate of former NFL player Aaron Hernandez was expected to go on for a long time, but it turns out there is not much for anyone to fight over. When Aaron Hernandez committed suicide that was the end of the criminal cases filed against him. However,... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2017 at Washington Estate Planning