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InterActive Legal
Melbourne, FL, USA
InterActive Legal is the premier knowledge company for lawyers specializing in Elder Law, Estate, and Special Needs Planning.
Interests: Elder Law, Estate Planning, Wealth Planning, Legal Drafting,
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by Audrey Ehrhardt, Esq., CBC, Practice42 ADA accessibility and compliance in law firm websites across the nation are becoming not only more relevant, but a necessity as we see an increasing amount of litigation against businesses over their websites. Website accessibility lawsuits center around the fact that all, or a... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Interactive Legal Blog
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In January 2019, at The Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning, a select group of InterActive Legal subscribers were invited to a private luncheon screening of the documentary film, "Lives Well Lived." The film visits with 40 people ranging in age from 75 to 100 years young and casts a light... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2019 at Interactive Legal Blog
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Melbourne, FL - InterActive Legal welcomes Deirdre R. Wheatley-Liss, Esq. and Scott M. Solkoff, Esq. to its Advisory Board. It is my honor to welcome two of the nation’s top elder law attorneys, Deirdre Wheatley-Liss and Scott Solkoff, to the InterActive Legal Advisory Board. It is fitting that Deirdre and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2019 at Interactive Legal Blog
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by Vanessa L. Kanaga, Esq. On May 23, 2019, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that, if signed into law, would significantly change estate planning for Qualified Plans and IRAs (referred to herein, collectively, as "Retirement Benefits"). The Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act of 2019... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2019 at Interactive Legal Blog
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Melbourne, FL — InterActive Legal extends a warm welcome to the newest member of its legal team, accomplished estate planning attorney, Mohineet Khosla. Mohineet Khosla received her J.D. from New York University School of Law in 2001. Following law school, Mohineet practiced for over a decade at Milbank LLP in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2019 at Interactive Legal Blog
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by Scott M. Solkoff, Esq.[1] Two major pressures are moving the practices of Estate Planning and Elder Law together. The dominant pressure is one of demand. For most Americans, the greatest threat to their financial well-being is not taxes. It is the cost of incapacity and long-term care. Addressing these... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2019 at Interactive Legal Blog
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by Vanessa L. Kanaga, Esq. A recent set of articles published in the February issue of Trusts & Estates discusses the pros and cons of using Document Assembly Systems (referred to in the articles as "DAS"). The articles are nicely presented as a Point/Counterpoint feature. In the first article (the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2019 at Interactive Legal Blog
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© 2019 by Jonathan G. Blattmachr & Martin M. Shenkman. All Rights Reserved. With the estate, gift and GST exemption at nearly $11.5 million and scheduled to grow until 2026 when they will be cut in half, few advisers are focusing on wealth transfer tax planning for their clients. And... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2019 at Interactive Legal Blog
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By Michael L. Graham, Esq. Your law firm email is secure, right? If it were not, you would have issues with your state’s ethical rules requiring you to keep client confidences. As a summary and guide for the multiple state ethical rules, ABA Model Rule of Professional Conduct §1.6(a) provides:... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2019 at Interactive Legal Blog
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The time to address digital assets as part of your client’s estate plan may have begun to run out. We’ve all heard about digital assets, cryptocurrency and occasional lawsuits by family members against social media giants like Yahoo! and Facebook. But now the topic of digital assets will necessarily have landed on your desk when you begin the estate planning process for a client. Are you fully prepared to help your clients plan for this new asset class, and to protect yourself and your practice from doing the wrong thing? Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2019 at Interactive Legal Blog
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By Vanessa L. Kanaga As any estate planner knows, the 2017 law commonly referred to as the "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" or "TCJA" (Pub. Law 115-97) changed the landscape of estate planning, perhaps not permanently (because what tax law is ever permanent?), but for the near future. The Basic... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2018 at Interactive Legal Blog
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By Audrey Ehrhardt, JD, CBC, Founder/CEO Practice42 Are you one of the many people who want to learn how to use Adobe, but just don’t know how? The numerous features that Adobe has makes it very appealing to the customer, but it also makes it a complicated tool to learn... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2018 at Interactive Legal Blog
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By Betsy Ehrenberg In today’s increasingly connected world, identity theft has become a serious problem. It is estimated that 17.6 million Americans are the victims of some form of identity theft every year. Of those attacks, 2.5 million happen to someone who is deceased. This means 2,200 deceased Americans will... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2018 at Interactive Legal Blog
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By Wendy Witt, JD With only a glance, you have instant access to your car’s dashboard, displaying exactly what you need to know to diagnose a problem and determine what action to take next: fill the gas tank, change the oil, check the engine, or adjust your speed. Your doctor... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2018 at Interactive Legal Blog
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By Jennifer Traglia, Gerontologist It’s been two weeks since you last spoke to Jack. His mother, your client, has just fallen – again. This time it sounds serious. As far as you know, she is still in the hospital, with a long road of rehab ahead. Naturally, as a trusted... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2018 at Interactive Legal Blog
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InterActive Legal is delighted to commemorate 15 years of dedicated service by Senior Application Developer, Deslin Simmons. A veteran member of the team, Deslin worked with InterActive Legal authors and principals, Mike Graham and Jonathan Blattmachr, on the very first version of InterActive LegalSuite, released in 2003. In her primary... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2018 at Interactive Legal Blog
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By Elizabeth Q. Boehmcke, Esq. This is the third and final installment of a three-part series on the recently released final regulations that impact the Veterans Aid & Attendance pension benefit ("Aid & Attendance"). In the prior blog posts, I discussed the look-back period and transfer penalties that are now... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2018 at Interactive Legal Blog
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By Elizabeth Q. Boehmcke, Esq. This is the second of a three-part series on the recently released final regulations that impact the Veterans Aid & Attendance pension benefit. In the prior blog post, I discussed the new net worth regulations, including the new bright-line test for net worth currently set... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2018 at Interactive Legal Blog
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… for most Americans, avoiding estate tax should not and was not the main goal of planning. Rather, taking care of relatives in a thoughtful manner was the primary focus. That should continue and, even though estate tax avoidance may not be the primary consideration, tax reduction should continue to be a major part of planning even for the less than super affluent property owners. Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2018 at Interactive Legal Blog
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For professionals who work with veterans, their surviving spouses and families, the final regulations bring significant changes to the considerations that bear on their planning for such individuals. The final regulations made major changes in three areas that will impact planning for the Aid & Attendance pension benefit: the calculation of net worth, an expansion of the types of expenses which can be taken as unreimbursed medical deductions from income, and the imposition of a three-year look back period for certain transfers, and penalties for such transfers. Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2018 at Interactive Legal Blog
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By Joanne Marcus, MSW, and Karen Dunivan Konvicka, Esq., Commonwealth Community Trust This article was originally published in "NAELA News." The opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors and are not to be construed as an endorsement by NAELA or InterActive Legal. When the call comes from... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2018 at Interactive Legal Blog
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By Teresa L. Bush, Esq., Director of Education and Support Services, InterActive Legal My great-grandfather emigrated to the USA as a teenager from a country that no longer exists, and was a cobbler by trade. I treasure his two iron shoe stands passed down to me, because they are symbols... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2018 at Interactive Legal Blog
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Megan Respol has left her role as InterActive Legal's Finance & Operations Coordinator to pursue a Master’s in Criminology at Florida State University’s College of Criminal Justice. Megan served her role well, having been baptized by hurricanes a year ago when she arrived just as the office was battening down... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2018 at Interactive Legal Blog
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by Candace Wells, COO and Law Business Strategist, Attorney Alchemy You’ve probably heard that policies, procedures, systems, and processes will not only save your sanity, but also make you and your team more efficient. Maybe you even “get” it and want to document your processes, but don’t know where to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2018 at Interactive Legal Blog
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Practitioners who regularly work with special needs clients are probably aware that the Social Security Administration ("SSA") released revisions to the Program Operating Manual System ("POMS") on April 30, 2018. But since many of us are still processing the revisions, I hope to highlight some of them for those of us who are between CLE sessions. Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2018 at Interactive Legal Blog