Estate Planning Law Articles

Articles written by lawyers and expert witnesses worldwide
explaining the different aspects of Estate Planning.

Testamentary Disposition and Testaments in Turkish Inheritance Law

This article aims to explain the types of testaments in Turkish Inheritance law and Testamentary dispositions according to Turkish Law. It also...
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Turkish Inheritance Law

This article tells about the share percentage of the inheritors and generally aims to describe main principles of Turkish Inheritance Law. The...

Understanding the New Michigan Trust Code

The author discusses the new Michigan Trust Code.

The Must Have on Your Legal Bucket List

  By Oreste Law
Those who pass away without a will, leave it up to the state to decide how to divide assets using a preset legal formula. Most people would...

Do-It-Yourself Wills Leave Families Unprotected

As the economy crawls sluggishly toward recovery, individuals and families continue to make difficult financial choices. In an effort to save...

Repeal of Estate Tax Likely to be Short-Lived

As December 31 came and went, so did the federal estate tax - or at least for the time being. The estate tax, or the "death tax" as it is more...

Minnesota Nonmarital Property: What Is Mine Is Mine Till Death Do Us Part

Gone are the traditional days when getting married meant automatically commingling all money in a common bank account and putting both names...

Why You Need an Estate Plan

With the repeal of the estate tax (and generation skipping tax or "GST"), you may have put your estate plan on hold. This could be a serious...

Michigan Estate Planning Overview

Estate planning is a legal arrangement made for the distribution of estates-also called properties-after your death. This article discusses...

DIY Estate Plans

Many people view estate planning as selling of commodity documents (like wills, trusts, etc.). And if that is all there is to it, then they are...

Golden Years can be Tarnished by Lack of Planning

Retirees often come to Arizona to enjoy their golden years in great weather and an affordable state with spectacular natural beauty. Things...

What is the Difference Between a Will and a Trust?

Both a will and a trust distribute your money and possessions after your death. A trust is a will substitute.

When is a Guardianship Needed?

Many times, people come to our office seeking guidance about how to handle a family member whose erratic or eccentric behavior is causing...

Do I Have to Spend All My Assets to Qualify for Medicaid?

So, let’s say this hypothetical couple with $100,000 can see down the road that the need for long term care is coming. Maybe one of them has...

Divorce and Estate Planning

If you are going through or even contemplating a divorce, the single most important step you can take to make sure that your desires are carried...

What is IRS Section 529?

IRS section 529 or Qualified Tuition Programs (QTP's) are found under Title 26, Subtitle A, Chapter 1, Subchapter F, Part VIII, Section 529 of...

Forced Sale of Real Estate with Business Partner, Family Member, Significant Others

A partition case in Rhode Island is an equitable, legal action in which a person corporation or legal entity can force the sale of real estate...

The Pitfalls of Improper Titling of your Assets

Even if the terms of your estate plan meet your current goals, your estate plan could be defeated if your assets are not titled in accordance...

Succession – Which “Mother” is Entitled to Inherit under the Intestates’ Estates Ordinance? - China

In the late 1940s, Mr Tsang Kei Hung (“Mr Tsang Senior”) married Madam Leung according to Chinese customs and she gave birth to 3 children, one...

How Titling Property can Affect your Estate Plan

The myriad options presented to home buyers when titling real estate have significant tax, asset protection, and estate planning consequences.

Medicaid and the Principal Residence

A discussion of your choices when trying to protect your home while qualifying for Medicaid services.

A Legal Primer on Sickness, Death and Dying

You really don't want to be without a will, no matter your age or whether or not you have children nor do you have to own a lot of things. There...

The Value of Gifts to Estate Planning

Gifts offer an important tool for Estate Planners to avoid federal estate taxes. However if gifts do not take into account the special...

Pet Trusts Are an Important Part of Estate Planning

A pet trust should be included as part of any good estate plan, just as a will, POS, HCP, and LW are the minimums everyone should have. The...

Ways to Avoid Property Guardianships for Minors

  By HG.org
If a child’s parents die while he or she is still a minor, the court may appoint a guardian to look after the child and his or her finances....

Wills & Living Wills in the Kingdom of Thailand

“Wills” refer to instruments that are used to state a person’s testamentary dispositions after death. Usually, the notion of creating a will...

How to Draft a Thai Will

Succession is one of the modes of transferring ownership which takes effect by operation of law upon the death of the owner. In Thailand,...

The Responsibilities of Trustees after a Death

If trustees of revocable living trusts fail to observe their numerous responsibilities, this can open the door to a petition to be removed from...

Love in the Golden Years

Perhaps, again in your life, the time to search for “Mr. or Ms. Right” has come. Maybe you have already found that magic someone -- but have you...

A Sensible Approach to Interpreting Probate

It is impossible for me to define exactly what Probate will mean to you on a planning, emotional, or financial level. Your experience will...

Stepping into the Guardian Role

If as the days go by, you discover that the decisions your husband, wife, parent, relative or friend once made, are now being neglected, your...

How Do I Get a Copy of Someone's Will? - Canada

  By HG.org
Whether someone has a right to see someone’s will in Canada depends on a number of important factors, such as the testator’s desire, the...

Reporting Executor or Fiduciary Taxes

  By HG.org
When an executor or fiduciary is compensated for his or her work, this is considered taxable income. As such, there are specific requirements...

Flexible Tax Planning Tool: Wills With Disclaimer Trusts

An overview of "Disclaimer Wills" or "Disclaimer Trusts" as part of a Pennsylvania estate plan.

Taiwan Estate Planning FAQ

This article answers frequently asked questions about estate planning in Taiwan and the US.

Three Reasons International Families Should Consider Qualified Domestic Trusts

What kind of estate planning is advisable for individuals with a non US citizen spouse? In this article, San Francisco Bay Area attorney John C....

What is Surrogacy and the Legal Process Associated with It?

Modern science has given infertile couples the opportunity to enjoy the fundamental right of parenting children. This has spawned a new area of...

How to Contest a Will or Trust

Undertaking legal action to contest a will or trust is a step most of us will never have to take. However, if you suspect that your loved one's...

A Comparison of Wills and Trusts

There are several key differences between wills and trusts as instruments created to transfer property, making each desirable for different...

History and Overview of the Federal Estate Tax

The federal estate tax is defined by the Internal Revenue Service as a tax on the right to transfer property at death. The tax is imposed on the...

Fiduciary Obligations Related to Estate Planning and Administration

When an individual dies, his or her estate has to be administered, debts settled and assets distributed. Often these duties fall to a fiduciary...

Three Ways to Save your Heirs Thousands in Property Taxes - California

  By HG.org
When a person dies, his or her heirs may wind up paying a significant amount of money in order to claim the property left to them from the...

Estate Planning for Pets and Domesticated Animals

Companionship animals play an important role in the lives of humans. Nevertheless, more than 500,000 pets are euthanized in animal shelters...

A Quick Guide to the Illinois Dead Man's Act

According to the hornbook definition, the Act is an evidentiary rule barring testimony by someone with an interest in litigation about any...

The Trust that Every Will should Have

Your Last Will and Testament should empower your executor to elect to distribute any beneficiary’s bequest under your Will into a Special Needs...

Estate Planning for International Clients: Three Traps for the Unwary

International clients living in the United States face a number of Estate Planning challenges. For the unwary, a lack of planning can lead to...

Private Trust Companies of the Bahamas

  By Lex Justis
In The Bahamas, PTCs have become a preferred tool in the structuring of the estate and inheritance planning needs of families with substantial...

Inheritance in Romania

The Romanian law provides for two types of inheritance: the legal inheritance and the inheritance established through a last will or testament.

Non-Competition Clauses in Israel

Employers in the Hi-Tech sector are concerned about “hitting a homerun” before any competitor does so. A significant aspect of that concern is...

Spanish Inheritance Tax, and Spanish Inheritance Law

  By TlaCorp
Spanish Inheritance Tax, and Spanish Inheritance Law

Common Mistakes Made When the Elderly Attempt to Avoid Probate

In an effort to avoid the costs and time involved with a Florida probate case, many families rely on techniques that that they hear about from...

When Living Trusts Are Most Useful In Estate Planning

A look at how living trusts can, depending on the size of your estate, reduce your estate taxes. As the author indicates, trusts can reduce your...

The Top Ten Mistakes You Should Avoid in Drafting and Safeguarding Your Will

A look at the top ten mistakes you can make in drafting and safeguarding your will. The author also reminds individuals that they need to leave...

Estate Planning - Estate Taxes And How To Reduce Them

This overview of estate planning shows how you can reduce your estate taxes and also previews the changes to the estate taxes that are scheduled...

Last Will and Testimony in France

Help and tips about making a French will.

Generational Planning: Take Care of the Non-Tax Issues First

Business owners are well aware of how federal estate taxes can prevent the family business from passing to the next generation.

German Inheritance Law - Intestate Succession

Under German succession law, intestate succession is determined by § 1931 ff. BGB.

Ancillary Probate Proceedings in Germany

According to the principles of the Common Law a personal representative has authority to seize the estate located abroad subject to recognition...

Administration of Estate by a Testamentsvollstrecker in Germany

The article outlines the legal framework of a German “Testamentsvollstrecker” and points out basic differences to an Anglo–American personal...

New Time Limitations for Civil Actions - France

New time-limitations in French civil matters.

Prenuptial Agreements Are Critical for Parties with Premarital Assets

Asking serious questions about how you see finances in the marriage partnership may save you pain and money later-and might even save your...

The Role of an Estate Planning Lawyer and his Tools

How do you protect your independence and assets during your lifetime, and protect your family after your death? It is important to consult with...

Electronic Wills - South Africa

The new age of technology has exponentially grown and allows for the transmission of various data messages from personal computers to portable...

How to Probate an Estate in Germany

If estate assets are located in Germany, German probate law applies. The article gives an introduction to German probate law.


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