Believed to be the first of its kind in the United States, the State of Nebraska has recently proposed legislation that would grant the executor of a decedent’s estate access to social media, e-mail, micro-blogging, and other similar accounts. The legislation would not apply to accounts that have been specifically addressed in a decedent’s estate plan with instructions regarding who should control the account; however, all other accounts would fall under the control of the estate executor if the … [Read more...] about Social Media and Estate Administration
The recent death of Whitney Houston was immediately followed by both soaring record sales and reports of trouble brewing surrounding her estate. Houston was found dead in a Beverly Hills hotel room from unknown causes. While many mourned her death and rushed to buy her songs, Houston’s family was already having trouble with Houston’s ex-husband Bobby Brown, according to reports. Houston’s mother was reportedly not happy about inviting Brown to the funeral but did so anyway. While Brown did … [Read more...] about Trouble Brewing in Whitney Houston’s Estate
As many mourn the death of entertainer Whitney Houston, sales of items related to the artist are soaring. According to news reports, Houston, age 48, was found dead in a Beverly Hills hotel room where she was staying in anticipation of attending the Grammy Awards the following day. Best known for the moving love song I Will Always Love You, Houston was once the darling of the music industry. With a string of chart topping hits in the 90s and a successful attempt at crossing over into acting with … [Read more...] about Whitney Houston’s Estate Value Soaring After Death
We don’t think anyone gets up in the morning and says, “Yippee! Today, I’ll call an estate planning lawyer to discuss creating a comprehensive estate plan.” However, we do think you should consider creating a plan that addresses all you Why? Consider this solid estate planning lesson from the estate of author, Stieg Larsson, who wrote the incredibly successful Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. No Estate Plan Larsson died, suddenly, at age 50; he had no estate plan. None. What he did have was a … [Read more...] about Estate Planning Lesson from Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: Don’t Procrastinate
Talking about long term care facilities can be a difficult conversation to have with your loved ones. If your senior loved one needs extra care, he or she may feel embarrassed. It’s a good idea to discuss the options that are available with your senior loved one and other family members in order to make sure that your senior loved one feels as comfortable as possible about the decision. If you need additional help discussing care needs, consult with an experienced, qualified elder law … [Read more...] about Talking With Your Family about Long Term Care Facilities
An attorney will NOT chargea fee to apply for veterans benefits. The Veterans Administration prohibits charging a fee to apply for benefits. However, this doesn't mean that you’re left on your own, surrounded by masses of unintelligible paperwork. That’s too scary for anyone, who is not specially trained! An attorney can fill out the application, as a courtesy, when he or she is designing a plan to help qualify for veterans benefits and possibly future Medi-Cal Long Term Care benefits. Are … [Read more...] about Can an Attorney Charge to Help Fill Out A Veterans Benefit Application?
In California, certain small estates may not be subject to probate, instead they may be able to take advantage of less costly "small estate procedures." As of January 1, 2012, there is a new definition of "small" estate. The new limit is $150,000 in non-real estate assets and up to $50,000 in real estate. If your assets otherwise subject to probate don’t exceed these amounts, your estate may be able to avoid for expensive and time consuming formal California probate process. However, depending … [Read more...] about New California Probate Exemption in 2012
Are you one of the thousands of people who are eligible for additional Veterans benefits and don’t know it? If you are a wartime veteran (or spouse or surviving spouse of a wartime veteran) you may be eligible for Veteran Aid and Attendance benefits, to pay for long term care. These benefits include monthly payments for home-care, nursing home care, or care in an assisted living facility. You Must Medically and Financially Qualify for Aid and Attendance Benefits. If you qualify, Aid and … [Read more...] about Are You Missing Out on Veterans Benefits to Pay for Long Term Care?