Estate Planning Blog

Reflections of a Dementia Specialist: I Want to Stop Working Before I Embarrass Myself

The Washington Post:  “My wife says that I love my work too much to ever retire. Perhaps she is right. However, my experiences as a neurologist and clinical director of an Alzheimer center have led me to think a lot about the circumstances under which it would be wise to move on. In fact, having reached my 60s — thereby joining the fastest-growing segment of our population — I have been considering what changes in my cognitive capacity would lead me to no longer wish to keep on working.”

By | 2018-04-23T10:46:07+00:00 April 23rd, 2018|

Many Americans Try Retirement, Then Change Their Minds

The New York TImes:  “Sue Ellen King worked as a nursing educator and critical care nurse at University of Florida Health for almost four decades. Her co-workers kindly joked that she had been at the hospital since the foundation was laid, which happened to be true. King was ready. She circled her last work day on the calendar and took a week-long trip with her husband to celebrate her upcoming freedom. But, when she actually transitioned into retirement, King found that her carefully crafted post-work experience had fallen flat. “I’d done all the preparation, except to really think about what life was going to be like,” King said. After only three months, she returned to work in a part-time position at the hospital.”

By | 2018-04-16T11:13:40+00:00 April 20th, 2018|

Couple charged in gravestone scam took $64G from grieving families

FOX News:  “Authorities have charged a North Carolina couple with cheating dozens of grief-stricken families out of thousands of dollars for headstones they failed to deliver. Tunis and Georganne Selby were arrested this week and charged with felony conversion and obtaining property by false pretense, Monroe police said. The couple, who ran a company called Memorial Design Concepts, was accused of swindling 34 families out of $64,000 for the monuments, FOX46 Charlotte reported.”

By | 2018-04-16T10:54:14+00:00 April 19th, 2018|

How to Deal With Signs of Sundown Syndrome

Caring.com:  “Sundown syndrome is a term that describes the onset of confusion and agitation that generally affects people with dementia or cognitive impairment and usually strikes around sunset. Many people, though, use the term to loosely describe increased agitation and confusion that can occur anytime but may be more noticeable in the late afternoon or early evening.”

By | 2018-04-16T09:51:33+00:00 April 18th, 2018|

‘Hero’ Humbolt Broncos player taken off life support, to donate organs

FOX News:  “The family of a Humbolt Broncos hockey player who was on a bus when it slammed into a semitrailer in western Canada– killing 15– said he was taken off life support and his organs will be donated, The Global News reported. Logan Boulet, 21, a defenseman, was put on life-support on Saturday and his family said his organs would be harvested and six matches have been found.”

By | 2018-04-16T09:44:43+00:00 April 17th, 2018|

A Woman in Life, but a Man After Death: Protecting the Postmortem Identities of Transgender Individuals

Westlaw:  “Contemplating death is not a pleasant experience for most people. However, for the transgender community, it is becoming increasingly more important to consider from an estate planning perspective. Throughout their lives, transgender people face numerous challenges regarding their identities. These challenges can continue after a transgender individual’s death if he or she is not buried according to their gender identity. Transgender individuals run the risk of having their surviving family members bury them in an undignified manner if the transgender individual passes away without specifically documenting instructions for their burial.”

By | 2018-04-16T09:36:30+00:00 April 16th, 2018|

Rudy Giuliani’s Third Wife Files for Divorce

TMZ: Rudy Giuliani and his wife, Judith, are heading for splitsville after 15 years of marriage … TMZ has confirmed. The former Mayor of NYC and his wife tied in the knot in 2003, but Judith filed paperwork to end the matrimony … and it appears she’s ready to battle over their assets because she reportedly filed a contested divorce proceeding in Manhattan Supreme Court.”

By | 2018-04-09T10:34:14+00:00 April 13th, 2018|

This Estate Has $2 Million Worth of Trees

Bloomberg Pursuits:  “Art dealer W. Graham Arader specializes in antique maps, books, and prints, and he has a side interest in antique houses. “I own the seventh-oldest house in San Francisco,” he says, “I own the only pristine beaux-arts mansion on Madison Avenue, and I own George Washington’s home in Virginia.” Also in his possession is a 19th century Victorian house in Nyack, N.Y. Arader bought the home, roughly a 40-minute drive from Manhattan, for about $6 million in 2005. “I bought it for the beauty of the house,” he says. “I’m an art dealer. I like things that are beautiful, plus I bought it for my seven children to use on the weekends.”

By | 2018-04-09T09:40:44+00:00 April 10th, 2018|

Is Spousal Support Available After Death?

JDSUPRA:  “Perhaps encouraged by the recent decision in Marasse Estate, we have another recent case from the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench addressing an estate’s ability to claim spousal support and its liability to pay spousal support.  Stalzer v Stalzer, 2018 ABQB 191 is reassurance to estate planning and family law practitioners that a person’s obligation to pay spousal support to their deceased ex-spouse’s estate is not a general rule of law and was specific to the drafting of the various agreements in play in Marasse.”

By | 2018-04-09T09:43:44+00:00 April 9th, 2018|

Estate Planning: Not Just for the Uber Rich

Investopedia:  “Everyone needs an estate plan regardless of financial situation. Such plans range from short, simple documents to complex series of interlocking trusts, partnerships and wills. It all depends on the nature of the estate and desires of the family. When done right, estate planning is more than a plan to transfer assets at death or a way to avoid tax, but rather a structure for families to transfer values to the next generation. Estate planning documents let you make your wishes known both for yourself and your loved ones during life, in the event of incapacity, and at death.”

By | 2018-04-02T12:22:39+00:00 April 6th, 2018|

Think About Having a ‘Green’ Funeral? Here’s What You Need to Know

The New York Times:  “The idea of a typical American funeral tends to elicit images of a polished, wood coffin, bouquets of delicate flowers resting nearby, and the musty, darkened chapel where family and friend will gather to mourn. A question that many are now asking is: “How necessary are all these accoutrements?” Markets have responded to the query, albeit minimally at this stage, with the “green burial.”

By | 2018-04-02T11:15:25+00:00 April 5th, 2018|

Here’s How to Maintain Peace Among Your Heirs

The New York Times:  “For parents, deciding how to divvy up their assets can be an incredibly onerous task. This is especially true for those with substantial wealth and multiple children or beneficiaries to consider. A common mistake parents make when undertaking estate planning is focusing too much on legal issues while ignoring family dynamics.”

By | 2018-04-02T10:53:54+00:00 April 3rd, 2018|

Charles Manson Had Open Casket Funeral Then Burnt to a Crisp

TMZ:  “Charles Manson had his final hurrah Saturday during a memorial service that ended in fire. Manson’s body was front and center at a service held in Porterville, CA. We’re told the body was decomposing badly, and needed heavy makeup and gloves to cover the deterioration. He died 4 months ago but his body was put on ice until a judge decided who would take control of it.”

By | 2018-03-21T10:53:35+00:00 March 23rd, 2018|

Worst States If You’re Caring For An Aging Parent

Financial Advisor:  “Some states make it harder for those caring for an aging parent, according to a new survey. Caring.com conducted a national survey to determine which states offer the best overall cost of living, and accessibility to senior support programs and resources for caregivers. While some states were praised for providing an affordable and helpful environment for caregivers, other states inevitable ended up at the bottom of the list.”

By | 2018-03-12T09:37:39+00:00 March 15th, 2018|

Woman accused of killing brother over huge Colorado ranch worth millions

Fox News:  “A Colorado woman has been accused of killing her brother to get her greedy hands on a family ranch that’s worth millions of dollars, authorities say. Stephanie Jackson, 33, was arrested on a murder charge Wednesday in the death of Jacob Henry Millison, who disappeared in 2015 when he was 29. The motive for murder: the family’s 700-acre ranch property in Gunnison County, according to Gunnison County Undersheriff Mark Mykol.”

By | 2018-03-12T09:14:30+00:00 March 13th, 2018|

Doctors Notes for Will Signings: Should You Get One?

JDSUPRA:  I recommend that before an ill or very elderly person signs a will (or trust), that the estate planning attorney obtain a note from a doctor as to the person’s mental capacity. Doing so will help create a record that will make it more challenging to contest the will (or trust) on the basis that the person lacked testamentary capacity (i.e., the requisite mental capacity in order to execute a will or trust).”

By | 2018-03-12T08:55:56+00:00 March 12th, 2018|

What does the IRS’ Michael Jackson dispute mean for celebrity estate planning?

Lexology:  “When Michael Jackson died in 2009, he left behind a convoluted legacy that has presented issues for fans and tax collectors alike, and the legal repercussions are ongoing. At the time of his death, Jackson’s reputation had suffered from allegations of child abuse, drug use and erratic behavior. The circumstances of his death, however, heightened fans’ sympathy for the tragic “King of Pop.” Because of this, Jackson’s estate is embroiled in a legal dispute with the IRS over the value of Jackson’s name and likeness.

By | 2018-03-05T13:45:29+00:00 March 9th, 2018|