No Estate Tax in 2010!… But Don't Break Out the Champagne Just Yet

The question on everybody’s minds the past few months has been "what legislative action will be taken regarding the expiration of the estate tax in 2010?" Well, Congress has adjourned for the year and the answer to the question is… Nothing.   With Congress home for the holidays and no action taken, the estate tax […]

Celebrity Gossip Can Save Your Estate!

Did you know that Jimi Hendrix’s estate took twenty years to finalize because he didn’t have a will? Have you heard about Heath Ledger’s two year old daughter who got nothing when he died because Ledger neglected to update his will after she was born? Can you imagine how difficult it would be to sit […]

How to Pick the Perfect Health Care Agent

Cicero said “In nothing do men more nearly approach the gods than in giving health to men,”  a quote which underlines the important role of anyone involved in your health care, whether it be a doctor or an agent. A health care agent is the person who makes medical decisions for you if you are […]

Awareness Can Help Prevent Senior Abuse

In all humor there is a shred of truth, and Mark Twain was a master at using humor to cut straight to the truth of just about any situation. The following quote by Twain seems especially astute: “When I was younger, I could remember anything, whether it had happened or not; but my faculties are […]

Talking About Elder Care

Do you know who will take care of you when you are too elderly to take care of yourself?  According to the statistics your caregiver is likely to be a woman, and most likely to be your daughter or daughter-in-law.  What this means is that unless you have a plan for your future long term […]

Estate Planning Lessons Learned in the Holiday Bustle

Most of us look forward to these winter holidays as a time to spend with family, enjoy the spirit of giving, and even relax a few days away from the stress of our jobs.  Every year we hear about how stressful the holidays are, and yet we look forward to them anyway.  Why is it […]

Will Nursing Homes Bankrupt the Nation?

Along with the rest of the nation, you are probably watching the progress of various versions of the health care legislation making their way (or not making their way) through Congress. Today’s New York Times points out that the current bill contains a “major new federal insurance program for long-term care” — although many are […]

Portrait of A Caregiver

If you are a Caucasian woman, aged 35 or older, possibly married, definitely working at least part-time—then there is a good chance that you are now or will soon be serving as a caregiver for an aging parent or relative; at least, this is according to the new report released by the National Alliance for […]

New Developments in the Estate Tax Arena

The question on every estate planning attorney’s mind (and on the minds of our clients) is what will happen to the estate tax next year?  There is less than a month left before the estate tax expires, and although nobody expects our representatives in Washington to actually let that happen, as of yet there are […]

Tax Moves to Make Before the End of 2009

Why do people give so many charitable gifts in December?  The holiday spirit may not be the only thing inspiring people to give to the less fortunate this month, it may also have something to do with lowering your 2009 tax bill. If it’s taxes you’re worried about, there are a few other moves you […]