Wednesday, March 19, 2014
According to her website:
You read a synopsis of the facts, review the provided tax code citations–then answer the question: What would you decide? Comparing your answer to the court decision gives you the opportunity to update and enhance your knowledge. Who knew Taxing Lessons could be so much fun? You be the judge. Taxing Lessons presents US tax court cases in a format that puts you behind the bench.
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
You will find the same awesome material -- over 60 CLE articles and dozens of other resources -- but they are now easier to find and otherwise more accessible than previously. Here is a direct link to a listing of his materials.
In keeping with his prior approach, Noel continues to make all of his writings available at no charge, where they can be viewed on screen, or downloaded as .pdf files that may be read and searched later.
Monday, March 17, 2014
Chicago attorney, Michael Booth, has recently started the Chicago Estate Planning Blog. He writes about current (and sometimes out of the ordinary) estate planning items in the news, and does his best to inject humor (at least as much humor as can be found in death and taxes) while educating his readers on how Illinois law would apply in various situations. For example, one of his recent innovative postings is entitled Estate Planning For Embarrassing Personal Property.
I recommend that you check out this well-written and innovative blog.
Monday, July 29, 2013
Now that it seems BigLaw firms have cut their estate planning practices, solo and small firms are picking up the slack. With the demand for estate planning services rising now that baby boomer retirement is cresting, here are a few steps you should take if you’re thinking of starting or expanding an estate planning practice.
First, get educated. Instead of relying on your bar exam outline, educate yourself by buying practice guides or finding some at your local library. You can also learn a lot, and knock out those CLE requirements, by attending the various all-day seminars promising to teach you everything you need to know. Once you get the basics down, remember to continue educating yourself. One way is to maintain a blog, which will allow you to research new practice issues on a continuous basis.
Next, consider online marketing by setting up your own website and blog or hiring a website to handle this task for you. Also, realize the importance of word-of-mouth marketing in the estate planning field as referrals will likely make up the majority of your clients. And speaking of referrals, try to network with good financial planners, CPAs, or life insurance salespersons, because referring them clients may result in future reciprocity.
See William Peacock, Esq., Estate Planning: The Next ‘Growth’ Practice Area for Small Firms?, FindLaw, July 17, 2013.
Sunday, July 7, 2013
Suprenant & Beneski, P.C. is an estate planning law firm focused on asset protection including long term health care, elder law, estate tax, and children including special needs beneficiaries. The family firm has a blog that suggests different estate planning tips, recipes, recommendations to learn about history, elder law, and many other topics. Recently, the firm wrote about different topics to consider when a client is entering a nursing home. The blog entry goes into detail about average nursing home costs, and how to protect your home from the nursing home costs.
See Surprenant & Beneski, P.C. Blog, The SB Law Firm, Jun. 24, 2013.
Friday, June 7, 2013
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Tuesday, June 4, 2013
The Law Offices of Robert H. Glorch recently developed a new blog concerning estate planning and administration in Illinois. Palatine attorneys Robert H. Glorch and Jeffrey R. Gottlieb will use this blog to keep readers “updated on changes and developments effecting trusts and estates—tax changes, new Illinois statutes and court decisions, news events and comments on articles and publications.”
Visit www.illinoisestateplan.com/blog to learn more about this informative blog.
Friday, August 31, 2012
Steven J. Fromm (Attorney, Steven J. Fromm and Associates, P.C.) recently published a blog entry entitled IRS Slams Taxpayers: Attention to Tax Details Matter. In the blog post, he discusses Durden, TC Memo, 2012-140. Durden exemplifies that documentation rules imposed by the IRS should be followed meticulously if you want to claim a charitable deduction. Please click here to read the blog post about the taxpayers' unfortunate fate in Durden.
Monday, April 30, 2012
Richard Barnes, a lawyer and author from Valdosta, Georgia, has recently started a blog for mid-lifers "trying to make sense of it all" entitled The Sunder Years.
Richard's initial postings are most interesting and I hope he continues to post on a regular basis to give us the benefit of his insights, wit, and humor.
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
A bill pending in Nebraska would treat Facebook, Twitter, email accounts, and other social media accounts as digital assets that appointed representatives could manage following a user’s death. If Nebraska passes the bill, it would become the second state to pass legislation that grants estate representatives the power to manage a decedent’s social media and online accounts.
The Nebraska bill is modeled after Oklahoma’s similar law that was enacted last year. The Nebraska bill aims to “clarify the right of personal representatives in the new digital age.” Facebook’s currently policy states that the social media site will put a deceased user’s account in a “special memorialized state,” unless a family member of the decedent requests that the page be taken down.
See Debra Cassens Weiss, What Happens to Your Facebook Page After Death? Nebraska Bill Gives Say-So to Estate Representative, ABA Journal, Mar. 19, 2012.