Often times, attorneys may be bombarded by family members or relatives with requests to provide free legal services which a family member or relative may request.
When considering their estate plan and the use of trusts, most people envision the use of testamentary trusts which take effect upon the death of the settlor.
There is a good chance that someone you know, perhaps a friend, family member, or financial advisor, has told you that you need a “Living Trust” rather than a Will.
Estate planning professionals commonly encounter married couples with mixed nationalities. That is, one spouse is an American citizen and the other is not.
Digital estate planning is becoming an increasingly common practice. However, security measures of internet and technology corporations have the potential to disrupt the implementation of a testator’s plans.
As you update your Facebook page, have you ever wondered how your beneficiaries could obtain access to your “digital assets” upon your death? Indeed, could they access your digital assets if you were incapacitated during your lifetime?
What Can Florida Lawyers Learn from the “Newell V. Johns Hopkins University” Charitable Donation Case?
Tim Newell, the nephew of the late Elizabeth Banks, sued Johns Hopkins University in 2011, charging that Banks conveyed her family’s 138-acre dairy farm to Hopkins in 1989 for $5 million — far below its market value — with the understanding that the university would protect it from the encroaching commercial development she disdained.
Conventional wisdom is that a spouse’s earnings from separate property are community property. But it’s not that simple. In Benavides v. Mathis a Texas court denied wife Leticia’s claim to one-half of the income derived from minerals held in a trust in which incapacitated husband Carlos was a beneficiary.