201005.26
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Pre-Paid Funerals

I often recommend pre-paid funerals for many of my clients. Pre-planning and paying can save money, it can save the family the stress of decisions at a hard time, and it can save a family member from having to pay for a funeral. However, there are some problems and issues with pre-paid funerals, and consumers…

200912.29
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No changes in Estate Tax Status

No news from the Senate on the Estate Tax issue. I guess they will take it up next year and be faced with the problem of people who die after 1/1/10 and before they change the law. Here are some other’s opinions: Tax Girl: http://www.taxgirl.com/federal-estate-tax-update/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+taxgirlfeed+%28taxgirl%29&utm_content=Google+Feedfetcher. And from a lawyer on an internet discussion group: “Dear…

200910.09
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New Mass. Guardianship Law

From the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) newsletter. Guest commentator Attorney Michael Hooker of Northampton, Massachusetts. Question from Nursing Home Admissions Office: Our lawyers are now telling us that no one who is under Guardianship can be admitted to our nursing home unless the Probate Court has given its permission….

200909.21
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No Estate Tax fixes in the near future?

It now appears that no changes will be made to the Estate Tax system this fall. An article in the online magazine covering Washington, The Hill, says that insiders say Congress may pass a one year extension on the current rules and then deal with the problem next year as part of broader tax reform. http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/58665-debate-over-estate-tax-likely-to-wait-until-2010. The…