Amy Winehouse will sets an example

Amy Winehouse, the British soul singer who died recently and tragically at age 27, demonstrated the importance of preparing a will. Under British law, her estate would have passed to her ex-husband, Blake Fielder-Civil, in the absence of a post-divorce will, according...

New ruling clarifies law on Medicaid liens

Appeals court judges earn their pay interpreting the meaning of laws that seemingly conflict. Consider, for example, a recent case about Medicaid liens. (Tristani v. Richman, Nos. 09-3537, 09-3538, rendered by the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit,...

Who should you name as your trustee?

Trusts are increasingly common – even in middle class estate planning – for their effectiveness in avoiding probate, protecting assets, helping minor children, and serving the disabled. If you’re not the trustee of your own trust, who should you name? Even if...