Trusts & Estate Planning News. Crime Stories, Law on News and Legal Publications in September, 2011

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SEC record purges at odds with other agencies
Washington PostSeptember 1, 2011

Law enforcement authorities in related lines of work have preserved records of inquiries even if those probes never led to charges against anyone. Regulators and archivists said that the records could be a valuable source of ...more »

To match feature CAMBODIA-EVICTIONS/
Reuters AlertNetSeptember 1, 2011

Residents of Boeung Kak Lake facing eviction from their homes, react during a protest near the Chinese embassy in Phnom Penh, appealing for help in getting fair compensation from a Chinese firm involved in a real estate development at the lake in this ...more »

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Asset Protection
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FGIC, Lehman, Madoff, A&P, Borders, Gateway Metro: Bankruptcy
BusinessWeekSeptember 13, 2011

19, 2008, in the same court, with a trustee appointed under the Securities Investor Protection Act. The Lehman holding company Chapter 11 case is In re Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc., 08-13555, while the liquidation proceeding under the Securities ...more »

Guardianship & Conservatorship
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Avoid a Guardianship - Acquire a Power of Attorney
JD Supra (press release)September 5, 2011

Guest blogger Stacey Crowell Maiden, Esq. describes below why a Power of Attorney and Living Will/Health Care Proxy are so important, because the alternative, a Guardianship proceeding, can be so painful. When a client consults with us to prepare an ...more »

Charitable Trusts
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Op Ed: ALEC Proven Corporate-Dominated: Two Other State-Oriented Groups Bar ...
Salem-News.ComSeptember 22, 2011

... such as the federal Departments of Health and Human Services, Education, Energy, and Transportation, and from mainstream private foundations such as the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Pew Charitable Trusts, and the Annie E. Casey Foundation. ...more »

German women opt for more than one child - or else none at all
Monsters and Critics.comSeptember 1, 2011

Berlin - German women who decide to have children are increasingly opting for more than one child, while at the same time the number deciding to remain completely childless is also on the rise. ...more »

Living Trusts
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Testamentary trusts can be better than joint ownership
Advisor.caSeptember 19, 2011

For someone living in a jurisdiction with high probate taxes, it can be a near knee-jerk response to hold valuable property jointly with a spouse or with one or more children, with a right of survivorship. The expectation is if that person dies first, ...more »

Estate Administration
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Kinder, Gentler IRS Provides Deadline Relief For 2010 Heirs
ForbesSeptember 15, 2011

I am a New York lawyer, focusing on tax law and estate planning. I will be writing mainly about estate tax developments and estate planning issues; but I will also write about elder law, retirement planning, and practice management. ...more »

Power Of Attorney
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Newberry Township man asks for lower restitution payments in fraud case
Carlisle SentinelSeptember 14, 2011

Eileen Bingaman was given power of attorney for her ailing great aunt in 1997. Prosecutors said the Bingamans spent the woman's money on luxury items, including numerous show dogs, two Mercedes cars, a $50000 mobile home, a van, jewelry and a fur coat ...more »

Times Watchdog Report: State ethics reform reaches high school football games
al.com (blog)September 1, 2011

At issue is the state ethics law, passed by a new Republican majority in December, that bars public employees and officials, or their family members, from accepting a "thing of value." The law aims to stop gifts intended "for the purpose of influencing ...more »

Revocable & Irrevocable Trusts
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Mortgage REITs' Plans to Go Public Stall
Wall Street JournalSeptember 14, 2011

Companies that invest the majority of their assets in real estate have always been exempted from the Investment Act. But now, the SEC appears to be making a distinction between REITs that manage and operate real estate versus REITs that invest in ...more »

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