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ERISA 8th Circuit: Deciding Who Is The Beneficiary — The Abuse Of Discretion Standard Trumps The Substantial Compliance Doctrine

Sometimes determining the correct beneficiary for ERISA-governed life insurance benefits can present real challenges. Can the deceased’s will prove the deceased’s intent designating the correct beneficiary? It...more

5 Estate Planning Mistakes You Should Try to Avoid

In your experience, what’s the most costly mistake people make when preparing estate plans, and what can they do to fix them? That’s the question we recently put to attorneys writing on JD Supra....more

Estate Planning Considerations: Documentation and Peace of Mind

With the introduction of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (Act), the world of estate planning has been injected with a dose of certainty after more than 10 years of uncertainty as to federal estate, gift and...more

Drafter Of A Will Who Is Related By Marriage To The Transferor At The Time Of The Drafting, But Not At The Time Of Death, May Be A...

In Estate of Lira (--- Cal.Rptr.3d ----, Cal.App. 2 Dist., December 26, 2012), a California court of appeal considered whether statute allows an attorney who was related by marriage at the time of the drafting of a will, but...more

Interest Under Will Did Not Revert Back To Estate

In Roberts v. Wilson, the El Paso Court of Appeals ruled that the wife of a beneficiary under a will was entitled to her husband’s interest in real property because he survived his parents and the bequeath did not have a...more

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