Texas Adopts Transfer-On-Death Deeds
Texas has adopted legislation allowing people to leave their Texas real estate without probate, by using a transfer-on-death deed.
Florida Extends UTMA Age to 25 (Kind Of)
Florida extended the possible termination date for an UTMA custodianship, but it also gave the beneficiary the option to end it early.
Vermont Adopts the Uniform Transfer to Minors Act (UTMA)
In the spring of 2015, Vermont adopted The Uniform Transfers to Minors Act (UTMA). In doing so, it joins every other state in the union (except South Carolina) to use this law as a way to pass p
Legalization of Same-Sex Marriage Affects Estate Planning
On June 26, 2015, in a landmark decision in the Obergefell v. Hodges case, the Court ruled 5-to-4 that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry under the 14th Amendment and that states cannot ban same-sex marriage.
Update to How to Probate an Estate in California, January 2015
The new year brought several changes that affect the forms and instructions in the 22nd edition of
Illinois Restricts Gifts to Caregivers
As of January 2015, Illinois has a new law (Ill. Comp. Stat. Ann. § 5/4a) aimed at preventing caregivers from taking advantage of the people who depend on them.
Update to Pennsylvania's Power of Attorney
Pennsylvania has update it's laws about powers of attorney for finances.
New California Notary Certificates
Effective January 1, 2015, new language must appear at the top of a California notary certificate.
New Notary Language for California Documents
Effective January 1, 2015, the following language must appear at the top of a California notary certificate:
Special Alert for California Trust Makers
Revised instructions for California trust makers: