Written by Jim Worthington on October 14, 2018
October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month and lawyers should be paying attention to the need to protect their clients’ data. In fact, the Kentucky Bar Association released Ethics Op. E-446 on July 20, 2018, affirming the lawyer’s ethical duty to do so. This opinion follows American Bar Association Formal…Read More
Written by Jim Worthington on September 30, 2018
Clients often ask how frequently they should review their estate planning documents. The answer varies. One should review them after any major events in a family’s life, such as a birth, marriage, change of employment, retirement, divorce, or death.
After the birth of a child, it is very important to nominate…Read More
Written by Jim Worthington on September 22, 2018
The preceding two articles talked about getting appointed by the probate court and marshalling the estate assets and paying creditors’ claims. This article will discuss paying taxes, paying the beneficiaries, and closing the estate.
Estates must pay income taxes if they receive $600 of income in a fiscal year….Read More
Written by Jim Worthington on September 16, 2018
Last week’s article covered admitting a will to probate and getting appointed by the court. Once the personal representative is appointed, what does he or she do?
The first step is to go online (during the week as the website shuts down for the weekend) and obtain a Taxpayer…Read More
Written by Jim Worthington on September 9, 2018
Recent articles have discussed how to use trusts to avoid probate and what happens in Kentucky when you die without a will. It is now time to describe the probate procedure itself. Because probate involves too many steps to cover in one sitting, this article is the first…Read More
Written by Jim Worthington on September 2, 2018
We’ve learned that the Queen of Soul herself, Aretha Franklin, died without a will. For those of you wondering what that means for her family, the answer to that question depends on where she was a resident when she passed.
This article will answer the question for some hypothetical Kentuckians. The…Read More
Written by Jim Worthington on August 26, 2018
Today’s article starts with living wills and health care surrogates. This article thus completes the discussion that began two articles ago of the full set of documents for the estate plan everyone needs: a will, a revocable trust for some, but not all, as explained in Do I Need…Read More
Written by Jim Worthington on August 19, 2018
Many clients call and ask if they need a revocable or living trust? Will it avoid probate, which many believe is a universally bad experience? Will it save taxes? Not everyone needs a revocable trust. Who does?
A revocable trust is not a tax-saving device. Because you retain control over it…Read More
Written by Jim Worthington on August 12, 2018
Word is getting around that Kentucky has a new power of attorney law. The new law went into effect on July 14th(the same day that most newly passed Kentucky laws went into effect). Among other things, it requires that Kentucky powers of attorney be witnessed by two disinterested persons. The…Read More
Written by Jim Worthington on April 14, 2018
Subject to Governor Bevin signing it, Kentucky’s partial adoption of the Uniform Power of Attorney Act will become law. It’s passed both houses of the General Assembly. Among other important changes, it no longer requires that powers of attorney state that they survive a person’s incapacity, adds a two-witness requirement…Read More