Pennsylvania county gives free wills to emergency workers

Posted on January 27th, 2011 No Comments

A county in Pennsylvania is taking an unusual step to help protect the rights and interests of emergency workers who risk their lives to help others: offering free wills.

Only 20 percent of emergency responders, police officers, and firefighters across the United States have wills drawn up. If someone dies in the line of duty, often families are left to cope with affairs without the assistance of a will.

The county already held a similar event last year, in which 51 emergency responders and their significant others utilized the free legal services to create wills, living wills, and designated powers of attorney. They hope to hold two events each year.

The decision to create a will is never an easy one, but is a necessary step to take to protect your family. If you or someone you know needs assistance creating a will, contact our Houston wills attorney from Garg & Associates, P.C. by calling 281-362-2865.

Renowned photographers’ trust involved in legal dispute

Posted on January 19th, 2011 No Comments

The Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust is involved in a legal battle with a man who has been accused of advertising posters and prints featuring “Ansel Adams Lost Negatives,” which the trust claims are not the work of the photographer.

The trust originally sued the man in August 2010 after he advertised “Ansel Adams Lost Negatives” items on his website. However, the man and his media company have since filed a counterclaim against the trust, as well as against the University of Arizona, which supported the trust’s claims. The complaint states that a team of experts have evaluated the negatives and found that the negatives were most likely created by Ansel Adams, and that the trust defamed the man and his company in their comments to international news networks.

The complaint and the counterclaim are set to be heard in May 2012.

If you or someone you know are involved in a wills and trusts dispute, the Houston estate planning lawyers at Garg & Associates, P.C. can help. For legal advice contact our offices at 281-362-2865.

Brief summary of new tax cut extension package

Posted on January 13th, 2011 No Comments

The tax cut extension package that was passed last month made significant changes to laws that pertain to estates and gift taxes. Different demographic groups will be affected in different ways by the new rules.

In summary, the new laws state that:

  • Both the federal estate tax exemption and the federal gift tax exemption rates for 2011 and 2012 are now set at $5 million
  • If an estate or gift surpasses the $5 million exemption, a flat tax rate of 35 percent is applied to the excess

Last year, the gift tax exemption was $1 million. For now, these new laws will be in place over the next two years, but may change in 2013.

If you or a loved one needs legal assistance planning an estate, contact the Houston estate planning attorneys at Garg & Associates, P.C. by calling 281-362-2865.

New Massachusetts wills and trusts law would benefit pet owners

Posted on January 5th, 2011 No Comments

If signed into law this week, new legislation in Massachusetts will allow pet owners to designate how their pets should be cared for an owner’s death. Many pet owners place very high importance on the care and well-being of their animals, and want to provide stipulations for the pet’s care in their wills. Many other states hold similar laws.

The pending legislation, introduced a year ago, would make the owner’s decision about pet care an enforceable mandate. Currently, if a person in Massachusets leaves money for a pet’s care and the money is used in other ways, no legal action may be taken.

Advocates of the bill say that leaving money and instructions for pet care is important to people who consider their pets like family members, and will relieve towns of financial burdens related to abandoned pets.

If you need assistance creating, modifiying, or managing your wills and trusts, the Houston estate planning attorneys of Garg & Associates, P.C. can help. To learn more, contact our offices at 281-362-2865 today.

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