November December 2016

 

Feature Articles

Real Property Trust and Estate

Revised Commentary of ABA Taskforce on Do-It-Yourself Estate Planning

In recent years, do-it-yourself providers have emerged in many fields ranging from income tax preparation to estate planning that purport to provide, at low cost, the ability to generate computer-drafted documents that may bear some of the hallmarks of professionally prepared documents. Although these services provide tools to enable the DIY project, they should be used with caution.In recent years, do-it-yourself providers have emerged in many fields ranging from income tax preparation to estate planning that purport to provide, at low cost, the ability to generate computer-drafted documents that may bear some of the hallmarks of professionally prepared documents. Although these services provide tools to enable the DIY project, they should be used with caution.

Real Property Trust and Estate

Financial Powers of Attorney: Increased Oversight by States and Banks to Prevent Abuse

This article provides an overview of the law governing powers of attorney in the United States, summarizes current legislative trends, identifies the common standards of care that agents or attorneys-in-fact owe to their principals, explains the uses of powers of attorney, discusses common pitfalls associated with powers of attorney, and evaluates the legality of refusing to accept acknowledged powers of attorney.

Real Property Trust and Estate

What’s New in the Revised Uniform Residential Landlord and Tenant Act?

The Revised Uniform Residential Landlord and Tenant Act attempts to appropriately balance the interests of landlords and tenants with revisions of some of the act’s existing provisions as well as new provisions on security deposits, tenants who are involved in domestic violence, disposition of tenant’s personal property after the lease has ended or been abandoned, and landlord and survivors rights upon the death of a tenant.