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Estate planning in Nevada can benefit from periodic review

People in Nevada may be interested to learn that many of the difficult challenges faced by heirs and beneficiaries going through the probate process can be avoided with action by the person creating an estate plan. These actions include a review of all estate planning documents for accuracy and adequacy. Such an effort can save those who may inherit from an estate thousands of dollars in some cases, according to a report.

Juror misconduct may lead to mistrial in drug case

When Tampa residents are assigned to a jury in a high-profile criminal trial, the judge usually instructs them not to read or watch news reports about the case. One idea behind this legal principle is that evidence that was not allowed in court may be reported, causing jurors to become prejudiced and compromising the defendant's right to a fair trial. When a juror is discovered to have disobeyed this important instruction, the judge may have to order a mistrial.

The estate and gift tax exemptions are going up. What does it mean?

As we all know, the federal government levies taxes on large estates, which are sometimes called "death taxes" by those who would prefer it did not. The gift tax is related, because giving assets to family members before death was often used as a way to reduce the value of an estate and avoid taxation. To prevent that, the gift tax was devised.

Nevada estate planning can be changed in some cases

Some of our readers in Nevada want to create an estate plan so that there will be little chance of a battle between heirs and beneficiaries after their death. However, in some estate planning situations, changes can be made to a will or trust that can lead to such court battles. When this happens, the competency of the person creating the plan can come into question.

Tampa may pay for false arrest over 'fake' Super Bowl tickets

A case of false arrest in Tampa in 2009 has city officials hoping settle a lawsuit filed by the arrested couple. The city has offered a $65,000 settlement to a 28-year-old woman, along with her husband, was in town scalping tickets to the Super Bowl early in 2009. Scalping tickets, or reselling tickets for above their face value, is legal in Florida, but a machine used by police to check tickets to see if they were valid mistakenly said the tickets the woman's husband was selling were counterfeit.

Florida official calls for tougher ignition interlock device limit

Florida courts have had the power to order people convicted of DUI to install an ignition interlock device in their vehicle since 2004. Since then, nearly 65,000 people have been sentenced to use the device, with about 9,000 of them currently installed. An ignition interlock device is attached underneath the dashboard with a cable. It somewhat resembles a breath test device and requires drivers to blow into it before the car can start. If the device detects a blood-alcohol content of 0.05, the engine will not turn on.

Wills provide more benefits than just division of assets

Many in Nevada who have begun to plan an estate have learned that there are rules that apply to the construction of a will. This most basic of estate planning tools is used commonly for those in our state who have assets to distribute and guardians to appoint. With this type of document, many of the wishes of an individual can be explained to a person's heirs.

Estate planning in Nevada can include long-term care

Estate planning in Nevada often means many things to different people. Some seek to ensure that their assets are distributed as per their wishes after their death. Others use available estate planning tools to plan not only for distribution of assets after death but also for potentially necessary medical issues that can strike an individual and cause them to be unable to care for their own estates.

Cyberbullying accusations can have serious consequences

Parents and educators in Tampa have become highly concerned about bullying among children in recent years. As the Internet has become nearly ubiquitous, teasing and nasty comments among students has gone online through social networking websites like Facebook and Twitter. Authorities have begun cracking down on those accused of cyberbullying.

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