Estate Planning

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Feb 25, 2011

The Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) in Maryland was recently given a gift of more than $52,000 from a woman's living trust that will go towards scholarships for students working towards a degree in fine arts or drama.

The scholarship will reportedly be awarded to students via the Jennie M. Pittinger Scholarship Fund. Pittinger, who is the late daughter of the gift's donor, reportedly attended the college.

According to a release, a living trust was created by the late Maryhelen Mezger and named the college's Catonsville Foundation as a benefactor.

Feb 25, 2011

Representative Julie Ellsworth, a Republican from Boise, Idaho, recently introduced a new measure that would reportedly amend the state's "conscience law" to eliminate conflicts between the state and physicians concerning following living wills of patients.

According to the Spokesman-Review, Ellsworth's co-sponsors on the legislation include House State Affairs Chairman Tom Loertscher, Senate Majority Leader Bart Davis and Senator Chuck Winder, the lead sponsor of the conscience law last year.

"My intent here is to support the conscience law that you wo

Feb 17, 2011

While most people certainly envision their end-of-life scenario as comfortable, tragic accidents can happen, making it extremely important to create a living will to detail one's wishes, according to a recent article in the Los Angeles Times.

When tragedy strikes, relatives can be faced with extremely difficult decisions made even tougher by the unfortunate circumstances.

Feb 17, 2011

The recently demolished Queen's Palace laundry site in Fort Smith, Arkansas, has been purchased by a man's living trust and is expected to be developed into an office and retail complex, the Times Record reports.

According to the records of the local county, the site was purchased by the John T. Canterbury Living Trust for $275,000 on October 4.

Feb 16, 2011

According to the last will signed by Franklin Renfrow, a historic Dutch Colonial property in Matthews, North Carolina, will be torn down in the near future, reports WBTV.com, a local CBS affiliate.

Renfrow, who died in December, reportedly lived in the house that his father built for his entire life. The 1920s era building will be missed by many people in the local community, according to Judy Fidler, a neighbor who lived two houses away from the property.

"I think everyone's emotional about it.