In case you missed any of them, here are our most popular blog posts from last week. The original post date, along with a short summary of the content of each post, are included after each hyperlinked title.

Federal Estate Tax Repealed, But “Carryover Basis” Rules Instituted, In 2010 – January 27, 2010. Here, the reader will find a summary of the substantial changes to the federal estate tax laws in 2010 and beyond which resulted from the continuation of the Economic Growth and Tax Reconciliation Act of 2001.

Gift Tax Annual Exclusion Amount Unchanged In 2010 – October 31, 2009. The subject of this post was simple: Readers were informed that the gift tax annual exclusion amount available to taxpayers in 2010 is $13,000.

New Jersey State Bar Association’s 2010 Elder Law Retreat – February 12, 2010. In this post, I provided the agenda of speakers and topics planned for the upcoming Elder and Disability Law Retreat scheduled for April 22-23, 2010 in Cape May, NJ.

Veterans Should Beware Of Companies That Say They Provide Free Assistance With Benefit Claims But Whose Real Goal Is To Sell Annuities – February 8, 2010. In this post, I described a deceptive practice by certain insurance companies in New Jersey in which the company presents itself as a non-profit organization dedicated to assisting veterans by offering to prepare a veteran’s application for Aid and Attendance pension benefits for free when the real goal is to sell annuities and other insurance products.

Certain “Blue Water” Navy Vietnam Veterans Now Eligible For Agent Orange Presumptive Service-Connected Compensation Benefits – January 23, 2010. This post described a recent change in VA policy permitting certain “blue water” navy Vietnam veterans with designated diseases to receive compensation benefits and medical care from the VA without having to prove exposure to Agent Orange during their military service.