Probate is not the end of the world, but it can be pretty aggravating.
Posts Categorized: Estate Litigation
Unfortunate battle over the estate of a man of peace, Martin Luther King Jr.
Some sobering thoughts from the Great White North.
The best way to prevent bickering after someone is gone is good estate planning, done while the person is clearly of sound mind. While the specifics of Nelson Mandela’s estate plan are not yet known, his legacy will be tarnished by a battle over his estate.
Something odd happened a few weeks after James Gandolfini died. The discussion shifted from shock and surprise at his death, to his will, which, unlike the wills of most wealthy people, quickly became public. Almost immediately, many experts found fault with its contents, saying it was so unwisely constructed it could lead to lawsuits from his heirs.
Take some time RIGHT NOW to think about who will be making decisions for you at the end of your life, and how you can best have your wishes carried out.
Unfortunately, there is nothing you can do to guarantee that there will be no fighting among your loved ones after you are gone. There are plenty of difficult emotions to deal with after the passing of a loved one, and conflict can easily make matters much worse. Here are some steps you can take if… Read More »
For many of us, estate planning is an uncomfortable subject. That’s understandable, but there are adverse consequences to avoiding it.
Being named as a Trustee is a great honor. It is an even greater responsibility. There are some things you should think about before you accept the role.
The quaint little house Steinbeck called “my little fishing place” is the focus of a long-running and bitter family estate battle, pitting the surviving sister of the author’s third wife, Elaine, against his oldest son and a granddaughter. Even the best planning can’t prevent all conflict, but there are things you can do to discourage it.