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November 2017 Archives

Competing claims for Charles Manson's estate

It is not surprising that little fanfare was made over the death of notorious cult leader Charles Manson when he passed away in October. After all, he was the personification of evil in America ever since he and several others were sentenced to life in prison for their roles in a number of murders in 1969.

Does your estate plan include assets in another country?

No matter how long you have been in the United States, a little piece of you belongs to your home country. After all, you probably have childhood memories and perhaps even family who still live in your native town. If you also own property there, you may have questions about how to include that property in your estate plan.

Three tips for holiday estate planning discussions

For most people (and retailers), Thanksgiving is the gateway to the holiday season. This means that many gatherings involving family and friends will take place between now and the New Year. As we have noted in prior posts, family gatherings are prime opportunities to discuss estate planning.

Mental disorders to consider in will contests

In a prior post, we noted the various reasons people initiate will contests. It is our experience that the lack of testamentary capacity is the primary reason for these lawsuits. Essentially, those who believe they were left out of a will or were left with much less than they expected or deserved are likely to claim that the testator (the person making the will) did not have the proper mental capacity to make informed decisions about distributing their estate.

Estate planning lessons from Hugh Hefner

Since Hugh Hefner’s death last month, much has been said (or at least debated) over how the founder of Playboy magazine should be remembered, especially in the wake of rampant sexual harassment allegations in Hollywood. To some, Hefner was a visionary who promoted sexual freedom for women. To others, he simply exploited women for personal gain until the day he died.

Do I have grounds to challenge my loved one's will?

It is always difficult when a loved one passes away, but it can be extremely difficult when there are complications over the estate of your loved one. Whether you did not get the inheritance you expected, feel surprised by the terms of the will or believe that you have legal grounds to challenge the will for any reason, you have a long road ahead. 

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