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Rules of Succession in Dubai

by Hassan Elhais on

What law governs? The main source of law in the UAE is Sharia in which all laws are formulated and based on. It is considered a public order. The governing law for succession in the country is UAE Federal Law No. 5 of...more

HEIRS ACCORDING TO SHARIAH - Principles of Succession

by Hassan Elhais on

Shariah lays down the relations that qualify as heirs following the death of an individual. The deceased's estate can only be transferred to persons who qualify as heirs under Shariah Law principles. Anyone who does not...more

Was Prince Married? How Does Marriage Affect an Estate?

by Davis Brown Law Firm on

Several months after his death, a woman came forward claiming she was married to Prince and that she was the sole heir of the estimated $300 million estate. She additionally claimed to have possession of a will signed by...more

Why Every Parent in Alberta Should Have a Will

by Field Law on

As a young, healthy parent, you may believe that having a Will is the last thing on a long priority list. However, while a Will is vital for everyone, those with children should be particularly mindful of the primary...more

The Unintended Consequences of Not Having an Estate Plan

Nobody likes to think about death, but failing to plan for it can cause unintended consequences for loved ones. Prompted by the death of Prince, a client recently came to see me. He had read in the news that heirs to...more

Tax Law Blog: More Issues for Prince's Lack of Estate Planning

by Davis Brown Law Firm on

I’m not typically one to follow pop culture, but in the case of Prince’s lack of an estate plan, I’m following closely how this can serve as an example of how not to do your estate plan. An earlier post discussed the...more

Lack of a Will Could Mean Chaos for Prince's Estate

The famed recording artist Prince died leaving an unknown fortune and possibly no will or estate plan to dictate what to do with that fortune. Prince's sister, Tyka Nelson, told the probate court in the Minnesota county where...more

Party Over, Oops Out of Time…The Perils of Dying Intestate

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

I was very saddened to hear of the passing of recording artist Prince on April 21, 2016. As I watched my social media accounts surge with tributes and song lyrics, I allowed myself to reminisce and feel nostalgic about the...more

Six Recommendations For Clients With Connections to France

by McDermott Will & Emery on

There have been a number of changes to EU laws recently that have had, or will have, a direct impact on your clients who have connections with France. There are six stand-out issues that are worth careful and immediate...more

It’s Just a Simple Will

Often times, people believe their wills (or other estate planning documents) are really simple and straight forward. In fact, this assumption is probably the primary reason that some websites generate significant business...more

Homestead Status Without Current Use Or Possession; Interaction Of Homestead Successor Rights With Terms Of Marital Settlement...

by Charles (Chuck) Rubin on

Under Florida law, a decedent will be restricted in devising his or her homestead property at death. If those restrictions apply, surviving spouses and heirs received the interests they would receive under intestacy law. For...more

If You Die Intestate (Without A Last Will And Testament), Will Your Same-Sex Spouse Be Considered A “Spouse” For Purposes Of...

Yes. One of the effects of the Whitewood decision is that same-sex spouses are considered a “spouse” for purposes of Pennsylvania’s intestate succession process. A person domiciled in Pennsylvania who dies without a will is...more

Virginia Supreme Court Clarifies Intestacy Laws for Collaterals of the Half Blood

by Williams Mullen on

In Sheppard v. Junes, 2014 Va. Lexis 56 (April 17, 2014), the Supreme Court of Virginia considered whether an intestate decedent’s half-uncle on his father’s side should take half as much as the decedent’s whole-blood second...more

Florida Homestead Planning and Irrevocable Trusts

by BakerHostetler on

Florida law prohibits the devise of a homestead if the owner is survived by a minor child or children. For purposes of this prohibition, the term “devise” extends to both gifts under a will and transfers by way of a revocable...more

It Was A Dark And Stormy Night

by Carlton Fields on

It was a dark and stormy night on October 9, 1837, when Hardy Croom and his wife Frances, together with their three young children, all died in the wreck of the steamboat “Home” on their passage from New York to Charleston,...more

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