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When Should I Get a Last Will and Testament?

by Reminger Co., LPA on

Lexis Nexis claims that 55% of American adults do not have a last will and testament or some kind of an estate plan. This means that more than half of American estates have their personal assets pass via intestacy - without a...more

What You Can Do To Minimize the Likelihood of Someone Contesting Your Will

by Moskowitz LLP on

In our first two posts in this series, we discussed who has legal standing to challenge a will and what grounds may form the basis of a will contest. In this third and final post on will contests, we will introduce a few...more

Who Can Bring Forth a Challenge

by Moskowitz LLP on

Following Richard Pratt’s death in 2009, Madison Ashton claimed that she had left her profession as a sex worker to become the Australian billionaire’s kept mistress. Pratt had apparently promised the former Penthouse Pet a...more

The Best Housewarming Gift for the Unmarried Couple: An Estate Plan

“Thinking too long about doing something is often the reason it never gets done.” –Everyday Life Lessons - In recent years, a growing number of Americans are deciding to cohabitate instead of getting married or...more

On Its Own Motion

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

While most decisions rendered by the Surrogate’s Court result from an affirmative request for relief, occasionally the court will address an issue on its own motion when justice or the exercise of its inherent or statutory...more

Estate planning during divorce: It’s never too early to start

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Estate plans prepared for married couples will vary in complexity and detail but generally follow the same theme: The revocable trust or will typically provides that upon the death of the first spouse, the surviving spouse...more

Lawyers' Opinions Matter When a Will Is Prepared

by Bennett Jones LLP on

When a Will is challenged on the basis of allegations of undue influence, incapacity, or suspicious circumstances, the court will look at various factors to decide if the Will should be followed or declared invalid. These...more

Fortify your estate plan against undue influence claims

A person can reasonably expect the declarations in his or her will to be carried out, as required by law. Usually, that’s exactly what happens. However, at other times, the will could be contested and his or her true...more

The sandwich generation: A slice of life

If a person is pulled between the pressing needs of elderly parents and his or her own children, he or she is part of the “sandwich generation.” This position can lead to frustration, anguish and even financial loss. This...more

Insight on Estate Planning - June/July 2017

The sandwich generation: A slice of life - Do you feel like you’re pulled between the pressing needs of your elderly parents and your own children? If so, you’re part of the “sandwich generation,” the term coined to...more

Where is my Loved One’s Will?

A simple gift you can give to your family is letting them know where to find your original will. While it is possible to probate a copy, it is much more difficult and time-consuming. ...more

Why You Should Create A Will: What's Stopping You?

Having a will is imperative to ensure that your money and belongings are distributed according to your wishes after your death. Wills can distribute property, name an executor and guardians for children, forgive debts and...more

Are You Considering A Revocable Living Trust?

The revocable living trust is often advertised as a “must have” part of your estate plan. While a revocable living trust may be useful in some situations, it is not an estate planning cure all. The following are issues to...more

Florida Wills go Electronic

by Charles (Chuck) Rubin on

A bill has cleared both Houses of the Florida legislature authorizing electronic wills and electronic will execution in Florida. Absent an unexpected veto by Gov. Scott, the last wills of testators may now precede them into...more

Best Practices for Managing Wills Between Family Members

by JAMS on

A mother dies, leaving her daughter 75 percent of her estate. Her son, who thought he would receive 50 percent, contests the will. The daughter claims that their mother must have changed her will to compensate the daughter...more

4 Business Cases to Follow in the Supreme Court’s Spring Term

by Bennett Jones LLP on

The Supreme Court of Canada’s spring term begins on April 18. This term has a lot of interesting criminal cases, but only a few that may be interesting to the business community...more

Proper Estate Planning May Prevent a Will Contest

Will contests are a sad reality and while there is no guarantee, with proper planning a contest may be avoided. A will contest occurs when a disgruntled potential beneficiary of an estate challenges the validity of a Will. ...more

Discretionary Trust Beneficiary Had No Standing to Challenge Adoption [Florida]

by Charles (Chuck) Rubin on

Since many estates and trusts define beneficiaries by description (e.g., “child” or “lineal descendant”) and it is a natural propensity for persons to gift or leave property to lineal descendants, the adoption of an...more

Protect multiple generations with a dynasty trust

Dynasty trusts have nothing to do with the popular soap opera from the 1980s, but everything to do with leaving a lasting legacy. Although this type of trust is often created to reduce estate taxes, it can also provide other...more

Sometimes It’s Just a Question of Standing

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

A person’s standing to interpose objections to probate is governed by SCPA §1410, which provides that, - any person whose interest in property or in the estate of the testator would be adversely affected by the admission...more

Life and Death Planning: The Essential Legal Tools Every Person Should Have

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

We all know we are not immortal. Death is a certainty for all of us. But the topic of death and our own mortality can be one of discomfort, or even denial. We’ve all made or heard the usual excuses for avoiding or delaying...more

A Pair of Unbrotherly Business Altercations Go to Trial

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Like most civil cases, the vast majority of business divorce disputes get resolved before trial, which is disappointing for us voyeurs since only at trial with live witnesses undergoing cross examination does one get the full...more

Practical Tips Regarding Oral Contracts to Make Wills

by LeClairRyan on

This blog post is part 2 of the series on oral contracts to make wills, and this post contains several practical tips for how a person can optimize his chances of winning a claim for breach of an oral contract to make a will....more

Should You Create Trusts for Your Kids?

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

If your children are under age eighteen, you should have trusts for them in your Wills, in the event you and your spouse should die before all your children reach age 18. If minors receive assets prior to reaching age...more

UPDATE: Can an Intended (and Disappointed) Beneficiary Still Sue a Will’s Drafter?: The General Assembly of Virginia Enacts a...

by LeClairRyan on

Back in the summer I wrote a post discussing the impacts of the Thorsen decision by the Supreme Court of Virginia. In Thorsen, a testator wanted to leave her estate to a charity if her daughter did not survive her. The...more

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