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After a Loved One Passes: Six Important Steps to Know

The days, weeks, and months after the death of a loved one can be emotional and stressful, especially if you are named the executor of your deceased family member or friend’s estate. ...more

Year end is an ideal time to review your estate plan

As of this writing, it’s still anybody’s guess as to whether Congress will enact major tax reform legislation affecting federal gift and estate taxes. This situation casts a large shadow over estate planning at the end of...more

The Dangers and Pitfalls of Transfer On Death and Payable On Death Accounts

Many commentators and clients today voice a concern with avoiding probate. While this blog is not intended to address the desire or merit in avoiding probate, we will highlight some of the potential traps for clients who seek...more

When should you turn down an inheritance?

If a person expects to receive an inheritance from a family member, he or she might choose to use a qualified disclaimer to refuse the bequest. As a result, the assets will bypass their estate and go directly to the next...more

Roger Corman’s Sons Claim Their Mother is Abusing Him to Influence His Estate Plan

The two sons of legendary “B-Movie King” Roger Corman have made it clear through multiple lawsuits that they believe their parents are mismanaging trusts set up to benefit their four children. Allegations made in a recent...more

So You've Been Named as Trustee…Now What?

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

You’ve just discovered that you’ve been named trustee of a trust. Not only are you unsure of whether you should accept, you’re also wondering what exactly the role entails, the types of problems you might face, and whether...more

Undisclosed Foreign Accounts, Part II

by Moskowitz LLP on

The executor of a decedent’s estate has a duty to act in a prudent manner and in accordance with the law. At times, this may result in having to take an unpopular position or action that angers the beneficiaries....more

A Well-Planned Estate Can Quell Family Squabbles Before They Start

From Esau, who rashly traded his birthright to his twin brother Jacob for a cup of soup, to King Lear’s ill-conceived plan to leave his riches to only two out of three daughters, family dynamics can lead to estate...more

Undue Influence – The Carpenter’s Exception In Will Contests

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

In a proceeding contesting the validity of a will, the proponent of the will only has the burden to establish that the will was executed with the required formalities. The burden then shifts to the contestant to establish...more

Petition Denied to Remove Wilmington Trust as the Trustee of du Pont Family Trusts

by Morris James LLP on

Wilmington Trust serves as the sole trustee for certain du Pont Family Trusts established in the 1940s and 1950s. For many years, Wilmington Trust was closely associated with the du Pont family, and was managed in part by...more

Spare Your Heirs the Guitar Man’s Fate: Three Tips for an Estate Plan That Silences Arguments Over Family Heirlooms

When Grateful Dead front man Jerry Garcia died in 1995, he left his custom guitars to the man who made them. But Douglas Irwin, who built the guitars known as Eagle, Wolf, Tiger, Wolf Jr. and Rosebud, ran into opposition...more

Determining Whether There Has Been Undue Influence

The presumption of undue influence when the evidence demonstrates that a person in a confidential relationship with a grantor or testator of weakened intellect receives a substantial portion of the grantor/testator’s property...more

Court Addresses Breach Of Fiduciary Duty and Partition Issues In Trust Dispute

by Winstead PC on

In Koda v. Rossi, a mother created a trust that provided that her son was to serve as trustee and that she, he, and a daughter were the beneficiaries. No. 11-15-0150-CV, 2017 Tex. App. LEXIS 8194 (Tex. App.—Eastland August...more

The Wrong Estate Executor Can Make Family Drama Worse, As Jerry Garcia’s Heirs Discovered

When Grateful Dead legend Jerry Garcia died of a heart attack in 1995 at age 53, he left his assets to his third wife, three daughters by two ex-wives, a fourth daughter by a former girlfriend, and a step-daughter, among...more

Can the Beneficiary of a Special Needs Trust Change the Trustee?

The beneficiary of a special needs trust can never control or access trust funds – that is the job of the trustee. A common fear among beneficiaries or their families is that the trustee may not do what’s in the beneficiary’s...more

Do I Need An Estate Plan?

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

• Do you care who will receive your assets upon your death? • Do you have a minor child or children and want to have a say in who takes care of them if something happens to you? • Do you care who will take care of you...more

Every Day is Bitcoin Pizza Day: What Clients and Estate Planners Need to Know about Virtual Currency

by Murtha Cullina on

The combined value of all of the 867 crypto currencies tracked by CoinMarketCap.com is presently over $161 billion. Only seven years ago, on what is commemorated as “Bitcoin Pizza Day,” Bitcoin, then a new crypto currency,...more

Look! Up in the Sky! It’s Sibling Lawyer!

by Downey Brand LLP on

I’m a sibling lawyer. My career started early, as a middle child, and now continues as a Sacramento-based trust and estate litigation attorney. Most of my clients are grappling with sisters or brothers over the care and...more

Should Automobiles Be Transferred To A Trust?

by Dickinson Wright on

One of the questions I am often asked by clients is, “Should I transfer my automobiles to my revocable living trust?” I generally advise clients not to transfer their automobiles to their revocable living trust. The primary...more

Take It or Leave It: The Perilous Decision of Whether to Violate a No Contest Clause

by Downey Brand LLP on

One of the most dramatic areas of California trust and estate litigation is no contest clauses. No contest clauses bring a made-for-tv excitement to the practice of trust and estate law because of the risk of...more

Pa. Supreme Court Upholds Trustee Replacement Rules

by Barley Snyder on

A recent Pennsylvania Supreme Court case clarified the ability of the beneficiaries of a trust to remove a corporate trustee. In a highly anticipated case, the Court unanimously refused to permit the beneficiaries of an...more

Best in Law: The Pros and Cons of the No-Contest Clause - Trusts and Wills

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

No-contest clauses are generally included in trusts and wills in California in an attempt to prevent challenges to an estate plan after death. Originally published in the Press-Enterprise - July 30th, 2017....more

Would a spendthrift trust help achieve your estate planning goals?

A person doesn’t have to hold onto assets until the day he or she dies with the hope that heirs will change their ways by that time. Instead, consider using a spendthrift trust that can provide protection, regardless of how...more

Top Six Reasons NOT to Have an Estate Plan

Tired of bossy blogs telling you to get an estate plan? Good advice is boring. Your life is exciting and should have a dramatic ending. And you can have it. ...more

Top Five Reasons to Establish and Fund Your Revocable Trust

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

A Revocable Trust (sometimes known as a Revocable Living Trust or Inter Vivos Trust) is an arrangement established by a person (the “Settlor” or “Grantor”) to direct how his or her assets are to be managed during life and...more

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