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Probate Estate Planning

What is an Estate Executor’s Role?

Often when a person is appointed to serve as the executor (if there was a will) or administrator (if there was not a will) of a family member or friend’s estate they have not had experience with the role or process. This post...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

Who Determines How to Celebrate Your Life and the Disposition of You When You Die?

An often-overlooked step in the estate planning process is determining how you want the world to celebrate your life and determining your final resting place. If not addressed, conflict may occur because different loved ones...more

Estate Planning Pitfall: You die without having drafted a will

Where there’s a will, there’s a way — a way to pass assets to heirs in the manner in which a person wants. However, if an individual dies without a will, assets will be distributed according to state law, regardless of the...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

Jones Presents at NCBA Estate Planning and Probate Section Annual Meeting

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

Charlotte Wealth and Estate Planning Member Chris Jones spoke at the North Carolina Bar Association (NCBA) Estate Planning and Probate Section Annual Meeting in Kiawah Island, SC on July 28. The presentation titled,...more

A Will Must Be Signed, Right?

by Dickinson Wright on

Wrong. In a recently published case, the Michigan Court of Appeals took what has previously been taken as fact – that a will needs to be signed for it to be admitted to probate – and turned it on its head. In In re Estate...more

You Get A Car! Everybody Gets A Car!

by Roetzel & Andress on

Lobbying from various organizations resulted in Ohio House Bill 432, known as the “omnibus probate bill.” This bill has made some significant changes in estate law. Specifically, upon the death of a spouse, Ohio Revised Code...more

A Handwritten Codicil Can Lead to Disaster

Mr. James Paul Allen of Beaufort County, North Carolina executed a duly drafted will on August 29, 2002. The will was prepared by his longtime attorney who had represented him in many matters. Mr. Allen was not married 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

Jury Trials in Surrogate’s Court Removal Proceedings

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

As parties prepare for trial before the Surrogate’s Court, a question that oftentimes arises is whether the parties have a right to a trial by jury. The right to a jury trial is anything but universal in Surrogate’s Court...more

Executor’s Duties Before Receiving Letters

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

A nominated executor is obliged to secure estate assets even before the issuance of letters testamentary, or preliminary letters testamentary (see Matter of Schultz, 104 AD3d 1146 [4th Dept. 2013]). Courts have recognized...more

10 Arguments Against Pre-Death (Antemortem) Probate and Will Contests

by LeClairRyan on

There are a handful of states that allow a person to probate a will (and challengers to contest the validity of a will) before the testator (the person enacting the will) dies. In recent years, there has been a trend to...more

T&E Litigation Newsletter - December 2016

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

The last several weeks have brought us two decisions in which issues of family law intersected with T&E issues. First, the decision in Heystek v. Duncan, Case No. 15-P-1201, 2016 Mass. App. Unpub. LEXIS 1113 (Nov. 21,...more

T&E Litigation Newsletter - November 2016

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

There has not been much case law of particular relevance in the T&E area since our last newsletter, but three recent federal court decisions—one from the First Circuit Court of Appeals, and two from the United States District...more

You have been appointed as Executor/Executrix of a loved ones estate.....should you hire an attorney?

Administering an estate, especially one with more than just your basic assets, such as a home, and a couple joint bank accounts, can be very complicated. On a basic level, an executor must produce an inventory of all assets...more

What Is Required of an Executor?

Being the executor of an estate is not a task to take lightly. An executor is the person responsible for managing the administration of a deceased individual's estate. Although the time and effort involved will vary with the...more

Court Voided Judgment Based On Family Settlement Agreement Where Party Revoked Consent

by Winstead PC on

In In re Estate of Spiller, a party appealed an order admitting a will to probate and ordering the independent administrator to distribute the estate in accordance with a family settlement agreement. No. 04-15-00449-CV, 2016...more

How Non-Probate Assets Can Affect Your Estate Plan: A Few Cautionary Tales

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

When you think about the control of your possessions and assets after your death, you probably think of a Will and probate. A Will is a written, legally enforceable declaration that states how you wish your assets to be...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

Trial & Heirs: 5 Estate Planning Stumbling Blocks

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

Last month, Prince died at the ripe young age of 57. He had no will, as reported by his only full sibling (a sister). She filed for probate of his estate in Minnesota, where he owned a home in Paisley Park. Under Minnesota...more

T&E Litigation Newsletter- May 2016

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

In the past month, there were three decisions of note. First, in the case of Caffrey v. U.S. Trust, Case No. 15-P-920, 2016 Mass. App. Unpub. LEXIS 454 (Apr. 27, 2016), the Appeals Court was confronted with the question...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

3 Strange Things About Prince’s Estate

by LeClairRyan on

There are several unusual factors at play in the drama that is unfolding surrounding Prince’s estate. This blog post discusses them and offers some tips so that you can hopefully avoid a similar situation....more

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