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“The press has made much of the handwritten will that Larry King executed in the months before he died and in which he purports to change his prior will executed in 2015, to leave his estate equally between his children.” The dispute over Larry King’s estate shines a harsh spotlight on what happens when an […]

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“One of the most dramatic scenes in the movie, is the gathering of the Thrombey Family at their father’s estate to hear the reading of the will.” One of the recent surprise hit movies has been the murder mystery Knives Out, with a star-studded cast that includes Jamie Lee Curtis, Daniel Craig and Chris Evans. […]

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“What is the size of the average retirement nest egg? It depends on what you mean by ‘average.’” It’s the question we all wonder about, but not very many of us will come out and ask. A 2019 analysis of more than 30 million retirement accounts by Fidelity Investments found that the average balance in […]

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Where does help become undue influence? The law is very specific when it comes to disinheriting your child, so it is a good idea to be perfectly clear on your wishes or it can backfire, according to the Santa Cruz Sentinel in “No shortcuts when planning estate trust“. Let’s consider this example: A couple has […]

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The decision to disinherit someone isn’t made lightly and needs careful consideration. Sometimes, as the difficulties of life wind through families, it is decided it would be best to disinherit a family member. It can be done. However, it needs careful legal consideration, according to Next Avenue in “How to Disinherit a Family Member“. The […]

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The challenge will be to prove that Campbell, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, lacked the capacity to execute the wills. Three of Glen Campbell’s children, who were intentionally left out of his will, have been given the right to contest the will by a judge, according to Wealth in “Glen Campbell’s Kids Come […]

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The traditional methods for burial of remains are still in place. However, there are also “green” options. Different cultures are beginning to rethink the process of funerals for people. Some are turning to an “environmentally friendly” way, according to The New York Times in “Thinking About Having a ‘Green’ Funeral? Here’s What to Know.” A […]

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Looking into the legal concepts of abuse of the elderly. The elderly are often the target of abuse in the U.S. as the Huffington Post recently discussed in its article on undue influence in “Undue Influence and Financial Exploitation.” With an estimated 2 million elderly people financially abused in the U.S. every year, the cost […]

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One can only hope that this decision by an appellate court in Michigan does not reflect a slippery slope of decisions. At its essence, this ruling says that it is possible for an attorney to be unethical and profit from the will that he created. Attorneys are held to certain ethical standards, one of which […]

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A judge who determined that an Encinitas lawyer manipulated his relationship with a wealthy and mentally ill woman who left her fortune to him has determined the lawyer must pay $4.3 million to the woman’s trust.. The U~T San Diegohas the entire story in an article titled “Attorney ordered to pay $4.3M to trust.” Svi […]