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5 Common Inheritance Disputes

Inheritance disputes between siblings and other family members can strain family relationships and set everyone on edge. When family members can’t agree on how a loved one’s estate will be divided, it can sour everyone’s memory of their past re… Read More
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Can a Beneficiary Designation be Contested?

The structure of a loved one’s estate plan can substantially affect the way their assets are transferred after their death – and to whom. Beneficiary designations on everything from bank accounts to retirement portfolios can remove property from… Read More
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The Carpenter Factors: What Active Procurement for Undue Influence Looks Like

When a would-be heir challenges the validity of a Will claiming that it was signed under undue influence, it is up to that heir to prove the person benefiting from the new estate plan engaged in “active procurement” of the Will. What that means,… Read More
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How to Contest a Will and Win

If you want to know how to contest a Will and win, you need to be prepared, both emotionally and with evidence. Contesting a loved one’s will can be complicated – in and out of the courtroom. Knowing what you will need to do to win before going i… Read More
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Disinheritance Clause in a Will: What it Means for Would-Be Heirs

Being left out of a loved one’s Will hurts. It can leave you without the necessary funds to provide for you and your family during a time of grief, and can change your long-term financial plans. When a disinheritance clause in a Will cuts you off f… Read More
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How to Challenge a Will Based on Undue Influence

No one wants to think that their parent or loved one has been taken advantage of in their final days. When a close connection, relative, or caregiver receives more than expected in a Will signed while the grantor was under their care, it could raise… Read More
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Understanding Will Revocation Before Probate

Life can change unexpectedly. Sometimes, a Will written years before no longer reflects one’s wishes. Here’s a summary of when and how to revoke a Will when the documents and your family’s needs don’t match. Options to Revoke a Will Writing a… Read More
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Celebrity Estate Lessons - Biggie

Considering how regularly Tupac and Biggie are mentioned in the same breath, it might not be too shocking that their estates followed very similar paths after their deaths. One big difference was that Biggie had a wife and two very young children at… Read More
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Celebrity Estate Lessons - Tupac Shakur

When Tupac Shakur died in 1996, he didn’t have a Will. Since he was a California resident at the time, both of his parents had a claim to his estate, even though his father had never been a part of his life, having famously paid only $820, a bag of… Read More
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Celebrity Estate Lessons - Martin Luther King, Jr.

You have a trust and now you need someone to run it after you’re gone. Think carefully and choose someone you can trust to fulfill your wishes. Even people that seem like a great choice can change over time. Take the trust of Dr. Martin Luther… Read More
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