Intestate Estates

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Got Stuff? George Carlin Says You Need An Estate Plan!

George Carlin would have been a great pitchman for estate planning. You may remember his stand-up routine on "stuff." We all have stuff, and we're pretty particular about our stuff. We move it around with us, it's hard for some of us to get rid of it, and some of us don't like our stuff mixed up with other people's stuff.

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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

What To Do After a Loved One Dies

If you've been appointed an executor of a loved one's estate, or a successor trustee, and that person dies, your grief – not to mention your to-do list, including tasks ranging from planning the funeral, coordinating relatives coming in from out of town and (eventually) meeting with a trust administration or probate lawyer – can be quite overwhelming. First and foremost, take care of yourself during this emotional time.

To help you with the “business” end of things, here’s a quick checklist of crucial details that will make the trip to our office to handle the legal affairs easier. I know it can be difficult, but some of these things have a deadline, so make sure that you reach out sooner rather than later:

● Secure the deceased's personal property (vehicle, home, business, etc.).

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Friday, December 16, 2016

3 Celebrity Probate Disasters and Tragic Lessons

With extreme wealth accumulated, one would assume that celebrities would take steps to protect their estates. But think again: Some of the world’s richest and most famous people enter the pearly gates with no estate plan in place, while others have made estate planning mistakes that tied their fortunes and heirs up for years in court. Let’s take a look at three high-profile celebrity probate disasters and discover what lessons we can learn from them.

1. Tom Carvel, The Ice Cream Man

As the man who invented soft-serve ice cream and established the first franchise business in America, Tom Carvel had a net worth of up to $200 million when he died in 1990.
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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

What These 4 Famous Estate Planning Debacles Can Tell You About Proper Planning

Are you failing your family the way these 4 celebrities failed theirs?  These four celebrity estate planning fiascos offer lessons about how to handle your own planning and legacies.
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Thursday, October 27, 2016

Let's Go Crazy: Prince's Estate Entering New Battle Over Who Will Inherit His Millions

Many of you may be following what is happening with pop star Prince's estate battle. As you likley know Prince died without a will or trust. Thus, the state law of Minnesota will determine who his heirs are. As you can imagine, there were several people coming forward claiming to be a child of Prince's. The battle continues.
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