One of the major features of the Surrogate’s Court is that it is a court of public record. Unfortunately, that can be one of its major drawbacks. Every document filed in every estate is available to anyone.
Estate Trustees have an obligation to account for all expenditures relating to an estate, a duty which beneficiaries may enforce by way of an application to pass accounts.
Is an oral promise to make a will or trust enforceable under California law? Contrary to what many believe, California law providesfor the enforcement of oral promises to make a will or trust.
Choosing your health care power of attorney is an incredibly important decision, as the person you authorize — known also as an agent — will be able to make important decisions on your behalf if you can no longer communicate or become medically incapacitated, as in the instance of a coma.
In her last public interview in 1994, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis stated that her most important accomplishment in life was to insure that her children loved each other. Your lawblogger has taken her words to heart over the years.
In our do-it-yourself era, prepackaged wills and trusts may seem like an incredibly convenient option for individuals and couples not wanting to add extra stress to an already emotional process. However, most legal professionals strongly advise against using them. If your will or trust doesn’t meet specific requirements, your wishes may not be carried out to their full extent, or at all.
John Wayne was known by many of his fans as “the Duke”. Now, thirty-five years after the late actor’s death, his estate is involved in litigation with respect to the use of Wayne’s iconic nickname and image.
Several recent matters before British courts highlight the damage that can be done when one appoints the wrong person as a continuing attorney for property.
A recent study from an American investment firm notes some surprising revelations about the conversations parents are having with their adult children about financial planning.