Sibling rivalry coupled with the loss of a parent and an actual or perceived impropriety of one sibling in handling his or her estate can turn even the closest siblings into sparring adversaries.
Under California law, no-cotest clauses in California Trust and Wills have been substantially limited in their applicability. In most cases they simply will not apply. But even when a no-contest clause does apply, it may still be possible to escape its affects.
Estate trustees can have a difficult task ahead of them, especially when it comes to the administration of complex estates.
We aren’t doing our jobs as estate planners if we don’t anticipate — and plan accordingly for — the structural limitations inherent to an overworked and underfunded state court system that asks our judges to juggle thousands of cases at a time.
The division of one’s personal property, which may include, jewellery, art, books, furniture, tools and clothing, can often become a significant source of tension and conflict amongst those who collectively stand to inherit such items from the estate.
Your lawblogger recently attended a seminar given by Evan Carroll, the author of “Your Digital Afterlife”, a book speaking to the growing issues that have arisen as our activities on line have continued to branch out and multiply.
Your family-owned business is growing and growing. In fact, you’re concerned it is outpacing the quality and rigor of your financial and accounting bookkeeping.