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Probate and Estate Disputes Archives

What does 'intestate' mean and why should you worry about it?

Having an estate plan should be a priority for every person, but obviously the ideal outcome isn't always reality. Not every person has an estate plan, and not every person even has the desire to even start one. It is simply unrealistic to think that everyone will have an estate plan, despite the clear advantages and benefits to having one.

Decades after his death, Jimi Hendrix estate still in litigation

If an estate or probate dispute arises, it typically comes up during the original administration of the estate in probate court. That is by no means the only time it can occur, however, as the recent dispute involving the estate Al Hendrix, father of guitar legend Jimi Hendrix, demonstrates.

Court rules in Maurice Sendak estate dispute

Millions of children in Cincinnati and other parts of the world have grown up with the stories and art of Maurice Sendak, author of "Where the Wild Things Are." Unfortunately, the man known for his literary and artistic ability passed away several years ago. Since then, his estate and foundation has been embroiled in an estate dispute with Rosenbach Museum and Library. A court has recently ruled on the dispute, largely in favor of the Sendak estate.

What is probate and why do people try to avoid it?

One of the topics that you will always hear when an estate plan comes up in a conversation is probate. Many people will qualify this process as a scary and unfortunate part of an estate plan, but in reality probate is merely the execution of an estate and going about the formal and legal steps to ensure that assets are taken care of, taxes are paid and beneficiaries receive what they should.

When the circumstances call for a challenge to a will

Challenging a will is a very tough task. It is important to note that most wills pass through without any contests, and even the ones that are contested are unlikely to be changed. Judges are unwilling to alter the last wishes of a deceased person unless clear evidence supports the claims of the people challenging the will.

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