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As part of the ongoing feud over everything Michael Jackson related, music producer Quincy Jones filed a claim that he suffered from elder financial abuse. The legal battles over who is entitled to what from the proceeds of Michael Jackson's music and estate are never-ending. As part of that dispute,... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Washington Estate Planning
While Congress is currently debating possible deep cuts in Medicaid, many people are wondering what that might mean for them should they ever need long-term care in a nursing home. Medicaid is the government program that provides health care to poor people. The debate over it, often focuses on how... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Washington Estate Planning
Although singer Michael Hutchence died having almost no assets, his estate might now be worth millions. When the former lead singer of INXS committed suicide in 1997, his family was shocked to learn that he had almost no assets. His bank accounts were nearly empty. Real estate he had told... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Washington Estate Planning
In trying to settle Alan Thicke's estate one side says there is a conflict and the other side wants the judge to declare that there is not one. At first glance, when Alan Thicke passed away it appeared that his estate administration should go relatively easy. He had a prenuptial... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Washington Estate Planning
The most valuable assets in many estates today are not physical property or financial accounts. They are intellectual property assets. Today, we often take intellectual property rights for granted. We think of them almost as natural rights. It just seems obvious to most people that someone who created something should... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Washington Estate Planning
Often people will want to do things with their trusts that are improper or just a bad idea in general. They should listen to their attorneys, when they are told they should not do whatever it is that they want to do. When people decide to get trusts, many of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2017 at Washington Estate Planning
When most people are dying, they do so quietly. However, sometimes people who have not been lucid for years, will suddenly become so, not too long before their deaths. We really do not know too much about death. We know that people pass away, but we are not at all... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2017 at Washington Estate Planning
Digital technology lets people leave memories behind that can last far longer than ever before. It is something to consider, if you want future generations of your family to know who you were. Most people who have walked the face of the Earth have been forgotten. Unless a person was... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2017 at Washington Estate Planning
When an elderly person is extremely ill and unlikely to survive, it is time for doctors and family to discuss how long the patient should be kept alive. It is not an easy conversation for anyone involved. In recent years, medical science has made tremendous advances. People can now be... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2017 at Washington Estate Planning
Single people have different financial planning needs than married people. However, they still need to plan and those plans need to include an estate plan. Sometimes people who are committed to remaining single do not think they need to do very much estate or financial planning. Why? Because they do... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2017 at Washington Estate Planning
After less than a decade of having one, Delaware has repealed its estate tax. State legislatures around the country share a very common fear. They are afraid that if the wealthy residents of their states do not like their state’s tax laws, they will move to other states whose laws... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2017 at Washington Estate Planning
Carrie Fisher's sole daughter will be the sole beneficiary of her mother's estate. However, it remains an open question whether or not part of the estate will need to go through probate court. The details of the late actress Carrie Fisher's estate plan have recently been made public in court... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2017 at Washington Estate Planning
In the U.K., families are discovering that many pre-paid funeral plans do not cover all of the costs of funerals. Americans often face the same problem. Funerals can be very expensive and they get more expensive all the time. To spare their families the expense of paying for their funerals... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2017 at Washington Estate Planning
It is possible to create a trust that leaves beneficiaries uninformed about all the details of the trust and, in some cases, even the existence of the trust itself. That can have its benefits, but there are also potential drawbacks. One of the most common ways to minimize the estate... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2017 at Washington Estate Planning
Kendall and Kyrie Jenner recently learned that their fame does not give them license to infringe an estate's rights to the deceased's image. It is not exactly clear what Kendall and Kyrie Jenner are famous for. They just are. Every month or so, the Jenner sisters just pop into the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2017 at Washington Estate Planning
Most Americans do not think about Medicaid very much. They think that it is just the health care program for poor people that they will not personally ever need. However, if you have any desire to live into old age, then you should be concerned about the debate over the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2017 at Washington Estate Planning
People with a significant amount of debt should consider specifying how those debts should be paid in their wills. It could save their executors and heirs some headaches. Most people will pass away owing money to someone. It is unavoidable in America's credit based economy. Those debts we still have... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2017 at Washington Estate Planning
A rapidly changing society and high costs have caused many Japanese families to forgo traditional funerals. Corpse hotels have arisen to meet their needs. In American popular culture, Japan is normally portrayed as a very rigid and tradition-bound country. In some ways that is an accurate depiction, but things change... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2017 at Washington Estate Planning
You do not need to be wealthy to leave a lasting legacy and be remembered fondly after you pass away. For some people, one of the things that terrifies them most about passing away is that they might be forgotten. This is especially true for people who are not married... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2017 at Washington Estate Planning
Americans are not the only people in the world who have a difficult time finding accurate funeral price information. Australians have the same problem. One of the many small estate planning things people can do to make things easier on their families, is to plan ahead for their own funerals.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2017 at Washington Estate Planning
A California man had been told that his son had passed away. He spent a lot of money on the son's funeral and was surprised when he talked to his son on the phone less than two weeks later. Frank Kerrigan, an elderly California man, knew that his son had... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2017 at Washington Estate Planning
In most states, an executor is allowed to go back in time and authorize estate actions that occurred between the time of a person's death and the time the executor is appointed. A case from Florida illustrates that they do not always have to use that authority. When a person... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2017 at Washington Estate Planning
One of the reasons people often cite for preferring to use a trust instead of a will, is the possibility of a family battle in probate court over a will. Trusts do not necessarily solve the issue of families feuding over estates. Stories about the families of wealthy or famous... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2017 at Washington Estate Planning
People who anticipate that they might need Medicaid to pay for long-term nursing home care, need to plan ahead for it, if they hope to leave their heirs with an inheritance. Staying in a nursing home for a long time is an excellent way to drain all of your finances... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2017 at Washington Estate Planning
Estate planning is increasingly no longer about the laws of a single state or even a single nation. People often own property in several different jurisdictions. It used to be that, for all but a very few individuals, everything a person owned was located in one state. Someone who lived... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2017 at Washington Estate Planning