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In what likely foretells a bitter probate battle to come, a judge ordered Wednesday that the body of wealthy Alamo Heights woman who died Tuesday not be cremated before an autopsy is performed. Continue reading
Posted 16 hours ago at Idaho Estate Planning
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In a recent blog post, Yahoo’s Senior Legal Director for Public Policy criticized the UFADAA for the “faulty presumption that the decedent would have wanted the trustee to have access to his or her communications” and for “set[ting] the privacy default at zero.” Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Idaho Estate Planning
Robson, 32, still needs a judge’s permission to file the probate court claim because it was brought in May 2013, nearly four years after the entertainer’s overdose death at age 50 on June 25, 2009. Robson alleges Jackson molested him between 1990-97, though he testified in the singer’s 2005 child molestation trial that the pop star did not sexually molest him. Jackson was acquitted on all charges in his 2005 trial. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Idaho Estate Planning
“This is about protecting the state’s most vulnerable people,” Pelanda said. “We want to hold those in charge of others responsible and ensure they know what’s expected of them.” Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Idaho Estate Planning
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The Internal Revenue Service says it made a mistake in valuing Michael Jackson’s estate. Nope, the IRS hasn’t abandoned its much discussed claim for $702 million in extra taxes and penalties—a bill Jackson’s estate is fighting in U.S. Tax Court. Instead, the tax agency is upping its demand by $29 million to nearly $731 million. Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Idaho Estate Planning
Tom Clancy's estate can teach advisors a lesson about blended families. Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Idaho Estate Planning
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A former lawyer for civil rights leader Rosa Parks is being sued by a New York auction house, the New York Post reported Tuesday. Guernsey’s alleges that Detroit attorney Gregory Reed mishandled the estate, worth an estimated $10 million. As a result, it charges, it missed an opportunity to collect higher fees. Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2014 at Idaho Estate Planning
Most people want to avoid probate, and therefore, want to avoid the use of a will. The following are some key questions to address to determine if a trust is right for you. Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2014 at Idaho Estate Planning
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A qualified, reputable attorney uses a holistic approach. They are not just providing pension planning; they are looking at all aspects of a client’s financial picture, ensuring that the decisions made protect the client’s well-being, estate and family. Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2014 at Idaho Estate Planning
Choosing a trustee is hard -- but getting rid of one is harder. Beneficiaries who choose to switch trustees can find the process costly, drawn out, and unpleasant. But it may be getting a bit easier. Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2014 at Idaho Estate Planning
You might think those three words - "Location, location, location!" - are uttered more by realtors than estate planning attorneys, but I beg to differ. Of course, when I repeat the phrase to clients I am not talking about the site of new home or office, but rather the location of individuals' most important planning documents. Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2014 at Idaho Estate Planning
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The court-appointed trustee seeking to recover money for bilked investors began taking aim at Andrew Madoff's money even before his Sept. 3 death from mantle cell lymphoma. Two federal officials also said Madoff would have likely faced tax evasion charges if he had not died. Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2014 at Idaho Estate Planning
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The facts of the Wilson case involved a divorced couple, at odds over where to bury the ashes of their 23-year-old son, who was killed in a tragic car crash when he was hit by a drunk driver. When he died, the son was single and had no children. He left no will or specific instructions for the disposition of his body. His parents, William and Lili, were the co-personal representatives and sole beneficiaries of his estate. They agreed on having his body cremated, but couldn’t agree on what to do with the ashes. Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2014 at Idaho Estate Planning
Visitors, mostly aged 50-plus, enter the center's cool, dimly lit quarters, where they're invited to help themselves to tea, pastel-colored pastries, gluten-free brownies and a seat within a large circle of chairs. They are not necessarily seeking radiance, wellness or inspiration. They are here to participate in a frank, open-ended discussion about life's grand finale at the monthly Sarasota Death Cafe. The idea? To provide a casual, comfortable space for people to discuss everything from the practical (legal documents and right-to-die legislation) to the ethereal (near-death experiences and the great "What's next?"). Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2014 at Idaho Estate Planning
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Ms. Smith’s inheritance is unique in the value of the works she didn’t know about in her mother’s attic. But her initial feeling of being overwhelmed and uncertain about what to do with a family member’s collection, whether valuable or sentimental, is not. Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2014 at Idaho Estate Planning
I recently completed my estate plan. I signed a power or attorney but I have no idea why I have it or what I'm supposed to do with it. Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2014 at Idaho Estate Planning
Once people hit retirement, they do not know how long they will live or how long their money will last. Still, the vast majority of retirees with children cling to an intention to leave something behind, even though many of those offspring have no expectation of receiving an inheritance. Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2014 at Idaho Estate Planning
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Smartphones sure make lives a lot easier (and, arguably, busier). With a few taps of a screen, individuals can do everything from checking the weather to buying stock to engaging in FaceTime across the world. One individual in Australia recently came up with another innovative use for his smartphone. He used it to prepare his Last Will and Testament shortly before taking his own life. Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2014 at Idaho Estate Planning
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Facebook, Google, Twitter and other sites have different policies on dealing with dead users. Some states are also considering laws that would automatically give loved ones access to, though not control of, their dead relative's digital accounts, unless otherwise specified. Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2014 at Idaho Estate Planning
A veteran must first meet certain wartime service and discharge requirements before being considered for any type of pension benefit. Additionally, a surviving spouse must meet certain marriage requirements to the qualified veteran. Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2014 at Idaho Estate Planning
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As Rivers' goddaughter Tracie Hotchner told the Daily Mail, "She loved her dogs dearly, and they meant so much to her ... dogs have become accepted as such essential family members that providing for them well in life, and after death, is considered quite normal." Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2014 at Idaho Estate Planning
Of course, there’s no shortage of ways in which people can stumble when it comes to making their after-death arrangements. That’s why we rounded up some classic estate planning mistakes that people tend to make, so you’ll know what not to do when it comes to prepping your own estate plan. Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2014 at Idaho Estate Planning
Bernard Madoff is serving a 150-year term in federal prison in North Carolina. Though sued for millions of dollars, his sons were never charged with complicity in the fraud, or with any other wrongdoing, although they never shed public suspicions that they were involved in their father’s scheme. Will the late Andrew Madoff's large estate be targeted? Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2014 at Idaho Estate Planning
The information family and friends will need when a loved one dies goes far beyond those much-talked-about documents, and having them can make the end of life just a little less painful for those who remain behind. Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2014 at Idaho Estate Planning
Rivers would have probably gotten a kick out of the fact that the expenses associated with her funeral are tax deductible for federal estate tax purposes – though as a smart business woman, I suspect she already knew that. Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2014 at Idaho Estate Planning