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Do-It Yourself Will Backfires

There are a number of reasons why people avoid hiring a lawyer to assist them in their estate planning.  Lawyers can be perceived as expensive and a hassle to deal with.  Frankly, some people simply find dealing with an attorney stressful.  And t… Read More
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Do it Yourself Estate Planning Can Be Hazardous to Your Loved Ones

Sometimes people consider estate planning to be a fairly simple thing to do themselves without the need to consult an attorney.  After all, estate planning documents are merely paper, right?  Well, although estate planning documents are indeed mere… Read More
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Estate Planning Done Right– Settling the Estate of Joan Rivers

This week we will look at an example of a celebrity who appears to have made a number of wise decisions in her lifetime estate planning.  In contrast to the complicated, acrimonious and all too publicly scrutinized process of settling the Estate of… Read More
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Estate Planning Gone Wrong – Settling the Estate of James Brown

As a two part series, we will look at how the estate settlement process for two different celebrities can illustrate starkly contrasting results achieved from their respective estate plans.  First we will look at the settlement of the Estate of Jame… Read More
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An Expensive Family Fight Over an Item Worth $100

A 2014 Maine court case illustrates how some families can get into significant arguments over what seems to outside observers to be fairly insignificant things. See Estate of Greenblatt, 86 A.3d 1215 (Me. 2014). In 2008 Ada Greenblatt died childless.… Read More
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