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Dealing With Bankruptcy in Probate

Dealing With Bankruptcy in Probate There are many people who worry about their finances. One of the biggest fears for many people is leaving a financial mess behind after they are gone. With the ...
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Avoid Probate by Using a Transfer On Death Deed

Effective January 1, 2016, homeowners in California now have another way to avoid probate court for their real estate : the Revocable Transfer on Death Deed (TODD). A TODD identifies one or more ...
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Avoiding Legal Mistakes That Haunt After Death

Usually, the reasons that people give for not getting professional help with their estate planning comes down to a matter of money. They fail to consider the downsides of improper estate planning ...
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Top 10 Duties of an Executor of an Estate

The executor of an estate handles the financial responsibilities of the estate. They carry out the wishes of the deceased whether there's a will involved or not. After the owner of the estate ...
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Do I Need An Estate Plan?

Probate court decides how to divide assets to the beneficiaries. The average time to evaluate and divide assets takes about a year. In that year court fees, attorney fees and other fees add up. In ...
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Caring for Aging Parents: Should You Move Them Into Your Home?

It can be hard to watch your parents grow older. As tasks get harder for them to do, you must discuss your options. Should you get help in their home? Should you move them into your own home? Do they ...
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What Happens If the Testator Has a Physical Inability to Sign a Will?

Sometimes when our estate planning attorneys are working on a will here at the Law Offices of James C. Shields, we're confronted with a client with a physical inability to sign a will. It can be ...
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The 4 Steps You Need to Know About the Probate Process

What is probate ? After a loved one dies, the legal process known as probate takes place. As it is overseen by probate court, it typically includes the following: Proof that the will of the deceased ...
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With No Will, Lottery Winner's Estate Becomes Center Of Dispute

In mid-December, it was announced that the wife and daughter of a man who won the Illinois state lottery and later died had settled his estate. We took note of this story for two reasons. First, the ...
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Avoid the Necessity of Multiple State Probate Proceedings

We all have nightmares, of one sort or another. One of the down sides to our work is that we get to hear about a lot of the nightmares that come true. One of the up sides to our work is getting to ...
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How the DOMA Decision Affects Estate Planning for Same-Sex Couples

With the Supreme Court striking down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and Proposition 8, you and your same-partner can finally plan your in-state wedding. Once you get married, you're entitled ...
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More Abuse Allegations Surface Against the Late Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson was dubbed the King of Pop during his lifetime for his astronomical success as an entertainer. However, Jackson left behind a legacy that extends beyond his entertaining abilities. The ...
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Family Sues Over Validity of Estate Distribution

Even in instances in which there is a will and executor, disputes can arise about the validity of such documents. Such disputes will often see resolution following litigation in a probate court. When ...
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Dispute over Sherman Hemsley's will laid to rest

Over the past few months, we have blogged on updates regarding the probate litigation unfolding after the passing of "All in the Family" actor, Sherman Hemsley. The dispute arose regarding ...
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Dispute in Los Angeles Over $30 Million Portrait of Late Actress

Los Angeles native and famous actor, Ryan O'Neal, is battling in a Los Angeles courtroom over a dispute regarding an Andy Warhol print of the late Farrah Fawcett. O'Neal and Fawcett were ...
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Will dispute means actor is still not buried 4 months after death

At the beginning of Sept. of this year, this blog detailed the dispute ensuing after the passing of "All in the Family" and "The Jeffersons" actor, Sherman Hemsley. Due to the ...
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Probate Litigation Surrounding Thomas Kinkade's Estate Continues

Los Angeles residents may remember the recent passing of 54-year-old American artist, Thomas Kinkade, "Painter of Light." The man made his millions by creating works of romantic realism, and ...
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Will Sherman Hemsley's Estate Remain "All in the Family"?

Sherman Hemsley, the actor famed for playing George Jefferson on "All in the Family" and the spinoff "The Jeffersons," recently passed away from his battle with lung cancer. As of ...
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Jackson Siblings: Michael's Will Is "Fraudulent, Flawed and Fake"

As discussed last week, estate planning is not just a luxury for the rich and famous. However, the average resident in Torrance can learn a thing or two from the manner in which stars handled, or in ...
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