Estates

When to Re-Visit Your Estate Planning

You have spent days, and maybe even weeks, working with your attorney on your Estate Planning. You finally feel that you have addressed all of your concerns and are comfortable with who your belongings are going to after you pass away. Now, you can sit back and relax and never worry about your estate planning […]

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Have You Looked At Your Estate Plan Lately?

You have most likely heard the phrase “the only certainties in life are death and taxes”, but have you thought about how the timing of death and the amount of taxes owed are not certain? “The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 leaves the federal wealth transfer tax system in place, but temporarily doubles […]

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Debtor Has No Right to Information About Creditor’s Estate

On April 1, 2011, Norman Webb lent $150,000 to his then son-in-law, Dan Krudys. The loan was for a term of four years and was memorialized by a promissory note executed by Krudys. In the next four years, Norman died, Krudys and Norman’s daughter, Cheryl divorced, Krudys defaulted on the note and Norman’s son, Scott, […]

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Practicing in a Rough Neighborhood: The Trust Hacker Podcast

Over the past year, Bob Mason, a nationally elder law attorney from North Carolina, has created a podcast known as the Trust Hacker.  In these podcasts, Bob interviews attorneys from all over the country regarding issues effecting trusts, estates, elder law and special needs planning.  Recently, I was humbled to be interviewed by him. The […]

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Probate Court Denies Enforcement of Child Support Obligation

A never ending issue facing the court system is the establishment and enforcement of an individual’s obligation to support his or her minor children.  A question which should be diligently explored in this area is the enforcement of that obligation if a parent dies prior to fulfilling all of his or her obligations.  A recent […]

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Let’s Go Crazy – Estate Planning a la Prince

In 1984, Prince released what was arguably his penultimate album – the soundtrack to his semiautobiographical film, Purple Rain.  This classic filled compilation was ignited by its initial track, “Let’s Go Crazy”.  A phenomenal song with a phenomenal title.  Yet it appears it is regrettably the theme for his estate plan – or apparently lack […]

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But I Did Spend Last Night At A Holiday Inn Express

Years ago, there were a series of commercials in which ordinary folks would go into operating rooms to perform surgeries, fly helicopters and ride bulls.  Of course, they would have no training or qualifications.  Yet when asked if they were a doctor or a pilot, etc, they would also respond, “No, but I did spend […]

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Equalize It!

Mike and Carol have three adult daughters – Marcia, Jan and Cindy.  Each of them are married and have children as well.  When both of them die, Mike and Carol want to treat all three daughters equally.  In the event one of their daughters dies before, they want that daughter’s share to pass to that […]

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Who Gets the House?

This week’s article is written by associate attorney and contributing author Douglas M. Nelson, Esq. Frequently, disputes arise between the executors and beneficiaries of an estate concerning the disposition of a deceased individual’s home.  (The content of this blog applies to administrators of intestate estates and trustees of revocable living trusts as well.  However, to […]

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Examining the Estate of Philip Seymour Hoffman

Examining the Estate of Philip Seymour Hoffman

On February 2, 2014, Philip Seymour Hoffman died of a drug overdose at the age of 46.  He was an Academy Award winning actor who appeared in many productions on stage and screen.  He was survived by his life partner, Mimi O’Donnell, and their three children, Cooper (10), Tallulah (7) and Willa (5).  His estate […]

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