Say a Little Prayer: Aretha Franklin Had No Will, and a Child With Special Needs

According to court documents, legendary singer Aretha Franklin did not have a will when she died, despite reportedly having a son with special needs. The lack of a will opens up the intensely private singer’s estate to public scrutiny and unnecessary costs, and means...

Four Reasons Why Estate Planning Isn’t Just for the Top 1 Percent

The Tax Cut and Jobs Act (TCJA) is now officially law. Both the House and Senate passed the new tax reform bill in December with straight party-line votes and no support from Democrats. President Trump signed it into law right before Christmas. It is the first...

No Will Could Mean Chaos for Prince’s Estate

The famed recording artist Prince died leaving an unknown fortune and possibly no will or estate plan to dictate what to do with that fortune. Prince’s sister, Tyka Nelson, told the probate court in the Minnesota county where Prince lived that her brother did...
Ten Different Types of Trusts – Which One Is Right for You?

Ten Different Types of Trusts – Which One Is Right for You?

Considering the myriad types of trusts available, creating an estate plan that works for your individual circumstances can seem daunting.  However, that’s what we, as estate planning attorneys, do every day. We know the applicable laws, we learn about your own...
Wills, Trusts & Dying Intestate:  How They Differ

Wills, Trusts & Dying Intestate: How They Differ

Most people understand that having some sort of an estate plan is, as Martha Stewart would say, a “good thing.” However, many of us don’t take the steps to get that estate plan in place because we don’t understand the nuances between wills, trusts & dying...

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