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...

What To Do When a Loved One Passes Away

Whether your spouse has just passed away or you have lost your mom or dad, the emotional trauma of losing a loved one often comes with a bewildering array of financial and legal issues surrounding probate & trust administration demanding attention. It can be...

When Your Child Turns 18 Take These Important Three Steps

If your child has reached the teenage years, you may already feel as though you are losing control of her life. This is legally true once your child turns 18 because the state considers her to be an adult with the legal right to govern her own life. Up until your...

Make Reviewing Your Estate Plan One of Your New Year’s Resolutions

The beginning of a new year is a good time to take a look at your estate plan to make sure it is up to date. Less than half of people in the US actually have any estate planning documents in place and many of those people may have outdated documents. Documents that...

The Pitfalls of Using Beneficiary Designations as Your Estate Plan

What Are Beneficiary Designations or Transfer on Death Designations? Many people use beneficiary designations as an alternative to doing proper estate planning.  Why not?  It’s quick and easy!  It avoids probate! It allows you to rest easy that you have provided...

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...

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