The best way to prevent your family from fighting over your estate, is to let them know what to expect from your estate plan. The conversation does not need to be exclusively about money.
Many different things can cause families to fight over a deceased relative’s estate. Sometimes, families are going to fight no matter what and there is nothing that can be done to avoid it.
This is one reason why you should enlist the expertise of an estate planning attorney. She can make your estate plan as solid as possible, so there are fewer legal grounds for your...
Glenn Frey of the Eagles passed away recently. Details of his estate have been made public.
The details of Glenn Frey’s will are not that interesting on the surface. Nevertheless, the will does contain an interesting provision that illustrates how many wealthy people choose to handle their estate plans.
Frey left behind a will that leaves his entire estate to his wife and names her as the executor of the will.
Two co-executors were named, in case his wife was unable to serve.
There is not much that is unusual there.
The details of the will were reported by TMZ...
Few states have inheritance taxes any more, but Iowa still does. A recent court case there illustrates that the Iowa law has a strange provision.
A handful of states have an inheritance tax either in addition to or instead of a state estate tax.
Inheritance taxes are similar to estate taxes. With an estate tax, the estate itself is taxed before distribution to people. With an inheritance tax it is the tax is assessed on the people inheriting the estate.
Iowa is one of the states with an inheritance tax. However, it has an exemption for the tax when it...
Bill Gates has called for a new approach to combating Alzheimer’s disease and announced that he is contributing money to the cause.
It is a well-established fact among researchers: the earlier that Alzheimer’s disease can be detected and diagnosed, the better it is for the patient.
It is possible to slow the pace of the disease somewhat, if detected early enough. Early detection also gives patients time to adapt and make plans for how they will handle the disease. These plans include getting legal paperwork, like powers of attorney and estate plans, in place while they still can.
As the world becomes more globalized, courts are having to sort out sometimes messy conflicts between the estate laws of different cultures. A recent example comes out of Switzerland.
More and more people today are interacting and marrying people from different countries and cultures. They also are choosing to hold their assets in nations, where they do not live.
All of this can create problems when the laws of one nation conflict with the policies of another.
Recently, a court in Switzerland was asked to recognize a receipt of inheritance decision made by a court in Egypt, under its version...