Family could lose estate over guardianship

Posted on September 24th, 2010 No Comments

Doris Preston left her small estate in Denton, Texas to her 52-year old adopted and mentally disabled son, Deartis.  Doris’ siblings took over caring for Deartis, brought him to Bay City to live nearby, and used part of his inheritance to purchase him a house two blocks away.

When Doris’ siblings went to probate court to sort out the details of the estate a Denton County judge told them that Deartis needed a court appointed guardian and lawyer to advocate for him.  The court felt that Deartis needed representation to protect himself in case his family members spent too much of his money.  However, the family argues that the court was out of order pursing the case which has already cost $450,000 on appointed representation.

If you or someone you know is the heir of a small estate and need help settling any probate issues, contact the Houston small estates attorneys of Garg & Associates P.C. at 281-362-2865 to learn more about your rights.

Melvin Simon $2 billion estate dispute

Posted on September 18th, 2010 No Comments

A Superior Court Hamilton County judge has ordered mediation in a series of arguments and disputes involving the late billionaire Melvin Simon’s estate.

The disputes are mainly between Simon’s widow and his stepdaughter. Parties are given 15 days to either agree on a mediator or to object to the order.

Simon’s stepdaughter claims that he was coerced into rewriting his will shortly before his death so that it bequeathed far more of his estate to his widow. She also wants to have her stepmother entirely removed as a trustee from the estate until the dispute has been resolved.

Problems like these can be avoided with a carefully written and detailed will and estate plan. Contact the Houston estate planning attorneys of Garg & Associates, P.C. by calling 281-362-2865 today.


Davidson will contested

Posted on September 10th, 2010 No Comments

Three suits filed in Oakland County Circuit Court, all disputing the estate of the late William Davidson, have been quietly settled according to court records and attorneys involved.

Davidson, the billionaire businessman and owner of the Detroi Pistons, was worth at least $5 billion. The suits sought to dispute about $20 million of that fortune.

One of the suits was brought by a New York-based nonprofit called the Areivim Philanthropic Group, of which Davidson was a co-founder. He reportedly pledged $5 million in support for the group, which is devoted to supporting Jewish educational causes.

Two other lawsuits were filed by Israeli businessmen operating as Milestones Upgrading & Industries and related parties.

Problems like these can be avoided with a carefully written and detailed will and estate plan. Contact the Houston estate planning attorneys of Garg & Associates, P.C. by calling 281-362-2865 today.

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