Avoiding estate disputes

Posted on November 8th, 2012 No Comments

When a person has their will drafted, they expect that their family will honor their decisions. Sadly, as estate sizes increase, so to the chances that someone will find something in how it is handled objectionable. There are many things you can do to reduce the chances that your beneficiaries will contest your will.

The most obvious method of avoiding conflict is making your intentions as clear as possible while you are still alive. Sometimes recording a video that explains why you have made the decisions you did can help clarify your intentions and reduce the chances someone will have grounds to object to them.

A more direct way to prevent estate conflict is to include an in terrorem clause in the will. Such a clause states that any beneficiary who is set to receive a significant gift will have to forfeit it if they contest the will.

While there is no surefire way to ensure that an estate will go uncontested, enlisting the services of an estate planning attorney can help you make your intentions clear.

Michael Jackson’s family disputing his will

Posted on August 7th, 2012 No Comments

Janet, Randy, and Rebbie Jackson are contesting Michael Jackson’s will.

They have been prohibited from visiting their deceased brother’s children, who are in the custody of their mother, and released a statement Friday accusing the executors of Michael Jackson’s will of breaking up their family.

Their statement claims Michael Jackson’s will is invalid because they believe they have irrefutable evidence that Jackson was in New York on the date that his will was allegedly signed in California.

A contested will can have drastic effects on a family. If you are going through the pain of losing someone close to you, only to find that their will is questionable, an attorney can help you contest its contents. Contact the wills and trusts attorney of Garg & Associates, P.C., at 281-362-2865 to learn more.

Will written under Sharia law overturned because testator was dementia patient

Posted on June 29th, 2012 No Comments

An Australian woman’s will was overturned after being contested by her daughter for being drafted while she was a dementia patient.

This perfectly legal reason for contesting a will was overshadowed by the fact that the document was made under the terms of Sharia law, the moral code of Islam.

Under Islamic law, a woman is entitled to half of what a man receives. Many people take this to mean that a woman is worth half as much as a man, when that is far from the religious law’s intention. By Sharia custom, a woman keeps all of what she inherits for herself, while men are meant to share inheritances with their families.

It can be difficult to find concordance between religious and secular inheritance laws. If you need help drafting your will in a way that will comply with both the law and your religious beliefs, contact the wills and trusts attorneys of Garg & Associates, P.C., at 281-362-2865.

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