Boxing promoter’s estate facing legal disputes

Posted on October 5th, 2012 No Comments

The estate of late boxing promoter Butch Lewis is facing trouble from creditors and a woman who gave birth to his child nine months after his death.

The mother is demanding their child be declared a beneficiary of the estate and is asking for payments of $3,250 per month while the case is worked out.

Lewis, who represented brothers Leon and Michael Spinks, died at 65 of natural causes. His estate attorneys claim that no beneficiaries can receive payments until the estate’s creditors, which include Michael Spinks, are paid in full.

It is important to have your estate in line prior to your death in order to prevent any potential confusion that might arise after your death. If you need help arranging your estate, contact the Houston estate planning attorneys of Garg & Associates, P.C., at 281-362-2865.

Lawyer pleads guilty to stealing from veterans’ estates

Posted on September 10th, 2012 No Comments

A Houston attorney has plead guilty to conspiring with his wife to steal money from the veterans whose legal matters and accounts he was managing.

The lawyer,73-year old Joe B. Phillips, plead guilty to two of the 21 charges he is facing, admitting to stealing more than $1.36 million from the accounts he managed. The money went into a joint account that he shared with his wife, who admitted to having a gambling problem.

Phillips hid the money he stole in various dummy bank accounts and even forged an income tax return to keep his deeds secret.

If you are searching for an estate attorney you can trust, contact the estate planning lawyers of Garg and Associates, P.C., at 281-362-2865.

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.

George Washington’s personal copy of the Constitution to be auctioned

Posted on June 15th, 2012 No Comments

George Washington’s personal copies of the Constitution and Bill of Rights are set to be auctioned onĀ June 22 in New York.

The auction house in charge of the sale expects the items to go for $2 million to $3 million. This copy of the nation’s founding document was bound in a book in 1789. Two other copies were printed alongside it, one going to John Jay, the first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, and the other going to Thomas Jefferson.

This copy of the Constitution includes notes written in the margins by Washington himself as well as his signature on the inside.

The treasure is being sold from the estate of a man who died in 2007. If you need help with your estate, contact the estate planning attorneys of Garg & Associates, P.C., at 281-362-2865.

Government suggests internet users consider social media wills

Posted on May 31st, 2012 No Comments

The U.S. government is recommending that people include how they want their social media accounts handled after their deaths in their wills.

The person who you appoint to be executor of your social media sites should be given a list of the sites where you have a presence. The list should include your username and password for these sites as well as what steps you wish to be taken with them.

Many sites allow a “memorial” mode for profiles of deceased members. This allows friends to visit the page but does not allow new posts to be made.

If you need help drafting your will, contact the wills lawyers of Garg & Associates, P.C., at 281-362-2865.

Famous British wills to be released to public

Posted on May 23rd, 2012 No Comments

The wills of many British historical figures will be released for the first time ever to public perusal.

Wills from the likes of Winston Churchill, comedianĀ George Formby, and Florence Nightingale will be made available online. The collection includes six million probate records dating from 1942 to 1966.

This is the first time genealogists and historical fans will be able to see what their favorite British historical figures bequeathed to their families and friends.

The Houston wills and trusts lawyers at the estate firm of Garg & Associates, P.C., can help you include everything you need in your will.

As life expectancy increases, many add parents to wills

Posted on May 9th, 2012 No Comments

Individuals who have prepared their wills typically do not plan on being outlived by their parents. However, many people are finding that their parents are becoming increasingly dependent on them in their old age.

Children who end up having to take care of their parents spend an average of $3,500 a month on care, according to Met Life. If something were to happen to these benevolent children, it would leave their parents without the care they need.

This is why it’s becoming more important to have a plan in place for the tragic situation in which your parents outlive you.

If you need help preparing your will, contact the experienced Houston wills attorneys at Garg & Associates, P.C., at 281-362-2865.

How to include your animals in a trust

Posted on February 1st, 2012 No Comments

There are certain instances when a pet will live longer than it’s owner. When this occurs, owners of those animals have the option of including them in a trust in order to know that they will be taken care of after their passing.

When writing a pet trust it is important to keep some key points in mind. Some of these points include: detailed instructions on the care for the animal, setting a specific amount of money aside for the pet, and realizing that these documents can be put in place before or after death.

Pet trusts can be very prominent documents to a pet owner. It is necessary to plan these out in detail in order to avoid the court changing certain aspects after death. If the outlined document seems excessive or allocates more to the animal than to a human relative, then the court may alter some areas of that trust.

Please contact the Houston wills and trusts attorneys of Garg & Associates, P.C. at 281-362-2865, if you or someone you know is interested in learning more about setting up a pet trust.

 

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