Michael Jackson’s estate sued for $1 billion

Posted on June 8th, 2012 No Comments

Micheal Jackson’s estate is being sued by Kimberly Griggs for a sum of $1 billion.

Her suit was filed in San Diego, California, and states that she and Jackson had an intimate relationship starting in 1979.

She claims Jackson used information from her personal life on his albums, including “Thriller,” “Bad,” and “Dangerous.” Griggs alleges that the deceased King of Pop promised her the rights to his music as a form of reparation for exploiting her life, which she never received.

Whether or not Griggs’ allegations are true, it’s important to have a plan for asset protection following your demise. If you want to protect all of your assets, contact the asset protection attorneys 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, comedian 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.

Man leaves house to the government in his will

Posted on December 14th, 2011 No Comments

An 87-year-old Florida man who passed away last year has willed his house as well as $1 million to the government. His nieces and nephews did not dispute the will due to the fact that they knew this is what their uncle was passionate about.

The man had hopes that the sale of his house as well as $1 million of his own money could help the United States remove some of it’s growing debt. The government put the 1929 historic home up for auction and the winning bidder offered $1.175 million for the property.

There were over 700 people who toured the home and 15 of those individuals participated in the auction. The government will also sell the contents of the home in January.

If you need assistance laying out the specifics of your will, please contact the Houston wills attorneys of Garg & Associates, P.C. by calling 800-242-2151 today.

Domestic Partnerships May Not Have Right to Estate Without Will

Posted on April 6th, 2011 No Comments

Among young people today, getting married is not always a given. Many people of younger generations no longer regard getting married as an inevitable part of life, and many couples are now in long-term relationships without marriage. If this is the case, the only way a person can receive their partner’s assets in the event of his or her death, is to put it in writing.

Spouses have certain legal rights to their deceased husband or wife’s estates, even without a written will. However, people who are in committed relationships but are not married essentially have no legal rights to their partner’s property in the event of a death, unless a will has been created.

If you or someone you love would like to create a will, please contact the Houston wills lawyers of Garg & Associates, P.C., at 281-362-2865.

Manager of Elizabeth Taylor May Receive Fortune

Posted on March 25th, 2011 No Comments

After the tragic passing of Elizabeth Taylor on Wednesday, some are now speculating as to who will receive her fortune. Her assets are estimated to be at over $360 million.

Reports have indicated that Taylor’s long-time manager and friend, Jason Winters, will be inheriting the money. The two became extremely close after Taylor suffered through divorce, bouts with pneumonia, and depression, that left her emotionally and physically crippled. Taylor credited Winters with helping her recover from her depression and the fear of leaving her house. He was said to have brought her back in the public eye after these hardships.

Taylor had four children, all of whom will be reading the will in the upcoming week. They have stated that they expect Winters to receive Taylor’s assets in the will.

If you would like help planning a will, please contact the Houston wills lawyers of Garg & Associates, P.C., at 281-362-2865.

Pennsylvania county gives free wills to emergency workers

Posted on January 27th, 2011 No Comments

A county in Pennsylvania is taking an unusual step to help protect the rights and interests of emergency workers who risk their lives to help others: offering free wills.

Only 20 percent of emergency responders, police officers, and firefighters across the United States have wills drawn up. If someone dies in the line of duty, often families are left to cope with affairs without the assistance of a will.

The county already held a similar event last year, in which 51 emergency responders and their significant others utilized the free legal services to create wills, living wills, and designated powers of attorney. They hope to hold two events each year.

The decision to create a will is never an easy one, but is a necessary step to take to protect your family. If you or someone you know needs assistance creating a will, contact our Houston wills attorney from Garg & Associates, P.C. by calling 281-362-2865.

Springfield Mayor ordered to court for estate dispute

Posted on December 14th, 2010 No Comments

A Sangamon County Circuit Court Judge ordered Mayor Tim Davlin of Springfield to appear in court next week for a hearing regarding the estate to which the mayor is executor.

Davlin skipped a Sept. 22 court-ordered deadline by which he was supposed to provide a financial accounting for the estate of his cousin Margaret Ettelbrick, who passed away in 2003.

Catholic Charities of Springfield has asked the judge for both a final accounting and to dismiss Davlin as executor of the estate, worth just under $1 million.

Davlin’s attorney has filed against the estate as well, alleging that he is owed about $20,000 in legal fees that he was never paid.

Don’t go through this kind of trouble. Make sure your will and estate plan is clean and easy to execute. 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.

Wharton Firefighter Death Causes Fight Over Assets

Posted on July 26th, 2010 No Comments

Nikki Araguz’s husband, Thomas Araguz, was a Wharton firefighter. She was a man. According to My Fox Houston, Araguz died “just months after his family said he learned his wife was actually born a man.” Upon this revelation, Mr. Araguz wanted a divorce.

His mother has already filed to have her son’s marriage declared null and void.

His family continues the fight over his death benefits. Nikki Araguz claims the money is hers. Mr. Araguz’s sons from his first marriage claim it is theirs. Currently, Nikki Araguz has possession of the money, but a judge recently ordered the money turned over to the court until the matter is sorted out.

Death is hard enough on a family, but sometimes that is only the beginning. If you or someone you know is dealing with a contested will, contact your experienced Houston Contested Wills Attorneys at Garg & Associates, PC, by dialing 281-362-2865.

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