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.

Attorney accuses judge and lawyers of conspiring to loot Rosa Parks’ estate

Posted on May 17th, 2012 No Comments

An attorney is suing the probate judge, Judge Freddie Burton Jr., and lawyers, John Chase Jr. and Melvin Jefferson Jr., who handled the estate of civil rights icon Rosa Parks.

Lawyer Stephen G. Cohen is accusing Burton, Jefferson, and Chase of conspiring to loot Parks’ estate. He claims that the group ran up more than $507,000 in unnecessary legal fees, leaving the estate, originally valued at $8 million, $88,000 in debt.

Cohen also claims that Burton stripped control of Parks’ estate from Elaine Steele, one of its named heirs. This allowed Jefferson and Chase to continue racking up huge legal fees. Cohen demands they return the money.

Many probate litigation experts agree that Cohen’s allegations will be challenging to prove, but he is confident he will find success.

‘Love Your Block’ project announced by City of Houston

Posted on April 19th, 2012 No Comments

Aesthetic appeal and beautification of neighborhoods are the main focuses of a new project that was recently announced by the City of Houston.

The ‘Love Your Block’ project was established by the city in order to promote togetherness among Houston communities. The Mayor of the city, Annise Parker, discussed a grant that was developed with Home Depot and it’s benefits to the project. This grant allows for 20 separate gift cards, worth $500 each, to be distributed to deserving groups of residents in the Houston area.

Since there are a limited number of gift cards, the project will promote friendly competitions among neighborhoods in the community. These cards are a starting point for modifications, and will help act as a catalyst for bringing people together throughout the city.

The Houston contested wills lawyers of Garg & Associates, P.C. are committed to keeping Houston clean and beautiful. For more information regarding this new project, please visit the ABC Houston site today.

Will being contested based on religious views

Posted on February 16th, 2012 No Comments

The will of an 87-year-old woman, who passed away in 2010, is being contested by her children and grandchildren.

According to the documents, the woman had four separate children that she intended to leave an equal share of her assets to. Her youngest daughter passed away three years before she did, and therefore in the will it shows that her daughter’s share would be passed onto her granddaughter.

The other three children are protesting this exchange of assets, because they know that their mother did not intend for her granddaughter to benefit at all from her will. The reason for the contested views is focused on the granddaughter living with her fiance for 18 months before they were married. The elderly woman was strongly connected to the Catholic faith, and did not approve of cohabitation before marriage.

The judge in the case ruled in favor of the three remaining children, and cut the granddaughter out of the will.

Please contact the Houston contested wills lawyers of Garg & Associates, P.C. at 281-362-2865, if you or someone you know would like to learn more information about your options regarding contested wills.

Challenges to estates becoming increasingly popular

Posted on October 26th, 2011 No Comments

Family members in mixed families are increasingly contesting wills. Traditional families are becoming harder and harder to define thus creating numerous opportunities for contested wills.

According to different law committees, estates are growing in size and worth, making the option of contested wills a reality for estranged family members. The amount that stands to be gained outweighs the amount that would be spent to obtain it in most cases.

It has become more common for children of mixed families to challenge estates. This is due to the fact that when a parent remarries, their children from their previous marriage might be removed from the will without the parent’s knowledge. This unknown removal can cause problems when dealing with a will and the amount rewarded to each family member.

If you are involved in an estate challenge, please contact the Houston contested wills lawyers of Garg & Associates, P.C., by calling 281-362-2865 today.


Contested wills, the subject of a television series

Posted on October 19th, 2011 No Comments

A television series entitled, ”The Will: Family Secrets Revealed,” is centered around contested wills. The show is currently in it’s second season and uses it’s time slot to dissect the inner workings of contested wills.

Controversy often follows contested wills. The opening episode for the season documents the will of billionaire Howard Hughes. His will is being contested due to the fact that Hughes left roughly $156 million to a man that found Hughes in a Las Vegas ditch and gave him a ride to safety. Hughes’s corporation is contesting this portion of the will.

The show will document each side of the process and show the entire case from beginning to end. This television series will air on the Investigation Discovery channel.

If you are facing a contested will lawsuit, please contact the Houston contested wills lawyers of Garg & Associates, P.C. by calling 281-362-2865 today.

Louisiana woman’s will is being contested by Southeastern La. University

Posted on September 2nd, 2011 No Comments

The fundraising department of Southeastern Louisiana University has filed a lawsuit against a Louisiana woman’s estate.

Myra Darouse LaRue’s estate was divided among her sister and nieces when she died in October. According to the lawsuit, the SLU Foundation is contesting her will under allegations that the final will is not legal.

It is stated in the lawsuit that LaRue signed a will on March 6, 2009. However, her niece filed a new will after LaRue’s death on October 22nd, which left all of her assets to her sister and nieces. The contested will was said to have been signed by LaRue just 13 days before she died, while she was undergoing radiation and chemotherapy treatments.

All records pertaining to the lawsuit have been sealed by a state district judge.

If you are facing a contested will lawsuit that is inhibiting you from receiving the inheritance you deserve, contact the Houston contested will lawyers of Garg & Associates, P.C. by calling 281-362-2865 today.

UK Woman Claims Brain Tumor Invalidates Late Husband’s Will

Posted on July 14th, 2011 No Comments

A woman in the United Kingdom is in the midst of an estate battle with her late husband’s family.

According to court documents, 61 year-old Olga Smith says her late husband Thomas Smith was not of sound mind when he replaced a 1992 will, which left her almost the entirety of his $846,00 estate, with a 2005 will in which she got nothing. Following Smith’s death in 2009, an autopsy revealed that he had been suffering from a neuroblastoma brain tumor. Mrs. Smith now claims that her late husband’s “strange behavior,” including an obsession with crossdressing, was a sign that his faculties had been addled by the tumor, rendering his 2005 will invalid.

Members of Mr. Smith’s family, however, insist he knew exactly what he was doing when he created the will. They claim Mrs. Smith was cut out of the will because their marriage was effectively over and she “never used a broom, never cooked a meal, not even a cup of tea” for her husband.

If you are involved in an estate battle, please contact the experienced Houston contested will lawyers of Garg & Associates, P.C., by calling 281-362-2865.

Contested Wills: Ga. Court Sides with Millionaire’s Mistress

Posted on June 2nd, 2011 No Comments

The Georgia Supreme Court ruled Tuesday the girlfriend of a wealthy car dealer can inherit a large portion of his vast estate.

The state’s highest court voted 4-3 that the proceeds from the sale of a Florida condominium should go to Anne Melican. According to court documents, Melican wheeled Harvey Strother into his lawyer’s office shortly before Strother’s death in 2004 to overhaul his will. Strother guaranteed Melican about $6 million of his $37 million estate.

Strother left the bulk of his assets to his wife Betty and their children in his 1988 will. In December 2003, however, he signed over prime pieces of real estate to Melican, his mistress of 10 years. A lower court found that Melican shouldn’t receive any of the properties, as the will was changed around the time that Strother had been drinking about a gallon and a half of wine each day.

Melican’s attorney argued that she was protected by Florida law, as the will was signed in Florida, and Georgia’s court agreed.

If you need assistance with estate planning or help with a contested will, please contact the Houston contested will lawyers of Garg & Associates, P.C., by calling 281-362-2865.

Woman’s coerced will thrown out by judge

Posted on April 29th, 2011 No Comments

A dead woman’s will was recently thrown out by a judge in Florida who determined that the will had been coerced by the woman’s attorney. The issue was brought to light by the woman’s cousin, who asked for the will to be overturned.

The will set up a $1 million trust fund to care for the dead woman’s pets and also left a seven-acre estate to the girlfriend of the woman’s attorney, whom the woman did not know. The will also stated that the girlfriend would care for the woman’s pets for a salary of $50,000 a year.

The woman’s cousin took the will to court, stating that the woman, who was in intensive care for the last part of her life, was coerced by her attorney to leave his girlfriend a substantial amount of her estate. The attorney was also found to have continued billing the woman’s estate after her death.

If someone you love has died, and you do not think their will reflects their true wishes, please contact the Houston contested wills lawyers of Garg & Associates, P.C., at 800-242-2151.

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