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.

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.

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