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July 2019 Archives

Liz Hurley's Rich Son | Damian Hurley's Inheritance

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What I Wish I Knew | CA Trust Litigation

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Popular culture has its share of "I Wish I Knew" themes. Movies, songs and books all explore the theme. It is a wish that our past selves, however identified in time, would know what we now know.

Princess Diana | Royal Estate Mess

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Trust Beneficiary Distributions | Trustee Judgment Required?

Trust Beneficiary Distributions.jpgThe power of trustees should not be underestimated. It is said that power can be intoxicating. Some grow with its possibilities and some swell with pride and arrogance. Those who swell may act like potentates whose power can be exercised arbitrarily and without explanation. When queried for reasoning behind a decision, their answer might mimic a parent's answer to a young child's question - "Because I said so!" While this might end a parent-child discussion, it is offensive to an adult trust beneficiary whose parent invested love, thought, time and money in establishing a trust for the benefit of her children, not a trustee.

California Trust Beneficiaries | 5 Lessons for 2019

5 Lessons CA Trust Beneficiaries.jpgYou're the beneficiary of a trust in California. You want to ensure that the distribution of trust assets is smooth and timely. And while the chances are good that distribution to beneficiaries will go off without a hitch, there is still potential trouble to look out for. What are the top five factors to keep in mind if you're the heir to an estate and are concerned about a bad trustee or possible trust litigation?

Beneficiary of a California Trust? | What You Need to Know

Beneficiary Rights California.jpgYou learn that you have been named as a beneficiary of a trust. Many questions come to mind. What's next? What are my rights? It helps to start with a few basics about trust structures, their creation and their managers.

Michael Jackson | Estate Litigation & Liabilities

Michael Jackson Estate Litigation.jpgMichael Jackson, the King of Pop, made his professional debut at the age of 6 as a member of the musical group his older brothers started called the Jackson 5. He spent nearly his entire life in the public eye, and by the time he died in June 2009 at the age of 50, he was one of the most famous and successful recording artists of the 20th century. His album Thriller sold an astonishing 66 million copies and is said to be the best-selling album of all time. As proof of his enduring legacy, Jackson's estate earned $825 million in 2016 alone and more than $2 billion since his death 10 years ago.

Contingency Fee Agreements | Probate and Trust Litigation

Contingency Fees Trust Probate Litigation.jpgDisinheritance is emotionally and financially troubling. It shatters long-held family expectations.

Probate Guardianship Abuse | Stopping Elder Financial Exploitation

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Representing Abused Beneficiaries | The Drive to Thrive

Trust Beneficiary Lawsuit Attorney CaliforniaI enjoy reading The Wall Street Journal's book reviews. They're thoughtful, well written and a potential source of inspiration. The Journal's article titled "'Life Finds a Way' and 'Good Enough' Review: The Drive to Thrive" is a ready source of inspiration.

What Happens If a Trustee Mishandles Trust Assets? | Avoid a Shakedown

Trustee Mishandling Beneficiary Assets.jpgTrust administration can be challenging. Layperson trustees are not really trained for the tasks. And, professional fiduciaries can occasionally go off track. Lack of transparency is an ignition switch for controversy. Controversy that can flame into expensive and emotional trust litigation. So, is it a good thing to avoid litigation?

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