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Blended Families & Estate Disputes | Widowed Stepmothers


Stepmothers & Blended Families | Estate & Trust Litigation Why do disinheritance issues often arise in blended families? Given the high incidence of divorce in the United States, at least half of America's children live with a biological parent and a stepparent.

America's Elders | Who Will Tell Their Story?


America's Elders Estate Trust Litigation.jpgStories help to define us. Who we are. Where we come from. What has happened in our lives.

Peter Falk | Columbo's Estate Dispute

Peter Falk Alzheimers Estate Dispute.jpg"Just one more thing..."

Probate Litigation | What You Need to Know

Probate Litigation What You Need to Know.jpgThe death of a friend or family member is never easy. In addition to dealing with your loss, the funeral, and all of the emotions, there are a number of matters that need to be handled after their passing. Even if they have their affairs in order, an up-to-date will does not guarantee that administering the deceased's estate will be simple. Most estates are administered without issue, but the execution of the will could bring long-simmering family disputes to the surface and eventually spill over into an acrimonious legal battle. Before that happens to you, it's important for you to understand the basics of probate litigation.

Five Signs That You Might Need to Hire a Santa Clara Estate Litigation Attorney

Five Signs That You Might Need to Hire a Santa Clara Estate Litigation Attorney.jpgThe death of a family member is a very difficult time. In some cases, dealing with the estate can make a difficult situation even less pleasant. Because there are emotions and family relationships involved, people often ignore the warning signs that the estate is being mishandled. Unfortunately, people often wait until it's too late or it's very expensive to reverse the damage done.

Mediation in Estate and Trust Disputes | Hackard Law at Work

Mediation CA Trust Estate Disputes.jpgThis is the biggest mediation year in our law firm's history. The milestone is significant for our clients, their adversaries and all lawyers involved in the prosecution and defense of estate, trust and elder financial abuse litigation.

Tony Curtis | Estates, Stepmothers & Undue Influence

Tony Curtis | Estates, Stepmothers & Undue InfluenceTony Curtis was a Hollywood icon, an actor who appeared in more than 100 films, a World War II veteran who served honorably in the Navy aboard a submarine, and an actor who was nominated for two Golden Globes, one Emmy and one Oscar. He was a major star who acted alongside Frank Sinatra, Cary Grant, Jack Lemmon, and Kirk Douglas. He also starred with Marilyn Monroe in their hit 1959 comedy "Some Like It Hot."

Has the Trustee Breached His or Her Fiduciary Duty?

It seems like administration of an estate should be relatively simple: the trustee or the administrator simply proceeds as directed by the estate documents and distributes the property of the estate accordingly. Unfortunately, estate administration can get complicated with frustration boiling over into disputes. There are a number of claims that can arise, from arguments over how the trust documents should be interpreted, to whether the documents are legally valid.

Has the Trustee Breached His or Her Fiduciary Duty?

Has The Trustee Breached His or Her Fiduciary Duty?It seems like administration of an estate should be relatively simple: the trustee or the administrator simply proceeds as directed by the estate documents and distributes the property of the estate accordingly. Unfortunately, estate administration can get complicated with frustration boiling over into disputes. There are a number of claims that can arise, from arguments over how the trust documents should be interpreted, to whether the documents are legally valid.

Siblings, Stepparents & Stepchildren | Battles Between Beneficiaries

Beneficiary Fights Estate Disaster.jpgBattles between beneficiaries are part and parcel of a busy estate and trust litigation practice. Common battle recipe ingredients include a dose of dementia, simmering family differences, frozen relationships, and diced communications mixed with a wedge of sibling rivalry.

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