Estate and trust lawsuits are comparable to a first-response operation after a crime or disaster has occurred. The police arrive to the scene of a crime, firefighters race to a burning house, and estate and trust litigators take legal action in court to stop wrongdoing and recover assets. In the aftermath of any incident, first responders will file an after-action report to determine what caused the emergency situation. In the same way, trust litigation attorneys will assess the risk factors that led to estate disaster.
How many times in life do we falter because we or someone helping us fails to ask the right questions?
Tony 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."
It's hard for abused beneficiaries or disinherited children to reach out for help from a California estate and trust litigation attorney.
She was once one of the most famous and glamorous women in the world, a household name, a regular fixture on prime-time television, and, unfortunately for her, an 8-time divorcee - her name was Zsa Zsa Gabor.
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Just yesterday I received a call on my answering machine. Supposedly it came from the IRS. The message started off in a robotic voice,
Battles 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.
Elder financial abuse is a scourge that truly affects everyone - the rich and the poor, famous people and ordinary people, brilliant Nobel Prize winners and retired people who've never had any formal education.
Just down the street from Scott's Pharmacy and the Sevier Memorial United Methodist Church, and near a big dusty farm in Ferriday, Louisiana, you'll find a newly-christened street called Jerry Lee Lewis Avenue, named after the town's favorite son. Although Lewis is best known for a string of rock and roll hits including "Great Balls of Fire", in 2017, he became famous for something else: he's a victim of alleged elder financial abuse.