The old saying "good things come to those who wait," may be true for many things in life, but when it comes to probate cases, waiting too long can cost you. It turns out that the longer a person waits to file a probate action, the more likely it is that the court will deny the claim. Courts establish strict filing deadlines, and if someone fails to abide by them, judges are usually not sympathetic.
Imagine: Your mother is an 86-year-old widow. Your father passed away ten years ago. You have three siblings - two brothers and a sister. You're all now in your 50s.
"A house divided against itself cannot stand." We read this in Scripture - the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke. We see this in history. It's Abraham Lincoln's warning made on the eve of the Civil War. It's an everyday life truth.
In May 1968, I attend a Doors concert at the Santa Clara Fairgrounds. It is the third time I see The Doors. Jim Morrison is going downhill. Between songs he sits on the Santa Clara stage with a Jack Daniel's bottle by his side.
Recently Michael Hackard spoke with Kathryn Zox, known as "your social worker with a microphone," the host of the Kathryn Zox Show. We're grateful to Kathryn for covering such pressing issues like undue influence and elder financial abuse. Here's the interview below:
When the ancient conqueror Alexander the Great was making his way through Asia, he confronted a special challenge: the Gordian Knot. Whoever loosed the enormous, tangled knot, legend held, would rule an empire. Alexander struggled to untie the knot, but couldn't make progress. Then, frustrated, he took out his sword and swiftly chopped it in half.