Sibling Trouble While Handling Mom’s Estate

Family Disputes Over Estates Happen Too Often Feuding over the estate of a loved one is a surefire way to cause separation within a family. Even within my own family there have been many arguments concerning assets that belonged to my grandfather. Not having a will or an estate plan can leave things messy, and [...]

Aretha Franklin died without a will. What does this mean for her estate?

Aretha Franklin - Queen of Soul We learned recently that Aretha Franklin, the late Detroit native and Queen of Soul to millions of her fans around the world, has died without a will. News reports to this effect broke early last week, causing many to wonder how this will affect the vast wealth she accumulated [...]

National Make-A-Will Month is August!

August is National Make-A-Will Month! Having a will not only ensures that your wishes are carried out after your passing, but it also protects your loved ones from potentially lengthy and expensive court proceedings. Common misconceptions about making a will are you think you’re too young, you think creating one is too expensive, and you [...]

Not Having a Properly Drafted Will Comes at a High Cost

An electronic will was accepted as valid, but at what cost to the heirs? A Michigan man passes away and leaves behind, in lieu of a properly drafted will, a handwritten note that directs to a will that he wrote out on his cellphone. The man left his mother out of the will that he [...]

Artwork, Antiques, Collectibles… How to Plan for Them?

Don’t let your investments end up being considered just “personal property.” After your death, all of the things in your home or office are considered  “personal property” and depending on how you’ve planned, may become subject to the determination of the person appointed as your personal representative.  The personal representative can decide to sell them, [...]

Tragic Celebrity Deaths Teach Us About Estate Planning

Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain’s Tragic Suicides Can Teach us about Estate Planning Earlier this month, famous fashion designer Kate Spade and celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain were victims of apparent suicide.  Their tragic deaths were unexpected by fans all over the world, even close family and friends.  The topics of mental illness, depression, and suicide [...]

How Much $ Would You Pay for an A+ Estate Plan?

Probate costs can far exceed the cost of personally crafted estate plan. Everyone’s situation is different, and therefore, everyone has a different need for an estate plan. An estate plan is personalized and created custom to fit your needs. You could say that getting a skillfully drafted estate plan is one of the best investments [...]

What is a Guardian Ad Litem?

When would I encounter a Guardian ad Litem? Let’s say you’re in court as the Personal Representative of your loved one’s estate and you have everything ready to go. You have your letters of authority, an inventory in hand, and you are about to petition the court to get approval to sell some real property. [...]

Anthony Bourdain, Prominent Celebrity Chef, Dies at 61

I am a lover of food, writing, and humor. For all those reasons and more, Anthony Bourdain was my hero: traveling around the world, experiencing the flavors of many different cultures and cuisines, and doing so with wit to boot. Bourdain rose to stardom from humble and troubled beginnings, having been a user of several [...]

Estate Battles – They Can Happen to Anyone!

Celebrity deaths can often trigger public estate battles George Michael’s will is being contested in England by two of his former partners, Kenny Goss, who he was with for 15 years, and Fadi Fawaz his partner of 5 years. George died back in December 2016, unfortunately. It is not uncommon for it to take years [...]