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Probate

  • Published: April 19, 2018

Judge John M. Bailey of the Court of Appeals of Texas recently wrote the opinion in the Court’s decision in the case of “In the Estate of Mathis,” which involved a dispute arising from mediated family settlement agreement. Michael Mathis appealed a decision from a contested probate proceeding that was resolved by a mediated family settlement agreement and mutual release. The decedent,…Read More

Ask Your Estate Planning Attorney About a Trust
  • Published: April 16, 2018

Creating a trust can help assure that assets are distributed more quickly, bills are paid promptly and continuously and personal information about property and other assets remains private. The New York Times recently published an article, “Life After Your Death? Here’s Why You Should Have a Trust.” The article explained that trusts have often been thought of a way for wealthy people to…Read More

The Issue Of Who Gets Charles Manson’s Remains Finally Decided
  • Published: April 6, 2018

NPR reported in the article “Charles Manson Grandson Wins Legal Battle Over Cult Leader's Body” that Jason Freeman, Charles Manson's purported grandson, whose grandmother was Manson's first wife, was one of several people who was attempting to gain control of the notorious criminal's body, since he died in November. Manson was serving a life sentence for coordinating the notorious “Helter Skelter” killing spree…Read More

Virginia Supreme Court Examines Power of Attorney Statute
  • Published: April 4, 2018

In 2010, Bobbie Wynder appointed Leroy Mangrum to be her attorney-in-fact by a general power of attorney. She died in June 2013. A year later, Wynder's four stepchildren, also the beneficiaries under her will, filed a suit against Mangrum for disclosure of all transactions and financial records from his time as Wynder's attorney-in-fact. From the partial accounting he provided, the…Read More

Who Can Sue the Personal Representative of an Estate for Wrong-Doing?
  • Published: April 2, 2018

The South Carolina Supreme Court in Fisher v. Huckabee addressed who may bring a civil action on behalf of the estate of a deceased person, when the personal representative of the estate is also a potential defendant in the case. Alice Shaw-Baker lived in Charleston and had no immediate family. She allegedly had an agreement with Bessie Huckabee, Kay Passailaigue Slade and Sandra Byrd…Read More

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