Signs of Elder Abuse

It is important to look for signs of elder abuse, but to do that you need to know what to look out for. A recent column in the Washington Post discusses the problem of financial exploitation of the elderly and how big of a problem it is in the U.S. It did so in the [...]

2016-06-30T11:27:00+00:00 June 30th, 2016|Elder Law|0 Comments

Bruce Wasserstein Estate Battle

The estate of billionaire Bruce Wasserstein who passed away in 2009 is still under dispute. It is a sordid affair. The full details of the Bruce Wasserstein estate battle are lurid and somewhat difficult to follow. It is alleged that in 2007 Wasserstein encouraged his then mistress, Erin McCarthy, to undergo in vitro fertilization, which [...]

2016-06-29T13:02:00+00:00 June 29th, 2016|Family Feuds|0 Comments

Estate Sale Tips

Holding an estate sale for a loved one's possessions can be an emotional experience. It is not unusual for people who inherit another person's estate not to want all of the stuff the deceased collected over the course of a life time. They might not even have room to store all of the stuff. A [...]

2016-06-28T11:24:00+00:00 June 28th, 2016|Assests|0 Comments

What Is Undue Influence

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day was June 15, 2016. It is a good time to review some of the legal concepts that are often involved in elder abuse cases, such as undue influence. It is estimated that approximately 2 million elderly people are financially abused in the U.S. every year. Estimates of the costs of [...]

2016-06-27T10:53:00+00:00 June 27th, 2016|Elder Law|0 Comments

Feds Go After Terrorist’s Life Insurance

The federal government has filed a lawsuit in an attempt to seize two life insurance policies taken out by the San Bernardino shooter. There are still unanswered questions following the December terrorist incident in San Bernardino, Ca. Authorities still are uncertain whether Syed Rizwan Farook had assistance from foreign terror groups or if he planned [...]

2016-06-26T11:32:00+00:00 June 26th, 2016|Current Affairs|0 Comments

Is a Lifetime Discretionary Trust a Good Option?

For many reasons it is often not a good idea to give an heir an outright inheritance. Instead, using a lifetime discretionary trust could be a better option. Sometimes, leaving someone an inheritance without any guidance or restrictions is not always a good idea. For example, if the person can be expected to quickly waste [...]

2016-06-25T12:30:00+00:00 June 25th, 2016|Inheritance|0 Comments

Sumner Redstone Situation Becoming More Common

The ongoing battles over the competency of Sumner Redstone are bringing attention to an estate planning problem that is becoming increasingly common in the U.S. Sumner Redstone has recently had to defend himself against a charge of incompetency brought by an ex-girlfriend. He won. The newsprint on that story was barely dry before Redstone's competency [...]

2016-06-24T11:15:00+00:00 June 24th, 2016|Elder Law|0 Comments

Physicians Skeptical About End of Life Act

A new California law that allows for physician-assisted suicide is broadly supported by the general public in the state. Doctors, however, are far more skeptical about it. For a long time many elder law advocates and patients' rights advocates have argued that terminally ill people should have the option to get a prescription from their [...]

2016-06-23T11:25:00+00:00 June 23rd, 2016|Elder Law|0 Comments

Disgraced Catholic Order at Center of Estate Controversy

For the third time a disgraced Catholic order, the Legion of Christ, has been sued over the will of a Rhode Island woman who passed away in 2008. Rhode Island resident Gabrielle Mee was very wealthy and a very devout Catholic. It is clear that she wanted to leave at least part of her estate [...]

2016-06-16T13:15:00+00:00 June 16th, 2016|Wills|0 Comments

Surge in Will Drafting after Entertainer’s Death

A recent surge in the number of Americans creating wills can be attributed to the death of entertainer Prince. However, it appears that many people might be looking in the wrong place to get those wills. Rock star Prince passed away unexpectedly without a will. That has already caused many problems for his estate and [...]

2016-06-15T11:58:00+00:00 June 15th, 2016|Wills|0 Comments