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Family of New York Dolls Guitarist Battle Over Estate

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      In life, rocker Johnny Thunders was an example of all things rock ‘n roll, but in death, his story is emblematic of what inadequate estate planning—no matter how small—could do to a family. The New York Dolls member died in 1991 at age 38 of what many believe was a drug overdose […]

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Written by Phil Corso

March 7th, 2014 at 1:34 am

Nelson Mandela’s Estate: Will There Be a Battle of Heirs?

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Not long after the death of Nelson Mandela came speculation about the settling of his estate — and early guesses are predicting a battle among his heirs. Mandela was married twice, first to Evelyn Mase and then to Winnie Madikizela, leaving behind “more than 30 children, grandchildren and great grandchildren,” according to Reuters, which could […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

January 8th, 2014 at 9:55 am

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The Death of Lou Reed

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Last month, at 71 years of age, Lou Reed died from complications of liver disease. But that was not the end nor how his fans will remember him. A few weeks later in Lincoln Center, several hundred fans gathered together to celebrate his life and music. The New Yorker article said that Reed’s widow, Laurie […]

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Written by Lisa Johnson, Esq.

December 5th, 2013 at 8:47 am

Is Using LegalZoom to Make a Will Perfectly Legal in My State (Oregon)?

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Joe, Is using LegalZoom to make a will perfectly legal in my state (Oregon)? My father-in-law is a (will and trust) attorney in Illinois, and when I asked him, he said, “See an attorney in Oregon.” We had a will done in Washington ($600) and don’t want to spend another $600 for the same (simple) […]

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Written by Joe Escalante

November 26th, 2013 at 12:13 pm

If I Had a Dollar for Every Tweet

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Nobody needs a little birdie to tell them that Twitter went public recently. According to PrivCo, Twitter’s initial public offering created 1,600 new millionaires. All that new money is also a financial boon for the state of California to the tune of approximately $479 million in taxes. The IRS may get close to two billion dollars […]

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Written by Lisa Johnson, Esq.

November 26th, 2013 at 8:00 am

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$300 Million Huguette Clark Estate Contest Reaches Court, Stalls

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  When settlement in the case, which delayed the start of a civil trial. The case includes more than 60 attorneys, so the lack of an agreement among them was almost expected. Jury selection began on the case on Thursday, September 19, but was

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Written by Michelle Fabio

October 2nd, 2013 at 8:07 am

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New York Could Collect $40 Million from Holocaust Survivor’s Estate

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Roman Blum was a Holocaust survivor and real estate developer who passed away in 2012 with an estate worth nearly $40 million — but he died without a will. Moreover, since his death, no surviving heirs have been located, which means that his entire estate could end up going to the state of New York, […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

August 14th, 2013 at 8:33 am

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Sister of Michael Clarke Duncan May Dispute Will

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The sister of deceased actor Michael Clarke Duncan has hired a lawyer to investigate whether her brother was unduly influenced when he changed his will several months before his death. Duncan, best known for his role in The Green Mile, died last September at age 54 after a heart attack suffered two months previously. He […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

April 18th, 2013 at 9:41 am

How Can I Find Out What I Inherited? And More Free Legal Advice – Free Joe 2/12/13

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Dorothy: I am the beneficiary of a will which was probated without an attorney. I have not received anything from this distribution. How do I proceed to get information?

Joe Escalante: Go to the probate clerk at the courthouse that…

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Written by Carrie Yutzy

February 14th, 2013 at 6:16 am

Is an Adopted Sibling Treated Differently than a Biological Sibling During Probate? And More Legal Q&A – Free Joe – 2/8/13

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Kurt: We have an adopted brother in our family. How would he fare were he to survive a brother with no family, no will. Is he excluded as a non blood relative? We are in the State of Wisconsin

Joe Escalante: A valid adoption would make him a blood relative in the eyes of the probate court…

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Written by Carrie Yutzy

February 12th, 2013 at 6:18 am