Archive for the ‘Estate Planning’ Category
The New York Times reports that a settlement has been reached in the years-long dispute over Brooke Astor’s $100 million fortune. The socialite and philanthropist’s only son, Anthony D. Marshall, 87, who was convicted of stealing from his mother, will “only” receive $14.5 million after a $12.3 million deduction by the Manhattan District Attorney’s office […]
Italian newspaper Il Messaggero reports that a cat in Rome has inherited about 10 million euros. That’s some cat heir! But wait. This can’t be right, can it? Can animals really inherit money in Italy? What about in America? Pets definitely can’t inherit anything in the United States as animals are considered property and […]
Andy Warhol produced two silkscreen portraits of the late Farrah Fawcett, but only one was turned over to the University of Texas at Austin per her wishes, claims the school. Accordingly, they’re suing Ryan O’Neal, Fawcett’s longtime companion, who the university alleges has the other one, to recover it. Fawcett attended UT Austin in the […]
I’m looking at my first real commercial lease agreement for a bigger space.. Lots to consider in this economy! Among the 32 pages of legalese, are there any common ‘gotchas’ that I should be looking out for?
Do you really have to pay the red light photo tickets that are taken with a camera?
We have a judgement against us for $11,304, at this time, they are garnishing my wages for $3,000 of that. Now, we find out that they have put a hold on our checking account for the full amount of $11,304. Can they do that, and if so, how is that possible?
Former “Superman” actor and big screen legend Jackie Cooper didn’t want anyone in his family waging a battle over his last will and testament, so he put in what’s often called a “poison pill” clause. What’s a poison pill clause? The proper legal term is a “no contest clause,” and its purpose is to discourage […]
Every Friday, attorney Joe Escalante answers legal questions for free on the LegalZoom Facebook Page. Did you miss last week’s Free Joe Friday? Don’t worry. We’ve got it all right here. Lori: Hi my name is Lori I am a single mom and recently quit my job to prepare for a wedding he “Mr Perfect” […]
What are the legal ramifications of someone hacking into another individuals Facebook account? Is it a state or federal offense?
Every Friday, attorney Joe Escalante answers legal questions for free on the LegalZoom Facebook Page. Did you miss last week’s Free Joe Friday? Don’t worry. We’ve got it all right here. Kellie: Hi Joe – Happy Friday! Any information you can offer with the following trademark question would be greatly appreciated: If I have been […]