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Astor Estate Settlement Reached

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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 […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

April 4th, 2012 at 10:43 am

Italian Cat Inherits 10 Million Euros — Could an American Cat?

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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 […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

December 15th, 2011 at 11:06 am

The Legal Battle Over Warhol’s Farrah Fawcett Portrait

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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 […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

July 27th, 2011 at 7:35 am

Commercial Lease Pitfalls and More Legal Advice – Free Joe Friday 7/1/11

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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?

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Written by Carrie Yutzy

July 5th, 2011 at 6:37 am

Advancing an Inheritance, Red Light Tickets and More – Free Joe Friday 5/27/11

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Do you really have to pay the red light photo tickets that are taken with a camera?

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Small Claims Fees, Wage Garnishments and More – Free Joe Friday 5/20/11

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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?

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Written by Carrie Yutzy

May 24th, 2011 at 7:12 am

Jackie Cooper’s Poison Pill Clause

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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 […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

May 17th, 2011 at 9:18 am

Breaking a Lease, Quick Claim Deeds, Dissolving an LLC and more Free Joe Friday 4/22/2011

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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” […]

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Written by Carrie Yutzy

April 26th, 2011 at 7:37 am

Suing the Penal System, Facebook Hacking, and More Free Joe Friday 4/15/2011

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What are the legal ramifications of someone hacking into another individuals Facebook account? Is it a state or federal offense?

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Written by Carrie Yutzy

April 19th, 2011 at 7:37 am

Trademark Ownership, Collecting Damages from Squatters and More – Free Joe Friday 3/18/11

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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 […]

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Written by Carrie Yutzy

March 22nd, 2011 at 7:34 am