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Sherman Hemsley Will Ruled Valid; Funeral Scheduled

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Finally, Sherman Hemsley, best known as televisions’ George Jefferson, can be laid to rest after his July death because his will has been ruled valid by a Texas judge. As we discussed previously, Hemsley’s burial had been held up when a man claiming to be his brother came forward to contest Hemsley’s will. Richard Thornton […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

November 20th, 2012 at 9:57 am

Battle Over Kinkade Estate Wages On

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The battle over the control of the estate of Painter of Light™ artist Thomas Kinkade continues; next week, a judge will decide who will administer the estate until the validity of Kinkades’ wills can be determined. When Kinkade passed away earlier this year, his girlfriend Amy Pinto-Walsh presented two wills allegedly handwritten by Kinkade through […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

August 16th, 2012 at 11:13 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

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

Diluting shares of holders within a C Corporation, Selling burial plots and More – Free Joe Friday 3/4/11

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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. Ethan: To Free Joe: My name is Ethan, I am 24 years old and I recently moved from Wichita Falls, TX to Dallas, TX […]

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Written by Carrie Yutzy

March 8th, 2011 at 7:44 am

National Make-A-Will Month! – 2010

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Did you know that 70% of Americans don’t have a last will? What are you waiting for? You know you need one, if only to make sure your brother-in-law doesn’t get his hands on your concert t-shirt collection. For those of you who’ve been putting off getting a will, National Make-A-Will Month is the perfect […]

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Written by Carrie Yutzy

May 6th, 2010 at 2:48 pm

Is Social Media Included in Your Will?

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May is “National Make-A-Will Month,” so we’ll have lots to talk about regarding how you should manage your affairs to ensure everything is in order before your demise. In particular, you should pay special attention that you have considered the Big Four estate planning documents: 1. Last Will 2. Living Will 3. Living Trust 4. […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

May 4th, 2010 at 10:59 am