Estate & Trust Disputes: Common Types and How to Avoid Them

By Richard M. Morgan & Loraine M. DiSalvo Disputes that arise after a loved one dies can be incredibly destructive, to both assets and relationships. Such disputes can also cause the destruction of the loved one’s intended asset distribution plan. Careful estate planning, carried out with the help of an experienced estate planning attorney, can [...]

Casey Kasem: Lessons Learned at the End of Life

In this, our first video issue of the Passionate Estate Planner, Diane Weinberg looks into the facts of the Casey Kasem matter as reported in the media, and highlights the lessons that individuals should consider when planning for their long term care. Many of these issues are especially relevant for individuals in blended families or [...]

“Do-It-Yourself” Wills & Other Estate Planning – If You Really Care, Beware!

As Estate Planning and Elder Law Attorneys, we see the significant benefits of planning done right and the tragic consequences of planning done wrong. Years ago, a metro-Atlanta probate court asked me to serve as a guardian ad litem in a probate matter where a father’s do-it-yourself will left his estate to his current wife [...]

Estate and Trust Disputes: Ways to Resolve Them and the Morgan & DiSalvo Approach

by Richard M. Morgan & Loraine M. DiSalvo In our last Newsletter, we discussed some of the most common types of estate and trust related disputes and the best ways to avoid them. In this Newsletter, we discuss various options for resolving estate or trust related disputes, and our particular approach to resolving such disputes. [...]

Collaborative Process – The New Alternative Legal Process for Amicably Resolving Disputes

by Richard M. Morgan & Loraine M. DiSalvo In our July 2010 newsletter, we discussed various dispute resolution processes. We discussed traditional litigation, along with arbitration and mediation, which are two of the alternative dispute resolution processes which were developed to address some of the shortcomings of traditional litigation. To review the July 2010 newsletter, [...]

The Essence of Estate Planning: Let the Journey Begin

At its most fundamental level, estate planning is about controlling the otherwise-uncontrollable. Death is inevitable; disability is increasingly probable as we age. When death or incapacity occurs, what happens to us, to our property, and to our loved ones? Planning in advance and taking advantage of our many applicable federal and state laws allows us [...]

Fiduciary Selection: A Critical Part of Any Well-Prepared Estate Plan

by Richard M. Morgan & Loraine M. DiSalvo In the estate planning context, a “fiduciary” is someone who will serve in a role of authority with regard to you, your assets, or your minor children. Fiduciary roles which may be part of an estate plan can include an Executor, a Trustee, a Guardian and/or Conservator, [...]

Dispute Resolution Case Study

When Ronald Black was diagnosed with terminal cancer, he took the appropriate and responsible steps towards getting his affairs in order. The family printing business was put up for sale and Ronald started taking care of his personal business. He approached his attorney about creating an estate plan that would ensure the appropriate distribution of [...]

2016-12-22T06:24:02+00:00 May 5th, 2011|Case Studies, Estate and Trust Disputes|

Should I Use a Will or a Revocable Living Trust? Separating Facts From Fiction

You (or someone you know) may have heard that a Revocable Living Trust (often referred to simply as a “Living Trust”) is necessary for everyone.  Revocable Living Trusts are often said to provide income tax or estate tax benefits, to ensure that one’s assets won’t be tied up in prolonged and expensive court  probate proceedings [...]

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