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Sonny Bono’s Procrastination in Creating a Will Led to Years of Estate Battles

Posted on: March 24th, 2016
When Sonny Bono died, his net worth was just under $2 million, yet he did not have a will. Apparently, he meant to have one drawn up, but simply never got around to it. His family suffered as a result....

Dennis Hopper Saves Heirs with Last Minute Estate Plan Changes

Posted on: March 10th, 2016
Dennis Hopper, known for his role in Easy Rider, wanted to leave his fortune to his family. Well, not everyone in his family. Hopper made numerous estate planning changes in the last months of his life. His goal? ...

Marlon Brando’s Housekeeper and a Tale of Broken Promises

Posted on: March 3rd, 2016
After Legendary Oscar-winning actor Marlon Brando died, his longtime housekeeper, Angela Borlaza, claimed that he had promised to give her a home she claimed he had purchased for her as compensation for her work. She also claimed that he promised her that he would deed it to her prior to his death. However, that was never done....

3 Mega-Celebrities Who Died Without A Will: Do Not Follow In Their Footsteps!

Posted on: February 25th, 2016
When you sign a will, you get to decide who gets what (and when and how) after you die. Without a will, state law doles out your belongings according to a set of rules the legislature wrote....

Aging.gov: A New Resource for Older Americans and Their Families

Posted on: February 8th, 2016
More than 10,000 people turn 65 in the U.S. every day according to Aging.gov (http://www.hhs.gov/aging/), a new website recently launched by the Obama administration. The goal of this website is to act as gateway for older Americans...

Preparing for the Loss of the Family CEO: Part III

Posted on: January 27th, 2016
In part I, I described the problems that people face after the Family CEO dies. In Part II, I suggested creating a family contingency plan to help prepare for the loss of the family CEO, and concluded with an important key to making the plan work: sharing it with those who will need to carry it out (your “helper”)!...
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