With the new year, I’ve entered my 36th year in the financial services industry. Just writing this fact feels strange. I’ve never characterized myself as a veteran of the industry, feeling instead that I’ve just hit my stride. The years however tell me differently and it’s easy to understand how senior professionals can feel marginalized. … Continue reading Financial Planning Does Not End at Retirement
Kerri, Julie and Mike Kasem have asked a judge to dismiss their wrongful death lawsuit against their stepmother, Jean Kasem, 64, as part of a settlement after a four-year legal feud. While these cases make the headlines due to the celebrity status of the parties and the amount of money involved, dramas like this for … Continue reading Casey Kasem children settle their wrongful death case against his wife
A recent article written by Joe Pinkster for the online magazine, The Atlantic, discusses the issue of inheritance, and specifically whether there exists a magic number that represents an inheritance that is too large. This question has become relevant for many reasons, one being that some wealthy parents are concerned that after a certain point, … Continue reading Should families be concerned with inherited wealth?
A New York Appeals court recently affirmed the State's Medicaid division's decision to deny Medicaid eligibility to the beneficiary of a trust, arguing that the trust gave the trustee too much discretionary authority. The case underscores the need to have an experienced attorney familiar with local Medicaid rules, draft trust documents where protecting Medicaid eligibility … Continue reading Too much trustee discretion prevents elderly beneficiary from Medicaid eligibility.
At some point in our lives we may ask ourselves: “If I die and have debt, who or what will be responsible for paying back those I owe?” One survey from Experian found that 73% of Americans are likely to die with debt. Another from Credit.com found that 73% of people who died between October … Continue reading Dying with Debt
A woman fighting for her multi-million dollar inheritance might have to forfeit the entire fortune to charity thanks to a poorly-written will — a case that has raised questions about the rights of unmarried gay couples and their children. Jill Morris, died of breast cancer in 2016 at age 84 and left a multi-million dollar … Continue reading Daughter of woman whose partner predeceased her mother by 12 days, in court fight over inheritance.
Attorney Brett Hebert, with the national law firm, Gordon Rees, recently wrote an article on the firm's blog regarding the admissibility of certain correspondence in estate litigation cases. A typical situation we see involves an elderly person who begins to show signs of losing mental capacity. Then an unscrupulous person “enters” the life of the … Continue reading Prior Correspondence: A Key Tool in Preparing Your Estate Dispute Case for Trial | Estate Conflicts