Husband had another secret family in a different part of town A recent story online describes an estate dispute from British Columbia between a wife and the secret family of her late husband. Most of this information is also available in the February 26, 2021 decision of the Supreme Court of British Columbia in Boughton…Read More »dividing estate, estate administration, estate law, estate litigation
Estate administration errors may lead to estate disputes
Estate administration is one of the most areas of estate law requiring proper legal advice from an estate lawyer. Many estate disputes arise as a result of errors made with administration. Any questions must be addressed with the advice of an estate litigation lawyer in order to ensure that no errors are made. Trustees and executors may need extensive legal advice to ensure they understand what their duties and obligations are.
Estate administration and probate
One of the most common issues is probate. Probate is the verification by a Court (usually a Judge) that the will in place is valid. Probate also verifies that the executors or trustees appointed have the authority to administer the estate. If probate does not occur in a timely manner, administration may be delayed. For example, some institutions such as banks may refuse to release funds held in bank accounts to the executor or trustee for distribution until probate takes place.
Larry King left his estate to his children in a handwritten will Larry King died on January 23, 2021 at the age of 87. Several news sources have reported that shortly prior to his death he had been hospitalized in Los Angeles after testing positive for COVID-19. After his death, his seventh wife Shawn Southwick…Read More »dividing estate, estate administration, estate law, estate litigation, succession planning
Prince’s estate involved in a dispute with the IRS A recent online story found here outlines the latest developments with respect to Prince’s estate. Prince died on April 21, 2016 at the age of 57 without a will. It was later determined that he died of a drug overdose. He left an estate that was…Read More »dividing estate, estate administration, estate law, estate litigation
Dr. Oz is involved in litigation with his sister with respect to their late father’s properties in New York According to a recent online story found here celebrity doctor Mehment Oz also known as Dr. Oz is involved in a dispute with his sister, Nazlim, stemming from their father, Mustafa Oz’s February 2019 death. Nazlim…Read More »dividing estate, estate administration, estate law, estate litigation, succession planning
Sherman Estate fight to seal wills and inheritance information I recently read a story online on the latest developments involving the estates of Barry and Honey Sherman. The Toronto billionaires were found dead at their Toronto mansion on December 15, 2017. Barry Sherman founded the largest Canadian-owned drug company, Apotex. Investigators have determined that they…Read More »dividing estate, estate administration, estate law, estate litigation
I recently read the decision in Lima v. Ventura (Estate of), 2020 ONSC 3278, a case heard by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in writing on May 27, 2020. The decision of the Honourable Justice Emery affirms previously established principles with respect to compliance with Court Orders, and further outlines the analysis to be…Read More »dividing estate, estate administration, estate law, estate litigation
Walt Disney’s grandson has been involved in a lengthy legal battle over his inheritance I recently found an interesting online story involving the estate of Walt Disney (December 5, 1901 – December 15, 1966). Walt and his wife, Lillian Bounds had two children, a daughter named Diane, born in 1933, and an adopted daughter named…Read More »dividing estate, estate administration, estate law, estate litigation
Wrongful death litigation against former doctor and hospital recently dismissed I have previously written about Prince’s death and the litigation involving his estate that followed. More on these stories here. Prince died on April 21, 2016 at the age of 57. He died without a will and was found at his Paisley Park home in…Read More »estate administration, estate litigation, succession planning
Two oldest Bowlen daughters are challenging the validity of the Bowlen Trust A recent story online outlines the latest developments in the Bowlen family dispute. Patrick Dennis Bowlen was born on February 18, 1944 and died on June 13, 2019. He was the billionaire owner of the National Football League’s Denver Broncos. Mr. Bowlen purchased…Read More »dividing estate, estate administration, succession planning, testamentary capacity, undue influence
The 1953 Trust created by Epstein and named the main beneficiary of Epstein’s Will could be challenged in Court Jeffrey Epstein died on August 10, 2019. His death was ruled a suicide. At the time of his death, he was facing various federal charges in the United States. According to a recent online story, he…Read More »dividing estate, estate administration, estate litigation, succession planning, testamentary capacity, will challenge