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An Estate Plan for Cinderella’s Parents

I saw Cinderella for the first time with my daughter recently, and though I (and likely you) were familiar with the outline of the story, we often forget the backstory. It starts with the disaster, specifically, an estate planning disaster in a world that does not need to worry about [...]

Myths About Wills And Trusts

There are many myths about wills, trust and other legal documents, and what is appropriate for a particular family. Below are some of the most common myths and facts about estate planning: MYTH: I am young and don't have a lot of money, so I don't need a will. Wills [...]

Woman Leaves Estate For Cats

New Orleans — Former Covington resident Gail Sheffield was held dear by friends for her sense of humor, her modesty and her brilliance — “She was Google before there was Google’’ long-time friend Julia Sims said. But what Sheffield held most dear was feral cats. They were her passion in [...]

How To Make A Trust That Lasts For Your Heirs

The first step in creating a trust is to ask yourself what you want to accomplish. The whole idea of setting up a trust is to provide for your loved ones after your death. But how do you ensure the trust doesn’t run out of money? The keys, financial planners [...]

Tolkien Estate Challenges Warner Bros.’ ‘Patently Absurd’ ‘Hobbit’ Countersuit

The estate of author J.R.R. Tolkien is testing the principle, “You can’t be sued for suing.” In November, the estate and book publisher HarperCollins filed an $80 million lawsuit against Warner Bros., its New Line subsidiary and Saul Zaentz Co. — which holds the rights to The Hobbit and The [...]

Judge Strikes Down Disgraced Polo Millionaire’s Adoption Of His 42-year-old Girlfriend So She Could Share His Children’s $300M Trust Fund

An appellate court judge has thrown out a Florida mogul’s adult adoption of his 42-year-old girlfriend, saying that his failure to notify his ex-wife about the scheme was a ‘fraud.’ Third District Court of Appeal Senior Judge Alan R. Schwartz wrote that the adoption of a ‘paramour’ or lover has [...]

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