Common Reasons Why A Family Member Disputes a Will

The worst legal, emotional and often financial nightmares begin when someone in a family seeks the court system’s intervention to modify or set aside a loved one’s will. Estate disputes can last for years and sometimes do not conclude until well after the heirs themselves are deceased. If you wish to dispute a will (contest it), you must be one of the people who can contest it under probate … [Read more...]

Ohio Probate Cases Where Wills Are Contested Because of Undue Influence

Sometimes a will is read or notice of a will is given to interested parties and those parties begin to question the contents of the will. Did Aunt Mary really mean to give the majority of her assets to a neighbor who helped with her care? Did she mean to forego any bequests to family members? It may be time to take strong suspicions to probate court if you may have a case of exertion of … [Read more...]

How to Avoid Family Disputes During the Probate Process

Losing a loved one is never easy. It is important to make sure that what already has been a tragic event does not turn into a family dispute. This can occur often among families, especially those with high assets and/ or many heirs. There are numerous benefits at the disposal of any family that chooses to retain an experienced probate and estate attorney to help with the probate process. One of … [Read more...]

What Happens When a Will is Lost, Destroyed, Missing or Tainted

Unfortunately, there are many things that can happen to a will before it is admitted to probate, and even, in some cases thereafter. (Probate is the legal process of proving in court that a deceased person’s will is valid.) Ohio will statutes, Revised Code 2107.26 through 2107.28, address “lost, spoliated, or destroyed” wills, (a “spoliated” document is one that has been intentionally destroyed … [Read more...]

Alleged Prince Heirs Will Challenge Judge’s Decision To Exclude Them

The battle over the estate of music legend Prince continues as two women, who claim they are the pop icon’s niece and grandniece, have announced they will appeal a judge’s decision in late October which excluded them as heirs of the multimillion dollar estate. Prince, who is considered one of the most gifted and prolific musicians of his era, died April 21 of a fentanyl overdose. He was a … [Read more...]

What To Do If Power of Attorney (POA) Abused

What It Means To Have POA (Power of Attorney) Over Another’s Finances Power of attorney is written authorization which gives one person the legal authority to act for another person. Typically, the authority to act concerns financial affairs like bank accounts and investments. When one knowingly accepts the responsibility to look after the best interests of another party, a “fiduciary” duty is … [Read more...]

Some People Claiming To Be Heirs Will Not Inherit Music Legend Prince’s Wealth

The battle to prove kinship to the musical legend Prince continues with several developments among the tangled web of claimants professing to be his heirs. Prince Rogers Nelson, a singer, songwriter, record producer, actor, and multi-talented instrumentalist, died April 21 at his home in Minnesota of an accidental drug overdose. He was one of the best-selling and influential artists in the … [Read more...]

Hundreds of People Claiming They Are Heirs To Music Legend Prince’s Estate

More than 700 people have contacted Morse Genealogical Services in Florida to determine if they might be an “heir” of the multi-talented music superstar, Prince. The legendary musician died suddenly at his Minnesota residence April 21 of an accidental drug overdose. He left an estate estimated to be worth more than $350 million. So far, no will or other planning documents have been found for … [Read more...]

Passing of Music Legend Prince Shines Spotlight on Probate Process

Millions of people have been following the news about the death of Prince and what will happen to his family now that he is deceased. This naturally leads to  questions that could be asked by almost everyone: • How did he or she die? • When did he or she die? • Why did he or she die? • And lastly, did he or she leave anything behind that they had indicated in their lifetime they would like … [Read more...]

How Probate Can Lead To Probate Litigation

The court-supervised legal process by which the estate of a deceased person is administrated is known as probate. It involves: 1) Identifying the assets of the deceased person. 2) Resolving all claims (debts) against the estate. 3) Distributing the property of the deceased according to a valid will or Ohio law and. 4) Following any instructions provided within a legal document such … [Read more...]