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Family Feud: Why Siblings Fight After the Passing of a Parent

The passing of a parent is never easy. Each individual family member is forced to contend with the loss of the relationship they had with their mother or father, and the family unit may be impacted. Too often, at a…
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Family Gifts: What To Do & What Not To Do

Generosity can be a beautiful thing. There is nothing quite like working hard for a living and sharing what you have earned with your loved ones. Unfortunately, though, there are some limitations on that sense of generosity when it comes…
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Family Matters: Legacy Planning for Adopted Children

The nature of the modern American family has been changing over the years. Blended families have become more common in the last few decades, leading many parents to wonder about the inheritance rights of their children. If you are the…
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When a “Fair Share” May Not Mean “Equal Share” | Houston Will and Trust Lawyer

As a Houston will and trust lawyer, I can confidently say that estate plans are not one-size-fits-all. Just because most of the people you know have divided their assets evenly between their children, does not mean that is the right…
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Former Vanity Fair Contributing Editor Makes Headlines with Estate Dispute

The 63-year-old Wolff, who is married, is also the father of a baby with a much younger TV personality. He now is also a defendant in the new Manhattan civil suit with his estranged spouse, attorney Alison Anthoine. Wolff was…
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Children Challenge Pittsburgh Publisher’s Will After Being Left Out

Two times in the past four years, the attorney for the late publisher Richard Mellon Scaife unduly influenced the billionaire to change his estate planning documents to disinherit his daughter Jennie Scaife and give assets to newspapers and foundations the…
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How to Keep the Vacation Home in the Family

If you want to keep your vacation house in the family, start planning. If you don’t include it as part of an overall estate plan, it can result in family disagreements. Money’s recent article, “4 Questions to Ask Before Passing…
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Moving 529 Money Between Beneficiaries is a Piece of Cake

If you have multiple grandchildren with 529 college-savings accounts, can you move some money from one grandchild’s account into the oldest grandson’s account, since he’s starting college in the fall? Kiplinger says you sure can in “How to Transfer Money…
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Estate Issues Look to be Settled for Media Mogul Redstone

  Sumner Redstone, the elderly media mogul, offered his daughter Shari $1 billion for her 20% stake in his empire. This was in part to make certain that she'd never succeed him as chairman. She declined his offer. With that,…
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Estate Planning Tips for Unmarried Couples

The percentage of unmarried couples living together has increased from a bit more than 1% of all couples in 1960 to about 12% today. Marriage offers many legal and financial protections, so if you're planning to live together without getting…
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