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August 2012 Archives

Beastie Boy's last rebel act complicates estate administration

Twin Cities hip-hop fans undoubtedly know the Beastie Boys not only for more than 25 years of contribution to American music, but also for the band's historically rebellious stance against commercialization of its intellectual property. Fans mourned the loss of bassist, songwriter and civil rights activist Adam "MCA" Yauch to cancer in May of this year, but the iconic hip-hopper set up one last act of rebellion to be executed from beyond the grave. Unfortunately, the artist's efforts to stand on principle may result in unexpected financial costs to his family and heirs.

Land sale may mark the end of nation's oldest trust

Twin Cities readers may recall a story from earlier this year involving the administration of a colonial-era trust and the surrounding controversy that divided a historical seaside town. The recent sale of the trust's assets may be the final act that permanently dissolves the nation's oldest functioning trust, but local opponents of the move say that they will not let the sale put an end to the ongoing trust dispute.

Minnesota court confirms same-sex couples' inheritance rights

Twin Cities readers may recall a previous post in this blog discussing whether Minnesota's Defense of Marriage Act forbids recognizing a same-sex spouse as the legal heir of a deceased partner. The issue arose after a Minneapolis man's spouse of 25 years died unexpectedly without a will. The couple had married in California, but Minnesota law seemed to dictate that the deceased man's assets should go to his parents rather than his husband.

Stiff penalties for abuse and exploitation of vulnerable adult

Twin Cities residents do their best to take care of loved ones both physically and financially. Their efforts make a recent case of abuse and financial exploitation of a vulnerable adult stand in stark contrast.

Heirs face disinheritance in dispute over restaurant fortune

The Benihana restaurant chain may have offered an entertaining dining experience to many Twin Cities residents over the years. With over 100 locations worldwide and 6,000 employees, Benihana restaurants present culinary feats performed by knife-wielding chefs. But a lesser known show, of sorts, has been simmering since the death of the restaurant's founder in 2008.

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