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Probate and Estate Litigation Blog

October 2012 Archives

Death doctor's artwork at center of probate dispute

Jack Kevorkian is best known for the legacy of assisted-suicide activism that earned him the moniker "Doctor Death." Twin Cities readers may be surprised to learn that the controversial doctor was also a painter. Ownership of several of the doctor's paintings formed the basis of a probate dispute that recently settled and brought an end to federal court litigation.

Valuing estate assets key to resolving family disputes

Some of our Twin Cities readers may unfortunately have experienced the type of disagreements that can arise among siblings over the distribution of parents' estate assets. Both testators and estate planning professionals often do their best to draft estate plans that provide clear direction and avoid conflicts, but even well considered plans sometimes leave room for probate disputes.

Drug habit led man to steal thousands from his mother

Twin Cities readers have likely seen some pretty despicable stories about the financial exploitation of vulnerable adults. Many of these stories involve tactics of coercion employed by someone in a position of trust. Almost universally, the exploiter steals away the life savings of a senior citizen and spends it for his or her own benefit.

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