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Dispute Over Robin Williams’ Estate Ends

Robin Williams' widow and three adult children from previous marriages ended their legal dispute over the legendary comedian's estate. Mr. Williams' estate had an estimated value of $100 million and the dispute centered on a myriad of personal items. Mr. Williams died in August of 2014 and his children were the beneficiaries. However,the actor also included a provision in his plan that provided for his wife, Susan Schneider Williams, whom Mr. Williams married fairly recently in 2011. Schneider argued that she was not receiving enough money to maintain the home she owned with Mr. Williams in Tiburon, California.Meanwhile, his children claimed their stepmother was "adding insult to a terrible injury" by trying to...

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Under 40? Top 5 Tips for Getting a Jump on Estate Planning.

I know what you’re probably thinking – “I’m not even 40. Why do I need to even think about planning my estate? Isn’t that something I do when I get my AARP card?” Answer: It's never too early to start planning your estate, especially if you have a family or close loved ones. None of us have a crystal ball showing the future. You may think you have decades ahead of you, but the truth is you only have the present. It is important to remember estate planning should involve disability planning too, not just planning for death. The sooner...

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Dealing with Digital Assets – A Growing Need

If a loved one suddenly passes away, family members, or the estate planning attorney for the decedent, have to organize the decedent’s assets. The usual assets that come to mind include the decedent’s home, vehicle, IRA, checking account, family heirlooms, etc. However, a growing need is finding and organizing the decedent’s digital assets. Certain digital assets can be overlooked, or even lost, during the settlement of an estate. These online accounts are a new class of personal property that may have monetary worth in addition to sentimental value. According to a survey by McAfee, the average internet user has nearly...

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DOMA Decision and the Impact on Estate Planning

In a groundbreaking U.S. Supreme Court decision, United States v. Windsor, the Supreme Court decided that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (i.e. DOMA) was unconstitutional. To read a summary of the decision, check out this page. Section 3 defined “marriage” to be between a man and a woman for Federal benefits. The result of Windsor is that same-sex married couples will now be treated as spouses for purposes of numerous Federal statutes. With regards to estate planning benefits, the following benefits will now be afforded to same-sex couples. (i.) Deferring income taxes where a spouse inherits a deceased...

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