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October 2012 Archives

Will $100-million estate battle be heard in Florida?

In an ongoing probate dispute that may be interesting to Florida residents, the beneficiaries of an estate want to replace the trustees who were appointed by the deceased estate owners very late in life.

Inherited clown collection changes man's life in Florida

People in Florida like to collect different things. Some may not approve of or like another's collection, but it is a personal choice. But what happens to all these assets when the owner passes away? One may make a will to deal with this issue. A will can ensure that the assets go to someone who understands their importance.

Trustees move to protect Bobbi Kristina Houston's assets

Florida residents who have trust administration concerns may be interested to hear that the trustees appointed by the late Whitney Houston are moving to change the current trust payment schedule for Whitney's 19-year-old daughter, Bobbi Kristina. Cissy Houston, Whitney's mother, fears that her granddaughter may be a target for unsavory influences seeking to benefit from the girl's celebrity status and seemingly unlimited resources. To protect Bobbi Kristina's long-term financial security, Cissy Houston now wants to make changes to the trust's provisions.

Digital media can complicate passing down inheritance

The use of digital media may save trees, but it can make for a complicated situation when a property owner dies. Most tangible forms of media, such as DVDs, books and compact discs, can be easily passed to heirs after death without complicated legal proceedings. However, because digital property is a relatively new concept, estate law hasn't yet caught up, and the legal procedures for passing down such assets may require help from an estate planning attorney.

Dennis Hopper leaves largest share of estate to young daughter

Sometimes when complex family issues arise, a comprehensive estate plan requires some creative thinking. That would appear to be the case for the estate of actor and filmmaker Dennis Hopper. He was married five times and had four children, and those facts would make the administration just about anyone's estate a bit tricky.