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The surreal implications of Dali having a daughter

Some people will go to great lengths to prove paternity. Maury Povich conducts his own daily circus on his self-titled show featuring spurned mothers and self-denying baby daddies. A man who started his career as a news anchor is now best known for a pair of chaos-inducing catch phrases shouted at the top of his lungs.

A so-called tribute becomes an estate dispute

During his career, Dwayne McDuffie was considered a pioneer of comic books with African-America heroes. While he gained initial fame writing for Marvel and DC, he made his mark in the industry when he started Milestone Media in 1992. It served as a launching pad to provide greater representation of black super-heroes.

The musical and legal discord between QJ and MJ

The April 2016 death of Prince revealed the high-stakes nature of estate planning when music publishing rights and recording contracts are involved. While that case continues to wind through probate court, two more musical icons are named in another lawsuit. However, while they once united in musical masterpieces, the legal action is hitting quite a different chord.

Failing to plan: Confusion, division and other consequences

Close to 15 months after the untimely death of Prince in April of 2016, the seemingly never-ending battle over his estate continues. The ongoing saga has already chalked up countless court filings, two executors, and six heirs entrenched in bitter disputes featuring changing allegiances.

3 tips for avoiding accusations of undue influence

Your siblings were fine with your offer to take care of Mom, but would they feel the same if they knew that now she wants to change her will? It seems fair that because you rearranged your life to help her, she should acknowledge that with a financial award. However, you do not want them to accuse you of manipulating her from your position as her caregiver, especially if you fear it will lead to a court battle.

Types of Probate Disputes

When a loved one passes, you have enough stress without having a probate dispute crop up on you. However, in some cases, even when your loved one has the proper estate documents drafted, including a will and trust, a relative or friend of the decedent may contest the will. You may also be on the other side of the coin - you may be the one contesting a will because of forged signatures, because you think the person may have been incapacitated when he or she signed it, the will or trust wasn't properly executed, or you believe the person signed the will under undue influence.

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