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Is your family fighting over an inheritance?

Experiencing the death of a family member is a traumatic and stressful event, which can often be made much worse when other family members are in conflict over matters such as the will or inheritance of the deceased. It can be incredibly difficult to have to deal with family infighting in the midst of your mourning and grief.

Probate litigation gears up in estate of deceased football star

Estate disputes in Ohio and elsewhere can be complicated and involve a web of issues that may take some painstaking analyses by the courts to unravel and resolve. This is true of the probate litigation that has emanated from the estate of football star Aaron Hernandez, who died by suicide in prison last year. His conviction was vacated by an appellate court after Hernandez died.

Probate litigation over royalty payments is temporarily on hold

Estate disputes in Ohio and other states can involve the ongoing responsibilities of an estate's executor to the decedent's family. The most famous estate dispute involving an entertainer in recent years has been the dispute that arose over Prince's death without a will, leaving even the identity of all his heirs in doubt. However, disputes and probate litigation can arise when the artist dies with a will, as shown in the estate of famous blues musician Muddy Waters.

Incompetency disputes often generate probate litigation

Financial exploitation of the elderly is a steadily growing problem in Ohio and nationwide. This often arises when an elderly person becomes incompetent to handle his or her own affairs. Where preparations have been made in advance, a relative is chosen to take care of those affairs through a duly executed power of attorney. On occasion, the agent under the power of attorney may negligently or intentionally dissipate the elderly relative's funds.  When that happens, the situation may become prime fodder to be fought out as probate litigation in the county probate court.

Probate litigation: Jury awards $8 billion in punitive damages

In Ohio as in other states, heirs of an estate may bring probate litigation to challenge management of the estate that has led to improper financial losses for them. In a shocking verdict in another state, a jury awarded $8 billion in punitive damages to the estate and heirs of an American Airlines executive. The probate litigation award was entered against JPMorgan Chase & Co., the institution hired to manage the estate.

Probate litigation: Executor ousted for converting assets

Probate litigation takes place regularly in Ohio and other states. It pertains to disputes between heirs and others over a decedent's estate. When a person with assets dies, his or her estate is filed for probate with the county probate court. This may be done with or without a will. There are numerous reasons for probate litigation to flare up.

Judge names state for probate litigation: Heirs battle for corpse

Many Ohio readers are familiar with the legacy of Charles Manson, which is wrought with scandal, mystery and devastation. Convicted for spearheading a string of murders in 1969, he spent the rest of his life behind bars. The aftermath of his death has also been filled with controversy. In fact, it even took some time for a judge to decide where probate litigation regarding the decedent's estate should take place.

Probate litigation is common between stepmothers and stepchildren

It may not be a popularly known phenomenon, but in Ohio and elsewhere there is a propensity toward probate disputes between stepmothers and their stepchildren. Indeed, the source of such probate litigation may likely be innately tied to the bitter emotional distrust that can develop in such relationships in many families. Stepfather disputes are a little less common than those with stepmothers, but this may simply be due to more abundant numbers of elderly stepmothers who live longer than stepfathers.

Ownership of prior joint funds decided in probate litigation case

Ohio law establishes a probate court in each county; these courts are responsible for processing the estates of deceased persons. When a dispute arises between heirs of the estate, the probate court may be required to preside over a probate litigation matter. A wide spectrum of disputes can come up in the probate courts of this state and nationwide.

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.

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