How Ashes Led To An Estate Battle

How Ashes Led To An Estate Battle

In New Zealand, an estate battle has erupted over the meaning of a de facto relationship. An Auckland man said he felt “betrayed” after his partner of almost 30 years died and left him only her ashes. A decision from Justice Grant Powell in the Auckland...
Famous People Who Died Without a Will

Famous People Who Died Without a Will

You may think that celebrities, given the size of their fortunes and access to legal advice, would ensure that they had a will dictating what would happen to their estates when they die. Yet a number of celebrities died without a will in place, leaving behind messy...
Contesting The Will Common Among Step Families

Contesting The Will Common Among Step Families

One of the most common scenarios we see here at Estate Battles occurs when relationships between step-parents and step-children break down over the contents of a loved one’s will. Few people would be surprised by research showing that only about 20% of adult...
Why Artist’s Estates Often End Up In Court

Why Artist’s Estates Often End Up In Court

Why is it that the estates of famous artists end up embroiled in lengthy estate battles? One reason is a lack of planning before their deaths; another is because those left behind aren’t sure how to administer the estate; and finally, because the value of the...
Court Battle Over George Michael’s Estate

Court Battle Over George Michael’s Estate

The acrimonious court battle over George Michael’s £105 million fortune has taken a new turn, as his ex-partner Kenny Goss has decided to challenge the superstar’s will. Michael is believed to have left his money and properties – including the house in Oxfordshire...
Half of New Zealanders Don’t Have A Will

Half of New Zealanders Don’t Have A Will

Half of all new Zealanders don’t have a will and it’s something that has prompted Public Trust to run a Tough Questions campaign. Public Trust’s insights suggest that New Zealand has a poor record in estate planning compared to similar countries, possibly due to...
Prince’s Messy Estate Fight Continues

Prince’s Messy Estate Fight Continues

Two years since the death of music star Prince, the estate fight continues between the executor and the beneficiaries. The executor of the estate, Comerica Bank and Trust, can’t split the money among Prince’s six surviving siblings until the Internal Revenue Service...
What Is A Special Disability Trust?

What Is A Special Disability Trust?

A Special Disability Trust is a trust established primarily for succession planning by parents and immediate family members for the current and future care and accommodation needs of a person with a severe disability or medical condition. The general approach is that...