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The What, Who, and How of Undue Influence (And How To Protect Yourself)

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Most will be familiar with the names of at least one of these famous people: Groucho Marx, (movie actor, comedian) Pauly Shore (movie actor, comedian) and Stan Lee (founder of Marvel Comics and creator of Spider-Man).  Why do I mention them and what do they have in common?  They’ve all been involved in legal proceedings involving a claim of undue influence. So what is undue influence and how can it impact us and our loved ones? Let’s have a look.  What Does Undue Influence Look Like? When it comes to our personal estates, we plan carefully to ensure our families are provided for after we’re...

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Should You Consider A Special Needs Trust?

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Do you have a close family member with special needs who requires care and assistance? If so, you may be interested in creating a “Special Needs Trust.” This legal tool can help you provide for your family members with special needs while allowing them to remain eligible for their benefits. How Does a Special Needs Trust Work? In order for someone to qualify for SSI or Medicare, there is a limit to how much they can have in the bank. An inheritance, or large sum payment, can disrupt this balance and jeopardize their benefits. A Special Needs Trust ensures this does not...

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Are Celebrities Really Different When It Comes To Families Fighting Over Estates?

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Famous icon, Aretha Franklin, recently passed away, and now her sons are fighting over control of her estate. Their family tensions are spilling over into the news. Her sons are contesting the validity of her will. One son argues that an old will is valid;and another son says that there is a 2014 handwritten will that was found under cushions in Aretha’s Detroit home. This is likely the last thing that Aretha wanted to happen to her family. Estate planning isn’t different just because someone is a wealthy celebrity. The amount of wealth may be different; but the problems of children,...

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Can You Imagine Challenging Your Parent’s Will?

It's more common than you think.  Imagine that you are expecting to inherit a significant portion of your parent's estate, only to discover that he or she left a large amount to someone that you never expected. This type of shock can change a child's life, and leave them feeling confused, angry and wondering if they have any options. Fortunately, there are ways to challenge a will when the circumstances don't add up. A will is a document that specifies a person's final wishes for distribution of their estate, and care of minor children. In some situations, people with an interest in...

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Keeping Your Family Out of Probate Court

Looking to avoid probate court? The Siegel Law Group can assist your family. Get in touch today by calling (561) 955-8115 for a free consultation or browse our website for more information. Keeping your family out of probate court may be the best thing that you can do for them. The death of loved ones is emotionally devastating. It is even more stressful when families end up in probate court, potentially facing long and expensive legal battles, while waiting to close an estate. Fortunately, there are many ways to ensure that your family...

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Asset Protection Planning

Why Asset Protection Planning? Maybe you took a small amount of money and turned it into a fully-functioning business. Maybe you inherited the business from somebody else, then worked tirelessly to make it even more successful. Either way, you’ve worked hard for your assets. In today’s litigious society, aren’t you a little afraid? A lawsuit can pose a serious threat to your assets. If your company breaks environmental regulations, your personal assets are at risk. Sexual harassment claims put your personal assets are at risk. There are so many ways that a foolish verdict can destroy your future. Asset Protection Planning Can Help  Asset Protection Planning uses certain legal...

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