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Last month many in the entertainment world were shocked and saddened by the sudden death of New Yorker James Gandolfini at the age of 51. His passing from an apparent heart attack is a somber reminder that none of us know for sure what the future holds. This week reports were released discussing some of […]

A headline-grabbing story last week in the New York Post offers a good reminder of the need to be crystal clear in certain estate planning situations to avoid drawn-out legal battles. According to reports, two siblings are engaged in a dispute over how to divide up an inheritance that they are to split from their […]

Celebrity estate planning remains one of the most common ways that local residents are confronted with issues regarding wills, trusts, and other inheritance issues. As the old adage makes clear, the only certainties in life are death and taxes. It does not matter whether one is a billionaire, international celebrity, elementary school teacher, or anything […]

When most people envision legal trials, the first images that pop to mind involve bizarre crimes or large class action lawsuits. Thanks to movies and television shows, there is an assumption that trials are only for deciding whether someone is going to prison or if a large corporation acted inappropriately and hurt hundreds of innocent […]

Last week we discussed the recently unearthed will of former Sopranos star James Gandolfini. The document was filed with a Manhattan court late last month, with the actor’s assets being left to a wide range of people including his two children, wife, sisters, and several friends. Those earlier reports noted that Gandolfini’s assets including life […]

Celebrity estate planning complications and feuds are often used to illustrate basic planning principles or common problems. Perhaps none of those examples are as well-known, especially for New Yorkers, as the sad case of the estate of Brooke Astor. The legendary socialite and philanthropist died several years ago. Since her passing, a wide-range of claims […]

by Michael Ettinger, Esq. “Elder Law Estate Planning” is a niche area of the law which combines the features of elder law and estate planning that pertain most to the needs of the middle class. Estate planning was originally for the wealthy few. Middle class families did not consider themselves as having “estates” to plan. […]

In an interesting twist of events this week, court documents show that the late Phillip Seymour Hoffman left his entire estate to his girlfriend, Mimi O’Donnell. Hoffman died earlier this year at the age of forty-six of a heroin overdose at his home in New York City. He left behind his long-term girlfriend, O’Donnell, and […]

Creating a will and drafting trust documents are forms of “transactional law.” That means that, unlike litigation, the purpose is not necessarily to “win” in a conflict over another. Instead, the purpose is to put plans into place that explicitly avoids conflict down the road. When doing this work it is critical to understand the […]

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