What Should I do First When a Loved One Dies?

No matter how thorough a loved one’s estate plan is after he or she passes away, you may feel overwhelmed and not know what to do. In some situations, your family may be forced to make stressful decisions before your family member has passed away. For example, after they found Bobbi Kristina, daughter of late singer Whitney Houston, unresponsive in her Georgia home, her family was forced to make the difficult Read More

Protecting Family Members From Financial Elder Abuse

Elder abuse throughout the United States has started to increase as millions of a adults in America begin to reach advanced ages. Certain forms of abuse such as neglect, physical assault, and sexual assault are easier to recognize, while financial elder abuse is much harder to spot.  Financial abuse can occur in a number of ways with a person being victimized by strangers who prey on the vulnerable or by members of Read More

Why the Government Loves It When You Do Not Get Help Creating a Will

A large percentage of adults fail to create a will, leaving many to believe that simply recording their final wishes is enough to protect their estates for their intended beneficiaries. What those who create a will or estate plan on their own do not realize is that seemingly minor omissions can lead to major problems. Before actor James Gandolfini passed away, he created a will that gave 80% of his estate to his Read More

How Creating an Ironclad Prenup can Protect Your Descendants

On September 28, 2017 Hugh Hefner passed away at the age of 91 in the legendary Playboy Mansion. The cultural icon who had saw a share of controversies over the years left an estate worth $45 million and a widow who turned 31 a few short months before the death of her famous husband. Once the death was reported, speculations regarding the distribution of the estate began immediately as many wondered how Hefner’s four Read More

The Consequences of Failing to Appoint a Guardian for Minor Children

Over the last decade, the number of adults in the United States who pass away without creating a will has actually increased. Only approximately 14% of adults in their 30s have a will and an estimated 42% of adults over the age of 65 do not have a will. Failing to create a will makes handling an estate much more complicated for your heirs, but when minor children are left behind, the situation can quickly deteriorate Read More

How Amendments can Affect Probate

On May 28, 2010, former child star Gary Coleman passed away in Provo, Utah two days after suffering a fall in his home. The actor left a modest estate with a will executed in 2005 that named his long-time friend and former business associate, Anna Gray, as his executor and sole beneficiary. What should have been a routine probate process quickly turned into a prolonged case after the actor’s ex-wife presented an Read More

Why Would My Will be Contested?

The idea of spending years preparing a will that outlines your final wishes only to have it be contested may seem unthinkable, but it happens more often than many realize. After J. Howard Marshall II passed away on August 4, 1995, his will was contested by his widow, Anna Nicole Smith, and his oldest son J. Howard Marshall III. The dispute lasted decades with two of the parties (Anna Nicole Smith and named heir Read More

Tips for Including Life Insurance in Your Estate Plan

Life insurance is a contract between an insurer and their policy holders that promise to pay the policy holder’s beneficiaries a certain amount of money after the policy holder passes away.  These policies have been utilized around the world in various forms for years and it is not unusual for a life insurance policy to become the only asset left to potential heirs. Including life insurance in your estate plan can Read More

Mistakes That can Keep Your Heirs in Court Indefinitely

The average adult understands the importance of creating an estate plan according to the laws of their state. Without a correctly executed will there is no guarantee that your beneficiaries will receive the assets you want them to have. However, even a person who has spent years planning and updating their plan can make mistakes that can keep their heirs in court indefinitely. When Michael Jackson passed away in Read More

MMZ LAW Can Save You Money. Elder Law & Estate Planning

One of the most common misconceptions that people have when researching estate planning and elder law is that not consulting an attorney is the best way to save money. In reality, attempting to handle complicated elder law issues without legal advice can create serious problems that negatively affect you and your heirs. On April 21, 2016, internationally famous singer and songwriter Prince passed away at the age of Read More