I Want to Contest My Parent’s Will. What Is the Process?

While still grieving the death of your mother, you receive a Notice from the Probate and Family Court informing you that your good-for-nothing brother has filed a Petition for Probate seeking to be appointed as Personal Representative of your mother’s …

Power of Attorney for My Incapacitated Parents – What Are Our Options?

A sensitive and often complicated conversation that individuals have with their aging parents relates to protective measures in the event of the parents’ incapacity. A power of attorney and the variations of such concerning the relinquishment of financial control require …

Too Young for an Estate Plan? Think Again

For young adults, the inevitable is typically not at the forefront when it comes to making future plans, precluding many from giving any thought to what may happen to their assets on death. In reality, all young adults should have …

Can a Prenuptial Agreement Protect My Assets After Death?

In terms of would-be celebrations, no one was more upset about COVID-19 than the couples whose weddings were derailed by a year or more of pandemic-induced delays. For those who survived quarantining together and still like each other enough to …

"I Care A Lot" – Could It Happen to Me?

If you’re a probate attorney (or someone with a Netflix account), I expect you’ve seen or heard about the somewhat disturbing film “I Care a Lot.” The movie, which debuted on Netflix in February 2021, is a dark comedy illustrating …

Do I Need to Nominate a Guardian for My Child or Pet?

In the unfortunate situation where you are not available to care for your child or pet, it is prudent to plan ahead by nominating a guardian for your child and/or pet. Advance planning avoids potential court fights over control and …

I Was Omitted From a Will. Can I Sue?

Grieving the death of a friend or family member is hard enough. Imagine the compounded feelings of realizing that an inheritance you had been promised or otherwise believed would be coming is not materializing. You were omitted from your loved …

Beware of These Common Estate Planning Scams

Estate planning offers are everywhere – on television, on the internet, through phone solicitations, and even through in-person presentations (albeit less so with the COVID-19 pandemic). So how do you ensure that your intentions are captured in your estate planning …

My Sibling is a Narcissist: Strategies for Fiduciary Litigation

So, your sibling is a narcissist. Could this affect your inheritance under your parents’ estate plan? Here are some common intrafamilial disputes and possible strategies to avoid being disinherited as a result of your siblings’ bad acts.

After your mother …