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Celebrity Trusts & Estates: Paul Walker Leaves His $25 Million Estate to His Teenage Daughter

Posted in Estate and Trust Planning
It was recently revealed that the late Paul Walker left his entire estate—valued at approximately $25 million—to his 15-year-old daughter, Meadow. As reported, Paul Walker named his father as the executor of his will and his mother, Cheryl, as the guardian of Meadow’s person and now-$25 million estate. Prior to his death, Meadow lived with… Continue Reading

Celebrity Trusts & Estates: Another Battle in the Saga of Bing Crosby’s Right of Publicity Comes to an End

Posted in Probate and Elder Abuse Litigation
Over thirty-five years after Bing Crosby’s death, the California Court of Appeal put an end to the continuing battle over the Crooner’s right of publicity. I Can’t Begin to Tell You In 1930, Harry Lillis Crosby—nicknamed Bing for his love of a newspaper parody, “The Bingville Bugle”—married first wife, Wilma Wyatt (known professionally as Dixie… Continue Reading

Don’t Make the Grave Mistake of Killing Your Appeal from an Order of the Probate Court

Posted in Probate and Elder Abuse Litigation
In most California civil cases, a party generally must wait until a trial court issues a final judgment before he or she can get through the doors of the Court of Appeal.  While there are a few exceptions, this rule (sometimes called the one-final-judgment rule) prevents litigants from complaining to the appellate court about every… Continue Reading

NEW U.S. SUPREME COURT CASE HIGHLIGHTS IMPORTANCE OF UPDATING BENEFICIARY DESIGNATIONS UPON DIVORCE

Posted in Estate and Trust Planning
Retirement plans and life insurance and annuities often constitute a large portion of a client’s estate.   At death, these plans are distributed by beneficiary designation, not by the client’s Will or trust. Many clients are aware that under California law (unless a Will specifically provides otherwise) bequests made to the former spouse in a Will… Continue Reading

Estate Planning 101: Getting Started

Posted in Estate and Trust Planning
Getting started with estate planning can seem like a daunting task. The various documents and the vocabulary can be confusing if you’ve never seen them before. Here’s a guide to the basics of a foundational estate plan: Trust: A trust is an agreement that makes it easier to manage assets during your lifetime and after… Continue Reading