A recent California Court of Appeal decision, Carne v. Worthington (4/13/16), shows how disputes over trusts can happen if one is not careful in executing and recording property deeds to transfer property into a trust. Had the decedent merely recorded the proper deed his estate could have saved years of litigation time and tens of thousands in litigation costs.
This case involved a dispute over the ownership of real property located on Via Regla formerly owned by decedent
The untimely passing of music superstar Prince was a shock to all who grew up with his music. As an attorney, one of the first things you assume is that he most certainly had extensive estate planning. He was surrounded by attorneys and money managers who would have pressured him to plan. Prince owned copyrights to his music, had a valuable public brand and name, and had an estate large enough to be subject to estate tax.
The Los Angeles Times reported that Prince's est
We have had two cases in the last couple of years where one of the attorneys from our office had to spend days sitting with the disputing relatives in estate cases while they took turns going through personal property and effects of their relative.
Not only was this emotional for the parties but costly from a legal fee standpoint. The parties required it since without cousel present, it could not be accomplished for a variety of reasons.
A recent New York Times article b