Probate disputes over whether a will or trust was valid, or instead was signed at at time when the person was mentally incompetent or subject to undue influence, are common. They’re also very emotional and difficult for everyone involved. The Anna Nicole Smith case — the Granddaddy of all probate disputes — illustrates this more than any other.
I discussed the case in this article, including how the estate executor/lawyer/former boyfriend, Howard K. Stern, not only lost a request he filed in the federal Court of Appeals on behalf of Smith’s Estate, but how he was charged criminally with conspiring to provide Anna Nicole with the prescription drugs that killed her.
In Trial & Heirs: Famous Fortune Fights, which I wrote with Danielle Mayoras, we discuss the case at length (along with dozens more) so people can learn from celebrity errors, protect their heirs, and know their legal rights if they find themselves in a family fortune fight.
But a new twist on the case surfaced recently. While this Read more...
Martin Luther King, Jr.’s three children have been fighting with each other in court over control of his estate and financial legacy. Here are my prior articles about the Martin Luther King, Jr. estate fight. Two of the three children had sued Dexter King, their brother, who had the legal authority to make decisions regarding the King Estate. The Estate was run through a corporation, which Dexter oversaw, until the 2008 lawsuit filed against him in Georgia.
Recently, Fulton County Superior Court Judge Ural D. Glanville had ordered the trio to hold a shareholders meeting and try to resolve their differences. He also ruled the case would go to trial if no settlement was reached. Obviously, no one involved wanted the legacy of Martin Luther King fought over in a very public courtroom.
So the three children settled, reported today by the Associated Press. They agreed to allow a neutral person to act as “temporary custodian” to manage the King legacy and corporation, and give the three children time Read more...