In general, half-blood relatives have the same rights to inherit from a relative as a whole-blood relative, with a limitation. Karolyn Hicks explains how the limitation works.
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Karolyn Hicks shares tips on how to reduce the likelihood of disputes between family members over trusts and estates.
On August 4, 2014, the Court of Appeals, Division I, issued a slightly revised opinion from its May opinion, In re Estate of J. Thomas Bernard, again confirming two long-standing practices in the trust and estate field: (1) that encompassed within trustee's and personal representative's duties is the duty to defend a decedent's last stated intent; and (2) that parties can use the Trust and Estate Dispute Resolution Act ("TEDRA") to modify earlier agreements and estate planning docume...
Many people assume they have a legal right to inherit from their parents and other close family members. They're often surprised to learn that, in fact, they do not. Karolyn Hicks outlines the questions you should ask when deciding whether to file a will contest.