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Mediation of Estate Issues

Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of attending a continuing education class on the use of mediation in Estate cases. Having been drafting estate plans for years and also being an experienced divorce mediator, I pondered whether mediation might be preferable to litigation in situations where a will contest is imminent. After attending the [...]

By | 2018-10-15T15:49:15+00:00 June 28th, 2018|Estate Planning, Mediation|Comments Off on Mediation of Estate Issues

What is an In Terrorem or “No Contest” Clause?

My late mother used to say no one owes you an inheritance, but what did she mean? Wouldn’t most people expect to inherit from their parent? The answer is that a will reflects the testator’s wishes, not their heirs’ expectations. Most of the time, people want to leave their assets to their family, their spouse, [...]

By | 2018-10-15T15:58:29+00:00 March 23rd, 2017|Estate Planning|Comments Off on What is an In Terrorem or “No Contest” Clause?