Probate & Estate Planning

Toward the end of each month, we like to share elder law law developments we’ve noticed over the previous couple of weeks. The February review is star-studded, which doesn’t happen very often. We also have some celeb-free tidbits for tax and estate planning and just plain getting old: The February Review of Celeb Estates Larry King: The secret, handwritten will of the legendary broadcaster surfaced in a court proceeding. His son Larry Jr. is seeking…
We’re pretty pumped. We’ve been podcasting for two years now, and that means this is our 100th episode! We started in March, 2019, with an initial podcast describing the then-recent addition of a new partner (Jacque Mingle) and the then-imminent retirement of founding partner Tom Curti. Tom’s doing fine, by the way — thanks for asking. Join Fleming & Curti, PLC, partners Elizabeth Noble Rollings Friman and Robert Fleming this week while…
It is well known that writing an estate plan is essential to have an effectual distribution of assets at death.  A lot of time and effort can be expended creating a Last Will, Living Will, Health Care Proxy and Power of Attorney that reflect a person’s desires and intentions.  The New York Probate Lawyer Blog has published numerous articles examining the planning of estates. Additionally, it should be recognized that in order for a Last…
We have discussed California Spousal Property Petitions (SPPs) before. As a refresher an SPP is an abbreviated probate procedure used to clear title to property when a spouse dies. It doesn’t work in all cases but it works in many where one spouse dies and there is a surviving spouse. It works for both community and separate property. It deals with transferring property to the survivor AND confirming the survivor’s property as community.  The latter…