Probate & Estate Planning

Simple Wills and Drop Bears Camping for the uninitiated in Australia can be terrifying: the most venomous snakes in the world, man-eating crocodiles on our most serene beaches and, of course, the all-pervading threat of a drop bear… …so, some will claim. People should have a healthy fear of many things in the Australian bush, but […]…
The Halo of Death and Other Unicorns The Unicorn A quick search on the internet of the phrase Books on Unicorns will quickly reveal a never-ending assortment of titles. I must confess I have read none of them, but one title did get my attention; Zombies Vs. Unicorns (by Holly Black). Good grief, as if it’s not hard enough […]…
Bower Birds & Estate Planning – It’s All About Preparation Preparation is important.  A male bower bird is an interesting creature.  It will expend great effort in collecting all manner of shiny objects, to build a so-called bower.  Hours are spent preparing to court a female bower bird.  Estate planning also involves a great deal of preparation in collecting things, though not necessarily any […]…
My life is a lie! (and how to fix a broken trust deed) The Truman Show In the 1998 movie, the Truman Show, Truman Burbank (Jim Carrey) discovers there is something not quite right about his world. Life comes crashing down on Truman when he uncovers that all of his friends, work colleagues and family […]…
COVID-19 Emergency Regulation Permits Wills Via Audio-visual Link Written by Naomi Williams The law of wills and estates is not typically a rapidly changing field, but much is unprecedented about life during the coronavirus pandemic. On 14 May 2020 the Governor in Council made an emergency regulation permitting the remote signing and witnessing of wills […]…
The Island of Nevis is part of the nation officially known as the Federation of Saint Christopher and Nevis or St. Kitts and Nevis for short, located in the Caribbean about 1,300 miles southeast of Miami, Florida. Nevis is the smaller island in the federation, with a population of about 12,000. St. Kitts and Nevis is a sovereign nation and member of the British Commonwealth. The legal system is based on English common law. The…
On, or about, October 15, 2020 a new probate was filed for the Chadwick Aaron Boseman estate in Los Angeles Superior Court.  I was talking about this case with a lawyer friend as it is interesting talking about any probates but especially one with a known decedent like a great actor.  As we like to blog about celeb estates on our website I thought I would tell you a little about this probate from a…
Estate Planning Blog Estate Planning: Spousal Lifetime Access Trusts (SLATs) October 19, 2020 Now may be the time to take advantage of a historically favorable tax environment.  It is unclear how long the lower rates and tax exemptions established by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) of 2017 will last.  We know that many provisions of the TCJA will automatically expire in 2026 unless Congress makes them permanent.  However, Congress could modify them prior…
Royal Law Firm PLLC October 19, 2020 , 5:20 pm , Probate is Hardly the Story: Chad Boseman’s More than a Million Dollar Legacy The media is in a frenzy over the late Black Panther’s real-life wife, Taylor Simone Ledward, filing for probate on an estate allegedly just under a $1 million. First, the news claims the probate is necessary because he died without a Will. To the contrary, a Will…