DIY Estate Planning?

DIY Estate Planning?

The advancement of technology has helped to foster an array of changes to our daily lives over the past few decades.  In particular, one rather noticeable change has been the rise of the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) consumer. Defined, the DIY consumer is someone who believes in and practices doing work on their own, rather than paying someone else to do it for them.  While this term is most often associated with […]

The Estate of Tom Petty

The Estate of Tom Petty

Many times after a celebrity passes away, talk revolving around the decedent’s estate shifts to the controversies associated with dying without a proper will having ever been established.  However, sometimes even when a celebrity has created a will, complications can still arise.  One particular example of this is currently playing out regarding the estate of legendary performing artist Tom Petty. Petty’s estate was left to his widow, Dana York, and […]

Elder Fraud and People with Cognitive Disabilities

Elder Fraud and People with Cognitive Disabilities

Elder fraud is an increasing problem, especially for those with cognitive disabilities such as dementia. A recent study by the Rush University Alzheimer’s center further demonstrated this point in showing that seniors who fall victim to elder scams might be at a higher risk of developing cognitive disabilities. The study’s findings suggest that there is correlation between low scam awareness and a higher likelihood of developing serious cognitive disabilities such […]

Estate Planning 101: How to talk about it

Estate Planning 101: How to talk about it

Rarely is it easy to approach and discuss certain sensitive issues with our loved ones, especially when it comes to matters concerning estate planning. This can be further complicated if the conversation occurs in times of good health, when matters concerning death are greeted like an approaching storm cloud on an otherwise sunny day. Far too often people are likely to either crack a joke as a means of deflection […]

How to Get a Copy of a Will Admitted to Probate in Lieu of a Lost Will

How to Get a Copy of a Will Admitted to Probate in Lieu of a Lost Will

In the matter of Lawrence P. Gillen, Sr., 166 A.3d 942 (Del. 2017) This estate action originated in the Court of Chancery with the filing of a Petition to Probate Copy of Will on May 8, 2015. The decedent, Lawrence P. Gillen, Sr., passed away on March 12, 2015. His original Last Will and Testament could not be located, so the Petitioners/Appellees requested that a copy of his Will be […]