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March 2018 Archives

Estate litigation on the rise

Dealing with probate issues after the death of a loved one can be a difficult time for many families and individuals. However, this may be exacerbated when the situation is complicated by disputes over inheritances and other estate matters. A number of reasons can spawn estate litigation to deal with challenges and questions that emerge after a person's death.

Dispute over Manson's body comes to end in court

The death of infamous California cult leader Charles Manson led to a lengthy dispute over his body, as three separate people contended for the right to his remains in court. However, in March 2018, a court ruled in favor of a man who claims to be Manson's grandson. Manson died in prison in November 2017 while serving a life sentence in prison for a scandalous 1969 series of murders. His remains were stored in Kern County while the litigation continued in court.

Probate litigation can pursue claims against an estate

After a person passes away in California, his or her estate will enter into the probate process, where claims against the estate are handled. Probate claims can arise for any number of reasons from inheritance disputes to late wills that may have been executed due to undue influence by a beneficiary. Creditors of the deceased individual may also have a reason to file a claim once that person's estate has entered probate.

Several claims filed for probate of Charles Manson's estate

A California courtroom is the site of a battle over the estate of the late Charles Manson. Manson, who died in 2017 after spending almost five decades in prison, was notorious for his involvement in the murder of nine people.

Unsealing of Harper Lee's will reveals little new information

California fans of the work of the late author Harper Lee may be aware that in keeping with the private life she led, her will was also made private. However, on Feb. 27, following a lawsuit from The New York Times, the will was unsealed.

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