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Inheritance and termination of parental rights

California residents who are interested in inheritance laws and concerned about ensuring that their children can inherit their estate may be interested to learn about a ruling issued by the West Virginia Supreme Court. The judges ruled in a 3-2 decision that children are unable to inherit from the estate belonging to a biological parent if the parent dies without completing a will and after having their parental rights terminated.

Alan Thicke's heirs mired in inheritance dispute

California residents may have read recent media reports about an ongoing inheritance dispute involving Alan Thicke's heirs. Celebrity gossip outlets reported in September 2017 that the late actor's two sons, who are co-trustees of the estate, had filed a court petition to prevent his widow from challenging the provisions of the couple's prenuptial agreement, and articles published on May 9 suggest that the dispute is far from settled. According to the reports, Thicke's widow is claiming that her late husband's sons are spending money recklessly and have refused to disburse assets that are legally hers.

Fight over Charles Manson's estate continues

In California on May 8, a probate hearing was held regarding the estate of the late Charles Manson. Manson is notorious for his involvement in several murders in 1969, and a number of people have come forward to claim that they are his heirs.

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.

Manson's body and estate subject of four-way inheritance dispute

A deceased California cult leader remains in ongoing litigation as at least four parties vie for the right to claim his body. Charles Manson died on Nov. 19, 2017, at age 83 after spending 46 years in prison for his role in the murder of seven people in 1969. Since that time, two relatives and two others who claim to have a legitimate will from Manson have been engaged in litigation over the man's estate.

Estate planning may be difficult for blended families

It is not uncommon for stepmothers and stepchildren to become involved in estate disputes. In California and throughout the country, will and trust contests and other matters often involve these parties. Stepmothers tend to be in these types of conflicts partially because of an increased life expectancy. Women who are age 65 today can expect to live to age 86 on average. A man who is 65 today can expect to live to age 84 on average.

Financial adviser benefits from $1.6 million estate

When a loved one passes away in California, sometimes the will may carry with it some bitter surprises. This is the case for relatives of one retired factory worker, a lifelong loner who lived by himself and died of advanced dementia at the age of 92. After a funeral service which family members were excluded from, they learned that his entire estate, as well as his power of attorney for medical issues and his annuities, were given to a financial adviser that he met 10 years prior to his death.

Two men claim sole rights to Charles Manson's estate

News sources report that an inheritance dispute has arisen over control of the estate of cult leader Charles Manson, who died in a California prison on Nov. 19. Manson was initially sentenced to death after his followers killed several people in 1969. In 1972, he received a life sentence after the California Supreme Court struck down the death penalty. Now, two men are each claiming to hold wills naming them as the sole beneficiary of Manson's estate.

Hugh Hefner widow apparently not in his will

The Playboy Mansion of Hugh Hefner was a magnet for celebrities in California for decades. The Los Angeles location served as the scene of the magazine publisher's final wedding to Crystal Harris in 2012. In 2013, a source revealed that she had signed a prenuptial agreement with Hefner, and his will that existed at the time did not name her as a beneficiary.

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