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Concerns of undue influence may lead to estate litigation

Working through the estate administration process, whether in New Jersey or elsewhere, can be challenging in many ways. This is particularly true if there are concerns that undue influence was behind a loved one's estate planning decisions. When this is suspected, estate litigation may be unavoidable.

Estate litigation: Are you worried about an executor's actions?

Losing a loved one, no matter when or how it happens, can be painful in a number of ways. When his or her estate is being administered, the last thing you should have to worry about is whether the executor is fulfilling his or her duties honestly and with the best interests of the estate in mind. Unfortunately, while working through the loss of your loved one, you have found yourself questioning the executor's actions. In New Jersey, this type of issue may be resolved through estate litigation.

New Jersey estate litigation: Fighting over consumer debt

Most people in New Jersey will die with some amount of consumer debt. In fact, according to the New York Federal Reserve, it is believed that 75% of Americans will die in debt. Figuring out who is responsible for that debt may lead to estate litigation. 

Sibling disputes can lead to estate litigation

Brothers and sisters do not always get along, and they do not always agree on the right way to handle various situations -- such as when a parent dies. Recently, a story was shared about how one sibling, out of three, took charge when their mother died. The decisions this one sibling is making are not sitting well with at least one of the other siblings. This kind of thing, whether it happens in New Jersey or elsewhere, may require estate litigation to resolve.

Forgery and fraud behind estate litigation case

Some of the family members of a man who allegedly made millions in the stock market have taken his designated heir and agent to court, asserting that this individual should not receive the inheritance supposedly left him. Why? They claim that forgery and fraud are the only reasons he was left anything in the first place. When such beliefs exist in estate cases in New Jersey or elsewhere, estate litigation may be unavoidable.

After years of estate litigation, Paulucci estate settled

New Jersey residents may or may not be aware of the fight over the estate of Jeno and Lois Paulucci. He, a famed businessman, and his wife passed away in 2011, leaving a vast estate worth millions to his named heirs. Unfortunately, various claims made against the terms of the estate plan caused family fights that led to estate litigation that has just now come to a close. 

New Jersey estate litigation: When to contest a will

After losing a loved one, the desire to get through estate administration as quickly as possible is understandable. However, there are times when holding things up and really digging into that individual's estate plan is necessary and for the best. While most wills and other estate planning documents are legally valid, there are those that are questionable. In New Jersey and elsewhere, estate litigation often arises over the desire to contest a will's validity.

Estate litigation possible if a spouse claims an elective share

When a person dies, his or her estate typically passes to his or her spouse, unless that individual is unmarried, widowed or leaves specific instructions stating that assets should go elsewhere. When a spouse is left out of a will, he or she can either accept it or, according to the state of New Jersey, may be entitled to claim an elective share. Doing the latter can lead to estate litigation.

Estate litigation: The Tom Petty case

There are those in New Jersey who take the time to put together estate plans in order to ensure that they, their loved ones and their assets are protected, should anything happen to them. While doing this is something that is strongly advised, if the wording in estate planning documents makes one's wishes unclear, all the planning and preparation may be for not. A prime example of this is the Tom Petty estate litigation case.

It is possible to challenge transfer-on-death beneficiary deeds

Some New Jersey residents, in an effort to prevent their beneficiaries from having to go through a long, drawn-out probate process, choose to create transfer-on-death beneficiary deeds. Under the right circumstances, and if everything is done just so, this can work, and there are benefits to going this route. Of course, such deeds are not without their drawbacks as well. For example, they only cover certain types of property, and it is possible to challenge them in court. 

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