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Estate litigation often happens when a stepparent is involved

Many adult children in New Jersey and elsewhere whose parents remarry later in life fail to get along with their stepparents. When their parent dies, they may question a lot of things regarding the handling of their estates. Sometimes, in such situations, estate litigation is inevitable.

Estate litigation over an art collection, yes it can happen

Many New Jersey residents are lovers of art. Some, so much so, that they build amazing art collections over the course of their lives. Having an affluent art collection can be a wonderful thing, but it can also cause issues if what to do with the collection is not properly spelled out in an estate plan. In fact, such collections are often behind estate litigation cases.

When a beneficiary change can lead to estate litigation

Your dad discussed his estate plan with you awhile back so that you would know what to expect upon his death. Well, the time came, you father died, and you got a big surprise. At the last minute, he changed his beneficiaries. Now you are left wondering why and what you can do about it. In New Jersey and elsewhere, a last-minute beneficiary change can lead to estate litigation if those affected feel something is not above board.

Sometimes estate litigation cannot be avoided, sometimes it can

You are working on closing out a loved one's estate when, BAM, a disgruntled relative or creditor files claims against the estate. Sometimes estate litigation in necessary to handle the situation. Sometimes, though, New Jersey residents can avoid litigation altogether. 

Don't let digital assets be the reason for estate litigation

There are a number of things that can result in claims being made against an estate. Failing to protect and manage digital assets is one of them. Much of New Jersey residents' lives is now online, as it is just the way the world is going. If digital assets are not included in an estate plan, or the proper measures are not taken to ensure they can be accessed and passed on to beneficiaries, estate litigation may be inevitable.

New Jersey estate litigation: Billions awarded in Max Hopper case

Max Hopper was an American Airlines executive who pioneered the company's reservation system. When he died unexpectedly in 2010, he left behind an estate worth over $19 million. Unfortunately, he did not have a will in place, so a bank was put in charge of managing the assets. His surviving family members have since pursued an estate litigation case due to the estate being mismanaged. New Jersey residents who believe that their loved one's estates are not being administered appropriately may do the same.

Estate litigation or mediation -- which will work for me?

Your loved one died, and now you have the difficult task of closing out his or her estate. In doing so, you may find that unexpected claims are filed against the estate, or problems with the will or trust documents may exist. In New Jersey and elsewhere, there are two ways to resolve problems with an estate: mediation or estate litigation. Which will work best for you?

Estate litigation and the misappropriation of assets

You lost a loved one. While going through the process of closing out his or her estate, you find that the executor is not handling the assets appropriately. Those in New Jersey who believe that misappropriation of assets is occurring can turn to estate litigation to resolve the matter.

Estate litigation: The battle over Prince's estate continues

Once again, the battle over the handling of Prince's estate has made the news. In New Jersey or elsewhere, when a loved one dies without a will, there are bound to be issues when it comes to administering the estate. Estate litigation is sometimes the only way to resolve conflicts that arise. Litigation certainly seems to be the theme in the Prince estate matter.

New Jersey estate litigation: When an estate is insolvent

Closing out a loved one's estate is never an easy task. In New Jersey and elsewhere, the executor of an estate has the difficult job of paying off creditors before anything can be distributed to beneficiaries. Depending on the amount of debt left behind, this can take awhile and, if there is not any money or assets left, paying creditors may not be possible at all. This can lead to costly and time-consuming estate litigation.