Estate Planning Smooths Life’s Bumpy Road

It was reported on the news recently that some of Aretha Franklin’s family members have found what they believe to be her will. It was handwritten, stained and crumpled up in a couch. The courts may or may not choose to honor it, depending on whether or not they are able to verify its authenticity.

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Estate Planning: When Does a No Contest Clause Make Sense?

A No Contest clause is mostly what it sounds like. It is a paragraph that can be included in a Last Will and Testament or a trust, which basically states that anyone who challenges the validity of the document or the way it distributes or manages the assets of the estate will receive less than what the document would have otherwise allowed.

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