Will disputes are sometimes part of the probate process. There are a variety of reasons why these disputes can arise, but there are some scenarios that occur more frequently than others. One of the most common bases for will contests is that the testator—the person who executed the will—lacked testamentary capacity.
Our Georgia readers may remember us writing some time ago about the unfortunate case of Sherman Hemsley, the actor who played George Jefferson in the Sitcoms All in the Family and The Jeffersons. Hemsley died of lung cancer last July, but because of a drawn-out estate dispute, he wasn't buried until November.
The body of New York-based artist Merton D. Simpson, a painter well known for championing African art and who accumulated a collection worth millions of dollars, is in a bit of a predicament after last month's funeral. After the ceremony, the body of the art collector was not buried, but was instead returned to the funeral home in Charleston where it had been for more than two weeks since his death at the age of 84 early last month.
Last Wednesday, the South Carolina Supreme Court overturned a settlement between..... splitting up the soul singer's estate. According to the court, a former attorney general failed to follow Brown's wishes when putting the settlement together back in 2009.
As our readers know, the body of the late actor Sherman Hemsley has been in legal limbo in the face of legal challenges to his estate. Thankfully, Hemsley's body will finally be put to rest, three-and-a-half months after he died from lung cancer.
The body of Sherman Hemsley, the actor who played George Jefferson on the television series All in the Family and The Jeffersons, is currently in limbo as a legal dispute prevents his estate from putting it to rest. Hemsley's body was recently ordered to be placed in a freezer at a funeral home in San Jose after a man claiming to be his brother contested his will, requesting his possessions and remains.
In our last couple posts, we have been writing about ongoing probate litigation between Julia and Frank Lumpkin III, the son and daughter of Frank Lumpkin Jr., who died in 2000. As we noted, Julia Lumpkin removed was judicially removed last month as a representative of her parents' estate. What we didn't mention before is that Julia Lumpkin was the probate judge in charge of the case.
Last Friday, the estate of Michael Jackson won a victory when a federal judge ruled that a memorabilia dealer working with Katherine Jackson violated copyrights owned by the estate and cannot use intellectual property of the estate. At issue is material from the movie "This is it," Jackson's song "Destiny," and material from man anniversary release DVD of "Thriller."
Being named the executor of an estate, for many people, is an overwhelming thing to take on. But it doesn't have to be. While there are a good many steps to the process and potential difficulties along the way, preparing ahead of time and having professionals to consult can make things a lot easier.
We have been following the ongoing battle over the estate of Gary Coleman, the actor from Diff'rent Strokes. As we've noted in previous posts on the matter, Coleman died at the age of 42 leaving behind two different plans for his estate. In his first will, he named his ex-girlfriend as executor and beneficiary of his estate, but a handwritten codicil composed after his marriage left his estate to his then-wife. The two women have been contending over Coleman's estate, his ex-wife claiming that they had reconciled after their divorce and that they were living in a common-law marriage at the time of his death.