Estate of Denial news clips (2/6/17)

Judge In Decades Old Anna Nicole Smith Case Announces He’s Had Enough


January 30, 2017

There was a time when you couldn’t click on the news without hearing about Anna Nicole Smith. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, the country was captivated as the former Playboy model made it all the way to the Supreme Court to fight her late husband’s family for a share of his billion dollar estate. After her untimely death, the fascination with the high profile case died down – but the matter didn’t go away. This month, a Texas judge, Judge Mike Wood, who has had the case on his docket for nearly two decades finally had enough: he wants out.


Five Reasons Families Fight Over Estates

January 30, 2017

Most people are quite certain that they will never be involved in an estate dispute.

Most people are wrong.


LeClairRyan Attorney Highlights “Big Four” Estate Disputes of 2016

Yahoo Finance

January 31, 2017

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., Jan. 31, 2017 /PRNewswire/ – Ask most people about top controversies during the just-ended year of 2016, and they’re likely to zero in on politics. But for attorney Will Sleeth, estate disputes should also be high on the list.

“With the end of 2016 upon us, now is a fitting time to look back at some of the top estate disputes from this past year,” notes Sleeth, a partner in national law firm LeClairRyan’s Williamsburg office and leader of the firm’s Estate and Trust Litigation team. “A long-running trend continued in 2016, as people continued to die and families continued to fight over estates.”