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Scots lawyer found guilty of professional misconduct for failing to conclude administration of estate (UK)

A Scots lawyer who failed to undertake any work to conclude the administration of an estate has had his practising certificate restricted for a period of four years after being found guilty of “professional misconduct”. The Scottish Solicitors’ Discipline Tribunal also awarded £500 compensation to each of the two beneficiaries who Donald Murray had “fobbed Keep Reading…


Robin Williams’ daughter speaks out as estate fight heads for mediation (CA)

The legal battle between Robin Williams‘ widow and his children could be nearing a peaceful conclusion. Attorneys for Williams’ widow, Susan, and his three children from previous marriages, squared off in probate court in San Francisco on Monday and agreed to private mediation, hoping to settle a dispute regarding the contents of his estate. Susan Keep Reading…


U.S. estate tax is 4th highest at 40%, but Obama wants to make us #1….at 68%

Most countries around the world are reducing or repealing their estate taxes. Thirteen countries or jurisdictions have repealed their estate or inheritance taxes since 2000. Fifteen OECD countries don’t have one. But we sure do, and the slogan ‘yes we can’ may mean it’s going up. Already, America can boast that it has the fourth Keep Reading…


Judge asks Robin Williams’ widow, children to settle estate battle outside courtroom (CA)

A judge is asking Robin Williams’ widow and his adult children to try and settle their dispute over the late actor’s estate before a court hearing in June. Susan Schneider Williams filed a petition in December, saying his three children are claiming memorabilia that was bestowed to her. She also claimed some of her husband’s Keep Reading…


Managing estate sales becomes big business

When Gary Berman’s mother died in January, at age 81, leaving behind the two-story house in Forest Hills, Queens, where she had lived for more than 60 years, he and his sister divided the items with sentimental value, then decided they wanted to sell the knickknacks and the big-ticket items, mostly a collection of midcentury Keep Reading…

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