20th Jun 2022

One Sentence If I had to describe why ancillary probate is necessary in one sentence, it would be something like: “Each State in the United States makes its own rules over the property, especially land, within its borders.” Expanding a … more

2nd Jun 2022

I just spoke to someone by phone today about an ancillary estate. Because of the nature of my law practice and the area I live in, I run into ancillary estate issues more than most. Practice & Area The bulk … more

23rd May 2022

We all know the old saying along the lines of: if it looks like a duck and walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it’s probably a duck. However, there are a couple of situations I routinely encounter … more

16th May 2022

The next few posts will discuss certain topics and themes on ancillary estate and probate. I am involved in representing clients in ancillary estates and discussing topics surrounding them routinely. I have written quite a bit about ancillary estates on … more

16th Dec 2021

This blog is currently surveying the high profile estate of Dick Robinson, owner and officer of Scholastic publishing, to explore topics that are helpful for almost all estates and estate planning discussions. So far we have hit on topics such … more

9th Nov 2021

This blog series is using the Estate of M. Richard “Dick” Robinson, Jr., an owner and officer of publishing company Scholastic, to explore interesting estate topics. You can click and read here more about the details of the estate and … more

6th Aug 2021

Summary of the Situation Many news sources (such as this and this and this) are reporting the following: -M. Richard “Dick” Robinson, Jr., longtime chairman, president, CEO, and owner of Scholastic, recently died. -Scholastic is one of the world’s largest … more

24th Jun 2021

Tony Hseih was an early investor and CEO of Zappos. It appears he left behind no Will or other estate plan at his recent death. In this blog series, we have been looking at some of the issues in this … more

10th Jun 2021

We have been looking at Tony Hseish’s estate as an example of issues that can come up when someone dies without a will or other estate plan. Usual and Unusual Consequences Besides some of the more basic consequences, this estate … more

19th Feb 2021

In Tony Hseih’s estate, it appears there is the issue of no will. I wrote about that in more detail in my last post. However, there is also the issue of a “mess” left behind – including possible deals written … more