Planning for Life

Black Heirlooms: How Lack of Estate Planning Tore One Family Apart

Posted by Harry S. Margolis on December 2, 2014

By Harry S. Margolis

In a short documentary, Amanda Brown describes how disputes over elder care for her 86-year-old grandmother, Edna Mae "Mee-Mah" Royal, after her stroke tore her formerly tightly-knit family apart. As a result of the split with three of her eight children on one side and five on the other, siblings are not talking to each other and grandchildren are no longer speaking with aunts and uncles. In addition, some families stand to inherit family real estate and others do not.

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Topics: family dispute

Who Gets Grandma's Yellow Pie Plate? - Massachusetts

Posted by Harry S. Margolis on November 12, 2013

By Harry S. Margolis

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Topics: family dispute, Estate Planning

What to Do About Dueling Powers of Attorney

Posted by Harry S. Margolis on September 22, 2011

By Harry S. Margolis

My client acts as agent for her father under a longstanding durable power of attorney.  Unfortunately, tensions are developing between her and her brother who has been consulting with other attorneys about asking their father to execute a new durable power of attorney appointing him.iStock-637904234.jpg

My client wants to know how we can stop this from happening and why the doctor's declaration that their father is no longer competent isn't sufficient.

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Topics: family dispute, guardianship, Estate Planning

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