Looks Like “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag” of Hangers-on

As the Godfather of Soul once sang, “Give it up, or turn it loose.”  If only his family would take his advice and turn his Estate loose.  Instead, the Estate of the late James Brown is a mess, even though he had an estate plan in place when he died.  It appears some...

Where is Jack Ryan When You Need Him?

Tom Clancy, the creator of such espionage thrillers as The Hunt for Red October and Patriot Games, apparently could have used some clearer verbiage for the Codicil to his Last Will.  His estate is currently in litigation over who is responsible for paying the almost...

The Infamous Recluse and his Multitude of “Laughing” Heirs

Similar to the debacle we now see playing out with respect to Prince’s estate, Howard Hughes’ death without a Last Will also engendered wild claims to his fortune and extensive litigation, the last of which is finally nearing resolution 34 years later.  So what...

Even Will Contests are Bigger in Texas

Over the next month we will look at famous lawsuits, focusing mostly on probate litigation.  What Houstonian could ever forget the sight of Anna Nicole Smith going into court, paparazzi crowding around her courthouse entrance, in order to challenge the Last Will and...