Despite frequent reminders about the importance of estate planning, many people in California die every year without having a will or other formal estate plan in place.
The battle between family members of the estate of the great pop and soul artist Aretha Franklin is ongoing and, based how a recent court hearing transpired, may be getting worse.
While previous posts have discussed how estate administration works after a California resident dies, there are many occasions in which someone in the San Jose area may still be alive yet require help managing their property and business affairs.
The death of rock legend Tom Petty two years ago has left several unresolved issues between Petty's widow and his two daughters from a prior relationship. The fighting between the daughters and their stepmother has spilled over in to litigation that is now pending before a California court.
Even when everyone is getting along, being the executor of a California estate can be a challenging and time-consuming task.
Although the name of the document is somewhat misleading, a living will is not really anything like a last will and testament.
When it comes to administering a California estate, perhaps the most important person is the executor, who may also be referred to as the administrator of the estate or even as the personal representative.