Estate Planning and Probate

Prince’s Estate – Why Estate Planning Isn’t just for Married Couples and People with Children

Last month the pop music icon Prince died a sudden and untimely death at the age of 57. During the course of his career, Prince amassed a massive estate that includes the rights to his music catalog and unreleased music reportedly worth more well over $300 million. Prince did not […]

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Tom Clancy’s Estate Attorney Faces Suit for 6 Million Dollar Mistake

By Tom Costello of Costello Law Group  According to the Daily Record, Tom Clancy’s widow, Alexandra Llewellyn Clancy, is attempting to remove J.W. Thompson Webb, Clancy’s estate attorney, as personal representative of Clancy’s estate. Clancy’s estate is valued at a $83 million, a majority of which is Clancy’s 12-percent-stake in the Baltimore Orioles. […]

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Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Outdated Estate Plan May Cost His Family Millions

By Tom Costello of Costello Law Group  According to an Investment News’ report, Philip Seymour Hoffman may have left his longtime companion and the mother of his three children, Marianne O’Donnell, with a large tax bill and outdated will. Under Hoffman’s will, which was filed with New York City Surrogate’s Court earlier this week, […]

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Widow Unable to Access Husband’s Account

On behalf of Thomas Costello of Costello Law Group Last year, Julia Bolena, lost her husband of 53 years to cancer. Since then, Mrs. Bolena has been trying to access her husband’s Wells Fargo savings account without success. According to a Yahoo! Newsreport, she was named as a beneficiary of her husband’s Wells […]

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Google’s Inactive Account Manager Allows Users to Plan Their “Digital Afterlife”

On behalf of Thomas Costello of Costello Law Group Yesterday, Google announced a new feature that allows users to control the disposition of their digital assets after their death. With this feature , called “Inactive Account Manager”, users can choose to have their data in their Gmail, Google+, Picasa, Youtube, or other Google service accounts […]

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