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Trial & Heirs: Famous Fortune Fights! [Paperback]

Andrew W. Mayoras , Danielle B. Mayoras

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Dec 11 2009
The highly publicized estate battles of celebrities cast a bright spotlight on the importance of having the proper estate planning. You'll have a front row seat in the courtroom while Trial & Heirs: Famous Fortune Fights! replays the "tabloid drama" and points out what went wrong in these riveting cases. Legacy Expert Attorneys Andrew W. Mayoras and Danielle B. Mayoras are your guides - with research and court records in one hand, and juicy celebrity stories in the other. These include Michael Jackson, Ted Kennedy, Princess Di, Anna Nicole Smith, Heath Ledger, Ray Charles, Jimi Hendrix, Frank Sinatra, Martin Luther King Jr., Brooke Astor, Rosa Parks... and many others! This easy-to-follow guide is complete with Tips to Avoid a Family Fight and Ideas to Spark Family Discussion. The tips alone could save you thousands (or more!) in legal fees. Discover how to steer clear of the same celebrity estate "errors" as you protect yourself and your "heirs." The book offers practical advice to: * Protect your family with a proper estate plan * Start productive family discussions with parents and loved ones * Protect your rights if you have a loved one who is aging or has passed away and you're concerned about being treated fairly * Navigate through difficult and emotional family fights that can result when the proper planning wasn't done * Safeguard the true wishes of a mature loved one in case someone attempts to take advantage of them * Protect yourself and your family when there are questions about the right way to administer an estate or trust * Ensure that your wishes and the wishes of your loved ones are protected * Find a good estate planning and/or probate attorney

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 290 pages
  • Publisher: Wise Circle Books (Dec 11 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615328865
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615328867
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 22.5 x 15 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 408 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #657,175 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining with a little education thrown in June 5 2010
By Dale C. Maley - Published on Amazon.com
It must be human nature for us to not want to face the fact we are all going to die someday. Depending on the survey, huge percentages of Americans die without a will.

Back around the year 2000, I decided to investigate estate planning and make sure I had an optimum estate plan in place. We got our first will as soon as our first child was born....so I had some familiarity with simple wills. I bought about 4 books on estate planning. Most of these books were a tough read because the subject is not exciting, and estate law is an arcane specialty area of the law anyway. The most helpful book I found was The 60-Minute Estate Planner. I found it the best because of the graphical diagrams showing how the money flowed after each marital partner passed away. I sought out an experienced estate planning attorney who only did estate planning. He set up marital bypass trusts for each of us. I then did all the paperwork for transferring assets to the trusts and the lawyer reviewed them for correctness before I executed them. I then re-titled the assets and updated the beneficiary forms to fund the trusts.

I bought this book with the expectation of being entertained by the stories of wealthy people without wills. Since I had previously researched estate planning, and was familiar with executing both wills and bypass trusts....I did not expect to learn much about estate planning from the book.

This book fulfilled my expectation for being entertained. I enjoyed reading the tales of famous people who had no wills. Coming from Central Illinois, farming country, I particularly enjoyed the Canadian farmer story. Seems he left for the field on his tractor and told his wife he would be back by 10 pm. He had an accident on the tractor and his legs were pinned. When he didn't come home by 10pm, his wife got some neighbors and went to look for him. They found his legs pinned by the tractor and rushed him to the hospital. He died soon after. When the neighbors went out in daylight to retrieve the tractor, they found he had used his pocketknife to scribe something like......I leave it all to my wife...then his initials. The judge ruled his inscription was a valid will.......but each will must be filed in the courthouse. He ordered the inscribed portion of the tractor to be sawn off and brought to the courthouse. It was sawn off and is now in a Canadian museum.

I actually learned a few things about estate planning in this book. I was not aware of `the terror clause" to prevent your heirs from battling over your estate. I also liked the grandfather's trust where every April after his death, his trust would match the grandchild's income shown on the grandchild's tax return. The grandfather wanted to try to instill the value of hard work onto his grandchildren.

I would suggest reading this book as an entertaining introduction to estate planning. Then read The 60-minute Estate Planner and review the graphical explanations of trusts. The AARP Crash Course in Estate Planning is also a helpful book. Then visit an attorney who specializes in only estate planning to set-up your estate plan. If you are going to set up trusts, have the lawyer help you fund the trust including filling out beneficiary forms correctly.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Has wide appeal, and is highly recommended Jan. 10 2010
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
You can't take it with you, so where does it go? "Trial & Heirs: Famous Fortune Fights! ...And What You Can Learn From Celebrity Errors" looks at the inheritance game and what has spilled out from the deaths of pop culture icons and who takes on their legacy... and the pile of money that comes with it. A legal advice book primarily, it reads intriguingly for those who love an entertaining courtroom drama tied in with celebrity drama. "Trial & Heirs" has wide appeal, and is highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and Informative March 25 2012
By Paul Caspersen - Published on Amazon.com
For anyone who writes on the topic of estate planning, it's challenging to keep the general audiences attention as you dive into the complexities. The authors utilize the stories of deceased celebrities in a very positive way to educate and inform the readers on mistakes anyone can make in the estate planning process. The size of a celebrities estate vs. the general public generally doesn't make a difference since these mistakes in estate planning don't matter based upon the magnitude of wealth. Very interesting read for anyone who wants to learn more about estate planning.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Trial & Heirs Dec 10 2009
By Sal - Published on Amazon.com
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A must read! Fantastic important information delivered in an entertaining, easy-to-read book. Every family should have a copy!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Estate Planning Aug. 15 2011
By DBS - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Entertaining, understandable, and a must read for anyone interested in planning for their own estate. You will gain ideas and ask more questions regarding your estate plan. You will be more prepared when you discuss your planning with your legal team.

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