Critter Corner: What Can Go Wrong if You Handwrite Your Own Will?

Dear Angel, My husband insists on us writing our own Wills. He said that handwritten Wills are legal in Virginia and that we don’t need help from an attorney. Is this correct, and if so, can you tell me some of the things that … [Read more...]

Is a Handwritten Will Ever Valid?

Q. My brother, Larry, doesn’t like to spend money on anything. His family never went on vacation, never bought a new car, or never remodeled their 1970’s kitchen (or any other part of their home, for that matter). His attitude is … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Is a Last Will and Testament Enough?

Dear Angel, My sister wants to save money on estate planning. She is considering Do it Yourself (DIY) forms that she saw online, or if she does go to an attorney, she said that a Will should be enough. Is that true? Thanks for … [Read more...]

The “Queen of Soul” and Other Celebrities Who Died Without a Will

Aretha Franklin, "the Queen of Soul" died on August 16, at the age of 76, from pancreatic cancer. Similar to many other celebrities as we will describe in more detail in this article, a recent court filing revealed that Franklin … [Read more...]

Muddy Waters’ Family Still Singing the Blues: An Estate Plan Still Not Settled After 35 Years

Dan just turned 65 and is beginning to tackle the items on his bucket list. Recently, he was able to check off an item that was near the top—a trip to New Orleans to experience Mardi Gras, see the French Quarter, eat a beignet at … [Read more...]

Don’t Attempt this on Your Own

Q. My Aunt Linda is very stubborn. She has been divorced twice, has three kids, two step-children, and a grandchild on the way. She did her estate planning documents when she was married to her first husband, and insists on making … [Read more...]