If a problem can show up in a celebrity probate, it probably will. We’ll take a look at Aretha Franklin’s ongoing estate and the issues in it, including:
– Was there a will?
– What happens if there’s more than one will?
– What makes a handwritten will valid?
– Who may get what, and how?
– In the family fight, who has the advantage?
– Can relatives file claims for unpaid caregiver services?
– Most important, who gets to drive her Mercedes?
Chris Johnson has served estate planning, probate and trust administration clients since 1995, been recognized as a Super Lawyer for the last several years, a “Top Attorney” by Pasadena Magazine and has received a “Superb” 10.0 rating from Avvo. He returned to private practice in 2013 after working with U.S. Trust’s Pasadena and Los Angeles teams as a Senior Vice President and Senior Trust Officer, assigned to high net worth and ultra high net worth families in their generational wealth transfer planning and wealth planning needs.
Chris has extensive experience as a lawyer in estate planning, probate, special needs trusts, irrevocable and charitable trusts, and probate litigation. He works with estates of all sizes, including business succession planning and charitable planning. He is the third generation of his family to work in estate planning and planned giving.
He serves clients from offices in Pasadena, Glendora, Chino Hills and Indian Wells.