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Domicile – Where You Live Affects Your Taxes

A successful business owner with a large estate passed away in 1976. He had grown up in Texas, moved to California and also lived for many years in Nevada. With a $2.5 billion estate, there were substantial federal and state taxes. While the estate proceedings were held in Nevada, both California and Texas sued to collect state estate tax. The Nevada Court eventually determined that the domicile or personal residence of the businessman was in Nevada. While this was an unusual case with a very large asset value, there are several reasons why you should understand the basic rules of domicile. Where you live can affect both the distribution of your estate assets and your estate taxes. Continue reading

Wills – Perils of Probate

Published October 24, 2014 by The United Methodist Foundation of the Tennessee and Memphis Conferences

Business Owner passed away on April 5, 1976, with an estate of $2.5 billion. Many people appeared claiming, “I am Business Owner’s heir” and submitted wills with themselves as beneficiaries. The court finally determined seven years later that none of the wills were valid and split the estate among 22 of the decedent’s cousins. The costs and fees to lawyers during administration of Business Owner’s estate were in the millions of dollars. Continue reading

Wills – Good and Bad

Published November 2, 2012
United Methodist Foundation for the Tennessee and Memphis Conferences

Where is the Missing Will?

More than 40 wills were submitted to the probate court, with a multitude of potential heirs each claiming to be the true recipient of a wealthy business owner who passed away in 1976. With a $2.5 billion estate at stake, there was an intense interest in the decision of the court.

After extensive review of the 40 documents, the court finally determined that none of the 40 wills were valid. Because there was no valid will, the court divided the $2.5 billion estate among 22 relatives. Court costs, attorney costs, and estate taxes were enormous, but the 22 heirs still each received millions of dollars.

 Why is a Will Important?

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