Robert Fleming

Visitation and custody

Grandparent Visitation and Custody Disputes

We occasionally hear from grandparents who have visitation and custody disputes with their children. More commonly, they have disputes with their children’s spouses, partners or exes. The stories are often heartbreaking, and we want to help. Too often, our best advice is “you’ll have to learn to deal with it.” Court cases outlining grandparents’ rights …

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Legally required notice

Legally Required Notice in Probate Court

Legally-required notice rules in probate proceedings are straightforward. They mandate mail notice or personal service on interested parties. The person filing a probate proceeding usually must publish notice in the newspaper, as well. But what if they don’t know how to reach other family members? Ana Maria Norman’s Estate When Ana Maria Norman died in …

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Famous people's wills

Famous People’s Wills Are Not Always Like Yours

We often write about famous people’s wills — usually when they have died recently. So, for instance, we recently wrote about Anne Heche’s will. More accurately, we wrote about what might be her will. Sometimes we discuss the absence of a will, or other poor planning choices. Consider the continuing mess generated by Prince’s failure to …

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Community property with right of survivorship

Community Property With Right of Survivorship in AZ

Arizona is one of the minority of states recognizing the concept of community property. In Arizona’s version, though, most real estate owned by spouses for many years was titled as joint tenancy with right of survivorship. Why? Because Arizona did not recognize community property with right of survivorship until 1995. Is Community Property with Right …

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