Tag Archive: wills

Arcane legal theory used in Michigan inheritance issue

The Rule Against Perpetuities is every law student’s nightmare. Dating back hundreds of years, the Rule is meant to prevent an estate proceeding from dragging on endlessly, requiring a property interest conveyed in a will to vest, if at all, within 21 years of the death of individuals already in existence at the time of…

DIY Estate Planning: Buyer Beware!

http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-wills14-2009jul14,0,266613.story Chas Rampenthal expects to get more business in the wake of Michael Jackson’s death, but he doesn’t peddle CDs, posters or celebrity memorabilia. Rampenthal sells online wills. And as general counsel of LegalZoom.com, he noticed a sharp uptick in demand when model Anna Nicole Smith died in 2007, triggering a messy battle over her…

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