What can we learn from celebrity family disputes?


The late mystery author Tom Clancy’s family is the most recent celebrity dispute in the news. Disagreements over the distribution of assets from a celebrity’s estate seem to occur regularly these days. For example, in the past year alone we have read about Robin Williams and Casey Kasem’s widows fighting with the children of the… Read more »

Tax-time Estate Planning Checklist. Time to get organized!


It’s the start of tax season, which means W-2’s, 1099’s and other tax documents will soon start rolling in. Over the next few months, you’ll be tasked with pulling all your records together for your CPA, and giving a thorough accounting of your finances to the IRS. I know preparing for tax time can be… Read more »

Don’t Be Caught Unprepared! Avoid Probate.


Most likely you have heard about the nasty inheritance battles between family members of deceased celebrities. Robin Williams comes to mind. However, these fights aren’t limited to the rich and famous. Probate is the court process that validates a Will.  If there is no Will, the estate will be distributed according to Virginia law. Many… Read more »