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How to avoid Family Trust Issues

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What do the estate planning mistakes and missteps of Michael Jackson, Heath Ledger, Marlon Brando, Princess Di, Gary Coleman and other well-known celebrities have to do with you? EVERYTHING! Danielle & Andy use real-life celebrity errors of the rich and famous to show families across America how to avoid the same pitfalls when planning for their heirs.

Nelson Mandela left behind an unparalleled legacy of peace, dignity, and selflessness. If early reports are accurate, some of his children and grandchildren don’t exactly subscribe to the same value system


A pair of Marley’s closest advisors — his attorney and his accountant — decided to help craft an estate plan after Marley died. There’s a big problem with this approach … there is no legal way to accomplish this.

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Maybe, just maybe, hearing the story of someone who has been there, in the worst possible way, can finally push us all into action.

And we desperately need to act. According to a survey that the legal services site Rocket Lawyer conducted in 2011, 57 percent of adults in the United States do not have a will. Of those 45 to 64 years of age, a shocking 44 percent still have not gotten it down.

The result is a Web site named for the scolding, profane exhortation that her inner voice shouted during those dark days in the intensive care unit.

It’s true that her efforts are not unprecedented. Nolo helped pioneer a do-it-yourself legal movement, and its state-by-state materials are thorough. Several commercial sites can help store and sort your documents and accounts, including