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Disney heirs in fight over grandfather's will


People in California surely know Disneyland as one of the state's biggest tourist attractions and the self-proclaimed "Happiest Place on Earth." Over 50 years ago, the visionary behind the empire, Walt Disney, died and left his estate to his family and loved ones. Disney left untold millions to his children, including his daughter Sharon, who died in 1993 and left her share of her inheritance in a trust fund for her twin children, Brad and Michelle, who are now 43-years-old.

Heir to fortune found dead under railroad overpass


People in California may have seen a recent article about a 60-year-old man who was found dead in Wyoming under a railway overpass. His body was discovered by children who were sledding; coroners believe the man died of exposure to the elements. The man, who may have been living as a transient, wasn't your average homeless person, however; he was the adopted great-grandson of former U.S. Senator and copper tycoon William Andrews Clark and heir to a vast sum of the family fortune.

Yarnell crewmember's family fights for benefits


People in California know what a menace wildfires can be on the west coast. Many people probably recall the tragedy that occurred in Yarnell, Arizona, when 19 firefighters on the Granite Mountain Hotshot crew perished while fighting a blazing wildfire earlier this summer. The story became national news as firefighters and citizens mourned the brave crew, but now the victims' families have a fight of their own.

First steps for estate administration and probate


People in California who have lost a loved one know that the emotional toll of grief and sadness can be overwhelming. The loss of a close friend, relative or spouse can make functioning normally difficult, if not impossible. Often though, before a person can properly grieve, they first have to deal with the practicality of winding down their loved one's affairs and settling their estate after death. Having a practical plan in place for one's own affairs after death can be very useful, especially when it comes to naming a capable person to perform the essential tasks that must be done.

Deceased rapper's estate battles rage in California court

Readers in California may have heard about the ongoing troubles surrounding the estate of deceased rapper Nathaniel Hale, popularly known as Nate Dogg, who died of complications from multiple strokes in 2011. Hale reached widespread popularity for his collaborations with some of the biggest names in hip-hop, as well as critical acclaim in the form of four Grammy nominations. He died at the young age of 41 and did not leave a will, leaving the disposition of his substantial estate to be determined by the California probate court.

Michael Jackson estate issues continue in latest lawsuit

Readers of this blog may have seen a recent headline about the allegations against pop icon Michael Jackson, who now is being accused of molesting yet another young boy. This time the accuser is a man named Wade Robson, once a staunch supporter of Jackson, who became friends with the pop star at the age of 7. The latest accusations may extend the California probate proceedings for the Jackson estate, which have continued through a seemingly never-ending spate of estate challenges from creditors, alleged victims and feuding family members.

Former prostitute wins estate challenge for child support

Readers of the blog and those who watch California current events are aware of the Silicon Valley millionaire who was killed in a home invasion last year and the drama that has surrounded his estate since his death. After his death, a woman came forward and claimed that he was the father of her two girls, ages seven and nine. Though the man's family adamantly denied the allegations, a San Jose court has sided with the woman and awarded her a monthly support amount of $1,800 for each of her daughters.

Overseas inheritance case brings together long lost relatives

Californians may have heard of an interesting story of reunion, and some unexpected inheritance, that brought together two families that never knew of their common ancestry. All of it was caught on camera as part of an Irish television show called "Dead Money" that tracks two genealogist brothers as they track down heirs of people who die without named heirs in Ireland.

Online life after death raises privacy, estate planning concerns

People in California may have seen a recent article proposing ways in which people can protect their digital accounts and social media assets after death. While it's something many people haven't thought much about, these staggering statistics might be reason enough: there are an estimated 30 million deceased people with Facebook accounts, and people consider the value of their digital assets to be, on average, $55,000.

Domestic partnership benefits mulled over in legislature

People in same-sex relationships in California have had a tumultuous ride over the last year. Between Proposition 8 and the uncertainty over the Federal Defense of Marriage Act, it might be difficult for same-sex couples and people in domestic partnerships to even know where they stand under the current law.

My Sacramento law practice, Michael A. Sawamura, Attorney at Law, focuses on wills, trusts and estate planning law in addition to business law and corporate defense services. My clients include professionals, government employees, small businesses, blue-collar workers and national corporations.

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