Category Archives: Estate Planning

Renowned musician Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin dies aged 67

Renowned musician, composer and academic, Professor Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin, has died aged 67. In a statement, the university said: "[Mícheál] Ó Súilleabháin left a rich legacy through his own music, as well as the academy he founded which attracted students from over 50 countries." He was celebrated for his fusion of Irish traditional and classical music, in particular for his unique style of piano playing. He is survived by his wife Professor Helen Phelan and their son Luke; sons Eoin and Mícheál (Moley), their mother Dr Nóirín Ní Rian, and his brother John. Everyone should prepare a will to avoid unnecessary stress for loved ones. Visit our helpful Wills and Probate page here. Source: RTE...
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Deficiencies in succession law must be addressed

Deficiencies in succession law must be addressed

It is high time that the Oireachtas acted to remedy the deficiencies in the Succession Act 1965 in relation to property which is held under a joint tenancy. Property which is held under a joint tenancy is subject to the rule of survivorship, meaning that the last surviving joint tenant becomes automatically entitled to the property absolutely. It is a “last man standing” rule. However, the rule of succession runs aground where one joint tenant is found to have unlawfully killed, or attempted to kill, another joint tenant. The ensuing difficulties are born from the fact that at common law it is recognised that no person shall take advantage of, or accrue a benefit from, his own wrongdoing. The...
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Estate Planning: Making Sure Data Doesn’t Byte the Dust

Estate Planning in Cyberspace: Making Sure Data Doesn’t Byte the Dust | LegalTXTS

Ownership of contents of online email account gets called into question after account owner dies — Ajemian v. Yahoo!, Inc., 987 N.E.2d 604 (Mass. Ct. App. May 7, 2013) Who owns the data in an online account after the account owner dies?  It’s a question that’s growing in importance as online email accounts become commonplace and cloud storage services like DropBox and Google Drive gain users.  A Massachusetts court faced that question in Ajemian v. Yahoo!, Inc., but left it unresolved. In Ajemian, an individual (Robert) opened a Yahoo! email account for the primary use of his brother, John.  Robert shared the account as a co-user.  Several years after Robert opened the account, John...
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