Category Archives: Wills

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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Farmer’s will worth €12.5 million recently lodged

A farmer’s will worth more than €12.5 million was recently lodged in the Probate Office in Dublin. Arthur Coldrick, a retired farmer of Athlumney, Navan, Co. Meath, who died on February 25, 2017, has left €12,550,737 in his will. Trevor FitzHerbert, Rockfield House, Rockfield, Kells, Co. Meath, and formerly of Blackcastle, Navan, Co. Meath, died on August 27, 2017, leaving €7,374,337 in his will. Walter Hemeryck, Coolquay, The Ward, Co. Dublin who died on July 3, 2017, has left €3,667,059. Sheila Boake, Rutland, Carlow, Co. Carlow, who died on August 8, 2017, left €2,845,078. John Lyne, Faughcullia, Muckross, Killarney, Co. Kerry, died on June 29, 2017, leaving €2,783,756 in his will. Hugh O’Keeffe, Kemmin’s Mill, Kilcock, Co. Meath, died on February 21, 2017, and left €2,022,853. Robert Stewart, Ards Little, Ramelton, Co. Donegal, who died on January 25, 2016,...
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Deceased rapper Mac Miller was 26 and had a will — similar to that of Michael Jackson

Mac Miller, a 26-year-old American rapper and music producer who died Sept. 7 in California, had a will, and its contents are similar to those of musical phenom Michael Jackson. The fact that Mr. Miller even had a will may surprise some financial advisers, given Mr. Miller's youth. Other famous, much older musicians — Aretha Franklin and Prince, to name recent examples — died without wills, tying up their substantial fortunes in a complex legal process. Mr. Miller, whose legal name was Malcolm McCormick, reportedly had a net worth of about $9 million at the time of his death, the cause of which officials have yet to verify. The Pittsburgh native released his first album, "Blue Slide Park," in 2011; it was the first independent album to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart since 1995....
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Elderly woman needs to benefit urgently from estranged husband’s estate

A solicitor can go ahead with administering the estate of a deceased man for the benefit of his estranged wife, who is aged in her nineties and has dementia, the Court of Appeal has ruled. While the husband left just €1,000 in his will to his estranged wife - a ward of court - she is nonetheless legally entitled to one-third of his estate, Mr Justice Michael Peart noted. Given the woman's age and condition, it is obvious the task of her obtaining her legal right share during her lifetime "is of the utmost and pressing urgency", she has been without it for eight years now "and time is running out". On behalf of the three-judge court, he dismissed an appeal by the woman's son against a High Court order appointing a solicitor...
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Prince’s Paisley Park will open its doors to fans

Paisley Park will open to the public Paisley Park – Prince’s 65,000 square foot compound outside of Minneapolis – is becoming a museum. In October, guests will be able to tour through his recording studios, video-editing rooms, rehearsal rooms and the performance hall. They’ll also get glimpses of more personal items: his wardrobe, dozens of instruments, motorcycles, artwork and rare music. “It keeps his name alive. It keeps his music alive,” said John Kellogg, who teaches music business and management at Berklee College of Music. The museum – where standard tickets will cost $38.50 – will also keep the money-flow alive, he added. “The more it generates interest in Prince’s music, the more of his music will be sold, the more it’ll be streamed,” Kellogg said. Tourists will...
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Half of Prince’s Estate Will Go to Taxman 

Because Prince died intestate (i.e., without a will), nearly half of his assets could go to Taxes At a June 7th hearing this year, Douglas Peterson, attorney for Bremer Trust, said the special administrator has a duty to maximize the value of Prince's estate and that any delay in entering negotiations would interfere with its exercise of that duty. Because Prince died intestate (i.e., without a will), nearly half of his assets could go to pay State and Federal taxes, which are due on January 21, 2017, attorney Peterson told the Hollywood Reporter. His Estate has been variously estimated at $100 million to $500 million--it's hard to value future residuals on "Purple Rain" and other albums. Prince did on April 21 of what the Coroner called an accidental Fentanyl overdose. Following an autopsy,...
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Where there’s no will, there’s still a way to find heirs to estates

The work of a probate genealogist, for those who haven’t seen the programme, involves tracing missing or unknown beneficiaries to a person’s estate when that person has died intestate, without making a will.

Padraic Grennan, business development manager with the company, says that although there is much overlap in cases in the UK and Ireland, there is differing legislation and crucial differences in the way the State handles intestate cases here.

In the UK, the Bona Vacantia, a list of unclaimed estates, is published by the treasury. Probate genealogists work from it, often racing to be the first to find the heirs. No such list is published in Ireland.

If a person dies intestate here, his or her estate is supposed to...

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Millionaire’s daughters to inherit fortune but his will has terms and conditions

A multi millionaire New York property mogul has dictated the terms of his will from beyond the grave seeing his daughters hit with stringent rules in order to inherit his wealth Maurice Laboz, who died earlier this year, decided daughters, Marlena, 21, and Victoria, 17 - would inherit $10million (£6.43 million) each when they turn 35. However the 77-year-old ensured they would be able to get some early bonuses as long as they attended a good university, marry right, get good jobs and do not have children out of wedlock. Laboz told the executors of his will his daughters could each receive half a million dollars if they marry before 35 on the condition their husbands sign a sworn statement that they will not touch the money. Source: Millionaire's daughters to inherit...
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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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