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Discord between heirs and beneficiaries of Alan Thicke

When a person unexpectedly dies, family members may disagree about inheritance. While not every Illinois resident's estate may be valued as high as that of former TV star Alan Thicke, many may relate to a raging battle that has ensued among his heirs and beneficiaries. Thicke's death brought sorrow to many, including 1980s sitcom fans who enjoyed his shows; his two sons, Robin and Brennan, are apparently worried that Thicke's third wife may try to get more than she is entitled to by inheritance.

Robin Thicke, a Hollywood star in his own right, joined his brother to file a complaint against their stepmother. The siblings say they have evidence (a written letter from the stepmother's attorney, supposedly) revealing her intentions to try to get her hands on more assets than those that were agreed up on in the prenuptial contract she and Thicke signed before they were married. The judge who reviewed the complaint did not seem to agree about the evidence portion of the complaint.

Plan ahead to reduce the burden on your loved ones

When you are thinking about your estate, one of the goals that you have is to reduce the burden that falls on your loved ones when you are gone. There are several ways to do this, so think carefully about what you want to do with your estate plan.

There are several things for you to think about that go far beyond the will and trusts. Here are some ways that you can minimize what your family members have to deal with when you are gone.

Widow of 9/11 victim discusses estate planning and administration

Most Illinois residents who were adults in 2001 remember exactly where they were and what they were doing when a terrorist group launched an attack against the United States on domestic soil. A woman in another state was a young mother of three at the time. She recently recounted her memories of that day and also discussed many lessons she learned in the aftermath of her own husband's death, including certain estate planning and administration strategies.

The woman's children were all age six and under at the time of the World Trade Center attacks. Their father was in Tower Two of the Trade Center at the time. Sadly, he lost his life after a plane struck the building.

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