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Mary Cunningham Agee wading through turbulent probate litigation

Business women advocates in Illinois and throughout the nation may relate to the many challenges Mary Cunningham Agee overcame when she was climbing to the top of the corporate ladder in the 1980s. Nowadays, many people know Agee as "The Tomato Lady" for her work out West growing heirlooms and herbs. That title comes after 35 years of marriage to Bendix Corp. CEO William M. Agee and the scandalous stories that threatened her reputation at every turn. Such tales have recently resurfaced amid acrimonious probate litigation between the widow and her stepchildren.

Are stepmothers more likely to enter probate litigation?

When a loved one dies, those left behind often encounter legal problems regarding estate administration and probate issues. Many disputes that lead to probate litigation involve stepmothers and their stepchildren. While factual assertions cannot be based on stereotypes or generalizations, there does appear to be data to suggest higher rates of probate litigation in stepfamily situations.

Widow Hopper in probate litigation with JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Illinois residents who keep up with major global business news are likely familiar with now-deceased Max Hopper, who was an American IT manager as well as a top executive for several other companies, including American Airlines and Bank of America. Following his death, his widow, Jo Hopper, became entangled in a contentious probate litigation situation with the nation's largest bank, JPMorgan Chase & Co. She publicly stated that she believes the bank was trying to rob her of assets to which she was entitled.

Probate litigation continues regarding Charles Manson estate

Although it is not all that uncommon for complications and problems to arise when Illinois families address estate administration matters following their loved ones' deaths, it is likely safe to assume that most disagreements pertain to financial assets or other items of worth, not the actual bodies of the decedents. However, that just so happens to be a central focus of current probate litigation that has erupted following the death of convicted mass murderer, Charles Manson. It seems that just as his life was full of bizarre twists and turns, so too, is the legal battle taking place after his death.

Can probate litigation be avoided?

A high priority for many Louisiana estate owners is helping loved ones avoid long, drawn out court proceedings down the line. Probate litigation may be avoided if  certain issues are kept in mind and estate owners know where to turn for support, if needed. Not taking steps to avoid such litigation may ultimately cause permanent strain on familial relationships.

Will Jerry Lewis's will lead to probate litigation?

Actor and comedian Jerry Lewis recently died, leaving many relatives and fans anxious to learn more about his will. That information has since been published and it begs the question whether the contents of the will might lead to probate litigation. It's a highly complex situation and not everyone is happy about Lewis's final instructions. Illinois residents currently facing similar issues may be very interested in the story.

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