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Rush Enterprises subject of probate litigation battle

W. Marvin Rush, II, built the largest commercial truck enterprise in the United States. With 100 truck centers spanning more than 20 states, Rush left a legacy when he died that included shares worth more than $70 million at the close of a recent stock market day. The problem is that his widow, who happened to have been his third wife, and his son, W.M. Rush, III, are engaged in probate litigation that has become quite acrimonious.

Factors that often lead to probate litigation in Illinois

Circuit court judges in Illinois oversee many cases involving disputes regarding executors of estates as well as numerous other aspects related to the estate administration process. Such judges are called upon to issue rulings in probate litigation when a person or group of people challenge a last will and testament. When an objection is filed, the litigation process helps the court determine whether or not the decedent in question was of sound mind when he or she signed a will and whether someone intentionally interfered with the execution of an estate plan or somehow caused duress or wrongful influence upon the estate owner.

Probate litigation expected following Aretha Franlin's death

Rhythm and blues fans in Illinois and throughout the world have been paying tribute to music superstar Aretha Franklin, who recently passed away. In addition to being known for her powerful voice and tremendous success in the music industry, she was also known for being an intensely private person. An expected probate litigation process is about to change all that, however, because information regarding her estate will soon be made public.  

Want to avoid probate litigation? Here's how

Many Illinois families, like others throughout the nation, sometimes find themselves entangled in family discord in the days and weeks that follow a loved one's death. It is not easy to be faced with legal issues surrounding a decedent's final will and testament or other issues regarding inheritance or fiduciary duties. There are several proactive steps one can take to try to avoid probate litigation. 

Adult children wonder if they have grounds for probate litigation

Adult children in Illinois facing problems regarding their parents' final wills may want to consider points raised in a recent online article about a similar situation in another state. Siblings who recently mourned the loss of their father say they believe their stepmother is robbing them of their inheritance. Several legal issues may come into play as they try to resolve their problems and determine if they have grounds for probate litigation

Trying to avoid probate litigation? These ideas might help

The last thing most Illinois estate owners want is to inadvertently tie their loved ones up in months or years of legal disputes when it comes time to administer their estates. The good news is that it is often possible to avoid probate litigation. Planning ahead and seeking clarification of state laws may be keys to success.  

Probate litigation re Prince's estate resolved

When music legend Prince died, the administration of his estate was anything but smooth sailing. His sudden death from an overdose of a painkiller, fentanyl, shocked and saddened music fans throughout the world and left his family members at odds with several others concerning his estate. Probate litigation regarding streaming rights to some of his songs and other issues has finally been resolved. Illinois residents who find themselves facing protracted probate proceedings can reach out for legal support to help them solve their problems as well.  

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.

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