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Billionaire mogul's estate the subject of California court battle

Recently, we discussed the battle over music legend James Brown's estate among those involved in his complicated personal life. Now the estate of another wealthy and colorful man, billionaire mogul Kirk Kerkorian, is the source of a legal battle here in California nearly three years after his death at 98 years old in June 2015. The state's attorney general is even involved.

Multiple people battling over Manson estate

Most people wouldn't assume that someone like Charles Manson had an estate worth fighting over. Manson, the "mastermind" behind multiple murders in the Los Angeles area in 1969, died in prison last year. These were infamously known as the "Manson murders," and involved the deaths of nine people, including actress Sharon Tate, who was pregnant at the time.

Here's why you need an estate plan, even if you're young and poor

If you're in your 20s, you're likely paying off student loan debt, perhaps trying to save up for a better car or even a home and navigating your first job out of college. Likely, the last thing you're thinking about is estate planning. However, you should be.

Know what to do when it is necessary to contest an estate plan

Estate plans are something that your loved ones might have in place to make it easy to handle their estate when they pass away. It is possible that some family members might fight against these estate plans, but they must have a good reason to do so.

Why should you have a living trust?

It's often a wise idea for Californians to set up a living trust when they do their estate planning. This type of trust (also called an "inter vivos" trust) can make matters considerably easier on heirs after you pass away, and prevent them from having to go through probate proceedings, which can be lengthy and costly.

5 frequently asked questions about probate

Losing a loved one is a difficult time. You may have to deal with your loved one's estate after the death if he or she had any assets. Many estates have to go through probate. Understanding some basic points about probate can help if you are facing this situation after your loved one passes away.

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