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    Lindley Law Seeking Litigation Attorney with 1-3 Years’ Experience

    Are you a lawyer who’s perfectly content with your current firm, without any desire to move? Do your clients routinely praise you for rescuing them from circumstances they considered dire, if not entirely lost? Have you ever wanted to be part of a law firm that encouraged and rewarded your success? Do you want to shape your law firm’s future and build something special? If you answered YES to ALL these questions, we’ve been looking for you.  See below to find out why…   Company Overview Lindley Law, PLLC is a boutique litigation firm located in Uptown Charlotte.  Lindley Law handles civil litigation matters throughout North Carolina, representing corporations, closely…

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    DR. OZ CLAIMS HIS SISTER FORGED THEIR LATE FATHER’S WILL—HOW WOULD HE MAKE THIS CLAIM IN NORTH CAROLINA?

    Famous TV doctor Mehmet Oz—better known as “Dr. Oz”—recently accused his sister, Nazlim, of forging their late father’s will and stealing millions from his estate.  A 2008 will left all of Mustafa Oz’s assets to the Mustafa Oz Foundation, a United States organization, and left Dr. Oz in charge of the foundation; however, Nazlim presented a new will dated 2018 after Mustafa’s death, which Dr. Oz claims is forged. Mustafa Oz passed away in Turkey in 2019, and litigation regarding his estate subsequently commenced in Turkey.  Turkish prosecutors reportedly followed some of the money to bank accounts in at least three other countries.  The Turkish estate dispute is proceeding alongside a…

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    A FLORIDA JUDGE TEMPORARILY BLOCKED THE RELEASE OF FULL HOUSE STAR BOB SAGET’S DEATH INVESTIGATION RECORDS—WHAT IF HE DIED IN NORTH CAROLINA?

    Famous comedian and actor Bob Saget was tragically found dead in the bed of his Ritz Carleton hotel room in Orlando, Florida, on January 9, 2021, at age 65.  As America was reeling from the sudden loss of their favorite TV dad, news broke that Saget died from blunt force head trauma, likely from an accidental fall in his hotel room. As is common in celebrity death cases—particularly where the death is the result of accidental trauma, such as in the case of Kobe Bryant—Saget’s family had concerns regarding the public release of the details surrounding his death.  In February, Saget’s widow and three daughters sued the Orange County Sheriff’s…

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    NFTs: A GOOD INVESTMENT OR A LITIGATION RISK?

    NFTs—or non-fungible tokens—have been making headlines in recent months as the newest investment craze.  “At a very high level, most NFTs are part of the Ethereum blockchain. Ethereum is a cryptocurrency, like bitcoin or dogecoin, but its blockchain also supports these NFTs, which store extra information that makes them work differently from, say, an ETH coin.”  NFTs can be anything digital but are currently extremely popular for buying and selling digital art.  Popular NFT marketplaces include OpenSea, Rarible, and Nifty Gateway, and some NFTs have been bought and sold for tens of millions of dollars. This new digital artwork platform has, unsurprisingly, sparked many intellectual property disputes.  Most recently, famous…

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    2PAC’S SISTER SUES THE EXECUTOR AND SPECIAL TRUSTEE OF THEIR LATE MOTHER’S ESTATE AND TRUST FOR ALLEGEDLY EMBEZZLING MILLIONS

    Tupac Shakur, the rapper better known by his stage name “2Pac,” died on September 13, 1996, from gunshot wounds he received in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Now, more than a quarter of a century later, 2Pac’s sister, Sekyiwa Shakur, along with the Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation, are suing the executor and special trustee of their mother’s estate and trust for allegedly embezzling millions of dollars from the estate of Afeni Shakur-Davis, which consists primarily of assets from the late rapper. In addition to embezzlement, the lawsuit claims Tom Whalley—who has also been serving as the executor of 2Pac’s estate since Afeni’s death—refused to turn over certain personal…

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    SHANNEN DOHERTY WINS $6.3 MILLION VERDICT IN INSURANCE LAWSUIT AGAINST STATE FARM

    The year 2018 was devastating for California, as it saw “the deadliest and most destructive wildfire season on record in California.”  Celebrities were not immune from the destruction—the fires claimed several Hollywood homes, including those of Miley Cyrus, Neil Young, and Gerard Butler.  The home of Shannen Doherty, actress and Beverly Hills, 90210 star, also suffered serious damage as a result of the fires.  Doherty quickly found herself in a legal dispute with State Farm Insurance regarding insurance coverage for the damage, and Doherty ultimately filed suit in February 2020.  Doherty’s case proceeded to a federal jury trial, which resulted in a $6.3 million verdict in Doherty’s favor in October…

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    RECENT CHANGES TO NORTH CAROLINA’S TRUSTS AND ESTATES STATUTES NOW ALLOW LIVING PROBATE FOR TRUSTS IN ADDITION TO WILLS

    Probate is a judicial procedure through which the validity of a testamentary document is established.  Typically, probate occurs after the testator dies.  However, some states allow for “living probate,” in which the validity of the testamentary document is established while the testator is still alive.  A living probate, therefore, can limit the likelihood that the validity of a testator’s will, codicil, or trust will be successfully challenged after the testator’s death.  A testator who believes his or her will, codicil, and/or trust is likely to be challenged—such as where the testator disinherits a child or spouse—may desire to accelerate the estate dispute and determine issues of validity while he or…

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    TENNESSEE COURT OF APPEALS DETERMINES HANDWRITTEN NOTE IN BIBLE LEGALLY AMENDED WILL—WOULD A NORTH CAROLINA COURT REACH THE SAME RESULT?

    The Tennessee Court of Appeals in Nashville recently held that a decedent’s handwritten note in a Bible—which belonged to a close friend but was found among the decedent’s personal effects after her death—constituted a valid codicil that amended her will.  A codicil is “[a] written amendment or addition to an existing will,” and, as with the preparation and execution of wills themselves, states have specific requirements that must be met for a codicil to be valid and legally change the decedent’s will.  In addition, some states allow wills and codicils to be handwritten, or “holographic,” and apply a more lenient set of requirements for the execution of such documents. In…

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    ALEX MURDAUGH FACING FELONY CHARGES AND DENIED BOND FOR STEALING $3 MILLION SETTLEMENT FROM LAWSUIT HE ORCHESTRATED AGAINST HIMSELF

    Now-suspended South Carolina attorney Alex Murdaugh has been ever-present in the news lately regarding a string of suspicious deaths and illegal activity.  After the still-unsolved double homicide of his wife and son in early June, Murdaugh’s resignation from his law firm amid allegations of misappropriation of client funds, an apparent botched suicide-for-hire plot in early September, and the South Carolina Supreme Court suspending his law license, the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) opened a criminal investigation into Murdaugh regarding the death and estate proceedings of Gloria Satterfield, Murdaugh’s former housekeeper who died of injuries from an apparent trip-and-fall accident she sustained while working in Murdaugh’s home in February 2018.…