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    : The sister of late rapper 2Pac recently sued the executor and special trustee of their mother’s estate and trust for paying himself millions after hiring himself as the manager of the record label that produced 2Pac’s posthumous actions. Read this week’s blog post to learn more about the duties of executors and trustees in NC!

    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…

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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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    CONGRATULATIONS TO TREY LINDLEY FOR HIS SELECTION TO BUSINESS NORTH CAROLINA’S 2022 LEGAL ELITE FOR LITIGATION

    Lindley Law is proud to announce Trey Lindley’s selection to Business North Carolina Magazine’s Legal Elite in Litigation for 2022. The annual publication lists the state’s top lawyers in various practices areas. Business North Carolina magazine sends ballots to all active North Carolina lawyers asking them for the state’s best practitioners in their respective fields. Fewer than 4% of North Carolina’s 28,000 practicing attorneys are recognized. This is Trey’s second consecutive year being selected as a Legal Elite in Litigation. Congratulations Trey!  

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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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    NO CONTEST CLAUSES IN WILLS: WHAT ARE THEY, AND DOES NORTH CAROLINA ENFORCE THEM?

    When you create an estate plan, you plan out how you want your assets to be distributed after you die.  However, what many people do not plan for in creating their estate plans is the possibility of someone challenging their will later on, for example, by arguing you lacked the testamentary capacity required to create a valid will.  One option to discourage challenges to your will after you die is the inclusion of a “no contest clause,” also known as an “in terrorem clause” (translated from Latin to mean “so as to produce terror”).  A no contest clause is a provision in a will stating that if a devisee challenges…

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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.…

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    CHANGES TO NORTH CAROLINA’S STATUTES LOWER THE BAR FOR VALID HOLOGRAPHIC WILLS

    When it comes to end of life planning, ideally you will consult an attorney to assist you in preparing your estate plan.  However, not everyone has access to legal help, and people might find themselves in a situation in which there is insufficient time to consult an attorney, such as in the case of rapidly declining health.  For this reason, many states, including North Carolina, have statutes regarding “holographic wills.”  A holographic will is generally a handwritten document signed by the testator and is typically not witnessed or notarized. In North Carolina, a holographic will was previously defined as a will (1) written entirely in the handwriting of the testator,…

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    Lindley Law is Now Hiring a Full Time Legal Administrative Assistant!

      Full-Time Legal Administrative Assistant Pay: Salaried pay based on experience. Competitive benefits including healthcare coverage, 401k matching contributions, and short term and long term disability coverage. Overview: Lindley Law is a dynamic and innovative law firm that strives to build excellent relationships with clients while accomplishing their legal goals. We practice civil litigation in the fields of complex business litigation, trust and estate litigation, construction law, employment law, and various other civil practice areas. We are a small firm of three attorneys and an office manager with room to grow. We are looking for a highly enthusiastic individual that desires to work in the legal field and help grow…

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    Lindley Law is Hiring a Part Time Legal Administrative Assistant

    Lindley Law is now hiring a part time Legal Administrative Assistant. If you or someone you know is interested in joining our team, please have them contact Mary Pavlinchak (contact info below) for additional information. Pay: Hourly pay based on experience. Overview: Lindley Law is a dynamic and innovative law firm that strives to build excellent relationships with clients while accomplishing their legal goals. We practice civil litigation in the fields of complex business litigation, trust and estate litigation, construction law, employment law, and various other civil practice areas. We are a small firm of three attorneys and an office manager with room to grow. We are looking for a…