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Tragic story can serve as reminder about making wishes known


Family members and loved ones might have to make difficult decisions regarding the life of a loved one. In some situations, their choices might not serve their best interests entirely. In these cases, the court might have to step in to ensure their needs are met, which can make a difficult situation even more challenging.

"Downton Abbey" provides lessons in estate planning


The worldwide hit television program "Downton Abbey" has returned for another season, and many fans in Washington have been tuning in every week for another dose of witty dialogue, romance, intrigue and no small measure of estate planning. Indeed, estate planning has been central to the British soap opera from its very first episode, when the heir to Lord Grantham's estate went down with the Titanic.

Survey shows a gap in Americans' retirement planning


As the American job market changes, fewer people feel that they can rely upon a pension or work-related retirement account to provide for their needs after they retire. Social Security can help, but many Americans don't feel that it will prove to be sufficient for their needs, especially as the population lives longer. Partly as a result of these changes, many people in Washington and the rest of the nation are planning to live off an inheritance after they retire.

Rock concert promoter's heirs continue estate dispute


Washington's many music fans may remember Bill Graham as one of the most powerful concert promoters of the rock era. With his Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco, Graham had a front-row seat to the flowering of the music business on the West Coast from the Summer of Love until the early 1990s. When he died in a helicopter crash in 1991, Graham left behind an estate worth at least $36 million. However, the precise value of that estate has been the source of litigation for years.

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