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Rosa Parks probate judge acted fairly, appellate court rules

The late Rosa Parks will always be remembered for helping bring about the end of racial segregation in the United States. Her refusal to give up her seat in the “white” section of the bus in 1955 remains an inspiring moment of civil disobedience against unjust laws to subsequent generations.

Hoffman's will doesn't cover the possibility of more than 1 child

Philip Seymour Hoffman was recognized as one of the finest actors in Hollywood. With every character portrayal, it seemed like Hoffman never left out any details. Not long ago, the celebrated actor unexpectedly passed away at the age of 46. He had a will in place at the time of his death, but it hadn't been updated since 2004, which could create problems for his children.

Will star's estate become embroiled in probate litigation?

Unexpectedly losing at loved one at a young age obviously presents a number of challenges. Being taken off guard by such an event can cause tremendous grief. At the same time, estate administration can also become an issue. If a person doesn't have a clear plan in place, distributing assets and squaring away other legal issues might become contentious. After all, various family members might have opinions about how things should be done if there is no will.

Planning ahead can ease the conservatorship process

When a person reaches a certain point in life, certain tasks may no longer be possible as the result of health concerns or aging. In addition to physical limitations, people may lose the ability to manage their own medical and financial affairs. This is when a court may step in to start the conservatorship process, which puts one person in charge of making important decisions on another person's behalf.

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