Robin Williams’ children and wife have two months to settle dispute

The court gave late comedian Robin Williams’ wife and three adult children up to two months to divide up his mementos to avoid an ugly court battle, The New York Daily News reported on March 30.

A San Francisco judge gave the two conflicting parties a timetable to continue negotiations over the late actor’s memorabilia, including a watch collection, Japanese anime figurines, and bikes, among many other treasured items. In December, Robin Williams’ widow Susan Schneider filed a claim alleging that Williams’ will was ‘ambiguous.’ Schneider argued that Williams wanted his heirs to share all the items at his Napa residence, but not the items tied to the house he shared with her in Tiburon.

If the parties fail to reach an agreement, arbitration will follow before a public court hearing.

Being involved in a will dispute can be difficult for you and for everyone involved. To learn more about how to protect your rights and welfare during this trying time, consult with a probate lawyer at Peck Ritchey, LLC, by calling our Chicago office at (855) 328-5787 today.

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Ernie Banks’ former team settles the late player’s funeral debts

The owner of a funeral home that recently filed a claim against the estate of Chicago Cubs icon Ernie Banks due to unpaid memorial expenses said everything was settled by the team and its owner, The Root reported on March 7.

The cost of Banks’ funeral reached $35,000, which the former baseball legend’s estate owed to Donnellan Funeral Home. Fortunately, the Chicago Cubs and the Ricketts family, the team’s owner, were quick to address the issue. Donnellan’s filing for a $35,000 claim coincided with an ongoing probate battle that involves Banks’ widow, Elizabeth Banks, and his longtime caregiver, Regina Rice.

Ernie Banks, named Mr. Cub and Mr. Sunshine, died at the age of 83. When his will was changed to give Rice full control over his estate, the legal battle was initiated. His estate was assessed by Rice’s camp to be worth $16,000, to which a judge demanded a full accounting.

Estate disputes like this may put you and your loved ones’ financial future at great risk. If you need an assertive, dedicated, and well-experienced probate attorney to advocate for your rights and interests, the legal team at Peck Ritchey, LLC, might be of help. Call our Chicago office at (855) 328-5787 to learn more about taking legal action.

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Marilyn Monroe’s estate sued for virtual 3-D image

Marilyn Monroe’s estate and an audiovisual firm adopting the persona of the actress in 3D are engaged in a probate battle that could have an extensive effect among the estates of celebrated people who failed to register their persona while still alive, Mail Online reported on October 2.

Monroe’s estate claims that Virtual Marilyn LLC’s use of Monroe’s persona will confuse people and uses her identity to garner an unfair following. However, a 13-page court document filed by the audiovisual firm at a U.S. district court states the company now owns Monroe’s persona rights. The suit explains that Monroe’s persona rights ‘died’ along with her in 1962, and that the actress never registered any aspect of her persona as a trademark when she was still alive.

In 2012, the United States Copyright Office awarded Virtual Marilyn LLC the right to use computer generated characters adopting Monroe’s persona, which may include her name, image, likeness, voice and signature.

Probate disputes and litigation such as this should be handled by qualified and highly professional probate litigation attorneys who know well how important it is to protect your rights in and out of the courtroom. At Peck Ritchey, LLC, we may advocate for you or a loved one’s welfare. To contact our Chicago office, call (855) 328-5787 today.

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