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Dr. Oz Claims His Sister Forged Their Late Father’s Will—how Would He Make This Claim in North Carolina?

April 6, 2022

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…

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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?

March 10, 2022

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…

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NFTs: a Good Investment or a Litigation Risk?

February 10, 2022

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…

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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

January 20, 2022

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…

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Shannen Doherty Wins $6.3 Million Verdict in Insurance Lawsuit Against State Farm

January 11, 2022

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…

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Congratulations to Trey Lindley for His Selection to Business North Carolina’s 2022 Legal Elite for Litigation

January 5, 2022

Lord & Lindley 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.…

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Recent Changes to North Carolina’s Trusts and Estates Statutes Now Allow Living Probate for Trusts in Addition to Wills

December 7, 2021

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…

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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?

November 17, 2021

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…

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No Contest Clauses in Wills: What Are They, and Does North Carolina Enforce Them?

November 9, 2021

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…

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Alex Murdaugh Facing Felony Charges and Denied Bond for Stealing $3 Million Settlement From Lawsuit He Orchestrated Against Himself

October 26, 2021

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…

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