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Probate litigation may be necessary for those excluded from wills

Saying goodbye to a loved one can be difficult. However, learning that you have been disinherited can be equally as painful. People in Ohio who have been excluded from a will or trust may attempt to solve a dispute of this nature through probate litigation.

One man may be considering his legal options after being excluded from his father's will. Famed hairstylist Vidal Sassoon died last year. He left behind around $150 million. His estate will be split between his children. However, his 41-year-old adopted son will receive nothing.

A 2010 autobiography by the hairstylist revealed that he and his adopted son had a troubled relationship. Sassoon even wrote that he hadn't spoken to his son for some time.

Sassoon's adopted son may wish to pursue litigation in order to receive a portion of the hairstylist's immense fortune. However, it may prove to be quite difficult. Sassoon wrote in his will that his son was disinherited and "shall be deemed to have predeceased me."

In addition to his adopted son, Sassoon also excluded three of his ex-wives from his estate.

Although it is unclear if any of Sassoon's ex-wives or his adopted son will pursue legal action, there may be times when it is necessary. For instance, people who question how an executor or trustee is handling their responsibilities may find it best to resolve their issues in probate court.

Because probate issues can create tension between family members, it is usually best to work with an experienced attorney. An attorney can help people resolve their differences while minimizing emotional turmoil between family members.

Source: Examiner.com, "Vidal Sassoon disinherited son and ex-wives, will not share in $150M estate," Rachel Monaco, March 25, 2013

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