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Appoint the wrong estate executor and see what happens

Jerry Garcia and his rock bank the Grateful Dead spawned a musical legacy and song catalogue that will undoubtedly last for a long, long time.

Unfortunately, the same seems to be true for the ongoing battles occurring among principals closely linked with the deceased entertainer's estate. Garcia has been dead since 1995, and his former wives and various beneficiaries are still feuding over his assets more than 25 years later.

Understandably, that estate is large and varied. Garcia was prolific musically and as a businessman. A recent legally themed media spotlight on his estate points to his "royalty income and intellectual property related to the Grateful Dead and various side projects."

Here's a reportedly not-well-considered move that Garcia made years ago concerning his estate that has plunged it into a cycle of disputes ever since: He appointed his third wife as estate executor.

That hasn't worked out too well.

In fact, one of the first things that his spouse did following Garcia's death was to bar his two ex-wives from his funeral. Subsequently, she became embroiled in years'-long litigation with one of the former spouses regarding a property settlement. Moreover, she has faced multiple challenges from beneficiaries.

There are many of those. Garcia expected his wife to ensure that his expressed wishes for a number of children were duly carried out

Reportedly, that has not happened in all respects, with the matter underscoring the difficulties that can arise when an appointed personal representative for an estate and beneficiaries and other parties begin warring over assets.

We duly note that potential for conflict on our website at Robertson, Oswalt & Associates, stressing that "disputes often arise among family member over how the loved one's estate is being distributed and looked after."

Problems can arise for any estate, not just that of a rock star. Timely and studied input from a proven probate and estate administration attorney can help minimize their occurrence and repercussions in a given case.

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