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Trusts, Wills, & Estate Planning

Trusts, Wills, & Estate Planning

  • Wills
  • Estate Planning
  • Special Needs Trusts
  • Contested Estates
  • Revocable & Irrevocable Living Trusts
  • Powers of Attorney
  • Advanced Directives
  • Contested Trusts and Estates
  • Decedents Estates
  • Estate Administration
  • Estate Litigation
  • Estate Planning
  • Estate Planning for Parents of Handicapped Children
  • Estate Planning for the Disabled
  • Estate Planning for the Elderly
  • Estate Settlements
  • Family Trusts
  • Fiduciary Law
  • Fiduciary Liability
  • Fiduciary Litigation
  • Living Trusts
  • Powers of Attorney
  • Special Needs Trusts
  • Trust Administration
  • Trust and Estate Collections
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Employment Discrimination

Employment Discrimination

It is illegal to discriminate in hiring, promotions, termination (known as wrongful termination) or other aspects of employment on the basis of a person’s race, gender, national origin, religion, disability, or age, or to retaliate against an individual for opposing such practices. Employment discrimination and wrongful termination claims can be difficult because the employee has to prove that the reason he was fired (wrongful termination), not hired, not promoted, or otherwise harassed is because of his (or her) “protected classification”. By protected classification, we mean a person’s gender (male or female), race (black or white), national origin (Hispanic, Asian, African, or having parents or grandparents from anywhere outside of the United States), age (over 40), or disability. In this sense, the employee has to prove why the company did it. In the case of religious discrimination, and disability discrimination, it may also be illegal for an employer to deny reasonable accommodations...
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Contested Estates

Contested and Uncontested Wills

Contested will lawsuits often involve a deceased family member's will that was fraudulently executed or entered into when the decedent lacked the capacity to execute a will. At Karnes Legal Services,  our disputed will cases often resolve in favor of our clients.  There are three general ways a will can be ruled invalid:
  •  Undue influence, in which a dominant party overpowers the free Will of the testator
  • Fraud, in which the testator is misled
  • Lack of testamentary capacity, in which the testator is not overpowered or misled, but lacks the mental capacity to adequately communicate his or her wishes in a Will. Alzheimer's disease is a common cause of lack of testamentary capacity.
If you feel that a Will has been executed improperly due to undue influence, fraud or lack of testamentary capacity, we can help. For instance:
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