Did you know that the terms and wishes of your will and/or trust are useless?
Unfortunately, I had to learn that lesson the hard way after my beloved "twin sister" passed away suddenly. Although she was adamant that she wanted me as the EXECUTOR of her estate, because of the ways the laws are currently, anyone could challenge her wishes after she was dead.
What I didn't know was that if I wanted to fight to uphold my "twin sister's" wishes, I was looking at spending upwards of $50,000 in legal fees ... which had to be paid out of my own pocket.
Even if I prevailed, there was no guarantee that the Court would order the opposing party to pay my legal fees. Nor was there any guarantee that the judge wouldn't just throw up her arms and just hire a "fiduciary" to become the executor of my "twin sister's" estate -- even though she found me guilty of no malfeasance.
So much for upholding my "twin sister's" wishes.
What makes this whole situation worse is that my "twin sister" was a highly regarded attorney with the State Bar of California. Yet the very law firm that my "twin sister" was working for, and was "of counsel to" is now representing the one person my "twin sister" DIDN'T want as her executor. What rights did my "twin sister" have? What was the purpose of writing a will if no one was going to honor her wishes?
Consequently, I decided to fight back. Namely, I would like to establish a system that would ensure that once you've written your will, it can not be challenged and/or contested .... ever. That would also deprive law firms of the opportunity to get involved in such disputes and milk billions of dollars from billons from people amidst these disputes! It seems like lawyers are making money at both ends of the deal!
Simply, I would like to establish a system that would involve "certification" of your will and/or trust as well as your choice of executors. Once this process is complete, at the time of your passing, NO ONE could attempt to file a claim and/or suit against your estate .... if would be incontestable. Moreover, every five (5) years, for a very nominal fee, you would be required to appear before the court to confirm all your choices, and once again it would be "certified" for another five (5) years.
Hi, my name is Antonio Di Giovanni. For the last thirty-five (35) years I have been an advocate for the disadvantaged of our community. Currently, I am affiliated with Children's Health Advocacy, Research, Medical Education and Development, and Veterans First (V1ST.ORG), a division of the non-profit that is using the resources from my "twin sister's" estate to build homes for our homeless veterans throughout the United States.
Further, although I have enjoyed the privilege of helping to establish laws that safeguard my fellow citizens from discrimination, I would like someday to address a number of other issues for my fellow citizens as the Governor of California. So please join me in this fight. You contribution is entirely tax-deductible.