When we wrote in early April (here) about Mickey Rooney's death, we briefly touched on the situation with his estranged wife, Jan. The couple had been married for 36 years, but when Rooney passed away at age 93, Jan told the press that she had not seen her husband for at least a year.
A form that was supposed to be an easy and inexpensive way to create a will turned out to be anything but that, according to a recent state court decision. The court wrote that the case provided a cautionary tale to others about estate planning and noted that some efforts to save costs early in the process could wind up costing much more down the line.
Estate planning is very important for people in California, no matter their age. Those who are later in life might want to consider forming an estate plan as soon as possible. People who are younger, should also form estate plans. However, one mistake people sometimes make is that they form an estate plan early in life and then simply forget about it.