3 Celebrity Probate Disasters and Tragic Lessons

Posted on January 5, 2017

Content provided by WealthCounsel; reviewed and edited by Beth Ann R. Lawson, Esq.

Most of us would assume that individuals of extreme wealth would take steps to protect their estates and the people they love. Yet some of the world’s richest and most famous people pass away with no estate plan in place. Others made estate planning mistakes which tied up their fortunes and heirs for years in court. Three high-profile celebrity probate disasters offer lessons from which we can all learn regardless of the size of our individual estates.

Tom Carvel, The Ice Cream Man

Photo Courtesy of Carvel Ice Cream

As the man who invented soft-serve ice cream and established the first franchise business in America, Tom Carvel had a net worth of up to $200 million when he died in 1990.



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Carrell Blanton Ferris Participates in Alzheimer’s Walk

Posted on November 4, 2016

Carrell Blanton Ferris is participating in The Alzheimer’s Association’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s this Saturday, November 5th, 2016 at Innsbrook (Markel Plaza) in Richmond, VA.  In the United States someone develops Alzheimer’s every 66 seconds.  We are excited to join together with others who strive to end a disease that affects millions each year.  For more information about The Alzheimer’s Association or how to donate, please visit http://www.alz.org/.


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Jeremy L. Pryor To Discuss Elder Law On Regional Radio Show

Posted on July 6, 2016


Jeremy L. Pryor, Esq. was selected to speak on the subject of Elder Law on the regional radio show, Legalbrief Today, broadcast on 820AM The Answer. Tune in at 10:30am Saturday, July 9, 2016 to hear him answer to some popular questions about elder law planning, guardianship/conservatorship, Medicaid and much more.

Posted in Attorneys in the News, Elder Law, Estate Planning, Guardianships & Conservatorships

Trey T. Parker Published in Virginia Lawyers Weekly

Posted on June 30, 2016


We are proud to announce Trey T. Parker, Esq., was published in Virginia Lawyers Weekly.  His article, The New Relevance of Income Taxes in Estate Planning, discusses substantial changes made by the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2013 (ATRA) and how it affects A-B Trusts.

Read more: http://valawyersweekly.com/2016/05/23/the-new-relevance-of-income-taxes-in-estate-planning/#ixzz4D4v1zYB8

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What Happens When Your Child Turns 18- College Age Seminar

Posted on June 21, 2016

As parents, when our children are born, we are in control of our children’s health and well-being.  But what happens when a child turns 18 years of age?  Legally, a parent’s rights regarding a child’s medical and financial situation may not be fully realized until it is too late.  To see what the law says about your rights as a parent, please plan to attend one of our College Age Seminars. For dates and times go our seminar web page at www.Carrellblanton.com



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