This is an opinion column. Ben W. Wilson's mother was a slave. This year's 26th reunion of the descendants of the Alabama sharecropper and his wife, Alice, didn't quite attract the turnout of previous family gatherings in the Auburn-Opelika area. Ben Woodson, 80, a grandson of the patriarch who now lives in Southaven, Mississippi, attended the reunion on the last weekend in July. "Everybody was not there I thought shoulda been there," he says. Charlie Core, 73, one of Woodson's many, many, many great-grandchildren, wasn't there. Not this time. "I just didn't have the desire to go," he says. "I'm not angry at anybody. It's just lost some of the importance." Blame it all on the doozy of a family feud that has pulled at these blood relatives for 15 years. Longer really. It's the kind of dispute that's likely occurring in hundreds of families across Alabama, and throughout the South, as heirs wrestle of land passed down by ancestors, particularly once rural properties that now may be worth … [Read more...] about 40 acres and a feud: an Alabama family’s 15-year fight over a sharecropper ancestor’s land
Siblings fighting over parents estate
When Bob Alberti's cousins learned that his grandmother had died without a will, they descended on the house to take what they wanted -- even unwrapping unmarked Christmas presents. It gave him a firsthand look at how greedy family members can take advantage when there isn't a plan in place. "I learned a lasting lesson then: Do your family a favor and make a will," Alberti, of Minneapolis, said of his childhood experience. As the nation's 76 million baby boomers age, more families are being faced with how to divide personal belongings. Adding to the challenge: There are more family members in the mix because of changing family dynamics, most often because of divorce. Wills often cover the transfer of cash, property and stock, but often skip over who gets household possessions. That can cause emotions to run high over who gets Grandma's pearl necklace or Dad's fishing pole. Disagreements over who gets what can lead to bawling and brawling between siblings that can scar relationships … [Read more...] about Dividing up heirlooms can be touchy
Cary Spivak Milwaukee Published 11:30 p.m. UTC Jun 11, 2018 More than 50 years after they went into business, eventually building an empire worth an estimated $100 million, the Giuffre brothers are engaged in a bitter fight that just made its way to the courthouse. Dominic Giuffre, who at age 71 is the younger sibling, charges in a lawsuit that his big brother Frank Giuffre, 75, has overpaid himself, been drunk at work and used company funds to maintain a home for his then-girlfriend. Dominic Giuffre is asking a Milwaukee County Circuit judge to put their companies in receivership. "Frank's business conduct has become increasingly oppressive, and at times illegal and fraudulent," Dominic said in a 55-page lawsuit filed last week. "He has committed or tolerated acts of misapplication and waste of corporate, member and partnership assets." In addition, the lawsuit charges that "Frank has been paying himself a disproportionate amount of the profits and proceeds … [Read more...] about Giuffre brothers engaged in bitter court fight over future of their business empire
Long Island home buyers are rushing to close deals, giving the housing market its fastest start to the year since the housing boom of more than a decade ago, a new report shows. Across the Island, excluding the East End, homes sold in the first quarter of 2018 spent an average of 84 days on the market, from the listing date to the signing of a sale contract, the appraisal company Miller Samuel and brokerage Douglas Elliman said in a report to be released Thursday. That’s down 14 days from a year earlier, the report shows. Many homes sell much more quickly. A four-bedroom home in Melville went on the market earlier this month for $549,000 and attracted a full-price offer within four days, said Roberta Feuerstein, an associate broker with Douglas Elliman who represented the seller. Two days after receiving the offer, Feuerstein hosted an open house that drew more than 30 prospective buyers. “I had people lined up in the cul-de-sac to see the home,” she said. … [Read more...] about Hot real estate market: Long Islanders are rushing to close deals
CHANHASSEN, Minn. — Near Influence Hallway, past Paisley Park's platinum album-lined entry, our tour group is led to Prince's inner sanctum, a two-story atrium painted sky blue with clouds - his take on heaven. A trio of doves flutter in an ornate cage. They don't cry. They coo.The late artist's residence and recording complex sprawls alongside a well-traveled highway, 20 miles from downtown Minneapolis, a sterile white edifice that resembles a suburban office park more than the personal Eden of a superfunkycalifragisexy genius.Six months after the ardently private superstar died here in April 2016, his sanctuary opened to the public for tours. Paisley Park now features a gift shop, a restaurant (vegetarian, like the artist) and a vast party space, all operated by the overseers of Graceland.The $100 VIP package offers visitors the opportunity to record their own 30-second vocals of a Prince song ("Raspberry Beret," "You've Got the Look" or "Cream"), play ping-pong on his … [Read more...] about What would Prince want? Two years later, his estate is a mess and his legacy unclear.