Wright Abshire, Attorneys, A Professional Corporation
Houston: 713-660-9595
The Woodlands: 936-273-2773
Fayette County: 979-278-4095

Lessons from Kasem family on estate planning and adult children

Casey Kasem's body is missing. That is the latest development in the battle that has plagued his family since his illness became so prevalent. His children are accusing his wife of being greedy. His wife is accusing his children of being greedy. Even in his last days, the rift between the two sides carved out nothing but misery. For those of us who are still fortunate enough to still be here, there are some interesting lessons that can be garnered from this sad situation. Texas residents might be interested in learning why estate planning Is important for those with adult children.

In Kasem's case, his wife wasn't the biological mother of his children. In fact, she was much younger than him. She was born in 1954 and he was born in 1932, according to Internet Movie Database. Since this wasn't his first marriage and Kasem was much older than his wife, proper estate planning might have stopped some of the legal battles that have ensued.

For most people, there is an expectation that if the husband dies first, the wife will distribute assets via her own will. For that reason, the husband will usually leave everything to the wife. When there are adult children involved, however, that can cause problems like the ones between the radio legend's wife and children.

Using estate planning tools like trusts can help to make your wishes known in a way that can't be misconstrued. When there is only a will, adult children might contest the will if they don't feel it is valid. They might think the spouse influenced the will instructions or might claim the will is unclear. Casey Kasem's family fight has proved that having a clearly conveyed estate plan is vital for anyone who has adult children.

Source: MarketWatch, "How proper planning can avert a Casey Kasem-type drama" Annika Ferris Cushnie, Jul. 23, 2014

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

We Believe in Client Satisfaction Here is what our clients say about our hands-on approach to elder law and estate planning.

  • Thank you for your caring expression of sympathy. But more importantly, I want you to know how much your warmth as human beings has been palpably present in all the social and business intercourse we have experienced with you. Your willingness to allow yourselves to be completely human as you ply your trade adds a dimension to your professional stature which is unparalleled by most of your profession. Please don't change. You stand head and shoulders above the crowd. - L.T
  • Everyone in the firm was extremely cordial, courteous and professional, which made our family feel at ease knowing that our needs would be expertly managed. - R.L.
  • Everyone I came in contact with were kind and helpful. They were so professional as well as personable. I loved them. - J.B.
  • Very helpful in a family time of need. Excellent staff and service. After dealing with the State I have no idea how anyone could take this journey without the law firm's services. - L.N.
  • The firm did all things especially well. I was always impressed by the competent manner in which everyone worked and was confident that it would be "mission accomplished..." – J.T.
  • No detail was overlooked. Everything went very well. We feel so fortunate that your firm is well informed, capable and willing to do so much for us. I can't thank you enough for everything! - N.C.
Learn More
Email Us for a Response

Have a question about elder law in Texas? We can help. Schedule A Consultation Now

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

"The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form."

Contact Our Texas Elder Law Attorneys Today We have 3 locations to better serve you. Contact our office closest to you.

Bellaire Office
4949 Bissonnet Street
Bellaire, TX 77401

Phone: 713-660-9595
Fax: 713-660-8889
Bellaire Law Office Map

Bellaire Office

The Woodlands Office
3117 College Park Drive, Suite 240
The Woodlands, TX 77384

Phone: 936-273-2773
Fax: 713-660-8889
The Woodlands Law Office Map

The Woodlands Office

Carmine Office
1055 Deer Haven Road
Carmine, TX 78932

Phone: 979-278-4095
Fax: 713-660-8889
Carmine Law Office Map

Carmine Office
Back To Top