The Real Housewives reality TV series is well-known for the family drama it produces. Viewers seem to appreciate seeing the types of family issues they share in common with the wealthy women who star on the show.
Now, one of the stars of Real Housewives of Miami, Alexia Echevarria, is having another issue with family that many other people have.
She is fighting with her stepchildren over part of her late husband's estate, as the Daily Mail reports in "Real Housewives of Miami star Alexia Echevarria accuses her stepsons of trying to seize her $3 million Miami Beach home and Maserati after her husband's sudden death."
Prior to marrying, Echevarria and her husband picked out a home in Miami Beach that he purchased in his name alone. A prenuptial agreement was signed which included a provision that upon his death, ownership of the house would be transferred to her.
The two announced that they were separating in 2015, but according to Echevarria they continued to live together until his death in 2016.
His estate went to his two sons from a previous relationship. Echevarria claims they are attempting to seize the house as part of the estate.
It is not uncommon for stepparents and children to have disputes over an estate.
One thing that can help with a situation like this, is to include any specific details about what should go to the surviving spouse in an estate plan, even if a prenuptial agreement already includes the information.
Remember: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” When making your estate plans or when probating an estate or administering a trust, do not go it alone. Be sure to engage a Cincinnati estate planning attorney.
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Reference: Daily Mail (March 21, 2017) "Real Housewives of Miami star Alexia Echevarria accuses her stepsons of trying to seize her $3 million Miami Beach home and Maserati after her husband's sudden death."