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Family dispute over Bobby Vee's trust

Families in Texas often struggle with conflict under the best of circumstances. In times of grief or turmoil, conflict can often be magnified. Unfortunately, the family of Bobby Vee, an American singer, are embroiled in a battle over his and his wife's estate. As a result, two of his children are asking that the other two be removed as trustees of the estate's trust.

The two plaintiffs in the case claim that two of their brothers are mishandling the estate. Court papers indicate that the plaintiffs believe that the defendants are using money from the estate for their personal benefit. They also accuse their brothers of using estate money on a production facility and recording facility called Rockhouse Productions. While Rockhouse was established by Bobby Vee and his wife, it is currently run by the children who are named defendants in the case; the company is also named as a defendant.

In their petition, the plaintiffs are asking for documents detailing retirement accounts and other assets. They are also asking for documentation regarding royalties from a play called "Teen Idol: The Bobby Vee Story." Although the plaintiffs claim that both they and their mother were opposed to the play, the defendants continued with it.

The defendants deny the accusations against them. They have filed papers with the court, claiming that many of their actions were done with the permission of their parents. The plaintiffs claim that they are taking action in order to protect the estate for Vee and his wife's children and grandchildren.

Unfortunately, siblings can become involved in conflict -- even those that seemingly have a great relationship. Often the stress created by the death of their parents can place a strain in a relationship that results in additional turmoil. Parents can help safeguard their children's relationship by ensuring that their wishes regarding their estate and the administration of a trust are properly documented. An experienced estate planning attorney can help people in Texas ensure that their goals are both known and executable.

Source: sctimes.com, "Vee's children in estate dispute", David Unze, Feb. 1, 2017

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