Coming Soon - Estate Disputes Hit the Boob Tube
It was bound to happen. Really, it was only a matter of time.
A reality show about estate litigation is currently in the works.
In mid-July, the production company responsible for “LA Ink” and “Storm Chasers” sent out a casting call for residents in the New York Tri-State area. The production notice reads in part:
Are YOU and YOUR RELATIVES arguing over a loved one’s Will? Do you need help resolving family conflicts and evaluating the worth of objects in the Estate?
Was your loved one’s Will vague– who should get what -- and you and your relatives can’t agree, we want to hear from you!!!
Billing the show as a “life-changing new series”, the production company promises to settle the participants’ “estate nightmare” as well as to financially compensate them.
The casting call doesn’t indicate exactly how they intend to resolve the estate disputes – will the program have a touchy-feely Oprah-esque sentiment to it, or will things be resolved Judge Judy-style?
I’m curious to know what type of estate disputes will be featured. A secret I’ll share with you is that a lot of estate litigation isn’t all that exciting – I doubt that disputes over trustee compensation or the appropriate interpretation of administrative clauses in wills would make for particularly fascinating viewing.
So, would I tune into a show like that? On the one hand, the idea is about as appealing for me as I imagine that sitting around watching COPS would be for your average police officer. On the other hand, I can already feel the morbid curiosity getting the better of me.