The Probate Lawyer Blog:  What family won’t be talking about Kim Kardashian and Michael Jackson at their Thanksgiving dinner? Dishing celebrity dirt is as natural as turkey and pumpkin pie. But did you ever think that celebrity gossip could actually help your family?

We use celebrity stories to turn the often-awkward conversation about estate planning into something fun and entertaining. Let’s face it … no one really likes to think about planning for what happens after they pass away. But, it’s the family left behind that pays the price when the proper planning isn’t done.

A great way to get the dialogue flowing, and to turn an awkward conversation into something fun and engaging, is with celebrity stories. What better time to do this than when the family is gathered together for Thanksgiving?

Here is Part 1 (out of 2) to our Trial & Heirs’ Top 5 Celebrity-Based Estate Planning Conversation Starters for Thanksgiving 2011:

1. Kim Kardashian

Seventy-two days of marriage. Wow that was fast! Did she even finish writing her thank-you notes from the wedding?

Let’s assume for a moment that the happy couple thought, after saying their wedding vows, that they’d spend the rest of their lives together. Well, even if they didn’t feel quite that strongly about one another, this still marked a significant life event. This means, the lovebirds should have updated their estate planning documents.