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A valid Massachusetts testamentary trust may now arise under a will that was not fully executed (signed by the will witnesses)...

Massachusetts has broken new ground in allowing a will to be fully executed (signed by the will witnesses) after the death of the testator, with no time period specified. In the upcoming 2014 edition of Loring and Rounds: A...more

Weekly Law Resume - August 15, 2013: A Homeowner’s Lawyer May Not Attend HOA Meetings Without HOA Approval

SB Liberty, LLC v. Isla Verde Association, Inc. - Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, Division One (May 22, 2013) - In 2006, Gregg and Janet Short purchased a home in the Isla Verde residential community...more

New Jersey Estate Litigation: The Availability of Punitive Damages

In In re Stockdale, the New Jersey Supreme Court addressed the availability of punitive damages in estate disputes involving undue influence claims. 196 N.J. 275 (2008). ...more

Interest Under Will Did Not Revert Back To Estate

In Roberts v. Wilson, the El Paso Court of Appeals ruled that the wife of a beneficiary under a will was entitled to her husband’s interest in real property because he survived his parents and the bequeath did not have a...more

Court is Entitled to Render Equitable Apportionment of Attorney Fees in Partition Action

In Lin v. Jeng, 2012 DJDAR 2498 (2012), the California Court of Appeal for the Second Appellate District rendered a fee award based on equitable principles in a partition action involving a real estate dispute between family...more

The Owner Occupant Exception – When is a Trust a Natural Person?

A critical question for residential contractors in Arizona is whether a homeowner is an "owner occupant." When a homeowner is an "owner occupant," contractors may only record a lien on the property if they have a direct...more

Los Angeles Targets Trustee to Clean-Up Housing Mess

The People of the State of California and The City of Los Angeles (collectively, the "Plaintiff") are seeking to hold Deutsche Bank National Trust Company and Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas, as trustee under hundreds of...more

Fraudsters Beware - Homestead Exemptions Don't Always Work

New tax court case limits the asset protection afforded to Florida residents by Florida's homestead law. If you transfer assets to avoid creditors, do not automatically assume that Florida's powerful homestead exemption will...more

New York Child Support Laws Demystified

Child Support Laws Demystified...more

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