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Trust Protectors, Trust Directors, and the Uniform Directed Trust Act

by Charles E. Rounds, Jr. on

The Uniform Directed Trust Act (the “Act”), approved July 19, 2017 by the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws, purports to govern irrevocable directed trusts. For purposes of the Act a directed trust is...more

Modifying Spousal Maintenance in Arizona: Are Changed Circumstances Continuing?

by Jaburg Wilk on

In Perkins vs. Perkins, Division One of the Arizona Court of Appeals addressed the question of changed circumstances for the purposes of modifying a spousal maintenance order and what constituted ‘continuing’ (as opposed to...more

Allowing in parol evidence as to a trust-settlor's intent: Construing trust terms versus reforming them

by Charles E. Rounds, Jr. on

In the Missouri case of Mense v. Rennick, 491 S.W.3d 661 (Mo. App. 2016), the testimony of the settlor-beneficiary of an irrevocable trust as to what she had intended was not allowed in, the court having determined that the...more

Appellate Court Notes

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Supreme Court Advance Release Opinions: SC19688 - State v. Lee - Appellate Court Advance Release Opinions: AC38222 - Robinson v. Robinson - Only alimony paid by a non-party / former spouse it taken into...more

Ferri v. Powell-Ferri

Ferri v. Powell-Ferri: A trust decanting decision that is less than meets the eye

by Charles E. Rounds, Jr. on

The Supreme Court of Connecticut (SCC) certified three trust-decanting questions of law to the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts (SJC) incident to a divorce proceeding. On March 20, 2017, the SJC rendered its answers to...more

Separate Property and Arizona Marital Community Equitable Lien Rights

by Jaburg Wilk on

In Weeks v Weeks, Division One of the Arizona Court of Appeals addressed the marital community’s equitable lien against separate property of one spouse. The opinion is a memorandum decision and it is therefore not...more

Joint Legal Decision Making Must Parental Addresses be Disclosed?

by Jaburg Wilk on

A recent Arizona Court of Appeals Division Two case - Jorgenson and Giannecchini - addressed whether a wife was required to disclose her residential address to her former husband. The opinion is a memorandum decision...more

Do Durational Limits Apply to Cases That Were Resolved Before the Alimony Reform Act?

by Burns & Levinson LLP on

The Supreme Judicial Court’s recent decision of George v. George provides guidance in applying the durational limits contained in the Alimony Reform Act....more

Appellate Court Notes

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

Appellate Court Advance Release Opinions: A prior appeal in this case concluded that the defendant, former husband, was entitled to seek modification of alimony and support when he voluntarily moved from Florida to...more

Hague Convention Only Considers One Habitual Residence of a Child

When a child is removed from or retained in a country that is not a child's habitual ­residence a parent can seek to have the child ­returned to their habitual residence country under the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects...more

Appellate Court Notes

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

Supreme Court Advance Release Opinions: - SC19389 - State v. Edmonds - SC19389 Concurrence - State v. Edmonds - SC19389 Concurrence - State v. Edmonds - SC19389 Dissent - State v. Edmonds...more

Who Has Child Custody Jurisdiction

by Jaburg Wilk on

The decision in Margain vs. Ruiz-Bours [1] provides some insight into the workings of the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act ("UCCJEA") as adopted by Arizona in Title 25, Chapter 8, Articles 1 through 3. ...more

May the donee of a limited testamentary power of appointment irrevocably and immediately exercise it inter vivos by contract?

by Charles E. Rounds, Jr. on

The Delaware Chancery Court [In re Estate of Tigani, C.A No. 7339-ML (Del. Ch. Ct. Feb. 12, 2016)] has confirmed that the donee of a limited testamentary power of appointment may not irrevocably, immediately, and effectively...more

Appellate Court Notes

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Appellate Court Advance Release Opinions: AC36842 - Antonucci v. Antonucci - In this divorce action, the parties had been married for twenty-five years and had two adult children, and had comparable incomes of about...more

Appellate Court Notes

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Appellate Court Advance Release Opinions: AC36726 - Schull v. Schull - Trial court properly refused to hold ex-husband in contempt for not paying 50 percent of child’s surgery per the original decree. The Trial...more

Appellate Court Notes

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Supreme Court Advance Release Opinions: SC19494 - State v. Berrios - Appellate Court Advance Release Opinions: AC37045 - Hickey v. Commissioner of Correction - AC33954 - Burr Road Operating Co. II, LLC v....more

Appellate Court Notes

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Supreme Court Advance Release Opinions: SC19474 - State v. Roman - Appellate Court Advance Release Opinions: AC37107 - NRT New England, LLC v. Jones - Plaintiff broker entered into an exclusive buyer’s...more

The Supreme Court - March 2016 #2

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Supreme Court of the United States issued decisions in three cases today - Americold Realty Trust v. ConAgra Foods, Inc., No. 14-1382: Plaintiff corporations, including respondent ConAgra Foods, Inc., brought suit...more

U.S. Supreme Court to Alabama: Full Faith and Credit Must Be Given to Out-of-State Adoption

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In a unanimous, per curiam opinion in V.L. v. E.L., the U.S. Supreme Court has reversed the Supreme Court of Alabama’s refusal to enforce a Georgia adoption order. V.L. and E.L., two women, were involved in a 25-year...more

The challenge of maintaining the privacy of a non-testamentary discretionary trust with multiple permissible beneficiaries

by Charles E. Rounds, Jr. on

Assume X is an innocent discretionary beneficiary of an irrevocable non-testamentary trust with multiple permissible beneficiaries (the “trust”). Y is a not-so-innocent co-beneficiary, that is to say he has not been paying...more

A permissible beneficiary's equitable property interest under an irrevocable discretionary trust is contingent, not vested, the...

by Charles E. Rounds, Jr. on

A permissible beneficiary’s equitable property interest under a discretionary trust is contingent, not vested. The critical condition precedent that renders the interest contingent is that the trustee must exercise his...more

Husband Permitted to Seek Attorney's Fees Against Wife for Her Failure to Comply with Prenuptial Agreement

In the 2015 Pennsylvania Superior Court Non-precedential Decision, Boer v. Pott, the Court confirmed husband's right to seek attorney's fees against wife due to wife's failure to comply with the parties' prenuptial agreement....more

New DOL Rule Redefining “Spouse” Temporarily Placed on Hold

by Butler Snow LLP on

A new Department of Labor rule defining “spouse” for purposes of the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) was to take effect March 27, 2015, but on March 26, a federal judge in Texas granted a preliminary injunction staying...more

Same-Sex Couples Now Receive Equal Coverage Under The FMLA

by Genova Burns LLC on

On Friday, March 27, 2015, the Department of Labor (“DOL”)’s new regulation revising the definition of “spouse” to include those in same-sex marriages went into effect expanding the definition of spouse under the Family and...more

Federal Law Does Not Protect Husband Who Owes More Than $50,000 In Past Due Alimony

In the Pennsylvania Superior Court case Uveges v. Uveges, the Superior Court upheld the trial court's decision to attach the husband's Federal Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act benefits to pay approximately...more

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