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Could it be that the Uniform Trust Code would effectively immunize the trustee of a revocable inter vivos trust from liability for...

Section 603 of the Uniform Trust Code provides that while a trust is revocable and the settlor has capacity to revoke the trust, rights of the beneficiaries, such as the equitable remaindermen, are subject to the control of,...more

Spendthrift & Discretionary Trusts in Florida: Further Analysis of Berlinger v. Casselberry

In Berlinger v. Casselberry, Case No. 2D12-6470, 6 (Fla. 2d DCA Nov. 27, 2013), the Florida Second District Court of Appeal upheld a writ of garnishment issued by a trial court against the trustee of a discretionary trust...more

Family Law: Corporate And Trust Challenges To Service Of Process And Jurisdiction

The president of a corporation, manager of a limited liability company, trustee of a family trust, or principal of another business entity receives a summons in a Florida divorce case. One spouse contends the other’s...more

Federal Tax Treatment of Married Same-Sex Couples

On August 29, 2013, the Internal Revenue Service ruled that married same-sex couples will be treated the same as married heterosexual couples for all federal tax purposes, including income and gift and estate taxes. Revenue...more

Same-Sex Spouse Is Entitled To Death Benefits Under ERISA-Qualified Plan

Following on the heels of the Supreme Court’s decision in U.S. v. Windsor, a federal district court in Pennsylvania recently held that the same-sex spouse of a deceased employee is entitled to receive death benefits under the...more

State Law Will Not Help Out In All Divorce Situations

Many states, including Florida, automatically terminate former spouses as beneficiaries under life insurance policies, annuities, and other beneficiary-designated accounts upon divorce....more

Carrigan Case: Supreme Court of Canada Dismisses Leave to Appeal

This morning, the Supreme Court of Canada dismissed the application for leave to appeal in Carrigan v. Carrigan Estate. As a result, the Ontario Court of Appeal’s new interpretation of the priority scheme for the payment of...more

The trustee is not relieved of the duty to defend the trust just because the beneficiary happens to be getting divorced.

The trustee's primary allegiance is to the beneficiary, not to the non-beneficiary spouse or ex-spouse, unless the express terms of the trust provide otherwise. Thus, when there is marital discord, the trustee must suppress...more

Court Affirms §2035 Three Year Rule Applies To §2519 Termination Of QTIP Trusts

For those of you with a great memory, you will remember that in December 2009 we wrote about the case of Morgens v. Commissioner. For those with a more typical memory, you can read the original post on the case here. In...more

Cook Islands Asset Protection Trustee Subject To New York Courts Jurisdiction

Southpac is a trust company that operates in several non-U.S. jurisdictions, including the Cook Islands and Nevis. Not by coincidence, the Cook Islands and Nevis have aggressive asset protection laws that seek to attract...more

Illinois Supreme Court Sets Civil Argument Schedule for May

Yesterday the Illinois Supreme Court published its Oral Argument Calendar [pdf] for the May term, and the Court will hear oral argument in eight civil cases. The cases, with the issue or issues presented in each, are... ...more

Legal Writing Sample

Sample legal writing document of a Motion for Summary Judgment. This was based on a law school exercise case....more

New Pennsylvania Rules Require Immediate Appeals in Matters Involving Trusts, Charities, and Other Proceedings Heard by...

On February 13, 2012, new amendments to the Pennsylvania Rules of Appellate Procedure took effect and made substantial changes to the right to appeal from orders entered by Pennsylvania’s Orphans’ Courts. The...more

Turbervilles Private Client Newsletter - Autumn 2011

Welcome to our autumn newsletter. In this edition, we are pleased to tell you about how Turbervilles has been awarded the Law Society’s prestigious Conveyancing Quality Mark, meaning that the high standards of our...more

Wealth Management Update - July 2011

In This Issue: - July Interest Rates for GRATs, Sales to Defective Grantor Trusts, Intra-Family Loans and Split Interest Charitable Trusts - Malpractice claim against an estate was too uncertain to be deductible as...more

Stegeman v Lillig

Appellant's Brief

After three and a half years to file an Appeal, a disabled, pro se litigant, filed the instant Brief. Since the matter had to do with fraud upon the court by officers of the court to obtain rulings in their favors, we really...more

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