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Timing of judgment creditor's entitled fee petition key to enforcement

In Conservatorship of McQueen the California Supreme Court decided a unique issue concerning the interpretation of Code of Civil Procedure Section 685.040. Under that statute, a judgment creditor is entitled to the reasonable...more

Fourth Circuit Rejects Widow’s Claim for Equitable Relief

The Fourth Circuit recently rejected fiduciary breach and equitable estoppel claims for life insurance coverage by Leslie Moon, the widow of a deceased employee, who claimed that the employer’s actions resulted in Mr. Moon’s...more

Can Remainder Beneficiaries of a Revocable Trust Sue for a Breach of Fiduciary Duty That Occurred During the Settlor’s Lifetime?

Imagine the following scenario: The trustee of a revocable trust dissipates a substantial amount of trust assets to buy men’s basketball season tickets at the Dean E. Smith Center. The settlor does not follow college...more

Wife's Undue Influence Over Changes Made to Husband's Trust Voids Changed Terms of the Trust

A California court of appeal affirmed a ruling voiding the terms of a trust after finding that there was ample evidence to support that the decedent's wife used undue influence over him to change the trust. The court held in...more

Motion to Strike Under Anti-SLAPP Statute Erroneously Granted in Connection With Conversion, Unjust Enrichment and Breach of...

A motion to strike under California’s anti-SLAPP statute was filed in response to a lawsuit initiated by beneficiaries against a trustee and executor of an estate. The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit...more

U.S. Supreme Court Resolves Circuit Split in Bullock v. BankChampaign, N.A.

One of the primary purposes of bankruptcy is to provide for the discharge of certain debts in order to enable a debtor to obtain a "fresh start" post-bankruptcy. Notwithstanding this specific purpose, section 523 of Title 11...more

Litigating Accounts With Rights of Survivorship in Texas

In this article: - I. Introduction - II. Valid Survivorship Accounts - III. Joint Accounts Between Spouses - IV. Burden Of Proving Enforcable Survivorship Accounts - V. Proving Contents Of...more

Sanctions Are Issued Where Court Determines That Special Motion To Strike Was Filed For Improper Purpose

In Kleveland v. Siegel & Wolensky LLP, 2013 DAR 4961(2013) the California Courts of Appeal for the Fourth Appellate District affirmed the denial of a special motion to strike and the award of costs and attorney fees as...more

Court Reverses The Appointment Of A Receiver Over Trust Property

Courts generally review receiverships very closely, and a party requesting one should follow all required procedures. In Elliott v. Weatherman, parents created an irrevocable living trust and designated their three adult...more

Whose Standing Is It, Anyway?

Does the trustee of a revocable trust ever have a duty to account to the remainder beneficiaries of the trust? The Supreme Court of California says yes, but not until after the death of the settlor. In a recent decision, In...more

Beneficiaries Of Trust Have Standing To Sue Trustee For Breach Of Fiduciary Duty That Occurred During Settlor’s Lifetime

In Estate of Giraldin (--- P.3d ----, Cal., December 20, 2012), the California Supreme Court considered whether beneficiaries of a trust, following the settlor’s death, had standing to sue the trustee for breach of fiduciary...more

Too Late: Suing Over the Will

Today in our continuing series of previews for the Illinois Supreme Court, we bring you two cases on the perils of waiting too long: Bjork v. O'Meara and Rodriquez v. Department of Financial and Professional Regulation....more

Good News For Beneficiaries And Bad News For Fiduciaries In Regard To Transferee Liability For Estate Tax

In a recent U.S. District Court case, transferee liability statutes were favorably interpreted to avoid transferee liability to trust beneficiaries. However, the fiduciaries were unable to rely on a contribution agreement...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

U.S. District Court Grants Summary Judgment in a Ruling That Reinforces California Law in Favor of Life Settlements

On February 6, 2012, in Hartford Life & Annuity Ins. Co. v. Doris Barnes Family 2008 Irrevocable Trust, et al., the United States District Court for the Central District of California granted summary judgment on behalf of the...more

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