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T&E Litigation Newsletter - September 2014 #1

In United States of America v. Estate of Robert Reitano, Civil Action No. 12-11944-RWZ, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 123200 (D. Mass. Sept. 4, 2014), the federal district court issued a warning shot to estate fiduciaries who fail to...more

Status Updates - August 2014 #10

..Death in the digital age. When someone dies, his or her heirs or executor will have broad rights to access the deceased person’s letters, documents and other physical assets. Delaware has just become the first state to...more

Knowledge Of Executor’s Attorney Imputed To Executor For Claims Act Liability

Two individuals were appointed as co-executors of an estate. The decedent had not filed income taxes for a number of years. The attorneys prepared tax returns for the missing years, and the IRS assessed taxes against the...more

Estate Planning Pitfall - You’ve chosen your executor hastily

Choosing the right executor — sometimes known as a “personal representative” — is critical to the smooth administration of an estate. Yet many people treat this decision as an afterthought. Given an executor’s many...more

Orphans' Court Update - The Fiduciary Exception to the Attorney Client Privilege

The Attorney Client Privilege is sacrosanct. It is the one privilege that Courts consistently uphold. So, it may surprise you to learn that there is a long-standing fiduciary exception to the attorney client privilege....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

Estate Administration 101: What You Need to Know to Effectively Administer an Estate Qualifying as Executor

Many people who are named executor in a friend or loved one’s will haven’t served in such a role before and have little basis of knowledge as to what will be expected of them. Clients often ask, “what does the executor do?”...more

Critical Choices if Your Children are Orphaned

Who will take care of your children if they're orphaned? If you fail to make your choices known through your estate plan, the selection will be left to a judge. Therefore, there are some critical decisions to make...more

Can a Corporation be Appointed a Receiver?

I was in court last week and the judge appointed a corporation as the receiver in a case....more

Alter Ego and Joint Partner Trusts: Estate Planning Beyond a Will

For many, estate planning begins and ends with the preparation and execution of a legally valid Will. Certainly, a valid Will, together with an Enduring Power of Attorney and a Personal Directive, allows an individual to...more

Proof of Authority: How an Out of State Executor Conducts Estate Business in Arizona

As Arizona probate attorneys we receive many phone calls from family members, personal representatives, and beneficiaries who do not live in the State of Arizona, but a deceased loved one died here. We are able and willing to...more

Suit To Modify Trusts Did Not Violate No Contest Clause

Texas courts narrowly construe no-contest clauses. In Di Portanova v. Monroe, grandparents set up eight trusts for a grandchild that had a mental disability. No. 01-20-01019-CV, 2012 Tex. App. LEXIS 9859 (Tex. App.—Houston...more

Tax Liens, Tenancy By Entireties, And The Federal Claims Statute Combine To Produce Fiduciary Liability

A particular mixture of a federal tax lien, a transfer of tenancy by entireties property during lifetime, and the federal claims statute resulted in personal liability to the executors of the estate of a surviving spouse for...more

Estate Planning in the Digital Age

At first, the digital age crept upon us slowly. Businesses looked at the internet skeptically, not sure how to use it. Consumers waded in bit by bit, at first dipping the proverbial toe in the water and then taking it step by...more

Wealth Management Update - June 2013

The June § 7520 rate for use with estate planning techniques such as CRTs, CLTs, QPRTs and GRATs is 1.2%, which is a slight decrease from April's rate of 1.4% but remains the same as May's rate of 1.2%. The applicable federal...more

Estate Administration In A Paperless World

While our current digital, paperless world has made life more efficient for most, when someone dies, it can be difficult for the survivors to obtain the keys to unlock all of the digital information that is left behind. As a...more

Planning Your Estate

The basic goals of estate planning are to dispose of your property in accordance with your wishes and to avoid unnecessary taxes and expenses....more

Health Law: Family Feud Redux - The Release of Information to Family Members - HIPAA 164.510(B) & the New Standard

It has always been difficult to make determinations regarding what information can be provided to a family member once a patient or long-term care resident has passed away....more

Why do I need to probate a will?

Your aunt has just died. She has named you as estate trustee (or executor) of her estate. She has what you would consider to be a modest estate, and you and several other nieces and nephews are the beneficiaries. You...more

Probate And Estate Administration: Lessons From Jerry Brown Jr.

Probate And Estate Administration: Lessons From Jerry Brown Jr. Jerry Brown Jr. passed away after being involved in a fatal accident with Dallas Cowboys teammate and friend Josh Brent in December of 2012. Although not widely...more

Court Held That Executor Had A Right To Funds In Joint Account

In The Estate of Brown, the court of appeals affirmed a summary judgment for an executor, holding that the executor had the right to funds in a joint account. No. 04-11-00541-CV, 2012 Tex. App. LEXIS 5087 (Tex. App.—San...more

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