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The Waltons vs. the Kardashians: Who Will Keep Their Money?

While attempting to keep up with the Kardashians, I have recently stumbled upon the latest flaw in their sought-after spending habits. It all began with some gold marble slabs that Kanye wanted for his new bathroom, and...more

The "New" New Jersey Uniform Trust Code: Creating Uniformity for Beneficiaries, Trustees and the Professionals that Advise Them

As an estate planning attorney, it is hard to contain my excitement that a version of the Uniform Trust Code (“NJUTC”) was enacted in New Jersey on January 19, 2016 with an effective date of July 17, 2016. With its passage,...more

7 Ways You Can Prepare for Your First Estate Planning Meeting

Somewhere on every grown-up person’s to-do list is an entry that reads something like “tackle estate plan”. You may even find it among your New Year’s resolutions. The prospect of planning your estate with an attorney can be...more

The EU Court of Justice Brings to an End Odile Jacob’s Fight Against Lagardère’s Purchase of Vivendi Universal Publishing

By its judgment of 28 January 2016 (C-514/14 P, Editions Odile Jacob SAS v Commission), the European Court of Justice (Court) upheld the General Court of the European Union’s (GCEU) ruling with respect to each of the grounds...more

Fiduciaries And Beneficiaries Should Be Aware Of Criminal Statutes

There are several criminal statutes that implicate fiduciary activities in Texas that are not well-known: misappropriation of fiduciary property and financial exploitation of the elderly. Though these may be similar in some...more

Secured Creditors Beware: Liability Lurks in Lockboxes

Lenders and secured creditors often require that debtor-customers direct all receivable collections into a lockbox, hoping to wrangle any available proceeds to apply to their debtors’ outstanding debt. In requiring a debtor...more

“No Contest” Clauses Part 3: The Rafalko Dissenting Opinions

This is the third in a three-part series of blog posts on “no contest” clauses. In this post, I’ll discuss some of the key points in the dissenting opinions in the recent Virginia Supreme Court ruling in the Rafalko case (777...more

Court Granted Summary Judgment For A Trustee On A Fiduciary Breach Claim Arising From Conflict-Of-Interest and Diversification...

In Adams v. Regions Bank, beneficiaries sued a trustee for multiple claims, including breach of fiduciary duty, arising from the trustee’s seizure of collateral owned by the trust. 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 1027 (S.D. Miss....more

Court Affirmed Government Seizure Of Trust Asset

In 3607 Tampico Dr. v. State, the government brought a forfeiture proceeding under Texas Code of Criminal Procedure Article 59.02(a) for a house owned by a trust. No. 11-13-00306-CV, 2015 Tex. App. LEXIS 13056 (Tex....more

Lodestar Methodology for Determining Reasonable Attorney Fees is Rejected

Fla.Stats. §736.0708(1) tells us that unless the trust agreement says different, "a trustee is entitled to compensation that is reasonable under the circumstances." The statutes do not tell us how to compute what is...more

11th Circuit Rules that Assignee for the Benefit of Creditors Lacks Power to File Bankruptcy Case for Assignor

On December 17, 2015, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision of first impression, finding that an assignee for the benefit of creditors under Florida’s Assignment for the Benefit of Creditors statute (Fla....more

Court Affirmed Judgment That A Deed By A Trustee Without Specifying The Trustee’s Capacity Transferred Trust Property

In West 17th Res. LLC v. Pawelek, children of a grantor sued the grantees, alleging that the grantor did not convey a trust’s ownership interest in the property because the grantor did not indicate her capacity as a trustee...more

T&E Litigation Newsletter- 1/5/16

The last quarter of 2015 produced two interesting decisions from the Appeals Court. In Brady v. Citizens Union Savings Bank, 88 Mass. App. Ct. 416 (2015), the Court addressed whether legal fees and costs already paid to...more

South Carolina Federal Court Grants In Part, Denies In Part, Trustee’s Motion To Dismiss Claims Brought By Fronting Insurer In...

Plaintiff Companion Property and Casualty Insurance Company (“Companion”) brought suit against U.S. Bank National Association (“US Bank”) arising from its role as trustee under various reinsurance collateral trusts that...more

Deeds to Trustees [Florida]

One statute that most Florida real estate and trust lawyers have to deal with at some time is Fla.Stats. Section 689.07(1). Let’s read it together...more

Wills, Estates and Trusts Update: Why the New 2016 Rules for Trusts and Estates in Canada May Surprise You and Why the Department...

January 1, 2016 will bring many significant changes to the taxation of trusts and estates in Canada. These changes were passed into law in December 2014, after being announced as part of the 2014 federal budget. Most people...more

Capital Gains – Not so Taxing for Receivers and Liquidators?

The High Court of Australia has settled an important issue causing Insolvency Practitioners some concern involving Capital Gains Tax (CGT) and when a trustee (which includes Receivers and Liquidators) must retain funds to pay...more

Who Controls an Audit Committee's Privilege and Work Product Protection if the Company Declares Bankruptcy?

Many courts recognize that a corporation's constituent (such as an audit committee or a group of independent directors) can own the privilege and work product protection covering the constituent's internal corporate...more

Bank of America as Trustee v. Commissioner of Revenue: Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Will Hear Case in 2016

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) will hear the appeal of Bank of America against the Massachusetts Commissioner of Revenue in 2016. The SJC accepted Bank of America’s application for Direct Appellate Review on...more

Natural Language Interpretation Triumphs Despite Junior Noteholders’ Frustration With Rating Agency

The claimant Note Trustee and Issuer Security Trustee (the Trustee) sought the Court's assistance interpreting a servicing agreement (in the context of a mid-2007 commercial mortgage-backed securitisation (CMBS) transaction)...more

Court Held That A Beneficiary Could Not Usurp A Trustee’s Right To Direct Litigation And Did Not Have Standing To Sue The Trustee...

In In re XTO Energy Inc., a beneficiary, on behalf of the trust, sued an oil and gas operator for allegedly not paying sufficient funds to the trust and also sued the trustee for refusing to bring that claim. No....more

Donald Sterling Loses Appeal of Clippers Sale: Court of Appeal Rejects Bid To Regain Team’s Ownership

The California Court of Appeal today affirmed the sale in August 2014 of the Los Angeles Clippers for a record-shattering price of $2 billion to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. In a unanimous decision, the three justices...more

If It Doesn’t Sell Buckets, Is It Truly A Bucket Shop?

An often overlooked corner of the California Corporations Code is the Bucket Shop Law, Cal. Corp. Code § 29000 et seq. The law quite literally criminalizes the keeping of a bucket shop: "Any person who . . . is the keeper of...more

Exculpatory Clauses In Trust Documents Are “Somewhat” Enforceable In Texas

It is common for settlors to execute trust documents that contain exculpatory clauses. An exculpatory clause is one that forgives the trustee for some action or inaction. For example, a common exculpatory clause may state...more

Pension Plan Investments: ERISA Fiduciaries May Consider Environmental, Social, and Governance Factors Related to Economic Value

Over the past two decades, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has issued a number of advisory opinions and interpretive bulletins on “economically targeted investments” (ETIs). These investments are generally defined as...more

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