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Pet Trusts

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

Most people remember the late Leona Helmsley as the convicted tax felon famous for uttering the words “only little people pay taxes”, but she is also remembered for having a will that left a $12 million trust fund for her...more

The Duty of Impartiality and Other Trustee Troubles

by Moskowitz LLP on

Trustees are accountable to both the current income beneficiaries and the remaindermen of a trust, and are often placed in the unenviable position of have to balance the interests of the two. A beneficiary may look forward to...more

Trust Decanting Disputes

by LeClairRyan on

As trust decanting becomes increasingly popular, we can expect to see more disputes and litigation regarding trust decanting. This blog post examines some of the main issues that will likely arise in those disputes....more

A Guide To: Challenging Beneficiary Designations in Michigan

by Clark Hill PLC on

Most individuals own assets that will pass upon the death of that individual pursuant to a beneficiary designation. In fact, in many instances, these types of assets make up a large portion of an individual's net worth....more

Recent Cases of Interest to Fiduciaries

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Kroll v. New York State Dept. of Health, 39 N.Y.S.3d 183 (Oct. 5, 2016); see also In re Kroll, 971 N.Y.S.2d 863, 865 (Sur. Ct. 2013) - Court approves “decanting” of a trust to effectively remove a beneficiary’s future...more

As a Trust Beneficiary, What Are Your Rights to a Trust Accounting?

by Reminger Co., LPA on

You are a trust beneficiary. You have no idea what is in the trust, what has been spent out of the trust, and what will be spent out of the trust. Must the trustee open his books to you? What rights do you have to...more

Recent Cases of Interest to Fiduciaries

by McGuireWoods LLP on

In the most recent installment of the McGuireWoods Fiduciary Advisory Services annual multipart series on recent fiduciary cases, developments in the law concerning various topics are examined through the following: -...more

Insight on Estate Planning - April/May 2017

Protect multiple generations with a dynasty trust - Dynasty trusts have nothing to do with the popular soap opera from the 1980s, but everything to do with leaving a lasting legacy. Although this type of trust is often...more

Should You Create Trusts for Your Kids?

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

If your children are under age eighteen, you should have trusts for them in your Wills, in the event you and your spouse should die before all your children reach age 18. If minors receive assets prior to reaching age...more

T&E Litigation Newsletter- March 2017

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

This week has brought a much-anticipated decision by the Supreme Judicial Court regarding trust decanting, and the past month also brought the latest chapters in two cases that we reported on previously....more

A Sea Change for Beneficiaries' Right to Information?

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The Court of Appeal’s ruling in Dawson-Damer v Taylor Wessing offers beneficiaries rights of access to personal data held by trustees and their legal advisers. This is a landmark case in which our clients, the claimants,...more

Michigan’s Legislature Passes Significant Laws During the Last Days of 2016

by Dickinson Wright on

In late 2016, Michigan lawmakers passed a good deal of new legislation. One of the laws, the Qualified Dispositions in Trusts Act, enables an individual (the “settlor”) to create a trust that, in certain circumstances, can...more

A Guide To: How to Challenge a Trust in Michigan

by Clark Hill PLC on

The death of a loved one is a difficult and emotional event. In addition to dealing with the loss, family members, friends and/or trusted advisors are tasked with settling the decedent's final affairs, which, in many...more

Maintaining family harmony: Balance beneficiaries’ needs with a total return unitrust

A traditional trust can sometimes create a conflict among the lifetime and remainder beneficiaries. This makes it more difficult for an estate plan to achieve its objectives and places the trustee in a difficult position. The...more

Insight on Estate Planning - February/March 2017

In This Issue: - Stretch out estate tax on business interests - Maintaining family harmony: Balance beneficiaries’ needs with a total return unitrust - Is a donor-advised fund right for you? - Estate planning...more

Court Affirms Ruling That Adopted Adult Children Were Beneficiaries Of A Trust

by Winstead PC on

In Andresakis v. Modisett, the trustors signed trust agreements in 1976 and 1981, and each agreement created three trusts, one for their daughter, one for their son, and a third trust for their only grandchild, Andresakis....more

T&E Litigation Newsletter - December 2016

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

The last several weeks have brought us two decisions in which issues of family law intersected with T&E issues. First, the decision in Heystek v. Duncan, Case No. 15-P-1201, 2016 Mass. App. Unpub. LEXIS 1113 (Nov. 21,...more

Update Beneficiary Designations After Divorce or Annulment

by Carlton Fields on

On July 1, 2015, the Florida Fourth District Court of Appeal held, with a few exceptions, upon entry of a final judgment of dissolution or annulment, any provision of a will that “affects” a former spouse is void under...more

What You Should Know About Determining Capacity in Ohio

by Reminger Co., LPA on

One definition of “capacity” refers to the maximum amount/number that something can contain (e.g., a freezer’s capacity is 1.1 cubic feet; the capacity of a public room is 140 people). “Capacity” also describes an ability to...more

When The Power To Amend Doesn’t Actually Mean You Can Amend

by Bryan Cave on

Circumstances, laws, and taxes all change. And, when they do, many settlors don’t want their beneficiaries to have to go into court to get permission to roll with the changes. That’s why you often find a trust provision...more

Texas Fiduciary Litigation Update 2015-2016

by Winstead PC on

David F. Johnson, lead writer for the Texas Fiduciary Litigator blog, spoke at the Tarrant County Probate Bar’s Litigation Seminar and presented “Fiduciary Litigation Update 2015-2016.” David discussed recent Texas precedent...more

Washington’s New Trustee Delegation Law: Allowing Fiduciaries to More Easily Keep Businesses in the Family

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

If you are a family business owner in Washington who wants to place control of your business in the hands of a trustee until your beneficiaries are ready to assume control, or for other reasons, a recent change in Washington...more

Insight on Estate Planning - October/November 2016

Gift giving made easy - Annual exclusion reduces your taxable estate - How can you reduce the size of your taxable estate? There are many ways to accomplish this objective, including the use of irrevocable trusts...more

Texas Fiduciary Litigation Update: 2015-2016

by Winstead PC on

The fiduciary field in Texas is a constantly changing area. Over time, statutes change, and Texas courts interpret those statutes, the common law, and parties’ documents differently. This paper is intended to give an update...more

When Will Trust Assets Be Considered Available Assets When Applying For Medicaid In Connecticut?

by Murtha Cullina on

A recent Connecticut Supreme Court decision, Pikula v. Department of Social Services (SC 19533; released May 10, 2016), confirms the guidelines for determining if trust assets are considered “available assets” for purposes of...more

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