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Recent Pennsylvania Superior Court Case Addresses the Messy Business of Divorce, Postnuptial Agreements and Death

A woman who dropped divorce proceedings three days after her husband died is entitled to the proceeds from his insurance policy but cannot claim his pension benefits, according to a recent Pennsylvania Superior Court ruling...more

Roger Corman’s Sons Claim Their Mother is Abusing Him to Influence His Estate Plan

The two sons of legendary “B-Movie King” Roger Corman have made it clear through multiple lawsuits that they believe their parents are mismanaging trusts set up to benefit their four children. Allegations made in a recent...more

11/30/2017  /  Beneficiaries , Estate Planning , Trusts , Wills

Bad Blood Among Late Developer’s Heirs Jeopardizes Real Estate Mega-Deal

A New York real estate deal valued at close to $1 billion came to a grinding halt when the underlying animosities between a late developer’s widow and his children from previous marriages came to a head in court. Although the...more

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Rules Trust Beneficiaries Must Get Court Approval to Remove Trustee

Beneficiaries who want to change a trust’s corporate trustee may have a much harder time under a recent Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision. The state high court held in July that the beneficiaries of a trust need court...more

11/9/2017  /  Beneficiaries , Trustees , Trusts

How John Steinbeck’s Estate Planning Missteps Led to Family Feud and $13 Million Jury Award

When celebrated author John Steinbeck died in the late 1960s, he left a considerable literary legacy that included the classic American novels The Grapes of Wrath, East of Eden, and the novella Of Mice and Men. He also...more

10/18/2017  /  Copyright , Estate Planning , Popular , Royalties , Wills

The Story Of The $4 Billion Surcharge Case Against JPMorgan

A Dallas jury last month issued a verdict of more than $5 billion against JPMorgan Chase for various breaches of fiduciary duties – by any measure an enormous damages award in a probate case and reportedly the largest in...more

Third Parties Aren’t Liable for POA Agent Misconduct - But Only Up to a Point

Litigation and legislation have shaped the extent to which third parties can be held liable when agents abuse their authority under Powers of Attorney (POAs). A landmark Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruling known as the Vine...more

Tax Reform Under a Trump Presidency

Following the results of last Tuesday’s election, there is significant speculation about the status and future of the tax code in light of President-elect Donald Trump’s proposed tax reform plan. Much of this speculation is...more

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