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The Supreme Court - December 11, 2017

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

On Friday, the Supreme Court granted certiorari and agreed to hear arguments in seven cases: China Agritech, Inc. v. Resh, No. 17-432: Whether the rule from American Pipe and Construction Co. v. Utah, 414 U.S. 538 (1974),...more

Obtaining Additional Time for a Family Law Hearing: What You Need to Know

by Jaburg Wilk on

The Facts - In Reyes v. Neill 1, Division One of the Arizona Court of Appeals addressed the question of whether the Court abused its discretion by failing to permit adequate time for the parties to present testimony and...more

Arizona Supreme Court Decides Parentage of Children born in Same Sex Marriages

by Jaburg Wilk on

On September 19, 2017, the Arizona Supreme Court delivered its decision in McLaughlin vs. Jones, (CV-16-0266-PR) answering the question of whether the statutory presumption of parenthood arising from a marriage applies...more

Ferri v. Powell-Ferri: A trust decanting decision that is less than meets the eye (Part II)

by Charles E. Rounds, Jr. on

The Supreme Court of Connecticut (SCC) certified three trust-decanting questions of law to the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts (SJC) incident to a divorce proceeding. On March 20, 2017, the SJC rendered its answers to...more

Pavan v Smith: Supreme Court Prevents Attempts of States to Undermine Rights of Married Same Sex Couples

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

The Supreme Court case Pavan v. Smith, 582 U.S.____ (2017), in a per curiam opinion on June 26, 2017, strengthened the rights protected in Obergefell v. Hodges, 576 U.S. ___ (2015). The decision confronted an attempt by the...more

Trust Protectors, Trust Directors, and the Uniform Directed Trust Act

by Charles E. Rounds, Jr. on

The Uniform Directed Trust Act (the “Act”), approved July 19, 2017 by the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws, purports to govern irrevocable directed trusts. For purposes of the Act a directed trust is...more

Appellate Court Notes

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Supreme Court Advance Release Opinions: SC19577 - Estate of Brooks v. Commissioner of Revenue Services - Husband died in Florida in 2000 and left a large amount of securities in two QTIP trusts for the benefit of his...more

Appellate Court Notes

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Appellate Court Advance Release Opinions: - AC38945 - Shook v. Bartholomew - AC38945 - Shook v. Eastern Connecticut Health Network, Inc. Defendants could not appeal plaintiff’s verdict in this motor vehicle accident...more

Arbitration Agreement Enforceable Against Non-Signatory Spouse Because Community Property

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

You know how the vows go: “for richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health, in district court or in arbitration…” Wait a minute. Last Wednesday, a federal district court in Arizona held that a TCPA plaintiff was...more

Court Held That Submission Of Jury Question On Fiduciary Duty Was Harmless Due To Duplication Of Damages

by Winstead PC on

In Hughes v. Hughes, a husband and wife sued each other for various claims, including breach of fiduciary duty. No. 13-15-00496-CV, 2017 Tex. App. LEXIS 3489 (Tex. App.—Corpus Christi April 20, 2017, no pet. history)....more

The Supreme Court - May 15, 2017

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Midland Funding, LLC v. Johnson, No. 16-348: Respondent Aleida Johnson filed for Chapter 13 bankruptcy in the Southern District of Alabama. Petitioner Midland Funding then filed a “proof of claim” in the Bankruptcy Court,...more

Supreme Court Decides Howell v. Howell

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

On May 15, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Howell v. Howell, No. 15-1031, holding that where a veteran waives retirement pay to receive service-related disability benefits, federal law preempts state courts from ordering...more

Court Holds That Family Member Did Not Owe Fiduciary Duties To Other Family Member

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In Walker v. Walker, a son sued his father and brother regarding the ownership of a beach house. No. 14-16-00357-CV, 2017 Tex. App. LEXIS 2742 (Tex. App.—Houston [14th Dist.] March 30, 2017, no pet. history). ...more

If You Expect to Work in the Family-Owned Business for Life, Be Sure to Get It in Writing

by Murtha Cullina on

Family-owned businesses often employ multiple family members. Even if there is an expectation that employment will continue indefinitely, the company and the family member employees both usually reserve the right, explicitly...more

Modifying Spousal Maintenance in Arizona: Are Changed Circumstances Continuing?

by Jaburg Wilk on

In Perkins vs. Perkins, Division One of the Arizona Court of Appeals addressed the question of changed circumstances for the purposes of modifying a spousal maintenance order and what constituted ‘continuing’ (as opposed to...more

Appellate Court Notes

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Supreme Court Advance Release Opinions: - SC19375 - State v. Chyung - SC19375 Concurrence - State v. Chyung - SC19492 - State v. Bush - SC19492 Dissent - State v. Bush...more

Allowing in parol evidence as to a trust-settlor's intent: Construing trust terms versus reforming them

by Charles E. Rounds, Jr. on

In the Missouri case of Mense v. Rennick, 491 S.W.3d 661 (Mo. App. 2016), the testimony of the settlor-beneficiary of an irrevocable trust as to what she had intended was not allowed in, the court having determined that the...more

Appellate Court Notes

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

Supreme Court Advance Release Opinions: SC19688 - State v. Lee - Appellate Court Advance Release Opinions: AC38222 - Robinson v. Robinson - Only alimony paid by a non-party / former spouse it taken into...more

Court Affirms Sanctions Order Against Fiduciary Due To Discovery Abuses

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In Eng v. Kolbe, a mother sued her daughter for abusing a power of attorney document. No. 03-15-00409-CV, 2017 Tex. App. LEXIS 2680 (Tex. App.—Austin March 30, 2017). The daughter was assisting her aging parents with their...more

Agents Under Power of Attorney – Where Will You Get Hauled Into Court?

by Bryan Cave on

Powers of attorney can be matters of convenience or matters of necessity – the principal either doesn’t want to do something or the principal can’t do something. For the agents under a power of attorney, allowing yourself to...more

Custody Dispute in Scarlett Johansen’s Divorce

In an example of life imitating art, Scarlett Johannsen has found herself in the middle of a civil war. The Captain America: Civil War star has been embroiled in a now public child custody dispute with her estranged husband,...more

2016 Guidance from the North Carolina Court of Appeals on Attorney-Client Privilege Issues

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

In civil litigation, parties frequently communicate with consultants, tax advisors, friends, family, and others concerning the subject matter of the litigation, and such communications raise issues regarding the possible...more

Ferri v. Powell-Ferri

Ferri v. Powell-Ferri: A trust decanting decision that is less than meets the eye

by Charles E. Rounds, Jr. on

The Supreme Court of Connecticut (SCC) certified three trust-decanting questions of law to the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts (SJC) incident to a divorce proceeding. On March 20, 2017, the SJC rendered its answers to...more

Alert: Never "Got Around" to Signing Your Pre-Nup? It May Not Be Too Late!

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

Many couples consider (or should consider) signing a prenuptial agreement before they are married, but avoid raising the issue or resist the idea. They may fear a negative reaction by their intended, or the couple is “so in...more

Can I Trade the Station Wagon? The Acceptance-of-Benefits Doctrine

by Strasburger & Price, LLP on

When can you accept benefits under a judgment while continuing to complain about it on appeal? Until recently, the answer has been “almost never.” ...more

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