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Aiding & Abetting Fiduciary Breach - What is “Knowing Participation” by South Carolina Professionals?

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

The South Carolina Supreme Court recently clarified liability for aiding and abetting a breach of fiduciary duty. In Bennett v. Carter, 2017 WL 5163467, the Supreme Court reversed summary judgment on a claim against lawyers...more

Serving as a trustee: What is the job description?

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

You may have had conversations with family members about whether you would be willing to serve as a trustee of a trust for the children of a family member, particularly in the event that both parents should die while the...more

A Last Will And Testament Can Always Be Changed (Before Death)

It is a fundamental principle of law that a Last Will and Testament duly signed and witnessed is binding on no one until the person who signed the Will dies. That is to say that a person who signs a Will in say January of...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

So You've Been Named as Trustee…Now What?

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

You’ve just discovered that you’ve been named trustee of a trust. Not only are you unsure of whether you should accept, you’re also wondering what exactly the role entails, the types of problems you might face, and whether...more

Undisclosed Foreign Accounts, Part II

by Moskowitz LLP on

The executor of a decedent’s estate has a duty to act in a prudent manner and in accordance with the law. At times, this may result in having to take an unpopular position or action that angers the beneficiaries....more

Are Your U.S. Savings Bonds Still Earning Interest?

by Fraser Trebilcock on

Many U.S. Saving Bonds no longer earn interest. It may be time to cash them in and start making money again. It’s important to find out how much your bonds are worth, and when they will stop earning interest. In addition to...more

A Well-Planned Estate Can Quell Family Squabbles Before They Start

From Esau, who rashly traded his birthright to his twin brother Jacob for a cup of soup, to King Lear’s ill-conceived plan to leave his riches to only two out of three daughters, family dynamics can lead to estate...more

IRS Issues Memo on Missing Participant Search Standards

On October 19th, the IRS released a memorandum titled “Missing Participants and Beneficiaries and Required Minimum Distributions” (the “Memo”) to its plan auditors that provides guidelines for when a plan’s efforts to locate...more

Undue Influence – The Carpenter’s Exception In Will Contests

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

In a proceeding contesting the validity of a will, the proponent of the will only has the burden to establish that the will was executed with the required formalities. The burden then shifts to the contestant to establish...more

Amount PA Employer Can Pay to Surviving Family Increases to $10,000

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

An employer can now pay up to $10,000 of wages, salary, and employee benefits due to a deceased employee to their spouse, child, parent, or sibling (preference in that order) without the appointment of a personal...more

Petition Denied to Remove Wilmington Trust as the Trustee of du Pont Family Trusts

by Morris James LLP on

Wilmington Trust serves as the sole trustee for certain du Pont Family Trusts established in the 1940s and 1950s. For many years, Wilmington Trust was closely associated with the du Pont family, and was managed in part by...more

TN Trust Code Authorizes Pre-Dispute Arbitration Agreement: Not Per Se Breach of Duty, but May Not Bind Non-Signatory Beneficiary

by Burr & Forman on

The Tennessee Supreme Court recently held that Tennessee’s Trust Code and broad trust-instruments authorize a Trustee’s execution of a pre-dispute arbitration clause. That isn’t a per se breach of fiduciary duty, but the...more

Spare Your Heirs the Guitar Man’s Fate: Three Tips for an Estate Plan That Silences Arguments Over Family Heirlooms

When Grateful Dead front man Jerry Garcia died in 1995, he left his custom guitars to the man who made them. But Douglas Irwin, who built the guitars known as Eagle, Wolf, Tiger, Wolf Jr. and Rosebud, ran into opposition...more

Possession May Be Nine-Tenths of the Law - but Watch out for the Other One-Tenth

by Charles (Chuck) Rubin on

Prudential Insurance Company of America issued a life insurance policy on the life of Russell. Russell’s wife, Sherry, was the beneficiary. The policy contained $332,000 of term life coverage and $332,000 of accidental death...more

The Rise of Split Claims in Wrongful Death/Survival Cases

by Pessin Katz Law, P.A. on

Recently, in Spangler v. McQuitty, 449 Md. 33 (2016), the Maryland Court of Appeals examined the interplay between an injured person’s injury claim/survival action and the claims of beneficiaries under Maryland’s Wrongful...more

Determining Whether There Has Been Undue Influence

The presumption of undue influence when the evidence demonstrates that a person in a confidential relationship with a grantor or testator of weakened intellect receives a substantial portion of the grantor/testator’s property...more

Court Addresses Breach Of Fiduciary Duty and Partition Issues In Trust Dispute

by Winstead PC on

In Koda v. Rossi, a mother created a trust that provided that her son was to serve as trustee and that she, he, and a daughter were the beneficiaries. No. 11-15-0150-CV, 2017 Tex. App. LEXIS 8194 (Tex. App.—Eastland August...more

Your Foreclosure Hearing Just Got More Crowded

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

On August 30, 2017, an amendment to North Carolina’s foreclosure statutes took immediate effect. The amended statute, Section 45-10, concerns substitute trustees under a deed of trust. As amended, Section 45-10 now prohibits...more

The Wrong Estate Executor Can Make Family Drama Worse, As Jerry Garcia’s Heirs Discovered

When Grateful Dead legend Jerry Garcia died of a heart attack in 1995 at age 53, he left his assets to his third wife, three daughters by two ex-wives, a fourth daughter by a former girlfriend, and a step-daughter, among...more

CMS Unveils New Medicare Beneficiary Card, Encourages Providers to Prepare Systems for Transition to New Numbers

by Reed Smith on

In order to protect Medicare beneficiaries from fraud and identity theft, CMS has unveiled a new Medicare card that removes the beneficiary’s Social Security number from the card. Specifically, the current Social...more

Can the Beneficiary of a Special Needs Trust Change the Trustee?

The beneficiary of a special needs trust can never control or access trust funds – that is the job of the trustee. A common fear among beneficiaries or their families is that the trustee may not do what’s in the beneficiary’s...more

Do I Need An Estate Plan?

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

• Do you care who will receive your assets upon your death? • Do you have a minor child or children and want to have a say in who takes care of them if something happens to you? • Do you care who will take care of you...more

Some Important Factors To Consider Before Creating A Special Needs Trust

by Cole Schotz on

A Third-Party Special Needs Trust (also referred to as a “Supplemental Needs Trust”) allows parents or other relatives of a special needs beneficiary to dedicate assets to the beneficiary by gift or inheritance without...more

Every Day is Bitcoin Pizza Day: What Clients and Estate Planners Need to Know about Virtual Currency

by Murtha Cullina on

The combined value of all of the 867 crypto currencies tracked by CoinMarketCap.com is presently over $161 billion. Only seven years ago, on what is commemorated as “Bitcoin Pizza Day,” Bitcoin, then a new crypto currency,...more

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